Our Annual Church Meetings will now take place at 10.45 am on Sunday 25th April – in the churchyard if fine and in the church if the weather is not so good. If you attend the 8 am service please do come back and join us for these short but important meetings which we estimate will last under an hour in total.
The meetings will begin with the Friends of St Mary’s Church AGM at 10.45am, followed by the APCM at 11.00am.
If you attend the 9.30 am service, please join in as usual with that and then factor in staying on afterwards for the meeting. And, finally, if it is wet, the 8 am service will be unaffected (hardy lot!) the 9.30 am service will be online only but do come down to the church afterwards for the meeting in church at 10.45 am and feel free to bring some coffee or tea with you.
It is really important that we have a good attendance as we elect our Churchwardens and Deputy Churchwardens, we hear the reports for the past year, and elect five members to represent you on the Parochial Church Council.
Copies of the annual reports booklet and accounts are available to download at the top of this page. There are also a limited number of both the booklets printed off and available to pick up from inside the church between now and 25 April.
🌳 FOREST TOTS is a fun and friendly outdoor group for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers and their grown-ups. We meet on a Friday morning during term time, (re-starting this coming Friday 16th April, hooray!).
Suitable for children from birth until they start school, Forest Tots is friendly, fun and free! You don’t need to sign up or commit to come every week – just join us when you can. We’ll always be so pleased to see you. Bring your parent, carer, grandparent, childminder, nanny… all are welcome and part of our Forest Tots family.
Each week we will meet at:
- 10.30-11.00am when we follow the trail around our special trees, planting things, finding things, blowing bubbles, thinking about things, running around, singing songs and listening to a short story. 🚸 This bit is suitable for toddlers and pre-schoolers, and then
- 11.00am-12.00pm when we do a craft activity or play in the courtyard, and the grown-ups have coffee, cake and chat. 🍼 This bit is suitable for babies and all ages.
🍯 Our Forest Tots theme for this term is Winnie the Pooh. We will be chatting about…
- Patience – how hard it is for Rabbit to wait for Pooh’s birthday party,
- Change – how Tigger feels when he has to move house,
- Teamwork – a scavenger hunt set by Christopher Robin to find “the greatest thing in the world”,
- Helping our friends – Rabbit’s bad mood when his seeds just don’t grow
If you’re joining us for the trail at 10.30am, we meet by the church porch.
If you’re joining us for coffee and play at 11.00am, we meet in the courtyard outside the Transept Hall, which has benches and chairs to sit on, changing facilities inside and a safe, enclosed area for running around. There will be lots of friendly faces around if you’re not sure where to go.
Please can you bring (if possible):
- Your own mug (grown-ups) – we will provide hot drinks
- Drinks and snacks for the children (sorry we can’t provide these in a Covid-safe way at the moment)
- If you still have a collecting bag from last term for sticks and leaves etc, please bring that along too.
We look forward to seeing you on Friday mornings – it will be lovely to be together again!
With love from
The Forest Tots Team 💕
“Teddy Tots at St Mary’s makes children and parents feel equally welcome. The volunteers create entertaining and stimulating activities for the children, while treating the parents to tea and cake! What could be better?” Parent
“Forest Tots is so much fun for kids – lots of activities if they want to join in, and a green safe space to run around. But also a really caring group of people who make everyone feel welcome. A lovely group for getting to know other parents in the village.” Parent
It is with profound sadness that we learned of the death of The Duke of Edinburgh on Friday 9th April.
St Mary’s Church is open every day from 10 am until 5 pm for private prayer. You are welcome to light a candle at the votive candle stand as a sign of your prayer.
Unfortunately, due to Covid restrictions, we cannot open a Book of Condolence for people to write in. However, you can leave a message in the online Book of Condolence: https://www.royal.uk/condolence
A selection of the messages online will be passed on to Her Majesty the Queen and members of the Royal Family.
There is also a sheet in church on the left-hand side with a few prayers that you may find helpful at this time.
Click here to download the sheet of prayers