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BIBLE STUDY GROUP

The Bible Study Group will be taking a break until September.  Our next meetings will be on Wednesdays

8th and 22nd September.  For further information please contact Margaret Edmonds (01462-452340) or 

Clare Larsen (01462-453541).

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Heroes, a thought from Revd Paul

HEROES

As a boy in the early 50’s I had my heroes.  Roger Bannister who ran the world's first 4 minute mile.  The

soccer players Stanley Matthews and Nat Lofthouse;  many years later I visited the latter's mother in the care home near Bolton where she resided.  Two cricketing heroes - one was the dashing Keith Miller - heretical because he was an Australian and the rivalry over the Ashes was intense.  Above all, Tom Graveney of my beloved Gloucestershire;  I once cycled to Cheltenham to watch him bat but he only made two runs.  Funny having such heroes when I hated soccer and was totally useless at sport.....

These days I have four Bible heroes and being me they are probably unusual.  First there is Elijah, seemingly

the first recorded sufferer from manic depression.  Look at his antics at Mount Carmel as he taunts the prophets of Baal.  First bringing down fire from heaven, then after massacring them, outrunning King Ahab's chariot to Jezreel, a feat that would leave modern day marathon runners far behind.  Then sinking into a deep depression as he realises that he has seemingly achieved nothing and Jezebel was after him with malicious intent.  The second hero is Job, another sufferer from depression albeit a different type.  He was a huge influence on me when I suffered from the same condition after having to retire early;  the final chapters of his book about

human suffering are among the most wonderful in all literature.

Then in the New Testament two of the disciples.  First there is Andrew, Peter's kid brother.  The approachable open minded disciple who never seemed to object to being the only one of the four fishermen (the other two being James and John) who was not in Jesus' closest circle, and who was quite happy being in Peter's shadow. Above all, Thomas.  His 'day' falls in July and while I doubt if it will be marked extravagantly in the parish the least I can do is to make him the topic of my column this month.

'Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails and place my finger in the print of the nails and place my hand into His side I will not believe'.  I always want to change one word of that - 'I CANNOT believe' rather than

'I WILL not believe'.  He desperately wanted to believe that Christ was alive and we find Christ being very sensitive to this.  Far from being Doubting Thomas he was in fact among the most loyal and bravest of all Christ's disciples as we see in other references to him in the gospels.

Searching Thomas rather than Doubting Thomas.  He wanted proof in the way that Job wanted answers.

That is what unites my two greatest Bible heroes.  The trouble is that Christianity is not like that because

religion is about faith rather than proof.  That may be one of many reasons why it is so out of fashion in a

world where everything has to add up.  We want God to be tidy and that is not how God is - because tidiness

is a human concept and God is above that.

I embrace the idea of an untidy God, one who does not provide easy answers and cannot be categorized.

I admire and respect those who have a secure and stable faith.  But to me the Christian life is a pilgrimage into God, an eternal search for God.  It is not stable, it does not conform to what Thomas aspired to having.  God

by His very nature is mysterious and we must allow Him to be.  Thomas had the courage to ask questions;  that is why he is my greatest hero and why I seek to be like him.  Asking questions of God is not wrong, doubt is not wrong.  Questions are part of the search for God that we should all have, part of the Christian pilgrimage.

Very best wishes, Paul

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PAX JULY / AUGUST 2021

Pax       JULY and AUGUST 2021

 

 

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

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

Clare Reid, 6 The Bury, Codicote SG4 8GG                                                                           07765-264452

 

Great Wymondley

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

Caroline McDonnell, 1 Graveley Road, Great Wymondley SG4 7EX                                                07975-798132

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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HEROES

As a boy in the early 50’s I had my heroes.  Roger Bannister who ran the world's first 4 minute mile.  The

soccer players Stanley Matthews and Nat Lofthouse;  many years later I visited the latter's mother in the care home near Bolton where she resided.  Two cricketing heroes - one was the dashing Keith Miller - heretical because he was an Australian and the rivalry over the Ashes was intense.  Above all, Tom Graveney of my beloved Gloucestershire;  I once cycled to Cheltenham to watch him bat but he only made two runs.  Funny having such heroes when I hated soccer and was totally useless at sport.....

These days I have four Bible heroes and being me they are probably unusual.  First there is Elijah, seemingly

the first recorded sufferer from manic depression.  Look at his antics at Mount Carmel as he taunts the prophets of Baal.  First bringing down fire from heaven, then after massacring them, outrunning King Ahab's chariot to Jezreel, a feat that would leave modern day marathon runners far behind.  Then sinking into a deep depression as he realises that he has seemingly achieved nothing and Jezebel was after him with malicious intent.  The second hero is Job, another sufferer from depression albeit a different type.  He was a huge influence on me when I suffered from the same condition after having to retire early;  the final chapters of his book about

human suffering are among the most wonderful in all literature.

Then in the New Testament two of the disciples.  First there is Andrew, Peter's kid brother.  The approachable open minded disciple who never seemed to object to being the only one of the four fishermen (the other two being James and John) who was not in Jesus' closest circle, and who was quite happy being in Peter's shadow. Above all, Thomas.  His 'day' falls in July and while I doubt if it will be marked extravagantly in the parish the least I can do is to make him the topic of my column this month.

'Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails and place my finger in the print of the nails and place my hand into His side I will not believe'.  I always want to change one word of that - 'I CANNOT believe' rather than

'I WILL not believe'.  He desperately wanted to believe that Christ was alive and we find Christ being very sensitive to this.  Far from being Doubting Thomas he was in fact among the most loyal and bravest of all Christ's disciples as we see in other references to him in the gospels.

Searching Thomas rather than Doubting Thomas.  He wanted proof in the way that Job wanted answers.

That is what unites my two greatest Bible heroes.  The trouble is that Christianity is not like that because

religion is about faith rather than proof.  That may be one of many reasons why it is so out of fashion in a

world where everything has to add up.  We want God to be tidy and that is not how God is - because tidiness

is a human concept and God is above that.

I embrace the idea of an untidy God, one who does not provide easy answers and cannot be categorized.

I admire and respect those who have a secure and stable faith.  But to me the Christian life is a pilgrimage into God, an eternal search for God.  It is not stable, it does not conform to what Thomas aspired to having.  God

by His very nature is mysterious and we must allow Him to be.  Thomas had the courage to ask questions;  that is why he is my greatest hero and why I seek to be like him.  Asking questions of God is not wrong, doubt is not wrong.  Questions are part of the search for God that we should all have, part of the Christian pilgrimage.

Very best wishes, Paul

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SERVICES FOR JULY AND AUGUST

JULY SERVICES

 

SUNDAY 4th JULY

8.00am.          Holy Communion (BCP)                                St. Ippolyts 

9.15am.          Family Holy Communion                               St. Mary’s Great Wymondley

Outside in the Churchyard

(bring a chair and a mug for refreshments)

We will be in the Village Hall if it rains.

SUNDAY 11th JULY

9.15am.          Holy Communion                                           St. Ippolyts

SUNDAY 18th JULY

9.15am.          Holy Communion                                           Little Wymondley

6.30pm.          Evensong                                                         St. Ippolyts

SUNDAY 25th JULY

9.15am.          Holy Communion                                           St. Ippolyts

AUGUST SERVICES

SUNDAY 1st AUGUST

8.00am.          Holy Communion (BCP)                                St. Ippolyts 

9.15am.          Family Holy Communion or Parish Praise      Great Wymondley

(exact location to be confirmed)

SUNDAY 8th AUGUST

9.15am.          Holy Communion                                           St. Ippolyts

SUNDAY 15th AUGUST

9.15am.          Holy Communion                                           Little Wymondley

3.00pm.          Horse Blessing Service                                     St. Ippolyts Churchyard

6.30pm.          Evensong                                                         St. Ippolyts

SUNDAY 22nd AUGUST

9.15am.          Holy Communion                                           St. Ippolyts

SUNDAY 29th AUGUST

9.15am.          Holy Communion                                           St. Ippolyts

IMPORTANT

Please do keep checking the St. Ippolyts Church website for updates to the services or sign up for our

weekly email (just let Reverend Ginni know) as we may need to change services in line with current

Covid regulations.

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BIBLE STUDY GROUP

The Bible Study Group will be taking a break until September.  Our next meetings will be on Wednesdays

8th and 22nd September.  For further information please contact Margaret Edmonds (01462-452340) or 

Clare Larsen (01462-453541).

                                                                                                                                          Clare Larsen

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NEWS FROM THE WYMONDLEYS

ST. MARY’S LITTLE WYMONDLEY

THE CHURCHYARD

For the past several years Roger, a retired fire-fighter, and two of his colleagues, have kept our churchyard beautifully maintained.  They have cut the grass, trimmed around the headstones, built compost bins and sorted out the hedges.  They have given their time and energy but now feel it is time to step down.  We owe them much gratitude for their service and on behalf of us all thank them very much, we really appreciate all they have done.

I can remember being in the church when Roger walked in, he had been helping a community project maintain a footpath nearby, and had wandered over to have a look.  He admired our lovely rural setting and offered his services to come and help with the grass cutting.  This was the answer to our prayers, as the grass had really got out of control and was looking in a sorry state.

We wish Roger a very happy second retirement and hope it doesn’t involve too much grass mowing.

We are very fortunate that Arbor Care, a local company, have stepped up to help us, again a blessing, especially now in the middle of the mowing season.  They will cut the grass in the main areas but we still need some help with trimming round headstones and maintaining the small flower beds.  If anyone feels they can come and spend a little time working in this peaceful, beautiful setting, we would be pleased to welcome you.  It doesn’t have to be a regular commitment, just when your time allows.  Thank you very much.  

DUCK UPDATE

Before I mention the ducks I feel it is newsworthy to report that I heard a Cuckoo, on Monday 31st May.

That will be the first time in many a year.  We used to have quite a few around us but they have gradually dwindled in number, but this one was calling away so hopefully they will be back next year.

Our two ducks have hatched, the first emerged with fifteen ducklings early one Sunday morning.  We were

able to assist safe passage to the pond by rescuing the last few that got tangled up in bluebells and falling behind mum.  The second marched her clutch down the garden.  How she got them out of the nest, which was in a plant container, I don’t know, but they all managed and must be several weeks old by now.  Tony feeds them twice daily and checks the register to make sure they are all present and correct.  I think these weather conditions are suiting them well, they appear to be thriving, and they give a lot of pleasure to all who pass by.

                                                                                                                                          Rosemary Stratton

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WYMONDLEY PARISH COUNCIL

Wymondley Parish Council has now returned to face-to-face meetings at Wymondley JMI School.  The next two meetings will take place on Monday 19th July (hopefully Freedom Day) and Monday 6th September.

Meetings will start promptly at 7.30pm.  Members of the public and press are very welcome to attend and

should ensure they arrive at least 5 minutes before the start time.  They will need to wear a face mask whilst in the school hall (unless a medical exemption applies) and should bring hand sanitiser.  Contact details will need to be provided to the Clerk to enable NHS contact tracing if necessary.  They should not attend if they have any COVID-19 symptoms on the day.

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

The service in the Community Garden on the first Sunday in June was blessed with fine weather and a good gathering of people.  As it was outside we were able to sing hymns and gather afterwards for refreshments. Thank you to everyone who came.

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The Fruit Harvest is just beginning, and we have been busy netting much of it to protect it from the birds, starting with currants and strawberries.  Just as well as we have very little jam left to sell in the Church Porch,

so production is under way!  

More plans are under way for restoration work starting in the church later on this summer and hopefully 

there will be more news and details soon.  It will be so good to have the church open again.

More strange weather in June and we even lit the wood burner a couple of times as it was chilly and there was washing to dry.  The churchyard grass was so long and lush it has been difficult to cut and looks rather ragged with the torrential rain beating down the long grass that edges the paths.  We have been strimming and raking and mowing the paths through. 

The churchyard has a pyramidal orchid again but still only one which we have had to put a guard round so the rabbits don’t eat it.  The Community Orchard has numerous Bee Orchids again which we hope will continue to spread. The weeds on the allotments and in our garden are growing taller almost as you look at them.  At least this white-tailed bumble bee appreciates the flowers of ground elder, something that most gardeners don’t! IMG 5538IMG 5543IMG 7207 1

It is however edible and was used in the Middle Ages as a medicinal herb to cure gout, hence its alternative name Goutweed.  The leaves can be eaten as a salad, made into soup or cooked in butter like spinach which has a nutty flavour and contains high amounts of vitamin C.  They are best eaten in the Spring before the plant flowers as it then becomes a mild laxative, a diuretic and a soporific!

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                                                                                                                                                Cherry Carter

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WYMONDLEY BAPTIST CHURCH

Recently I've been looking at photo albums from past years and they certainly bring back so many memories. Twenty-nine years ago, in the year 1992, we went to Israel for a holiday and it is so good to look back at that unforgettable time - and see especially how memorable was Jerusalem.  Of course, as well as photos, we brought back memorabilia and I have pictures and plates, etc. as well as a small gold plaque with the word 'Shalom'.

'Shalom' - is God's special peace and very precious.  As we all know, peace isn't merely the absence of conflict,

it is the presence of God's wholeness.  We all need this Shalom and it is only found in Christ and His Spirit.

That is why the apostle Paul pointed the Galatians to the Holy Spirit's transforming work.  It is the Holy Spirit in our lives that will generate His fruit which includes, love, joy, peace, patience, etc.  He gives us that vital element of true enduring peace, even when things are very difficult.

But as we bring our needs and concerns to our Heavenly Father, this will bring us 'the peace of God which passes all understanding'.  The peace which will guard our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus.

(Philippians 4:v7).  What a blessing we can know this peace in these days, indeed, ever since March 2020 when the coronavirus hit us.  Now things are getting easier we still have to be careful and keep to the guidelines but we are forever thankful for the vaccine.  We hope to be back in the Chapel Hall for 'It's Monday' one day and we will announce it as soon as we are able.  Meanwhile our Church programme continues on zoom, or sometimes in the open air or in gardens and the Chapel is open for Sunday services.

For those who wish to attend, please book on the church email address at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the church phone 07531-081621 when the usual guidelines will apply.  If you are joining 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/j/8675752648 or download the zoom app. and join using ID8675752648.  You will be very welcome.  Any problems phone 07531-081621.

‘First Tuesday’ for Coffee and Chat from 10.30am. has been on zoom but hopefully we will meet up with Will and Lynne Andrews in an outside venue on Tuesday 6th July.

Tuesday evenings from 7.30pm. is the time when we pray for our community, our loved ones, our neighbours, our country and our Queen.  We keep our Missionaries both here and abroad in our prayers and we pray for our Government in all its decisions.  Our hearts and prayers are with all who are poorly and all who have been bereaved and are missing loved ones and we continue to pray for the NHS.

The Community Bible Study group has been meeting on zoom on the second and fourth Wednesdays and after the August break will restart on Wednesday 8th September.

Bible Study Groups have also been held on Wednesday at 7.30pm. and Friday at 11.00am. (both fortnightly).

'Oasis' the time of Refreshment has also been held on zoom.  This monthly meeting has been blessed with some good speakers.  So we are thankful that things have continued, albeit rather differently from how it was before March 2020.

Speakers on Sundays in July at 10.45am.

4th        Will Andrews (Church Picnic Day)

11th      Mike Kershaw

18th      Phil Jackson

25th      Sir Les Ebdon

and in August......

1st        Thanksgiving Day (Craig Bacon)

8th        Judith Nugent

15th      Clive Bacon

22nd     Ian Merrick

29th      Doug Richardson

Jesus said:  'Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.'

John 14:v27.

Marjorie McCarley  (01438-727050)

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WYMONDLEY PARISH COUNCIL SCARECROW FESTIVAL

Saturday 21st to Saturday 28th August 2021 (inclusive) - Terms and Conditions of Entry

 

1.    The Scarecrow Festival is open to all residents and businesses of Wymondley Parish.

2.    All entrants to be included on the interactive map must be over the age of 18 or permission given for

       the entry by a person of 18 years old on the day of entry. 

3.    Any entrants that apply will automatically be deemed to have accepted these Terms and Conditions. 

4.    No purchase by the entrant is required to enter this event. 

5.    An entry comprises of a completed form available on the Parish Council’s website or by email from

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       so that the community can find your scarecrows over the allotted time. 

6.    By submitting the entry, you agree to:

       a.  Comply with the terms and conditions of Facebook and Wymondley Parish Council including, 

            but not limited to, the terms of service, community standards and rules of service.

       b.  You undertake that it is your original work and does not breach any copyright. 

7.    By submitting the entry, you give the Parish Council the following authority:

        a.  Permission for your entry to be submitted on the Council’s Facebook page and website as well as

             printed and online publications, e.g. the Parish Newsletter and Annual Report.

       b.   You grant the use of the image to the Council, copyright free.

       c.   Your name or username can be used along with your submission if included on the form. 

8.    There is no prize for this event, this event is for the purpose of celebrating the Wymondley Community. 

9.    We ask that all scarecrows are placed outside from 21st to 28th August 2021 (inclusive) so that people are

       able to find them around the parish.

10.   Scarecrows may not be placed in a public space unless permission has been given by the landowner.

        If you would like to make a scarecrow but are unable to place it in a safe location, please contact

        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. who may be able to assist in placement for the duration of the

        event.

11.  The Council do not take any responsibility for any damage made to displays or other actions completed

        by the public that may cause upset or financial loss to the persons/business that makes the submission. 

12.  Where possible please do use recycled material and do not use items that could be donated to a charity. 

13.  Scarecrows can be of any size

To ensure inclusion on the map you will need to register your entry before Saturday 31st July.

An interactive map showing all the entries will be available on the Wymondley Parish Council website

https://wymondleypc.org.uk so that residents will be free to wander on dates and times of their choice

between 21st and 28th August.

                                                                                                            Sharon Long

                                                                                                            Clerk to Wymondley Parish Council

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IN MEMORIAM

 

ANNE SCOTT - 23.2.25 - 9.5.21

Our mum - Anne Scott, was born in 1925 and had what she said was an idyllic childhood, growing up in the countryside in Scotland and Cumbria, loving the outdoor life - a childhood full of fun and adventure.

Following the outbreak of war in 1939, her entire school was evacuated to Canada from 1940 to 1943, for

fear of an imminent German invasion.  Here she had more adventures and loved the opportunities being there offered her - lots more fun and outdoor explorations and she experienced great kindness and hospitality.  She often said she felt guilty about not missing Cumbria and her parents more!

She returned to spend three happy years at Durham University.  While at home in Kirkby Lonsdale with her parents, when she should have been studying, she was persuaded by the Vicar’s daughter to come out one afternoon to have tea and play cards - mum declined first of all, but the promise of some new young men in

the village was enough for her to put her books away for a while.  Our Dad, David, was spending time there

recuperating and retraining after being shot and wounded and so, that’s how it started - a partnership which

was to last over 70 years until dad’s death in 2017. 

Mum was always busy - while dad was working as a barrister, she raised the four of us, but also threw herself into projects, particularly once we had moved to St. Ippolyts from London in 1962.  Along with her pals in

the area, she set up and ran ‘Swap Shop’ which provided clothing for us and much of the surrounding area at bargain prices, while raising funds for various causes.  She supported St. Ippolyts Church and Village Hall,

was a St. Ippolyts school governor, helped with Meals on Wheels, did collections for the local branch of the RNLI , knitted numerous chicks for the Garden House Hospice, made hundreds if not thousands of Christmas puddings as part of her fundraising efforts, and had a busy social life to boot.  She also worked part-time as a supervisor of what was then the Family Planning Clinic in Hitchin, believing strongly that the clinic should

be a place where women and girls should feel welcome and safe. 

Our house in Little Almshoe and their next house on Benslow Lane, Hitchin, where they moved in 1994, were places where the door was always open to visitors and travellers.  Some came for a short visit and ended up staying for years!  Mum and Dad were both very welcoming and inclusive.  Mum in particular loved meeting people and was very tolerant of the many friends we brought home over the years.  Some people turned up on the doorstep who were hardly known to us - but if we met people on our travels we would tell them to get in touch if they were ever in the area, knowing there would always be a bed for them if they needed it.

Although mum and dad left St. Ippolyts 27 years ago, they remained very strongly connected, supporting

events there and always interested in what was going on. 

Mum’s last few years were difficult for her, as dementia sapped her memories and she became more confused, her mobility and ability to do things for herself declined and Covid meant that she saw less of her friends and family.  We are so grateful for the support she and we as a family, received from people from St. Ippolyts during this time - her friends and the community which were so important to her and our Dad.

Her funeral on Wednesday 16th June was such a special day of celebration.  There were clear blue skies and

sun, the Church was as full as it could have been given the restrictions and there were many family, friends

and mum’s carers there to share the memories. 

We would all like to thank you so much for the lovely cards and letters we have received - they were all

very much appreciated.

                                                                                                                                                Dinah Scott

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NEWS FROM ST. IPPOLYTS

ST. IPPOLYTS PARISH COUNCIL

At the June meeting Daryl Hayler, Louisa Knapp, Jane Lintott, and Jon Marsh were co-opted as councillors

and we look forward to working with them as part of the team in the future.

The next meeting will take place on Monday 12th July at 7.30pm. in St. Ippolyts Parish Hall.  A copy of the agenda will be displayed on the notice boards and on website:  www.stippolyts-parishcouncil.org.uk.

There is always an Agenda item for Public Participation where residents can ask questions and raise issues. Please contact Susan Mears on 01462-421409 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

There will not be a meeting in August.

                                                                                                                                                Pam Skeggs

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ST. IPPOLYTS PARISH HALL

From Monday 21st June, there was a 4-week pause at Step 3 of the roadmap.  After 2 weeks, the government

will review the data to see if the risks have reduced.  It is expected that England will move to Step 4 on 

Monday 19th July.  By following the mantra of hands, face, space, we can all keep ourselves and others safe.

For enquiries, please contact Sam Kelly, Bookings Secretary, on 01462-423291 or

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit website www.stippolyts-hall.co.uk.

Diary dates:

Management Meeting              Wednesday 29th September 2021 at 6.00pm.

Christmas Fair and Raffle         Saturday 27th November 2021 from 2.00pm. to 4.30pm.

AGM                                       Tuesday 22nd March 2022 at 6.00pm.

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PLANT SALE - PLANT SALE - PLANT SALE - PLANT SALE - PLANT SALE - PLANT SALE

CHURCH PLANT SALE

On Sunday 30th May an impromptu plant sale was held at St. Ippolyts Church after the morning service.

Thank you to all who supported the event which raised £116 for church funds.

                                                                                                                                            Mary Hooper

PLANT SALE FOR SEND A COW

A massive ‘thank you’ to all of you who donated or came (and donated!) to our Plant Sale on Thursday

10th June.  We raised an incredible £372.40!  Thank you all so much.  So many charities have been struggling during these last few months and people in developing countries are having an even harder time of things than we are, so we feel it is even more important to help them to a better life.

We are so fortunate in this country with what we are able to access, even if sometimes we feel we are being restricted.  So many people in poorer countries are relying on help from richer nations and Send a Cow provides really targeted help mostly to women, plus the education and on-going assistance needed to continue to improve their lives.

Thank you again.

Audrey and John Burr

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PARISH CHURCH REGISTERS

ST. IPPOLYTS

Funeral          16th June:         Anne Scott

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100 CLUB

The winners for May were:

No. 69                         Joy Cooper                  £20

No. 45             Shelagh Cox                £15

No. 56                         Carolyn Marsh                        £10

And the winners for June were:

No: 21             Frank Harding             £50

No: 30                         Margaret Dines            £30

No: 177           Audrey Burr                £20

No: 33                         Carole Zimmern          £20

No: 12                         Doreen Smith              £10

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Sunday Family Service & Picnic at St Ippolyts on 20th June 2021 CANCELLED

Dear All

 
I'm really sorry to have to let you know that we have decided to cancel the Family Service with picnic planned for Sunday afternoon.
 
Unfortunately, it looks like it will be raining and although I had hoped we would still be able to have the service inside, the covid regulations don't allow for this.  We can have the service inside - but no food nor singing.  Yes, I know you can have food inside but NOT if it is classed as a service!  (I didn't make the rules - honest!)
 
Anyway, rather than do things half-heartedly, we have decided to postpone until we can do it properly.
 
Much love
 
Ginni
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ST. IPPOLYTS PCC

ST. IPPOLYTS PCC

Our PCC for the coming year will be made up of the following people:

The Reverend Ginni Dear - Vicar

Jane Veasey:                Churchwarden

Clare Reid:                  Churchwarden

Michael Hooper:         Treasurer                                             Jenny Sheach:              Safeguarding Officer

Roger Cox:                  Secretary                                              Shelagh Cox

Howell Davies:            Reader                                                 Anne Steel

Dee Soden:                  Deanery Synod Representative                        Frances Williams

Irene Isaac:                  Deanery Synod Representative

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A thought from Revd Paul Lanham

THINK POSITIVE

I never thought I would ever look forward to having my hair cut but it has happened in the past month.  Sartorial elegance has never been my strong point but, blessed though I am with more hair than most other

men of my age it was good again to look less like one of those objects that were once put into fields to scare

off crows.  It has been marvellous too to see my grandchildren again after months apart and to have to warn the neighbours in advance that screams heard in our garden would not be from child abuse but sheer larking around.  As I write this we are about to be allowed to have meals out with friends and even to hug them.  As we reach

the height of summer we are finding restrictions at last being lifted and life potentially getting closer to what it was once like.

Of course problems remain.  We talk about a return to normality but we have no idea of what that normality will be like.  There will be long term effects of the virus.  The education of young people has suffered dreadfully, there are huge financial and employment problems to be met.  People are finding it difficult to get an appointment with their GP and there has especially been an upsurge in mental illness.  Then there is the more immediate problem of holidays, where it is safe to go and whether a holiday might have to be cancelled at the last moment.  We are not going to return to where we were (if we ever do) for a very long time and we must accept that.

We need however to remember three things as we look forward to the future with more optimism than we would have done (say) in March.  The first is that it is negative to live lives of fear.  As a sufferer from OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) I know that arguably the most dangerous phrase in the English language is 'What happens if...?'.  We waste our lives if instead of taking sensible precautions we also allow our lives to

be taken over by a terror of the virus returning and affecting us.  There is too much to live for to do that;  life

is too short and too precious.

The second is that as the danger recedes we must never ever forget the work done by those who created and distributed the vaccine that has been the gateway to where we are now - or those who have worked so hard

to help the victims of the virus, often at a cost to themselves (my younger daughter who is a hospital sister

has had the virus twice).  If ever people have been doing God's work it is them.  We have taken the medical profession for granted for too long;  this must surely stop now.

The third is that the Church is always there for you and always will be, Covid or no Covid.  For all the superficial changes in its life and practices its message remains as unchanging as its buildings.  We are there

for you and we always will be.  And since God cares as much for those without faith as He does for those

who believe it is there for everyone.  So if you need us, just contact us!

Have a great summer and think positively!

                                                                                                            With very best wishes, Paul.

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PAX June 2021

Pax                  JUNE  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

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

Clare Reid, 6 The Bury, Codicote SG4 8GG                                                                           07765-264452

Great Wymondley

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

Caroline McDonnell, 1 Graveley Road, Great Wymondley SG4 7EX                                                07975-798132

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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THINK POSITIVE

I never thought I would ever look forward to having my hair cut but it has happened in the past month.  Sartorial elegance has never been my strong point but, blessed though I am with more hair than most other

men of my age it was good again to look less like one of those objects that were once put into fields to scare

off crows.  It has been marvellous too to see my grandchildren again after months apart and to have to warn the neighbours in advance that screams heard in our garden would not be from child abuse but sheer larking around.  As I write this we are about to be allowed to have meals out with friends and even to hug them.  As we reach

the height of summer we are finding restrictions at last being lifted and life potentially getting closer to what it was once like.

Of course problems remain.  We talk about a return to normality but we have no idea of what that normality will be like.  There will be long term effects of the virus.  The education of young people has suffered dreadfully, there are huge financial and employment problems to be met.  People are finding it difficult to get an appointment with their GP and there has especially been an upsurge in mental illness.  Then there is the more immediate problem of holidays, where it is safe to go and whether a holiday might have to be cancelled at the last moment.  We are not going to return to where we were (if we ever do) for a very long time and we must accept that.

We need however to remember three things as we look forward to the future with more optimism than we would have done (say) in March.  The first is that it is negative to live lives of fear.  As a sufferer from OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) I know that arguably the most dangerous phrase in the English language is 'What happens if...?'.  We waste our lives if instead of taking sensible precautions we also allow our lives to

be taken over by a terror of the virus returning and affecting us.  There is too much to live for to do that;  life

is too short and too precious.

The second is that as the danger recedes we must never ever forget the work done by those who created and distributed the vaccine that has been the gateway to where we are now - or those who have worked so hard

to help the victims of the virus, often at a cost to themselves (my younger daughter who is a hospital sister

has had the virus twice).  If ever people have been doing God's work it is them.  We have taken the medical profession for granted for too long;  this must surely stop now.

The third is that the Church is always there for you and always will be, Covid or no Covid.  For all the superficial changes in its life and practices its message remains as unchanging as its buildings.  We are there

for you and we always will be.  And since God cares as much for those without faith as He does for those

who believe it is there for everyone.  So if you need us, just contact us!

Have a great summer and think positively!

                                                                                                            With very best wishes, Paul.

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SERVICES FOR JUNE

SUNDAY 6th JUNE

8.00am.          Holy Communion (BCP)                    St. Ippolyts Church

9.15am.          Parish Praise                                        Great Wymondley Community Garden

     (bring a chair)

SUNDAY 13th JUNE

9.15am.          Holy Communion                               St. Ippolyts Church

SUNDAY 20th JUNE

9.15am.          Holy Communion                               St. Mary’s Church, Little Wymondley

4.00pm.          Family Service with picnic                   St. Ippolyts

     (bring your own picnic and blanket)

6.30pm.          Evensong                                             St. Ippolyts Church

SUNDAY 27th JUNE

9.15am.          Holy Communion                               St. Ippolyts Church

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FAMILY SERVICE WITH PICNIC

Sunday 20th June at 4.00pm. in St. Ippolyts Churchyard (inside if wet).  Bring your own blanket and a 

picnic for after the service (that way we can comply with Covid restrictions as we mustn't share food).

                                                                                                                               Reverend Ginni 

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BIBLE STUDY

The next Bible Study Group meetings will take place on Wednesdays 9th and 23rd June.  We will meet on

Zoom at 2.20pm. with a cup of tea and we begin our Studies at 2.40pm.  We will be continuing 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.  New members always most welcome.

                                                                                                                                    Clare Larsen

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NEWS FROM THE WYMONDLEYS

ST. MARY’S LITTLE WYMONDLEY

Last month we were able to resume services in St. Mary’s, and it was lovely to be back.  After a Spring cleaning session, to brush off the dust and cobwebs, we put some of the pew runners and hassocks back and it looks like our dear church again.  The service was very well attended and we were pleased to welcome some new members to our congregation.

A.P.C.M.

We were able to have our annual meeting last month, planning to meet in The Vicarage garden, but took to the safety of the church to avoid the gales and rain.  I am pleased to report there are no changes to our P.C.C., David Palmer and Mike Allardyce continue as churchwardens, Angie Tether as treasurer and I as secretary.  We were pleased to welcome Peter Steele, our organist onto the P.C.C.

The complete list of members is as follows:

            Reverend Ginni, Chair

Mike Allardyce, Churchwarden

David Palmer, Churchwarden

Peter Steele

Harold Lindsay

Melanie Whittick

Anthony Stratton

Rosemary Chambers, Secretary

ASSORTED DUCKS ………..

We have two ducks nesting in the garden, one is just outside the back door under a shrub.  We can see her

from the kitchen window, her partner sits dutifully on the lawn to keep watch and escorts her down to the door to get a daily meal, he patiently lets her eat first and then takes his.  Our dog knows she is there and is fascinated, so we have to keep her at bay, so far so good.  I expect any day to look out and see a clutch of ducklings, more mouths to feed.

Our other mum to be is at the top of the garden, I couldn’t see her nest until one day I was weeding and she suddenly emerged from a large planter box on the patio.  When I looked, she is sitting on the soil, the level has dropped some 30cm. and we have a box hedge around the edge, so she is well protected, but the ducklings will need an air lift to get out.  I check her every day in eager anticipation.  She flies out and comes to find me to

feed her, gets cross if I don’t go immediately, so I drop everything;  she has me well trained.

                  Rosemary Stratton

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WYMONDLEY PARISH COUNCIL

The Parish Council will return to face to face meetings at the Wymondley JMI School.  The dates for the

next three meetings are as follows:

Monday 21st June         Monday 19th July          Monday 6th September

Meetings will start promptly at 7.30pm.  Members of the public and press are very welcome to attend and

should ensure they arrive at least 5 minutes before the start time.  They will need to wear a face mask whilst in the school hall (unless a medical exemption applies) and should bring hand sanitiser.  Contact details will need to be provided to the Clerk to enable NHS contact tracing if necessary.  They should not attend if they have any COVID-19 symptoms on the day.

The Parish Council has published its first Annual Report on its website.  For environmental and cost reasons

it will not be published in hard copy.  The Annual Report provides a review of the activities of the Council and the Financial Report for year ending 31st March 2021 and can be viewed at https://wymondleypc.org.uk/parish-annual-assembly/

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.

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ST.MARY’S GREAT WYMONDLEY

Almost June already!  How time flies!  Where does it go to?

So many jobs to do in the garden at this time of year to try and get everything up and running for a good growing season.  All hampered by the strange May weather we have been having lately;  frosts, sun, rain,

hail and unusually strong winds.  The continual rain just lately has given the grass and weeds a heyday!

Earlier on though the weather was good for the fruit blossom and we are hoping for a good fruit harvest.

In the churchyard there has been a big increase in the cuckoo flower also known as lady’s smock, mayflower or milkmaids.  They are a major food source for the Orange Tip Butterflies which drink the nectar and lay one egg on each flower head so that the caterpillars feed on the flower seed.  I hope they leave some seed to spread for next year!  Luckily the Orange Tips also feed and lay eggs on Garlic Mustard or Jack by the Hedge which also grows in the churchyard verges.

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The Great Wymondley swifts are back to nest under the eaves of the apse on the north and east side of the church.  We first saw them on 18th May which was rather late and we were worried that they might not return.  It is possible that they were here earlier and we did not see them with the low cloud or they could have stopped off somewhere warmer in Europe on their long journey from Africa sensing that the weather was not good here.

PAROCHIAL CHURCH COUNCIL

Our PCC is now made up of the following members:

Ginni Dear

Cherry Carter

Caroline McDonnell

Mike Bradly Russell

Peter Mackenzie

Paul Harding

CHURCH RESTORATION BOARD

The big white board at the bottom of The Green is being taken up to the church to dry off so that it can be re-painted and brought up to date.  The Restoration is still not complete and Fundraising continues.

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FAMILY SERVICE SUNDAY 6th JUNE

The Family Service for Great Wymondley will be held at 9.15am. at the Community Garden.  You can park

on the hard standing at the edge of The Green or by the Village Hall and walk up the road to The Green Man. Cross the road carefully as it is by the junction and walk up the No Through Road and the Community Garden is on your left.  Alternatively walk up through the churchyard where you might see the swifts high in the skies. Go to the top left hand corner and go along the track past the allotments.  You will pass our allotment where a lot of the fruit for the Church Jam is grown.  Turn left and carry on down past the houses and the parked cars and the Community Garden will be on your right.

Bring a folding chair to sit on if you can and a mug if you would like tea or coffee afterwards.  As we will be outside we will be able to sing!  If the weather is bad the service will be held in the Village Hall as the church here is still closed.


We look forward to seeing you.

We hope that you are enjoying some of the freedom that Stage 3 is giving us all.  Stay Safe.

                                                                                                                                    Cherry Carter

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WYMONDLEY BAPTIST CHURCH

Well, this past month has brought us plenty of rain!  When it started, after a dry spell, the general feeling

was 'Oh Good! the gardens really need it!'  But now, we are longing for the bright dry sunny days of June.

However, when we think of water of which there is plenty in our land at this time, we are very thankful and

we remember the times when we longed for the rain on dry hot days.  We are also so aware of the countries

which suffer many months without rain and long for the sound of raindrops!

We have recently been celebrating Pentecost and we have been reminded of the words of Jesus, as recorded in John's Gospel:  ‘On the last and greatest day of the feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice:  'If a man is thirsty, let him come to me and drink.  Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.  By this He meant the Holy Spirit whom those who believed in Him were later to receive.’  And we know, when we read The Book of Acts that when the Holy Spirit did come, the Believers were transformed as we saw when Peter preached that powerful sermon and 3000 people were added to their number in one day.  So the Holy Spirit brought about the birth of the Church and we can still experience that new life promised to the woman at the well in John 4 v14.  ‘Whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.’

We also see in the Old Testament the importance of water as we read in Jeremiah 17:  ‘Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him.  They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream.  It does not fear when heat comes;  its leaves are always green.  It has no worries in a year

of drought and never fails to bear fruit.'

We are forever thankful for the vaccine and for the great improvement in the Covid situation and the way things are beginning to get back to a kind of normal.  We are all fairly cautious as new variants of the virus can appear, so we will announce when the Chapel Hall is open for activities again.  We hold services in the Chapel every Sunday with the usual guidelines and these services are also on zoom.  Anyone wishing to attend, please email the church on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or the church phone 07531-081621.  If you are joining 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/j/8675752648 or download the zoom app. and join using ID 86775752648.  Any problems please phone 07531-081621.

'First Tuesday' will be on 1st June when we 'meet' with Will and Lynne Andrews for coffee and chat from 10.30am.  Join us if you can on zoom link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9128138308.

Tuesday evening is the time when we pray together without zoom.  At present this is still from our homes and we will announce when we meet together in the Church or home again.  So why not join from your home as we pray for our community, our loved ones, our neighbours, our country and our Queen.  We continue to pray for the NHS and for those still suffering with new strains of Covid.  We pray for the Government in all their decisions and we pray for the parts of the world struggling with increased numbers of Covid sufferers and fatalities.  We have also joined in with the worldwide prayers of 'Thy Kingdom come' from Ascension Day to Pentecost.

On Wednesdays 9th and 23rd June The Community Bible Study Group meets at 2.20pm. and a warm welcome is extended to all who wish to join this.  At present we are still on zoom and the link is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3707228114.  There is also weekly Bible Study at 7.30pm. on the same zoom link as the Church service and fortnightly at 11.00am.  Both open to all.

Our thoughts and prayers are with all in our villages who are poorly at this time or who are missing and mourning loved ones.

Sundays in June:  10.45am. - 12 noon

6th        Martin Watson

13th      Bryan Field

20th      Tim Wells (Fathers' Day)

27th      Matt Summerfield

"Let your living water flow over my soul.

 Let Your Holy Spirit come and take control

 Of every situation that has troubled my mind.

 All my cares and burdens on to you I roll.

 Jesus.....Father......Holy Spirit......."                            John Watson

                                                                                                      Marjorie McCarley  (01438-727050)

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NEWS FROM ST. IPPOLYTS

STOP PRESS !!

Plant Sale in aid of Send A Cow

At Audrey and John Burr's, 15 Grange Close on Thursday 10th June 10.00am. - 12.30pm.

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ST. IPPOLYTS PARISH COUNCIL

The next meeting will take place on Monday 14th June at 7.30pm. in St. Ippolyts Parish Hall.  A copy of

the Agenda will be displayed in the notice boards and on website www.stippolyts-parishcouncil.org.uk.

There is always an Agenda item for Public Participation where residents can ask questions and raise issues. Please contact Susan Mears on 01462-421409 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

GOT SOME GET UP AND GO?  BE A PARISH COUNCILLOR

Wanted four Parish Councillors (2 in north ward and 2 in south ward)

“Someone should do something” - could that someone be you?

Are you interested in community life?

Would you like to “make a difference” to your local parish?

If you would be interested in being co-opted onto St. Ippolyts Parish Council, please apply by email to the

Parish Clerk by Friday 4th June, co-option to take place on the Monday 14th June Parish Council Meeting.

For more information about being a Parish Councillor, please see our website.

                                                                                                                                    Pam Skeggs

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ST. IPPOLYTS PARISH HALL

The next management meeting will be held on Wednesday 30th June.  User Group representatives welcome.

In accordance with the government’s roadmap Step 3 we were able to welcome back some of our users on Monday 17thMay for permitted activities and Step 4 no earlier than Monday 21st June hopefully for a new normal.  By following the mantra of hands, face, space, we can all keep ourselves and others safe.

For enquiries, please contact Sam Kelly, Bookings Secretary, on 01462-423291 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

or visit website www.stippolyts-hall.co.uk.

Diary dates:

Management Meeting              Wednesday 29th September 2021

Christmas Fair and Raffle         Saturday 27th November 2021 from 2.00pm. to 4.30pm.

AGM                                        Tuesday 22nd March 2022 at 6.00pm.

                                                                                                                                    Pam Skeggs

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ST. IPPOLYTS PCC

Our PCC for the coming year will be made up of the following people:

The Reverend Ginni Dear - Vicar

Jane Veasey:                Churchwarden

Clare Reid:                  Churchwarden

Michael Hooper:         Treasurer                                             Jenny Sheach:              Safeguarding Officer

Roger Cox:                  Secretary                                              Shelagh Cox

Howell Davies:            Reader                                                 Anne Steel

Dee Soden:                  Deanery Synod Representative                        Frances Williams

Irene Isaac:                  Deanery Synod Representative

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The next issue of Pax will be a double issue covering JULY and AUGUST.  Material 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 Tuesday 15th June, please.  Or given to Rosemary Stratton by Saturday 12th June.

                                                                                                                                    Clare Larsen

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Family Service and Picnic St Ippolyts

There will be a family service and picnic, bring your own food, at 16:00 on Sunday 20th June outside St Ippolyts  Church.

Everyone welcome!

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Christian Aid Week May 10 to 16 .

Christian Aid Week May 10 to 16 .

This is Christian Aid's 75th year of supporting the very poor in the world
where people are often forgotten by those in power. The focus this year is
Kenya where water supplies are suffering from climate change. People are
having to walk long distances to collect water. The money will be used to
build Earth dams to trap water nearer to homes. See their website for more
information. Envelopes for your donations will be in church. Should you prefer
to donate on line please go to https://emea01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.caweek.org%2F&data=04%7C01%7C%7C15f9e2eefc944ca83ecf08d90af31c56%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637552861524919587%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=ea1hira5a8M4e1%2FA%2BJjcDRHrqNFfYdLQZjiNm%2BdQOqU%3D&reserved=0. If you would like an envelope
delivering to you please contact Barbara Thomas 01462 421647
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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HRH PHILIP DUKE OF EDINBURGH - A thought from Revd Paul Lanham

HRH PHILIP DUKE OF EDINBURGH

My late father (who was a much loved parish priest) often described himself jokingly as 'Mrs Lanham's husband'.  When she was in her prime, my mother was on a committee responsible for Vicarages in the Gloucester Diocese;  her job  was to give a woman's advice on the design of kitchens so that they could be

as user friendly as possible.  Since I am married to a leading member of Clifton Parish Council I am inclined

to give myself the same title as Father did, but in the interests of domestic harmony I shall refrain from doing

so.  Perhaps Rumpole of the Vestry would be more appropriate and I would wear that with pride - though whether Judy is 'She who must be obeyed' is open to debate, and I do not drink vast quantities of Pomeroy's Plonk.

This came to me as I shared the grief of the nation over the death of Philip Duke of Edinburgh, because this could be applied to him.  He was a formidable person in his own right, enormously respected, enormously gifted, deeply religious and with an ability to relate to ordinary people.  Above all, he was the power behind

Her Majesty, her rock.  Always there, seldom obtrusive, enabling her to be arguably the mightiest and most loved monarch this country has ever had.

What has struck me is that the universal sense of grief that has enfolded this nation is not just that we have

lost a unique figure in our history, though that is bad enough.  It is the sense of loss that we have felt for Her Majesty.  We have been grieving for her as well as for him.  The vast majority of us have lost someone very

near and dear to us, so we can relate to what she feels as she faces life without a husband to whom she was married for a staggering 74 years and to whom she was devoted.  There has been a kind of closing ranks around her, the spirit of which is best summed up in the heartfelt message by the Prime Minister of Australia.  ‘She has been there for us over such a long time;  let us be there now for you, Your Majesty, and allow us to send our love to you.’  Nothing could be added to that;  he might be speaking for us all.

And what of his epitaph?  He probably wouldn't want one because it would seem sentimental.  Rummaging through the hundreds of newspaper cuttings which, as an historian I keep, I found a quotation by Jacob Rudin that seems to sum up what needs to be said at a time of national mourning over such a mighty man.  ‘When we are dead and people weep for us and grieve, let it because we touched their lives with beauty and simplicity.  Let it not be said that life was good to us but rather that we were good to life.’  The Duke enriched our lives and the life of the nation just by being himself.  As many have said he could have risen to the very highest ranks of the Royal Navy.  Instead he became husband to a queen and devoted himself to her life and to the life of this nation. We are indeed the richer for his being among us and poorer for his passing.  May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

    Warmest good wishes, Paul

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BIBLE STUDY

BIBLE STUDY

The next Bible Study Group meetings will take place on Wednesdays 12th and 26th May.  We will meet on

Zoom at 2.20pm. with a cup of tea and we begin our Studies at 2.40pm.  We will be continuing 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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Pax                           MAY  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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HRH PHILIP DUKE OF EDINBURGH

My late father (who was a much loved parish priest) often described himself jokingly as 'Mrs Lanham's husband'.  When she was in her prime, my mother was on a committee responsible for Vicarages in the Gloucester Diocese;  her job  was to give a woman's advice on the design of kitchens so that they could be

as user friendly as possible.  Since I am married to a leading member of Clifton Parish Council I am inclined

to give myself the same title as Father did, but in the interests of domestic harmony I shall refrain from doing

so.  Perhaps Rumpole of the Vestry would be more appropriate and I would wear that with pride - though whether Judy is 'She who must be obeyed' is open to debate, and I do not drink vast quantities of Pomeroy's Plonk.

This came to me as I shared the grief of the nation over the death of Philip Duke of Edinburgh, because this could be applied to him.  He was a formidable person in his own right, enormously respected, enormously gifted, deeply religious and with an ability to relate to ordinary people.  Above all, he was the power behind

Her Majesty, her rock.  Always there, seldom obtrusive, enabling her to be arguably the mightiest and most loved monarch this country has ever had.

What has struck me is that the universal sense of grief that has enfolded this nation is not just that we have

lost a unique figure in our history, though that is bad enough.  It is the sense of loss that we have felt for Her Majesty.  We have been grieving for her as well as for him.  The vast majority of us have lost someone very

near and dear to us, so we can relate to what she feels as she faces life without a husband to whom she was married for a staggering 74 years and to whom she was devoted.  There has been a kind of closing ranks around her, the spirit of which is best summed up in the heartfelt message by the Prime Minister of Australia.  ‘She has been there for us over such a long time;  let us be there now for you, Your Majesty, and allow us to send our love to you.’  Nothing could be added to that;  he might be speaking for us all.

And what of his epitaph?  He probably wouldn't want one because it would seem sentimental.  Rummaging through the hundreds of newspaper cuttings which, as an historian I keep, I found a quotation by Jacob Rudin that seems to sum up what needs to be said at a time of national mourning over such a mighty man.  ‘When we are dead and people weep for us and grieve, let it because we touched their lives with beauty and simplicity.  Let it not be said that life was good to us but rather that we were good to life.’  The Duke enriched our lives and the life of the nation just by being himself.  As many have said he could have risen to the very highest ranks of the Royal Navy.  Instead he became husband to a queen and devoted himself to her life and to the life of this nation. We are indeed the richer for his being among us and poorer for his passing.  May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

    Warmest good wishes, Paul

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SERVICES FOR MAY

Service times may vary and may be in any of our three churches so please check the time and venue carefully.

SUNDAY 2nd MAY

8.00am.          Holy Communion (BCP)                                St. Ippolyts Church

9.15am.          Parish Praise                                                    Great Wymondley Village Hall

SUNDAY 9th MAY

9.15am.          Holy Communion CW)                                   St. Ippolyts Church

SUNDAY 16th MAY

9.15am.          Holy Communion (CW)                                 St. Mary’s Church, Little Wymondley

6.30pm.          Evensong                                                         St. Ippolyts Church

SUNDAY 23rd MAY

9.15am.          Holy Communion (CW)                                 St. Ippolyts Church

SUNDAY 30th MAY

9.15am           .           Holy Communion (CW)                                 St. Ippolyts Church

BCP = Book of Common Prayer, traditional language

CW = Common Worship, contemporary language

The money in the collection plate on 5th Sundays will be given alternately to the Wymondleys as they would usually have hosted this service.

                                                                                                                                         Ginni Dear

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NEWS FROM THE WYMONDLEYS

ST. MARY’S LITTLE WYMONDLEY

SERVICES AT ST. MARY’S

Services will resume at St. Mary’s on Sunday 16th May at 9.15am.  We will then 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.

Please note that our annual meeting due to take place on Sunday 16th May following the 9.15am. service has been cancelled.

CHANGING SEASONS

There are never two gardening years alike.  This time last year we were topping up our sun tans, going straight from Winter to Summer, this year the big jumpers are still in use and we have had some hefty night frosts to deal with.  A few weeks ago we were wading through mud and saturated ground which has now dried out and is like concrete.  I need a chisel instead of a fork, and we could do with some rain.  I have spent some time having to water containers;  us gardeners are never happy. 

But Spring is a special season, full of hope and expectations.  I get a lot of pleasure growing things from seed, seeing them germinate and the green shoots coming through, then it’s time to prick them out, try to find space to put them all in.  I end up balancing pots and trays everywhere.

Our poor Magnolia has taken a bashing from the frost, and I think I have lost all but two Rosemary plants, they really didn’t like that cold week in March.  As I have been weeding through the beds I have found some hidden treasures, some snakehead Fritillaria, which I had forgotten, they look so fragile and beautiful, and I can see Fox Tail Lilies beginning to show through.  The Camellias were fabulous last year, but are going to be poor this;  I can see one that is flowering, it is in a sheltered spot near a horse trough which we planted up with some aquatic plants and can boast one goldfish, Michael (after Michael Fish, weatherman).

It is this time of the year when I open the garden shed.  I can’t believe I left it in such an untidy state last Autumn, I’m sure we have shed gremlins who go in over Winter and turn everything about.  I manage to get the mower out, dust it down and always delighted when it fires up for the first time, the same with the bar-b-q.  By the time I have cleaned it all, carried it into place and assembled it again, the sun has gone in, but I shall be ready, tongs in hand, at the first chance now.  Let’s hope we have a lovely Summer. 

                                                                                                                                    Rosemary Stratton

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ST. MARY’S GREAT WYMONDLEY

SUMMER’S COMING

‘Summer is Icumin’ is a song written in the Wessex dialect of Middle English and this manuscript was made between 1261 and 1264.  It is the oldest musical composition featuring six-part polyphony.  

 

We know it as:

     ‘Summer is a-coming in 

      Loudly sing, Cuckoo! 

      Groweth seed and bloweth mead 

      And springs the wood anew, sing Cuckoo!’  

We used to sing this when I was at school.  I often sing it to myself at this time of year when Spring is edging towards summer but sadly these days in Great Wymondley we do not hear cuckoos at all.  It must be at least

15 years since I heard one here.  Due I think to the loss of habitat and trees in the fields around and changes in our weather patterns.  We sometimes used to see one on the top of the church tower.  They continually called

so that it was almost annoying!  I would give anything though to be able to hear them here now.  Still Summer

is getting nearer and in spite of the frosty nights lately, Nature is working its magic and the continuity of life unrolls.  A solace in these strange times. 

 

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EASTER VIGIL

The Easter Vigil service was held here in the churchyard on Easter Saturday and a good number of people took part bringing chairs and sitting round in a circle outside the church porch with a small bonfire in the centre to ‘Lighten our Darkness’ and remind us of Christ’s Resurrection.  The fire kept us warm, it lit the Paschal candle and we were even able to sing as it was Easter and outside

                                                                                                                                    Cherry Carter

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WYMONDLEY BAPTIST CHURCH

I'm sure that our thoughts and prayers are especially with Her Majesty the Queen at this time and we shall always remember the deeply moving funeral service of the Duke of Edinburgh which was so powerful in its simplicity.  While the number in St. George’s Chapel was 30 in accordance with the Covid guidelines the military pageantry outside had 730 taking part which is still etched in our memories.  We are so thankful for

the long and happy marriage of the Queen and Prince Philip, the longest serving Consort in our history, and

we praise God for their Christian faith.  When the Queen reached her 90th Birthday a book called 'The Servant Queen' was published.  At the beginning of the book there was a message from her which included these words:

"In 1952 I asked the people of the Commonwealth and Empire to pray for me as I prepared to dedicate myself to their service at my Coronation.  I have been - and remain - very grateful to you for your prayers and to God for His steadfast love.  I have indeed seen His faithfulness".  The Queen has now reached her 95th year and we thank God for her and as we continue to pray for her, the longest serving Monarch of our land.  We also remember her beloved husband's constant and unwavering loyalty and devotion through over 73 years of marriage.

As May approaches so do the blossom and the bluebells and as the world around us is growing more beautiful by the day so things are getting better for us to begin to enjoy all the 'normal' things which were out of reach for so long.  The Chapel is open for services with the correct guidelines being observed but the zoom facilities are still being used as some are still enjoying services on zoom.

As soon as we can use the Hall again for activities we will let everyone know.  Actually, the first time the Chapel Hall will be in use will be for the local elections on Thursday 6th May.

On Tuesday the ‘First Tuesday Coffee and Chat’ will be on zoom on 4th May from 10.30am. with Will and Lynne Andrews.  The link is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9128138308.

On Tuesday evening we pray together but from our homes, so join us from yours as we pray for our Community, our Country, the NHS, the Government and our Queen.  We remember all those who are suffering from illness or bereavement both here and abroad.  We are so grateful for the vaccine and the way things are improving by the day.

The Community Bible Study is on zoom on Wednesday 12th and 26th May from 2.20pm.  A warm welcome

to all.  The link is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3707228114.

Oasis 'The Time of Refreshment' is on Wednesday 19th May at 2.30pm. on the same link when the speaker will be Bessie Januarius.  So join us if you can!

Bible Studies are also held on Wednesdays (weekly) at 7.30pm. and (fortnightly) on Friday at 11.00am. on

the Church Service zoom link.

If you want to be at the Chapel for 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 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/j/8675752648 or download the zoom app. and join using

ID 8675752648.  Any problems phone 07531-081621.

Sundays in May:

2nd       Hannah Dengate

9th        Will Andrews

16th      Rev. Ray Thomas

23rd      Margaret Edmonds

30th      Kieran Murphy

“We can surely be grateful that, two thousand years after the birth of Jesus, so many of us are able to draw inspiration from his life and message, and to find in Him a source of strength and courage.”

             Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second

        Marjorie McCarley  (01438-727050)

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HERE AND THERE

BIBLE STUDY

The next Bible Study Group meetings will take place on Wednesdays 12th and 26th May.  We will meet on

Zoom at 2.20pm. with a cup of tea and we begin our Studies at 2.40pm.  We will be continuing 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

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 @WymondleyParish Council 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 21st to 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 households (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 PARISH COUNCIL

The May election for councillors was uncontested.  North Ward:  Rebecca Elliott and South Ward:  Peter Hobson, Robert Moore and Pamela Skeggs.

There are two vacancies in both wards.  If you would like to know more about being a councillor, please look

on the website or notice boards and if you are interested in being co-opted, please contact the clerk.

Thank you to Sulu Pike, Trevor Smith, Paul Thaper and Barbara Thomas for your voluntary work, you will be missed and we wish you all the best for the future.

The Annual Parish Council Meeting will take place on Monday 10th May at 7.30pm.  A copy of the Agenda

will be displayed in the notice boards and on website www.stippolyts-parishcouncil.org.uk.  There is always an Agenda item for Public Participation where residents can ask questions and raise issues.  Please contact Susan Mears 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 HALL

At the 23rd AGM on Tuesday 23rd March Frank Harding, Phil Byford, Michal Fisher and Carl Watson were elected as Trustees, and Rebecca Elliott was co-opted.  Barbara Thomas was appointed subject to confirmation by St. Ippolyts PCC and Pamela Skeggs subject to confirmation by St. Ippolyts Parish Council.

In the year ended 31st December 2020, the trust received rental income as well as grants and donations.  Total income generated amounted to £16,961 (2019:  £23,341) with outgoings totalling £14,670 (2019:  £26,975) giving a surplus of £2,291 (2019:  deficit of £3,634) which has been added to reserves to fund on-going maintenance.  It was agreed there would not be an increase in hire charges again this year and to continue with 2019 rates.  This will be reviewed at the January 2022 Management meeting.

In accordance with the government’s roadmap Step 2 we were able to welcome back some of our users on Monday 12thApril for permitted activities and no earlier than Monday 17th May for additional activities but we recognise that required limitations may mean not all users will be able to return.

On polling day, Thursday 6th May the polling stations will be open from 7.00am. until 10.00pm.

By following the mantra of hands, face, space, we can all keep ourselves and others safe.

For enquiries, please contact Sam Kelly, Bookings Secretary, on 01462-423291 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

or visit website www.stippolyts-hall.co.uk.

Dairy dates:

Management Meetings             Wednesdays 30th June and 29th September 2021

Christmas Fair and Raffle         Saturday 27th November 2021 from 2.00pm. to 4.30pm.

AGM                                       Tuesday 22nd March 2022 at 6.00pm.

www.stippolyts-hall.co.uk

                                                                                                                                          Pam Skeggs

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ST. IPPOLYTS AND GOSMORE WI

The St. Ippolyts and Gosmore Women’s Institute is closing.  Their first meeting was held at the Parish Hall

on 18th June 1941.

                                                                                                                                           Pam Skeggs

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PARISH CHURCH REGISTERS

ST. IPPOLYTS

Service in St. Ippolyts Church and burial in Hitchin Cemetery

5th January:      Jean Molly Grimmer

LITTLE WYMONDLEY

Service in St. Mary’s Church Little Wymondley and burial in the churchyard

16th March:      Angela Christina Watts

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ALAN COWLISHAW - A Thankyou

Liz, John, Tim, David and Chris would like to thank the many kind people who sent cards and letters to us following Alan’s death.  We received over ninety of these, all with wonderful tributes.

In addition there were many donations to the memorial fund in Alan’s memory for UNICEF and these have taken the total to over £4000 - awesome!

Thank you all so much from the family.

                                                                                                                                    Liz Cowlishaw

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100 CLUB

The winners for APRIL were:

No. 69             Joy Cooper                              £20

No. 55             Jane White                               £15

No. 80             Elizabeth Cowlishaw                £10

                                                                                                                                          Shelagh Cox

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DEADLINE

Material for the JUNE 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 Saturday 15th May, please.  Or given to Rosemary

Stratton by Wednesday 12th May.

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On line services a message from Revd Ginni

I am taking some annual leave from Friday 23rd April until Saturday 8th May so unfortunately there will be no online services until I am back.  
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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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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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HERE AND THERE

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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