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Your Invitation to a New FOSM Fundraiser: A Concert by the Bristol Male Voice Choir (14th May)

We’re delighted to invite you to the first fundraising event we’ve been able to hold at St Mary’s since before the pandemic.

On Saturday 14th May 2022, at 7.30pm, the renowned Bristol Male Voice Choir will entertain us with a memorable evening of music and song.

The programme will also include contributions from St Mary’s Choir and an organ recital by St Mary’s Musical Director Ben Humphries.

The concert will also provide you with an occasion to admire the newly restored tower and the new bell ringing chamber, completed last year.

During the interval, wine and nibbles will be served, so book now and look forward to a relaxed and enjoyable evening this spring.

ORDER YOUR TICKETS

You can book your ticket now online via Eventbrite using this link:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bristol-male-voice-choir-at-hawkesbury-tickets-305525092777

Tickets will also be available from Hawkesbury Stores and from FOSM committee members.

All profits from this event will be used for the ongoing work by FOSM to preserve this important part of our local heritage for present and future generations.

March 2022 News

Lisa Overton, Secretary of Friends of St Mary’s, writes:

This time last year we greeted the newly conserved church tower, its scaffolding and sheeting removed to reveal the excellent work carried out by Carrek Conservation of Bristol, and the transformation of the vestry and bellringing floor was nearing completion. Now we are all used to the changes and improvements, and enjoying the wonderful bells: how quickly we have adapted!

FUTURE PROJECTS

Our next target is to support the PCC with the improvement of lighting in the chancel, completing the tidying of the south side of the churchyard and providing a new noticeboard and gate by the entrance to the churchyard: the old ones are definitely due for recycling!

New energy-saving lights needed!

FUTURE EVENTS

As spring comes, with longer days and we hope, the end of Covid and the arrival of warmer weather, we hope to resume fund-raising events for St Mary’s. So far we have planned the following events, so please make a note of these in your diaries and check the FOSM website for details and tickets.

14th May: Concert by the Bristol Male Voice Choir

2nd-6th June: Platinum Jubilee Holiday: St Mary’s bells will be ringing and the church decorated for Matins on  Sunday 5th June. We hope to keep the church open all over the weekend.

23rd-24th July St Mary’s Festival weekend: we are planning events for Saturday afternoon and evening, with the AGM and Annual Evensong for the Friends of St. Mary’s on Sunday 24th July at 6 pm.

Saturday 27th August Hawkesbury Show: Our ever-popular Pimms Tent will provide refreshment for overheated and weary show-goers!

October half-term: Scarecrow Trail will once again have a suitable figure appearing outside the church.

Sunday 18th December, 5pm: Friends of St. Mary’s Service of Nine Lessons and Carols, followed by Mulled Wine and Mince Pies at Church Farm.

SUMMER OPENING

We also hope to have the church open every day during the summer
months and need volunteers to open and close the building. If you can
help by offering to unlock and lock the church between April and
September, either for regular days or a week, your help would be
appreciated enormously.

We also hope to offer refreshments to visitors at the weekends, so if
you would like to assist with making tea or soft drinks, or even
providing cakes and biscuits, please let us know – and THANK YOU!

HELP NEEDED!

We really appreciate helpers in the planning and delivery of all our events, so if you would like to join our team, please talk to one of the committee:

Colin Dixon – Chairman
Lisa Overton – Secretary
Mike Bendry – Treasurer
Debbie Young – Marketing
Bill Fairney
Linda Fairney
Rev Pauline Setterfield
Neil Fozzard
Sally Macfadyen
Peter Setterfield
Mary Davis
Hilary Rogers

SPRINGCLEANING THE CHURCHYARD

The Churchyard is beginning to look a lot tidier. As you will see when you venture into the churchyard, you can now see the dry stone wall on the south side. This is a bit of a mixed blessing as we can now see how much it needs repair. If there is anyone out there who would like to turn their hand to dry stone walling please let us know.

The next churchyard gardening session is 10am-12noon on Saturday 12th March. Please do come along if you would like to make a difference and help ensure that the churchyard looks its best for the summer. No expertise necessary – enthusiasm is always welcome. Bring tools or just yourself as we always have spares. It’s amazing how therapeutic a couple of hours working in the churchyard can be!

MARCH SERVICES

Wednesday 2nd March Holy Communion with Ashing (9.30am)
Sunday 6th March Holy Communion (9.30am)
Sunday 13th MarchEvensong (6pm)
Sunday 20th March Morning Prayer (9.30am)
Sunday 27th March Evensong (6pm)
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.

February 2022 News

FOSM Chairman Colin Dixon writes:

We held our Nine Lessons and Carols service for the first time in two years on 19th December with a larger than expected congregation. Once more a very satisfying service led very ably by Reverend Tunnicliffe.

COMPLETED PROJECTS

In the intervening two years since the last Nine Lessons and Carols Service, the Friends have provided over £200,000 to St Mary’s Church for the new vestry cupboards, the wonderful new glass vestry screen, the new bell ringing floor (pictured above), and of course the bells themselves.

This was only possible through the good offices of members of the Friends who donated their hard-earned money or went out and garnered charity grants from a variety of sources. We also raised money through events held over the past few years.

CONTINUING PROJECTS

At the same time, the Friends continued with their normal maintenance work, such as mowing the churchyard, clearing the weeks and paying for the cutting of the yew hedges. The yew hedges always look so wonderful when they have been cut and it is the Friends who pay for it.

NEW PROJECTS

There are still more things that are in need of replacement or repair in this ancient and lovely church of ours. Most pressing is probably the boiler which is on its last lets and will need to be replaced by an environmentally-friendly option at an horrendous cost. We still haven’t forgotten the desperate need for a toilet for use by the congregation and visitors to the cemetery and the management of the churchyard now that the large conifers have been removed.

HOW TO BECOME A FRIEND OF ST MARY’S

Please join the Friends of St Mary’s if you are not already a member and support a dedicated group of people determined that this beautiful church should not fall into decay. Details of membership can be found here. If you are already a member, don’t forget to renew your membership for 2022.

NEW VICE PRESIDENTS

The Friends of St Mary’s has The Right Honorable The Earl of Liverpool as President and His Grace The Duke of Beaufort as Patron. We also had one Honorary Vice President in Sir George White, one of the original founders of the Friends.

However, in the past year it has been our great pleasure to elect three new Honorary Vice Presidents. This honour goes to people who have given outstanding service to The Friends of St Mary’s and to the church. The new Honorary Vice Presidents are:

  • Mr John Appleby
  • Mr William Fairney
  • Sir Ian Macfadyen

The first two were presented with their scrolls at the Service of Nine Lessons and Carols, and Sir Ian, who was on holiday at the time, received his scroll at the St Wulfstan Service on 19th January.

PLEASE HELP US TIDY THE CHURCHYARD

We are planning a number of maintenance forays into the churchyard this year to see if we can at last get it under control. The first will be Saturday 12th February at 10.30am. Please do come and help – no experience necessary, just enthusiasm and whatever tools you have to hand.

NEW FUNDRAISING EVENT: Bristol Male Voice Choir (14th May)

To end on a brighter note, as we see the light at the end of the Covid tunnel, we are beginning to plan new fundraising events for the coming year. The first of these is the Bristol Male Voice Choir singing in the church on Saturday 14th May. Don’t forget to put it in your diaries.

Best wishes to all Friends and potential Friends.

Colin Dixon
Chairman

FEBRUARY SERVICES

Sunday 6th February Holy Communion (9.30am)

Sunday 13th February Evensong (6pm)

Sunday 20th February Matins (9.30am)

Sunday 27th February Evensong (6pm)

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.