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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There’s much fun going on at Buckden School right. The Pirates have landed!! The Pirates Holiday Club for children aged 5 – 11years is running on 22nd, 23rd, 24th August (mornings). Contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
We start the month with some very good news – during the last week of July-2017 we were awarded a grant of £40,000 (the maximum available) from the Amey Community Fund. This money supplements the ongoing fund-raising successes of the restoration appeal and allows us to start the essential maintenance work on the tower and repairs to the clock. The first site meeting has already taken place and the work should start by mid-August. See the major projects page for updates
If you were expecting August to be a quiet month, think again. In addition to the start of the building work, we have two Buckden & District Churches Together Holiday Clubs running; one for the young (Pirates Holiday Club) and one for the not-so-young (Holidays at Home). Booking forms are available in church or contact Bookings@stmarysbuckden.org.uk
During August we also have Breakfast with Moths, Getting Active, Going Deeper and *800 and counting* events. See the notice below or our newsletter st marys newsletter aug2017
*800 and counting….* the challenge continues!
Look out for more events during August and leading up to the Celebration weekend in September. Here are the ones we know about already:-
Tuesday 15th August COFFEE MORNING at 25 Springfield Close, 10.00am -12.00 noon. Entry £3 Raffle Cakes Bring and Buy
Thursday 31st August TEA IN THE GARDEN at Lark End Buckden, 2.30pm – 5pm. Entry £3
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 intensive rehabilitation, 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 adapting for 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.
It’s the last week before the summer break for many. At St Mary’s we are looking forward to our two holiday clubs in August:-
Holidays at Home – club for those mature in years but young at heart: 2-5pm on August 7th, 8th, 9th at the Methodist Hall
Pirates Holiday Club for 5 – 11yr olds 9.30am – noon on 22nd, 23rd, 24th August at Buckden School
For either club, contact email@example.com or pick up a form in church.
Daily prayers, Sunday & Wednesday Services, Getting Active and Saturday Coffee will all continue as normal throughout the summer.