This year we have an exciting new study entitled ‘Walking towards Glory’, as we walk in the footsteps of Jesus to the Cross on a personal journey of faith.
The course is being held throughout the Benefice beginning on 19 February as follows:
- Mondays at 7.30 pm in Ross at the homes of Pauline & Colin Leggate, Paul & Margaret Mason and Margaret Clark.
- Tuesdays at 7.30 pm in Walford at Walford Vicarage.
- Tuesdays at 10.30 am in Brampton Abbotts at Brampton Abbotts Vicarage.
Please contact Canon Chris Blanchard to join a group and for details about the venues.
Come and join the choir on Sunday 25th February. It’s free of charge and we’ll give you afternoon tea. All music will be provided. BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE You’ll find more information on the music website
The Bishop of Hereford will licence Christine Cattanach as our Intergenerational missioner at the 9.30am service at St Mary’s, Ross on Sunday 11th February. This will be a very special event and it would be super if as many people as possible can attend.
St Mary’s History – The church history in the white folder at the back of St Mary’s, offered as a consultative guide for visitors, has been updated to reflect recent changes in the building. This document was originally put together by John Tarrant in the 1990s drawing on material from a variety of sources. You may like to know that you can find this on the website on the St Mary’s Church page. It remains a “work in progress” and will continue to be updated.
We hope that we will be pressing on with the removal of the remaining pews by the end of the year. There has been considerable interest in homing the pews (8 already reserved). If you’d like one, or know of anyone interested it would be worth having a word with Mark Sanderson before too long to avoid disappointment. They are being sold for £150 each. You’ll find much more information on the reordering website
It’s great news that our new nave altar has arrived in time for Christmas and at the same time as phase one of the reordering is complete.
This is a specially commissioned piece of furniture, crafted by Timothy Hawkins (Fine Furniture Ltd in Hereford. It has been given by two generous members of our congregation.
The new altar replaces a temporary one from the 1980s! It has been made in light oak and therefore matches the new flooring, chairs, screens and oak panelling of the new building work elsewhere in the church. It has a completely open design so that now it is possible to see beyond it to the chancel.
St Mary’s is deeply grateful for this wonderful gift. Another step in the regeneration of our building and community.
The annual and popular candlelit carol service takes place at St St Mary’s on Sunday 17th December 2017. Come early for a good seat!
Christmas Carol Service 2017
We are delighted to announce we have appointed Christine Cattanach as our Intergenerational Missioner.
Christine comes to us with a wide experience of helping to lead churches and to organise worship in a contemporary style. Christine is a lay person and will have special responsibility for the formation of new congregations in Ross. She will connect with young families and we are hoping that this will result in the involvement of younger people in the church in Ross.
She will of course be an asset to the whole benefice and the opportunities which are created by her work will be open to parishioners of Walford and Brampton Abbotts.
Christine will start with us on 2nd January.
A number of people have mentioned that their copy of this Christmas CD, recorded by St Mary’s choir in 2002, is no longer working. We’re flattered you’re still listening!
We’ve made some replacement copies that you’ll find at the back of St Mary’s; please help yourself.
If you weren’t around then and would like a copy, again please help yourself. If you feel able to make a donation via the donations safe by the north door that would be lovely.
Alternatively you’ll find many of the tracks on our music website
Tickets are now available from Margaret Mason for the Epiphany Party on 6th January at 7 pm in St Mary’s Hall.
Come along to welcome back the travelling crib figures and hear something about their journey around the parishes.
Tickets are £5 each to include Pizza and other refreshment. Further details from Margaret or Freda.
The final counting is done and we can confirm that the Christmas Tree Festival has raised just over £3000.
Thanks to everyone who entered a tree, we had 50 in the end. Thanks to those who gave financial donations and to all who came along to see the trees.
Here’s to Christmas Tree Festival 2019!
Christmas Wreath Making Workshop – Tuesday 12th December starting at 10.00 am at St Michael’s Church, Walford. The session will include a demonstration of wreath making and all materials provided for you to make your own. Bring any ribbons etc to decorate your wreath.
£20 per person including tea/coffee and mince pie.
Please contact Heidi England on 07870 601588 to book your place.
Numbers are limited for this fun and festive event.
Thanks to the the excellent Ross Garden Store for the mention in this week’s newsletter.
You can pop along there and get your tree and then enter it here.
We’re all looking forward to the Christmas Tree Festival in just two week’s time. These organisations have all promised trees. Can you help by offering one?
- Ashfield Park Primary School
- Brampton Abbotts CE Primary School
- Bridstow CE Primary School
- Ross-on-Wye Choral Society
- Community Larder
- Essential Sewing Services
- Hope Support Services
- Hereford & Mid Wales Philatelic Society
- Herefordshire primary schools’ Digital Leaders
- HSL Compliance
- Little Tinklers Childminding Group
- Micross Automation Sytems
- Made in Ross
- Ross Mothers Union
- Paddle & Praise Walford
- Penyard Probus Club
- Rehau Limited
- Ross-on-Wye Bowling Club
- Ross-on-Wye Tourism Association
- 3rd Ross Brownies
- Practical Farm Ideas / Farm Plan
- Ross Court Residential Home
- Ross Garden Store
- Ross Quilters
- Ross & District U3A
- The Royal British Legion
- SparklingWye WI
- St Mary’s Flower Arrangers
- St Mary’s Sunday kids & Play & Praise
- St Mary’s Bell ringers
- St Mary’s Church Choir
- The Horse & Jockey
- The Ross Gazette
- Vaga Probus
St Mary’s Christmas Tree Festival is just two weeks away now. We’re aiming for a bumper crop of trees this year and would be grateful for any offers from individuals to put up a tree.
There’s no charge for this and no need to do anything special, just get your tree down from the loft a bit earlier than usual and bring it to church any time between 3.00 on Thursday 16th and lunch time on Friday 17th November.
If you can, please let Val or a member of the fundraising committee know that you can help, but feel free just to turn up with a tree. Happy Christmas!
Would you be interested in joining us for Encircled in Care, a three week training resource for pastoral visitors and all who offer care in the church and the community.
We are going to be running three sessions intended to help us be even better at what we do and how we care and share experience and wisdom with one another.
The dates are 2nd November, 9th November & 23rd November 7.30 p.m. – 9.00 p.m. in St. Mary’s Hall. For more information email Simon or put your name down on the sign up sheet that you’ll find at the back of St Mary’s and St Michael’s.
St Mary’s Choir has just returned from singing six services in Chester Cathedral. It was an excellent weekend.
There are plenty of posts on the choir Facebook page.
If you’d like to hear what we sounded like you can do so here.
We’re having a Ploughman’s Harvest Supper this year at St Mary’s which will happen on Saturday 23rd September at 7.00 pm in St Mary’s Hall. Tickets are now available from Margaret Mason priced at £7.50, There will be a choice of cheese or ham.
St Mary’s Ross is undertaking a major reordering of the interior of the building. About half of the existing pine pews (installed in 1862) are to be removed. Several members of the community have expressed interest in one so here are the arrangements for purchasing. All money raised from the sale of the pews will be used in the building project. All the complete pews have been reserved in less than a week – an amazing response!
The pews that remain are all missing an end, and all around 2.5 – 3 metres in length . However, it’s likely that many people will be shortening them anyway so if two pews, with matching ends, will work for you they are available for £100 for the pair. If you have some other plan which only requires one end then £75 for a single incomplete pew. The Ross charity, Enviroability, is available to do any work on shortening, creating corner seats, re-fixing ends etc if required (see below).
If you’d like to come into church to take a look please do; the church is open each day from about 09:00 – 16:00. Pews are all clearly numbered and you can reserve them by writing your details on the label on the pew. Alternatively, please contact John or Mark (details below) to reserve pews.
Pews are sold on a buyer collects basis and collection can happen shortly after the work begins on Monday 4th September. We will let you know.
If a complete pew is really what you need, and you can wait, then phase two of this project will be happening – we hope in 12 – 24 months time – and there will be a very similar quantity of pews available then. Please contact us and we’ll keep you informed.
Church contacts (for purchasing):
Mark Sanderson – 01989 565386 – (up to 21st August)
John Setchfield – 01989 564535 (from 24th August)
Enviroability can be contacted by email or on 01989 763388 should you want them to do any work on your behalf, Paula Evans is the contact. They will quote you for that work.
We are delighted to report that a grant of £213, 500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund has been secured. Furthermore, that the grant has been match funded by grants from the Hereford Historic Churches Trust and the Allchurches Trust.
Thanks to National Lottery players, we are now able to turn our vision into a reality.
In the meantime services are thriving twice a month at the village hall and at Brampton Abbotts School.