Coming up at Stetchworth: The Raddesley Group Lent Course will be held on five Tuesdays during lent in the Gredley Room at the Ellesmere Centre, Stetchworth at 10.30 on 28th February, 7th, 4th, 21st and 28th March. We will be using the booklet 'Come and See - Journeying through Lent with John's Gospel'. Each session with begin with coffee and cake and will finish at approximately 11.30 - 11.45 am.
Saturday 6 May King Charles III Coronation On Saturday 6th May the Union Flag will be raised on the village green for the Coronation of King Charles III
Sunday 9 July Village Show This year the village show will be on Sunday 9th July at the Ellesmere Centre - The Ellesmere Garden Club annual produce show will be in the large hall with the usual Church stalls on the field together with other stalls and attractions.
Cambridgeshire Churchyard Conservation Award Scheme: We have just heard that we have been awarded a Bronze award under this scheme. Unstable gravestones: To comply with Health and Safety Regulations, The PCC has now had the older unstable stones (where no relations are now available to tend to them) repaired and stabilised. Thank you to those families who looked after their own family stones. The PCC carries out an annual check on all gravestones. If you are tending a grave please check it from time to time and ensure that it does not develop a 'wobble'. In the closed churchyard, the Parish Council has had unstable gravestone stabilised and some that had been leaning at an angle have been straightened up.
Work in the Cemetery - almost all of the unauthorised kerbs and the stones used to infill these have now been removed - thank you to all those relatives who have complied with our request. The work to remove the large spoil heap has begun and should be completed in the next few days. Adopt-a-grave On the same theme, PCC members wondered whether there is anyone in the village with a bit of spare time who might like to look after some of the older graves that have kerbs around and are no longer tended. The surrounding area can be mown but the area within the kerb has to be strimmed or cut with shears separately
Earliest records of our Church date from the thirteenth Century. The Chancel is from this period; the tower, chancel arches, and the nave of four bays are from the fourteenth Century. The tower was rebuilt or altered in the fifteenth Century and the font dates from the sixteenth Century so we are a mix of different Centuries!
Our Church seats approximately 200 in the nave with additional seating in the choir stalls and we are one of the larger churches in the group. We had major works in 2014/2015 including electrical and improvements on our heating.
We have a regular Communion service at 9.00 am on the second Sunday of each month and an Evensong on the fourth Sunday of each month - this is at 6.00 pm in Summer time and moves to 3.00 pm over the Winter. Like other parishes, we also have special services at different times in the Church calendar. You are welcome to any of our services and we would love to see you.
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Christmas Tree Festival and BEM Presentation Thank you to everyone that supported this event - it was amazing to see so many people there to support and honour Lily's achievement - some photos below and more on our gallery pages: