WELCOME to the St Mary's 2013 news archives, where you'll find details of events that took place in 2013, most recent first. For latest news, please see our current news page.
|Some of the stalls | More photos|
Christmas is coming!
THIS YEAR'S Summer Fayre took place from 2pm to 5pm on Saturday 15th June 2013 and raised almost £2,000 (final figure to be confirmed) for church funds.
Thank you to everyone whose hard work made the afternoon so much fun and so worthwhile: from those who helped prepare and set up, through those who looked after the stalls, served refreshments and led tours of the church tower, to those who stayed on afterwards to clear up.
Thanks most of all, however, to everyone who came along despite the weather and joined in the afternoon's activities: without your support and enthusiasm, it would all have been in vain.
On Sunday 26th May it was a pleasure for St Mary's to welcome members of the Pilgrim Henry Samson Kindred and the Pilgrim John Howland Society as well as other return visitors descended from or otherwise linked with the Pilgrims who left England for North America on the Mayflower in 1620. It was not, of course, the Mayflower that pulled in outside St Mary's, but a fully air-conditioned coach carrying the forty-two strong group as part of a special tour exploring some of the Pilgrim sites in England and Holland, Henlow being the original home of Henry Samson (baptised at St Mary's on 15 January 1604) and Elizabeth Tilley (baptised at St Mary's on 30 August 1607), who became the wife of John Howland of Fenstanton, Huntingdonshire, having met him on the Mayflower voyage.
The group joined us for the 11am Eucharist then stayed for a buffet lunch in Henlow Parish Hall, after which the plaque pictured opposite was presented to the Church in commemoration of the visit and in honour of the Kindred's founders.
A letter about the visit from Barb Williams, Governor of the Pilgrim Henry Samson Kindred, is included in our Weekly Notices, 7th July 2013 (pdf, 348kb).