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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Jubilee Picnic

It was great to see so many people turn up for the Jubilee Picnic on Friday, the money raised will be a massive help to the village trust. Hopefully now that Covid is going away, the village can host more of these events for you to enjoy.

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Benefice Newsletter – Sunday 5th June

Dear Congregation and Friends of St Mary Longcot,

Please find attached the Benefice Newsletter for Sunday 5th June and the associated documents, as well as a note below from Lucy, our Benefice Administrator.

Opening of the Longcot Village Community Hub in St Mary’s Church.   Thank you to everybody who attended and helped out at the opening of the Community Hub last Sunday.  It was a lovely event and was made extra special by all those who contributed their time and effort to make it so.  As Lucy explains in her e-mail below, she has just received photographs of the opening, so has included some of them in the Newsletter.

Sunday Pentecost Service at St Mary, Longcot.  This Sunday’s service will be Holy Communion by extension and will be led by Richard Fergusson.  Start time is the usual 9.30am.   In common with many parts of the Oxford Diocese we will be offering communion in two kinds again from Sunday (wafer and wine) but it is a personal decision whether you want to take the common cup or continue to take just the wafer.  Please see the Newsletter for further details.

Best Wishes,

Dennis

Longcot with Fernham PCC

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Benefice Newsletter – Sunday 29th May

Dear Congregation and Friends of St Mary Longcot,

Slightly late this week but please find attached the Benefice Newsletter for Sunday 29th May and the associated documents.

Formal Opening of the Longcot Village Community Hub in St Mary’s Church – Sunday 29th May. Holy Communion will be led by the Archdeacon of Dorchester at St Mary The Virgin Longcot tomorrow and will be followed by the formal opening of the Community Hub by the Lord-Lieutenant of Oxfordshire. Full details are contained in the Newsletter. 

Best Wishes,

Dennis

Longcot with Fernham PCC

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Benefice Newsletter – Sunday 22nd May

Dear Congregation and Friends of St Mary Longcot,

Please find attached the Benefice Newsletter for Sunday 22nd May and the associated documents.

Clarinet Collective Concert – 6.30pm Saturday 21st May in St Mary.  Just a last reminder about the concert tonight.  The bar opens at 6pm and the concert starts at 6.30pm. There are some places left, so please remember to e-mail Vicky Medcalf (victorialmedcalf@gmail.com) if you wish to attend. The church flower team have done a wonderful job of producing a ‘Rose, Leek, Thistle and Shamrock’ set of themed arrangements.  Some photos of them are on the back page of the Newsletter.

Sunday’s Service at St Mary.  Sunday’s service in St Mary will be Holy Communion and will be led by the Revd Norma 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 one week away. Details are contained in the Benefice Newsletter and have also been posted on-line and on noticeboards around the village. 

Best Wishes,

Dennis

Longcot with Fernham PCC

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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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