The summer months may be coming to an end but the high level of activity continues. This month we have two very big weekends coming up (see below), work to restore our building’s stonework is well underway and we will end the month with our Harvest Festival.
Last month we were busy with holiday clubs Pirates Holiday Club (for the kids) and Holidays at Home (for the young at heart). See the photos in our Gallery.
HERITAGE OPEN DAYS (7th-10th September)
St Mary’s will be open to visitors 9am – 6pm each day. Guide books are available to purchase and refreshments are always available.
Saturday 9th Sept –
Bishop David is visiting just before 10am to present us with an Engage Award for our stars on the tower
We, once again, welcome a local group of amateur radio enthusiasts who will be taking part in Churches on the Air 10am to 4pm
Coffee & Cakes available 10.30am til noon.
Some of us will be taking part in the Ride & Stride event (sponsor form in church)
Sunday 10th Sept –
Guided tours / talks at 2pm and 3.30pm
Last year during Heritage Weekend we launched our Restoration Appeal , hosted a local amateur radio group taking part in Churches on the Air, welcomed Bishop David who presented us with our first Engage Award (for the extended pathway) and took part in a rather damp Ride & Stride event. Hoping for better weather this year!
*800* CELEBRATION WEEKEND
We celebrate the 800th anniversary of the first priest in Buckden as well as the many and varied local talents that have contributed to the *800 and counting* challenge. We hope that all those who have taken part in the challenge to “grow the money” will be returning the proceeds over the weekend.
Saturday 16th Sept Celebration Day – the day will run from 11am to 4pm with food available all day. Elvis is coming to sing for us, as are others who wish to share their talents. Something for everyone we hope. Bring family and friends. Come and Celebrate our *800 and counting events* in our beautiful Church.
Sunday 17th Sept Celebration Service – our 11am Family Service will be a special celebration service giving thanks for 800 years of priests here, for the talents within the village and for the money raised to help maintain our beautiful church building.
In a series of articles published in the Buckden Roundabout, our historian Barry Jobling has guided us through the 800 years of priests recorded in Buckden. His articles will soon be reproduced on this website.
Our chosen Charity for September-October is BLOODWISE www.bloodwise.org.uk , formerly Leukaemia & Lymphoma research. It has an aim to create a future without blood cancer, which sadly has specifically touched 3 of our congregation in recent times. Our campaign starts at the beginning of September by supporting the efforts of Gary Wells, who is riding under the “Bloodwise” banner in the cycle event, Ride Across Britain, which involves 9 daily stages from Land’s End to John O’Groats, a total of almost 1000 miles. We will be looking to get sponsors, for a particular stage, a donation per mile or maybe one you can suggest. The event runs from the 9th to the 17th of September. See our stand in St. Mary’s for more information, plus daily updates once the ride commences. Thank you for your support.
For more information about what’s on at St Mary’s, see our monthly Newsletter 1709 st marys newsletter sept2017