Christmas Festival 2018

Thisismytheatre are back by popular demand, with their excellent rendition of CharlesDickens’ “A Christmas Carol” on the 7th December.Christmas Festival 2018 Poster

Our Christmas Festival is on the 8th and 9th December, withe the U3A Stansted Mountfitchet Strummers performing on the 8th December.

With grateful thanks to all of the groups and individuals who have displayed a Christmas tree in the church, and to all of the Friends Committee and other helpers who have made the church look so beautiful.

Check out all of out photo’s on our Facebook Page.

 

 

 

 

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What’s on in October and November 2018

October 7th, 2-5pm

Open Sunday​ with tours and refreshments available. Or just pop in for a chat. Reflective music and a warm welcome to all.

November 4th, 2-5pm

Remember them. ​We invite all to attend including ex-services men and women too. The U3A choir will be singing a selection of tunes at 3pm. WW1 pre recorded music and poetry to mark the anniversary of the end of the war. £2.00 minimum donation. Refreshments available.

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Thisismytheatre Perform “The Importance of Being Earnest” – 16th Aug 7pm.

The wonderfully talented actors from thisismytheatre.com are back again at St Mary’s on the 16th August to perform Oscar Wild’s comedy ‘The Importance of Being Earnest“.

For anyone not familiar with the plot, The Importance of Being Earnest is the most renowned of Oscar Wilde’s comedies. It’s the story of two bachelors, John ‘Jack’ Worthing and Algernon ‘Algy’ Moncrieff, who create alter egos named Ernest to escape their tiresome lives. They attempt to win the hearts of two women who, conveniently, claim to only love men called Ernest. The pair struggle to keep up with their own stories and become tangled in a tale of deception, disguise and misadventure. The elaborate plot ridicules Victorian sensibilities with some of the best loved, and indeed bizarre, characters to be found on the modern stage.

Tickets £10 and concessions £8 available from the thisismytheatre website, or call 07732 253311. Tickets also available at the door.

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St Mary’s Church AGM

The Friends of St Mary’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Friday 23rd March at 7.00pm at the Stansted Day Centre.

The meeting will be followed at 7.30pm by the popular quiz evening with a half-time break for a fish and chip supper. To help with the catering, could we please have your food orders by the 18th March. Choices are:

  • Cod and chips
  • Haddock and chips
  • Chicken and chips
  • Vegetarian option

Please bring your own drinks and glasses.

Cost of the supper and quiz evening is £8.50, payable at the door. You can order supper by contacting:

We hope you will attend and make up a table. May the best brains win – there will be a prize for the winners. There will also be a raffle and lots of exciting news!

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Christmas Festival 2017

A wonderful weekend at St Mary’s, with a live performance of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” from thisismytheatre.com , a Christmas Festival of trees and ‘all things Christmasy’, mulled wine, mince pies and lots of other goodies. All rounded off by some seasonal snow!

Thanks to everyone who provided the beautifully decorated trees and other exhibits, thanks to the Friends Committee for their help in making the church look so beautiful, thanks to the choir, the organist and the vicar, and thanks to Lynda Dale (Chairman Friends Committee) for organising all of this.

We’re sorry we had to cancel the Sunday events – due to the snow – but we’re hoping that the Stansted Strummers Ukulele Band will come and perform for us sometime in the New Year.

Some photos taken over the weekend:

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Events for December 2017

The following events are scheduled for December, including our Christmas Festivities!

Download a poster with details of all these events and put it in your window or share with your friends. What's on in December

6th December – Forest Hall School Carol Concert at 7pm

8th December – A Christmas Carolthisismytheatre‘ performing A Christmas Carol at 6.30 (for 7pm). Get tickets early for this show, it’s sure to be fully booked on the day. Tickets available from
thisismytheatre.com or Goldings Fruit & Veg, 6 Chapel Hill, Stansted. 01279 814270

9th December– Christmas Festival 11am to 5pm
– Carols for all at 3pm.
– Raffle prizes
– Mince pies & mulled wine

10th December– Christmas Festival 11am to 5pm
– Stansted Strummers at 3pm. Back by popular demand to entertain us and get us in the festive spirit!
– Raffle prizes
– Mince pies & mulled wine

15th December – St Mary’s School Carol Concert at 2pm

As always we will have a bedecked church full of beautiful displays and twinkling lights, transforming our church into a winter wonderland !

If you would like to exhibit a ‘family tree’ for the Christmas Festival, 9th & 10th December, please let Lynda Dale  know (Telephone: 07716 099474) and she will reserve a space for you.

We  do hope that you will come and share in our Christmas events.

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Heritage Weekend, 9th & 10th September

Please come and support us on our Heritage Open Days, 9th and 10th September in St Mary’s Church, Stansted, in support of the Churches Conservation Trust.

Open 12.30pm to 5pm on the 9th September (free entry)
Open 12.30pm to 6pm on the 10th September (free entry up until 4pm)

  • Tea’s, Coffee and Cakes
  • Photographic Competition open to all. Wining photo’s will be featured in our Christmas Calendar. Please bring your photo on the day.
  • Treasure Hunt around the church

On the 10th September from 4pm to 6pm we are delighted to have the Blue Skies Big Band in the church, who will play a selection of swing music from the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s, including some well known tunes by Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and many others.  Come and have a sing-along, a dance, or just listen to some great music, played by a full swing band ensemble. Tickets from:

Blue Skies Big Band

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Events in July. Don’t miss Macbeth and our Tea Party Weekend!

A bit of culture coming to St Mary’s Church on Friday 28th July, when the cast of This Is My Theatre present a one act adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, a tragedy about power, ambition, deceit, and murder. Far more entertaining and blood-curdling than the Brexit negotiations! Not to be missed. Tickets on sale now from www.thisismytheatre.com or ‘phone 07732 253311, or from Golding’s Fruit & Veg, 6 Chapel Hill, Stansted, CM24 8AG.

Also, don’t miss our Tea Party Weekend on the 29th and 30th July. Lots of entertainment for all the family, with games for the children, a ukulele band, a singalong to some memorable tunes from 20cvox, plus some special guest presentations. Free entry, but any donations will go towards the upkeep of our beautiful church.

Please come and support us!

Macbeth and Tea Party Weekend

Download the poster:

Macbeth and Tea Party Weekend

Macbeth and Tea Party Weekend

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Upcoming Events for 2017

The following events are planned for the coming year:

13th May at 6.30pm, Aylesbury Consort of Voices (Kelvin Turner).
Tickets £10 on the door or from Steve Golding Fruit & Vegetables, 6 Chapel Hill, Stansted. 01279 814270

Proceeds from ticket sales to the St Mary’s Church organ fund.

O Nata Lux


14th May at 10am to 4pm, Pew-top sale (an indoor car-boot sale)

An opportunity to grab a bargain, or maybe make a bit of money from all that clutter you’ve been hoarding! Free entry or £5 if your selling. Pew-tops (tables) will be provided.

More details from Lynda on 07716 099474


28th July at 7.30pm, Macbeth, by thisismytheatre.com, with Celtic music. Tickets available at:
https://thisismytheatre.yapsody.com/event/index/62294/macbeth

Mascbeth


29th July at 2pm and again at 3pm, the local Ukulele Band.


29th July at 4pm, Heather Horner with a presentation on “roses”.


9th and 10th September, Heritage Weekend.


9th and 10th December, Christmas Festival.


Please contact the Committee if you have ideas for other events you would like us to run.

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Annual General Meeting – 31st March 2017

The Friends of St Mary’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Friday 31st March at the Stansted Day Centre, starting at 6.45pm.  On completion of the meeting there will be a general knowledge quiz and chicken/fish & chip supper.

6.45pm AGM

  • Chairman’s Report
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Election of Officers
  • AOB

7.15pm Quiz, followed by chicken/fish & chip supper.

All are welcome to attend. Tickets are £8.50 to include supper and must be ordered by 27th March from Keith Ayres (01279 814471) or Lynda Dale (07716 099474). Bring your own drinks and glasses.

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