Patronal Festival report

Patronal Festival Sunday. For those energetic folks who climbed the tower on Sunday afternoon, the warm sunshine and clear skies could not have been better for the spectacular views. There was a steady queue all afternoon both for the tower visits and cream teas. The afternoon was also very profitable adding another £647.54 towards the conservation fund. Many thanks to everyone who came and helped or participated.

Christian Aid Collection and Cake Sale Thanks

Christian Aid Collection and cake sale: together raised £772 including Gift Aid. Many thanks to all who helped.

Bedding Plant Sale thanks

Bedding Plant Sale in aid of the Church Conservation Fund: Olive has raised £205 and would like to thank all who contributed.

Musical Supper with Enigma – thanks for your support

Saturday 7th May – Musical Supper, with “Enigma” Ladies Barbershop Quartet.  With 65 folks tucking into a 2 course supper and enjoying some excellent singing and entertainment from the Enigma ladies, the evening was a great success with a profit of £669.10 going towards the Conservation Fund.   Many thanks to everyone who supported the evening.

Church Break-ins

A number of churches have been broken into in the Wokingham area and money and silverware has been stolen and a great deal of damage caused in the process. Thames Valley Police have asked that everyone please be vigilant and notify them if you see anyone acting suspiciously.

Jumble sale result

Many thanks to everyone who helped to raise the amazing sum of £473.20 for the conservation fund at the jumble sale on Saturday 26th March.

Announcement of our New Rector

The Churchwardens of St James’ Finchampstead and St Mary and St John’s California are delighted to announce the appointment of the Rev’d Julie Ramsbottom, currently Rector of West Woodhay with Enborne, Hamstead Marshall, Inkpen and Combe, and Priest-in-Charge of Kintbury with Avington, as Priest-in-Charge of our two parishes and Rector Designate of the United Parish of Finchampstead and California.

The Archdeacon has made the following statement regarding the appointment:

“The Revd Julie Ramsbottom has been quite exceptional in her leadership of a raft of small village parishes in West Berkshire. Formerly independent parishes are now working together cooperatively without losing their distinctiveness and Mrs Ramsbottom has become a much loved and well respected Rector across the communities she serves. She will bring a wealth of experience to her new role in Finchampstead and California.”

The Parish Representatives were impressed by Julie’s breadth of experience – her existing parishes include a similar cross-section of liturgical styles and traditions to those we have here. Whilst maintaining the liturgical traditions she has also introduced new services and Fresh Expressions to bring in new people. She also has extensive experience of school ministry and work with young families.
She currently leads a ministry team of seven, and is an experienced Training Incumbent currently training one Deacon and three Priests.

Julie is married, and has two daughters.

The actual timings of when Julie and her family will move to Finchampstead and take up the post will be announced in due course, in the meantime we would ask for your continued prayers for Julie and her family over the coming weeks.

We are also issuing the following press release to local news media.

A New Rector for Finchampstead and California

Mothers’ Union Coffee Morning

Mothers’ Union Coffee Morning raised £300 for our Deanery Project supporting overseas aid programmes. Many thanks to all who supported us.

Money raised for Church Conservation Fund

A great time was had by all at the Rodgers and Hammerstein concert ! Thanks go to everyone who took part and to everyone who came and supported the event. £735 was raised for the Church Conservation Fund.

Children’s Society

Over £1200 was raised! Thank you to everyone who contributed.