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CELBRATING EASTER - a thought from Rev Paul Lanham

CELBRATING EASTER Easter Sunday falls this year on 4th April - the most important day in the Christian year. It is when the Church rejoices at the resurrection of Jesus Christ the Son of God after His crucifixion three days earlier. After death comes rebirth, with all the overtones in that glorious idea. This year however it is particularly special. We were unable to celebrate it last year; churches were closed because of the Covid virus. This year they will be open again and we can mark it properly, although there must be certain differences from what we were once used to. At the time of writing I do not know what these will be and what services will take place because the situation remains fluid. For information please see the church noticeboards and look at the website; both of these will provide more information than I can at present. Easter speaks of rebirth, and if ever there was a theme for April 2021 this is it. There is the rebirth of the natural world after the seeming death of winter. I have been very frustrated for the past few months at being unable to work in our garden. However in the last month I have seen the emergence of the spring flowers - snowdrops, aconites and above all daffodils. Soon there will be primroses, tulips, lilac and finally roses that I love so much. I will also be able to sit on the swing seat at the bottom of the garden and feel the sun again. Nature is reborn after the darkness of winter, the days are lengthening and the temperatures are rising. Small wonder that for many spring is the best time of the year. But we are also hopefully seeing the lifting of ever more restrictions after the lockdown caused by Covid. Perhaps that is why this winter has been so difficult. Weatherwise it has not been the hardest. We older ones might remember the appallingly cold winter of 1947, rather more of us the very hard one of 1962/3 - and there was also the Winter of Discontent in the late 1970’s. But it has been the suffocation of the past three months that has been so hard to bear. The enforced closure of all but essential shops, of pubs restaurants, hairdressers, gyms and other places we might normally frequent. Not being able to visit children and grandchildren. Now hopefully things are going to improve and we can look forward with hope. Rebirth after a very dark winter. So Easter 2021 speaks of resurrection and rebirth in far more than a Christian sense. As we see the nation coming alive again after the darkness of the past we are reminded that after death there is new life - and that is the heart of our Christian faith. This year it means more than it has done for a very long time; the message could not be more relevant. With warmest good wishes, Paul

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April PAX

Pax                  APRIL 2021

Price:  40p.

The Parish Magazine for the Benefice of St. Ippolyts with Great and Little Wymondley

VICAR

The Reverend Ginni Dear, The Vicarage, Stevenage Road, St. Ippolyts SG4 7PE                   01462-237032

Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CHURCHWARDENS

St. Ippolyts

Michael Hooper, Hillrise, Stevenage Road, St. Ippolyts SG4 7PE                                           01462-457350

Jane Veasey, Gosmore Cross, Newlands Lane, Gosmore SG4 9BD                                        01462-434254

Great Wymondley

Cherry Carter, 2 Church Green, Great Wymondley SG4 7HA                                               01438-724919

Little Wymondley

Mike Allardyce, 81 Whitney Drive, Stevenage SG1 4BL                                                        07967-831968

David Palmer, 198 Cleveland Way, Great Ashby, SG1 6BY                                                   01438-367912

Visit our website - www.stippolytschurch.org.uk

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CELBRATING EASTER

Easter Sunday falls this year on 4th April - the most important day in the Christian year.  It is when the 

Church rejoices at the resurrection of Jesus Christ the Son of God after His crucifixion three days earlier.

After death comes rebirth, with all the overtones in that glorious idea.

This year however it is particularly special.  We were unable to celebrate it last year;  churches were closed because of the Covid virus.  This year they will be open again and we can mark it properly, although there

must be certain differences from what we were once used to.  At the time of writing I do not know what these will be and what services will take place because the situation remains fluid.  For information please see the church noticeboards and look at the website;  both of these will provide more information than I can at present.

Easter speaks of rebirth, and if ever there was a theme for April 2021 this is it.  There is the rebirth of the 

natural world after the seeming death of winter.  I have been very frustrated for the past few months at being unable to work in our garden.  However in the last month I have seen the emergence of the spring flowers - snowdrops, aconites and above all daffodils.  Soon there will be primroses, tulips, lilac and finally roses that

I love so much.  I will also be able to sit on the swing seat at the bottom of the garden and feel the sun again. Nature is reborn after the darkness of winter, the days are lengthening and the temperatures are rising. Small wonder that for many spring is the best time of the year.

But we are also hopefully seeing the lifting of ever more restrictions after the lockdown caused by Covid. Perhaps that is why this winter has been so difficult.  Weatherwise it has not been the hardest.  We older

ones might remember the appallingly cold winter of 1947, rather more of us the very hard one of 1962/3 - 

and there was also the Winter of Discontent in the late 1970’s.  But it has been the suffocation of the past

three months that has been so hard to bear.  The enforced closure of all but essential shops, of pubs

restaurants, hairdressers, gyms and other places we might normally frequent.  Not being able to visit children and grandchildren.  Now hopefully things are going to improve and we can look forward with hope.  Rebirth after a very dark winter.

So Easter 2021 speaks of resurrection and rebirth in far more than a Christian sense.  As we see the nation coming alive again after the darkness of the past we are reminded that after death there is new life - and that

is the heart of our Christian faith.  This year it means more than it has done for a very long time;  the message could not be more relevant.

With warmest good wishes, Paul

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SERVICES FOR APRIL

SERVICES DURING HOLY WEEK

All services will be held at St. Ippolyts Church and will also be live-streamed to Facebook with

theexception of the Good Friday Meditation.

SUNDAY 28th MARCH - Palm Sunday

9.15am.          Holy Communion

MONDAY 29th MARCH                   9.00am.     Morning Prayer         7.00pm.     Compline

TUESDAY 30th MARCH                   9.00am.     Morning Prayer         7.00pm.     Compline

WEDNESDAY 31st MARCH             9.00am.     Morning Prayer         7.00pm.     Compline

THURSDAY 1st APRIL - Maundy Thursday

9.00am.    Morning Prayer          7.00pm      Compline

FRIDAY 2nd APRIL - Good Friday

9.00am.     Morning Prayer

2.00pm.     Meditation

The Good Friday Meditation will last approximately one hour and include a mix of Bible readings,

poetry and music.  It will be led by The Reverend Paul Lanham.

SATURDAY 3rd APRIL - Easter Eve            

8.00pm.     Easter Vigil

This service will be held outside at St. Mary’s, Great Wymondley

SUNDAY 4th APRIL - Easter Day 

8.00am.          Holy Communion (BCP)

9.15am.          Holy Communion (CW)

During Holy Week, St. Ippolyts Church will be open for private prayer and reflection from

9.30am. until 6.30pm.  

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NEWS FROM THE WYMONDLEYS

ST. MARY’S LITTLE WYMONDLEY

GOOD NEWS

I am pleased to report that services will resume at St. Mary’s on Sunday 16th May.  We will have a service

of Holy Communion every third Sunday of the month at 9.15am.  On Thursday 13th May the church will

be open from 10.00am., when we will give it a much needed Spring Clean.  As you will appreciate, it has been shut for many weeks, and the dust has built up.  If anyone can spare an hour and come and polish a pew, that would be a great help, many hands make light work, as the saying goes.  Cleaning materials will be on hand 

and social distancing will be managed.  Thank you, it will be lovely to open the doors again and see people coming in.

A.P.C.M.

Our annual meeting will take place on Sunday 16th May following the 9.15am. service, so approximately

a 10.15am. start.  This is a public meeting to elect Churchwardens and P.C.C. members, so all welcome.

WELCOME SPRING!

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Spring is definitely in the air, the daylight lengthening, the warmth of the sunshine, the germinating of seeds

and the grass growing.  I love it!  Listening to the dawn chorus and then getting out in the garden again, all of a sudden there are jobs to be done as the new season gets under way.  Every year I think I am going to make

the garden look the best it’s ever done;  not sure I ever achieve it but my enthusiasm peaks now and gradually wains as my back starts complaining.

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The ducks are pairing up and looking for nest sites.  In the mornings when Lola and I are walking, the woodpeckers are hammering away in the park and flocks of little birds are chatting excitedly, it is quite deafening.  No cuckoo’s last year, we used to have quite a few, but I live in hope to hear their call.  Our little muntjac still comes into the top of our garden and I’ve noticed he’s grazed the tops of the bluebells, not a bad thing as we are overrun with them.

Last year I lost all my tubs of tulips to a mouse or army of mice, but I’ve beaten them this year.  Pots were 

kept in the summerhouse under lock and key until well established so we will have a lovely Spring display. 

We are looking forward to that.

                                                                                                                                    Rosemary Stratton

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ST. MARY’S GREAT WYMONDLEY

Spring is most certainly here with the promise of better days to come.

Yesterday however was quite cold and grey but I had snowdrops-in-the green to divide and plant in the churchyard and there are more to do in the next few days.  Each year we divide and re-plant big clumps

to encourage the snowdrops to spread around the graves, the church building and alongside  the churchyard paths.

One spring day we can perhaps have snowdrop walks in the churchyard and around the village followed

by teas in the church.

Today though was a different day with sun and blue sky.

The white blossom of the wild plum was magnificent against the blue sky.  Petals were starting to fall like snowflakes and the trees had the soft roar of bees foraging for pollen and nectar.  Close up on a short hedge

of white plum blossom our honeybees were foraging with delight as well as a peacock butterfly basking in

the morning sun, perhaps having its first food after hibernating through the winter

                                                                                                                                    Cherry Carter

CHURCH RESTORATION

We are very pleased to say that after many months, if not years of waiting, we have finally received our Faculty approval for the work to the church floor as well as the approval to the Kitchenette and WC.

We are going to be starting work as soon as possible on the floor as the next phase which together with the electrical work will enable us to reopen hopefully no later than the autumn 

We all look forward very much to that day.

                                                                                                                                    Paul Harding

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WYMONDLEY BAPTIST CHURCH

Have you noticed that many of the expressions we often use find their origin in Scripture.  We find ourselves saying words which have come straight out of the King James Bible, whether we are 'falling by the wayside', talking about 'feet of clay', 'a leopard changing his spots' or 'the writing on the wall'.  Some years ago Melvyn Bragg wrote a book called 'The Book of Books' and it was about the radical impact the King James Bible had

on our culture and language.  So for one example, we often hear about a 'doubting Thomas' and we can recognise that straight away from the Gospels.  At this Easter time it is a good exercise to re-read the events recorded in Scripture from Palm Sunday to the Resurrection and here we meet Thomas.  John tells us that he was also called Didymus and he was one of the 12 disciples.  He had missed the amazing moment when the Risen Jesus had appeared and spoken to the disciples and being rather sceptical he wouldn't believe it until he saw the actual wounds on the hands and side of Jesus.  And of course, a week later his unbelief was changed

to utter belief and he saw and believed that Jesus had risen from the dead, and he cried out in worship and praise 'My Lord and my God'.  The words of Jesus to Thomas are to us as well, 'Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed'.  Believing in Jesus makes us blessed indeed and at this Easter time may we be very conscious of the Living Lord Jesus in our hearts and in our lives.

This time last year we were in the first lockdown so it was all new to us as we celebrated Easter in a different way.  This year we look ahead to better times and less restrictions as well as the vaccine which has been given

to over 25 million people, for which we thank God.

'It's Monday' - we are into our 19th year but haven't met in the hall for just over 12 months.  But we keep in touch and look forward to the day when we meet on a Monday morning again.

'First Tuesday' has continued on zoom when we meet for ‘virtual coffee and discussion’ and the next one will

be on 6th April from 10.30am.

Tuesday evening is Prayer Time when we pray for our community, our loved ones, our country and our Queen. We keep our Government and the NHS in our prayers and we lift up all suffering with ill health or bereavement.

Bible Studies on zoom on Wednesday at 7.30pm. (weekly) and Friday (fortnightly).  Both on the Church zoom link.  The Community Bible Study will be on the 14th and 28th April from 2.20pm. when the link is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3707228114.  We will start with a cup of tea and a chat before we start our studies in the Book of Acts.

On Wednesday 21st April we are having Oasis on zoom and the speaker will be Joy Burnham on this same link.  A warm welcome to all at 2.30pm.

The Chapel is open on Sundays and if you want to attend the service please book on the church email address - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on the church phone 07531-081621 when the usual guidelines will apply.  If you are joining us from your home on zoom dial in at 10.30am. for a 10.45am. start on 01314-601196 or 02030-512874.  Please use the link https/zoom.us/j8675752648 or download the zoom app and join using

ID 8675752648.  Any problems phone 07531-081621.

We send our love and deep sympathy to those in the village who are missing and mourning the loss of loved ones.

On Maundy Thursday 1st April we will have a Communion Service at 7.30pm. on zoom.  On Saturday we

will put flowers on the cross at the front of the Chapel to celebrate the resurrection.

Sundays in April:

4th        Dr. Barry Funnell - Easter Day            11th      Pauline Wade

18th      Doug Richardson                                 25th      Clive Bacon

‘With a loud cry, Jesus breathed His last.  The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. 

And when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how He died, he said, ‘Surely this man 

was the Son of God.’                                                                                        Mark 15 v37-39

                                                                                                              Marjorie McCarley  (01438-727050)

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BIBLE STUDY

The Bible Study Group will resume meetings after Easter on Wednesdays 14th and 28th April.  We

will meet on Zoom at 2.20pm. with a cup of tea and begin our studies at 2.40pm.  We will continue

our study of The Acts of the Apostles.  If you would like to join us please telephone Margaret Edmonds 

(01462-452340) or Clare Larsen (01462-453541) for further information.

                                                                                                                                    Clare Larsen

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WYMONDLEY PARISH COUNCIL

There is a Parish Council meeting on Monday 19th April at 7.00pm., which will be followed by the Parish Annual Assembly at 7.30pm.  They will be held remotely by Zoom - joining details will be on the Council's website: https://wymondleypc.org.uk/ from the Wednesday before the meeting.

The next Parish Council meeting, which is also the Annual Meeting of the Council, is due to take place

on Monday 17th May at 7.30pm.  Residents should please check the Council's website: https://wymondleypc.org.uk/ and Facebook page @WymondleyParishCouncil as this date may be 

subject to change if the government does not extend the current deadline that enables Parish Councils to 

meet remotely.

WYMONDLEY PARISH SCARECROW FESTIVAL - 21st to 28th August 2021

The Parish Council is to hold its first Scarecrow Festival from Saturday 21st to Saturday 28th August.

We are hoping this will be a Parish-wide community event, attracting participants of all ages, with residents able to make their own scarecrow and then follow a walking trail(s) to view the scarecrows displayed in front gardens and in the Community Garden in Graveley Road, Great Wymondley.  So why not join in and start designing your scarecrow - any theme, big or small.  You can find lots of ideas on the internet, including from scarecrow festivals held in other parishes.  The event is intended to be COVID-19 secure - depending on the restrictions

(if any) in place at the time.  Residents will be able to make their scarecrow at home and then walk around the Parish with members of their own household (and/or friends and family, if permitted) independently at a time

of their choosing.  For further information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sharon Long

Clerk to Wymondley Parish Council

Phone:   07733-853263

E-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  www.wymondleypc.org.uk

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NEWS FROM ST. IPPOLYTS

ST. IPPOLYTS ANNUAL PARISH MEETING

The St. Ippolyts Annual Parish Meeting will take place on Monday 12th April at 7.15pm. on Zoom.  A

Copy of the Agenda will be displayed in the Council notice boards and on website http://www.stippolyts-parishcouncil.org.uk.

As usual invites to present or submit a report will be sent to HCC/NHDC Councillors, Police, School,

Church, Bowls Club, and Football Club.  The meeting is open to all electors of our Parish, who have the right not only to attend but also to speak on matters of local interest.

This meeting is a legacy from the Middle Ages, when Local Councils did not exist, and all local decision 

making was carried out by meetings of the whole community, taking place in the church vestry.  Please

contact clerk on 01462-421409 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to join this meeting.

                                                                                                                                         Pam Skeggs

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ST. IPPOLYTS PARISH COUNCIL MEETING

This will follow the above meeting.  Copies of the Agenda and Approved Minutes are displayed in the 

council notice boards and on website http://www.stippolyts-parishcouncil.org.uk.

There is always an Agenda item for Public Participation where residents can ask questions and raise issues. Please contact clerk with your questions if you would like to join this meeting, details above.

                                                                                                                                          Pam Skeggs

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ST. IPPOLYTS PARISH HALL

At the time of writing due to the coronavirus pandemic and the Government’s restrictions the Parish Hall

is still temporarily closed to the public.  In accordance with the steps, trustees plan to open on Monday

12th April for permitted activities and on Monday 17th May for additional activities.

We look forward to welcoming back our users.

For enquiries, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or website http://www.stippolyts-hall.co.uk.

Diary dates:

Management Meetings on Wednesdays 30th June and 29th September 2021.

                                                                                                                                         Pam Skeggs

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PARISH CHURCH REGISTERS

ST. IPPOLYTS

Funeral and Burial   15th January:    Jean Margaret Elsie Jones

                                    9th March:        Peter French

Cremations                2nd February:   Jean Eunice Bishop

                                    4th February:    Patricia Newstead Willmott

LITTLE WYMONDLEY

Burial                         16th March:      Angela Watts 

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100 CLUB

The winners for March were:

No. 131                       Mark Skeggs                £20

No. 55                         Jane White                   £15

No. 85                         Chris Cowlishaw          £10

                                                                                                                                         Shelagh Cox

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DEADLINE

Material for the MAY issue of Pax should reach Clare Larsen, 24 Ninesprings Way, Hitchin SG4 9NN 

(tel. 01462-453541 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by Thursday 15th April please.  Or given to Rosemary Stratton by Monday 12th April.

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Holy Week - Church opening times

During Holy Week, St Ippolyts Church will be open for private prayer and reflection from 9.30am until 6.30pm.  

After Easter Sunday, the church will continue to remain open during the day but times may very depending on the availability of those locking and unlocking it.

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During Holy Week, St Ippolyts Church will be open for private prayer and reflection from 9.30am until 6.30pm.

During Holy Week, St Ippolyts Church will be open for private prayer and reflection from 9.30am until 6.30pm.  

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Peter French - a message from Wendy and her family.

My family were overwhelmed by the messages, letters and cards sent to us on Peter's recent death. They were of great comfort to us at a very difficult time. We were upheld by your love and prayers for which we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

 

Wendy and family

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Crocuses blooming in St Ippolyts Churchyard

The crocuses planted by Hitchin Priory Rotary club are making a fine display in the churchyard opposite St Ippolyts School. The corms were purchased by the Rotary club and all procceds from the purchase were donated to "Purple for Polio' Rotary's campaign for the worldwide eradication of polio.

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LINK TO HOPE SHOE BOX APPEAL

LINK TO HOPE SHOE BOX APPEAL

I have recently received a communication from Link to Hope in which they say that:

‘We would like to say a huge thank-you to all of you who took part in our Christmas 2020 shoebox appeal.

We sent a total of 20,768 boxes.  Whilst normally 20,768 boxes would be a disappointing number, considering the extremely difficult circumstances, we are delighted with this total.’

Due to the Covid-19 restrictions no delivery team was able to go out from the UK and so the boxes had to be sent.  It then fell to the project managers in the countries concerned (Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova and Ukraine) to think very creatively as to the best way to safely give out the shoeboxes.  They all managed this successfully and reported back that people were shocked to receive a shoebox this year, as they didn’t think that they would receive anything at all given the situation.

There were lots of tears and many smiles.  Fortunately, the project managers managed to obtain some photos using their mobile phones and the picture below shows part of our thank-you poster to give an idea of some of them.

So thank you all for all of your help - a truly AMAZING result all round.

This year (2021) Link to Hope will be celebrating their 30th Birthday, (perhaps not quite in the way that they may have anticipated);  but who knows, as they continue to do what they do best - Rebuilding Lives and Communities in Eastern Europe - just what impact they will go on to have in the lives of all of these people.

Arthur Sibun

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PAX March 2021

Pax            MARCH  2021

Price:  40p.

The Parish Magazine for the Benefice of St. Ippolyts with Great and Little Wymondley

VICAR

The Reverend Ginni Dear, The Vicarage, Stevenage Road, St. Ippolyts SG4 7PE                   01462-237032

Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CHURCHWARDENS

St. Ippolyts

Michael Hooper, Hillrise, Stevenage Road, St. Ippolyts SG4 7PE                                           01462-457350

Jane Veasey, Gosmore Cross, Newlands Lane, Gosmore SG4 9BD                                        01462-434254

Great Wymondley

Cherry Carter, 2 Church Green, Great Wymondley SG4 7HA                                               01438-724919

Little Wymondley

Mike Allardyce, 81 Whitney Drive, Stevenage SG1 4BL                                                        07967-831968

David Palmer, 198 Cleveland Way, Great Ashby, SG1 6BY                                                   01438-367912

Visit our website - www.stippolytschurch.org.uk

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WINNERS AND ALSO RANS

On 1st February Judy and I had our first Covid vaccinations (we are that age!).  There was nothing but kindness, efficiency and friendliness from everyone and it was very quick.  We came back none the worse apart from a couple of sore arms (and in my case 24 hours of being lead weighted).  Even for a needle coward like me it turned out to be nothing to be afraid of.  So if you have not had your jab yet, please don't worry about the thought of it.

So here we are at last in March.  If I wrote of saints’ days in the last issue my mind this month is firmly on the secular, the Cheltenham Steeplechasing Festival.  I am a Gloucestershire lad through and through, and while I have never been to it I love watching that kind of horse racing, while the hills above the course have romantic memories from days long gone.  The Cheltenham Festival is also a gateway to spring and that makes it even more special.

For every horse that wins there are hundreds of also rans, but the Festival wouldn't be the same without them.  That leads my wandering mind to another great Gloucestershire 'sporting' event, the annual Coopers Hill cheese rolling which takes place just behind Judy's family home.  This famous English custom (dating back centuries) encourages the mad to race down a steep bumpy slope in pursuit of a runaway cheese.  What is less known is that there are also races up the slope and they too are not for the faint hearted.  When I last saw it there was a small boy struggling far behind the others;  he was roared on, and got an ovation as great as any of the winners. It was an afternoon of pure lunacy, a reminder that Britain can't be that bad if this kind of thing takes place within it.

What that boy taught me and what can be seen in any sporting event like the Cheltenham races is that it is not necessarily winning and succeeding that is important, it is being a part of it.  Society today is rooted in success - being important, achieving things.  So there is this pressure to succeed and not be a failure (whatever we mean by that word).

By contrast St. Paul painted a picture of the Church as the Body of Christ, a unity composed of parts of different values and sizes, each essential to its health.  Humanity likewise needs its also rans as well as its winners, and each are equally important.  Above all, this principle applies to God.  Everyone is important to Him, regardless of who they are and what they achieve - those who the world might regard as failures as well as those who are successful, the also rans as well as those first past the post.  As a psychotherapist friend said to me many years ago, you have value for being you.  If you feel down at the end of this long dark winter this may be of comfort and support to you.  You matter to your fellow men and to God, regardless of who you are and how high (or low) your sense of self-esteem is.

March is the season of Lent and it leads to Easter.  As with last month it is not for me to say what will be happening in the life of our three churches - especially as the situation is still fluid.  Please look at the website and on the church noticeboards for information about what we will be doing in this important Christian season.

                                                                                                                               Very best wishes, Paul

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SERVICES FOR MARCH

There will be a service of Holy Communion at 9.15am. on Sundays in St. Ippolyts Church.  It will also be

live-streamed on Facebook.

                                                                                                                                    Ginni Dear

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BIBLE STUDY GROUP

The Bible Study Group will be meeting on Zoom on Wednesdays 10th and 24th March and we will be 

continuing with our study of The Acts of the Apostles.  The meetings will start at 2.20pm. with a cup of

tea and we begin our studies at 2.40pm.  If you would like to join us please telephone Margaret Edmonds (01462-452340) or Clare Larsen (01462-453541).

                                                                                                                                    Clare Larsen

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LINK TO HOPE SHOE BOX APPEAL

I have recently received a communication from Link to Hope in which they say that:

‘We would like to say a huge thank-you to all of you who took part in our Christmas 2020 shoebox appeal.

We sent a total of 20,768 boxes.  Whilst normally 20,768 boxes would be a disappointing number, considering the extremely difficult circumstances, we are delighted with this total.’

Due to the Covid-19 restrictions no delivery team was able to go out from the UK and so the boxes had to be sent.  It then fell to the project managers in the countries concerned (Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova and Ukraine) to think very creatively as to the best way to safely give out the shoeboxes.  They all managed this successfully and reported back that people were shocked to receive a shoebox this year, as they didn’t think that they would receive anything at all given the situation.

There were lots of tears and many smiles.  Fortunately, the project managers managed to obtain some photos using their mobile phones and the picture below shows part of our thank-you poster to give an idea of some of them.

So thank you all for all of your help - a truly AMAZING result all round.

This year (2021) Link to Hope will be celebrating their 30th Birthday, (perhaps not quite in the way that they may have anticipated);  but who knows, as they continue to do what they do best - Rebuilding Lives and Communities in Eastern Europe - just what impact they will go on to have in the lives of all of these people.

 

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NEWS FROM THE WYMONDLEYS

ST. MARY’S LITTLE WYMONDLEY

MAKE DO AND MEND………………

I’m sure we are all getting weary of this lockdown, having our dog has been my salvation, walking her twice a day gets me out and eats up the day.

Apparently lots of people are turning to craft and have taken up sewing and household repairs, this is nothing new to me, I was raised in a make do and mend house.  My maternal grandmother was the queen of making things last, living through two world wars and raising three children, she was well practiced at it.  She would be horrified at todays ‘throw away’ society.

From an early age she taught me to knit, a challenge, as I am left handed but she succeeded.  She showed me how to darn, turn collars on shirts and patchwork.  Nothing was wasted, clothes were gradually demoted from best, to everyday, gardening and decorating, and when she finally decided they were no longer fit for purpose (a hard decision) they would be cut up for aprons, dusters or anything else she could think of.  Bed sheets were her speciality, the centres wore thin but the outsides still had mileage, so the sheet would be cut in half, the outsides put to the centre joined by a huge run and fell seam, which wasn’t very comfortable to sleep on, but no good complaining.

Ironing was something she was very particular about, the use of electricity was kept to bare minimum;  garments were pressed on top of a sheet or table cloth so that you pressed two items at once.  When you got to the last item the iron was unplugged, ‘there’s enough heat in the iron to finish that’ she would tell me.  She must have had a sixth sense because she would always appear as you were getting to the end, and I still do this today.  If I should forget I find myself saying ‘sorry Nan’.

My Mum used to tell me the tale of the banana trifle.  On one of her birthday parties Nan produced this trifle;  bananas were a rare treat and very expensive then and everyone was excited and in awe of how she achieved it.  It was years later that she confessed that she had cooked and sliced some small parsnips and soaked them overnight in banana essence, but the trifle must have tasted good!

                                                                                                                                    Rosemary Stratton

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WYMONDLEY PARISH COUNCIL

The next Parish Council meeting will take place remotely using Zoom on Monday 15th March at 7.30pm.  Full details will be on the Parish Council's website at www.wymondleypc.org.uk/parish-council-meetings/.  Members of the public are welcome to attend the meeting and should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.

Sharon Long

Clerk to Wymondley Parish Council

Phone:   07733-853263

E-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  www.wymondleypc.org.uk

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ST. MARY’S GREAT WYMONDLEY

210301 IMG 4251 St Marys great Wymondley

Marmalade production is almost completed with just two batches to do from the remaining Seville oranges.

There are still many walkers taking their daily exercise in the village, through the churchyard and up to the Community Orchard.

We have just carried out the formative winter pruning on the apple and pear trees with the help and advice 

from Paul and Diane Kennedy.  An important procedure so that the framework of the trees is good for the years to come.  The plums, gages and damsons will be pruned during the summer.

The snowdrops around the village are beautiful especially on the Graveley Road and in the churchyard.

What contrasts in the weather.  So cold earlier on.

Then warm sunshine and a rise in temperature.  Spring has sprung!

Our honey bees were out in full force, loving the crocus in the garden and flowering shrubs around the village.  We saw the first yellow brimstone butterfly in the garden on the day of the crocus photo.

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Earlier on we took part in the RSPB Garden Bird Watch and saw 15 species in the front garden.  Sadly the wren and greenfinch did not turn up and luckily neither did the sparrow hawk that sometimes sits on the fence and sends all the birds into a panic.

Hopefully the vaccine is getting administered to more and more people and soon the restrictions will gradually be lifted and life will be easier for everyone.

                                                                                                                                              Cherry Carter

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IN MEMORIAM

Barbara Billingham, nèe Westwood, born in Great Wymondley, sadly passed away on 12th February aged

74.  Barbara had shown amazing strength to overcome many health issues.

                                                                                                                                      Linda Westwood

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WYMONDLEY BAPTIST CHURCH

Every day we are fed with news - be it from our radios, TV sets, newspapers or social media.  We hear about statistics, sadness, sacrifice, science, sport, sickness, staying at home, struggles, success, supermarkets, and so we could go on.......  As we approach March we are feeling a sense of the coming of Spring and that better times are coming.  The birds are singing louder and the flowers are arriving.

In the past few days there has been good news as we heard from the PM that more than 19 million people in our country have received the Covid 19 vaccine and that the numbers of Covid sufferers is starting to go down.  We are told that certain restrictions will gradually be lifted and we can see light at the end of the tunnel.  The lock down has been a great factor in this so it's good news with more to come.

Christians are very blessed because God's Good News is permanent and we have it recorded in Scripture.  Gospel actually means Good News so this is for each and every one who believes that Jesus is our Good News.  The Christian message of Good News is described in the four Gospels and relates to the saving act of God due to the work of Jesus on the cross and His resurrection from the dead which brings reconciliation between people and God.  Remember Jesus reading the scriptures in the synagogue from the book of Isaiah:  "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed me;  He has sent me to bring Good News to the oppressed, to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and release to the prisoners;  to proclaim the year of the Lord's favour".  Jesus closed the book and then said "Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing."  Luke 4:v21.

We started the year with 'God's Love' being our theme and we are now doing a series on the Good News of Jesus from Mark's Gospel.  This is the best Good News of all as it is a gift from God to every single person who puts their trust in Jesus Christ.  A warm welcome to all who wish to join us on zoom.  The Chapel will be open for any who wish to attend so please book on the church email address - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on the church phone 07531-081621 when the usual guidelines will apply.  If you are joining us from your home on zoom dial in at 10.30am. for a 10.45am. start on 01314-601196 or 02030-512874.  Use the link https/zoom.us/j8675752648 or down load the zoom app and join using ID 867575268.  Any problems phone 07531-081621.

As soon as we get the 'go ahead' we will announce when activities in the hall re start.  Meanwhile we are thankful to use zoom for so many of our meetings.

Tuesday is our time when we pray together (without zoom) and in this past year this has been a blessing as we believe that many join us in this as we pray for our community, our loved ones, our country and our Queen and Government and for the Covid situation.  We are so thankful for the amazing number of vaccines which have been delivered and we keep the NHS in our prayers.  We pray for all who are suffering and for all who have been bereaved and for so many other needs.

First Tuesday is on 2nd March when we have coffee and discussion on zoom from 10.30am.  For the link for this phone 01438-228232.

Bible Study on the same zoom as the Church service is on Wednesday at 7.30pm. (weekly) and Friday at 11.00am. (fortnightly).

Community Bible Study on 10th and 24th March from 2.20pm.  For the zoom link for that phone 07841-825521.

Our thoughts and prayers are especially with those in our villages who have lost loved ones in recent weeks.

Our hearts go out to them in sympathy.

Services on Sundays in March:

7th       Martin Watson                                         14th        Julia Funnell    (Mothering Sunday)

21st     Rev. David Ronco                                    28th        Sue Lutman     (Palm Sunday)

"How beautiful upon the mountain are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings

GOOD NEWS, who announces salvation, who says to Zion your God reigns."    Isaiah 52v.7.

                                                                                                      Marjorie McCarley  (01438-727050)

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NEWS FROM ST. IPPOLYTS

ST. IPPOLYTS PARISH COUNCIL

The next meeting takes place on Monday 8th March at 7.30pm. on Zoom.  Copies of the Agenda and Approved Minutes are displayed in the council notice boards and on website http://www.stippolyts-parishcouncil.org.uk.

There is always an Agenda item for Public Participation where residents can ask questions and raise issues.

Please contact clerk on 01462-421409 or mail to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your questions if you would like to join this meeting.

                                                                                                                                          Pam Skeggs

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ST. IPPOLYTS PARISH HALL

The 23rd Annual General Meeting of the 1998 St. Ippolyts Hall Charity will be held on Tuesday 23rd March 2021 at 6.00pm. on Zoom.

The Agenda is on the website.

If you would like to attend please email me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I will forward the link.

At the time of writing due to the coronavirus pandemic and the Government’s national restrictions (Lockdown 3) the Parish Hall is still closed to the public.

Trustees hope to welcome back users in due course.

For enquiries please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or website http://www.stippolyts-hall.co.uk

Diary dates:

Management Meetings on Wednesdays 30th June and 29th September

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ST. IPPOLYTS - An Early History

I was looking at a North Hertfordshire Museum recent blog and was pleased to find as promised the early history to about 1400 of our parish.  ‘St. Ippollitts:  A Village of Many Spellings’ by Keith Fitzpatrick-Matthews.  Visit www.northhertsmuseum.org.

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100 CLUB

The winners for February were:

No. 46             Julian Cox                   £20

No. 49             Sue Sykes                    £15

No. 172           Isaac Driver                 £10

                                                                                                                                      Shelagh Cox

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DEADLINE

Material for the APRIL issue of Pax should reach Clare Larsen, 24 Ninesprings Way, Hitchin SG4 9NN 

(tel. 01462-453541 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by Monday 15th March, please.  Or given to Rosemary Stratton by Friday 12th March.

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Help our local foodbanks

Items needed for our local communities.

Please label bags clearly for either the school or the Foodbank, if you have a preference.  Bags can be left at The Vicarage, Stevenage Road, St Ippolyts, SG4 7PE.

Thank you for your support, both the school and the Foodbank send their heartfelt thanks each time I drop supplies off but I have assured them that there is no need for them to formally write and thank us as I am sure they have enough to do.

Below is a list of what is currently of greatest need but please feel free to add other non-perishable items of food or toiletries (including sanitary products) and I will update the list weekly if it changes.

Foodbank

Long life Juice
Tinned Potato
Instant potato [Pkts]
Tinned Veg [Not pulses]
Tinned meat [Not Hotdogs]
Tinned Fruit
Dried Milk
Sugar
Small Coffee
Nappies size 5

St Ippolyts School (for children’s grocery packs)

Tinned soup

Tinned spaghetti hoops 

Tins of ready made meat such as minced beef, stew, bolognaise 

Tinned tomatoes

Tinned peas 

Jam

Cereal bars

Biscuits

Bottles of squash/cordial 

Fruit juice cartons

Pasta sauce

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ST. IPPOLYTS CHURCH APPEAL

ST. IPPOLYTS CHURCH APPEAL

As everybody is aware most charities are going through a difficult time with the coronavirus pandemic causing the amounts of money they receive being severely reduced.  St. Ippolyts Church is no exception and for the year of 2020 we have had a deficit of approximately £9000 and as a result we are delving deeply into our dwindling reserves to keep our beautiful church running.

Our regular Church expenses are about £60,000 each year and include our Parish Share to the Diocese of St. Albans (which in turn pays for Reverend Ginni), our worship costs, regular maintenance, utility bills, churchyard maintenance and administration costs.

Over 90% of our income comes from members of our church family and local community.  We receive nothing from either Government, the central church or from other charities to meet our regular expenses.

We are fortunate that a number of people give regularly via regular standing order payments.  This has been a Godsend during the pandemic and without these payments our finances would have been even more severely compromised.  Regular giving enables people to plan their giving and support our valuable work even if they are unable to attend a service and put money in the collection plate.

We are therefore asking that you:-

  • Consider making a commitment to our church by setting up a standing order to give to our church on a regular basis whatever amount you feel is within your means.
  • If this is not possible make a one off donation to help us through this difficult period.
  • For those that already give on a regular basis perhaps you may feel it is possible to increase your monthly amount.

If you decide to make a one-off donation there is a facility on our web site to make a gift though we are unable to collect gift aid through the web site donations. 

An alternative is to make a donation by text.  To make a text donation,

Text - STIPPSCHURCH 5 to 70085 to donate £5 or if you wish to donate a larger amount then substitute the

5 with the amount you would like to donate up to a maximum of £20.

Texts cost the amount you have donated plus one standard rate message and you’ll be opting in to hear more about our work and fundraising via telephone and SMS.

If you’d like to give but do not wish to receive marketing communications, 

Text - STIPPSCHURCHNOINFO 5 to 70085 to donate £5 etc.

If you are able then a direct bank transfer can be made to the church bank account details of which can be obtained from our treasurer.  For those who are able to give regularly then please contact our treasurer, Michael Hooper on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. who will let you have details of ways to set up a standing order and how to gift aid any donation. 

Thank you. 

                                                                                                                                            Michael Hooper

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NATIVITY CRIB FESTIVAL

NATIVITY CRIB FESTIVAL

Thank you to everyone who “engaged” with our Virtual Nativity Crib Festival.  (If you didn't you can still see all the cribs at https://www.facebook.com/nativitycribfestival).  The posts reached at least 20,000 people from as far away as Wellington in New Zealand, Vietnam and India.  We were also on Instagram.  We posted 51 times and had 67 followers in the three weeks.  Many thanks to Tracey Pastor for this - and for being my Facebook guru!

We posted over 100 cribs 3-4 a day during Advent!  Next year we (hopefully) will be back in the real world and our Nativity Crib Festival will be held at St. Ippolyts Church on the first weekend of December with even more cribs to see (over 200 in 2019).  If you have a crib you could lend us send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Festival is a major fundraiser for our ancient church and thus far the Virtual Festival has raised over £700.

If you have enjoyed looking at all the beautiful cribs there is still time to donate:

https://givealittle.co/campaigns/39e3be7b-f996-4027-89da-30adba86d5af

Or Text STIPPSCHURCH 5 to 70085 to donate £5 or if you wish to donate a larger amount then substitute the 5 with the amount you would like to donate up to a maximum of £20.  Texts cost the amount you have donated plus one standard rate message and you’ll be opting in to hear more about our work and fundraising via telephone and SMS.

If you’d like to give but do not wish to receive marketing communications, text

STIPPSCHURCHNOINFO 5 to 70085. to donate £5 etc.

or send a cheque made payable to St. Ippolyts Church to Michael Hooper, Hillrise, Stevenage Rd. St Ippolyts SG4 7PE.  A gift aid form can be found on the St Ippolyts Church website.

If donations are given anonymously we will not be able to thank you personally but THANK YOU!

                                                                                                                                          Barbara Thomas

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ST. IPPOLYTS CHURCH FLOODLIGHTING

ST. IPPOLYTS CHURCH FLOODLIGHTING

This is a reminder that we are hoping to floodlight the church in 2021.  A good number of people have already signed up for the weekly sponsorship scheme and many thanks to those.  However, we still have a lot of weeks to fill.  With all the pandemic problems and with the church only open once per week for the Sunday morning service it has been difficult to remind our 'usual' congregation of this.  The sign-up board is usually at the Sunday service but otherwise held at my house.

The cost is still £15 per week.  I can be contacted at 6 Ransom Close, Hitchin, by telephone at 01462-432445 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  I can then let you know which weeks are available.  If you see other church members who do not take PAX please do not hesitate to remind them.  Let us hope that by continuing to floodlight the church we can bring a bit of extra cheer in these difficult times. 

Roger Cox

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BIBLE STUDY GROUP

BIBLE STUDY GROUP

The Bible Study Group will be starting again on Zoom and we will be returning to The Acts of the Apostles.

Meetings will start at 2.20pm. with a cup of tea and we shall begin our studies at about 2.40pm.  The dates for February are Wednesday 10th February and Wednesday 24th February.

New members would be most welcome so if you would like to join us please telephone Margaret Edmonds (01462-452340) or Clare Larsen (01462-453541).

                                                                                                                                                Clare Larsen

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SPRING IS ON THE WAY - A thought from Revd Paul Lanham.

SPRING IS ON THE WAY

Ginni has rashly invited me to take over this first page of Pax for the foreseeable future.  Although I live in Clifton I have been helping to lead worship in the benefice for about 20 years as a retired priest and I am delighted to help her in this way.

February reminds us of two of Christianity's many martyrs - one barely known, the other a household name. There will not be a special service in the benefice to remember St. Polycarp of Smyrna on 23rd February.  Yet

he has been my inspiration ever since I discovered his story while researching the martyrs of the early Church

in the mid-1960’s for a post graduate degree which I never got.  It is too long for this column but suffice it to say that in 155 AD he was ordered by the local magistrate (in a time of persecution) to sacrifice before an image of the Roman Emperor and revile Christ, or be burned to death.  The 86 year old bishop replied 'Eighty and six years have I served Christ and he has done me no wrong.  How then can I blaspheme my King and Saviour?'  He was then put to death in this particularly horrible way.  There are pages of the story and it is worth looking up in search engines.  He has been both an example and a challenge to me all through my ministry and I always think about him this month.

A few days before St. Polycarp's Day, on 14th February we remember St. Valentine, who was martyred in Rome in 270 AD at the age of 42.  He ministered to persecuted Christians in Rome and became one of them in due time;  that is about all we know for certain about him.  These days of course his day is associated with love and romance.  It's the day when couples get sentimental with each other, the makers of greetings cards enjoy major sales and the writers of their contents are at their gruesome worst.  For we older ones it is a day when we look back on the past and smile - happy memories.........!

Above all, St. Valentine's Day is a reminder that spring is on its way.  I am writing this in mid-January.  The Covid-19 virus is rampaging, the days are cold and dark, and there seems no end to these depressive conditions. It remains to be seen whether this will be one of the colder winters but few surely can be so miserable.  St. Valentine's Day reminds us that spring is not that far away and that there will hopefully be an easing of all this. Whether it will mark the lessening of the Covid crisis remains to be seen, but it is a sign of hope.

Throughout the winter the clergy have received many instructions about the nature and conduct of worship, what precautions to take, and the use (or non-use) of church buildings.  I am not in a position to comment on this, and even if I were the situation may have changed before Pax comes out.  I would suggest that you keep

in touch with what is going on through the St. Ippolyts Church website.  But whatever happens in these coming weeks please remember two things.  One is that we will be doing all we can to ensure the safety of those who attend our three churches.  The other is that even if they have to close at any time (as they did in the first lockdown) the Church is always there for YOU.  There is hope for the future and the light is beginning to shine at the end of a long dark tunnel - and your church will always be there for you whenever you need it.

Very best wishes, Paul Lanham

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February PAX

Pax         FEBRUARY  2021

Price:  40p.

 

The Parish Magazine for the Benefice of St. Ippolyts with Great and Little Wymondley

VICAR

 

The Reverend Ginni Dear, The Vicarage, Stevenage Road, St. Ippolyts SG4 7PE                   01462-237032

Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

CHURCHWARDENS

St. Ippolyts

Michael Hooper, Hillrise, Stevenage Road, St. Ippolyts SG4 7PE                                           01462-457350

Jane Veasey, Gosmore Cross, Newlands Lane, Gosmore SG4 9BD                                        01462-434254

 

Great Wymondley

Cherry Carter, 2 Church Green, Great Wymondley SG4 7HA                                               01438-724919

Little Wymondley

Mike Allardyce, 81 Whitney Drive, Stevenage SG1 4BL                                                        07967-831968

David Palmer, 198 Cleveland Way, Great Ashby, SG1 6BY                                                   01438-367912

Visit our website - www.stippolytschurch.org.uk

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SPRING IS ON THE WAY

Ginni has rashly invited me to take over this first page of Pax for the foreseeable future.  Although I live in Clifton I have been helping to lead worship in the benefice for about 20 years as a retired priest and I am delighted to help her in this way.

February reminds us of two of Christianity's many martyrs - one barely known, the other a household name. There will not be a special service in the benefice to remember St. Polycarp of Smyrna on 23rd February.  Yet

he has been my inspiration ever since I discovered his story while researching the martyrs of the early Church

in the mid-1960’s for a post graduate degree which I never got.  It is too long for this column but suffice it to say that in 155 AD he was ordered by the local magistrate (in a time of persecution) to sacrifice before an image of the Roman Emperor and revile Christ, or be burned to death.  The 86 year old bishop replied 'Eighty and six years have I served Christ and he has done me no wrong.  How then can I blaspheme my King and Saviour?'  He was then put to death in this particularly horrible way.  There are pages of the story and it is worth looking up in search engines.  He has been both an example and a challenge to me all through my ministry and I always think about him this month.

A few days before St. Polycarp's Day, on 14th February we remember St. Valentine, who was martyred in Rome in 270 AD at the age of 42.  He ministered to persecuted Christians in Rome and became one of them in due time;  that is about all we know for certain about him.  These days of course his day is associated with love and romance.  It's the day when couples get sentimental with each other, the makers of greetings cards enjoy major sales and the writers of their contents are at their gruesome worst.  For we older ones it is a day when we look back on the past and smile - happy memories.........!

Above all, St. Valentine's Day is a reminder that spring is on its way.  I am writing this in mid-January.  The Covid-19 virus is rampaging, the days are cold and dark, and there seems no end to these depressive conditions. It remains to be seen whether this will be one of the colder winters but few surely can be so miserable.  St. Valentine's Day reminds us that spring is not that far away and that there will hopefully be an easing of all this. Whether it will mark the lessening of the Covid crisis remains to be seen, but it is a sign of hope.

Throughout the winter the clergy have received many instructions about the nature and conduct of worship, what precautions to take, and the use (or non-use) of church buildings.  I am not in a position to comment on this, and even if I were the situation may have changed before Pax comes out.  I would suggest that you keep

in touch with what is going on through the St. Ippolyts Church website.  But whatever happens in these coming weeks please remember two things.  One is that we will be doing all we can to ensure the safety of those who attend our three churches.  The other is that even if they have to close at any time (as they did in the first lockdown) the Church is always there for YOU.  There is hope for the future and the light is beginning to shine at the end of a long dark tunnel - and your church will always be there for you whenever you need it.

Very best wishes, Paul Lanham

 

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HERE AND THERE

PAX

Now that we are back in Lockdown once again regrettably it has been decided that Pax will remain on line

only on the St. Ippolyts Church website (www.stippolytschurch.org.uk).  If you know of anyone who is 

unable to find it please point them in the right direction or contact me on 01462-453541 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

                                                                                                                                             Clare Larsen

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BIBLE STUDY GROUP

The Bible Study Group will be starting again on Zoom and we will be returning to The Acts of the Apostles.

Meetings will start at 2.20pm. with a cup of tea and we shall begin our studies at about 2.40pm.  The dates for February are Wednesday 10th February and Wednesday 24th February.

New members would be most welcome so if you would like to join us please telephone Margaret Edmonds (01462-452340) or Clare Larsen (01462-453541).

                                                                                                                                                Clare Larsen

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NEWS FROM THE WYMONDLEYS

ST. MARY’S LITTLE WYMONDLEY

Reverend Ginni is working very hard to keep the services going, within the margins of safety, and has become very skilful at streaming services online, which has proved very popular.  We all look forward to being able to open our dear church again for worship, we are nearly there, the vaccine is being rolled out, and soon we will

all be able to meet again. 

USED STAMPS

I hope you have remembered to save the stamps from all those Christmas cards, although our list has shortened with the rising cost of postage, but I’m sure the charities who receive them will be even more grateful.  Please save them or you can always leave them in the church porch.

CATS AND DOG

I have written about our dog on many occasions but not mentioned the cats.  We are not really cat people but have two by accident.  The first one came from a litter of a feral cat who we used to leave food out for one winter.  She had three kittens in one of our out houses, but we couldn’t get near them until a few days later one of them got its head stuck in the chicken pen, to such an extent I had to get wire cutters to free her.  She looked very bedraggled but after some food and water and a warm bed she perked up.  ‘Oh, we must keep her’, said my husband, so then we had a cat and called her Safe.

In our ignorance we didn’t realise how quickly cats mature.  I noticed she was getting big but thought Tony was feeding her too much, but no, when we went in one morning there were five kittens looking at us.  ‘We must keep one’, said my husband, so then we had two cats and we called her Sound.  The other kittens were homed by the cat rescue service, and we whisked Safe and Sound off to the vets to ensure no more additions.

They enjoy a wonderful life, having a summer house to themselves, best food, they don’t care too much to engage in the trivial pursuit of chasing mice, far rather recline in their wicker chairs basking in the sun and teasing Lola. 

                                                                                                                                         Rosemary Stratton

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WYMONDLEY PARISH COUNCIL

The next meeting will take place remotely using Zoom on Monday 8th February at 7.30pm.  Full details will be on the Parish Council's website at www.wymondleypc.org.uk/parish-council-meetings/.  Members of the public are welcome to attend the meeting and should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.

Sharon Long

Clerk to Wymondley Parish Council

Phone:   07733-853263

E-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  www.wymondleypc.org.uk

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THE LATE RENE HART R.I.P.

Dear Irene ('Rene) Hart, though not born in the village, lived in it for most of her life and was still there when in April 2020 she achieved her century.  Good company, 'Rene had the gift of taking an interest in events because of her lively, intelligent and sympathetic cast of mind.  Whatever challenges and adventures came her way, she met them and made the most of them.

At the age of 18, she got her driving license (uncommon for women in those days) so that she could enable her father to visit the various places where he had cattle pastured, some of them distant from Wymondley.

School days were not particularly rewarding for 'Rene;  remembering poetry was not easy.  She would have much preferred the chance to learn mathematics but that wasn't on offer for girls at her school at the time.

Come the war she was ordered to the ESA factory in Stevenage where she and another young woman were put to work constructing aeroplane wings from wood and canvas.  The men who worked there greeted their arrival somewhat scornfully - but only until 'Rene and her companion proved to be rather good at what they were doing.  Then the criticism fell silent and there were no more foolish remarks.

Blessed with a fine sweet singing voice she used to attend Evensong at St. Ippolyts where George was in the choir before they were married.  One day after the service she felt a tap on her shoulder, followed by the instruction "You should be in the choir!" - and so it came about that on that very day she was enrolled as a member of St. Ippolyts choir.  This was in the Reverend Mr. Symington's time.  'Rene recalled with amusement the occasion when her father, in the choir at St. Mary's Little Wymondley on apologizing to the vicar, the Reverend Mr. Thomas, for being late for Matins and explaining that he had been delayed by having to milk the cow, was admonished with the words "You shouldn't milk the cow on Sunday!"

The garden and the birds in it were always a joy for her.  One day in July 1974 she made a long list of all the birds she had seen there on that afternoon - it included tree creeper, spotted flycatcher and goldcrest.  What a sadness it was to her that a few years ago the list was so much shorter when she did the BBC Birdwatch.

Tennis; the game and its stars, was an abiding interest.  A good player and a keen member of Wymondley tennis club from youth, her enthusiasm for the game never dimmed and she continued to be knowledgeable about it and loved discussing it.  A suitable epitaph would have been ‘Game, Set and Match’.

Thank you, Irene for being one of us for so long.

                                                                                                                                                Pat Fry

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ST. MARY’S GREAT WYMONDLEY

 

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 The snowdrops in the churchyard are already beginning to show through the grass and fallen leaves.  A beacon of light and hope in these dark times.  The wonderful thing about Nature is that it usually follows its regular cycle while our normality has been knocked sideways.  It helps us to realise that things will get better if we are patient.

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There have been so many people taking their daily exercise in the churchyard and along the surrounding footpaths that in these wet weeks everything has got very muddy and wet underfoot.  Some are familiar faces but many are coming to the village for the first time and have taken great delight in exploring the area. 

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Jam and marmalade sales are booming as people come to choose their pot or two to take home.  I have so far made four different types of marmalade, Plain Seville, Ginger, Three Fruit and Lime and Lemon.  I will make more but have run out of jam jars.  If you have any jars, with lids if possible, though I do have some spare, please return them to 2 Church Green or the Church Porch.  I can also collect if you ring me 07814-837773 or 01438-724919.  Thank you very much to everyone who returns jars already and are such good customers.

                                                                                                                                                Cherry Carter

CHURCH RESTORATION

It is great to see the snowdrops beginning to appear giving us the first sign of spring and progress out of our long locked in winter and so it is for our church restoration.

After a long time of slow progress, I am pleased to say we do have the next phase of work progressing.  It is good to finally be able to pin up the Diocesan Advisory Committee’s Notification of Advice.  Working with our new architect Francesca Weal we now have a scheme for the levelling of our nave floor with agreed Norfolk Pamment tiles and the re-installation of our electrics, heating and lighting.

We have now received the green light following consultations with Historic England, the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, the DAC’s Archaeological Advisor and the North Herts. Conservation Officer.

A few hurdles yet but at last we look forward optimistically to Spring bringing signs of progress and to dream of our church opening again to our community as we come out of lockdown.  We will keep you updated.

Paul Harding

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WYMONDLEY BAPTIST CHURCH

‘What the world needs now, is love sweet love! .....’ and so goes the well-known song.  As we started 2021 our verse which has been highlighted in our series on 'God is love' for the next few months, is John 3 16:  'For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.'

God's love is the greatest we can ever experience because he made us and we are precious to Him.  His love endures for ever and we have a faithful loving God who does not want us to ever feel alone, but to reach out to Him in faith and trust.  This has been a great strength to many people during these weird and often lonely days. We are thankful for all our preachers who bring God's word to us on Zoom.  This time last year we'd never heard of Zoom but it has been a lifeline for us as we have met together, albeit in our homes, every week.  So like so many churches we have been able to have regular services, meetings, quizzes, Bible studies and children's activities on line.  But won't it be wonderful when we can all meet again in the normal way!

As we hear the daily news and the rising number of coronavirus casualties in this third lockdown we continue to pray for our nation and indeed for the world.  We are SO thankful for the vaccine which has been given to so many and so efficiently and for the NHS who have worked round the clock to make sure as many as possible get vaccinated.

We pray every Tuesday at 7.30pm. in our homes without zoom and it is good to know that many join us in this. Bible Studies have restarted and these can be joined on zoom on Wednesdays at 2.30pm. or 7.30pm. or Friday at 11.00am.  Details can be obtained on the Church phone - 07531-081621 or on the website.  First Tuesday on 2nd February is our time of coffee and discussion from 10.30am. (on zoom).  The Church is now open for any who wish to join the service there on a Sunday.  Please phone or text first if you wish to attend as all the usual guidelines apply and we all want to stick to the rules.

If you want to join us from your home on zoom dial in at 10.30am. for a 10.45am. start on 0131-4601196 or 0203-0512874.  Use the link HTTPS/zoom.us/j8675752648 or download the zoom App and join us using meeting ID 8675752648.  Any problems phone Craig on 0753- 081621.

Our prayers are with all who are ill, especially for those with covid 19 and for all suffering with other health problems or through bereavement.  God's love for his children is far more deeply imprinted than we could ever imagine.  "See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands".  Isaiah 49:16.

Irene May (Lindsey) Hart

Quite a number of people will have known or heard of Mrs. Irene Hart who died in December at the age of 100. Her late husband George Hart was manager of Spurrs Department Store in Hitchin where she worked too.  They were married in 1940 and he died in 1995.  Irene Hart saw many changes in her 100 years and one of them was the arrival of the car.  She remembered when there were just 3 in Little Wymondley, one of which belonged to her father Mr. Jack Lindsey and which as a teenager she was allowed to drive.

The funeral service was held on 29th December at Little Wymondley Parish Church where she was a devoted attender for many years.  A beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother, she will be much missed.  Our thoughts and sympathy are with Kay her daughter and all the family.

Our preachers on Sundays in February (on Zoom):

7th        Will Andrews               14th      Phil Jackson

21st      Sir Les Ebdon              28th      Kieran Murphy

                                                                                                            Marjorie McCarley  (01438-727050)

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NEWS FROM ST. IPPOLYTS

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ST. IPPOLYTS CHURCH APPEAL

As everybody is aware most charities are going through a difficult time with the coronavirus pandemic causing the amounts of money they receive being severely reduced.  St. Ippolyts Church is no exception and for the year of 2020 we have had a deficit of approximately £9000 and as a result we are delving deeply into our dwindling reserves to keep our beautiful church running.

Our regular Church expenses are about £60,000 each year and include our Parish Share to the Diocese of St. Albans (which in turn pays for Reverend Ginni), our worship costs, regular maintenance, utility bills, churchyard maintenance and administration costs.

Over 90% of our income comes from members of our church family and local community.  We receive nothing from either Government, the central church or from other charities to meet our regular expenses.

We are fortunate that a number of people give regularly via regular standing order payments.  This has been a Godsend during the pandemic and without these payments our finances would have been even more severely compromised.  Regular giving enables people to plan their giving and support our valuable work even if they are unable to attend a service and put money in the collection plate.

We are therefore asking that you:-

  • Consider making a commitment to our church by setting up a standing order to give to our church on a regular basis whatever amount you feel is within your means.
  • If this is not possible make a one off donation to help us through this difficult period.
  • For those that already give on a regular basis perhaps you may feel it is possible to increase your monthly amount.

If you decide to make a one-off donation there is a facility on our web site to make a gift though we are unable to collect gift aid through the web site donations. 

An alternative is to make a donation by text.  To make a text donation,

Text - STIPPSCHURCH 5 to 70085 to donate £5 or if you wish to donate a larger amount then substitute the

5 with the amount you would like to donate up to a maximum of £20.

Texts cost the amount you have donated plus one standard rate message and you’ll be opting in to hear more about our work and fundraising via telephone and SMS.

If you’d like to give but do not wish to receive marketing communications, 

Text - STIPPSCHURCHNOINFO 5 to 70085 to donate £5 etc.

If you are able then a direct bank transfer can be made to the church bank account details of which can be obtained from our treasurer.  For those who are able to give regularly then please contact our treasurer, Michael Hooper on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. who will let you have details of ways to set up a standing order and how to gift aid any donation. 

Thank you. 

                                                                                                                                            Michael Hooper

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NATIVITY CRIB FESTIVAL

Thank you to everyone who “engaged” with our Virtual Nativity Crib Festival.  (If you didn't you can still see all the cribs at https://www.facebook.com/nativitycribfestival).  The posts reached at least 20,000 people from as far away as Wellington in New Zealand, Vietnam and India.  We were also on Instagram.  We posted 51 times and had 67 followers in the three weeks.  Many thanks to Tracey Pastor for this - and for being my Facebook guru!

We posted over 100 cribs 3-4 a day during Advent!  Next year we (hopefully) will be back in the real world and our Nativity Crib Festival will be held at St. Ippolyts Church on the first weekend of December with even more cribs to see (over 200 in 2019).  If you have a crib you could lend us send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Festival is a major fundraiser for our ancient church and thus far the Virtual Festival has raised over £700.

If you have enjoyed looking at all the beautiful cribs there is still time to donate:

https://givealittle.co/campaigns/39e3be7b-f996-4027-89da-30adba86d5af

Or Text STIPPSCHURCH 5 to 70085 to donate £5 or if you wish to donate a larger amount then substitute the 5 with the amount you would like to donate up to a maximum of £20.  Texts cost the amount you have donated plus one standard rate message and you’ll be opting in to hear more about our work and fundraising via telephone and SMS.

If you’d like to give but do not wish to receive marketing communications, text

STIPPSCHURCHNOINFO 5 to 70085. to donate £5 etc.

or send a cheque made payable to St. Ippolyts Church to Michael Hooper, Hillrise, Stevenage Rd. St Ippolyts SG4 7PE.  A gift aid form can be found on the St Ippolyts Church website.

If donations are given anonymously we will not be able to thank you personally but THANK YOU!

                                                                                                                                          Barbara Thomas

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ST. IPPOLYTS CHURCH FLOODLIGHTING

This is a reminder that we are hoping to floodlight the church in 2021.  A good number of people have already signed up for the weekly sponsorship scheme and many thanks to those.  However, we still have a lot of weeks to fill.  With all the pandemic problems and with the church only open once per week for the Sunday morning service it has been difficult to remind our 'usual' congregation of this.  The sign-up board is usually at the Sunday service but otherwise held at my house.

The cost is still £15 per week.  I can be contacted at 6 Ransom Close, Hitchin, by telephone at 01462-432445 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  I can then let you know which weeks are available.  If you see other church members who do not take PAX please do not hesitate to remind them.  Let us hope that by continuing to floodlight the church we can bring a bit of extra cheer in these difficult times. 

Roger Cox

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ST. IPPOLYTS PARISH COUNCIL

The next meeting takes place on Monday 8th February at 7.30pm. on Zoom.  Copies of the Agenda and Approved Minutes are displayed in the council notice boards and on website http://www.stippolyts-parishcouncil.org.uk.  There is always an Agenda item for Public Participation where residents can ask questions and raise issues.  Please contact clerk on 01462-421409 or mail to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your questions if you would like to join this meeting.

                                                                                                                                                Pam Skeggs

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ST. IPPOLYTS PARISH HALL

At the time of writing due to the coronavirus pandemic and the Government’s national restrictions (Lockdown No. 3) the Parish Hall is still closed to the public.  Trustees hope to welcome back users in due course.

For enquiries please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit our website http://www.stippolyts-hall.co.uk,

or Facebook.

 

Diary date:  AGM on Tuesday 23rd March at 7.30pm. on Zoom.

                                                                                                                                                Pam Skeggs

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100 CLUB

The winners for DECEMBER were:

No. 12             Doreen Smith              £50

No. 8               Lynn French                £30

No. 9               Kate Wells                   £20

No. 26             Anne Reilly                 £20

No. 29             Patricia Reid                £10

And for JANUARY:

 

No. 81             John Cowlishaw          £20

No. 153           Mary Bradbeer                        £15

No. 83             David Cowlishaw        £10

                                                                                                                                                Shelagh Cox

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PARISH CHURCH REGISTERS

LITTLE WYMONDLEY

Funeral and Cremation                    29th December:                                    Irene May Hart

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DEADLINE

Material for the MARCH issue of Pax should reach Clare Larsen, 24 Ninesprings Way, Hitchin SG4 9NN

(tel. 01462-453541 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by Monday 15th February, please.  Or given to Rosemary Stratton by Friday 12th February.

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Church Services during lockdown - January 2021

Within the Benefice whilst we are in lockdown there will only be one service in church each week 

This service will be at St Ippolyts Church at 09:15 on Sunday and this service will also be live streamed on facebook. (St ippolyts Church with Great and Little Wymondley). Unfortunately St Marys Great Wymondley is unable to hold services either within church or within the village hall. St Marys Little Wymondley is just too cold this time of year.

Church heating has been set to automatically come on 3 hours before the service so the church should be reasonably warm. Various pews within St Ippolyts Church have been cordoned off so as to maintain social distancing within the congregation. Hand sanitisation facilties are available and everyone is encouraged to leave church immediately after the service and not to remain and chat which has always been the norm. 

The service will have organ music provided by John Edwards. Howell Davies will be supporting Ginni for each service. Paul Lanham will be  attending at various times.

St Ippolyts Church remains closed at all other times, so there is no need to carry out in depth cleaning before each service, coronavirus does not live longer than 72hours away from its host. No one is permitted to enter church without first consulting and receiving approval from Revd Ginni. If anyone should need to enter church then the church will be cleaned / disinfected as necessary by the one entering.

Remember that Revd Ginni will continue with morning and evening prayer in accordance with the schedule detailed elsewhere on this web site.

Stay safe and please conform the the Government guidelines.

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All Carol Services in the Benefice have been Cancelled.

Unfortunately it has been decided to cancel the Carol Services scheduled for the evening of 22nd December in St Ippolyts Churchyard, the service the following day at the Bucks Head in Little Wymondley and the service on the green at Great Wymondley on Thursday.

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December Pew Sheets

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Gift aid donations to church

If you would like to gift aid any donation to our church please down load the form from this web site by going to About/ PCC abd the form is available in pdf format. Please follow the instructions on the form which can be e mailed to Michael on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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CRIB FESTIVAL 2020

CRIB FESTIVAL 2020

Just a quick reminder that our Virtual Nativity Crib Festival opens its doors on Tuesday 1st December.  You can find us on https://www.facebook.com/nativitycribfestival.

Many thanks to everyone who has already taken part and sent me photos and words for their cribs - there is still time to do so!!!  (Could I have landscape photos please!)

As you know the Crib Festival is the main fund raising event for the church this year so if you would be willing to make a donation either follow the link

https://givealittle.co/campaigns/39e3be7b-f996-4027-89da-30adba86d5af?fbclid=IwAR05Lc3hC3uZIrpQ23wRjHA652xyx-qnnw3m-QEp5TsBwsSvLDdvVFxBhCA

or send a cheque to Michael Hooper, Hillrise, Stevenage Road, St. Ippolyts SG4 7PE.

 

If you can gift aid any donation please send a gift aid declaration to Michael. The declaration can be down loaded from this web site. Go to About/PCC and the form in pdf can be downloaded

                                                                                                                               Many thanks - BarbaraThomas

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