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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 ( 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

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 (; (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

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…

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…


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…

What’s New on the Website?

If you haven’t looked at the Team website recently, you may not be aware that it has a lot of up-to-date information about what’s going on and the latest news, so if you miss the pewsheet for any reason you can always catch up on the website. The current editions of the Pewsheet and the Good News magazine are also available to…

Mothers’ Union Wine Tasting

Thanks must go to Ben and Emma of Bat & Bottle who provided the wine and entertainment, those who attended on the evening and also those who generously gave donations. A total of £460 will go to the Lunch Project started by the MU in Kettering for those children who need a good, nutritious meal during holiday times. Pamela Woods

Braunston Church Roof Alarm Appeal – Update

The church roof alarm is now fully and continuously operational – if it detects anyone on the roof a loud alarm is activated for as long as anyone is present on the roof. The alarm is connected to a monitoring centre and in the hours of darkness a guard response system will attend to investigate. During daylight the alarm response will call…


On the recent Friends Rutland Churches Excursion a flashgun attachment for a camera was left at Preston Church. If you think this belongs to you could you give Beryl Kirtland a ring on 01572 724103.

Thank You from Revd Hildred Crowther

Dear Friends, I can’t thank you enough for the wonderful send off and the most generous cheque you presented to me at my leaving service at All Saints. It’s been such a privilege to get to know you all and very humbling that you have allowed me to be alongside you to share in your…

Icons for All

An Icon writing retreat takes place in June and July at Ketton, led by Revd Iann Holdsworth. In recent times Icons have become more widely used and venerated in the Western Church. They have a depth and power which draws one into a deeper prayer life. Icons for All is a small group of Iconographers led by Revd Ian Holdsworth who are…


As well as the normal pattern of stalls this month there will also be one at the Team Service on 29th May. I hope to see you there! Denise.

Foodbank Update

Thank you for your continued support of the Foodbank. The latest list of shortages is as follows, and anything on the list which you can donate will be greatly appreciated: small sugar; jam; sponge pudding; packet soups; nappies; single toothbrushes; sanitary products.

Oakham Clock Restoration Appeal

A fundraising appeal has been launched to preserve the historic clock in the tower at All Saints Oakham. The clock is an important timepiece, installed in 1858 by Dent & Co, widely regarded as the finest clockmaker in 19th century Britain, and is now in need of restoration and upgrading. Click here for more details…

Thy Kingdom Come

Archbishops Call for ‘Great Wave of Prayer’ for Evangelism During Pentecost. The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are inviting churches to pray for the evangelisation of the nation during the week before Pentecost Sunday. More details

Team Sunday – 29 May

The main Team Communion Service will be held at Langham at 11am, when the Team Choir Laudamus will sing. There will also be an 8:00am said Communion at Oakham, and there is a Wedding at 1:00pm and Baptism at 3:00pm, both at Oakham. There are NO evening services in the Team.

Team Intercessions Training Morning

The session, on Saturday 21 May from 10am to 12noon, led by Revd Dominic Coad, will be interactive, covering all aspects of writing and delivering good intercessions. It will be a very helpful introduction for those new to intercessions or wishing to begin leading as well as useful refreshment and food for thought for those…

Braunston Church Roof Alarm

Thanks to the generosity of response across the village of Braunston towards the cost of installing a roof alarm to deter metal theft and give full insurance coverage, we have received over £11,000 in donations plus gift aid to be claimed on some of that total! We are just securing the final approvals needed before the alarm can be installed and hope…

Braunston Churchyard

Thank you to everyone who turned out to help with the spring churchyard tidy up and also to the many people who regularly help to maintain the churchyard. Thanks to you all its looking better than ever!

Music Stands

Our black metal music stands have mysteriously disappeared from Oakham church. If anyone is aware of anyone ‘borrowing’ them, please let Kevin know.

Revd Hildred Crowther

Revd Hildred Crowther will be moving to Sheffield in early May to be nearer to her family, and we are holding a leaving service for her on Sunday 1st May at 10:30am at Oakham. We wish Hildred all the best for her move, and thank her for all that she has done in the Oakham Team over many years.

Easter Chicks

The sale of Easter Chicks was very successful thanks to the knitters and, of course, also the purchasers. In total the Mothers’ Union made a grand total of £140.20, and some of this money will go to the MU Emergency Fund.

Traidcraft & Jewellery Recycling

The amount raised from the worthwhile scheme has now reached over £24,000. If anyone else would like to take part to help raise vital funds for Traidcraft please speak to Denise. Thank you.


As well as the normal pattern of stalls this month there will also be one on the 24th April at the combined 10am service. Please do have a look at what Traidcraft has to offer either before or after the service if you don’t normally get the opportunity. Sales for the first 3 months of the year amounted to a massive £879.71…

Foodbank Update

Thank you for your continued support of the Foodbank. The latest list of shortages is as follows, and anything on the list which you can donate will be greatly appreciated: coffee; smash; jam; rice pudding; custard; long life milk; long life fruit juice; small sugar; tinned carrots; sanitary products; mens razors; nappies.

APCM Reports

The Reports to be presented to the Annual Parochial Church Meeting on Sunday 24 April at Oakham are published today.

Oakham PCC

At the last meeting on 15 March the final accounts for 2015 were approved for submission to the APCM on 24 April. A faculty would be sought for repair and upgrade of the clock, and an appeal for this would be launched after the APCM. Discussions about the boiler were still ongoing with the engineer and architect, and it was hoped to…

The empty tomb

Experience Easter

Nearly 300 children from local primary schools took part in Experience Easter at Oakham during Holy Week. Have a look at the pictures, and follow the journey yourself here.

Children’s Church Trail

During the Easter holidays you may be interested in bringing your children/grandchildren to follow the Oakham church trail. Trail sheets are available just inside the West door of All Saints Oakham. More details from Sally Corton (722272) or Gill Bruce (756656).

Annual Reports for the APCM

The APCM at Oakham will be held on Sunday 24 April after a combined morning service at 10:00am, and the annual reports will be published on Sunday 10 April – to that end please would leaders of all groups and organisations please submit their reports by Palm Sunday, 20 March, preferably by email to

Oakham Church Inventory

As we approach the annual church meetings, the churchwardens are required to update the inventory – if there is any item of church equipment/property which you hold but is not in the church, please let Alison Long know so that the record is complete.

The Real Easter Egg

If you would like to place an order for one of these please speak to Denise or contact her on 722729. I will be taking orders for the next few weeks. Thank you.

Easter Lilies

Donations for Easter Lilies may be placed in the alms box on the South Door. They should be put in an envelope marked ‘For Easter Lilies’. Lilies cost approx. £2.00 each. Further information from Jackie Vecqueray.

Easter Chicks for sale…

Please support the Mothers’ Union work in Kettering providing lunches for needy children in half-terms and holidays. Easter Chicks containing a chocolate egg are £1 and all profits will go to the lunch project. Buy one today!

Prayers and Readings

The new edition, from March to July is now available to pick up from Oakham Church. It gives suggestions for daily reading and prayer from 6th March to 9th Jul 2016. You can also dowmload a copy here.

Hazel Wise RIP

The funeral service of the late Mrs Hazel Wise, the widow of Randolph Wise, formerly Dean of Peterborough, will be at Oakham Parish Church on Wednesday 24th February at 11:30am. At the request of the Family the funeral will be taken By Canon Jack Higham, a former colleague at Peterborough. Any queries should be directed to the Parish Office.

Traidcraft Stall

As well as the normal Sunday pattern there will also be a stall at each of the Friday Lent Lunches, I look forward to seeing you there! Denise.

Welcome to our new Curate

We welcome the Revd Owen Williams, who has joined the Oakham Team this week as Assistant Curate. Owen was ordained deacon in 2013 and priest in 2014, previously serving as Assistant Curate in Uppingham. Owen and his family will continue to live in Uppingham with Owen commuting on a daily basis. Owen trained for ordination…

Help Needed

We take part in Christian Aid Week each year – this year, our treasurer has had to withdraw after some years’ service, so we need a treasurer for the period 15 to 24 May. This doesn’t involve complicated accounts, but the ability to count the coins donated, and pay them into the bank. If you can help with this importannt task, please…

Oakham PCC

At the meeting on 25 January, Oakham PCC received a presentation from Oakham in Bloom with a proposal to redevelop the Garden of Remembrance on the south side of the church, and permission will be sought to proceed with this. Plans for the new boiler are progressing, and it is hoped a faculty application will be ready for the next meeting. A…

Lent, Holy Week and Easter

The leaflet detailing all services and events between Ash Wednesday and Easter is now available – please pick up a copy in any of the Team Churches or download a copy here.

Treasurers Needed

All Saints Oakham PCC is urgently seeking two members for the Treasury Team, to cover both day-to-day tasks and monthly collection of figures for PCC meetings. No experience is needed as training will be given. We hope to hold a meeting at the end of February to discuss what is involved. Please speak to Peter Hill, Lee, Alison Long or Ann Blackett…

Road Closure

From 28 January to 13 May, Station Road Oakham will become a one way street between Kilburn Road and Church Street, (with traffic flow in that direction only). This is due to building works on a structure for Oakham School. A local diversion route will be signed throughout the duration of the closure, this will be via Church Street, High Street, Melton…

Rutland Foodbank

The Foodbank is currently short of the following items – your help in providing some of them would be very much appreciated: Sugar (small bags preferred); Long life fruit juice; Coffee; Smash; Custard; Long life milk; Toiletries, e.g. soap, shower gel, deodorant, shampoo shaving gel etc. Thank you.

Friends of All Saints Oakham

As from the AGM on 13th March, The Friends will be without a Treasurer and a Secretary. Is there anyone who could fill either of these positions? We have a good and varied programme enjoyed by many but Beryl does need a full Committee to make this possible. Please contact Beryl Kirtland on 01572 724103 or by email We are a…

Knitters Needed!

Chicks are required for Easter. If you can help please contact Margaret Tyler on 01572 724799 (Mothers’ Union), who will be pleased to hear from you.

Staffing Announcement

I am pleased to announce that a new clergy member is soon to be joining the Team. Ordained two and a half years ago, the Revd Owen Williams is currently assistant curate in the neighbouring parish of Uppingham. The Bishop and those responsible for his training have decided that a move will be beneficial for…

Traidcraft Christmas Sales

Many thanks to everyone who placed orders from the Christmas catalogue. The figure for orders received amounted to a massive £928.00! Total sales for the months of October, November and December were an amazing £1336.49. The stall will be at Oakham again after the 10:30 Service on 7th February. Thank you for your continuing support. Denise (722729).

Langham Christingle

To celebrate the second Sunday of Epiphany, Church@4 at Langham last Sunday was a Christingle service, conducted by Phillip Hutchinson (Reader).