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As part of our 170th anniversary celebrations, we are very excited to welcome professional magician Ian Keable for a special evening of magic, mystery and humour on Friday 18th October at 7.30pm.

Ian is an accredited Chartered Accountant and established author, he is also a member of The Magic Circle and has won several prestigious awards as well as making numerous national TV appearances. The focus of Ian’s show is Charles Dickens.

It is a little-known fact that as well as being one of the world’s greatest writers, Dickens was also a talented conjurer and fascinated by spiritualism. In this humorous and mystifying show, Ian reveals this secret side to him and recreates some of his favourite tricks and will talk about how his magic sheds light both on his character and his writings. 1849, the year Holy Trinity was consecrated, also happens to be the year in which Dickens wrote his most significant magic show so this evening is a very fitting part of our anniversary celebrations.

Early-bird tickets are £12.50 and are available until 4th October (£15 thereafter). Refreshments will be available to purchase on the night. Tickets can be booked by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Places are limited so book now to avoid disappointment! We hope you can join us for what promises to be a fabulous evening!

At this year’s Harvest Festival on Sunday 6th October at 9.30am we will be collecting donations for the Chiltern Foodbank in Chesham. This will be a collection of tinned and dried food. Chiltern Foodbank don’t think anyone in our community should have to face going hungry. That’s why they provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to them in crisis. They are part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.

They are urgently in need of the following:

Packet Pasta Meal (Eg Macaroni Cheese)
UHT Fruit Juice
UHT Milk
Powdered Milk
Smash (Powdered Potato)
Tinned Fish (Not Tuna)
Chocolate / Treats
Tinned Rice Pudding
Tinned Mince
Tinned Cold Meats
Small Cooking Oil
Small Mayonnaise
Cleaning Sprays
Sponge Puddings
Evapourated Milk

Please note that baked beans, tinned soup and dried pasta are not needed at this time.Please bring your donations along to Church with you on the morning of Sunday 6th October.

Our Harvest celebration will be our 9.30am family eucharist and everyone is invited to join us. Any fresh produce that is brought along will be sold off afterwards. We are also planning a Harvest brunch ... look out for details

Our next men’s breakfast is on Saturday 5th October with Paul Mes giving a talk  titled "A view from the Gaeltachd".  Which he informs us is basicially reflections on what a Highland childhood taught him about life. The events takes place in our church hall starting at 8.30am and includes a full English breakfast for £5. Please book your space with Dick Rivett on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 863350.

The Psalms are the hymn book of the Hebrew Bible. They are the songs that Jesus would have sung and read, and they formed an important part of his own spirituality. In the Anglican tradition they were chanted in what has become a defining element of Choral Evensong. But there are all sorts of ways to sing the Psalms. A Pslam is set as part of the readings for every Sunday, and comes in between the Old and New Testament readings. We are going to start singing this Psalm for the day too, in a new metrical format set to generally well known hymn tunes. One of the reasons we remain seated for this is to help us think about the words, rather than (as so often in the Church of England!) using the hymn to cover something else that is happening. We hope you'll enjoy the wide range of emotions and feelings the psalms convey!

HELP NEEDED It is that time of year when I come asking for your help. This year is no exception…

Jam Jars - clean, labels removed and with lids please. Some of our jam and pickle makers are getting desperate.

Peterley Christmas Market, weekend at end of November (I think)- Jams, chutneys and other home made goodies needed for selling. Please, as in past years, could I have the filled jars in plenty of time to "prettify" them. Hand made goods such as the knitted Christmas decorations always go down well. Doreen will be in touch later about cakes and other home bakes, and I will be looking for volunteers to man the stall on both days, closer to the time. I will let you know the dates as soon as I can.

Village Hall Charity Bazaar, Saturday November 9th - In the past we have always asked for donations of any new but unwanted things for sale on the table - this is the same this year, but... This sale has happened every year for the last 26 years. It is a tremendous opportunity for the local village charities to raise funds at the same time as being "visible" to the village and show-casing who they are and what they do. The 2 ladies who have organised it for the last 15 or so years want to stand down from it. It would be tragic if this opportunity was lost. I, in my madness, have offered to take this on and so am asking this year, not only for the donations to sell on the table, but also for volunteers to man the door, sell raffle tickets and refreshments. I thought it best this year to leave it in the Village Hall. Please, if you can help in any way do let me know and together we can try to maintain this village tradition. If you are a member of a charity who normally has a table, please let me know if you still want to come this year; if you are a member of a charity not already involved but would like to be, also, please come and talk to me.

Thanks Jean Green.

During our services a collection is often taken to support the life of this church. If you don’t already give regularly you can support us by contributing to the collection, or by using the new contactless donation box opposite the door as you enter or leave the church. The default gift amount on the contactless box is £5. To give regularly please take a Parish Giving Scheme leaflet from the rack.

The area in the churchyard where ashes are interred is getting full. But we believe it is an essential part of our duty of care to the community that we keep Prestwood’s churchyard open. We have launched an appeal to create a Memorial that is a beautiful, permanent and fitting place for the ashes of our loved ones to be interred now and into the future. We have commissioned Martin Cook to design a stone monument to record the names of those to be interred in the Ashes Garden.
You can find out all about the memorial at or by picking up a leaflet in church. Of course we want our members to contribute to this important, beautiful and permanent memorial. But more importantly we need our church community to be ambassadors in the village, talking about and sharing our leaflets and encouraging the whole community to contribute. We want all the different village groups to be enthusiastic supporters of this project. This is a memorial for the village, not the church. Our hope is that the people of Prestwood will be able to rest in peace in their churchyard long into the future.

The men’s breakfast will meet 8-30am to 10-00am on a Saturday once a month, commencing in May and omitting August. There will be an invited speaker to talk on their specialist subject at each meeting. We will supply the food (full English!) at a price to cover the costs of £5.

The dates for 2019 will be:
11 May 1 June 13 July 7 September 5 October 2 November

All gentlemen welcome!

John Smith has taken some stunning aerial photos of Holy Trinity, using his drone. Check them out at

If you have a church key, or would like to help keep the church open during the day and get a key, please go to Follow the simple instructions to sign up for specific occasions to lock or unlock the church. Please help us keep the church open on those days when we need some help!

Many people would like to sponsor the church flowers or music on a particular Sunday in memory of a loved one. If you would like to sponsor flowers or music then please speak to the Rector, a church warden or contact Liz in the office to make the arrangements. Suggested sponsorship is £30 for flowers or music for £50, but other donations are also welcome.

If you are arranging a church event that uses the Church Hall or Cottage please don't forget to book it! The only way to book the Church Hall or Cottage is to go through the Bookings Secretary. The hall is booked on a first-come, first-served basis. There are no automatic bookings, so everybody has to book. Don't forget!

The Parish Office is open from 9-12 am on Monday to Thursday for parish business. It is open from 9-12 am on Friday for Preschool business.

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The Parochial Church Council of the Ecclesiastical Parish of Holy Trinity, Prestwood is a registered charity, no. 1129233.

Holy Trinity, Prestwood is an Inclusive Church. We are part of the Church of England.
We are in the Oxford diocese and the Wendover Deanery.

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