Safeguarding Statement

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.

Shelford will have its own Safeguarding Statement.





Readings (or as announced and/or as shown in service sheet) 

1st Reading         1 Thessalonians  Chapter 2 verses 1 – 8           

Gospel Reading         Matthew  Chaoter 22 vv. 34 - 46    

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 return filled shoeboxes to church on or before Sunday 5th November 
[or to my address before 8th November]. Then they’re off to our District Collection point in Keyworth. Again it’s a really super effort. Thanks to all involved.  Julia Hancock, 8 Walnut Grove.


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 



  1. 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 time to prepare these items and any contributions will be more than gratefully received.
  2. There is another list there for help in the kitchen.  It is split into hourly slots apart from the last half hour.  We are looking for volunteers to help sp if you could please enter your names into which ever hour slot suits you best we will be very grateful.
  3. Mita Johnson and Canon Alan Haydock are again running the raffle.  Mita will be very grateful to receive donations of prizes.  Please would you give these to Mita in church on Sunday (9 o'clock service) or leave them at the back of church clearly marked. Thank you.  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


ART EXHIBITION – An art exhibition will take place this weekend 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. 


CRAFT FAIR – A Winter Craft Fair (crafts for the family) is being held 10.00am – 4.00pm, in Southwell Minster Saturday 4th November 2017. Will also extend to the Archbishop’s Palace from 12 noon–3.00pm.


APPLES – I have been picking more apples off the apple tree in the vicarage garden and picking up fallens.  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.  Martin Skeffington


COMMUNITY CAFÉ (METHODIST CHURCH) - The Community Cafe will be held Saturday 11th November 9.30am – 12 noon. This month we are raising funds for the Framework homeless shelter in Nottingham. They have seen a big cut in funding in recent years and rely heavily on donations so please come along and support the cafe. We would really appreciate cake donations as in recent months when the cafe is not being run by an external group we have been a little short of cakes. We are happy to collect. Please contact Wendy Layhe tel: 07790 40453


FACE TO FACE SAFEGUARDING COURSE – There are a limited number of spaces on the first stage safeguarding C0 course with Lyn Sugden on Wednesday 8th November at 10.00 am in the Ark Room St. Mary’s Hall.  Please speak to me if you need to do this important course. Sally Williams


GUIDE DOGS FOR THE BLIND – We are holding a tombola in Coffee Pot to raise money for the Guide Dogs.  This will take place Monday 30th October until Thursday 2nd November.  We are also selling a Quiz “Know your Towns & Cities” for £1.  Please support.  Thank you.  Martin & Christine Skeffington