Our News Archive
A socially distanced service of remembrance was held in the churchyard on Friday 16th April led by Anne Barker and Roy Pinnock. The service was well attended and the beautiful views over the countryside were a fitting backdrop in which to remember Prince Philip who devoted so much of his time to environmental causes. Brian
There will be a short service of remembrance for HRH The Duke of Edinburgh on Friday 16th April at 2.30 pm in the churchyard, led by Anne Barker and followed by the tolling of the church bell. The service will be held at the rear of the churchyard to allow space for social distancing. Some
Due to Covid 19 restrictions we are unable to provide a book of condolence, however if you would like to write a card of condolence there is a receptacle in the church porch together with cards and pens and hand sanitiser which we ask you to use. If you would like to leave a floral
His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh It is with great sadness that we received the news of the death of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh. Our prayers are offered for Her Majesty the Queen and members of the Royal Family at this time, and for all who are grieving this loss. We
Easter Sunday morning greeted us with brilliant sunshine and a wonderful communion service at 7.30 am in the open air, with some warmth from the brazier and even more warmth from the joy of being together again for worship (albeit socially distanced). A beautiful display of Easter Lilies were on show in the church to
We are sorry to announce that reluctantly we are suspending services in January following the upturn in Covid cases. The virtual services will continue and we can highly recommend them. The important thing is for us all to keep safe and keep a watch on any vulnerable neighbours who may need help through the winter
At the moment the planned Eucharist service for Christmas Day at 9.30 am will go ahead but please watch this space for any last minute changes. As numbers will be restricted please phone 01525 714256 to reserve your place at the service. Our prayers and thoughts are with everyone during this festive season.
Rev David and his wife Jo drew the raffle tickets on 12th December and all the prizes have been distributed to the lucky winners. As you can see from the photo there were some very generous prizes amongst the total of 15 and the draw raised nearly £1200. The PCC is delighted with this substantial
No Christmas is not cancelled – just slightly different this year. Above is a reminder of the window decorations that have been displayed by members of the various groups in the village in previous years. We are really missing them this year! However the village is alight with Advent window decorations organised by Gill Baggott
In a letter to the Nation at the beginning of November, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York called upon the Church of England to make November 2020 a month of prayer for our nation – knowing that we are in the faithful hands of the risen Christ who knows our weaknesses, tiredness and struggles and
On Tuesday 10th November Rev Payne received his official licence as Priest in Charge of our Benefice via a Zoom meeting which was conducted by Bishop Alan. Despite the lack of physical contact the service was well attended by his previous parishioners along with our own congregation who all wished him well. We feel privileged
‘At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them’ Due to the new Covid regulations we regret the planned Service of Remembrance will not take place on 8th November. However the war memorial is suitably decorated as a tribute to the fallen. (See picture) Please remember to support the
Some of the filled shoe boxes ready for delivery in November. Once again the congregation of Pulloxhill Church has shown great generosity in providing shoe boxes filled with gifts for children under the Samaritan’s Purse ~ ‘Operation Christmas Child’. We are delighted to support this worthwhile cause and thank everyone involved especially Anne Stiles and
This has been a busy month with lots going on in the background and at meetings. We are very blessed at St. James with the number of people who support and help the Church and it’s a good time this month to recognise as many of them as possible. We held our Vestry and Annual
The Harvest Festival service on 27th September was a joyous occasion and very well attended. Members of the Parish were extremely generous with donations to the Food Bank and we were also invited to contribute to the Bishop’s Harvest Appeal which will go to farmers in Nepal who are establishing bee colonies – a worthwhile
Sunday 6th September was a landmark day for our lovely church when we were able to open for a slightly smaller congregation to enjoy Morning Prayer. All the Covid safety measures worked well and it felt good to worship together again in a sparkling clean church with Roy leading the service. On 13th September we
We are all looking forward to coming back to church on September 6th and details of services for September through to the end of November can be found on the ‘About our Services’ tab. However, the experience will be different until the Covid virus presents no threat, so the following message will let you know
Last year our Shoe Box Appeal was incredibly successful and this year we are hoping to repeat this success. The shoe boxes will have to be completed by the end of October ready for the collection date in early November. For further information please contact Duncan Robb or Anne Stiles – see contacts page or
Every Christmas we have been delighted by the imaginative nativity scenes displayed by local organisations in the church windows. Sadly the Covid cleaning regulations are going to make it difficult to organise this year. However we hope that everyone in the village will display their own nativity scenes in the windows of their houses for
From 6th September we plan to hold a service each Sunday at 11 am in our beautiful church. We have been working hard on all the essential protocols to follow in order for this to happen and you can be assured that everything is being planned with the safety of all as a priority. More
REST IN PEACE PAT PORTER Pat Porter was a faithful member of our Pulloxhill congregation and a valued contributor to our catering committee, cheerfully helping at all our social events. She always showed concern for others and her warm welcoming smile was a pleasure to behold. Her many friends will miss her company and our
2020-05-25 Website quiz with anwers How many verses are in the National Anthem? 3 Ferrous metals all contain which element? Iron In gardening, what is the more formal word for the prongs of a fork or rake? Tines What are studied by a seismologist? Earthquakes The crosses of which three saints appear on the Union
2020-05-18 Website quiz with answers Under what sort of tree was Isaac Newton sitting when he developed the theory of gravity? An apple tree What is the young of an eel called? Elver What items are made by a Fletcher? Arrows In the Bible what food did God provide for the Israelites in the desert?
2020-05-11 Website quiz with answers Where was Dick Turpin executed by hanging? York The actor Clint Eastwood is allergic to horses. True or False? True What was the first song to be performed in outer space by the Apollo IX astronauts in March 1969? Happy Birthday Which English physicist wrote ‘A brief history of time’?
8th May was a special bank holiday to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe. Due to Covid-19 restrictions it was not possible to gather together for commemorative events but we were very fortunate to have the services of a very talented player who sounded the Last Post and the Reveille following two minutes
2020-05-03 Website quiz with answers Word Format A chef has 5 potatoes to feed 3 people. How can she give them equal portions without using fractions? Mashed potato What was the name of the ship in which the Pilgrim Fathers set sail in 1620? Mayflower Which nut is included in the ingredients of dynamite? Peanut
2020-04-27 Website quiz with answers Word format: Which poet is buried in Grasmere churchyard? William Wordsworth Which famous fictional character had a brother named Mycroft? Sherlock Holmes What plant does the Colorado beetle attack? Potato What type of pastry is used for profiteroles? Choux The bones of which English King were found underneath a Leicestershire
Jesus said: “Peace be with you” John 20:21 This are difficult times for us as people, as a nation and as a church. The coronavirus pandemic has changed many aspects of life that we take for granted; work, home, school, leisure, church, and even our very lives. May I thank you for all that you
2020-04-20 Website quiz with answers If you prefer this is the Word format: Which Wars between the Houses of Lancaster and York started in St Albans in May 1455? The Wars of the Roses How many wings does a butterfly have? Four In the song “Scarborough Fair” which other herbs are mentioned apart from parsley
Here are the answers to last week’s quiz Which fictional collie first appeared in an Eric Knight novel published in 1940? Lassie In which open space in Greater London was ‘The Wombles’ set? Wimbledon Common Florence Nightingale achieved note as a nurse during which war? Crimean Oldham, Manchester North West, Dundee, Epping and Woodford were
To The Benefice of Silsoe, Pulloxhill and Flitton Dear Friends, I was due to lead the united service this Sunday in your Benefice. As we know this will not be possible, but you will be very much in my thoughts and prayers, as we mark Palm Sunday together, but apart. Thank you for all that
A couple of weeks ago we put a quiz on the events page – in case anyone was missing the coffee morning quizzes. Here are the answers: What sort of creature is advertising star Aleksandr Orlov? Meerkat The BBC Home Service was the predecessor of which radio station? Radio 4 In the British Army, which
The PCC wish to say a big THANK YOU to all of our kind supporters who are continuing to contribute to the funds of Pulloxhill Church during the pandemic emergency. As you know we usually hold a variety of concerts, coffee mornings etc. in order to raise the money to help keep the church open
Church News: April 2020 We were all set to go with the normal news of what’s been happening and what events and services we have planned when the Coronavirus hit the UK and has made such an impact on every-day life. We have been closely following advice from HM Government and the Church of England
We shall all miss getting together in our beautiful church for our usual services/prayer and friendship during this time of enforced separation but we can still join together in spirit and continue our prayers at home. The Church of England has now launched a new App called ‘Pray’ with morning and evening services. Another source
Following the announcement today by the Archbishop of Canterbury that all services in the Church of England are to be suspended we want our community to know that the PCC and Readers are available to listen to your concerns and take phone calls from anyone who feels in need at this difficult time. We are
Friday 6th March was a really lovely evening with Pam Rhodes and the brilliant Toddington Town Band who accompanied the hymns along with organist David Warner. Pam has so many witty anecdotes and detailed information about the hymns to tell us that the evening flew by. While we perused Pam’s interesting selection of books we
A reminder of the great response to the Samaritan’s Shoe Box Appeal. A photo of some of the decorated shoe boxes waiting to be blessed before being collected from the church. We hope the children were excited to receive their surprise gifts at Christmas. Well done to everyone who supported this appeal.
Mike Olney making a leaving presentation to Ian It was a bittersweet event on Sunday 29th December as following a beautiful communion service we had the sad task of saying Goodbye to Ian and Christine. Ian has been a wonderful contributor to our Benefice as Curate for the last couple of years and he and
The Pulloxhill Brownies The Pulloxhill tradition carries on and we are delighted with this year’s Nativity displays from local organisations. Once again very imaginative interpretations of the theme ‘While Shepherds Watched’. Well done to the contributors. If you haven’t had a chance to see them yet please come along to the Christmas Eve blessing of
There was nothing unlucky about Friday the 13th 2019 for those attending the Christmas Concert held in the church. The Pulloxhill Singers were on excellent form with some beautiful solos from Joyce Rackley and Louise Kidby and a very amusing Little Red Riding Hood ‘Panto in a Pot’ from Linda Brown which had us all
We are delighted that we have been able to send 47 Shoe Boxes full of gifts as part of the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child. It means so much to the children who receive them; thank you to everyone who has contributed to this very worthwhile appeal. https://www.samaritans-purse.org.uk/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child
We really enjoyed welcoming everyone on Saturday 16th November to a Christmas coffee morning with stalls like the festive tombola pictured. Large sausage rolls, cheese scones, cake and mince pies went down well with the coffee while the raffle, guess the sweets in the jar and quiz were all popular. The morning was very successful
The service of remembrance which began at the war memorial was led by Roy Pinnock with members of the Royal British Legion and the Pulloxhill Brownies on parade. Chris Witherington sounded the last post on the bugle followed by the reveille (or rouse) after the two minute silence. The service continued in the church which
Fugitives from the Seventies! The Seventies Sing-a-long Supper on 11th October went with a real swing with characters from the Seventies roaming the hall! The music was great and everyone enjoyed singing songs remembered from the Seventies in between the courses of delicious food cooked by Linda and served by the catering team. A raffle
Another year – another harvest and as usual young and not so young celebrated it in style at Pulloxhill enjoying a chat and refreshments after the service in the beautifully decorated church. The Food Bank benefited from a good selection of tinned and dried goods and the silent auction of fresh produce raised some more
Record breaking temperatures and sweltering sunshine over the August Bank Holiday Weekend did not deter the many visitors from enjoying the exhibition of art in the church and the assortment of refreshments available in the marquee. Morning coffee, lunches, scrumptious desserts and afternoon tea and cakes were all devoured appreciatively and the catering team were
There were mixed emotions at Dave’s last service in the Benefice on August 11th held in Silsoe church. A packed church sang Dave’s favourite hymns and listened to his uplifting talk and his chosen readings. Along with his main gift we were delighted to see him presented with a framed picture, and a book of
The family service in July led by Gillian saw the church decorated with teddy bears and other soft toys, many with their devoted owners. Gillian reminded us of how similar is God’s love for us to the love we feel for one another and especially for our precious teddy bears, some of which were of
Yes everything did stop for tea on Saturday at the church hall. A mouthwatering display of sandwiches, savoury tarts, scones and assorted cakes tempted the visitors who managed to work their way through what seemed like a never ending supply of food. Another great afternoon in Pulloxhill. The A team of caterers did it again!
Pulloxhill trees came to life with imaginative and amusing decorations for the Tree Festival organised by the Friends of the Church. The stalls on the village green brought everyone together and the interesting stroll around the village to see the decorated trees was captivating. These are the photos of the PCC contribution which was entitled
The Sound of Summer concert was quite simply a magical evening when everything was in perfect harmony. The Pulloxhill Singers, conducted by Hilary Parks and Martin Roderick, were on splendid form with a programme of delightful popular songs accompanied by John Hemmings. John Parks linked all the items with his usual very amusing ‘smiles’, Joyce
Welcome to the very first edition of “News from the Pews”. This is going to be a monthly newsletter from St. James and will be delivered to all the homes in Pulloxhill. It will contain lots of news and information about St. James Church – what has been taking place, news of events and services
First the beautiful reflective service on Good Friday joined by the 3 churches choir and then the sunrise service on Easter Sunday. Easter worship was perfect at Pulloxhill. The photos show the ministry team preparing the first communion of Easter in the churchyard overlooking the hills with the sun welcoming the large congregation. John accompanied
Lots of fun and games at the winter coffee morning on February 9th! Plenty of bacon or sausage rolls were eaten plus scrumptious cakes. The great atmosphere was enhanced by the happily chatting group who enjoyed the tombola raffle and quiz – you’re getting better at the quizzes – we’ll have to make them harder!
Christmas is always a special time at Pulloxhill Church. The Christmas Carol Concert gets everyone into the spirit and the special services help us remember the reason for the festivities. The children enjoy the Christingle and the Blessing of the Crib services and it’s good to meet up on Christmas morning to celebrate communion and
At St James church we celebrated the special 100 years anniversary of the end of World War 1 in style. The church was decorated in the most imaginative way incorporating Greg’s hand made figures, hundreds of poppies and even a model Sopwith Camel ‘flying’ through the church. The cascade of over two thousand hand knitted
We are taking part in the National Act of Commemoration with a focus on Pulloxhill. The church will be open from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday 10th November where there will be displays, a DVD, poppies and more. If you would like to help with this 100th year commemoration of WW1 you can
What an excellent night of entertainment, good food, good company and great fun! On 12th October a talented cast of performers led by David Cope helped us solve the mystery of ‘Whodunit at Dibley?’ a game inspired by a well known TV series. The actors stayed in character as they served the three course meal
Our harvest service will be led by Gillian Kern and will follow the usual pattern popular with families. It is an opportunity to celebrate and give thanks for all God’s gifts. We will be happy to receive donations of non perishable goods to the Food Bank at the service. This year the collection from the
Murder/Mystery evening at Pulloxhill The Pulloxhill PCC invite you to our Murder Mystery evening in the Church Hall at Pulloxhill. It will take place at 7pm for 7.30pm on Friday 12th October and the tickets are £15 per person which includes a 3 course supper and coffee. Tickets are limited ~ and there will be
‘Those we remember, those we love, safe now in God’s hands’ You are invited to this special service to remember departed loved ones. There will be readings of comfort and reflection alongside specially chosen hymns and prayers. During the service there will be an opportunity to come forward and light a candle in memory of
A visit to the book shop is being arranged for: Thursday 30th August 7.30pm The Book shop have kindly offered to open on the above evening to allow anyone from our Benefice (and any friends) to visit, see what the shop sell and do. Enjoy a browse at the wide range of Bibles, study notes, books,
The Bank Holiday Weekend of 25/26 August presented us with very mixed weather but that did not deter the enthusiastic visitors to the Art Exhibition and Sale organised by the Friends of Pulloxhill Church. Having digested the very high standard of artwork on display many visitors joined the PCC and helpers in the marquee to
Artwork of a very high standard will be on view in the church over the Bank Holiday weekend. This is always a very sociable weekend with refreshments served in the marquee. Come along and have a browse, a coffee or a chat.
Another brave soft toy being lowered from the tower by Brian and George on Sunday 22nd July after the family service which celebrated teddy bears and other much loved albeit silent family members. Gillian led the service in which the children (and some adults) introduced their soft toys and everyone agreed that although they were
Following his Priesting at St Albans Abbey on 30th June, Ian took his first Communion Service at Pulloxhill on Sunday 1st July. Members of all three churches plus his friends and family helped to celebrate this special occasion with Ian who is held in high esteem and affection across the Benefice. Ian’s choice of hymns
Beautifully decorated trees in the churchyard helped to make the Tree Fest another amazing community event with money raised for the Friends of Pulloxhill Church and the St John’s (Sue Ryder) Hospice at Moggerhanger. Well done to the organisers and all the enthusiastic volunteers who decorated the village in the most imaginative of ways and
Join us for another evening of fun and French wines. This event has been running for a number of years and we look forward to another successful occasion. Tickets available from: William Butterworth – 07768 663431 David Forrester – 01525 718233
WE REGRET THAT THIS EVENT IS NOW POSTPONED DUE TO EVENTS BEYOND OUR CONTROL WE APOLOGISE FOR ANY DISAPPOINTMENT AND LOOK FORWARD TO WELCOMING YOU TO OUR NEXT SOCIAL ACTIVITY
We have been truly blessed to have been able to welcome Ian Smith to our Benefice as assistant Curate. He has become a good friend to us all and an invaluable member of the Ministry Team and we are very excited that he will be taking his first Communion Service in Pulloxhill Church on Sunday
You are invited to join us at our next Family Service on Sunday 24th June at 11 am. The theme of the service is ‘The Gift of Laughter’ and we are all agreed that whatever age we are laughter can benefit us all. Come and hear what Rev. Dave has to say about this and
Sensational singers Brilliant brass band Hilarious humour Fabulous food Awesome auction Riveting raffle Wonderful weather The Summer concert led by Hilary Parks and the Pulloxhill Singers went with a swing accompanied by the Toddington Town Brass Band. A varied programme was interspersed with humorous stories and a very amusing ‘lecture’ from Dave on the various
This year the the Pulloxhill Singers have invited the Toddington Town Brass Band to join them in the Summer Concert on Friday June 8th at 7.30 pm in the Church. We certainly have a treat in store and we are all looking forward to what promises to be a great evening of musical variety. Refreshments
Everyone is invited to join us on Sunday 27th May for family worship including a baptism at 11 am followed by refreshments. It’s always a joy to celebrate the baptism of a new member of our church and we are hoping for some lovely sunny weather to suit the occasion.
The Anglican Communion celebrates the Feast of St George on April 23rd and at Pulloxhill for the first time in many years we are delighted that our ‘Verger’ has been able to find a way to fly the St George’s Cross from the tower of the church. This has caused much comment and appreciation amongst
SOWING THE SEEDS Gillian led a lovely family service on 22nd April celebrating ‘Creation’. We followed the story of the flood and the children chose different items from a selection representing God’s creations. The service ended with all the congregation sowing wild flower seeds in a specially prepared bed in the churchyard. We pray and
On April 22nd we shall be celebrating Creation. Gillian will lead us through the service which will end with an opportunity to plant wildflower seeds in the churchyard. We look forward to celebrating new beginnings with you. Refreshments will be served after the service.
We are so lucky in Pulloxhill to have some great volunteers who turn up cheerfully when requested to carry out tasks to help maintain the church. This morning a group of eleven got together for a cleaning party and worked tirelessly for three hours giving the church a good Spring clean. This was in addition
After the period of Lent when the church is bare of flowers it is so lovely to see the church on Easter Day decorated with beautiful displays of lilies. The Easter morning Communion was celebrated in the churchyard with the brazier warming up the congregation who were able to appreciate the views across the hills.
Would you like to help clean your Parish Church? We are having a cleaning party on Saturday 7th April at 10 am – if you have a spare hour please come along and lend a hand. The work is ‘light’ and refreshments will be provided. It’s also a chance to meet up with other volunteers
Good Friday Walk of Witness The Good Friday Service started from the village green and continued with the impressive cross being carried through the village to the church. A beautiful service followed with readings, congregational hymns and wonderful anthems sung by the choir accompanied by our organist John Hemmings. After the reflections and prayers the
We have an early start on Easter Sunday at Pulloxhill when we gather in the churchyard at 7.30 am for a short Communion service overlooking the countryside and watching the sunrise. Following the service we enjoy coffee and croissants in the church ~ a most enjoyable start to the Easter celebrations. Please join us for
Good Friday worship at Pulloxhill begins with a walk of witness from the village green at 2 pm. The cross is then carried to the church for a special service for Good Friday with readings, traditional hymns and anthems from the Three Churches Choir. All are welcome to join us on the green or in
Another successful coffee morning on Saturday 24th March! Lots of visitors, Easter eggs for the children, plenty of inviting food, cake stall, tombola, raffle, children’s Easter raffle, books, quiz – something for everyone. Thanks to all the hardworking group who helped in a variety of ways – another great team effort.
Saturday February 10th was a dreary day but everyone who ventured out to the Church Hall for the coffee morning enjoyed a warm and friendly occasion. The bacon rolls were so popular the supplies were exhausted but there were plenty of cakes and scones to supplement rations! It was good to catch up with friends
After more than twenty years of service Anne Bates has decided to stand down from the PCC. Anne has been a very helpful contributor to all our church events and has put her many talents to good use (we will always remember her beautiful exhibition of wedding dresses). Anne has also been our pastoral care
Say goodbye to the winter blues and come and have a coffee and a get together at the Church Hall on 10th February. Mouthwatering bacon rolls, scones, and home made cakes will all be on offer along with a tombola, raffle and book stall. While waiting for the results of the raffle why not browse
Dave and Ian make a good pair in the Four Candles sketch! The Carol Concert was another evening of delightful entertainment and a great antidote to the usual fare available on TV. The wonderful Pulloxhill Singers, led by Hilary Parks, presented a variety of music with beautiful solos from Joyce Rackley and Louise Holland