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Parish Church Information

Priest-in-charge of the Clun Valley Benefice: 

Revd. Simon Mondon

The Vicarage , Clun, SY7 8JG

01588 640380

Reader:    Marian Humble  01588 660282

Benefice Administrator:

Pat Harding   01588 660169

Please contact our churchwardens for any Hopesay church-related matters:

Phil Moore   01588 660737

Giles Emerson   01584 876545

Regular monthly services

1st Sunday, 9:45am - Morning Service

2nd Sunday, 9:45am - Holy Communion (Common Worship Order 1)

3rd Sunday, 9:45am - Informal Worship 

4th Sunday, 9:45am - Holy Communion (Common Worship Order 2)

PLEASE NOTE: In March the Mothering Sunday Service on the 11th March will be at 9.45am at Clunbury.  There will be a Morning Service at Hopesay during Holy Week, 28th March at 10am

PCC Members

The following were elected as PCC members at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting in March:

Tony Briggs, Judy Clarke, Giles Emerson (Churchwarden/Deanery Synod Representative),

David Trenchard (Treasurer), Phil Moore (Churchwarden), Christine Perkins (Electoral Roll Officer),

Alex Sharpe (Secretary), Vivian Slack, Sandra Spence (Gift Aid Officer/Deanery Synod Representative),

Pat Stocks, Angela Trenchard.

New projects at St Mary's Church ...

Fundraising activity has increased significantly in recent years and we have seen a number of diverse events to raise money for the church, whilst also creating social events for the community. Over the last five years, we have had a flower festival in the church, an open gardens weekend in the village, and a garden fete at The Old Rectory. We had mixed weather for all of these events but all were well supported and have been profitable. We have also held very enjoyable Christmas Fairs in the church in the last two years, where we had stalls selling cakes and puddings, floral decorations, cards and preserves and accompanied by carols and mulled wine.

Sandra Spence has given two talks in the church about the church, its history and past inhabitants of Hopesay - including past vicars - some of whom are now buried in the church yard. These talks were rounded off with tea and cakes and have proved popular.

We have also had two choral evenings in the church, one featuring the Craven Arms Male Voice Choir, which filled the church and, just before Christmas in 2013, The West Gallery singers came and sang, and were very well received.

In June this year, we are planning a commemorative weekend to mark the centenary of the First World War. This will be held in the church and will feature memorabilia from the time, floral tributes and articles and information relating to the people of the village and local area who were involved in and affected by the war. 

If anyone has anything that may be of interest for this weekend that they are willing to lend to us, please contact Sandra Spence or Angela Trenchard in Hopesay.

What happens to money raised?

Some of the money helps to keep the church running, in heating and paying the substantial bills related to running the church. In addition to ongoing maintenance, we are considering replacing the heating system for a more up to date and efficient system, which will be expensive to install but should be cheaper to run in the long term. 

However, we have also been able to give money to a number of charities over the last few years: the Harvest Lunch donates the proceeds to Self Help Africa; we have also donated money to Hope House Children's Hospice, to Homestart Southern Shropshire and to Christian Aid.  All these donations have been gratefully received and we have had lovely letters of thanks from all these organisations. 

Weekly collections in church would be insufficient to meet its recurring expenses, so the contributions raised by additional donations and fundraising are vital to the church being able to play its role in the local community. The events which have been organised have the additional benefit of bringing people together in the church and the village and keeping the church at the heart of the community.