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News Round-Up for 2014


The Rev'd Brian Atkinson

The Rev'd Brian Atkinson gave his final service on 23rd March.

Together with his wife, Kathy, he began semi-retirement; taking up a part-time post in Amberley, near Minchinhampton. Kathy handed over editorship of the Parish News to Pam Nelmes and team. Fairford wishes Brian and Kathy a long and happy (partial!) retirement and thank them both for all they have done for St Mary's and the local community.

The services from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday were taken by the Archdeacon of Cheltenham, The Ven. Robert Springett. The Rev’d Denise Hyde, Associate Priest, held the fort for the rest of the time with strong support from the Church Wardens and other church officials.

Fundraising Success

Gloucestershire Historic Churches Ride and Stride September 13th 2014

Between the three of them, Phil Trickett, Simon Mumford and Geoff Hawkes raised the sum of £727 thanks to the generous support of many of the congregation and citizens of the town. Half of that sum plus all the gift aid goes to the work of the Trust. The rest is returned to St Mary's to support the life of the parish.

Summer Lunch With Pig Roast

A successful event organised by B&B Enterprises on 17th August. The very generous food donations also went a very long way to making the event a great financial success and the profit was £983.96.

Summer Sunday Event

A big thank you to the choir and to the donators of jam and scones for Summer Sunday event. Over £140 was made of the day and was added to church funds.

Babs and Beck's Bingo & Supper in December

A huge thank you to ALL those who helped to make Bingo and Supper Evening on 12th December such a success!!! With particular thanks to Barbara & Becky and Barry & Jean who did a superb job with the task of ‘calling’.

The profit was a grand total of £746.13 which is terrific boost to the coffers!!

Charities supported over the Year

January: Appeal from the Bishop of Gloucester, the building of Brinckman High School in Kasulu
February: Embrace the Middle East
March: Home Start Cotwolds
April: Middle East Church Association (JMECA)
May: The Royal School of Church Music, RSCM
June: Action for Kids
July: Mission to Seafarers
August: People for You
September: Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI)
October: St Luke’s Healthcare for the Clergy
November: Combat Stress
Carol Service: The Children’s Society
Crib Service: CRISIS


Rev’d Caroline Symcox

The Rev'd Caroline Symcox was welcomed to the Parish as Team Vicar at her Institution on 4th November.

Caroline studied theology at Keble College, Oxford. In July 2011 she was ordained deacon by the Bishop of Dorchester at Christchurch Cathedral, and moved to Amersham in Buckinghamshire where she served her title as curate, serving the communities of St. Mary’s Amersham and All Saints’ Coleshill in Oxford Diocese.

New Audio-guide of St Mary’s Church

New Audio-guide of St Mary’s Churchs

The new Audio-guide in the Church is now fully operational and available for all visitors to the Church to borrow free of charge, although donations are always very welcome.

The script for the guide was largely the work of the late Denys Hodson, and the voices are those of several well-known actors and actresses, including Bill Nighy, Alan Rickman and Joanna Lumley, as well as some local people. It also contains some details from Keith Barley who was responsible for the restoration of all the windows which was completed in 2010. There is also a set of ten questions for children which are simple to answer after a brief look round.

The Guide really does make the story of the windows and their history come alive and it is strongly recommended for local people as well as visitors.

South Cotswolds Team Lenten Series: The Problem of Pain

South Cotswolds Team Lenten Series: The Problem of Pain

A series of inspiring talks held in St Mary's. Christians searching for God in the midst of suffering.

March 13th: James Shoan: Struck down by a brain tumor at 40
March 20th: David Blair: Finding meaning in the dementia and death of a beloved wife
March 27th: David and Joanna Whittaker: The Illness and Death of a 5 year old daughter
April 3rd: Revd Dr Trystan Owain Hughes: 'Finding Meaning and Hope in Suffering'
April 10th: Anne Atkins: When Life seems against you

Funday Sunday

This regular event moved to the second Sunday of every month in St Mary's Church 4pm-6pm.

Crafts, Games, Celebration, Cooked Meal

From September older children were welcomed to partake of the meal, then take part in crafts and games aimed approximately at nine years to early teens.

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