Welcome to the newsletter for The Two Rivers Benefice . We extend a very warm welcome, especially if you are joining us for the first time. We invite you to join us for a chat and some light refreshments after the service. Each month this newsletter contains information about the Sunday services and forthcoming events.


The Leadership Team

 The Revd Canon Jonathan Lowe ACII CF - Rector

 The Vicarage, 3 Church Street, Steeple Bumpstead, Essex CB9 7DG

 Tel: 01440 731687 / Email: vicar@2rivers.faith


Revd Sue Cruse - Associate Minister

 Tel: 01787 462062 / Email: sue.cruse@sky.com


 Claire Robertson - Curate

 Tel: 01440 730148


 Theresa Lowe - Lay Minister

 Tel: 01440 731687 / Email: theresa@tclowe.co.uk


 David Buckley - Lay Minister

 Tel: 01440 730333


 Nancy Hatch - Parish Administrator

 Email: admin@2rivers.faith



Sunday 18th February            11.00 Holy Communion (Ridgewell)

Sunday 25th February             6.00pm Evensong



 What's On in the Local Churches in February

 Wednesday 14 February            9:30 am Ash Wednesday Holy Communion,

                                                           St Andrew’s, Helions Bumpstead

 Saturday 17th February             6:00pm Valentine Soirée Cheese & Wine Evening,

                                                            Steeple Bumpstead Village Hall with the Cambridge Chord Company

Monday 19th February                  8:00pm Fellowship Group, Lent Course, Vicarage Office

Tuesday 20th February                  8:00pm Cavell Community Choir

Wednesday 21st February            3.00pm Lent Group 18, St Mary’s Walk

Monday 25th February                   8:00pm Fellowship Group, Lent Course, Vicarage Office

Tuesday 26th February                   8:00pm Cavell Community Choir

 Wednesday 28th February          9:30am BCP Morning Prayer, St Andrew’s, Helions Bumpstead 

                                                              3.00pm Lent Group 18, St Mary’s Walk


Benefice & Individual PCC dates 2018

 Friday 2nd March    Benefice & Individual PCC meetings

Individual APCMs before the end of April

Friday 18th May       Benefice & Individual PCC meetings

Individual PCC meeting between May and September

Friday 28th Sept Benefice & Individual PCC meetings

Friday 23rd Nov Benefice & Individual PCC meetings

 A BIG Thank you!

Many thanks to all those who helped to make the Burns Night Supper on 27th January in Ashen Village Hall such a great success. To all the helpers who made the Village Hall look like a small part of Scotland, to all the chefs and waiters who made the evening run very smoothly and not forgetting all the good folk who came along to  be subjected to a large doses of Rabbie Burns, whisky and haggis!

The  evening raised over £550 for church funds so thank you all!



Did you know that whenever you buy anything online - from your weekly shop to your annual holiday - you could be raising a free donation for St Augustine's Church, Ashen? 

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All you have to do is: 1. Go to http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/staugustineschurchashen 2. Sign up for free  3. Get shopping - your donations will be collected by easyfundraising and automatically sent to St Augustine's Church, Ashen. It couldn't be easier! There are no catches or hidden charges and St Augustine's Church, Ashen will be really grateful for your donations.

Thank you for your support.


 Children's Church Smile

If you have any friends whose children may like to join our Children's Church at Steeple Bumpstead please invite them along.

Children's Church takes place on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Sundays of each month during term times at 11.00am. The area for the children to access books etc is available each service. The service on the 1st Sunday of the month at 11.00am is suitable for all the family.


Bell Ringers

We have a team of 5 ringers now (mostly new) and if there are any ringers who would like to join us or anyone from 11 years old who wish to learn, they would be most welcome to join us at Ridgewell Church on Friday evenings from 7.30 to 9.00pm. We also have a practice ring at Ashen usually on the first Tuesday of the month.


Ashen Church Yard

We now have areas set aside to encourage the wild flora and fauna. If anyone is interested in helping with the identification of the flowers and plants please conact Maureen Rigg on 01440 788678.


If anyone has any items for the Church Newsletter or diary, please contact: 

 Nancy Hatch  01440 730836     email: administrator@tworiversbenefice.org.uk