OPENING OF LONGCOT COMMUNITY HUB – SUNDAY 29TH MAY

The new Community Hub in St Mary’s Church, Longcot is being

opened by the Lord-Lieutenant of Oxfordshire, Marjorie Neasham

Glasgow BEM, on Sunday 29th May. There will be a Service of Holy

Communion at 11am led by The Archdeacon of Dorchester, Judy

French. All are welcome but due to seating constraints

there is a limit on numbers, so please contact

Keith Reid or Dennis Blease to book a seat.

After the service ends there will be a 10-minute window between

12.10-12.20pm for other villagers who wish to join the

congregation and the Lord-Lieutenant will then formally open the

Community Hub at 12.20pm. This will be an opportunity to look at

the new facilities, enjoy some light refreshments and watch

bellringing from the new gallery. No booking is required and, again,

all are welcome.

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 Benefice Newsletter – Sunday 15th May



Dear Congregation and Friends of St Mary Longcot,

Please find attached the Benefice Newsletter for Sunday and associated documents. May I again draw your attention to the notice in the Newsletter about the Clarinet Collective Concert on Saturday 21st May in St Mary. 

Tomorrow’s Service at St Mary.  Tomorrow’s service in St Mary will be Morning Prayer and will be led by the Richard Fergusson.  The service starts at the normal time of 9.30am.

Formal Opening of the Longcot Village Community Hub in St Mary’s Church – Sunday 29th May. The formal opening of the Community Hub is just two weeks away. All are welcome.  Details about the event have now been posted on-line and placed on noticeboards around the village.  A copy of the notice is attached (in case you wish to share with others) and is also at the bottom of this e-mail.

Best Wishes,

Dennis

Longcot with Fernham PCC

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The Longcot Jubilee Picnic

The Longcot Jubilee Picnic

To celebrate the Queen’s 70th Jubilee we invite you to The Longcot Jubilee Picnic.

In association with Longcot Village Trust on Friday 3rd June we’ll be hanging the bunting out on the village green and hoping for beautiful weather.

Between 12 and 3pm bring a picnic to join friends and family to celebrate. There will be activities on the day including a children’s Jubilee Bonnet parade and competition, face painting and much more.

More information coming soon so keep a look out on the village noticeboards, our Facebook pages and the website.

Looking for some inspiration for your picnic?

·        What about these Jubilee swirl cupcakes?

·        Or this show stopper Union Jack cake?

·        Mini picnic quiches are perfect to share,

·        Don’t forget the perfect scone with jam and cream (or is it cream and jam!?)

Do your little ones want to get creative and enter the bonnet competition?

·        Pinterest and YouTube are full of great ideas – just search for “Children’s Diamond Jubilee Bonnet ideas’ to look back at ideas from 2012

The event is free with all welcome, on the day there will be the option to donate to the Longcot Village Trust and some additional fundraising activities to support their latest projects.

We’re looking forward to seeing everyone!

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Benefice Newsletter – Sunday 8th May

Dear Congregation and Friends of St Mary Longcot,

Please find attached the Benefice Newsletter for Sunday and associated documents. May I draw your attention to the notice in the Newsletter about the Clarinet Collective Concert on Saturday 21st May in St Mary.  The bar opens at 6pm and the concert starts at 6.30pm. Please remember to e-mail Vicky Medcalf if you wish to attend.

Tomorrow’s Service at St Mary.  Tomorrow’s service will be a Holy Communion and will be led by the Revd Norma Fergusson.  The service starts at 9.30am.

Formal Opening of the Longcot Village Community Hub in St Mary’s Church – 29th May.  Hopefully you will all have the date of the opening of the Community Hub in your diaries.  The opening will be preceded by a Holy Communion starting at 11am.  The Archdeacon of Dorchester will give the sermon.  After the service there will be a short break for other members of the village to join us and then the Lord-Lieutenant of Oxfordshire will conduct the formal opening at around 12.15pm.  We are now at the stage where we need volunteers to step forward and help organise the event.  Would potential volunteers please make contact with either Keith or me to offer their services.  Thank you in advance.

Best Wishes,

Dennis

Longcot with Fernham PCC

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Benefice Newsletter – Sunday 1st May

Dear Congregation and Friends of St Mary Longcot,

Please find attached the Benefice Newsletter for Sunday.

Tomorrow’s Service at St Mary.  Tomorrow’s service will be a Holy Communion by extension and will be led by Richard Fergusson.  The service starts at 9.30am.

Local Villages Newsletter.  Please also find attached the May edition of the Local Villages Newsletter

Best Wishes,

Dennis

Longcot with Fernham PCC

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‘An Hour At The Cross’ – Good Friday

Dear Congregation and Friends of St Mary Longcot,

On Good Friday there will be a service of reflection at St Mary entitled ‘An Hour At The Cross’.  It will be led by the Revd Norma and Richard Fergusson.  It will begin at Noon and end at 1pm. Unlike most services it does not follow a formal pattern but comprises a combination of music, readings, prayers and periods of silence.  There is no need to attend for the whole hour.  Just come and go as you feel able and enjoy the moment.  

Best Wishes,

Dennis

Longcot with Fernham PCC

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Benefice Newsletter – Sunday 10th April

Dear Congregation and Friends of St Mary Longcot,

Please find attached the Benefice Newsletter and associated documents for Sunday.

St Mary, Longcot.  This weekend’s service at St Mary is a Palm Sunday Holy Communion at 8am and will be taken by the Revd Norma. I am afraid that it has to be at an unsociably early hour in order to get Norma to Shrivenham in time to prepare for the traditional procession which begins at 10am.  Please make it if you can – otherwise there is always the procession, followed by the Benefice Family Service at St Andrew.

Electoral Rolls & APCM.  May I draw your attention to the notices about the electoral rolls and the APCM, which will be held in St Mary at 6pm on Tuesday 10th May.

Best Wishes,

Dennis

Longcot with Fernham PCC

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Benefice Newsletter – Sunday 3rd April

Dear Congregation and Friends of St Mary Longcot,

Please find attached the Benefice Newsletter and associated documents for Sunday. 

St Mary, Longcot.  Tomorrow’s Family Service at St Mary will be taken by Richard Fergusson.  It will begin at 9.30am.

Old Pews.  Thank you to everybody who made last minute bids for the old pews.  The last ones were removed from the barn on Thursday evening!

Local Villages Newsletter.  Please also find attached the April Edition of the Local Villages Newsletter.

Best Wishes,

Dennis

Longcot with Fernham PCC

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Benefice Newsletter – Sunday 27th March

Dear Congregation and Friends of St Mary Longcot,

Please find attached the Benefice Newsletter and associated documents for Sunday.  May I draw your attention to the back page of the Newsletter and a report (with photographs) of last Sunday’s dedication of the Fernham War Memorial.

St Mary, Longcot.  I am afraid that the recent surge in COVID infections within the Vale has prompted changes to the Benefice pattern of services.  Our planned Holy Communion at St Mary has now been changed to a Family service and will be led by Julian Stevens from Shrivenham.  It will begin at 9.30am.  (Don’t forget that the clocks go forward an hour tonight.)  Our very grateful thanks go to Julian who has stepped forward at short notice to take the service.

Old Pews.  This is the last opportunity to secure one of our old pews before they need to be removed from the barn next to the church.  Wednesday 30th March is the cut-off date.  So if you would like one then please make contact with Chris Gotch or me as soon as possible.  All we are asking is a donation to church funds.

Daily Opening of St Mary.  With the change to British Summer Time, we will revert to our usual pattern of opening St Mary every day from 1st April between the hours of approximately 10am to 4pm.  Feel free to come and enjoy the calm and reflective peace that St Mary provides.

Best Wishes,

Dennis

Longcot with Fernham PCC

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Benefice Newsletter – Sunday 20th March

Dear Congregation and Friends of St Mary Longcot,

Please find attached the Benefice Newsletter and associated documents for Sunday.  Given the surge in COVID infections within the Vale, may I draw your attention to the guidance on COVID and attending church, which is on the front page of the Newsletter.

St Mary, Longcot.   Pam Mullin has kindly agreed to lead our service of Morning Prayer at St Mary on Sunday, which will begin at 9.30am. 

St John, Fernham.  The new War Memorial in the Fernham Churchyard is being unveiled on Sunday and there will be a reception for invited guests in the Church afterwards.

Old Pews.  We are making steady progress in passing on the old pews but there are still a couple remaining, so please let me know if you are interested in having one.  All we are asking is a donation to church funds.

APCM.  A date for your diaries is Tuesday 10th May at 6pm, when we will be holding the Longcot with Fernham Annual Parochial Church Meeting in St Mary’s Church.  More details will be shared nearer the time.

Best Wishes,

Dennis

Longcot with Fernham PCC 

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