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?

February 2017 £50 No. 133 J Cunningham
£30 No. 23 D. Haines

A TIME FOR CELEBRATION!

St. Giles C of E Primary School (on the current site) will be 60 years old in May this year. We are planning a celebration day on Sunday 14th May (a date for your diary).

If you or any members of your family and friends attended the school in any capacity in the past and have any photos or memorabilia you would like to share with us, you are very welcome to send them in. We plan to have a display of photos, newspaper articles etc. If anyone you know would like to come and talk to the children about their experiences as a pupil, parent, member of staff, Governor, villager etc. we would also love to hear from you.

We are having a working party. The initial meeting was at school on Thursday 19th January. It would be wonderful to have some ‘old’ St. Giles pupils or staff/ Governors/villagers to join us, or if you were involved with the 50th celebration it would be good to hear from you also with ideas, information and resources.

If you would be interested in joining us for initial discussions, please let me know via school office 01707 642170 or admin@stgiles.herts.sch.uk.

Thank you.

Susan Ridge Head Teacher

DISCUSSIONS ON THE FILM CHOCOLAT
Fridays, Saturdays or Mondays in March
2.00 pm Fridays; 10.30 am Saturdays & Mondays
The Vicarage, 6 Hamilton Close, South Mimms
Tea and coffee will be available.

THE SATURDAY BEFORE EASTER DAY (APRIL 15TH)

As it gets dark, there will be a (small) bonfire in the churchyard at St. Giles Church (8.00 pm) to begin our ‘Service of light’. The giant Paschal candle is lit from this new fire and then carried into a darkened church as a symbol of the resurrection of Jesus and new light coming into the world. At the end of this short service we continue our Easter celebrations with sparkling wine and nibbles. Do come along and join in!

SOUTH MYMMS YOUTH CLUB NEEDS YOUR HELP

South Mymms Youth Club urgently needs volunteers to be present at the Club, to help set up and to clear away after.

The Club meets on Fridays 6.30 to 9.30 pm. It is popular and well subscribed, but needs a larger pool of adults to make sure that there is a safe environment for the children every week.

Please can you help! Contact Brian Wood on 07850 358843 or Val Goalen on 07979 332860. They can discuss with you what is needed and help you decide what you can offer

WHIST DRIVES

Whist Drives will now be held on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 2.00 pm. at South Mymms Village Hall.

Please come along if you like to play cards. We are a friendly group and there will be prizes!

…and a cup of tea!

Contact: Pam Rowell on 01727 869211

A THREAT TO ST. GILES CHURCH

St. Giles Church is suffering. The famous tomb and the glorious wooden screen, some 500 years old, are showing signs of damage, and the floor of the Frowyke chapel has sunk noticeably, so that the tiles and tilted graveslabs make it a safety hazard. The chapel is roped off but the rest of the church is safe.

In the week before Christmas the cause of the subsidence was investigated. Holes were dug outside, and samples taken for analysis, the exterior surface water drain was checked, and the chapel floor excavated. By the tomb some bones were found; alarmingly the other hole revealed how far the ground under the chapel had sunk or slipped away.

We will have to pay to underpin the North-East sides of the church, to stop further subsidence, and attempt to rebuild the floor and repair the monument and the screen. At this stage we do not know how much this will cost, but we are probably talking hundreds of thousands of pounds. This is more than the church can afford, so we will be seeking help from people, and from grant-awarding bodies, to ensure that there is still a church in South Mimms where people can celebrate marriages, baptisms and funerals, and normal worship can continue for all who love to come to this precious, but fragile building.

If you care about our church, please take note and pray for a resolution.

St. Giles Parochial Church Council