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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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St Ippolyts Church Christmas Quiz 2014 Answers

Thank you to everyone who purchased our Church Quiz Sheet for 2014. The winner was Malcolm Parker who managed to answer all but two correctly, runners up were Alan and Pauleen Hinks. Well done to everyone who returned a completed sheet. The quiz raised £170 for church funds. A special thank you to our Village Shop for selling such a large number of sheets.

The answers are as follows


Michael Hooper

Sports Quiz 2014 

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St Ippolyts Church 11am Sunday 4th January 2015

Come and join us for the first service this year.

The theme for the morning will be looking forward, with Christ as our light in the world.

We will be making and receiving Christingles as we pray for the work of The Children’s Society

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