Breaking News

Woburn Sands community project “Love Woburn Sands”, has got through to the finals for lottery funding. Voting is now open, please use this link to vote, (one vote per person).

Please vote, and tell your friends to vote, as this project provides an invaluable service e.g homeless shelters, prescriptions for the elderly, work for people with special needs and countless other initiatives. Voting is open until 3 April 2017 so please spread the word to friends and family and fingers crossed; this worthwhile charity will receive much needed funding.

Many thanks

From the Love Woburn Sands Charity

History of St Mary’s Woburn Sands

About the Church

Prior to 8th July 1926, the Catholics of Woburn Sands had no parish Church, instead they would travel to Mass at Leighton Buzzard or Bletchley.

The first Mass at Woburn Sands was celebrated in the club room of the Fir Tree Hotel by Canon Tonks of Bedford. In 1929/1930 Father Banham, was appointed as the first Parish Priest of Woburn Sands and Masses continued to be held in rooms of the Fir Tree Hotel whilst fund raising continued for a new Church. In 1930, an army hut was donated by a parish in St Neots and brought to Woburn Sands, to be re-erected on a site at the corner of Wood Street and Theydon Avenue. On th 21st February 1939 Father Golston, was appointed to the Mission of Woburn Sands in succession to Father Cyril Banham. Miss Chichester’s donation in 1939 finally enabled the new church to be built and it opened on 2nd July 1956.

Father Edward (Ted) Golston was was parish priest of St Mary’s for 46 years and was succeeded by Canon Stanislaus (Fr Stan) Condon, who served for 18 years until his retirement in 2004. Fr. Stan died on the 22 January 2012, and is buried in St Mary’s cemetery. Fr. Stan will be known to many parishioners for his great sense of humour, piety and love for animals.

Fr. Kenneth Bowen succeeded Fr. Stan and is the current parish priest of St Mary’s.