Weekly News Sheet

   News from the churches of

           St Peter & Paul, Fenstanton, and 
                     St Mary, Fen Drayton   
                       20 September Trinity 15




Fen Drayton

 Sun 10:00 a.m.

  Holy Communion

All services suspended till further notice. Church closed

Wed 7:00 p.m.

  Holy Communion


Throughout September, St Peter & St Paul, Fenstanton, will be open for a 10am Sunday Service (doors open at 9.30am) and a 7pm Wednesday evening service (doors open 6.45pm). Pre-booking of seats is required. We hope that the church will be open for prayer and quiet reflection on Sundays after the morning service, until 4pm, or earlier as necessary.

Staying Connected

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Rev Rosie writes: Welcome to our newsletter so that we can “Stay Connected” with one another. 

Today, 20th September, sees our long awaited APCM, postponed from April because of the pandemic. Here we elect our two churchwardens, our deanery synod reps and our PCC members. From within those we elect our PCC secretary and our treasurer [next week]. There may well be a few other specific positions on the PCC for this coming PCC year, for example an assistant treasurer, and we are so fortunate to have such a lovely bundle of people for our PCC. Some will have served over many years, for which we give our grateful thanks but we also welcome new PCC members – with open arms lol! It is likely next year’s APCM will be in our usual time pattern, before the end of April, but we need to wait and see. [Please bring your own relevant documents, circulated 4th September.]

Back to church: Well, we made it!! Well done to all those who have managed to navigate the booking system; thank you to those who have made their own decision about whether to come along or not due to their health or other concerns. We know that decision will not have been an easy one to make. As we have said from the start, the booking of seats is to allow us to manage our maximum number we are legally allowed to have in the church building and to take details for NHS Track and Trace.

Pre-booking of seats can be done at https://www.fenchurchbooking.org.uk or by phoning me, Rev Rosie, on 01480 467393 or Katie Hucklesby on 01480 465211.

STEWARDS for services in October: Now you have seen how it works, might you be willing to be a steward for a Sunday morning service?

ZOOM Sunday morning chat – thank you to those who have got in touch to say they miss the Sunday morning zoom chat. We plan to put something into place very soon, maybe by next week, if we can.


TO REMIND YOU – ZOOM gathering and meetings

You will find a list below of all the things you can join in with using the one meeting ID and password. All the church meetings have one meeting ID and password. Owen and I have those details, so do contact either of us. Email Owen ohucklesby@virginmedia.com  tel: 01480 465211, or Vicar Rosie at rosie.tallowin@btinternet.com  tel: 01480 467393.

Sunday morning chat, online fellowship, at 11am

Monday evening Compline (Night Prayer) at 8pm

Thursday Morning Prayer at 8.30am

The Virtual Community Café has restarted on Wednesday afternoons, 2-3pm. You need Zoom, meeting ID 852 6526 8813; password 014557. Bring your own comfy chair, drink and cake. Would you rather be a tiny rhino or a giant hamster … Who knows? All are welcome: we are very friendly bunch


For our prayers this week:

Please pray for Michael Ingham, Brenda Cooke, Jane Blunt, Steve & Liz Banks, Ian and Bron Taylor, Mark Richardson, RLB, Ben, Margaret Dwyer, Donna and Jessica. Please continue to pray for our St Ives foodbank.

Our ordinands: Please pray also for those in our church family who will be ordained at Embertide later this month: Geoff Dodgson as deacon on Saturday 26th September and Paul Garnell as priest the following day. Although we shall not be allowed to be present at the cathedral to support them as they take these huge steps in their ministry, as we would have preferred, the ordination services will be live-streamed.

RIP: Please pray for all those who are mourning the loss of a loved one at this time.

We think this week of the residents of Huntingdon Road, Fenstanton, and Oak Tree Road, Fen Drayton.

Dagmar, Bishop of Huntingdon, is putting a short reflection on the Diocesan YouTube channel for each Sunday.

Bishop Stephen reminds us of the dial-in service to enable people to engage with worship. Here is the link: dial-in facility


News for this week:

Bags of thanks: Yvonne Hill writes: “A big thank you to those who have made bags to be used in our hospitals to return patients’ belongings to families (instead of a plastic carrier/bin bag) – Jackie, you are amazing: 10 large and 29 small bags made to date.  Thank you very much.”

Parish harvest festival: Our next Worship for All-style service is due to be a Parish Service for Harvest on Sunday 11th October at 10am. Katie adds: “We plan to collect tinned/packet goods for our local foodbank in St Ives. At the moment they most need: tinned potatoes, tinned fruit, custard, rice, peas, sweet corn, jam, coffee, sugar and packets of cup soup.”

More details to follow.

Shoeboxes – can you help? Harry Hucklesby and Hannah Housego write: “For the last few years, we have had a stall in church to buy suitable goods to make up shoeboxes in support of Mustard Seed Relief Mission. These boxes are sent to children in Moldova who have very little. As with so many things, Covid-19 means we can’t go ahead in the usual way, but Gill is busy wrapping boxes that we shall make them up using items already purchased and shopping for what is missing. You are, of course, welcome to make up your own box and details can be found here: https://www.msrm.org.uk/index.html

We need a few empty shoe boxes (sturdy with removable lids). Or perhaps you could donate the £4 transport money or contribute towards buying the simple toys and toiletries to go inside? We would like to suggest cash donations are in an envelope and marked ‘for shoeboxes’ Thank you.”

Open Gardens: Ian Hucklesby writes: “With final donations counted, the amount raised by our virtual Fenstanton Open Gardens was £375 plus gift aid. Thank you all very much for your generosity to help maintain the building and fabric of St Peter and St Paul’s.”

St Mary’s restoration: Phil Christie reports that there appears to be a general delay in Historic England’s processing of grant applications. He adds: “The full application for St Mary’s was submitted on time but the promised reply by ‘mid-September’ has yet to materialise. Sources close to the ground suggest that we may hear the result on or before 9th October, so we continue to keep our fingers crossed. In the meantime, more St Mary’s Gift Month envelopes are being returned, which is very encouraging. Owen and Christine have established a secure portal for donations, gift-aided as appropriate, at https://tiny.cc/fendraytonchurchdonate and all donations made during September will go towards St Mary’s Restoration Fund. Thanks go to everyone who has helped us to get this far in the grant funding process!”

Bookmark: Anne Groome says that the county council’s library van service has been given permission to restart. She explains: “David, who is our van Librarian, will be in the village on Thursday 24th September, stopping at all his usual places. I know he is due outside Ron’s (called, I think, Chapel Green on his list) at 4.00pm.”

Pilgrim Fathers’ quadricentenary: Joy writes: “On the 16th September, we celebrated with our friends in the USA the departure of the Mayflower from Plymouth. On board was a Fenstanton resident, John Howland. Born in about 1599, he went to America as a servant of Governor John Carver. During the voyage, Howland fell overboard during a storm, and was almost lost at sea – but luckily he managed to grab hold of a rope, giving the crew time to rescue him with a boathook. The so-called Pilgrim Fathers endured many hardships during the journey and over the first winter. They had a treaty with the local native Americans in Cape Cod, and this lasted for many years. John and his brothers had millions of descendants including Presidents George Bush, GW Bush, Nixon and Ford, and also Winston Churchill. Here in Fenstanton we have had regular visits and contacts with members of the Howland Society, and had hoped to welcome some of our friends back this summer. Alas, this was not to be. We have, however, sent them our warmest best wishes for their 400th anniversary and hope to see them perhaps next year.’

Cambridgeshire Historic Churches Trust Ride and Stride – with a difference: Julia writes: “Well, we couldn’t have wished for a better day for a very different event this year in that the churches weren’t open for signing in etc. Margaret, Stephen, Keith and I did a combined distance of 157miles and a total of 44 churches. Thank you to everyone who has sponsored us: the total stands at £160, and half of this will come back to us from the trust. If anyone else would like to add to this total, please contact me.” Some of Julia's pictures:

Do you recognise these churches? Should get the first one with ease!

Don’t forget to send us your pictures, comments etc so we can stay connected as the church family and friends during this time. Email: ian@fenstanton.net

With assurance of our prayers at this time

Don’t forget to Stay Connected this is your space too.

Rev Rosie Tallowin with additional help from Ian MacKellar