I was at a meeting recently where it was said that the only thing that unites the country at the moment is the importance of Remembrance Sunday and the Queen. On most other things there seems to be splits and bearing that in mind across the Deanery there were very moving services on Remembrance Sunday and I decided to buy season one of the Crown for my Mum for Christmas. At St Mary’s we have a film club and this week with Christ the King in mind we watched Cromwell that told
The Gospel story is very striking in the way that the first disciples, who are two sets of brothers, are hard at work and then they hear the call of Jesus to follow him, and they drop what they are doing and leave. To leave everything behind is a huge decision, your family and livelihood for an uncertain future, but maybe they sensed something that could not be refused. In 1914 and the years that followed around 220 men either volunteered or where conscripted into various reg
As part of the fundraising effort for replacing the roof at St Mary's we are selling Christmas cards showing the wonderful model of our church in a festive winter scene! The printing cost has very kindly been sponsored, so every penny of income will go directly into the roof fund. A pack of 5 cards and envelopes costs £7.50. Buy your cards after the 10:00 Sunday Services or at the Christmas Bazaar in the Parish Rooms on Saturday 10th November. Alternatively you can contact An
We are asking people to bring photos and short stories of family and friends who served in WWI or WWII or a conflict since so that we can put them on display on Sunday in the Parish Rooms. It doesn’t matter if they weren’t local at the time - we would like to honour and remember the families of those who are local now on this special day. Please drop your photos and stories into the Rectory before Sunday, bring before Church on Sunday to the Parish Rooms or email them to stma
On the news this week there was a focus on the unveiling of the world’s tallest statue. It is in memory of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel a leader of the movement for the independence of India. It is twice as big as the Statue of Liberty and stands at 182 meters or 502 feet. By contrast the Bridgewater Monument stands at 108 feet. In every place you travel there are memorials. Some are to the great or important men and women of history, but most are often small and sometimes easily
The St Mary's puzzlers have just finished another puzzle and are still going strong! Come and join us for puzzles, tea and cake every Wednesday afternoon from 2-4pm. If you would rather do something more practical and join the lads, there is usually some maintenance going on so you will be very welcome!
Join us in the Parish Room at 20:00 on Tuesday 20th November for the next meeting of the St Mary's Film Club, this time showing the Oscar winning film, Cromwell. Everybody is welcome and refreshments will be provided!
The Sunday before Advent is called “Christ the King” and in British history the stories of monarchy and the people have periodically been ones of conflict. The film interprets the English Civil War in the 1640's and in particular the struggle for power betwee