Stambourne Newsletter: August / September 2023

Digital version of the August-September 2023 Stambourne Newsletter, the bi-monthly printed newsletter published and distributed by Stambourne Parish Council – No: 275

The latest Stambourne Newsletter is now available. Read all about the Parish Council, news from Stambourne Chapel and Stambourne Church, activities in Stambourne and more.

Stambourne newsletter August-September 2023

Stambourne newsletter August-September 2023


The latest meeting of the Parish Council took place on Thursday, 20th July 2023 in the Village Hall.

The Pavilion on the Playing Field, Stambourne, North Essex


There has been a great deal of positive feedback from users of the pavilion about how nice it looks since completing the refurbishment. It is regularly used through the summer. We are now looking to replace the chairs. If you want to book the Pavilion, please use the contact form.

Playing equipment

The replacement parts for the rocking horse are on order and should be delivered soon. The Parish Council are looking into installing a new nest swing – watch this space.

VAS sign

We hope to install a VAS sign in the village. The plan is to have a mobile unit which can be located at different places. The Parish Council are exploring different options for this.

Parish Council Meeting Dates 2023
• 21st September 2023
• 23rd November 2023

All are Thursdays at 7.30pm in the Village Hall unless shown otherwise.

More details may be found here »

Full minutes are available here:

Debbie Hilliard, Parish Clerk, 01440 785 629

Defibrillator Awareness Evening »

Run by the Community Heartbeat Trust

  • Thursday, 7th September 2023
  • 7pm
  • Stambourne Village Hall, Church Road, Stambourne CO9 4NP
  • Everybody is welcome. No need to book

Cleaner required

To clean Stambourne Pavilion.

Flexible working and good rate of pay.

If interested, please contact Debbie at, 01440 785 629

Stambourne newsletter August-September 2023


You may see different names appearing to lead services at Stambourne Church. We are trying to continue our two Sunday services a month during the interregnum so do please come along to support us.

Our Harvest Festival is Sunday, 1st October 2023 at 9.30am and any help or contributions to decorate the Church on Friday, 29th or Saturday, 30th September will be gratefully received.

Val Kerrison, Churchwarden
01440 785 752 or 07879 816 362

Stambourne Church

Stambourne newsletter August-September 2023


3rd September9.30amMorning PrayerTia Stickland
10th September9.30amHoly CommunionRev. Caroline Brown
1st October9.30amHarvest Festival »Nick Ellis
8th October9.30amHoly CommunionRev. Caroline Brown
5th November9.30amHoly CommunionTim Goodbody
12th November10.45amRemembrance SundayNick Ellis
Christmas carols

Date for your diary

Sunday, 10th December 2023 at 4pm: CAROL SERVICE »

Stambourne newsletter August-September 2023


News from the Chapel

Thanks to all who attended, contributed and supported our MS Thir-Tea Party. We have been able to send £240 to the MS Trust charity who support people through life with this condition. So our grateful thanks for making that a lovely day.

The news recently has been all about global warming. Can we now doubt that it is happening? In this country it appears cooler than normal, but elsewhere it is hotter and consequences are being suffered by residents and visitors alike.

It’s interesting when we consider these questions because it suddenly confronts us with the idea that what we think as “normal” is only temporary after all. Farmers will tell you that harvests have happened earlier in the last few years, and the crops that are being grown have had to change.

There are many other industries that have had to adapt too. Also politicians will tell you that what we have considered acceptable and normal over the last 50 years or so is going to have to change if we are all to survive. And this all means that we have to be ready to accept change.

Interestingly the Bible tells us that there is nothing new under the sun! Whether this meant human behaviour: we can vouch for the fact there is nothing new in that area, or the created world, where everything has always existed although it may evolve over time, is a little uncertain.

Elsewhere in the Bible we read that change is inevitable, and the inexorable truth of the world we live in. For us, change is felt in the experience of getting older, both in ourselves and our bodies and in everything around us. We are also told that the world will change over time until one day it will vanish. But on a human scale change happens slowly and so we can cope. And it is made all the easier with the knowledge that it is expected and of no surprise. So as we adapt to the changes that are happening around us and within us, all we can do is enjoy the life we have as best we can. This is largely the meaning behind the text in Ecclesiastes, written by a very rich King who was searching for the meaning of life. If you are searching, come on the journey with us as we explore together!

Have a lovely Summer!

Every blessing,

Adrian Burr, Minister

Stambourne newsletter August-September 2023


SundayMorning Services
10.45am. 1st Sunday includes Communion. We come together to share in our Sunday Service of worship. All are welcome!
MondayBalanced Seniors (fitness class for seniors)
2pm. Helping to prevent falls, improve confidence and stability, balance and posture.
For further information and to book, please contact the Chapel contacts below or
TuesdayCoffee morning »
10am – 12pm. Coffee and chat. This often includes a visit from the Community Police or from Richard Van Dulken, our District Councillor.

Silver Link »
2pm – 4pm. Every other week.
WednesdayStrong Seniors (fitness class for seniors)
2pm. Keeping independently mobile, strengthening muscles, improving bone density, mobility and cardiovascular health.
For further information and to book, please contact the Chapel contacts below or

Every Wednesday we have a club for people with some disability and we provide activities and fun for all.
ThursdayCoffee morning »
10am – 12pm. Coffee and chat. This often includes a visit from the Community Police or from Richard Van Dulken, our District Councillor.

Also on 3rd Thursday each month we have our Outings Group meeting, where everyone is invited to come for a cuppa and to share where they would like to visit in the next couple of months. We will then organise and order tickets (if necessary) and arrange transport for all who would like to go. If you haven’t any transport but would like to have a couple hours outing, then come along and find likeminded people who can share the experience with you!

Adrian Burr, Minister,, 07983 656 166
Margaret Mead, Secretary & prayer request,, 07561 283 587
Jill Holmes, Project Lead & Stambourne Chapel Care,, 07883 423 528

Find us on Facebook: Stambourne Chapel or Stambourne Chapel Care


Stambourne Ladies Group

Save these dates!

If you’d like to know more than please visit the Stambourne Ladies Group section or contact Lorna on 07980 922 636 or Zoe on 07740 723 057.

Fish and chips supper »

The weather held off for the Fish and Chip evening at the Pavilion on Wednesday, 12th July 2023 and a great time was had by everyone. The desserts provided by SLG members were particularly appreciated!

Fish and chips

September meet-up »

Join us for a fun get-together at the Stambourne Village Hall. Come to make new friends or meet up with old ones. There will be chats, laughs and delicious food.

More details will be posted on this page as they become available. Stay tuned!

  • Wednesday, 13th September 2023
  • 6pm for 6.30pm
  • Stambourne Pavilion, Church Road, Stambourne CO9 4NP
  • Contact Lorna on 07980 922 636 or Zoe on 07740 723 057 for more details

Knit & Natter Club »

  • Every Thursday
  • 5pm – 7pm
  • The Green Man, 3 Church Lane, Toppesfield CO9 4DR
  • Get crafty with knitting, crochet, sewing, embroidery, quilting and more!
  • Bring along your projects, share ideas and tips, get inspired or just come for a chat. Everyone welcome!
  • You don’t need to be a member of the Stambourne Ladies Group to join us
  • Contact Anna on 07944 696 527 for more details

And if you can’t knit/won’t knit? That’s fine! Just come for a natter and to meet friends (or make new ones). Whatever your levels of craftiness, join in!
More info »

Knit & Natter Club

Stambourne newsletter August-September 2023


Village Hall available for hire »

Hiring Fees, including heating and electricity:

  • For residents: £8 per hour
  • For non-residents: £10 per hour

This includes heating and a kitchen.

There is also a table tennis table and carpet bowls is available.

To hire the Stambourne Village Hall, contact Rosemary Horton on 01440 785 339. More info »

Don’t forget you can use the Village Hall for your celebrations or clubs, parties or get togethers.

If it’s not used there is a risk of this great amenity being lost.

Stambourne Village Hall

Hot off the press!

Summer craft market in Stambourne »

Come along to the Village Hall on Saturday, 19th August 2023 for what is becoming a regular Craft Market appointment in Stambourne and support local makers and businesses!

  • Saturday, 19th August 2023
  • 10am – 2pm
  • Stambourne Village Hall, Church Road, Stambourne CO9 4NP
  • Contact Coral Fordham on 07876 553 332 for more details


Tractor Run »

The Tractor Run was well supported by drivers and spectators along the way.

£1,150 was made and donated to Ipswich Physio Department

Thanks to everyone!

Toppesfield & Gainsford End Village Show

A great afternoon for all the family

Raffle, stalls, competitions & refreshments

  • Saturday, 16th September 2023
  • 2pm
  • Toppesfield Village Hall, Toppesfield CO9 4DR
  • Contact Ann Read on 01787 237 464 for more details

Get a JOGLE on update

On 4th July 2023 Connie and Lily completed their fabulous adventure. They walked for 95 days, covering over 1,000 miles — every step between John O’Groats and Lands’ End including the Three Peaks on the way!

So far they have raised over £6,500 between them. You can donate until the end of the year on their JustGiving page.

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Ideas and contributions for the next newsletter to Karen Crago at or the post box at Tagley Farm by Friday, 29th September 2023.

Thank you.

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