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The Archbishop of Canterbury,

The Most Revd Justin Welby

will be visiting our Diocese.

We are hoping to have a coach to go to the special service on Saturday 20th June in St Albans Abbey.

Please sign up on list at the back of the churches by 31st March, thank you. The cost will be £5 having been subsidised by the Rural Dean!


Services and Events this week


Tuesday 24th 7.30pm ‘Come and Sing’

in St Ippoyts Church

with Jayne Mason and Revd Ann

Wednesday 25th  March 11am

Holy Communion St Ippolyts Church

12.30pm Lunch for The Friends

of St Mary’s Church Little Wymondley followed by St Mary’s Annual Parochial Church Meeting, in St Mary’s Church.

Every Wednesday in Lent from 12.45pm -1.45pm Lent Lunches in the Parish Hall,

St Ippolyts. Delicious home-made soup and lovely Bread. Minimum Donation £2.50 please. All profits will be given to charity


Friday 27th 11am Toddlers’ Service 

At St Ippolyts Church

Friday 27th 1pm Funeral Service in

St Ippolyts Church – Dorothy Spendilow RIP


Water Aid Our chosen charity for Lent, go online to


The Diocesan Magazine ‘Seeround’,

is forall of us. It is now available on line.

To sign up (no charge) go to

Palm Sunday 29th March

Palm Sunday procession through the village of Little Wymondley. Come and join us and the donkeys as we re-present Jesus’ triumphal procession into Jerusalem.

Our Journey will begin at Wymondley school at 9am and travel to St Mary’s Church, Little Wymondley for a service for the whole of our Benefice. Bring branches of greenery to wave as we sing ‘Hosanna to the King’.

Holy Week Services

Monday 30th 8pm Bible Reading and Compline ( a quiet service) at St Ippolyts

Tuesday 31st 8pm Bible Reading and Compline at St Mary’s Great Wymondley

Wednesday 1st April 8pm Bible Reading and Compline at St Mary’s Little Wymondley

Maundy Thursday 7.30pm Eucharist of the Last Supper. After this service there will be the opportunity to stay for silent prayer.

Good Friday 10am St Ippolyts Parish Hall, beginning with Hot Cross Buns and coffee/tea A service for all the family, complete with activities, songs, readings and prayers.

Good Friday 2pm-3pm Solemn liturgy in

St Ippolyts Church as we remember

Jesus’ last hour on the cross.

Easter Eve 8.30pm – 10pm

in St Mary’s Church Great Wymondley. Join with us as we celebrate the ‘ceremonies’ of Easter. A unique service of readings, hymns, and the drama of darkness and light. A time to renew our baptismal vows, and to receive Holy Communion. And at the end of the service, to celebrate with Champagne and Simnel Cake. If you have never been to this unique service how about trying it this year. (There will be incense used)

Easter Day Services

8am Holy Communion St Ippolyts

9.30am Holy Communion St Mary’s

Little Wymondley

11am Parish Praise and Communion

St Ippolyts Church

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Palm Sunday 29th March

On Palm Sunday there will be a procession through the village of Little Wymondley. Come and join us and the two donkeys as we re-present Jesus' triumphal procession into Jerusalem. Our journey will begin at Wymondley School and travel to St Mary's Church, Little Wymondley for a service for the whole Benefice. Bring branches of greenery to wave as we sing. "Hosanna to the King".

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Open gardens 2015 - help needed

Can you help?

1. Open your garden - We are looking for gardens on Waterdell Lane, Mill Road, Mill lane, Gosmore High Street and Maydencroft Lane. Your garden does not have to be huge and fabulously tended. It will be one of about a dozen and variety is the key.

2. Produce Plants - We will have a plant sale so if you are planting seeds or dividing plants please try and do some for us.

3. Deliver leaflets or put up posters

4. Help on the day

If you can help in any way please contact Barbara Thomas on 01462 421647 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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PAX goes on holiday

Our display of photographs taken by people reading PAX in faraway places is at the back of St Ippolyts Church.

Do come in and take a look, there are photographs from Turkey, Australia, Southern Ireland, The Orkneys, Thailand, Spain, Romania, The Gambia, Sri Lanka and the Channel Islands and one is of PAX being read underwater!! How about that!! 

Thank you to Corne Schafer who arranged the layout for our display and, of course, thank you to everyone who kindly sent Clare their photographs.

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St Ippolyts Churchyard Lichen Survey Report now available

Andrew Harris and Paula Shipway carried a lichen survey within the old churchyard surrounding St Ippolyts Church on 25th September 2015. Andrew has completed his report and a copy is available in our Church should any one wish to read through it. In addition a pdf copy can be obtained from Michael Hooper  (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Within his report Andrew has recorded over 100 lichens living within our churchyard and I would recommend having a look at his report as it clearly shows where the variuos lichens can be found. 

Lichens are dual organisms – a fungus enclosing an alga. Most lichenised fungi are dependent on the association and the dominant partner, taking over an alga to exploit it for the sugars it manufactures by photosynthesis. Though the alga may be capable of living independently, it also benefits from the partnership being able to survive in exposed habitats such as sun-baked headstones protected from strong light and desiccation. Nearly everything a lichen needs can be taken from the atmosphere or rainwater, so they require little from the substrate they grow on, though the chemistry and texture of e.g. stone or bark has a strong influence on the species which can colonise. For these reasons, lichens can be good indicators of the quality of the atmosphere and health of the environment.

In his conclusion Andrew stated- "Also, though nothing of exceptional rarity was found, this does not detract from the species-richness of the churchyard, or from the collective significance of particular species associations, most notably on stone and lignum. Churchyards such as St. Ippolyts are of county importance for locally uncommon species including those with very restricted and specific habitat associations such as Aspicilia calcarea requiring limestone of some antiquity and found here on the chancel windowsill. There is further potential for the future, both as a result of growing knowledge of what is already present and through the continuing colonisation of churchyard trees, mirroring the changing fortunes of Hertfordshire lichens."


Michael Hooper Feb 2015

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