Magazine July 2019

Frinton 2019

Dear friends, It really began in the spring of 2017 when my nephew brought his fiancé to meet the family at my sister’s home in Berkshire. They told us that they planned to marry in May 2019 in Bali and they would be delighted (made up) if any of the family could be there. This got Malcolm and I thinking. … Read More

Magazine June 2019

Parish Tea Dance poster

Parish Magazine ~ June 2019 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 … Read More

Magazine May 2019

2019 Spring Fair slider

Parish Magazine ~ May 2019 Dear friends, Happy Easter! You will know that we have been spending time and money on the organ, and while we had hoped it would be ready for Easter Day, it wasn’t quite ready, but it very soon will be. The weekend of 18/19 May will be the time to celebrate its inauguration, and we … Read More

Magazine April 2019

Parish Magazine ~ April 2019 30, The Ridgeway Dear friends, We must congratulate the ladies on the choir, who have now been singing with us for a hundred years! In the Parish magazine of April 1919, our predecessors reported: “An innovation has been introduced into the services at S.Mary’s by the admission of ladies into the choir in place of … Read More

Magazine June 2017

My Dear Friends, I’d like to share with you all, if I may, my Easter 2017 – ‘Resurrection’ moment; but before I proceed I should say that I do have the person’s permission whom this involves, to tell this true story … One day during Lent I was walking up Windmill Hill when a middle aged man in his forties, … Read More

Magazine July 2016

Patronal Festival 2016

Dear Friends, The most famous work of early English literature is perhaps Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. From it we can get a vivid picture of life in the 14th century, and of the rich and diverse human characters of that particular time, with their joys and sorrows, their sins and their saintliness! But there’s one thing about the book which Chaucer’s … Read More

Magazine June 2016

Her Magesty the Queen's 90th birthday celebration

Parish Magazine ~ June 2016 Dear Friends, I sometimes joke that we love democracy at St Mary Magdalene’s… This is not so much a political statement as a financial and community one… We love to welcome so many from our neighbourhood to the hall to exercise their democratic right and cast their vote, and of course we do get a … Read More