Wednesday, 14 June 2017


Our Curate, David Cowie, has left St Mary’s and moved to his own parish in the Diocese of Leicester.
David has been appointed to the Benefices of High and South Framland, and Framland Deanary Primary Schools Work Enabler, based at Wymondham near Melton Mowbray.

During his time at St Mary’s, David made a great impact on the Parish and the Parishioners, including volunteering to be “Prince Charles” for the wet sponge-throwing at the Summer Fair last year. He will be missed (as will his appetite!).

David was licensed on Monday, 5 June 2017.

We wish David every joy and success in his new Parish.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

St Mary's Handbridge Centrte



We are delighted to announce that St Mary’s Parochial Church Council has made the decision to go ahead with building the new St Mary’s Handbridge Centre, replacing the existing Church Hall.

The work is expected to start at the end of July 2017 and the build is estimated to take approximately 9 months.

The cost of building is £1.6 million and so far £1.1 million has been raised from grants, generous donations and fundraising by the church congregation and the Handbridge community. Other grants and donations are anticipated but this will still mean that there will be shortfall in the target of around £250,000.

To meet this anticipated shortfall, the PCC has had to take out a loan of £250,000, so we will have to continue with the fundraising efforts for the foreseeable future.

We are very grateful to all the individuals and groups who have already raised money for the new Centre through the events and activities that have been organized.

For further information please see page on the website for
St Mary's Handbridge Centre




Friday, 5 May 2017

St Mary’s APCM

A goodly number of parishioners were present in church for the Election of Churchwardens and the Annual Parochial Church Meeting on Sunday 30th April.

Helen Brophy and Ted Graham were re-elected as Churchwardens for a further year.


Terence Coe, Jean Fyfe, Catherine Jones, Mavis Sellers, and Alun Williams were elected to the PCC to serve until 2020, whilst Klaus Armstrong-Braun, Wendy Gorman, and John Parkin were elected to represent St Mary’s on the Deanery Synod, also to 2020.
Fiona Dawson, the Rector's wife, was presented with a pot of violas in appreciation of all her support to Paul and the parish.
The Rector, Paul Dawson, when closing the meeting, commented that it is a great credit to the congregation at St Mary’s that the PCC has a full complement of members.