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S. Mary's Church News February 2015


Mark Spurdens would like to thank everyone who sponsored him for his Movember moustache growing challenge and is very pleased to report that he sent a magnificent total donation of £725 towards their work with prostate cancer research and treatment.

Fundraising - Hot pot Supper and Quiz

Our first fundraising event for 2015 is the very popular Hot Pot Supper and Quiz to be held at the Town Hall on Friday 27th February at 730pm. Jenny Spurdens is hard at work compiling the quiz, Rodney Stokes has the date in his diary to provide his usual top quality hot pot and Ann Harris is already busy selling tickets. Tickets are priced at £10 and as there are a limited number you are encouraged to reserve yours as soon as possible.

Christmas Services

Crib service 2014The Crib Service at St. Mary's 2014Whilst it might seem a little late or maybe very early to talk about Christmas, the series of services held over the festive period were very enjoyable and well supported. In particular the Christingle Service and Carol Service on Sunday 21st December and the Crib service on 24th which enjoyed a record attendance.

It was also a pleasure to welcome pupils and parents from Ellesmere Primary School for their Nativity and Carol Service on Wednesday 17th December. There were excellent readings from a number of children and the final tableau of the Holy family, shepherds, animals and Wise Men at the front of the church brought a tear to many eyes. With the church heating failing on the morning of the service Fr. Philip managed to hire some extremely efficient fan heaters and many people commented that the church had not felt so warm in years! We hope that the Primary school carol service might once again become an annual event at S. Mary's.

200 Club Update

Annual subscrptions for the next year are now due and can be paid to Ann Edwards, Ann Harris, Mark Spurdens or Jeremy Stretton. The subscription of £10 allows the holder to be entered into a monthly draw with prizes ranging from £10 to £100. There are  small number of vacant slots if anyone would like to join the 200 club. Proceeds are used to help fund the purchase of "extras" in church which our normal budget would not allow us to buy.