Open Churches Weekend

St. Mary’s will be open 10am to 4pm on Saturday 21st July 2018 as part of Nottinghamshire Open Churches.

Chidren’s Activity Trail, Demonstrations of Church Embroidery, Great War Exhibition, Refreshments.

Live organ music (30 minutes) by Bach, Handel and Mozart will be played at 1 pm and 2 pm on our pipe and digital organs.

Everyone is most welcome to attend -and to bring friends and family along, too!

Canon Jack Higham RIP

The funeral of our dear friend Canon Jack Higham will be held this Friday (July 13th) at 11.30 am at St Mary’s Church Greasley NG16 2AB, followed by burial in the churchyard there.

Further details may be found on the Funeral Director’s website, under the Funeral Announcements section.

Bells back in action…

Following the unexpected collapse of an internal sound control wall inside the bell chamber last January, both the intricate work of repairing damage to the wooden wheels used to swing the bells and the rebuilding of the wall is now complete.

We are delighted with the work done both by world-renowned bell founders Taylors of Loughborough (they were on site and at work in no time at all) and by MSM – our specialist builders – who undertook the tasks of rubble removal and reconstruction in a very tight and awkward space.

So now the very pleasant sound of 12 bells skilfully rung can be heard once more, with the sound-limiting shutters open or closed depending on circumstances.

Perhaps the next task will be to install live video from the ringing chamber (where the ringers work the ropes) and the bell chamber above, where the great bells swing joyfully to and fro!

Paul Sibly, Churchwarden 

Canon Jack Higham RIP

We are very sorry to report the death of our much-loved friend, Canon Jack Higham, who died last week while walking up a peak at Beinn a’ Choin, near the Inversnaid area of Stirling. He was 85.

Jack was a residentiary canon at Peterborough Cathedral for 20 years and taught art and architecture at City College; in retirement, he and his wife Pat moved to the Nottingham area. At St Mary’s, Jack took many services and was a legendary preacher and communicator, displaying an enormous wealth of scriptural and historical knowledge, all conveyed with a passionate concern for contemporary human concerns -all of which he would generously elaborate on after the service.  Jack was active in supporting many other churches and taught many acclaimed classes at the City WEA and elsewhere.

Peterborough cathedral said in a statement:

“We are very sad to learn of the death of Canon Jack Higham, our much loved and highly respected former colleague at the cathedral.  Jack was a residentiary canon for 20 years and loved this place. He had a deep knowledge of its history and was a passionate speaker about it. The cathedral community is very sorry to learn of his death. He died doing what he loved, walking in Scotland. Before coming to Peterborough Jack was rector for five years of Stoke Bruerne, Grafton Regis and Alderton in the diocese. He was also rural dean of Towcester. We have been in touch with his family to give them our deepest sympathy. We will pray for Jack and give thanks for his service to the cathedral.” 

Jack had two sons, Tim and Hugh, and two grandchildren. Details of his funeral have not been confirmed. His death is currently being treated as unexplained, but not suspicious, and a report has been submitted to a coroner.

We will greatly miss him at St Mary’s; he enriched all our lives; may he rest in peace.

Paul Sibly, Churchwarden.