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St Mary's Christmas Fayre

St Mary's Christmas FayreSaturday 17th November

The St Mary's Christmas Fayre will take place Saturday November 17th, between 12.30 and 2.30pm, in Eaton Bray Village Hall.

There will be stalls and games for all ages as well as a raffle. Entrance 50p (including tea or coffee and biscuit). Ploughman's Lunches will be available. Proceeds in aid of the Church General Fund.

Remembering our loved ones

We shall have our usual Eucharist of Remembrance for our departed loved ones on All Souls' Day, Friday 2nd November at 8.00pm.

Please make a note of the date, and let friends and neighbours who have suffered bereavement know about it. Please PRINT the names of those to be remembered at the altar on the list on the table beside the bookcase.

Beetle Drive

In aid of the Chilterns MS Center, Friday 26th October, 7-9pm, in Edlesborough Memorial Hall.

Tickets - adults £2.50, children £1 from Carol Mockett.

Tea, coffee and soft drinks, raffle.

Come and have an enjoyable evening, and support our Parish Project as well.

Vicar's Letter - October 2007

This summer has been dominated by pictures of a missing child. Ever since her disappearance was first reported, we have been surrounded by pictures of Madeleine McCann, with her playful eyes and mischievous grin. We may have been angered by the excessive journalistic speculation about this tragic case and the intrusive reporting, but no-one can deny how those pictures have seized our hearts. None of us knows the child, and yet we feel for her, and we are gripped by a deep sense of tender compassion for her. When something terrible happens to a child, we all feel a love for the victim, however hard it may be to explain our feelings rationally.

Continue reading this month's Vicar's Letter.

St Mary's Parochial Church Council Meeting

June meeting

The meeting was held on 14th June at All Saints Church Dagnall.

It was noted that, sadly in common with all public buildings, we will have to display No Smoking signs by the church doors from July 1st 2007. The concert by pupils of Edlesborough School, held in St Mary’s in aid of Christian Aid, had been very successful. The children and young people involved had put on an excellent performance for a very appreciative audience. Over £520 was raised for Christian Aid during the evening.

Another well supported event was the now annual "Open Gardens" day on Sunday 9th June. The weather was kind and we were all able to enjoy the day. Funds raised will be split between the Chiltern MS Centre and St Mary’s Roof fund. This is expected to be in excess of £2,600.

July meeting

All of the members of the PCC asked Peter Bennett to pass on their congratulations to the Carnival Committee on a highly successful event. It was a wonderful day for the community and succeeded in raising a record amount for local good causes.

The PCC was pleased to continue the established policy of subsidising the rent payable by the Village Hall. This year the rent is to be reduced from £2939 per annum to £758, a discount of £2,181 or 75%.

The Harvest Supper and Barn Dance is to be revived and will take place on Saturday 29th September in Eaton Bray Village Hall. Tickets will be £7.50 for adults, £3.50 for children and a family ticket (2 children) for £20.

The monthly coffee morning hosted by The Friends of St Mary’s will move to the first Saturday of the month at 10.30am with effect from September.

We took a further step towards becoming a Fairtrade Parish by agreeing to use Fairtrade teas and coffees at Church events. We will redouble our efforts to use other Fairtrade products wherever possible.

Preliminary details were provided of the 2008 Flower Festival which will take place in St Mary’s Eaton Bray over the weekend of 19th – 21st September. This will be a weekend of spectacular floral displays and events in the church.

The Welcome Pack is ready to go to print and will be available for distribution shortly.

-- The Church Mouse

Vicar's Letter - August/September 2007

As I write, we are making last minute preparations for our summer holiday: organizing currency, checking routes, looking through last year's clothes to see what simply must be replaced - and in my own case sorting out all the church duties which have to be covered while I am away. There is always a build up of stress before a holiday, but it is great when you can just sit back, relax and enjoy a different routine and different experiences.

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St Mary's Church Open Afternoon

Our church will be open for visitors, with welcoming stewards, refreshments, and the opportunity to view Parish Records, History and Photos which will be on display.

Sunday 5th August from 2.00-5.00pm.

Vicar's Letter - July 2007

Elsewhere in Focus you will find information about the EDaN Project, working to prepare a Parish Plan for the Civil Parish of Edlesborough (which, of course, includes Dagnall and Northall - hence the acronym). The Plan will try to express the priorities and hopes of the whole community for its future, and it gives residents an opportunity to create the agenda and express their opinions. The finished Plan will help the Parish Council to set its strategies, and give it weight in its dealings with the District and County Councils, where many of the major decisions will have to be taken.

Continue reading this month's Vicar's Letter.

Parish Family BBQ

This year's Parish Family BBQ will be held on Saturday 11 August from 4.00-8.00pm in the Vicarage Garden, and in aid of the Chiltern MS Centre.

There will be yummy food, games and musical entertainment, all for £7.50 adult, £3.50 child, or £20 family ticket.

Please put the date in your diary now. For bookings please contact Heather Martin, Sally Taylor or Katrina Grant.

Church Trail

Our church will be open for visitors, with welcoming stewards, refreshments, and the opportunity for a guided tour of the church, Sunday 1st July from 2.00-5.00pm.

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