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The Bible in Flowers

A Celebration of the 400th Anniversary
of the King James Bible
26th to 29th August 2011
St Mary’s Church, Fairford

Floral arrangements will be based on scenes from the King James Bible.

Entrance free with programme but donations gratefully received for the upkeep of St. Mary’s Church.

Friday 10am to 5pm
Saturday 10am to 5.00pm
Sunday 11.30 am to 5pm
Monday 10am to 5pm

Morning coffee, lunches and teas with homemade cakes etc. will be served all day in the Community Centre and there will be a Grand Raffle.

Charity of the Month: July
Mission to Seafarers

Mission to SeafarersMission to Seafarers cares for seafarers around the world. In a recent letter the Mission’s General Secretary, the Rev’d Bill Christianson said, “As an island nation, we depend on Seafarers for 95% of our daily food and services. I am asking today if you and your Parish will remember the world’s 1.2million Seafarers on Sea Sunday 10th July 2011 . The sea is our nation’s lifeline. Much of our food, fuel and nearly all the everyday items we use will have been transported thousands of miles across seas and oceans to local supermarket shelves by Seafarers working on vast ships. A seafarer’s life is a hard and lonely existence, making the work of the Mission to Seafarers even more important, and, in some cases, vital in replacing the loneliness and isolation a Seafarer can face with Christian love and witness. On behalf of the Anglican Communion, the Mission to Seafarers reaches out with a message of love to crews visiting our Centres in 230 ports around the world.”

As well as our prayers for the continuance of their work please give a donation, using the Gift Aid Envelope if you pay tax. Your donation should be placed in the box by the south wall. Thank you very much. For further information contact: Fundraising Department, The Mission to Seafarers, St Michael Paternoster Royal, College Hill, LONDONEC4 2RL. Tel: 020 7248 5202 or

Previous Charity Fundraising

Monies collected from the May charity, The Bible Society, amounted to £34.50 – to which the PCC will be adding further amounts.

1st Anniversary of the new editorial team of the Parish News

It is now a year since the present Editorial Team took on the Parish News. There have been a few hiccups, nothing major, and they have settled into a pattern which seems to suit everyone - they hope it suits you too.

They are very grateful for the support of their advertisers and would encourage you to support them (mention seeing the advert in the Parish News, then they will continue to advertise!). More would be great so please encourage local businesses to place an ad - see opposite for contact details.

Your input is always welcome:

  • Send in items you think may be of interest to others
  • The team are considering having a Classified Section - what do you think?
  • It would be good to increase readership - could you help by delivering?

The team is looking forward to an even better second year, with your help.

St Mary’s Summer Lunch

Summer Lunch

Sunday 24 July
12-2pm Community Centre

Bring the family for lunch!

Following the huge success of last year’s lunch, we are repeating the Event but this time with cold food rather than hot.

Tickets will be on sale in advance to help with catering and table planning. £10 per ticket - Family ticket £25 (two adults and children under 12)

Please contact Barbara and Becky (711581 evenings, 711582 days) for further details.

Mothers Union

There will be a meeting on Wednesday 27th July at 2.00 p.m. in the Barker Room. (not as stated on the programme sheet).

There will be no meeting in August.

Fairford WI

On Wed. 1st June Kelsie Hall from The Sugar Box in Cirencester demonstrated cake making and sugar icing. She was so full of enthusiasm and helpful hints that we were all spellbound. The first prize was won by Greta Barber, who chose the large basket of fruit, and the decorated cake was won by Marjorie Young.

Our competition for the best decorated cup cake was won by Jean Moulden. Carol, our president then handed round boards for names for all the various outings and the tea and Lunches we help with. The outings we can go to vary from car maintenance at Vauxhall in Cirencester, to the Christmas Carol Concert in Cheltenham starring Only Men Aloud.

Our summer meeting on July 6th will be in the Centre at 12.30; the speaker will be Pam Slater talking on the story behind a cup of tea.

Parish retreat 2nd to 4th September 2011

Our parish retreat is taking place at Nympsfield again this year, 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 the Friday and return after lunch on Sunday. We all have our own rooms; and the cost of all this with excellent home cooking is £96.

This will be a time of quiet reflection and consideration about our devotional lives in our busy timetables. If you would like to join us, please let Joanne Roberts know as soon as possible.

Items for Inclusion in the Parish News

must be submitted by the 10th of each month. It may not be possible to include late items.

The editor of the month reserves the right to use editor’s judgement as to the size and shape etc of articles submitted. Do not worry if you cannot arrange the layout - that’s the editor’s job.

Send an Email to:
or place in envelope clearly marked ‘Parish News’ and take to the Parish office (open 10am—12 noon Mon – Fri) (if the Office is closed) put it through Fairford Community Centre letter box,
or post to Parish News, Parish Office, Fairford Community Centre, High Street, Fairford GL7 4AF (don’t forget the stamp).

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