OPEN TOWER WEEKEND Saturday 23rd & 24th July, 2-5.30pm)
On the weekend of 23rd-24th July, we’ll be holding a special Open Day to allow members of the public to climb our newly-restored tower, see our fabulous new eight bells close-up, and try their hand at bell ringing.
There will also be tours to help you discover fascinating features in our ancient historic church, plus tea and cake.
In addition, on the Sunday afternoon, the beautiful gardens of Church Farm House opposite St Mary’s will be open for picnics plus croquet, boules and live music.
You’re also welcome to stay on for the annual Friends of St Mary’s Evensong service at 6pm, with guest preacher the Reverend Trevor Stubbs, from Keynsham, a great friend of Hawkesbury through his involvement with the Hawkesbury Upton Literature Festival.
Admission is free, so bring your friends and family!
Donations to the Friends of St Mary’s will be very much appreciated.
We are always on the lookout for new ideas and helpers, so if you would like to take part please contact us.
We organise a varied programme of events all year round, with four or five fund-raising socials every years for members and guests, such as open gardens around the village; tasting evenings of wine, gin and sherry; cosy suppers in the Malt House opposite the church; formal balls; themed dinners; and summer jazz afternoons on the lawn.
We also hold a service of Nine Lessons and Carols on the Sunday before Christmas and in the summer a festival evensong with eminent visiting preachers.
Everyone is welcome to Friends of St Mary’s events, including non-members, but if you are a member, you will receive a discount on your ticket to every event – another great reason to join!