Time flies when you are having fun, that’s an old saying, which in this last few weeks has been very true. This summer is going by so quickly, already the days are getting shorter. The weather for starters has been brilliant, literally sun shine from dawn to dusk. Of course gardeners and farmers will say we need the rain, and I’m sure that they’ll get their wish fairly soon. But in the meantime let’s all enjoy the sun and the amazing displays of colourful flowers that the warm sun has encouraged.

The sun certainly shone for us when we had the annual PETS service on Ridge Village green, it was really enjoyable, having an outdoor service on such a beautiful sunny morning. We had several very well behaved dogs: especially quiet was the toy dog complete with lead in the basket on the front of a disability scooter, thank you Joan. We also had a magnificent horse and rider, joining us as they did last year.

The service was kept simple, just a couple of hymns, a reading, a few prayers and a sermon, reflecting on the importance of pets in people lives. This is an event that is becoming an annual fixture on St. Margaret’s calendar, so if you didn’t make it this time, look out for it in 2019.

Another popular event we had in June was our special FATHERS DAY Service. again a relatively simple service that appeals not only to Dads but to the children who come with their Dads. It was good to see that the Dads in Church were outnumbered by the children, but next year, let’s see if we can get a few more Dads to come along. We always make sure that we have enough tea/coffee and biscuits for any hungry Dads,that may have missed their breakfast.

We were also delighted, on a lovely June evening, to welcome a large group from the ST. ALBANS MOTHERS UNION. They came to see and hear about the history of St. Margaret’s Church. They were an enthusiastic audience and had plenty of questions for Joyce Wallis, a Church historian, who gave a very interesting talk about the origins and history of our Village Church.
So June was quite a busy month at St. Margaret’s, and it was fun and yes, it flew by.
Doug Ryan


September 8th is the date! St. Giles Church will be open for the day from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm, to receive Bikers and Hikers. They will be raising money both for the Beds & Herts Historic Churches Trust, who will use it to make grants to churches of all denominations which need repairs. Last year nearly £90,000 was raised, and has been used to repair roofs, rising damp and other threats to church buildings.

But churches, including St. Giles, can receive back half of what they raise by taking part, and getting sponsorship money for those who walk, cycle or church-sit for their church. If you would like to help St. Giles in this way, please get in touch with William Marsterson (contact details on inside front cover). Last year two of us walked around churches in Potters Bar, Barnet and beyond, and we were sponsored generously, gaining around £1,110 from our sponsors – so St. Giles was given back its half share (£550) by the Trust.

You don’t have to walk or cycle. The Trust has relaxed its rules, recognising that for some people their days of strenuous exercise are behind them. People can now visit churches by car, providing they gain sponsorship, and visit churches, checking in to any church or chapel on the extensive list provided. Or you could get sponsorship from your friends by taking time to help keep St. Giles open, and meet and greet visitors.

Hopefully the weather will be kind. It is a very rewarding way to help raise money to keep churches in good working order and open for business.

Do please get in touch with me if you feel you would like to take part. By the way, all this applies equally to St. Margaret’s, which will also be taking part.

William Marsterson

South Mimms Parish Council is seeking to recruit a Parish Clerk and Responsible Officer. This is a part time post for abobut 7 hours a week. The Parish Council is keen to serve the local community and the new Clerk will be instrumental in helping to achieve this. He/she will be responsible for the day to day management of the Council’s services and will be the Responsible Finance Officer. Meetings are held once a month, usually on the first Thursday.

The successful applicant, who will take office as soon as possible, will have excellent comunication skills and prefereably have previous local government experience. He/she will beed to be willing to obtain the Certificate in Local Council Administration.

Salary in accordance with NALC payscales, dependent on qualifications and experience.

Please send CV to the Parish Chairman, Yvonne Harverson, email y.harverson@yahoo.co.uk
Closing date for applications 31st August 2018

Beryl Wood, 9/1/1930 – 30/6/2018, passed away suddenly on Sturday 30th June, aged 88.

Beryl had lived in South Mimms for 40 years, following her marriage to Sam (deceased 1989) and will be deeply missed by Ann, Brian, Martin and their familes and her friends. Her funeral was im Birmingham, where she was born.