Church Newsletter – August 2019

Services given below are all in Duns Tew, unless stated otherwise. Details of all services in the benefice can be found at

04.08.201918:00Evening prayer
11.08.201911:00Lay-led morning prayer
18.08.201909:00 Breakfast
09:30 Service
Family @ Church breakfast
25.08.201911:00Eucharist followed by refreshments
10:30Mid-week communion
34 Duns Tew


In addition to our new Family@Church Breakfast Service, which is held on the third Sunday of the month, we are replacing the prayer book services, held on the first two Sundays of the month, with acts of worship in modern day language. Do come and see what you think!

Cleaning rota volunteers needed

We rely on a group of volunteers to keep our church looking nice for Sunday services and any funerals and weddings which take place. We clean one section of the church each week on a rota basis, this takes about an hour every 6 weeks, so is not too onerous, and can be done at a time to suit you – the church is usually open 8.30am – 6pm. Could you join our rota? For more information please contact Sarah Taylor ( 01869 340827) or Clare Burgess ( 01869 347382)

Holiday reading

Are you stuck for some holiday reading, if so, why don’t you drop into the church and pick up a book. We have a good selection of books for both adults and children. Alternatively, if you have enjoyed reading a book, why don’t you add it to our collection.  There is no charge, no form to fill in and the church is open during daylight hours. You can find the books in the small side area on the left before the altar.

Dates for the diary

  • Saturday, 3 August Coffee Morning 10.30am to 12 noon. The PCC will be holding a coffee morning to raise funds for Katherine House Hospice and the Village Hall. If anyone has any surplus produce (vegetables, fruit, jams etc) or a suitable raffle prize, please contact Sarah Taylor (01869 340827),
  • Saturday, 10 August, 9am,Churchyard Tidy Up.  If you have an hour or two to spare then why not come and join us in a communal churchyard tidy up.  All welcome.
  • Saturday, 17 August Progressive Supper. Tickets (£27.50) are selling fast but there are still a few available for our fund-raising supper on Saturday August 17th. Do join us for a great evening. Contact Carol Rigby 340632 or Steph Lacey 347350 for tickets or information. (See main advert.)
  • Saturday, 14 September Ride and Stride 2019 This year’s Ride or Stride takes place onSaturday 14 September. Plan a route to take in a couple of our interesting and beautiful historic churches, get some sponsorship and enjoy a lovely walk or bike ride. Half of any money raised goes towards the Trust which helps preserve these special buildings, and half to the church of your choice (hopefully our own St Mary Magdalene, Duns Tew!). For more information, and sponsorship forms, please contact Sarah Taylor (01869 340827),
  • Saturday, 12 October Harvest Lunch This year’s Harvest Lunch will be held in the Village Hall on Saturday, 12 October.As usual, invitations will be sent out nearer the time.  If you are new to the village and are 65+ then do let us know. For further information please contact Sarah Taylor (01869 340827)

Progressive Supper – Saturday August 17th

The Progressive Supper is a great way to meet fellow villagers and enjoy a fun evening moving between a number of venues in the village.

The evening starts with drinks and canapes, moves on for a starter, then a main course and the evening ends in the village hall for dessert and coffee.  If you are willing to host a course or help with the cooking, or if you are new the village and would like more information please get in touch with either Stephanie Lacey 347350, or Carol Rigby 340632 (  

Special diets can be accommodated if we know in advance.  Tickets at £27.50 each are available from Steph and Carol – the profit is used to support the upkeep of the church.

Our charities

Charity of the Quarter

In August, September and October the PCC will be collecting donations in church to help the work of Polly. As well as providing food, Polly is a friend to the friendless or people on the margins of society; those recently out of hospital or prison, as well as the homeless – anyone who needs love and guidance as well as food. Money should be put in charity plate at the end of a service, or in an envelope and delivered to Clare Burgess at 5 Hill Farm Lane, 347382.

You can also donate in kind throughout the year towards Polly’s work and there is a basket for donations of food (in date) and toiletries in the church. Any shampoos/soap/other toiletries (half-used is OK), or sanitary products, are always welcome and can be left in a bag in Polly’s basket. All donations greatly appreciated.  Thank you to everyone who supports Polly in her work.

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