Autumn is almost upon us. As we make the most of the last few weeks of light evenings, we give thanks for the success of our summer activities – Holidays at Home, Pyramid Rock, Getting Active – and we look forward to Heritage Weekends, to Harvest Festival, to the new youth club youth@thetowers. Please pray for the success of all these ventures
St Mary’s chosen charity for September-October is BLOODWISE https://bloodwise.org.uk/ Last year’s appeal proved very successful in raising funds in memory of Diane and Patti . The charity has an aim of creating a future without blood cancer, which sadly was the condition they both succumbed to. Last year Gary Wells completed the Land’s End to John O’Groats cycle ride, under the Bloodwise banner, which resulted, along with our support, in us being able to present a cheque for £4000 to them. This year he is riding in the London to Paris event, again supporting BLOODWISE. As last year our stand in church will provide updates and further information.
Dusters at the ready! Come and join the cleaning crew
Saturday 1st September (and every 1st Saturday) from 10am
Our recent plea for help with church cleaning has resulted in several initiatives
– weekly cleaning will continue but only a few areas are covered this way
– Cleaning Crew will now run every month on the 1st Saturday. Please join in.
– brass cleaning has been allocated to specific people / groups
– cleaning prior to weddings/funerals/events. Several people have signed up to help with this and will be called as and when required
Sunday 16th Sept – Guided Tours of St Mary’s
HERITAGE OPEN DAYS – 6th-9th & 13th -16th September
The open days run over two weekends and St Mary’s will be open to visitors each day
Saturday 8th Sept
Cambridgeshire Historic Churches “Ride, Drive & Stride”.
Please sponsor our teams walking and cycling at this event – a percentage of the money raised comes back to St Mary’s. Sponsor form at the back of church
“Churches on The Air”. The World Association of Christian Radio Amateur and Listeners (WACRAL) will have a station set-up in St Mary’s and would welcome any interested visitors.
at 2pm and 3.30pm (free)
GETTING ACTIVE: this month we’ll be keeping a careful eye on the weather and the daylight but still hope to be able to walk on a Thursday evening from 7pm? Look out for information in the pewsheet and posters each week.
For more information about all events in September, have a look at this month’s newsletter. A copy can be viewed here Newsletter Sept-2018 or you can see all recent newsletters on this website under the INFO tab
See below for events coming up at St Mary’s this month:-
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Just in case you haven’t already heard ….
St Mary’s Buckden
*800 and counting* Challenge
FINAL TOTAL: £10,000
THANK YOU to everyone for helping us. This is a fantastic boost for our Restoration Appeal
A quick update on the restoration. Work on the tower stonework is ongoing. The clock has been taken away for repair and there is additional work needed on the masonry that was behind the clock.
Coming up in November (see newsletter or posters below for details)
Churchyard Tidy on Saturday 4th – bring your own tools!
All Souls service on Sunday 5th
Friends in Deed Café on Wednesday 8th
M&Ms Christmas Crafts & Flowers on Wednesday 8th
Come and meet Pudsey Bear on Thursday 9th – bring a teddy
Remembrance services on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th
Open Meeting on 26th – come and share your thoughts
In September-October we raised £1,500 for BLOODWISE
Our chosen Charity for November-December is DEC East Africa Crisis Appeal www.dec.org.uk/appeal/east-africa-crisis-appeal Hunger on a massive scale is looming across East Africa. Drought and conflict have left 19 million people in urgent need of food, water and medical treatment. People are already dying in South Sudan and Somalia. In Kenya and Ethiopia, water shortages caused by drought are severe and likely to worsen. Women, children and older people are suffering the most; half a million children under five are at risk of dying from severe acute malnutrition and require immediate lifesaving treatment. Diseases such as cholera and measles are spreading fast, as more people flee fighting and are forced to live in poor overcrowded conditions. DEC member charities are responding to the crisis and delivering life-saving aid. But, they need more money to help reduce the scale and severity of the crisis.
For more information about what’s on at St Mary’s, see our monthly Newsletter 1711 st marys newsletter NOV2017 or the poster below
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A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who came to our Celebration Weekend on 16th/17th September, to everyone who took part in the *800 and counting* challenge and to everyone who supported the fund-raising events along the way.
Saturday was a fabulous day of celebration with singers, dancers, poetry, artwork to buy, crafts to view. We had performances by 60s band Alive and Well, Elvis, Chris & Charlie, Angel Voices. The church bells rang. The back of church was transformed into a busy café and a fabulous array of cakes and rolls were on offer. The place just buzzed with excitement and anticipation.
All those who had taken part in the *800 and counting* challenge had been invited to come along this weekend to tell us how they “grew the money” and to bring the proceeds of their endeavours. We had a special area set up to welcome them, to record their activities / events / talents and to receive the money.
On Sunday we had a Special Celebration Service. We heard about the past 800 years and at least 69 priests. We gave thanks for everyone who has taken part in the challenge and the celebration, for all the priests in Buckden over the last 800 years, for Jes our current priest, for the money raised which will contribute to our Restoration Appeal and for the fun that has been had by all over the 5 months of the challenge. We were able to announce that our £800 had already grown to over £8,000 with more contributions still to come.
To hear more about our 800 anniversary and about the history of priests in Buckden, click on the “800 years” tab.
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We are open for Heritage weekend – https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/
We are open all day every day with coffee and cakes on Saturday 9th September 10.30am – noon and with guided tours on Sunday 10th September 2pm and 3.30pm. This year we celebrate the 800th anniversary of the first recorded priest in Buckden.
Sunday Services on the 10th are at 8am Communion and 11am Morning Service
St Mary’s Engage Award – https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/194604/posts/1585702591
Bishop David (see the above link to the Bishop’s Blog) will be visiting on Saturday morning 9th September to present us with our 2nd Engage Award from Cambridgeshire Historic Churches Trust. This year’s award is for the new stars which have been installed on the tower to shine out to the community during Advent.
Churches on the Air – http://www.wacral.org/
A local group of radio enthusiasts will be with us all day on Saturday 9th September, broadcasting from St Mary’s as part of the Churches on the Air event
Ride and Stride – https://www.camhct.uk/ride/
We welcome all visitors taking part in the event. Please help yourselves to refreshments and the facilities. A group from St Mary’s will be visiting Cambridge city churches on Saturday 9th September as part of the annual national Historic Churches Ride, Drive and Stride Day. If you want to sponsor us there is a form at the back of church or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
and finally …. a few pictures from Heritage weekend last year
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