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2017 Christmas Market

By John Cooke - Last updated: Monday, January 1, 2018

The Christmas Market in 2017 raised £3,120.59 for the Myanmar refugees which will be sent to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) which covers 13 charities including Christian Aid and Tearfund. It was a very happy occasion with wonderful homemade goods, games to play and seasonal refreshments and was great fun. A tremendous effort by all […]

Carol Singing

By John Cooke - Last updated: Friday, December 29, 2017

A group of singers from St Peter’s and associated friends met at The Pack Horse on the Thursday before Christmas to enjoy the convivial atmosphere and share their carols with a wider audience. The Bethlehem Carol Sheets were handed out and the customers joined in with the singing and said how nice it was to […]

2017 Autumn Ramble

By John Cooke - Last updated: Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Autumn Ramble took place on Remembrance Sunday. The trees looked truly spectacular in the stunning sunshine and against the clear blue skies. The footpath to the woods was muddy and treacherous (providing us with just the tiniest inkling of what it must have been like 100 years ago in Passchendaele). Amongst several records set […]

Chat Mats arrive in Caversham

By John Cooke - Last updated: Monday, November 6, 2017

Taking time over a quiet coffee can be just the thing but sometimes a chance to chat can make all the difference. Chat Mats at the 3Cs Café in St John’s Church on Gosbrook Road ensure both are available every Tuesday morning. Chat Mats were the brainchild of Caroline Billington and spread throughout Newbury. Now, […]

2017 Parish Barn Dance

By John Cooke - Last updated: Saturday, October 7, 2017

The Parish Barn Dance at the end of September was great fun. Music was provided by local band Inisheer, with Howard Ballard as caller guiding us through the dances. We have booked the band again for next year, so put Friday 28th September 2018, 6.30pm, in your diaries! The proceeds of the evening came to […]

2017 Wilfred Owen walk

By John Cooke - Last updated: Monday, September 11, 2017

The Summer Ramble held on 10 September 2017 had a definite focus – to explore the Wilfred Owen connection at Dunsden. The walk was organised by Francis Sergeant and incorporated Clayfield Copse and Blackhouse Wood where we enjoyed seeing the various wooden sculptures and coppicing, noticed the original parish Saxon boundary between Mapledurham and Binfield […]

Judith’s ordination

By John Cooke - Last updated: Saturday, June 24, 2017

Our curate, Judith Ryder, was ordained at Reading Minster by Bishop Andrew on 24 June 2017. The following day, Judith led the communion service at the St Peters patronal festival, assisted by Marion acting as Deacon and by Penny preaching. Judith writes, “I would like to thank everyone for their welcome, prayers and support, and […]

Sermons on Discipleship

By John Cooke - Last updated: Saturday, June 17, 2017

In the eight weeks after Trinity this year [2017] our main Sunday morning services are focusing their readings and sermons on the subject of Discipleship. Step Out Of The Boat! Being a Disciple in 21st-Century Caversham Many of the sermons are available here as PDF files. They are being used as study material by our […]

2017 Bluebell Walk

By John Cooke - Last updated: Tuesday, May 2, 2017

There is a silent eloquence In every wild bluebell That fills my softened heart with bliss That words could never tell. The Spring Ramble began in St Margaret’s Church Mapledurham with a reading of two bluebell poems written by the Bronte sisters to whet our appetite for what was to come. The large company then […]

Mother’s Day Tea at St John’s

By John Cooke - Last updated: Wednesday, March 29, 2017

On a beautifully sunny afternoon, St John’s held a Mother’s Day tea for the local community, an opportunity to bless mothers. Donkeys Buffy and Solo were outside, their panniers loaded with posies of flowers. The church filled up with families, enjoying a cup of tea and a scone or homemade cake. There were crafts for […]