St Mary’s Welcomes Revd Heather Edition

Message from Revd Heather Wilcox, Remembrance & More

Revd Heather Wilcox introducing herself kicks off this, November, edition there is also news on:

… and the usual listings of services and contacts but first:

Let me introduce myself:

Revd Heather Wilcox

I am Heather and am married to Geraint with two adult children. Megan, who is 25, is married and living with Scott in Long Stratton where I have been serving for the last 10 years. Megan has a degree in education and is currently studying for her PGCE with the aim of becoming a Key stage 2 teacher by September.

Our son Luke is 21 and has moved with us to West Bergholt. He has finished college and has been working in various places over the last year as he finds his feet. He is a keen evangelist and recently spent a week with ‘Through Faith Missions’ in Worcestershire.

My husband Geraint has a nursing background and went back into the NHS, in April last year, as a Health Care Assistant working on the bank.

I qualified as a Registered nurse in 1993 at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kings Lynn and worked there until 2008 when I was ordained Deacon and moved to Pakefield for my curacy.

What I Love & Enjoy

I love sharing the gospel with people and reaching out to the whole community with the love of Christ. I look forward to being able to serve in these parishes over the coming years.

Whilst I am often accused of working too hard, I do enjoy other things too! I love taking walks with the family, although I have to admit not normally with the family dog Benji. Recently, I completed the couch to 5K challenge with Luke, although haven’t done very well keeping it going, and I am a keen swimmer. I also enjoy being creative and have completed many cross stitches, and recently have been teaching myself how to crochet. During the recent lockdowns, I also started jigsaw puzzles and now have quite a collection, so if anyone ever wants to borrow one, I have quite a library.

There is probably more I could say, but hopefully over the years ahead, as I look forward to getting to know everyone here, you will surely get to know me and the family more.

May God Bless you, Heather

Remembrance Sunday – 14th November

Remembrance poppy

This year our village Remembrance Service will be held at St Mary’s Church, starting at 10:45 am, rather than at the Orpen Hall. The service will be led by Revd Heather Wilcox, and the West Bergholt concert band will also be taking part, as well as the scouts and guides. Please could you wear a face mask.

Please note there will be no Messy Church this month but the Messy Church team look forward to welcoming everyone back for a Messy Church Christmas on 12 December!

Welcome Service & Lunch

Our new Priest in Charge, Revd Heather Wilcox, will be licensed at a special service on Thursday 11 November St Andrew’s Church, Wormingford. Sadly this service is by invitation only, due to Covid restrictions. However, there will be a special service on Sunday 21 Nov, to which everyone from the six parishes is invited, which will be held at All Saints’ Great Horkesley @ 11am.

This will be followed by lunch for everyone at St Mary’s West Bergholt @ 1pm. You don’t need to book to attend the service but please could you let the church office know if you would like to come to the lunch so that we know how many to cater for. Numbers may have to be limited but Jo will set up a waiting list if required. A small donation of £2.50 a head would be appreciated.

Open House at the Rectory

Revd Heather has extended an open invitation to  anyone from the six parishes to pop in to the Rectory between 2pm and 5pm on Sat 13 November to meet her and her family over tea and cake.

Heathlands update

Heathlands Primary Crest

Some of you may know that Gemma Ross took on the role of a school Diocese link Governor at Heathlands School last summer. She thought that the St Mary’s Church folk would appreciate an update on activities at the school:

In September, the school welcomed Joseph Fielder as the new Head Teacher. Huge thanks to Mel Cork, who did a fabulous job as acting Head through the challenging periods of home learning. Thanks also to April Best who retired in July having been the RE lead in the school for a number of years. In her place we welcome newly married Hannah Martin (née Jarred). Welcome and congratulations Hannah!


Services & Other Dates

31st October10:00 am3 Parishes Service at All Saints’, Gt Horkesley *
2nd November8:00 pmAll Souls Service at St peter’s Boxted *
7th November10:00 amHoly Communion (also via Zoom)
13th November2 – 5 pm Rectory Open House
14th November10:45 amRemembrance Sunday Service
15th NovemberDeadline for Operation Shoebox
21st November11:00 amSix Parishes Service at All Saints’, Gt Horkesley *
1:00 pmLunch at St Mary’s
28th November10:00 amPraise on 4 service with coffee & biscuits from 9:45 am
12th DecemberMessy Church
* If you would like a lift to any of these services, please contact the church wardens or the office.
NB All services are now in person and you do not need to book a place.
All at St Mary’s unless stated otherwise

Our Team at St Mary’s

  • Priest in Charge: Revd. Heather Wilcox (from 12th November)
    email: [email protected]
  • Assistant Curate: Revd Anne Mason
    email: [email protected].
    tel: 07895 970834 (Sunday & Tuesday – Thursday).
  • Church Wardens:
    Peter & Caroline Finlay, — [email protected] or 07926 387551 and
    Kate & Stephen Penrose, — 07973 421306
  • Lay Readers:
    Richard Chadborn—01206 240541;
    Michael Foster—01206 241022;
    Joy Budden—01206 241871.
  • 3 Parish Families’ Worker:
    Jo Jeffery—07853 586683.
  • Parish Evangelist
    Ron Seymour—01206 272579.
  • Church Administrator:
    Jo Rassell — 01206 243683,
    email: [email protected].
    Church Office Hours — Monday 9 am—12:30 pm, Tuesday – Friday 9 am – 1 pm.
  • Hall Bookings:
    Nicole Long—01206 240443.
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    email: [email protected].
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