Summer Services

Please note Wednesday Services

are suspended for the Summer period and will recommence on

12 September 2018

You are most welcome to our continuing Services on

Sunday 10.45am Parish Communion and 6.30pm Evening Prayer

Thursday 1.15pm  Holy Communion

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.

St. George’s Day 2018

Your correspondent doesn’t have a good head for heights, but he was delighted nonetheless to be invited onto the very top of St. Mary’s tower roof to fly the St. George’s flag this morning in preparation for his feast day, tomorrow, April 23rd.

This job is usually performed by Martyn Marriott, who deserves our thanks and praise (though he, modestly, wouldn’t accept!)

It is quite a scary place, atop the tower. Especially if you look up! (Strangely enough, looking down over the parapet isn’t bothersome at all, but looking up to the top of the flagpole made me feel quite dizzy).

After the flag-raising, came the bell-ringing. I know it to be a rhythmic and mathematical art requiring a lot of concentration and fiendishly good memory skills.

On a good day, I might say of myself that I had a reasonable sense of rhythm and an old school teacher of mine would definitely call me “amatuerishly mathematical”…but I still couldn’t really work out what was going on between the ringers: to an outsider like me, it just seemed rather magical. It was also rather noisier than I expected, as the changes were called with abrupt precision (hear, for example, about the 52 seconds mark in the video):

We were treated to a rendition of Stedman Triples (which is what’s in the video and is a very old ringing method dating from the 18th century where the tenor bell [the heaviest -and the one on the furthest right of the video] always rings last in the change), followed by some Cambridge Surprise Major.

Can I just say that the Bell Ringers were consummate hosts, putting up with annoying third parties like me with grace and ease? And also that their work for our church is deeply appreciated by all.

Christ is risen! Alleluia!

Our wonderful Easter garden display had its stone rolled away on Sunday 1st April, as we celebrated the glory of Christ’s resurrection.

St. Mary’s was kitted out in splendid floral array:

Special mention, I think, should be made of Iris’ wonderful display at the foot of the cross:

And it wasn’t just the church which was florally embellished, either.  We at St. Mary’s are fortunate that when Evelyn and Eleanor Drummond get creative, we can celebrate the glory of the traditional Easter Bonnet:

Thanks for making such a grand effort, girls!

The Licensing of Rev. Tom Gillum

The induction and installation of Rev. Tom Gillum as the new vicar of St. Mary’s took place yesterday afternoon (Sunday, March 18th).

Despite the bitter cold wind, snow and ice the Church was packed with members of the congregation, long-standing friends of Tom and Joanna (many of whom had travelled from far afield to be present) and the leading members of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire civic society -most of whom were persuaded to sign the Order of Service shown at the left by the Parish Autograph Hunter…

The Rt. Rev. Paul Williams, Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham, lead the service and preached powerfully on the theme of St. Mary’s long history -and bright future, with it’s new leadership- of nurturing the young in a spirit of wonder, love and praise.  A PDF copy of his sermon is available here.

Having sworn his oaths and signed his declarations, six tolls of the tenor bell announced the beginning of his ministry at St. Mary’s.

A photo gallery showing the key events of the day is now available.

It is an exciting time for all at St. Mary’s: we are confident that with Tom’s guidance, we will be able to meet future challenges and opportunities for expanding our mission to the City of Nottingham.


Post-Easter Closures

St Mary’s operates on different hours during the post-Easter break than normal, partly because it’s Easter-tide and partly because the Choir is on a well-earned break.

The resulting changes to the ‘usual’ calendar are accordingly rather extensive!

Firstly: Service Time Changes

  • There are no week-day services from Monday April 2nd to Saturday April 7th inclusive. Practically, this means that there are no day-time Communion services on Wednesday 4th or Thursday 5th April. There is also no evening service of any kind on Wednesday 4th.
  • There will be a morning Eucharist as normal on Sunday 8th April at 10:45am, but the usual Evensong will be replaced with a service of Evening Prayer at 6:30pm

  • In the following week, the normal day-time communion services resume: so the 8:30am on Wednesday 11th and the 1:15pm on Thursday 12th will take place. The Evensong you’d usually expect on the evening of Wednesday 11th will, however, once more be replaced by a service of Evening Prayer.
  • Sunday 15th April sees the resumption of normal services. so there will be  a  sung Eucharist in the morning at 10:45am and a choral Evensong at 6.30pm.

Secondly, Visiting Hours Changes:

The Church remains open to visitors throughout the week of April 2nd to 7th, but with different hours from normal, as follows:

  • On Monday 2nd April, we open 11am to 3pm (instead of the usual 10am to 3pm).
  • On Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th, we open the usual 10am to 3pm.
  • On Thursday 5th, we open 11am to 3pm
  • On both Friday 6th and Saturday 7th, we again open for the usual 10am to 3pm hours.

Visiting hours revert to their standard 10am to 3pm from April 16th onwards.