Longcot Flower Festival 15th-23rd May and concerts in St. Mary’s Church, Longcot

Our 1940’s theme with its street party and designs featuring Longcot tales is a bright welcome back to the annual flower festival. The church will be open to visitors from 10-4pm each day. On Saturday 22nd May there will be two short concerts at 3.30pm and 6pm by the Clarinet Collective, a professional clarinet sextet whose performances at St. Mary’s have been much enjoyed in recent years. The programme will include arrangements of timeless classics by Mozart, Ravel and Elgar alongside popular music from the twenties, thirties and forties, including Gershwin’s famous Rhapsody in Blue, some of Glen Miller’s greatest hits and a medley of WW2 melodies. Admission to both events is free, with donations in aid of the Longcot Village Trust fund to convert St. Mary’s into a community space. Due to Covid restrictions seats for the concerts will be socially distanced and must be reserved in advance. Please email victorialmedcalf@gmail.com to make a reservation.

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Benefice Newsletter Sunday 18th April & Flower Festival/LVT Concert Flyer

Dear Congregation and Friends of St Mary,

Please find attached this week’s Benefice Newsletter and associated readings. 

Remembering HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. Please see the top of the Newsletter.

Sunday 18th April – Morning Prayer at 9.30am in St Mary.  Morning Prayer will take place in St Mary tomorrow and will focus on the Benefice Generosity Week.

Annual Flower Festival & LVT Concerts on 23rd May.  Please see the attached flyer for the Annual Flower Festival in the church and two LVT Concerts on 23rd May.  Tickets for the concerts are limited due to COVID restrictions and you are recommended to book them with Vicky Medcalf as soon as possible.

Online Services. As usual the details of the Benefice online services for this Sunday can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/shrivenhamandashbury/.   Lucy has also provided links to services that took place around the Diocese in the past week to commemorate the life of Prince Phillip.  Of particular note is the Multi-Faith service organised by the new High Sheriff of Oxfordshire, Imam Monawar Hussain.  See: https://www.facebook.com/pg/shrivenhamandashbury/posts/?ref=page_internal.

Best Wishes,

Dennis

Church Warden St Mary The Virgin, Longcot

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St Mary’s Community Facility Project – Please Donate

Longcot Village Trust has set up a GoFundMe page to try and raise the final £40,000 to renovate and improve the Church. These improvements will include an internal oak framed mezzanine structure with a staircase leading to a gallery at the west end of the Nave. This will provide ample storage and a partially glazed open meeting room which will overlook both the bell tower and the Nave. On the ground floor, a kitchenette, a private meeting room and a disabled toilet facility with baby changing will be installed. Work will also include updating the heating and lighting systems to reduce carbon footprint; installing super fact broadband access and a new, distributed IT and sound system. External pathways will also be provided to create easier access for the elderly and disabled. Hopefully this will be able to encourage others to join in with the village community and possibly bring new residents to the village.

We have already raised a sum of £150,000 but we would love for you to make a donation to help us reach our goal to help the community.

Here is the link to the GoFundMe page https://gofund.me/c50aa054

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Benefice Newsletter – Sunday 11th April

Dear Congregation and Friends of St Mary,

Please find attached this week’s Benefice Newsletter. 

Remembering HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.  There is now much information online which suggests how we can offer thanksgiving for the life of the Duke of Edinburgh and to remember his many achievements.  These include:

  • The Palace website, which has been updated to cover various aspects of the Duke’s life and work.  It also contains an online book of condolence.  See: https://www.royal.uk/
  • In addition, the CofE Archbishops have promulgated a guidance document for parish churches for use during this period of mourning. A copy is attached.  It contains a timeline of events on pp2-3 from the day of the announcement to the day after the funeral, which you may find quite useful.  I would, however, point out one mistake.  There is some discussion in the document about floral tributes. It is the Government and Palace’s request that floral tributes should not be placed at key locations in order to reduce the risk from COVID-19.  Instead we are being asked to make a donation, should we so desire, to organisations like the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme.  (See also the Benefice Newsletter.)

Holy Communion. A Holy Communion service will be held at St Mary’s church tomorrow at 9.30am and will be live-streamed.  Special prayers will be said for the Duke, HM The Queen and the Royal family.   

Online Services. As usual the details of the Benefice online services for this Sunday can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/shrivenhamandashbury/.  

Best Wishes,

Dennis

Church Warden St Mary The Virgin, Longcot 

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Benefice Newsletter Sunday 4th April

Dear Congregation and Friends of St Mary,

Please find attached this week’s Benefice Newsletter and associated documents. I would draw your attention to page 2 and a report on the visit of the High Sheriff of Oxfordshire to the Benefice Palm Sunday service.  During the service the High Sheriff presented a well-deserved award to Lucy Laird, our Benefice Administrator.

Easter Morning Holy Communion.  The Easter Morning Holy Communion service will be held at St Mary at 9.30am.  Please remember your masks.  All are welcome.

Online Services. As usual the details of the Benefice online services for this Sunday can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/shrivenhamandashbury/.  

Best Wishes,

Dennis

Church Warden St Mary The Virgin, Longcot 

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Good Friday – Hour of Reflection in St Mary’s Church, Longcot – Noon Friday 2nd April

Dear All,

Canon Paul will lead will lead an hour long reflective service with readings and recorded music from Noon on Friday 2nd April.  Feel free to attend for the whole period or just pop in for 5 minutes or so, but please remember your mask.  It might be an opportunity to remember those friends and family members who have died recently.

Best Wishes,

Dennis

Church Warden St Mary The Virgin, Longcot 

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Benefice Newsletter – Sunday 28th March

Dear Congregation and Friends of St Mary,

Please find attached this week’s Benefice Newsletter and associated documents. There is an extremely thoughtful item from Richard Fergusson in the Newsletter on the impact of a year of lockdowns.

Palm Sunday Service.  The Benefice Palm Sunday service will be held tomorrow in the churchyard of St Andrew’s church at 10.15am.

Easter Morning Holy Communion.  The Easter Morning Holy Communion service will be held at St Mary at 9.30am.  All are welcome.

Local Villages Newsletter.  I have also included a copy of the April 2021 edition of the local villages newsletter.  (Richard makes another appearance there as well!)

Online Services. As usual the details of the Benefice online services for this Sunday can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/shrivenhamandashbury/.  

Best Wishes,

Dennis

Church Warden St Mary The Virgin, Longcot 

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Benefice Newsletter Sunday 21st March

Dear Congregation and Friends of St Mary,

Newsletter. Please find attached this week’s Benefice Newsletter and associated documents.  I would draw your attention to the article on the National Day of Reflection on Tuesday 23rd March.  The event is to mark the one year anniversary of the first lockdown and is intended to commemorate those that have died during the pandemic.  St Mary will be open for private prayer from 10am to 3pm and this will include a minute’s silence at Noon followed by ringing of the church bells.

Opening Up of St Mary.  Thank you to those who gently reminded me that Easter Sunday is 4th April this year.  I got the date wrong in last week’s e-mail – sorry!  Just to repeat, however, our first public service in St Mary for three months will be Holy Communion on Easter Sunday 4th April at 9.30am.  The church will also open up for private prayer on Wednesday 24th March (in addition to the Day of reflection).

Online Services.  As usual the details of the Benefice online services for this Sunday can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/shrivenhamandashbury/.  

Best Wishes,

Dennis

Church Warden St Mary The Virgin, Longcot

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St Mary’s Community Hub

Take a look at the new Longcot Village Trust page to find out more about progress on the Community Hub project in St Mary’s. We are getting very close to starting work but we still need some help to raise the final sums.

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Benefice Newsletter 14th March (Mothering Sunday)

Dear Congregation and Friends of St Mary,

Newsletter. Please find attached this week’s Benefice Newsletter and associated documents from Lucy. Richard Fergusson has written a lovely piece about Mothering Sunday, which is definitely worth a read.

Opening Up of Churches.  The plan is still for St Mary to be open for public worship from Sunday 4th April with an Easter Day Holy Communion.  The church will now also be open every Wednesday for private prayer.  See the Newsletter for timings.

Mrs Sylvia Frankham – RIP.  Thank you to everyone who contributed to Sylvia’s funeral last Wednesday but especially to Norma and Richard.  It was a lovely service which was livestreamed and seen in various countries around the world.  It is still available to view on the Benefice Facebook page.

Online Services.  As usual the details of the online services for this Sunday can be found on the Benefice Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/shrivenhamandashbury/.  

Church Grounds.  Many thanks to all those individuals who have been tidying up the flora and fauna in the churchyard.  It is really looking beautiful and well worth visiting whilst taking some lockdown exercise.

Best Wishes,

Dennis

Church Warden St Mary The Virgin, Longcot

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