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Send a Cow Coffee Morning Friday 20th November

Send a Cow Coffee Morning 10:00 to 12:30 Friday 20th November at 15 Grange Close SG4 9HD

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We welcome visiting clergy this week.

This week we welcome the following who are helping us out during our vacancy.

Revd Adrian Hinksman 11:00 St ippolyts Holy Communion on Wednesday 18th November

Revd Richard Syms 09:30 St Ippolyts Common Worship and Holy Communion with Baptism on Sunday 22nd November

Revd Austin Smith 11:00 Great Wymondley Common Worship and Holy Communion on Sunday 22nd November

and of course Howell Davies 18:30 Evensong St Ippolyts on Sunday 22nd November


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South Porch doors closed for the weekend 21st and 22nd November.

The new South Porch doors are to be installed over the weekend 21st and 22nd November and this will mean that the South Porch entrance will be closed. would those visting our church please use the North Porch entrance which will be unlocked.

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No 08:00 Service on 6th December

There will be no 08:00 service on 6th December as the church will be have inside our annual crib festival. We apologize to all those who regularly attend this service. 

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Weekly Pew Sheet - Second Sunday before Advent

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Welcome to visiting clergy

This week in the Benefice we welcome

Archdeacon Jonathon Smith

Revd Dr Jane Mainwaring

Revd Melanie Crowley

Rt Revd Dr Stephen Veneer

Revd Jane Wheatley

Mike Davies

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Joint Meeting of all three Benefice PCCs

There will be a meeting of all three Benefice PCCs together with the the Archdeacon and the new Rural Dean at 07:30 pm at St Ippolyts Church.

The meeting is to discuss the filling of our current Vacancy.

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Howell Davies Weekly Pew Sheet, Remembrance Sunday (Third Sunday before Advent)

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St Ippolyts Parish Hall Fair

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Community Lunch 4th November 2015

A big thank you to the friends of St Ippolyts Church for providing over 40 ravenous lunchers with a splendid meal of cottage pie and a dessert of apple pie today.

Remember we are always looking for local groups to provide a lunch for the community. We have had the PCC, Parish Council, Bell Ringers, Stevenage Road, The Friends, the WI, the Bowls Club and others all cook and serve lunches. There must be other local groups who would like to help with this regular monthly get together. If you would like to help please contact Jane Veasey on 01462 434254.

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Howell Davies Weekly Pew Sheet, All Saints Day

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All Souls Service in Memory of the Faithful Departed, Monday 2nd November at 19:30

This service is for all 3 parishes. If you would like to have your loved-one remembered by name at the srevice, please see the list at the back of each church or tell your Churchwarden.

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Services for the week commencing Monday 26th October

This Wednesday for the 11:00 Holy Communion Service we welcome the Revd Jane Mainwaring, who will be taking over from Revd Ann as Rural Dean. On Friday there will be the usual Toddler service at 11:00. On Sunday the 08:00 Holy Communion will be led by  Revd Austin smith and the 11:00 Parish Praise by Andrea Charsley, Reader from Stotfold. We are delighted to welcome them all to our church.

The 09:30 CW Holy Communion Service on Sunday at little Wymondley will be led by Revd Adrian Hinksman.


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Howell Davies Weekly Pew Sheet, Last Sunday after Trinity

With the departure of Revd Ann, Howell Davies has kindly agreed to produce the weekly Pew Sheet. Look out for the all the Saints!!

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

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St Ippolyts Church Quiz, a roaring success!!!

Fifteen teams strained their brains to answer the questions set by Mary Hooper. The final result was a win for 'Depleted Craniums' led by Robert Girvan. The evening raised over £1,300 for the Church fabric fund. Thank you to everyone who turned up and gave generously to our church and a special thank you to everyone who helped to make it an entertaining evening

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Over 40 people attend Community lunch provided by the St Ippolyts & Gosmore Women's Institute

P1030840 R Ladies of WI at St Ippolyts Community Lunch on 7th October 2015

P1030829  R Queuing at St Ippolyts Community Lunch on 7th October 2015

Over 40 people from our local community enjoyed a splendid lunch of chicken stew with baked potato followed by apple crumble today.

Revd Ann thanked the ladies of the women's institute who had kindly prepared the lunch for everyone.

Revd Ann said that this would be her last community lunch before she left for her new position at Cranbrooke. Ann Steel thanked Revd Ann for starting the community lunches and as they had been such a success they most certainly would be continued.


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First view of new Church doors.

Roland Bailey has now put the doors together and has taken them to the church for their first fitting. There is still a long way to go but for those of you eager to know how the doors will look this photo gives an idea of their basic form.



P1030826 r Roland Bailey with new doors at St ippolyts Church 5th October 2015 . 


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

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

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

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

Picture 1:  beautiful sunshine and countryside

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

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

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

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

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

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