Please also see the Weekly Notice Sheet page where you can read the weekly pew sheets.
USED STAMPS FOR CHARITY
Christmas is the time of the year when we receive a lot of stamps on parcels & card envelopes, so this year St Mary’s will collect these to donate to charity – the RNIB.
There will be a collecting box in church so do please save your stamps and drop them into church at any time. If you have a large number you can order a pre- paid envelope for yourselves by phoning 0345 345 0054 or via the website: rnib.org.uk/stamps
Many thanks to everyone who volunteered and helped to organize our popular St Mary’s Church fete, donated their time, raffle prizes, tombola gifts, bric-a-brac, baked cakes etc. and everyone who came along to support the fete on the day.
Skip Papworth, for so long celebrated as such an integral part of Kelvedon life through his involvement with the Scouts, the School, the Church, Kelvedon Players and so many other groups and organisations, died peacefully last Wednesday, 26th June, after a long illness. His funeral will be at St Mary’s on Thursday 25th July at 12.30 pm. Everyone who knew and loved Skip is very welcome to come. There will be a private family committal at the crematorium following this service.
Please remember Skip’s family in your thoughts and prayers at this difficult and busy time.
Please see below some photos from the re-dedication of the Marler charity plaque, 600 year anniversary.
St Mary's PCC meeting notes can be found on the designated page in the Key Information menu. Click here to read
Feering Church launches YouTube Channel
We are pleased to launch our YouTube Channel – All Saints’ Church Feering
If anyone would like to make a donation towards the upkeep of All Saints’ Church Feering and the installation of the kitchen and disabled toilet facilities, please contact:
Jean Yems, Assistant Hon. Treasurer - Tel. 01376 571787
Please note: Cheques should be made payable to “Feering Church”.
A Gift Aid Form is available from Jean Yems.
For information about bell ringing and the Bell Tower please see the designated page, which can be found in the 'Key Information' menu.
ST. MARTIN'S CEMETERY - OCTOBER UPDATE
We are all grateful that St Martin's Cemetery is such a peaceful and restful place. All Saints' Churchyard itself is closed, so St Martin's is effectively the churchyard of the parish church. The PCC is responsible for its upkeep, and we especially want to thank our wonderful volunteers Beryl and Carole, for all their hard work and superb commitment in keeping it in such good order. If you also care about St Martin's and wish to see it stay as it is, then please contact one of the Church Wardens and the team will be delighted to have extra help.
The PCC has noticed that a number of headstones are now quite seriously loose, some dangerously so: one small push will make them topple over. If left untended they could cause serious injury. All the headstones concerned are on the immediate right-hand side of the cemetery as you enter from the Coggeshall Road. It must be stressed that the care and maintenance of headstones (including any costs) are the responsibility of the families concerned, not the church or our volunteers. Loose headstones should be fixed firmly so that they are not in danger of falling, thereby risking injury to people (visitors as well as our cemetery volunteers) or of being damaged themselves.
If you have a family member buried in St Martin's, please check that the headstone is secure; if you know of other people with relatives buried here then please make them aware of this notice. If dangerously loose headstones are not made secure, the PCC has the right to have them laid flat. This would be unfortunate as well as unsightly, but it will be our only course of action to ensure that there is no significant risk of injury in the cemetery.
For the information of all local residents, we would like to to point out that St Martin's Cemetery is an extension of All Saints' Churchyard and is therefore governed by churchyard regulations. I need to emphasise that these regulations are laid down, not by the PCC or the parish priest, but by the Chancellor of the Diocese, the Bishop of Chelmsford's legal officer, and contain clear, detailed information on what is and is not allowed in a churchyard.
While Feering residents have a clear right to be buried in St Martin's, having a grave or ashes plot there does not mean that families can treat it as if it were their own private plot or family garden: the land is still churchyard land, and not privately owned.
However there are a number of graves and ashes plots in St Martin's that clearly don't comply with diocesan churchyard regulations. According to the regulations all graves, other than historical ones, should be laid to grass with no additions or ornamentation. Artificial flowers (except for Remembrance Day poppies and wreaths at Christmas), plants (including shrubs and conifers), ornaments and similar items are among the things which cannot be authorised. All kerbstones, fencing, stones and chippings on graves need to be authorised in writing - and such authorisation is both very expensive and extremely difficult to obtain. While the PCC has no immediate plans to have such items removed, it is within its power to do so. It is the PCC's intention to try to bring St Martin's Cemetery within the churchyard regulations at some stage. However I want to make it clear that the PCC has no desire to cause distress or worry to anyone with family graves in St Martin's; we would be very willing to talk to families about the look and condition of their graves.
All Saints' is very willing to help and advise on any care, alteration, repair and upkeep of graves and headstones that is required. Copies of the churchyard regulations are also available for anyone on request. If you have any questions or concerns then please contact me or the Churchwardens.
Revd. Simon Garwood
Priest-in-Charge, All Saints' Church
On behalf of All Saints' Churchwardens and PCC