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Horse Blessing Service 2018, Ginni, Well Done!!

Over 60 people and 22 horses attended our annual horse blessing service on 12th August. Our intrepid vicar, Ginni, conquered all her fears and conducted the service on horse back. What a magnificent sight to behold, Ginni and her trusty steed in front of 21 other horses gathered outside our church.

A big thank you to everyone that came and supported us and our heart felt thanks to Courtlands Riding stables who kindly gave Ginni riding lessons so that she could conduct this special service on horse back.

A collections was taken for our local "Riding for the Disabled" charity and a magnificent £217.70 was raised.

Well done Ginni you were brilliant.



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Holy Communion 11:00 Wednesday 15th August 2018 CANCELLED

Sorry but Holy Communion 11:00 Wednesday 15th August 2018 is CANCELLED

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Weekly Pew Sheet, the Eleventh Sunday after Trinity, 12th August 2018

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Holy Communion Wednesday 8th August at 11:00 - CANCELLED

Holy Communion Wednesday 8th August at 11:00 - CANCELLED

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Weekly Pew Sheet, the Tenth Sunday After Trinity, 5th August 2018

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Weekly Pew Sheet, the Ninth Sunday after Trinity, 29th July 2018

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Weekly Pew Sheet, the Eighth Sunday after Trinity (Mary Magdalene)

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St Swithun's day, 15th July

According to tradition, whatever the weather is like on St Swithin's Day – whether rainy or sunny – it will continue for the next 40 days and 40 nights.

St Swithin (or St Swithun) was an Anglo-Saxon bishop at WinchesterCathedral who died in 862. At that time Winchester was the capital of the kingdom of Wessex. 

He is believed to have been a trusted counsellor of Egbert, King of the West Saxons, and educated his son Ethelwulf who appointed him bishop.

Very little is known about his life and there's hardly any mention of him in documents from the time that he lived. However he was famed for his charity and church building and was made patron saint of Winchester Cathedral about 100 years after his death.

He supposedly performed just one miracle during his lifetime - making an old lady's eggs whole again after workmen smashed them while building a church.

Swithin is derived from the Old English word for "strong" and St Swithin's symbols are raindrops and apples.

Where did the legend originate?

As he lay on his deathbed St Swithin asked to be buried outside the Old Minster in Winchester, in a lowly grave where his body would be trodden and rained on.

However more than a century later, on July 15 971, Winchestermonks moved his remains to an elaborate shrine inside the cathedral where pilgrims flocked, believing his bones to have miraculous healing properties.

But legend has it that St Swithin wasn't happy about his body being moved. On the day of the removal, ferocious and violent rain storms arrived lasting 40 days and nights which apparently represented his displeasure. 

This story soon became folklore and now British people keep an eye on the weather on July 15. The superstition is expressed in the well-known rhyme. 

St Swithin’s Day, if it does rain

Full forty days, it will remain

St Swithin’s Day, if it be fair

For forty days, t’will rain no more

Nothing remains of St Swithin's shrine which was destroyed during King Henry VIII's Reformation, but there's a memorial to him at Winchester Cathedral.

Other western European countries observe a similar day, dedicated to different saints. 

In France, people keep watch for rain on July 19 (St Gervais' Day) and Germany's Seven Sleepers day (July 7) refers to the weather patterns over the next seven weeks.


Thanks to the Daily Telegraph

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Weekly Pew Sheet, the Seventh Sunday after Trinity.

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Send a Cow Coffee Morning - 12th August 2018

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Holy Communion, 11:00 Wednesday 11th July Cancelled

Holy Communion, 11:00 Wednesday 11th July Cancelled


Apologies but Revd Ginni is away on a course today

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Weekly Pew Sheet, the Sixth Sunday after Trinity, Sea Sunday

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Horse Blessing Service, Sunday 12th August at 15:00hrs

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News From St Mary's Great Wymondley



A great deal has been happening both with the works up at the church and with our fundraising so we thought it was a good time to provide an update as we move into the summer period.

In terms of our building works, our contractor Between Time has now almost finished the initial work of re-plastering, redecoration and replacing masonry and re-pointing at the base of the tower.

Whilst the work has been going on we have applied to the Diocesan authorities to level the flooring in the nave and the chancel so that we have a consistent level floor and most importantly to seek their agreement not to reinstate the pews at the back of the church.  They have now given approval in principle so we can move on with the details, including costing the options.  As a Grade 1 Listed Building we do also need the approval of the local planning authority and English Heritage so there are a few hurdles to get over yet!  Following the ‘in principle approval’ we can also start to plan our heating and lighting solutions.

None of this would have been possible without the tremendous fund raising efforts that have been undertaken over the last few months.  The latest was the hugely successful Motown Dinner Dance at Redcoats.  Our thanks to all who worked so hard to make it such a roaring success, our organising team, our sponsors, every one that came on the night and donated or bid at the auction. Overall the dinner made over £6,000 which added to the outcome from a wonderful Fête and Village BBQ (£2,600) and the activities earlier in the year bringing our overall total to date to around £12,500 which we have now been able to fill on our fundraising gauge on The Green.

We now look forward to our Sports Afternoonof tennis, table tennis and croquet on Sunday 22ndJuly(details from Doug and Sue Richardson This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).  All are welcome to join in the fun and raise money in the process!

                                                                                             Paul Harding 


Saturday 22ndSeptember in St. Ippolyts Parish Hall

Music with The Time of Your Life Trio and Caller Barry Goodman are all booked for an exhilarating evening of dancing and fun for all ages.  There will be a delicious Ploughman’s Supper with Desserts, a Bar and a Raffle.  Tickets from Cherry Carter at 2 Church Green, Great Wymondley.  Tel: 01438-724919 or 07814-837773 or email cherryandThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Adults £15 and under 14’s £8.

Other Events:

CAR RALLY and TREASURE HUNT - Sunday 16thSeptember

Details from Steve Arnold:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or Mike Bradley-Russell: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


                                                                                                                                      Cherry Carter


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11:00 Holy Communion this Wednesday 4th July - CANCELLED

The Holy Communion this Wednesday, 4th July, is cancelled as  Ginni is away on a training course, come along to the community lunch instead.

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Weekly Pew Sheet, the Fifth Sunday after Trinity, 1st July 2018

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Community Lunches


The next Community Lunches will be on Wednesdays 4thJuly,

1stAugust and 5thSeptember from 12.45pm. till 2.00pm.  (Serving time

              12.45pm. till 1.00pm.)  Cost £4.  Everyone welcome.

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Bike Ride Saturday 8th September

BIKE RIDE - Saturday 8thSeptember

The Bike Ride 2018 in aid of Beds. and Herts. Historic Churches is on Saturday8thSeptember this year.  As usual we would like people to ride in aid of St. Ippolyts and all the other historic churches in Beds. and Herts.  I have all the details of the churches which will be open, and sponsorship forms.  It is a good idea to get planning early so that you see the maximum number of people who might sponsor you.

If you are not into riding around the area, you might like to help with the organization of the event in St. Ippolyts.  I would very much like someone to help me with the actual organization - this involves getting helpers to man the church on the day, and sorting out the drinks and biscuits for the riders.  (Not a massive job to be honest.)  We also need volunteers to be in church to hand out drinks and biscuits to the riders, and to sign their forms and make sure they sign our form - that description takes longer to write down and read than it does to actually do it!

My contact details are Shelagh Cox, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 01462-432445 or 07884-406523 (texts only on the mobile please unless it is an emergency).

                                                                                               Shelagh Cox

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Horse Blessing Service - An admission from Ginni

You may recall that when I joined the Benefice in August 2016, one of my first services was the Horse Blessing Service at St. Ippolyts - a great start for someone who was terrified of horses!!  I managed it though and came away feeling quite chuffed that I had not only coped but that I had also managed to conquer my fear enough to feed the horses a carrot or two!

Deciding that horses were not quite as scary as I had first imagined, I undertook the service in 2017 with gusto, confidently stroking the horses, and even making the local paper which ran an article on the service.  Such was my euphoria at managing to make great strides in overcoming my fear that my mouth seemed to run away with itself and I boldly declared that ‘next year I will be taking the service on horseback’!!  Well, next year is now this year and as I am never one to run from a challenge, I will do my level best to do just that this August (oh why, oh why, do I say these things!)

Anyway, I have actually had my first horse-riding lesson!  I say ‘riding’ but it was more ‘sitting terrified on a horse that was walking’, but it was a start!  Thanks to Jackie at Courtlands Riding Stables, who promised not to let go of the reins, I found myself on top of a moving horse and I lived to tell the tale. Dear Ringo, the horse, was very tolerant and stood quietly whilst I desperately tried to clamber on.  I thought I heard him sigh a little when I whimpered ‘how do I make him go’ and then shrieked when he slowly ambled forward. It felt a bit like sitting on top of a wobbly step ladder when you think you are going to fall at any moment and have nothing to grab hold of - and I really was so glad to get off!

I did manage to lead Ringo back to his stable though and found myself gently running my hand through his mane and marvelling at how beautiful he was - so

I think I’m getting better.  I plan a few more lessons before the Horse Blessing Service on 12thAugust and I’m really hoping to be able to do as I promised and lead the service on horseback.

Please put the date in your diaries - Sunday 12thAugust 2018 at 3.00pm. in St. Ippolyts Churchyard - the service is very short and there will be tea and cakes afterwards for humans and carrots for the horses!  If you have a horse of your own then you are more than welcome to bring him/her along for a blessing or if you prefer two feet to four, then come and see the 15 or so horses that Courtland’s Stables bring.  

All the money raised in the collection goes directly to Riding for the Disabled to enable people with disabilities to experience the joys of horse riding.  It is a fabulous charity and one which is greatly supported by Courtlands Stables - plus, you may just get to see your Vicar on horseback which has got to be worth a giggle!!

With love - Ginni

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The Visit to our Benefice by Bishop Michael

Last month we had the pleasure of having Bishop Michael of Hertford visit the Benefice.  Bishop Michael wants to personally visit each of the parishes under his care and spend time worshipping with the congregations and engaging with the communities - no mean feat as I think there are some 250 + churches for him to visit!

It was lovely to have Bishop Michael celebrate our services at St. Ippolyts and Little Wymondley on Pentecost Sunday, with an added trip to the plant sale at Great Wymondley!  He then came back the following Tuesday for a packed day of activities which started with the all-important task of taking me to lunch in The Bull - it’s a hard life being a vicar!!  We then headed to St. Ippolyts School where the children led us in worship and spent time talking to Bishop Michael about their faith, how they prepare worship and a whole host of other things which really made him think on his feet! The children really were a credit to themselves and their school and the Bishop was bowled over by the depth of their knowledge and faith.

Following on from the school we headed to Wymondley Nursing and Residential Care Home for a service of Holy Communion, ably assisted by our Benefice singers, aptly named the Melodic Miracles!  We raised the roof with some rousing hymns and Bishop Michael was able to spend time chatting to the residents before we hot-footed it back to The Vicarage for tea and cakes with the Ministry Team.  (I told you it was a hard life but at least you can now see why I struggle with my weight!) Then it was off to St. Mary’s, Great Wymondley to take a look at the recent renovations and have a chat with one or two people before we headed - yes, you’ve guessed it - to the Green Man pub for supper with the Churchwardens!!

The day was rounded off with a joint meeting of all 3 PCC’s in Great Wymondley Village Hall where Bishop Michael led us in a short Bible study and challenged us to think about what we want our churches and communities to look like in the future.  It was an encouraging and useful exercise in focussing on our goals and aspirations and identifying the steps we need to take to get there.

All in all, it was a hugely enjoyable time for all of us.  Bishop Michael was very positive and encouraging and reminded us of just how much our Benefice is already doing to demonstrate the love of God to those around us. I think we all came away realising that the love and hard-work that everybody puts into our parishes, both church members and those who work alongside us in our communities, is of great value and doesn’t go unnoticed.  We look forward to a return visit from Bishop Michael in the future!

With love - Ginni

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