Dates for your diary weeks commencing April 7th and 14th









Village Cinema





Lent Prayer

St Martin




Bible Study Group

6 Queen’s View, Exning




MBC Singing for Fun

Tesco Community Room




Maundy Thursday Meal & Service

St Martin



10.30 for 10.45am

Good Friday Walk of Witness

Bill Tutte Memorial in Newmarket




Good Friday Contemplation

‘The Last Hour’

St P&E




Easter Vigil

St Mary’s, Newmarket




Easter Story & Egg Hunt

St Martin





Friday 12th April: Village Cinema; Exning Community Church Hall, 7pm

Sunday 28th April: Evensong at St Nicholas, Landwade, 3pm

Monday 29th April: Annual Meeting of Parishioners & AGM; St Philip & St Etheldreda, 7.30pm

Tuesday 7th May: Licensing of Church Wardens from within the Mildenhall Deanery by the Archdeacon; St Martin, 7pm

Wednesday 8th May: Social Committee Meeting; St Philip & St Etheldreda, 7.30pm

Sunday 12th May: Christian Aid Week begins

Saturday 22nd June: Exning Duck Races; Churchyard & Stream, from 12noon

Saturday 2nd November: Exning Christmas Fayre; St Martin & Exning Community Church Hall


THE CHILDREN ACT  Starring: Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Fionn Whitehead. Fiona Maye (Thompson) is an eminent High Court judge in London presiding with wisdom and compassion over ethically complex cases of family law. But she has paid a heavy personal price for her workload, and is at a breaking point. In this moment of personal crisis, she is asked to rule on the case of boy who is refusing the blood transfusion that will save his life. Fiona visits Adam in the hospital and their meeting has a profound emotional impact on them both. FRIDAY  12th April 2019. EXNING COMMUNITY CHURCH HALL. Doors open at 7pm, Performance starts 7.30pm. Adults £4, Children (under 15)  £3, Family ticket £12 (2adults/2children). Refreshments available. Rated 12.  MIKE LOVEGROVE

MAUNDY THURSDAY SERVICE  There will be a bring & share meal in the church hall at 6.30 pm on Thursday 18th April during which we will remember the events of the Last Supper through readings & celebration of the eucharist. We will then move to the church for the final part of the service, including stripping of the altars. To minimise the amount of clearing up after the service it would be appreciated if, in addition to some food to share, people could bring eating utensils & a plate & cup. Thank you. JOHN PASCALL

EASTER FLOWERS at ST MARTIN  I will be happy to organise and purchase flowers for St Martin at Easter if so wished. Donations would be appreciated and, as in previous years, Easter Lilies may be purchased in memory of a loved one.  A list for these lilies with the cost shown will be in BOTH churches at the beginning of Lent. They must be paid for with the order, please.  GILL NICHOLSON

EASTER SUNDAY STORY AND EGG HUNT  9.30am at St Martin's.  We look forward to welcoming everyone to the Easter Story, followed by an egg hunt in the churchyard.  Each child must be accompanied by a responsible adult.  For information please contact:  JENNY KING 578344.

REQUEST FOR EASTER EGGS  We welcome gifts of INDIVIDUALLY WRAPPED SMALL EGGS for the egg hunt.  A container will be placed at the back of St Martin's for their collection.  Thank you for your kind generosity.  JENNY KING 578344

ANNUAL MEETING OF PARISHIONERS & AGM  We hope that you will be able to join us on Monday 29th April for the parish’s annual Meeting of Parishioners to elect our church wardens for 2019/20.  This will be held at 7.30pm., followed by the church’s A.G.M., when reports relating to 2018 will be presented and election to the P.C.C. will be held.  If you are interested in any of these positions, please speak with John Pascall or Clive Hook and complete the appropriate nomination form which are be available in both churches.  VANESSA HOOLEY

THE LICENSING OF CHURCH WARDENS  from our Deanery by Archdeacon David Jenkins will take place on Tuesday 7th May 7 for 7.30pm in St Martin's.  We would be grateful to receive offers of help to serve the refreshment. For more information please contact GILL NICHOLSON OR JENNY KING.  Thank you.

SOCIAL EVENTS WORKING GROUP MEETING  There will be a meeting of the Social Events Working Group on Wednesday 8th May, 7.30pm at St Philips & St Etheldreda.  If you would like to join the group, need a lift, or more information,  please ring  JENNY KING 578344.

KNIT and NATTER  We meet each week on Tuesdays 2-4pm; please come and join us. Phone 669400 for venue.  JUDITH McCARTY

THE BISHOP’S LENT APPEAL FOR KAGERA  There are various ideas to support this fundraising for the diocese’s link Diocese of Kagera in Tanzania, which can be seen in the literature at the back of the church.  One idea is a personal Kagera Lent Challenge which comes in the form a booklet with daily challenges.  With suggestions such as on Saturday 9th March ‘Give 2p per year of education for everyone in your household’, or on 22nd March ‘Give 5p for each tap in your house’.  These booklets are free and I can order more if required.  VANESSA HOOLEY

A NEW REPRESENTATIVE IS NEEDED for ‘Churches together in Newmarket’ as Sarah Price is stepping down.  4 meetings a year on first Wednesday of the month. A few of the objectives are: to enable churches to bear a more united witness in the community and to serve it more effectively; give support to new ecumenical initiatives and support for various Christian agencies working within the area (e.g. Christian Aid); the Stable; Newmarket Open Door, Town Pastors; Chaplaincy.  A report is given about things happening with each church.  A maximum of 2 representatives from each church. Organising events including: ‘Walk of Witness’, Christmas event, Holocaust event; Christmas lunch; Christmas services advertisement. If you’d like to find out more please contact me, SARAH PRICE,  07762282103 or

SONGS OF PRAISE  met on Monday 1st April, led by Ann McMillian and entitled From Cavalry to Alleluia.  Ann began by explaining her title. When she was a child she thought the word was Cavalry and could never understand why The Cavalry didn't rescue Jesus.  Step by step, using appropriate hymns and one verse readings from Luke, Ann led us through Holy Week. From remembering processing with a donkey and children waving palms on Palm Sunday. To comparing The Last Supper to some family meals. She spoke of how Good Friday used to be a quiet, contemplative day. Shops were closed and hot cross buns were never eaten until that day, sometimes even fetched from the local baker early in the morning. Finally we came to the Joy of Easter Day, with the verse from Luke, "He is not here, He is Risen". We sang the triumphant Easter hymn "Thine Be The Glory".  As we enjoyed our usual tea, scones and shared our memories of Holy Week, Ann passed round a basket of Easter Eggs.  Not to be eaten until Easter Day.  JANET LANGHAM

WITH SADNESS  it is announced that Grace Hewson died on Saturday 30th March.  The funeral will be on Friday 10th May at 12noon at St Martin.  GILL NICHOLSON

EVENSONG AT LANDWADE  Sunday 29th April; 3pm. David Butcher will be the Preacher for our first Evensong of the year.


My name is David Butcher, I live in Mildenhall together with my wife Caroline, where we have been since 1991. Having previously been a Reader, I was ordained Deacon in June 2018 and now serve as Assistant Curate to the Lark and Lee group of parishes, under the guidance and supervision of Revd Canon Sandie Barton, covering the four parish churches of St Marys, Barton Mills. St Andrews, Freckenham. All Saints, Worlington and St Peters, West Row. My ministry role is part-time and self-supporting; as I have a busy and involved ‘day job’ in which I am the Safeguarding Adviser to the Diocese, with responsibility and oversight for all aspects of Safeguarding, from Training, Safer Recruitment, DBS applications, advice to parishes, handling of referrals, risk management, casework and investigation as well as partnership working with the various professional safeguarding agencies and partners. It is a fascinating, challenging and varied role. My interest in this particular area of work came through 30+ years of experience as a Police Officer including considerable service under the remit of Child Protection and Vulnerable Adult investigations and the area of Domestic Abuse. I am completely passionate about ensuring that the most vulnerable members of our church communities are as well protected and as safe as they can possibly be. I think Safeguarding the vulnerable, whether they be children or adults is completely in line with God’s purposes for us as ‘church’ in Mission and Ministry to all of our communities. It also fits neatly into our Diocesan strategy of “Growing in God”, where we are seeking to nurture flourishing congregations making a difference, that are growing in depth, influence, number and younger. If we get safeguarding wrong we will certainly not grow in any of those areas, it would be very harmful. Finally, I am very excited and looking forward immensely to Saturday 29th June this year at the Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds, where (with the Bishop’s consent!) my wife Caroline will be ordained Deacon in the morning and I shall be ordained Priest in the afternoon. We can look forward to a combined ministry serving our local communities, what a privilege! Revd David Butcher, Curate, Lark and Lee Parishes



The preachers are as follows:

Sunday 28 April: The Revd. Dave Butcher Diocesan Safeguarding Officer

Sunday 26 May (Rogation Sunday): The Very Revd Joe Hawes, Dean of St Edmundsbury

Sunday 30 June (Trinity 2): The Revd Canon Tim Alban-Jones, Chaplain to the Bishop of Peterborough

Sunday 28 July (Trinity 6): The Revd Andrew Rycraft

Sunday 25 August (Trinity 10): Canon Roy Tricker, Suffolk church historian

Sunday 29 September (Harvest): The Revd Canon Sally Gaze, Dean of Rural Mission Consultancy, St Edmundsbury and Ipswich   REVD JOHN HARDY