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Horse Blessing Service, 11th August 2019

Our annual Horse Blessing Service was held this year on the afternoon of 11thAugust. In spite of the high winds and scurrying rain clouds we had a remarkably dry service on the freshly mowed grass outside the church. A group of about 50 attendees waited expectantly to see not only how many horses would bring their riders to the service but also to see Revd Ginni astride a charger.

The spectators were not disappointed with 24 horses coming along to be blessed. Ginni did not disappoint either as she was soon up into the saddle and confidently parading down the footpath to her chosen location to conduct the service. She looked resplendent and the other horses whinnied their approval.

After a short reading, the hymn ‘Morning has broken” and prayers Ginni proceeded to bless each of the horses and riders. Each horse was given a special treat of a carrot. 

A collection was taken for the two North Herts Riding for the Disabled groups and a total of £345 was given to split between them.

Thank you to all the horses and riders, all the ladies who baked the cakes sampled by everyone, of course, to all those who came to enjoy the service and spectacle. 

Upon departure the horses left a few presents, which the churchyard maintenance crew will have to tackle!

To see more photos look in our gallery.

IMG 9992 Horse Blessing Service Ginni 11th Aug 2019-9992

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Horse Blessing Service

Don not forget our annual horse blessing service which this year will be held at 15:00 on Sunday 11th August 2019 at St Ippolyts Church. All horses and donkeys etc etc welcome, please bring along as many humans as possible.

All money collected will be given to "Riding for the Disabled"


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Welcome to Revd Don Dowling!

Next Sunday, 28th July 2019, we welcome Revd Don Dowling who will be standing in for Revd Paul Lanham for our 09:15 service whilst Revd Ginni will be at Great wymondley.

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As many of you will know this year was the last year that we will be doing door to door collections in Hitchin.  I thought that I would take the opportunity to thank everyone that has been involved with me over the last 11 years.  (Everyone that I have an email address for!!)  Over this time many people have helped, many for the whole time but in total 41 people have pounded on doors raising £10,699 - not a bad sum so well done to all of us!

Next year I plan to organise a Tea and Cake afternoon so keep your

eyes open!  Thank you all again.

Barbara Thomas

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Bike 'n Hike for the Beds. and Herts. Historic Churches Trust


This year's Sponsored Bike 'n Hike for the Beds. and Herts. Historic Churches Trust is happening on Saturday 14thSeptember.  I have been the local church organiser for many years and would like someone to replace me so, this year, if you would like to help with something in the church/village this is your opportunity to do it with some help - next year you might be inspired to take it 

on yourself once you have found that it really isn't too difficult! 

If you are inspired to burn some calories in a good cause the Bike or Hike aspect might attract you.  You choose your own route - a list of the churches in this area that are open is provided, and you plan the route accordingly and then head out to do it! 

Either way - to help with organising, or participating, please contact me,

Shelagh Cox by phone 01462-432445, text 07884-406523 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.and I'll give you all the details.

                                                                                                Shelagh Cox

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