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

St Wulfstan Joins the Hawkesbury Scarecrow Trail

This autumn the Friends of St Mary’s are pleased to support Hawkesbury Pre-School’s annual Scarecrow Trail, which runs from Saturday 24th October to Sunday 1st November.

The theme is Superheroes and Villains, and who better to nominate than St Mary’s local hero, St Wulfstan?

Wulfstan was parish priest at St Mary’s almost a millennium ago, and was canonised after his death. He’s designated the patron saint of vegetarians because he gave up meat after once finding himself distracted from prayer by the delicious smell of a roasting goose.

He’s the first stop on the Trail Map now for sale in Hawkesbury Stores, which lists an amazing 26 scarecrows to see all around the village. The map costs just £1 and all funds raised go to Hawkesbury Pre-School.

To find out more about St Wulfstan, including the stained glass window installed in his honour  visit his special page on our website here.

photo of scarecrow with wooden goose and pumpkins outside church
Hawkesbury’s very own saint – as represented in the 2020 Hawkesbury Scarecrow Trail