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August 2021 News

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

AGM

A full report on the AGM, which took place on Sunday 25th July, will be included in our September news round-up.

COMING EVENTS

Once again, the Friends of St Mary’s will be hosting the Pimm’s Tent on Hawkesbury Show Day (Saturday 28th August). Come and see us in our new location with a ringside view.

We would welcome any volunteers to help serve the drinks and manage the tent. Please contact Colin Dixon (coldix365@gmail.com) if you can assist.

We hope that as restrictions ease, we can hold more events in the autumn, including a performance by the Bristol Male Voice Choir and a newly-commission composition by Andrew Heath to celebrate the Hawkesbury bells.

Our annual FOSM Service of Nine Lessons and Carols will take place on Sunday 19th December.

MEMBERSHIP

We are very keen to recruit new members of the Friends of St Mary’s as we emerge from the constraints of the last 18 months. You do not have to belong to the Church of England or be a parishioner, just be someone who would like to support our beautiful parish church and preserve it for future generations to enjoy.

Subscriptions are:

  • Annual membership – £10 singe, £15 joint
  • Life membership; – £200 single, £250 joint

Subscriptions are due 1st August each year. If you are a UK taxpayer and would like to GiftAid your subscription, we can supply the relevant form, which can be signed and returned along with a cheque or online donation to our Treasurer, Mr Michael Bendry, 14 Hunters Mead, Hawkesbury Upton GL9 1BL.

AUGUST SERVICES

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.

1st – 9.30am – Holy Communion
8th – 6pm – Evensong
15th – 9.30am – Morning Praise
22nd – 6pm – Evensong
29th – 9.30am – Holy Communion

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

Watch St Mary’s New Bells in Action

To celebrate the successful inspection of our magnificent ring of eight bells, James Joynson has made this five-minute video providing a close-up view of the bells as they chime.

As Bell Master for the  Wotton branch of the Gloucester and Bristol Diocesan Association of Bell Ringers (G&BDABR), James is and responsible for technical aspects of bells and bell ringing training within the Diocese, and has been doing a terrific job training St Mary’s new band of bell ringers, led by Tower Captain Colin Dixon.

New bell ringers are welcome to expand our band – no prior experience necessary – so if you’d like to try your hand at bell ring, please don’t hesitate to email Colin Dixon for more information.

July 2021 News

The new ringing floor above the beautifully refurbished vestry

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

AGM

We are hopeful that all restrictions will finally end on 19th July so that we will be able to hold our Annual General Meeting and Choral Evensong in St Mary’s on Sunday 25th July, so we encourage as many of you to attend as possible. We may even be able to hear the new bells.

The AGM will be held at 5.30pm, and Choral Evensong will follow at 6pm.

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

SAVE THESE DATES

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

JULY SERVICES

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.

4th – 9.30am – Holy Communion
11th – 6pm – Evensong
18th – 9.30am – Morning Praise
25th – 6pm – Evensong
1st August – 9.30am – Holy Communion

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