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St Ippolyts Churchyard Lichen Survey Report now available

Andrew Harris and Paula Shipway carried a lichen survey within the old churchyard surrounding St Ippolyts Church on 25th September 2015. Andrew has completed his report and a copy is available in our Church should any one wish to read through it. In addition a pdf copy can be obtained from Michael Hooper  (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Within his report Andrew has recorded over 100 lichens living within our churchyard and I would recommend having a look at his report as it clearly shows where the variuos lichens can be found. 

Lichens are dual organisms – a fungus enclosing an alga. Most lichenised fungi are dependent on the association and the dominant partner, taking over an alga to exploit it for the sugars it manufactures by photosynthesis. Though the alga may be capable of living independently, it also benefits from the partnership being able to survive in exposed habitats such as sun-baked headstones protected from strong light and desiccation. Nearly everything a lichen needs can be taken from the atmosphere or rainwater, so they require little from the substrate they grow on, though the chemistry and texture of e.g. stone or bark has a strong influence on the species which can colonise. For these reasons, lichens can be good indicators of the quality of the atmosphere and health of the environment.

In his conclusion Andrew stated- "Also, though nothing of exceptional rarity was found, this does not detract from the species-richness of the churchyard, or from the collective significance of particular species associations, most notably on stone and lignum. Churchyards such as St. Ippolyts are of county importance for locally uncommon species including those with very restricted and specific habitat associations such as Aspicilia calcarea requiring limestone of some antiquity and found here on the chancel windowsill. There is further potential for the future, both as a result of growing knowledge of what is already present and through the continuing colonisation of churchyard trees, mirroring the changing fortunes of Hertfordshire lichens."


Michael Hooper Feb 2015

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St Ippolyts Church Christmas Quiz 2014 Answers

Thank you to everyone who purchased our Church Quiz Sheet for 2014. The winner was Malcolm Parker who managed to answer all but two correctly, runners up were Alan and Pauleen Hinks. Well done to everyone who returned a completed sheet. The quiz raised £170 for church funds. A special thank you to our Village Shop for selling such a large number of sheets.

The answers are as follows


Michael Hooper

Sports Quiz 2014 

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St Ippolyts Church 11am Sunday 4th January 2015

Come and join us for the first service this year.

The theme for the morning will be looking forward, with Christ as our light in the world.

We will be making and receiving Christingles as we pray for the work of The Children’s Society

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SeeRound goes online


From the beginning of 2015 See Round will no longer be available in newspaper format. It will only be available on line. To sign up for your digital edition visit . 

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Crib Festival 2014, a great weekend!!

P1020317 Citrus Fruit peel crib Ecuador Mary HooperWith over 120 cribs on display there was something for eveyone to see. This year our spectacular display had cribs of every type imaginable. There were cribs made of wood, clay, citrus peel, soap stone, beads, knitted ones, ones made of Filmo and wool, there was even an Angel made from a used aerosol can by a little boy in The Gambia.Some came from as far a field as Panama and Burma, in fact there were cribs from Ecuador, Panama, Wales, Spain, Belize, Tanzania, Gambia and Niger. Would you believe one was even purchased from Wilkos!!

A big thank you to the fund raising committee of Barbara Thomas, Jane Veasey, Mary Hooper and Lynda Garner for all their hard work in putting it all together and of course for all the helpers who came along either to make teas and coffees, general act as stewards, to lift in and out the heavy display boards, take money on the door or bake a cake to sell.

A special thank you to everyone who lent their precious cribs for the weekend, without them we would not have a crib festival.

It was pleasing to read comments from our many visitors who took the time to write in our visitors book. It is clear that our visitors really enjoyed the displays.


If you would like to see a sample of the cribs on display then have a look at the photo gallery on this web site.

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New Hymn Number Board

Thanks to the generosity of 'The Friends of St Ippolyts Church' we now have a new oak hymn number board in St Ippolyts Church. The old metal one which was originally made at St Ippolyts Foundry and donated Michael Skeggs has proved to be just too heavy to manipulate and it was felt we should have a lighter board which would be easier to lift up and down. The new board is certainly in keeping with our church and once again thanks to 'The Friends'.

IMG 0472 New Hymn Number board

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Another successful Parish Hall Christmas Fair

What a manic two hours at the annual Christmas Parish Hall Fair. From the time of opening the doors at 2 p.m. to the finish at around 4.30 p.m. the hall was packed with parishioners buying raffle tickets, playing at the various tombola stalls, guessing how many sweets there were in a jar, trying to put marbles into a upturned flower pot, visiting Father Christmas in his grotto or just having a cup of tea and a delicious piece of cake. The St Ippolyts Church PCC had a tombola stall which was incredibly popular. Well done to Jane and Jennifer Veasey for putting all the prizes together and for Jane, Jenny and Mary for manning the stall. Your junior churchwarden was there trying to sell his Christmas Quiz Sheets. In the end the stall raised well over £160 half of which is for the Parish Hall funds.

IMG 0477 Hall fair 2014

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Come along and see the Nativity Crib Festival, St. Ippolyts Church 29th & 30th November 11-5

IMG 4534 2012 Crib Festival Lyndas CribNativity Crib Festival

St. Ippolyts Church 29th& 30th November 11-5

Get into the spirit of Christmas and pay a visit to the St. Ippolyts Church Nativity Crib Festival.

As one or our young contributors says:-

“You should come to the Crib festival at St Ippolyts Church because there are so many different cribs that are put in each year !

There are at least 50 (usually over 100) if not more ,from the tiniest ,to a large church crib.
Some of these cribs have a long history ,and some will be new.
There are cribs that have been bought when people have travelled all over the world ! One crib is even made from orange peel !
You can also enjoy a cup of tea/coffee, cold drink and a cake !!!
I always look forward to this occasion at Christmas, because it is lovely to see every crib there, who entered them, and the history behind each one.
It's the start of the lead up to Christmas for me.
We hope to see you there.
Issie Volske year 7”

You will also be able to have a go at our competition and become a crib owner yourself.

Entry is £2 and children are free.

St Ippolyts Church Sports Quiz Sheets will be on sale, do not miss out on these super time wasters

For more information please contact Barbara 01462 421647This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Christmas Fair at St Ippolyts Parish Hall, Saturday 22nd November 2.00pm until 4.30pm

2014 Hall Christmas Fair Comp

There will be a Christmas Fair on Saturday 22 November from 2pm at St Ippolyts Parish Hall.  There will be lots of stalls, face painting and Father Christmas will be visiting.  Refreshments are available. Dancing display by Aspire School of Dance. Prize Draw at 4.30pm.

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Quiz Evening and Quiz sheets

Over 110 people attended our annual Quiz in the Parish Hall to raise money for the Church. Fifteen teams battled it out answering a wide variety of questions set by Mary Hooper. In the end infiltrators from Clifton and the surrounding area usurped the home teams to win by 1 point. The quizmaster, Michael Hooper, assured everyone he had not been bribed with offers of free drinks to give the winning team the answers. 

A big thank you to everyone who helped and gave prizes for the raffle. Special thanks to the Jane and Jennifer Veasey who, ably assisted by Kath Burt and Jane Guppy, supplied the teams with a sumptuous ploughmans supper and Brian and Hilary Leonard who ran the bar!

Now our annual quiz is over do not forget that the 2014 St Ippolyts Church quiz sheets are on sale for £1 from the village store or Michael Hooper. This years quiz theme is Sport. Buy a quiz sheet and be frustrated trying to unravel the mind of the setter. He certainly has a warped mind! There is a £10 prize for the person who answers the most questions correctly by the end of December.

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New Disabled ramp nears completion

The Church North porch new permanent disabled access is now in operation although there remains a few finishing touches to complete the work. A big thank yoiu to Roland Bailey who has carried out this new construction as well as installing a new bookcase and notice board at the South entrance.

The disabled access is a welcome addition to the church infrastructure and means that we will not need to lug the heavy ex British Railways ramp from the North porch everytime we have a service or event.


P1020157 Disabled access ramp St Ippolyts

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Where have you read PAX?



We all receive PAX each month, but where do you read it? In fact where is the most exotic place that PAX has been read? 

Just take a photograph of somebody reading PAX, send it to Michael Hooper at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and your photograph will be published in our picture gallery on this web site.

I wonder how far afield PAX will travel!!?

Just to start things off our PAX has visited the Old Man of Hoy in the Orkneys, surely a PAX will have travelled further than that!! 

P1020096 PAX being read at Old Man of Hoy C

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Hertfordshire Lichen Recorders visit St Ippolyts Church

If you saw two people crawling on the ground looking at gravestones through a magnifying glass today you will have seen Andrew Harris and Paula Shipway investigating lichens around and on our Church. This intrepid pair having visited over 40 churches and churchyards in Herfordshire recording the various lichens. You may recall Andrew found a particularly rare lichen at Great Wymondley Church. We eagerly await Andrew's report which we will hopefully receive before the end of the year. Have a look at the photos of them exploring our churchyard on this web sites gallery.

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St Ippolyts Church - At the End of the Rainbow


St Ippolyts Church at the end of the rainbow


See Gallery

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Jeremy & Carol Scott visit 30 Churches for Bike 'n Hike Day

Beds and Herts Bike 'n Hike Day

A big thank you to all the helpers who manned St Ippolyts Church for this annual event. We had a steady stream of cyclists visiting the church throughout the day, all welcomed the refreshments on offer.

A extra special "well done" to Jeremy and Carol who covered 41 miles to visit 30 Churches and raise money for the Beds and Herts Historic Churches Trust.


The Bike 'n Hike is an annual fundraising event organised by Beds and Herts Historic Churches Trust.The aim is to raise money both for the Trust and for the participating churches. Half of every cyclist’s and walker’s sponsor money goes to the Trust and half goes to the church of their choice. Consequently, the more cyclists or walkers who take part, then the greater the direct benefit to that church.


See our gallery for photos

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St Ippolyts Church Quiz Night - 8th November!!

Don't spend the Saturday night of 8th November 2014 at home watching so called celebs trying to dance. Come and have some fun in the St Ipployts Parish Hall where we will be having our annual quiz night to raise money for the Church.

Make up a team or just come along and meet others who will either be scratching their heads or being smug that they know the answers (yes, you know who you are!!). There will be a bar and included in the ticket price of £10 will be an absolutely delicious ploughman's supper.

Please purchase tickets in advance from Jane or Jennifer Veasey (01462 434254) or Mary Hooper (01462 457350). 

There will be a prize for the lucky ticket number! One doesn’t even have to answer a question correctly to win this fabulous prize!

This is an absolutely great evening one you just cannot miss.






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St Ippolyts Church 2014 Christmas Quiz Sheets are coming!!!

Look out for the Church 2014 Christmas Quiz Sheets which this year will be sports, sporting terms or sporting venues! You know that there is nothing to watch on the television during the long cold winter nights. Why not cosy up with a hot cuppa of steaming cocoa or something a bit stronger and get those brain cells working. This year's quiz will be just as fiendish as previously and IT IS ONLY £1!! Of course you can donate more if you really enjoy it!!

Quiz Sheets will be on sale from the end of October from the church, the village shop or directly from myself.

All money raised will go to the St Ippolyts Church fabric fund.


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