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Holiday Club

Each Summer Holiday Churches Together in Fairford hold a 3 day Holiday Club for children.

Holiday Club 2016

Tues Aug 9th 10:00 - 3:00
Wed Aug 10th 10:00 - 3:00
Thurs Aug 11th 10:00 - 1:30

At Fairford Primary School, Leafield Road. For children aged 5-11.

For details and booking form contact:

  • St. Mary’s Church – Mrs. Joanne Roberts 01285 711386 Email
  • United Church – Mrs. Maureen Partington 01285 712480 Email
  • Fairford Primary School Office

Charity of the Month:
The College of St Barnabus, Lingfield

The College of St Barnabus

This is a new Charity to us, and we hope it will receive the support of the congregation.

The vision of a community of retired Anglican clergy began around 1890 when Canon William Cooper and a friend discovered dozens of retired clergy living in workhouses. Determined to do something, he set about founding a community in which they could be cared for, of which he became first Warden. This took a while and the first Resident was admitted in 1895 -as the number of Residents increased another house was rented and "The Homes of St Barnabas" were born.  He then set about raising funds for a permanent home for the community, and eventually the present estate of some nine acres was purchased -  chosen partly because of its mild climate and beautiful surrounds and partly because it is adjacent to Dormans Station and so within easy reach of London.

Space does not permit us to include the history of the College to the present day, but it is a very interesting story and there will be leaflets available in the church in August for those who would like more information -  please do take one.  By 1977 the original name was considered inadequate - it did not reflect the collegiate nature of the community's lifestyle nor  the study in which many Residents continued to be engaged so the name was changed to "The College of St Barnabas". It offers three levels of care:   29 sheltered flats with en suite facilities;  residential care and full nursing in 27 private rooms in the Nursing Wing. The College is now furnished with modern amenities such as WiFi, state of the art DVD, video projection etc. yet still retains a feeling of history and beautiful surroundings which encouraged its founders to build here.

St Barnabas is the patron  saint - he is known biblically as the "Son of Encouragement!, a "good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith" (Acts 11,24).  The symbol of St Barnabas designed for the College stands in the ancient tradition of bringing alphabetic characters together with Christian symbols - a reminder of past history and current purpose. All closely associated with St Barnabas and to which the College, dedicated in his patronage, aspires.

The College enjoys the support of a live group of Friends, and welcomes visitors to its annual Open Afternoon as well as at other times. For further information about life here, to ask for our prayers, to tell us of someone may be able to help or to join the Friends or offer other support, see
Website or contact 01342 870260.

St Mary's Flower Festival

St Mary's Flower Festival

16th to 19th September
Open from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm on Friday, Saturday and Monday
Open on Sunday 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm
The theme of the Festival is ‘Painters’.

On Saturday 17th September there will be a reception with an organ recital to celebrate the completion of the restoration of the organ.

There will also be a Café in the Community Centre serving light refreshments during the Festival opening hours on Saturday and Sunday.

Money raised from the Festival goes towards the upkeep of St. Marys.

Church Organ Update

Good progress is being maintained with the restoration of the organ. A new blower has been fitted and the re leathering of the bellows has now been completed. All the amazingly complicated workings are being reassembled and we are now looking towards mid August for completion.

An evening reception with Organ recital is planned for Saturday, 17th September to celebrate what we now hope will be an organ of the highest quality.

Messy Church

There is no Messy Church in August. The next Messy Church will be on 9 September - Grandparents Day, so try to bring a grandparent with you!

Jesus and Me Club

JAM Club

7th August
10am St Mary’s Church, Fairford
Stories, craft, fun and food
JAM club is on the FIRST Sunday of the month.

The Healing and Prayer Ministry

We are planning a retreat to a Marist convent in Nympsfield, a delightful Cotswold village between Tetbury and Stroud. We have been returning here for several years, as the accommodation and facilities are so good, and it is very near to us. We leave Fairford between 4:00-5:00 on Friday 28th October and return after lunch on Sunday 30th October. We all have our own rooms; and the cost of all this with excellent home cooking is £100 for the weekend. This year we will be led by one of the sisters.

If you are interested or would like to know more, please contact 01285 711386.

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