Church Warden's Report December 2017

From the registers-
September 6th Burial of Ashes Hillary Stalley

Ride and Stride
Fiona Watson was our chief cyclist this year and rode round churches in the area, in aid of The Friends of Essex Churches Trust and Widdington Church. She raised £150.

Harvest Festival
The Church looked gorgous again this year, thank you to everyone who decorated and helped make it look so good. We had some lovely contributions of goods which were taken to Jimmie's Night Shelter in Cambridge. They were very appreciative as always. The collection of £295 was sent to Samaritan’s Purse Hurricane Appeal.

Shoe Box Sunday
What a lovely service we had. Lots of helpers filling and sorting boxes. We will be sending 34 boxes and some from Quendon as well. Thank you also to everyone who gave us finished boxes, bits to fill boxes and money to send them to their destinations. Without your help we wouldn't be able to continue to send so many for Samaritan's Purse to distribute. In the next magazine we will make a list of things for you to start collecting for next year’s boxes.

Remembrance Sunday
There was a well-attended Remembrance Service at Newport War Memorial this year with representatives from Carver Barracks, boys and girls from the local village Guiders, Brownies, Rainbows and Scouts, amongst others. There were contributions in the service from Joyce Frankland Academy as well as a very interesting talk from the Army Chaplain at Carver Barracks.

The Lending Library has moved
In case you are wondering where the lending Library has gone it has been moved into the Main room of the Village Hall for everyone to have access to when they go in for clubs or Coffee Mornings. There are lots of books (and jigsaws!) ready for you to borrow and bring your read ones back!

Future dates and events
Crib Service – Any readers who would like to join in this year please do get in touch with me x
There will be a Lent Course running in the lead up to Easter so if you’re interested keep a look out for details.
There will be a Lent Lunch in the Village Hall again this year on 26th February so come and see what different types of soups we can think up! All donations to St Clare Hospice.
Ash Wednesday is on February 14th
Mothering Sunday service with posies for everyone will be on March 11th
Maundy Thursday on March 29th
Good Friday on March 30th
Decorate an egg for the Easter Egg Competition on Saturday 31st
Easter Day is on April 1st
                                                                                                                                                                   Sonia Whalley – Church Warden    

 Village Coffee Morning  

10:00 to 11:30 am
Widdington Village Hall
Second and Fourth Wednesdays of the Month:
  • December 13th   With Christmas raffle in aid of St. Clare Hospice
  • January 10th and January 24th
  • Three weeks break until
  • February 14th and February 28th
  • March 14th and March 28th
If anyone would like a lift organizing, then please ask anyone at the Coffee Mornings and they will get it sorted.
Or email me at

Church Fabric update

We are very much hoping that our new audio system will be up and running by the time you receive this magazine.  Two largish speakers have been mounted on the kingposts of the chancel wall which should direct the sound towards the back of the church.  They are well camouflaged – see if you can spot them!  We also have new microphones on the lectern and pulpit and the loop system which connects to some hearing aids has also been replaced.  We are delighted that we have at last been able to make this improvement thanks to a kind benefactor.  We should all be able to hear everything!

The stone/flint/mortar work which has to be carried out to the tower and nave/chancel crossing wall will now not be carried out until the spring as it is too cold.  This will give us more time to raise the £10,000+ necessary for the works.

The tenth and final concert that I was organising in St. Mary’s on 7th October very sadly had to be cancelled at the last moment.  Our solo harpist, Lucy Wakeford, came down with a sickness bug and was in no fit state to play.  She was terribly upset to let us down.  However, the evening was not a complete non-event as we went ahead with wine and canapés in the church which was much enjoyed.  People were very generous and we did make a profit on the evening – especially as we did not have to pay a musician!  Thank you all. 
Should anyone wish to take over running fund-raising events for St. Mary’s please contact either Sonia or me.