The Vicar and Parochial Church Council recognise the importance of our work with children and young people and adults in need of protection, and our responsibility to protect everyone entrusted to our care.

St. Mary’s is committed to the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults and ensuring their wellbeing.

If you have any concerns for a child or vulnerable adult then please contact St. Mary’s Safeguarding Officer, Lyn Sugden, whose contact details are at the back of church.

A copy of our Safeguarding Policy and procedures can be found at the back of church.

1st Reading   Psalm 96  verses 1 – 9 [10 – 13]          

Gospel Reading    Matthew   Chapter 22 verses 15 – 22     


THANK YOU - Mark and Sue would like to thank everyone for the warmth of their welcome and the many cards and gifts.  We are still pinching ourselves that we are in Radcliffe and have been overwhelmed by the generous welcome. Thank you all so much.  We are so excited at all the Lord has in store.

Warm thanks to all who made the church look so beautiful at Harvest Festival.  It was a great indicator of the many gifts and talents within the congregation.  Thanks also for all the gifts provided.


LEADING PRAYERS & READING THE LESSON - Reading the lesson and leading prayers is a very valuable part of services. If you would like to join the team for either those who read the Bible lesson or lead Intercessions at a Sunday 10.30 am service, please have a word with Iris McLean or one of the clergy. Short training is available if needed and support/help always available. 


LIGHT PARTY - We are holding a party in St Mary’s Hall on Tuesday 31st Oct and need some plain buns please for the children to decorate. We would also love more adult helpers. If you can bake or help in any way please let one of us know. Cori, Jude or Lindsey Brown.


FUNDRAISING –Please note the following dates in your diary:-

  • Saturday 18th November 2017 – Christmas Fayre
  • Saturday 9th December 2017 – Breakfast with Santa
  • Saturday 13th January 2018 – Wedding Fayre

The aforesaid are all fundraising for St. Mary’s Church and we look forward to lots of support. Further details will follow as and when appropriate.


EASY FUNDRAISING – Don’t forget that if any of you would like to help with fundraising for St. Mary’s without any cost to yourself please use the link below. There are lots of on line stores, hotel booking sites and travel firms which participate and by doing this you will be helping your church.  It’s so simple.

( Please do support as the more you support the more we get for St. Mary’s.


CHRISTMAS SHOEBOX APPEAL – “CHILDREN IN DISTRESS” - Please collect leaflet and instructions /background from back of church. Some empty pre-wrapped boxes also available! Return to church on or before 5th November. Julia Hancock.


WOOL ODDMENTS - Last week we had a great start. Any wool, for our charity knitters, you have lying around and don’t want to use, please take it to the back of church and put in/near box with the RED BALL of WOOL on a STICK! Thanks you so much. Julia Hancock.


NOTTINGHAM REFUGEE FORUM – Nottingham Refugee Forum proudly presents on Friday 17th November at the Royal British Legion, Radcliffe on Trent “The Electric Bears” 7.30pm – 11.00pm. Come down for an evening of live dancing to pop, funk and soul.  Tickets cost £5 and can be obtained from Pen to Paper or Cathy tel: 07811 380 317 


CHRISTMAS FAYRE 2017  - At the back of church you will find a list for those of you who would like to contribute cakes, biscuits, jams, marmalades or chutneys or the like for the Christmas Fayre on November Saturday 18th November.  This gives you a month to prepare these items and any contributions will be more than gratefully received. Thanking you in anticipation. Margaret Scothern & Martin Skeffington


2018 CALENDARS - Attractive calendars of Nottinghamshire churches are now available, priced £5 each from Brian Bull or any of the bell ringers. These include 12 photos of local churches, which can also be used as postcards. Proceeds will go to the Diocesan Bell Fund, which gave a generous grant when work was carried out on St Mary's bells in 2000. Brian Bull


“PROMISES,PROMISES” EXHIBITION - An exhibition called “Promises, promises” in The Chapter House at Southwell Minster explores some of the issues raised by the letter written by Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour in November 1917 which signaled Government support for the establishment of a national home for the Jewish people in Palestine. The exhibition runs from 14th to 28th October. On Sunday 15th October, there will be a talk at 3pm in Trebeck Hall hosted by Southwell Minster Partnership Group with St. George’s Jerusalem, to which all are very welcome: “The Balfour Declaration and implications for Palestinians” will be presented by the Rev’d Dr. Fadi Diab (Diocese of Jerusalem and the Middle East). The exhibition culminates in a free conference for anyone who would like to know more about Britain’s historical role in the complex situation in Israel/Palestine. It is called ‘Britain and Palestine 1917- 2017 Unfinished Business’ and takes place on Saturday 28th October from 2pm to 5pm in the State Chamber, Southwell Minster. It will include an address – ‘The Promised Land?’ - by Professor Mary Grey (Roman Catholic liberation theologian and Trustee of the Balfour Project). To register interest/find out more please call 0115 952 1802 / 0115 965 2948 or e mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


ART EXHIBITION – An art exhibition will take place the weekend of 28th/29th October in aid of the Methodist Church funds and we shall be serving refreshments on both days. The times are Saturday 10.00am to 5.00pm and Sunday 12.30pm to 4.30pm. We shall be receiving entries on the Friday afternoon 27th. between 2.30 and 4pm.We shall be including photographs and having a children's section. If anyone would like to enter drawings, paintings or photographs, please contact Rae Allton, 1 Orchard Close.

DIOCESAN MOTHERS’ UNION SERVICE – The Diocesan Mothers’ Union Service will take place Saturday 28th October at 11.00am in Southwell Minster, followed by the AGM and refreshments in Trebeck Hall


APPLES – Dave Townsend and I have been picking apples off the apple tree in the vicarage garden.  I intend to use them to make some items for the Christmas Fayre.  If anyone else would like any to do something similar or just to use for their own purposes please have a word with me and I’ll let you have some.  We have also put some in the foyer of St. Mary’s Hall for people to help themselves.  Martin Skeffington