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News & Updates

Here’s what we get up to at St Mary’s. Activities, news, notices – lots to interest and inform. You can also take a look at the Today sheet (pdf) and selected articles from our Together magazine.

Michael Portillo’s “Great Railway Journeys”


We have been approached by the BBC to be featured in the new series of Michael Portillo’s “Great Railway Journeys.” If you have watched the previous series, you will know that Michael travels around the country on the railways following the Victorian travel writer, Bradshaw’s Guide. Although St. Mary Magdalene is not mentioned by name, Bradshaw does mention a church built in the time of Henry V11 and the Robert Graves memorial. The filming will take place on Tuesday 22nd May.

Annual Parish Church Meeting


Last Sunday afternoon we held the Annual Parish Church meeting and 47 people attended.

The new PCC was elected and Margaret Laver and Diana Fletcher became new members. Nigel Birkett was elected as a Deanery Synod Representative. Mick Polley will join Angela Bayliss and Shirley Farrington as Church Wardens. We give thanks to all who volunteer to ensure St. Mary Magdalene church has good governance.

Please would PCC and Church Wardens note that we will give thanks to God for the appointments on the second Sunday in May. Please try to come on that day so we can pray for you.

Interested in joining a Home Group?


At this moment in time, we have several home groups. These have been formed over a period of years and offer a wide variety of experiences. They meet on differing days and times and with varying degrees of regularity. They all give a mixture of learning and fellowship. Some are more experience based and others more factual, but none are threatening. Their numbers vary too, but all are open to welcome newcomers.

For more details, contact the Parish Office (01823 272441).

Electoral Roll


THE ELECTORAL ROLL is currently being revised. If you would like your name added please complete a form and either hand to a Church Warden or to the Parish Office. Forms and more details are at the back of the Church.

Magdalene Fayre


Magdalene Fayre (21st July) – Among others, we intend to hold stalls for crafts, preserves and gardening. We would be grateful for any contributions (possibly people will want to start preparations early for these three stalls).

We are particularly looking for help for the Gardening Stall as at present we have no-one to take overall charge. Would you be able to raise some plants for sale? Plug plants can be provided and if several people can look after one or two dozen plants each, we would have a glorious stall in July.

If you can help, in any way at all, please see Nik Hurst or Sue Goddard.

Church Lighting


We are reeling from the shock that the estimate for the current church lighting is £100,000. We are actively seeking ways of reducing this and looking into applying for grants. This figure is more than we have in reserve! We have no choice but to have it done. The current system is failing. Please pray about this.

Bishops’ Visitation


A big service is being planned for May 10th at St. Mary Magdalene’s. Usually Church Wardens are inducted to their office at the Archdeacons Visitation. This is held in a church in the Deanery. This year it will be a Bishops’ Visitation, involve the whole Archdeanery and the Suffragan and Diocesan bishops, and be held here.

We are expecting a full church and we have been asked to provide tea, coffee , cake and fruit. This is a mammoth task and Margaret Caddick is building a team to help deliver this. If you feel you could volunteer please see Margaret.