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Easter Lilies

Donations for Easter Lilies are invited, and should be put in an envelope marked ‘Easter Lilies’ and given to any member of the flower guild, the verger or the churchwardens. Lilies cost approx £2.00 each. Further information from Jackie Vecqueray.

Thank You from Oakham All Saints Scout Group

We would like to say a huge thank you for all the kind donations and cards to post following our Christmas Postal service – we raised a massive £82.70 for the group which is earmarked for new craft and camping equipment for all sections of the group. We will be back again In November and December and we will advertise our collection…

Oakham Weekly Giving Envelopes

Would existing givers, using weekly giving envelopes, please collect their box for the next year from the South Door table. Others should consider whether to contribute by this convenient route. There are spares! Some people may prefer the more convenient method via their bank. Confidentiality: Only I know how much you are giving. Please contact me. Gordon Woods (gordon.woods@oakhamteam.org.uk or 01572 755371)

Children’s Society

The Christingle and collecting Children’s Society boxes raised £418.39 in December. This was an excellent result and I would like to thank everyone involved for this. I have some Children’s Society Collecting boxes – if you would like one, please contact me. Robin Robson (robin@oakhamteam.org.uk or 01572 757404)

Foodbank Update

The Foodbank is currently short of the following items – long-life fruit juice, packets of Smash, sponge puddings, long-life milk, washing-up liquid, jam, toothbrushes, toothpaste, small chocolate bars or sweets, small sugar (500g), small coffee jars, tinned carrots & potatoes, dog & cat food. We have plenty of porridge oats, cereals and baked beans at the moment.

Oakham APCM Annual Reports

The APCM at Oakham will be held on Sunday 9 April after a combined morning service at 10:00am, and the annual reports will be published on Sunday 2 April – to that end please would leaders of all groups and organisations please submit their reports by Mothering Sunday, 26 March, or earlier if possible, preferably by email to notices@oakhamteam.org.uk.

The Real Easter Egg

Denise is taking orders once again for The Real Easter Egg, please do get in touch if you would like one (01572 722729 or denise.mcdonald@oakhamteam.org.uk)

APCMs 2017

Every church is required to hold its Annual Parochial Church Meeting before the end of April. It is the occasion when Churchwardens and PCC members are elected, and is a good opportunity to review the work of the Church over the past year. Dates for the Team Churches are as follows (in church unless noted otherwise): Oakham – Sun 9 Apr 11:15am;…

Lent Services & Lunches

Lent begins on Wednesday – see the diary for full details of services. There will be a service of Stations of the Cross at Oakham every Friday at 11:30am (3 March to 7 April). Lent Lunches take place in Oakham Church Hall at 12 noon on Fridays from 10 March to 7 April inclusive, organised by Churches Together in Oakham and District.…

Betty Tidd RIP

Betty Tidd sadly passed away on Friday 17 February. Her funeral will be at Oakham Chuirch on Tuesday 14 March at 2:30pm.

Bats in the Belfry

Braunston Church has been unveiled as one of the three trial sites of a new initiative that aims to ease the tensions between those that maintain church buildings and the established colonies of bats that tend to like living in them. Indeed, at least 60% of pre-16th Century churches are estimated to contain bat roosts, and at least 8 species are known…

Braunston Church Hedge

Many thanks to all who have helped to remove the overgrown Leylandi hedge between the Church and Village Hall. Suddenly there is a wholly new view! The plan now is to plant a new yew hedge which will be limited in ultimate height to no more than 8ft or 2.5m – using small bare root saplings. It is hoped that this will…

Foodbank Update

The Foodbank is currently short of the following items – long-life fruit juice, packets of Smash, sponge puddings, long-life milk, washing-up liquid, jam, toothbrushes, toothpaste and small chocolate bars or sweets. We have plenty of porridge oats, cereals, tea and baked beans at the moment.

Revd Owen Williams

After working in this team for a year as curate, our 10:30 Service on 19 February at Oakham is the last service that The Revd Owen Williams will be with us for. We will be praying for Owen and his family in the intercessions and bidding farewell to him at the end of the Service.

Oakham PCC

At the meeting on 25 January, items discussed included the following: It was noted that there was a full church at the carol service, with a significant number of non-parishioners, and that communicants on Christmas morning outnumbered those at midnight; The Autumn Sale raised £1950 in total; Mission giving would be finalised on 21 February; A change in the parish share calculation…

Old Lighting?

Do any of our churches have old light fittings lurking in a storeroom or shed – maybe of the industrial or theatrical type? A local electrician would be pleased to take them off your hands to revamp, and make a donation to church funds. Please contact David Martin (07789 480370 or david.martin@oakhamteam.org.uk)

Water Mains Maintenance

Severn Trent Water are working to renew the water mains in Oakham, which will cause disruption around the town centre between February and November this year, staring with traffic lights in Station Road through most of February and March. Click here for full details.

Jam Jars Needed

Jam jars are needed by those making things for sale at the Oakham Church Fair. If you have any to contribute please contact Pamela Woods on 755371.

Easter Chicks

Knitted chicks are required for Easter – if you can help please contact Margaret Tyler (01572 724799 or margaret.tyler@oakhamteam.org.uk). Pattern available.

Oakham Mission Giving

The Mission Giving Group will be meeting on 21st February to decide on the allocation for this year, so if you have any suggestions for organisations or projects that you would like to be considered, please pass then to Peter Hill or to Lee before then.

Friends of All Saints Oakham

The Friends of All Saints Church URGENTLY need a Treasurer. The accounts are well organised on a spreadsheet to date. Can someone please look after uncomplicated finances of the group? Contact Beryl Kirtland (01572 724103 or beryl.kirtland@oakhamteam.org.uk). Please also see the diary entries for forthcoming events – Shrovetide Party (27 February), AGM (26 March) and Songs of Praise 1997 (2 April).

Traidcraft Stall Extra Date

The stall will be at Langham after the 11:00am Candlemas service on 29th January. The dates for February at All Saints Oakham are 5th and 19th after the 10:30 service. Denise.

Fundraising 1912 style

Richard Adams has passed on a copy of a brochure for a three-day bazaar held in the Victoria Hall in December 1912 to raise funds for All Saints Oakham. A packed programme included musical recitals, dramatic productions, sideshows and competitions (including Hat Trimming for Gentlemen, Nail Driving for Ladies, Candle Lighting with one match and…

Foodbank Update

A massive thank you to all who made contributions, sponsored hampers, packed hampers and volunteered in any capacity over the festive period. 170 hampers were assembled conveyor belt style in record time at the Oakham food bank then handed out to voucher holders at both Uppingham and Oakham along with drinks and seasonal food. 19 families including 50 children from local schools…

Lent Course 2017

This year’s Lent Course, organised by Churches Together in Oakham and District, is Receiving Christ in five different ways, written by Canon John Young. To all who received him … he gave power to become children of God – John 1.12 This raises big questions: Aren’t we all children of God anyway? Just how can…

Langham Prayer & Planning

The Langham worship group have been giving some thought to how to develop the all-age/children’s service provision (currently Church@4) in the future, and we will be using the Third Sunday 4pm slot for a time of prayer & planning, with the chance to brainstorm and develop some of our ideas. If you feel that you could contribute to the process, please contact…

Encountering God

A series of six talks in which local author Raymond Tomkinson draws on the Church’s rich heritage in Christian spirituality to explore different aspects of encountering God as the source of grace for deeper engagement with God and with the world around us. Set within the service of Word, Worship & Response. More information

Langham Lunches

These are no longer taking place at the Wheatsheaf, but on the 3rd Tuesdays for the next 6 months (January 17th being the first date) the lunches will be in the Village Hall. Two courses £7.50, 12:30 start. Booking essential via Val on 01572 756202 or Susan on 01572 723532.

Traidcraft Christmas Sales

The total for sales from the Christmas catalogue amounted to a wonderful £911.32, Thank you so much to everyone who, once again, has contributed to this figure. As ever your purchase, however large or small, does makes such a difference to the lives of the producers. The next two dates for the stall will be after the 10:30am services at Oakham today…

Traidcraft Fairtrade Stall

Change of normal pattern – the next two dates for the stall will be after the 10:30am services at Oakham on 8th and 15th January. Many thanks to everyone who placed an order from the Christmas catalogue, your support really does make a difference to people’s lives. I am still processing the orders and will advise a total figure as and when…

Oakham Town Carol Service

Donations of mince pies are requested please for the Carol Service on Thursday 22 December – if you can help, please contact Marilyn Tomalin (01572 723184 or marilyn.tomalin@oakhamteam.org.uk)

All Saints Oakham Cards

The Friends of All Saints Oakham are pleased to be able to offer for sale cards featuring Alan Oliver’s new painting of the church. They are available by the South Door, or from Friends committee members, either in A6 notelet size (£4 for a pack of 5), or larger greet6ing card size (£2 each).

Oakham Autumn Sale

The final total for the All Saints Autumn Sale has risen to £1773. Many thanks to all who made this possible, making, baking, helping and spending!

Leicester Temple Visit

On 1 November a group visited four contrasting places of worship in Leicester – Hindu and Sikh Temples, a Muslim Mosque and a Jewish Synagogue. The stimulating experience that resulted has been fully reported by Roderick Wells here, and Roderick will be preaching on the experience in the New Year.

New Curates

The Bishop has agreed to place two newly ordained deacons as curates in the Oakham Team from June 2017. They are: Mr Iain Osborne currently in training at Ridley Hall Cambridge. Iain will serve a Stipendiary curacy, he and his wife Susan will live in Trent Road, Oakham. Mrs Charlotte Osborn, currently training on the Eastern Ministerial Training Course will serve as…

Oakham PCC

At the PCC meeting on 15 November the following items were discussed: (1) The current financial situation was discussed, but mission giving for 2016 and the budget for 2017 was delayed until the January meeting; (2) Boiler – routing of pipework is still to be confirmed, and final costs will be known once tenders are received. Estimated completion is May 2017; (3)…

Retirement of Revd Janet Tebby

It is announced today that Revd Janet Tebby Team Vicar with responsibility for Whissendine, Teigh Ashwell and Market Overton will retire at Easter 2017. Janet has served a very fruitful minsitry here for the last 5 years and will be greatly missed. There will be a leaving service for all Team Parishes at Whissendine on 30th April. Janet will be retiring to…

An Advent Space – Mapping Advent

During the four weeks of Advent you are invited to explore some of its rich themes through Biblical reflection, art, poetry and music. We will meet at 2 Wensum Close, Oakham from 10:00am-11:30am on Tuesday mornings. Each session will stand alone, so come when you can and all are welcome. We shall be using material produced by the Bishop of Norwich’s Chaplain,…

Late Night Shopping

Late night shopping takes place in Oakham on Monday 5 December – as part of what’s going on in the town we will be providing refreshments (mulled wine) in church, and also offering a gift wrapping service. Offers of help are needed for both serving refreshments and gift wrapping, and of course just being around to talk to people. Please speak to…

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. £15 will sponsor one hamper but any amount is welcome – cheques made payable to ‘Rutland Foodbank’.…

Oakham Mission Giving

We are about to decide on the 2016 allocation of Mission Giving money from All Saints Oakham, so if you have a charity that you would like to be considered, please notify Michael Wilson as soon as possible on 01572 720853 or email mwilson@keme.co.uk. We aim to achieve a balance between local, national and international charities.

The Christmas Memory Tree

Remember Someone Special – once again, from early December, there will be a Christmas tree in Braunston churchyard. Paper hearts and pens will be available in the church to decorate, write names or memories of loved ones on. Leave your decorated heart in the basket provided in church together with a £1 and we will laminate the heart and put it on…

Thank You

Thank you to all the willing helpers, who moved pews & set up chairs to help me get the Church ready for last Sunday’s Remembrance Service. There were between 500 & 600 people at the service, and without your help it would have been a difficult task setting up. Thank you all, Peter Kinal.

Would You Like To Sing?

The choir would welcome some new members – either to join us for the forthcoming carol services, or for the longer term. We have the Advent Carol Service in two weeks’ time, and we are beginning to practice for the Christmas Carol Services. We practice on Tuesday evenings at Whissendine (see inside back cover for details and contact Kevin if you are…

Christmas Post

After a short break, Oakham All Saints Scout Group is back to running the local Oakham only Christmas Post scheme this year. For a small donation for each card (20-30p is our suggested donation but we are flexible and appreciate all the donations we receive) we will hand deliver your cards to addresses in Oakham. We will be in church morning services…

All Saints Oakham Flower Guild

All Saints Flower Guild are looking for some new members to help decorate the church at festival times – a willingness to have a go is all you need. Please contact Anna (01572 756845 or anna.oliver@oakhamteam.org.uk).

Thank You to The Friends

Rainbows Hospice for children and young people send a huge thank you to The Friends of All Saints’ Church for the donation of £257 (raised at the Coffee Morning) and for £134.80 raised from the bucket collection at The Tide Lunch. Thank you to all who made this possible at the two events, both very enjoyable and a great sharing of friendship.

Oakham Heating

We are experiencing continuing problems with the boiler at Oakham, and in the likely event that you find yourself in a cold church this Sunday we offer sincere apologies for the ongoing problem. The engineers will be visiting again on Wednesday, and we hope that this will result in a more enduring fix.

The Real Advent Calendar

If you would like to order a Real Advent Calendar – made by the same company that produces the Real Easter Egg, please do get in touch. I will be taking orders up to Sunday 20th November. Denise (01572 722729).

Remembrance Day Communion

On Friday 11 November there will not be a service of Holy Communion at All Saints Oakham as it is Armistice Day, and the church is being used for a school Remembrance Service. It also allows people to attend other remembrance events in the town. Remembrance Sunday

Tiny Tots and Children In Need

On Thursday 17th November the children at Tiny Tots will be having a collection for Children In Need. If you would like to contribute to this please do call in on the morning of the 17th, we meet from 9:45 to 11:00am and all donations will be very gratefully received. Thank you. Denise, Alice and Liz.

Dominic’s Licensing

Revd Dr Dominic Coad will be licensed by the Bishop of Newcastle on Monday 28th November at 7:30pm in his new post as Team Vicar in the Benwell & Scotswood Benefice in Newcastle at the Church of the Venerable Bede, Benwell Grove, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE4 8AQ. It is hoped that some people from Oakham will be…

Dominic’s Leaving Service

A word of thanks to all who made Sundays leaving service so special; to the choir and Kevin & Peter and all who took part and to Dominic who preached very movingly in gratitude for all he has experienced in his curacy here. Particular thanks to Marilyn and her large team of helpers for the…

Memorial Garden Planting

Thank you to Oakham in Bloom, and to all those parishioners who helped them, for the successful replanting on Saturday morning of the Memorial Garden on the south side of All Saints’ Church Oakham. More details

Readers and Intercessors needed

Would you like to join the team of people who read or lead the intercessions at the 10:30am service at Oakham? It is always good to welcome new faces, and perhaps younger members of the congregation, to the team. Please contact Anne Venning (anne.venning@oakhamteam.org.uk) if you are interested. If you are a member of one of the village churches, then please speak…

Margaret Dehqani-Tafti RIP

Margaret Dehqani-Tafti died peacefully on 22nd October 2016 at Oakham Vicarage surrounded by her family. The funeral service will be at Oakham Parish Church on Thursday 10th November at 12:30pm, followed by a private burial at Winchester Cathedral. Donations if desired to St Martin-in-the -Fields Christmas Appeal. Registered Charity 261359 – by phone to 08000 828284, by post to Freepost St Martins…

Foodbank Thank You

A huge thank you to all who contributed to the fantastic donations to the Foodbank over the Harvest Festival period. Until all is sorted in the warehouse we do not have shortages to report, except perhaps sanitary items and toiletries.

Open House

Would anyone be willing to host an Open House coffee morning next year? We have them once a month and would be pleased to have some new hosts. Normally there are about 10 to 15 people between 10am & 12noon. Please contact Beryl Waites (01572 722893 or beryl.waites@oakhamteam.org.uk).

Prayers & Readings

Users of Prayers and Readings will be disappointed that there will not be another edition, at least for a while. Unfortunately, Tom, the originator, has had a fall and is recovering only slowly.

New Canon to be installed

Congratulations to Revd Dr Guli Francis-Dehqani on her appointment as a non-residentiary Canon of Peterborough Cathedral. Guli is Curate Training Officer in the Diocese of Peterborough, and is the wife of Team Rector, Revd Canon Lee Francis-Dehqani. Guli will be installed at evensong on Thursday 3 November at 5:30pm.

Dominic’s Leaving Service & Lunch

Dominic’s last Sunday will be Sunday 30th October (All Saints’ Sunday) when we will have a joint Team Service at Oakham Parish Church at 10:30am (don’t forget that the clocks go back that morning!). This service will be followed by pre-cooked light lunch. There will be no sign-up for the meal; all will be welcome.…

Oakham PCC

At the last meeting on 3 October the following items were discussed: (1) The Treasurer’s role at Oakham is now being fulfilled by Sue Willetts as Finance Assistant, who will be working in the office on Tuesdays (finance@oakhamteam.org.uk); (2) The boiler project is subject to delay due to the need for approval of pipework siting; (3) Planting of the new Memorial Garden…

Traidcraft Sales and Catalogue

Sales for August and September amounted to a healthy £290.97 – as ever thank you to everyone who generously contributed to this figure. I now have copies of the new catalogue for Christmas and will be taking orders for the next couple of months. Thank you to the folk who have already placed an order. The next couple of stalls will be…

Langham Parish Church Survey

It is really important that St Peter and St Paul is the church the people of Langham want us to be and I am pleased to say there has been a healthy response to our summer survey that will help us to be that church in our village community. My huge thanks to everyone who took the time to fill in the…

Langham Posada

Langham Church has four Posada Christmas Crib sets that go round the village during December, returning at the Christmas Eve Crib service. A Posada set consists of a stable and wooden Nativity figures, and will easily sit on a windowsill or coffee table. All you have to do is to host it overnight, and then pass it on to a neighbour, or…

Langham Christmas Festival

Planning for the 2016 Langham Christmas Festival is well under way! You’ll shortly be seeing invitations to enter Christmas trees appearing around the village. This is a great event for local people, schools and businesses to showcase their creativity, have some fun, and build this much-loved community event together. Click here for more information. Debbie…

Oakham Sunday School

We are in the happy situation of having a Sunday School which has grown and the ages of the children now cover a larger range. In consequence we have split it into three groups – (1) Sunday School for children between 4 and 11 (Primary School age) will meet every Sunday of term times except for third Sunday when it is Family…

Clergy Appointment

It was announced on Sunday 4 September in all our Team Parishes that our curate  Revd Dr Dominic Coad has been appointed as Team Vicar in the Benwell and Scotswood Team, in the Diocese of Newcastle. Dominic’s last Sunday will be Sunday 30th October when we will have a joint Team Service at Oakham Parish Church…

Oakham Faculty Applications

Applications for two faculties have been granted permission subject to public display for 28 days. These are for the upgrade to the church clock, with electric winding and automatic time regulation, and for the installation of the standard of the late Sir Jock Kennedy. Details of both can be viewed in the Parish Office or using the links below. Clock Winding Installation…

Oakham PCC Meeting

Please note that the date of the next PCC Meeting is now Monday 3rd October at the usual place and time (the original meeting date of Wednesday 28th September is cancelled).

Friends Coffee Morning

Thank you to everyone who helped and attended the Coffee Morning on Friday 2nd September. A magnificent sum of £252 was raised which will be presented to Rainbows Children’s Hospice at The Tide Lunch on Thursday 3rd November.

Clergy Appointment

It was announced last week in all our Team Parishes that our curate, Revd Dr Dominic Coad has been appointed as Team Vicar in the Benwell and Scotswood Team, in the Diocese of Newcastle. Dominic’s last Sunday will be Sunday 30th October when we will have a joint Team Service at Oakham Parish Church at…

Christian Aid Week 2016

The results for 2016 were as follows: All Saints Oakham – £700.59 Braunston – £312.70 Brooke – £136.12 Egleton – £308.00 Langham – £101.26 Oakham Methodist – £657.90 Oakham Baptist – £172.42 Knossington – £407.37 Making a total of £2,796.36 Thanks to all collectors, who worked hard during the week. The overall total is less – mainly due to a smaller number of…

All Saints Memorial Garden

Plans are well in advance for the new memorial garden and the existing shrubbery is due to be removed sometime during September. Planting of the new scheme is planned to take place on Saturday 22nd October at 12 noon, and the Oakham in Bloom team would welcome help from parishioners who are willing to get involved on the day. Please contact Alison…

Knitters Needed

More sheep are required for the Oakham Travelling Nativity sets. If you can help please contact Margaret Tyler on 01572 724799 or margaret.tyler@oakhamteam.org.uk.

Thank You

Thank you to all who helped with the MSF market stall on Saturday 13th August. We raised £189.90 and a last minute donation raised the whole amount to £192.90 for the hospitals and children in these hospitals and camps in Jordan on the Syrian and Iraq borders. Thank you to all those who donated cakes, jams etc and raffle prizes from the Leicester…

Braunston Roof Alarm

It’s great to be able to have our church roof protected through your generous donations for the roof alarm. Have you wondered what it sounds like? Here’s you chance to find out – we shall be demonstrating it on Saturday 24 September at the end of the first day of our exhibition.

Foodbank Update

The Foodbank is currently short of the following items – small sugar (500g), custard, tinned carrots, peas & potatoes, rice pudding, sponge puddings, long life fruit juice, cordials, coffee, smash, chocolates & sweets, toilet rolls, shower gel, shampoo etc. Items that we have plenty of are porridge, tea, soup and cereal, so please do not donate these at the moment.

Egleton Roof Theft

During the night of Wednesday 3 August an attempt was made to steal lead from the chancel roof of Egleton Church. Fortunately the alarm did its job and the thieves made a quick getaway. Please let us all be extra vigilant in all our Team Churches.

Traidcraft Sales and Stall Dates

The sales for July amounted to a healthy £256.58 – as ever thank you so much to all who support the regular stall. Dates for August are today at Oakham after the 10:30 service and again on 28th, the 4th Sunday this month rather than the third – a change to the normal pattern as I will be on holiday. Thank you.…

Oakham PCC

At the PCC meeting on 13 July it was agreed to proceed with the boiler project following the grant of a Faculty from the DAC. The boilers will be situated on the north wall of the parish office. Tenders for the work will now be sought with a view to starting work in November and completion by Christmas. A Faculty has also…

Braunston Bats

Braunston Church’s resident population of circa 600 bats are active again, creating a significant workload during the summer months to keep the church clean. We urgently need volunteers who can spare an hour or two every month or so to vacuum floors and clean pews and furniture etc. If you would like to help please contact Sue Willetts (01572 722150 or sue.willetts@oakhamteam.org.uk)…

Stamford Academy Language Courses

Stamford Academy’s 10 week (20 hour) Modern Language Courses are scheduled to start in the week commencing Monday 26 September 2016. These courses, taught by native speaking teachers, include Arabic, Dutch, German, French, Italian, Russian and Spanish at Beginner, Improver and Intermediate levels, 2 hours per week with a 10 week continuation course in January and Easter 2017. Part-time and full-time English…

Daisy House RIP

Daisy House, a long standing member of Oakham Church and Mothers Union died peacefully at Old Wisteria House, Uppingham. Her funeral will be in Oakham Church on Tuesday 19th at 1:30pm. It is hoped that parishioners who knew Daisy will be able to attend.

Prayers and Readings

The new edition, from July to November is now available to pick up from Oakham Church (by the South Door). It gives suggestions for daily reading and prayer from 10th July to 12th November 2016. You can also download a copy here.

Christian Aid Week

Churches Together raised £2,800 this year – a lower amount than last year, but using fewer collectors. Brooke and Langham both collected more than last year. Christian Aid likes different ways to raise money, and were glad that we made almost £1,000 with our Lent Lunches. The Methodist Church are holding ‘Open Gardens’ for a charge. Details for the week are still…

Traidcraft

The Traidcraft stall will be present in Church after the 10:30 service on 3rd, 17th and 31st July. Please do have a look at what Traidcraft has to offer and even if you don’t need to buy anything consider making a donation to the very worthwhile work of Traidcraft Exchange. If you would like any more information about the work of Traidcraft…

Intercession Books

The books of intercessions resources in the office have disappeared – if you have borrowed them, please return them as soon as possible.

Faculty Applications

Oakham PCC have applied for permissions for two projects to be undertaken in the autumn. A. A development of the memorial garden on the south side of the church: Following a generous offer from Oakham in Bloom, it is proposed to replant the south side garden as a memorial space. We are grateful for all who, up to now, have kept this…

Foodbank Update

Current shortages at the Foodbank are sugar (500g), jam, custard, rice pudding, coffee. Thank you for your continuing support. At the recent AGM, reports were presented outlining the work of the Foodbank over the last year, and you can download a copy of the report here. The Foodbank will be launching a new website at the end of next week, so have a…

Langham Lunches

Unfortunately, Langham Lunches at the Noel Arms will be discontinued with immediate effect, but the monthly lunch at the Wheatsheaf on the first Tuesday of each month will continue as normal.

Oakham PCC

At the meeting on 16 May, newly elected members Robin Robson and Gordon Woods were welcomed, and officers elected as follows – Alison Long (Vice Chairman), Peter Kinal (Deputy Churchwarden), Derek Ufton (Secretary), Mark Page and Phillip Hutchinson (Treasurers), Kevin Slingsby (co-opted) and the Standing Committee (Vicar, Churchwardens, Derek Ufton, Mike Churchill, Kevin Andrews). Matters discussed included – Old School, flooding, ownership…

Queen’s Birthday Celebrations

Thank you to Owen and Dominic for organising our stall at Cutt’s Close for the birthday celebrations on 12th June, and to the volunteers who helped man it. Making crowns was a very successful craft activity, as you can see from the photos!

Tea Party

Thank you to all who supported the Tea Party last Sunday by helping, serving, baking and joining us for tea, sandwiches and cakes – it was a lovely afternoon. Date for your diary: the next Tea Party is on Sunday the 17th July 2016 at 3:00 – 4:30 pm where we will have the Church silver on display. We look forward to…

Come and Chat Bereavement Support Group

For the last 3 years we have been running a Bereavement Support group in the Parish Hall. It has been for people of all faiths or none, for those recently bereaved or those who are still aching after many years. However, particularly since Hildred left, it has become clear that we are not meeting people’s needs, so the meetings on the first…