Priory Notes

Priory Notes for Week Beginning 2nd March 2020

Priory notes for week beginning 2nd March 2020

Many thanks to all those who helped arrange, participated in and supported the special choral Evensong service for the Emergency Services held on 16th February 2020. A total of £447 was raised for the Australian Red Cross.

A big thank you also to everyone who helped with and supported the BIG PANCAKE PARTY last Tuesday. £186.70 was raised which will support the Church Urban Fund for deprived communities.

Also this week is the second week of Fair Trade fortnight:

Fair Trade Fortnight 24th Feb-8th March: Changing the world one cuppa at a time!

There will be a special Egremont Farmer’s Market Friday 6th March to support Fairtrade Fortnight and raise money for the Traidcraft Exchange, who work with marginalised farmers, artisans and workers in developing countries.  Working with Traidcraft Exchange gives them a chance to improve their incomes, so they can finally start to afford the everyday essentials many of us take for granted – like nutritious food, healthcare, and schooling for their children.

If you would like to help serve tea and coffee or bake a cake, please let Deb Lee or Sally Kennedy know.    Cakes can be left at 20 Abbey Vale on the Thursday or brought to Egremont Market Hall on the Friday.

 Please come along on Friday March 6th to Egremont Market Hall between 9.30-12.30.    All takings from the tea/coffee stall along with the raffle will go to Traidcraft Exchange

The usual farmers’ and local craft stall will be there, along with live music.    For more details contact Deb Lee at  or 01946 823470


.   Charity no. 1048752

To learn more about Traidcraft Exchange and donate, go to

The pop-in café will be open from 10:30 a.m. until 12 noon in New College Hall (NCH) on Thursday 5th March. This week the Cornerstone Bookshop will be holding a stall there. 

The Lent lunches will begin this Saturday (7th March) from 12 noon to 2 p.m in NCH. Everyone is most welcome to come and enjoy home-made soup with bread and cheese. Donations this year will benefit the NSPCC (St Bees branch) and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Later on Saturday, the Diocesan Bell ringers will be ringing and holding a service in the Priory from 2 pm to 5 p.m, followed by a buffet tea in NCH.

With the on-going threat of the Coronavirus, the diocese have issued advice based on Government health guidance:

Churches should already be following best-hygiene practices that include advising parishoners with coughs and sneezes to refrain from handshaking during the Peace and to receive Communion in one kind only. At present there is no Government advice that suggests the use of the Common Cup should be suspended. In line with best practice guidelines, there are now hand sanitisers available for use by parishoners prior to taking Communion. Intinction (dipping the bread in the wine) must be avoided as it presents an infection transmission route.

Services for this week, Sunday 8st March 2020 at the Priory are:

Holy Communion at 9 a.m, Morning prayer at 10:30 a.m. Evening Prayer at 6 p.m.

Morning Prayer will be held in the Priory at 9 a.m. on Monday 9th March

On Behalf of Reverend Becky Gibbs and the Ministry Team

“To know Christ and to make Him known