St. Giles at 4.30 pm

This year both churches have their Carol Services on the same day: the St. Giles South Mymms one is first, starting at 4.30 pm. Both will be led by Richard Osborn, Reader at St. Mary’s Potters Bar. There will be refreshments before and after, and the church will be decorated with candles and a Christmas Tree.

The choir is planning a special carol, and we hope that children from St. Giles School can add their magic to the occasion with a preview of what they have prepared for their own Carol Service in church on Tuesday 17th.

The church seating should be enough for everybody, though we are only using the Nave at present, while work goes on in the Chapel, and stonework from the partly demolished Frowyk tomb is stored in the Chancel. But the singing and the readings telling the age-old stories of Christ’s birth will be uplifting and a welcome respite from the pre-Christmas rush.

And don’t forget that on Christmas Eve at 3.30 pm, the Annual Bread Service will be held in St. Giles, led by David Thomson, Reader at King Charles the Martyr (our daughter church) once again. The church is normally packed out, as everyone comes, young and old, to celebrate the start of true Christmas and to receive their bread roll “so that no-one may go hungry at Christmas” in the words of the founder of the service, William Bradshaw.

William Marsterson

St. Margaret’s at 6.30 pm

Well here we are again. Christmas is fast approaching, in fact any day soon my great granddaughter, four year old Maisy-Blue, will be working out “how many sleeps she has, until Father Christmas arrives”. However for us older people Christmas can mean a lot of extra work and can be even quite stressful. All of which is a shame, as it means we can lose sight of the true reason for celebrating Christmas Day. That it was on this day, two thousand and nineteen years ago that Jesus Christ was born.

Most infant and primary schools will have been rehearsing their Nativity plays. I can remember being a shepherd in our Sunday school Nativity (well we can’t all be a Joseph or a Wise Man) and that’s over seventy years ago. The fact that I can still remember being on stage with a tea towel wrapped around my head would indicate just how much children enjoy acting out “the birth of Jesus”. I’ve been very fortunate that over the years my daughter and then my granddaughters have been involved with lots of nativity plays and so I’ve been able to watch many performances, and of course the children love having their families there to watch them.

The St Margaret’s Carol Service seems to get more popular every year. For those people who have yet to experience the warmth of a few dozen happy people exchanging Christmas greetings and singing popular Carols in harmony (well mostly) and just enjoying the very relaxed atmosphere, then you are in for a treat. Traditionally before the Service we shall be enjoying Hot Mulled wine, always very popular on a December evening, fruit juices will also be available and to accompany the drinks there will be plenty of Mince pies. Our enthusiastic singing will be accompanied by Val Jones on our wonderful old organ and in between the Carols there will be short readings reminding us of the meaning of Christmas.

St Margaret’s Church must be one of the prettiest Churches in Hertfordshire and to see it illuminated against a dark winters sky is something to behold. Then to further enhance the magic of Christmas, the interior will also be just as impressive. There will be beautiful flower arrangements, the window cills will be decorated with Berries and Holly, St Margaret depicted in her magnificent stained glass window will be looking down on a Christmas tree festooned with twinkling lights and on “Baby Jesus” in his hay filled crib.

If you would like to help decorate the Church or do a reading or make some mince pies then you will be very welcome. Just phone Pat Legerton 01727 822157 and she’ll be delighted to hear from you. Of course if you just want to come along on the night, then that’s absolutely fine.

So if you want to get into the spirit of Christmas, then this Carol Service could be just what you need. Our Carol Service starts at 6.30 on Sunday 15th December.

We look forward to seeing you. Doug Ryan


If you would like to read the full story of why we are appealing for funds for the Frowyk Chapel, click on this link:THE FROWYK CHAPEL PROJECT storyline


The weather was kind to this year’s Remembrance Service and Wreath-laying ceremony at the War Memorial in South Mimms. After days of rain and wind the sun came out, and shone on the nearly 200 people gathered round the War Memorial to pay their respects to those who gave up their lives in the service of our country.

The Last Post sounded on time, thanks to trumpeter Dominic Bates. Wreaths were laid by Councillors, Church representatives, Service Personnel and local Groups. Prayers were led by Richard Osborn, Reader at St. Mary’s Potters Bar.
The ceremony at the War Memorial was followed by a service in St. Giles Church, with an address by Richard Osborn.

Thank go to Janka at the White Hart for providing coffee beforehand, to Lynne Goodenough and Chris Hale, flag bearers, to South Mymms Parish Council for providing the sound system, to the local Police for traffic control, and to Mick and Yvonne Harverson for organising the ceremony and the provision of wreaths.

Once again £198 was collected in church for the British Legion, and another £839.01 from collecting boxes, including St. Giles School (£282.17), The Guinea (£87.37), The White Hart (£143.94) and the Black Horse (£118.09).


South Mimms Parish Council, after years of trying to purchase a defibrillator for the village to no avail, have found a charity


thanks to Paula Arnold and Yvonne Harverson. Dave and Arline Hursey lost their 18 year old son tragically and started up the charity in memory of James. They supply defibrillators to the community free of charge but accept donations to purchase further defibrillators, to which the Parish Council donated £1,500.00 to this worthy cause.

McMullen and Janka the manager at the White Hart have kindly offered to have a power socket installed for a heated cabinet with printed instructions for its use; and also to have this mounted on the outside wall of the White Hart Public House. Janka has kindly stated she and her staff will monitor it on a weekly basis. Our grateful thanks go to everybody who has helped obtain this defibrillator, especially to David and Arline Hursey.