Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Christmas at St Mary’s


Friday 2nd December

7.30pm      Chester Operatic Society Concert
Saturday 3rd December      

7.30pm      Chester Operatic Society Concert
Saturday 10th December     

7.00pm      Jan Modelski Community Orchestra Concert
Sunday 11th December

4.00pm      Scout & Guide Advent Service at the Scout Hut, Westminster Park
Saturday 17th December

7.30pm      Chester Bach Singers Carol Concert
Sunday 18th December 

6.30pm      Service of Nine Lessons & Carols
Saturday 24th December: Christmas Eve

4.00pm      Crib Service

11.30pm    Midnight Eucharist
Sunday 25th December: Christmas Day

10.30am    Parish Communion







Saturday, 12 November 2016

St Mary's has heat!

St Mary's now offers a very WARM welcome to all who visit or worship with us.

The heating system has been completely renewed with new boilers and radiators, and the complete replacement of the Victorian pipework, at a cost of £48,000.

Whilst some of the money came from church funds, a big thank you to all the parishioners who made donations to help with the cost.

Thanks also to the Churchwardens and Verger for all their hard work (and sleepless nights!).

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Handbridge Community Centre gains planning consent


The £1.5m vision to create a new community centre in Handbridge is one step closer after gaining planning consent.
The development at St Mary’s Without-the-Walls Church in Handbridge will see the dilapidated church hall being replaced with a bigger and better building. This is seen as an opportunity by the church to serve the local area by building a centre for the whole community to use and enjoy.
The purpose-built centre will be the hub of the community. The centre has been designed to meet the needs of all the residents of Handbridge, from the very young through to the elderly. There will be two community rooms and a main hall. There will also be a secure outdoor play area for very young children. A self-service cafe area will provide a place for social relaxation.
This will be an important development for the whole community south of the river in Handbridge.
Two thirds of the cost of the building has already been raised through local donations, grants from charities and extensive fundraising. To meet the funding target to build in the summer of 2017 is indeed challenging.
The MP Chris Matheson has been very active in supporting the development.
A number of fundraising strategies are in place, but to raise the money required we need the support of the Chester Council, the community itself and businesses in the area. The nearby companies, on the Wrexham Road Business Park for example, have a social responsibility to the area in which they operate and it would be ideal if they could support this development. MBNA has already generously responded by donating £40,000 for the centre. It would be wonderful if other local companies could also make a generous contribution.
Donations for this important development are very welcome and can be made in the following ways:
A cheque made out to ‘St Mary’s PCC Handbridge Centre’ delivered to         
C/O St Mary’s Handbridge Centre
The Parish Office
St Mary’s With-out-the Walls
Overleigh road
Gift Aid can add 25% to the money you donate. There is a Gift Aid form below.
There is also an online JustGiving site for donations linked to:
For further details contact:
Ted Graham on 01244 679636 or email: centre2017info@gmail.com
Website:  www.stmaryschester.co.uk
Gift Aid Declaration
Parochial Church Council of St Mary Without-the-Walls, Chester.
St Mary’s PCC Handbridge Centre Account
If you are a UK taxpayer and eligible to Gift Aid your donation, please complete the form below.  This will increase your gift by 25p for every £1 given (at current rate), at no extra cost to you or us.
Please treat as Gift Aid donations all qualifying gifts of money made from the date of this declaration. I am a UK taxpayer and understand that if I pay less Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all my donations in that tax year it is my responsibility to pay any difference. 
Title ___________Full Name: ______________________________________ 
Address (including postcode): ______________________________________________________________
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Signature: ________________________ Date: _______________________  
Please return this form to:
C/O St Mary’s Handbridge Centre
The Parish Office
St Mary’s With-out-the Walls
Overleigh road
(Tel: 01244 671202)
St Mary Without-the-Walls PCC, Chester, is a Charity Registered in England and Wales No 1132533.