Service Times and News

St Mary’s Church is part of the Clun Valley Benefice comprising Bettws y Crwyn, Newcastle, Clun,Clunton, Clunbury and Hopesay.

Vicar:  We are between vicars at the moment.


Valerie Whately 01547 510681


Nancy Adams, Anne Beesley, Sheila Davies, Thelma Davies, Margaret Garfitt, Gwlithyn Gough, Joy Greenall, Valerie Whately. Tina Harkin. 

Secretary: Nancy Adams 01686 671126

Treasurer: Margaret Garfitt  01547 510619

Lay Co  – Chairperson: Valerie Whately



Sun Nov 7th.      11.15am.    Bettws.    CWHC.                           Revd. Preb. Dr J Daniels

Sun Nov 14th.    10.45.        Clun.        Joint remembrance.          Revd. Robert Payne

Sun Nov 21st      11.15.       Newcastle     CWHC.                        The Venerable Fiona Gibson

Sun Nov 28th.    10.00.        Clun.        Joint Service at  Methodist Church  


Sun Dec 5th.      11.15.          Bettws.            CWHC.                     Revd. Preb. Dr J Daniels

Sun Dec 12th.     6.30pm      Newcastle        Carol Service              Lay Led – Sandra

Sun Dec19th       7pm           Bettws             Carol Service              Lay Led – Valerie

Sat  Dec 25th.    10.30am     Clun.                CWHC.                The Ven. Fiona Gibson

Sun Dec 26th.     10am.        Clun Methodist Church Joint Service


Sun  Jan. 2nd       11.15.       Bettws.              CWHC.                     Revd. Preb. Dr J Daniels

Sun Jan  9th.         11.15.      Newcastle.         Family Service.        Lay Led – Sandra

Sun Jan. 16th.      11.15.       Newcastle.         CWHC.                    Revd Prep. M Whittock

Sun Jan. 30th       10.00.       Clun.                   B.U.S.                     Revd. Robert Payne


We are without a vicar at the moment. Please contact the church warden if you require any information

CWHC            Common Worship Holy Communion

BCPEP            Book of Common Prayer Evening Prayer           

MW                 Morning Worship                                                

BCPHC           Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion

BUS                Benefice United Service

From the Parish Magazine          

St Mary’s Bettws Y Crwyn

The lifting of restrictions meant that our Harvest service was able to go ahead Almost as normal.  I say  ‘Almost as normal’ because, at the time we were planning it we were uncertain whether people would come to parish hall for the usual supper, and, if so, how many we should cater for.  The decision was made to and those attending to contribute food to share, and this worked very well.  We specified ‘finger food’ on paper plates!  Many thank especially to Joyce, who provided punch which she brought all the way from Bishop’s Castle, arriving early despite extensive road works en route.  The service was led by Ian Ball, who brought with him Trevor and Kay who, together with Ruth and Lawrence, performed harvest themed songs, which made the service very special. As always the church looked lovely, thanks to the arrangers who, aside from doing wonders with the flowers, make the day they are arranged, a happy social occasion in itself.  Many thanks to them all.

Many thanks, also, to those who attended. It is a long time since we had over 40 people in the congregation.

The churchyard will receive its biannual cut soon. When this has been completed we shall be asking for volunteers for grass gathering and tidying up round the graves. I should be very grateful if volunteers for next year’s rota would make themselves known to me. The more the merrier.


Cleaning and Flowers

November:              Josie Crompton-Morris                Valerie Whately

December:               Anne Beesley                                   Jude Powell-Hill                             


Coffee Morning and Draw

There will be a coffee morning and hundred Club draw at Bettws-y-Crwyn parish hall on  11thDecember 10-12 noon.This will be the first for what seems like an age and we are looking forward to getting together once again.

We would welcome contributions from anyone wishing to support the event, and  would appreciate cakes, produce, bring and buy/raffle prizes anything is super. Pete will be doing the big draw for the 100 club, which promises to be exciting.

Do come along for what should be a welcoming festive event, meet with friends and neighbours who have been hidden away for months. Let’s celebrate finally getting together.


Brook House Sanctuary for Animals

We are delighted to announce the ˋLive Nativity´ will be going ahead this year on 18th December at 3pm. Mulled wine, mince pies and other festive treats will be served from Santa’s workshop and there will be a raffle with splendid prizes.

We would welcome any budding actors wanting to play a king, shepherd or even the shining star.

The animals are already in training and Poppy the donkey has a surprise for everyone.

Looking forward to seeing you all on the day.

Tina and James x

We are always grateful for contributions to the Parish Magazine. They should be sent to Tina Harkin by the 13th of each month, please: 01588 641024.


The churchyard ‘wild’ area has now had a basic cut. We now need to rake up the grass and trim round the graves.

Weather permitting – can we have a working group on the morning of Saturday Nov 6th?

It will be lovely to have a large group there. Bring rakes, strimmers etc. if you have them.

Rich will bring a trailer to load grass. I shall bring tea, coffee and biscuits.

Hope to see you there.

Please pass the word on to any who may not see this.

Church Flowers and Cleaning

The list for this year can be downloaded by clicking  on this link – Flower and Cleaning Roster

Valerie Whately is always on the lookout for new volunteers, so would be very happy if any who would like to help would contact her on 01547 510681

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