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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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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800 years – 2017 marks the 800th anniversary of the first recorded priest at St Mary’s Buckden .
800 and counting – in February we launched the “800 and counting” challenge:- If we gave you £10, could you use your talents to grow that money?
800 pounds £££ – in April we gave £10 each to groups / clubs / families / individuals and invited them to use their talents and expertise to help us to celebrate the 800, have some fun, raise funds and “Grow the money” for our Restoration Appeal.
800 ideas!!! – How you decided to “grow the money” was entirely up to you. We just asked that you use your imagination and showcase your talents to the full.
800 celebration weekend – This weekend, 16th/17th September, is when everyone involved in the challenge was invited to return to St Mary’s, to share their successes, to celebrate the 800th anniversary and to bring back the money they have “grown”.
Saturday 16th September 10am to 4pm we have a full programme of FREE entertainment running, displays in church and refreshments available in St Mary’s. We will be here to receive your money and to hear all about how you “grew it”.
10:45 Church Bells
11:00 Hand Bells
11:20 Welcome by Rev Jes
11:30 Alive & Well (60s music)
11:40 The Nobles share their talents
12:00 Line Dancing
12:20 Alive & Well (60s music)
12:45 Suzie Sparkles sings
1:10 Welcome by Rev Jes
1:30 Children’s fun time with Chris & Charlie
2:00 Angel Voices sing
2:20 Alive & Well (60s music)
3:00 *800 and counting…..* the total so far!
3:10 Chris entertains
3:30 Alive & Well rock the Church in celebration
Sunday 17th September 11am we have a special 800 Celebration Service. Again, we will be here to receive your money and to hear all about how you “grew it”.
If you can’t make it to the celebrations, you can return the money at any time over the weekend. Just pop it in an envelope marked with your name(s) and how you grew the money. Put the envelope in the wall-safe, in the wall to the right of the main door as you come in, or drop it off to Jes at the Vicarage.
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