St Mary's Scrapbook

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This is a space for us to save items of historical interest to St. Mary’s and our community.

The fall of the large beech tree

In August 2020 after some windy conditions, a large branch from a Beech tree in the Church yard fell across the footpath and the bottom of the steps for the footbridge going over the railway line. The branch was cleared away so that the footpath and bridge could be reopened. You can see how large the branch was from the large log pieces that can be seen in the photographs!

In March 2021 the tree was assessed and it was decided that the rest of the tree should be taken down which took place on 3rd March 2021.

Visit by Bishop Michael Hertford

We are delighted that Bishop Michael was able to undertake his long planned visit to us on Sunday 5th & Monday 6th July.

He took part in our service at 10am on Sunday 5th (via Zoom actually from within the St Mary’s building, while the rest of us were on Zoom from our homes). He also joined Virtual Messy Church later via Zoom.

The bishop visited Nash Mills C of E school (in a socially distanced way) on Monday as well as meeting the wardens from both St M’s & St B’s during the afternoon.

In the evening he joined the PCC from St M’s via Zoom.

Appreciations of Peter Ward

Photograph of Peter Ward receiving a photograph of John Dickinson in honour of 44 years of service to the Hemel Hempstead History Society

Many people will be interested to read ‘Peter Ward, An Appreciation’ by Mike Stanyon who succeeded Peter as President of HHLH&M (Hemel Hempstead Local History & Museum Society).

Thanks to Barbara Chapman for alerting us to it and for her item about Peter on the HHLH&MS Facebook page, (Hemel Hempstead Local History & Museum Society (HHLH&MS) .

There is also a wonderful article on the Benefice Newsletter 33 written by Sally Prue-Peter’s daughter. Please click here to read more.


Ted Adcook’s Memoirs

Ted AdcookMost members of the congregation at St Mary’s will remember Ted Adcook who was such a character and who lived to over 100.

Amazingly, Lauren Shirley (during Lockdown 1) has transcribed his memoirs and offers them here in the season of Remembrance for everyone to read.

They can be found via this link.

Thank you so much Lauren, that really was a labour of love.