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St Mary’s Christmas Coffee Morning and Grand Prize Draw

We were joined on Saturday 7th December 2019 at the Town Hall by nearly sixty friends for our annual Christmas Coffee Morning and Grand Prize Draw. Organised by our Fundraising Team led by Mark Spurdens, the morning was a great success bringing fun and fellowship to all. For an entrance fee of £2.50 everyone was offered a cup of tea/coffee, mince-pies and a glass of sherry.

A good variety of stalls gave added interest and welcome funds including Sunday school, Heather Wright (hand-made Christmas cards), Ann Harris (bric-a-brac), Corina Jebb (Save the Children cards) and June Owen (jams).

We are grateful to all those who provided a tremendous supply of quality home-made mince pies as well as the help from members of the Fundraising Team who ‘waited on’ and volunteers who helped with the washing-up.

Mark Spurdens and Jeremy Stretton gathered a good number of generous prizes from local businesses and we were very grateful for the wide range of excellent prizes also provided by some members of our church.

Our thanks also go to Clive at the Town Hall for his help in setting up and taking down the furniture in the room on the day. All in all it was a vary happy occasion and generated over £1100.00 of funds for our wonderful church.

Best wishes for a peaceful Christmas time and 2020 from the Fundraising Team.

Dementia Friendly Churches update

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As you may know, St Mary’s Parish Church, Ellesmere is a recognised Dementia Friendly Church. That means that we have been accepted as having a meaningful programme of increasing awareness of what it means to be living with dementia and how we can all help to dispel any stigma surrounding the diseases/conditions.

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Note from the Church Wardens

We have received news from the Bishop of Shrewsbury this week. She has set the date for Rev’d Canon Pat Hawkins’ Induction Service. It is Tuesday 11th February. Make sure you get the date in your new diaries ! We will let you know more details in the New Year as the plans evolve. It will be at St. Mary’s, Ellesmere.

Secondly we would like to apologise for the lack of heating at the beginning of the month we are pleased to report that the heating engineers have been out and re programmed the electronics. We now have a warm and welcoming Church.

We look forward to the forthcoming Christmas Services and sharing the Seasonal Festivities with you all.

Ann Hartley,
Rodney Stokes

Church Wardens

Ellesmere Shoppers’ Lunch raises £1400

The annual Shoppers’ Lunch at Ellesmere Town Hall raised over £1400 for local groups whilst getting everyone into the festive spirit. Members of Age UK North Shropshire Supporters and the fundraising group at S. Mary’s Church, Ellesmere prepared a wonderful selection of main courses and puddings to tempt over 100 guests. Retail therapy was available in the form of Christmas cards, gifts, a range of delicious cheeses and home-made jams, and the raffle provided some excellent stocking-fillers provided by local people and businesses.

Mark Spurdens, Chairman of the Church’s fundraising group and Treasurer of Age UK Supporters, said: “We rely on the generosity of all those who buy, make and donate food to the event and are very grateful for everyone’s support.” Anne Wignall, Chair of the Age UK group, said: “A big thank you to our volunteers who worked so hard to make the lunch such an enjoyable occasion and to our guests for supporting us. We hope to see you again next year.”

Age UK is holding a pre-Christmas drinks party with carols at The Gannow, Welsh Frankton, on Friday, 6th December, by kind permission of Clive and Beverley Wrisdale. Tickets, at £10, are available from Ismay’s of Ellesmere, and from members of the committee.

On Saturday, 7th December, S. Mary’s Church is organising a Christmas Coffee morning and Grand Draw at Ellesmere Town Hall, starting at 10.30am.

The annual Midwinter Concert at Ellesmere College will be held on Saturday, 1st February 2020 and will feature the College’s Choirs and the Porthywaen Silver Band playing ‘Songs from the Films’.

For further information, contact Anne Wignall at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Update from the Church Wardens

Following our recent P.C.C. meeting, it was agreed to:

  1. Cancel all Evensong Services from October 1st
  2. Only hold Tuesday evening 7pm Service on the 2nd Tuesday in the month from October 1st.
  3. Only hold Wednesday morning 10.30am Service on the 1st Wednesday in the month from October 1st.

These arrangements will, of course, be reviewed once the new incumbent is in place. Sunday 8am and 10.15am services will continue every Sunday as usual.

We would like to thank you all for your generous contributions to Father Philip's leaving gift, and I am sure you will join us in wishing Anne and Philip a long and very happy retirement.

We ask you to bear with us over the interregnum period, which we are hoping will not be for too long. The recruitment process is well under way.

Ann Hartley,
Rodney Stokes

Church Wardens