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News Round-Up for 2018


On 4th October Rev Denise Hyde was installed as an Honorary Canon of Gloucester Cathedral. Congratulations Denise.

Where do our visitors come from?

Visitors' book

All we know for sure is that a small proportion of those who come to St Mary’s sign the Visitors’ Book. From that we can say that in the ten months up to 20th June [the life of our last visitors’ Book] we had visitors from at least 44 different countries:
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bermuda, Canada, Chile, China [plus Hong Kong], Cyprus, Denmark, Dubai, France, Germany, Greece, Guyana, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, Namibia, New Caledonia [Pacific], Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States.

There were visitors from 35 states of the USA.

New this year were Argentina, Dubai, Indonesia, Taiwan and New Caledonia.

The full addresses of some visitors revealed places well-known in their very different fields - Schleswig-Holstein, Niagara Falls, Le Mans

Of course the majority of our visitors are from Britain. Many of those wrote something like: Wanted to come here for years: worth the wait.

We are privileged to be involved with a church which is so widely appreciated and, indeed, loved.

Report from the Youth trip to Romania

Thanks to all the generous people that donated to fund raising—this summer I have spent possibly the best week of my life with some amazing people and kids!

We travelled to Heathrow in the early hours of July 30th, flew to Budapest, Hungary and met up with members Scripture Union Romania. We travelled into Romania and helped with a church club for 4 days, with some home visits in the evenings.

Everyone worked so hard and made an incredible team! I feel so lucky to have met all of you and learnt so many new things from each and every person!

Meeting all of the children and their families was an honour and seeing the impact that the camp had on each of them was touching. I loved spending time with them, helping with crafts, playing games, and most importantly teaching them about Jesus.

It brought me such joy to see God work through all of the team and through the Christians in the village. I’ve made friends for life! I loved all the team so much!

Charities supported over the Year

January: People for You
February: The Prayer Book Society
March: Medical and Scientific Aid for Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia (MSAVLC)
April: Jerusalem & Middle East Church Association
May: Carers Gloucestershire
June: The Bible Society
July: Mission to Seafarers
August: Help Madina
September: Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI)
October: Army Benevolent Fund: The Soldiers’ Charity
November: St Luke’s Healthcare for the Clergy
December:The Children’s Society and CRISIS

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Fundraising for St Mary's

St Mary's is most grateful for all those who attended and donated to the various fundraising events over the year which are essential for the upkeep and maintenance of our lovely church.

The Christmas Gathering raised £393
The Advent Charity Service raised £202 shared with the Gloucestershire Arthritis Trust
The Pig Roast raised £840

December Charities of the Month

Special mention must be made of the amount raised for Crisis and The Children's Society. Donations topped up by the PCC saw an amazing £609.21 being sent to each charity.

The Remembrance Service

This year was the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice and St Mary's was full, with people having to stand in and outside of the church. In excess of £1200 was raised for the Royal British Legion.

Music at St Mary's

John Ridgway in Concert for Christian Aid, 10 March

John Ridgway in Concert

The programme included Voluntary in G minor by John Stanley, Sonata No 3 in A major by Felix Mendelssohn and Will o' the Wisp by Gordon Balch Nevin - an eclectic programme!

Concert by the Avebury Vocal Ensemble, 18 March

Avebury Vocal Ensemble

Conductor: Peter Tims
Organist: Simon Dinsdale

Music included:

  • Charles Gounod - Seven Last Words of Christ
  • J S Bach - Cantata 23
  • Other choral works for the season of Lent to include music by Stainer, Chilcot and Ireland

Handel’s Messiah, 28 October

Handel’s Messiah

Fairford and District Choral Society Concert, I December

Fairford and District Choral Society Concert

Fairford and District Choral Society sang Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace (the choral suite plus God Shall Wipe Away All Tears) and Hummel’s Mass in B flat.

The Armed Man choral suite was chosen to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War 1. “After many discussions about the Jenkins’ piece, we decided to add God Shall Wipe Away All Tears”, said Carole Noble, Chair of the Society. “The choral suite is a beautiful piece and we wanted to end with a message of peace and hope”.

The concert was conducted by the society’s music director, Marysia Gorska-Saj.

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