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News for October
Once again, the Friends of St. Mary’s Pimms’ Tent proved a popular attraction at the Hawkesbury Show this year, raising £500 for the next work that will need to be done to the fabric of our ancient church. Warmest thanks to all those who helped to put up, man the tent and prepare the refreshments during the day. Some photos may appear on the FOSM website – keep an eye open!
At the beginning of September the church yews were trimmed, with amazing precision and incredible speed, by Hansen Tree Care, and 217kg of  yew clippings were collected the following day by Friendship Estates of Doncaster for processing and shipping to Italy for the manufacture of  chemotherapy drugs. English yew (Taxus baccata) contains a compound, 10-Deacetylbaccatin III, which can be extracted from clippings and used as the raw material in the production of chemotherapy drugs paclitexel and docetaxel. The clippings need to be collected promptly, younger clippings are more effective than later clippings, so we are very grateful to Friendship Estates for sending their van from Doncaster at 6am on a Saturday morning to collect our yew, just before a wedding took place. If you would like to be involved in collecting yew clippings next year, please contact the FOSM secretary.
MEMBERSHIP: at the Friends’ AGM in July, it was agreed to increase membership fees by a very modest amount. From 1st August this year, therefore, membership of the Friends of St. Mary’s will be:
Annual Single subscription: £10.00.               Annual Double Subscription; £15.00
Annual Single Life Membership: £200.          Annual Double Life Membership: £250
THINKING ABOUT CHRISTMAS YET? Why not consider giving membership of the Friends of St Mary’s as a gift this year? Membership assists us to support the church in a vital way, by helping to keep its fabric in good repair while enjoying many different fund-raising events during the year, from mulled wine and mince pies in December to the delights of Jazz on the Lawn in July, and all sorts of other events along the way. For details of membership  have a look at our website www.fosmhawkesbury.co.uk  or contact the Secretary, Lisa Overton at Church Farm House, Hawkesbury, Badminton Glos GL91BN (email lisawhite1851@gmail.com)
Saturday 10th October 10 am: Church and Churchyard Autumn Clean-up. Volunteers very welcome! Please bring garden gloves, trowels, clippers, forks and spades if you can. If pouring with rain we’ll eradicate spiders inside the church and find another date for outside work.
Saturday 21st November: Winter Warmer Evening Wine Tasting, Village Hall. SAVE THE DATE! Details to follow in November Parish News
Sunday 20th December 6 pm: Service of Nine Lessons and Carols, followed by Mince Pies and Mulled Wine at Church Farm House.
For further information about the Friends check out the website, www.fosmhawkesbury.co.uk or contact Lisa on lisawhite1851@gmail.com, 01454 238668.
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