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.
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.
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.