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Church News & Events

The “Friends of St Mary’s” have gained a “first” in organising an illustrated talk at Cusop Church. Martin Griffiths gave a brilliant presentation on the relationship of astronomy with art through the ages from cave paintings right through to modern “space art”. We saw images of familiar historical paintings and Martin pointed out the significance of “the moon” and why it was portrayed in that particular way at that time whilst many of us would not have even interpreted it as significant. He’s a great storyteller and being Welsh, was able to “spice up” the talk with some entertaining Welsh legends with astronomical links. The church was the perfect venue for the talk as many of the classic paintings had a religious theme. Thank you to Sue and Keith Hodgetts for organising such an enjoyable and inspiring evening. Thank you everyone who helped and supported the event. The church was packed and even included two ladies who travelled all the way from Malvern. The event raised £365 for Cusop Church - well done, everybody!

The advertisement for the new vicar can now be viewed online. You just need to log onto the vacancy section on the Hereford Diocese website. Interviews for the post, “Rural Pioneer Priest in the Abbeydore Deanery with oversight of the Borderlink Benefice”, take place in March.

The popular TV series “A Vicar’s Life” which featured our Rural Dean, Revd Nicholas Lowton, has attracted a huge amount of interest in the vacancy. We’re indebted to Nicholas for so brilliantly highlighting the attractions of working in the Abbeydore Deanery.


The Big Clean will take place at St. Mary’s Church, Cusop, on Saturday 10th March from 9.00am to 12.30pm. On this important day we will give our church some dedicated TLC. We plan to remove the winter grime and welcome in the spring sunshine which will reveal our beautiful church in all its glory! Please do come and help for as long as you want. Hot drinks and cake will be served and we promise to put on the heating so you can work in a warm church.

Contact Celia (820396) or Cherry (820394) if you’d like to help or just turn up on the day. If you can bring your favourite brushes, brooms, dusters and polish that would be fabulous! The following day is Mothering Sunday so we hope that lots of people will come to our special service and appreciate all your wonderful cleaning!

Mothering Sunday Service: Sunday 11th March at 11.00am

There will be a special Mothering Sunday Service on Sunday 11th March at 11.00am. This service will be short, informal and suitable for all ages. Everyone is very welcome and there will be posies for all to share. We do hope you will join us.

Cusop PCC Annual General Meeting: Tuesday 20th March

The AGM will take place at St Mary’s Church, Cusop, at 7.30pm on Tuesday 20th March. Members of the public are welcome to attend this meeting.

Caring for God’s Acre: Coffee, Cake and Conservation on Friday 23rd March

It’s been a long, long winter with heavy snow and high winds. Sadly, many of our trees have suffered and are looking the worse for wear. We hope you can come and give our trees some special attention. If you prefer to weed or tidy up graves that would be great too! You can choose any job you wish and come for as long as you like on Friday 23rd March from 10.00am to 3.00pm .You will be guaranteed friendly company, hot drinks and cake. If you plan to stay for the whole session then don’t forget a packed lunch. We love to have new volunteers so just pop along for a session that’s guaranteed to lift your spirits! If you need more information please contact Celia Cundale on 01497-820396.

Coffee Morning: Saturday 24th March at Cusop Village Hall

The Friends of St. Mary’s will be having a Coffee Morning on Saturday 24th March from 10.00am to 12.00pm at Cusop Village Hall. Come and relax and treat yourself to a cup of coffee and homemade cake. You may even win a raffle prize! Any donations of cakes or raffle prizes gratefully received.  Please contact Cherry: 01497- 820394 or Celia: 01497- 820396.

“Tea at Three”

We had a special “Tea at Three” at the end of January when Val Whiston kindly played the keyboard and we all joined in a singalong. There were hidden talents among our guests including 90 year old Audrey who sang beautifully! The month of January was exceptionally dull and gloomy so the afternoon was a really happy and cheerful occasion! Thank you, Val for playing so brilliantly, as always. Our next “Tea at Three” will be our last one so don’t miss it! Please join us on Sunday 25th March from 3.00pm to 4.30pm but you can come and go and go as you please. There’s no dress code or age limit!  Please contact Cherry (Tel: 820394) or Celia (Tel: 820396) if you need more information.

Church Book Stall

The book stall is proving a huge success and is providing our local community and visitors with a fantastic range of books. I’m regularly updating it and it’s evident that people are regularly buying books and this is providing a steady flow of cash in the donation box. There have been numerous anonymous donations of books left up at the church and on my doorstep. Whoever you are – thank you! It’s greatly appreciated and the book stall is another way of sharing the church building with the community. We often have visitors who just like to sit and enjoy the stillness and tranquillity inside the church and I like to think that the book stall is an extension of this peacefulness.  There have been several occasions when I have arrived at church and found someone sitting in a pew quietly reading a book from the book stall.

Flowers in Cusop Churchyard

According to Diocesan regulations, please note the following:

Fresh flowers are encouraged as the symbol of the gift of creation and the brevity of life.  Artificial flowers, e.g. silk or plastic flowers, are inappropriate.  Exceptionally, Remembrance Day poppies and Christmas wreaths may be placed on graves. After one month, the PCC may remove dead and artificial flowers to keep the graveyard tidy.

Thank you for helping to keep our churchyard beautiful and for being kind to nature.

For any further information about church activities  please contact the Churchwarden, Celia Cundale at celiacundale@aol.com or phone 01497-820396.

Neighbours socialising at our Community Picnic. Neighbours socialising at our Community Picnic.
Taking part in the Treasure Hunt at our Community Picnic. Taking part in the Treasure Hunt at our Community Picnic.
Taking a rubbing of a headstone at our Community Picnic. Taking a rubbing of a headstone at our Community Picnic.
Our Caring for God's Acre volunteers having lunch. Our Caring for God's Acre volunteers having lunch.
The rare Earthstar fungus found in Cusop Churchyard! The rare Earthstar fungus found in Cusop Churchyard!
The meadow area with wild flowers The meadow area with wild flowers
A re-discovered memorial A re-discovered memorial