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The next St Margaret’s popular Quiz Evening will be at Ridge Village Hall on

Saturday October 22nd. More details will be in the October edition of this magazine.


It’s early August and the peak of the holiday season and already we are all hoping that good weather will continue well into September. Certainly the farmers will be thinking that as they begin harvesting the crops that were just little seeds when they were planted back in the Spring have grown into fields of gold due to the right balance of rain and sunshine and their hard work. I’m sure that as those seeds were being sown many of the farmers would have being saying silent prayers for a good yield, hopefully their prayers have been answered.

The Harvest Festival Service at St Margaret’s is one of thanksgiving and is a really joyful family friendly morning. After the service we will all enjoy tea/coffee biscuits and pastries and of course a lot of chit chat. The Church will be decorated with an abundance of flowers plus the window cills will be displaying all manner of fruit and vegetables. Many of the congregation will bring contributions of food, tinned as well as fresh. These gifts will, by tradition, be taken to the Poor Clares Monastery in Galley Lane, which incidentally is at the very edge of Ridge Parish. The nuns, who are always so grateful for these gifts will ensure that it all goes to feed those who need it most.

Do try and join us on September 18th. I’m sure you will enjoy it.

Doug Ryan


The Jubilee Committee would like to thank everyone who helped to make the Queens Platinum Jubilee Celebrations  a huge success, from the early birds who put up the marquees and gazebos, to the late leavers who helped to litter pick the field.

 Thank you to St Giles School, whose Summer Fair provided great entertainment with their stalls and lovely food with their BBQ.

Thanks to Renata and her team from the Black Horse Pub for running the Beer Tent, all of which made for a great day.

Thank you to Hertsmere Borough Council for the Grant of £500 and to South Mimms Parish Council for their grant of £1,000. We managed to  spend it all plus some ! 

I’m sure you will all agree it was a great celebration, God Save The Queen!

Jane Fowler

The South Mimms Village Hall Management Committee will hold its AGM on Wednesday 28th September at 7pm in the village Hall. All are welcome to attend.



The South Mimms Village Hall Management Committee are holding their Popular Quiz Night on Saturday 15th October at 7pm in the Village Hall.

Bring your own drinks and nibbles, entry is £5.00 per person.

There will also be a raffle, so keep some change for that.

We look forward to seeing you all again.

To book your table please contact Linda Hedison on 01707 651067


August 13th: “Some like it Hot”



If you want a number in the Village Draw please contact Pam Rowell on 01727 869211. It is a monthly draw held every 3rd Monday night. Total prize money paid out is £1,460 per year, i.e. £50.00 and £30.00 every month plus £150.00 and £100.00 in January and July. Any surplus money raised is used for Village events. Why don’t you try your luck?

June 2022            £50   No 131 Y Harverson £30  No 26     M Ames

July 2022       £150  No 14   P Gledhill       £100  No 81     P Prior

                                £50   No 23    D Haines      £30  No 72    M Ames

Why don’t you try your luck?



After some 12 years as Churchwarden, Mark Edwards has stood down, and indeed has now moved away from South Mimms. A lot of what Churchwardens do is not particularly visible or appreciated, but without this work, the church would rapidly decline. Mark has been a deputy Sacristan, making sure the church was ready for worship; kept the churchyard clean (a thankless task!); and has exercised a gentle authority in many situations where another person’s impatience would have led to more difficulties, acting as a steadying influence when we have had to make difficult decisions. His final service was on 19th June, when the congregation presented him and Lin, his wife, with farewell gifts.

As noted in the Editorial, Fr. Ayoob has introduced Family friendly, All Age services for the first Sunday of the month, to be followed by a Bring and Share Lunch. These will be held in the Village Halls at Ridge and South Mimms alternately, to provide a less formal feel, and encourage people to join in. The first was on July 3rd at Ridge, and the next will be on September 4th in South Mimms, when we will mark St. Giles Day. Meanwhile Open Church Teas continue on Tuesday afternoons between 2.00 and 5.00, and becoming very popular – many thanks to Maria and Val.