October News

The Friends of St Mary’s new Chairman, Colin Dixon, writes:

We had a very successful Pimms Tent at the Hawkesbury Show, equalling other years’ profits and boosting FoSM’s depleted coffers after the bells and refurbishments projects at the Church.


It is with some sadness that we report that Sir Ian Macfadyen has recently resigned as the Chairman of the Friends and the committee. However despite his resignation he managed to collect almost £1,000 in donations – he should perhaps leave more often!

On that note, Ian will not be leaving FoSM for good because we have just elected him a Vice-President of the Friends for his tremendous work in raising funds for the Church and acting as the Chairman for the past 15 years. Congratulations, Ian, it is well deserved.

From left to right: Sir Ian Macfadyen, the Rev Richard Thomson, Bishop Rachel of Gloucester & Churchwarden Linda Fairney


Our most recent project has been the clipping of the yew hedges around the Church which is an expenditure that FoSM has traditionally taken on . The yews are now looking wonderful and they set off the Church perfectly.

It is fortuitous that the profits made on the Pimms Tent at the Show exactly matches the expenditure on the yew hedge clipping and has done for years. Buy a Pimms and clip a hedge!

In the spring we removed some old and dangerous pine trees that have overshadowed the Church, leaving a clear space and allowing a tremendous amount of additional light into the Church.


However the nettles – identifying a niche in the market – have now overtaken the space released by the trees and need to be removed. We need nettle-pulling volunteers with stout gloves and a stout heart – send me an email at coldix365@gmail.com and we will arrange a foray into the undergrowth.


We have identified a number of potential projects for the future which we could raise funds for and our help is needed even more after the Covid lockdowns and the Church’s depleted earnings. We will be covering them in more detail in later issues.


By signing up to the Friends of St Mary’s, you are making a statement that our beautiful Church is worth preserving and keeping it at the heart of the community. To find out more about joining FoSM, click here.


3rd October – 9.30am Holy Communion
10th October – 6pm Harvest Festival Evensong
17th October – 9.30am Morning Praise
24th October – 6pm Evensong

June 2021 News

Lisa Overton, Secretary of the Friends of St Mary’s, provides our latest news round-up:

The blessing of our new bells took place on 22nd May, and the next few weeks will see the bells hoisted up through the tower hatches to their new hanging frame, followed by final adjustments, and the start of practice by Colin Dixon’s team of bell ringers. We hope many parishioners will enjoy the sound of the new bells ringing out across our woods and fields.


On 10th September, a service of inauguration will take place. This will complete our major project on the tower of St Mary’s, and our thanks must go to all those who have supported and contributed over recent years – it has been a terrific achievement.


Our next project is to clear the ground on the south side of the churchyard following the removal of the fir trees: we have made a start, but there is plenty more to do and we would welcome any volunteers to help with this during the summer. Rewards for the hard work include tea, coffee and cakes, and the opportunity to bag up and take away some rather good compost. When finished, we will be able to complete the yew hedge round the church yard, planting in the autumn, repairing the stone wall next to the cemetery, and planning the provision of an eco-loo for community use.

AGM (25th July)

We plan to hold this year’s AGM at 5pm on Sunday 25th July (not the 11th as previously advertised) with Evensong, in the church – and what a blessing that will be.

Further events, we hope, will follow in the late summer and autumn, so please keep an eye on our website.


  • Saturday 28th August: Pimms Tent at the Hawkesbury Show
  • Sunday 19th December: FOSM Service of Nine Lessons and Carols


We are delighted that we are now able to hold services in St Mary’s again. Please bring masks when you come to church and obey the social distancing rules. Our sidesmen will help to keep everything in order.

6th – 9.30am – Holy Communion
13th – 6pm – Evensong
20th – 9.30am – Morning Praise
27th – 6pm – Festal Eucharist
4th July – 9.30am – Holy Communion

Online video services will continue to be streamed at 10am at www.youtube.com/c/badmintonbenefice