Diary of forthcoming events
FORTHCOMING PARISH EVENTS
24th to 27th February: PULSE Schools Week at Newmarket Academy
Saturday 29th February: PAT’S PANCAKES; Exning Community Church Hall, 12-2pm
Thursday 19th March: Visit to Coventry Cathedral with St Mary’s; Contact: Janet Ramsay-Helie to book
Sunday 19th April: Tour & Tea of St Edmundsbury Cathedral; with St Mary’s – times tbc
Wednesday 22nd April: Exning Parish AGM
Sunday 31st May: Confirmation Service; St Martin’s, time tbc
Saturday 13th June: Exning Duck Races on the village stream & in the churchyard
Saturday 11th July: Concert by Kirbye Voices; St Martin, evening times tbc
SONGS OF PRAISE meets again on Monday 2nd March at 2.30pm at St Philips Church. Richard Bye will be leading our first service of 2020 with the appropriate title “Starting Again!” Afterwards enjoy a cuppa, cake & a natter. PAM MORTER 577284
ST PHILIP & ST ETHELDREDA It is lovely to have our church and congregation back again. I would like to bring to your attention that our rota for coffee helpers is very low. Lately it has been mainly left to me to do most Sundays and I do have other jobs to do in church, but I am willing to do coffee once a month, but if no names on the rota for other weeks I won't be filling in so hence no coffee. I would like to thank Rose for helping me clear up and Pam. Please look at rota and see if you would like to help, no expense incurred in making coffee. Thanking you. JENNIE OAKMAN
JOINT BENEFICE LENT COURSE During Lent Christians prepare to celebrate God's redemption of the world in Jesus at Easter. Appropriately named, this year’s Joint Benefice Lent Course is called Live Lent: Care for God's Creation, and will help broaden your view of Christ's redeeming mission - a mission Christians are called to share. With weekly themes and prayers shaped around the first Genesis account of creation, it explores the urgent need for humans to value and protect the abundance God has created. For each day of Lent it offers a Bible reading, a short reflection and an action to help you live in greater harmony with God, neighbour and nature. #LiveLent: Care for God's Creation is the Church of England's Lent Campaign for 2020. It has been inspired and informed by the Archbishop of Canterbury's 2020. Lent Book, Saying Yes to Life by Ruth Valerio. A full range of supporting resources for churches, groups and individuals, including an accompanying booklet for children- can be found via: www.churchofengland.org/livelent The Lent course will be on Wednesdays through Lent at St P&E, starting 7pm to finish by 8.30pm. All are welcome. Dates are: 4 March, 11 March, 18 March, 25 March, 1 April. JOHN HARDY
CONFIRMATION CLASSES are continuing periodically at St P&E, ahead of a service planned for Pentecost Sunday, 31 May 2020 at Exning St Martin. Any additional enquirers are welcome. These classes are particularly suitable for any adult who might have been thinking for a while about becoming a communicant member of the Church of England, but would like a little assistance in thinking the matter through. All enquiries should be directed in the first instance to the REVD JOHN HARDY.
NOMINATIONS FOR CHARITABLE GIVING Each year 5% of the parish’s core giving, comprising collections, gift aid and freewill offerings, is given to charity. For 2019 these were Newmarket Town Pastors; Project Hope Zambia and A. Rocha U.K. (The Christian charity which runs Eco Church working both nationally and internationally). This year the P.C.C. is asking for nominations to be made early so that parishioners (i.e. those on the electoral roll) may vote before the A.G.M. As agreed at the Annual Meeting of 2014, at least one of the charities to be supported will be local i.e. from within the Deanery and one will be Christian. Views have been expressed to the effect that we should not support the same charity for several years. Therefore if your favourite charity has received support for several years recently, please consider whether you wish to nominate it again this year. The results will be presented at the AGM for ratification. Please submit nominations to me by 28th February so that voting can be organised in good time. Thank you. JOHN PASCALL
REPORTS FOR ANNUAL REPORT Are you responsible for running a group, leading a committee etc. in the parish? If so could you please give me a note by 14th February on happenings in 2019 for inclusion in the annual report. Thank you. JOHN PASCALL
VISIT TO COVENTRY CATHEDRAL WITH ST MARY’S Thursday 19th March. Contact Janet Ramsey-Helie to book. Tickets £10/£15
ST EDMUNDSBURY CATHERDRAL Tour & Tea of the cathedral; organised by JANET RAMSAY-HELIE Contact 603489 to book & for more information regarding times, etc.
KNIT N NATTER Fortnightly group held in John East Centre, George Gibson Close, Exning; 2-4pm. Knit or crochet own projects or just come to natter. Coffee or tea and biscuits 50p. Tel JUDITH 669400
BELLS & CHURCH CLOCK UPDATE AT ST MARTIN The clock was stopped at noon Thursday 16th January; all dismantled ready for new electric winding gear. The work will take around 3 weeks to complete. The order for the bell repairs has been issued; now we await a start date, but we have requested completion by the end of March. ALAN BALCOMB
BELL RINGERS UPDATE There have been bells in St Martin`s Church since 1623 when the 4 (now middle bells) were installed: In 1845 a tenor bell(the largest was installed. At that time the bells were rung from the ground floor. In 1962 when the organ was moved to the back of the church the ringing room was move further up the tower. In 1982 the treble bell (the smallest) was installed so now we have a complete ring of 6 bells. From that date until now routine checking & maintenance including replacing ropes & stays occasional bit of oil were the only works required. In the last year we have found our bells have become harder to ring. To this end we called in the professionals to carry out a survey & give us a report on their findings. They have identified the moving parts inside the bells have become very worn, & the leather packings between the clappers & the head of the bell have disintegrated/also on some the bolts that pass through the bell the threads on the nuts are badly worn. To carry out the necessary works all the clappers & moving parts have to be removed & taken to the bell foundry for cleaning, checking & fitting new parts, then returned for re—installing. The removal & re-fitting works will be carried out by a qualified bell hanger with some local labour to assist, this will help to keep some of the cost down. The cost of these works are circa £3200-00 & we hope to have the works completed in time for ringing at Easter.2020. So if you love to hear the sound of our bells & want to continue to do so, ,I ask you to please consider making a donation towards the costs of these works. Thank you. ALAN BALCOMB Tower Captain 01638 669695
PULSE – the bank details should you wish to contribute to the week and GIG expenses are: Account no. 00092841, Sort Code 40-52-40, Newmarket and District Youth For Christ. Cash or cheque are also ok. If you can Gift Aid, I can give you a form. People are needed to be: Security for the exits; Selling Tuck and Prayer responders. These people will need to be at King Edward Memorial Hall 6pm-6.15pm for evening pre-event talk. Everyone will need a current DBS with their partnership church and a Confidential Declaration Form with two References, one of whom must be the Vicar, or, Safeguarding Officer. Please ask Sarah Price for the form. Also, compulsory, is attendance at the Safeguarding Training evening to be held on Tuesday 18th February. The evening will be filmed, so, if it is not possible to attend then it can be watched with a member of the team. Prayers – that there’ll be sufficient numbers of people who are able to help before, during and after the GIG on the 27th February; there will be many people praying whist the Gig is running; for health for the team before, during, and, after the PULSE week & people step forward to help so that Safeguarding can be completed. SARAH PRICE 07762 282103
ST EDMUNDSBURY CATHEDRAL Sunday 19th April. Tour & Tea at the cathedral; organised by JANET RAMSAY-HELIE Contact 603489 to book & for more information regarding times, etc.
LANDWADE EVENSONGS 2020 Dear Colleagues, A 'heads-up' regarding the preachers for summer evensongs, 3pm, at Landwade chapel of ease:
April 26: The Ven. James Ridge, Chaplain General/Head of Faith Services, Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service
May 31 (Whitsun): Revd Canon Sandie Barton, priest-in-charge of the Lark and Lee benefice. nr Mildenhall
June 28: Revd David Everett, retired parish priest, formerly an incumbent in the east riding of Yorkshire, now living in Mildenhall
July 26: Revd Canon Mark Oakley, dean of chapel, St John's College, Cambridge
August 30: Mr Phillip Allison, licensed reader, Exning with Landwade
September 27 (Harvest Sunday): Mr David Ball, licensed reader from the Lark and Lee benefice.
PEN-PORTRAIT OF THE VENERABLE JAMES RIDGE, LANDWADE PREACHER 26th APRIL “James born in Kent, spending his formative years in the Medway Towns and subsequently in Gravesend. University took him to Exeter (with a year abroad in Rennes, Brittany) and it was there that he discerned, more or less simultaneously, a vocation to Priesthood and a calling to Prison Ministry. After three years working as a lay assistant in Parishes in NW London and back in Kent he went to do a Theology degree and ministerial training at Westcott House, Cambridge. He spent four wonderful years as a Curate in the Halstead Area Team Ministry before briefly being Priest-in-charge of St. Peter’s Bocking, on the edge of Braintree. The calling to Prison Ministry was persistent and James went to be Anglican Chaplain and subsequently Managing Chaplain of HMP Chelmsford, a Victorian Category B local prison serving Essex and East London. After seven years there he went to HMP Wayland, a large Category C training prison in Norfolk, which primarily works with prisoners serving a number of years, lifers and those on indeterminate sentences. After two years there he became Chaplain General and Archdeacon to Prisons in October 2018. Based in London he oversees Chaplaincy in 121 prisons in England and Wales co-ordinating the ministry of approximately 1200 Chaplains. He spends much of his time travelling around the country visiting prisons and Chaplaincy teams and is acquainted with every single traffic cone on the M6! He is married to Ruth, a Methodist Minister, and they have one son, Joshua, who is 8.” JOHN HARDY