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Duddington Coffee Morning Saturday, 18 November 2017

Duddington Coffee Morning Saturday, 18 November 2017

 Coffee morning

On Saturday, 18 November 2017 from 10.30am until 1.00pm

at Duddington Village Hall, Church Lane, Duddington PE9 3QF

All Proceeds of the Coffee Mornings to St Mary’s Church, Duddington and The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity

Refreshments and Fresh Produce

(including Lincolnshire grown potatoes, onions, cabbage and cauliflower)

Cake Stall and  Preserves             Bottle and Chocolate Tombola

Royal Marsden Christmas Cards*               Grand Draw*

*Proceeds exclusively to The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity

Enquiries:  Sara Fowler, Churchgate Cottage, Duddington 01780 444554



Duddington Remembrance Service 12th November 2017

Duddington Remembrance Service 12th November 2017

Duddington Remembrance Service   12th November 2017 

St Mary’s held a most successful remembrance service for Tixover and Duddington, led in an excellent manner by Rev Peter Jupp.

The congregation of over 30 were especially pleased to be accompanied by Duncan Mc  Irae  on the church organ .  Wreaths were laid on the altar by Evie Holder (9) and Tilly Maunder (6) and the Church Wardens.

These were later collected and taken to the war memorial.

We very grateful to Duncan’s son  Rhairi ,who travelled down from Leeds University to play the last post and National Anthem at the Memorial,  following the laying of wreaths from the Parish Council and the Church. After the service everyone returned to the warmth of the Church to enjoy Mulled Wine and mince pies.


CHURCH SERVICES : SUNDAY 19th November 2017

CHURCH SERVICES : SUNDAY 19th November 2017

All are Welcome at any of our Services across the Benefice this Sunday 2 before Advent

  •     South Luffenham Church:  Morning Praise  (AR)
  • 9.30 am     Tixover Church                      Holy communion (CA) BCP
  • 11.00 am   Barrowden Church:              Morning Praise (AR)
  • 11.00am    Morcott Church                     Holy communion   (CA)

Readings:1 Thess. 5.  1-11  Matt. 25.  14-30  BCP Phil. 3.  17- end. Matt.22   15-22

 CA = The Very Reverend Christopher Armstrong   AR = Mrs Ann Robinson, Reader  BCP = Book of Common Prayer






Thank you to all the people who filled the Church for our Act of Remembrance.

Thank you to the many people who were involved in making the service a very meaningful occasion.

A special thank you to Robin, one of our regular worshippers, who ended the service with a personal tribute – The Kohima Epitaph





We remember them.



Barrowden WW1 fallen – 12th November 2017

Barrowden WW1 fallen – 12th November 2017

To Remember Them

Horace, Albert and Reginald Curtis, on the Roll of Honour at St. Peter’s Church Barrowden.

Brenda Curtis a distant relative left some poppies, three wooden crosses and the following remembrance.

In Remembrance


Barrowden Bellringing Band – Remembrance weekend 11th and 12th November 2017

Barrowden Bellringing Band – Remembrance weekend 11th and 12th November 2017

Saturday 11th November 2017  St. Peters church Barrowden Late afternoon.

The Barrowden Bellringing Band (Band =Team) took on the challenge of a Quarter Peal of Plain Bob Minimus late Saturday afternoon, rung half-muffled on the back five bells at St Peter’s Church in commemoration of the 99th Anniversary of the ending of the First World War in 1918.

A Quarter Peal consists of ringing without interruption or error, from memory, a predetermined pattern and with an approved sequence of bells, for a period of time.

The piece known as Plain Bob Minimus is referred to by ringers as a Method. It is an entry level piece of “music” and is used by some bands as an initiation into extended ringing. All the ringers on this occasion had previously rang a Quarter Peal.

The attempt was completed in just over 45 minutes and was verified by the bands invigilator, Janet Ball, as being successful and we were able to retire for a well earned beer amid much self congratulation and a sense of achievement.

The details have been posted in The Ringing World, the official journal and web-site for such events, but looks fourth division compared to a recent Full Peal Method of Bristol Surprise Maximus, lasting “just” 16 hours and 7 minutes, rung by 12 ringers without substitutes – making it, we believe, the current world-record on twelve bells.

Q – Why half-muffled?

Attaching a robust leather pad to one face of a bell’s clapper causes the deadening of the sound which to many people creates a sombre and some say even eerie sound which is thought appropriate for funerals, commemorations and the marking of other significant events.

Q – Why five bells and not six?

The Band had recently installed new bell ropes and sallies following a significant and very generous donation from Augean plc, and wanted the opportunity to ensure that the ropes were well bedded-in and adjusted to the correct lengths in preparation for ringing for the Remembrance Service.

Despite having a robust membership, the timing of the attempt and other village events made raising six ringers from our own band a challenge for this important occasion.  Consequently we had to seek assistance. There had also been difficulties with the heating system and the lighting meaning potential ringers could not commit if there was some doubt that the attempt would even commence when they could have rung elsewhere.

Sunday 12th November 2017

With the Band’s white emblemed short sleeved shirts in evidence and the heating and lighting working we were not short of ringers.

The bells had been left in the “up” position following the previous days ring, saving us all some energy and time.

The plan agreed with the Churchwardens was to ring half-muffled in short bursts of approximately five minutes between 10:20 and 10:55 – the start of the Service of Remembrance.

Good ringing is all about bell control – a bell rope should only be pulled – pushing it leads to all kinds of mishaps, just ask any one of our band. So ringing well for a public event is a severe test of skill and nerve for all bellringers, however experienced. Despite this it was decided to include two important but tricky techniques:

The first known as “Whole Pull and Stand”, where the front five bells are rung in sequence known as “Rounds”, so that each bell strikes in order once “open” and then when all six bells have struck “open” they each in turn are rung in sequence a second time but with a muffled strike, the bells 1 to 5 are then held on the balance, while the Tenor (our heavy bell) and sixth in the sequence, is again tolled once at “open” and again once muffled.  Then after a short pause the format is repeated.  This  year’s Band did this difficult exercise extremely well on three separate occasions ending with some very tired fingers and thumbs.

The second technique calls for one ringer to be volunteered to Toll, eleven strikes only, of the Tenor, commencing at precisely 11:00. following the sounding of the Last Post. This year it was Les Wilkinson who rose to the challenge and accomplished the task with great accuracy.

Following the service and before lowering the bells into their relatively safe resting position allowing for the muffles to be removed, there was the ringing of some very well struck “Rounds” followed by some even nicer “Called Changes”, where the order of the bells is changed on the instructions of one of the ringers.

Who would have thought that the ringing of church bells was so complex?

Anyone interested in the precision of bellringing wanting more information should visit St Peter’s Church when the Band practice most Wednesday evenings between 19:30-21:00.

As we say in bellringing circles at the conclusion of a piece of music     That’s ALL ……..

Barrowden Bellringers – 2017

CHURCH SERVICES: SUNDAY November 12th 2017

CHURCH SERVICES: SUNDAY November 12th 2017

All are Welcome at any of our Services across the Benefice this Sunday,

                                REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY

9.30 am  South Luffenham   Church    Remembrance   Holy Communion (CA)

10.15 am Duddington Church                Remembrance   Holy Communion (PJ)

10.55 am Barrowden Church:                 Remembrance   Holy Communion (CA)

10.55 am Morcott Church                        Remembrance   holy Communion (RS)

Readings:   1 Thess. 4.  13-end   Matt. 24  1-13

CA = The Very Reverend Christopher Armstrong,  AR=Mrs Ann Robinson, Reader    RS=Roy Seden ,

PJ= Peter Jupp.

Barrowden Church Concert . Saturday 28th October 2017

Barrowden Church Concert . Saturday 28th October 2017

Jean Swinbanks and John Comber
On Saturday, Barrowden Church was filled with an expectant group of more than 80 people looking forward to hearing our organist John Comber and a very special pianist, Jean Swinbanks, with a background in concert and church music, entertain us with a mixed selection of pieces .

John particularly wanted to show the capabilities of the new organ with its exceptional range of notes and stops. with pieces ranging from Bach to Buxtehude and John Stanley to Elgar.

During  the interval refreshments were served and then Jean followed with a beautiful selection of hymns and jazz pieces .

In the finale both instruments played together with the audience joining in Amazing Grace.

Everybody enjoyed the occasion and it is hoped this concert will be repeated next year using the beautiful church acoustics, organ and piano.