Admission ££7.00 to include refreshments

Marie, the daughter of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, the Victorian composer, was buried in St. Giles Churchyard 120 years ago this year on 28th October 1897. At the concert you can find out why this lady, born in Leipzig, Germany, came to live near St. Giles in the 1880s.

Members at St. Giles Church want to present some of his music in recognition of the anniversary of Marie Mendelssohn Benecke’s death, and also to help raise funds for the huge restoration work which will be needed at the church to deal with damage caused by subsidence on the North side. Tests have shown that the clay on which the church is built is subsiding, and the floor of the Aisle and Chapel has sunk noticeably. This needs to be stabilised to prevent damage to the important monuments, and to maintain safe use of that part of the church.

Come and enjoy an evening of music and help raise funds to support our outstanding historic building and keep it open for the future.


If you want a number in the Village Draw, please contact Pam Rowell on 01727 869277. It is a monthly draw held every 3rd Monday night at Bingo. Total prize money paid out is £1,460 a year, i.e. £50 and £30 every month plus £150 and £100 in January and July. Any surplus money raised is used for Village events, e.g. the Senior Citizens’ Christmas Lunch.

Why don’t you try your luck?

September 2017
£50.00 No.198 M. Nevill
£30.00 No.72 G. Lawson

The Benefactors of St. Giles South Mymms and their Monuments.
A short illustrated booklet adapted from a talk on Historic Churches.
£5.00 – proceeds towards the Restoration Fund.
Please contact William Marterson or Chris Cameron or collect a copy from the church on a Tuesday afternoon while enjoying a cup of tea and some cake


The Editors wish to express their condolences to Roger Morgan and to Mary Butcher at the loss of their respective spouses, Yvonne and Andrew.

Yvonne died in August: her funeral was held in St. Giles Church on 17th August, and she was interred in the churchyard on 30th. Revd. Karen gave a long and moving address, parts of which we hope to print later on, and Yvonne’s friend from her schooldays in Anglesey sang Carol Lan, a Welsh hymn. This was so moving and a lovely farewell to a beautiful person, whom all her friends will miss.

Andrew Butcher died on 25th July; his Requiem Mass and committal was celebrated on August 18th in St. Albans Abbey. It was attended by a by a large number of his friends and family as well as by his friends from South Mimms, including Revd Alan Harding (Priest-in-Charge from 1999 to 2005), who had come down from Suffolk. We hope to print a tribute to Andrew in due course.


St. Giles and St. Margaret’s were open most of the day on Saturday 9th September. This was to greet and sign in brave souls who were raising money for their churches and the Beds & Herts Historic Churches Trust by walking or cycling between churches. Thank you to all who sponsored our sturdy walkers: so far they have been sponsored to the tune of about £1,000, so that means £500 comes back to St. Giles. And many thanks to those who kept the churches open, for walkers, cyclists and other visitors (and dogs!).
William Marsterson


We have recently set up a St. Giles South Mymms Facebook page, to advertise what’s happening at the church, and you can find times of services, as well as special services, on the website “A Church Near You”.

And don’t forget the annual Act of Remembrance on Sunday 12th November. Meet at the White Hart for coffee before the Act at 10.45 am, followed by the service in Church at 11.15.


St. Giles is open on Tuesday afternoons from 2.00 to 5.00 pm., offering tea and cakes. This has now turned into a weekly date in the village calendar, and attracts quite a number of people – and sometimes their dogs!

Please come and visit the church, either for a sociable chat, or just to enjoy the peace and quiet of this lovely building. Meet new friends and catch up with old ones. As Summer turns to Autumn and then to Winter Open Church will carry on, with some heating on, of course!