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Weekly Benefice Update

Services and other events for this week beginning 17th September can be found on the This Week page by clicking here.   This page has other news and information about forthcoming events.

Easy Fund Raising     Do you shop on the internet? if you do why don’t you sign up to easy fund raising. This will help the church at no extra cost to you.  Just sign up and make money for the church. Both Somersham and Old Hurst  use this when purchasing items on line, and it costs the purchaser nothing, but the Church receives money for doing absolutely nothing.  If you are unsure of what to do, just ask Jenny Smith at Somersham or Nicola Jarmaine at Old Hurst.


       St John’s Somersham


Harvest Festival – Somersham Sunday 24th September    We have been asked by Wateraid if we would support them in their Bottles for Harvest Campaign.  The PCC decided at our last meeting that any funds raised at our Harvest Event would go to this charity. If any members of the congregation would like to take part individually please speak to Jean Draper for more details.   After the Harvest Service we will be having a Bring and Share Lunch and Jenny Smith will supply lists nearer the time.  In addition we will be having a Bring and Buy Table to raise funds for Wateraid.  We would like this to have a creative theme – something you have made – a cake, card or other craft item, something you have grown – fruit or flowers.  Any queries please speak to the Rector.


pidley sketch 4 x 3All Saints’ Pidley-cum-Fenton




woodhurst sketch 4 x 3St John’s Woodhurst




old-hurst sketch 4 x 3St Peter’s Old Hurst


Voices of Old Hurst   This inclusive community group will meet on Monday 25th for an hour from 7.30pm in St Peter’s for everyone who likes to sing.

Sunday Sing and Praise   “Sunday Sing and Praise” embraces a style of worship unlike any other in our benefice, appealing to those enjoying an informal and slightly unconventional approach to short punchy lay-led services with cake and coffee available throughout.  After July’s successful service it has been decided to continue trialling this for at least the next six months every 3rd Sunday at 10.30am.







Lead Theft

The Church Buildings Department at the Diocese has been contacted by PC Pete Mills of Cambridgeshire Police’s Rural Crime Action Team, who has asked them to contact all churches in relation to recent lead thefts from a number of churches within the Diocese. The thefts are significant, and have occurred at night over the last few weeks, and it is extremely likely that the thieves will continue to target churches in the area until the price of lead drops.

Please be vigilant and if you see any suspicious activity around any of the Churches in the Benefice please contact a churchwarden or you can contact the police generally on the following telephone numbers:

999 – for a crime in progress of suspicious activity potentially resulting in a crime

101 – for a crime that has occurred already and has just been discovered.



Do you use the Internet to shop for clothes, shoes, books etc?

If you do, why not become part of Easy Fundraising and help our Church.  It doesn’t cost you anything, but the company or store you buy from donates a small amount of money to your chosen organisation – St John the Baptist Somersham. Every penny they donate helps the church.

Find the web page and sign up.

We have received £17.66p without doing anything except signing up to the fundraising site and buying something on the internet.

If you want more information, or you are not sure what to do please speak to me.

Thank you.  Jenny Smith