RIP Stephanie Diane Appleby

We are so sorry to hear of the death of Stephanie Appleby, wife of John, both dear Friends of St Mary’s.

Stephanie passed away peacefully in the Bristol Royal Infirmary, on Thursday 6th January 2022, aged 82 years.

Stephanie was John’s much loved and adored wife, and she will be greatly missed by all her family and many friends.

Colin Dixon tolled Wulfstan, the tenor bell bearing Stephanie’s name, 82 times, after Evensong that day, and some of her family and friends came to listen. Candles were lit and Lisa Overton said some prayers.

A funeral service will be held on Friday 28th January at St Mary the Virgin Church, Hawkesbury (GL9 1BN) at 2pm.

Family flowers only.

Donations if desired made payable to “The RNLI” and sent c/o Philip Horgan at L.E.Perry funeral directors. Ridgeway Coach House. 13 Hampton Street. Tetbury. GL8 8JN. Phone 01666 502295. Email Website:

Beautiful 2022 Calendar Supports Badminton Benefice

Now available in a strictly limited edition of just 100 is the perfect Christmas present for anyone who loves the beautiful Cotswold churches in the Badminton Benefice.

The Benefice’s music director and videographer Ben Humphries has captured twelve stunning seasonal images while filming our services at St Mary’s Hawkesbury and the seven other parish churches within the Benefice throughout lockdown. (For more stunning images on video, subscribe to the Benefice’s Youtube channel here.)

Like so many organisations, the Badminton Benefice has suffered from being unable to hold fundraising events since the outbreak of Covid. Ben’s generous donation to its cause of all profits from calendar sales will make a real difference to the work of the Benefice.

Printed on high-quality, silken stock, this exclusive calendar is now available to order in three ways:

The £10 price includes a sturdy white cardboard envelope, enabling you to post it to friends and relations anywhere in the world – the perfect gift for anyone who has moved away from the Benefice or who loves to visit it.

LIMITED EDITION OF 100 – so buy yours now to avoid disappointment!