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August 2022 News

FOSM Chairman Colin Dixon writes:

The Friends of St Mary’s Annual General meeting will be held on  Sunday 14th August at 5.30pm.

The Friends of St. Mary’s is a charity which has a single purpose – to keep St Mary’s Church available to the Hawkesbury community.

What it does is to raise money to provide the sort of things that the PCC would not be able to fund.

Things such as a new West gate to the Church, a new noticeboard, trimming the yew hedges and mowing the grass around the Churchyard.

FOSM has also been a conduit of donations from benefactors such as the new central heating burner financed by John Appleby.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

You can help with these tasks in a number of ways if you want St Mary’s to continue to be a cultural centre of the Hawkesbury Community:

  • Become a member of the Friends – join online now
  • Become a committee member of the Friends – talk to me or Lisa Overton
  • Support our fundraising ventures – the next one is the Pimms Tent at the Hawkesbury Show
  • Help occasionally with clearing up the Churchyard – two hours a month?
  • Become a donor to the Friends – the next big project is the Eco Loo in the Churchyard.

The AGM is where we report on what we have done over the past year and what we are hoping to do in the future.

WHAT IS NEXT?

  • Hawkesbury Show: join us in our Pimm’s tent at the Hawkesbury Show on Saturday 27th August
  • Scarecrow Trail: come and see the FOSM Scarecrow at the Church during October (23rd-30th)
  • FOSM 9 Lessons & Carols Service on 18th December

AUGUST SERVICES

Sunday 7th August Holy Communion (9.30am)
Sunday 14th August Evensong ((6pm)
Sunday 21st August Morning Prayer (9.30am)
Sunday 28th August Ecumenical Songs of Praise in the Show Tent at Hawkesbury Upton Recreation Ground (next to the Village Hall) (11am)

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.