News Archive

Coronavirus Update
Until further notice, due to the increase in Coronavirus in this area, we regret that St Mary’s will not be open for private prayer or services. However, a selection of online services will continue to be on offer at St Mary's and around the team. More ...
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A Christmas Letter from Rev’d Jeremy Trew 
The birth of any child is a special moment to those who become parents and grandparents. Yet most births go largely unnoticed. The birth of Jesus was one such unremarkable event. More ...
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Grant for Transition Project 
The Transition Project, assisting unemployed people to get back to work, has been offered a grant of over £1000 to assist it to update its systems and to become available online. More ...
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Download our App for your Smartphone
We now have an App that can be downloaded to your smartphone. This will mean that at a touch of a button you can access the whole website and also visit the main areas with ease. To download our App for your smartphone ..... More ...
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Update from Lynn Treneary - our CMS link partner 
Lynn offers an update covering her plans for returning to Maridi and her time in lockdown in Scotland, including discovering a very special church and learning to read the Bible in a new way. November 2020 More ...
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Tim Hardingham - sad news
As a church and as a team we are heartbroken at the news of Tim’s death. He was a wonderful priest, teacher, father, friend and colleague. More ...
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Bronze Eco Church award 
We are thrilled to have been awarded the Bronze Eco Church award. Edward said, “We are particularly pleased that, in a time of Covid and lockdown, we have been able to stay active, particularly in the churchyard and with local environmental organisations. More ...
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Online Choral Evensong - October 2020
We have put together an online Choral Evensong for October 2020 despite the extra challenges of doing this online during the Covid-19 restrictions. Thanks to members of our choir including soloists, organist, Director of Music Oli King and Marisa Baltrock More ...
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Updated Electoral Roll 2020 
The names on the revised electoral roll are displayed in St Mary’s, St John’s and St James’ in preparation for the APCM and is also available for inspection on application to.... More ...
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Transition Project Relaunch Online
The Transition Project is being relaunched as a telephone and online service to assist anyone in the area who is job hunting. It is run by volunteers, and it is free and confidential. It has helped many folk on a face-to-face basis over the past 12 years. More ...
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 Eco church update Sept 2020
The Town Council have set up two notices to explain what is happening in our churchyard. The sign says ‘ Working in partnership as part of our journey to become an Eco Church, loving and caring for God’s creation.... More ...
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Aftershock Programme Autumn 2020 
Aftershock can now meet in church on Sunday evenings from 7-8.30pm and there is bible study on Zoom every Wednesday 4:30-6pm. Email Matt for details - matt.williamson20@me.com More ...
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David's latest book is out
David Tomlinson has just published his second book - 'Knowing Christ: Christian discipleship and the Eucharist.' More ...
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Live Streaming of Services from St Mary’s SW
St Mary’s now has the capability to stream services held in the church over the Internet via YouTube and Zoom. More ...
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Ave Maris Stella - Titelouze. 
Ave Maris Stella (Hail Star of the Sea) recorded live in St Mary's Church Saffron Walden for our Patronal Festival September 2020. The singer is Peter De Vile and Oli King is playing the organ. More ...
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Re-opening St Mary’s SW for Public Worship 
The first service at St Mary's SW on 12th July will be Holy Communion 1662 at 8am; on 19th July there will be Holy Communion at 10am. The programme to the end of August will be published shortly. There will be no evening or weekday services. More ...
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Next Bishop of Chelmsford
The process to identify the next Bishop of Chelmsford is well underway and the Diocese of Chelmsford’s Vacancy in see Committee - the group that manages and oversees the Diocese’s role in the process- has published its Statement of Needs. More ...
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Stephen Cottrell - Archbishop of York
Bishop Stephen Geoffrey Cottrell was confirmed as the 98th Archbishop of York at 11am on Thursday 9 July 2020, in a service broadcast entirely via video conference due to the Coronavirus restrictions. More ...
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Locus iste
Locus iste - Anton Bruckner - sung by the choir of St Mary's Church, Saffron Walden. This sacred motet was composed by Anton Bruckner in 1869. Often sung for the annual celebration of a church's dedication. More ...
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Our Eco Churchyard
The Eco Church has been working in the churchyard for several months, planting wild flowers and encouraging biodiversity. Here are some photos of the wild flowers that have been thriving because of our new reduced mowing regime. More ...
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Organ and Choral Scholars during lockdown 
Music extracts from online worship - May 2020. St Mary's Church, Saffron Walden: Organ and Choral Scholars during lockdown. God is Love:his the care, Come, my way, my truth, my life - Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Sing Hosanna. More ...
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'The Lord ascended up on high'
Sung by the the Under 18's of St Mary's Church Choir, Saffron Walden with music by Director of Music Oli King. Recorded individually online. 31st May 2020. Pentecost. More ...
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Sewards End 75th VE Day Aniversary  
The church bell rings to mark the silence and afternoon tea is taken St James church, Sewards End, along with the rest of the village, hung out flags to commemorate the anniversary of VE Day on 8th May 2020. More ...
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75th Anniversary of VE Day
The Cam Villages churches which are part of our Saffron Walden Team Ministry, commemorate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day on 8th May 2020. More ...
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The music plays on 
The adults and choral scholars of our nearly 70 strong choir are continuing weekly choir practices online by Zoom. All parts of the choir (adults, choral scholars and juniors) are also working towards various online recording projects. More ...
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The Easter Garden at St James Church 2020
The Easter Garden at St James' Church, Sewards End has been created every Good Friday for more than 25 years. We're keeping the tradition alive but, sadly, no children could help this year. More ...
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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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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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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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Waiting here for you
'Waiting here for you' - 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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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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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
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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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