Parish Magazine ~ September 2017

Dear friends,

You may well have heard by now that the Rev’d Barry Oakley, sometime Vicar of All Saints’ Edmonton, and a great supporter, member and retired assistant priest to this parish, died on Saturday 12th August. We send our love to Margaret and jenny and Chris, and remember Barry with gratitude and great affection.  The Prayer and Care group are especially indebted to Barry, as he began the Healing Team out of which they evolved. Others will remember Barry and Margaret on our Chinese trip back in 2008; also the sermon he preached on the fiftieth anniversary of his ordination, and numerous other occasions on which he covered Sunday services.

It will be an honour and a privilege to hold Barry’s funeral at St Mary Magdalene’s, on TUESDAY 5th SEPTEMBER at 2pm (and a reception at Bush Hill Park Golf Club afterwards.

With love to you all,


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Magazine Stapling Rota 2017

26 August 2017
Ken & Laura Cope, Gill Bird

23 September 2017
Peter & Carol Lamb, Eleanor Pritchard

21 October 2017
Vic Harrington, Pam Hagan, Helen Clarke

If you know of any lady or gentleman who would be able to help with stapling or if you are unable to keep the above dates please contact either Michael or Janet Dixon or Janet Whelpdale.

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Parties, Quizzes, Meetings and Receptions

When planning an event, however large or small, do please consider St Mary Magdalene Church Hall.

The large hall can accommodate up to 80 people seated or 120 standing and has a well equipped kitchen with full cooking facilities.

The small hall seats 24 or around 40 standing and has its own self-contained kitchenette.
For details of availability and rates please use our contact page.


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Regular Weekly Events


See Calendar

Monday 10:00 am

Mattins (BCP)

6:00 pm

Home Group

7:45-9:00 pm

Bell Ringing Practice

8:30 pm

Drama Group

10:30 am

Holy Communion (BCP)

7:30 pm

Choir Practice

Coffee Dates for your diary - 2017

Here is the rota for the monthly coffee mornings all Tuesdays except 20th November which is a Monday

September 19th
Gordon & Jessica Giles

October 17
Betty Buck

November 20th*
Janet & Keith Whelpdale

December 19th
Rita Barker

* Please note this is a Monday

Fellowship Programme 2017

September 20th - Our own vicar The Reverend Dr Gordon Giles.

October 18th - The Nightingale Hospice will give us an update on their work in Enfield and surrounding area.

November 15th - Jessica Giles

December 20th - Christmas Lunch - to be arranged.

Hope to see you there

Maureen Lunn

Lunchtime Recitals

Once again Catherine Leonard, a gifted pianist, treated us to a very enjoyable and accomplished lunchtime concert. She played Beethoven’s Moonlight sonata and two Schubert Impromptus.

There will be no concert in August.

At 12.30 pm on Wednesday 13 September, Susannah Knight (oboe), Michael Lovejoy (violin) and Roddy Elmer (piano) will play for us.

Eleanor Pritchard

12.30pm – 1pm
Retiring Collection
Ploughman’s Lunch £3.50, if required,
in the Choir Vestry afterwards

Do come along if you are free. Ploughman’s lunch with hot soup will be available afterwards at the very reasonable price of £3.50.

Concert Programme for 2017

13th September
Susannah Knight, Michael Lovejoy and Roddy Elmer
(oboe, violin and piano)

11th October
Serafini Trio

8th November
Olive Murray ~ voice

13th December
Michael and Marion Smith ~ Organ & Piano

News from the Home Group

Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you for supporting our opportunity at hosting August’s Coffee Morning! Following some enthusiastic sprucing up before the event, I’m now ahead with Christmas cleaning preparations and happy to be ahead with anything! Receiving a few apologies, missed you guys, accompanied by grateful donations, which included some from neighbours whom Dawn took the time to invite. Our eclectic and colourful mix of, rescued, online auction won, charity shop bargains and gifts of garden chairs and cushions assembled and ready, no matter the preparations, would we even be using the garden?

Having kept an eagle eye all morning on the lawn, Joon our neighbour’s visiting eleven-and-a-half year old Shih Tzu produced the “necessary”, as Rita will testify, moments before welcoming our first guests. Resembling more closely a Star Wars teddy-bear-like Ewok than the Griffon Bruxellois George Lucas based them upon (in our opinion). Lovely to look at, delightful to know, her settled temperament reminds me of the peaceful rough haired Golden Retriever I grew up with “Salome Sam”, “Sandy” for short; one of eleven canine companions I’ve had the pleasure of and blessing Dawn with her missed canine fix. Unperturbed by events, Joon proceeded to demonstrate her adeptness at social etiquette, by nonchalantly lying at everyone’s feet in turn.

As Rita took the reins in the kitchen, I was released to host. God graciously blessed all twenty three of us, including our direct neighbours, with wonderfully clement weather. Save for one cloud insistent upon depositing a few drops, then for some amusing moments brollies went up, joining the colourful bunting’s parade.

A plethora of raffle prizes, bring-and-buy, scones with jam and clotted cream, Rita’s cake and a selection of gluten-free, added to the enjoyment of this social and fund raising occasion. The new bargain priced swinging seat, only put together by Ken and tested by myself and Dawn the day before, was also a comfortable and popular attraction. Our fun in the sun raising a stunning £197.80 (including gift aid) for the organ.

Musing aloud “The things we do for love”, Ken’s slick response was “10cc” (1977!).

God bless. Love

Laura, Ken and Dawn Cope.

North Enfield Food Bank

Week by week we make regular donations to the food bank and obviously their requirements change with the passage of time. Below please find details of their latest needs:-

Urgently Needed Items:

Tinned veg (400 g), UHT milk (1 litre), tinned meat, pot noodle, tinned tomatoes, meat soup, squash, coffee, juice, washing powder, deodorants, shampoo, toilet rolls, baby toiletries.

We’ve got plenty of:

Pasta, ceral, tea, sugar, beans/pulses (kidney, black-eyed peas and lentils).

Drama Group Production

The Drama Group are presenting ‘Murder in the Cathedral’ by T S Eliot on 15, 16, 17 September in St Thomas-a-Becket church Northaw (Friday), St. Luke’s church in Browning Road (Saturday) and at St. Mary Magdalene church on Sunday evening.

Rehearsals are under way and there will be some new faces as well as familiar ones.

The ‘touring’ will be great fun and the performance will also include some choral accompaniment. If you would like to take part in the production as one of the chorus or help in any other way, or simply know more about what we are doing, please contact Chris or any member of the company.

Book the dates - it’s going to be good!

Chris Moon - 020 8 216 5907

Coffee Mornings

Our next coffee morning in aid of the organ fund will be held at The Vicarage by Gordon and Jessica so hope to see lots of you there on Tuesday 19th September at 10.45 a.m. as usual.

I just thought it would be nice to thank all the people who have hosted mornings so far (4 more to come) and to thank all the loyal supporters who have already amazingly raised almost £1,600 as well as enjoying lovely friendly mornings so keep up the good work and, of course, it would be good to see some new faces.

Rita Barker


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