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S. Mary's Church News June 2016

Concert:
A very successful concert was held in church on Thursday 21st April to celebrate the 90th birthday of HM The Queen. The Orthopaedic Male Voice Choir performed a varied programme which included some popular 'Last night' type songs. Thanks must go to Mr Terry Davies, Bell Tower Captain for sponsoring and organising the event which raised over £400 for church funds.

Flower Festival:
The Mercia and North Wales area of the National Association of Flower Arrangers held their 55th Anniversary Service and flower festival at S.Mary's from 13th-15th May. The flower displays were superb and a large number of people visited the church over the weekend to see them. Members of the fundraising team served teas, coffees and homemade cakes on Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

Garden Trail:
For the third year we will be running a garden trail at 12 properties within walking distance of S.Mary's on Sunday 12th June from 1-5pm. A number of new gardeners have very kindly offered to open their gardens for the trail and refreshments will be available at three properties on the route. Entrance to all gardens is £5 per adult and tour leaflets can be collected at several of the gardens on the way.

Parish Lunch:
On Sunday 19th June, by kind invitation of Mark Spurdens the annual Parish lunch will be held at his home at Leasowe, Northwood.
Tickets priced at £12 are now available from church warden Ann Harris and we hope that as many of you as possible will join us for a fine lunch including Rodney Stokes' roast beef, new potatoes, salad and a large selection of homemade desserts.

Ascension Day:
On Ascension Day, Thursday 5th May, a good number of the congregation made an early 7.30am appearance at church to climb the tower for a short service and then enjoy a magnificent full English breakfast in S. Johns room. Thanks to all those church members who worked hard to cook, serve and wash up after the meal.

Churchyard:
William Spurdens continues to help in the churchyard as part of his Gold Duke of Edinburgh award for voluntary work. We have entered the Diocesan churchyard competition again this year. Paths have been tidied and potholes filled, S.Mary's club children continue to build wildlife retreats in the wildlife area and we hope that the judges are impressed with the overall high standard to which the churchyard is now being kept.

 

S. Mary's Church News May 2016

Annual Parochial Church Meeting

At the Annual Parochial Church Meeting the following were elected:

Church Wardens: Ann Harris & Rodney Stokes

PCC Members: Ann Edwards, Alethea Gilman, Simon Hibbott & Steve Webb

Sidesmen: Alan Hickman, Dennis Egerton, William Parker, John Richardson, Pam Roberts, Ann Hartley, Mary Goldbourne, Peter Leigh, Mark Spurdens, Roger Ballamy, Jeremy Stretton, William Jones, Elliot Williams, Steve Webb

S. Mary's Church News March 2016

Lent Lunches

Fridays in Lent 12.30 -1.30 pm in S. John's Room in S. Mary's Church

Please give up your lunch to join us for a delicious soup lunch in church and give a donation to teh Bishop's Lent appeal going to children's charities.

Fridays 12th, 19th, 26th February

4th, 11th, 18th March & 25th March (Good Friday)


Report on PCC Meeting February 9th

Here is a summary of the most recent meeting of the PCC. Meeting was held on February 9th 2016

Read more: S. Mary's Church News March 2016

S. Mary's Church News February 2016

Hot Pot Supper and Quiz

We will be holding our populat Hot Pot Supper and Quiz on Friday 26th February 2016, at 7.30 pm at the Town Hall.

Tickets priced at £10 are available from members of the Fund Raising Committee, or from Mrs Ann Harris - Tel 622163.

Lent Lunches

Fridays in Lent 12.30 -1.30 pm in S. John's Room in S. Mary's Church

Please give up your lunch to join us for a delicious soup lunch in church and give a donation to teh Bishop's Lent appeal going to children's charities.

Fridays 12th, 19th, 26th February

4th, 11th, 18th March & 25th March (Good Friday)

St Mary's Parish Church Christmas Festive Coffee Morning and Grand Prize Draw

We held this again, one of our main annual fundraising events, this year at the Town Hall on 5th December. Our thanks go for the tremendous generosity of many local businesses and individuals in providing 43 quality prizes for the Draw. In addition we thank each of the stall-holders and their supporters for helping to make the venue very attractive and their valued contributions to the fundraising, it is easy to take contributors efforts for granted sometimes but we definitely do not! Equally the unsung heroes in the kitchen, those waiting on tables and dealing with those washing up bowls like the Sorcerer's Apprentices!

There was an excellent turnout again with coffee, mince pies and sherry provided for each entrance ticket. We just managed to seat everyone.

It was a happy social time with Fr Philip our vicar taking his usual excellent centre stage as Prize Draw master of ceremonies.

Thanks to everyone's efforts, not least our visitors, we raised over £1300 which is a great contribution to the running of our beautiful church.

Best wishes to all for a peaceful and happy Christmas and 2016.