Magazine June 2019

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Parish Magazine ~ June 2019

The Rev'd Dr Gordon Giles

Dear Friends,

There isn’t much room for me in this month’s packed magazine! I don’t mind – as the American Composer John Cage once said, ‘I have nothing to say and I am saying it’!

To be serious, we congratulate and welcome Annaliese Fenwick on her election as new Churchwarden and, for the second time and thank Alison Reeve for a second wonderful four-year stint, now come to its natural end. Catherine Circus continues, now halfway through her four year sentence! A new PCC has been elected, and business continues as usual, with organ project nearly completed (notwithstanding what I wrote last month!); garden wall rebuilding and Hall decoration all set to go ahead in late July and August.

But we should never forget that we are not a company, club, nor even simply a charity. We are far more than that – we are that unique body – the body of Christ - that is a church. And there is nothing else like a church. So while we conform to worldly standards in so many areas – finance, head-counting, safety, safeguarding, risk management, law – nevertheless, we are a church, first and foremost. In all we do this must come first and reflect our Christian calling, whatever the world thinks of that. Notwithstanding the necessary Electoral Roll, which rises and falls with the tide, ask a parish how many people are on their list of the sick or bereaved, ask the folk in the pub what they know or think, ask the people in the street which is their church. So it is that we can say, somewhat paradoxically, that St Mary Magdalene’s is our church, but also, simultaneously that we are the church. Both are true, and it is the concept of the family of God that unites the two. And we are led, always, by Christ, the Good Shepherd, who is the way, the truth and the life.

Last month, my brother, living in Spain, told us that he had cancer. My nephew made it out to see him, but he died the following day, a Tuesday. I flew to Spain the next day, Wednesday, arranged and took his funeral on the Thursday and brought his ashes home on Friday. I could not have done this if I had not Christ the Good Shepherd leading me through the valley of death, leading and guiding me there and back. I hope it has been, perhaps is, and always will be the case for you too.


From the Parish Registers

Interment of ashes in the Memorial Garden
12 May 2019
Bob Barnes

27 April 2019
Lana and Anthony Sophicli

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

For a PDF file of the Parish Magazine for this month please click here.

Regular Weekly Events

Sunday8:00 amHoly Communion
10:00 amEucharist (Second Sunday in month Family Service)
6:30 pmEvensong (or other ‘special’ service)
Please see the Google calendar for any further information regarding Sunday Services
Monday10:00 amMattins (BCP)
Tuesday7:45-9:00 pmBell Ringing Practice
Wednesday8:30 pmDrama Group
Thursday10:30 amHoly Communion (BCP)
7:30 pmChoir Practice

Moving into the 21st Century

Have you ever been in the position where an announcement is made that a collection will be made for X Charity after the service only to find, when scrabbling through your purse, bag, pockets or wallet, a few low denomination coins lurking in the corners – but would like to give more? Well this could be a thing of the past. We have new technology available in the shape of a smart card reader – now you will be able to make the donation using your Credit/Debit card or payment enabled smart phone!

You may have noticed it at the back of church during May when we were trialling the device by collecting for Christian Aid Week; perhaps you saw it being introduced in the hall after a service, or are even one of those who used it?

It is very easy to use. It is pre-set for £5 donations but can easily be re-set for a single donation of between £3 and £30 with a tap and a swipe.

We will be able to use it for any donation to St Mary Magdalene, or one of the other charities we collect for like Mary’s Meals or Christian Aid. It will be made available at all services and special events and even in the hall after the service.

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If you would like more information or to be shown how it works please speak to Ken Cope, Paul Reeve or one of the wardens.

 Ken Cope

St Michael’s School

St Michael’s CE Primary School would like to invite any parishioners to attend their Senior Citizens concert followed by tea and cakes on Thursday 13th June at 10am, at the School. If anyone would like to go please tell the Vicar as soon as possible.

Wren Academy in Enfield

Wren Enfield (as it will be called) is coming. Opening in September 2020 on the Chase Farm site, as we originally envisaged and hoped, it will be a second school for the already established Wren Academy in Finchley. More details are on our website, but this hails the fruition of a long desire and vision for a Church of England Secondary School in our area.

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Tea Dance

At St Mary’s there’s always something to look forward to and right now it’s something quite new. On Saturday, 15th June at 5 o’clock we are holding a Tea Dance. There will be a proper afternoon tea with sandwiches, scones with jam and cream, cakes, a bottomless teapot and even a glass of fizz. And you will be able to dance to classics from the 30s, 40s and 50s. It should be fun and will cost you just £10. Much cheaper than the Ritz! If you would like to come please speak to me.

Judy Smith

Dates for your Diary

Our next Coffee Morning will be held at Carol & Peter's house at 6 Colonels' Walk and they will be delighted to see you there on Tuesday 18th June. Please also make a note of these important changes - Jackie's morning will now be held at her flat on Tuesday 17th September and the following one will now be held by Lilian & Colin at their house on Tuesday 15th October (this is basically a swap!).

So far this year we have raised the magnificent sum of £1,250 which has gone to the organ fund.  For the rest of the year now that the organ work is nearly completed all monies raised will go towards the painting of the hall and/or the rebuilding of our boundary wall both of which urgently need doing so I do hope that all of you will continue to be fantastic with your support of the monthly coffee mornings.

A big thank you to all hosts and attendees!

Rita Barker

Coffee Morning

Coffee Morning

24 supporters were able to enjoy their coffee, cake and fellowship in lovely spring sunshine in the garden of Alison and Paul at April’s coffee morning. A wonderful £174 was raised – a big thank you to all who attended.

Coffee Morning Dates 2019

June 18: Carol and Peter
July 16: June Carr
August 20: Gill and David
September 17: Jackie Fish
October 15: Lilian and Colin
November 19: Gordon Giles
December 17: Rita Barker

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Spring Fair

Despite a very wet start (especially for Eleanor, Ann and Julia!) our Spring Fair went well. I would say trade was slow but steady, but we were pleased to see a few new faces as well as all the usual suspects. And we did sell all the bacon rolls!

Our final total was £592 which is absolutely great and will go to support church funds that very much need boosting after everything we have achieved recently.

I would like to thank everyone who gave up their Saturday morning to run the cafe, a stall or a game. Thank you too to all who turned up on the day to support us. And I would still like to know where the missing egg went!!!

Judy Smith

Sponsored Bible Reading

I have now collected all of the money raised by our readers at this very successful event and I am pleased to tell you that we raised a magnificent £1,465. And even that isn’t a final figure as we can collect tax back on a good proportion of it. I am sure this will be an enormous help as we look to repair our garden wall this summer.

I’d like to say a really big thank you to everyone who took part, everyone who stayed and listened and everyone who supported us by sponsoring someone. Well done!

Personally I found the day both interesting and spiritual and, if we were to repeat it at some time in the future, I would really recommend it to anyone who couldn’t make it this year.

Judy Smith

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Organ Restoration

As you will all be aware the organ restoration is very nearly complete and the final payment will soon have to be made. Many of you have responded to the ‘Notes for Notes’ initiative and we have raised £2085 - which is fantastic. However, it is not too late – it is never too late! - to make a contribution if you would still like to. Please speak to me either to make a simple donation or, if you would like to pay for a specific note/chord, I can let you have the necessary form.

Thank you to everybody who has already contributed in any one of so many ways. You have raised getting on for £30,000 without which the work could not have been done. A magnificent effort, which I am sure will be rewarded by the sound of a magnificent new organ.

Thanks again.

Michael Smith

Organ Celebrations

 Sadly the organ wasn’t sounding very spectacular in May so it was felt necessary to defer our grand celebrations to the weekend of the Patronal Festival. So, we have a recital planned for Saturday July 20th at 6pm followed by a reception and a Parish Dinner at 7.30pm. Do make a note!


We are building a confirmation group for confirmation later in the year, probably at St Paul’s Cathedral on the first Saturday of November. Do consider and pray about it and speak to one of the clergy if you are interested.

Sunday Morning Coffee

We all enjoy our cup of coffee after the Parish Communion on Sunday mornings. This is prepared for us week by week by a dedicated team of Volunteers under the direction of Anneliese Fenwick. She needs more people to help her and if you feel able to join the ‘Team’ please speak to Anneliese.


News from the Home Group

Film Night, June 24th: “Yiimimangaliso: The Mysteries”.

This 2001 exuberant and extraordinary collaborative stage production, between South Africa’s Spier Festival, near Cape Town, and London’s Broomhill Opera Company. Enjoyed a sell-out run at the 150-year-old Wilton's Musical Hall. Following an acclaimed UK tour, it became an instant international hit, performing at festivals in Australia, America and Canada.

Combining biblical accounts from the New Testament and Genesis, and loosely based on the medieval Chester Mystery Plays from the north-west of England. In keeping with the spirit of peoples theatre, and in simple “poor theatre” style, a bale of hay indicates Bethlehem and a flimsy piece of garden fence, Noah’s Ark.

The cast were selected from over a thousand South Africans, of various heritages. The thirty-four roles are acted and sung in seven languages, including Latin, Afrikaans, Xhosa, Zulu and English for the largest part.

During this spectacular two hour play, in exhilarating dance and heart-breaking drama, the familiar is brought to life through a different cultural tradition.

There’s also a 15-minute documentary, briefly covering its creation, featuring a number of the actors and the play’s English creators, Mark Dornford-May and Charles Hazlewood.

God bless. Love,

Laura Cope

Coffee and a Concert

The May concert should have been given by our Vicar Gordon on flute and Roddy Elmer on piano but unfortunately due to a family bereavement, Gordon had to withdraw at the last moment. Fortunately, Roddy, with the help of Margaret Green, a singer, produced a programme of great variety and entertainment. How fortunate it is that we have friends. We look forward to an opportunity to hear Gordon and Roddy playing together.

At 12.30 on Wednesday 12 June, Robert Medina, baritone, will sing to us. Coffee and cake will be available from 11.30 am in the choir vestry as usual. All are welcome.

Eleanor Pritchard

11.30pm – 1pm

Retiring Collection

Coffee, tea and cake available in the Choir Vestry from 11.30 am

Concert programme for 2019

June 12 – Robert Medina: Baritone
July 10 – Jonathan Newby: Organ

August – no concert

September 11 – Catherine Leonard: Piano
October 9 – Serafini Chamber Group
November 13 – Michael and Marion Smith: Piano and Organ
December 11 – Suzannah Knight: Oboe; Michael Lovejoy: Violin and Roddy Elmer: Piano

Another Concert

Southgate Symphony Orchestra will as usual present their summer concert at our church. It will be at 7.30 pm on Saturday 6 July.

The programme will include Beethoven’s ‘Egmont’ Overture, the popular Symphony No 8 by Dvorak and Saint-Saëns’ Violin Concerto No 3 to be played by Gavin Davies, a brilliant violinist who has played with us in the past.

On the door, if available, tickets will be £14.00, £12.00 for concessions and £5.00 for children. However, if purchased up to a week before save £2.00 on each adult ticket. Don’t leave it too late because we have had sell outs. I have tickets for sale.

Eleanor Pritchard

Organ Spectacular

The Parish Barbecue

Annual Church Barbecue

to be held at the home of Alison & Paul Reeve

Saturday 13th July,

 Arrive from 3.30 onwards

Salads, bread and desserts will be provided as well as plates and cutlery.

You just bring whatever you want to cook, your favourite tipple and a garden chair if you have one.

If you don’t like BBQ - bring a picnic.

There is lots of space for games and for sitting enjoying the sunshine. Something for everyone, however young.

Ask Alison or Paul for any more information.

North Enfield Food Bank

We make regular contributions to the Food Bank and their needs change from time to time. Up to date information can be found on their web site:

At the moment they urgently need: Tinned tomatoes, tinned meat, tinned fruit, tinned vegetables, tinned meat soup, tinned spaghetti/spaghetti hoops, instant mash, instant noodles, savoury snacks – crisps/popcorn/crackers, chocolate/snack bars, biscuits, tinned puddings, rice pudding, custard, shampoo/conditioner, shower gel, toilet roll.

They have plenty of: Beans, pasta, cereal, beans/pulses (kidney, black-eyed peas and lentils) tea, sugar and cereal.

Fellowship News

June 19: Mr Andrew Tofts, Online personal & financial safety. 2pm.

July 17: Bring & Share picnic lunch in our garden at 12.30pm.

August. No Meeting

September 18: Haven House Children’s Hospice. 2pm.

October 16: Jackie Fish. 2pm

November 20: Making music together, Eleanor. 2pm.

December 18: Fellowship Christmas Lunch, 12.30- 1pm. Venue tba

Please encourage friends to join us, especially when something is of interest.

Fabulous Frinton

Sign up for Fabulous Frinton

The date this year is Friday 26th July

We will travel there and back by coach and the cost will be £16 per seat which includes a tip for the driver.

If you would like to be included please let Alison Reeve know. You can bring any of your friends and family – grandparents, grandchildren, cousins, aunts and uncles...but children must be accompanied by an adult.

This is always a great day out and very popular. So Book Early!

Please pay before the day. If paying by cheque please make it payable to the church.

We will meet at the vicarage at 8.45am to leave at 9.00am

and leave Frinton at 4.00pm


Items for the July edition to the editor by Sunday 9 June. Please use the magazine section of the pigeon-holes or email to Documents should be in Microsoft Word or plain text. If you know of anyone 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

Michael Dixon

Magazine rota

(10 am Saturday morning in the Church or earlier as arranged)

29 June 2019
Eleanor Pritchard/Helen Clarke

27 July 2019
Vic Harrington/Pam Hagan

31 August 2019
Ken Cope/Gill Bird

28 September 2019
Peter Lamb/Carol Lamb

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