Stevie Cross, the vicar, has passed on this message regarding local services and a call to light a candle in solidarity with all on Sunday 22nd March at 7:30pm.
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have asked for public services to be put on hold.
Although Sunday services will not happen, Revd. Stevie Cross will be in the churches on Sundays saying daily prayer with emphasis on praying for the community. This Sunday she will be at St Marys Woodford Halse at 10am and then Holy Cross Byfield at 11am. If anyone wishes to join her and sit at a safe distance they are welcome.
A Day of Prayer
At the end of the Archbishops’ letter, they ask for this Sunday 22nd to be a Day of prayer especially remembering the health service.
As one action, this Sunday we are calling on everyone to place a lighted candle in their window at 7.00 p.m. as a sign of solidarity and hope in the light of Christ that can never be extinguished.
Stevie is encouraging everyone to take part and to ask friends and neighbours to join in.
This is a very difficult time for everyone, so please feel free to phone her for a chat at anytime. She will be phoning many of parishioners to keep in touch by but please let her know if there is anyone who you think would welcome a call.
The clock on St. Mary’s church, Woodford Halse, originally installed to celebrate Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee on the then recently rebuilt tower.
“I would like to share the news that St. Mary’s Church clock is back in working order and we hope everyone enjoys seeing it showing the correct time again and hearing the bell mark the hours in the traditional way.
Many thanks to the Parish Council for funding the repair and maintenance of this much loved clock and piece of village history.”
Hinton Methodist Chapel will be open tomorrow (Thursday 12th March) from 10.30am – 12.30pm for anyone who would like to spend some time praying, either privately or with others, for those affected by or fearful of the Corona Virus.
THIS EVENT IS FOR ANYONE WHO WISHES TO PRAY ABOUT THE CURRENT SITUATION NOT FOR PEOPLE WHO ALREADY HAVE OR POTENTIALLY MAY HAVE THE VIRUS. IN THESE CASES PEOPLE ARE ADVISED TO FOLLOW CURRENT HEALTH GUIDELINES.
Geoffrey Stretton, the Tower Captain of Eydon & Woodford Halse, has provided this news about a bell ringing on Saturday afternoon in memory of Derek Thornton.
A visiting band of ringers from Maids Moreton and Buckingham, will be in attendance to ring the bells of St. Mary the Virgin church, Woodford Halse, on Saturday 23rd November between 3.00 – 3.45 pm.
This will then be followed by a Quarter Peel to be rung by local friends, from surrounding villages, in memory of the late Derek Thornton, on the second anniversary of his last ring. Derek was a past tower captain of Woodford Halse, who lived all his married life in Hinton Road and died in May 2018. Anyone wishing to come along and listen to this peel would be most welcome to sit in the church and watch.
In 1974, Derek was instrumental in getting the Woodford bells ringing again after many years of silence. They had not been rung since the early 1950’s having fallen into a state of disrepair with broken wheels, ropes and stays. It was through his drive and enthusiasm together with that of the Rev Haydn Smart (who died last week) and Gerald Smith, that enabled these bells to be refurbished and increased from 5 to a 6 bell ring. In 1987 Derek took over as tower captain from Gerald Smith and remained so until his death. In 2013 he was made Honorary Life Member of the Peterborough Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers. Derek’s last ring was in Nov 2017 at the age of 92.
Julie Swann has written telling us of something new for this Christmas. Posada is a Hispanic tradition which is becoming increasingly popular in the UK (particularly in village communities). It celebrates the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem. The figures of Mary, Joseph and a donkey travel from house to house (or shop, or school etc) during Advent. Each night different people host the Holy Family before passing it on to the next host. They arrive together with a story book, album to put in photos of their adventures and hosts as well as prayers or messages and an advent candle to light.
This Year In Woodford
Posad figures, beautifully handcrafted by Mrs Hazel Stagg, a voluntary Pastoral Assistant in the Banbury Methodist Circuit.
Woodford’s own Posada is launched this year on December 1st with Messy Church at Hinton Methodist Church together with St Mary’s.
On the 8th December Posada arrives at St Mary’s and on 15th December Posada will visit the Ecumenical Carol Service for Hinton and St Mary’s at Hinton Methodist Church. Dates and times are all onthe Church Diary page.
“The good news for Woodford is that we have raised enough money for the installation of the new heating in the church. We would like to thank everybody who has helped us to reach the target so quickly. People came out in dreadful weather to support the ‘Warm Up Sale’, have sponsored radiators and have given donations. We have also been lucky to receive some grants towards the total of £35,000.
We anticipate that work on the heating will start on 2nd December and we hope that it will be finished in time for Christmas services.
Do come to the services when you will receive a ‘warm welcome’.
Many of you will have heard that both Reverend Geoff and Reverend Stevie will be retiring next year. Geoff will be leaving at the end of January and Stevie some time after Easter. Geoff’s last service will be the Benefice Service at St. Mary’s Church on 26th January.”
A parade to St Mary’s Church will set off from Station Court at 10:00am.
10.15am Remembrance Day Service at St Mary’s Woodford Halse followed by refreshments in the Dryden Hall.
Horses and riders will gather at The Fleur at 9:00am before riding off along High Street, Scrivens Hill, Byfield Road, Phipps Road and Station Road where they will form up behind the parade who will already have mustered there. Then everybody parades to the Church for the Remembrance Service.
At The The Fleur De Lys
The Fleur will be open from 11:30am with live music from 1:30pm.
From 12:00pm bacon or sausage baps will be available @ £2:00 each with proceeds going to Help for Heroes.
As well as the usual weekly services at Woodford’s churches (see our Church Diary page), there are some additional events planned for October.
On Saturday 5th October, 10am to 11.30am at Hinton Methodist Chapel there is a Churches Together Coffee Morning. This month’s profit from the produce/bric-a-brac stall will be for Dogs for Good. Trained dogs for help with children with Autism, physical and learning disabilities also adults with dementia.
On Saturday 26th October there is a ‘WARM UP SALE’ to raise funds for St Mary’s Heating. As many of you know they have successfully repaired the roof only to have the heating system give up on them. The sale will take place in the Memorial Hall from 11 o’clock to 2.30pm. Tea/Coffee and cake will be served and stalls will be Nearly New Clothing, Bric-a-Brac, Paintings and cakes and a small raffle. Do come along and help raise money to avoid having to close our lovely church during the winter months.
Everyone at St. Mary’s Church is grateful for all the support we received in the past to renew the roof so this lovely village church is water tight. However as many of you know, the Church no longer has a heating system. They do try to offer a warm welcome with cups of coffee & blankets but this is not enough.
The Church has received permission to go ahead with an appropriate heating system for the 21st century but although we have received some grants towards this work we still need to raise another £15,000. The Church continues to apply for grants but really needs your help.
They do not want to have to close the church again this winter.
As well as Sunday services and work with the school, St Mary’s Church is where many of life’s important events are celebrated, – Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals – St Mary’s is there for everyone at any time.
If you can help in any way, you can donate at their Just Giving page
The Alpha Course is an opportunity to explore life and faith in a relaxed environment.
There is no pressure, no charge and no follow-up. It consists of 10 weeknight sessions, on Tuesday evenings starting on 2nd April and a one-day session on Saturday 18 May. The sessions will take place at ‘The Nest’ in Woodford Halse.
Hinton Methodist Church is holding a couple of family events during the school holidays.Wednesday 1st & 8th August.
The afternoons will have something for all ages – a baby and toddler area, games, crafts and toys for older children and a café area with home made cake, coffee, tea and cold drinks. The event is free of charge. If anyone wishes to make a donation to offset costs they can do so but there is no obligation to contribute.
Fortunately the Church has been able to obtain a grant from the Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund which will cover a significant part of the cost. However, they have to raise over £10,000 as their contribution. 75% of the tiles on the chirch roof need to be replaced: about 8000 tiles.
How can you help?
Sponsor – A – Tile Campaign
You can help protect our historic village church by paying for a tile or a number of tiles at just £5 each. Your sponsorship will be recorded in a special commemorative book to be kept in the church. Why not sponsor tiles for your family members and friends too – all names will be recorded in the book.
The work is due to start on 10th July and take up to 18 weeks – so don’t miss this unique opportunity!
If you would like to be involved in this fun but important campaign please download this form, fill it in and return it, with your cheque, to either Rev. Stevie Cross (55 Church Street, Byfeild, NN11 6XN), or Maureen Fox (30 Farndon Rd, Woodford Halse, NN113TT)
4th: 10.00 am–11.30 am Woodford Churches Together Tea & Coffee Morning at Hinton Methodist Church
5th: 10.30 am Service at Hinton Methodist Church with Communion
12th: 10.30 am Hinton Methodists at Circuit Service at Fairway Methodist Church, Banbury
19th: 10.30 am Hinton Methodists at Upper Boddington Methodist Chapel 26th: 10.30 am Service at Hinton Methodist Church
MARCH 4th: 10.00 am–11.30 am Woodford Churches Together Tea & Coffee Morning at Hinton Methodist Church
5th: 10.30 am Service at Hinton Methodist Church
Woodford Churches Together Tea & Coffee Morning at Hinton Methodist Church
Saturdays 4th February & 4th March – All welcome including family, friends, neighbours and have a free cup of Tea/Coffee with cake at Hinton Methodist Church. You can also buy gifts to support the chosen charity.
Hinton Methodist Church : Tuesday 22nd September at 7.00pm.
Hinton Methodists invite Woodford Halse Villagers with their friends and family for a Harvest Songs of Praise evening.
Woodford Methodist Chapel
Rev Lin Francis will be leading the event for us and we will be singing our favourite harvest hymns. A collection will be taken during the evening and refreshments will be served after the singing.
The heating system has broken down in Hinton Methodist Church and we are unable to get spare parts to repair it. We urgently need to buy new heaters before the cold weather arrives and the collection taken at the Songs of Praise evening will go towards the cost of buying and installing new heaters.
Please come and join us for this event. We look forward to welcoming you.