SUNDAY MASSES: 09:30 Great Bardfield
The Holy Spirit, Great Bardfield
Braintree Road, Great Bardfield, Essex, CM7 4RN
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Delivery Scams 2020-05-04

If you or someone you know is vulnerable and has been a victim of fraud, please call Essex Police on 101. Report fraud or attempted fraud by contacting Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.police.uk or call 0300 123 2040.

DELIVERY SCAMS We are warning residents to stay vigilant following an increase in reports of people receiving unexpected packages from couriers.

There have been a number of victims in Hertfordshire, and more recently in Bishop's Stortford, where victims have received deliveries they had not ordered. A short while later a woman wearing a DPD courier uniform has arrived to collect the packages, claiming they had been delivered to the wrong address. In the reported instances the packages have contained either iPhones or laptops and have been despatched by AO.

Detective Chief Inspector Sam Khanna, from Hertfordshire Constabulary's Serious Fraud and Cyber Unit said: “We want all residents to be aware of this potential fraud. If goods are delivered that you have not ordered and are marked with your address you should inform the company that sent it and wait for them to send a courier.

Always check with them which courier company is making the collection and when they will arrive. If someone knocks on the door claiming to have come to pick it up after it was delivered by mistake, think twice about handing it over. Are they from the same company that just delivered it? Can you see a company vehicle? Just because they are in a uniform does not mean they are from the company as they claim. “If someone tries to deliver a parcel you’ve not ordered, refuse to accept it so that it goes back to the depot or the sender. If you have handed a parcel over please report it to Action Fraud. If someone is at your door claiming to have come to pick up a parcel you never ordered ring 999.” Hertfordshire Constabulary offers the following crime prevention advice:

Letter from the Director, BCCS 2020-04-17
From: Libby Phillips
Sent: Thursday, April 16, 2020 4:20 PM
To: Libby Phillips
Subject: Letter from our Director

Dear Father,

We hope that this email finds you well during this difficult time as parish communities worship at a distance and learn new ways to connect with their faith from home.

At bccs our priority has always been to keep children and families at the centre of our work and during this unprecedented time, this has never been more important. We wanted to let you know that we are still here for these young people – we continue to keep in touch with schools and families via phone and video links and to offer help and support where we can during this period of lockdown.

Unfortunately, we anticipate that the need for our work is likely to increase once we come out of our current situation. As you will be aware, this will be a very difficult time for many and especially for those children and young people who were already facing challenging family situations, anxiety or abuse.

We are looking ahead to different ways of funding projects for schools around coping with bereavement and loss as well as support for parents and teachers with transitioning children and young people back into school; we anticipate this may prove difficult for many.

If you know of a family who is struggling at this time, please do speak to us or ask them to contact our Head of School Services, Catherine Munns cmunns@bccs.org.uk

Could we ask you also if possible, to put a link to our website on your own webpage to signpost families to our service. The link to our webpage is: https://www.bccs.org.uk/

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all parishioners who donated to our work during the season of advent; we have been very glad to receive these crib donations over the past few months. It is true to say that donations from our parishes and schools are vital in ensuring we can continue to deliver our specialist mental health services throughout the Diocese.

We look forward to being able to re-start our information talks in parishes throughout the autumn and winter – this will be an important way for us to share our story and of course, to ask for donations from our community which will be so necessary to us at that time.

Thanking you for your continued help and support.

Kind Regards,

Bernadette Fisher

bccs - Brentwood Catholic Children's Society

01268 784544

Covid-19 Domestic Church Parent Resources 2020-03-22

Dear Parishes and Schools,

Please find a link to the Diocesan news page, where we have published an article with recommendations for parents with school-aged children to enable them to continue to worship in the home, and continue to mark the season of Lent / Easter period with their families without gathering publicly for mass.

Covid-19 Domestic Church Parent Resources

It would be most useful if you could circulate this to parents in your communities and post on your social media feeds.

Thank you,
Anna McCormick Project Officer - Marriage and Family Life Diocese of Brentwood anna.mccormick@dioceseofbrentwood.org 07972438179

A Message from Fr. Richard 2020-03-20

Fr Richard wishes us to know that each Sunday at 10am he will be offering Mass for all his parishioners in the privacy of his home, so wherever we are at 10am, be it in our church in Bardfield praying before the Blessed Sacrament, or saying our personal prayers in the quiet of our homes, he will be united with us in prayer before God our Father until the time comes when we can once again meet together to celebrate the Mass and receive Holy Communion in our church.

A letter from the President and Vice-President on behalf of all the Bishops of the Conference 2020-03-19

Download the letter

Our church will be open for private individual prayer:


It is most important that in this time of worry & concern that people are able to come into our church to pray individually whilst observing the COVID-19 Hygiene rules. Hand sanitisers are available in the church.

COVID-19 Update 2020-03-11

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales has updated its Coronavirus advice to bishops and parishes today. We are now moving to stage 2 of the guidelines which are below. Please implement these changes with immediate effect.

All guidelines, FAQs and updates can be found here: https://www.cbcew.org.uk/home/our-work/health-social-care/coronavirus-guidelines/

Stage 2 guidance

The key things for parishes to do are:

The best way of protecting us from spread is still for everyone to use universal good hygiene, which will effectively disrupt spread of the virus. So display the public information poster attached, which states:

  1. Catch it - sneeze into a tissue
  2. Bin it - bin the tissue
  3. Kill it - wash your hands with soap and water
  4. Do not touch your face unless you've washed your hands