July 2022 News

Colin Dixon, Chairman of FOSM, writes:

PLATINUM JUBILEE

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.

INVITATION TO OPEN TOWER EVENT (23rd & 24th July)

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.

HAWKESBURY VILLAGE SHOW (27th August)

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.

MORE WEEDING NEEDED!

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.

JULY SERVICES

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:

SUCCESSFUL CONCERT

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:

NEW GATE

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.

HELP WITH WEEDING WELCOME

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.

NEW BOOKLET ABOUT THE BELLS

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.

May 2022 News

Colin Dixon, Chairman of FOSM writes:

SPRING CLEANING CONTINUES

As the wonderful sunny weather starts, so we are back in the churchyard clearing out the weeds and nettles from the south side, where the trees were. Do come down and see the progress – it looks a lot better. If you have a few minutes to spare, do come down and help.

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR FIRST FUNDRAISER OF THE YEAR

Our next big fundraiser is on the horizon – the Bristol Male Voice Choir and the Hawkesbury Choir in concert on Saturday 14th May at 7.30pm. Our own village choir will also be singing, and their Musical Director Ben Humphries will give an organ recital.

Ticket price includes a glass of wine. Book your tickets online here or buy from Hawkesbury Stores, Colin Dixon or Lisa Overton.

photo of Bristol Male Voice Choir
One of the largest and best male voice choirs in the west
Hawkesbury’s own choir will also be singing some pieces at the concert

CHILDREN’S TALLEST SUNFLOWER COMPETITION

We are pleased to announce our new Children’s Tallest Sunflower contest. We have managed to source some “competition” sunflower seeds. These are the ones that will grow to eight feet tall and more. The seeds are £1 for three, with all proceeds going to the Friends of St Mary’s, but it’s really just a fun competition with a spectacular plant. Adults may buy the seeds for children and offer advice on growing plants. The seeds are available from Hawkesbury Stores, Hawkesbury School and Colin Dixon. The competition will be judged in the last week of August by sunflower expert John Appleby.

JUBILEE BREAKFAST WITH BELLS (Sunday 5th June)

We will have the church open over the Platinum Jubilee weekend and on the morning of Sunday 5th June, after the 9.30am Thanksgiving Service, we will be serving coffee, tea and croissants , with the bells ringing a quarter-peal at the same time.

Come and have breakfast with the sound of the bells overhead!

OPEN WEEKEND (23rd-24th July)

We are still planning our open weekend in July, which will include a ring of bells and Jazz on the Lawn. More details to follow shortly.

MAY SERVICES

Sunday 1st May Holy Communion (9.30am)

Sunday 15th May Morning Prayer (9.30am)

Sunday 22nd May Evensong (6pm)

Sunday 5th June Morning prayer (9.30am), followed by Breakfast with Bells

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