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Craftsman’s Art and Music’s Measure

St Mary’s Church
Thursday Sept 14th at 2.30pm

Window 21
Window 21

The musical instruments in the windows of Fairford Church

High up in the south windows of the nave of St Mary’s church in Fairford is a choir of angels singing and playing medieval instruments.

The Fairford History Society is bringing these instruments to life with a talk by David Hatcher, an expert on medieval instruments and his colleague Alan Crumpler an instrument maker.

If you want to hear how rebecs and portative organs, amongst many other instruments look and sound, come along to St Mary’s Church on Thursday September 14th at 2.30pm.

Tickets are £5 from the St Mary’s Parish Office, phone 01285 712611 (mornings) or email .

Fairford Festival of Choirs

Advance notice of the Choir Festival to be held in St Mary’s Church, Fairford on Saturday 18th November.

Local Choirs and Instrumental soloists will be taking part.

Open The Book

Open The Book

You may have heard mention of Open the Book (OTB) but are not sure of what it involves.

OTB is a nationwide project which started about 16 years ago. Our local team has been going for 15 years. The aim of the scheme is to familiarise primary - age pupils with stories from the Bible.

We are currently a team of ten drawn from Fairford United Church, St. Thomas's and St. Mary's. A group of us visits Fairford Primary School each Wednesday morning to deliver a story from a prescribed schedule currently covering a three-year rolling programme. We work from The Lion Storyteller Bible or from story books written for the scheme. We dress up for the part and usually have a few children to help us. They also dress up, the favourite role by far being that of a soldier who gets to carry a sword.

The pupils and staff appear to greatly enjoy the stories and we are made very welcome by everyone

Charity of the Month:
The Addington Fund

The Addington Fund

The Addington Fund is a registered farming charity whose main area of work today is to provide homes for farming families living in England and Wales who have to leave the industry, through no fault of their own, and by doing so will lose their home.

The ARC-Addington Fund was set up in 2001 as the Churches’ response to Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD), when it distributed grants totalling £10.3 million to over 22,000 applicants. The name was changed to Addington Fund in 2011 and today we focus more on housing, although hardship grants are available, at the Trustees’ Discretion, in times of emergency.

For more information phone: 01926 620135

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Love Fairford: 14 Sep to 1 Oct

Love Fairford

Love Fairford is a two-week ecumenical outreach project in our community, with Christians of all churches and backgrounds: Anglicans, Roman Catholics, Methodists, Congregationalists and the two community churches; coming together to witness the power and vitality of our Christian faith community. The aim is to show the love of Christ for our community and everyone within it, and to reach out to invite and welcome people to experience our worship and faith.

There will be events of worship; including a healing service, a hog roast harvest celebration & finale with a ‘big sing’ in a marquee with a band and Bishop Rachel as the speaker.

There are all kinds of other events planned too, including women’s pampering & craft evenings with speakers, a men’s breakfast with a padre from NATO’s rapid response team, events for primary aged & teenagers, plus afternoon tea for the seniors.

Love Fairford seeks funding to support these events: paying for a marquee, generator, publicity and printing.

As Fairford’s Church of England community, we would like to support this project generously and enthusiastically.

Glos Historic Churches Trust - Ride and Stride

Glos Historic Churches Trust - Ride and Stride

This year's Ride and Stride event takes place on 9th September.

Participants ride (cycle or horse) or stride along a personally devised route with the aim of visiting a number of churches.

Sponsorship is obtained with proceeds being shared - half to the "base church" and half plus Gift-Aid to the GHCT who use their funds to help projects aimed at maintaining historic churches throughout the county. In 2015 the Trust donated £2,500 to St. Mary's organ fund.

I intend to cycle to most of the churches in the South Cotswolds Team - a distance of around 35 miles and give prior warning that I shall be seeking sponsorship.

If anyone else feels moved to participate in any was please contact me for further details and forms.
  Phil Trickett  -  01285 712421

Messy Church

Messy Church

We meet on the second Sunday
of every month.

Sunday 10th September
In St Mary's Church. 4pm-6pm
Crafts, Games, Celebration, Cooked Meal

We will start with activities and games followed by a Celebration and then a picnic tea , 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.


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