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?

June 2017
£50.00 No.84 H. Sillis
£30.00 No.162 C. Nethercott

July 2017
£150.00 No.111 J.Martin
£100.00 No.102 C. Moore
£50.00 No. 32 B.Wood
£30.00 No.77 D.Joyes

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

FOR SALE
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

FAREWELL, SUE RIDGE, AND THANK YOU

Last month, Sue Ridge, Headteacher at St. Giles School, wrote to us about her life and her work as a teacher. July 21st sees her say farewell to all her pupils and their parents at St. Giles School, and all her friends will say farewell to her, though naturally we hope we see her again, often.

She has led the School through a number of challenges, and helped it to improve and return successfully to OFSTED’s “Good” status. This is no mean achievement, with School budgets being “maintained” (i.e. effectively reduced), with teachers coming and going and with all the problems of being a small rural school. That St. Giles is in high demand from parents, and attracts students from a catchment area wider than just South Mimms and Ridge, speaks volumes for her achievement.

We will miss her, but look forward to meetings again in the future, and we wish her successor, Mr. Keith Smithard, her Deputy Headteacher, well in his new role. Thank you, Sue, for everything you have done for the School, the villages, the parents and specially for the children!

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.

PATRONAL FESTIVALS

You go for a year without one, and then two come along at once! St. Giles and St. Margaret.

This year the St. Giles PCC decided to bring forward their celebration of their patron saint, Giles, from his usual day (1st September) to the middle of July (16). This was so that we could have a thanksgiving service and a party before people had gone off on holiday. For the last twenty years or so, celebrations on 1st September have been thinly attended due to holidays; and St. Giles School has not yet started its new term.

According to those who remember, it was in mid-July that the Patronal Festival was celebrated up to the late 1970’s. So the PCC voted to try that date again. Revd. Karen devised a special service for the occasion, which went very well. And as for the party… The new social area in the North Aisle was put to good use, and brave members of the congregation rediscovered gazebos, hidden away in the church, and erected one outside by the tower. The weather was not exactly sunny, but it was dry, fortunately, and it was pleasantly breezy outside, for those who chose to venture out.

Karen writes: “Thank you all very much for all your help in making yesterday such a really good event. The church looked beautifully decorated with flowers; the number of people attending was good, hopefully the service was accessible to everyone. The excellent food and cake all made for a welcoming and enjoyable time together. Thank you all for the different parts you played.”

We’ll see what we can do next year.

Meanwhile up at Ridge, St. Margaret’s day fell on July 20th, so the PCC opted to celebrate the occasion on July 23rd, also with a special service and refreshments for all afterwards. We hope to publish a fuller account of the event later on. In 2006 Dean Geoffrey John of St. Albans Abbey preached at Ridge, a brilliant sermon about saints. “Whether we can see them or not, we are surrounded here by the saints – all those who were made members of Christ’s body by baptism, all who have conquered death in him, and who, because they are in him, still live, forever. Wonder of wonders, they are part of us and we of them.”