2014 was an eventful year in the life of the parish, as the reports on fabric and other activities have shown. As always, the particular features of the year are outlined in the Annual Report which is available on the website and elsewhere. So what I say is more of a personal take, and as always, we need to remind ourselves that we are considering the year ending December 2014, ending as it did with a wonderful set of Christmas Services -
So, I've begun with music. Of which there was plenty last year. You may recall the daring and bold rendition of William Lloyd Webber’s The Passion, which we performed with friends in honour of the centenary of the birth of Lloyd Webber Senior. Keith Beniston, directed enthusiastically and Jonathan Marten saddled the organ, and it went remarkably well for an unknown piece. This heralded a new partnership musically, and we have continued to benefit for the combined skills, enthusiasms and kindness of these two splendid musical gentlemen. The forthcoming Messiah production will take us to new heights undoubtedly. And yet the choir sing every week, rehearsing, performing and leading our worship. A hearty thank you to all of them.
The Patronal went wonderfully too, tinged with the sadness of Betty Bliss' death around that time, but when it came to All Souls’ Day, we regathered the instrumentalists in her honour to pay tribute to a true musical friend.
As we circle like vultures over the cultural pickings of the year, we should also celebrate our dramatic successes. The God Particle was a two-
Our August Pilgrimage to Israel was sadly cancelled by the political and military situation in Gaza, but we are all set to try again this August.
Other Social events included the now established Golf Club annual dinner, at which, in 2014, David Bird gave us a talk on Stamps. A quiz, Harvest Supper and all the activities of the Fellowship add to the rich social pattern, through which we grow together in fellowship and friendship to make the family that we are.
The PCC Report shows that the attendance figures for last ear very healthy, with some striking increases, for example among the children. Several were confirmed during the year both at St Paul's or when Bishop Peter came here in the summer. We have been sorry to say farewell to Bishop Peter, and wish him well in his retirement. We also wait with eager anticipation, and perhaps a little trepidation to hear who his successor will be.
Meanwhile we manage without bishops (notwithstanding Bishop Pete's standing in), helping ourselves in the running of what is a pretty well oiled machine now. So many people hold positions and carry out tasks without which we could do very little. The value of the ministries of Jackie and Mo
Is incalculable in my opinion, and I can never tire of thanking them for all that they do both on the large and small scale. Of course, Mo’s priesting here a few weeks ago was a great occasion and we rejoice with her, but technically we should not do so much until next year's APCM! We thank Malcolm and Les too and particularly think of Les in his poor health, and praying for him always.
We are, and have always been blessed with excellent churchwardens in this parish, and never more so than with David and Vic, both of whom have been a great delight to work with. Naturally this year, as we say a huge thank you to Vic for four years of loyal and effective service, I want to thank him yet again, and wish him every success as he remains on the PCC continuing to bring his customary diligence and wisdom as well as practical skill and quiet determination. David and he have worked together very well indeed and I am delighted that we keep David of course, and reintroduce into the fray, Alison, who served so superbly before.
There are others without whom I would, to be blunt, be stuffed. Pam, and Maureen, and Sally, the latter of whom has recently taken up the mantle of the Hall Administration. As you know, Ray is seriously ill, but we should record for all posterity the immense dedication, skill and generosity he has shown in managing the Hall for 12 years nearly, turning it into a very viable, slick, streamlined outfit. Ray has contributed so much to our life over so long of course, but it is particularly for his Hall Management that he gets mentioned in dispatches here.
And the doyen of the PCC, our treasure and Treasurer Vic Smith, who simply gets on with what he does, so efficiently and thoroughly. To him we seem to owe even more gratitude year on year. Some parishes struggle to find someone to do this task at all, but to have someone who does it so well, is a great blessing.
We have heard about fabric from David, and he and Vic and Michael Dixon and others have managed it very well, and to this we add a welcome to our new tenants -
As always, mention must be made of our various teams who enhance our corporate lives and grow in fellowship and skill simultaneously. Our Bellringers -
Judy Smith has become Charities Champion and Maureen Rew has handed on the significant task of Christian Aid week to Alison and Paul Reeve. I believe Maureen has done this for nigh on twenty years and received an appropriate vote of thanks and thank you from Christian Aid recently. Well done Maureen.
Paul Reeve has continued to look after the electoral roll, and it is good to see it growing year on year. The Sunday School is small and beautiful -
And it is comings and goings that we might reflect on as we conclude this meeting. We lost our beloved brother Richard Shone a week ago, and dear Ray Barker is gravely ill. And yet bearing them and their loved ones with us, we come and go through the hallowed doors of our church, past the font, and towards the holy table, mindful always that our sorrows and joys are bound together in the faith of Christ, and that in sickness and in health, for richer for poorer, we are held together by the love of God and the hope of resurrection life. For he is our God and we are his people. And we are Easter People and Alleluia is our song.
May Christ continue to bless us all in all we do in his name and to his glory.
Your friend and Vicar,
25 March 2015 Joan Greenway
17 April 2015 Ian David Le Geyt
Saturday 9 May 2015 from 10:00 am
Do support this event. It raises money for our Church.
Memories was the theme for the meeting. We started by playing a game throwing a ball of string across a circle of chairs. The person who caught the ball had to recall a memory. In the end we had a real spider's web across the circle. We found that one person's tale triggered similar thoughts in other people. Mo then produced her memory box containing important details in her life such as photographs and her Red Cross badge.
Next month we have the Padwicks who have been before, their theme will be ‘banned and forbidden’. They are very good, it is worth making a visit to hear them.
Our 2015 coffee mornings are now well under way and I'm delighted to be able to tell you that we now have hosts for every month through to November. A big thank you to Pam and Vic, Ray and Rita and Alison for hosting the first three. Pam stepped in at very short notice, Ray and Rita had not long moved (and I know many were very pleased to see Ray) and for Alison it was her first Mozambique coffee morning. Between them they have raised over £600 once the tax has been claimed. Absolutely marvellous! Here is the programme for the rest of the year:
Maureen and Keith Rew
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.
I have just received the following email from Nigel Hands who runs Start-
So if you have any of these items please keep Start-
Sung in Aid of Parkinson’s UK.
It will be a truly memorable evening of music.
Put it in your diaries and book your tickets in advance!
More details are now on the website at www.stmarymagdalene.church
Thanks to Gordon for the opportunity to host a couple of the Lent Course evenings and thank you to all who joined us on April 6th for our 'Easter celebration bring and share'. As well as the good company we appreciated some delicious dishes ranging from salmon with rice to pancake rolls and chinese dumplings.
On Monday 13th we also enjoyed watching BBC's The Ark, a ninety minute drama first shown on March 30th. As I write, for the 20th we've planned a simple follow up study of the Genesis account of Noah and the Ark, rounding up the month and blowing our socks off with Rob Bell's "Everything is Spiritual" talk from 2006. Humorously bringing together the Bible's creation account, quantum physics and relativity in a presentation that expresses an overwhelming sense of the presence of God everywhere! The proceeds from which were used to support WaterAid.
We recommend listening to The Bible, NIVUK version, read by David Suchet, whom I once had the pleasure of meeting whilst collecting for Christian Aid.
Laura, Ken and Dawn.
Meetings every Monday, from 6:00 pm -
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Once upon a time a young girl sitting in a classroom was introduced to Shakespeare by an inspirational teacher. So much so that over 30 years later the love of the bard, the teacher and the Play remains.
The young girl was me, the teacher Jacky Frankford and the Play? .... the play was ‘Macbeth’.
The play tells the story of a brave and noble soldier promised a golden future, who in trying to achieve his ambitions inadvertently brings about his own downfall. It is a story of war and power, love and the risks men are prepared to go to achieve their desires.
St. Mary Magdalene Drama Group is delighted to invite you to save the dates of Friday 5th June and Saturday 6th June to watch our production of ‘Macbeth’.
Tickets as ever will be available from Colin Gibbens or other members of the Drama Group. We hope you enjoy watching the performances as much as we have enjoyed creating it; and I hope that a seed planted by a teacher 30 years ago has turned into something of which she would be proud -
In the meantime if anyone would like to be involved in the production, we are in need of some help with some of the backstage roles: sound, lighting, prompt, set building etc. If you're interested just let one of the group know....no experience in any area is necessary.
It goes something like this:
A knock on the door from a legitimate sounding company such as Dyno Rod.
“Hi, we have been clearing drains in the area and found that your drains are causing the problem. It's going to cost a lot of money to clear/repair but if you don't get them cleared/repaired they will cause damage to other property and you will be liable for the cost of any repairs. You need to pay a deposit up front to me” (in some cases this has been £4000 and the poor victim has been taken to the bank to withdraw the funds).
If confirmation is asked for a phone number is given for ‘head office’ (“head office” of course being another member of the fraudster team who pretends to arrange a time to get the work done to make it all sound legitimate).
Thankfully the individuals they have tried this on in Enfield were a little bit more switched on and could see it for what it was but clearly they may try again. Please spread the word as best you can and contact me if you have any information re this scam.
Steve Savell PC 808 YE
Faith and Communities Officer for the Borough of Enfield
Southgate Police Station/Civic Centre
Marion and Michael Smith played piano duet for us at the April recital. They performed lollipops that left us all with lifted spirits and smiles on our faces. It was lovely to welcome our old friends back to St Mary's. I was reminded that in 1982 Michael, who was our organist and choir master, bamboozled Peter, my husband, and I into joining the Church Choir and now over 30 years later, I am still singing.
At 12.30 pm on Wednesday 13 May, the Serafini Trio, a very competent group of musicians will entertain us. All are welcome and also to enjoy the ploughman's lunch available afterwards.
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
Ploughman’s Lunch £3.00, if required, in the Choir Vestry afterwards
13th May Serafini -
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 Brian Duke – Piano
With many thanks to Ken Cope who has designed it, and Darren Clark who provides the support and webspace, we now launch a new website using this new web domain with the suffix that is specially created for churches. So we are no longer ‘org.uk’!!!! That said, the old address will continue working, and the email addresses associated with it, but from now on we will be using this new address. Adjust your browsers accordingly. And do take a new look at the new look!
The following new email addresses have also been created:
which are directed to the relevant people.
Also remember that we are on Twitter (@stmarysenfield).
Parish Magazine Archives
30 May 2015
Ken and Laura Cope, Gill Bird
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.
Following the great success of the Carol Concert at Christmas, The Enfield Community Singers will be bringing their new program “Let The People Sing!” to St Mary Magdalene on Saturday 16th May at 7:30 pm.
This concert will be specifically in aid of the charity Parkinson's UK and will be full of new material, including wonderful selections from Les Miserables and The Pajama Game, a splendid Dixie medley, a return to The Sixties and, of course, numerous songs for the audience to join in with.
Entry and refreshments are free but a donation to Parkinson's UK would be much appreciated.
For information regarding other concerts in the borough with The Enfield Community Singers please contact Simon Gilbert at 020-
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.
We went back to Trent Park as planned for our walk on Sunday 19 April and were rewarded with a display of daffodils which were somewhat past their best. We then continued on up the drive to look back on the mansion which is looking sad in keeping with its uncertain future. With me today were Yezi, Shivanee, Laura and Dawn.
We will meet at the Vicarage at 2.30 pm on Sunday 10 May for our next walk. Please make sure that you have your bus passes or oyster cads with you as appropriate. Anyone who is interested is welcome to join us.
Please check them regularly particularly if you are a reader or intercessor. There are still some Christmas Cards therein!!!
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