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Team Magazine

Following an enthusiastic meeting last week, we are looking towards developing the successor to the Good News magazine which saw its final edition in December. The new publication will probably be published three times a year, and will be a vehicle for communication across the Team, enabling us to share what is happening in our churches with each other and further afield.…

Travelling Nativity 2018

Thank you very much to everyone who hosted the Holy Family for a night during Advent. The posts on the blog are lovely. There is also a display in the Play and Pray area of Church showing all the wonderful pictures taken with the cameras in the sets. Please do have a look at it if you get a chance and see…

Going Forward in the Northern Parishes

One year on from Deborah’s licensing on 4 February 2018 the four parishes of Whissendine, Ashwell, Market Overton and Teigh are reflecting on the Bishop’s question that day (as at the welcome of all new parish priests) ‘Will you share with Deborah in worship and witness, mission and pastoral care?’ and how the response made ‘With the help of God we will’…

Peter May RIP

We are sorry to report that Peter May died on Friday 18 January. Peter was a longstanding member of All Saints Oakham, and was chairman of the Friends of All Saints for 10 years. He was also a town councillor, and was twice mayor of Oakham, His funeral will take place at Oakham on Tuesday 19 February at 2pm.

Supported Housing for Homeless People – Project Sukkot

Meeting – Tuesday 5 February 7.30pm at All Saints Oakham Church Hall The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free. (Luke 4.18) In the face of a growing…

Office Hours

Please note that the opening hours of the Team Office at All Saints Oakham are changing slightly from this week – the office will be open on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9am to 2pm, and will be closed on Wednesdays. If you need to deliver a notice for the Pewsheet to the office please do before it closes on Tuesday…

Meditation Group

For several years Chris and Barbara Bamber have been responsible for the meditation group which meets every Wednesday in the Chapel of St John & St Anne, St Anne’s Close, Oakham. They are handing over to Michael Hinman. People arrive at the chapel from 5.30pm. and meditate in silence for 25 minutes from 6pm. See Michael for more details.

Traidcraft Update

The latest news from Traidcraft is now available on their website – as well as the current bulletin you can also read back copies. Don’t forget the stall will be in Church after today’s 10.30am service. Thank you. Denise (01572 722729).

The Friends being friends visit to Gates Garden Centre

With last February’s cold and snowy weather in mind, it was decided to bring the proposed visit to Gates forward to December, and notices were put into the pewsheet to that effect. A dozen or so of us met on 6 December in the restaurant and spent a very pleasant morning with coffee, cake and friendly chatter, before having a look at…

Lead Theft

The Diocese has been notified of a lead theft at the Church of St Faith, Kilsby, sometime between 25 and 28 December 2018. Lead has been removed from the south slope of the nave. As always, please remain vigilant and to report immediately any suspicious activity to the police.

Help for Foodbank

Foodbank Trustees are seeking a volunteer to help with some administrative work, acting as secretary to the trustees meeting which takes place bimonthly on a Wednesday evening, taking notes and issuing the minutes? If that might suit you, please contact David Clark ( Also, volunteers are needed at the warehouse, to help at a mutually agreed session time – afternoon/morning at peak…

Unihoc Competition

Following a very enjoyable Rounders Competition in the summer, which Charlotte was invited to umpire at Barrowden Cricket Club, the Welland Fosse Group of Churches has challenged the Oakham Team Ministry to a Unihoc Competition on the afternoon of Sunday 17 February, to take place at North Luffenham School Hall from 2–5pm. This promises to…

The Children’s Society Collection

You will be as delighted as I am to know that the candle Christingle boxes, plus another box have raised £92.74. Thank you to all those generous people who have donated to this wonderful cause. And to my granddaughter Polly who helped me count all those coins. Robin Robson

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…


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.