‘April is the cruellest month’, wrote T.S. Eliot, and this was to some extent true in our community of St Mary Magdalene’s. We lost dear brothers, Richard Shone and Ray Barker, and their funerals took place in early May. Click on their names for the sermons I gave at each, allowing their lives and faith to speak to us in place of a Vicar’s Letter.
26 April 2015 Bailey Sebastian James & Alexander Henry James
1 May 2015 Richard Shone
7 May 2015 Raymond Barker
Peter and Christine Padwick entertained us greatly with their theme ‘banned and forbidden’. It seems the BBC in the days before television were particularly strict concerning subjects which could not be mentioned. Life has now changed, summed up by them in the song ‘Anything Goes’. They kindly donated their fee to Parkinson’s UK.
Next month Ken Cope will talk about the new church website and related maters on Wednesday June 17th 2015.
We were very professionally entertained in May by the Serafini Ensemble which has now grown to four players. Their programme consisted of eighteenth century music, including Handel, played on a harpsichord, baroque flute, violin and cello.
In contrast, at 12:30 pm on Wednesday 10 June, St Monica’s School Choir will come and entertain us. Although Roddy Elmer has retired from the school he still goes in to help the choir. Do come along and support the children and perhaps enjoy the lunch at £3.00 available afterwards.
12:30 pm -
Ploughman's Lunch £3.00, if required, in the Choir Vestry afterwards.
10th June St Monica’s School -
8th July Nigel Blomily and the Anern Trio
August – No Concert
9th September Catherine Leonard -
14th October Susannah Knight -
11th November Sandra Sinclair -
9th December TBA
Parish Magazine Archives
27 June 2015
Peter Lamb, Carol Lamb, Eleanor Pritchard
1 August 2015
Vic Harrington, Pam Hagan, Helen Clarke
29 August 2015
Arja Cutts, Val Hayes, Kate Bissett
26 September 2015
Ken and Laura Cope, Gill Bird
31 October 2015
Vic Harrington, Pam Hagan, Helen Clarke
28 November 2015
Peter Lamb, Carol Lamb, Eleanor Pritchard
2 January 2016
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.
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-
For details of availability and rates please use our contact page.
Please check them regularly particularly if you are a reader or intercessor. There are still some Christmas Cards therein!!!
Thank you seems so inadequate really but I want to say a few thank-
PS: thank you also for the wonderful donations and together with a fantastic amount from Macmillan (Ray’s employers) we have raised £7,000 which is going to The North London Hospice -
Felix Philip Knowles born 15th April 2015 to Clive and Claire Fenwick, a brother for Jessica and a grandson for Ray and Anneliese.
Did you choose your favourite hymn, to be sung before the APCM? Many people did, but the top favourite only scored three votes and three others two votes. Many only had one vote, which shows our varied tastes.
Can you entertain your fellow parishioners for five minutes by singing, dancing, reciting, playing or acting etc? Whatever your age it is always lovely to see the talents in our congregation. Please support the performers. Contact me if you have an offering, so I can make a programme. Thank you.
Thank you to everyone who made this event such a success: to all who contributed to the stalls and to all who came and spent their money. At the time of writing we have made £320 but there is a bit more to come. It was lovely to have so many people attend, giving their support whilst enjoying fellowship over a cup of coffee.
A huge thank you to Eleanor and her team with plant, seedling and cutting production, to Janet Reed and Maureen Rew on cakes and to Laura and Joan who kept the tea and coffee flowing.
A big thank you to everyone who donated cakes for our recent cake stall and to all those who purchased them. The result was one of the best. Our next stall will be at the Festive Fair in December when as well as cakes we hope to have a selection of preserves and chutneys and who knows what other delectable delights ! See you there!
Once again, many thanks, from Janet, Maureen and Alison.
Now the weather is improving we can look forward to enjoying our lovely garden. Following their success last year we would like to invite everyone to join in our Parish Picnics. These will take place on the last Sunday of the month after coffee. All you need to do is bring a picnic and relax.
See you there!
The Committee met on Thursday 23 April at Lancaster Road URC. The good news is that Lancaster Road now have a new minister and she will be Installed and Ordained at Bush Hill Park in July, and will be looking after the congregations at Lancaster Road, Bush Hill and Christ Church, Chase Side. We then exchanged and discussed our latest news, and checked that arrangements for the next United Service were in place and fixed dates for the next Committee Meeting and United Service.
to be held at
(home of Alison & Paul Reeve)
Saturday 11th July
4:00 pm onwards.
The next Traidcraft stall will be on
in the hall after 10:00 am service.
All the usual essentials and treats will be there.
Come and see if there is anything new.
Please be aware of a scam involving young men selling products, usually cleaning items, door to door. They claim to be young offenders doing this as part of their rehabilitation programme and will flash an ID card with a pedlar's licence number. There are many reports of these scams on the internet, including advice from Thames Valley Police at
Copied from above website:
The bogus salesmen target one area at a time and knock at doors claiming to be ex-
Bogus salesmen are not involved in any officially recognised offender rehabilitation programme and many do not carry Pedlar's Certificates which are issued by the police and permit people to sell door-
If any salesperson comes to your door, you should ask to see their Pedlar's certificate -
It is important that residents call us and let us know this is happening in your neighbourhood to give us the opportunity to check out whether their activity is indeed lawful. Please call us on 101 and let us know.
It’s our absolute delight and privilege to have been blessed with the opportunity to enjoy a season of agreeable company and conscientious contribution to our discussions, particularly in regard to theology, from Chris Anderton our Oakhill student whom we have every intention of continuing to support in prayer, as we follow with anticipation his future endeavours and exploits.
Already facebook friends, we’re looking forward to seeing wedding photos of when Chris becomes husband to Rachael in July and they embark together upon the wonderful adventure of marriage. May God bless their union with the very healthy nine fruits a day of Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self Control.
Very helpful fruity tips can be found at the following website:
http://www.9aday.org.uk/ whose contributors include Tom Wright, the author of ‘Reflecting The Glory’, our Lent book this year.
As a way of saying thank you to Chris and to celebrate the time he’s spent here, we’re hosting a bring and share party on Monday June 8th from 6:00 pm till later, all are welcome, the more the better the send off.
Love Laura, Ken and Dawn.
Our walk on 10 May was inspired by the Patron and builder of our church, Georgiana Twells and her husband Philip in whose memory the church was built. We endeavoured to cover parts of Enfield that they knew and had helped to shape. We started by leaving the vicarage and walking down to the Town Park which was in effect the garden of Chase Side House, their house in Enfield, the site of which is occupied by the Enfield Town Library. It was then through the Market Square, stopping for ice cream at a handily placed van, through St Andrew’s Churchyard where Philip Twells was churchwarden for many years and on up to Lavender Hill Cemetery to visit their graves. Whilst there we also visited the grave of Sybil Clutton, a former prominent member of our congregation. With me on the Twells Pilgrimage today were Gordon, Jayne, Dave C, Yezi, Laura, Dawn and Malcom.
For our walk next month we will endeavour to ‘beat the bounds’ as closely as possible using footpaths and public rights of way. This is an ancient custom originating in Elizabethan time and associated with Ascension Day and Rogation tide when we pray for the crops and a good harvest. Meet at the Vicarage on Sunday 14 June, please make sure that you have your bus passes or oyster cards with you as appropriate. Anyone who is interested is welcome to join us.
For more information and how to pay please use the form on the Contact page and email Gordon.
Carriages at 11:00 pm
Choose one from each course
Warm bacon & tomato salad
Tempura prawns with sweet chilli dip
Melon fan and fruits of the forest
Grilled salmon, lobster & prawn sauce
Loin of pork with Dijon mustard sauce
Sautéed chicken chasseur
Pannacotta with fresh raspberries
Dutch Apple flan
Strawberry Mille feuille
Please advise your choices for this year's event.
If you know other folk who might like to come please let me know.
Vegetarian menu available
Bernard Quinn (a change from the original list)
Gordon and Jessica Giles
Mo and Malcolm Lunn
Laura and Ken Cope
Lilian and Colin Gibbens
June and Ron Carr
Thank you to them all for volunteering. I do hope many of you will manage to join us for at least some of these dates, especially as it will be our last year of supporting our dear friends at Imagine and all the wonderful work they do.
Friday 5th and Saturday 6th June 2015
St. Mary Magdalene Church Hall,
Windmill Hill, Enfield
Please contact the Drama Group for tickets.
Items for the July 2015 edition to the editor by Sunday 14 June, please. It would be appreciated that if items are submitted on CD, they should be accompanied by a hard copy and with details of the file name. Documents should be in Microsoft Word or plain text. Please use the magazine section of the pigeon-
As part of their organ renovation project, St Luke's Clay Hill (Browning Road EN2) are holding two cheese, wine and organ evenings on Thursdays 11th & 18th June 2015 from 7:30 -
1. Make Yourself a Pipe Organ
Jeremy Sampson will give an interactive and very visual explanation about the various components of a pipe organ and how they fit together, using his Wooden One-
2. Hear about the restoration at St Luke’s
Tarquin Wiggins, who has been rebuilding the organ, will tell us a little about the work that his firm undertook to renovate St Luke’s organ between February and May.
3. Listen to the restored organ being played
St Luke’s will be delighted to welcome several members of the Enfield and District Organists Association, who will play a series of pieces to show off the newly renovated and cleaned instrument.
4. View the Parish History
You will also be able to explore an exhibition about the history of Clay Hill parish and surrounding area since it was created in the mid-
Admission to each evening will be free. However, any donations to St Luke’s Organ Fund will be gratefully received.
For further information, please contact:
Dr John Wright at St Luke’s
Charity Registration Number: 1133095
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|Meet The Team|
|History, Art and Heritage|
|Gordon's Collation & Induction|
|Come and Sing|
|Songs of Praise|
|Southgate Symphony Orchestra Concert|
|Suor Angelica by Puccini|
|Norwich Cathedral Outing|
|General Election ~ Archbishops' letter|
|Spring Fair 2017|
|Palm Sunday Drama|
|Christmas Coffee Morning|
|London Bridges Sponsored Walk|
|Launde Abbey 2016|
|Her Majesty the Queen's 90th Birthday Tea|
|Her Majesty the Queen's Birthday Bell Ringing|
|Judy and Michael's Wine and Cheese|
|May Spring Fair|
|Ron Carr RIP|
|Les Fish RIP|
|Pilgrimage to Israel|
|Patronal Festival 2015|
|Parish Barbecue 2015|
|Norman Gillibrand RIP|
|Messiah and VE Day|
|Ray Barker RIP|
|Richard Shone RIP|
|Ian Le Geyt RIP|
|Christian Aid Award|
|William Lloyd Webber's "Saviour"|
|Muriel Maxwell Garden|
|Harvest Festival 2013|
|London Ride and Stride 2013|
|Patronal Festival 2013|
|Songs of Praise 23rd June 2013|
|Songs of Praise 16th June 2013|
|Songs of Praise 9th June 2013|
|Nadim Nassar ~ Christ the King|
|News - Our Hymn|
|Boris Karloff Remembered|
|Open House weekend 2012|
|Diary Date: Sunday 20th May|
|London Tonight news|
|Mike Buck’s Funeral|
|Jordan 2012 photos|
|Now on Twitter|
|Advent Carol Service|
|The New Church on the Hill|
|Patronal Festival 2011|
|Vicar's letter July 2011|
|Imagine Project 6 June 2011|
|St Paul's Cathedral Choristers|
|Bell ringers in action video|
|Peals and Quarters|
|St Mary Magdalene Peal Boards|
|Drama photo archive|
|Dramatic Production of Church History|
|The Screwtape Letters|
|Drama Production ~ Macbeth|
|Drama Group with Southgate Opera Revue|
|Radio Times Three|
|Drama Group Report 2015|
|The Founding of our Church|
|The Twells Family|
|Butterfield Altar Frontals|
|Nave Stained Glass Windows|
|Ariel Photo 1921|
|Girl Guides History|
|Windmill with St Mary Magdalene|
|Parish Magazine Archive|
|Adverts from the Parish Magazine|
|Parish Magazine 2017|
|Parish Magazine 2016|
|Parish Magazine 2015|
|2015 - November|
|2015 - October|
|Murder in the Cathedral|
|Easter Eve 2017|
|Good Friday Meditation 2017|
|Maundy Thursday 2017|
|Palm Sunday 2017 - Drama Group|
|Lent 2 2017 - Light at night|
|Lent 1 2017 - Take That Call|
|Ash Wednesday 2017 ~ Ashes to Ashes|
|The fourth Sunday before Lent ~ Salt and Light|
|The Second Sunday After Epiphany 2017|
|Christmas Morning Sermon 2016 - Jackie Fish|
|Midnight Communion Christmas Eve Sermon 2016|
|Carol Service Sermon 2016|
|3 Before Advent|
|All Souls ~ Genesis 7 - Romans 8:18-39|
|Trinity 21 ~ Never give up on prayer|
|Trinity 12 ~ Baptism of Louis Buck|
|Trinity 11 ~ Such stuff of which we are made|
|St Thomas' Day|
|Trinity 4 ~ Healing and hope in a mad world|
|Shakespeare Anniversary Meditation 2016|
|Lent 5 2016|
|Lent 3 2016|
|Ash Wednesday 2016|
|Epiphany 2 2016|
|St John's Day 2015|
|Christmas Morning Service 2015|
|Christmas Eve 2015|
|Carol Service 2015|
|Advent 4 2015 ~ Looking Forward With Mary|
|Advent Sunday 2015 ~ Eschatological Escapings|
|Sunday Before Advent 2015 ~ Christ the King|
|Trinity 18 2015 ~ Childish Paradoxical Interfaces|
|Trinity 11 2015 ~ John Scott RIP|
|Trinity 9 2015|
|Trinity 4 2015|
|Trinity Sunday 2015|
|Lent 3 2015|
|Lent 2 2015|
|Lent 1 2015|
|Ash Wednesday 2015 ~ The 3Rs of Lent|
|Epiphany 2 2015 ~ Called to Freedom|
|Choral Evensong 2015 ~ Fanny Crosby 1820 - 1915|
|Christmas Eve 2014 ~ From Paddington to Kings Cross|
|Carol Service 2014|
|Trinity 11 2014 ~ Taking up the Cross|
|Trinity 3 2014 ~ Dancing and Fluting in Faith|
|Trinity Sunday 2014 ~ Father Son and Holy Spirit’s Day|
|Easter 7 2014 ~ Rising above it all - The Ascension of Jesus|
|Sampford Sermon 2014 ~ Companions on the Emmaus Road|
|Epiphany 3 2014 ~ Solving Sin|
|Advent 4 2013|
|Advent 3 2013 ~ St Mandela the Baptist|
|All Souls 2013|
|All Saints 2013|
|Trinity 17 2013 ~ Dependence and Destiny - The spirituality of Money?|
|Trinity 10 2013 ~ Hosea: Repentance and Relentence|
|Trinity 9 2013 ~ Praying daily for spiritual bread|
|Easter 4 2013 ~ The meaning of Margaret’s Funeral|
|Passion Sunday 2013 ~ Cross words of Love|
|Epiphany 2 2013 ~ Ten Years of Appreciation|
|Baptism of Christ 2013 ~ Starting over and over again....|
|Christmas Eve 2012 ~ Talking Turkey at Christmas|
|2 Before Advent 2012 ~ Shaking the stonework of the Castles of our Souls|
|All Saints 2012 ~ Saints in Jordan|
|Trinity 20 2012 ~ A job for Downton Abbey?|
|Trinity 17 2012 ~ Hoisting Hamaan – Seasoning for sin|
|The Birth of Saint John the Baptist 2012|
|Trinity and Jubilee Sunday 2012|
|Easter 3 2012 ~ Waiting for Heaven|
|Lent 3 2012 ~ Only Connect|
|Ash Wednesday 2012|
|Sunday before Lent 2012|
|3 Before Lent 2012 ~ Have you not heard?|
|Epiphany 2 2012 ~ ‘Come and See’ (What a Mess we have in Jesus)|
|Christmas Eve 2011 ~ Christmas Tweets|
|Advent 2 2011~ O Come, O come, Emmanuel!|
|3 Before Advent 2011 ~ ‘Calling all Capitalists’|
|All Saints 2011 ~ The Big Perspective|
|Patronal Festival 2011 ~ St Mary Magdalene and the anniversary of Church|
|Trinity 4 2011 ~ Jacob - Flawed but not Floored|
|Easter 4 2011 ~ God's Time Zone|
|Maundy Thursday 2011 ~ Eat, Pray, Love, Remember|
|Chancel Restoration Blog|
|Chancel Stained Glass|
|Week One Photos|
|Week Two Photos|
|Week Three Photos|
|Week Three Video|
|Week Four Photos|
|Week Four Video|
|Week Five Photos|
|Week Five Video|
|Week Six Photos|
|Week Seven Photos|
|Week Seven Video|
|Week Eight Photos|
|Week Eight Video|
|Jubilee Link Discovered|
|Week Nine Photos|
|Week Ten Photos|
|Week Ten Video|
|Week Eleven Photos|
|London Tonight Video|
|Week Eleven Video|
|Week Twelve Photos|
|Finished Chancel Photos|
|John Boffin and the Titanic|
|Visit from the V&A Museum|
|Video of visit from V&A group|
|The Finishing Touches|