St Mary's Church, Rushden
The Rev. Fiona Karen Wheatley,
for the Benefice of Clothall, Rushden, Sandon, Wallington and Weston.
Evensong, Communion and Matins.
Please see our calendar for the times and dates for
the services at Rushden.
Rushden Church continues to serve as a centre of the village community. Although not very large, it is very welcoming. Inside the Church can be seen a statue of the Virgin Mary sculpted by Percy Portsmouth, who also sculpted his wife's tombstone which can be seen in the graveyard. In the field behind the church, can be seen the house platform to the original medieval manor house.
Joe and Helena Cooper's Wedding
St Mary's, was lucky to host Helena and Joe's wedding this September - even though perhaps it wasn't the larger event they would have initially chosen - they enjoyed a wonderful family gathering (socially distanced of course) and were greeted outside by friends and onlookers from the village to wish them well after the ceremony as they walked home.
It was a glorious sunny day and Helena looked radiant in a beautiful classical dress made by her mother - what an amazing seamstress!
We wish them all the love and happiness for their future together.
James and the 2020 Bike n’ Hike
On Saturday 12th September I took part in the annual Bike n’ Hike to raise money for Weston Church and the Beds & Herts Historic Churches Trust (BHHCT). I decided, somewhat foolishly with the benefit of hindsight, to plot an ambitious route which would take me to 20 churches for 2020. Little did I realise, until completing the ride, that this would be approximately 48 miles across plenty of hills.
At 9am I set off from Weston Church towards Walkern to visit the 2 churches there before embarking on somewhat of a hill climb to Bennington. Following on from Bennington I went over to Watton at Stone where my problems begun. The chain fell of three times and then having fixed this problem the brake partially locked on, something that took me two miles, of extra than required effort, to notice! Having overcome these challenges, I went on to Aston before entering Stevenage only to go off to Knebworth before returning to Stevenage. This took me to around 2pm and 18 churches out of the 20 were complete. I was however still 2 churches short with a little less than 1 hour left if I was to make it to the 3pm Harvest Service at Clothall Church, church 20.
I cycled at pace from Stevenage to Graveley helped by a steady descent, to a simply beautiful little church. In order to get to Clothall however I would need to reclimb the hill which certainly exhausted any remaining energy I had left! I am not 100% sure what time I arrived at Clothall Church but on the positive side I made it in time for some of the service, albeit on the negative side I arrived halfway through Fiona’s sermon. I am sure this sermon was fantastic, and I can only apologise for the interruption and hope I am forgiven!
A big thank you goes out to everyone who donated helping us to raise the quite remarkable amount of £900.00 to be split equally between Weston Church and BHHCT. A special thanks goes to Richard Clements for seeing me off from Weston Church at the start of the ride and to everyone at Clothall Church who not only welcomed me as part of their Harvest Service but also gave so generously helping us to reach this magnificent total.
Here’s to next year, I guess…
Rushden St Mary
We now have available a colour booklet listing all the gravestones and memorials in Rushden churchyard and the church itself. This has been prepared by Hertfordshire History Society (Hoddesdon group) and also contains a history of the church, a detailed numbered plan of the site with full inscriptions and alphabetical appendix. The booklet also contains similar information for Clothall Church and runs to 65 pages.
Copies are available for £7.00 each either in the church (with honesty envelope) or by post (£7.50) from your Church Warden. Please e mail Karen Pettyfer for details using the link below.
Cheques made payable to PCC of Rushden please
Help your Church
Preserving the character of our village is important to all of us who live in Rushden. You may not be a regular church goer but would like to see the church remain open and the building intact. The PCC (Parochial Church Council) have put together a letter and covenant form for you to download here for further information should you like to set up a small standing order. Thank you.
Contact your Church Wardens
Karen and Jo are the church wardens for St Mary's Rushden and will be happy to help with any questions or requests you may have. You can e mail them here:
Statue of the Virgin Mary Sculpted by Percy Portsmouth
Eva Whitton used her inspiration for the Floral Cross textile from the Spender window which is in the bell tower. The hanging is made from 'silk paper' which she made herself with a gold leather cross in the centre and vignettes of the local wild flowers painted and then outlined in seed beads.
The kneelers were designed and made by the village community. Each one is unique.