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Stir-up Sunday 

Sunday 8th December 2012


Stir-Up sunday

The Christmas Pudding Stir-Up Sunday for all the family was very much enjoyed by all the children.  Six families, with 12 children, were supervised efficiently by Tracey Spradlin, with delicious results.  Later, several adults prepared themselves for their Christmas celebrations by making Christmas puddings for the first time, aided by several glasses of mulled wine!  The evening made £65 profit.

Festive Dinner


Saturday 7th December 2012



The year ended with the Festive Dinner at the Bowls Club at which the print of St.Mary’s Church by Winton Aldridge was auctioned for £150.  Entertainment was provided by Andrew Clark and the Sapphire singing group with a medley of popular carols and much audience participation.  Thanks to Graham Woods for allowing us to use the venue and to Tracey Spradlin and her helpers for providing such an excellent meal.


Christmas Street Fair


Saturday 1st December 2012


The Friends ran a bottle tombola at the Street Fair which was very successful and raised over £200 for the Tower Fund.  Thank you to the enthusiastic volunteers who braved the cold throughout the day and to everyone who gave us bottles.  The stall was a complete sell out! 


Trips up the tower were as popular as ever, in spite of the weather.  Thank you again to the Friends who volunteered to keep everyone safe.




Outing to Norwich


Thursday 15th November 2012 



The annual trip to Norwich in November 2012, organised by Gwen Keech, was once again a very successful outing.  The medieval city of Norwich has many interesting features including the 11th century Cathedral, built using Normandy stone, and is home to over 1500 historic buildings within its city walls, and including an imposing Norman Castle.  M. Page gives the following account of her experience of the day.


"The trip to Norwich was well organised.  We had a full coach, and glad to say we didn't have to wait for anyone.  Norwich is a really nice, interesting place.  We also found the assistants in the shops were very helpful.  The time went all too quickly and, although cold, we thoroughly enjoyed it.  Grateful thanks to the people who organised this and do hope another trip can be arranged for this year".





Friends of St Mary's Community Art Exhibition


 Saturday 19th - Sunday 20th May 2012


The Friends of St Mary's held the third community Art Exhibition which took place on the final weekend of the Baldock Festival.  It hosted a professional exhibition in the church hall with some invited artists and a community exhibition in the church with up to 1,000 works produced locally (many of them by children from our local schools).  Everyone was invited to enter up to six framed or unframed pictures which were available for sale during the weekend. The exhibition was free and was well attended over the course of the weekend.  The exhibition raised a magnificent sum of £2,138 and the proceeds went towards reducing the outstanding loan for the restoration work.