St Mark's Mansfield

Trip to Mount St Bernard’s Abbey: 2014

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This blog entry was originally posted by Fr Keith Hebden when he was our Associate Priest

The Young Lions and Lion Cubs have had a busy and fun weekend with a visit to Mount St Bernard’s Abbey on Saturday and then joining the congregations of St Mark’s and St Peter’s at Clumber Park on Sunday afternoon for a picnic, choral evensong and rounders.

At Mount St Bernard’s the children and young people enjoyed grilling one of the monks with lots of interesting questions after a walk in the woods and exploring the grounds of the monastery.

The choirs were a wonderful example of what we can do when we work together and as for the rounders: St Mark’s thrashed St Peter’s (ahem!).


Lion Cubs visit Clumber Park (July 2014)


Lion Cubs and Young Lions visit Mount Saint Bernard’s Abbey (July 2014)


Lion Cubs and Young Lions visit Mount Saint Bernard’s Abbey (July 2014)

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Thomas Burton: 9th July 2014


This blog entry was originally posted by Fr Keith Hebden when he was our Associate Priest

Thomas Burton, baptised and raised at St Mark’s Church died yesterday 9th July 2014, peacefully in the end, after a brave life-long struggle with his illness.

Thomas was an inspiration to us all with the way he faced up to his health challenges with incredibly good humour. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends as we together commit Thomas into God’s love and care.

A vigil will take place tomorrow (Friday 11th July) at St Mark’s Church from 4-6pm ending with Evening Prayer. All welcome to drop in for a few minutes of silence or stay as long as you’re able.


God of Grace,
you know our hearts and share our sorrows.
We are hurt by our parting from Thomas, whom we loved:
when we are angry at the loss we have sustained,
when we long for words of comfort,
yet find them hard to hear,
turn our grief to trust in you,
our affliction into ever firmer hope
in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Lord, we pray for those who mourn,
for family and friends too.
Be gentle with them in their grief.
Show them the depths of your love,
a glimpse of the kingdom of heaven.
Spare them the torment of guilt and despair.
Be with them as they weep beside the empty tomb of our risen saviour.

“Green and Wild” – Isobel Bounford: 2014

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Sheila, Keith, Martha, Bethany and I had a lovely afternoon in the Community Garden yesterday. Thought you might like to know what we did so you’ll know what there is to do if you have a minute to drop in.

We started by moving the shed round so that the door faces the garden in an inviting sort of way. You’ll notice it now lies at a rather jaunty angle and needs a bit of ‘tlc’ with hammer, nails and some roofing felt. When there are more pairs of hands it could do with levelling and going back on its breeze blocks.

Martha, Bethany and Keith made a bug hotel (just inside double gates) with a fundamentally organic theme. Spot the musicalA rare "Spiked Speedwell" reference!

Martha and Bethany carefully tied up the beans round their cosy wigwam and found a whole family of snail friends. Keith tried out the new strimmer and declared it ‘a useful bit of kit’.

We picked up some topsoil from a house opposite the allotments … (a two person job to lift) and we can just help ourselves.

Great to meet Mac who dropped in with some lettuce seedlings. Thanks for your encouraging comments Mac!

Sheila weeded round the runner beans which are ready for the 6ft canes standing alongside the smaller ones. Look out for the opportunistic bindweed which is masquerading as runner bean and needs carefully weeding out.

Isobel weeded the rose bed under the copper beech at the front of church. It now needs a layer of rotted compost/manure to feed and enrich it, followed by a layer of weed-suppressing wood chip mulch that’s piled in front of the compost bays.

And we all shared homemade scones and strawberry jam! We’d love you to pitch in and help any time you feel able.

See you soon


I’m intrigued by a flower that has come out at the top corner of the wildflower area nearest the path in front of the church door.   I googled ‘purple spiky flower’ as well as looking it up in my book of wildflowers and came up with spiked speedwell.   What do you think?   It’s rather lovely anyway!