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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…


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 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 /

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 ( 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 – there is also information on 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 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!