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Oakham PCC this week has re-adopted its Safeguarding policy. Safeguarding is an important issue, which is taken very seriously in all our Team churches, and more details can be found here.

Dean of Peterborough Cathedral

It was announced on Tuesday 18 July that Reverend Canon Tim Sledge has been appointed as Dean of Peterborough Cathedral. Tim is currently Vicar of Romsey and Area Dean in the Diocese of Winchester. From 2003 to 2008 he was Diocesan Missioner Enabler in the Diocese of Peterborough. Tim is married to Caroline, and has two stepchildren, Grace (20) and Matt (18).…

Oakham Stewardship

The PCC are beginning to plan for the Stewardship Campaign in the autumn – if you missed the presentation from Paul Adams at the last meeting, please have a look at the summary on the website, and pass any thoughts to a PCC member.

Paul Phillips RIP

We are sorry to have to convey the sad news that Paul Phillips died on Monday morning, 17 July. Paul was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer only a few weeks ago, and his health had deteriorated rapidly since then. Paul was a very long-standing and active member of Whissendine Church, as tower captain and choir member among other roles, and he will be…

Greenbelt 2017

Greenbelt is a festival for people who want to mix things up: art and music, poetry and politics, activism and spirituality, faith and justice. Iain and Charlotte, our new curates, both love it – does anyone want to join them for a day trip, on Sunday 27th August? The venue is close, about 45 minutes drive, at Boughton House near Kettering. The…

Fairtrade Sales and Stalls

It is very pleasing to report that sales for the last three months have amounted to a massive £640.48. My thanks to everyone who supports the stall. The next few dates are all after the 10:30 service at Oakham, the first being today then again on 23rd and 30th July. August dates are 6th, 13th and 27th. Thank you again for your…

Foodbank Update

The Foodbank is currently short of the following items – small coffee, dog and cat food, sponge puddings…urgent!, custard, instant savoury meals i.e pasta, cous cous, rice etc: in packets, ham/spam/corned beef, tinned spaghetti, tinned carrots or mixed veg, tinned potatoes, sweets and chocolate bars, meat in sauce e.g. stew, curry, etc:, cream crackers, crisps etc. We have plenty of cereals, baked…

Reception for Charlotte and Iain

A huge thank you to all involved in producing nibbles and drinks for the reception after evensong last Sunday. Tis always said “The Lord will provide” and He did in abundance with your help and with almost no waste! Perfect! A date for your diaries: 1 October – Harvest Lunch – in Church after 10:30…

Summer Concerts

As usual, the All Saints Concert Society are organising the Wednesday lunchtime concerts during the summer holiday, and there is a leaflet available detailing all of these – please pick up a copy, or indeed a few if you can distribute them anywhere. We also have an evening concert on Saturday 22 July given by Gabriel Francis-Dehqani, so please put that in…

RSCM Dean’s Award

Congratulations to five of our choir members in passing the RSCM Dean’s Award – Margaret Foot, Jan Williamson, Ann Blackett, Trish Mobbs and Lin Ryder – which they achieved not only by singing, but also demonstrating their musical and church knowledge. The awards will be presented at the Peterborough Diocesan Choral Festival on Saturday 14 October at 5:30pm at Peterborough Cathedral.

Handicraft group

The first meeting of the group to begin preparations for the stall at the Autumn Fayre will be held at 10:00 am on Friday 14 July at 8 Peterborough Avenue. We will be sharing patterns, ideas, wool and fabric, contributions of which would be gratefully received. More details from Sally Corton (01572 722272).

Church Spring Clean

The annual Spring Clean will be on Saturday 24 June, in two sessions from 10am-12 noon, and 2-4pm. Our dedicated team of volunteer church cleaners look after the church and keep it looking lovely during the year, but the Spring Clean gives us a chance to reach the places which need a bit more attention and/or effort. Please come along for either…

Sunday School Progression

There is to be a Bring and Share Supper at the Vicarage on Friday 30 June at 7.30pm to discuss the progression of our Sunday School. The present leaders of the older groups would like to stand down but we do not have anyone to take their places. We are not asking you to lead but we may ask you to do…

Oakham PCC

The meeting of the PCC on 22 May was open to all members of the church for a presentation on stewardship from Paul Adams (Diocesan Stewardship Adviser), who talked about the four key tasks of an effective Stewardship Scheme – teaching, annual renewal, link with mission and thanking givers, and this was followed by a useful discussion. Other matters included annual spring…

Revd James McDonald

Parishioners will want to congratulate Revd James McDonald on his appointment as Associate Minister in the York City Centre Churches with special responsibility for St Lawrence York. James grew up in the parish of Oakham and pursued his vocation here before being ordained in 2014 and has served his curacy in Brackley within our Diocese. James will be presiding and preaching at…

Lent Lunches Support Christian Aid

Dear Friends Thank you very much for the generous donation of £790.51 towards the work of Christian Aid from the series of 5 Lent lunches held by Churches Together in Oakham and District. Please accept this letter as receipt of your donation with our grateful thanks for your support. Christian Aid believes in strengthening people…

Thank You

A huge thank you from Dominic, Frances and James Coad for the many lovely cards and gifts we have received since James’s birth was announced. We felt a wonderful wave of affection from the Oakham Team up here in the Newcastle and it was very much appreciated. Thank you very much.

Oakham Stewardship

At the Open Meeting of the PCC on Monday 22 May, we had a very stimulating presentation from Paul Adams (Diocesan Stewardship Adviser). If you missed it, a summary is available here.

Oakham Boiler Update

As you know, over the past month we have asked a number of specialist firms to tender for the new boiler system and its associated works. Only three of the firms submitted tenders, and they were all very much higher than we were expecting – in the region of £180,000 excluding VAT. Although we knew there would be some extra costs caused…

Readers and Intercessors Rota

Anne Venning produces the rota for Readers & Intercessors at Oakham, and this is distributed regularly to all those involved – however, there have been some occasions when those on the rota have not fulfilled their duty. We are looking at how we can improve the communication of the rota, but meanwhile, if you are on the rota and know that you…

A Baby Boy!

Dominic Coad (our former curate) and his wife Frances are so happy and proud to welcome to the world James William Coad, born in Newcastle on Monday 8th May at 9:57 am, weighing 7lbs 1¼ ozs. Mum and baby are both well.

Foodbank Update

The Foodbank is currently short of the following items – packets of Smash, 500g sugar, small coffee jars, jam, dog and cat food, rice, rice pudding, custard. We have plenty of porridge oats, cereals, baked beans, sweetcorn, biscuits, pasta & tea at the moment. The food bank operates entirely with volunteers – if you feel you could spare a few hours a…

Raise Funds for Fairtrade

If any one else would like to take part in this worthwhile scheme please do get in touch. It just involves the recycling of jewellery and so far has raised over £30,000. April’s sales from the both the regular stall, the last Lent Lunch and Easter eggs amounted to £279.39 – thank you to everyone who contributed to this figure. Denise (01572…

General Election Meeting

Churches Together in Oakham are holding a General Election Meeting at Oakham Parish Church on Tuesday 23rd May at 7.30pm. The candidates have all been invited and questions can be submitted by email to Please plan to attend as this will be one of very few public meetings in this election campaign. In a pastoral letter to the parishes and chaplaincies…

New Curates

Both Iain (Osborne) and Charlotte (Osborn) are looking forward very much to joining the Oakham Team in June, and as they try to meet all the necessary deadlines, take exams and move house (in Iain’s case) as well as prepare their hearts and souls for ordination, they would appreciate your prayers. There will be a limited number of the attached ember cards…

Thank You from Janet

Thank you to everyone who contributed in any way to last Sunday week’s service at Whissendine – it was a lovely farewell, which I shall long remember. Special thanks for my gifts of the bench and willow arch, which will find a good home in my new garden, and the cheque, earmarked for a holiday to Norway and the Northern lights in…

Christian Aid Week: 14th to 20th May

So many people have amazing stories of Christian Aid week here is one story of Theodor Davidovic. Theodor is 91 now and a dedicated Christian Aid week volunteer. Orphaned aged eight he was a teenager during the Second World War and fought in the resistance movement in Serbia against Germany. But in the political chaos after the end of the war he…

New Service Pattern

Following the retirement of Revd Janet Tebby, the northern villages will have a revised service pattern with immediate effect. At Whissendine, the 8:00am BCP Communion on the second Sunday will no longer take place, but there will be a service every week at 11:00am – Holy Communion (CW) on the first & third Sundays & Family Service on the second Sunday continue as…

Ashwell House

We have had a request from a prospective purchaser of Ashwell House, which is adjacent to St Mary’s Church. The property has an extension which they would like to redevelop more in keeping with the rest of the building, and are trying to locate old photographs of the property or find anyone who may remember what was originally at the rear of…

Organ Recitals

We enjoyed a splendid recital on Monday from two young aspiring performers, Paul Greally and Nicholas Edwards, who were prize winners at the first London Organ Competition last December. We have booked a slot next May for next December’s winners! The next recital is on Spring Bank Holiday Monday, 29 May, when we will welcome…

Easter and Knitting!

Thanks to all who donated Easter eggs to the Foodbank this year – it was an amazing result. We had several large families in crisis over that period so many children benefited from then who otherwise may have gone without. During quiet time at the food bank a number of volunteers knit squares and recently…

Mothers’ Union News

There is no usual monthly meeting on Thursday 11 May. Instead, on Tuesday 16 May is the MU Deanery Festival at Uppingham Church commencing at 10:00am with a service in Church, followed by a lunch (pay for this on the day – £5). Please contact Pamela Woods asap to confirm numbers and also transport requirements (01572 755371). On Thursday 29 June there…

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, toilet rolls, tinned spaghetti, tinned carrots, tinned peas, small coffee jars, dog food. We have plenty of porridge oats, cereals and baked beans at the moment. The food bank operates entirely with volunteers – if you feel you could spare…

Team Vicar Vacancy

Following the retirement of Revd Janet Tebby on 30 April, we are now advertising for a new Team Vicar to look after the northern parishes. Details are available here.

Midweek Communion Services

Please note that there will NOT be services of Holy Communion at Oakham on Tuesday, Thursday or Friday this week (18th, 20th, 21st April), but the Wednesday service at the Chapel of St John & St Anne will take place as usual.

Oakham APCM

The Annual Parochial Church Meeting takes place today, 9 April, at 11:00am, after the 10:00am service. The Annual Reports booklet can be downloaded here.

The Real Easter Egg and Traidcraft Sales

Many thanks to everyone who has bought one of the three types of egg this year, which has helped contribute to the total sales for March being a massive £556.90 – a huge amount for this time of the year. The stall is in Church today for the combined service and will be at the 10:30 service on 23 April. Denise.

Oakham PCC

At the PCC meeting on 28 March, business included the following items: (1) Finance – draft end-of-year accounts had been prepared, but due to delays in finalising these they may have to be presented to the APCM in draft format; (2) Mission giving of £9180 for 2016 was approved; (3) 2017 Stewardship campaign – pre-campaign open meeting with Diocesan Stewardship Adviser on…

Christian Aid Week – 14 to 21 May

Nowadays there is much in the news which takes our attention; the Brexit situation, demands for the NHS, the effects of taxation. This often means that news across the world is not always in our media. The most desperate of these issues concern West Africa and the Middle East. I am referring to the worst drought suffered for at least 60 years.…

Ring Your Bell

A recruitment drive is currently underway for new bellringers at Braunston. Taster sessions are being held on Saturday 8th April and Saturday 15th April starting at 10:00. If you’re interested just, head to the Church or call Richard Beadman beforehand on 723382.

Revd Janet Tebby

As you know Janet is retiring after five years as Team Vicar. There will be a leaving service on Sunday 30th April at 11am at Whissendine, followed by a shared lunch. Parishioners who wish to contribute to a leaving gift should send their donation to the Churchwardens at their local church.

Pram & Toddler Service

It is with sadness that as from the end of this term we are resting the Pram Service for a while. After some soul searching and prayer we have concluded that a pause is what is needed so that we can see a way forward. Since Jenni finished last summer, to take up a place at Theological College, we have been without…

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. The food bank operates entirely…

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 ( 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 ( 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

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

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;…

Fridays in Lent

This year we find ourselves in Lent on Wednesday March 1st. We could keep the Fridays in two ways. At twelve noon we can join in the frugal lunches in All Saints Church Hall. This will satisfy the stomach. The proceeds are being donated to Christian Aid. However, beforehand we can meet our spiritual interests. At 11:30am in church we can join…

Women’s World Day of Prayer

The Discovery Day of Prayer on 27th January, at the Methodist Church, was a very successful ecumenical event! All Churches were represented and Filipina ladies in traditional costume gave us an insight into life in the Philippines. Local food was enjoyed too! More information

Harold Plester – 15 February 1922 – 30 November 2016

My family and I would like to convey our sincere appreciation for the sympathy and support given to us in our recent bereavement, The love, kindness, and condolences received during this difficult time were a great comfort and meant so much to us. Thank you all for keeping us in your thoughts and prayers. Our sincere gratitude, too, for the remembrance of…

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,…

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

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 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 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

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 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

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.