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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).

Langham Lunches

A simple two course lunch will be held at The Wheatsheaf in Langham every Tuesday. All are welcome, especially if you might at home on your own otherwise. Cost £7.50 – please call 01572 869105 to book a place.

Ride and Stride Record Total

September’s Ride & Stride raised a record £22,571, and thanks go to all who took part in any way or supported the event. An excellent £11,548 of the total was raised in our own Team churches, of which the 50% refund (£5774) will shortly be received by the individual churches. Amounts received by each church are – Oakham £907.41, Langham £296.84, Braunston…

Pewsheet Deadline

A special edition of the Weekly Pewsheet will be produced for Christmas Eve & Christmas Day services, and the deadline for this and the Sunday 27 December (First Sunday after Christmas) edition will be Monday 21 December 11am. The deadline for the Sunday 3 January (Epiphany) edition will be Wednesday 23 December 11am (i.e. a week earlier than usual).

Christmas Card Delivery Service

Oakham All Saints Scout Group are running a Christmas Card Delivery Service again this year – we are raising funds for new tents and a marquee for our summer events. Please support us by dropping your fully addressed (but not stamped) Christmas cards into All Saints Church or the Scout Hut. We will be delivering through to 22nd December. The suggested donation…

Friends Outing to Anglesey Abbey

The outing to Anglesey Abbey listed in the Friends’ programme for early December has unfortunately had to be cancelled, as it proved impossible to make suitable arrangements. An exciting programme of events for 2016 is being planned, which we hope will include a Christmas outing – more details will be available soon.

Christmas Cards

Christmas cards to All Saints Oakham friends can be left in the box at West Door. Donations for the Boiler/Fabric Fund (in a separate envelope marked Christmas) should please be put into the Box on South door. The cards will hang in Church at the Christmas Season.

No Tuesday Communion

The usual Tuesday morning celebration of Holy Communion at Oakham will not take place this week (8 December), and we apologise for any inconvenience.

Late Night Shopping

Late night shopping takes place in Oakham on Monday 7 December, but we are unable to offer the usual oasis and refreshments in Church as the NSPCC Carol Concert will be taking place. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused.

New Team Website

The new Team website goes live today, but we need your help to make sure that it is kept up-to-date and as fully informative about what is going on as possible. If you already send reports for the magazine please let us have them for the website as well, preferably with some good pictures too (send them to We need good…

All we like sheep…

All these excited sheep are getting ready to go on their journey with the Oakham Travelling Nativity during Advent. Are YOU hosting it this year??? Contact me on to put your name on the list. Many thanks to all the knitters – the sheep are gorgeous!

Oakham PCC

At the meeting on 17 November the following items were discussed: £7000 is needed for repairs to the church clock – an appeal will be launched after the boiler project is complete; A report on the recent PCC away day highlighted the new website, Experience Easter, Guided Prayer and Discipleship, and the forthcoming Welcome Leaflet; Mission giving and 2016 Budget were approved;…

Traidcraft Christmas Orders

Just a reminder that the last date for Christmas orders is Sunday 13th December. If anyone else would still like to order please do get in touch. Thank you. Denise 722729.

Mince Pies needed!

If you are able to supply some mince pies for the Town Carol Service on Thursday 17 December, please have a word with Marilyn Tomalin (01572 723184).

Traidcraft Charity Christmas Cards

This week is Traidcraft’s Charity Christmas Cards Week – if you would like to get behind the campaign and place an order please contact Denise on 722729 or speak to her after today’s 10:30 service at Oakham. The stall will also be at Market Overton’s Christmas Fayre on 21 November and the Autumn Sale at Oakham on 28 November (please see separate…

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. This year 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…

Oakham Mission Giving Meeting

If anyone has any suggestions for the 2015 allocation of Mission Giving money from All Saints Oakham, would they please notify Michael Wilson today on 01572 720853 or email Apologies for the short notice for this.

Open Doors

Open Doors is an organisation which supports persecuted Christians around the world through prayer, advocacy, training, literacy programmes and economic aid. Each year they publish a ‘World Watch List’, highlighting the 50 countries where it is most difficult to live as a Christian. They will be launching the 2016 list in January in Parliament, hosted by a Cabinet Minister. We are all…

Traidcraft – Sales And Catalogues

Sales for October amounted to a wonderful £353.26. Thank you SO much to everyone who has contributed to this figure – not only purchasing from the Sunday stall but placing orders for Christmas cards and gifts. If anyone else would like to place an order from the catalogue please do get in touch. Thank you. Denise (722729).

Prayers & Readings

The new edition (November to March) is now available in Oakham church – please collect one as you leave church, and see for yourself what the bible says.

Thank You from MSF and Water Aid

Following the market place stall in August, thanks have been received from Médecins Sans Frontières and Water Aid for donations of £110.19 and £26. Water Aid report as follows: ‘For girls like Chaltu from Mojo village in Ethiopia, your fund raising will change everything. Life in Mojo Village has been difficult. It is a rural village with limited access to water services.…

Last call for triangles

If you are decorating a triangle for Breast Cancer Awareness, please return it either direct to Land’s End, or via Kevin, early this week. They are still available in Oakham church today – please see diary entry for 30 October for full details.

Sunday Afternoon Tea Parties

We had a very successful tea party on Sunday 11 October, and we plan to continue these in All Saints Oakham on a monthly basis, usually on the third Sunday of the month. Volunteers are needed, both to bake in advance and to help on the day – for further details, please contact Joyce Wells (07779 242745) or Pam Wells (01572 755532).…

Tombola Appeal

Jackie and Pat are collecting items for the Tombola stall for the Autumn Sale at Oakham, and will be grateful for donations given to them personally, or left with Janine in the office.