USPG Stamp Collection

Owing to the illness of our stamp co-ordinator, we are no longer able to act as collators for used postage stamps to aid USPG, so please do not bring any further stamps. Many thanks to all who have contributed over the years, thus providing USPG with a very useful extra income.

Churches Together in Oakham & District

Our church leaders met at Launde in June to discuss Mission to Oakham and to review our activities and aims, highlighting four area for future consideration: (1) more regular opportunities to meet and worship together, (2) getting to know each other better, (3) improved communication and (4) homelessness issues. There will be a further meeting on 29th October at 7:00 pm, at…


On 2nd August I am moving to Oxfordshire to be near my family. Thank you to so many of you for your loving support and prayers over the year. I shall miss you. Shirley Tovey

Revd Sue Pinnington

In 1998 we moved from the Monmouth Diocese, where we had lived and worked for 21 years, and joined All Saints Church. At that time Sue Pinnington was the curate under Michael Covington. Early on, Sue organised a Parish Weekend at Whitby, staying at Sneaton Castle Centre. We decided to join this visit as it…

Postcards Needed

Postcards are needed by Mission Aviation Fellowship to raise money for their work all over the world. The MAF box is on the table by the South door at Oakham and used or unused postcards can be placed inside.

Revd Canon John Morris RIP

It is with regret that we announce the death of Canon John Morris, husband of Sue Morris, churchwarden of Market Overton, peacefully on Saturday morning. John’s funeral will take place at Market Overton on Friday 27 July at 2:45pm.

Greenbelt 2018

This Christian arts and music festival is almost on our doorstep, running 24-28 August at Boughton House outside Kettering. The Sunday morning Greenbelt Eucharist is always fascinating, and can be an exhilarating spiritual experience. This year’s theme is Windrush and Carnival. The free Sunday ticket runs 10:00 to 13:00 – the service is 10:30, we think. Or you can pay for a…

Friends and MU Outing to Sheffield

The recent visit to Sheffield on a beautiful sunny summer’s day was thoroughly interesting and enjoyable. Kelham Island Museum tells the story of Sheffield’s rise to steel city in a varied and interesting way, from ‘Big Don’, the largest working steam engine in Europe to Stan Shaw the 92 year old penknife making gentleman in his original workshop transported to the museum…

From Revd Stephen Griffiths

Dear friends, In a few weeks we will be moving from north Oxfordshire to Oakham. We are already very excited and looking forward to joining you. There are four of us: Stephen (currently Team Rector of the Cherwell Valley Benefice in Oxfordshire and Rural Dean of Bicester & Islip Deanery), Cally (at home full time…

Appointment of Team Rector

We are delighted to announce that, following interview and with the unanimous approval of the Oakham Patronage Board, the Reverend Stephen Griffiths has accepted Bishop Donald’s invitation to be Team Rector of Oakham. Subject to the normal Church of England legal and administrative procedures, Stephen will be Instituted and Inducted by the Bishop of Peterborough…

Thank You from The Curates

Charlotte and Iain want to express our thanks for the huge support we have received from so many people: in preparation for our ordination as priests, on the day, and since. We were overwhelmed at how many people came to the cathedral service and to the first services where we presided at the Eucharist. We…

Thank You from Araminta

A very big thank you firstly to Jill, Della and Sally, part of our very small but positive catering committee, as well as everyone else who helped and so kindly brought their contributions on Sunday to celebrate alone side Charlotte and Iain. Thinking ahead to the appointment of our new Rector, if anyone would like to join our small but positive catering…

Thank You from Peter

I am pleased to say that the knee operation seems to have gone well. I am now doing the exercises (with a Physio in the family life would not be worth living if I didn’t). I would like to thank all of you who have asked about me, sent cards, and best wishes. It will be some time before I am up…

Traidcraft Sales and Stall

Sales for the first half of this year have amounted to a wonderful £1298.49 which averages out at £216.41 a month, an amazing figure and my thanks go to everyone who has made this possible. The next dates for the stall are after today’s 10:30 service and again on Sundays 15th and 29th July. Denise.

Foodbank Update

The Foodbank is currently short of the following items – sponge puddings, packets of smash, long life fruit juice, long life milk, small sugar (500g), tinned custard, jam, dog food, deodorant, shampoo, shower gel, razors, shaving foam/gel, washing powder/gel & toilet rolls. We have plenty of cereals, baked beans, tea and pasta at the moment. Thanks as ever for your ongoing support.

Ordination of Priests

Our two curates, Revd Iain Osborne and Revd Charlotte Osborn were ordained as priests on Sunday 24 June in Peterborough Cathedral. We wish them every blessing in their priestly ministry. Iain celebrated his first Mass the same evening at Oakham, when he and Charlotte were welcomed and given gifts from t he Team, and Charlotte…

Oakham PCC

The PCC meeting on 17 May was long but productive evening. Finance continues to be upmost in our considerations, with some promised income from the Stewardship Campaign not yet materialising. Fabric is in reasonable order, but the report of the Quinquennial inspection (16 May) was not yet available. Repairs to windows, some stonework and downpipes were necessary, and the Electrical Inspection (9/10…

Friends Outing to Sheffield

David and I have been again to Sheffield to check all is in order for the visit to Kelham Island Museum and the Cathedral on 28th June. The Cathedral is a delight. Sheffield’s oldest building recently refurbished and renewed in a most interesting and sympathetic way with visitors made most welcome. We enjoyed the liturgy and music of the 10:30am Eucharist and…

Thank You

Many of you will know that during the winter I was seriously ill with pneumonia and septic shock. Despite the fact that I knew how ill I was I felt calm and peaceful throughout which I’m sure was because so many people were praying for me. I can’t tell you how much it meant and will be forever grateful to you. The…

Iris May RIP

It is with regret that we record that Iris May sadly passed away on 6 June. Her funeral will be in Oakham Church on Tuesday 26 June at 2:00pm.

MU Coffee Morning

Many thanks to everybody who came to the Coffee Morning on 1st June. It seemed a happy occasion and it was a great success. A total of £186.40 was banked and will be sent to help MU work in this country and abroad. Thank you if you brought cakes or bought them to take home. Meg and David also sold plenty of…

Revd Canon Sue Pinnington OBE

Sue will be installed as the first Archdeacon of the Gwent Valleys and the Diocesan Director of Mission in the Diocese of Monmouth on 7th July. Sue was Curate at Oakham with Michael Covington from 1997-2000, and is currently rector of Houghton le Spring in the Durham Diocese.

Rutland Foodbank AGM

This will be held in All Saints Church Hall, Oakham on Monday 18th June from 5:00-6:00pm. Tea and cakes will be served and the Annual Report will be available in booklet form. All are welcome… do come along to hear about the work which the Foodbank have done this past year and to ask any questions.

How To Help The Homeless

Council / Church Briefing. Building on the introductory meeting in March, a briefing meeting for church members and the general public will be held on Thursday 7th June, 7:00-8:30pm at Oakham Baptist Church, Melton Rd, Oakham, LE15 6AY. This will advise on the statutory and community services available to support people vulnerable to homelessness. The briefing is arranged by Churches Together in…

Church Cleaning

Our cleaning team at Oakham are complete heroes – a small band, they keep the main part of the church sparkling right through the year, but if you look up at the roof you’ll see the spiders have been busy and the muck is building up again. It’s time for the Church Big Clean again! This year it’s happening on Saturdays 9…

Jam Jars Not Needed

For the time being Pamela has enough jam jars for future use. Thanks to everyone who has given some. Look out for a future request when all are used up!

Postcards Needed

Mission Aviation Fellowship, who do much good work in many countries where the terrain is difficult has given the church a box to collect postcards. They would like people to give used or unused ones as they can be sold to raise money for the charity. The box is on the table at the south door at Oakham.

Friends Committee Members Needed

The Friends of All Saints Church are looking for willing volunteers to join their small, friendly Committee to help plan social events. This is not an onerous position, as we only have committee meetings about half a dozen times a year and it would be an excellent way of meeting more people and making new friends. Contact Liz Plummer (01572 720506 or…

Oakham PCC

At the PCC meeting on 17 May the following matters were discussed: (1) Elections: Deputy Churchwardens – Peter Kinal & Robin Robson; Secretary – Marilyn Tomalin; Treasurer – Peter Hill; Standing Committee – Robin Robson & Carol Scothern; (2) Finance: Two legacies totalling £2,500 have been received recently, but in real terms we are £1,800 under budget for planned giving and £2,000…