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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 election@oakham.church. 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…

So Much More To Come

Gail Rudge, Licensed Evangelist writes: Dear Friends Isn’t spring the most amazing time? Maybe because Easter was nearly as late as it could be, the season has seemed to just last and last. Beginning almost imperceptibly, we’ve enjoyed waves of different flowers, such a display of beauty bringing hope and newness of life after the cold…

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.

Langham News – April 2017

On Easter Sunday there is to be a special Family Communion Service followed by an Easter egg hunt for the young and one for the adults. June 17/18 is to be very exciting and special. Camping, barbecue and activities for all. Many more details will follow, but do enter the dates in diaries. The Annual General Meeting will be held on April…

Hambleton News – April 2017

On the evening of March 2nd Miranda Hall together with Richard and Celia Foulkes held a Bridge Drive in our Village Hall in Hambleton from 6.30pm to 10pm. We had 12 tables and could have had more except the helpers needed room to manoeuvre! We charged £15 per person so £60 per table and we all had great fun. The raffle run…

Egleton News – April 2017

Sue the Churchwarden, well restored from her illness, through several recent months, demonstrated her prevailing fitness by accepting a renewal of her appointment to serve her cherished Parish Church. In turn, Jackie Starling agreed to continue as Secretary to the PCC and her husband Keith as Church Treasurer. To all three ‘good and faithful servants’ thanks were offered for their estimable services. Likewise, Margaret Ashton’s loyal contribution…

Brooke News – April 2017

Lee recently chaired St Peter’s latest PCC meeting which took place at Abbey Barn, Brooke on Weds 22nd Feb. He explained how the parish share will be worked out and suggested that we should attend the next Bishop’s Road Show on 29th April, having previously submitted questions voicing any concerns we may have on it. The rest of the items on the…

Easter in Church

We are very appreciative of the effort that all the flower arrangers make throughout the year. They make a special effort for Easter and within that effort are the Easter Lillies. Lynn Cooper collects to meet the cost of these. If you would like to contribute, everyone who is in church for Easter Sunday or comes in to appreciate the church will…

May Fayre

Monday May 1st – it doesn’t happen very often that the May Fayre is actually on May Day and it is a time when the whole village has its own fun but also works hard to ensure there are opportunities for fun and a day of pleasure for the many who will come and join us. Make sure the date is in your…

Lent Appeal for Water Aid

Thanks to the generosity of givers we are on target for our Water Aid effort – we have a target of at least 12 village water connections. Last year we achieved 15 and determined always to reach even more we are hoping for 16 this year. The Little Red Bucket will be in church every Sunday up to and including Easter Day.…

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…

All Saints Braunston APCM

Being informed of what All Saints Braunston has done, being aware of what is planned and participating in the work of the church should be of interest to all in the parish and or on the Electoral Roll. Why not come along to the meeting in the Village Hall on Tuesday April 25th at 7.30pm. No prior notice is necessary – just…

Revd Wim Zwalf Family History

For our March meeting, after Communion the Revd Wim Zwalk gave a very inspiring talk about his family history from the twentieth century onwards. This covered the dangerous years of the rise of Nazism in Germany and more importantly in Holland, which is where most of Wim’s family were. Nearly eighty members of his family were murdered during the early years of…

Faith in Action

From David Dyer, Editor of Good News Magazine As I write we are approaching the most momentous and loving act which is the foundation and heart of our faith-the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross and his glorious resurrection. James reminds us: “You see, a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone ….. as the body without…

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 (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;…

Dance to God’s tomorrow music today

From Jenni Duffy, Licensed Evangelist On Sunday 29 January we celebrated Candlemas during our team service, and we were pleased to welcome Revd Miles Baker, the Peterborough Diocesan Director of Mission, as our preacher. Some years ago, I was in a teaching session led by Miles where he gave us the following quote: “Mission is…

Egleton News – March 2017

Not so much LOCAL news from Egleton, but GOOD NEWS, lifted from my contribution to a Church magazine, exactly 30.years ago and still intensely relevant & appropriate in March 2017 – or any other disconcerting era: First, a page quoted from A DIARY OF PRIVATE PRAYER by a revered Scottish churchman, John Baillie: “Let DISAPPOINTMENT be the resource for PATIENCE; SUSPENSE for…

Brooke News – March 2017

At this time of year nothing too exciting is happening in Brooke, church life goes on as normal with our usual pattern of services, though a slightly different evensong took place on Sunday 5th February. Unfortunately due to illness Connie was unavailable to play the organ for the service but the ever resourceful Harold brought along his ghetto blaster with a pre-recorded…

Lent Giving

Our approach to Lent should be a positive one-give something up by all means, if that is your choice, but think about using the proceeds of that as part of caring for others. Our approach in Braunston, for many years, has been to raise funds for Water Aid through the ‘Little Red Bucket’ which will be at every service during Lent and…

Lent Course

You forgot to sign in? You can’t attend them all? Doesn’t matter, come and join the group at the home of Rob and Pat Anderson at 7:30pm on Monday evenings in Lent. The details of the nature of the course are here.

Village Historical Calendar

May I thank everyone who supported the sales of the village historical calendar, and the generous donations and sponsors which I received. I am delighted to report a magnificent total of in excess of £1900! As a result the local air ambulance will receive £500, and just over £700 each will be given to Braunston Church and the Village Hall. A huge…

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…