Campton & Chicksands

All Saints' Church
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     The church clock being restored April 2007.


Announcement of appointment
 of new Rector

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The Churchwardens of All Saints' Church, are delighted to announce the appointment by the Bishop of St Albans of Dean Henley as Rector of the Benefice of Campton, Clophill and Haynes.  The announcement of his appointment was made this morning (28 May) in all three churches.  Dean will take up duties after his Installation on 31 October.
Dean is in his early 40s and was accepted for ordination training after ten years in retail banking.  He was ordained in 1995 and has served in Farncombe near Guildford and then Badshot Lea near Farnham. 
We very much look forward to welcoming Dean and introducing him to all parishioners.
Barry Thompson & Kathy Taylor, Churchwardens.

June 2006


On 9 May, we met, along with the Bishop of Bedford, the Archdeacon and Churchwardens from Clophill and Haynes, to interview four hopeful applicants for the post of Incumbent in the Benefice.   They were driven around the Benefice seeing ‘the sights’, followed by a buffet lunch at Clophill with the afternoon being spent in interviews.  While it was difficult to make a decision because all four were excellent candidates, there was one outstanding applicant whom we have requested that the Bishop appoint.  We had hoped to be able to announce who this is in this newsletter, but at the time of writing (16 May), the legal ‘niceties’ have not been completed and therefore we must hold our counsel for a little longer!  For those of you in Church on 28 May, you will have found out who our new Rector is to be.  Once the congregation knows, we will post details on the parish website.

With or without a Rector, All Saints’ continues to be a busy Church!!  At a recent PCC (Parochial Church Council) meeting we agreed a list of events to take place over the coming year (& a bit!).  Dates for your diary are therefore as follows:

    16 September 2006 – Safari Supper
    11 November 2006 – Concert by young musicians from Bedford Modern School
    25 November 2006 – Christmas bazaar
    27 January 2007 – Burns Supper
    17 June 2007 – Open gardens

You are all cordially invited to join in with any of these – just look for notices around the village & in the newsletter giving further details nearer each date!

The Afternoon Tea on 7 May raised £250 to be split between St John’s Hospice, Moggerhanger and All Saints’ Church.  Thanks to Jean and Joyce who organised this lovely event and to everyone who contributed in any way.

Barry Thompson
Kathy Taylor


Information from Biggleswade Chronicle correspondent: Annette Glenn

January/February 2006

Brian and Jan Gardner invite their friends from All Saints to join them for cakes and coffee on Sunday 19th March at 10.15am as it will be their final Sunday.

Biggleswade Chronicle Community Vouchers from Page 2 of the Chronicle each week are being collected to buy toys and craft equipment for the Sunday School. Please support by handing them to Gill Maclaren

Morning Prayer last Sunday was led by Reader Audrey Brand on the theme of choice.
Brian and Jan Gardner invite their friends from All Saints to join them for cakes and coffee on Sunday 19th March at 10.15am.

Revd Paul Langham is covering as Minister for All Saints Church in a temporary capacity. Last Sunday the parishioners were delighted to welcome him to the Sunday service to preach and to give Holy Communion.

December 2005

Information from Biggleswade Chronicle correspondent: Annette Glenn

On 8th January, Revd Margaret Venables will be leaving to begin her new post at Barnack Parish Church near Peterborough.
Margaret’s departure will leave a huge gap in the lives of all those families who worship at Campton and the two other churches in the Benefice. Her sermons, which always brought a sense of realism to Sunday worship as she made the words of the Bible come alive for us today, will be sadly missed. Her welcoming presence in the services for both regular churchgoers and visitors, for new families, elderly residents and the Sunday School children, was always there Both choir and congregation wish her a happy and fulfilling journey as she leaves Campton.
A bring and share Celebration Tea will be held on Sunday January 8 at 3pm at St Mary’s School, Clophill to say thank you to Margaret for her dedicated and loyal service. Everyone is invited and a plate of food would be appreciated. This will be followed by a Farewell Evening Service at 6pm at St Mary’s Church Haynes on the same day.
If anyone would like to attend Margaret’s Installation Service at Barnack Parish Church, there will be a coach leaving Campton on Tuesday January 31, and the cost will be £10 per person. Please enter your name on the list at the back of the church if you would like to go. Exact time of leaving will be announced shortly, but it is likely to leave around 5.30pm and return around 11pm.

We can’t leave the old year without saying a big thank you to Joy Curtis for leading the Children’s Choir in the Christmas Eve Service, which was a lovely addition to the adult choir, who sang us into Christmas Day. The children who sang were: Emma Curtis, Victoria Sales, Rachael Radley, Ewan Jenkins, Edward Lamb, Christopher Lamb, Hannah Jackson, Amber Jackson, Madison Jones, Ellen Strickland, Connor Strickland, Helena Porteous and Abigail Harcourt. Thank you to the parents who made all the practices.

Information from Campton & Chicksands Parish Council Newsletter

Thank you to everyone who has regularly cleaned the church in Campton during 2005.  When the Rural Dean of Bedford, the Rev. Christophet Dent, carried out the annual visitation he remarked how ell cared for and lobved the church looked.

Thank you also to the small band of ladies who arrange the flowers in church.  Should anyone wish to arrange some flowers to mark an occasion which is special to thwm, such as an anniversay, they should contact Joyce Thompson on 01462 813159.  You do not have to be a professional flower arranger, a simple arrangement looks equally beautiful and meaningful.

Joyce Thompson

Information from Biggleswade Chronicle correspondent: Annette Glenn

On Saturday 24 December there will be a Crib Service at 3pm. The children will be asked to take part in the preparations of the traditional Christmas story by
putting together the nativity scene in readiness for the coming of baby Jesus. Audrey Brand will be leading the service.
At 6pm.there will be a Family Carol Service which will include carols performed by Campton children’s choir and the adult choir, accompanied by two talented flautists. Everyone will be welcome.
On Christmas morning, there will be a short Family Communion Service at 10.30am, to which all are welcome.

Campton All Saints will be very sad to see the departure of Revd Margaret Venables in the New Year to her new Parish at Barnack near Peterborough. A bring and share Celebration Tea will be held on Sunday January 8 at 3pm at St Mary’s School, Clophill to say thank you to Margaret for her dedicated and loyal service to the three parishes of Campton, Clophill and Haynes. This will be followed by a Farewell Evening Service at 6pm at St Mary’s Church Haynes on the same day.

If anyone would like to attend Margaret’s Installation Service at Barnack Parish Church, there will be a coach leaving Campton on Tuesday January 31, and the cost will be £10 per person. Please enter your name on the list at the back of the church if you would like to go. Exact time of leaving will be announced shortly, but it is likely to leave around 5.30pm and return around 11pm.

If you are still saving the Biggleswade Chronicle Community Project coupons, please would you put them in the envelope at the back of the church, to be collected  by Gill McClaren. It is hoped that they will go towards buying something for the church at later date. Thanks to all those who have been hoarding them.

Information from Church Warden's report

I imagine that by the time you receive this leaflet you will already have received a number of Christmas cards and I wonder what they have as their picture? I certainly receive cards with wintry scenes - snow dusted churches with light glearning through the stained glass windows or skaters on icy ponds. But really it is not like that at all. For the last few years it has been warm and wet and a more realistic picture would be of umbrellas being shaken in the church porch! But it's not just the weather that is out of tune, there are also lots of cards with Victorian scenes on them, as though Charles Dickens invented Christmas and that it has nothing to do with a baby that was born just over two thousand years ago. Even those who only send Biblical scenes are out of touch with reality.

The reality is that more people know the song 'We wish you a Happy Christmas', than know the words of 'Once in Royal David's City'. That for every family sitting happily around a log fire, there are others who will be sitting miserably in separate rooms. And as for Bethlehem, that is no longer a place that lies still in a 'dreamless' sleep, but is surrounded by a great wall and is a dying Palestinian community.

So why do we buy cards? I believe we do it because Christmas is a time of hope and the cards are not about how the world is, but how we wish it to be. And with the birth of Jesus that became possible. The world will never be like our Christmas cards, but if we allow Jesus to be our light and life then things can begin to happen: relationships mended, the hungry fed, and Bethlehem set free. So, as you open your cards pray that the world will become more peaceful and happy in Jesus' name.

With every blessing for a wonderful Christmas.

Margaret Venables, Rector

As many of you will know, I am leaving the parishes in January. My final service will be at 6.00pm at Haynes Church on January 8th. There are many of you I have met during my years here and I would love to see you again. Please do come along to the service to say goodbye, all are welcome.

Information from Biggleswade Chronicle correspondent: Annette Glenn

The Christmas tree this year is a mighty big one, donated by Bill Roberts our local farmer, erected in the church on Saturday and it almost reaches the roof of the side aisle. It was decorated by the children in the Sunday School in readiness for the crib service on Christmas Eve. The decorations represent the Jesse Tree which traces Jesus’ family right back to the Old Testament. The silver stars are the faces of the children in the Sunday School.

Most people will know that Revd Margaret Venables will be leaving the Benefice of Campton, Clophill and Haynes early in the New Year to become the part-time Priest-  in-charge at Barnack Parish Church near Peterborough. If anyone would like to join Campton residents to travel to Barnack to support Margaret at her Installation Service on Tuesday January 31st please let the church wardens know. Please add your names to the booking form at the back of the Church to reserve a seat on the coach. It will cost £10 per person for the coach which will be leaving around 5.30pm returning around, but the exact times and pick-up points will be announced later.

As you receive this Newsletter, we will be preparing to say goodbye to Margaret.  Her final service at All Saints will be Parish Communion on Sunday 8 January at 11.15, but she will be celebrating a joyful Evening Service at Haynes that evening at 6pm for the Benefice.  We cordially invite you to join us for either of those services.

Margaret will be moving to take responsibility for three parishes just north of Peterborough and her Installation Service on 31 January, in the evening, will be at Barnack Parish Church.  We will be arranging a coach to transport those who would wish to attend this service but would not want to drive.  Please let either of us know if you would like to travel by coach.

At the time of writing, we have no news of who our new Rector will be, but action commences in early February when the Bishop of Bedford and the Archdeacon of Bedford will meet with all three PCCs collectively.  The Churchwardens of the three churches are already working closely to ensure a smooth interregnum and appointment of the new incumbent and we will keep you informed via this Newsletter.

We will miss Margaret and her Ministry.  The Churchwardens, members of the PCC, congregation and community would like to use this medium to publicly thank Margaret for her leadership and encouragement over the past few years.  It’s not always been an easy ride but we’ve certainly had some interesting conversations on the way – we thank Margaret for encouraging us to consider wider opportunities and options.

The Advent Ring is growing in its light and on Christmas Day, the central candle, representing the birth of Jesus, will be lit.  As we prepare for Christmas, we will be praying for those who cannot be with their families and for those are less fortunate than ourselves.  We pray especially for Sue Hayhurst and Jean Luddington as we remember their husbands’, Mike and Peter, first anniversary.

We have an exciting time ahead as we move into 2006 – we should get our new bells, we will be opening the church for wider community use, such as concerts, and we encourage you all to join in with the life of All Saints in whatever way is most appropriate to you.  We start 2006 with a Benefice service, to be held at All Saints, at 10 o’clock on New Year’s Day. 

With our warm wishes for Christmas and the New Year,

Barry Thompson
Kathy Taylor

Our new heating and lighting systems are now fully operational; not only does All Saints look brighter, it certainly feels warmer too!

From our Book of Remembrance, we have remembered the lives of Peter Dollman, Neil Burns, Peter Wright and Harry Russell.  Our thoughts will be with Jean Luddington and her family this Christmas as we remember Peter’s first anniversary on Christmas Day.

We invite parishioners to add their loved ones’ names to the Book of Remembrance.  Forms for this are available from the Churchwardens who will advise of the nominal cost.

We warmly invite you all to join us in preparing for Christmas at any of our services. see 'Diary' page for dates and times.

Information from Campton & Chicksands Parish Council Newsletter

November 2005

Information from Biggleswade Chronicle correspondent: Annette Glenn

Reverend Margaret Venables conducted the Parish Communion service last Sunday (20th November)  Bethany Luddington took her First Communion, assisted by her Grandmother Jean; a very special moment for a nine year old. The congregation were reminded that it was ‘Stirring Sunday’ when in the old days, the Christmas puddings would have been cooked …loosely translated it means it’s time to beat a path to Tescos. As always, Margaret posed an interesting question, on the theme of recognising the sheep from the goats, inferring that we are sometimes too hasty when we classify people into predictable groups. We should be prepared to back down and apologise when we make those errors of judgement and get it wrong.

A Remembrance Day Service was held in Campton Church on Sunday 13th November  an occasion for remembering  those who died in two World Wars and other more recent conflicts. Many Service Personnel and their families, presently stationed at the Chicksands base, came to represent their Regiments. The sermon was given by Audrey Brand, who gave a special welcome to the servicemen in uniform. While referring to the people who had lost family members in two World Wars, she also included a modern day message; applauding our military services’ role today as peacemakers.
A two minute silence was kept and wreaths were laid to honour the names of those servicemen of Campton who had died in World War 1 and World War II.
The congregation was invited to stay and share coffee and biscuits after the service, a Campton and Chicksands getting-to- know-each-other time, which was much appreciated by everyone.

Linda Garton, our bell ringer extraordinaire, is at the moment trucking across a desert somewhere in West Africa and learning a few life skills she didn’t realise she needed. Stay safe Linda and may you soon find another internet café to send us more amusing emails. The bellringers of Campton (especiallyJohn) look forward to your safe return in December.

Annette Glenn, another of Campton’s outward-bound Africa addicts, has just returned from her journey to the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho where she helps needy families, to find that while she was away, thieves had stolen her car.

Information from Campton & Chicksands Parish Council Newsletter

On Tuesday 20th September, we hosted a Confirmation Service for fifteen Confirmants, six of whom were youngsters from our church. 'The Bishop of St Alban's, who had never previously visited Campton, conducted the service. After the very uplifting service, supper was served in the school hall by ladies of the congregation, to whom we say a very big 'thank you'.

Saturday 15th October saw the blessing of the marriage of Kelly (nee Inskip) and Chris, a very happy occasion shared by family and friends. We wish Kelly, Chris and their two little daughters well as they move to Cyprus with Chris's job.

The weekend of 29th and 30th October sees our gift weekend when we invite all friends from around the parish to visit the church and make a gift for its continued work and upkeep. From 9.30 until 12.30 on the Saturday, there will be a working party where we welcome anyone willing to help in whatever way, and on Sunday at 10.00 there is a Benefice Service.

In November, services will be as follows Sunday 6th November 11.15am
Parish Communion, Sunday 13th November 10.50 am Remembrance Sunday Service, Sunday 20th November 11.15 am Parish Communion, Sunday 27th November 11.15am Family Praise.

We invite you to join us at any of these services. You will be assured a warm
Barry Thompson
Kathy Taylor

October 2005

Information from Biggleswade Chronicle correspondent: Annette Glenn

On Sunday 16 October at 11.15, there will be Parish Communion at All Saints’ Church in Campton.  The following week there will be a 10 am Benefice Service at St Mary’s Clophill when parishioners from Campton join to celebrate the blessing of St Mary’s new stained glass window.  On Saturday 29 October, there will be a working party at All Saints’ Campton from 9.30 until 12.30, to coincide with Gift Weekend, when everyone is invited to roll up their sleeves, don mop, bucket, spade or polishing cloth, to help with the twice yearly ‘spring clean’ of the church and its immediate environs.  Coffee and doughnuts help the morning along!!
Kathy Taylor

Reverend Margaret Venables will be leaving the Benefice of Clophill, Haynes and Campton Churches during January next year. She hopes to go on to do a short term of office in the Peterborough area, before retiring altogether. Margaret, who was made a Canon earlier this year, will be conducting services until Christmas.
Margaret shares herself between the three Benefice Churches, especially on Sundays when her little car sprouts wings and flies from one church to another to take Holy Communion with the parishioners. Campton Lay Reader and choir leader, Audrey Brand, is especially appreciated for her continued support to the Benefice - providing musical direction and services in the Rector’s absence. 

The All Saints Working Party will take place on Saturday morning of 29 October around 10am. Please be prepared for energetic jobs outside in the churchyard etc as well as inside the church Outdoor clothing, spades, wheelbarrows etc would be appreciated. At midday, the work will stop and hot drinks and sticky buns will be provided for all the helpers.

Thank you to Campton church members who have once again supported the Romania Family Shoebox  Appeal. Your filled boxes have been sent to the collection point on 6th November as they have to leave UK in time to reach their final destination in time for Christmas.

Please save your Biggleswade Chronicle Community Cashpoint tokens. You will find them on page two of the Chronicle and there will be a collection envelope in the church.

September 2005

Information from Biggleswade Chronicle correspondent: Annette Glenn

Reverend Margaret Venables will be leaving the Benefice of Clophill, Haynes and Campton Churches during January next year. She hopes to go on to do a short term of office in the Peterborough area, before retiring altogether. Margaret, who was made a Canon earlier this year, will be conducting services until Christmas.
Margaret shares herself between the three Benefice Churches, especially on Sundays when her little car sprouts wings and flies from one church to another to take Holy Communion with the parishioners. Campton Lay Reader and choir leader, Audrey Brand, is especially appreciated for her continued support to the Benefice - providing musical direction and services in the Rector’s absence. 

The All Saints Working Party will take place on Saturday morning of 29 October around 10am. Please be prepared for energetic jobs outside in the churchyard etc as well as inside the church Outdoor clothing, spades, wheelbarrows etc would be appreciated. At midday, the work will stop and hot drinks and sticky buns will be provided for all the helpers.

Thank you to Campton church members who have once again supported the Romania Family Shoebox  Appeal. Your filled boxes have been sent to the collection point on 6th November as they have to leave UK in time to reach their final destination in time for Christmas.

Please save your Biggleswade Chronicle Community Cashpoint tokens. You will find them on page two of the Chronicle and there will be a collection envelope in the church.

The Confirmation and Baptism Service conducted by Rt Revd Christopher Herbert, Bishop of St Albans on Tuesday night last week involved candidates, not only from Campton but from Clophill, Clifton and Welwyn Garden City. The mood in the church was electric. Every seat was taken and the gallery was full.
First of all, several children and adults were baptised. Then Bishop Christopher told stories to the children about his own childhood and admitted that he was only now learning how to use a computer. Prayers were said for the candidates and their families and each was given a lighted candle which was carried from the altar during the service, to symbolise the light of Christ in our lives. After the service, refreshments were served in Campton School Hall, donated by All Saints members. The occasion will be remembered in Campton for a long time to come.

On Sunday morning, the Harvest Family Communion took place and newly confirmed candidates took their first communion. The church was decorated beautifully with all the gifts of harvest, thanks to Joyce Thompson and her team. Revd. Margaret Venables presented special Confirmation cards to the Campton children.
Harvest Festival Choral Evensong was held at 6.0pm, joined by other members of the Benefice, organ by Christine Bartlett. The date of the Harvest Supper date will shortly be announced.

Come and join in the All Saints Working Party on Saturday morning of 29 October around 10am.when a few hands-on jobs will be tackled, both inside and outside the church. Please bring old clothes, wellies, garden tools and muck scrapers. Any expert pigeon fanciers will be specially appreciated. At midday, the work will stop and there will be coffee, cold drinks and sticky buns for all the helpers.

Once again Campton members are being asked to support the Romania Family Shoebox Appeal. Please do read some of the replies sent by Aid Workers from last year’s appeal. Please bring your filled boxes with two pounds on the lid and leave them at the back of the church ready for collection as soon as possible. Ring Kathy Taylor for details. 01462 816108.

Harvest Family Praise and Communion will take place in Campton on Sunday 23 Sept at 11.15pm. The candidates who were confirmed by the Rt Revd Christopher Herbert, Bishop of St Albans on Tuesday night will be able to receive their First Communion at the end of the service.
Coffee will be served afterwards and everyone will be welcome.

At 6.0pm at All Saints, there will be a Family Harvest Evensong. Please note that the Harvest Supper will take place at a later date, NOT after Evensong.
Don’t forget to book the date in your diary for the All Saints Working Party on Saturday morning of 29 October when a few hands-on jobs will be tackled, both inside and outside the church.  Please bring old clothes, wellies and garden tools. Your support will be appreciated. There will be coffee and sticky buns afterwards.

The Safari Supper on Saturday night 17 September was a great success. A lot of hard work went into organising this event and thanks to all those who cooked, washed up or provided Raffle prizes. Everyone enjoyed the evening and approximately £450 was raised towards Campton Church Funds.

Last Sunday,(11th September) Reverend Margaret Venables announced that she would be leaving the Benefice of Clophill, Haynes and Campton Churches during January next year. She hopes to go on to do a short term of office in the Peterborough area, before retiring altogether. Margaret, who was made a Canon earlier this year, will be conducting services until Christmas and her three parishes will have the chance to show how much she is appreciated, before she vacates her place in their busy community.

On Tuesday 20 September at 7.30pm, several young children from Campton, Clophill and Welwyn Garden City who have been preparing for their Confirmation, will be confirmed at All Saints Church by the Bishop of St Albans. Please come and support them. Refreshments will be available afterwards and everyone is welcome.

On Sunday 25 September, Harvest Festival will be celebrated at All Saints.

Don’t forget to book the date in your diary for the All Saints Working Party on Saturday morning of 29 October when a few hands-on jobs will be tackled, both inside and outside the church.  Please bring old clothes, wellies and garden tools. Your support will be appreciated.

The Safari Supper, in aid of Church funds, will take place this coming Saturday  evening, when couples taking part will have to go looking for their supper in Campton, waving their torches and carrying their own liquid refreshment. A warm welcome will be offered at the end of the evening at Campton Manor, where raffle prizes will be drawn.

Information from All Saints, Campton Newsletter


For the past 23 years, we have supported a child through World Vision.
Rafiqul is 5 years old and lives in a small rural community called Bethkuri in a remote area in the North of Bangladesh. The people here speak the Garo dialect and are mostly poor, landless peasants. Because of this, and because they live in such a remote area, they are given low priority by the government when allocating resources.
World Vision focus on helping an individual child through community development programmes. In partnership with the local church, World Vision is assisting the people of Bethkuri as they work towards self- reliance. The project ensures that the children are able to attain the highest educational level of which they are capable, and also provides health care for them. There are also programmes of skills training, agricultural improvement, sanitation and village leadership training. A savings scheme is helping many families to start or improve small businesses.
The project aims to help the community to become    self-supporting. Community members are fully involved in the running    of   the   project   and     are discovering the value of their own resources and potential.
Do please help us to support Rafiqul over the next few years. There is a box at th
e back of the church for your donations.

Biggleswade Chronicle Community Cashpoint Scheme

We are collecting tokens! Please leave then at the back of the church.


Wendy Luddington
Juliette, Justin and Bethany send their thanks to friends in Campton for the gift they received when their mummy died.  They are enjoying using it on the journey between Grandma's here and Daddy's at Bury St. Edmonds.

Michael (Mick) Spavins
Neil and I would like to thank everyone in the parish for their support and kindness since the untimely death of Mick.  We have received so many cards, tributes and flowers which have all meant so much to the family. Thank you also to the White Hart Golf Society for donating the trophy in memory of Mick.
Sandra Spavins

From the Registers

On Sunday, July 3rd, friends, relatives and the congregation joined Elise, Hannah and Connor Waiters for their Baptism. We welcome them into the family of the Church.

July 2005


In truth, my very first thought was something like, "Come back Judith, all is forgiven", but a month after officially becoming a Churchwarden, 1 can honestly say I'm enjoying it!
1 took over the duties when Judith & David moved to Shropshire at the end of Apdi but the visitation service at which 1 was sworn in was held on 25 May at St Andrew's Church in Bedford, a serious and joyful occasion in which the duties of Churchwarden were spelled out and a legal form of words used. 1 have to admit that 1 did mutter to Barry that, looking round at my colleagues, 1 felt fifteen years younger than any one else! After the service we were invited to join everyone else for a buffet supper and to peruse the various stalls - from one of these 1 bought a Churchwarden's handbook v@hich I'm sure will be invaluable.
Thus far 1 have learned where things go, the order in which other things are done and I've worked with Barry to submit a return to St Alban's, one of what 1 understand will be many (happy) returns. I've signed my first faculty application - a bit like applying for eccliastical planning permission. On a weekly basis, I've taken over where Judith left off (1 hope) - notices, organising collection-takers & carriers for the Elements, and 1'rn getting particularly good at preparing the Register for signature and paying the organist!
1 knew that 1 was taking on a responsible and central role and, with the support 1 have thus received from the congregation, I'm pleased to say that 1 am finding the role fulfilling. The people who attend service at All Saints are tremendous friends - and they will be to anyone coming along to services and other events.

Kathy Taylor

Other News from All Saints

A total of £338 was collected in the doort-to-door collection for Christian Aid- thank you to everyone who contributed and collected.

June 2005

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the following:
£205 collected by rnembers of Campton WI for Keech Cottage and St. John Hospice, Moggerhanger
£163 given by friends of WendyLuddington for a portable DVD player for Justin, Juliet and Bethany.
Collections during Christian Aid week.

At St Albans Abbey on Saturday April 30, Reverend Margaret Venables was installed as an Honorary Canon. The Service of Celebration was taken by Bishop Christopher and many Campton residents were there to share her big moment.

The new Church Guide is now available - donations of 30p appreciated. Thank you to Philip Hoskins for producing this.                                    

May 2005

Au revoir ... but not goodbye!
On Sunday, April 24th we said 'Au revoir' to Judith and David Tollman, soon moving to their idyllic new home in Shropshire. We thank them for the contributions they have both made to the community in Campton - Judith has been Churchwarden at All Saints for the past three years; David was a Parish Councillor and editor of the Campton and Chicksands newsletter, as well as both being such valued neighbours and friends. We will miss them! About 35 parishioners joined Judith and David at a bring and share lunch after the family service, during which they were presented with some gardening vouchers and other gifts. We all wish them every happiness in their new home,

From the registers:
We were all very saddened by the death of Wendy Luddington, who died on April 7th. Many friends, members of her family and colleagues attended her funeral at All Saints. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jean, Justin, Juliet and Bethany.

The Annual Parish and Parochial Church Meetings were held at All Saints on Tuesday, April 12 th . The following were elected to serve for the following year Church Wardens       Kathy Taylor, Barry Thompson
PCC Secretary        Linda Garton, I9a Gravenhurst Road, Campton
PCC Treasurer        Brian Gardner
Deanery Synod representatives Audrey Brand, Yvonne Milne
Other members of the PCC Christine Bartiett, Nicky and Clive Fletcher
Sue Hayhurst, Philip Hoskins, John Loveless, Karen Porteous.

Information from Parish Community Newsletter - Editor : D. Tollman

April 2005

BOOK SALE: We must have sorted about 3000 books, during the week leading up to the Book Sale. Thank you so much for all the hard work.  The refreshments were most acceptable, especially the lemon cake.! £530 was made for Church Funds, all of us went home with book bargains and had enjoyed the day. The books that remained unsold have all been passed to other charities for sale.

A.P.C.M. The Annual Parochial Church Meeting and Vestry Meeting will be on Tuesday April 12th at 8.00pm in the church.Reports will be presented and new members of the P.C.C. will be elected. Please come along.

CONGRATULATIONS: Our Rector has accepted an invitation from The Bishop of St. Albans to become an Honorary Canon of the Cathedral Margaret will be installed at Evensong on Saturday April 30th in St Alban’s Abbey .We are all invited to share in this celebration.

CHRISTIAN AID WEEK.  Week beginning. Sunday May 15th

Judith Tollman

March 2005

At the time of writing this, most of you must be aware that we are having a Second Hand Book Sale at Church. People have been very generous, and hidden around the village in garages and under the stairs are stockpiles of books waiting to be sorted, priced and then sold to the book lovers who, we hope, will be queueing to be admitted. Please support this sale and have a cup of coffee and a cake while you are browsing.

Margaret Venables will be back in harness at the beginning of March when she will be taking the Mothering Sunday service in Campton. We understand that her two month sabbatical for study leave has been refreshing and we look forward to seeing Margaret and, of course, Barney soon.

On Sunday March 13th there will be a  performance of Stainer’s Crucifixion in Shefford Methodist Church at 6pm. Most of the singers are from choirs in the  Deanery who have been rehearsing in their own church choirs and then come together to perform this wonderful Passiontide work. Please come along.

It is with great pleasure that we will be holding the fourth All Saints’ Easter Tea on Sunday April 24th - actually a St George’s Tea - in the Village Hall from 4pm till 6pm. There will be posters and tickets available nearer the time but please put this date in your diaries now. Tickets will be £5 for adults and £3 for children. All the money raised will be sent to the local hospices.

From the registers:
On Monday, February 21st, the funeral of Marion Davies took place. Marion lived in Brookside and was a familiar and friendly figure to many of us in the village. All our thoughts and prayers are with Glyn and Sharn.

Sun 6th Mar 
Mothering Sunday
Mothering Sunday Service 11.15am
Sun 13th Mar
Passion Sunday
Parish Communion
Sun 20th Mar 
Palm Sunday
Benefice Communion Service with Methodists Procession from St Mary’s, Clophill to the Methodist Church
Mon 21st Mar
Holy Communion
Tues 22nd Mar
Poetry for the Passion
Wed 23rd Mar
Music for the Passion
Thur 24th Mar
Passover Supper and Eucharist
Fri 25th Mar 
Good Friday

Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday
Good Friday All Churches open

Noon – 2.00pm
2.00pm – 3.00pm

Sat 26th Mar
Easter Saturday
Easter Eve Service of Light Campton
Sun 27th Mar
Easter Sunday
Family Communion
February 2005

This is the first issue of the New Year and I would like to thank everybody who contributed to Christmas in the Parish.  It was a magnificent team effort by many members of the Church and their families, much of it “behind the scenes”
The Nativity Crib which was made by the children who came to the workshop has been much admired by many visitors and worshippers; congratulations to the artists and many thanks to the adults who helped, especially Felicity Brown who masterminded the design.

On Monday afternoons, between 2 and 4pm, the Oakley Room is open for anyone who fancies a chat or a game of Scrabble and a cup of tea. If you know of anyone who would like the opportunity to come along but would like a lift please do let one of the Churchwardens know and this can be arranged very easily. We would love to see you.

The Church is cleaned by a dedicated band of male and female “Holy Dusters”. At present there is a generous team which means that each turn only comes around three or four times a year but two helpers have now retired. If there are any willing volunteers who have not yet been recruited, Joyce Thompson would happily add your names to the” Band of Holy Dusters”.

I have to apologise that we were unable to come Carol Singing as planned this year. We were short of singers, especially gentlemen, and had to cry off at the last moment. It would be lovely to have some new singers next year.

We were all very saddened by the death of Mike Hayhurst. Mike died on Sunday December 19th after a short illness. Many village friends and members of Sue and Mike’s family attended the service to celebrate his life, at Norse Road Crematorium, Bedford which was taken by Rev. Margaret Venables.

Fund Raising:

By now many of us will have enjoyed the Burns Supper and the dancing and hopefully will have raised some funds to keep us going.

We are planning on holding a huge Second Hand Book Sale on Saturday, March 5th. If you have any books that you need to dispose of we would love to help you.
They can be children’s books, recipe books, paperbacks, text books, fiction, maps, any kind of books…………we are happy to collect and store them. Please ask your friends, families and neighbours so that we can make a success of this event.

Also returning this year, by popular request, will be the Easter Tea, just in time to put back all the weight we shall have lost during Lent.
 From the Registers:

The funeral took place on Thursday January 13th of Peter Luddington who died so suddenly on Christmas Day. All Saints was filled with family and friends, showing that Peter was held in such high esteem. Audrey Brand told us such a lot about Peter who had spent 50 years here. It was a fitting celebration of his life; Wendy, his daughter read from the Bible, granddaughter Juliette read a moving poem about a bellringer, and Justin and Bethany spoke about their memories of a granddad that they loved so much.
Peter and Jean have been active members of our Church for many, many years.
He had spent many hours supporting Jean when she was a Churchwarden and we are indebted to him.
His support of us all continued to the last and he will be sorely missed.

For fourteen years, Peter was a driver of the Whitbread Wanderbus and was frequently spotted in Campton on a Friday, picking up and later dropping off elderly passengers and helping them in with their shopping, always with a smile on his face.

Peter was, of course, a bellringer and Tower Captain for many years and John Loveless, present Tower Captain, adds:
“Peter Luddington learnt to ring at All Saints, Campton in 1964, as one of a number of people in the local area taught to ring by Stan Ashton, of Clifton, at that time. During the next 40 years Peter was the mainstay of ringing at Campton, ensuring ringing took place both for Sunday Services and on practice nights. This involved teaching others in the village and also keeping the bells maintained. Most people who came to Campton to ring during that 40-year period will associate Campton with Peter.
When we moved here in April 2001 we soon became accustomed to his smiling face and his unique brand of self-effacing humour and were quickly welcomed into the fold. Unfortunately his ringing activity became more irregular as his health started to decline but his interest in what was happening in the tower never diminished.
We have appreciated Peter and Jean's support for both the Bells Appeal and the training initiatives, which are aimed at preserving and enhancing ringing at Campton longer term.
Jean and the family asked that donations in Peter’s memory should go to the Bells Appeal and we would like to place on record our sincere thanks for that kind gesture.”


Sun 6th Feb     Sun next before Lent    Parish Communion                          11.15am
Wed 9th Feb    Ash Wednesday           Benefice Communion CLOPHILL    8.00pm
Sun 13th Feb    1st Sun of Lent            Parish Communion                         11.15am
Sun 20th Feb    2nd Sun of Lent           Morning Prayer                              11.15am
Sun 27th Feb    3rd Sun of Lent           Parish Communion                          11.15am

December 2004

Many, many “Thank Yous “
for …the hard work by folks who turned up to prepare the Church for the winter, gullies cleared, weeds despatched, ivy removed to reveal gravestones and walls and clutter cleared.
for…the Birthday gifts of money that will enable us to continue with our mission through worship here.
for…the 61 shoe boxes, packed with Christmas gifts, that our Benefice sent to families in Rumania
for…the money given to send a cow to Walter’s family in Lesotho: after the stimulating talk that Annette Glenn gave us.

From the Registers
The Baptism of Alexander Niah on Sunday November 7th.

Future Dates and Events

On Sunday December 5th there will be a Benefice Toy Service at Haynes at 10.00am. Children from all three Lower Schools will be taking part. We are asked to take an unwrapped gift that will then be distributed by Christian Family Care in Bedford to families in sheltered accommodation over Christmas. We are also requested to arrive dressed as a Toy!

On Thursday December 9th East Lodge School will be performing their Nativity Play in the Church. Valmai Green and the children are inviting anyone in the Parish who would like to come. It starts at 10.30am.

Carol Singing around the Parish will be on Tuesday December 21st. We sing around the three main areas of the Parish in rotation and this year it will be Chicksands. We meet at the Church at 6.00pm to start singing at 6.30pm. We welcome singers and collectors. If there were more people to join us, we could divide in to 2 groups and cover more of the Parish.
If you would like to join us please let me know nearer the time. All the money we raise is sent to Keech Cottage Hospice and St. John’s at Moggerhanger.

This year the children are making their own Nativity Figures to be placed in the empty stable at the Crib Service on Christmas Eve. We also have a Travelling Crib, a Posada of Nativity figures from Guatemala, that families in Campton and Chicksands may have in their homes, in turn, for one of the evenings in Advent and finally returned to Church on Christmas Eve. If you would like to share in this, please complete the list in Church or contact me.

Don’t forget to put in your brand new 2005 diaries that the Burns Night Supper will be on Saturday January 29th, 2005. More information will be available in the New Year.

And finally…We will be having a Massive Book Sale in February - please save any books you may be turning out; cookery books, fiction, travel, etc. etc. If you have a problem storing them we may be able to store some of them in Church.

We look forward to seeing you at our Christmas Services especially the Christmas Eve Carol Service when our children’s choir will be singing for the first time.

Judith Tollman and Barry Thompson, Churchwardens.

  ALL SAINTS’ CHURCH SERVICES 5th December, 2004 – 30th January, 2005
Sun 5th Dec               2nd of Advent
Parish Communion
Sun 12th Dec
3rd of Advent
Parish Communion 
Sun 19th Dec 
4th of Advent
Morning Prayer
Fri 24th Dec
Christmas Eve
Crib Service
Carol Service
Midnight Mass


Sat 25th Dec
Christmas Day
Family Communion with Carols
Sun 26th Dec 
St. Stephen
Benefice Communion

Sun 2nd Jan
Parish Communion
Sun 9th Jan
Baptism of Christ
Parish Communion with the Archdeacon
Sun 16th Jan
2nd Sun of Epiphany
Morning Prayer
Sun 23rd Jan
3rd Sun of Epiphany
Family Service
Sun 30th Jan
Benefice Service


November 2004  

From the Registers
The funeral of Mrs Pat Carter from Greenway took place on Wednesday, September 29th.
Apart from the collection sent to The British Heart Foundation, a donation of £70 was generously given to our Church, well loved by Mrs Carter for many years.

Cycle Ride
Many thanks to Timothy and Emma for taking part. Unfortunately, that Saturday was especially windy but did nothing to prevent these two stalwarts from participating.

Safari Supper
With many thanks to The Friends of All Saints who set up the blueprint for this event, this year the Church took over the planning and, we hope, managed to continue the tradition of a splendid evening. 48 people enjoyed a three-course dinner partaken at a variety of hostelries throughout the village, completing the evening with coffee and mints at the Manor.
Thank you so much to all who helped to make the evening such a good night out, and raising over £630 for the Church. We look forward to the 2005 version.

Memorial Chairs
We have a few more chairs that can be dedicated to loved ones and hope to have the inscriptions ordered in the New Year. If you would like to do this, could you contact one of the Churchwardens for the details.

Future Dates
Saturday, October 30th         Working Party and Gift Day
We are hoping to do all the jobs inside and out that are necessary to see the Church safely through the winter.
Cleaners, Roofers, Gardeners, Glaziers, Polishers, Steeplejacks etc can all apply, coffee and doughnuts provided.

Monday November 8th at 8.00pm in the Church   “Lesotho, Kingdom in the Sky”, Annette Glenn will be giving a slide show and a talk.
Refreshments will be served from 7.30pm.
All are welcome.

Thursday December 9 th at 10.30am      East Lodge School Nativity Play in the Church. All are welcome.

Tuesday December 21st               Carol Singing
This year we will be singing to the residents of Chicksands and Priory Road. We welcome singers and collectors to join us; we meet at the Church at 6.00pm to walk up to the South Gate. The evening always finishes with suitable refreshments!                    Judith Tollman
ALL SAINTS’ CHURCH SERVICES 7th November, 2004 – 28th November, 2004

Sun 7th Nov      3rd before Advent    Parish Communion With Baptism     11.15am
Sun 14th Nov    Remembrance Sunday    Service                                     10.50am
Sun 21st Nov    Christ the King    Parish Communion                               11.15am
Sun 28th Nov    Advent Sunday    Parish Communion                              11.15am

October 2004

From the Registers

On Saturday, August 28th, the wedding of Sally-Ann Monk and Steven Waddams.

On Tuesday, August 31st, the funeral of Mrs Pam Brown of Penfold Close, Shefford.

On Sunday September 5th, the baptism of baby Charlotte from Chicksands.

Harvest Sunday
A very big thank you to all who made our harvest celebrations so enjoyable and successful. The Church looked beautiful and the supper was delicious. We were able to send £300 to The Bishop’s Harvest Appeal, which this year will help Coffee Farmers in Nicaragua to get a Fair Price for their coffee.

Future Dates
Deanery Festival Evensong will be on Sunday October 10th at 6.00pm at St Mary’s Parish Church, Henlow. The service will be conducted by Bishop Richard.

Saturday October 16th Safari Supper
This is always a splendid evening, a £12 ticket will give you the chance to indulge in a three-course dinner in Campton on a Saturday night. No need for a taxi home because you will be able to walk and each course is taken in a different house. For tickets or information please phone Linda Garton (819074) or Yvonne Milne (812653). It is also a very good opportunity to meet old and new faces in the village.

Harvest Open Day
The afternoon with the children was great fun and we all enjoyed it. The pre-school group of fifteen children came first and enjoyed a happy time making paper plates of fruit, singing and listening to a story. Later twenty-six older children spent a very creative time making animals from vegetables; the leaders were amazed at how inventive they were. Alex Bowen won first prize and Emma Wilding second and there were three runners-up. Please contact Audrey Brand (850001) if you have not yet received your prize.

 Audrey Brand and Judith Tollman.

September 2004

Such a lot seems to have happened in Campton over the summer that I hope the editor will allow me space to report it.

Some of you may have noticed the building work that is being carried out at the moment. We are hoping to install a Central Heating System in the Church but, before we can go ahead with that, initial exploratory and preparatory work is being done.

On Sunday July 25th we reinstated an old tradition of having a Church Picnic followed by games on the recreation ground. Despite the weather, 40 of us, young and old, had a very good afternoon, some chose to chat, the youngest played games with the parachute and taught the older members what to do, some opted for croquet but the more competitive amongst us played cricket. I think some Church members have been hiding their talents under a bushel!

Forty children from the Benefice gathered for a fun day on August 19th at Clophill Church. With an Olympic theme, the children enjoyed a morning of craftwork, music and a Puppet Show. After a picnic lunch they had their own mini Olympic Games and the day ended with a short Praise Service.
A big thank-you to all the children for joining in so enthusiastically making it such a happy day. Also thank-you to the group of leaders who worked so hard to make the day a success.

From the registers:
On July 4th, Nyah, the baby daughter of Toby and Ilana of Gravenhurst Road was baptised.

Future Dates:
Saturday September 11th    Sponsored Cycle Ride in aid of Herts and Beds Historic Churches Trust. Please phone Jean Luddington on 812756 for details and sponsor forms.

Sunday September 12th    Harvest Sunday
Following a special Harvest Service at 6.00pm we will have our Harvest Supper in the Village Hall. Please phone Judith Tollman on 851303 or Jean Luddington on 812756 for details.

Wed. September 15th    Harvest Open Day at All Saints Church
            2.00pm - 3.00pm Activities for toddlers
            3.30pm - 4.30pm Activities for children
7.00pm - 9.00pm Cheese and wine and meet the congregation

Saturday October 16th    Safari Supper

ALL SAINTS’ CHURCH SERVICES 5th September, 2004 – 26th September, 2004

Sun 5th Sept      13th after Trinity    Parish Communion     11.15am
Sun 12th Sept    14th after Trinity    Parish Communion    
Harvest Celebration followed by Harvest Supper  6.00pm
Sun 19th Sept    15th after Trinity    Morning Prayer    11.15am
Sun 26th Sept    16th after Trinity    Holy Communion (BCP)
                                                     Family Service     11.15am

Audrey Brand and Judith Tollman.

July/August 2004

Now is the time to be practising your batting and bowling skills in preparation for the All Saints’ Family Picnic on Sunday, July 25th. We are planning to hold the Morning Service on the Recreation Ground, Rectory Road, Campton at 11.30am to be followed by a picnic with traditional sports for all the family to enjoy. Please spread the word and bring your family and friends, your picnic plus Frisbees, kites, balls and anything that will add to the occasion. Cricket and rounders equipment, and a long skipping rope will be provided (we will need enders!)

Thank you to Bruce Porteous for organising the Treasure Hunt for the Campton and Chicksands Carnival. There were many of us who were unable to be there because we were busy on the rec. so there will be an opportunity for another go at the competition at a later date.

And many thanks to the kind people who delivered and collected the envelopes for Christian Aid Week at the end of May. The contribution from Campton and Chicksands of £302.67, however small in the scale of things global, helps to make things better.

From the Registers:
On Sunday June 6th, Matthew Smiles, baby brother to Jacob, was baptised. It was lovely to see so many friends and family at the service.

We will be holding another Animal Service on the Recreation Ground (or Church if wet!) on Sunday August 8th at 3.00pm. All animals and pets, large and small are very welcome.

If you would like to take part or sponsor someone in the Herts and Beds Church Cycle Ride, this will take place on Saturday, September 11th. Details are available from Jean Luddington, 812756. Posters will be displayed around the village with further information nearer the time.

Writing this in June, when we are still sowing some of our vegetables I must ask you to put Sunday September 12th in your diaries as the date of our Harvest Celebration at Campton.

Coffee is always served after the Family Service which is the 4th Sunday of the month. 

Until then I hope everyone has a wonderful summer. We look forward to seeing you in Church at any of the Services or Prayer Meetings, at special functions or on the Recreation Ground for the Picnic or the Animal Service.                          A Church

ALL SAINTS’ CHURCH SERVICES  4th July, 2004 – 5th September, 2004
Sun 4th July
4th after Trinity
Parish Communion with Baptism
Sun 11th July
5th after Trinity
Parish Communion
Sun 18th July
6th after Trinity
Morning Prayer
Sun 25th July  
James the Apostle
Holy Communion (BCP)
Family Service and Picnic Lunch (Note Time change)
Sun 1st August
8th after Trinity
Parish Communion
Sun 8th August
9th after Trinity
Parish Communion
Sun 15th Aug
Blessed Virgin Mary 
Morning Prayer
Sun 22nd Aug
11th after Trinity
Holy Communion (BCP)
Family Service
Sun 29th Aug
12th after Trinity 
Benefice Service
Sun 5th Sept
13 after Trinity
Parish Communion 
June 2004

Our small patch of “God’s Acre “ in Campton tonight is in essence all a country churchyard should be. The primroses and bluebells have faded and been overtaken by cow parsley, as tall as the lichen covered gravestones that seem to appear through the mist of blossom. For one who looks more closely, there are buttercups and speedwell, small blue birds-eyes hiding amongst the stems. The heady scent of the may seems to have perfumed the village for the month of its namesake and the elderflower will not be long to follow. There is even blossom on the holly. Our churchyard is a safe haven for many songbirds who are unselfconsciously conducting their own Evensong tonight. Our hedgerows in the Parish are full of stitchwort, campions, vetches, bugle and many whose name I have forgotten but I was comforted to find, on a recent walk in Maulden Woods a carpet of wood sorrel. This delicate white flower is also known as “Alleluya” because “it springeth forth and flourisheth at the time when Alleluya is wont to be sung in Churches. This old name is lost but the erstwhile bearer of it lives on and still praises God with sweetest looks at this most joyful time of the year.”
A Churchwarden.

May 2004

At our Annual Meeting we said thank you and a “temporary” farewell to three members of the PCC who have stepped down this year. Jean Luddington has been an active, and I mean active, member of our Church for many years, most recently as Treasurer. We are all most grateful for Jean’s work for us and hope that she will continue to be there to give her advice and help to those of us who are still comparative newcomers to the village. Jean is one of the few residents of Campton whose experience of life here stretches back longer than she cares to remember. Kathy Taylor and Fiona Harcourt have also taken a short break from being on the PCC but that does not mean they will not be as busy as before. We thank them for their commitment and enthusiasm to our Church. We welcome Brian Gardner and Linda Garton as new members and Yvonne Milne as an experienced hand!

Christian Aid Week
This begins on Sunday May 9th. This year the money given will be sent to help the people of The Dominican Republic.

From the Registers
The funeral took place on Thursday April 15th of Mrs. Marjorie Powell. Mrs Powell was 92 and had lived in Campton for many years.

April 2004

Today has been one of those lovely Spring days that promise blue skies, warmth and blossom, very unlike the Saturday we chose to have a Working Party to unblock gutters, weed gullies, cut back ivy and clear undergrowth. It was very cold and frosty and we thank all of you who gave up a Saturday morning to help. A great deal was accomplished and the roof and churchyard certainly benefited from its Spring Clean.

On March 14th Revd. Margaret Venables dedicated the chairs which had been sponsored by parishioners. If anyone would like to sponsor a chair and dedicate it to a member of their family please mention it to either Churchwarden and we could arrange this when we next have a number of chairs to be done together.

Following the Service many of us enjoyed a Lent Lunch of home made soup, baked potato and salad in order to raise money for WaterAid. Many thanks to the team who organised this.

There is to be a “Bring and Sing” of Stainer’s Crucifixion at St Mary’s Church, Stotfold on Sunday, March 28th at 6.00pm for those who are interested in singing or coming along as audience.

Help or donations to decorate the Church with flowers for Easter would be greatly appreciated. In either case please contact Joyce Thompson. (813159).
Thank you.                                                                 .         Judith Tollman

March 2004

We are approaching the time of year when Annual Meetings are to be held. The Church is no exception and our Annual Vestry Meeting and the Annual Parochial Church Meeting will be on Wednesday March 24th at 7.45pm in the Church. Anyone who is resident in the village is most welcome to come and hear reports from Church representatives.

DEDICATION OF CHAIRS will take place on Sunday 14th March during the Family Communion Service. If you have sponsored a chair we hope you will be able to come.

A modern meditation on the Stations of the Cross in Drama, Music and Dance.

We still need some actors, singers and dancers, and readers to take part though many have committed themselves already. These services will be in Holy Week:
Wednesday, 7th April     Campton
Thursday, 8th April     Haynes
Friday, 9th April         Clophill
If you would like to take part please contact Audrey Brand 850001 or
Judith Tollman 851303

SEVEN WORDS TO THE CROSS is the Lent Study Book.
Groups, beginning 25th February will be: Sundays, after said Evensong at 6.00pm at Clophill Church – to end by 7.30pm, or Wednesday afternoons at 2.30pm at Haynes Vicarage
If you would like to take part, please sign the list at the back of the Church or see a Churchwarden.

This is our special service of the year when we especially remember Mothers, Grandmothers and Great-grandmothers. We look forward to welcoming you all.
Traditionally, Mothering Sunday was a day when children, mainly daughters, who had gone to work as domestic servants were given a day off to visit their mother and family.

February 2004

A huge thank you to all who made Christmas at All Saints’ such a joyous festival.
The Church looked and sounded beautiful, after the bareness of Advent, the colours of the flowers, the sparkle of the Jesse Tree and the richness of the music made the season of Christ’s birthday spring into life.
Thank you for all the talent and expertise that you shared with us.

From the Registers.
On Sunday December 14th, the Baptism of Abby Helen Lawrence.
The twin baby daughters of Luan and Darren Brown, Ellie Elizabeth and Lauren Jade were baptised on Sunday January 11th.

Future Dates.
A Deanery Quiet Day will be held at Haynes on Saturday 21st February between 10.00am and 4.00pm. Please contact Audrey Brand for more details (850001)
The Lent Lunch will be on Sunday March 7th in the Village Hall following the 11.15 Parish Communion service. Tickets will be available very shortly from Church members. We look forward to seeing you there.                                                                        Judith Tollman.

Thank you to everyone who has decorated the Church with flowers during the past year, particularly at Easter and Christmas when the Church looked so beautiful. Thanks also to the good folk who made donations towards the flowers.

If anyone would like to arrange the flowers in Church occasionally, please have a word with Joyce Thompson (813159) or put your name on the new list in the Church.

A big thank you also to the army of cleaners who have volunteered to clean the Church. Having more people to clean has certainly helped. Appreciation is also due to Ken Harris who regularly keeps the brasses sparkling.                                            Joyce Thompson.

December/January 2004

The first weekend in November was very busy with Gift Day on the 1st. We welcomed friends who popped in with their Birthday Presents for the Church, which was over 750 years old this year. Children came and researched their birthday Saints and made a banner, others came for coffee and a chat and to admire the changes made to the Church this year. On behalf of All Saints’, thank you for the gifts,
On Friday November 7th we enjoyed an informal “Ask the Rector” evening when we were able to put to Rev. Margaret Venables some of the nagging questions that remained unanswered. As well as being informative, it had its very amusing moments as Margaret revealed some hilarious accounts of some “local” customs that had been passed down from acolyte or server by word of mouth or imitation and on no theological basis whatsoever!
The service on Remembrance Sunday was one to be “remembered”. The Church was full with local families and friends and this year we were joined by thirty servicemen and women from the Combined Forces at Chicksands. Wreaths were laid at the memorials to those who lost their lives in the Two World Wars by Lt. Colonel G. J. Fairclough from the base and Mr D. Tollman on behalf of Campton and Chicksands Parish Council.

From the Registers: On Saturday, November 15th, the Ashes of Anthony Fairweather were interred in the Churchyard.

Chairs: We are at last looking forward to the dedication of the chairs which you so generously sponsored. This will be done at the Communion Service on Sunday December 7th and we would be grateful if you could spread the word to those who have dedicated these chairs in memory of loved ones

Carol Singing: On Wednesday December 17th we will be Carol Singing around the village. Unless there is a huge increase in the number of singers, collectors and supporters we will only be able to spend one evening singing and we promised last year to start with Priory and Rectory Roads which were left out last year. All the money collected will be sent to Keech Cottage, the Hospice for children and St. John’s, Moggerhanger. We would love more people to join us. We meet at Church Corner at 6.00pm w
ith torches and warm clothes!                                                       Judith Tollman.

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