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Vacancy for Team Vicar

Team Vicar with responsibility for Langham, Braunston, Brooke, Hambleton and Egleton The Bishop of Peterborough and the Team Rector of Oakham seek to appoint a confident and creative, community minded disciple maker to provide oversight of these parishes within the Oakham Team Ministry, which serves the county town of Rutland and nine surrounding villages. The…

Traidcraft Sales

The last three months of 2018 saw a total figure of £1,715.17, an AMAZING amount, and my thanks go to everyone who stepped up to the plate to support Traidcraft at this difficult time for them. Of this figure I can also identify over £1,200.00 as being sales specific to Christmas, not only sales on Sunday mornings but also the Autumn sale…

Healing Ministry

Jesus’ healing ministry was a natural part of his everyday ministry, yet the church has developed the habit of treating healing as something out of the ordinary. As a way forward in making healing ministry more a part of our everyday ministry a new venture is beginning in the Oakham Team Ministry – every 2nd…

Rutland Calendar 2019

Richard Adams has reported that sales of the Rutland Calendar for 2019 have raised approximately £1,250 for the Rutland Historic Churches Preservation Trust, and he would like to thank all of you who purchased a copy. Thanks to Richard also for his splendid work in producing the calendar – you can see the wonderful photos online here

Rutland Foodbank still needs YOU

This time not for donations but to try and find people we have yet to reach. The Trussell Trust stats show just what categories they may fall into. Are they too proud to ask for help? Don’t know how to access us or the referral agencies? Don’t know about us? Elderly with the dilemma of choosing between heating and eating? Please help.…

Mothers’ Union December Meeting

Our Monthly Meeting on Thursday 13 December was a celebration of Christmas with communion and readings, with tea and cakes. We were very pleased to have The Revd Stephen Griffiths join us for the first time. Patsy Clifton was admitted as member of the Mothers’ Union, and was greeted with a round of applause. It was sad to hear the news that…

Advent in Braunston

Thank you to everyone who supported the Braunston Church Advent Fayre, where there was a great mix of traditional and interesting new items on sale. The total raised was a fantastic £2,300 which helped to swell the repair fund! And also huge thanks to everyone who participated in Braunston’s first Living Advent Windows event. All the displays, phone box included, looked fabulous.…

Braunston Bat Boxes

Our Heritage Lottery funding for 2019 has been confirmed and this allows us to make the blocking work inside the church permanent. The bats can continue to roost in the south aisle roof, but this work prevents them getting into the interior of the church and will stop the fouling of the pews, walls and floors, so everyone – bats and humans…

Braunston Repairs Update

A big thank you to the many people across the village who have made generous donations towards the urgent repairs required to keep our village Church watertight. So far, £38,000 has been raised, which means that there are just £13,000 in gift-aided donations needed. If you would like to make a donation to take us to the £54,000 total, please make a…

Oakham PCC – 22 November

A comprehensive report on safeguarding issues was given by our Safeguarding Officer, Ruth Bray, and a copy of Promoting a Safer Church is in the Church Office. Finance: Drafting of the 2019 budget awaited insurance costs (likely to be down after the installation of roof alarm system) and Parish Share costs for 2019 and salaries updates. Current giving is still down and…

Bereavement Support

Losing a loved one by death is painful. The grief may feel unbearable, last longer than you expect, or reappear later, perhaps in response to an anniversary or another source of stress. All Saints has a team of trained and commissioned volunteers who offer home visits to the bereaved. This service is open to those…

Midweek Services

There will be no midweek services over the Christmas period, but the usual pattern of morning prayer and midweek communions at All Saints Oakham will resume on Thursday 3rd January. Communion services at the Chapel of St John and St Anne will resume on Wednesday 9th January.

Christine Carlin

We are sorry to report that Christine Carlin died on Thursday 13 December. Not only was Christine a faithful member of All Saints Oakham, but a strong member of the Mothers’ Union, organiser of Women’s World Day of Prayer events and secretary of the All Saints Concert Society. Her funeral will be at All Saints Oakham on Friday 11 January at 12:30pm.

Tea Party

The tea parties for this year ended on 2nd December with a very successful Christmas tea, with carols. It is very difficult to thank everyone who helped by name without possibly missing someone, so thank you to everyone who helped. We have not set a date for the next party but it will be in early March. Peter Kinal.

Traidcraft Sales

November was an amazing month – the total for all sales was an outstanding £824.25, thank you SO much to everyone who has supported the stall in its various forms, I look forward to reporting another good month for December. Denise.

Autumn Sale

The total figure for the Autumn Sale now stands at £2506. Many thanks again to all who have contributed in any way to this wonderful amount. Date for you diary, with slight name change: Saturday 16th November – Autumn Fayre 2019.

Christ the King – Icon of Love

This is the title of a new book by Revd Raymond Tomkinson. For many centuries Christians have found the symbol of the cross to be a source of inspiration. Reflections in this book explore the less well-known cross which depicts Christ reigning as king of heaven and earth. Flyers with more information are available in Oakham church, and the book can be…

Michael Pooley RIP

Michael Pooley, formerly a bell ringer & choir member of All Saints Oakham, died peacefully at home in Durham on 12th November 2018.

Christmas Post

Oakham All Saints Scout Group will be hand delivering Christmas post in Oakham in return for a small donation. The Post Box will be in Oakham Church from 2nd to 16th December.

Autumn Sale

We are very pleased to announce that the total figure for the Autumn Sale now stands at £2,543. Many thanks to all who have contributed in any way to this wonderful amount. Steering Group 2018.

Oakham Nativity Tableau

All those children wishing to take part in the Oakham Nativity Tableau on 16 December are invited to come to the rehearsal on 15 December at 2:00pm in the church where roles will be allocated and a practise will take place. We are short of children this year and may invite the odd adult to spontaneously take part!

Advent Reflections

Are you ready for Christmas? Put down the wrapping paper and come to one (or more!) of the Advent reflections happening in Oakham this December. Give yourself some space to remember the reason for the season. This year there will be (1) a Tuesday late-morning group to meet 11:00am on Tuesdays – 4th (2 Wensum Close), 11th (45 Trent Road), 18th (2…

Travelling Nativity and Posada

The Holy Family will once again be travelling around Oakham and the villages as the travelling nativities and posadas are sent off on their journeys today. As we did last year, there will be an ongoing ‘blog’ to follow their progress on the website so that everyone can see where they have been. If you are hosting them, just take a photo…

Mary Willows

Mary’s many friends here will, we are sure, be glad to hear that she has moved to live with her daughter Ann. Iain spoke to her this week, and she sounds very happy and grateful for all the care, prayer and loving messages she has received. You might want to send a card to her at: 12 Osprey Close, Broughton Astley, LE9…

Celebrating over 40 years of Good News!

Celebrating over 40 years of Good News! Some things just happen, and the Parish Good News Magazine has for so many years ‘just happened’ thanks to David and Meg Dyer’s faithful service. David started the magazine initially as a Braunston parish news sheet in the late 70’s. That morphed into News from the Gwash in the early 80’s supporting the first amalgamation…

Autumn Sale 2018

It is a great pleasure to be able to say what a successful Autumn Sale we have had at Oakham this year. We began our planning with the joint aims of offering a welcoming morning in the church to the local community, whilst at the same time raising much needed funds for All Saints. The comments received seem to say that the…

Unclaimed Raffle Prizes

Any of you who came to the Autumn Sale on Saturday November 17th may be the lucky winners of three unclaimed raffle prizes. Please can you check your pockets and bags to see if you still have the tickets, so you could come into church and claim your gift. Please could you also tell any friends or neighbours who came to the…

Christingle

Part of the run up to Christmas is Christingle, which is on Sunday 9th December at 4pm; and part of the excitement is making the Christingles on Saturday 8th Deember at 2pm in the Mayhew Room. It is always fun. Please come and join us if you would like to.

Mrs Mary Willows

Revd Iain Osborne has been in touch with Mary’s family, who want to pass on her thanks for our prayers in her recent poor health. Please keep praying, and she also greatly appreciates cards and letters (she is in Belton House Retirement Home, Littleworth Lane, Belton In Rutland, Oakham, LE15 9JZ). However, Mary is too tired to cope with people, so we…

Rutland Foodbank

Please have a look at the ‘Reverse’ Advent Calendar highlighting possible donations this Advent. Also, do have a look at the Foodbank’s Facebook page.

Thank You

I would like to say thank you to all the people that helped to set up the Remembrance Service – to all those after the 10:30 service who moved pews, set up chairs and put out service sheets; to all those who helped during the service and those who helped clear afterwards. I calculate we had in excess of 700 people at…

Update From Traidcraft

It was announced last week that Traidcraft PLC has been given the opportunity to continue its mission, which is fantastic news. For full details please do have a look at https://www.traidcraftshop.co.uk/bulletin and also continue with me to support them in their work. Thank you. Denise

St John & St Anne Recruiting

St John & St Anne (almshouse provider) are looking to recruit to the following positions: Property Services Manager (30 hours per week – 5 days) and Administrative Assistant (25 hours per week – 5 days). This local charity, a leading provider of accommodation for older people, is seeking to strengthen its staff team with two permanent appointments. The ideal applicants will be…

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…