The inaugral Stonley Festival was held in Doddinghurst on 23-24th June. The festival celebrated the life of Richard Stonley, a 16th Century diarist who lived and worked in Doddinghurst. It was a wonderful celebration of the story of the village and brought many village groups together to produce it.
Our deepest gratitude goes to all volunteers, to FOAS for their generous donation, the Doddinghurst Schools, the Uniformed Groups and the Village Hall. We are also grateful to the various business who partnered with us or provided donations: The Willow Pub for the Stonley Sunday lunch, Chicken and Frog Bookshop, Calcott Hall, The Mobile Griddle, Giggly Pig, Budgens, St John's ambulance and The Cactus Lady.
Finally a huge thanks to the Companie of Merrie Folke for the reenactment, to the Pantaloons for providing open air Theatre on Sunday afternoon, to Cadenza, Hurdy Gurdy-Salmagundi and the Society of Recorder players for the music, to Lord Petre for opening the festival, Ingatestone Hall for lending costumes to the volunteers, Phoenix FM for publicity on Friday Night Extra and the Mayor of Brentwood, Councillor Sheila Murphy for attending the festival.
Pancake Morning 2018
10th Feb 2018
A grand total of 100 pancakes were flipped and 55 bacon sandwiches made. Priest house was full to bursting as everyone tucked into delicious food, cake and hot drinks. Thanks as always to Thelma and the team for all the hard work in creating such an event.
All Saints' New Year's Lunch 2018
13th Jan 2018
A great time was had by all, fellowship abounded as everyone tucked into delicious casserole and an assortment of crumbles for dessert before warming the heart with a good ol' singalong after lunch.
Crib Service 2017
24th Dec 2017
The Church was full to bursting at the All Saints Crib Service.
Carols in the Willow 2017
19th Dec 2017
Hearty singing, christmas trivia questions, fellowship and a good dose of Christmas cheer characterized our annual puntastic evening in the Willow.... yes a liberal dose of Christmas cracker jokes were of course a feature.
Christmas Bazaar 2017
18th Nov 2017
A fabulous time was had by all at the 2017 Christmas Bazaar. Santa put in an appearance, huge teddies were won by delighted children in the teddy tombola, adults and children alike sat down to enjoy home made soup and bacon sandwiches, there was chocolate aplenty, songs by the rainbows and the prosecco flowed. All of the Bazaar team got into the spirit with Christmas jumpers and other festive attire in abundance. Huge thanks goes to Thelma and all of the team!
12th Nov 2017
Several hundred people, including Parish Councillors and representatives from the Uniformed Organisations joined us for a Remembrance Service in church and an Act of Remembrance at the war memorial. The names of the fallen were read, poppy wreaths laid and the combined choirs of the infant and Junior school sang.
"For the service men and women who have died in the violence of war, each one remembered by and known to God; May God give peace"
A requiem service was held in Church on Friday 3rd November. During the service names of loved ones were read aloud and everyone was given the opportunity to light a candle in memory of family members and friends who have gone before us. Going forward a Requiem Mass will be held on the first Friday of every month and those in our book of Remembrance for that particular month will be prayed for. If you would like the name of a loved one
placed in our new book of remembrance
please fill in a slip at the back of church
and return to Ann.
29th Oct 2017
A wonderful light party was held for village children on 29 October! Crafts and games abounded including cake decorating, apple bobbing, bowling and card making. Traditional party games such as musical chairs also made an appearance.
Parish History Talk: Doddinghurst in the Victorian Age - People and Places, Mishaps and Murders
29th Oct 2017
A very lively and entertaining talk given by our very own Caroline Seville in a packed church. Fascinating stories included German royalty and a hot air balloon incident, a murder that put Doddinghurst on the map nationally and fascinating facts about people's names, occupations and homes.
A lovely bring and Share picnic was held in the Rectory Garden. People enjoyed an abundance of delicious food, a glass of wine or two and some lively games for the Children. Of course no summer afternoon would be complete without ice cream so we had our very own All Saints Ice Cream Factory complete with flakes, sauces and sprinkles.
Summer Explorers 2017
4th Aug 2017
A fun packed week was had by 44 Doddinghurst Children at the inaugural Summer Explorers Summer Holiday Club for Primary aged children. There were crafts, songs, games and bible stories galore. The finale was the family barbecue on the final day followed by Summer Explorers Outdoor Eucharist on the following Sunday!