St Mary the Virgin, Marystowe.


For details on forthcoming services please click here.

To look at some pictures of the life and work of Marystowe church click here.

To contact the Church Warden Barbara Dawe  please click on her name.

For details of our Christmas Evening please click Holly

Books and Jigsaws

Marystowe Church has a large collection of books available to purchase and jigsaws to borrow.

With over 800 books we really think we can help with your Christmas presents. Follow the links to see the catalogues for Fact, Fiction, Childrens and Poetry and Plays.

Unless otherwise noted in the catalogue all books are 50p, although, as we deliver the books, we are asking for a minimum donation of £1 for up to two books, or five for a minimum of £2. All proceeds go to the Church in Marystowe: volunteers carry out all deliveries, collection and sorting.

For an extra charge we can gift wrap books for Christmas, and if you are shielding and not venturing out – we will also post them on your behalf.

Please do call Joy if you would like to talk about the stock and have help with ideas for presents – but here are some thoughts:-

Autobiographies – from Rio Ferdinand to the Military Wives

Cookery – Vintage Mrs Beeton to up to date classics like Rick Stein

History – Jambusters (the story of the WI and the war) to Imagined Corners (exploring the World’s first Atlas)

Sport – Anyone for tennis (the Telegraph book of Wimbledon) to 101 ways to win at Scrabble

Vintage – Poetry collections and Classic novels to Peter Scott’s beautifully illustrated book on birds

And don’t forget to treat yourself – revisit Poldark? Get immersed in a Ruth Rendell? Or try a new author. 


We have a large collection of donated jigsaws available to be borrowed. We have listed these Jigsaws (with pictures) in the catalogue follow the blue link.

We are happy to deliver/collect the jigsaws for free, but we will be making a small charge through membership of the Jigsaw Library. All proceeds will be for the Church; the production of the catalogue, sorting and deliveries is all undertaken by volunteers. 

Membership of the library is £5 – which is £1 deposit and 4 credits. Each credit represents the loan of one jigsaw.

Only one jigsaw can be borrowed at a time (to leave choice for everyone).

We have been donated the jigsaws and understand all are complete. If you find a piece missing please let us know so we can remove it from circulation and re-credit you.


Please note the books and Jigsaws are kept in the Church (which is currently always locked) and, at present, are only handled by Joy and Andy McSmythurs and Barbara Dawe. All books and Jigsaws are quarantined for a minimum of 72 hours before being added to the stock.

Please call Joy McSmythurs 01822 860630 or Barbara Dawe 01566 784797 or email Joy