Magazine October 2016

Barn Dance 2016

Parish Magazine ~ October 2016

The Rev'd Dr Gordon Giles

Wren Academy at Enfield

Free School Application
Having been approved by the Department for Education (DfE) to proceed to the pre-opening phase, Wren Academy and London Diocesan Board for Schools (LDBS) are continuing to prepare this new secondary school for opening in September 2018.

Location of the School
Enfield Council has confirmed to DfE that a new secondary school is needed in western Enfield and this is our target area. It is the responsibility of the Education Funding Agency (EFA) to select and purchase sites for new free schools and this process is well underway.

A number of sites in western Enfield have been considered by EFA as possible locations for the school, including all those suggested by local residents through the consultation process or suggested by LDBS.

We are hopeful that the process will be complete by late Autumn 2016 and we might be able to announce the permanent site early in 2017.

Name for the School
This has not been decided yet but there will be the opportunity for parents and students to make suggestions though our consultation process.

Opening Date
Our target is to open the school for Year 7 students in September 2018. At this stage whilst there is no guarantee that this is achievable, we are confident that we are on track to achieve that date. We will keep parents informed.

Next Steps
Once the site has been secured by EFA, the project will proceed by:

1. Holding a further consultation;
2. Appointing contractors to design and build the school;
3. Applying for planning permission from Enfield Council;
4. Agreeing key policies, such as the admissions policy;
5. Securing the Funding Agreement (the contract between academies and the government to operate a school);
6. Opening applications for admission for students entering Year 7 in September 2018.

The Reference Group will continue to meet during this period to enable local parents and residents to have their voice heard.

If you have further comments or questions about Wren Academy Enfield, please contact: Rob Hannan – LDBS. 020 7932 1173

From the Parish Registers

14 August 2016
Louis Wayne Pearce

13 September 2016
Colin Sanderson

If anyone is celebrating a birthday or anniversary and wishes to take up the elements please inform the churchwardens.

Coffee Morning News

First of all please make a note in your diary/calendar that Lilian and Colin Gibbens will be holding a Coffee Morning for St Mary’s Organ Fund on TUESDAY 18th OCTOBER from 10:45 a.m. at 1d Uplands Park Road - I hope you can make it as Lilian and Colin would love to see you then.

The last coffee morning for the organ fund was held in August at Bernard Quinn’s home - we had 27 people there and as it was a nice day we were able to enjoy the beautiful garden. It was very good to see 7 new faces there too and hope you will all continue to support our cause. Bernard raised £244 bringing this year's total so far to £1,800 which is splendid.

Thank you to everyone concerned.

Thank you to everyone who supported the September Cheese and Wine Evening.

An enjoyable and relaxing time was had by all, enhanced by balmy weather which meant we could enjoy being outside well into the late evening. A selection of British cheeses, some old favourites and some unusual surprises, were sampled washed down with delicious French wine.

A total of £236 was raised for the Organ Fund.

Rita Barker

The Rambling Group

Our August walk went ahead as planned and, after a short walk from Upshire, partook of tea and cakes at St Thomas’ Church. They are not without their problems as they have plastering and repairs to do to their tower.

In September we devote our energies to the sponsored walk organised by Judy Smith. As the Parish Calendar gets rather crowded at this time of year I think that we will be unable to do anymore walking until the New Year.

Michael Dixon


Programme for 2016

At our September meeting, Gordon our Vicar gave us an illustrated talk on the history of hymns.

October The Revd Jackie Fish

November The wonderful Padwick and Ball team return with new material.

The Christmas lunch will be on Wednesday 21st December at 12:30 pm at the Ridgeway Tavern. Please tell Mo if you would like to come!

Maureen Lunn

Fairtrade logo Traidcraft logo

The next Traidcraft stall will be
Sunday 9th October
in the hall after 10:00 am service. All the usual essentials and treats will be there.

Come and see if there is anything new. If you want anything before that date, (ginger biscuits, chocolate…?) just ask me.

The Christmas catalogue is now available for ordering cards, gifts and goodies.

I have samples of all the Christmas cards and will have them available to look at each Sunday during coffee after the 10.0’clock service.

Alison Reeve

News From The Home Group

Our Concept:

We extend a warm, open invitation to share prayer and fellowship; encouraging one another's walk of faith, to know God more clearly, love him more dearly and follow him more nearly, day by day.

To our regular “month of Monday’s” program we’re introducing a new event and social occasion. As a finale to each month, on the last Monday we’ll be presenting “Film Night”. There’ll be freshly popped sweet popcorn and you’re welcome to bring other desirable refreshments. Should all or one of the films showing be of interest please come, we can easily seat fourteen, so kick back at the flicks with us for evenings of entertaining Christian themed cinema.

Film Night opens on November 28th, with “God’s Not Dead”. Released theatrically on March 21st, 2014, the PG film grossed over $62 million on a $2 million budget.

View the official movie trailer at:

Or type this in the Youtube search bar:
“God’s Not Dead Official Full Movie Trailer”

After meeting and greeting with tea and coffee from 18:00, we’ll start this 113 minute film promptly at 18:30.

Film Night schedule:

November 28th “God’s Not Dead”
December 19th “God’s Not Dead 2”
January 30th “Scrooge”
February 27th “It’s A Wonderful Life”

Please follow, friend or message us on Twitter and Facebook; you’ll find my/Laura’s posts at “Happy Daiz”, Ken at “Ken Cope” and Dawn at “Dawn Joy Cope”.

Meetings every Monday, from 6pm - 8pm

God bless. Love Laura, Ken and Dawn Cope

Up And Coming Events For Your Diary

8 ~ Barn Dance – 6:30 pm
9 ~ Bring and Share Lunch – 12 noon

19 ~ Quiz Night and Fish & Chip Supper – 7:30 pm

7 ~ Merryhills Carol Concert – 6pm
11 ~ Festive Fayre – 10:00 am
17 ~ Centenary of the Lady Chapel - tbc
18 ~ Nine Lessons and Carols – 6:30pm
24 ~ Crib Christingle Services – 3:00pm and 4:.30pm
24 ~ Midnight Mass – 11:30pm
25 ~ Christmas Day Communion – 10am

Coffee Mornings/Evenings

As I expect you all know throughout this year we will be raising money for St Mary’s Organ Fund and it would be good if you will please put the following dates in your diary - they are all third Tuesday in the month & are coffee mornings unless otherwise stated.

18th October ~ Lilian & Colin Gibbens

15th Nov ~ Pam & Vic Harrington

12th Dec ~ Rita Barker
Please note this is a Monday

Hope to see you at all or some of these events.

Rita Barker

Lunchtime Recitals

The September recital was held on a very hot day but the temperature in Church was cool and relaxing for the quite large audience who attended. The Serafini trio, a baroque ensemble playing on harpsichord, baroque flute and violin – works by Jean-Marie Leclair, Thomas Arne, JS Bach and CPE Bach – very enjoyable.

At 12:30 pm on 12 October Catherine Leonard an accomplished young pianist will play for us. Do come along and relax to music in Church. A good ploughman’s lunch can be eaten after the concert.

Eleanor Pritchard

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
Retiring Collection
Ploughman’s Lunch £3.50, if required, in the Choir Vestry afterwards

Concert Programme For 2016

12 October
Catherine Leonard - Piano

9 November
Luca Luciano - Clarinet

14 December
Marion and Michael Smith - Piano and Organ


Fauré Requiem – Sunday 25th September 2016

What an amazing three quarters of an hour we had, a choir of 60, and a professional orchestra, conducted by Keith Beniston with Jonathan Marten on the organ. As a bonus, the ‘Cantique de Jean Racine’ was also sung beautifully. Huge thanks to them, and to our anonymous donor who footed the bill enabling all the proceeds to go to the Noah’s Ark Hospice, our charity for the year. Sadly, only 22 people came to hear it (ten fewer than came to evensong the previous week!), which meant a paltry £219 was raised for the sick children.

Christmas Fair

It’s not too early to start thinking about the Christmas Fair.

We will be looking for donations of

Cakes and preserves
New or second hand jewellery
Raffle prizes.

If you have any ideas for new stalls or would like to volunteer to help on the day in any way please talk to Alison Reeve.

And please don’t forget to put the date in your diary –

Saturday 10th December.

It’s a great way to get the festive season started!

A drum, a drum, Macbeth doth come … again

It’s hard to believe that the Drama Group’s production of ‘Macbeth’ was over a year ago. It took almost 6 months of rehearsals for us to prepare or the performances in June 2015.

The journey has not ended. Through our friendships and connections with the Cuffley Players, the production is to be revived this November.

The drama group’s connections are long standing, with several of us having performed in their productions in the past, and they in turn have helped and supported us in turn.

This is the first time that the two acting companies have combined forces in this way. The production conceived and developed here and six of the original cast members and two other familiar St Mary’s faces Susan Rix and Sammi Reeve, with be joined by members of the Cuffley Players for what promises to be a memorable joint production. I am delighted that we are able to perform the play again in the year that marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. It will also be a landmark production for Cuffley, as it will be the first Shakespeare play they have staged in their 83 year history.

If you’re kicking yourself for having missed the original performances, or if you would welcome the chance to see it again, now is your chance.

Please come along and support us in our continuing sojourn on the increasingly familiar blasted heath.

We will have flyers with booking details available soon in the meantime make a note of the dates in your diary, the cast would love to see you there.

The performances will be in Cuffley Hall 9 – 12th November at 8.00pm with a matinee at 3.00pm on the Saturday

Box Office opens mid October (07857 841930)

Rachel Moon


International Consortium of Law and Religion Scholars Conference, Oxford 8-11 September 2016.

On Sunday 11 September I woke up in the beautiful settings of St Hugh’s college Cambridge, the Alma Mater of Barbara Castle, Teresa May, Aung San Suu Kyi and Nicky Morgan. I went down to join my fellow law and religion academics for a delicious breakfast and at my table there were those from Cardiff law and religion centre, Canada, Quatar, Sweden, Italy and London. Other tables hosted academics representing other nations in the world. There were Christians, Muslims, Jews, humanists and others.

As we sipped our tea in the tranquil surrounding in which we found ourselves, looking forward to the final day of our conference on freedom of, from and within religion we listened to a Nigerian academic explain how Boko Haram had taken 210 Christian children together with 30 Muslim children and terrorized the community, causing his university to close and its academics to flee in fear of their lives. He proceeded to explain about the state-run preaching panels in Nigeria which had been in place for the past 40 years – in some states discriminating against Muslims by requiring them to apply for preaching licenses and policing the activities of Muslim leaders. It had echoes of the presentation given by the Ethiopian academic and barrister who represented clients tortured by the regime in Ethiopia for seeking to make a stand against the oppressions they were suffering at the hands of the regime.

These were just two examples from a breathtaking array of outstanding presentations demonstrating academic excellence, philosophical depth and thoughtful analysis of legal developments across the globe. There was a sense amongst those present that our combined efforts could result in a bettering of the situation of mankind, in particular in relation to that element of our existence so closely linked with our human dignity and so often used to degrade, torture and kill: religion.

As academics departed to their various institutions across the globe there was a renewed sense of encouragement and hope that something could be done to address the pressing issues of our time and that academia had something to say that could result in a transforming effect.

I reflected on something I had read when undertaking my theological studies, that we are the product of other peoples’ prayers. The task cannot be achieved by academia alone. It is the faithful who day in and day out hold the world in their prayers who make a difference. We can never know how or when – listening to the two academics from the Russian State University who were running a course on freedom of religion brought this home. How long did we pray and how immoveable did the iron curtain appear? No evil is too great that it can withstand the power of God for all time.

Jessica Giles

St Mary Magdalene Bridge Club

New members urgently needed

We meet here at the church every Monday at 2:00 pm and every Friday at 10:00 am.

We are a small friendly club playing ‘Chicago’ You do not require a partner!

Table money is £ 2 per session, Tea / Coffee and biscuits are provided. Come along, a warm welcome awaits you.

For details please phone Malcolm 020 8245 2587

Magazine Stapling Rota 2016-17

3 September 2016
Peter and Carol Lamb, Eleanor Pritchard

1 October 2016
Vic Harrington, Pam Hagan, Helen Clarke

5 November 2016
Ju(Yezi) Lan Zhen, Val Hayes, Kate Bissett

3 December 2016
Ken and Laura Cope, Gill Bird

7 January 2017
Peter and Carol Lamb, Eleanor Pritchard

4 February 2017
Vic Harrington, Pam Hagan, Helen Clarke

5 March 2017
Ken and Laura Cope, Gill Bird

2 April 2017
Peter and Carol Lamb, Eleanor Pritchard

30 April 2017
Ken and Laura Cope, Gill Bird

4 June 2017
Vic Harrington, Pam Hagan, Helen Clarke

If you know of any lady or gentleman who would be able to help with stapling or if you are unable to keep the above dates please contact either Michael or Janet Dixon or Janet Whelpdale.

St Mary Magdalene Drama Group Committee Report 2015

This report covers the twelve month period to the end of December 2015 during which time the Committee sat on five occasions. The AGM was held on 8th July. The 2015 programme included presentations of ‘Macbeth’ in June and ‘The Revue’ in October. The Group also participated in various other activities throughout the year within the worship and social fellowship of the Church Community.

The Group were delighted to welcome Jayne Buckland and Derek Parr as new members in 2015. The Group remembered with sadness the passing in the last year of Richard Shone, Marian Kemball-Cook, Ray Barker and Norman Gillibrand who had been friends and supporters of the Group.

The year’s programme began with Colin Gibbens, Simon Downes and Aniru Shyllon taking part in the Epiphany service in January as the three Magi.

The Group’s New Year Party was held on Wednesday 21st January. It was very successful with 20 or so friends and members coming along. Gordon and Jackie were able to join us. Alison Reeve organised the opening game and there were contributions to the entertainment from Chris Moon, Cristyn Williams, Derek Parr, Michael & Janet Dixon and Vic Harrington. The customary charades were organised by Janet Rossiter. Gordon concluded with toasts to the Group and best wishes for Macbeth. Best wishes were also sent to the Group’s Chairman, Janet Reed, who had been unable to join the Group for the evening.

The Palm Sunday reading on 28th March was directed by Chris Moon. Jackie Nugent, Alison Ludlam, Janet Rossiter, Wendy Dollimore and Ann Rolland read the Matthew Gospel reading from the ‘Proclaiming the Passion’ book of narratives. Kiera provided ‘drum effects’. Microphones on stands were successfully used to amplify the voices. In all, it was simply presented and powerfully read.

The Group’s presentation of ‘Macbeth’ on Friday 5th June and Saturday 6th June was brave, inspired and a great success. The director was Rachel Moon and her deep knowledge of the play was reflected in the continuity of the scenes. Over 110 people attended the two performances. Gordon had preached a sermon on Macbeth on the Sunday before the performances and commented on them in his ‘Vicar’s Letter’.

The production involved the co-operation with, and contribution from, a number of local theatre groups including Incognito Theatre, The Barn Theatre, Southgate Opera and, in particular, Cuffley Players. Several members of Cuffley Players took parts in the production, provided prompt and also provided invaluable technical assistance with the demanding lighting and sound requirements.

The split-level set had been imaginatively designed and the use of entrances and exits through the Hall had worked really well.

After the production, discussions commenced with Cuffley Players about Rachel directing ‘Macbeth’ as a Cuffley Players production and as 2015 came to a close it looked as though it was going to be presented as the November 2016 Cuffley Players’ production.

The Group’s AGM was held on Wednesday 8th July. It was attended by 11 members including the Group’s President, the Rev’d Dr. Gordon Giles. The Committee was elected en-bloc. The Committee Report and Group accounts were presented at the meeting. The Committee report was published in the Church magazine.

The Group presented ‘The Revue’ in association with some friends from Southgate Opera Company on Thursday 22nd, Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th October. The director was Chris Moon. It was an original production comprising poems read by Drama Group members and songs performed by Southgate Opera. The readings and songs were grouped into ‘themes’ such as ‘The Bard’, ‘Love’ and the ‘Seasons’ It had been a good production to follow ‘Macbeth’ in that it was so completely different. A good foyle to ‘Macbeth’.

The mixture of poems and songs had worked well as had the proximity of the performers to the audience. It had also been an opportunity to involve friends who had not performed with the Group recently. The production went slickly, provided variety and was easy for the audience to engage with.

It was the first time that the Drama Group had worked with members of Southgate Opera. They enjoyed the involvement and the production was certainly something that the Group could consider doing again.

The Drama Group contributed throughout 2015 to events organised within the Church community including providing stalls at the Christmas Fair and performing ‘Albert and the Lion’ and ‘The Return of Albert’ at the Parish Concert on Saturday 27th June which had been dedicated to Norman Gillibrand who had recently passed away.

The Group maintained its presence on the Church’s website as well as Enfield Council’s Voluntary and Community Sector database. The Group continued to co-operate with and support other local Drama Groups. Building and sustaining links with other groups is critically important for the Group. These links had been important in the Group’s two 2015 presentations and its co-operation and relationships with Cuffley Players and Southgate Opera Group strengthened significantly in 2015. The Group donated £400 in 2015 for the use of the Hall and Vestry.

In the course of further work in improving the Hall back garden, repairs were made to the side of the Drama Group Hut replacing missing or rotten wood and the area around the back and side of the Hut was cleared. Group members painted the newly repaired sides of the Hut in the summer. The process of removing unwanted items from the Hut continued and work was also carried out on the stage flats.

A dozen or so singers assembled for the Group’s street carol singing on Tuesday 22nd December. We were delighted that Gordon was able to join us. The singing had to be shortened because of persistent rain and then a brief thunderstorm. The Committee extended its thanks to Janet Reed for her hospitality before and after the singing. £143 was raised for the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice – the Church’s chosen charity for the 2015 Christmas season.

Several Group members and other members of the congregation took part in the Nativity pageant at the two Christingle Services on Christmas Eve which were attended by over 500 congregants. Jackie Nugent and Jayne Buckland took the part of Gabriel, Jason Goodman played Joseph, Dawn Cope and Bella Horlick played Mary and the three Magi were James Horlick, Simon Downes and Aniru Shyllon. Use was made for the first time of costumes made for the purpose by Pam Hagan and Judy Smith. Thanks were extended to Pam and Judy. Some of the remaining costumes were hired from the Potters Bar Theatre Company.

For the first time the three Magi had also contributed to the Nine Lessons and Carols Service on Sunday 20th December. The gifts were processed up the centre aisle during the singing of ‘We Three Kings of Orient Are’ by Colin Gibbens, Vic Harrington and Simon Downes.

So concludes the 2015 Committee Report.