Benefice Newsletter – 9th May 2021

Dear Congregation and Friends of St Mary,

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

Sunday 9th May – Holy Communion at 9.30am in St Mary.  Tomorrow’s Holy Communion in St Mary will be taken by Canon Paul.  If somebody would like to do one of the readings, please let me know asp.

Sunday 16th May – Choral Evensong with Choir at 6pm in St Mary.  As part of the Longcot Flower Festival, a Choral Evensong will be held at 6pm in St Mary’s Church next weekend, Sunday 16th May.  The choir from St Andrew’s Church have kindly agreed to sing for us.  Due to COVID restrictions seating will be limited, so please call or text Lucy to book in.  Details: 07958 378822.

Longcot Flower Festival.  Shirley and her team of flower arrangers have been working hard on identifying what arrangements would work within the current layout of the church.  The church will be open from 10am to 4pm daily between Saturday 15th May and Sunday 23rd May. Normal COVID rules will apply so please sign in and use the hand sanitiser when you visit.  The only exception to the opening times will be on the afternoon of Saturday 22nd May, when the church will just be open for performers and concert goers during the Clarinet Collective’s afternoon concert.

Community Space. Work is due to begin on the Community Space inside St Mary at the beginning of June.  It is anticipated that we will again be able to use St John’s Church in Fernham from the beginning of the Government’s Step 3.  Assuming that happens as planned then the Longcot and Fernham Parish will be able to hold services in St John’s Church from Sunday 6th June. The pattern of services will remain broadly the same as those for St Mary but more details will follow.

Faringdon Foodbank.  Many thanks to everybody who has contributed to the Foodbank collection.   We will leave the Foodbank cardboard box inside the church until the end of May, when we will be closing for the builders to start work.

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 2nd May

Dear Congregation and Friends of St Mary,

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

Sunday 2nd May – Morning Prayer at 9.30am in St Mary.  Tomorrow’s Morning Prayer in St Mary will be taken by Canon Paul.

Gardeners.  The church gardening group will also be meeting on Sunday morning.  A lot has been done this spring thanks to a number of individuals so the churchyard is in really good condition but this is the first time the whole group will be gathering this year (socially distanced of course).  Please find attached a photo of a wonderful iris growing on the south side of the church.

Faringdon Foodbank.  Many thanks to everybody who contributed to the Foodbank collection last Wednesday.  It was well in excess of what we had expected and will make a real difference.  For anyone else who wishes to contribute, the box will remain under the table that hosts the ‘signing-in sheet’ and sanitiser.  I would just ask that you take care to ensure that the church mice can’t take the opportunity to have a little nibble, so please wrap up anything tempting!  Thank you.

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

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 25th April

Dear Congregation and Friends of St Mary,

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

Sunday 25th April – Holy Communion at 9.30am in St Mary.  Tomorrow’s Holy Communion in St Mary will be taken by Norma and will conclude the focus on the Benefice Generosity Week.

LVT Concerts on 22nd May.  The two LVT Concerts on 22nd May are now fully booked.  Thank you to all those who moved quickly to make their bookings!

DofE Award. We are lucky to have two young volunteers helping in the village as part of their DofE Award: one cleaning brasses in St Mary and one helping with the village website for the Longcot Village Trust.  Thank you very much to both of them.  (I would ask that their parents pass on our communal thanks!)

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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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 Saturday 22nd May.  Please see the attached flyer for the Annual Flower Festival in the church and two LVT Concerts on Saturday 22nd 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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