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Friends Tide Lunch

The Harbour Bar and Restaurant was once again the perfect setting for our annual Tide Lunch. Nearly forty of us gathered on a rather gloomy, damp and misty day for what was an extremely cheerful occasion, marked by convivial conversation and laughter. The beauty of the reservoir, with a single boat with two fishermen, provided a mystical and peaceful backdrop to our…

Rutland Foodbank Christmas Hampers

Once again, Rutland Foodbank will be giving Christmas Hampers to those in our county who may struggle to buy those small luxuries that make Christmas a celebration. The hampers will include mince pies, Christmas puddings, chocolates and even family games. We are seeking cash donations. £20 will sponsor one hamper but any amount is welcome – cheques made payable to ‘Rutland Foodbank’.…

Final Count Down To The Autumn Sale

Now is the last chance to have a good look for any contributions you could make to the Autumn Sale (17th November from 9:30am). We are still in need of bric-a-brac; tombola prizes; children’s toys; promises of baking/cakes; gardening items, including plants and unwanted tools; jewellery. Please leave items in the Parish Office or give them to one of the Steering Group.…

Traidcraft Sales For October

A massive £381.77! – thank you SO much to everyone who has responded to my article and notice regarding Traidcraft, if any one else would like a catalogue to place a Christmas card/food/gift order please do get in touch. Many thanks again, Denise (01572 722729 / 07981 639649 / fairtrade@oakhamteam.org.uk).

Friends Visit to Gates Garden Centre

It has been decided to bring the visit to Gates forward to Thursday 6th December, rather than February when it might be very icy and cold and difficult for driving. We aim to meet at 10:30am in the coffee shop for tea/coffee and cake and a good chat, before having a browse through the Christmas shop and other areas. There will be…

Explore Day

This relaxed day (Saturday 24 November) allows you to take time to reflect with others on what your own calling to serve in the church might be. Is God nudging you towards: A Lay Ministry, Ordination, Some Training, Pioneering & New Initiatives, Chaplaincy, Religious Life, Working with Children or Young People, Preaching, Worship Leading, Evangelism, Pastoral Care, Mission Abroad. If you would…

Rutland Rocks UK

Have you seen the rocks? Not far to look if you are at Oakham! For more information search for Rutland Rocks UK on Facebook.

Remembrance Exhibition

There are two displays in Braunston church showing photographs and records of those who went to the Great War from the village. Thank you to Carole Brown and Janet Taylor for all their hard work in putting them together. Keep your eyes open for other photographs around the village. During the Remembrance Service today the commemorative horseshoe for Braunston presented to Chris…

Braunston Living Advent Calendar

We plan to transform 24 (or more) of our houses into a real-life Advent calendar, ‘unveiling’ a new street-facing window/s each night during December. Volunteers will be given a number between 1 and 24, and will light up their window on that date and keep it lit during the hours of darkness until after Christmas. More details from Karen Allen (07961 050077…

Braunston Repairs Appeal

Braunston church needs urgent repairs to make it watertight, repair crumbling masonry and replace access ladders inside the tower. The total cost is estimated at £54,000! Existing church funds, grants pending and initial donations already total £24,000 meaning we need to raise a further £30,000 or just £24,000 if all remaining donations are gift aided. Much more information is on display inside…

Carols for the Housebound

The recently formed and flourishing Sunday Night Youth Group would like to come to sing carols to any who are housebound early one evening before Christmas. If you have names to suggest of those who would appreciate this, please let Charlotte know (charlotte@oakhamteam.org.uk or 01572 724198).

Bamboo Re-useable Cups

Three of these will be on display and for sale by the coffee point at Oakham on Sunday at a price of £7 each, should you be looking for a diocesan gift for someone, or for yourself. Great for having in your bag to claim discount at High Street coffee shops and a conversation starter…

Traidcraft Needs Your Help Even More

I’m sure many of you will have heard the very sad news from Gateshead regarding Traidcraft ceasing to trade in its current format. It you would like to read the full articles please have a look at their main website www.traidcraft.co.uk – there is also information on www.traidcraft.org.uk from Traidcraft exchange, Traidcraft’s sister charity. To…

Autumn Sale Update

It is now just two weeks to the Oakham Autumn Sale on Saturday 17 November, 9:30am to 12noon. This is your opportunity to take stock at home and to bring in any good, saleable items for our stalls. There will be the usual bric-a-brac, preserves, handicrafts, tombola, candles, cake stalls, and a separate jewellery and cosmetics stall. There is also a plant/gardening/environmental…

Oakham Coffee Rota

We need a few more people to join the team who make the coffee and tea after the service at Oakham on Sunday mornings. If you can offer your services to do this, even occasionally, please let Jill Welsh know, either directly or through the office.

New Organ Pistons for Oakham

The work on upgrading the piston system on the organ at Oakham has now been completed. I was asked before the upgrade what difference there would be in what we heard, and I answered ‘None’, because the extra pistons and extra memory channels increase the flexibility of the instrument considerably, but not the actual sound. However, that was not entirely true last…

Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs

Would you like to improve the comfort of your back and reduce stress? A new course, Yoga for Healthy Lower Backs, will be starting at Oakham All Saints Church Hall in November. Specialised, small group weekly classes, taught over 12 weeks, are beginner friendly and will motivate and teach you to improve your health for the long term. Simple, gentle and effective.…

Revd Helen Rayment

It is with much sadness that we note the death of the Revd Helen Rayment on Friday 19 October. Helen was licensed as Associate Priest at Ketton and Tinwell in the Rutland Deanery, where she ministered with her husband Andrew. Prior to this Helen served as Vicar of Weedon Bec with Everdon and Dodford and has held permission to officiate in the…

Service Times at Teigh & Brooke

On the second Sunday of the month, the Holy Communion service at Teigh will now be at 9:00am rather than 9:15am, and also, as from now, Evensong on the third Sunday will be at the Winter time of 4:00pm. Brooke Evensong on the first and third Sundays also moves to its Winter time of 3:00pm.

Sermon Discussion Group

After a summer break, we are re-starting the All Saints Oakham sermon discussion group, after the 10:30 service. It will take place in the Trinity Chapel, for 20-30 minutes after the service; some brief notes on the sermon will be available, and some possible questions for discussion. Any questions or comments to Revd Iain Osborne or Carol Scothern.

Vote at Oakham Tesco during Nov & Dec!

Next time you are in Tesco Oakham remember to vote for All Saints’ Church, Braunston Bats in Churches project for funding of up to £4,000 by Tesco’s Bags of Success scheme. The final funding depends on voting in the Oakham Tesco store between 1st November and 31st December. The funding will help improve coexistence of humans and bats in our ancient church.…

Remembrance Day

We are expecting that we will have 600+ people at this year’s service, and Peter Kinal asks for help please after the 10:30 service on the 11th to set up chairs & move pews. If you can help it will take about 10/15 minutes.

Diocesan Choir Festival

A message from Tansy Castledine, Director of Music at Peterborough Cathedral: Hearty congratulations to all those who participated in the DCF; it was a splendid afternoon and we accomplished a huge amount together, as a result of your incredible hard work and dedication both in advance and on the day. I hope that you enjoyed the service as much as I did,…

Oakham Autumn Sale

It is now just three weeks to the Autumn on Saturday 17 November, 9:30am to 12noon. This is your opportunity to take stock at home and to bring in any good, saleable items for our stalls. There will be the usual bric-a-brac, preserves, handicrafts, tombola, candles, cake stalls, and a separate jewellery and cosmetics stall. There is also a plant/gardening/environmental stall, so…

Langham War Memorial

It has been pointed out that the inscriptions on the war memorial are becoming obscured by the growth of moss and lichen. Is there anyone who would like to take on the job of cleaning it – advice on how to do this is available?

Appointment of Readers Emeriti

Congratulations to Robin Robson, who has recently retired from the position of Reader in the Oakham Team, and Michael Ellard (member of the Oakham 8:00am congregation) who have both been appointed to the status of Reader Emeritus.

You’re running out of time

You only have until 5th November to visit Peterborough Cathedral and see Tim Peake’s Soyuz spacecraft and his space suit. So far over 80,000 people have made that journey. Our Laudamus choir were at the Cathedral on Saturday 13th October, and were astounded to see the number of people there. The Cathedral was closed to the public from 2:30pm until 6:30pm to…

Oakham Mission Giving

As we approach the end of the year, the time has come to determine how this year’s Mission Giving from All Saints Oakham will be allocated, and you are invited to let us know if you have a charity that you would like to be considered. Please speak to Peter Hill or Michael Wilson (01572 720853 or michael.wilson@oakhamteam.org.uk). We aim to achieve…

In memory of Margaret Dehqani-Tafti

Many in the congregation will remember with affection Margaret Dehqani-Tafti, who died two years ago this month. The Holy Communion service on Friday 26th October at 10:00am in the Trinity Chapel at Oakham will be a service to commemorate Margaret, and give thanks for the bountiful fruit her life and Christian witness have borne. All are welcome.

Lost stole

‘There is greater rejoicing in heaven over the one that was lost…’ Iain would like to thank all who helped him look for his mislaid ordination stole, which has turned up. Like a squirrel with his nut, he had put it away in a ‘safe place’, and forgotten where! Apologies to all whose time was wasted.

Traidcraft Stall at Langham

A big thank you to everyone who supported the stall at the recent Team Service at Langham, the sales on the morning amounted to £64.30. The next stall at Oakham will be after the 10:30am service on 21st October. Denise.

Oakham Autumn Sale

It is now officially Autumn and so it’s time to make the annual request for any useful items for the Autumn Sale on Saturday 17 November, 9:30am to 12noon. We had a splendid response last year and we are trying very hard to match and even better our provision this year. This is your opportunity to take stock at home and to…

Sheep Knitters Needed

More sheep are required for the Oakham Advent Travelling Crib – if you can help, please contact Margaret Tyler 01572 724799 (pattern available).

Langham Christmas Festival

The Christmas Festival at Langham usually takes place every other year, so you may have been expecting one this year – however, for various reasons, it has been decided to postpone it on this occasion, but we look forward to its return in 2019 in an even better and improved format!

Traidcraft Sales

Total sales for the last three months amounted to a wonderful £482.92, averaging out at over £160.00 a month. Thank You. The stall is here after today’s 10:30 Harvest Festival, do come and have a look whilst you are having your cup of fairly traded tea or coffee. Denise (722729)

We Urgently Need Volunteer Drivers

Would you be able and willing to become a Volunteer Driver for Voluntary Action Rutland, Transport Section?. We currently have around 50 Volunteer Drivers taking Rutland’s frail, elderly, disabled and vulnerable to hospital and other medical appointments as well as social visits etc. We cover local hospitals such as Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester General, Glenfield, Nottingham City, Queens Medical Centre, both Peterborough…

Another Way To Help Traidcraft

For a number of years Traidcraft have been raising funds from the recycling of jewellery and banknotes. When I was first made aware of the scheme £9000 had already been raised. To date that figure has increased to over £37,700! If you would like to become involved in the scheme and help increase this already wonderful figure, please help yourself to one…

Fundraising Concert

Thank you to Gina Baker and her friends from Birmingham Conservatoire for putting on such a splendid concert on 1 September. It raised £780 in aid of bellringers to go towards the purchase of a wireless simulator and general repairs.

Thanks

Many thanks to everyone who contributed food and help in last Sunday’s service, Again, such a lovely array of delicious offerings, everything is so easy and fun when we all work together. Best wishes from Araminta and the Catering Committee..

Friends Coffee & Cakes Morning

A morning with the Rutland Food Bank and surprise visit by The High Sheriff Into early Autumn, on a bright morning, and after some welcome rain the day before, Church members and some friends held a Coffee and Cakes Morning in aid of working funds for the Rutland Food Bank. From 10:00am until midday, the doors of the Church Hall on Friday…

Joyce Halliday RIP

It is with regret that we announce the death of Joyce Halliday, regular member of the congregation at Oakham. Joyce’s funeral service will take place on Friday 5th October at 12 noon.

Smalls for All – Bra Recycle

BRAS! If your’e having a clear out please note that most charity shops don’t take bras but as they often cost us a lot of money they are too nice to throw in the bin. A UK based charity that sends unwanted bras to African villages to improve hygiene and prevent the rape of young girls and women, as wearing a bra…

Please Pray for Licensed Lay Ministers

On Saturday 29th September we are celebrating and giving thanks to God for licensed lay ministry in our diocese. We will be licensing new lay ministers and also re-licensing all the existing ones. This will be a great day and a sign of how lay ministry is flourishing both in our diocese and also in the Church of England. Please could I…

Bamboo Cups

Our very own, diocesan-branded bamboo cups. Each year, 100 billion single use coffee cups end up as landfill. Our 12oz reusable coffee cup is made with natural bamboo fibre – one of the world’s most sustainable resources. Fully dishwasher safe, suitable for hot and cold drinks, with a resealable ‘no-drip’ lid. (Not suitable for microwave.) Bring and re-use at diocesan events. Keep…

Traidcraft Needs Your Help

October 2019 marks the 40th anniversary of the foundation of Traidcraft. Traidcraft was formed as a Christian response to fighting poverty and in their words… Since we were founded in 1979, Traidcraft has lead the way in proving that fair trade could work professionally. This movement of radical, church-based individuals began by importing goods directly from artisans and growers and distributing them…

Friends Outing to Tolethorpe Theatre

On Saturday 28th July a group of 20 of the Friends met in the grounds of Tolethorpe Manor to enjoy a picnic and a drink together, before the matinee performance of The Merry Wives of Windsor (The Royal Shakespeare Company are also presenting the Comedy this season). The Stamford based theatre placed the time-line successfully in a pub in the wartime 1940s,…

Independent Examiner Needed

An Independent Examiner is needed for Whissendine PCC (St Andrew’s Church) accounts. If you are interested in volunteering for this role please contact the treasurer, Rosemary Powell, for an informal discussion (whisstreasurer@btinternet.com or 07753 326147). You do not need a formal accountancy qualification, just some experience of business and financial matters and ideally charities.

Jenni Duffy

We are delighted to announce that Jenni Duffy will serve her curacy in the Rutland Water Benefice following her ordination as deacon in July 2019. This is an exciting and challenging time for her and her family, so please pray for them during this final year of training and time of transition, as well as for the Rutland Water Benefice and Pippa…

Farewell

Caroline MacKinnon (skydiver) will be leaving Rutland on 13th September, and moving to be near her family. She wishes all the congregation good health and happiness, and will miss the hours she and her husband spent in worship with you all. Her address will be Flat 7, Lynchmere House, 25 Heath Road, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU31 4EH – if ever passing that way…

Friends Silver Celebration Tea Party and Quiz

Saturday 26th May 2018. Some 40 members gathered in the Church Hall for the 25th Anniversary of the founding of the Friends of All Saints. The Committee had worked hard putting up a display of photographs showing past events, decorating the tables with flowers and hanging balloons. It all looked very festive and on the central tables, groaning under the wealth of…

Churches Together in Oakham

Churches Together in Oakham is currently short of an Anglican lay representative. This lively group meets on the second Thursday of alternate months from 10:00am-12:00pm in the Methodist Church, to facilitate opportunities to work and worship together across the denominations in the town, e.g. Good Friday, the prayer breakfast, Lent groups, etc. If this is something which you feel you would like…

Thank You

Thank you to all those who helped in kind and brought donations to the stall on the 11th August 2018 at the Butter Cross. Special thank you to Bishop’s Lodge in Leicester and all those from the Leicester Diocese who helped with the raffle. Thank you to all those who helped with fetching tables, manning the stall and in donations of cakes…

Catering Help Needed

I am afraid yet again we are asking for your help, for the Institution and Induction of our new Team Rector on 23rd September. We will be serving a glass of something and a selection of delicious finger food, and if you could yet again make your wonderful offerings and drop them off in the Mayhew room from 1:00pm on the Sunday…

Oakham War Memorial

The Oakham Memorial Institute undertaken to have the War Memorial the churchyard cleaned ready for the remembrance ceremony in November which will be even more significant with this year marking 100 years since the end of the Great War. The work was completed last Friday week and involved the cleaning of the memorial, the repointing…

National Prayer Weekend

Join with Christians across the UK from Orkney to Penryn in this year’s National Prayer Weekend, 28-30 September! You could pray by yourself, gather some friends, in your small group, or even encourage your whole church to pray for your community. We are getting very excited about seeing God answering prayer in local communities across the UK. Have a look here for…

Oakham PCC

Apologies for delay in reporting this to you – holiday got in the way! This meeting was dominated by the need to discuss at length the Quinquennial report (an examination and overview of entire building and grounds, done every 5 years). Immediate work to be done – electrical installation improvements, removal of vegetation on parapets and louvre inspection/repair, and a crumbling window…

Alpha Course

Churches Together in Oakham are running an Alpha Course this autumn, to be held at the Baptist Church. Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. Alpha is run all around the globe, and everyone is welcome. It runs in cafés, churches, universities, homes –…

USPG Stamp Collection

Owing to the illness of our stamp co-ordinator, we are no longer able to act as collators for used postage stamps to aid USPG, so please do not bring any further stamps. Many thanks to all who have contributed over the years, thus providing USPG with a very useful extra income.

Churches Together in Oakham & District

Our church leaders met at Launde in June to discuss Mission to Oakham and to review our activities and aims, highlighting four area for future consideration: (1) more regular opportunities to meet and worship together, (2) getting to know each other better, (3) improved communication and (4) homelessness issues. There will be a further meeting on 29th October at 7:00 pm, at…