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Stop Press!! Tea at Three at Great Wymondley cancelled for July and August

The tea at three at Great Wymondley Village Hall has unfortunately had to be cancelled for the next two months.

If you are desperate remember that St Ippolyts have their Community lunch in St Ippolyts Parish Hall on the same day. Why not come along at 12:45 on 1st July and the first Wednesday in August and enjoy a brilliant lunch and even more brilliant company!!

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Danger Man at Work!!

IMG 2641 c Gordon Mowing St Ippolyts 30th June 2015Gordon Hewer just could not let the grass grow even though it was the hottest day of the year! His mowing partners prefered to sit down and have a beer!

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Kestrels Fledge 4 young in Church tower

IMG 2624 Imm Kestrels St Ippolyts 30th June 20154 superb baby Kestrels have now fledged from St Ippolyts Church Tower. There were originally 5 eggs but in the end it is believed only four hatched. Well done to the parents for rearing four youngsters.

Other wildlife news for the churchyard includes eveidence of foxes visiting us and a group of 4 common toads have also taken up residence. Frogs are becoming increasing common especially in the area at the south end of the churchyard where the grass has been left unmown. Wrens reared a family of youngsters in the roof of the toilet block as well as Blue and great tits rearing young in the nestboxes put up in the churchyard. In addition on 27th June a family of goldcrests were in the yew trees. 

 

Watch out for more wildlife news in future bulletins.

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

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"Plea for old Keys" from Revd Ann

At Great Wymondley fete Revd Ann is hoping to have a stall where people choose a key to try an open a door, behind which is a prize of £5, does anybody have any old keys that she could have, as currently there are not enough to make the stall viable!  At least 20 or so keys are needed for to make the stall interesting, they need to be the old fashioned type ( ie not yale). If you have any old fashioned type keys can you let Revd Ann have them.

 

 

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

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Open Gardens, a brilliant day!!

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What a wonderful day. The Church fund raising committee led by Barbara Thomas organised a splendid day of open gardens in the Parish and several hundred visitors enjoyed some truly spectacular gardens. A special thank you to all those who volunteered to show us their lovely horticultural creations, without their willingness to open up their gardens we would not have had such a special day. The weather, in spite of a rainy forecast , was very kind to us.

 

Early in the morning an army of volunteers were erecting signs (well Andrew Russell was!), preparing a bar b que, preparing the Parish hall, making sandwiches, delivering home made cakes, setting up stalls  to sell tickets, stalls to sell plants (Lynda Garner), stalls to sell handmade greetings cards (Jo Cooper together with Pauline and Alan Hinks), or generally preparing themselves to help out wherever needed. A very big thank you all those who mucked in and  gave a hand.

Before noon, opening time for the gardens, there were eager visitors parking their cars and buying tickets. All through the afternoon there was a stream of people wandering through our community seeking out the gardens. Many called into the Parish Hall for tea and cake or a sandwich. There were still visitors enjoying their afternoon at 6 o'clock in the evening as all the helpers started to close up and pack things away.

Throughout the day raffle tickets were sold. This raffle had been organised by Carolyn Marsh and we had prizes from very generous people and businesses within our community, thank you to all of them. At quarter past five Revd Ann drew the lucky tickets.

If you enjoyed this wonderful day look out for our flower festival next year!!

To see photographs of the event have a look in the photo gallery of this web site.

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

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Open Gardens - Sunday 14th June 2015

Do not forget that this coming Sunday, 14th June, there will be Open Gardens to raise money for the church. Please do come along and enjoy this wonderful display of horticultural extravagance!

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Pew Sheet, 1st Sunday after Trinity, 7th June 2016

Sunday 7 June 2015

The First Sunday after Trinity

and during the week

Monday: Thomas Ken, Bp Bath & Wells (1637-1711).  Tuesday: St Columba (Columcille) of Iona (521-597)

Thursday: St Barnabas, Apostle.  Friday: St Eskil, Martyr in Sweden.  Saturday: St Antony of Padua

The Vicar returns from holiday on Tuesday 9 June but, if you urgently need a priest before then, please contact one of the Churchwardens.

At our Services today we thank and welcome the visiting clergy and Reader as follows:

      St Ippolyts                  8.00am      BCP Holy Communion    The Revd Melanie Crowley

                                         11.00am      Parish Praise                    Peter Willcox    (Reader from St Thomas, Wilbury)

      Great Wymondley       No Service

      Little Wymondley        9.30am      CW Holy Communion     The Revd Adrian Hinksman

June PAX - apology.  Unfortunately, part of the last paragraph of 'Reverend Ann's Diary Dates' (Page 7 of the June PAX) was omitted.  The whole paragraph should have read:

In March and April we had our Annual Church Meetings and as a result we welcome some new PCC members: at St Ippolyts, Andrew, Richard and Caroline; at Great Wymondley, Sue, Doug and Peter; and at Little Wymondley, Melanie.  We also welcome Jane Veasey as the new churchwarden at St Ippolyts.  Please remember all the PCCs and churchwardens in your prayers this coming year.

Looking ahead

Tuesday 9 June                                            The Deanery Synod meets at St Mary's, Pirton, 7.30pm

Wednesday 10 June                                    11.00 am   Holy Communion, St Ippolyts

                                                                      2.30 pm  Funeral of Christine Fagg RIP

                                                    3.00 pm   Tea at Three in the Village Hall, Great Wymondley

Sunday 14 June            St Ippolyts & Gosmore Open Gardens    Noon-6pm

There will be more than 12 gardens to visit.  Admission £5 (children under 16 free) - all proceeds to St Ippolyts Church.  Tickets will be on sale on the day from the Parish Hall, Gosmore Green and the car park off Maydencroft Lane.

Saturday 20 June         The Annual St Albans Pilgrimage       (St Alban's Day 22 June)

11.00: Procession sets off from St Peter's via the City Centre to the Abbey

12.00: Eucharist in the Abbey - preacher the Archbishop of Canterbury

  4.00: Festal Evensong - preacher the Archbishop of Rouen

See Page 8 of PAX, also www.stalbanscathedral.org/whatson/the-alban-pilgrimage

Friday 26 June               St Ippolyts School Summer Fair

Sunday 28 June            Great Wymondley Fete - Strawberry Midsummer Fair, from 2pm

For more St Ippolyts news and information see  www.stippolytschurch.org.uk

Services next Sunday 14 June : The Second Sunday after Trinity

      St Ippolyts                  9.30am   CW Holy Communion        The Revd Paul Lanham

                                          No Evensong - because of the Open Gardens (open 'til 6pm)

      Great Wymondley     9.30am   CW Holy Communion        The Vicar

            Little Wymondley                 No Service               

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Revd Ann on holiday until 9th June

Revd Ann on holiday until 9th June, if you need a priest whilst she is away contact one of the churchwardens.

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Pew Sheet for Trinity Sunday 31st May 2015

Sunday 31 May 2015

Trinity Sunday

also the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to her cousin Elizabeth (transferred to Monday 1 June) and during the week

Monday: St Justin, Martyr at Rome.  Tuesday: St Elmo.  Wednesday: the Martyrs of Uganda

Thursday: Corpus Christi.  Friday: St Boniface of Crediton.  Saturday: St Garlath of Tuam

The Vicar is on holiday until 9 June and so, if you need a priest while she is away, please contact one of the Churchwardens.

Today, on this fifth Sunday of the month, we thank and welcome the Revd Melanie Crowley from St Faith's to the 8.00 BCP Holy Communion at St Ippolyts and the Revd Canon John Payne Cook to the 9.30 CW Eucharist at Little Wymondley

Looking ahead

Wednesday 3 June      St Ippolyts  11.00  Holy Communion  The Revd Elizabeth Bunker 

Friday     Friday 5 June             The pupils of Years 5 & 6 at St Ippolyts School set off for their Annual School Journey - this year to the outdoor adventure centre at Barton Hall, Devon.  We wish them a happy and exciting time.

Tuesday 9 June            The Deanery Synod meets at St Mary's, Pirton, 7.30pm

Wednesday 10 June    St Ippolyts   2.30pm   Funeral of Christine Fagg RIP

Sunday 14 June           St Ippolyts & Gosmore Open Gardens    Noon-6pm. More than 12 gardens to visit.  Admission £5 (children under 16 free) - tickets will be on sale on the day from the Parish Hall, Gosmore Green and the car park off Maydencroft Lane.  All proceeds to St Ippolyts Church.  If you can help in any way on the day (with the parking, baking cakes, selling of refreshments, programmes, raffle tickets or whatever) there are sign-up sheets at the back of St Ippolyts Church.  Do join in.

For more information contact Barbara Thomas on 01462.421647 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Satu    Thursrday 20 June         St Albans Pilgrimage   11.00: Procession sets off from St Peter's. 12.00: Eucharist in the Abbey - preacher the Archbishop of Canterbury. 4.00pm: Festal Evensong - preacher the     Archbishop of Rouen. See Page 8 of PAX, also www.stalbanscathedral.org/whatson/the-alban-pilgrimage.

4-18 July       St Albans International Organ Festival.   Also the St Albans Bach Choir and the combined choirs of Westminster Cathedral, Christ Church Oxford and St Albans Cathedral. See the full programme on www.organfestival.com

For more St Ippolyts news and information see  www.stippolytschurch.org.uk

And, thinking of websites, remember that the Diocesan magazine SeeRound is now available on line.  To sign up (for free) go to  www.stalbans.anglican.org/news/seeround.

Services next Sunday 7 June : The First Sunday after Trinity

      St Ippolyts               8.00am      BCP Holy Communion       The Revd Melanie Crowley

                                      11.00am      Parish Praise                       Peter Willcox    (Reader from 

Sunday 31 May 2015

Trinity Sunday

also the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to her cousin Elizabeth (transferred to Monday 1 June)

and during the week

Monday: St Justin, Martyr at Rome.  Tuesday: St Elmo.  Wednesday: the Martyrs of Uganda

Thursday: Corpus Christi.  Friday: St Boniface of Crediton.  Saturday: St Garlath of Tuam

The Vicar is on holiday until 9 June and so, if you need a priest while she is away, please contact one of the Churchwardens.

Today, on this fifth Sunday of the month, we thank and welcome

 the Revd Melanie Crowley from St Faith's to the 8.00 BCP Holy Communion at St Ippolyts

 and the Revd Canon John Payne Cook to the 9.30 CW Eucharist at Little Wymondley

Looking ahead

Wednesday 3 June      St Ippolyts  11.00  Holy Communion  The Revd Elizabeth Bunker

Friday 5 June                 The pupils of Years 5 & 6 at St Ippolyts School set off for their Annual School Journey - this year to the outdoor adventure centre at Barton Hall, Devon.  We wish them a happy and exciting time.

Tuesday 9 June            The Deanery Synod meets at St Mary's, Pirton, 7.30pm

Wednesday 10 June    St Ippolyts   2.30pm   Funeral of Christine Fagg RIP

Sunday 14 June            St Ippolyts & Gosmore Open Gardens    Noon-6pm

More than 12 gardens to visit.  Admission £5 (children under 16 free) - tickets will be on sale on the day from the Parish Hall, Gosmore Green and the car park off Maydencroft Lane.  All proceeds to St Ippolyts Church.  If you can help in any way on the day (with the parking, baking cakes, selling of refreshments, programmes, raffle tickets or whatever) there are sign-up sheets at the back of St Ippolyts Church.  Do join in.

For more information contact Barbara Thomas on 01462.421647 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Saturday 20 June         St Albans Pilgrimage   11.00: Procession sets off from St Peter's. 12.00: Eucharist in the Abbey - preacher the Archbishop of Canterbury.

4.00pm: Festal Evensong - preacher the Archbishop of Rouen.

See Page 8 of PAX, also www.stalbanscathedral.org/whatson/the-alban-pilgrimage.

4-18 July       St Albans International Organ Festival.   Also the St Albans Bach Choir

                        and the combined choirs of Westminster Cathedral, Christ Church Oxford

                        and St Albans Cathedral. See the full programme on www.organfestival.com

For more St Ippolyts news and information see  www.stippolytschurch.org.uk

 

And, thinking of websites, remember that the Diocesan magazine SeeRound is now available on line.  To sign up (for free) go to  www.stalbans.anglican.org/news/seeround.

Services next Sunday 7 June : The First Sunday after Trinity

      St Ippolyts                                   8.00am      BCP Holy Communion       The Revd Melanie Crowley

                                                           11.00am      Parish Praise                       Peter Willcox   (Reader from St Thomas, Wilbury)

                                                                                                                               

      Great Wymondley                      No Service

      Little Wymondley                         9.30am      CW Holy Communion        The Revd Adrian Hinksman

The following week, Sunday 14 June, there will be no Evensong - because of the Open Gardens.

            

                                                                                                                              

                  

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Kestrels hatch 3 young in Church tower

Kestrels are again nesting in our church tower and they have three young with two more eggs stiil to hatch. Together with Great Tits, Goldcrests, Blackbirds, Dunnocks and Robins all nesting within the confines of the churchyard we are having a great bird breeding season! Watch out for more news.

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Revd Ann's Weekly News Sheet, Pentecost, 24th May 2015

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Open Gardens - Sunday 14th June 2015

Do not forget to come to our Open Gardens fund raising day on 14th June. If anyone is able to help on the day please contact Barbara Thomas on 01462 421647, give as little or as much time as possible, all help is appreciated!

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Old Churchyard wildflower area

Once again an area near the South Porch will be left unmown from May until September to encourage wildflowers to develop and hopefully attract more butterflies to our churchyard. In addition another area at the South Easatern end of the churchyard will remain untouched with the same aim.

Look out for Speckled Wood butterflies in the churchyard they are becoming increasingly common.

By the way Great Tits, Robins, Blackbirds and Goldcrests are all nesting in our churchyard this year.

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Revd Ann's Weekly News Sheet, 17th May 2015

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'The Friends' - Afternoon Tea at Maydencroft Manor

Hosted by Bob and Frani Williams 'The Friends of St Ippolyts Church' held a splendid money raising afternoon tea party at Maydencroft Manor on Wednesday 13th May. What with a wonderful selection of cakes, perfect weather, stalls selling greeting cards anda tour of the Manor everybody had a most enjoyable time. A big thank you to Bob and Frani for opening up their house and gardens to everyone.

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Revd Ann's Annual Report for APCM 2015

Vicar’s report for St Ippolyts APCM 2015

Once again I have decided to give my Vicar’s annual report in place of a sermon, then if you are not able to stay for the annual meeting at least you will have heard from your Vicar! (However I hope you will all stay for the meeting). There will be printed copies of this report for people to read after the service if they have come along just for the APCM.

First of all I would like to thank my Churchwardens Roger and Michael for all they have done over this last year, looking after the church building, the churchyard and their Vicar. Especial thanks go to Roger today as he retires from being a Churchwarden after nine years. For all his time and talents he has given this church and this Vicar! Of course Roger you don’t actually retire until May when the Archdeacon’s Visitation service is, so we still have you as our Churchwarden for another couple of weeks. Roger does a lot of things for our church and community in St Ippolyts which are not part of the duties of a churchwarden so I do hope Roger that you will continue with some of them, thank you.

This year I will try not to put thank you’s to too many names as there is a risk in forgetting someone, but I do want to express my thanks to all the members of our PCC for their attendance at our meetings and for their work for this church, and my thanks go to Howell Davies and Pat Fry our two Readers in our Benefice for the services they lead and take part in, and for our friend The Revd Paul Lanham who comes every second Sunday of the month and takes the communion service here,  this enables me to go to Great Wymondley where they have a service at the same time as we do.

To all of you who have a part to play in the life and mission and ministry of St Ippolyts Church, this is my chance to record my thanks, there are many, many jobs that need to be done for a church to

a) have a building that looks so lovely and well cared for

b) have so many welcoming services that run smoothly

so to all of you – thank you.

Over the year of 2014 in St Ippolyts we welcomed  folk to 8 Baptisms and 11 weddings, and sadly we have hosted 16 funerals, at the church, churchyard, cemetery or Crematoriums. These are always occasions when I as your Vicar get to walk alongside parishioners at important times of their lives and it is for me a great privilege to share such moments. We have 6 wedding booked for this year and already 2 booked for 2016.

As a benefice in 2014 we continued to join with the congregation of St Mary’s in Great Wymondley every time there was a fifth Sunday in the month, and 2014 was our turn to host the benefice service for Ascension day morning. Whenever we have a service for the Benefice please know you are all welcome to come even if it isn’t in St Ippolyts Church. Up until the end of 2014 we supported Great Wymondley church as it was the smallest congregation in our benefice, but since that congregation is now growing, which is good news, I have decided that this year 2015, all the Benefice 5th Sunday services will be in Little Wymondley to try and help support that congregation. Our first this year was Palm Sunday when we had a procession with two donkeys through Little Wymondley village, thank you to all of you who supported that event.

I continue to take Holy Communion to the two nursing homes in our parish, once a month, and occasionally I have been called by family members or nursing home staff to say prayers with residents who are near death. At Gosmore care home we had a special service for Christmas Carols and for Harvest festival. In 2015 I would like us at St Ippolyts to host an afternoon service on a weekday for the residents of our two nursing homes, since we now have our disabled access and it would be easier for the homes’ staff to bring residents into church. I think this may happen in July 2015 so do please look out for details and support that if you can.

This would be one way we could make our faith more visible on days other than Sundays. For the church, that’s you and me, does not exist just on Sundays, anymore than our Christian faith only exists on Sundays. Sundays are important I know and worshipping with others is important, but worship exists at other times than Sunday mornings or evenings. Take Toddlers’ services, every Friday during school term time, the numbers attending are never huge but over the course of a year these services give a time and place for our very young and their carers to come and worship at ease, Friday is their Sunday and that is good I think.

Wednesdays during Lent and the first Wednesdays in the other months, is in a way becoming a church, a gathering of like minded people – those who enjoy good food and good company. If you have never come along to a community lunch do please think about it, interestingly, just like church, some people sit in the same seats every month at the lunches. Unlike church services there are no hymns or prayers, but the cooks praises are sung every time and concerns expressed for each other, especially if someone has missed a few months through illness, prayers indeed but in a different way from formal ‘church’.

Tuesday mornings in school term time we host a coffee club here in this church building, mostly the people who come are Mums or carers who have just taken their children to St Ippolyts school, but like all our events and services here in church, it is not an exclusive club, anyone can come. It would be lovely if some of you older ones would come, with years of experience of children and the growing pains etc, you may just have some good tricks of the trade to pass on to the young mums.

Wednesday mornings at 11am we have a communion service here, numbers vary from 6 -11, it is good to have a quiet service when there isn’t the rush for your vicar to get away to another church as happens most Sundays. We often share joys and sorrows and ‘chew’ over the scriptures too. If you have never been, why not come along, especially if you are not able to come one Sunday.

Wednesday evenings if you listen out you can hear our bell ringers practising. Our bell ringers call us to prayer and call our church and faith to the attention of our community, and on some days across the wedding season they announce to the world a marriage has taken place and a new couple have been added to our family and register.

So you see we as a church do operate on other days as well as Sundays, and at other times than 8am, 9.30am , 11am or 6.30pm.

We are well known as being a welcoming church to new comers but how well do we really get to know those who come to church as new Christians or enquirers. Perhaps there is someone you have seen a couple of times but are not sure of their name, why not ask them, chat to them and involve them in an activity you already help out in. It may be cleaning the church, mowing the churchyard, hoisting the flag at festivals, making the refreshments after the services or helping with fundraising events. If we always keep everything to ourselves and fail to share the workload one of two things happens, either those who are doing the work, wear out and give up or those who are new think everything is fine because nobody has asked them to join in. Neither of these two are my preferred way of being church.

For just as Jesus was and is there for everyone, so is St Ippolyts church. Yet again the Vicar’s report has turned into a sermon. I make no apology.

Two more things,

When it comes to the presentation of  the accounts, that have already been accepted by the PCC, you will notice we do have some money in reserves and investments, however, our day to day income is still less than our day to day expenses, so may I take this opportunity first to thank you for your generosity to the mission and ministry of the church and to the upkeep of this church building, secondly to ask that every year you revisit your giving, it’s so easy to keep putting the same amount in each time you come to church, but as we all know from our general housekeeping costs continue to rise, so if you are able to, please think about increasing your giving 

One easy way would be take out a standing order from your bank to St Ippolyts Church bank account, this way it means that there are less envelopes to open and record by sidesmen and women after the services, less paperwork for our wonderful Treasurer, there is less cash kept on church premises, always a good thing for security purposes and we wouldn’t need to buy so many envelopes so there would in fact be a slight reduction in the church expenses. I would urge you to give the subject some thought. We do not pay to worship God, we give because God gave us his Son, Jesus, and because we want to show in our lives what we know to be true that we are made in God’s image, a God who gives because he loves us so much.

And finally I have a challenge to you; I really would like to see a kitchen and proper accessible toilet facilities within this church building, especially as we now offer accessible entrance via the north door and slope. So if there is anyone out there that might rise to the challenge of such a building project please let me know. When we met with our new architect last year he quickly came up with an idea of where we could site a toilet without too much building work, it is just someone to grasp the vision that is needed, and I am sure money as well as drains would flow.

I have gone on long enough for another year, But thanks for listening, and sharing with me in the mission and ministry of the church.

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Revd Ann's Weekly News Sheet, Fifth Sunday after Easter

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