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Church News & Events

We’re delighted to hear that the Revd Luci Morriss has been appointed as our new Rural Pioneer Priest. Luci and her husband will be living at The Rectory and we look forward to welcoming them into the Cusop community.

If you are reading this copy of the Link before the month of July, then do try and come to our special concert Saturday, 30th June, featuring the fantastic Jemima Phillips at 7.00pm at Cusop Church. This will not be a boring evening of harp music but a memorable evening as Jemima is an extraordinary person as well as an accomplished harpist.  She’ll be talking about the harp and playing it like you’ve never heard it before! Tickets are £15.00 which includes a glass of wine/ soft drink and canapes. Please visit www.hhct.co.uk  to buy a ticket or they can be purchased at the door on the night.

The month of July is going to be very eventful for Cusop Church and community! On Saturday 7th July there will be an Open Garden and Fete at Ty Glyn from 11.00am. We’re very grateful to Ainsleigh and Jennifer Rice for hosting this event in their beautiful garden.There will be a BBQ, Stalls, Teas, Duck Race and games. All profits will go to the Friends of St Mary’s, Cusop. Please park at Cusop Church.


On Saturday 28th July at 2.00pm in Cusop Village Hall, Sue Smith will be holding her famous Jumble Sale in aid of Arthritis Research UK. There will bargains galore in Clothes, Bric-a-Brac, Plants, Books and CDs. There’s also a Raffle with fantastic prizes and refreshments including homemade cakes. Please support this event for such a good cause.

On Sunday 29th July at 4.00pm at Cusop Church, there will be a special Songs of Praise to thank all those who have helped to sustain our beautiful church in the past, present and into the future. We’ll be celebrating our gratitude to all those people. The service will be featuring the fabulous “Open Door Band” This will be a really uplifting and joyous event so don’t miss it!  Refreshments will be served afterwards and there will be an opportunity to meet the band and talk to neighbours and friends. The retiring collection will be in aid of Brecon Street Pastors who assist people on the streets late at night. Please join us on this uplifting occasion!


Thank You, Hay Festival!

A very special thank you to Andy Fryers and Pete Ward for allowing us to have a Bucket Collection at Hay Festival. We raised an incredible £630.80 for St Peter’s Night Shelter in Hereford. The Shelter is run by volunteers between the months of November and March providing beds, showers, food and advice to homeless men and women. It costs £31.00 a night per person so we’ve provided quite a few beds! Thank you, John Wilks, John Hunt and Margaret and John Price for helping with the collection. Everyone was so generous and we’re truly grateful for their donations.

Caring for God’s Acre: Coffee, Cake and Conservation

We were blessed with perfect weather on our last Taskforce day on 15th June.Thank you so much all our volunteers who worked so hard and made a real difference to the churchyard. We had ten volunteers (including a new recruit!) and they worked like Trojans! After such a dreadful winter, we’ve been rewarded with wonderful blooms and flowers in our gardens but these gorgeously warm and balmy days have produced an abundance of growth including unwanted brambles and weeds in the churchyard. The Bee and Butterfly Garden had completely disappeared under a mass of nettles!  However, our talented volunteers have revealed it again in all its glory. We also cleared under the yew trees, tidied up graves and pruned back overgrowth by the public footpaths which are used daily by joggers and dog walkers.  The churchyard was totally transformed! Whilst we were slaving outside, Pam was busy polishing brass and doing the washing up in the vestry – thank you, Pam, and thank you, everyone for a really productive day!

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