Stambourne Newsletter: October / November 2021

Digital version of the October-November 2021 Stambourne Newsletter, the bi-monthly printed newsletter published and distributed by Stambourne Parish Council – No: 264


The latest meeting of the parish council took place on Thursday 16 September in the Village Hall.

Playing Field

This continues to be kept neat and tidy by our grass cutting contractor, Michael. Thank you Michael for your hard work.


Since coming out of lockdown the Pavilion has seen regular use. We are looking for a cleaner to keep it in good order throughout the year. See the advert below if you are interested.


We continue to report in any highways issues and fly tipping as and when the arise. Highways issues can be reported in direct at

Thank you to our team of Stambourne Wombles who are still regularly out litter picking to keep the village tidy.


We are aware that some of the footbridges need repair. These have all been reported to Essex County Council. Please take care on our footpaths.

The final meeting of the year will take place on Wednesday, 17th November 2021 at 7.30pm in the Village Hall, Stambourne.

Full minutes are available on the village website:

Debbie Hilliard, Parish Clerk, 01440 785 629

Cleaner required

To clean Stambourne Pavilion.

Regular hours and good rate of pay.

Please contact: Stambourne Parish Council: 01440 785 629

Stambourne Bonfire Night 2021

Stambourne Bonfire Night and Fireworks 2021

Stambourne Bonfire Night is back! And we can’t wait to welcome you all on 6th November 2021 from 6.30pm on the Playing Field. Join us for an evening of fun with BBQrefreshments and, of course, fireworks entertainment! We look forward to seeing you there »


Our second cream tea on 22nd August was very well supported. A very big thank you to all those helping and attending. We just about finished before the rain came down!

It is so nice to be able to sing again at our Church services. Although our organist, David, has retired, we have recorded music at most services which is easy to sing along to.

We have a variety of services coming up in the next three months which are not at our set time of 9.30am. So do please check the Church notice board or this newsletter before you set out.

Stambourne Church


3rd October9.30amMorning PrayerDave Brown
10th October6pmHARVEST FESTIVALRev. Liz Paxton
7th November9.30amMorning PrayerDave Brown
14th November10.50amREMEMBERANCE SUNDAYRev. Mike Bursell
5th December9.30amMorning PrayerDave Brown
12th December5pmCAROL SERVICERev. Liz Paxton

Val Kerrison, Churchwarden
01440 785 752 or 07879 816 362


Autumn Reflections – and remembering those who have died

In Stambourne, and around about, there have been a number of memorials recently in church for people who died during the last eighteen months where the numbers permitted to attend a funeral were very limited.

Families who had no opportunities to say goodbye to their loved ones or had to watch over Zoom are gathering to remember. We have also had the twenty year anniversary of 9/11 and we are beginning to reflect on those who lost their lives in the war as Remembrance day approaches. We think of the soldiers who died or were wounded in Afghanistan and the impact war continues to make in the lives of their families.

Hand holding

Whether or not you have been fortunate in the last eighteen months and have been unaffected by bereavement personally, you will all know someone who has lost a loved one over this period. It has been a difficult time and is by no means fully over; we will be ‘living with COVID’ for some time. But we do want to acknowledge that we may have turned a corner and have a new approach to the challenge, and at the same time acknowledge that it has been tough for us, and especially for those who have lost loved ones. Although we are speaking about bereavement in different cases the repeating factor is in fact ‘loss’. Whether a loss is perceived as small or significantly large they all have a cumulative effect. If we are able to come to terms with our losses through life and reach the point of acceptance then we tend to regain our zest for life and look to the future with hope.

Autumn berries

One helpful way to deal with loss and bereavement is to give these difficult feelings over to God. It is especially true when you are able to do this in the company of others who understand the way you are feeling, because they have (or still are) experiencing the same emotions themselves.

On Tuesday, 2nd November at 2pm we are meeting together in St Margaret’s Church, Toppesfield to pay our respects to all those whom we still love but see no longer. We call this service ‘All Souls’ where we pray together, light candles for our loved ones, comfort each other and, with God’s help, come to accept the new shapes of our lives without the family and friends who have died.

If you are reading this as a person who is struggling with bereavement or loss, whatever the cause, then perhaps you could give the comfort of Christ a chance, after all what do you have to lose? Come to the service, bring your friends and neighbours who you know are having a hard time, and find comfort.

Of course on 11th November we will be honouring the war dead at St Peter and St Thomas, Stambourne (with the service starting at 10.50am). You are also very welcome to attend this service at the war memorial and in the church.


Rev. Liz Paxton, Rector

The Benefice of the Hedinghams and Upper Colne
07932 160 594 or 01787 277 270


News from the Chapel

This last two months has been a time of getting back to something like normal. Shops seem fuller, people seem to have more freedom, some have even managed to travel away from this country! But at the same time the news isn’t good, and I was reminded that life has always been like this. We think we are in control, but then something hits and we find that we are led down a path that we couldn’t have expected. It is at times like these that we turn to others, and as a church we turn to God and pray.

These last two months have been full of surprises, many of them not good. But then there have been the good surprises — Val and Adrian completed a 50 mile sponsored bicycle ride, and one of the people we support used his tricycle, and between us we raised around £500 for the Stambourne Chapel Care charity and the building project that is ongoing.


At the same time we have been able to help pay the hospital and food bills for many people in rural India, where the loss of a job has meant total loss of income.

So for all our freedoms, all our joys, there are many so much worse off than ourselves. We saw people fleeing from a volcano last month, people fleeing from an oppressive regime the month before. And yet we can only count our blessings for the life we have here. Yes, we can moan about price rises, but that means we are still are able to buy those things, we still have a roof over our heads that are supplied with electricity, gas and water. Yet a large proportion of the world don’t have these things. We are coming up to that season when “spend” is the watchword. What about buying a cow for a budding farmer in Africa, an education for a child in India, food for an orphan or a refugee…

For we don’t know what tomorrow will bring. Whether it will be fun and laughter, or tears and pain.

In the Bible the book of Ecclesiastes says “Nothing makes sense! Everything is nonsense. I have seen it all — nothing makes sense!” (chapter 1 verse 2 CEV). And this was written by someone 3000 years ago!

Autumn leaves

He could see that all the effort we put in, all the things we chase after, everything we collect and store away, all of it is pointless. And yet he concludes that this is what we do! So we pray that we will all find peace and joy in our lives. We will find the place where we can enjoy the relationships we have and find room to “love one another” as Jesus commanded us to do, for surely our relationships matter more than anything else.

Have a lovely Autumn!

Every blessing,

Adrian Burr, Minister


SundaySunday Services
10.45am in the Chapel, but if you can’t come and would like a printed version we will be happy to deliver or email a copy each week.
Tuesday & ThursdayCoffee morning
10am – 12pm. The Chapel is open for a chat and coffee and for a time of private chat and for prayer.
WednesdayWednesday Club
10am – 1.30pm. For people with learning disabilities.

Move It or Lose It
1.30pm. Exercises to keep us mobile.

EVENTS for October, November and December

3rd OctoberSunday Service
Remembering all those we have lost in these last few years.
15th OctoberMacmillan’s Coffee Morning
10am – 12pm.
7th NovemberRidgewell Chapel
Bringing the lives of the people on the war memorial to life.
13th NovemberChristmas Fayre
10am – 2pm.
19th DecemberChristmas Celebration
10.45am in Stambourne Chapel and Interactive Service in Ridgewell Chapel at 4pm.
25th DecemberChristmas Day Service
Christmas Day Service and we hope to be holding a Christmas lunch for those who would otherwise be alone in the Chapel again this year.

STAMBOURNE CHAPEL CARE is set up as part of the work of Stambourne Chapel and provides opportunities for people to volunteer to help people who are going through changes in circumstances, who are vulnerable, or who are not well.

We offer a friendly face, and time to chat and discuss, as well as transport to hospital, pick up of food and medications, support during consultations with health or social services contacts, but above all someone who cares about each individual.

If you know someone who would like this support please let us know. If you would like to volunteer, then please register with us.

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 »

Day out at Helmingham Hall Gardens »

On a warm, sunny day in August we enjoyed a day out at Helmingham Hall in Suffolk.

Fish and chips supper »

In September the weather was once again kind to us when fish and chips were delivered to the Pavilion. We didn’t let the twilight stop our fun!

Future events

If you’d like to know more than please contact Vicky on 07908 099 904 or Lorna on 07980 922 636.


Village Hall available for hire


  • For residents: £8 per hour (including use of indoor bowls mats and bowls: £10 per hour)
  • For non-residents: £10 per hour

There is also a table tennis table to hire. To hire the Hall, ring Rosemary on 01440 785 339. More info »

Stambourne Village Hall

Christmas Draw

This year there will be a Grand Christmas Draw so make sure you get your tickets!! On Saturday, 11th December at 7pm we will have a free Cheese and Wine get-together (bring your own glass) with live 60’s music, The Reflections. We will draw the raffle at the end of this evening.

Cheese and wine evening at the Stambourne Village Hall

Women’s workout

This friendly group meets every Tuesday at 6pm at the Playing Field or in the Village Hall (depending on the time of year / weather) and via Zoom. The group is great for beginners and intermediates who wish to improve their fitness levels in a fun non-competitive supportive environment. Sessions are pay-as-you-go so come along and try it out!

For more details, contact Lara on 07471 105 210.

Fitness class

Silver Link Club

Stambourne Chapel from 2pm to 4pm every two weeks.

Dates for next meetings: 12th October, 26th October, 9th November, 23rd November, 7th December, 21st December, 4th January 2022 — PARTY TIME!

If anyone would like to come along please just turn up or if you need a lift just give Vanessa a call on 01440 785 122 or Lois on 01440 578 720. We love to welcome new members.

Silver Link Club

Connie James — Epic solo ride for charity

Stambourne born and raised, Connie James undertook a mammoth challenge!

Family with a campervan acted as support as she cycled solo from Land’s End to John O’Groats!

Connie completed the 970 miles in just nine days (an unbelievable average of 108 miles a day!) with just one puncture and apparently no aches and pains!

So far Connie has raised £2,625 for her chosen charity Back Up, who help people with spinal injury transform their lives. A big thank you to all those who have already donated.

If anyone would still like support this good cause and recognise Connie’s huge achievement, then her JustGiving page is still open. Thanks!

Well done Connie!

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Thank you.

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