" Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour ”
( Matthew 25:13 )
19th Nov. 2nd Sunday before Advent
St Peter & St Paul
8am - Holy Communion
10am Parish Communion
6pm Taizé Service: Prayer & Music
St Mary's Ballinger
Friends of Great Missenden Parish Church
Registered Charity No. 1067435
"Helping to maintain Great Missendens ancient church for the community to which it belongs"
The Friends are an important component of Parish life. The charity was founded in 1997 with the aim of raising funds to support the maintenance of the church's fabric, its fittings and its churchyard. We do not support the day-to day running of the church or the provision of worship facilities - that is solely the responsibility of the congregation.
Membership is actively encouraged for those for whom the church is a special place. It belongs to the whole Parish and not just those who worship within its walls. It belongs to any one who passes by or who had experienced a special moment involving the church. It is open during daylight hours for the benefit of all those who want to visit.
In addition to the comprehensive round of worship, the church hosts other social/community events, such as concerts, making it a truly community resource.
Since the charity's formation, the Friends have provided over £116,000. In 2016, grants totalling £46,570 were made towards the Organ Restoration (three-quarters of the final £61,663 cost). Other restoration and repair projects include the repair of two 14th century windows in the Chancel (£3,000), a contribution towards the repair of the tower, a buttress, West door arch 'label' and replacing the windowsill above (£7,000).
Incredibly, grants of almost £115,000 have been made since 2000. We know that they are much appreciated by the Vicar and PCC and we are very grateful for all the wonderful support from people and local businesses.
Forthcoming events and dates for your diaries for 2017 / 2018
For each of those events held in the Oldham Hall, free parking will be available on the adjacent school playground.
Do come along wih your family and friends - Everyone is welcome!
See the events page for fuller details of these events
Trustees of the charity:
“Art and Design in the Chilterns in the 20th Century”
On Saturday, 23rd September, the Friends of Great Missenden Parish Church held another happy, well-attended and successful fundraising event.
We welcomed Dr Graham Twemlow, a retired University academic and Decorative Arts Historian, who gave a most interesting illustrated talk about some of the 20th century artists and designers living in our lovely Chilterns, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Dr Twemlow discussed works by Paul Nash, his brother John Nash, Eric Gill, John Piper, Clare Leighton, Marion Dorn and E McKnight Kauffer. It was fascinating to see the comparisons between the painted scenes and photographs of the present day landscape.
Many questions followed the talk and a delicious tea was then served to the tables. A very big “Thank You” to Dr Twemlow and to everyone who helped to make it such a wonderful afternoon - it was a real community gathering.
We were delighted that the entrance fee, raffle, sale of the charity tea towels, preserves and the “The Home Front in Buckinghamshire 1914-1918” DVD raised over £840 for future grants to repair and restore of our lovely historic Parish Church. It is a vital local community hub and this small local charity aims to ensure that it continues to be so!
“Buckinghamshire in the Civil War” — Talk and Tea
On Saturday, 22nd July, the Friends held another very happy and successful event in the Oldham Hall. Professor Ian Beckett, the retired Professor of Military History at the University of Kent, gave such a fascinating illustrated talk about the history of the three Civil Wars, the schisms within families and the effect on the big houses in the county. It was a most interesting insight into life in Buckinghamshire at that time.
Buckinghamshire’s location on the main routes between the King’s base at Oxford and Parliament’s base in London made its resources key to both sides. The impact of the Civil Wars on the county between 1642 and 1660, therefore, was considerable. The talk illustrated the political, social and economic impact for both the ‘county community’ of the gentry and the ‘local community” of ordinary people in the towns and villages as well as touching on county figures who played a national wartime role such as John Hampden of Great Hampden, George Fleetwood of Great Missenden, and Sir Edmund Verney of Claydon House.
Many questions followed the talk and then a delicious Afternoon Tea was served to everyone at their tables (Tea at the Ritz!). A raffle followed with prizes so kindly donated by local shops and preserves and the new charity tea towels of St Peter & St Paul Church were available to buy. It was a real community event and a joy to see so many happy faces.
The Committee is so very grateful for Professor Beckett’s support of our charity’s fundraising efforts. A huge “Thank you” to all the wonderful people who helped in so many ways to make it such a memorable afternoon. The Oldham Hall was packed out and the Committee is astonished that £1324 was raised for restoration and repairs to our much-loved and historic church of St Peter & St Paul. Since 2000 this charity has now made many grants totalling over £115,500 to the PCC. Many thanks for all the wonderful support!
Professor Beckett has very kindly agreed to give another talk on Saturday, 20th October next year, just before the Centenary of Armistice Day in 1918: “Buckinghamshire in the Great War”. (please see the Events page for further details of this and other future fundraising events).
Professor Ian Beckett is the author of “Wanton Troopers: Buckinghamshire in the Civil Wars, 1640-1660” (2015).
On 4th March, another most enjoyable event was held in the Oldham Hall. We were delighted to welcome Margaret Watson, a renowned harpist who studied under Sidonie Goossens OBE and Helen Arnold. Margaret played a wide variety of harp music, demonstrating its versability as a solo instrument. She explained the workings of the harp, and the secret mechanism that you never see, in a lively and informative way.
Two young harpists, Chlöe and Esther were thrilled when Margaret Watson invited them each to play a small piece of music before she started playing. They seemed to be inspired by having the opportunity to meet such an accomplished harpist and to be photographed with her. (click on images for larger versions)
On November 12th the Friends of Great Missenden Parish Church held what was probably their most successful event ever, an afternoon, at the Oldham Hall, devoted to World War 1.
This arose out of the work Jill Robertson has done, investigating the backgrounds and descendants of the men whose names appear on the War Memorials at the Church and in the High Street. She contributed some of her material to the group who put together a film to show the impact of the war throughout Buckinghamshire, at the behest of the Lord Lieutenant. This film was previewed at Pinewood Studios, and Jill had the idea that local people would also like to see it – it is available on DVD.
Presiley introduced the film and described something of its production. After the showing of the film Jill then gave a short talk on World War 1 as it affected Great Missenden, with accounts of the lives of some of the war dead, and some wonderful photographs of the period.
The hall was packed out. Jamie Gairdner – accompanied by Yvonne Pinion – entertained us with two songs and the afternoon then concluded with an excellent tea. The Friends are most grateful to all those who contributed to the food served, and those who poured the tea or took plates of food around. There were so many people in the hall that it was not possible to ask them to come up and help themselves! Since then many people have told us what an excellent afternoon it was.
The whole event provided a splendid opportunity for the local community, church-goers and non-church-goers alike, to come together and, in addition, it raised just over £900 for the Friends' funds. This sum included donations made for copies of the DVD and also from sales of tea towels showing the Church, the Friends' latest fund-raising venture.
Very many thanks to all who played a part in the success of this event!
A SPECIAL PLACE?
Is this church a special place for you ? Does it matter to you ?
This Church belongs to everyone who lives in the parish of Great Missenden and also to all who have been baptised, confirmed or married here!
Do you live here ? Have you been to Services, Concerts, Cream Teas, School events, Children's Holiday Clubs or Christmas Tree Festivals in the Church?
Church buildings are just like our homes - they need regular repairs and maintenance to keep them in good condition. Otherwise they can deteriorate and, ultimately, become unusable. So the care of this ancient, lovely and evocative building is important. Would you like to help ?
Since the charity's formation in December 1997, the Friends have donated over £116,000 to help maintain the fabric and fittings of this much-loved church.
Please download or print out a leaflet to find out more about us, then become a member of THE FRIENDS OF GREAT MISSENDEN PARISH CHURCH For further details please ring: 01494 868667 or 891312
PLEASE JOIN TODAY!
A leaflet giving more information and a membership application form is available in printed form in the church, or here to download.