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September Breakfast Service - posted 14 September 2017

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Harvest Supper And Service - posted 12 September 2017

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Astwell Benefice Parochial Church Councils Join Together - posted 31 July 2017

 

The Astwell Benefice

St Mary Magdalene Helmdon with Stuchbury and St Lawrence Radstone

and St James the Great Syresham with St John the Evangelist Whitfield,

 St Mary & St Peter Lois Weedon with Weston and Plumpton

and St Mary the Virgin Wappenham

 

 

To the Parishioners of the Astwell Benefice from your PCCs.

 

Faced with what is proving to be an almost impossible task on their own, our PCCs have decided to join together to trial a new and innovative way of working.

 

In doing so, we hope we do so with God’s blessing and in the hope that we are blazing a new trail that other rural churches can follow.

 

For some years now rural parishes throughout the country have been struggling and we here in the Astwell Benefice are no exception to this. We, here in the Astwell Benefice, have found ourselves way off meeting all our Parish’s financial commitments and are unable to find all the officers we need to serve on our parish-based Parochial Church Councils (PCCs).

 

Traditionally, along with the Rector and Churchwardens, Parochial Church Councils throughout the country have been given the legal responsibility, not only for overseeing the raising of income that pays both for the maintenance and repair of our ancient Church buildings, but also ensuring that ministry continues across our Parishes.

 

And it has to be said that the fact our Church buildings are maintained to such a high standard is in no small part down to the tireless extra work undertaken by our “Friends Groups” in some of our parishes and the ability of some Parishes to draw on Fabric specific Trusts and Funds.

These Friends and Trusts represent those in our parishes who care deeply about our Church buildings and they have played a crucial role in allowing our PCCs to be successful in this area of their responsibility and have our grateful thanks.

 

However, our PCCs are also required to pay for the Ministry in this Benefice. This provides regular parish–based services, Weddings, Baptisms, our Funeral ministry, our work in our schools and in our wider communities.  This cost also includes the legal cover required to keep our Churches as historic public buildings and all the State legalities involved in marriage and burial. These costs are paid via a “Benefice Share”.

 

This Benefice Share (a sort of Church council tax) is paid yearly to the Diocese and this cost has traditionally been divided out between the parishes, who are then required to meet a “Parish Share” themselves. These individual “Shares” are then combined at Diocesan level.

 

Here in the Astwell Benefice, with one priest, we pay one of the lower “bands” of Benefice Share, but we are still required to find £56,000 per annum and, at the moment, even dividing it up, we are unable to pay this in full.

 

It has therefore been decided that while it is clear that our buildings can be cared for at Parish level, the costs of our Ministry needs to be more of a Benefice-wide responsibility.

 

And so, over the next three years the Astwell Benefice will embark on a trial, that will see the maintenance and running costs associated with our Church buildings remain the responsibility of individual parishes, while the Ministry and Mission and its associated costs will now become the responsibility of a Joint Benefice PCC.

 

This three year Trial has come out of six months of consultation and considered debate on how we might move forward. It is based on strong Christian principles of support and nurture and a desire to further God’s Kingdom here in the Astwell Benefice.

 

This Trial has been completely endorsed by the Diocesan Secretariat and by the Archdeacon of Northampton, who claim this as an “exceptional proposal of depth and thought” and a blueprint for future work in the Diocese.

 

Yet at Parish level little, if anything will change.

 

The income that is raised each year through collections, regular giving, generous donations and fund raising will be allocated in the same way it always has, and will still be paid into the Parish.

The income will continue to pay for: The costs of heating and lighting and insuring the building to allow it to remain open to the public as well as any maintenance and repairs of the building itself. And, as before, any remaining income will go to pay the Parish’s Ministry costs, through the Share payments.

 

But under this three-year Trial, instead of the buildings being maintained by a parish- based PCC with other responsibilities as in the past, they will now be overseen by a newly formed group – the “Fabric Committee”. This Committee will, as the PCC has done in the past, continue to operate with the help of existing Friends Groups or funds ring-fenced for repairs and maintenance. But it is hoped as this group has a focused remit, they can concentrate on maintaining the Church Building as a community asset.

 

Under the new Trial, the income raised by the parishes towards the Benefice Share will be managed by the new “Benefice Parochial Church Council” (BPCC), which will be responsible for Mission and Ministry across the Parishes. This BPCC will be made up of a representative from every Parish elected by their electoral role as well as a Churchwarden from Helmdon, Lois Weedon, Syresham and Wappenham and will require just one set of officers.

 

The income raise in and by the parishes towards their share will now be combined together and managed by the BPCC who will supplement this parish income with funds raised from Benefice -wide events. This prevents any one Parish “failing to pay” their ministry and mission costs.

 

This BPCC will do its work through Committees with remits for such matters as Worship, Finance, Social and Fundraising. Anyone with an interest in the subject matter of these Committees, whether a regular churchgoer or not will be welcomed on board.

 

We plan to start the 3-year Trial in January 2018.

 

It is important to stress that this a “Trial”, there will be no legal changes, instead there will be flexibility all the way along, as we embark on this Trial to make changes and additions to make sure this works for us. There is also the ability for any Parish to leave the Trial if they find it is not working for them

 

If you have any questions, please do speak to a member of your PCC, your Churchwardens or Reverend Carole and a full copy of the Proposal can be found on the website: www.astwellparishes.org.uk.

 

It is a new way, but it is one that comes with the blessing of the Diocese and all our PCCs. (There were no votes against this proposed Trial from any of our PCC members). Therefore, we hope, you will give this venture both your support and your prayers as we journey together.

 

Yours in Christ

The Astwell Benefice PCCs

Bill Elkington (St Mary Magdalene Helmdon, Church Warden)

"Lamas" Day - posted 31 July 2017

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'A Night In Tuscany' - posted 21 July 2017

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Benefice Patronal Feast Day - posted 13 July 2017

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Breakfast In Church - posted 12 July 2017

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A Very Successful Summer Fete - posted 09 July 2017

This year's church fete has the benefit of being held on a lovey sunny day and it is pleasing to report that it raised £2,433, almost as much as in 2015.

Thank you to all the people who helped - the tent erectors, the stallholders, the helpers, the people who provided goods and refreshments and, of course, all who attended and made it such a success. Also a special mention to those who trawled the village with raffle tickets before the day.

The three main prizes in the raffle were won by Ann Netten (Silverstone tickets), £50 voucher (Neil Buckley) and two half loads of wood (Bill Elkington and P.Tattersall).

ST MARY MAGDALENE CHURCH HELMDON SUMMER FETE 2017 –SUMMARY SHEET

STALL

AMOUNT

COMMENTS

RAFFLE

£1093.30

 

TEAS

£229.30

 

TOYS

£41.81

 

DONATIONS

£231.00

Includes stalls and donations in church

TOMBOLA

£99.00

 

TEDDY

£15.00

 

HOOPLA

£41.20

 

PLANTS

£164.00

 

WOMENS CLUB BOTTLE

£201.49

 

CAKE STALL

£119.60

 

TEDDY TOMBOLA

£115.00

 

BRIC  A BRAC

£119.30

 

PIMMS & BEER

£85.00

 

THROW THE WELLY

£38.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GROSS TOTAL

£2593.00

 

Less EXPENSES

£160

Morris men and thank you presents

NETT TOTAL

£2433.00

 

 

Wimbledon Men's Singles Final Live On Screen - posted 02 July 2017

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Wedding Fair A Great Success - posted 30 June 2017

An extract from Pew News

A huge ‘Thank You’ to everyone  who helped to make our Wedding Weekend such a great success.

Over the weekend over 350 people came through the doors of our Churches, plus we got to catch up with some newly and not-so newly-weds at our ‘Celebration of Marriage Services’ on Sunday. The Wedding Fair was originally planned as an outreach to brides and grooms and we have had one booking already, plus a lot of interest as well as more than six potential wedding blessings for couples who didn’t know they could have been married in Church. They do now!! But we also had an unexpected response, a surprise to us, but clearly not for God. We reached out into and inspired all our communities. Everyone went above and beyond to share in the weekend with us. People went up into attics and under beds to seek out their wedding dresses and bring them along with their wedding albums Our flower arrangers provided us with simply fabulous and thoughtfully presented arrangements. And then there were the “extras”- from T shirts politely suggesting a Church Wedding to information boards; flower arranging albums and even shoes and hats. The enthusiasm, hard work and vision of the organisers across the Benefice along with their army of supporters, has been aweinspiring and much appreciated by all those who came through the doors of our churches. Chatting to these people across the Benefice, I’ve been told just how special our Churches are, not just for their beauty, but for the communities who worship in them. I have also had offers of more local wedding dresses for next time, along with other ideas such as a mass "Can I still fit into my wedding dress?” challenge. I know I’ve said this before – we may be small, but with God’s help and our own enthusiasm for his work, we are mighty!!

Rev'd Carole Peters

Radstone Church News - posted 20 June 2017


With Bats in Churches on board, things are beginning to move. Hopefully, soon a scheme will be in place in the nearish future to allow the church to be used again.
Meantime …..
On 13th August at 11am we will be holding Radstone's Patronal service outside Radstone Church. A tent/ marquee will be erected in case of rain. We are really looking forward to this service and hope you will join us to celebrate on this special occasion.

July Messy Church - posted 20 June 2017

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Church Fete - posted 20 June 2017

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The Astwell Wedding Fair - posted 14 June 2017

.....    on the weekend of 24th and 25th June.
Everything you need to create your perfect country wedding....
Choose one of our five beautiful medieval churches, set in the wonderful English countryside with easy access to the A43 and the motorways.
Browse a selection of local wedding specialists who can offer everything you need for your big day.  From marquees and country venues to dresses, cake, flowers, bridal beauty and catering for every budget, it's your one stop shop for your perfect English country wedding!
Start your exploring in two of our pretty churches in the villages of Helmdon NN13 5QJ, and Syresham NN13 5HH
Enjoy a free glass of fizz and a visit to our exhibition of wedding dresses through the years.
Saturday 24th June 11am to 4pm, and Sunday, 25th June, 1pm until 4pm, refreshments available.

Father's  Day Breakfast - posted 01 June 2017

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Come to our Special

Father’s Day Breakfast

Bacon Rolls and Croissants with Butter and Jam

9.45am Sunday 18th June

Helmdon Church

All are welcome

Followed by Family Service at 10.15

 

News About The Benefice Rogation Service - posted 10 June 2017

Ann Smith would like to thank all the members of her organizing committee and everyone who came to the recent Benefice Rogation Service. The event raised £517.30 for the Benefice, and £453.28 to be shared between Vauxhall City Farm and RABI.

Thank you to everyone for their generosity!

Postponement of June Messy Church - posted 08 June 2017

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Pentecost Walk - posted 12 May 2017

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Exhibiting/Advertising At Wedding Fair - posted 11 May 2017

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Wedding Fair - posted 11 May 2017

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May Messy Church - posted 10 May 2017

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Film "The Passion Of The Christ" - posted 05 April 2017

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Holy Week Church Services - posted 05 April 2017

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Easter treasure Hunt - posted 03 April 2017

 

         

Easter Treasure Hunt

Question papers available,

price £2, at

the Tuesday cafe on 

4th April and 11th April

from Bill (01295 760438) 

and Celia (01295 760215)

 

Do when you wish and then get the answers on

 3 p.m.

Saturday 15th April

in Helmdon Church,

 where there will be prizes and refreshments!

 

Mothering Sunday Service - posted 24 March 2017

Don't forget Mothering Sunday service at 10am on Sunday 26th March.  Mums and Tots made the banner which is now in place over the Lady Chapel altar. There will be flowers for mums and we shall be eating the cake we made after the service.

                

 

The Bat Situation In Radstone Church & The Outcome Of The Bid To The Heritage Lottery Fund - posted 20 March 2017

Due to the “take over” of the church by bats and the 75mm of dung and resulting health issues the Archdeacon of Northampton has recommended that the church is not used until a solution is found.

Natural England has submitted a bid to the Lottery Fund, which has been successful to investigate and hopefully find a solution to the issue.

The first phase is a study into the issues lasting 13 months (2018) and Radstone church will be included in this phase. The second phase lasting 5 years is a delivery phase where solutions are implemented to determine their effectiveness. This should be completed by 2023 but hopefully Radstone church should be useable before this date.

For further information contact Penny Bonner, Bill Elkington or www.batsandchurches.org.uk/latest-developments/

and read the following letter:

 

News from Stephen Rudd, Bats in Churches Development Manager

On behalf of the Bats in Churches Partnership

 

Dear bats in churches stakeholders,

 

Outcome of the Bats in Churches bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund

 

We last wrote to you in November 2016 to let you know we had successfully submitted a new bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a national Bats in Churches project

 

The Heritage Lottery Fund have now assessed the application (which will include Radstone church) and we are very pleased to announce that we have been successful!    HLF have agreed to fund the development phase of the project.

 

This is such a fantastic outcome for people and communities, church buildings and bats and we are looking forward to getting the project underway. We will be putting out a press release very soon but as stakeholders in this issue, we wanted you to be the first to know. Eventually there will be a dedicated project website but in the meantime, we will keep the interim project website updated with the latest information: http://www.batsandchurches.org.uk/latest-developments/

 

The entire project will run in two phases: a 13 month development phase completing in March 2018 followed by a five-year delivery phase running until 2023. This result means we can now start work on the development phase of the project.

 

We will be in touch again in the near future to give you updates on how the project is progressing.

 

On behalf of the project team, we would like to thank those of you who have provided the help, support and encouragement that has enabled us to achieve this fantastic result.

Family Service & Alternative Harvest - posted 16 March 2017

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Messy Church - posted 10 March 2017

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Lent Course Information - posted 25 February 2017

                    

                        

 

                        

                        

February Service On Sunday 10 February - posted 14 February 2017

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Pancake Breakfast Party - posted 12 February 2017

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Car Boot Sale - posted 26 January 2017

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Family Service 24 December & Christmas Eve Communion - posted 23  December 2016

                          

                      

Christmas Eve Family Service with nativity: 3.30 p.m.

Christmas Eve Communion: 11.30 p.m.

Also communion on Christmas Day: 10.a.m.

Church Inscriptions Project Finished - posted 14 February 2017

 

A project to refresh and update the list of memorial inscriptions in the village has been completed.
Every headstone in the churchyard at St Mary Magdalene, Helmdon
has been recorded and the information put online.
The old part of the churchyard was first recorded in 1997/98 but now this work has been updated to include all the burials in the past twenty years. A new plan has been made of the churchyard to show the location of the headstones.
The project has been a labour of love and has taken many, many hours of painstaking work, both in looking at old headstones and in going through the archive records matching names and dates. It is now a wonderful local history and genealogical resource.

 

Candlelit Service And Messy Christingle - posted 15 December 2016

 

                            

The Candlelit service is in the Church (16 December), as is the Christingle service (18 December).

The Messy Christingle poster was done by the two and three year olds at Parents & Tots (with a lot of help, no doubt.   In fact Ann Smith said that it was a bit nerve wracking!).

Singers & Collectors Needed For Carol Singing Round Village - posted 08 December 2016

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Helmdon's Favourite Carols - posted 08 December 2016

For those of you who voted but did not manage to attend the well-attended carol service on Sunday 04 December, Helmdon’s favourite carols in order were:

No 1. Silent Night, Holy Night
No 2. In The Bleak Mid-Winter
No 3. Once in Royal David's City
No 4  Hark the Herald Angels Sing
No 5  Away in a Manger
No 6. O Come all ye Faithful

Quiz & Bazaar Results - posted 05 December 2016

We are glad to announce that the recent Reading Room Quiz, and the sponsorship money raised for the ceremonial shaving of Bill Elkington’s hair, raised £656. Thank you, Bill, for being such a good sport. 

In addition, the Christmas Bazaar resulted in the excellent sum of £1,202, and our thanks go to Father Christmas who found time in his busy schedule to come to Helmdon,  to those who contributed to and manned the stalls, and to all those who came, participated and bought.

Our beloved church will benefit greatly from this generosity.

A Merry Christmas to you all.

Gifts/Toys For Bulgaria - posted 28 November 2016

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Nativity In The Barn - posted 21 November 2016

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Favourite Carols Praise & Prayer - posted 10 November 2016

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Christmas Bazaar - posted 10 November 2016

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Remembrance Day Service - posted 30 October 2016

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A Service For All Souls - posted 26 October 2016

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Church Quiz - posted 05 October 2016

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"Messy Church"  Is On Sunday 09 October - posted 05 October 2016

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News About "Messy Church" - posted 15 September 2016

As from October Messy Church will move from the Fourth Sunday in the month to the second. The first one will be on Sunday 9th October at 3.30pm and the next on Sunday 13th November. The second Sunday in December will be the Christingle and from January Messy Church will continue on the 2nd Sunday of every month.

Last Night Of The Proms - posted 17 August 2016

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Church Fete Result - posted 08 July 2016

In spite of being rained off, it is pleasing to report that the church fete raised £2,516, almost as much as in 2016.

Thank you to all the people who helped - the tent erectors, the stallholders, the helpers, the people who provided goods and refreshments and, of course, all who attended and made it such a success.

Refreshments:  £129.50

Gifts:  £46.00

Raffle:  £1201.00 (includes £5.00 donation)

Plants:  £398.40

Tombola: £93.90

Books:  £37.20

Hoopla:  £31.50

Bottles, Womens Club:  £120.00

MU Cakes:  £126.00

Dolls:  £15.00

Peg Game:  £44.50

Crafts & Sweets:  £151.61

Pimms:  £82.00

Jenny's flower arrangement:  £20.00

Stall donations:  £20.00

Songs of Praise - posted 20 June 2016

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Contributions To Fete Asked For From Women's Club - posted 29 June 2016

We really need your help with providing the bottles for the proposed Women's Club Bottle stall.

 

The Church Fete takes place this Saturday 2nd July..............and as usual we will be manning the bottle stall. Last year we made a little over £100 for the Church, and we sold out very early on in the afternoon.

 

As it stands at the moment we only have 15 bottles for the stall...............so we need bottles in bottle bags dropped off to Sue Lidgley by this Friday lunchtime so we can run a worthwhile stall. Her address is 11 Shortlands Close, if Sue is not in the bags / contents can be left in her covered porch.

 

Any bottle is welcome whether it is wine, Prosecco, spirits (full size or miniatures), shampoo, bubble bath, olive oil, cans of lager, orange juice, lemonade etc etc 

 

Please help us raise much needed funds for the church

 

Thank you in anticipation

 

Angela (on behalf of Women's Club Committee)

All The Fun Of The Fete - posted 16 June 2016

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Service In Celebration Of The Queen's 90th Birthday - posted 08 June 2016

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WI Praise & Prayer On 05 June - posted 04 May 2016

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Benefice Service Sunday 08 May - posted 04 May 2016

The Benefice service on Sunday May 8th is 11am at Whitfield church.
This will be followed by a Bring and Share lunch.
Please come and support all the churches in the Benefice.

Farming Matters! Rogation Sunday Service - posted 15 April 2016

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New Family Service - posted 07 April 2016

 

Introducing

 

On Sunday 17th April at 10am and then on the third Sunday of every month:

                                                                    A New Family Service

A short, children friendly service,  involving the whole family, both young and old.

Do please come and have fun. There will be refreshments and a time for chat afterwards.

St George's Day Supper - posted 20 March 2016

 

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Breakfast With The Bible - posted 06 February 2013 

Are there questions you want to ask about faith, the Bible or Church?

Do you know someone who is curious and would like to find out more about Christianity?

During Lent we will be spending Saturday mornings exploring Christianity over a full English Breakfast- it’s a chance for you to bring friends and neighbours along with you – so start inviting!   (9 a.m. on all dates)

Sat Feb 13th- The Rectory, Weedon Lois

Sat Feb 27th - Whitfield Village Hall

Sat March 5th- Reading Room, Helmdon

Sat March 12th - Syresham Village Hall

Sat March 19th - Wappenham Old School

 

January Messy Church - posted 18 January 2016 

 

Messy Church

 

This Sunday 24th January

 

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in  St Mary Magdalene

3.30 p.m.

 

All Welcome

Theme: Noah’s Ark

 

 

Messy Church is a special form of church

created for all the family.

There are craft activities and games  followed by a short story and a prayer and then tea will be served.  

 

 Carol Singing Schedule - posted 03 December 2015

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Christmas Messy Church - posted 20 November 2015

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Christmas Bazaar - posted 20 October 2015

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All Souls service - posted 20 October 2015

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New Family Service - posted 12 October 2015

 

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Harvest Festival - posted 27 September 2015

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Carole Looked Lovely: The Marriage Of Rev. Carole Peters And Barry King - posted 21 September 2015

 

     Carole and Barry cutting their wedding cake

       Barry and Carole

                   cutting their wedding cake

 

All our prayers were answered and after a very wet morning the sun shone for the 4pm wedding of Rev. Carole Peters soon to become Rev. Carole Peters - King.


Syresham church looked beautiful as there were so many flowers there. The church was full and more chairs had to be brought in.

Then we waited in anticipation for the entrance of the bride. True to tradition Carole arrived 10 minutes late. When she came into view we could all see how lovely she looked. She walked down the aisle alone as she has no relatives. When it came to giving her away, everyone in the Benefice shouted 'we do'.


After the service all the guests went into the Priory garden for champagne, canapés and wedding cake.


At 6.30 the bride and groom departed in a vintage bus for dinner with a smaller party in a beautifully decorated marquee, and even more flowers, at Wappenham.


Barry and Carole are now honeymooning in Fiji. We send them our best wishes and wish them both a long and happy married life.

Advent Windows - posted 14 September 2015

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Excellent Result From Church Fete- posted 08 July 2015

The Church Fete on Saturday 27 June in the grounds of Manor Farm  was much enjoyed by all.

A big thank you to all  those who helped put up the tents, brought goods, provided refreshments, manned  the stalls and games, came to participate – in fact to all those who in any way contributed to making it such a success.

The excellent sum of £2,901.40p was made for church funds, some £300 more than last year.    

One Minute Silence - posted 30 June 2015

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Church Fete - posted 12 June 2015

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Mothering Sunday - posted 10 March 2015

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Ckers Presenting Village Praise & Prayer On 1 March - posted 25 February 2015

Our next Praise and Prayer is on Sunday 1st March at 10.00 and will be led by The CKRS.  They have planned a really good service so hopefully many will come to support and encourage our young people.

Wiggy Smith

Splendid Total Raised At Christmas Bazaar - posted 02 December 2014

The Christmas Bazaar on Saturday 30 November raised upwards of £1,150.  Thank you very much everyone   who  contributed, helped on the day or supported the event.  This really splendid amount is more than the total for 2013.

Cakes Needed For The Christmas Bazaar - posted 11 November 2014

The Christmas Bazaar is to be held in the Reading Room on Saturday 29th November, from 2 p.m. to 4.p.m.   Santa’s Grotto, cake stall, tombola, raffle, refreshments and much more.

To help make this event a great success Pat Woodhams and Judith Elkington are running the cake stall and wonder if it is possible for you to provide a cake for this occasion – maybe your favourite recipe – Victoria sandwich, ginger cake, carrot cake, coffee cake, tea cake, etc., etc.

If you can help, please bring your cake to the Reading Room on the morning of the Bazaar.  Alternatively it could be collected prior to the day.  Contact details are below.

Your help towards making this day a huge success is much appreciated.   Thank You.

Please contact: Judith Elkington (01295) 760438,  9 Wappenham Road or

Pat Woodhams  (01295) 760327,  56 Station Road

The Helmdon Stitchers And Praise & Prayer - posted 06 November 2014


stichers' exhibition of work

Margaret Reardon (right), one of the Stitchers,

showing off some of the group's work 

 

 

Each month Village Praise & Prayer is conducted by a village organisation and to date, amongst others,   the Bellringers, the Helmdon Fellowship, the Acorns, the WI, the Women’s Club and the Helmdon Fellowship have led the service to great effect.

Last Sunday, 2nd November, it was the turn of The Stitchers, a group who meet in the village once a month.  During the service members Mary Nash, Margaret Reardon  and Jean Brookhouse did readings and Jenny Overson, founder leader, recounted the group's history which goes back many years, having been started because of the need for church kneelers which today are proudly in use in all the pews.

Today most of the work such as knitted Easter chicks, Father Christmas  and Christmas Pudding decorations, goes to  Katherine House Hospice to be sold in aid of funds, although there was a period in 2011 when woollen helmet inserts were made in quantity  and sent to the troops in Afghanistan.

 

Result of Table Top Sale - posted 24 October 2014

Many thanks to all those who supported the Table Top Sale on Saturday 18th October in the Reading Room by having a table or helping with raffle, refreshments and furniture moving!  A profit of £387.50 was made, which will go towards the Church Decorating Fund.

Presentation Of The John Coales Memorial Chalice - posted 08 October 2014

On Sunday 12th October there will be a service at 10 a.m. in the church during which the John Coales Memorial Chalice will be presented

to the Parochial Church Council.

This award is given by the Francis Coales Charitable Trust in recognition of the hard work done to keep the church in good order.

Many organisations and individuals in the village have helped to raise funds for this work and we hope everyone will come along and join us for this special occasion. After the service there will be light refreshmnets followed by a celebratory lunch.

Fundraising For Church Redecoration Going Well - posted 21 September 2014


repairing the church path

redecorating the church


The fund raising for church redecoration is going well thanks to the generosity and hard work of so many people. We are so pleased the path to church is done and the interior decorated. It will all be really smart when the bishop comes for the presentation of the chalice we have won on October 12th.

Fund raising is never ending when you are looking after an historic listed building and the next fundraiser will be a table top sale on Saturday 18 October which Vanessa Vicars is organising (details later).

Good Sum Made For Church Interior Decoration Fund - posted 16 September 2014

£420 was made at the Last Night of the Proms event on Saturday 13 September, which will go towards the church interior decoration fund.  Thank you to all who supported, helped, and made contributions to the raffle.

 

Ride & Stride - posted 03 September 2014

Ride & Stride this year is Saturday13th September. The time is 10am until 6pm.  Information and sponsor forms are available from Celia Terrey.

Commemoration Of The Start Of WW1 At The War Memorial - posted 09 August 2014

 

 service at the war memorial

  Villagers gather round the war memorial    

         

 

 

About 30 people met at the war memorial at 11-30 a.m today, to lay wreaths, and remember the fallen of WW1.

A short service was conducted by The Reverend Carole Peters, and was attended by two members of The British Legion.

 

 

 

 

Excellent Result From Church Fete - posted 08 July 2014

The church summer fete raised the grand total of £2,591.36p.

Thank you to all those who contributed to the stalls and the raffle and helped on the day,  and above all those thank you to all who came  – without you the fete would not have been such  a success.

Thank You For Your Help With The Christian Aid Collection - posted 05 July 2014

Astwell Benefice collected £1789.28 which was an increase of just over £100 on 2013’s collection.  Of this Helmdon’s collection was £1028.14.

A big vote of thanks is offered to all who gave so generously to such a good cause.   A special thanks is owed to those who did the collecting – not an easy job at the best of times.

Niki Phillips

Christian Aid is the official relief and development agency of 41 British and Irish churches, and works to support sustainable development, stop poverty, support civil society and provide disaster relief in South America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Christian Aid campaigns to change the rules and systems that keep people poor, speaking out on issues such as tax justice, trade justice, climate change, and Third World debt. Christian Aid has fought poverty for more than 65 years.

One of its current concerns is the Iraq Crisis Appeal.  Violence is spreading across parts of Iraq, resulting in a growing humanitarian crisis. More than half a million people have fled from the northern city of Mosul and surrounding areas. They do not know what fate awaits them, or when they will be able to return home. They urgently need your help now. We are deeply concerned by the reports of indiscriminate and extra judicial killings. As a humanitarian organisation our greatest concern is for the safety and protection of all civilians.

www.christianaid.co.uk

Join Us For The Patronal Festival At Lois Weedon, With A Bring & Share Lunch And News From The Hope Centre - posted 23 June 2014

Sunday 30 June  will be the Patronal Festival at St Mary and St Peter, Lois Weedon at 11.00 am, followed by a ‘Bring and Share’ lunch in the grounds of Lois Weedon House. The speaker will be Mary Crook from the Hope Centre in Northampton and, as well as socks, Mary has indicated a need for any of the following:

 

Tinned goods                       Fruit, rice pudding, macaroni and meatballs

Essential items                    Jam, marmalade, spreads, cup a soups, snack a soups, pot                            noodles, squash and instant custard sachets

Toiletries                             Shower gel, shaving foam and razors

Clothing                               Men’s trousers (small sizes), jeans, women’s trousers, pants, socks, jumpers and coats

Bedding                               Sleeping bags

Rucksacks or bags

Plastic dessert spoons

 

To help with the catering arrangements, please let Ann Smith know if you are attending and if possible, what sort of food they would be bringing.

 

Ann Smith

(01295) 760684

The Northampton Hope Centre helps the local street homeless.  It looks after over 100 people every day in the day centre at Oasis House, and is as much about giving people a hand-up as well as a hand-out.  It is entirely reliant upon the support and generosity of the local community - individuals, schools, churches/faith groups, sports and social clubs and local businesses, to keep their range of services available to those who really need them.

Lucky With The Weather: The Rogation Service And Pig Roast - posted 31 May 2014


C\arole Peters at the Rogationservice

The Rev'd Carole Peters and some

of the congregation 

 

 

We used the same service as other years and were very lucky with the weather. We held the service in the barn with a lovely view over the countryside with sheep and lambs looking at us and occasionally joining in with a baa.

 

Three tractors were just outside, a very modern one   and two vintage ones with a plough. At one point in the service all who had a connection with farming stood round while Carole blessed the plough and threw holy water over it, then she sprinkled holy water on those who were near enough.

 

About 150 people attended the service and then about 130 stayed on for the pig roast and puddings.

 

£455 was raised for RABI to help farmers affected by the floods and £405 profit was made towards decorating the interior of the church.

 

Many thanks to all who attended  and a special thanks to Mervyn and Liz Humphrey who invited us to Falcutt Hall and prepared the barn for us.  Also thanks to everyone who so generously contributed and made the delicious puddings.

Rogation Sunday: Service & Pig Roast At Falcutt Hall - posted 04 May  2014

                                         

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Very Successful Antiques & Valuation Day - posted 03 May  2014

Over 70 people attended this event and it was a sell-out.

 

Unfortunately Charles Hanson was unable to come as his wife had to have an emergency caesarean operation that day.  He sent John Keightly instead, who is a member of Hanson’s team. During lunchtime we had a text message to say Rebecca had given birth to a daughter and all was well.  This news was greeted with loud applause.

 

John did a great job valuing each person's antique item and also gave us an informative talk and showed us some of his own collectables. He did really well as he had to come at such short notice.

 

Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and the general comment was that it had been a very enjoyable social day. A dozen people went away extra happy having won one of the lovely raffle prizes.

 

Many thanks to all who came on the day and a very  big 'Thank you' to all of the wonderful helpers.

 

As well as having a lovely day we raised nearly £800 towards redecorating the church interior.

Ann Smith

RAFFLE

1st prize

Hamper with whisky and champagne

Mary Shears

2nd prize

£25 Gift voucher from Brackley Antique

Centre

Enid Kebble

3rd prize

Bottle of whisky

Sally Thomas

4th prize

Bottle of vodka

Peter from Sulgrave

5th prize

2 Cath Kidston mugs

Alan Kebble

6th prize

Clock

Carole Andrews

7th prize

Set of Trays

Sue Lidgley

8th prize

Bottle of Malibu

Di Tope

9th prize

Tin of biscuits

Margaret Riley

10th prize

Bottle of Rose

Barbara Buxton

11th prize

Box of chocolates

Audrey Beattie

12th prize

Set of flower mugs

Carol Brookhouse

 

Rector Absent - posted 23 March 2014

The Revd Carole will be away 21st April to 3rd May.

Electoral Roll 2014 - posted 12 March 2014

A revised electoral roll for our church must be prepared every year in time for the Annual Parochial Church meeting.

If you wish to have your name included on the revised roll from 20th March please complete one of the forms in the folder on the table inside the church entrance by 16th March at the latest.  Your completed form can be placed in the folder or given to Niki Phillips, 1A Cross Lane, Helmdon.

Alternatively the form can be sent to you by e-mail  or contact (01295) 768202

Antiques & Valuation Day - posted 16 February  2014

We are delighted to say that the Antiques & Valuation Day, postponed from last year, will now take place on Wednesday 30 April.  All welcome. Details on the poster below.

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Time To Pray - posted 30 January 2014


On the first Friday morning of each month half a dozen of us have for some years been gathering in the church at eight in the morning to share a short service of prayers, a psalm and other Bible passages. The leader for the day adds prayers as she thinks important for the world’s needs, or our community’s, or any individuals’. It is a quiet and supportive occasion, and anyone would be very welcome indeed to join us, either as a visitor or for a difficult season, whether or not attendance becomes a habit.

On February 7th we shall be praying particularly for Northampton Women’s Aid, on the day when a presentation is to be made to the County Council for funding for their work to protect the vulnerable from abuse at home.

But we shall not meet at 8 am in March because in the afternoon there will be the Women’s Aid Day of Prayer at 2 p.m. in Helmdon church.

Jean Spendlove

Boost For Church Members and the Friends of St Mary Magdalene - posted 12 December 2013


The PCC were delighted to receive the following letter which recognises the fundraising efforts of church members and the Friends of St Mary Magdalene over the years. Details of the service will be published in due course



 

Remembrance Day Collection - posted 11 November 2013

The collection for the British Legion at Church and at the Memorial yesterday came to £291.81. Thank you to all those who contributed.

Remembrance Day - Sunday November 10 - posted 06 November 2013

Remembrance Service in the Church  10 a.m.

Followed by Act of Remembrance at Helmdon War Memorial 10.50 a.m.

All welcome.

Remembrance Service For American Servicemen - posted 26 October 2013

As many of you may know an American plane crashed near Astwell Castle on the 30th November 1943 unfortunately killing all 10 American Servicemen, the youngest 20 and the eldest 31. 

 

We are holding a 70th Remembrance Service in church at 11am on Saturday 2nd November, and  some American personnel from the US Air Force Base at Croughton will be present.  Everyone is very welcome to attend and please wear medals if you have them.

 

For any more information please either contact Celia (01295)760215 or Rev Carole on (01327)860798.

Celia Terrey

Churchwarden

Harvest Festival Raises Magnificent £620 For The Planting Promise Project In Sierra Leone - posted 17 October 2013

The Church Harvest Festival was a great success. Firstly I would like to thank everyone who helped with the decorating to make the church look lovely. The Helmdon Clangers took part in the service.

 

The bring and share supper was very well supported,  and the sale of  the produce and collection made a total of £620 for the Planting Promise Project in Sierra Leone which Jess Quiney is involved with,  so overall a very successful evening and thank you once again to everyone who provided the produce and supported the cause.

                                               website

Celia Terrey

Churchwarden

 

Charles Hanson Valuation Day - posted 24 September 2013

 

With regret this event is postponed. Charles Hanson has to have an operation on Thursday, stay in hospital for a week and then have follow up visits there.

Someone could have been sent in his place, but it has been decided  to postpone this event and we hope to have Charles visit us at a later date. Meanwhile Ann Smith will be contacting all those who have booked and returning money if applicable.

Meet The Rector - posted 20 September 2013

MEET THE RECTOR

Our new Rector, Rev’d Carole Peters

Would love to meet you!

You are cordially invited to the Reading Room

 on Friday 4 October 7 – 9 pm.

Light refreshments

 

Harvest Festival - posted 19 September 2013

                                              

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Charles Hanson Valuation Day - posted 16 September 2013

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Tickets must be booked in advance!

Last night Of The Proms 2013 - posted 13 September 2013

 

     The church was decorated to fit the occasion

          The church was decorated to

                          fit the occasion

 

The Proms Night in Church on Saturday was a great success.  We started off with a lovely Pork Supper which everyone enjoyed, followed by various puddings.

 

Then we all sat down and watched the Proms live and joined in with the singing of Land of Hope and Glory etc., all of us waving our flags.

 

We would like to thank Ann for cooking the pork,  Vanessa for running the raffle,  Alex for serving the drinks,   David and Soul for setting up the equipment  and all who helped in many ways.  Also, of course, thank you to everyone who attended to make the evening a great success.  The profit was £650.  Thank you again.

Celia Terrey

New Series Of Prayer & Praise Services - posted 30 August 2013

Sunday 1st September  10 am  Helmdon Church

Do come to the first of a new series of Praise and Prayer services, to be held on the first Sunday of each month.


The services will include hymns and readings chosen by different groups in the village; this week’s are chosen by the W
I.

The Campiun Window - posted 27 August 2013

We have never had a good picture of the Campiun window until now.  Read the article by Charles Binns and see the photograph.

                                click for historical article no. 79

The Last night Of The Proms - posted 06 August 2013

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Hallo From Your New Rector! - posted 24 July 2013

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A Warm Welcome For The New Rector Of The Astwell Benefice At Helmdon Church - posted 21 July 2013

 Rosemary Gulliver and the Revd Carole Peters 

    Rosemary Gulliver

and the Revd Carole Peters

 

We welcomed our new Rector Carole Peters at her Institution and Induction Service on Thursday 18th July. There were around 200 in the congregation - it was a lovely service with various people actually taking part from the 6 parishes. 

We then had a lovely selection of food with Pimms, soft drinks and tea to drink. Although it was a lovely warm evening we were pleased to have the food under marquees kindly provided by John Coatsworth.

About 70 of Carole's friends came from her previous parishes and they really enjoyed the occasion. They were all very friendly and want to come to some of our services and we were asked to attend some of theirs.

On behalf of everyone I would like to thank Andrew and Emma Pitts for letting us put the marquees on their lawn, George and Jane Beyts for the parking facilities and everyone who helped on the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in setting everything up and clearing up and to everyone who provided the food and Alex Corrin for serving Pimms. It was a lovely evening enjoyed by all and the weather was perfect. 

Celia Terrey

Churchwarden

Welcome Revd Carole Peters - posted 12 July 2013

On Thursday, 18th July, at 7.30 pm, we welcome Revd Carole Peters, who will be installed by the Bishop of Peterborough as Rector of the Astwell Benefice. 

Wonderful Result From Church Fete - posted 03 July 2013

It was a very enjoyable but windy fete this year.  The wonderful sum of £3006.91 was made.  Thank you  to all who helped with stalls etc, to John  for lending us his marquees and grateful thanks to Philippa for the use of her garden and kitchen for the teas.   Thanks also  to Vanessa for the printing of the posters.

Celia Terrey.

Family Pet Service - posted 2 July 2013

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Summer Fete - posted 17 June 2013

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June Flower Festival - posted 05 May 2013

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A New Rector Is Announced - posted 03 April 2013

 

Good news!  -  The Revd Carole Peters has accepted the Bishop’s invitation to be Rector of the Astwell Group of Parishes. Subject to the normal Church of England legal and administrative procedures, she will be Instituted by the Bishop of Peterborough The Rt Revd Donald Allister and Installed by the Archdeacon of Northampton The Ven. Christine Allsopp on Thursday 18 July.

Before her ordination Carole was a television producer/director and author with over 20 years experience of making television documentaries and entertainment series. She enjoys cooking, gardening and walking her two lively collie dogs.        

We look forward to welcoming Carole to our Benefice this summer – she will live in the church house at Lois Weedon.

Vanessa Vicars

Gerald Holt

Churchwardens

Family Service On Sunday 7 April - posted 01 April 2013

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Mothering Sunday - posted 04 March 2013

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Wardens' Notes - posted 03 March 2013

Update on Roof Repairs - we are pleased to report that due to the positive response from grant giving bodies to our appeal for money, along with other fundraising events and the £5000 insurance pay out, there are now sufficient funds to replace the stolen roof covering above the south transept and this work and other repairs will commence shortly - weather permitting.

(Taken from Helmdon Church Newsletter, March - May 2013)

Latest News - posted 13 February 2013

Since Will and Dorothy retired, the churches in the Astwell benefice have been in interregnum.  As Lay chair I would like to thank you all for the support you have given to the church events we have organised and to give you an update.  The position was advertised last autumn, but sadly there were no applicants.  It was re-advertised in mid-January with interviews set for 14th March so we pray that we shall have more success this time.  The Annual Church Meeting will be held in church on Tuesday 19th March at 7.30 p.m., open to all but only those on the church electoral roll may vote.

Lastly the date for the summer fete is set:  Saturday 22nd June at Fountain House.

Ann Smith

Lay Chair

(Taken From Helmdon Voice Spring 2013)

Candlemas Service - posted 28 January 2013

Family Service

For Candlemas

Sunday 3rd February

10 am (changed from 9.30 am)

Helmdon Church

Children, parents and grandparents welcome.

                         *****Refreshments after service*****

 

The Renewal Of The Church Electoral Roll - posted 19 January 2013

A completely new electoral roll for all parishes must be prepared every sixth year from 2007. This means a new electoral roll for Helmdon and Radstone with Stuchbury must be prepared in 2013. If you wish to have your name included on the new roll please complete one of the forms in the folder on the table inside the church entrance door and place it back in the folder by 3 March at the latest. Alternatively contact Niki Phillips on 01295 768202 or e-mail.

Excellent Result For Christmas Bazaar - posted 18 December 2012

We are pleased to announce that the Christmas Bazaar in the Reading Room raised £1,141, some £200 more than last year.  All thanks to all those who contributed, manned the stalls, or came on the day.  The atmosphere was brilliant and there were the usual queues to see Father Christmas in his den. It was an excellent result.

Carol Singing Round The Village - posted 17 December 2012

This will be on Wednesday 19 December.

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Words & Music For Christmas - posted 06 December 2012

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Church Bazaar Is On 1 December - posted 18 November 2012

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Church  News - posted 17 November 2012

Since Will Adams’ Retirement as a Rector earlier in the summer, we are still waiting for a replacement.  The position was advertised but unfortunately there were no applicants so this will be re-advertised shortly.

Some of you may be aware that we have been trying to raise funds for repairs to the church roof after a theft earlier this year – the amount of insurance paid out on roof claims does not cover our costs.  We have therefore installed a roof alarm system and have been very fortunate to have received a donation to cover the cost of the alarm, which has helped enormously and we are very grateful.  There are further funds needed for the roof repairs through events etc. so if anyone can offer any suggestions/ideas or help in any way please let us know.

Vanessa Vicars & Gerald Holt (churchwardens)

01295 760477 and 760652

(Taken from the Autumn issue of Helmdon Voice)                                          

A Very Enjoyable Last Night Of The Proms - posted 14 Septmber 2012

Last Night of the Proms

 

The Church hosted a splendid and successful evening on Saturday 8 September, raising upwards of £830.

It was the occasion of The Last Night Of The Proms screened in the Church, accompanied by a delicious pig roast supper.

The splendid violinist Nicola Benedetti reduced the participants, still eating their supper, to a hush, and from then on the audience fully enjoyed the concert which also contained solos from the fine Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja.  The second half of the concert featured the traditional music of the last prom of the year that we know and love such as the Fantasia on British Sea Songs and Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March.

Flags have been in constant use this year what with the Jubilee, the Olympics and the Paralympics, and they were waved with great enthusiasm as  the Last Night of the Proms drew to a close with Parry’s Jerusalem, finishing with God Save the Queen sung by Katherine Jenkins.

Thank you to all who helped with the delicious supper, carved the pig roast, served the drinks, coped with the TV equipment and supported this very successful event.  

 

Harvest Festival Service and Supper -  posted 13 September 2012

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Male Suspect Targeting Churches -  posted 05 September 2012

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Coffee Morning For The Church Roof Sensor Appeal -  posted 14 August 2012

The bric a brac stall at the village cafe on Tuesday 14 August raised £70 towards the fundraising appeal.  Thank you to all those who supported.

Last Night Of The Proms -  posted 07 August 2012

Fundraising for sensor on church roof to deter thieves.   On Saturday 8 September in the church. Big Screen, 'Part' Pig roast supper. Wine, Pimms, lager and soft drinks available on night. Also raffle. Donations of prizes very welcome. Tickets £7.50 from Ann or Vanessa.

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Church Fete Result -  posted 01 August 2012

The Church Fete raised the excellent sum of £2,501.57.  Thank you to all the stall holders, all those who contributed in other ways and to all those who came and enjoyed themselves.

Church Fete on Saturday 21 July -  posted 08 July 2012

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Pet Service On Sunday 1 July -  posted 19 May 2012

 

Family Pet Service  Sunday 1st July

Service at 10.30 am

Helmdon Church

Bring your pet for a blessing. Dogs on leads;

small animals in baskets or cages please.

*****Refreshments after service*****

 

A United Benefice Service Of Thanksgiving For The Ministry Of Will Adams -  posted 09 May 2012

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Queen's Diamond Jubilee Service And Lunch -  posted 02 May 2012

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Theft Of Church Roofing -  posted 27 April 2012

Unfortunately a section of the church roof was stolen recently. Please be vigilant at all times, especially after dark, and if you see anything unusual either call the police or contact the churchwardens:-

Gerald Holt – 01295 760652 or Vanessa Vicars – 01295 760477

Annual Parochial Church Council Meeting  -  posted 07 March 2012

The Annual Parochial Church Council Meeting and Annual Vestry Meeting will take place on Wednesday 21 March at 7.30 p.m. in the church.

All are most welcome to attend the meetings.  (Only those whose names are on the Church Electoral Roll are entitled to vote at the Annual Parochial Church Council Meeting.)

Retirement Of Dorothy Micklethwaite  -  posted 01 March 2012

Dorothy will be holding her FAREWELL SERVICE on Sunday 4 March at 11 am in Helmdon.  I know many folk will want to take the opposrtunity to thank her for her much valued ministry in the Astwell Benefice.

Please do come along and join us.

Will

The Rector

 

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