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Items from the August 2004 Edition of the Parishes Magazine

Dear brothers and sisters,

When Jesus lived in the Middle East two thousand years ago, he knew his towns and countryside well. When he preached , he used stories from everyday life – farming, fishing, building, money-lending, baking, housework – which his hearers easily recognised. So when he talked about vines and vineyards they all felt at home, because these were everywhere around and important as sources of grapes and raisins and wine. His hearers knew that if you do not prune your vines, they run out of control and produce lots of leaves but not many grapes. I have to prune the vines on the back of my house three times a year to have any hope of ripening fruit and for farmers in Galilee, this was a constant task.

But when Jesus talked about pruning vines, he was not offering agricultural advice – he was talking about spiritual harvests. An unpruned vine branch does not bear the fruit that it should, and a human life that just goes its own way, following only its own wishes and ignoring God and neighbours, will not in the end be what anybody wants. And above all, Jesus said, keep yourselves firmly tied in to God and his people, just as each vine branch needs to be linked to the main stem, otherwise it withers away.

So, enjoy the summer break, think about the fruit ripening on well-tended vines and trees but pause to wonder whether there are parts of your life that need a bit of pruning – and above all, how best to keep close to God.

With best wishes for a fruitful summer,


Church News.

Lunches for Charities: Thursdays 5th August & September 2nd
Come and join us – everyone, of all ages, is welcome to this free lunch at 1pm in the Wilshere Hall, Cappell Lane, Stanstead Abbotts, with donations given to Cancer Research (August) and Kitgum in Northern Uganda (September) . Please feel welcome to go after coffee, or stay on for the Holy Communion service at 2.30pm.

St John’s Family Services
Please bring a party popper to the service on August 8th – and we look forward to seeing you on September 12th “Come and choose your favourite” as well.

October 2004 Parishes Magazine
Items for our next edition should reach Lynne Heraud (Stanstead Abbots) and Derek Mayes (Great Amwell with St Margaret’s) by September 14th please.

Harvest Festival: October 3rd
There will be services in all three churches to celebrate Harvest – and a Benefice Lunch in the Wilshere Hall (St Andrew’s), to which everyone is welcome. St John’s will be providing the starters and drinks,

St Andrew’s the main course, and St Margaret’s the desserts. School Harvest services - Harvest on October 1st (St John’s) and 4th (St Andrew’s)

Studies in Local Ministry

Hertford and Ware Deanery Study Day
at All Nations Christian College
Saturday 18th September 10am-4pm

Cost £5 per person (refreshments and lunch included)

Speakers: Revd Christopher and Mrs Maeve Race

Highly recommended! Important discussion for all three churches - and very helpful speakers

On Saturday November 13th, 10am-4pm
at the Barnabas Centre, next to St James’ Church, Thorley

“Church, Community, Culture –
Considering the Call of Christ Together”

Everyone, from all three churches, invited to come along
to this Away Day to be lead by Revd Richard Zair
(who led the Open Meeting on Mission last June)

We are also providing a programme for the children
in the Emmaus Centre, (located next door to the main centre)

Cost of the day £10 each (adult or child) including lunch.
Wheelchair access available and access to disabled toilet etc

Flyers with booking slips are available at the back of the churches –
please complete and return (with payment) to the Vicarage
as soon as possible but definitely before Thursday 30th September

From our Registers

We welcomed in baptism
Gracie Fance
Amy Hughes
Jamie Morgan
Katie Pattman
27th June (St Margaret’s)
27th June (St John the Baptist)
4th July (St Andrew’s)
11th July (St Margaret’s)
and supported the confirmation of
David Walker24th June (Rye Park)

We celebrated the weddings of
Sarah Rainbow & Aron McNally
Paula Townsend & Mark Rossi
Karen Tanner and Miles Forrest
Natalie Preston and Mick Clements
Claire Holtby and Richard Groom
26th June (St Andrew’s)
26th June (St Margaret’s)
10th July (St John the Baptist)
10th July (St John the Baptist)
17th July (St John the Baptist)
and the Renewal of wedding vows of:
Sue and Ivan Loveday on their 40th anniversary3rd July (St Andrew’s)

We offer our condolences to the family and friends of
Albert & Lily Cowler
Frederick Lawrence
Jim Girling, of Woodcroft Avenue
28th June Burial of ashes (St James’)
2nd July Burial of ashes (St Margaret’s)
9th July (St Andrew’s)

St James’ Church, Stanstead Abbots
(in the care of The Churches Conservation Trust)

Open Sunday afternoons
June-September 2.30pm-5pm

8.45am Holy Communion on September 5th


THE TOMBOLA STALL on Saturday 10th July was WONDERFUL!
We had two trestle tables absolutely full of lovely gifts provided by our members and we sold almost all. We made a very good amount which has gone into our funds for a special treat! And we made a donation to the Youth Club.

In August we vacate the hall and are delighted to be invited to various gardens: transport is arranged, so if you need a lift, be at the Parish Hall, Stanstead Abbotts, at 2pm each time. Our thanks in advance to our hostesses:
Monday 2nd August Stansteadbury
Monday 9th August Hill House
Monday 16th August Ruth Swallow’s home
Monday 23rd August Van Hages

Monday 20 September – a coach trip to have a cream tea at Jemima’s Café at Finchingfield. Leave at 1.30 and return about 6pm. Tea costs £3.75 – the coach is £5.50 for members, and £7 for friends.

Advance Notice: Make a note in your diary of Monday 11th October when we shall take lunch at “The Owl” in Epping Forest leaving Stanstead Abbotts at 11.30

Telephone 01920 870626 for more information.

Church Teas at
St John the Baptist Church

Sunday Afternoons 3pm-5pm


Holy Land 2005:- The Bishop of St Albans,
The Rt Revd Christopher Herbert, and Mrs Jan Herbert will lead a pilgrimage to the Holy Land from April 5th - 14th 2005. For further details and a brochure, which includes the full itinerary, please call Andy Crooks on 01727 853305 or send an email to

Seeking the way, a course which provides an opportunity for people to explore their vocation, will run from October 9th until November 27th. The course consists of six meetings and it is expected that participants will attend all sessions. More information from Jenni Blaxland, Diocesan Office, 41 Holywell Hill, St Albans, Herts, AL1 1HE, 01727 818123 or

Leading intercessions in church: Thee Diocesan Initiatives in Spirituality (DIS) offers training in Leading Intercessions at the parish Eucharist. This takes the form of a workshop organised at either parish or deanery level, and usually held on a Saturday mid-morning to mid-afternoon but could be undertaken over two evening sessions. Enquiries to the DIS Administrator, Alison Wolfe, on 01582 477401.

Bedfordfordshire & Hertfordshire Historic Churches Trust
Annual Sponsored Bike Ride; September 11th 10am-6pm

Raise money for the repair of our churches and chapels by getting sponsorship for cycling, running or walking between the churches in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire. Anyone can come and enjoy a day visiting these beautiful buildings in our two counties – some 500 churches will be open on the day. Peter Ruffles, our area organiser, is very keen that his local organisers should increase the number of participants by at least two from each church. So now’s the time to get your bike out and build up those muscles!! 50% of every £1 raised is given to the nominated church.

Further information from Mrs Joan Trower (St Andrew’s), Mrs Ruth Swallow (St Margaret’s) and Mrs Ann Hardy (St John the Baptist).


Firstly, we would like to thank everyone who helped on Saturday 8th May.

Thank you so much to the collectors, people who baked cakes and donated prizes for the raffle, and the ladies who helped with the stalls. A very big thank you to Nigel Copping for letting us use his premises and for donating a selection of plants.

Unfortunately, the weather did not help on the day but, despite that, we managed to raise £611.43. We hope to do better next year.

Thanks again, Susan Rowland

In spite of a very damp evening,
the Madrigal Concert went ahead as usual.
The collection for the Isobel Hospice raised £387.50.

Please come to a Tea Party in aid of DIABETES UK
on Thursday 19th August
at 34 Amwell Lane, Great Amwell
from 3pm to 5pm
Bring & Buy Stall, Plant Stall, Books
£1.50 entry to include tea and scones

Habib and Mustaff (two Iraqi Muslim Clerics) quite independent of each other had a vision of Jesus Christ telling them to see out the truth. A few days later they were each given a chance to see the Jesus Film on video in different locations and were astonished to see that the face in the film was the same as the man in their visions. Both of them prayed to receive Christ finding out each other’s stories when they tried to convert each other!

Another report states that, at a refugee camp in Southern Europe, a transformed Iraqi, Ahmed, stood among crowds giving his testimony after he met Christ through the Jesus Film. He told how Christ loved every single person there, and offered forgiveness and new life. A shadowy figure made his way to the front and laid down the gun that he intended to use to assassinate Ahmed. Instead, the would-be assailant had asked Jesus into his heart!
Mission Network News: Revival Media

In these last days, credible evidence exists that God is, in some cases, speaking directly to people in dreams or visions. Instances abound where God speaks either directly to a non-believer, or indirectly through a believer about a non-believer. This, in the past, has been more prevalent in the Mid and Far Eastern countries but instances are now being reported in the West.

We should not be surprised, therefore, to hear that non-believers are receiving ‘religious’ experiences. If these are from God, He will, no doubt, bring to bear other incidents to follow them up. His word will not return to Him without accomplishing His sovereign will.

In this respect, what wonderful days we are living in! God, in His abounding grace and love is reaching down to intervene in the lives of people who are not believers! Surely, in this way he will touch the heart so that the non-believer chooses to seek Him further. God loves all – non-believer and believer alike. He sent His Son to save us by dying and giving Himself for us that we might turn from death (spiritual death) to life (life everlasting).

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal live.”
John Chapter 3.16


If you have to go into the Lister or QE2 hospital, will there be a friendly face to meet and greet you? Would you want the chaplain on duty to know of your arrival? Would you like to be supported during your stay in hospital? The answer to these questions is the subject of this article.

The chaplaincy service is for everyone whether they have a faith or none, or indeed a different faith. It provides for the pastoral, spiritual and religious needs of patients , relatives and staff.

Coming into hospital can be a daunting prospect but a friendly face willing to talk through fears and anxieties can do much to alleviate these. Chaplains can offer prayer and Holy Communion at the bedside, provide a listening ear and talk over concerns about family, work, church and provide practical support such as ringing relatives or friends or getting something from the shop etc.

On arrival(if not an emergency) you will be given a welcome booklet in which you will find details of the chaplaincy.

You can request to see the duty chaplain at any time by asking the staff to ring the switchboard who will then page the one on-call.

An alternative to the above would be to phone the chaplaincy office (01707 365331 at the QE2, 01438 781518 at The Lister) in advance if you were coming in for a planned course of treatment or ask a relative, a trusted friend or your local vicar, if you are a regular member of the congregation and know him well, to let the chaplaincy know of your arrival. The Data Protection Act and The Human Rights Act provide certain safeguards for patients in terms of confidentiality and privacy and so unless we are informed by a relative or close friend we would probably not know of your stay in the hospital.

We are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. There will always be someone there for you if requested, this of course applies equally to relatives. If you would like further information or just want to drop into the chapel or office for a chat ring one of the numbers above, we would be delighted to hear from you.

Revd. Ken Buckler Revd. Fizz Gibbs
Revd. Simon Manley-Cooper Revd. Jane Hatton

News from RSPB
Rye Meads Reserve

from Louise Moss

The duck broods are showing well from the Draper Hide. In amongst the pools and ditches the Mallards and the Moorhens already have their chicks, while the Tufted ducks still sit patiently on their nest. The Common Terns are doing well; some of the young have even been seen from the Draper Hide being fed by their parents. Most of the young, which can be seen on the monitor in reception or on the RSPB website, appear to be nearly ready to take to the air. The Kestrel’s have been providing visitors with some great views, the adults have mainly been seen but the young are apparent as they peer out of the specially made nest box. The nest box is situated on a pylon on view from the Kingfisher Hide. Unfortunately, the Kingfishers themselves have not been putting on much of a show; they have not nested at all this year. As they have been seen on site, we are optimistic that they will nest next year

Over the past month, the management volunteers have been cutting all the paths and picnic areas; the plants are growing so quickly that they need cutting regularly. Some of the paths around the site have been resurfaced; they are now smooth and excellent for wheelchairs and pushchairs.

Do you know any children that are interested in birds and the environment?
Would they like to join us for the Summer Play Schemes, where they can learn about birds and the environment through fun games and activities? Monday 2nd – Friday 6th August Ages 6 – 11 years old.

Ringing Event: Saturday 7 August -Join qualified Ringers to see birds up close and personal. Find out how birds are caught, rung, measured and sexed.

Booking is essential for both events. contact Rye Meads on 01992 708383.


Evening Bible study course

Group study and discussion with video facilitated by ANCC students.
Every fortnight in term time October to June.
Registration Oct. 7th: Course starts Oct. 21stat 7.30pm
Costs: £20 all course materials (2 modules) and administration

For further information and booking forms contact ANCC 01920 461243


Every child deserves the best start in life: to be loved, to play, to learn and to grow in confidence. When this happens in a happy secure family, a child’s health, schooling and life prospects all improve. If family life is strained, life for a child can get very tough. When parents are really struggling to cope, it can be terrifying and bewildering.

Home-Start East Herts helps before families fall apart: before children suffer. Each of our trained volunteers, who are all experienced parents, offer practical and emotional support to another parent in need.

Many young families these days feel trapped behind their own front doors; they may have two or three children under the age of three, there may be a child with special needs or a parent who is unwell. The daily tasks of childcare become exhausting and the effort to go out becomes overwhelming. Post-natal depression and panic attacks also prevent families from coping. Everyone wants to be a good parent and some put themselves under enormous pressure to live up to their own idealistic standards. A lucky few have extended family members close by, but there are many who live more than one hundred miles apart. It is hard to seek help from friends when they all appear to have parenthood under control.

A volunteer is matched with a family and visits them on a regular basis, usually weekly. The volunteers (both men and women with parenting experience) are thoroughly committed and enjoy seeing their families. They listen, help with the children, go out with the family, or perhaps release the parent to go to the supermarket or catch up on some lost sleep. A volunteer shares in the pleasure and the fun, as well as the problems, of young children and supports the family as it comes to terms with, or resolves some of the difficulties. One mother with a continually crying baby, and several other children, said ‘ I know Thursday will be alright. My volunteer comes then. That gets me through the weekend, and then I start looking forward to Thursday again’.

There is always a waiting list of families needing volunteers. If you think you could help, have two to three hours a week to spare and are interested in finding out more, please contact:

Wendy Watson/Isobel Atkinson Co-ordinators, Home-Start East Herts
Sucklings Yard, Church Street, Ware, Hertfordshire SG12 9EN
Tel: 01902 464883

Expenses are reimbursed and a Preparation Course for new volunteers is planned for Autumn 2004.

Information about future events to me by 7th of September please. “Contact” or a telephone number is for further information. Rosemary Imroth 01920 424140

August Evergreen Garden Meetings – see article. Contacts 01920 870626 / 870013 / 424140

Thursday 12th Great Amwell Women’s Institute Garden Meeting at River Cottage. Contacts: 01920 870492 / 870331 / 870626

Thursday 19th Tea for Diabetes at 34 Amwell Lane – 3-5pm £1.50 for tea and scones – Bring-and-Buy, Plants and Book stalls. 01920 424140

Saturday 28th Amwell Society. We hope to walk through Great Amwell and enjoy a pub lunch. Contact for more information, 01920 467927


Thursday 9th Great Amwell Women’s Institute: 2pm in the Parish Hall, Great Amwell (to be arranged) Contacts as above

Monday 20th Evergreen Club: 1.30pm Outing to Finchingfield for a cream tea at “Jemima’s”. see article on page 4.

Friday 24th Amwell Society: 8pm in the Parish Hall, Great Amwell “Life on a Chicken Farm” – a talk by William Ashley.

Craner Produce Soft Fruit Farm
Common Road, Broadley Common, Nazeing, Essex

We are still open every day and can offer strawberries, raspberries, black and redcurrants, loganberries, blackberries and runner beans – both to self-pick or ready picked for you

Opening Times:Monday to Saturday 9.30am-6.30pm
Sundays 9.30am-1.30pm
(last entries 30 minutes before closing).

Ready picked fruit is always available.

Recorded message: 01992 892862 Order/Enquiries 07808 859001


felt somewhat bewildered when I entered the hall on 25th June. There was no Chairman: there was no speaker: there was no wine! Our Treasurer told me that our beloved Chairman was in France. Then our speaker arrived, a little late. But nobody knew anything about the wine. So, no longer in the bewilderness, I introduced the speaker and resigned myself to an alcohol-free evening.

Richard Harrison, an expert on ceramics with Sworders of Bishops Stortford, charmed and entertained us with his tremendous enthusiasm and knowledge. His subject was “From Ming to Modern-Age Ceramics”, so he started with Ming. Europe had quite a good trade with China and Japan in the 16th century, largely in tea, and the tea traders started to bring home Chinese ceramics. Richard casually held up an unassuming little bowl, rather dull, not quite circular, and told us it was Ming – 500 years old – and asked the audience to pass it round! I was somewhat alarmed, anticipating a possible Chinese take-away, but it arrived safely at my table at the back. We were told how Europe began to compete with the Chinese. By the 18th century Dutch Meissen was undercutting the oriental imports. Then Sevres came along and England was way behind. But Chelsea and Worcester ware appeared. A superb Liverpool bowl was passed round, followed by more and more items until I had to get another table to accommodate them.

Strong competition and advances in technology brought down costs. A major development was the English invention of printing on porcelain, which was quicker than hand painting, capable of showing more detail and easily reproduceable. Unfortunately, designs could be more easily copied – there were even English “Delft” tiles. In the 19th century process costs were still falling. We were shown some examples of Victorian items many of which we find horrible, yet they still command good prices. On the other hand, Richard showed us some superb Minton plates. Porcelain wall plaques, displaying pretty-pretty pictures were very popular then, together with other truly awful examples of Victorian art. Staffordshire figures representing famous and infamous persons sold well, as did the ubiquitous Staffordshire dogs. New technology enabled the production of numerous little “novelties”, some of them being very collectable. By the 1920s interesting new materials like bakelite appeared. Simple yet exciting designs emerged. Glass abstract forms, particularly from Finland, had great appeal, and Richard passed round a beautiful example.

I think Richard could have gone on all night, with questions coming from nearly all of us, but I had to draw to a close one of the most enjoyable, educational and amusing talks I have ever heard. I learnt that Richard was taken to an auction at the age of 14, and was immediately hooked. He worked as a porter at auctions, learning all the time, took a degree, and continued to soak up a formidable amount of knowledge by attending sales, studying catalogues and books, but most of all from the many “old hands” he has come to know and respect.
Kenneth Pearson

Great Amwell:
At our July meeting we had the business first. Then it was a thank you letter from Betty Sewell who is now back home after breaking her hip. There were 9 Birthday posies presented to members. Margaret Sweeting read the minutes and also the Annual Meeting report which was very interesting, and then Margaret Peterkin gave the Treasurer’s report. Jean Curl had sent a thank you letter for the sympathy notes she had received. Rosemary Imroth announced she was to have a tea party on the 19th August for the Diabetic Association from 3-5pm.

Then Kay welcomed Lady Fowden to talk on the Associated Country Women of the World and it was a fascinating insight into the work they do, as most members were not really aware of their role in association with W.I. Mrs Alfred Watts began the W.I. in Canada in 1917 and then set it up here and by 1928 it was established, but it took a long time to get organised. By 1933 ACWW was founded. It was officially organised like W.I. and was financed by “Pennies for Friendship” and had triennial meetings and it was started to help improve the lives of women and their families. Projects are needed around the world. “Pennies for Friendship” paid the office rent and later was used to finance these projects. If a well is needed it is funded by ACWW and constructed by local people, as is also the case with clinics. They run workshops on food, general education and how to use computers. Lady Fowden has been to Estonia and when the Russians left that country the members rang ACWW and told them, “We are back!” She was well looked after on her trip to Estonia, especially by the coach-driver. The food was quite good but the worst thing was that there were hardly any showers; eventually they found one in a sauna! There were lots more anecdotes and questions. Then Margaret Peterkin gave the vote of thanks and tea was served: a very enjoyable afternoon.
Meg Newman

Advocacy in Care Homes

Age Concern Hertfordshire’s innovative new project is set to help older people in care homes get their voices heard. In a project funded by Comic Relief and Quantum Care Homes, volunteers visit care homes on a monthly basis to provide Advocacy Surgeries to the residents. This ensures that the views and wishes of older people in care homes are heard, respected and fully represented. To date Dee Eaton, Advocacy worker, has established nine surgeries in the county, and hopes to have more by the end of the year.

“With 174 homes to cover this may be a tall order,” says Dee, “but we feel confident that once the project catches the attention of those who really need this service there will be no stopping us.”

David Parry, Director of Care for Quantum Care homes, has positive things to say about the project: “Quantum Care strives to provide the best possible care for older people and that means they have a right to be heard. We are committed to the Age Concern Advocacy project as one way of ensuring that those who live in our homes, and their families, have a voice.”

You may have skills you have used in the past, perhaps in the caring or legal profession, or feel you have something to offer. If so, why not become a volunteer? You require no specialist experience but should possess good listening skills, good communication skills and have a caring nature. We offer a comprehensive training programme for our volunteers, all expenses are paid and supervision and support offered on a regular basis.

Contact Dee Eaton, Advocacy Co-ordinator,
on 01462 420 911 or e-mail

Bygone Days

Thank you, Bernard, for giving the photograph of “Thele House” to me. Those who have seen it have chatted away about different memories it brought back to them. Let’s hope that some of them will share their memories with us – that would be good.

The mid-week Mercury used to cost 1d (one penny) in1971. I wonder how much they paid the Mercury for the following advert, complete with sketch of coach and horses with five top-hatted gentlemen;

“Music for dancing every evening, Old Coach House (Licenced Restaurant)
36 High Street, Stanstead Abbots, telephone Stanstead Abbotts 121.
Wine Dine Dance in Night Club Atmosphere.
Reduced menu onThursdays 3 course meal including coffee and wine £1.25
Remaining evenings A La Carte
Two weeks immediately prior to Christmas, 13th-17th and 20th-23rd December
Cabaret each evening £2.50 per head inclusive
Cabaret last Friday of each month – next Cabaret November 26th”

The mid-week Mercury May 21st 1974 (still 1d) had a photo and write-up on the front page about the village wanting the By-Pass, and other articles about the floods. Then, over the page, another village write up headed “A Lively Little Place – that’s Stanstead Abbotts”. The final sentence of the article read “Dare to call Stanstead Abbotts a town and you will be sat on!”. More about this later.


We are continuing to look for people to help with our fund-raising activities, either helping out at events, providing goods for sale (bric-a-brac, home-made produce or gifts etc.) or holding events such as Coffee Mornings, on our behalf. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

For more information, please call Jan Reynolds on (Mobile) 0771 4510893 after 7.00pm.

Thanks from Carole Beard

4th 9am Flora Light Challenge for Women: Come and take part in this 5 mile challenge for women in Hyde Park in London. Why not get a group of friends or work colleagues together and enjoy a good fun day out. Sponsorship forms available from Fundraising on 01707 376782

9th 7.15pm Isabel Hospice Annual Meeting at Van Hage Garden Centre, Great Amwell. Everyone is welcome. If you would like to attend please ring Jenny Malec on 01707 330686

12th The Fifth Annual Chain Walk: 17 walks to choose from, forming a chain around our service area through some of Hertfordshire's most beautiful countryside. Each walk is approximately 10 miles long and breaks for lunch at a country pub. Why not get a group of friends or colleagues together and take part in this very popular and highly enjoyable event. For further information please contact Pam Shepherd, Fundraising Coordinator on 01707 376782

20th Fashion show at Hanbury Manor - Fashion Show - Dinner - Live Music in beautiful Garden Court Tickets £50 For further information please contact: 01279 777285

25th 10am Coffee Morning at Dixon Place, Buntingford. For further information please contact 01763 272132

26th The Great North Run - Take on the challenge for Isabel Hospice. We would love to hear from anyone willing to take on the Great North Run near Newcastle. Please contact us for more information and sponsorship forms. 01707 376782


Dear Editor,

May I, through the magazine, thank all those kind friends who sent me such lovely cards when I was in hospital with a broken hip. I was overwhelmed with all the good wishes and found it impossible to answer everyone individually. I am sure they helped me recover so quickly.

I am home now and being very spoilt. It is "open house" to anyone passing this way. Thank you all very, very much.

How lucky we are to live in Great Amwell,

Betty Sewell

We raised £211 on our stall at the Riverside Festival, which will be sent to support Third World Countries

And from Raymond Brown (Festival Organiser)

Stanstead Abbotts Parish Council would like to express its gratitude for your support of the festival on July 10th.

The village’s first ever festival of culture was an amazing success and we raised about £1,500 for our village youth club fund.

People braved the intermittent showers in their thousands and spirits certainly were not dampened by the rain - which fell despite prayers by the vicar.

We had more than 20 stalls lining the bank of the River Lea on Riverside Green with St Andrew’s church stall selling crafts from Africa and Burma, Cat Protection, Bobtails and Evergreen stalls and artists exhibited their work on the fence.

It was inspiring that everyone supported the festival and gave so generously to the youth club fund.

All the hard work put into creating this event was worthwhile when I saw the faces of people having a great time. We will be definitely making it an annual event.

High Street restaurant Taste of Raj laid on hot food and gave £200 to the youth club fund.

The Stanstead Abbotts and St Margaret’s Scouts provided a climbing wall proved to be a great attraction.

A competition to name the stone sculpture on the green was held with names submitted including Spike, Barney Rubble and Abbott’s Fingers. The stone’s sculptor, Alec Peever, will pick a name from more than 100 entries and a special ceremony will be held for the winner – you will be notified of the details.

Local bands Broken Mile, Black Cab and The Gaff played in the Jolly Fisherman after the rain drove us inside and it was a fantastic night.

Cllr Raymond Brown
Chairman of the Festival Committee

What's on Today
. • Morning Prayer (St. Andrews)
• School Pentecost service (St. Andrews)
• School Pentecost service (St. John the Baptist)
• Stanstead Abbots PCC
What's on Tomorrow
. • Prayer group at 18 Hoddesdon Road