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Christmas Fair

St Mary's Christmas Fair

Saturday 3rd December
10.00—12.00 noon
Community Centre

Raffle, Toys, Free Entry, Coffee & Biscuits, Tombola, Lots of Stalls, Christmas Gifts & Cards.

Come along and bring your friends. Money raised goes to the upkeep of St. Marys.

St Mary's Flower Festival

St Mary's Flower Festival

16th to 19th September

Porch: Luncheon on the Grass by Claude Monet as realised in flower by Heather Gorton. See more photos from St Mary's Flower Festival

The Flower Festival was very successful. We had visitors from all over the county and further afield. Very many thanks to all who came along and donated so generously. It was hard work but very rewarding for all the flower arrangers.

The reception and  concert on the Saturday night to celebrate the restoration of the organ was also well attended. We raised over £1000 which goes towards the upkeep of St. Marys.
Heather Gorton

What do our visitors think about our church?

What we know for sure is that in the last year over a thousand of them from over 40 different countries have been good enough to write comments in the church visitors book. Virtually every entry is positive, though we can only guess at comments added in Polish, Japanese, German, French we could understand magnifique eglises, Welsh, Chinese, Russian and Latin.

A German visitor surely spoke for many: marvellous windows and a wonderful, tranquil atmosphere.

A lady from Cardiff wrote: Beautiful and moving church. Helped me with my bereavement I had recently. Just being here brings me comfort.

A visitor from Cambridge: Enlightening comparison to King's (where I work)- a reference to the only other complete set of medieval stained glass windows in England at King's College Chapel.

The visit of someone from Scotland was much enhanced by the learned and friendly guides.

From Dorset: Beautiful - we are so lucky they had foresight to save the glass.

An enthusiast stated: Every bit worth the journey from New Zealand.

Successive entries in the Visitors Book from Hong Kong, Canada, Netherlands and Australia show the world-wide interest in our church. Finally, a visitor from Shanghai clearly found his visit helpful: A place let people think who we are.
David Lawrence

Charity of the Month:


SSAFA works in partnership with other military charities and specialist organisations to ensure that those who turn to us for help get the support they need.​​ We put Armed Forces families at the heart of everything we do.

We have been serving the Armed Forces community for over 130 years and our experience has helped us understand the unique demands of service life. We are continually updating what we do to ensure we meet the changing needs of servicemen and women, veterans and their families.

Welfare advice and support - We help serving personnel, veterans and their families across the UK.

Health & Social Care services - Our professional staff give direct support to serving personnel and their families in the UK and overseas through contracts to the NHS and Ministry of Defence.

Specialist services – including Support groups for families, a mentoring service for wounded, injured and sick serving personnel, Military Wives Choirs Foundation, SSAFA’s Adoption service.

Housing - Our accommodation meets the different needs of the serving and veterans communities: Norton Homes, Stepping Stone homes, St Vincent's care home and the Royal Homes in Wimbledon plus 36 bungalows for veterans with disabilities.

Phone us on 020 7403 8783, or by mail to: SSAFA, 4 St Dunstan's Hill, London, EC3R 8AD.

Fairford Festival of Choirs

Friday November 18th at 7:30 pm
St Mary's Church
Tickets £5, available from Entwine and on the door
Refreshments available
  • Fairford Church Choir
  • Coln Choir
  • Serendipity
  • Kempsford Church Choir
  • Individual Performances

Charity Advent Service

on behalf of
Gloucestershire Arthritis Trust (GAT)
St Mary’s Church, Fairford
Sunday 27th November at 6pm

Charity Advent Service

Traditional Advent with Fairford’s own choir. Collection shared between GAT and St Mary’s Church.

Verger for St Mary's Church

A part-time Verger is required for St Mary's Church.  Duties and hours to be flexible and open to discussion. If anyone is interested, please get in touch with the Parish Office (712611) or with Mike Godsal (Church Warden 713101)

Messy Church

Messy Church

We meet on the second Sunday
of every month.

There will be a Messy Church on:
Sunday 13 November

In St Mary's Church. 4pm-6pm

Crafts, Games, Celebration, Cooked Meal

The theme is 'Trusting God' and is based on the 23rd Psalm.

After the games and activities there will be a Celebration and then a cooked meal in the Community Centre finishing about 6pm as usual.

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.


Jesus and Me Club

JAM Club

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

Making Space (Messy Space)
Sat 19th November

Making Space

2.00 – 4.00 p.m. Fairford Community Centre
Family Crafts and Coffee Shop

This month's theme: Fire Special activity: Pyrography.

Adults and Children
£2 per child (max. £5 per family)
Concessions available

A project of Churches Together Around Fairford.
Enabling families to enjoy being families.

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