St Nicholas 2018

There was a full house to greet St Nicholas when he paid his annual visit to St Mary’s.
Enjoy the pictures, thank you Mieke Lammens for providing them!

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Making a joyful noise

Saturday 17 November at 3 pm.
That’s when the Kingsland Community Gospel Choir will be singing at St Mary’s church.
Exactly the right time to come, listen and have a sit-down – after all the other Saturday activities in Wivenhoe have wound down!
Tickets £6, available at the door.

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Music for Remembrance

St Mary’s Singers and soloists will be singing a selection of appropriate music for this special anniversary on Remembrance Sunday evening 11th November at 7.30 pm in St Mary’s church.
This will include music for choir and soloists by Fauré, Stanford, Mozart, John Rutter and Handel, and also Mark Blatchly’s choral setting of “For the Fallen” (written for the British Legion in 1980), with lyrics taken from Laurence Binyon’s 1914 poem.
The performance will feature organ music played by John Rippin including a piece by Parry from 1918.

Do come along to the concert conducted by Graham Wadley and accompanied by John Rippin. Free admission with retiring collection for St Mary’s.

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Bells will ring!

On Thursday 8 November, 9.15-10 am a group of North Americans on a bellringing tour will ring the bells at St Mary’s.
What is it about Wivenhoe that brought them here, you may wonder?
Well, we’re not too sure but fancy: they’ve rung in Australia, New Zealand , South Africa and other places where there are bells, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, etc.
We’re happy for you to speculate why they wanted to add Wivenhoe, UK to the list!

On Sunday 11 November bells will ring out across the country to mark the centenary of Armistice Day. This is a national moment and St Mary’s tower will be part of it.
Muffled bells will be rung from 10 am before the Sunday service.
The muffles will be off at 12.30 pm when bells ring for about 20 minutes.
During the wreath laying at the war memorial in the churchyard at about 3.30 pm a muffled Tenor will toll during the calling of names of the fallen.
Then in the early evening, after the lighting of the beacon on the King George V playing field, St Mary’s bells will join in the national Ringing for Peace from 7.05 pm until 7.30 pm.

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Lent Appeal update

Picked up from Twitter


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Thy Kingdom come

The Archbishop of Canterbury recently retweeted a video in the context of the Thy Kingdom Come movement which it would be good to bring to our non-Twitter  audience.

Once you start playing the video, you can enlarge it to ‘full screen’ by clicking on the bottom right arrows icon. Make sure you have sound switched on!

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Jesus’ female disciples: the new evidence

7.30 pm tonight, Friday 5 October, Dr Joan Taylor will give a talk illustrated with slides, on the above subject which caught national attention when first aired on Channel 4 television and in the press earlier this year.
This is a privileged opportunity to hear the talk locally as Joan has been much in demand to speak, and we look forward to an interesting evening (even if we have to share the audience with a big yellow cherry picker – being used in the installation of new lighting!).
The event is Free, with retiring collection for St Mary’s church.

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Pumpkins are for . . .

Despite it being that time of the year there are other imaginative uses for pumpkins, as shown here in the results of the Autumn Flower Workshop.
Beautifully warm colours to lift your spirits on dreary days.
The next workshop will be making an outdoor Christmas wreath – it could be even more popular than the last three were, so don’t miss booking a place!

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Spring bulb planting in the churchyard

On Tuesday 2 October at 5.45 pm masses of spring bulbs and plug plants will be put into the ground in the strip of the churchyard where the Art on the Railings is usually displayed.

The event has been coordinated by the Wild about Wivenhoe group and is part of the environmental enhancement work which, you may remember, has included St Mary’s churchyard since the church’s adoption of the Wildlife Management plan back in June of this year- see the document here.

There are hundreds of little bulbs and plug plants, specially selected for their value to wildlife and pollinators, that need to be planted on Tuesday.
Listen to an interview about the event here and if you are available to join the other volunteers it would be lovely to see you, trowel in hand, to help with this!

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Music for Remembrance

Mozart, Handel and Fauré – if you like singing this music then come along to the first rehearsal of St Mary’s Singers on Thursday 27 September, 7.30 pm in the church.
Rehearsals for this special centenary event will continue weekly until the performance on Sunday 11 November.
Singers for all voice parts are invited to join. Contact Graham Wadley with any queries.

St Mary’s Singers perform four times per year. They welcome you to join them for a one-off, no further commitment expected (though you might like it enough to want to stay 🙂 )

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