It doesn’t seem possible that another year has passed since I last wrote about the Village’s Carol Services. As I’ve said before the older you get the quicker the years go by.

It’s early December and people are now planning what they are going to do for Christmas. Should they stay at home or eat out on Christmas Day? Should they go away, maybe to the coast, likely to be a bit chilly there and quite expensive? Should they accept the invitation to visit relatives, but last time they did that, there was a bit of an atmosphere between the cousins? Might be best to give all those options some more thought!

If they decide to stay at home, they’ll have to decide on a menu. Will it be Turkey or Goose or Roast Beef? it’s so difficult to please everyone. Decisions -Decisions – Decisions.

At least your decision as to which of the Village Carol Service to enjoy is easy. They are both on the same day, December 16th. If you prefer an afternoon Carol service then St Giles is the one for you. The service starts at 4pm. If you prefer an evening Carol service then St Margaret’s is for you. The service starts at 6.30. Refreshments will be available at both Churches, Hot Mulled wine or Juice and plenty of mince pies, plus sausage rolls at St. Giles.

Our Village Carol Services seem to get more popular every year, probably because they are very friendly and quite informal. Well known Carols sung and parishioners reading short extracts from the story of the birth of Jesus. The Churches are decorated with flowers and candles, and of course a very well lit Christmas tree, all of which adds to the enjoyment of the evening.

NOW would be a good time to make a note on your Calendar.

St Giles Carols 16th December 4pm

St Margaret’s Carols 16th December 6.30pm.

Whichever church you choose –you’ll have a great time!
Doug Ryan


St. Giles School and their Friends are holding their Christmas Fayre on Sunday 2nd December from 12pm to 3pm and would love to see everyone!

Please support the School by coming along.


Back in early September three intrepid souls left St. Giles to walk or cycle around churches in an area of their choice. They had collected sponsorship pledges from their friends and neighbours, mainly on a fixed sum basis. Some participants in this county-wide – nation-wide indeed – event get sponsorship per church visited. This can be a bit hard on the pocket of the sponsor, if the rider or walker exceeds expectations. We mostly collected single sums.

One person cycled around St. Albans and out to Wheathampstead and around. Another braved the pavements of Potters Bar, while the third, using a car (for the first time) visited all the churches in Shenley, Elstree, Borehamwood, Barnet and Potters Bar. He did actually walk from a parking position in each town centre, so there was some genuine hiking involved. The idea was to visit all participating churches in the Area, to see how they were doing. Happily most were open, but a few appeared to have opted out of the event.

The great news is that, with Gift Aid added, the three of us raised £1,600.00!!! Half of the basic sum raised (almost £700) comes back to St. Giles to be used however the PCC wishes. The rest (about £900) goes to the Beds & Herts Historic Churches Trust, to be allocated to churches, chapels and places of worship which have pressing repair needs, such as leaky roofs, rising damp and broken heating systems. Our strapline is “Preserving the Past for the Future”. Our aim is to keep the beautiful old churches in the country in good shape, preventing them from becoming ruinous. It’s a Heritage Charity, and if you care to support it in any way, please get in touch.


Remembrance Sunday in South Mimms: the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One, the War to end all Wars, was blessed by fine weather, bright sunshine and a great turn-out of people, young and old. All had one purpose, to express gratitude and respect for all those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in two World Wars and other conflicts.

Richard Osborn, Reader at St. Mary’s Potters Bar, led the Act of Remembrance and afterwards the service in St. Giles Church. Thanks are due to Cllr. Paul Morris OBE, who represented the Mayor of Hertsmere, and to Cllr. Paul Hodgson-Jones, who represented Herts. County Council, who both laid wreaths and read the Readings in church. Cllr. Yvonne Harverson would like particularly to thank Martin Pryke, who stood in for her at the last minute to lay the wreath on behalf of the Parish Council.

Thanks are also due to bugler Dominic Bates for sounding a faultless Last Post, and to Lynn Goodenough and Chris Hale who were the flag-bearers. Welcome refreshments at the White Hart were provided by Janka – thank you. And the collection in church raised £198.00 which goes to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.