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S. Mary's Church News September 2016

The Harvest Supper will take place on Friday 7th October at the Town Hall at 730pm. In a break with tradition the supper is on the Friday AFTER the Harvest Festival and not the Friday before.
Tickets priced at £10 will be available soon from Ann Harris and it is hoped that as many of you as possible will join us for a full three course supper with starter, roast beef, York¬shire pudding and all the trimmings followed by apple pie and cream and coffee.

Following from his successful zip wire challenge last year, Jeremy Stretton is attempting a bungee jump to raise funds for S. Mary's on Saturday 8th October and hopes to raise at least £500 for Church funds in the process. If you would like to sponsor Jeremy he would be pleased to accept donations and you can also sponsor him online via his Justgiving page.

On Friday 4th November in conjunction with Age UK North Shropshire a 'Shoppers Lunch' will be held in the Town Hall from midday to 2pm. This event ran for many years and raised thousands of pounds for charity, but has not been held for some time. All being well and with your support it is anticipated that together the lunch can be re-introduced as a successful social and fundraising event. Please support this new enterprise by joining us on the day. There will be a number of fundraising stalls, a raffle and of course a magnificent selection of home cooked lunches and desserts. This event will replace the Autumn Fayre which is usually held in October. It is hoped that everyone will lend their support to the Shoppers' lunch so that we can keep up with our fundraising efforts.

S. Mary's Church News July/August 2016

Parish Lunch

Our Parish Lunch was held again at Leasowes courtesy of the kindness of Mark Spurdens and his family. The monsoon conditions in the previous week had given Mark's weather station five inches of rain! Nevertheless, the weather held off on the day and the marquee was laid out attractively as usual. Special thanks also to Rodney Stokes for another stunning roast beef which is simply the best' in everyone's opinion. Many people were generous with their contributions of salads and desserts so thanks to them all too. The serving crew, without whom the afternoon would have been fairly chaotic, operated to restaurant standards. Rosie worked tirelessly at the sink running it like a military operation!

Special thanks also to Rev'd David Crowhurst for sharing our lunch and presenting grace, let alone standing in for Fr Philip during his month's holiday overseas.
Last but not least, thanks to everyone who came along to share the fellowship on the day whether as a supporter or not and helped us to raise over £800 for church funds.

Garden Trail Sunday 12 June 2016

The clouds lifted just in time for another excellent Garden Trail after some serious rain! Our sincere thanks for the huge amount of work done by everyone on their wide variety of open gardens ranging from the new and tiny to the large and informal in preparation for the day. The gardens were on or around Sandy Lane and St John's Hill giving a wide range of planting and natural areas attracting butterflies, birds, hedgehogs, frogs and the inevitable squirrels and rabbits! The event was very well attended again this year with four garden owners also laying on a range of very popular tea and cake refreshments. A fascinating afternoon offering visitors an insight into some innovative and diverse gardens. It is easy to underestimate the amount of work involved in preparing gardens for an open day but we don't. The feedback from visitors was tremendous. Thanks also to all who attended and helped us raise very nearly several hundred pounds.

Happy gardening all!


Following an appeal by the local branch of the Royal British Legion, work has started on a £5,000 project to give War Memorial in Ellesmere a makeover. The memorial was erected in St Mary's Churchyard in 1921 with money raised by local people. It records the names of 67 local men and one woman who died during the conflict together with 15 men who gave their lives in World War II. During the restoration, the name of another war casualty will be added to the metal plaques - Private E Williams who served in the King's Shropshire Light Infantry and died on the 15th November, 1918 Aged 23. He is laid to rest in Solesmes British Cemetery.

Ellesmere Town Council has agreed to fund improvements to the memorial surrounds, including laying a new footpath to provide easier access. Donations have been received from a variety of local organisations. Branch President Bob McBride said: 'We set ourselves a target of raising £5,000 to cover the cost of the work, but thanks to magnificent support from the local community we have actually beaten the target by £340. The extra money will, if not needed, go to our Poppy Appeal. With financial support from the town's Rotary Club and other sponsors, Legion standard bearer Albert Trow, aged 65, raised £800 by completing a 100-length swim at Oswestry Leisure Centre, using only his legs. The Legion's tea and coffee stall at Ellesmere's weekly market received substantial donations from traders and customers and a collection at the end of a spring concert by the Ellesmere College Choral Society brought in £345. 'We wanted to ensure that the memorial is fully restored and in pristine condition when we hold a special service of remembrance in November 2018, marking the centenary of the Armistice at the end of the Great War."

"It's been a real community effort," said Mr McBride. 'We would like to thank everyone who has contributed.."

For more information please contact John Shone, 01691 624514

S. Mary's Church News June 2016

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.

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