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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.

Pet Service

We held our third Annual Pet Service on October 18th, combined with a Baptism. I enjoyed the service and hope everyone felt the same. It was rewarding to see so many in our lovely Church, especially the children of the Baptismal Family and their friends - one big family. We had a good many pets, mainly dogs who were very well behaved, only the occasional 'woof' to remind us of their presence and also one lovely cat who was equally good, especially being to close to those dogs!

Our Sunday School children recited the Intercessions which were thoughtfully read out giving their own ideas of loving and caring for their pets and animals in general.

Philip, our Vicar, gave the Sermon reminding us of the work with Animals and People of St. Francis.

I hope that we can continue next year with another Pet Service.

Thank you to everyone who made the Service memorable.

Connie Mason.

S. Mary's Church News November 2015

Harvest Supper

The Harvest Supper on Friday 2nd October at The Town Hall went very well, but was not without some excitement! One of the guests was taken ill during the meal and an ambulance was called. Fortunately, Stuart has since made a full recovery and assures us that it was not the delicious meal which caused his illness!!

Seventy five guests enjoyed prawn cocktail or melon starter, roast beef provided by Rodney Stokes and cooked and carved by Adrian Stokes and Steve Davenport, followed by apple pie, tea and coffee. Jeremy Stretton provided two (difficult!) sets of quiz questions and there were good renditions of some traditional harvest hymns. Thank you to everyone involved with providing and preparing the food and for washing up afterwards.

Autumn Fayre

The Autumn Fayre was also held in the Town Hall on Saturday 17th October and we were pleased to be joined by the Mayor Councillor Ian Ward and his wife.

Roger Ballamy was in charge of the kitchen and some magnificent home cooked lunches were served. There were produce, card and cake stalls and a bottlebola. The event raised almost £900 for church funds and we are very grateful to everyone for their support.

Church Diary

This year the Remembrance Sunday will be held on Sunday 8th November with the Last Post and Service at the Memorial at 10.45am followed by a service in church.

The Festive Coffee morning and Grand Draw will be held on Saturday 5th December at 10.30am in the Town Hall.
Draw tickets are now available from Anne Edge.

Special Events

Forthcoming events:

Festive Coffee Morning and Grand Draw

The Festive Coffee morning and Grand Draw will be held on Saturday 5th December at 10.30am in the Town Hall.
Draw tickets are now available from Anne Edge.