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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.

S. Mary's Church News March 2014

200 Club

If you haven't yet paid your 200 Club subscription there is still time to do so. Simply hand your subscription to Ann Edwards, Jeremy Stretton or Mark Spurdens as soon as possible.

This Month's Events

There will be a Bring and Share Lunch on Sunday March 23rd.

The Hotpot Supper and Quiz will take place at the Town Hall on Friday 14th March starting at 7:30pm. Tickets cost £10.00 and are available from Ann Harris.

Honorary Freewoman for 2013

The Town Council were delighted to award Mrs Ann Harris as the Town's Honorary Freewoman for 2013 recognising the hard work that she carries out for the Virgin Church of St. Mary's, Ellesmere Cemetery and also for the town.


Some redecoration has been completed inside the church with some water damaged walls being repainted as well as the kitchen and toilet. there are plans for a major spring clean of the church and a new vacuum cleaner is to be purchased using some of the funds from the 200 club!

Storm Damage

The recent storms brought down a large amount of debris from the trees in the churchyard, but fortunately no whole trees were lost. The programme of clearance continues. A number of the standard roses by the main path, many of which are dead, are being removed and will be replaced by a lavender border. The memorial plaques on the roses are being kept and cleaned and the plan is to mount them on one of the large redundant headstocks from the bells which will then be placed behind the new border.

S. Mary's Church News February 2014

200 Club

Subscriptions are now due for the new 200 club year which will start with the draw in February. The cost is £10 for the year and there are monthly draws with prizes ranging from £10 to £100. Ann Edwards and Helen Hearn are collecting subs and there are a few unallocated numbers if anyone else would like to join. The final draw for 2013 take place on Sunday 26th January.


The first fundraising event for 2014 will be the very popular Hot Pot Supper and Quiz to be held in the Town Hall on Friday 14th March at 7.30pm. Tickets will be available in early February from Ann Harris. Last year's quiz was very well supported and all tickets were sold. This year questions will be asked by Jenny Spurdens.

Garden Trail

For those keen gardeners in the town we also plan a Garden Trail on Sunday 8th June. Anyone willing to open their garden to visitors on the day is encouraged to contact Ann Harris. We hope to have a good number of gardens to visit in various parts of the town as well as others in the locality.


Hundredth Birthday of Mary Jones

mary-jonesMary proudly holds her birthday card from H.M. The Queen. At her feet is the M.U. bouquet of flowers in blue and gold.



Mary celebrated her hundredth birthday on 23rd November 2013.  Mary is the oldest and longest-serving member of our Mothers' Union, of which she has been a loyal and stalwart supporter for over sixty years.

The Mothers' Union presented Mary with a lovely bouquet of flowers in the M.U. colours of blue and gold with all our love, prayers and best wishes.

Ann Harris, Branch Leader

Combined Harvest and Pet Service

On the 4th October we had a combined Harvest and Pet Service, an innovation for our Church at St. Mary's. How fitting it turned out to be, thanking God for our food and the way in which it is produced and giving thanks for the whole of creation. The response to the initial invitation was fantastic! As we live within a rural area several animals were working dogs, albeit Pets! One lizard, one cat and one hen also came to the Church with several smaller breeds of dog.

The bringing of our Harvest gifts to the Altar was followed by a blessing as we each took our pets and they were blessed by our Vicar as they too are part of God's good creation.

All the animals were extremely well behaved. A thoroughly enjoyable service as we came together as part of God's family within God's Church - our Church.

Here's to next year, maybe, a donkey, calf and a lamb!

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