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Letter from the Chairman
There has been plenty of activity since Edmunds last
newsletter, not all of it welcome. Those of you who are
parishioners of St Marys and St Thomass will know that we
have had to say farewell to Fr Richard who has departed for a
sabbatical followed by a fresh challenge around Easter. There is a
tribute to Fr Richard in my report for the AGM which accompanies
this newsletter, and an article on page two, by Edmund, describing
the parish party, they speak for us and the parish, so I will say
Edmund was recalled from retirement as editor of the Newsletter
to record Fr Richards farewell party. So far we have been
unable to replace Edmund. This Newsletter is a composite from
committee members drawn together and edited by a member of the
Friends, Clare Flanagan. Thank you Clare.
|Any would be permanent editors please
At the AGM, Pat Prendergast and Robin Williams retired from the
committee and I should like to record our thanks for their work
and support over the years. We extend a very warm welcome to our
two new committee members Helen Clift and David Tetlow.
As you will see, we have a full (and ambitious) programme of
fundraising - and fun - for 2004.
|Please, please support
these functions, and bring your friends. There is a proforma with
this Newsletter to enable you to purchase tickets for the Fashion
Show. It promises to be an entertaining evening. It is already
clear that Rackhams has considerable expertise in this field.
If anybody fancies treading the catwalk or can offer behind the
scenes assistance we - Gerry 01793 750107, Bernadette 01285
861586, Philippa 01367 252835 or Helen 01285 810172 - would be
very pleased to hear from you NOW.
Finally, may I thank you for your continued support and remind
those of you who have not paid your annual subscription that it is
I look forward to seeing you at our functions.
Fr Richard's farewell gift
from The Friends
|The founder of The Friends of St Marys Church
could not be permitted to disappear over the horizon without a
suitable memento of his activities in Cricklade.
||On Tuesday 6th January, the feast of The Epiphany,
the evening Mass at St Marys was offered for the Intentions of
The Friends of St Marys. At the end of the Mass Fr Richard was
||presented with a beautifully executed and accurate
painting of St Marys Church commissioned from Lin Collier of
Lechlade. There will be no excuse for forgetting us!
Father Richard moves on
|As many Friends will know, Fr Richard,
who has served as parish priest to St Thomas of Canterbury at
Fairford and St Mary's at Cricklade, as well as the Catholic
community at Lechlade, has moved on to pastures new.
The Friends recognised his particular contribution to St Marys
at a special Mass (reported on page one).
However, we couldn't let the opportunity pass to let Friends
also know about the splendid send off he was given by the
|whole parish, and his many
friends in Fairford, Cricklade and Lechlade at a social evening at
Down Ampney Village Hall on Saturday 3rd January.
It seemed like the whole parish was there - more than 150
people were entertained splendidly by the Music Group, challenged
with a quiz, and fed wonderfully by many volunteers who provided
cheese, wine, biscuits and dips of all varieties.
At his particular request, contributions to Fr Richard's
|leaving gift were to be donated towards
the new window to be installed in St Thomass in Fairford. This
will be in thanksgiving for the founders and benefactors of the
parish. Manus Moran, Chairman of the Pastoral Council, was able to
report that £2,600 plus had been raised: a fantastic achievement.
The evening was rounded off by the Music Group leading us all in a
rousing chorus of 'Auld Lang Syne'.
TUESDAY 20th APRIL
Sponsored by Rackhams, Cirencester.
From teenagers to the more mature woman. Sizes 10-18.
Everyday clothes and evening wear. Make-up
demonstration with goodie bags.
Cricklade Town Hall 7.30pm-10pm
Tickets £6 to include refreshments Cheese and Wine.
To reserve your seats fill in the tear off slip on the
back page of this newsletter.
SATURDAY 29th MAY
St Marys Church 10am - 12 noon
Coffee, tea, light refreshments, cakes, plants and
SATURDAY 11th SEPTEMBER
Heritage Open Day &
Wiltshire Historic Churches Cycle Ride
St Marys Church open in support of both events 10am
Historical information and artefacts on display.
Transcription of the Marriage Registers and some periods of the Baptism
and Burial Registers.
SATURDAY 30th OCTOBER
Cricklade Town Hall 7.30pm start
£7.50 to include hot or cold supper. Individuals,
pairs, foursomes and teams of eight. Form your own team or join forces
with others. Bar.
Re-hallowing of the chapel
|The Venerable Bede in his history of
these Isles records the meeting of St Augustine of Canterbury in
AD 603 with the
||This church is now the Cricklade Museum
as the Catholic Community moved to St Marys in 1984.
||Until quite recently, the north chapel
of St Marys housed the organ. When this was removed, it was
decided that the chapel
|Celtic bishops and teachers, to urge
them to cement Catholic unity. They are reputed to have met at a
place near here, since called St Augustines Oak, and St
Augustine is believed to have healed a blind man at Lertolls
Well near Cricklade. The site is between Latton and Eysey. This is
how St Augustine, the first Archbishop of Canterbury, came to be
associated with Cricklade.
When the Catholic community in Cricklade purchased the Baptist
chapel in Calcutt Street, Cricklade, in 1955, it was decided that
the tradition of St Augustines meeting in this area be kept
alive by dedicating the church to St Augustine.
||should revert to a place of prayer. It
is not known whether it was ever dedicated to Our Lady or perhaps
to a Saint and there are no records to inform us. On 1 January
2004, 20 years after the first Mass in St Marys since the
Reformation, the chapel was re-hallowed and placed under the
patronage of St Augustine of Canterbury, thereby keeping alive the
tradition of his visit and linking St Marys with our previous
church in Cricklade, St Augustines.
The chapel is available as an oratory or quiet place for
private prayer and devotion. A beautifully inscribed record of the
incumbents of St Augustines and St Marys is displayed in the
Chairman: Bernadette Yarnold,
6 Four Acre Close, Ashton Keynes
Secretary: Gerry Dudley, 4 Pleydells, Cricklade
Treasurer: Tony Doyle, 4 Dawes Close, Meysey Hampton, Glos
West Mill Lane
us if you would like to help with any of our functions - we need
supporting staff at the Fashion Show, church sitters on 29th May
and 11th September, and catering help for the Quiz Night.
- we hope
like the new look
Tuesday 20 April 2004 Cricklade Town Hall
..tickets for the Fashion Show @ £6
I enclose a cheque for
Send to: Mrs Gerry Dudley, 4 Pleydells, Cricklade,
Wilts, SN6 6NG