June 2018

Dates to Remember

Sat 2nd June  Community Book Swap – Village Hall – 10.00-11.00am
Tue 5 June Church Cleaning 4.00pm
Wed 6 June Parish Council  – Village Hall – 8.00pm
Sat 16 June Community Book Swap – Village Hall – 10.00-11.00am
Wed 20 June Deadline for the July/August 2018 newsletter
Wed 27 June Preston Village Society – Windrush, Back Lane – 8.00pm
Tue 3 July Church Cleaning 4.00pm

Preston Parish Neighbourhood Plan: Regulation16

The Regulation 16 Consultation is available for six weeks on the NHDC website: www.north-herts.gov.uk/approved-neighbourhood-areas-preston. 

The Neighbourhood Plan and associated documents are on the Preston Neighbourhood Plan website: www.preston-np.org.uk/your-say/

Preston Village Society

The next meeting is being held on Wednesday 27 June at 8 pm at Sue Griffiths, Windrush, Back Lane. Angela Collins and co will give a talk entitled “A Puppet’s Tale.” 

Neighbourhood Watch

The number to contact at North Herts Police for all non-emergencies (including witnessing of fly-tipping) is 101 or  01707 354000.

For removal of fly tipping which has already occurred, call NHDC 01462 474000 or online at www.north-herts.gov.uk, then follow the links to Transport and Streets, Street Cleaning and Fly Tipping where there is a form to complete to report the details.

PC Matt Jenkins and PCSO Heather Burrows can be contacted regarding local community issues. Their contact details are as follows:

PC Matt Jenkins:   07736 225349 or  01438 757604

PCSO Heather Burrows:  07847 364955 or  01438 757604 or heather.burrows@herts.pnn.police.uk 

In the event of an emergency or if you witness a crime taking place please call  999.

Preston Village Hall – New booking contact details

To book our village hall please email Carol at: villagehallpreston@gmail.com

St Martin’s Church and All Saint’s Church Services

June Service Sidesman Reader
3rdNo service at St Martin’s
11.00amFamily Communion at All Saints’
10th9.30pmHoly CommunionMike KellardPaul Constantinidi
   2 Cor. 4:13-5:1, RCL p. 588 Gospel: Mark 3:20 – end
Intercessions: Hugh Reeves   Chalice: Mike Kellard
10th11.00amHoly Communion at All Saints’
17th8.00amHoly Communion (BCP) at All Saints’
9.30amHoly Communion with BaptismRichard GillSue Griffiths
   2 Cor. 5:6-10, 14-17, RCL p. 594 Gospel:Mark 4:26-34
Intercessions: Elizabeth Bunker   Chalice: Dawn Jenkins
11.00amSunday Praise at All Saints’
24th10.00amFamily Ice Cream Service
11.00amHoly Communion at All Saints’
3.00pmIn Loving Memory at All Saints’
1st11.00amTeam Holy Communion Service at Princess Helena College
All services are at St. Martin's unless stated otherwise


Weekday services in Whitwell:

Every Tuesday 9.30am      Morning Prayer at All Saints’

Alternate Wednesdays 9.30am Holy Communion – Lime Tree House 6th and 23rd June.

A Letter From Our Team Vicar

01438 871658 or 01462 686808

Dear Friends,

I am writing this two or three days late so that I can include some details of the two visits we have had this week from the Bishop of Hertford, Bishop Michael. He led our worship and preached on Sunday. In his sermon he asked us to imagine what life would be like if the Ascension had never occurred, so Jesus would not have returned to be with his Father but had stayed around. The bishop suggested that, if that had been the case, very few people would have had a personal relationship with Jesus. Whereas his ascension meant that God sent the Holy Spirit to us and through that spirit all of us have the opportunity of a personal relationship with Jesus. The bishop returned on Wednesday for the afternoon and evening. He visited Preston School, both churches, had tea at Hello Out There and spent time with a good number of church members.  It was a good time and we are fortunate that he was able to be with us.  There are after all nearly 250 parishes in Hertfordshire.

As in 2017, we have been joining in Thy Kingdom Come in this parish. There have been a number of special services in both churches between Ascension Day and Pentecost when we have been praying for ourselves and others that our faith may be deepened.  These have gone well so far and I am looking forward to being at St Alban’s Abbey on Saturday for the culmination of this period of prayer in a special service of Celebration. The Archbishop of Canterbury will be speaking alongside the Revd Haley Young, a Baptist minister in this diocese and Soul Survivor, Watford will be leading the worship.  And all of us there will be praying that our own faith may deepen and that more people will be drawn to a personal relationship with Jesus.  I know that there will be feedback about this service in the July magazine.

As I mentioned last month the 2018 In Loving Memory service for the whole parish takes place at All Saints’ at 3pm on Sunday 24 June, followed by refreshments. In Loving Memory is a special service of hymns, prayers and short readings with the opportunity to light candles in memory of ‘those we love but see no longer’.  If you and other family members wish to attend and would like the name of your loved one read out during the service please let us know by email.  Personal invitations are being sent to the families we know where there has been a death in the last three years, but the service is, of course, open to everyone. Do get in touch if you want to know more.

Two young people from this parish were confirmed at the Abbey on Saturday last week by Bishop Alan and they received communion at St Martin’s for the first time the following day when Bishop Michael was taking the service.

Our Wednesday afternoon group resumes on 6 June and our theme for these five weekly sessions is: Women of the Bible as Role-models. Our first session will be devoted to Ruth. Come along at 2pm for an hour of talk and discussion followed by tea and biscuits.  Please contact me, Dawn or Meta for details of where the meetings will take place.

And some personal news: as some of you already know I will be leaving the parish at the end of September this year. I have been in Preston and Whitwell for over eight years and I am very sad to be saying Goodbye to you all, but I am nearly nine years older than when I arrived and I know that I now need to take things at a slightly gentler pace.

With my prayers and good wishes to you all


St Martin’s Church 120 Club  2018/2019

The winners of the May draw in the 2018/19 120 Club (£30 each) were:

No.  39 Mr A Loustau

No.  65 Mrs S Brignell