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, www.gillotts.co.uk 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.

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.

 

New Administrator Appointed

After receiving several applications, we have today agreed to appoint a new administrator for the Parish.

Our chosen candidate (pictured left) is Howard Rogers.

He comes to us from Kent, via Sydney, with expertise in I.T., a track record of welcoming visitors to the church on Wednesday and a healthy dose of enthusiasm for his new undertaking.

His new post is part-time: the intention at this stage is for the administrator to be in-post 9am to 1pm five days a week, usually at the St. Peter’s parish office, but on Wednesdays within St. Mary’s itself. He can be emailed at [email protected]. The new Parish telephone number is: 07340 551799. It will be answered 9am to 1pm every week day and messages may be left outside those times.

Nave Event Wednesday 7th March

On Wednesday, 7th March there will be an event in the Nave which will necessitate closing the church to visitors from 1pm onwards (instead of the usual 3pm).

If you were hoping to visit St. Mary’s on Wednesday between 1pm and 3pm, you can instead arrange for a visit between 4pm and 4.30pm, provided that you phone 07885 653 360 between 10am and 3pm on the day.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Members of the congregation should note that Wednesday Evensong takes place as normal on 7th March at 6.15pm.

Dr. Geoffrey Walker – An Autobiography

This week, we pay our respects to Dr. Geoffrey Walker by way of a memorial service on Thursday 15th February (to which all are invited, of course).

In that spirit of memorialisation of the much loved, we are most grateful to Biddy for giving us permission to share Geoffrey’s autobiography -first written in 2009- with everyone who cares to click on this link.

The document is a PDF and is less than 1MB in size.

Special Meetings – Advanced Notice

A Special Vestry Meeting and a Special Parochial Church Meeting will be held on Sunday 25th February 2018 at noon in St Mary’s Church for the election of:

  • 2 church wardens;
  • 9 representatives of the laity to the parochial church council;
  • 2 parish representatives for Deanery Synod

The meetings will also seek to appoint an auditor.

Formal notices giving full details are in the South Porch and forms for the nomination of churchwardens, council members and deanery synod representatives are now available in church. When completed forms should be put in the box provided or handed to a churchwarden.