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Sat., 16th March 2019

The Famous Flea Market

Saturday, 6th October 2018 &
Sunday, 7th October 2018

19th Book Weekend

Saturday, 22nd September 2018

Harvest Supper in aid of the Bishop's Appeal ' Give Peas a Chance'

Thursday, 12th July 2018

Mothers' Union Garden Party

Saturday,7th July 2018 - 7:30pm

Carl Orff's Carmina Burana and selections from Liebeslieder Waltzes by Brahms


Thursday, 5th July,
7:30pm at St Mary's

A celebration of the publication of 'Dea Senuna' a wonderful book, published by the British Museum.  The authors will be giving a short presentation about Ashwell's very own Roman Goddess Senuna and highlighting the significance of this amazing find.  Refreshments (Donations welcomed) Museum open before and after the talk.

Saturday, 23rd June

The Big Brekkie Join us in the Parish Church Room, Swan Street to raise money for Christian Aid.

Friday 11th May to Sunday 20th May

Ashwell Music Festival

Sunday, 13th May 2018

Ashwell at Home
Join us for a lively village event with pletny going on.
Not to be missed!

Saturday, 24th March 2018
9:30am - 1:00pm

St Mary's Flea Market

Thursday, 22nd March 2018
Parish Church Room, Swan Street

Would you like to join us for a delicious piece of homemade cake and a chat, provided by the
Mothers' Union. Or perhaps you know of somebody who would appreciate coming along too, if so please let them know or bring them along. Everyone warmly welcome!

Starting 20th February at 8:00pm

Saturday, 2nd Dec. 2017

St Mary's Christmas Fair (please click)

Starting Thurs. 30th November
Parish Room, Swan Street

Please click for on the Advent Course 2017 for all the details.

Saturday, 25th November 2017
7:00pm for 7:30pm start


Cheese & biscuits included in the price but please bring own drinks & glasses.
Teams of 6, or if not part of a team, you will be allocated a table to join.
(All tickets to be reserved by Wed 22nd November.)
Proceeds to St Marys Church, Cash/cheques accepted.
(Cheques made out to Ashwell PCC)
Payment securing your reservation to the Church Office please, or
the Rectory, 109 High Street, Ashwell, SG7 5PQ.
For more information please phone Caroline Evens on 01462 742277 or Marjorie Fitt on 01234 213916
Raffle to be held.   Thank you for your support.

Saturday, 28th October 2017

Friends of St Mary's Jazz Concert

Marco Marconi and his Jazz Trio

Saturday, 7th October &

Sunday, 8th October 2017

18th Ashwell Book Weekend

Saturday, 23rd September 2017

Harvest Supper
All proceeds to the Bishop's Harvest Appeal

Saturday, 23rd September 2017
10:00am - 2:00pm

Parish Church Room, Swan Street

Coffee Morning and Soup Lunch in Aid of the Disaster caused by Hurricane Irma in the British Virgin Islands

There is no charge but it is a chance for you to give to the Disaster Fund. Gaye & John (742758)

Friday, 15th September 2017

Ben Goldscheider & Friends
Ben Goldscheider (horn) and friends, Callum Smart (Violin) and Richard Uttley (piano) play Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann and others.
Tickets £15 available from www.ticketsource.co.uk

11th May 2017 - 28th May 2017

Music Festival


Lent Course in the Parish Church Room
March: 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
April: 4th

18th March 2017, 9:30am-1:00pm

Flea Market raised at total of £1601.15.
A huge Thank You to Karen Rogers and her team of great helpers.

10th December 2016, 5:00pm

Ashwell Nativity, starting at St Mary's.
Please bring a lantern.

3rd December 2016, 9:30am-2:00pm

Christmas Fair

Arts and Crafts, Cakes and Cards, Presents and Prizes, Carols, Refreshments.  Entrance free.  The Museum will be open as well.

If you would like to book a table please contact Elizabeth Coldstream: 01462 742288

Starting on Tuesday,
29th November at 8:00pm

Advent Course in the Parish Church Room.
Please click on the link for more details.

1st & 2nd October 2016

17th Book Weekend

The book weekend raise £2490 towards the Restoration Fund. Thank you to Karen Rogers' team of helpers for another successful event.

24th September 2016

Harvest Supper and 'Barn' dance

A huge thank you to everyone who cooked, moved furniture, poured drinks, provided candles, sold tickets, organised the band, sorted out the raffle and on and on and on  - a real team effort.

And thank you to those who came along and eat, and danced and drank - a lovely evening.

The total raised for the Bishop's Harvest Appeal 'Life-giving Water' was £603.60. This project supports Harvest Appeal partner, WaterAid, bringing clean, safe water to rural communities in Madagascar.

Melanie Dawson-Dew

11th September 2016

Bring & Share Lunch after the Patronal Festival Service

10th September 2016

Harp Workshop and An Evening of Harps

Danielle Perrett was playing an 1800 AD antique harp and a modern electric harp.Robin Ward played his triple harp and a wire strung harp. Members of the Clarsach Society will contributed, and a Paraguayan harp was played.

Thank you to Catherine Dunlop for another wonderful harp concert.

Monday 9th May
Tuesday 10th May
Wednesday 11th May
Thursday 12th May
Friday 13th May


Here in the Benefice we are joining in the call of prayer with 'SCHOOL OF PRAYER' exploring different dimensions of praying.

Sunday, 8th May 2016

Ashwell at Home

7th May - 15th May 2016

Ashwell Music Festival

(Traditional Festal Evensong on Sunday, 15th May at 6:30pm)

Sat.,19th March 2016

Ashwell Flea Market
Special thanks to Karen Rogers and her helpers, for once again organising this event. Her team raised £894.53 for the Restoration Fund.

16th March 2016

A Parish visit to the Abbey www.stalbanscathedral.org

Sat.,12th March 2016

Choir of Gonville & Caius College Cambridge Concert

Lent Course 2016

During Lent we will be following the "Pilgrim" course on the Creeds

Saturday 5th December 2015, 9:30am-1:00pm

St. Mary's Christmas Fair

Saturday 3rd Oct. &
Sunday 4th Oct. 2015

16th Book Weekend

The book weekend raised £2514. Thank you to Karen Rogers and her team of helpers.

Saturday 27th June 2015, 10am-1pm

Ashwell Live - Mini Market
Crafts and Brick-a-brack.

Thursday 7th May -
Sunday 24th May 2015

Ashwell Music Festival

Saturday 18th April at 4:00pm

Collation and installation Service of the
Revd. Robert Evens by the Bishop of St Albans

Sunday 12th April 2015

All the King's Men concert  with a new line up and fresh
material, group of students from King's College London.

Sat. 21st March 2015

St Mary's Flea Market was another great success, thanks to Karen Rogers and her team of helpers who raised £1153 for the Church Restoration Fund.

Sat. 6th December 2014,

Entrance Free!

St.Mary's Christmas Fair organised by David & Beth Richards
Arts and Crafts
Cakes and Carols
Present and Prizes

Carols sung by the Choir and Refreshments available.
The Museum will be open.

Sat.4th October 2014, 10:00am-5:00pm

Sun.5th October 2014, 2:00pm-5:00pm

15th Book Weekend
Thank you to Karen Rogers, Teresa King and their team of enthusiastic helpers the event raised just over £3000 for Friends of St. Mary's.
We hope to see many of you next year again.

29th March 2014, 9:30am - 1:00pm

St.Mary's Famous FLEA MARKET
Free Entry. Thank you to Karen Rogers and her team of helpers this was another successful yearly Flea Market, the event raised £1146 towards the Church Restoration Fund.
Starting on Tuesday 11th March -
Tuesday 8th April 2014
8:00pm - 9:00pm
URC Hall Ashwell
Lent Groups 2014 - People of the Passion
No experience needed just turn up if you can, different leaders will take each evening so lots of variety.
Please click on the link to find out more.

Tue. 3rd Dec.&
Tue. 10th Dec.2013

"The First Things" (Creation etc) A talk about Creation. Organised by Mark Eaton followed by "The Last Things" , what might happen at the end of time.

7th December 2013

St.Mary's Christmas Fair Thanks again to David & Beth Richards who are organising this wonderful Christmas event which is a fab fundraiser for the church restoration fund.

Sat. 12th October 2013

Harvest Supper and Jazz Quartet

5th &
6th October 2013

14th Ashwell Book Fair

The book-weekend was a huge success raising £3143. Thanks to Caroline Feast & Karen Rogers and all those people who gave so much of their time to help with the event.

14th September 2013

Labyrinth Walk

There is a deep silence at the centre of each of us, but most of us are far too activist and cluttered and busy to know it" (Dewar)

There is currently a resurgence of interest all over the world in walking these ancient patterns. Labyrinths are now being created in schools, universities, churches, hospitals, hospices and village greens to offer a safe reflective space.

29th June, 7:00pm

A Mixed Bag -Concert at St.Mary's

A Big Thank You to Catherine Dunlop who organised the concert, she raised £212 for St.Mary's Restoration Fund. Well done!

11th May - 26th May 2013

60th Ashwell Music Festival

12th May 2013

Ashwell at Home

20th April 2013

St.Mary's Flea Market

Thank you to Karen Rogers who again had organised this years
Ashwell Flea Market and Thank You to everyone who helped Karen. The amount raised for the Restoration Fund of St.Mary's was £1250.00.
Well Done Karen & her Team of Helpers!

19th Feb. - 21st Mar. 2013
Lent Group starts on the 19th February and runs every week till the 21st March
12th February 2013
Shrove Tuesday Supper at The Bushel and Strike
Sat.1st Dec. 2012
St.Mary's Christmas Fair.
Sat. 13th October


International Harp Ensemble Concert at St.Mary's.
The Harp Concert made a profit of £440. The money will go to the Church Restoration Fund. I am grateful to all the helpers. Thank you! Catherine Dunlop.
Sat.6th &
Sun.7th October 2012,
13th Book Weekend at St.Mary's
Thank you to Karen Rogers and Caroline Feast for having organised again this year this wonderful event and a thank you to all the Helpers who sort and sell, clear up make tea and coffees etc. £3500 were raised for the Church Restoration Fund. Thank You!
Sat. 22nd September
Harvest Barn Dance at St.Mary's

Thank you to everyone who helped to prepare the church, and the meal, prepare fruit crumbles, for the harvest supper. We had a wonderful evening, and raised over £200 for the bishop's appeal, which together with the Sunday morning collection will bring the total to approx £400.

Sat. 14th July 2012 Johannes Brahms EIN DEUTSCHES REQUIEM
Iain Farrington's new arrangement for chamber ensemble and piano. Louise Alder, Stuart Young, Goldfield Ensemble
Conductor: Stephen Bullamore. North Herts Guild of Singers.
Sat. 7th July 2012
Summer Dance at St.Mary's
This wonderful event is to raise money for the Ashwell Playgroup.
Sat.19th May - Sun. 27th May 2012
Sunday, 13th May 2012
Ashwell at Home We were blessed with plenty of sunshine. Another great success and many lovely visitors to the village.
Friday, 11th May 2012
Bat Watch! We arrranged another bat evening, courtesy of the local Bat Conservation branch. They love coming here and from numbers previously we like them to come!
Saturday, 21st April 2012
St.Mary's Flea Market Thank you to Karen Rogers and her team of helpers to organise this yearly event to raise funds for the Restoration of St.Mary's.
February 2012
3rd December 2011
Ashwell Christmas Fair at St.Mary's Church.
Thank you to David & Beth Richards for organising this event, we raised £2155 for the Church Restoration Fund.
1st October & 2nd October 2011
12th Ashwell Book Weekend

Thank you to everyone who helped and supported the
Book weekend.
A special Thanks to Caroline Feast & Karen Rogers who organized the event. A total of £3348 was raised for the Restoration Fund.

24th September 2011 7:00pm
Harvest Supper and Cabaret

We would like to thank everyone who performed and who attended the harvest festival supper in the church the other weekend.  £900 was raised for the Bishop's charity appeal for Cambodia and for the famine in East Africa.
Caroline Russell on behalf of the Social committee for Ashwell St Mary's church .

May 2011
8th May 2011
9th April 2011
'DESPERATE MEASURES' a local band covering classic Rock Anthems such as THIN LIZZY, QUEEN etc. All proceeds went to the Brazil 2011 Team, thank you all for your help and support and wasn't it great to hear some Rock Anthems in the Church!
9th April 2011
Flea Market at St.Mary's. Thank you to Karen Rogers who organised this years event and thank you to all who helped.
8th March 2011
Shrove Tuesday Supper with a twist. Rich Man / Poor Man Supper Thank you to all who took part and for all the Social Event Team for providing a fantastic meal (even for the Poor!). We raised just over £1000 towards the Brazil 2011 Mission.
4th December 2010
Ashwell at Christmas

Thank you to everyone who made this year's Christmas Fair at St Mary's Church, Ashwell on 4th December such a success. The magnificent sum of almost £2,000 was raised for the Church Restoration Fund due entirely to the generosity and support of so many people. David & Beth Richards

2&3rd October 2010
Ashwell Book Weekend A very big THANK YOU to all the helpers especially Caroline Feast for organising the event - we raised a total of £3700 for the Restoration Fund!
25 September 2010
ST.MARY'S CHURCH HARVEST SUPPER & 'BARN DANCE' Thank you to all the helpers and to everyone who supported this event we raised £630 for the Pakistan Floods Appeal and had great FUN on top of it.
12 September 2010
Following the 10:45am Service there will be a "Bring your own Picnic" lunch, croquet and other games in the Church Garden (sorry NOT the Rectory Garden). Please bring your food, drink, plates, cutlery, rugs etc and come and join us.
4th June 2010
BAT evening! We will meet at the Parish Church Room and move on to the Church at around 9:30pm to watch them fly. For a place or more information please contact: Andrew Gillborn 742730
Please read more about the past event from the link below. www.stmarysashwell.org.uk/what/08bat_watch.htm
22nd May -
30th May 2010
Ashwell Music Festival THANK YOU! The Restoration Fund will be better off by nearly £8000, which is a great start for the next phase of Church repairs. A huge thank you is due to so many people who gave up their time to help, and to everyone who attended the concerts.
9th May 2010
17th April 2010
St.Mary's Famous Flea Market! Thank you for all your helping hands and support for this event, we raised £1012 for the Restoration Fund.
16th February 2010
The 36th Ashwell Shrove Tuesday Supper

Held as always in the Bushel & Strike Pub. This years speakers were: Phillipa Shaw and David Whyman of the Worship Company of Glaziers and Glass Painters.

5th December 2009
Ashwell at Christmas - St.Mary's annual Christmas Fair. Lots of stalls full of fantastic handcrafted items, cards, presents and prizes. Tombola, Bran Tub and Quiz. Homemade cakes, Refreshments and Carols. Exclusive Exhibitions of local Arts & Crafts.
This year wer raised £2265 towards the Chruch Restoration Fund.
17th October 2009
Concert with Danielle Perrett, Harp & Charlotte de Rothschild, Soprano
Thank you to Catherine Dunlop for overseeing the organisation of the concert and everyone who helped to make this wonderful event happening. We raised £320 towards the Church Restoration Fund.
3rd & 4th October 2009
This years Ashwell Book Weekend raised an amazing £3383 for the Church Restoration Fund. A big THANK YOU to Caroline Feast for organising the event and all the other helping hands who sort and price the books, selling and helping on the day, the great cookie bakers and all the others who help tidy the Church afterwards, not to forget all of you who donate the books.
Another great success, thank you all!
26th September 2009
Harvest Supper & Barn Dance
Live music from Tam Lin - Buffet Supper, Drinks bar.
All proceeds going to the Bishop of St Albans’ Harvest Appeal 2009:
‘Give water for Life’.
18 July 2009
Piano recital by International pianist Jill Crossland
Jill Crossland has played extensively round the UK and Europe, including at the Wigmore Hall and South Bank in London and at the Vienna Musikverein, Leipzig gewandhaus and Sage Gateshead. Her recordings include the Bach Goldberg Variations on Warner Classics and the complete Bach '48' on Signum. Locally she has performed several times at West Road, Cambridge and in Hitchin.
4th July 2009
North Herts Guild of Singers
21st June 2009
Fundraising Lunch and Auction! This was a quite wonderful and happy event and thanks to Simon and Jenny for allowing us to use their wedding marquee. But it's thanks to a lot of others as well - providing food, serving, donating and buying that we raised close to £4900. This will be shared between St Mary's Restoration Fund and the local Relate branch. Many many thanks to so many people.
13th June 2009
13th June 2009
Harp Workshop! Workshop including a masterclass, technique,and ensemble playing. Run by Danielle Perrett and Anne Chorley. The cost is £8 (members of the Clarsach Society) / £10 (non-members) / under 16 free. All Standards welcome!
13th - 14th June 2009
Exhibition of Patrick Bright's Paintings A retrospective Exhibition of Watercolour paintings by Canon Patrick Bright, former Rector of Ashwell.
Collection for Ashwell Church Restoration Fund and the Diapalante Wheelchairs for Mauritania Appeal.Refreshments and other activities!
14th -24th May 2009
10th May 2009
3rd March 2009 -
1st April 2009
Lent Course 2009
This years lent course covered the subject "Why we do what we do in Church". It was a deeper insight into Church traditions, we looked closely at Weddings, Baptism, symbols and signs and much more. It explained in more details the 'Eucharist' and the tradition behind it. The highlight of the lent course was the Agape meal, Agape meaning 'Love' in Greek and we celebrated an alternative Eucharist, which took the form of a joyful 3-course meal in our Church.
Sat.28th March 2009
Flea Market, Claire Lewis organised another successful Flea market which raised £700 towards the Church Restoration Fund. Thank you to Claire and all who helped!




Sat.7th March


Since 1998 under their current Director Andrew Lucas, the Cathedral Choir of boys and men have toured Sweden, Rome and the United States of America, performed at the International Organ Festival in Haarlem Netherlands and the Thomas à Becket Festival at Angers Cathedral France. At the biennial St Albans International Organ Festival, they play host to two other Cathedral Choirs for the Three Choir’s Concert and they also record CDs and make regular radio broadcasts.
6th December 2008
Ashwell at Christmas - St.Mary's annual Christmas Fair.
Lots of stalls full of fantastic handcrafted items, cards, presents and prizes. Tombola, Bran Tub and Quiz. Homemade cakes, Refreshments and Carols. Exclusive Exhibitions of local Arts & Crafts.
Playgroup's Winter Wonderland is at the URC and the Village Museum is open.
A great event to get into the Christmas spirit.
30th November 2008
Advent Carol Service
9th November 2008
Faure Requiem - Special Choral Eucharist
17th-27th October 2008
Parish Pilgrimage to Jordon
4th-5th October 2008
The book-weekend was a huge success raising £3334. Thanks to all those people who gave their time to help with the event! Caroline Feast
19th September 2008
Harvest Supper and Barn Dance in St.Mary's Church at 7:00pm. Entertainment again by popular request by Tam Lin Tickets £10 available from Caroline Russell 742515 or Allan Budgen 742164.Fun and enjoyment for young and old. Click on the link to see for yourself! Harvest Supper 2007.
14th September 2008
Patronal Festival-Bring and Share Lunch! To celebrate the anniversary of the birth of the Virgin Mary, some of us gathered after Church in the Rectory garden to share lunch together and to play croquet. Fortunately the sun shone and our spirits were high. Events like this are always popular, so do try to come next year.
29th August 2008 -
30th August 2008
25th August 2008
Ashwell Show
4th July 2008
15th June 2008
Discoverers Trip to the Grand Union Canal near Hemel Hempstead
17th May-25th May
11th May 2008
On Sunday, 11th May Ashwell was blessed with warm, sunny weather. Visitors started flocking into Ashwell long before the opening time of noon and several made their way to the Parish Church Room for a cup of tea or coffee. Plenty of delicious homemade cakes were on offer and many helpers generously gave their time to serve teas, replenish teapots, wash up or take money. And, at the end of the day, more help was there to clear up and count the takings. The teas made the wonderful total of £488.35. An added bonus was that several of the helpers had not met before so new friends were made over the steaming urn or dirty dishes. Thanks to all those who gave their talents and time to make our contribution to Ashwell at Home such a success.
12th April 2008
A big thank you to Claire Lewis and all who helped, we raised a fantastic £1340 towards the Church.
21st March 2008
Good Friday Events
Activities for Children
8th March 2008
Time and Talents
A day for the whole community...
13th Feb. 2008 -
12th March 2008
Lent Course 2008
a 4 week course reflecting on "The Church in the World"
8th December 2007
Ashwell at Christmas
A joyful event that brings together the whole community.
22nd Sept. 2007
Harvest Supper
celebrating the harvest festival
9th September 2007
Patronal Festival
a truly memorable day...