News and Events.


Notices 11th November 2018 

Church Cleaning

In order to ensure that S Martin's looks its best during the seasons of Advent and Christmas, when many people visit the church, we are arranging a ‘Clean-in’ on Saturday, 24th November, starting at 10:00am.  If you are able to spare some time to help us, please put your name on the sign-up sheet at the back of church.

Christmas Coach Trip to Oxford: Saturday 8th December. ONLY 2 SPACES REMAINING.  Departing from St Martin’s at 9.00am, leaving Oxford at 4.30pm.  Adults £15,  concessions & children £10 each.  Payment now due to the Parish Office or Judith Roberts.

Parish Christmas Dinner & Dance: Friday 14th December. List now available at the back of Church.

Confirmation 2019  Adults interested in being Confirmed or making a Re-affirmation of Faith please speak to David Hudson.  For all children (Year 6 and above) and young people interested in being Confirmed there is a preparation meeting on Sunday 25th November at 10.45am in the Small Hall. A parent must also attend please.

News from the Priory Bookshop:  Advent Calendars and Advent Candles on sale today at the back of Church. 

Adoremus:  A weekend at Walsingham for young adults, 18 - 35 years seeking to deepen faith.  23rd - 25th November. 

St Martin’s Day:  Food list available at the back of Church.

Woman's Pilgrimage to Walsingham: 5th-7th April.  Names and deposit of £90 to Maureen Tinsey by            16th December.

Friday 16th November: 12noon.  Please can you spare some time to help set up tables for the fayre. 

Bell tower:  Parents are reminded the Bell tower is a place for babies, toddlers and very young children.  All children MUST be accompanied by as responsible adult at all times. Unaccompanied children will be asked to re-join their parents.  

PARISH OFFICE QUIET DAY  Please observe the Parish Office quiet day EVERY Wednesday.  Do not disturb!

The Pentonville Experiment” by Lewis Owens, a fictional novel set mainly at St. Martins in 1842/3 is now available in paperback or to download as an eBook from Amazon.  All proceeds go to charity.

NEW CHOIR MEMBERS  New members for the 9.15am choir, especially adults, are very welcome.  Rehearsals Thursdays, 7.45-9.15pm.  Do consider coming to these and see what is involved.  It would be lovely to see you!

Martinmas Fayre 2018 - Saturday 17th November. Donation box for the Martinmas Fayre is in the hall foyer.  We are running 2 large tombola's this year so we need lots of stock. One will be a bottle tombola and the other chocolates and toys, Wine, Beer, Spirits, chocolate, biscuits, toys, gifts, and plan ahead now for                the cake stall.  Please contact Karen Moore via the Parish Office if you would like to help on the day.        Thank you for your support. 

Friends Race Night

Saturday 24th November, 7.30pm.

Adults £6 children £3, includes a ploughman's supper. 8 races with minimum of £1 a bet. 

    Tickets available form the Parish Office, Jacqueline Alderton and Lesley Knee.             


Scripture and Snacks  Bible study for beginners in the Bec Room Wednesday evenings from                      8.00pm-9.00pm, 7th and 14th November.

Catherine Tugnait our new editor of Outlook Magazineis looking for articles and a regular puzzle page.  Please contact Gill Dargue in the Parish office if you can contribute. 

OBERAMMERGAU 2020: Bookings for visits to the Oberammergau Passion Play in Bavaria are now being taken. The play is performed every ten years and very well worth a visit to the play is usually combined with a few days in the area.  Places are still available for the end of May and June, 2020. Anyone interested in joining a party to go to Oberammergau please speak to Mary Coulthurst on 01895 676862.

We need your help: Fairtrade volunteers need 3 or 4 committed helpers on the monthly stall after Sunday Masses.  Duties include setting up, selling and packing away.  If you are interested please contact Diane May on 01895 635677.

St Martin’s Toddler Group:  Can you join our group of  volunteers.  Friday mornings in term time,                9am-12noon. Please contact Gill Dargue in the Parish Office 01895 625456.

Safeguarding Officer: Judith Kaplan can be contacted anytime.  All communication will be dealt with in the strictest of confidence.  07803 159130 or [email protected]

URGENTLY WANTED  We are looking for someone to organize the rota and to serve drinks to the mothers and toddlers, Friday mornings 9.15-11.00am in term time. Present incumbent is retiring after nearly 20 years!   Please contact  Pat Turner 020 8866 3396 or  Emma Hodgson 07970 220685.

Social Media Photos:  Please can we ask that no photos or videos are uploaded onto personal Social Media sites.  A new policy will be available from May.

Our Great Bake Off Calling all our wonderful bakers!

We shall be holding the cake stall at the Fayre and would be grateful for homemade offerings of cakes, scones, cookies, biscuits and sweets, or any preserves of jam, marmalade or pickles.  Katie and Hilary.


Organ Voluntary: Idylle Mélancolique (from 24 Pièces en Style Libre) - Vierne

6pm Organ Comunion Music: In Paradisum (from Esquisses Byzantine) 

9:15 Anthem: Ave Verum - Fauré

11:15 Communion Song: O Church Arise - Townend

Postlude: Elegy - Parry

Decluttering  We are going to tidy up the area below the benches at the back of the St Michael Chapel (below the Bread Cupboard). Items found there may be stored elsewhere or discarded. If there is anything under the benches that you wish to remain in place, please inform the Parish Office.

St Martin’s Day:  Food list available at the back of Church.

Thank you to all those who hosted and supported Outlookers lunches & cake stall.  Total raised £582.70.

Men’s Pilgrimage to Walsingham 8th -10th February 2019, cost £138. Application forms from Fr Simon.



   Record of Family Worship

  If you wish your child to be considered for a school place in a local Church School, you must ensure you sign the  Record of Family Worship Forms available in Church.

 The clergy wish to give as much support as possible to any applications.  Parents must provide evidence they have worshiped at S Martin’s for the length of time required by the school’s admissions criteria.

 Make sure you check the school’s website for details.

 It is the responsibility of parents to fulfil the School’s admission criteria.


Supporting the Foodbank

 Please support our Food Bank Depot in the Church.  When you go shopping, buy one extra item to support  families in our borough  who are struggling.  NB: Please check the "Use By" date on your donation.

  Sugar (500g),  UHT milk, juice & squash (max 1 litre),  jars of jam etc.  mash potato (dry), noodles,  tinned spaghetti & bags for life. 

 Thank you.


        Important Dates for your Diary:   


12th November, 7.30pm - S Martin’s Day, Sung Mass & Procession.

17th November -  Martinmas Fayre.

24th November, 7.30pm - Friends Race Night.

1st December, 11.30am - Advent charity Buffet, 17 Pinn Way. 

8th December - Christmas Market coach trip to Oxford.

14th December - Parish Christmas Dinner & Dance at Bushey Police Club.






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