VE Day

News from Jon:

To commemorate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day, the splendid bell at St Edmunds will be rung at 7pm on Friday 8th May 2020.

(This will be in compliance with lock-down regulations).


Jon has passed on this news:

‘Congratulations to Rhys and Nina on the birth of a baby girl, Erin at 11.30pm on Tuesday 5th May.

Nina and Erin are fine – and so is Rhys!’

In Remembrance May 2020

Due to Covid 19, and no printed version,  Jon has again provided a complete version of the monthly”In Remembrance” list, which we are providing here:

1st Alice W
3rd Lucy W;  Elsie B;  Phyllis C
7th Pauline Mary W
11th Simon M;  Lucy W
15th Wilfred P;  Irene Gertrude H
16th Hilda Monica D
18th Thomas C-J (Priest);   Ida D
19th Marion Gertrude M;  Dorothy D
21st Peter Joseph S
23rd Esme W;  Richard Stephen B
24th Mabel Ethel S;  Ida A
25th Maureen Ann R
27th Mary Ann T
28th Donald B
30th Mary C
31st Ernest Albert A;  Frank C;  Pauline J.

Hear us as we remember those who have died in the faith of Christ.
According to your promises, grant us, with them a share in your eternal kingdom.
Rest eternal grant unto them O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon them.

In Remembrance April 2020

With a much shortened Church Newsletter this month, due to Covid 19, and no printed version, some regular items have not appeared. Jon has now provided a complete version of the “In Remembrance” section, which we are providing here:

2nd Emma N; Georgina F.W
3rd Agnes G
6th Agnes R.W; Anne B; Hilda M
7th Ray B; Sarah T
8th Annie R
9th Herbert A.C
10th Arthur B:
12th Nettie M.C
14th Alfred B
15th William E.E; William E.R; David A
16th Hazel S; Rhoda W
17th Beatrice M.B
18th Lucy E.S; James W.F; Charles C; Maud M; Ellinor C.N
20th Joseph T.C.W
21st Gwendoline C; Peter A; John D (Priest)
22nd Samuel M
23rd Maurice T; William H.W
24th Edgar S; Ethel B; Jack R
25th James N.C
27th Selina L.E; Jessie M.C
29th Joseph F; Edith L.E.T
30th Dennis C; Annie S:

Rest eternal grant unto them O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon them
May they rest in peace, and rise in Glory.

An Easter message

An Easter message from Fr John Oakes:

In the evening of that same day, the first day of the week, the doors were closed in the room where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews. Jesus came and stood among them. He said to them, ‘Peace be with you’.

St.John 20:19

Whenever we think of the church it is as a group of people.  Yes, we pray on our own, as well.  But when we picture Our Lord it is often with his Disciples, taking them aside to teach them and to pray.  We see him teaching the crowds.  After Easter Day Jesus appeared to his disciples gathered together.  After Christ’s Ascension we read of the Disciples gathered together to support each other.

“All these joined in continuous prayer, together with several women, including Mary the mother of Jesus”.  Acts 1:14

Ever since Christians have gathered to hear the Scriptures, to be taught the faith, to pray, to sing God’s praises and as Jesus taught to take bread and wine and to celebrate Mass.

So how very strange for us not gathering together and with our Churches locked.

It has been the strangest Holy Week and Easter.   We have had to read our Bibles and pray on our own.  We are living, like everyone around the world, under the threat of the Coronavirus.  Being Easter and because of that threat we feel we need to gather to pray but we can’t gather as a church, but we can still pray and rejoice in the incredible Good News of Our Lord risen from the dead.

Jesus came and stood among them. He said to them, ‘Peace be with you’, and showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were filled with joy when they saw the Lord.