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St.Mary's Church

Vicar Rev’d Margaret Dixon: 01993 880095

Turner Hall Enquiries - Diana Craig: 01993 881084


From St Mary’s Church please see our website for more details:

This month the country will be commemorating a hundred years since the ending of WW1. Wars are always an acknowledgement of failure. Whether that is the failure to live in peace, a willingness to share resources or to solve difficulties by diplomacy. If we are not careful there is always a tendency to find differences and then to demonise those people as being an enemy – someone to be got rid of or abused. Unfortunately, we have seen that during recent weeks even MPs appearing to go as far as inciting murder. And we all know that it was the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand that led in part to the beginning of WW1 over 100 years ago.

From 1st – 12th November there will be a series of reflective prayer stations on the centenary of the end of the First World War. We do hope that you will find some time to enter the church and think about those who fought in WW1, were killed, injured, mentally scared, or those who lost loved ones. Remembering too, that we need to play our part in engaging with those around us and not seeing them as people to be demonised. There will also be a Quiet Hour in church on Tuesday 6th from 9.00am, when you can be guided in a time to reflect. You are welcome to come and go as you wish during this time.

Our commemorations will culminate on Sunday 11th November at 10.55am when we will gather outside the church for the act of remembrance – this will be followed by a service in church of Peace and Reconciliation to commemorate the centenary of the signing of the Armistice; and our hopes for peace for the future.

During our Advent Café Church (on 2nd December at 10.00am in the Turner Hall), we are launching a Posada procession around the Parish of North Leigh. Now, Posada means `inn’ in Spanish and is a Mexican Advent tradition in which children dress up as Mary and Joseph and travel from house to house to proclaim the imminent arrival of Jesus. We are adapting this idea and will have Mary and Joseph figures that will move from house to house, staying the night with different people. The figures will then be brought to church on Christmas Eve for the 4.00pm Christingle Service where they will be placed in the crib. There will be more details later this month on the church website.

We do hope that different families will be excited to look after Mary and Joseph for a night and would ask if you could email our church office at with your details and available nights so that we can draw up a suitable route.

As we enter this month of Remembrance and the lead up to the season of peace and goodwill, let us try to build that sense of community where we can live in harmony with those who have different beliefs, different ways of behaving, different opinions and remember that we are all children of God, who loves each one of us and wants us to be a people of peace. 

God Bless,



Coming services/events

If you require more information about any of our services or events please contact Margaret.

Sunday 11th November
9.30am Holy Communion (CW)
10.55am Act of Remembrance followed by Service of Peace and Reconciliation
6.00pm Evening Prayer (BCP) 

Sunday 18th November
10.00am Family Communion
6.00pm Reflective Evening Prayer

Wednesday 21st November
12.00 - 4.00pm Seniors’ Lunch and Tea Club in Turner Hall

Sunday 25th November
10.00am Holy Communion (CW)
6.00pm Evening Prayer (CW)

Sunday 2nd December - Advent Sunday
9.00am Holy Communion (BCP)
10.00am Café Church with launch of Posada in the Turner Hall
6.00pm Advent Sunday Communion


Bell Ringing times during November

Service Ringing:

The bells will ring for up to an hour prior to the regular 10.00am and 6.00pm services.

Practice Ringing:

The bells will ring as usual on Friday evenings, 7.30 – 9.00pm.

Additional Ringing:

Ringing Remembers Throughout the course of World War I, church bells across the UK remained restricted and only rang freely once Armistice was declared on 11 November 1918. On 11 November 1918 the ringing of church bells erupted spontaneously across the country, as an outpouring of relief that 4 years of war had come to an end. In North Leigh, we will honour that moment and the 1,400 bell ringers who died in the war by ringing as part of the national campaign to mark this once in a lifetime Armistice centenary. We will ring as follows, in unison with those from churches and cathedrals in villages, towns and cities across the country: 12.30pm – 1.00pm - "Ringing Remembers" 7.05pm – 8.00pm - "Battle's Over"

Advanced notice of additional ringing during December:

In addition to our usual service and practice ringing, the Vicar and Churchwardens have given permission for a visiting band of ringers to ring a peal on Monday 17th December, beginning just after 11.00am and lasting approximately 3 hours. The ringing should be of a high quality as the band will include the world's leading peal ringer, who is the only person ever to have rung 7000 peals; Colin has rung 7431 peals at the time of writing, which represents over 2 and a half years' spent ringing!

 Alison Merryweather-Clarke

Updated : November 2018

Windmill Gospel Hall

100 years ago this month the guns fell silent on the world’s first truly global war – World War I. Every year at 11.00am 11th day of the 11th Month the country pauses to remember all those that gave much to preserve our freedom not just those that fought in WWI but through other times of conflict too.  WWI was from 4 August 1914 and ended on 11 November 1918 where 65 million men from 30 countries fought in the First World War. When war broke out, the British Government asked for 100,000 volunteers to join the Army. 750,000 applied in the first month.

I know it wasn’t about WWI but my mind went to that quote of Winston Churchill when we reflect back at the remarkable sacrifice of so many for our country and others ‘Never in the field of human conflict have so many owed so much to so few’ The story goes that Major General Ismay, or "Pug" as he was referred to, and  Churchill were travelling together in a car, in which Winston Churchill rehearsed the speech he was to give in the House of Commons on 20 August 1940 after the Battle of Britain. When he came to the famous sentence, ‘Never in the history of mankind have so many owed so much to so few’, Ismay said 'What about Jesus and his disciples?' 'Good old Pug,’ said Winston' who immediately changed the wording to ‘Never in the field of human conflict have so many owed so much to so few’.

The sacrifice of many in conflicts over the last hundred years of course has led to many giving up much and even their lives for their country and loved ones. It was their giving that was huge in giving us the freedom we enjoy now, however M.G. Ismay was right in that the greatest sacrifice this world has ever seen was from the Son of God Himself as He laid down His life for all of mankind allowing us the freedom from sin that we can all enjoy if we put our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. It was Jesus that was put to death on a cross for us and shed His blood that allows us now in this time of freedom to make that decision for Him and put our faith and trust in Him for all eternity – what a sacrifice, what freedom can be ours!

Invitation  - The Women’s Institute building Carterton 4.00pm Saturday 10th November.

In WWI the Victoria Cross, the highest military award, was awarded 628 times for huge bravery. Someone we know (Tim Coltman) is giving a talk about his Great Grandfather who was one of those that was awarded the Victoria Cross, William Harold Coltman.  The account of his life is unusual because, as a result of his faith, refused to fight but went to war as a stretcher bearer.  William was born and lived in Burton on Trent. This presentation has been shown throughout the country, normally lasts approx. 45 mins and is totally free – we would love to see you there if you can make it.

Everyone is most welcome and we look forward to seeing you. If you would like to come but need transport, please let us know by calling our free phone number 0800 026 3000.  


Weekly Services for November

Every Sunday 11.30am Sunday School (Term Time Only)
Sunday 11th 4.00pm Family Service
Sunday 18th 4.00pm Friends and Family Tea
Sunday 25th 4.00pm Family Service

Updated : November 2018