Stambourne Newsletter: October / November 2022

Digital version of the October-November 2022 Stambourne Newsletter, the bi-monthly printed newsletter published and distributed by Stambourne Parish Council – No: 270

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Stambourne newsletter October – November 2022

Stambourne newsletter October – November 2022


Stambourne Fireworks Bonfire Night

Stambourne Bonfire Night is back! And we can’t wait to welcome you all on 5th November 2022 from 6.30pm onwards 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 »


The latest meeting was held in the Stambourne Village Hall on Wednesday, 6th October. Unfortunately, our District and County Councillors were unable to attend. However, there was one member of the public present. We started the meeting with one minute’s silence in memory of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Thank you to everyone who signed the Book of Condolence which was available in the Church during the period of mourning. The Moment of Reflection on Sunday, 18th September at the Church was also well supported and thank you also to Rev. Liz Paxton who was able to conduct a blessing.


If you come across any issues with our footpaths or highways these can be reported to Essex County Council on or you can let me know – photographs are always really helpful.


The Pavilion has been well used throughout the summer and there have been many positive comments about the refurbishment and how clean and fresh it looks.

The Pavilion will be closed up for winter after Bonfire Night and re-open in the spring. If you would like to book it please contact me.

Parish Council Meeting Dates 2022
• 23rd November 2022 (Wednesday)

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

More details may be found here »

Full minutes are available on the village website:

Debbie Hilliard, Parish Clerk, 01440 785 629

Stambourne newsletter October – November 2022


Harvest Festival

A big thank you to those who attended the Harvest Festival service on Sunday, 2nd October 2022 and in particular to all those who kindly donated tins, packets, etc which have been delivered to Reach Community Projects, Haverhill for their food bank.

The staff were very grateful for our items.

As you may have noticed scaffold is going up on the outside of the Church for repair work and from Monday, 3rd October more scaffold will be going up inside the Church.

The work will take several weeks to complete and it may mean we have to cancel services depending how accessible the pews are! Please check the notice board for service updates, etc.

It will soon be Carol Service time and the Church repairs will be complete by that time.

However, we do need volunteers to help with this year’s service both before and after the service; to prepare the Church by setting out the candles, helping to serve and clear up the refreshments, reading a lesson, decorating the Church, putting out the lanterns to light up the path and making mince pies!

Mince pies

It is one of the events of the year that we do have a big congregation and the whole family do attend and from past experience do have a good time!

If you can get involved in any way contact me (details below) or any member of the Church Council.

One further request — we are still looking for an organist to play on Sundays!

Stambourne newsletter October – November 2022


6th November9.30amMorning PrayerDave Brown
13th November10.45amRemembrance SundayAt the War Memorial; then to the Chapel for a joint service of Remembrance at 11.10am — ALL WELCOME!
4th December9.30amMorning PrayerDave Brown
11th DecemberTBCCarol Service
25th DecemberNo service at StambourneBut check the Notice Board for services elsewhere in the Benefice when details are confirmed.

(All subject to repair work and accessibility.)

Val Kerrison, Churchwarden
01440 785 752 or 07879 816 362

Stambourne newsletter October – November 2022


News from the Chapel

Building works

So our good news is we have planning permission — and the next good news? We have to raise the money to build it!

This is perhaps then the opportunity to state that our hope is in the provision we have from God. That doesn’t mean the money flows from heaven, but that we trust that any money raising efforts, and any charitable giving any grants we apply for, will cover the cost of whatever we are going to build.

And that, as Christians, it is how we should live our lives. I know sometimes it doesn’t feel like that, and amid the fuel and cost of living crisis it may seem a little glib to say we will be OK because God will provide — and yes it is.

We are expected to use the wonderful mind that God gave us and to try to make the best of the resources we have and to not expect everything to be handed to us on a plate! So our trust in God comes with responsibilities!

Stambourne Chapel Care (see below) is to here to try and help anyone struggling. We don’t have funds to give out, but we do have people who will help in any way they can if life gets difficult, sometimes by just helping to make the tough decisions needed to stay afloat. Do call us if you need a hand.

Every blessing,

Adrian Burr, Minister

Stambourne newsletter October – November 2022


SundayMorning Services
10.45am. 1st Sunday includes Communion.
TuesdayCoffee morning »
10am – 12pm. Coffee and chat.

Silver Link »
2pm – 4pm. Every other week.

Band practice
7.30pm. Open for all to come and listen and enjoy.
WednesdayWednesday Club
10am – 2pm. For people with learning disabilities, as respite for carers.

Better Balance
2pm – 3pm. Gentle exercise to improve confidence, increase stability, improve mobility and balance, strengthen muscles and improve posture. If it does just one of those things for you then it must be worth it!
ThursdayCoffee morning »
10am – 12pm. Coffee and prayer. Every 3rd Thursday will include Outings Group coffee morning.

EVENTS for October, November and December

15th OctoberFilm Night
C. S. Lewis: a film about his life and his struggle with his faith. He was the author of “The lion, the witch and the wardrobe” and “The Narnia Chronicles“. Refreshments will be served at half time.
20th OctoberOutings Coffee morning
10am – 12pm. Come and chat about what outings you would like to go on and if a few have an interest in one particular outing we will arrange it. We have so far arranged visits to Haverhill Silver Band Christmas and Cinderella Pantomime (see below).
13th NovemberRemembrance Sunday
First we meet at 10.45am at the War Memorial at the Church of England followed by a service at the Chapel (starting around 11.10 am). Lifts can be arranged.
19th NovemberChristmas Fayre »
Lots of cards and Christmas gifts to buy – all in aid of the Building fund.
4th DecemberHaverhill Silver Band Christmas Concert (part of the Outings Coffee morning)
At 4pm at Haverhill Arts Centre. Tickets are £10.
17th DecemberCinderella Pantomime (part of the Outings Coffee morning)
At 2.30pm at Haverhill Arts Centre. Tickets are £17 or £15.50 for concessions. Again we will arrange transport for those who book to go.


Stambourne Chapel Care still offers friendship, support through life changing situations and transport/collection services.

Call Jill Holmes on 07883 423 528, or email at

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 Vicky on 07908 099 904 or Lorna on 07980 922 636.

Oktoberfest 2022 »

  • 12th October 2022 at the Stambourne Village Hall
  • 7pm for 7.30pm
  • Open to all. FREE for members; £3 for non-members

Buffet provided courtesy of SLG.

Oktoberfest 2022

November meet-up »

  • 9th November 2022 at the Stambourne Village Hall
  • 7pm for 7.30pm
  • Open to all. FREE for members; £3 for non-members

Buffet provided courtesy of SLG.

November meet-up

Christmas meal »

Join the Stambourne Ladies Group for our annual Christmas meal and celebrate the upcoming holiday season with us!

  • 15th December 2022 at The White Horse, Mill Road, Ridgewell CO9 4SG
  • 7pm for 7.30pm
  • Contact Vicky on 07908 099 904 or Lorna on 07980 922 636 for more details
Christmas meal

Knit & Natter Club »

  • Every other Thursday at The Green Man, 3 Church Lane, Toppesfield CO9 4DR
  • 5pm – 7pm
  • 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!
  • 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 October – November 2022


Village Hall available for hire »

Hiring Fees, including heating and electricity:

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

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

Stambourne Village Hall

Women’s workout »

Women only fitness class focusing on improving general fitness, strength, balance and core in a fun and supportive environment.

  • Every Tuesday at the Stambourne Village Hall
  • From 6pm
  • £6 per session(please book in advance)
  • For more information, contact Lara on 07471 105 210
Fitness class

Stambourne Autumn Craft Market »

We have a Craft Market at the Stambourne Village Hall. Please come along and bring your monies.

  • Saturday, 15th October 2022 at the Stambourne Village Hall
  • 10am – 2pm
Stambourne Autumn Craft Market

Decorative stained glass class »

Stained glass class: a fantastic workshop to create your very own Christmas inspired glass masterpiece!

  • Saturday, 26th November 2022 at the Stambourne Village Hall
  • 10am – 3pm: 5 hours of tuition
  • All materials and designs provided
  • Refreshments and a light lunch included
  • £50 per person
  • BOOKING ESSENTIAL. Contact Jeanette on 07707 507 880 to book

Quiz night at the Village Hall »

Chicken curry, jacket potatoes and a vegetarian option will accompany the evening. Bring your own drink and have a good time!

  • Saturday, 10th December 2022 at the Stambourne Village Hall
  • From 7pm


Stambourne Mobile Library

Mobile Library Service

The mobile library visits Stambourne every three weeks – it parks at the Stambourne Village Hall. Any library member can borrow or return books and other items there.

You can check the time it visits on our website or on the Essex Library website:

  1. Select “Mobile Library Services” ( then “See details of mobile routes by area”
  2. Find the district you’re in and click on the links to find the timetable for your area
  3. Clicking on a stop will enable you to find when the mobile library is next due to visit

You can also find details on the Library app:

  1. Select “Our Libraries”, then “Our Mobile Libraries”
  2. Select the district you’re in
  3. Expand the map and select the bus symbol nearest to where you live
  4. Use the list below the map to find when the mobile library is next due to visit

Home Library Service

If you can’t get to the library owing to age, disability or caring responsibilities, you can still use Essex Library Service. Home Library Service volunteers are your link to the library, bringing books and any other library items you’d like. To join the Home Library Service, all you need to do is phone 0345 603 7628 or ask a friend, relative or care home staff to contact us on your behalf.

Alternatively, you can fill in the feedback form and an employee of the Library Service will then get in touch with you to arrange a home visit.

Home Library Service

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