VILLAGE DRAW WINNERS

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?

BIKE ‘N HIKE SATURDAY 9th SEPTEMBER

On Saturday 9th September Bikers, Hikers and Church Sitters will be raising funds for the Beds & Herts Historic Churches Trust, to keep church buildings in good repair. Both St. Giles and St. Margaret’s will be open (or at least visitable) that day from 10.00 am to 6 00 pm. Last year we raised £1,489 at this event. Half of the sponsorship raised goes back to participating churches.

The Trust’s purpose is to preserve our heritage of church buildings, which make our counties so distinctive. You can help by getting sponsorship and walking or cycling to churches that day, and also by sitting in church to welcome visitors. They don’t have to be local: a visit to a town or city can prove an easy way to clock up a good number of church visits. Or you can stroll across the fields between Shenley, South Mimms, Potters Bar or Barnet visiting just two or three churches. The idea is to have fun, and raise funds –for your local church and for the Trust.

Please let me know if you would like to take part.
William Marsterson

ST. GILES PATRONAL FESTIVAL 16TH JULY

It is at least 25 years since St. Giles Church last held its Patronal Festival in July. The PCC has decided to return to earlier tradition, because St. Giles Day falls on 1st September when many people are still away on holiday, or are busily preparing for their return to work or school.

There will be a special service in Church at 11.00 am, followed by a Buffet Lunch, hopefully outside in the churchyard, if the weather is kind. If not it will be in church. There will be displays about the church and its past, and activities for children.

Do come along and join this mid-summer celebration, and join together in giving thanks for St. Giles Church, which has played a central part in village live over so many hundred years.

OPEN CHURCH AFTERNOONS

St. Giles Church will be open each Tuesday afternoon,
from 2.00 to 5.00 pm.
Refreshments will be available.
Please come and visit the church, either for a sociable chat, or just to enjoy the peace and quiet of this lovely building.

VISITING BELL RINGERS

A Team of Bell Ringers from Cambridge University will be attempting a peal at St. Giles from 4.00 to 5.00 pm on Monday 7th August.

CHRISTIAN AID COLLECTION

Christian Aid Week took place 14-20 May 2017. House to house collections organised by St. Giles and St. Margaret’s collected £519.25. With £56.90 Gift Aid, this raised a total of £576.15. Well done to the collectors and organisers, and many thanks to all who donated so generously.

Christian Aid provides funds for people in desperate circumstances anywhere in the world, whether they are Christian or not. It is Aid by Christians to those in need, not Aid for Christians. Thanks again to all who supported this cause.