Sunday, 10 December 2017



Sunday 17th December

6.30pm      Service of Nine Lessons & Carols

Sunday 24th December: Christmas Eve

4.00pm      Crib Service

11.30pm    Midnight Eucharist
Monday 25th December: Christmas Day

10.30am    Parish Communion

Monday, 27 November 2017

St Mary's Mural Competition

During the summer term our Youth Group designed and made a mural as an entry for the Great Community Mural run by the insurers, Ecclesiastical. The Youth Group are hoping that a photo of the mural will be included in a massive collage of entries which will tour various cathedrals in the UK.

To help raise funds for our new Community Centre, the Youth Group also ran a local competition to see who could identify the most features of St Mary's, and its community in the mural, and raised £74 from the entries.

Some of the responses were very interesting. The top left feature (the ice cream stall by the river) had the widest range including an altar, a funeral, a flower shop, and the garage!

The correct answers can be found in the November Parish Magazine.

Friday, 10 November 2017

St Mary's Handbridge Centre - Building Update

The concrete for the foundations of the new Centre has been put in, the first bricks have arrived, and walling is due to commence in the next few days.

Steel erection is scheduled begin in late November

Only 6 months to go!

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Parish visit to Saltaire

39 parishioners and friends from St Mary's had a very enjoyable coach trip on 7th October to Saltaire in West Yorkshire. Saltaire was created by Titus Salt in the 1860's and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

On arrival, we had a tour of the village led by Maria Glot from Saltswalks, who showed us the different housing occupied by the workers, depending upon their status. Maria had identified mill workers from the 1861 census and where they lived, and we were each given a "part" to play. Some were shown the house where they and their family would have lived back in 1861.

The rest of the day was free to explore. Some spent their time in the mill where there were food and retail opportunities as well as an exhibition of photos taken before the mill closed in 1986. There was also an exhibition of paintings by David Hockney, who celebrates his 80th birthday this year. Fresh air and a tram ride was taken by others.

David Hockney paintings in Salts mill, together with the photographic exhibition in the former weaving shed.