News Archive

Easter Day Choral Evensong 21 April 2019 
As there can be no choral evensong at St Mary's SW this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, here is a chance to celebrate Easter by listening to a recording made of last year's service. More ...
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Coronavirus Update
In light of the Government guidance around non-essential contact, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have issued advice that public worship is suspended until further notice. More ...
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PCC Annual Meetings 2020
Due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic the St Mary’s Annual Parochial Church Meeting and Annual Meeting of Parishioners, which were previously planned for Sunday 26th April, have been postponed. We don’t have a new date yet but the Diocese has advised u More ...
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Thanks from Rachel and Sam
Rachel Prior starts her maternity leave on 1st April 2020, and she and Sam embark upon this new venture in their lives with our warmest good wishes and prayers and we await the good news in due course More ...
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New Rector - Update
The procedure has been clarified and the timetable agreed with the Archdeacon (Robin King), and the Patron, the Crown’s representative, Helen Dimmock. More ...
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100 Years of Mother's Union at St Mary's
The Saffron Walden branch of the Mothers’ Union celebrated the 100th anniversary of their founding at a special service in St Mary’s Parish Church on Sunday 9th February 2020. More ...
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Holocaust Memorial Service
196 children from local schools and 124 adults including members of the Beth Shalom Synagogue in Cambridge attended the Holocaust Memorial Service hosted by St Mary's SW on Monday 27th January 2020. More ...
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Photos from Advent Carol Rehearsal 1st Dec 2019
Photos of our choir rehearsing prior to our Advent Carol Service on Sunday 1st December 2019 More ...
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Aftershock Dinner Photos in aid of Jimmy’s - Jan 2020 
Aftershock, the young people’s group at St Mary’s parish church, raised £3,905 for Jimmy’s homeless charity when they entertained 68 guests at a dinner evening on Saturday, 11th January 2020. More ...
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Eco Church
The Eco Church pages are now active on the St Mary’s website. Just click here or on the ‘Other’ tab on the home page and scroll down to Eco Church or go direct to www.stmaryssaffronwalden.org/ecochurch. More ...
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Recording of Nine Lessons and Carols - 22nd December 2019 
Recording of our Service of Nine Lessons and Carols. Thanks to Peter De Vile for this recording – https://1drv.ms/u/s!Ahi-vSE3jNZnik7apFaeUoVUY19D?e=frPrIS More ...
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Wait for the Lord - Taizé 
'Wait for the Lord' - Taizé - sung by Alison Knights at our Family Service on 15 December 2019 accompanied by Oli King on piano. More ...
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Bishop Stephen Cottrell to become the next Archbishop of York 
Bishop Stephen Cottrell to become the next Archbishop of York More ...
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Christmas Fair Photos 30 Nov 2019
Photos from St Mary's Christmas Fair on 30th November 2019 which raised over £5,500 towards church funds. More ...
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David's Farewell  23/24th November 2019
A great barn dance at the Chesterford Community Centre on the Saturday evening and a very moving Eucharist and farewell at St Mary's Saffron Walden on the Sunday morning attended by over 400 parishioners. More ...
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Lay Funeral Minister 
Judith Hasler has been authorised by Bishop Stephen as one of the first Lay Funeral Ministers in the Diocese. She was commissioned on 12th October 2019, along with three others in a Celebration of Lay Ministry at Chelmsford Cathedral. More ...
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The Class of ‘39 
The 20th of September saw a gathering of 10 people who either worship at St Mary’s or who have strong links to St Mary’s and who have already or will celebrate their 80th birthdays this year. More ...
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Do you play a Brass instrument? 
St Mary’s Brass meets on Monday evenings 6.15–7.15pm during term time. The group plays at various events in the year including our Easter Service, Christmas Carol Service and Christmas Fair. New members of any age are always welcome. More ...
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New Online Parish News
Latest copy of our online Parish News. Paper copies will still be delivered to those on our 'mailing' list, and also available in church. More ...
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Harvest Festival 2019
St. Mary’s celebrated Harvest Festival at a special family service on Sunday 15th September. Members of St Mary’s Church Guides and Brownies attended the service and the church junior choir led the singing of traditional and contemporary harvest hymns. More ...
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Soul Survivor Photos 2019 
A selection of photos from the last Soul Survivor camp at the Peterborough showground from 17th to 21st Aug 2019 which 5 members of our Aftershock youth group attended. More ...
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From the Archives
Photo of St Mary's Church Choir Saffron Walden taken in 1913 More ...
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SMMA Autumn/Winter 2019-20 Music Programme
Latest SMMA Autumn/Winter 2019-20 Programme of Music Events at St Mary's SW, from our Patronal Festival on 8th September until Easter Sunday on 12th April 2020. Subject to change. More ...
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St Marys Flower Festival Photos 23-26 August 2019
St Mary’s Church, Saffron Walden, was thronged by around 2,000 visitors enthralled by a grand Flower Festival during the August Bank Holiday Weekend. There were over 40 splendid exhibits by local flower arrangers, each representing a saint. More ...
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Rector is moving to Birningham
Rev’d Canon David Tomlinson is moving to Birmingham in November 2019. Three months ago, his wife, Jenny Tomlinson, became the Archdeacon of Birmingham and David will be leaving to join her. His final working day is Sunday 24th November More ...
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St Mary's wins DAC Design Award
We have received a HIGHLY COMMENDED DESIGN AWARD for the Welcome Building Project work at the west end of St Mary's SW by the Diocesan Advisory Committee More ...
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U3A Photoshoot at St Mary's 
Here is a selection of photos taken by members of Saffron Walden U3A's Photography Group in April 2019. Many thanks to Brian Eascott, David Powell, Graeme Cowling, Hugh Herdon, Martin Hugall, Tony Marks and Tony Treglown and to Gill Caswell for her help. More ...
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Rev’d Canon Jenny Tomlinson appointed as Archdeacon of Birmingham 
Instalment of Jenny Tomlinson as Archdeacon of Birmingham on 12 May 2019. As well as her work for the Diocese of Chelmsford, Jenny was also the priest at St James’, Sewards End. More ...
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Songs of Praise 1986!
BBC Songs of Praise at St Mary's Church in Saffron Walden in 1986. There are a number of familiar but younger faces that you might recognise! More ...
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Minutes from Church Meetings on 7th April 2019
St Mary's Church Saffron Walden Meeting of the Parishioners and the Annual Parochial Church Meeting held on Sunday 7th April 2018 at 11.30am at St Mary’s Church, Saffron Walden. More ...
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David's Book
David Tomlinson's Book called ‘Leading a Church to maturity in love’ is available for pre-order from Sacristy Press - go to their website - or any good book shop. ISBN: 978-1-78959-023-4, only £12.99. More ...
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Jenny Tomlinson appointed as next Archdeacon of Birmingham  
Rev’d Canon Jenny Tomlinson is congratulated on her appointment as the next Archdeacon of Birmingham from May 2019. More ...
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Joyful Noise is looking for new members!  
Joyful Noise - Our youngest singing group is looking for new members! Joyful Noise is a singing group for children in school years 1-3, who love music, singing and having fun. More ...
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Welcome to our New Website - 29 January 2019
Our new church website went live on Tuesday 29th January 2019. It is hosted by ChurchInsight.com who look after over 600 church websites and are based in Cambridge and are able to provide us with the level of support that we need. More ...
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Aftershock Dinner Photos in aid of Jimmy’s Jan 2019
Aftershock Dinner Photos in aid of Jimmy’s Nightshelter in Cambridge 12 January 2019. Over £1600 was raised for Jimmy's by our youth group Aftershock. More ...
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Christmas Carol Service Rehearsal Photos 16 December 2018
Christmas Carol Service Rehearsal Photos 16 December 2019 More ...
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Christingles and Joyful Noise - 9th Dec 2018
Christingles is always special, and Joyful Noise, our young children’s singing group for children aged 6 -8 years old, sung a carol, ‘Jesus is Born, composed by one of our junior choristers James Razzell. More ...
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Christmas Fair Photos - Nov 2018
Photos from our Christmas Fair on 24th November 2018 with a Pantomime theme, and which raised over £6,000 for church funds. More ...
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Confirmation Service - 25 Nov 2018 
Five young people and five adults were confirmed in a service led by the Bishop of Colchester More ...
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There but not there...
The seated silhouettes in the church and in the memorial garden are a commemorative installation to the fallen of the First World War who were linked to Sewards End, as part of a project called "There But Not There". More ...
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Soul Survivor 18-23 August 2018 
5 young people from our church joined with another 15 people from the Colchester area to attend Soul Survivor at the Peterborough Showground for 6 days in August 2018. More ...
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Ordination to the Priesthood - 29 Sept 2018
Ordination to the Priesthood on 29th September 2018 at St Mary’s Church Saffron Walden. Rachel Prior and John Saxon and others were ordained priests by Rt Revd Roger Morris, the area Bishop of Colchester. More ...
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Harvest Festival 16 Sept 2018 
On 16th September 2018 – St. Mary’s celebrated Harvest Festival at a special family service. Members of St Mary’s Church Guides Section attended the service and the church junior choir led the singing of traditional and contemporary harvest hymns. More ...
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New Team Vicar 
Revd Alex JeewanThe Rev’d Alex Jeewan was licensed on Wednesday 25th July 2018 as Team Vicar for the parishes of Great and Little Chesterford, Littlebury, Littlebury Green and Wendon’s Ambo within the Saffron Walden and Villages Team Ministry. More ...
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Rector on BBC Essex Radio 
Listen to an interview with David Tomlinson about St Mary’s Church SW on BBC Essex Radio which was broadcast on Sunday 1st July 2018. More ...
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Aftershock Jimmy’s Dinner Photos 6th Jan 2018
Congratulations to our Aftershock youth group which raised a record £2,033.75 for Jimmy’s Homeless in Cambridge with their charity dinner on January 6th 2018. More ...
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Drone footage of church in snow 
Thanks to Jamie Furlong for this drone video of our church in the snow after Christmas – 28 Dec 2017 as posted on Facebook and YouTube. More ...
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Photos from Carol Service Rehearsal 17 December 2017  
Photos from Carol Service Rehearsal 17th December 2017 More ...
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Christmas Fayre Nov 2017 Photos 
In achieving the much needed funding of £6,770, your contribution to the event, whether large or small, added much needed variety to attract people into our church. The mix was vital! Your co-operation was amazing! Thanks again! More ...
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The Making of Mary 
Tessa Hawkes gave an account of the making of Mary in Parish News for October 2014. In retelling the story to 20 fascinated listeners, she gave some new details. More ...
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