Please also see the Weekly Notice Sheet page where you can read the weekly pew sheets.
We had a wonderful turn-out for St Mary’s Fete last Saturday. The forecast was pretty ominous, with rain and even lightning expected, but it turned out to be a glorious afternoon! We had good numbers, but it never felt too crowded and by and large people were sensible and didn’t bunch or get in each other’s way.
Everywhere you looked were people enjoying themselves on probably their first outing for months, if not a year. The Fete raised £3,258.00 before expenses, which is a really good result in a year like this. We’ll let you know the final figure when we have it. A huge thank-you to everyone who took part and contributed either on the day or beforehand, with a special thank-you to hard-working churchwardens Anne Hackworth and Simon Prideaux.
Our first Feering Cream Team in the Churchyard last Sunday was a real success, with over 60 people enjoying both a delicious cream tea and the lovely weather. £365.00 was raised overall, a pretty decent result.
Thank you to Oliver Griffiths for the mouth watering photos!
The Annual Parochial Church Meeting for St Mary's, Kelvedon took place last week.
Saturday's Mini-Market at St Mary’s was well attended and much appreciated. The Cake Stall and Raffle combined made £460, and Crafts made £140, making a grand total of £600! Very many thanks to all who contributed cakes, crafts and raffle prizes, and especially to Cherry and Gill, Liz and Ruth, Steve and Nikki, and our churchwardens Anne and Simon for all their hard work. Thank you to Oliver for taking pictures of the day. It was lovely to see people enjoying themselves in the churchyard again.
To celebrate the anniversary of the first Lockdown, we had a Cairn in each of our Churchyards. The idea was for people to visit, add a stone and have a chance to reflect, remember and to mourn what has been lost over the last year.
Revd. Simon Garwood held a short service to bless our Cairn at St Mary's Church:
Although we were unable to holding services at St Mary’s this Easter, we still wished to participate in the usual Easter preparation & celebration, even if it is in a somewhat different manner. Therefore, for eight days from Palm Sunday, 28thMarch, until Easter Sunday, 3rd April, we told the events of Easter Week, commencing with the triumphal procession into Jerusalem & culminating in the joyful celebration of the Resurrection, by using our large cross with a different event each day, narrated as in the bible. This was be accompanied by a physical object to emphasise the significance. If you didn't get a chance to see them, we have added the photos below for you.
This year we set up our Easter Gardens outside and with lovely Spring weather they were enjoyed by many. For those of you who were unable to see them, please see pictures below.
St Mary’s one was near the main churchyard path, while Feering’s more bijou garden was in the church porch.
Many thanks to Cherry & Gill, and Liz & Ben for doing them so beautifully.
All Saints' Easter Garden:
St Mary's Easter Garden:
Introducing Skip's Bell. - A fitting and proper tribute to a true Gentleman.
It has been many months since we began the fundraising campaign to raise the necessary capital to fund the re-casting of our old 4th bell which unfortunately cracked beyond repair. I was delighted when the proposal put forward by the bell ringers to re-cast the bell in memory of our dear friend John 'Skip' Papworth MBE met with an enthusiastic favourable response from the local community and beyond.
The bell has now been cast by Britain's last surviving bell foundry John Taylor and Co. of Loughborough who are thankfully still busy casting bells not only for Churches in the
UK but all over the world. The inscription from the old cracked 4th cast by John Briant of Hertford in 1803 has been incorporated into the inscription band of the new bell. Skip's bell is tuned to the note B flat to fit in with Kelvedon's octave of eight bells the lst of which (The Tenor Bell) weighs 19 cwt and is tuned to the note E flat. The new bell is made of an alloy of copper & tin (bell metal) and weighs approximately 8 cwt being 407 kg. The bell will soon be fitted with its headstock, and work to install it within the tower will begin on the 8th of March lasting for two weeks.
The Tenor bell in itself is an item of significant national importance as it was cast for the Festival of Britain in 1951 by the Whitechapel Foundry which sadly closed in 2017.
The bell sat on the South Embankment for the duration of the Exhibition and was then purchased by St Mary's Church when the old Tenor bell, cast in 1608 by Miles Graye
of Colchester, cracked beyond repair. The oldest bell within the tower is currently the 7th bell which was also cast by Miles Graye of Colchester in 1615. Bells can last a very long time, and the opportunity for the casting of a new one is something special indeed.
It will be a while longer before bell ringing can return to normal, but please do listen out as there will be occasions when the new bell will be test rung. We very much look forward to resuming our Tuesday Evening Practice and Service Ringing for Worship on Sunday mornings.
Our sincere and grateful thanks must go to our Churchwarden Simon Prideaux, The Essex Association of Change Ringers, Kelvedon Parish Council, Kelvedon WI and the many individual donors for their support and generosity.
On behalf of the St. Mary's Bell Ringers and PCC
Thank you for your generous donations to Homestart and the Children's Society.
Thank you all who attended our outdoor Carol Service at St Mary's. It was lovely to be able to get together and sing our favourit carols.
The winner of the Nativity Crib Raffle is Bev Reilly, thank you to every one who bought a ticket to help with the great result of the Mini Market. Bev’s tip to win – make sure you get the ticket with the number of your house!
We have taken the decision this year, due to the Covid restrictions and the need to ensure everyone remains safe, to decorate the window sills in Church with cyclamen. If you would like to make a donation towards the cost of the cyclamen in memory of loved ones please put your donation in an envelope remembering to write your loved ones’ names on the front. These names will be included in the Christmas Notice Sheet and displayed in Church.
Please give your envelopes to either Anne Hackworth at Lances, Church Street or Geraldine Kennedy, 60 Heron Road
"Our Poppy Appeal Organisers, Bob Moore and Mark Leslie, have asked me to advise you that, on the instructions of RBL HQs, there will be no door to door Poppy Collection in the two villages this year due to the covid 19 pandemic. Poppies etc will be available at pubs, clubs, shops (including the Co-op, One Stop, the Post Office etc) as usual. There may also be static sites in the villages where you can get your poppy if this is possible. Can I ask you to spread this information around to your friends in the two communities.
As ever all your donations are very much appreciated and this year ever more so. Stay safe and well.
Secretary RBL (Kelvedon Branch)"
Below are some photos of the meals that the Refugee Action Group made from both Churches' Harvest Festivals this year. Don't they look delicious?
Thank you all for supporting the All Saints' Harvest Festival. Despite the wet autumn weather, there was a good turnout for the first service since COVID lockdown in March and the start of the Church Building Project. Thank you to everyone who came along, brought donations for the Foodbank, stayed for the Service and / or stopped by to say Hello and buy something from the Home Produce Stall.
Despite the inclement weather, last week's All Saints' Home Produce Stall was a very popular spot to visit and made an amazing £346. Big thanks to all who donated, cooked and bought cakes and preserves.
Thank you to all who joined us for the Kelvedon and Feering Harvest Appeal and Scarecrow Safari. Some fantastic Scarecrows and Harvest decorations were made and we appreciate the time and creativity that went into them all!
Well done to Liz, Ben and Cherry for the delicious treats we were able to buy on Sunday. A total of £433 was raised.
More photographs are below which show the progress of our Church Building project, taken towards the end of last month. The new "toilet" porch is now structurally complete and just needs lime render over the bricks, to match the north wall. The floor extension and railing to the first-floor ringing gallery are finished too. The Lino in the servery and toilet had just been laid, and by the time you read this all of the kitchen units should have been fitted. Deciding to redecorate the whole interior has meant a delay in reinstalling the organ, since the west end needs to be redecorated first.
We are still looking at an end-of-September finish so that the Church can re-open in October. We would love to open the Church to enable the village to see the new work, but this may have to wait. Certainy we won't be able to hold a special service to celebrate its re-opening for some time to come.
A very big ‘Thank you’ to the Little Fish Shop for organising the raffle, with all proceeds going to All Saints’ Church. The raffle raised £100. Many congratulations to Jeremy Doughton who will be enjoying a fish platter for dinner soon!
Very well done to George Bell, Simon Bell, Harry Bell and Abi for undertaking this cycle ride. They covered 21 churches with a total over 33 miles and have raised over £750 for this important Charity.
Thank you to everyone who took part (on one of the hottest days of the year!) and contributed to the Sponsored Walk for St Mary’s. A total of £301 was raised. A special thank you to Cherry Smalley and Gill Bugg for organising it so well.
We are very grateful to everyone who took part in St Mary’s Village Safari over last weekend and our Virtual Quiz via Zoom last Wednesday. A good time was had by all, and we were really pleased with the responses to both events. Many congratulations to the two winners - the Fish family (Village Safari) and Kelly Brown and Russell Winsor (Quiz). The overall amount raised so far from these two events is over £520 and will hopefully grow as other donations are made.
Safari Challenge Photos
Zoom Quiz Photos
Weekly Night Prayer (Compline)
Every Wednesday at 8.30 p.m.
Night Prayer is our short, quiet, reflective service every Wednesday evening. An ideal way to finish your day, especially if you don’t feel you can come to church at the moment. The easiest way to join is by using the Zoom link on our website: https://www.kelvedonandfeeringchurches.co.uk/.
Please note that the link, Meeting ID & Passcode have all changed as of this week.
If you have difficulty using the new link on our website, then here it is:
In case you need them , the Meeting ID is 875 2690 8458 & the Passcode: 645253.
The Compline Night Prayer can be found on our Services page here:
TEDDY BEAR CLUB
Teddy Bear Club has now restarted. Further information can be found here: Children and Young People
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