20th August 2017 

THE NEW SCHOOL TERM Most local schools resume for the autumn term on Wednesday 6th Sept.


Buckinghamshire Historic Churches Trust Ride &Stride 2017 - Saturday 9th September This annual sponsored bike ride raises money for the Trust to support the upkeep of the many historic churches in the area. Last year, St Mary's received a grant from the Trust of £3000 toward the roof repair, one of 13 churches which were supported. We plan a route which visits as many of these old churches as we can while enjoying a bike ride through the wonderful South Bucks countryside, and this is your invitation to join us. The pace is pleasant and leisurely, in a business-like way, and tea and biscuits are usually provided at each church we visit. There is a sheet on the noticeboard in St Mary's for riders to add their names, or you can speak to Graeme Coles, Jane Johnson or me (stevejohnson60@hotmail.com) for more information and persuausion to join us.


DAVID ROBINSON.  Our Reader (LLM) David Robinson has been a much valued member of our clergy team for a number of years but he and his family have now decided to leave the Parish for a new home in Stone near Aylesbury.  As with these things nowadays, the house move has happened in a terrific rush without our being able to say a proper goodbye to him and Jo.  We will arrange one when the dust has settled.  Thank you David for all your ministry with us at St Mary’s and All Saints’, and we wish you and your family all the best for the future.


POP IN AND PRAISE During the summer our contemporary worship service RISE will be on hold. Instead, we will be meeting in the church rooms at 7.00 pm for chat, prayer, singing and a cuppa for about an hour. If you would like to join us it would be lovely to see you. Do speak to me (Kathryn) if you’d like to know more.


AMERSHAM ALMSHOUSES:  At the end of September two newly refurbished properties will be available for occupation. Trustees would like to hear from anyone who would be interested in occupying these houses. Residents must be single and from the Amersham area, or have strong family connections with the vicinity. If you may be interested in occupying one of these houses please contact the Clerk, Richard Thorndike on 01494 726445 or by e-mail thorndikes@john-lewis.com 

RUSHYMEAD SERVICE TEAM.  For many years a small team has taken turns to take a short service at Rushymead every Friday fortnight in the morning.  Philip Woodhead kindly plays for us.  If you would like to join the team, please speak to Tim Barnard, Louise Baneke or Mike Hooley.


WALKING GROUP  The next walk will be on Thursday 24th August at 1030 starting from the car park of The Stag pub, Long Lane, Heronsgate (WD3 5BT). Directions –From A404 take the right turn indicating "Chorleywood and Station" and proceed under the railway bridge and along Old Shire Lane. From the bridge follow and stay on the main road for about one mile. The Stag comes up on your right. Please arrive in time to order food before we set off. If you're joining us please e-mail  Jo and George Worrall at geoanjo@waitrose.com or phone 01494 764555 by Tuesday
22nd August.


CHILDREN’S SOCIETY HOUSE BOXES This is the time for the annual collection of houseboxes … if you have one, please can you get it to Dorothy – either in person or by leaving with a sidesperson in church. Please can you ensure that, in future, no ‘old’ £1 coin is donated as these are being withdrawn and not accepted after October.


CAN YOU HELP? Pat Westcott is unable to drive at the moment. She needs help to  get to church (either 9am or 10.15am service) and to be taken to Gerrards Cross to visit Derek in the afternoon. If you can help in any way please can you let Dorothy in the office know, rather than contact Pat direct. Thank you.





Wednesday              23rd               Holy Communion, St Catherine’s Chapel 10am            

Friday                        25th               Wedding, 2pm

Saturday                   26th               Peal, 9.30am


For those who are ill:   

Pauline Beasley, Catherine Bowater, Patricia Brown, Sam Butcher, Artie Cley, Tony Colvin,  Linda Fallon, Edith Humphries, Charlotte McCallum, Howard Pool, Derek & Pat Westcott.

For those who have died:

Gerry Dyche, Dorothy Hemmings.

For the family and friends of those that died a year ago:

Jean Newhouse





Rev’d Tim Harper     Rector                  01494 724426                            harpervic@yahoo.co.uk

                     Tim’s day off is Friday – please only contact him then in an emergency    

Rev’d Tim Barnard  Hon Assoc Rector                  728478                          timbar_uk@yahoo.co.uk

                      Tim’s days off are Tuesday and Thursday

Rev’d Sue Gill        Asst Curate                          451485                             susangill01@gmail.com

Sheila Shield          Reader                                571766                                      smshield@aol.com

Charles Howlett    Reader                                728623          charleshowlett57@btinternet.com

Peter Whipday     Churchwarden       01296 295996                         p.whipday@hotmail.co.uk

Howard Hughes   Churchwarden       01494 723110                       hwhughes1502@gmail.com

Dumpy Swerling  Churchwarden       01494 873931                    dumpyswerl@btinernet.com

Howard Pool        Churchwarden                   727687                         howardpool@hotmail.com

Graeme Coles        Treasurer             07703 963990                       Treasurer-pcc@outlook.com

Kathryn Ridout    Youth Leader              07955 242648                       stmarysyouthamersham@gmail.com

Caroline Hughes   Planned Giving    07813 870947                           Carolineaf6@hotmail.com

Christine Ray           (All Saints)          07714 836885                    christine_ray@btinternet.com

Steve Poulson      Mission Partner        07783 506692                       steve@streetkidsdirect.org.uk 

Parish Office       Dorothy Potter            01494 729380               stmarys.amersham@btconnect.com

Safeguarding officer for the Parish  -  Claire & Stephen Fitzjohn stephenfj@virginmedia.com

Tel: 07929 378942

St Mary’s website                        www.stmaryschurchamersham.com

Coleshill website                  www.coleshill.org/village-life/all-saints-church.html