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It would be lovely to see our Benefice represented at this special Beacon Event Celebration which marks the end of ‘Thy Kingdom Come’.  This ten-day period of unified prayer encouraged all Christians to pray that more people may come to know Jesus.  It

has been running all around the world and has involved all denominations. The last day of the event will be marked on Pentecost Sunday, 4th June by this special service at St. Albans Cathedral at 6.30pm.

Do come and join in if you possibly can, it will be a great occasion!



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FRANCES (FRANKIE) MARJORIE EDMONDS - 14.5.1921 - 26.3.2017

FRANCES (FRANKIE) MARJORIE EDMONDS - 14.5.1921 - 26.3.2017

Some of you will have been at the beautiful memorial service on Tuesday 2nd May at which we celebrated the life of our dear friend Frankie Edmonds.  We were all asked to wear cheerful colours and it turned out to be a happy gathering of family and old friends.  There were lovely tributes paid to her by Tricia her daughter and our Vicar, The Reverend Ginni Dear.  Ginni said that she just wished she had known her in her heyday as they obviously shared a great sense of fun.

Frankie loved what she called ‘the old tunes’, Vera Lynn, songs from My Fair Lady and many others which she remembered well, particularly from her wartime service with the WAAF.  Some of these were sung in church at the end of the service and we all burst into applause!  She would have loved it.

I first met Frankie in 1958 when John and I came to live here soon after we were married.  I think it must have been at a party someone gave to welcome us to the village.  Frankie and Humphrey would certainly have been there. John died in 1982 and I shall never forget the kindness they showed me, quite a young widow, during that difficult time.  They were both a rock of strength for me, socially and practically and with my family and other local friends, they put me back on my feet.

Frankie was a wonderful friend and support to so many people and although having no grandchildren of her own, never failed to show her interest in all our families. She loved young people and everyone I know enjoyed being in her company, she was indeed such fun.

Frankie never lost her spirit even after her dear Humphrey died and during her last few difficult months.  She left us, peacefully and quietly in her own home, and will be sorely missed by all who knew her.  It is good to know that after such a long and full life she will be safely reunited with her beloved Humphrey.

May they rest together in peace.

                                                                          Mary Blaksley


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Open Gardens 2018 - Can you help?

OPEN GARDENS - Sunday 24th June 2018

Do you live on Waterdell Lane, Mill Road, Mill Lane (from Mill Road to Gosmore High Street), Gosmore High Street, Maydencroft Lane, The Crescent, Townsend Place, London Road (from Waterdell Lane to Flint House) or Orchard Close?

Is your garden looking lovely this month?

If so would you "open" it next year on Sunday 24th June?

We would love a range of gardens, big and small, formal, informal, allotment style, etc.  It doesn't have to be perfect (what garden is?) and if you enjoy it we are sure that others would love to see it.

For more information please contact Barbara 01462-421647 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Ascension Day Service

There will be an Ascension Day Service at 07:30 at St Ippolyts Church. This is followed by Breakfast kindly procured and cooked by Roger and Shelagh Cox.

Can we tempt Revd Ginni to sing from the Tower? I expect not!!

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Send a Cow Coffee Morning

Come to John and Audrey Burr's Coffee Morning on Friday 9th June 2017 between 10:30 & 12:30.

Plants, Cakes and a raffle!

Bring a Friend

15 Grange Close, Hitchin, SG4 9HD

All proceeds to Send a Cow (Change a family's future)


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