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Morning Prayer - Palm Sunday

Here is a video of the Morning Prayer service for Palm Sunday from St Mary's Eaton Bray (5 April 2020). The service can be followed using the Service Booklet for Sunday 5 April 2020.


Following the statement of the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, there will be no services at St Mary's, Eaton Bray or All Saints, Dagnall until further notice. We will however, be doing our best to meet the Archbishops' challenge to bring 'church' to people in different ways, so please revisit the St Mary's Eaton Bray Church website and our Facebook page.

If you are in need of help, please ring the Vicar on 01525 220261 or send a message via the contact page.


Morning Prayer - Lent 5

Here is a video of the Morning Prayer service for Lent 5 from St Mary's Eaton Bray (29 March 2020). The service can be followed using the Service Booklet for Sunday 29 March 2020.


Following the statement of the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, there will be no services at St Mary's, Eaton Bray or All Saints, Dagnall until further notice. We will however, be doing our best to meet the Archbishops' challenge to bring 'church' to people in different ways, so please revisit the St Mary's Eaton Bray Church website and our Facebook page.

If you are in need of help, please ring the Vicar on 01525 220261 or send a message via the contact page.


Morning Prayer - Lent 4 (Mothering Sunday)

Here is a video of the Morning Prayer service for Lent 4 (Mothering Sunday) from St Mary's Eaton Bray (22 March 2020). The service can be followed using the Service Booklet for Sunday 22 March 2020.


Following the statement of the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, there will be no services at St Mary's, Eaton Bray or All Saints, Dagnall until further notice. We will however, be doing our best to meet the Archbishops' challenge to bring 'church' to people in different ways, so please revisit the St Mary's Eaton Bray Church website and our Facebook page.

If you are in need of help, please ring the Vicar on 01525 220261 or send a message via the contact page.


Christmas Puzzle 2019

Christmas PuzzleThis year's annual Charity Christmas Puzzle has now been posted, and is available to download.

This, the 29th annual Puzzle that Gordon Gray has set, has a theme designed to help completion and will appeal to people who enjoy doing crossword puzzles, such as in the Daily Telegraph (though it is not a crossword puzzle). Puzzlers have plenty of time to find the answers and Puzzles should be returned, with donation, by 26 January 2020.

To download a copy of the Puzzle go to www.christmaspuzzle.uk. Alternatively puzzles can be collected from St Mary's Eaton Bray.

All the money you donate, except for the prize-money, will go to charity.


Messy Church - Photos from May 2019 Half Term

Below are a few photos (© Catherine Wendeler) from the recent Messy Church session in May 2019 during the half-term holiday. Click/tap to see full image.

Messy Church, May 2019 © Catherine Wendeler

Messy Church, May 2019 © Catherine Wendeler

Messy Church, May 2019 © Catherine Wendeler

Messy Church, May 2019 © Catherine Wendeler

800th Celebration - 15th May 2019

His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester visits St Mary's Church, Eaton Bray

Bright sunshine welcomed the visit of His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester to the Church of St Mary the Virgin, Eaton Bray with Edlesborough, on Wednesday 15 May as part of the church's 800th Anniversary celebrations. The visit to the church concluded HRH's three-part visit to Bedfordshire having been to Bedford School and Wardown House Museum and Gallery in the morning.

HM Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Helen Nellis, accompanied His Royal Highness on his visit. Other dignitaries present included the High Sheriff of Bedfordshire Meryl Dolling, the Bishop of Bedford The Rt Revd Richard Atkinson OBE, the Chief Executive of Central Bedfordshire Council Richard Carr and the Chief Fire Officer Paul Fuller CBE QFSM MStJ DL.

The visit was hosted by St Mary's Church Warden Catherine Hayden who introduced His Royal Highness to the Vicar of Eaton Bray with Edlesborough Rev Joy Cousans, the former retired Vicar of Eaton Bray with Edlesborough Revd Canon Malcolm Grant and the Reader of the Parish Gordon Gray.

800th Celebration - Royal Visit - 15th May

800th Celebration - Royal Visit - 15th May

The visit commenced with a Service of Dedication and Thanksgiving led by The Bishop of Bedford and Rev Joy Cousans during which a choir comprising pupils from the three schools in the parish (Dagnall Church of England School, Eaton Bray Academy and Edlesborough School) sang the anthem "Look at the world," by Rutter. After a blessing from the Bishop, His Royal Highness signed the Visitors' Book.

His Royal Highness has a background as an architect and Revd Canon Malcolm Grant, who has undertaken extensive research on St Mary's Church and has written a book on its history and architecture, provided a guided tour of St Mary's. He explained the marked difference in architectural style between the North and South arcades and highlighted several connections with the Royal Household, including the work of Reginald Bray, after whom the village was named and who was architect and builder of St George's Chapel, Windsor.

After His Royal Highness was presented with three books on the history of the church and village (Malcolm Grant's book plus two by the village historian Peter Mayne), dignitaries moved outside the church to join members of St Mary's congregation and parents and pupils from the schools. His Royal Highness was introduced to tree specialist Brian McMahon who explained that the tree to be planted was a whitebeam that would grow to a medium height and prove a most attractive addition to the Churchyard.

800th Celebration - Royal Visit - 15th May

800th Celebration - Royal Visit - 15th May

Having ceremonially planted the tree, His Royal Highness spoke with members of the congregation and the choir children before being bid farewell by Rev Joy Cousans and the Lord-Lieutenant.

Speaking after the visit, the Lord-Lieutenant said, "It was a great pleasure for me to welcome HRH The Duke of Gloucester to Eaton Bray in this three-part visit to Bedfordshire. His Royal Highness visited some very special places in the county which showed many different and successful aspects of living in our vibrant community. We hope His Royal Highness enjoyed his visit".



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