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Church Garden Trail

Garden Trail a Roaring Success!

The weather was warm and partly sunny for our garden trail on Sunday 8th June and a large number of people meandered between the church and the 10 gardens which had been prepared and opened for us to visit. We are very grateful to the following for generously allowing us to visit their gardens:

Pam Bowen
Guy and Victoria Chambers
Pip and Gwen Chambers
Carol Evans
Mary Goodwin
Ann Harris
Malcolm and Judy Powell
Adrian and Sarah Stokes
Rodney and Nicky Stokes
Meg Wilkes

Thanks also to those who provided cakes and helped to serve teas at three of the locations and to those who also donated plants.

A special thanks to Ann Harris, our churchwarden, for coordinating the whole event. The afternoon was a great success attracting a large number of visitors from within and outside the church and also raised the magnificent sum of over £930 for church funds. We may organise a similar trail in a different part of the town next year so keep gardening!!

S. Mary's Church News July 2014

Tower and Church Open Afternoon Saturday 19th July 2014

To celebrate the renovation and return of the church bells, the tower will be open for visitors on Saturday 19th July from 2-5pm. The church will also be open and teas and homemade cakes will be served.

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Proms Come to Ellesmere Saturday 13th September 7.30pm

As part of the Ellesmere Festival weekend we are very proud to announce that there will be a 'Last Night of The Proms' concert in the church on Saturday 13th September at 7.30pm.

Following on from our successful jazz event last summer we have teamed up again with the North Shropshire Supporters of Age UK to host a concert featuring The Oswestry Sinfonia and Ellesmere College Choral Society under the direction of the Head of Music Tony Coupe who will perform a selection of popular classics, medleys from the musicals and some of the traditional Last Night favourites. The evening promises to be a wonderful celebration of popular musical in the beautiful setting that is S. Mary's church.

Tickets priced £7.50-£12.50 (to include a glass of wine, soft drink or beer and light refreshments during the interval) are now available on a strictly first come first served basis from The Boathouse Restaurant, Ann Harris (01691 622163) or Mark Spurdens (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

The event is sure to be popular and everyone is encouraged to buy their tickets soon and prepare their red, white and blue clothing ready to join us for a wonderful evening of great music and good company.

S. Mary's Church News June 2014

Annual Parish Lunch

Once again, Elis and Alison Hughes have very kindly agreed to host the parish lunch which will take place on Sunday 22nd June at their home Haughton Farm, off Cae Goody Lane starting at 12.30.
 
Tickets priced at £10 will soon be available from Ann Harris and will include Rodney Stokes' Roast beef, new potatoes, salads and sweets.

This is always a very popular event and tickets are certain to be in great demand.

We will also be asking for volunteers to provide salads and sweets and guests are reminded to bring a pound along with them on the day for a game of heads and tails!

Mothers' Union

Mothers' Union are holding their Coffee Morning, on Saturday 28th June 2014. 10am - 12.40pm at Ellesmere Town Hall.

S. Mary's Church News May 2014

Churchyard

Work continues to improve the appearance of the Churchyard and we have now removed/relocated standard roses from along the main path and created a border on the right of the main path which has been planted with Cat Nip and gravelled. The largest of the old wooden headstocks from the bells is being cleaned and will be placed behind the new border with the memorial name plates taken from those roses which were removed.

Garden Trail Sunday 8th June 2014

There will be a Garden Trail from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday 8th June. Nine gardens within walking distance of the church will be open for visitors with teas  available at some of the gardens. There will also be a plant stall. Tickets priced at £4 will allow entry to all of the gardens and we are very grateful to all those who have offered to open their gardens for everyone to enjoy.

Annual Parish Lunch

Once again,  Elis and Alison Hughes have very kindly agreed to host the parish lunch which will take place on Sunday 22nd June at their home Haughton Farm, off Cae Goody Lane starting at 12.30.

Tickets priced at £10 will soon be available from Ann Harris and will include Rodney Stokes' Roast beef, new potatoes, salads and sweets.

This is always a very popular event and tickets are certain to be in great demand.

We will also be asking for volunteers to provide salads and sweets and guests are reminded to bring a pound along with them on the day for a game of heads and tails!

S. Mary's Church News April 2014

The Annual Parochial Church Meeting 8th April 7.30pm

Every member of our church Electoral Roll should come to this meeting to hear the work of our church and to elect the Church Wardens, Deanery Synod Representatives and PCC Members. The church’s attempt at democracy!

The Tower Abseil

The Tower Abseil which took place on 22nd and 23rd March was a great success. This indoor abseil down the tower over the weekend and was made possible due to the absence of the Bells in the Bell Tower and the Initiative of the Digby family. The abseil was combined with a Bring and share lunch after the 10.15am service which was enthusiastically received.

Update on The Bells

The abseil went ahead on the weekend of the 22nd March because the trapdoor in the bell ringing chamber has been opened again to receive the refurbished bells which are due to return to Ellesmere on 24th. I have had several comments from local residents saying how they have missed the bells during their absence.

Hotpot Supper and Quiz

The Hotpot supper and quiz was held on Friday 14th March and attracted a record attendance. A wholesome ninety five portions of Rodney Stokes' excellent Hotpot were served, accompanied by new potatoes and bread, followed by apple pie and cream provided by a number of members of the church. Twenty three teams then competed in the quiz set for the first time this year by Jenny Spurdens. This involved a starter round of famous faces and logo identification followed by six rounds of questions on topics including general knowledge, spices and the Winter Olympics. From a total possible score of 50 points, one team secured victory with 37 points narrowly beating a number of other teams by only one or two points. Many thanks to everyone involved in providing food and helping on the evening which was enjoyed by all and which raised over £700 for church funds.

Lent Lunches

Lent Lunches in aid of the Bishops Lent Appeal continue each Friday at 12.30 in S. John's room.