Benefice Newsletter – Sunday 12th September (& The Opening of St Mary For A Harvest Festival Service on Sunday 3rd October)

Dear Congregation and Friends of St Mary Longcot,

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

Holy Communion –  St John Fernham.   Tomorrow’s service at St John Fernham will be Holy Communion at 9.30am and will be led by the Revd Norma.

Opening of St Mary The Virgin Longcot.  We are planning to hold our first service in the newly refurbished St Mary on Sunday 3rd October at 3pm.  It will be a Village Harvest Festival service with our Methodist colleagues.  Details will be published shortly but you can rest assured that there will be more that just coffee and cake in the way of refreshments.

Volunteers Needed.  In the meantime there is still much to be done inside St Mary in order to ensure that we are ready for that first service.  The bell ringers have already made a start in the bell tower and the windows in the nave have already been cleared of their cobwebs and builders dust, but there is much more that would benefit from the help of some willing volunteers.  For example, we need a small group to move tables and chairs up to the mezzanine this coming week (say Tuesday 14th September at 6pm for 20 minutes?); then a larger group of strong volunteers to move pews and give them an initial clean on Saturday 18th September from 10.30am to 12.30pm; and then a group to clean the nave and sanctuary from 14.30pm to 16.30pm in the afternoon of Saturday 18th September.  Please offer whatever time you can – there will still be plenty to do in the following weeks.  Please just send me an email or text me so that I have a rough idea of who will be turning up. Depending upon the progress that we make, I will ask for further volunteers for specific tasks in the following weeks.  Thank you in advance!

Best wishes,

Dennis

Longcot with Fernham PCC

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Benefice Newsletter 5th September

Please find attached next week’s Newsletter, the Bible Readings for Sunday 5th September and ‘Look’, the Sunday sheet for children.

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Benefice Newsletter – Sunday 29th August

Dear Congregation and Friends of St Mary,

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

Benefice Service – St John’s Church Fernham.  This Sunday’s service is a Benefice Service at St John’s Church, Fernham, at 11am, and will be led by the Revd Norma Fergusson.  All are welcome.

St Mary’s Church.  The refurbishment inside St Mary’s Church is nearly complete.  Keith is in contact with ABS Builders in order to sequence the final clearing up by them inside the church which will then leave us in the congregation to clean off the pews and reorder them inside the nave.  We would be very grateful for some willing volunteers to help with this and either Keith or I will be in touch with you at the start of September with details.  We are then planning to resume normal services at the beginning of October.  Again, details will be sent out once they are absolutely firm.  In the meantime, many of you will have noticed the scaffolding on the south side of the bell tower.  Through some very generous donations Keith has managed to raise enough money to pay for the repairs to the roof.  We also now have clearance from the Diocese to proceed and the work will begin at the start of the month.

Ride & Stride (R&S) 2021.  My apologies for not getting this information out earlier but the annual Ride & Stride event will take place on Saturday 11th September.  Although St Mary will not be open to welcome Striders, it is still hoped that one or two brave souls from the Village will be able to visit some of the churches in the Vale and obtain some sponsorship.  If you are interested in taking part, please contact me asp for details, including sponsorship forms.  I would particularly welcome potential Striders who are undertaking their DofE Award!

Village Newsletter.  A copy of the September ‘Village Newsletter’ is attached.

Best Wishes,

Dennis

Longcot with Fernham PCC


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Benefice Newsletter – Sunday 15th August

Dear Congregation and Friends of St Mary,

Please find attached this week’s Benefice Newsletter and associated documents. I am no longer able to guarantee forwarding the Newsletter on time every week, so if you would like to have an assured copy of the document then please make contact with Lucy and she will put you on the distribution for her Friday evening e-mail.

Morning Prayer – St John’s Church Fernham.  This Sunday’s service is at St John’s Church, Fernham, at 9.30am.  It is a Morning Prayer and will be led by Richard Fergusson.

St Mary’s Church Longcot. Keith reports that we are close to finishing the LVT’s Community Hub work in St Mary’s and, after all of the necessary cleaning and reordering of furniture and other bits and pieces, the church should be reopening in early September, nearly 2 months earlier than expected.  It is a fantastic achievement and we should offer our sincere thanks to Keith, our architect (Christian Randall) and the team from ABS Builders.

Best Wishes,

Dennis


Longcot with Fernham PCC

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Benefice Newsletter – Sunday 1st August

Dear Congregation and Friends of St Mary,

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

Longcot Concerts.  Due to the likelihood of inclement weather last Sunday the Longcot Concerts changed their venue from the Village Green to St Andrew’s church in Shrivenham.  Both the concerts were wonderful events – full of music and joy.  We were also able to raise nearly £700 for the repairs to the tower roof at St Mary, which is an enormous help.  Many thanks to all of you who contributed so generously.  (More on the plans for the repair in a week or so.)  Our very grateful thanks to Vicky Medcalf and the Clarinet Collective for the performances and to Norma and David Watson for their warm hospitality at St Andrew’s Church.

Family Service – St John’s Church Fernham.  This Sunday’s service is at St John’s Church, Fernham, at 9.30am.  It is a family service and will be led by Richard Fergusson.

Longcot Chapel. A joint service will be held in the Longcot Chapel at 3pm on Sunday.

Village Newsletter.  Please also find attached a copy of the Village Newsletter.

Best Wishes,

Dennis

Longcot with Fernham PCC

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Benefice Newsletter – Sunday 18th July

Dear Congregation and Friends of St Mary,

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

Many congratulations to Keith Reid who has been awarded the accolade of ‘Fellow of St Birinus’ by the Bishop of Dorchester for his work in the Parish over the past 10 years.  The building of the Community Hub in St Mary being just one aspect of his outstanding contribution!

Due to the changing COVID restrictions, there are now more tickets available for the two concerts on the Longcot Village Green on Sunday 25th  July. Please see the newsletter for more details if you wish to book.

Best Wishes,

Dennis


Longcot with Fernham PCC

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Benefice Newsletter – Sunday 11th July & APCM Report

Dear Congregation and Friends of St Mary,

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

Holy Communion – Sunday 11th July.  Norma will be leading a service of Holy Communion in St John’s Church Fernham on Sunday.  The service begins at 9.30am.

Annual Parish Vestry Meeting and Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM).  The Annual Parish (Longcot with Fernham) Vestry meeting and APCM will be held on Wednesday 14th July at 7pm by Zoom (both online and by telephone).  The meeting is held in two parts and is then followed by a PCC meeting.  Anyone resident in the parish whose name is entered on the register of local government electors is welcome to attend the Vestry Meeting, but only those on the church electoral roll may attend the APCM which follows.  Anybody who wishes to serve on the PCC should contact Canon Paul or Norma as soon as possible  If you wish to attend either of the meetings then please contact Lucy Laird, the PCC Secretary, for details of how to join.  Her details are as follows:

Address: Lucy Laird, 32 Colton Road, Shrivenham SN6 8AZ
Telephone: 01793 783519
E-Mail address: shrivenham.ashbury.benefice@outlook.com<mailto:shrivenham.ashbury.benefice@outlook.com>

A copy of the agendas and the annual report are also attached to this e-mail.

Building Work in St Mary.  Work on the community space in St Mary continues apace and a formal site meeting to check progress will be held next week between the architect, builder and LVT representative (Keith).

Online Services. As usual the details of the Benefice sermons and 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 July

Dear Congregation and Friends of St Mary,

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

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Benefice Newsletter – Sunday 27th June

Dear Congregation and Friends of St Mary,

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

Benefice Holy Communion Service – Sunday 27th June.  There will be a Benefice Holy Communion Service in St Mary’s Church Ashbury on Sunday.  The service begins at 11am.

Longcot Village Green Concerts.  Details are in the Newsletter.

Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM).  The Parish (Longcot with Fernham) APCM will be held on Wednesday 14th July at 7pm.  It will be a Zoom meeting, so if you wish to take part please contact Lucy, our Benefice Administrator at: shrivenham.ashbury.benefice@outlook.com.  Please also contact Lucy if you wish to be on the Parish Electoral Roll.

Online Services. As usual the details of the Benefice sermons and 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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Longcot Village Green Concerts

Vicky Medcalf and the Clarinet Collective have just announced that they are returning for two more 50 minute concerts on The Green on Sunday afternoon, 25th July.

If you’d like to book for either of these very special concerts, please click on the event details below. Booking is essential due to Covid regulations. Tickets are free but donations would be appreciated for St Mary’s Bell Tower Roof which is in desperate need of restoration.

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