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Bonfire and Fireworks

Saturday 3rd Nov, 6 pm
St Mary's and Fairford Primary School are organising this event in the field next to the church. The bonfire will be lit at 6.30 and the fireworks display will be at 7.00. There will also be fairground rides.

Tickets are available from Fairford Primary School and 7a Coffee Shop. No tickets on the day. £2 for children aged 4 to 16 and OAPs. Adults £3. Family tickets for up to 3 children £10.

Bingo and Supper

Bingo and Supper Friday 9 November 6.30pm - 9.30pm
Fairford Community Centre

To raise funds for St Mary’s.

Tickets £10 - includes food and 5 games of Bingo - Cash Prizes! Available from Barb and Becky (Mitchell & Sarjent, High Street).

Entrance by pre-purchased ticket only

Wine and Soft Drinks for sale on the night.
Please advise if vegetarian food option preferred.

Transport available if needed; please ring 01285 711765.

Plus a Spot Raffle
smallish prizes gratefully received
on the night.

Come along, have a laugh and a good night out with friends!!

Christmas 'Bloody Mary Party'

16th December at Noon

Bloody Mary PartyMike and Alison Godsal invite you to Wine, Soft drinks and Canapés at Fairford Community Centre.

£5 payable on entry,
to include first drink
then generous donations!

All proceeds to St Mary's Church.

Charities for 2013

The Charities Committee will shortly be deciding on the charities to be included in the Charity of the Month list for 2013 and welcomes suggestions from the congregation. The list normally includes some UK charities and some overseas charities.

Proposals for charities should be sent either to the Vicar or the Secretary to the Committee by 30 November 2012 with support information about the charity and its work.

Jo Williams, Secretary to the Charities Committee,

Charity of the Month:
Prospect Hospice Ltd

Prospect Hospice Ltd Our November charity is Prospect Hospice Ltd which is very much linked in with Friends of Fairford Hospital. Hospices such as Prospect are not part of the NHS and receive no direct government funding. They are dependent on contracts, such as the Friends and their own fund raising for the £4M or more a year currently needed to provide and run their services.

The hospice is situated in Moormead Road, Wroughton, Swindon. Patient rooms are all pleasant, comfortable and welcoming with a mixture of single and four bedded rooms. Each bedroom opens onto a quiet terraced area overlooking beautiful landscaped gardens and surrounding countryside. Patients are usually referred to the In-Patient Unit by their Prospect Nurse Specialist, their GP or hospital.

The unit offers patients short term admission for assessment, system respite and end of life care. Some people will remember that the late John Hunt spent time in the hospice and a considerable number of local people are benefitting. There is also a day hospice situated within the main hospice building that is open three days a week for all manner of activities depending on patient needs.

Through the Friends of Fairford Hospital your donations will be very gratefully received.

There is some literature on the shelf of the south wall or you can write to Prospect Hospice Ltd, Moormead Road, Wroughton SWINDON SN4 9BY Tel: 01793 813355.

Previous Charity Fundraising

Monies collected from the box in Church for the August Charity (Church Housing Trust) amounted to £45.66 and for the September charity (RABI) came to £27.95, to both these charities the PCC adds further amounts.

Flower Arrangers needed for St. Mary’s Church

Flower Arrangers Needed We are a friendly team of 15 who arrange flowers for the church rota. We each do two periods of two weeks per year but at the moment some of us are doing three periods. We also arrange flowers for church festivals, weddings and funerals.

If you feel you would like to get involved then please do me. You don’t necessarily have to be good at flower arranging but if you have the desire to learn then you may be just the person we are looking for.

Either email me
or telephone 01285 712428
Heather Gorton

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Joint Charities Carol Service

at St Mary’s Church, Fairford
Sunday 9th December, 4pm

Carol Service

Get into the Christmas spirit—and be home in time for tea! Sing traditional carols, accompanied by St Mary’s own Church Choir.

A retiring collection will be shared between Gloucestershire Arthritis Trust and Fairford’s Community Bus scheme.

The Gloucestershire Arthritis Trust have battled to raise over £2.3m to buy much-needed medical equipment for local hospitals throughout Gloucestershire since 1983.

Everyone is welcome … you don’t even have to have Arthritis.

Food Bank

Since the last update regarding the Food Bank, there has been a considerable ‘shift of gear’ mainly because of the harvest festival gifts first from the primary school and also the Fairford Brownies. We also received a very generous donation from the home of R.I.A.T.—goods which were not sold during the Tattoo.

In addition to all of this, there is the immeasurable and constant support of St. Mary’s and the Chapel and St Thomas are collecting from their congregations. The Cirencester premises is now open for business two mornings each week. This has been a heart-warming experience to be involved with and your love and generosity is making life a little easier for so many local families.
Wendy Graham, St Mary’s, Fairford

A letter was received from Cirencester Food Bank in October thanking St Mary's for the 171.8 Kg of food which was put to immediate use as they fed their first clients when they opened their doors.

School's Harvest Festival

It was a great joy to welcome Fairford Primary School to St.Mary’s Church for their Harvest Festival Service on Friday 5th October. There were a great many parents and grandparents too. When the first buzz of anticipation had died down the children were quiet and attentive and sang the harvest songs with enthusiasm.

It was good to hear and see the variety of the chidren’s contributions – even the tiniest children who have only been at school a few weeks were able to take part.

The poems and readings and drama showed a very thoughtful approach to the topic of Harvest and sharing. The sharing aspect was emphasised by generous gifts of food for the Cirencester Food Bank. Thank you also for the display of a selection of the children’s work on the topic of Harvest -- reactions so far church members have included pleasure from a mum to see her daughter’s use of words and amazement from a churchwarden that some one likes sprouts!

We look forward to seeing you all again for your Christingle Service.

Youth Work

Report on Recent PGL Activity Day 6th Oct 2012
38 of us arrived bright and early at PGL Liddington, near Swindon, on the 1st Sat in October for a day of high adventure!!

Yes, most of the activities involved leaving the ground and seeing the world from above! Not great for those of us (self included) who don’t particularly enjoy becoming airborne but great credit to those who overcame fears and tackled the 4 different challenges.

We crate stacked, we bounced, we swung and traversed the tree tops, all in the name of fun!!! Some found time during the lunch break for water fights, playing traditional games like basketball and less traditional like Frisbee Netball while others conserved energy and chatted or even slept!

We were well looked after and feedback since has been wholly positive – ‘we had a most wonderful time’, ‘thoroughly enjoyed’ and ‘a great time’ being typical of the reaction.

We’re now looking forward to the next residential (12-14 April) when we plan to return to PGL. All secondary school pupils welcome.

Messy Space, Sat 17 November

Crafts and Coffee Bar for Families

2.00 – 4.00 p.m. Fairford Community Centre

Messy Space
This month’s theme : Underground

Adults & children (recommended 4 yrs upwards). £2 per child - maximum £5 per family.
A project of Churches Together Around Fairford.

For Children: 9th December
Jesus and Me Club

JAM Club 10am St Mary’s Church, Fairford
Stories, craft,
fun and food
Every second Sunday

No Jam Club in November.

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