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Special Lent Study Group

Lent Study Group

The Rev'd Caroline Symcox will be leading a special group to spend more time reading God’s word and thinking about it.

Please contact Caroline on 01285 712467 if you wish to join in - regular church attender or not, you are most welcome.

Food Bank News

Food Bank News

The latest Newsletter from C.F.B. is in the box on the back pew, and their letter of acknowledgement is in the church porch, telling of the enormous contributions being made from you. There are also pictures from one of the local families you are supporting drawn by the children, and a thank you card from their Grandma, who said that you have given them more than you know. I promised her that I would pass this on to everyone - the groceries are helping so much in a practical way, but also knowing that so many care - has helped them all cope emotionally

Charity of the Month:
People for YOU

People for YOU

The scheme is a volunteer befriending idea for older, isolated people in Fairford, Lechlade and surrounding villages. It is also available in Tetbury. There are currently three befriending schemes operating in parts of the Cotswolds. But now, thanks to funding from the Big Lottery, the schemes will work in partnership and will be known as Cotswolds Befrienders although each scheme will work independently. This is wonderful news, as the impact and consequences of loneliness and isolation is devasting. It is a sad fact that, with an increasing population and often families scattered around the world many older people are living alone with no regular regular company. The mission is to reduce loneliness and isolation – the scourge of our modern society.

A recent BBC News report revealed that ‘social isolation is associated with a higher risk of death in older people regardless of whether they consider themselves lonely'. Many researchers have suggested that this is possibly due to the emotional effects of isolation – that feeling lonely is bad for your health.

Volunteers are sought from Fairford, Lechlade and the surrounding areas to come forward. Just an hour a week of their time can transform someone’s life. Sue would like to hear from people who feel the scheme might be of interest to them or a friend/family member. Everyone needs someone in our lives and it is such a pleasure to introduce a local volunteer to an older person in their community and then to sit back and watch a beautiful, mutually sustaining friendship develop.

Finally, a quote from Mother Theresa ‘Loneliness and the Feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty’ – that says it all. Any donations will be gratefully received to fund social and other events. There is literature on the south wall shelf or you can contact: Sue Black on mobile 07810630167 or email

Previous Charity Fundraising

During the course of December the box by the south door yielded £43.10 which was divided and added to the collection from the service of nine lessons and carols for the charity The Children’s Society which came to £459.86 and for the collection for the other charity CRISIS at Christmas which was taken at the Crib Service that amounted to £504.90. To both collections the PCC will add further amounts.


Thirst Bible Study

Bible Study and discussion for those in secondary school
6:30 to 8:00 each Wednesday in term time
Quenington Village Hall

For more information contact Chris Saunders 01452 301042

Crumpets and Cupcakes

Crumpets and Cupcakes

February 22nd from 3pm to 5pm

Community Centre, all welcome

Following on from the success of Summer Sunday, there will be another chance to enjoy St Marys Choir over a cup of tea, with crumpets and cupcakes.

Crumpets and Cupcakes No need to book, but it would be helpful to have an idea in advance of the numbers if possible. If not, just turn up on the day.

Kathleen on 01285 712583

Jesus and Me Club

JAM Club

1st February
10am St Mary’s Church, Fairford
Stories, craft, fun and food
JAM club is on the FIRST Sunday of the month.

Funday Sunday

We meet on the second Sunday
of every month.

There will be a Funday Sunday on:
Sunday 15 February

St Mary's Church 4pm-6pm

Crafts, Games, Celebration, Cooked Meal

No need to book but it will help us with catering if you can let us know that you are coming. If not - just turn up on the day.

If you could help with of these events please talk to one of the LMT members about it or contact Kathleen (01285 712583) or email

Messy Space, Sat 21st February

Messy Space

2.00 – 4.00 p.m. Fairford Community Centre
Crafts and Coffee Bar for families

Crafts, games, carols, tea

Adults and Children (recommended 4 years upwards)
£2 per child (max. £5 per family)
Concessions available

A project of Churches Together Around Fairford.

Contact Maureen Partington 01285 712480.

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