July 2022 News

Colin Dixon, Chairman of FOSM, writes:


The Choral Eucharist for the Platinum Jubilee was very well attended on 5th June and the breakfast afterwards was also a success. Coffee, tea and croissants were served to the harmonic ringing of the Hawkesbury bells for a quarter peal on six bells.


We are now finalising the preparations for the Open Tower event on 23rd and 24th July which looks to be a must-go event. The Church Tower will be open for people to see the Church Bells in their place and to have a go at ringing the bells. There will be teas and coffees and cake. There will also be picnics on the lawn of Church Farm House opposite the Church on the Sunday afternoon and hopefully some live music as well. Do come along everyone is welcome.


Further afield we are looking forward to the Friends of St. Mary’s Pimms tent at the Hawkesbury Show. We will in the same place we were last year on the edge of the Show ring. (See picture above from last year’s Show.) You can have a nice glass of Pimms whilst watching the events in the Show Ring or chatting to friends – knowing that you are supporting the wonderful St. Mary’s Church at the same time.


The Churchyard seems to be a haven for fast growing weeds at the moment especially along the paths. If you can spare an hour or two, do pop in and have a go. Some of us will be there from 10.30am to 12.30pm on Saturday 9th July.


Sunday 3rd July Holy Communion (9.30am)
Sunday 10th July Evensong ((6pm)
Sunday 17th July Morning Prayer (9.30am)
Sunday 24th July Evensong (6pm)
Sunday 31st July No service at St Mary’s this week, but you are warmly welcomed to attend Boxwell for Matins with Holy Communion at 11am

June 2022 News

Colin Dixon, Chairman of FOSM, writes:


The Bristol Male Voice Choir and our own Church Choir concert on 14th May went very well and showed that our Choir can prove themselves against much bigger Choirs. They certainly have a big presence despite their small size – well done to them and their Director Ben Humphries. You can watch the concert again at any time on YouTube here:


We may well see the west gate of the Church replaced this month. The friends have commissioned Max Bleaken to install a new oak – like for like – gate as the present gate is on its last legs.


The weeds are growing up rapidly on the paths and the banks. If you can spare half an hour or so, pop down and have a go.


The story of the Hawkesbury Bells from the fourteenth century to the present day is now available at the Church It is free of charge in honour of Stephanie Appleby – donations to the Church are welcome.

February 2022 News

FOSM Chairman Colin Dixon writes:

We held our Nine Lessons and Carols service for the first time in two years on 19th December with a larger than expected congregation. Once more a very satisfying service led very ably by Reverend Tunnicliffe.


In the intervening two years since the last Nine Lessons and Carols Service, the Friends have provided over £200,000 to St Mary’s Church for the new vestry cupboards, the wonderful new glass vestry screen, the new bell ringing floor (pictured above), and of course the bells themselves.

This was only possible through the good offices of members of the Friends who donated their hard-earned money or went out and garnered charity grants from a variety of sources. We also raised money through events held over the past few years.


At the same time, the Friends continued with their normal maintenance work, such as mowing the churchyard, clearing the weeks and paying for the cutting of the yew hedges. The yew hedges always look so wonderful when they have been cut and it is the Friends who pay for it.


There are still more things that are in need of replacement or repair in this ancient and lovely church of ours. Most pressing is probably the boiler which is on its last lets and will need to be replaced by an environmentally-friendly option at an horrendous cost. We still haven’t forgotten the desperate need for a toilet for use by the congregation and visitors to the cemetery and the management of the churchyard now that the large conifers have been removed.


Please join the Friends of St Mary’s if you are not already a member and support a dedicated group of people determined that this beautiful church should not fall into decay. Details of membership can be found here. If you are already a member, don’t forget to renew your membership for 2022.


The Friends of St Mary’s has The Right Honorable The Earl of Liverpool as President and His Grace The Duke of Beaufort as Patron. We also had one Honorary Vice President in Sir George White, one of the original founders of the Friends.

However, in the past year it has been our great pleasure to elect three new Honorary Vice Presidents. This honour goes to people who have given outstanding service to The Friends of St Mary’s and to the church. The new Honorary Vice Presidents are:

  • Mr John Appleby
  • Mr William Fairney
  • Sir Ian Macfadyen

The first two were presented with their scrolls at the Service of Nine Lessons and Carols, and Sir Ian, who was on holiday at the time, received his scroll at the St Wulfstan Service on 19th January.


We are planning a number of maintenance forays into the churchyard this year to see if we can at last get it under control. The first will be Saturday 12th February at 10.30am. Please do come and help – no experience necessary, just enthusiasm and whatever tools you have to hand.

NEW FUNDRAISING EVENT: Bristol Male Voice Choir (14th May)

To end on a brighter note, as we see the light at the end of the Covid tunnel, we are beginning to plan new fundraising events for the coming year. The first of these is the Bristol Male Voice Choir singing in the church on Saturday 14th May. Don’t forget to put it in your diaries.

Best wishes to all Friends and potential Friends.

Colin Dixon


Sunday 6th February Holy Communion (9.30am)

Sunday 13th February Evensong (6pm)

Sunday 20th February Matins (9.30am)

Sunday 27th February Evensong (6pm)

Online video services will continued to be streamed at 10am on the first and third Sundays and live-streamed from Hawkesbury on second and fourth Sundays at www/youtube.com/c/badmintonbenefice.