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St Mary's Saffron Walden Annual Church Meetings 8th May 2022
This year’s Annual Meetings will be held in St Mary's Church Saffron Walden on Sunday 8th May at 11.30am. More ...
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Friends' Spring Newsletter
Welcome to the Sixth Newsletter from the Friends of the Parish Church and find out what they have been doing over the last year to help our church. More ...
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Fundraising for Ukraine
Two recent events organised by St Mary's Church Saffron Walden to raise funds for the crisis in Ukraine. A concert featuring our choir and friends and our most junior choir Joyful Noise More ...
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Choral Evensong - 13 February 2022
A chance to listen to a recording of this service. The conductor was Jeremy Allen, organist was Oli King, cantor was Eden Faith and soloist in the Bairstow was Alison Lawrence. More ...
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Aftershock Programme Spring 2022
Aftershock is for 11-18 year olds and meets on Sundays in the Parish Rooms, from 7.00 to 8.30pm during term time. More ...
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Edward Gildea's interview on Pod Barber
Our Eco Church team leader Edward Gildea's interview on Saffron Walden’s Pod Barber's Wellbeing Project went live on 14th January 2022. More ...
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Mothers' Union Programme for 2022
See the Mothers' Union programme of events for 2022 More ...
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Grand Chœur in D 'alla Handel', Op. 18 - Guilmant (Christmas 2021) 
Oli King performs Grand Chœur in D "alla Handel", Op. 18 by Guilmant (Christmas 2021) More ...
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Covid-19 Update
It is no longer necessary to pre-book to attend services at St Mary’s but we are keeping some measures in place for everyone’s benefit and face coverings must be worn during services. More ...
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New Assistant Curate
Ella Harris will be our new assistant curate from September 2022. She will be licensed to the Team but will focus her ministry jointly on the Cam Villages Churches and St Mary's, Saffron Walden. More ...
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Opportunities for enthusiastic young singers
Opportunities for enthusiastic young singers to join one of our two lively groups. Age ranges are 5½ to 7½ for Joyful Noise and 7½ to 13 years for the Junior Choir. If you think this is for you and would like more information, please contact Bron Ferland More ...
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New Organ Scholar appointed
The second Michael Swindlehurst Organ Scholar is Yechan Yun, a 16-year-old pupil in the sixth form at the Perse School. Yechan says, “I was motivated to start playing the organ 6 years ago ... More ...
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Help needed with children and young people's groups.
We are really excited to be resuming TINIES, TEAM JC and AFTERSHOCK in person this term! Are you someone that likes craft? Are you a fantastic tea maker or a good conversationalist? Do you enjoy playing games and having fun? More ...
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Scything the wildflower areas of the churchyard
Scything the wildflower areas of the churchyard is now complete, and the grasses or ‘windrows’ will be raked and removed next week. This is all part of our work as an Eco Church, which is also why we are taking part the Great Big Green Week. More ...
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Fiat Lux ‘Let there be light' by T. Dubois (Oli King on Organ)
Fiat Lux ‘Let there be light' by T. Dubois on YouTube. Another delightful video by Peter De Vile with Oli King on the organ More ...
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Drone Photo of St Mary's - July 2021
Many thanks to SkyTech Cambridge for this lovely drone photo of our church taken in July 2021 More ...
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Toccata Festiva by Guy Turner (Oli King on Organ)
We have created a short joyful organ video in celebration of 19th July and the start of a return of music to our church with Oli King on organ. More ...
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Repair to the Chancel Roof 
We need to replace the Chancel roof which was last renewed in 1959. The work will start in mid September and last about 16 weeks and will involve scaffolding on the outside of the Chancel. More ...
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Choir Taster Day 
This event has had to be postponed due to the Covid19 situation in many of our local schools. More ...
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Church Eco Group
Hannah and James Razzell from the St Mary's Eco Group placing a nesting box in one of the trees in the churchyard. Photo by Alan Hawkes. Visit our Eco Church pages for more information about our Eco Church Group and Climate Change. More ...
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Organ Scholarship
We are currently looking for our next Organ Scholar who will hopefully start working with us in the early autumn. The scholarship is worth £752 plus lessons. If you know of anyone who might be interested.... More ...
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Ascension Day Sunrise Photos
Many thanks to Celia Bartlett Photography for these very atmospheric photos taken from our church rooftop at sunrise on Ascension Day 13th May 2021. More ...
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Drone Photos of St Mary's - May 2021
Many thanks to Jamie Wright for sharing this beautiful video and photos that he took recently of our church with his drone - May 2021 More ...
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Annual Church Meetings 2021
This year’s Annual Meetings will be held on Zoom on Sunday 25th April at 12 noon. Agendas and nomination forms can be downloaded here. More ...
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Updated Organ Leaflet
There was apparently an organ in St Mary’s as early as 1451. The present organ is a descendant of one built in 1824 by John Vincent. Rebuilt in 1885 by T. C. Lewis and subsequent further rebuilds. Find out more in our recently updated Organ Leaflet.. More ...
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Next Bishop of Chelmsford Announced 
Downing Street announced on 17th December 2020 that the Right Reverend Dr Guli Francis-Dehqani will be the next Bishop of Chelmsford. More ...
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New Team Rector
We are delighted to announce that the Rev’d Jeremy Trew has been appointed Team Rector of the Saffron Walden and Villages Team Ministry and Area Dean and will start his ministry here in early March 2021. More ...
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The Lord Bless You And Keep You
The Lord Bless You And Keep You - John Rutter arr. Bobby Goulder who was a chorister here at St Mary's from 2002 to 2008. More ...
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Download our App for your Smartphone
We now have an App that can be downloaded to your smartphone. This will mean that at a touch of a button you can access the whole website and also visit the main areas with ease. To download our App for your smartphone ..... More ...
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Bronze Eco Church award 
We are thrilled to have been awarded the Bronze Eco Church award. Edward said, “We are particularly pleased that, in a time of Covid and lockdown, we have been able to stay active, particularly in the churchyard and with local environmental organisations. More ...
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Online Choral Evensong - October 2020
We have put together an online Choral Evensong for October 2020 despite the extra challenges of doing this online during the Covid-19 restrictions. Thanks to members of our choir including soloists, organist, Director of Music Oli King and Marisa Baltrock More ...
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David's latest book is out
David Tomlinson has just published his second book - 'Knowing Christ: Christian discipleship and the Eucharist.' More ...
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Ave Maris Stella - Titelouze. 
Ave Maris Stella (Hail Star of the Sea) recorded live in St Mary's Church Saffron Walden for our Patronal Festival September 2020. The singer is Peter De Vile and Oli King is playing the organ. More ...
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Next Bishop of Chelmsford
The process to identify the next Bishop of Chelmsford is well underway and the Diocese of Chelmsford’s Vacancy in see Committee - the group that manages and oversees the Diocese’s role in the process- has published its Statement of Needs. More ...
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Locus iste
Locus iste - Anton Bruckner - sung by the choir of St Mary's Church, Saffron Walden. This sacred motet was composed by Anton Bruckner in 1869. Often sung for the annual celebration of a church's dedication. More ...
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Our Eco Churchyard
The Eco Church has been working in the churchyard for several months, planting wild flowers and encouraging biodiversity. Here are some photos of the wild flowers that have been thriving because of our new reduced mowing regime. More ...
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Organ and Choral Scholars during lockdown 
Music extracts from online worship - May 2020. St Mary's Church, Saffron Walden: Organ and Choral Scholars during lockdown. God is Love:his the care, Come, my way, my truth, my life - Ralph Vaughan Williams, and Sing Hosanna. More ...
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'The Lord ascended up on high'
Sung by the the Under 18's of St Mary's Church Choir, Saffron Walden with music by Director of Music Oli King. Recorded individually online. 31st May 2020. Pentecost. More ...
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Sewards End 75th VE Day Aniversary  
The church bell rings to mark the silence and afternoon tea is taken St James church, Sewards End, along with the rest of the village, hung out flags to commemorate the anniversary of VE Day on 8th May 2020. More ...
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The music plays on 
The adults and choral scholars of our nearly 70 strong choir are continuing weekly choir practices online by Zoom. All parts of the choir (adults, choral scholars and juniors) are also working towards various online recording projects. More ...
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The Easter Garden at St James Church 2020
The Easter Garden at St James' Church, Sewards End has been created every Good Friday for more than 25 years. We're keeping the tradition alive but, sadly, no children could help this year. More ...
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Easter Day Choral Evensong 21 April 2019 
As there can be no choral evensong at St Mary's SW this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, here is a chance to celebrate Easter by listening to a recording made of last year's service. More ...
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Holocaust Memorial Service
196 children from local schools and 124 adults including members of the Beth Shalom Synagogue in Cambridge attended the Holocaust Memorial Service hosted by St Mary's SW on Monday 27th January 2020. More ...
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Aftershock Dinner Photos in aid of Jimmy’s - Jan 2020 
Aftershock, the young people’s group at St Mary’s parish church, raised £3,905 for Jimmy’s homeless charity when they entertained 68 guests at a dinner evening on Saturday, 11th January 2020. More ...
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Eco Church
The Eco Church pages are now active on the St Mary’s website. Just click here or on the ‘Other’ tab on the home page and scroll down to Eco Church or go direct to www.stmaryssaffronwalden.org/ecochurch. More ...
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Recording of Nine Lessons and Carols - 22nd December 2019 
Recording of our Service of Nine Lessons and Carols. Thanks to Peter De Vile for this recording – https://1drv.ms/u/s!Ahi-vSE3jNZnik7apFaeUoVUY19D?e=frPrIS More ...
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Waiting here for you
'Waiting here for you' - sung by Alison Knights at our Family Service on 15 December 2019 accompanied by Oli King on piano. More ...
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Christmas Fair Photos 30 Nov 2019
Photos from St Mary's Christmas Fair on 30th November 2019 which raised over £5,500 towards church funds. More ...
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David's Farewell  23/24th November 2019
A great barn dance at the Chesterford Community Centre on the Saturday evening and a very moving Eucharist and farewell at St Mary's Saffron Walden on the Sunday morning attended by over 400 parishioners. More ...
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Lay Funeral Minister 
Judith Hasler has been authorised by Bishop Stephen as one of the first Lay Funeral Ministers in the Diocese. She was commissioned on 12th October 2019, along with three others in a Celebration of Lay Ministry at Chelmsford Cathedral. More ...
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Do you play a Brass instrument? 
St Mary’s Brass meets on Monday evenings 6.15–7.15pm during term time. The group plays at various events in the year including our Easter Service, Christmas Carol Service and Christmas Fair. New members of any age are always welcome. More ...
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Harvest Festival 2019
St. Mary’s celebrated Harvest Festival at a special family service on Sunday 15th September. Members of St Mary’s Church Guides and Brownies attended the service and the church junior choir led the singing of traditional and contemporary harvest hymns. More ...
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Soul Survivor Photos 2019 
A selection of photos from the last Soul Survivor camp at the Peterborough showground from 17th to 21st Aug 2019 which 5 members of our Aftershock youth group attended. More ...
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From the Archives
Photo of St Mary's Church Choir Saffron Walden taken in 1913 More ...
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SMMA Autumn/Winter 2019-20 Music Programme
Latest SMMA Autumn/Winter 2019-20 Programme of Music Events at St Mary's SW, from our Patronal Festival on 8th September until Easter Sunday on 12th April 2020. Subject to change. More ...
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St Marys Flower Festival Photos 23-26 August 2019
St Mary’s Church, Saffron Walden, was thronged by around 2,000 visitors enthralled by a grand Flower Festival during the August Bank Holiday Weekend. There were over 40 splendid exhibits by local flower arrangers, each representing a saint. More ...
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St Mary's wins DAC Design Award
We have received a HIGHLY COMMENDED DESIGN AWARD for the Welcome Building Project work at the west end of St Mary's SW by the Diocesan Advisory Committee More ...
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U3A Photoshoot at St Mary's 
Here is a selection of photos taken by members of Saffron Walden U3A's Photography Group in April 2019. Many thanks to Brian Eascott, David Powell, Graeme Cowling, Hugh Herdon, Martin Hugall, Tony Marks and Tony Treglown and to Gill Caswell for her help. More ...
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Songs of Praise 1986!
BBC Songs of Praise at St Mary's Church in Saffron Walden in 1986. There are a number of familiar but younger faces that you might recognise! More ...
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Minutes from Church Meetings on 7th April 2019
St Mary's Church Saffron Walden Meeting of the Parishioners and the Annual Parochial Church Meeting held on Sunday 7th April 2018 at 11.30am at St Mary’s Church, Saffron Walden. More ...
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David's Book
David Tomlinson's Book called ‘Leading a Church to maturity in love’ is available for pre-order from Sacristy Press - go to their website - or any good book shop. ISBN: 978-1-78959-023-4, only £12.99. More ...
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Jenny Tomlinson appointed as next Archdeacon of Birmingham  
Rev’d Canon Jenny Tomlinson is congratulated on her appointment as the next Archdeacon of Birmingham from May 2019. More ...
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Joyful Noise is looking for new members!  
Joyful Noise - Our youngest singing group is looking for new members! Joyful Noise is a singing group for children in school years 1-3, who love music, singing and having fun. More ...
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Welcome to our New Website - 29 January 2019
Our new church website went live on Tuesday 29th January 2019. It is hosted by ChurchInsight.com who look after over 600 church websites and are based in Cambridge and are able to provide us with the level of support that we need. More ...
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Aftershock Dinner Photos in aid of Jimmy’s Jan 2019
Aftershock Dinner Photos in aid of Jimmy’s Nightshelter in Cambridge 12 January 2019. Over £1600 was raised for Jimmy's by our youth group Aftershock. More ...
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Christmas Carol Service Rehearsal Photos 16 December 2018
Christmas Carol Service Rehearsal Photos 16 December 2019 More ...
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Christingles and Joyful Noise - 9th Dec 2018
Christingles is always special, and Joyful Noise, our young children’s singing group for children aged 6 -8 years old, sung a carol, ‘Jesus is Born, composed by one of our junior choristers James Razzell. More ...
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Christmas Fair Photos - Nov 2018
Photos from our Christmas Fair on 24th November 2018 with a Pantomime theme, and which raised over £6,000 for church funds. More ...
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Confirmation Service - 25 Nov 2018 
Five young people and five adults were confirmed in a service led by the Bishop of Colchester More ...
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There but not there...
The seated silhouettes in the church and in the memorial garden are a commemorative installation to the fallen of the First World War who were linked to Sewards End, as part of a project called "There But Not There". More ...
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Soul Survivor 18-23 August 2018 
5 young people from our church joined with another 15 people from the Colchester area to attend Soul Survivor at the Peterborough Showground for 6 days in August 2018. More ...
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Ordination to the Priesthood - 29 Sept 2018
Ordination to the Priesthood on 29th September 2018 at St Mary’s Church Saffron Walden. Rachel Prior and John Saxon and others were ordained priests by Rt Revd Roger Morris, the area Bishop of Colchester. More ...
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Harvest Festival 16 Sept 2018 
On 16th September 2018 – St. Mary’s celebrated Harvest Festival at a special family service. Members of St Mary’s Church Guides Section attended the service and the church junior choir led the singing of traditional and contemporary harvest hymns. More ...
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New Team Vicar 
Revd Alex JeewanThe Rev’d Alex Jeewan was licensed on Wednesday 25th July 2018 as Team Vicar for the parishes of Great and Little Chesterford, Littlebury, Littlebury Green and Wendon’s Ambo within the Saffron Walden and Villages Team Ministry. More ...
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Rector on BBC Essex Radio 
Listen to an interview with David Tomlinson about St Mary’s Church SW on BBC Essex Radio which was broadcast on Sunday 1st July 2018. More ...
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Aftershock Jimmy’s Dinner Photos 6th Jan 2018
Congratulations to our Aftershock youth group which raised a record £2,033.75 for Jimmy’s Homeless in Cambridge with their charity dinner on January 6th 2018. More ...
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Drone footage of church in snow 
Thanks to Jamie Furlong for this drone video of our church in the snow after Christmas – 28 Dec 2017 as posted on Facebook and YouTube. More ...
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Photos from Carol Service Rehearsal 17 December 2017  
Photos from Carol Service Rehearsal 17th December 2017 More ...
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Christmas Fayre Nov 2017 Photos 
In achieving the much needed funding of £6,770, your contribution to the event, whether large or small, added much needed variety to attract people into our church. The mix was vital! Your co-operation was amazing! Thanks again! More ...
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The Making of Mary 
Tessa Hawkes gave an account of the making of Mary in Parish News for October 2014. In retelling the story to 20 fascinated listeners, she gave some new details. More ...
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