The Parish Church of St. Peter & St. Paul, St. Osyth, Essex



The first magazine was produced in 1883, by the incumbent, Rev Henry Chapman. He called it 'Old and New' and said "All matters of local interest will be published month by month", although it was mostly Church news. It took its present name in 1982, and although still run by the Church, was then described as "a good community magazine for the whole village", and was no longer edited by the vicar. It grew by 1997 to 28 pages and is today usually 72 pages, open to all clubs and societies to keep the village informed. There are also many articles on practical subjects from gardening to health, reminiscences of past times, Parish and District Council news and 'Letters to the Editor'.

The picture above shows a copy of the front cover of our earliest surviving magazine from 1888.

The village magazine goes to over 2200 households in St Osyth each month. It contains over fifty articles including reports from over twenty of the many local organizations. About 100 advertisers enable St Osyth news to be delivered free to residents, but costs 80p per issue to visitors and those living outside of the parish who subscribe (usually ex-locals). Copies are available from the church or from the Post Office in Spring Road.

In 2007 St Osyth News won the competition run by the Rural Community Council for Essex for the best monthly parish magazine, against 65 others.


Monica Harvey


Kirsten May
(01255 820494 - mobile 07539 382785)



From St Osyth News - March 2017

Easter this year is a little later than usual and therefore Lent is also a little later and begins on 1st March. We will mark it's beginning with a Benefice Service of Ashing and Communion at St Mary's Church in Great Bentley at 7.30pm, please do join us there if you can.

I do enjoy this service because it brings the journey of our palm crosses, which we received on Palm Sunday to celebrate Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem, to an end and also a new beginning. The crosses from last year will be gathered and burned and the ash that they make will be used during our Service on Ash Wednesday when we are reminded that this is a time of testing and during that testing we are encouraged to be faithful to God. The words used are 'remember that you are but dust and to dust you shall return, turn away from sin and be faithful to God', then a small cross is placed on your forehead as a witness to others that you intend to take Lent seriously. That doesn't mean that you should literally go around in sackcloth and ashes, looking bored and forlorn but that you will actively try to engage more with God, maybe through reading or prayer or generosity to good causes, while showing others around you his love through your actions.

Our Lent Course this year we will be using 'Table Talk - Easter', which will be held on Monday evenings in the Church Room from 7.30pm beginning on Monday 6th March. Please do come and join us if you can.

Every Blessing

Revd Sharon














































































































































































































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