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Leanne, our church treasurer, visits 50 churches on this years "Bike 'n Hike". Absolutely brilliant!!!

2015 Bike 'n' Hike by Leanne Cutler (St Ippolyts Church Treasurer)

On a warm, sunny Saturday there is nothing better than getting out on your bike, and I am no stranger to this (see picture 2 of me performing in Time Trial).  However on Saturday 12th September this was a ride with a difference .... it was the annual sponsored Bike 'n' Hike in aid of Beds and Herts Historic Churches Trust.  I had done this 2 years ago (2013) when the weather hadn't been as favourable so was most grateful in the run up to te event to see that the Met Office had forecast sunshine.  In the weeks leading up to the ride I gathered sponsorship from fellow parishioners, family and friends (including my 6yr old son Ethan).  A pledge of £1 per church by my better half Jason made me determined to maximise church/mileage. With the carefully planned route loaded into my Garmin (“Sat Nav” for cyclists), energy drink bottles filled, energy bars and spare inner tubes in pockets, tyres pumped to 110 psi (maximising speed!)  and my 2 sponsor forms almost full I was ready for the off. I had decided to start not on my doorstep but at St Marys in Pirton.  I was there 10 am on the dot and after the kind lady manning the church signed my form I was being offered biscuits and refreshments...... at this rate I would be putting on a stone whilst cycling.  I kindly declined explaining I was trying to achieve 55 churches and so time was of the essence. After St Marys and Methodist churches in Pirton I peddled to St Peters, Holwell, St Katherines, Ickleford then descended upon Hitchin with its denser population of churches.  St Marks, Christcurch, Tilehouse St, St Marys, Walsworth Rd, Holy Saviour and St Faiths completed the set (although I was disappointed to note that Christian centre was closed and I could not find Friends Meeting House at Paynes Park).

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Eleven churches down and I had managed to decline all offers of biscuits and sweets so far. Next stop Letchworth.  First to St Michaels where a notice on the door stated to sign it and then proceed to its sister church St Marys where they attendant would sign all forms for both churches.  After becoming a little lost I finally found my way ... oh well what was a few miles extra. Then it was onto St Georges, URC and St Pauls.  I then decided to be brave and detour from my original planned route and head out to All Saints, Willian, St Marys at Great and Little Wymondley before reaching our own St Ippolyts church at 12:43pm.  I have to admit there was no temptation to head home .... I was enjoying myself too much! 20 churches down .......how many to go?????

Picture 1:  beautiful sunshine and countryside

The cycle to the next church, St Marys at Gravely was a little longer but not as far as St Marys at Walkern but what beautiful countryside to enjoy the view.  At least there was also URC at Walkern too although the lady was most keen to show me all the pictures before and after of the great work that had been funded by the charity.  Next to St Marys in Aston, Trinity, St Martins and St Thomas More in Knebworth, All Saints Datchworth, St Michaels Woolmer Green and St Marys in Old Welwyn. The 3 ladies manning the church there couldnt quite believe  I had visited 30 churches.  However it was 3pm and time was ticking so I made a hasty exit to then progress to St Peters in Tewin.  I have to admit I was in need of water top up and some sugar and the array of cakes on offer was too good to refuse ... along with the offer of a cup of coffee so I accepted and had a 15 min break, whilst chatting about cycling with 2 fellow riders (one of which I met at 4 subsequent churches!).  After my beather I was off to Welwyn Garden City, Christ the King, St Francis of Assisi then St Johns in Lemsford.  A swift 15 min cycle along main road (I am no stranger to this as regularly participate in Time Trials on busy dual carriage ways e.g. A1, A11 (Newmarket) and A41 (Tring)) and I was in Wheathampstead, St Thomas More and St Helens churches completed my 1st sponsor form of churches, 36 completed but it was 4:30 pm and I needed to get a move on. Next stop Harpenden. Like Hitchin there are large number of churches in relatively small area however on a Saturday afternoon with both a Fairground in full swing  and Tent/sleeping bag collection occurring for Calais it was incredibly busy. Southdown Methodist, St Johns, Quaker MH, Salvation Army, St Nicholas, Our Lady of Lourdes, URC, Christchurch Evangelica, Methodist Church, All Saints (who couldn't believe the number of churches - 46 at that point I had visited) and Batford Methodist completed the Harpenden 10.  I was on my final stretch home.

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Picture 2: Not the bike or dress used for Bike'n'Hike but you get the idea ........(it is actually me though)

The final 3 churches were en route and an added bonus. Although outside of the 10 am - 6 pm timeline I was sure nobody would mid as these are only 'suggested timelines' for the manning. St Peters at Gustardwood, Peter and Paul at Kimpton and St Peters at St Pauls Walden completed the 50 and I finally fell in the front door at 7 pm.  I soon realised I was very dehydrated, calorie deprived and hadn't had a nature break ALL DAY!!!!!  but I was very happy with my efforts and gleefully accepted the £50 (£1/church) from Jason and £2.50 (5p/church) from Ethan. Although it may not seem much this was almost 3 weeks pocket money from Ethan so I was very proud of him for being so generous.

In total I raised £296.27 of which £148.14 will come directly back to St Ippolyts Church. So a massive THANK YOU to all that sponsored me.  As a keen (some may say fanatical) cyclist and Treasurer to St Ippolyts Church I was proud to be part of this event.  50 churches and 87 miles covered, 4,291 ft climbed, average heart rate 136 b.p.m. (174 b.p.m. max) when climbing those hills!) and average speed of 13 mph ... not very fast but that did include pushing the bike into church grounds.  As if I hadn't done enough mileage I went out the following morning for a brisk 42 mile cycle with my club (Hitchin Nomads) however I do confess that I ached on the Monday morning!

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Revd Ann's Weekly News Sheet, Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity

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The 2015 Christmas Quiz is coming!!!

Watch out for the 2015 Christmas Quiz. Your Churchwarden has devised another fiendish quiz to get your brain cells working. The launch of this years quiz will be at the Church Quiz night on 10th October. If you want to be one of the first to get your hands on the 2015 quiz why not make up a table and join us in the St Ippolyts parish Hall, tickets for the evening which includes a wonderful supper are £10 / person from Mary Hooper on 01462 457350.

If you cannot make the Quiz Night look out for quiz sheets on sale in church or from the village stores!

 

Come on you know you want one!!Scan

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Harvest Festival Service for St Ippolyts School

 

A packed church of children and parents enjoyed a splendid Harvest Festival Service where the church was filled with goodies for the folk in the village and anyone who needed cheering up. On Monday, 28th September, the children will help Revd Ann put together boxes of treats for local distribution.

The Service sheets for the Harvest service were designed by the children. A few of these are shown here, unfortunately there is not enough room to show them all.

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Revd Ann's Weekly News Sheet, Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity

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Harvest Festival: Donations

The Harvest Festival Services collections this year will be donated to "The Bishop of St Albans Harvest Appeal", which this year will be supporting a school in Uganda for children with disabilities. 

To find out more there are leaflets at the back of the churches and it is also worth looking at this video - 

 - Film: Building Hope



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Revd Ann's Weekly News Sheet, Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity

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Revd Ann's Weekly News Sheet, 15th Sunday after Trinity

Many thanks to all who contributed to the retiring collections at all services last Sunday. Across the benefice almost £400 was collected for the Red Cross Europe Refugee Crisis. Thank you.

Please pray for Isabella Barthram who is to be baptised this afternoon, 3.30pm, in St Ippolyts Church. Pray too for her Parents and Godparents on this special day.

Services and Events in the near future

in our Benefice of St Ippolyts with

Great and Little Wymondley

Wednesday  16th September

11am Holy Communion in St Ippolyts Church

Thursday 17th September 1.30pm

St Ippolyts Church – Wedding –

Sinead and Andrew

Friday 18th September 11am

Toddlers’ Service

in St Ippolyts Church

 

Services next Sunday 20thth Sept.

 

8am Holy Communion at St Ippolyts

9.30am Holy Communion at St Ippolyts, with Sunday School

11am Holy Communion at St Mary’s Little Wymondley

No service at St Mary’s Great Wymondley on 20th September.

Harvest Festivals

Sunday 27th at 9.30am ( Holy Communion)  and 6.30pm ( Evensong)  at

St Ippolyts Church

Sunday 27th at 11am at St Mary’s Great Wymondley, followed by Harvest Lunch on the Green or in the Village Hall if wet.

Sunday 4th October at 3.30pm at St Mary’s Little Wymondley, Harvest Songs of Praise followed by Tea. Come and sing your favourite harvest hymns.

See our Benefice Magazine , PAX, for more details.

Note from Roger Cox regarding a Coach trip to Revd Ann’s Licensing on 17th November.

St Dunstan’s church is about 100 miles away and driving time by car via the M25 and the Dartford Crossing is at best about 2 hours. We were wondering if there was sufficient interest in hiring a coach.  This would need to leave Hitchin about 15.30 from Woodside car park as the coach company reckon on the journey taking 2½ hours but we would be in part of the ‘rush hour’.  We would plan to leave Cranbrook before 21.30 and our journey should be quicker on the way back but we would probably not be back in Hitchin until just before midnight. 

The coach fare would be cheapest if we could totally fill a 53 seater, but if we could only fill a 35 seater, the cost would be around £15 per person.

 Roger Cox needs to contact the coach company asap so if you are interested in attending and have the use of the coach, please either email Roger or call 01462 432445, no later than Sunday 4th October.  Your decision would not be binding but we do need to see whether there is enough support to book a coach.

Details of collections which are taking place in Hitchin of items for the refugees in Calais.

One collection is at Farley's on Hermitage Road between 10am-1pm on Sunday 4th October. Items requested are shoes/trainers, wellies, socks, hoodies, waterproof jackets, trousers, jeans, shirts, t-shirts, underwear, hats, gloves, scarves, sleeping bags, tents, blankets, canvas sheets, toiletry bags (with toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, tissues), wide tooth comb, tinned food, rice, cooking oil, onions, garlic, ginger, tomato sauce, spices, sugar, flour.

The Hub Church are focusing on collecting food and have asked that people put carrier bags together with the following items:
lentils/ beans, tinned tomatoes, tinned veggies, a treat (biscuits/ chocolate), cooking oil, salt, pepper/ spices.

Once a bag has been created people are asked to tie it up. These can then be given directly to people without the need for anymore organising. The Hub Church will be taking them down to Dover on Sunday 20th September where they will be added to a lorry which is taking the food to Calais.

St Mark's Church in Hitchin is the collection point and bags can be brought to St Mark's on either this Sunday (13th September) between 2pm-4pm or next Saturday (19th September) between 10am-12noon.

See our St Ippolyts website for lots of up to date photos news and articles www.stippolytschurch.org.uk

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Refugee Crisis

Revd Ann brings to your attention the following web site.

 
 
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Red Cross Europe Refugee Crisis Appeal

 

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There will be a retiring collection at all services in St Ippolyts tomorrow (6th Sept.) in aid of the Red Cross Europe Refugee Crisis appeal, so please come to church with some extra money in your wallet to donate to this cause. Revd Ann has decided tomorrow is the right day for this as she will be baptising three boys in St Ippolyts and marking their foreheads with a cross. The Red Cross appeal seems the right one to give to, or, if you prefer, go direct to www.recross.org.uk/Donate-Now/Appeals

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September Community Lunch in the Parish Hall - A great success

About 40 from our community attended the September community lunch which was this month organised by the Parish Councillors. A big thank you to all those who helped in particular Barbara Thomas who baked a splendid Pasta Dish and to Kim from The Bull who had made a wonderful chocolate dessert. Malcolm Parker was the chief washer upper!! Richard Thake made an appearance, thank goodness he was not the chef today!!

See the gallery for more photos! 

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Revd Ann's Weekly News Sheet, Thirteenth Sunday after Trinity

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OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD

Could you help us to place a shoebox filled with gifts into the hands of a needy child this Christmas?

Once again our three churches in the Benefice, Wymondley Baptist Church and local schools, will all be supporting the Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Appeal.  As you are aware, the concept is simple.  A medium-sized shoebox is covered with Christmas wrapping paper, filled with gifts and then sent (via the charity) to a needy child.  We do not know at present where our boxes are to be sent this year.  Although it is always nice to know this in advance, if the guidelines on the instruction leaflet are followed, it will not matter which countries our boxes go to.

You will need one instruction leaflet for each shoebox that you do.  To take part, you will need an empty medium-sized shoebox, some wrapping paper, some gifts and an instruction leaflet.  You will need to cover the lid and the box separately (unless the lid is one of the flap-over type of course).  Place your gifts inside (along with a voluntary contribution to help with transport costs) stick the Boy/Girl label from the leaflet on the outside of the lid and secure the box closed with a rubber band.  The leaflet also gives many good ideas for gifts that you might include in your box.  (As well as listing those that are definitely unsuitable).

If you already have an empty shoebox that you can use that is great, otherwise empty shoeboxes and instruction leaflets are available from church or from Christine and Arthur Sibun (tel. 01462-459145).  We know from the past that some folk find it a very challenging and daunting proposition to have to cover a shoebox with Christmas paper so, although we do not offer the pre-printed GO boxes mentioned in the leaflet, we are once again offering pre-covered boxes for a small extra donation.  Note:  the pre-covered boxes will not be left at the back of church, but will be available on request from Christine and Arthur.  (See us in church or telephone).

As mentioned Operation Christmas Child suggests a voluntary donation of £3 to help to cover transport costs.  (This is incredibly good value when you see what the Post Office would charge!)  Last year the average across the board donation in the UK was £2.80 which I thought was pretty good.  However, such is the scale of their operations that this shortfall of 20p. a box cost Operation Christmas Child an extra £170,000!!  Therefore if you can possibly manage a donation of £3 (or even a little bit more) it would be very much appreciated - and if you donate on-line it helps to cut administration costs down.  (Otherwise please place your donation inside your shoebox in the envelope provided with your leaflet.)

Completed boxes should be returned to church (or to Christine and Arthur) on or before Sunday 8th November and we will ensure that they arrive at the warehouse in good time.

Please Note:  The dates printed on the front of the leaflet only apply if you are taking your box to the drop-off point yourself.

                                                                                                Arthur Sibun

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REVEREND ANN POLLINGTON’S LICENSING SERVICE

REVEREND ANN POLLINGTON’S LICENSING SERVICE

I trust that most of you reading this message will have learnt that Reverend Ann Pollington has been appointed vicar of St. Dunstan’s in Cranbrook, Kent.  Her licensing service will be held there on Tuesday 17th November at 7.00pm.  I trust that many of her parishioners/friends might like to attend this service.  Her new church is about 100 miles from us in Hertfordshire and driving time by car via the M25 and the Dartford Crossing is at best about 2 hours.

We were wondering if there was sufficient interest in hiring a coach.  This would need to leave Hitchin at about 3.30pm. from Woodside car park as the coach company reckon on the journey taking 2½ hours but we would be in part of the

‘rush hour’.  We would plan to leave Cranbrook before 9.30pm. and our journey should be quicker on the way back but we would probably not be back in Hitchin until just before midnight.

(If starting from London, the nearest railway station is Staplehurst which is mainly served by trains from Charing Cross with a journey time of approximately 1 hour.  Staplehurst is about 5 miles from Cranbrook.  There is an hourly bus service to Cranbrook or there will be taxis but there is no suitable late bus back to the station).

The coach fare would be cheapest if we could totally fill a 53 seater,

but if we could only fill a 35 seater, the cost would be around £15

per person.

I need to get back to the coach company as soon as possible so if you would be interested in attending and having the use of the coach, please either email me or

call 01462-432445, on which line there is an answer machine, no later than Sunday 4th October.  Your decision would not be binding but we do need to see whether there is enough support to book a coach.

If you have any queries please either email or call me.

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                                                                                                Roger Cox

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Quiz Night 10th October, make up a team of up to 8 people and have a great evening!!

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Sponsored Bike 'n Hike in support of Beds & Herts Historic Churches Trust, contact Shelagh Cox.

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Revd Ann's Licensing Service 17th November 2015

No Pew Sheet this week but instead details of a proposed Benefice Bus to Revd Ann's licensing service at Cranbrook on 17th November.

 

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Revd Ann's Weekly News Sheet, Eleventh Sunday after Trinity

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Horse Blessing Service - A Great Success!!

The 2015 Horse Blessing service was held on Sunday afternoon, 9th August. and under a cloudless sky 16 horses turned up to be blessed by Revd Ann. You cannot imagine the different shapes and sizes of horse that lined up outside the church. Revd Ann led the singing of 2 popular hymms and also led the prayers dedicated to horses and the part they play in the world. The collection went to the Riding for the Disabled Charity and after the service Joan Pinkstone thanked everone for their generosity as over £124 was collected for her favourite charity. The Church yard mowers looked on in dismay as the parcels left behind by the horses will probably clog the mowers next Tuesday!! Stiil several of the horses did contribute to the grass cutting by eating the grass! A splendid service and a great tradition for our church.

If you would like to see more photographs of the service have a look at our gallery. If you attended you will probably see yourself!!P1030513 c

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St Hippolytus Day - Open House The Vicarage

Revd Ann will be having an open house from 09:00 until 16:00, so come along for a chat, a slice of toast and homemade jam, cup of tea or coffee or even something stronger!. The refreshments are free but there will be a bowl out for Revd Ann's favorite charity "Practical action' if you would like to contribute.

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