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

Churches Together in Oakham supports Christian Aid partly through a house-to-house collection during Christian Aid Week, from 14th to 20th May. We need helpers who can deliver the red envelopes locally, then call back, and bring them to church at the end of the week. Let me know if you too can help. Peter Townsend (01572 759286).

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;…

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…

Bishop’s Roadshows 2017

Following on from the very popular series of Roadshows in 2014, Bishop Donald would like to invite you to the 2017 Roadshows. Bishop Donald said: “I believe that God cares passionately about his church and that he wants it to be alive and joyful; to grow and flourish. The purpose of the Roadshows is to…

Iceland Popstar at St Lawrence, Long Buckby

The church of St Lawrence, Long Buckby has a beautiful building, beautiful rooms, useful for many things. The vicar of St Lawrence, Revd Graham Collingridge, felt it needed to be used more. The PCC had been looking for ways to engage with the village, so the idea of using the building for events seemed logical.…

Church of England launches new educational foundation

The Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership will provide leadership development training for those holding key roles in education, and is a major intervention by the Church in the education sector. In advance of the launch, it has announced the names of the four trustees of the new charity: · Professor Joy Carter DL…

Not to be served, but to serve

From the Bishop of Peterborough The first day of March: St David’s Day, when the Welsh celebrate their great patron saint. A teaching, preaching, doctrinally orthodox, church-planting bishop. Three cheers! (And he was Welsh.) This year the first day of March is also Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. As I have written before,…

Lent Services & Lunches

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

Betty Tidd RIP

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

Bats in the Belfry

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

Braunston Church Hedge

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

Foodbank Update

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

Revd Owen Williams

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

Langham News – February 2017

There will be no Church@4 services during January, February and March. There is to be a rethink about best form, time and even place for these. Until now they have largely been child-centred, but anything may now be planned! Watch this space. We have had one very useful and exciting meeting with others planned. Unfortunately Julie is still unwell, but we are…

Hambleton News – February 2017

Tendered prices have been received for replacement of the nave and aisle slate roofs. Funds and permissions are in place and the planned start date is 9th January. The work will take four to five months during which time the church will be closed. Alternative venues for services are being considered. The annual concert by Hambleton Hall in St Andrew’s Church was…

Egleton News – February 2017

Many of St Edmund’s loyal worshippers, constantly congregating through the changing seasons of the year, are scattered far and wide when Christmas Day dawns and yet, year by year, the ancient Church, delightfully adorned “and looking its best”, hosts a comparable assembly of welcome folks, from the village and neighbouring corners of Rutland, eager as ever to hail “the ever-blessed morn, to…

Brooke News – February 2017

Once again St Peter was aglow with twinkling candles and fairy lights for our popular and well attended Candlelit Carol Service on 18th December 2016. The Rev Canon Lee Francis-Dehqani led the service of seven carols and readings which were read by Edward Baines, William Bell, Mary Brooks, Robert Eayres, Terry Greer, Margaret Lamb and Sue Tyers. Connie Beadman played the organ,…

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…

Lent and our Giving

Lent is a time when many of us give up something for Lent. The real basis for that is that what we save in doing so can be part of our charitable activities. For many years now we have collected throughout Lent up to, and including Easter Day for WATERAID. We start again on the First Sunday in Lent and “the little…

Sing Sunday

We all want to sing the old familiar hymns to their traditional tunes and Sing Sunday is an opportunity to come and do that. There is also the challenge to tackle some of the tremendous number of new hymns and worship songs which we hear on Songs of Praise and in other churches. These we practice first and then knit all of…

Fish and Chip Lunch

The hearty portions of fish and chips were particularly welcome on such a damp and dreary day, as it was, on the first MU meeting of the New Year. Committee members had kindly provided good selection of hot and cold desserts, so an excellent lunch was enjoyed by all. This was followed by the AGM, which was chaired by Pamela Woods in…

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.