St Peter and St Paul’s Church News

Ladies Friendship Circle

This group doesn’t meet in August but is eagerly awaiting the start of the new season at their first meeting on Monday 9th September when the speaker will be Jennie Fox speaking on ‘Her Collection of Beaded Purses’

On Monday 23rd September the talk will be ‘The Work of the Gideons’ by Janet Bishop.

Parochial Church Council

Arising out of the meeting came the decision?to start a?‘Friends of Syston Church’ group. It is hoped this will be of interest to everyone in the town,?for it will be for the benefit of?the beautiful and historic building which is so much a part of our community.

Church Open Day

In conjunction with the History Society’s exhibition the church will be open with a photographic display by Susan Essex and her husband John. This will include more about the ‘Friends of St Peter and St. Paul’s Church’.

Also in the afternoon from 1.00pm to 4.00pm the tower will be open for visits to the top! The cost will be £2, unfortunately children under seven are unable to visit and children from seven to 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Harvest Festival

Sunday 6th October will be our Harvest celebration. This will be a combined service at 10.30am with both 10.00am and 11.30am congregations together. There will be bring and share lunch and activities for the children.


Plans are going ahead to hold An Edwardian Christmas in the church on Saturday 7th December.

Sunday Lunch Club

The lunch on Sunday 11th August was enjoyed by 27 people. Once again there was a magnificent buffet to be shared which the members brought with them. If anyone would like to join in with this activity please contact Sandra Burgin on 0116 260 6144 or 07751 998 209 or phone Avril Derrington on 0116 269 7467.

Farewell William Ogburn

On Saturday 17th August the churches of Barkby and Syston had a party to say goodbye to William. The entertainment took the form of an evening of Scottish dance led by The Royal Society of Scottish Dancing from Leicester. Apart from demonstrations of Scottish dances we were encouraged to learn some and dance ourselves. Congratulations to Mary Gamble, up on her over 91 year old sprightly feet doing the St Bernard Waltz!

There was an amazing bring and share buffet supper during a break in the dancing all supplied by members of the congregation.

Small gifts and a signed card were presented to William by Fr David White.

At the 10.00am service on 18th August, William chose the hymns and preached, and at the end of the service was prayed for as he leaves to return to his seminary in New York.

He goes with very best wishes from the congregations.


This all age service restarts on Sunday 8th September at 11.30am.

Songs, Christian stories, activities and refreshments.