Please also see the Weekly Notice Sheet page where you can read the weekly pew sheets.
A great evening was had by all at the recent Wine & Tapas Evening. Much thannks to Sandy Kennedy for his informative guide to all the different wines that were tasted and to Geraldine Kennedy and Ruth and Simon Bell who worked tiresleslly to keep our glassed topueed up and serve us the lovely tapas. A great evening and a worthwhile one too with at total of over £300 profit being made for the Church.
The Harvest Festival was fun and lively. Thank you to everyone who helped decorate our Churcn and help in other ways over the weekend too. Thank you to Lynette Challis for these wonderful pictures of the All Saints' decorations.
Excellent turn out for Hugh's walk this morning. Thanks to everyone who came along. Thank you to Tory Toler for the pictures.
Thank you to everyone who came to our Pet Service. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! It was a very well behaved service with Felix, our guest of honour, three tortoises and many woofy dogs! Thank you to Sarah Openshaw for the lovely pictures.
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
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.
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:
ST MARY'S WINE TASTING & TAPAS NIGHT
Please join us on Saturday 9th October for our popular Wine & Tapas night. Tickets are £15. More inforamtion can be found on our What's On page.
IN LOVING MEMORY SERVICE
Two services will be held this year. Thr first ast St Mary's on Saturday 30th October at 4.00 p.m. & the second at All Saints' Saturday 6th November at 4.00 p.m. Booking is essential. For more information see here What's On
TEDDY BEAR CLUB
Restarts on Wednesday 15th September at 9.30 a.m.
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