Groups

There are many different groups and activities taking place here at St Mary’s. New members are always welcome so feel free to contact the organisers to find out more.

WALKING GROUP

The walking group meets on the last Saturday of each month. Members of the group take it in turns to lead walks. Unless otherwise stated, walks commence at 9.30 am from the car park at St Mary’s.

For further information, contact Mike Blaxland on 01384 390537.

ALL ARE WELCOME TO JOIN US – DOGS INCLUDED!

BELLRINGERS

Practice night:
Thursday evenings: 7.30 pm.

Service ringing:
Sunday morning: 9.30 am; Evensong: 6:00 pm. 
We also ring for weddings throughout the year.

Captain of the Tower:
John Sutton  01384 820325 or 07956675990 or jsutton@blueyonder.co.uk

St. Mary’s tower dates from the late 14th century. 
It houses eight bells rung from a ringing chamber above the west porch. Records exist of all peals rung at Oldswinford since 1894.

Click here to listen to the bells ringing Stedman Triples.

Click here to listen to the bells ringing Old Swinford Surprise Major

Description of the bells
No.FounderPlaceDateDiameterWeightInscription
TrebleJohn TaylorLoughborough190225 ins4-1-15To the Glory of God and to commemorate the wedding day of William Cochrane and Eliza Collis. May 11th 1859
2John TaylorLoughborough190226 ins4-2-13To the Glory of God and to commemorate the wedding day of William Cochrane and Eliza Collis. May 11th 1859
3Matthew BagleyChacombe168727 ins5-0-1Mathew Bagley made mee.  1687
4Matthew BagleyChacombe168628.5 ins5-1-14Cantate Domino Canticum Novum M.Bagley  1686
5Henry BagleyChacombe168630.5 ins5-1-14Henry Bagley made mee  1686
6John TaylorLoughborough190233 ins6-2-18Recast by John Taylor & Co Loughborough Leicestershire 1902
7Matthew BagleyChacombe168637 ins8-0-24Mathew Bagley of Chacom made mee  1686
TenorAbel RudhallGloucester174040 ins10-3-12 
in F#
I To the Church The Living Call And to the Grave do Summon All  A R 1740

FLOWER GUILD

The Flower Guild members arrange flowers in church throughout the year, except during Lent.

There is a weekly rota which shares out times between members to suit their own schedules.

New helpers are always needed, especially for Easter, Christmas and Harvest when the church has extra-special decorations!

MOTHERS’ UNION

St Mary’s with St John’s Mothers’ Union meets in the Coach house at 2.15 pm on the second Tuesday of every month. We start our meetings with a short service, led by a member. We often have a speaker on a subject of interest. Sometimes we hasve a ‘Do it Ourselves’ meeting. We finish meetings with tea and biscuits.

Mothers’ Union is a worldwide organisation. It was founded in 1876 by Mary Sumner, who was a Vicar’s wife in a Hampshire village. She wanted to support Christian family life.

Some Mothers’ Union members go into maternity wards at Russells Hall Hospital to talk and listen to new mothers; we also knit blankets and make baby gowns for the Special Care Unit. Some members work as volunteers at Blakenhurst Prison, making cups of tea for visitors and running a creche for visitors’ children.

Mothers’ Union is active in Christian villages all over Africa and worldwide. Local members are trained to teach about HIV Aids and about basic literacy and numeracy.

Our motto is ‘Christian care for families worldwide.’

If you wish to be involved in the Mothers’ Union, please contact Pat Whalley 01384 422677.