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‘Let’s Talk About Dementia’: Tuesday 22nd May, 8.00pm

Most of us know someone who is living with dementia, whether it’s a family member, a close friend or a work colleague. We have seen how dementia changes the lives of these people and of those who care for them.

But how much do we know about dementia? What is it? What causes it? Can it be cured? As relatives, carers, or friends, what can we do to support those with dementia; and where can we find help and advice?

Come and hear a panel of experts discussing these issues and answering your questions about dementia. Entry is free.

Tuesday 22nd May, 8.00pm, St Mary’s Church Transept

Panel

Professor Keith McAdam – physician and founder of ‘Music for my Mind’

Dr Jean Monro – physician specialising in environmental medicine

Nicky Morgan – volunteer ambassador for Dementia UK

If you would like the panel to address a particular issue or would like to ask them a question, please email Stephen with your request.

Baby Loss Service: Sunday 29th April, 6.30pm

Revd Tim writes:

When I first came to the village a few years ago, I remember a village tree was ‘yarnbombed’ to support Tommy’s – a charity which funds research into the causes of miscarriage, still birth and premature birth. This made an impact and I cut out the article and still have it. At the time Sophy had just given birth to Jem, but he was our third pregnancy. So this is an issue close to my heart. Since coming to Redbourn, holding a service for those of us who have lost children, at whatever stage and under whatever circumstances, was something I wanted to do.

Loss at any stage of pregnancy is traumatic. Early loss is often not acknowledged or discussed, with commemorative services seldom taking place. Services for babies who are stillborn or lost in early years, are usually conducted whilst parents are in a fog of grief and pain.

This service, to be held at St Mary’s, is for anyone who has never had the opportunity to grieve the loss of a child, as well as for their children and their extended family and friends, whether the loss be recent or historic. Additionally, anyone who is grieving the fact that they have never had children is also welcome.

All are welcome regardless of the type or circumstances of loss they have experienced. Whether you have been through early or late miscarriage, missed miscarriage, compassion induction, an ectopic or molar pregnancy, stillbirth, neonatal or early infant loss or any other type of baby or child loss.

If you need to say goodbye to a baby or to grieve, or you want to come along with a friend who needs to say goodbye, you are welcome. The service will give you the opportunity to stand with other people who ‘know’ the pain of losing a child, whatever the circumstances, and to offer you a time to publicly acknowledge and remember children who have been lost.

There will also be non-judgemental pastoral support available after the service for anyone who needs it.

Lord, we pray for those who mourn, for parents and children, friends and neighbours.

Be gentle with them in their grief.

Show them the depths of your love, a glimpse of the kingdom of heaven.

Spare them the torment of guilt and despair.

Be with them as they weep beside the empty tomb of our risen Saviour,

Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Charity Golf Day: Friday 18th May, Stocks Golf Club

We are delighted to invite you to join us for the first ever St Mary’s Charity Golf Day. This will be held at Stocks Golf Club, Albury, near Tring. Those of you who have played the course will know what a lovely setting and an excellent course it is. For those who’ve never played there, you are in for a treat!

The event includes breakfast and a two course dinner at the end of play. We will be playing in teams of four. You can enter your team(s), or come as a pair or an individual and we will put you into a team.

All the proceeds from the day will go to support Dementia UK – our church charity of the year for 2018.

Format:

Fourball team challenge – aggregate Stableford score. Various competitions during the day – nearest the pin, longest drive etc. and a touring refreshment buggy on the course during the day. Excellent raffe with a special auction after dinner.

Date and Time:

Friday 18th May 2018, arrive for registration and a breakfast bap at 8.30 am, short welcome and briefing at 9 am and a ‘shotgun’ tee-off at 9.30 am.

Location:

Stocks Golf Club, Albury, Near Tring, Her ordshire HP23 5RX

Cost:

£75 per person – cheques payable to ‘St Mary’s PCC, Redbourn’ and sent to The Revd Will Gibbs, 49 Church End, Redbourn, AL3 7DU . Payment must be made in advance to secure the booking.

How to take part:

If you would like to join us, please RSVP by e-mailing Will at your earliest convenience. Places are strictly limited to 72 – first come, first served. Then download and print the booking form and send payment to complete the booking.

Click Here to download a booking Form

Cheques payable to ‘St Mary’s PCC, Redbourn’ please