Benefice Newsletter – Sunday 20th November

Dear Congregation and Friends of St Mary Longcot,

Please find attached the Benefice Newsletter for tomorrow, Sunday 20th November, and the associated readings.

Sunday Service. Tomorrow’s Service at St Mary’s Church will be Morning Prayer.  Chris Gotch has kindly agreed to lead the worship for us. Start time is the usual 9.30am.  

Fundraising Talk – Tom Arnold.  Well done to Tom for a wonderfully entertaining talk in St Mary last night and for all those who helped serve drinks, collect donations and wash-up glasses.

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Benefice Newsletter – Sunday 13th November

Dear Congregation and Friends of St Mary Longcot,

Please find attached the Benefice Newsletter for tomorrow, Sunday 13th November, and the associated readings.

Remembrance Service. Tomorrow’s Remembrance Service at St Mary’s Church will be taken by the Revd Norma Fergusson.  It will begin at 10.45am by the War Memorial and will then move inside the church after the Act of Remembrance.  

Fundraising Talk – Tom Arnold.  I would like to draw your attention in the Newsletter to the details of Tom Arnold’s fundraising talk at 7.30pm on Friday 18th November.  It was originally planned to be held in St John’s Church, Fernham, but due to the recent fire the talk has been relocated to St Mary’s Church.  Please do share details of this event with friends and relatives, and enjoy a relaxing and amusing evening with Tom.  Wine and cheese will be on offer.

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Benefice Newsletter – Sunday 6th November

Dear Congregation and Friends of St Mary Longcot,

Please find attached the front page of the Benefice Newsletter.

Sunday Service.  Tomorrow’s service at St Mary will be a Holy Communion by extension led by Richard Fergusson. It will be at the usual time of 9.30am.

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Benefice Newsletter (Sunday 30th October) & November Edition of the Local Villages Newsletter

Dear Congregation and Friends of St Mary Longcot,

Please find attached the Benefice Newsletter for Sunday 30th October and the associated readings.

Sunday Service. There is no service in St Mary’s Church this Sunday. Instead, the Revd Norma Fergusson will lead a Benefice Service of Holy Communion at Watchfield.  Start time is 10am.  

Sunday Service Next Week. The next service at St Mary will be a Holy Communion by extension on Sunday 6th November at the usual time of 9.30am.

Local Villages Newsletter.  Please also find the November edition of the Local Villages Newsletter.

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Benefice Newsletter – Sunday 23rd October

Dear Congregation and Friends of St Mary Longcot,

Please find attached the Benefice Newsletter for Sunday 23rd October and the associated readings.

Sunday Service.  The Revd Norma Fergusson will lead a service of Holy Communion tomorrow morning at St Mary.  Start time is the usual 9.30am.  

Torriano Ensemble.  We were treated to a lovely concert by the Torriano Ensemble in St Mary’s Church last Sunday evening.  Thank you to all of you who attended and who gave so generously to the collection for the Longcot Village Trust.  Special thanks are also due to the musicians, to Vicky Medcalf who organised the event, Lucy and Ollie Self for organising refreshments, and to Shirley and the flower arrangers for creating a wonderful Harvest feel inside the church.

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Fun with Christmas Flowers

Enjoy a morning at a flower workshop and weave and decorate a festive willow wreath a to take home

Thursday 8thth December 2022 from 10am – 12 noon

at the Community Hub, St Mary’s Church, Longcot

£20 per person including materials and refreshments

For more information and to book a place contact

Shirley Dalton-Morris on

01793 782989 or sdm57@btinternet.com

(spaces limited to 10)

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Newsletter – 16th October

Dear Congregation and Friends of St Mary Longcot,

Please find attached the Benefice Newsletter for Sunday 16th October and the associated readings. May I draw your attention to the notice in the Newsletter about the concert in St Mary’s church at 6pm on Sunday.  There are a few places left so please book in with Vicky at: victorialmedcalf@gmail.com

Sunday Service.  Richard Fergusson will lead a service of Morning Prayer tomorrow morning at St Mary.  Start time is the usual 9.30am.  

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Chamber Music Concert – Sunday 16th October 22 – 6pm St Marys

       This concert features the relatively unusual but very mellow and sonorous instrumental 

       combination of two clarinets, two horns and two bassoons. Beethoven’s effervescent

       Sextet  Op. 76 and Mozart’s sublime Serenade in E flat K. 375 are teamed with a

       characterful  20th Century work by the Hungarian composer Matyas Seiber,  which is

       described by Donal Hurley  in the Edinburgh  Review as ‘quite scrumptious: warmly

       lyrical,  sometimes  pastoral, with some influences from jazz rhythm and a lot of

       influences  from Hungarian folk music.’

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Benefice Newsletter – Sunday 25th September

Dear Congregation and Friends of St Mary Longcot,

Please find attached the Benefice Newsletter for Sunday 25th September and the associated readings. (Please see the notices in the newsletter about the flower workshop and the concert.)

Sunday Service.  There is a Benefice Harvest Festival Service at St John’s Church Fernham tomorrow, so there will be no service at St Mary.  Start time is the 11am.  

Forecast of Services at St Mary.

  • Sunday 2nd October: Our harvest festival service will be a communion by extension led by Richard Fergusson. Start time 9.30am.  (The flower arrangers will be decorating the church on Thursday 29th September from around 10am.)
  • Sunday 9th October: Service of Holy Communion led by the Revd Norma Fergusson.  Start time 9.30am.  
  • Sunday 16th October: Morning Prayer led by Richard Fergusson. Start time 9.30am.  

Local Villages Newsletter For October.  Please find attached the October edition of the local villages newsletter.  I would draw your attention to pages 5 & 6, which provide details of the next concert by the Torriano Ensemble in St Mary’s Church on Sunday 16th October.  Please reserve your tickets through Vicky.

Stan Hutchings – RIP.  Some of you may remember Stan Hutchings (a former churchwarden of St Mary), who died in August.  His nephew, Neil Gerring, is walking the Cotswold Way in memory of his uncle Stan on 27th September, and raising money for the Royal British Legion, a cause close to Stan’s heart. If you would like to sponsor Neil, please use the following link: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/neil-gerring1

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Fun with Flowers

Ten people enjoyed Flowers for Fun a flower arranging demonstration and workshop in the Village Hub in St Mary’s Church on Saturday. Shirley Dalton-Morris talked through basics and tips while arranging two designs before everybody had a chance to produce these decorative arrangements using a baked bean tin! to take home. The consensus was an enjoyable morning, the church worked well for such an event and it was good to meet new people from the village. Slightly surprised Ride & Striders found the church full of activity as they signed in and enjoyed a welcome drink. A Christmas Fun with Flowers may be coming!

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