September was such a busy month and one of celebration with Heritage Weekend, an Engage Award for our stars on the tower, our *800* Celebration Weekend and Harvest Festival. As we move into October, renovation work on the building is well under way and much of St Mary’s is covered in scaffolding. We give thanks for everything that we have been able to do and for the very, very many people who have contributed in all sorts of ways.
*800 to 8,000 … and still counting!!*
A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who came to our Celebration Weekend on 16th / 17th September, to everyone who helped, to everyone who took part in the *800 and counting* challenge and to everyone who supported the many fund-raising events along the way. Our £800 has grown to over £8,000. Watch out for the final total which will be announced very soon. This is a fantastic boost for our Restoration Appeal.
Coming up in October (see newsletter or posters below for details)
Fundraisers’ Quiz Night on Saturday 7th
Friends in Deed Café followed by AGM with guest speaker on 11th
M&Ms packing shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child on 11th
Cleaning Crew on 14th – join us with your dusters!
Open Meeting on 22nd – come and share your thoughts
Children’s Light Party on 31st – a christian alternative to Hallowe’en
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. In September we were asked to sponsor Gary Wells who was riding in the cycle event, “Across Britain”. Gary successfully completed the challenge, after 9 days, on 17th September. The sponsorship known so far is in excess of £1,000; a remarkable result. Sincere thanks to all who have contributed. Our fund-raising for BLOODWISE continues to the end of October so watch out for the next activity. Thank you for your support.
Friends in Deed AGM – Wednesday 11th October 4.15pm in the Living Stones Room
All are welcome to attend the AGM and find out more about Friends in Deed. New helpers are always welcome. Guest speaker from Change Point talking about Falls Prevention.
For more information about what’s on at St Mary’s, see our monthly Newsletter 1710 st marys newsletter oct2017
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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
This month starts with Buckden Village Festival. We’ll be there at the fete on Saturday 1st July with the Churches Together Pirates Stall, the*800 and counting* talents stall and Pirate Games in the arena too. On Sunday 2nd July we have a Village Celebration Service at 11am in Buckden Village Hall – all are very welcome to come and join in with this informal, fun service. For full details about the festival see http://www.buckdenvillagefestival.co.uk/
There are loads of other events and activities going on in July. There’s a list below but for more details, take look at our newsletter st marys newsletter July 2017
*800 and counting……* THE CHALLENGE IS NOW ON! Thank you to everyone involved. Don’t forget to update us with news and pictures of your plans and events over the coming months. The ones we know about are listed below. For more information about the challenge and the celebration, click on *800 and counting*
Restoration Appeal and Major Projects
We continue to pray for success in our grant applications and give thanks for the people who have felt moved to support our beautiful Parish Church. Work on the roof was completed but we are unable to progress any of the other major projects until we have raised substantial funds. Click on the links in the title for more information.
Our chosen Charity for July-August is Ed Isaac
This is very much a local cause. Ed, his wife Emma and their 3 children live in the village. Ed suffered a massive brain haemorrhage and collapsed on his way to work in November 2016. He underwent life-saving surgery and is currently undergoing intensive rehabilitation at a local neurological centre. Ed is currently reliant on a wheelchair and has very limited movement down the left-hand side of his body. Ed returned home to his family in June but their house needs a downstairs wet room and bedroom; and he will need continuing therapy. A group of friends have been raising money locally to help the Isaacs to become a family once again.
See the charities page on this website (under finance), the weekly pewsheet and the charities noticeboard at the back of church for updates during the months.
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The Open Gardens weekend was a fabulous event enjoyed by villagers and visitors alike. Our thanks go to so very many people : our events team, the helpers, the gardeners and all the visitors. The total raised was in excess of £3,000 for the Restoration Fund.
This coming weekend at St Mary’s we have coffee and cakes on Saturday 24th June 10.30m til noon. Sunday 25th is our fourth Sunday all-age communion 11am at St Mary’s with singing led by Angel Voices. All are welcome to come and join us. For a more traditional service there is BCP Holy Communion at 8am. Sunday evening we have our monthly Open Meeting at 6pm, your chance to come along and have your say. We end the evening with Night Prayer at 7pm.
BIBLE STUDY – We have several options for bible study coming up for anyone who is interested:-
The monthly Monday Bible Group is setting out on a new journey of discovery, with lots of opportunity to participate and learn together. The theme starting next week is Parables in the Gospels and OT. These have layers of deeper meaning to be uncovered. Next meetings: 26 June, 31 July and 25 September then every 4th Monday.
A new Going Deeper bible study group starts on Monday 26 June meeting every week 8 – 9pm at The Horseshoe in Offord. The existing Going Deeper group continues to meet on Wednesday mornings 10.30am in the living stones room. Both groups are looking more closely at the readings from the previous Sunday.
All are welcome to come and try any or all of these groups.