Longcot Village Green Concerts

On Sunday 25th July, Longcot Village green is hosting two concerts with the Clarinet Collective at 2:30pm and at 5:00pm. Feel free to bring your own rugs and chairs to socially distancely listen to classics by Mozart, Beethoven and Gounod, and also favorites such as Dambusting March and Runaway Rocking Horse. The concerts are 50 minutes long and there is no interval. The event is ADMISSION FREE with a collection aid for the renovation of the St Mary’s Church, which is in urgent need of repair.

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Benefice Newsletter – Sunday 20th June

Dear Congregation and Friends of St Mary,

Please find attached this week’s Benefice Newsletter and associated documents. There are several items concerning Longcot in the Newsletter, so it is definitely worth printing off!

Holy Communion Service By Extension – Sunday 20th June.  Richard Fergusson will be leading a Holy Communion Service in St John’s Church Fernham on Sunday.  The service begins at 9.30am.

Building Work in St Mary.  In the Newsletter our architect has shared some photos of the building work being undertaken in St Mary.  Lots of progress has already been made and there is more to come.

Longcot Village Green Concerts.  The Newsletter also contains details of the two concerts being given by the Clarinet Collective on Sunday 25th July.  A flyer is also attached which I would ask that you share with friends and relatives.  Tickets will go quickly, so book early. (PS  Kathy and I have already booked.)  For this concert Vicky and her team are raising funds for St Mary’s belltower roof.  We have put off repairing it for some time in order to raise money for the Community Hub but we are now at a stage when we can delay no longer, so please give generously to the appeal.

Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM).  The Parish (Longcot with Fernham) APCM is due to be held on Wednesday 14th July at 7pm.  A decision on whether to hold the meeting in person or via Zoom has yet to be taken and will depend on the latest Government and CofE guidance.  Nonetheless, please put the date in your diary and we will promulgate details when we are able.  In the meantime the Electoral Roll needs to be updated, so if you are not on the Roll and wish to be then please contact any member of the PCC for details or Lucy, the Benefice Administrator (shrivenham.ashbury.benefice@outlook.com<mailto:shrivenham.ashbury.benefice@outlook.com>).

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 13th June

Dear Congregation and Friends of St Mary,

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

Family Service – Sunday 13th June.  Richard Fergusson will be leading a Family Service in St John’s Church Fernham tomorrow.  The service begins at 9.30am.

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/.

Gardening Team.  Many thanks to the gardening team who met last Sunday and had a concerted clear out of the foliage around the Memorial Garden.

Canon Paul.  Canon Paul is away from 12th to 20th June, so pastoral issues should be referred to Norma during that period.

Best Wishes,

Dennis

Church Warden St Mary The Virgin, Longcot

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Benefice Newsletter – Sunday 6th June

Dear Congregation and Friends of St Mary,

Please find attached Lucy’s e-mail with this week’s Benefice Newsletter and associated documents. 

Holy Communion – Sunday 5th June.  Canon Paul will be leading Holy Communion in St John’s Church Fernham tomorrow.  The service begins at 9.30am and will be livestreamed.

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,

DennisChurch Warden St Mary The Virgin, Longcot

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Benefice Newsletter – Sunday 23rd May

Dear Congregation and Friends of St Mary,

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

Longcot Flower Festival.  The Flower Festival has two more days to run so please visit if you can but remember that the concerts will be taking place in the church this afternoon. In addition, Robert and Jill Baker will be serving teas at Treetops, The Green, from 1pm to 4pm on both Saturday and Sunday.

Morning Prayer – Sunday 23rd May.  Richard Fergusson will be leading morning prayer in St Mary’s Church tomorrow.  The service begins at 9.30am.

Community Space. Work on the Community Space inside St Mary will start on 1st June and Parish services will be held in St John’s Church, Fernham from Sunday 6th June until the end of November.

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 16th May & Details of the Longcot Flower Festival

Dear Congregation and Friends of St Mary,

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

Longcot Flower Festival.  The Flower Festival has now begun and the church will be open from 10am to 4pm daily between Saturday 15th May and Sunday 23rd May.  The only exception to these 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.  Shirley and her team of flower arrangers have outdone themselves this year with some stunning displays on the theme of ‘A Village Celebration’ from the 1940s with a street party and designs featuring Longcot in a different era.  Please find attached a photo of the nave, which provides a flavour of the decorations, but you will need to visit in person to see the wonderful displays on the windowsills!  Normal COVID rules will apply so please wear masks, sign in and use the hand sanitiser when you visit. In addition, Robert and Jill Baker will be serving teas at Treetops, The Green, from 1pm to 4pm daily.

Sunday 16th May – Choral Evensong with Choir at 6pm in St Mary.  As part of the Festival, a Choral Evensong will be held at 6pm in St Mary’s Church tomorrow, 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.

Community Space. Work on the Community Space inside St Mary will start on 1st June and Parish services will be held in St John’s Church, Fernham from Sunday 6th June until the end of November.

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 – 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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