The Benefice of St Mary the Virgin, Higham Ferrers 
 and St. John the Baptist Chelveston-cum-Caldecott
WORSHIP
BEDEHOUSE EVENTS
ST JOHN'S
YOUTH CHOIR
PARISH
MAGAZINE
We are sad to report that Fr. Roger Davison, former Vicar of the parish,  died on 24th April, at the age of 95.

Funeral to be held at the College of St Barnabas,
Blackberry Lane, Lingfield RH7 6NJ on Mon 22nd May at 11 am
   

St. John's Church
Chelveston - cum - Caldecott

 CHURCHWARDENS
Arthur Wright  &  Richard Kirk

 Services at St. John's Church
Chelveston - cum-Caldecott

Every Sunday 9 a.m. Family Mass.
      
ANDANTE CHOIR CONCERT

in church on Saturday, 20th May at 7.30 p.m.
A wide selection of music for all tastes.
Tickets £7.50 includes a glass of wine, from 354810 or 624530
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CHURCH TEAS
      Afternoon Tea in our lovely village church on Tuesday 16th May 2:00—4:00pm. Do come along, all ages welcome.
   
   
305th Bomb Group Memorial Association
In 1940 the Air Ministry built an airfield at Chelveston which was used for a variety of experiments which were carried out using troop carrying gliders with Stirlings and Wellingtons. The airfield was handed over to the USAF in July 1942 and was used by two Groups until November 1942 when the 305th Bomb Group moved in.
They flew B17 "Flying Fortresses" on daylight bombing missions over Germany.
Just over 800 airmen were killed during the 480 missions flown from Chelveston.
With over 4000 servicemen station at Chelveston there was a regular connection with the Parish Church of St. John the Baptist and thanks to the Association there are a number of memorials around the church including a "Book of Govenors" inside the church which contains letters from the Govenors of every on of the States of the USA.
In 1980 the Tower of the church was restored with financial assistance from the Association and on the East face of the tower is a memorial to the men who lost their lives flying from Chelveston.

UK contact:- Ian White
VILLAGE EVENTS
 
Chelveston Chorus
Anyone is invited to come along and sing under the encouragement of Natasha Thompson. We meet fortnightly on Thursdays from 7.30 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Village Hall.
       
Next meeting Thursday 25th May
  
For further information contact Joe Carpenter
Nene Valley Astronomical Society
Meets in the Village Hall on the third Monday of the month from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The next meeting will be on Monday, 15th May.
Star gazing every Friday evening, weather permitting. Visitors welcome at £2.00
Further information at www.neneastro.org.uk
Women's Institute 
Meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm in the village hall. Visitors welcome at £4.00 .
      At the meeting on Wednesday 10th May we will be joined by Hargrave WI to celebrate our 95th anniver- sary. Sue Kendall from WI House will lead us through the resolutions and give a talk on Denman College
         Further information contact Raine on 625739
Drawing & Painting Class
Every Tuesday afternoon in the Village Hall from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Contact Derek Geater on 01933 381848
 
Free Spirits 
Ladies afternoon group meets on the third Monday of the month in the Village Hall from
2 - 4pm.
      
The meeting on the 15th May will be a visit to Wyvale Garden Centre at Podington to include a hanging basket demonstration.
   
      Further information contact Raine on 625739 
 
Belly Dancing 
Meets in the village hall every Tuesday evening 7.45 - 8.45pm. Further information contact Vanessa on 07952 684354 
Tai Chi 
Classes every Wednesday afternoon in the Village Hall from 2 - 3pm. Further information contact       
Robert Agar-Hutton on 07771 333369
   
Ruby's Ballet Academy 
Every Monday morning in the Village Hall 10.15 - 10.45am, Disco Duck dancing for 2 - 4 year
olds. Every Friday morning 9.30 - 10.15am "Mummy and Me" ballet and song for children 18 months to 3 years. Also Friday morning 10.30 - 11.15am adult ballet classes. Further information contact Lucy on 800245 or 077889 983403 
Village Hall 
The hall is available for hire by groups for meetings or private functions - Wi-Fi enabled. Further information contact the Hall here