We are delighted to announce that regular services will resume in St Mary’s at the end of April, beginning with Evensong at 6pm on Sunday 25th April.
Our streamed services will continue via the Badminton Benefice website www.youtube.com/c/badmintonbenefice.
Lisa Overton, Secretary of the Friends of St Mary’s, provides our latest news round-up:
We are at last seeing the church tower appearing from its strange white cladding and scaffolding and the excellent conservation done by Carrek of Bristol will be visible.
NEW BELLS PROGRESS
When Covid restrictions are lifted again, and spring is on its way, we hope to be able to gather to see all the improvements to the church, inside and out, which Colin’s photos show already. The new bells (should we call them ‘Applebells’?) are being tuned, the frame to hang them from prepared and before they are hoisted through the tower hatches, we hope the Bishop of Gloucester will come to bless them at a special service. So there is much to look forward to.
THANK YOU FOR DONATIONS
Many thanks to those kind supporters of hunkypunks and gargoyles who sent in donations for their conservation. We hope they will now be able to glare down on us and many future generations in Hawkesbury.
It’s that time of year again! We will be turning our attention to a good clear-up of the churchyard once the scaffolding comes down, and would appreciate some strong and energetic helpers when the time comes and Covid restrictions are eased. We need to clip and clear ivy, clean gulleys and gutters and weed paths. If you would like to help, please contact me.
With thanks to John Seager for allowing us to use his beautiful photograph of St Mary’s against the Milky Way, taken at three o’clock in the morning!
Due to lockdown, all services will be online this month, hosted on the Badminton Benefice’s YouTube account here.
6th – 10am – Presentation of Christ in the Temple (from Hawkesbury)
13th – 10am – Sunday before Lent (from Leighterton)
20th – 10am – 1st Sunday of Lent (from Oldbury)
27th – 10am – 2nd Sunday of Lent (from Badminton)
PLUS Midweek services on Zoom – every Wednesday at 9.30am
(Please contact the Vicar if you would like to attend)
The face of St Mary’s has been covered up for the first time in many years as the structural repairs to the tower are started. The scaffolding will be in place until early in the near year.
Progress Report on New Bells
The new peal of eight bells has been cast and will be taken out of the casts in the next few days. Photos to follow! The bells will then be brought over to England to be tuned before they are hung over the winter.
This Month’s Services
The church is now open again for services, and this month’s rota is as follows:
2nd – 9.30am – Morning Prayer
6th – 9.30am – Holy Communion
9th – 9.30am – Morning Prayer
13th – 6pm – Evensong
16th – 9.30am – Morning Prayer
20th – 9.30am – Morning Praise
23rd – 9.30am – Morning Communion
27th – 6pm – Evensong