Magazine August 2019

Parish Magazine ~ August 2019 Dear Friends, Well what a Patronal weekend we had! A stunning and well-attended Organ Spectacular at which John Rippin, Keith Beniston and Jonathan Marten played wonderfully, including a topically themed improvisation on ‘Blue Moon’ by Keith. After delightful fizz on the lawn, we adjourned to the Hall, where Judy Smith had prepared a bumptious dinner … Read More

Vicar’s Blog August 2019

Vicar’s Blog ~ August 2019 Well what a Patronal weekend we had! A stunning and well-attended Organ Spectacular at which John Rippin, Keith Beniston and Jonathan Marten played wonderfully, including a topically themed improvisation on ‘Blue Moon’ by Keith. After delightful fizz on the lawn, we adjourned to the Hall, where Judy Smith had prepared a bumptious dinner of cold … Read More

Patronal Festival 2019 ~ Moonstruck Mary Magdalene

I wonder if Mary Magdalene ever looked into the night sky and wondered about that white blob we now call the moon? She, whom some scholars have taken to be some kind of lunatic – someone from whom seven kinds of demon were cast out. The word lunatic comes from the idea that someone who was mad, was somehow affected … Read More

Vicar’s Blog August 2018

Vicar’s Blog ~ August 2018 Dear friends, All this sweltering heat we are having reminds me of the places in the world where I have been, where such temperatures are normal. Usually hot weather is associated with holidays – or pilgrimages – and for sure we have had Israeli and Jordanian and Egyptian temperatures these last few weeks haven’t we?!. … Read More

Vicar’s Blog June 2018

Vicar’s Blog ~ June 2018 Dear Friends,Suddenly summer is upon us, after what can only be described as a bumpy ride in! Which means we can turn our attention to the summer of 2020 – only 2 years away. Casting our minds back 8 years, we went with 50 others to Oberammergau, the Bavarian town where the famous Passion Play … Read More

Patronal Festival 2017

This wonderful service we have every year, has a feel of ‘end of term’ to it, doesn’t it? The schools have finished for the summer, the prices of holidays have shot up accordingly, and no doubt the weather has already taken a turn for the worse, as is customary. August approaches… Yet for me, this year, unusually – or at … Read More

Patronal Festival

St Mary Magdalene

St Mary Magdalene icon

Our Patron Saint, St Mary Magdalene’s Feast Day is 22 July, which falls on a Tuesday in 2020. On Sunday 20, we are following the Patronal Festival online. Mary Magdalene is considered to be a saint by the Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Anglican, and Lutheran churches—with a feast day of July 22. Other Protestant churches honor her as a heroine of … 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

Patronal Festival 2015

On 19 July we were joined by musicians and some extra choir members to celebrate the Patronal Festival Eucharist in style. The setting was Schubert’s Mass in G and we sang the Jubilate by Stanford for the Anthem. Jonathan Marten conducted and Keith Beniston accompanied on the organ. Many thanks to them, the musicians and extra choir members who helped … Read More

St Mary Magdalene and the anniversary of Church

In the name of the Father… I wonder if any of you have ever been to Machu Picchu? I haven’t, although I understand it is a beautiful, mysterious and fascinating place. It was discovered exactly 100 years ago today, by a certain Hiram Bingham, a Hawaiian explorer. Known as the lost city of the Incas, it is set high in … Read More

Patronal Festival 2011

As we do every year we shall celebrate the Feast of St Mary Magdalene and the Anniversary of the Dedication of the Church with a special celebration of communion involving a an orchestra and augmented choir. The Celebrant and Preacher will be the Vicar, The Reverend Gordon Giles. Patronal Sunday 24th July Sung Eucharist for the Feast of St Mary … Read More