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News Round-Up for 2017

Love Fairford

The Churches Together Around Fairford team would like to offer a huge vote of thanks for the inspirational leadership that Rosemary Emmerson and Nancy Straates gave to organising LOVE FAIRFORD. Feeling compelled by God’s message 18 months ago, they came together to work out how the people of Fairford could recognise that God loves them - each and every one.

Gradually through much hard work and prayer, a programme of events evolved. This included all ages and varied interests. The practicalities of where, when and how involved many hours of consideration. Inevitably some plans went well; others became complicated and some had to be abandoned altogether. The LOVE FAIRFORD prayer team worked overtime some weeks!

Speakers and singers of the Christian faith were invited and helpers were co-opted. The wonderful people of Fairford rallied round and provided what was needed to make LOVE FAIRFORD a reality. Many thanks go to all of them, too many to mention here.

LOVE FAIRFORD was a great success in bringing members of the community together. Helping individuals to meet new people, it also developed existing acquaintances between neighbours. Cake may not be the obvious social lubricator but it certainly worked for LOVE FAIRFORD.

The Churches Together website

Youth events

Youth Barn Event

Youth Barn Event
June 24th at Swyre Barton Farm

A Picnic was followed by an afternoon of fun on the farm:

  • Rodeo
  • Bale racing
  • Water games
  • BBQ 5.30pm, £2 - burger or sausage and drink
  • Barn worship with Matt Gatt and Band
  • Speakers – various

Barn service 25 June
at Swyre Barton Farm

After a farm walk and a picnic there was worship in the barn with Mike Dearsley as Speaker.

Cake Sale 1 July

Cake Sale 1 July

All proceeds were for the Young People's trip to Romania in the summer organised by Chris Saunders.

Charities supported over the Year

January: Mary's Meals
February: The Leprosy Mission
March: The National Star College
April: Embrace the Middle East
May: Love Fairford
June: Train a Priest Fund
July: Mission to Seafarers
August: People for You
September: The Addington Fund
October: SSAFA: The Armed Forces Charity
November: St Luke’s Healthcare for the Clergy
December:The Children’s Society and CRISIS

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Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust Ride & Stride 9th September

Ride & Stride

Mike Bottomley, Dave Mills, John Hill and Phil Trickett completed a ride of a little over 40 miles and visited 23 churches and chapels along the way. The forecast was for rain in the afternoon but they only had one quite drenching spell between Down Ampney and Meysey Hampton where they were treated to freshly made tea with home-made cakes.

Thanks in no small part to the generous sponsorship of church members they raised a goodly sum of £735. Half of it goes to St. Mary's with the other half plus all the gift-aid remaining with the Trust to be used for the maintenance of historic churches in the county.

Advent Drinks Party And Canapes, 10th December

Advent Drinks Party And Canapes

Thanks to Mike and Alison Godsal for their Advent Drinks Party which was a great success and many people managed to get to the Community Centre through heavy snow. Shows how popular it was!  They raised over £1000 which was a wonderful amount for the church

Christmas Gathering, 16th December

Christmas Gathering

This was very well attended.  Over 50 light lunches of homemade soup and mince pies were served. Barry and Jean provided entertainment with carols and familiar popular songs and there was a bring and buy and a successful raffle.

Therewas a lovely community spirit and £541 was raised for the upkeep of the church.

Music at St Mary's

“For One Night Only”!

Concert at St Mary's

at St Mary’s Church
Saturday 1st April 7.00pm

A fun evening was enjoyed at St Mary's Church on 1st April, when Showcase Charity Productions organised entertainment "For One Night Only" at St Mary's Church. The concert was very well attended, with entertainment from A Splash of Red, The Coln Choir, The Ha'penny Singers, Delta West Saxaphone Quartet, Vital Recital (from Devon) and the amazing children from Fairford Primary School, with their dance and recital displays. The evening achieved £1,177 which was divided equally between the school and the church to benefit our community.

Classical Guitar Recital, 14 October

Alan Brinley Shaw

Alan played works by Albeniz, Villa Lobos and Piazzolla.

Fairford Festival of Choirs, 18th November

>Fairford Festival of Choirs

Those taking part included the St Mary’s Church choir, Kempsford’s Church Choir, Coln St Aldwyns community choir, A Splash of Red ladies choir and other instrumentalists.

All profits went to the choirs nominated charities.

Charity Advent Service, 3rd December

On behalf of
Gloucestershire Arthritis Trust

Collection shared between GAT and St Mary’s Church.

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