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St. Paul’s & St. Mary’s Church Wooburn, August Newsletter


Church Summer Open Afternoons – Sundays in August 3-5pm
St Paul’s Church will be open on Sunday afternoons in August through to 3rd September to enable the community to have a peaceful look around the church and enjoy afternoon tea. Everyone welcome!

Teddy Bear Parachute Jump – Sunday 3rd September 12.30-4pm
Once again children of all ages are invited to come to St Paul’s to give their well-loved cuddly toys a trip of a lifetime. The teddies will take a parachute jump from the top of the church tower!

Interested in becoming a Bell Ringer?
St Paul’s is inviting anyone interested in Bell Ringing to join its friendly group.
Not only is it fun and great exercise, you learn a new skill over time. The team enters competitions, rings at other churches, and has friendship groups around the world.
The Bell Ringers meet 7:30-9:00pm on Wednesdays at St Paul’s Church. Anyone over the age of 11 years old is welcome. For more information contact the Vicarage on 01628 521209.

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News on activities & Services at St. Paul’s & St. Mary’s, Wooburn


St Paul’s has some lovely activities for children leading up to Christmas.

On Saturday 10th December children can have ‘Breakfast with Santa’.  Contact sophiewinkler@googlemail.com for timings and tickets.

If your children enjoy crafts, getting messy and tea then come to the Messy Christmas Crafts on Saturday 17th December 3-5pm at St Paul’s Church Hall.  This is a joint venture with St Mark’s Church in Bourne End.  Contact clandeacon@talktalk.net.

Christmas Services: There will be a Carol Service at 6pm on Sunday 18th December at St Paul’s, and the popular Christmas Eve Crib Service will be held back in St Paul’s church this year at 4pm.  Children are welcome to come dressed as Shepherds and Angels.  The Midnight Mass will start at 11pm at St Paul’s.On Christmas Day at St Paul’s there will be a Communion Service at 8am; followed by an All-Age Service at 9:30am. On New Year’s Day there will be an Informal Holy Communion at 9:30am at St Paul’s.

Regular Activities: The Friday Communion Service and Lunch held at St Mary’s will continue in term time, as will the Youth Club on Mondays 7-8:30pm in St Paul’s Church Hall, Toddlers on Tuesdays 9:30am at St Paul’s Church Hall, and Tots Praise on Fridays 9:45am also at St Paul’s Church Hall.  Further information can be found on our website www.stpaulswooburn.org

The Walk Centre: We support The Walk Centre in Nakuru, Kenya, which helps slum-dwelling children and their families by providing education, healthcare and food aid. As well as helping with the charity’s many projects we aim to provide girls with handmade dresses, made from pillowcases, and boys with handmade shorts, made from adult t-shirts. We hold regular workshops to make dresses and shorts for the children. The next one will be on Saturday 7th January at St Mary’s. If you are interested in getting out your sewing machine please contact Sam at dressesmadewithlove@aol.co.uk.

Hire of Church Halls: For more information on any of our services or to St Mary’s Church Hall or St Paul’s Church Hall and Garden contact stpaulswooburnparishoffice@gmail.com or 01628 525512.


Discover Bellringing at St. Paul’s Church

What is the connection between St Paul’s Church, Wooburn and St Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne, Australia?

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On a recent visit to Australia I visited St Patrick’s Cathedral in order to join their band of bell ringers for a practice.  The Tower Captain began by explaining that the 8 bells in the Cathedral tower had been cast in Dublin by the Murphy bell foundry. What a coincidence! –  St Paul’s, Wooburn also has a bell cast in the Murphy bell foundry. We have, in fact, the only one in Buckinghamshire and because of its rarity the bell is protected by a preservation order.  Our bell is used to sound the hours on the church clock .

It was great to have the chance to ring the St Patrick’s bells – they are in fact the only complete set of Murphy bells which are still capable of being rung in the world. In between ringing I was able to look around the ringing chamber – I spotted a photograph on the wall of a band of English ringers, who came out to Australia on a ringing tour in 1934. Imagine my surprise when I recognised the names of two of the ringers! W H Fussell and G Martin are on the peal boards in St Pauls! These boards record special pieces of ringing.


R Richardson – G Martin – J Goldsmith – W H Fussell (Top Row) Rev Bankes-James, J Hardcastle, C Sharples, Mrs R Richardson, W Linter, H Maude Miss E Richardson (Front Row)


Peal Board in St Paul’s Wooburn

Bellringing is a great hobby – ringers can be all ages from about 10 to over 80. Once proficient you can ring on bells in many different towers both in the UK and overseas.

If you are interested in learning to ring – or just want to find out a little more about what’s involved please contact Louise Walton (lou.walton@chequersrow.co.uk ).