Friday, 3 November 2017

Web Magazine - November - Rector's Pages


The Rector’s pages:  this month from Rev’d D’ Fyfe

Last month I spent five days in Flanders, in Ypres, now Iepers, (The soldiers called it Wipers!).  We were a mixed group, mostly from Somerset.  This wasn’t just a battlefield tour; it was almost a pilgrimage to understand old battles and to remember those who fought in them.  I’ve been there before, but each time you see something else and understand a bit more – and it has to be said, a bit less!  We started by “surveying the ground”!  Standing on a low ridge you realise that you can see whatever is happening below.  Then you begin to understand why Ypres was so important; why they had to try to take back the ridge of high ground overlooking it.  In many cases, our view of the ground was blocked by the fields of maize and trees.  100 years ago there was no longer any cover and the mud was deep.    We were told (often!) to use mental flexibility to understand what we were seeing!  The photos in the museum told the tale.  We visited Toc H,  the rest house in Poperinghe, and stood in the garden; then climbed up the attic stairs to the little chapel; realising how much the peace and quiet must have meant to those who were back for a break before returning to the front.  (Although Poperinghe was not out of range of gunfire.)  From the coach we saw the cemeteries along the road; the rows of headstones shining white.  In all but the smallest the tall cross stood out.  We laid wreaths at Tyne Cot and other cemeteries and also at St George’s Church in Ypres.  The church had just been given new bells for its tower, commemorating the bell-ringers who died in that wasted land.  The bells, decorated with poppies, were still in the aisle waiting to be hung.  The bugles sounded from the back of the church and time stood still.  We went to the ceremony at the Menin Gate where members of our party laid wreaths. The first bugles to sound the Last Post and Reveille at the Menin Gate (in 1927) were from the Somerset Light Infantry.  It was very fitting that the band of the Somerset Army Cadets marched up to that towering monument with their bugles sounding.  They came up the street at Light Infantry pace and were loudly applauded.  The street was packed with people.  But what does it mean now?  Every time I hear the stories recounted I think I understand….but do I?  War is messy.  You can’t plan what happens.  You can make plans and think “if this happens, I will do such and such”.  But in real life things go wrong.  And nowadays we always have to blame someone.    What did I bring back from this pilgrimage?  Mental flexibility!  You have to see things as they were, before you can take a view about how they are now.  What else?  Many of these men went to war because they thought they should.  It was for them an obligation to their country, or to their county or to their friends whom they marched alongside.  Rightly or wrongly they didn’t shout for their rights.  Nowadays our rights very often come first.  I took comfort from something very simple.  There were so many headstones, so many young men, and so many were nameless. - “Known unto God”.  In a strange way that phrase was a comfort.  In all that carnage and waste these men were not anonymous.  God knew who they were, even if we didn’t.  
 FIRST SUNDAY SERVICES:

 Sunday 3rd December 2017
Barrington - 6.00pm Evensong 1662
Cudworth - 11.15am Modern Communion
Dowlish Wake - 8.45am Communion 1662 
Kingstone - 10.00am CHRISTINGLE & Family Service
Shepton Beauchamp - 10.30am Modern Communion


OTHER SERVICES:
Remembrance Sunday - 12th November 2016
All services are listed on the back page of this Web BUT please note that many service start times are different from normal.
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LOVED AND LOST
Shepton Beauchamp 12th November at 5.30pm
Chillington 19th November at 4.30pm

Most of us have loved someone who has died, and from the earliest times the Christian Church recognised the grief and pain that this brings.   It has also understood that the opportunity to remember those we have loved and lost, is an important part of the grieving process.   So each year we hold a simple, quiet, candle-lit service were we can remember our loved ones and, if you would like, theirs names can be read out and you can light a candle in their memory.  If you would like a name read out during the service, there will be lists available in the two churches for a week before the service.
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Buttle Close Common Room - Shepton Beauchamp
We meet at 11.30am on the first Thursday of each month in the Common Room of Buttle Close for a short, gentle service of prayers, hymns, readings and a story.   Everyone is very welcome.
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Weekday Communions
Shepton on Tuesdays at 10.30am.
This service is 25 minutes long, simple Communion Service to reflect, pray and give thanks.
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FROM THE CHURCH REGISTERS:

23rd September Morgan Zaple; holy baptism at Kingstone Church.
29th September Nell Rolaff, 100 yrs; ashes interred with her husband Adam, at Dowlish Wake.
30th September Jo Carvell, 89 yrs; ashes interred at Shepton Beauchamp with her beloved husband Baz.
4th October Keith Ingham, 77 yrs; cremation at Yeovil, followed by a very well attended Thanksgiving service at Barrington.
6th October Violet Brice, 91 yrs; funeral service and burial with her husband at Kingstone.
14th October Thea St John Wright; holy baptism at Shepton.




DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:

Dowlish Wake PCC (Church Council)
6th November, 7.00pm the Morgan’s home in Oxenford.
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Sunday 12th November
Remembrance Sunday
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Saturday 18th November 10.30am - 1.00pm
Cudworth Christmas Fair and community coffee morning
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25th November 10.30am - 12.00pm
Advent Coffee Morning at Stocklinch
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THANK YOU:  A very big thank you to everyone who has helped - in any way - with the recent fundraising events.   For those raising the money….thank you for your hard work and time; for those supporting…..thank you for your help and generosity…..

Shepton Beauchamp church - Bingo raised £167; concert with Kingsbury Band brought in £360 for Cancer Research and £360 for the church (big thank you all the helpers and the Band); Harvest Lunch (thank you Tom and Angie and helpers) £161.
Barrington Harvest Supper - raised £138 for the Ilminster Food Bank.

All of the funds raised are for the constant work need to run, maintain and repair, the village churches (ie repairs to the boiler chimney at Shepton cost £1600!).



THE ILMINSTER LIONS CLUB are working with Tesco Stores at Ilminster. Tesco have the problem of disposing of food near the end of its shelf-life which cannot be sold. They cannot give it away in the store so to fulfil their obligations and to help the local community they have asked the Lions Club, as a well-known organisation in Ilminster, to help them get food to people who need it. So, we have just started a 'Friendship' group which meets at the Youth Centre, Frog Lane (just near the Arts Centre) every Thursday at 11.00am to about 1.00pm. We are happy to meet anyone who would like to come in for a cup of tea or coffee and have a chat, especially those living alone or feeling isolated. We will be organising a few activities with the help from the Lions and Tesco staff. We will also have a range of food products, bread, tea, canned goods, frozen meats, etc, for people to take home. We also hope to have visits from the Citizen's Advice Bureau to offer advice over a wide range of subjects. 




THE SHEPTON BEAUCHAMP CHARITY is a collection of charities for the benefit of residents of Shepton Beauchamp; some of the charities are several hundred years old.  

Educational Grants are paid to any child or young adult who is in some form of education, either school, sixth form, college, university or apprenticeship.   All that is required is a letter, written by the applicant and sent/given to either the Rev’d Geoff Wade or Richard (details below) before 4.00pm on 17th November.
The Over 70's Christmas Box is a small payment, paid in early December, to help with the cost of Christmas and is payable to residents who are 70 years old or over, and have lived in the village for 3 years or more.
If you are not yet receiving the Christmas Box,  please call Richard Martin on 240604 (Greystones, Middle Street) to have your name added to the list (before 17th November please).


REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY AT SHEPTON - 12th November
Just a quick word to add meat to the bones of what we are doing at Shepton this Remembrance Sunday.......

10.40am   Act of Remembrance - the Act starts in church before proceeding to the War Memorial for the Two Minute Silence and the Roll Call of village men who gave their lives in the World Wars.

On completion (about 11.10am) - unveiling of the Memorial Tree and Stone; we will go down to the bottom of the churchyard to unveil the tree and stone set to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Great War as the horrific battle of Passchendaele drew to a close in November, a century ago.

On completion (about 11.20am) - a short service of Holy Communion.

5.30pm Loved and Lost service (details as above)



October Pages:

The Rector’s pages:  

“SHARING CHOCOLATE” by Joan Kennedy

A young boy was walking home through the park after attending Sunday School.

Somehow, he couldn't stop thinking about the lesson for the day, on Jesus' parable of the last judgement. What impressed him most was when the teacher said, “when you give something to another person, you're really giving to Jesus.”

As he continued through the park, he noticed an old woman sitting on a bench. She looked hungry and lonely. So he sat down next to her, took from his pocket a chocolate bar he had been saving, and offered some to her. She accepted with a smile. He liked her smile so much that after she had eaten her piece of chocolate he gave her more. This time they exchanged smiles and, for a while, they sat together in silence, just smiling at each other.

Finally, the boy got up to leave. As he began to walk away, he turned, ran back to the bench, and gave the woman a big hug. She gave him her best smile.

When he arrived home, his mother saw the smile on his face and asked, 'what made you so happy today?' He said, 'I shared my chocolate bar with Jesus, And she had a great smile.'

Meanwhile, the old woman returned to her little flat where she lived with her sister. 'You're all smiles,' said the sister. 'What made you so happy today?' To which she replied, 'I was sitting in the park, eating chocolate with Jesus. And, you know, he was a lot younger than I expected.'


A Reading from St Teresa of Avila 
Christ has no body now on earth but yours, 
no hands but yours, no feet but yours,
yours are the eyes 
through which Christ's compassion is to look out on the earth, 
yours are the feet by which He is to go about doing good
and yours are the hands by which He is to bless us now. 

From the Church Registers
29th August At Shepton Beauchamp; Escort Hawkins 89 yrs, funeral service and burial with his ancestors.
31st August From Shepton Beauchamp; Jo Carvell, 89 yrs, cremation at Yeovil.   
2nd September At Shepton Beauchamp; Lily Walsh and Joshua Acreman, holy baptism.
14th September At Shepton Beauchamp; Betty Osborn, 87 yrs, funeral service and burial.




THANK YOU:  A very big thank you to everyone who has helped - in any way - with the recent fundraising events.   For those raising the money….thank you for your hard work and time; for those supporting…..thank you for your help and generosity…..

16th August      Cudworth Summer Market raised £1612.
19th August     Puckington Flower Festival and stalls raised £1420 for church funds and the Community Stall raised £500 for the “Village Voice” and church facilities project.
26th August    Chillington Craft Fair at Speke Hall Dowlish Wake raised £1200 for repairs to the drains and retaining walls of the churchyard.
16th September   Puckington, “Joan’s Coffee Morning in Church” raised £281 for minor repairs to the church.

All of the funds raised are for the constant work need to run, maintain and repair, the village churches.




I’VE BEEN TO:
I have been in many places, but I've never been in Cahoots. Apparently, you can't go alone. You have to be in Cahoots with someone. I've also never been in Cognito. I hear no one recognises you there. I have, however, been in Sane. They don't have an airport; you have to be driven there. I have made several trips there, thanks to my friends, family and work. I live close so it's a short drive. I would like to go to Conclusions, but you have to jump, and I'm not too much on physical activity anymore. I’ve also been in Doubt and that’s a sad place to go to so I don’t go there often. However, I’ve been in Capable and go there more often now that I’m older. One of my favourite places is to be in Suspense! It really gets the adrenaline flowing and pumps up the old heart and at my age I need all the stimuli I can get. Sometimes I’m in Vincible but life tells me I’m not. Some people tell me I’m in Denial, but I’m positive I’ve never been there before. So far I haven’t been Continent but my travel agent says I’ll be going there soon. One place missed is in toxicated; going there very soon!

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Web Magazine - September - Rector's Pages

The Rector’s pages:  

Going to Church is never easy.

There are so many other things to do, or that need doing, and Sunday is often the only time most folk get to do them.   In the country this is not helped by two important things that our village churches do; first we have a variety of services to appeal to a range of tastes; second, because we are in a group of eight churches we can’t have services at the same time every Sunday.  Consequently we can’t even get into the habit of going to church because each Sunday is different.

How do we get round this?   The simplest way to do it is to choose a service that you like and then go to it no matter what!   You might have enjoyed 1662 Evensong or Communion but got out of the habit of going; you might want a more informal style in which case the “Worship 4 All” might suit you; something a bit deeper would bring you to the modern language (CW) Holy Communion. 

Alternatively you might enjoy something very “English country church” in format in which case we have a series of Harvest Festivals coming up which you might find inspiring.   A service which everyone can join in with; popular and singable hymns; some thoughts and prayers that remind us of the beauty and bounty of mother-nature and the hard-work of the farmers who live and work amongst us.
Sun 17th September
- 7.00pm - at Puckington

Sun 24th September 
- 10.00am - at Dowlish Wake
- 11.15am - at Stocklinch
(Harvest Lunch for Chillington and Cudworth villages)
- 6.00pm - at Kingstone

Sun 8th October
- 12.30pm - at Shepton Village Hall 
- harvest lunch with short service afterwards

Sun 15th October
- 10.00am - at Barrington

Thanks to you, my Lord Jesus Christ, for all the benefits you have given me. Most merciful redeemer, friend and brother, may I know you more clearly, love you more dearly, and follow you more nearly, day by day.  Amen.

Supporting the hungry - Harvest Offerings:   
it has long been the custom for us to bring foodstuffs to the harvest festival services to give to those who struggle to pay for their food.   Four of our churches will be following this custom again this year and collecting dry/tinned food to go to the local food banks.  If you would like to help please bring your boxes/tins to the Harvest Festival service OR you can leave them in the church before hand.   Churches taking part are:   
Barrington, Puckington, Shepton Beauchamp, Stocklinch.

First Sunday Services - Sunday 1st October 2017
Barrington - 6.00pm Evensong 1662
Cudworth - 11.15am Modern Communion
Dowlish Wake - 8.45am Communion 1662 
Kingstone - 10.00am Family Service
Shepton Beauchamp - 10.30am Modern Communion

OTHER SERVICES
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Dowlish Wake - Sun 3rd September at 6.00pm
Songs for Summer - to celebrate the Dowlish Wake Flower Show
- favourite and singable hymns and popular light poetry 
- outside the church if fine, inside if wet!
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Cudworth - Fri 29th September - 7.00am (am!)
short Communion Service (open to all folk) to celebrate the sun rise 
on St Michael’s Day
with a light breakfast afterwards
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Buttle Close Common Room - Shepton Beauchamp
We meet at 11.30am on the first Thursday of each month in the Common Room of Buttle Close for a short, gentle service of prayers, hymns, readings and a story.   Everyone is very welcome.
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Weekday Communions
Shepton on Tuesdays at 10.30am.
This service is 25 minutes long, simple Communion Service to reflect, pray and give thanks.
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From the Church Registers
13 July     Chris Gold, 61 yrs; funeral service and burial at Norton sub Hamdon.
15 July    Ryan Heal & Sarah Coombes; joined in holy matrimony at Dowlish Wake.
22 July.   Alec Brand & Laura Brunt; joined in holy matrimony at Shepton Beauchamp.
1 August Leslie Arman, 87 yrs; ashes interred with his wife Sylvia at Dowlish Wake.
12 August       Willow Mervin; holy baptism at Kingstone.



DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
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Sun 3rd September - Dowlish Wake Flower Show
See notice later in Web
6.00pm - Songs for Summer 
Closing the show with a cheerful and thoughtful service to give thanks.
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Sat 16th September - 10.30
Puckington - Joan’s Harvest Coffee Morning
in Puckington Church
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Sun 24th September
 Chillington & Cudworth 
Harvest Lunch (in Cudworth church)
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Sat 30th September  - 7.00pm
Shepton Beauchamp Suppertime Concert 
with the Kingsbury Band (in church)
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THANK YOU:  A very big thank you to everyone who has helped - in any way - with the recent fundraising events.   For those raising the money….thank you for your hard work and time; for those supporting…..thank you for your help and generosity…..

16 July Stocklinch “Boule and buns” - raised £101 - big thank you to the Kents for organising and hosting the event.
21 July   Kingstone Ceilidh - raised £1160 - well done!
29 July Dowlish Wake Duck Race - an incredible £1520 raised to be shared between church running costs and defibrillator for the village.

All of the funds raised are for the constant work need to run, maintain and repair, the village churches.




Dowlish Wake/Kingstone and local areas - waste paper collection
The money raised from this goes to the Pavilion and Kingstone Church.
   I wanted to remind everyone of the waste paper collection at the Dowlish Wake playing field, on the second weekend of each month. Unfortunately, the trend for the weight collected has been going down over the course of this year. It is difficult to understand why this is, as our consumption of paper and cardboard throughout the community does not usually vary much. I know there is competition from other collections such as in Ilminster and I understand it is very easy to put paper and cardboard in the weekly council boxes, so could I politely ask that if you could save it up for our collection instead, the Trustees would be very grateful. It is an important part of the earnings stream for both charities.


Education - What remains when we have forgotten all that we have been taught.(Lord Halifax)
Etiquette - Behaving yourself a little better than is essential. (Will Cuppy)
Exercise - What you get when you walk from the front door to your car. (Anon)

Experience - The name everyone gives to their mistakes. (Oscar Wilde)

Web Magazine - August - Rector's Pages

The Rector’s pages:   some inspirational thoughts…author unknown.

    In 1962, four nervous young musicians played their first record audition for the Decca Recording company. The executives were not impressed. While turning down this group of musicians, one executive said, "We don't like their sound. Groups of guitars are on the way out." The group was The Beatles.
    In 1944, Emmeline Snively, director of the Blue Book Modelling Agency, told modelling hopeful Norma Jean Baker, "You'd better learn secretarial work or else get married." She went on to become Marilyn Monroe.  In 1954, Jimmy Denny, manager of the Grand Ole Opry fired a singer after one performance. He told him, "You ain't goin' nowhere son. You ought to go back to drivin' a truck." He went on to become Elvis Presley.
    When Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in 1876, it did not ring off the hook with calls from potential backers. After making a demonstration call, President Rutherford Hayes said, "That's an amazing invention, but who would ever want to use one of them?”   When Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, he tried over 2000 experiments before he got it to work. A young reporter asked him how it felt to fail so many times. He said, "I never failed once. I invented the light bulb. It just happened to be a 2000-step process.” 
    In the 1940's, a young inventor named Chester Carlson took his idea to 20 of the biggest corporations in the country. They all turned him down but after seven years of rejections, he finally got a tiny company to purchase the rights to his invention, an electrostatic paper-copying process; Xerox Corporation.
    Wilma Rudolph was the 20th of 22 children. She was born prematurely and her survival was doubtful. When she was 4 years old, she contacted double pneumonia and scarlet fever, which left her with a paralysed left leg. At age 9, she removed the metal leg brace she had been dependent on and began to walk without it. By 13 she had developed rhythmic walk, which doctors said was a miracle. That same year she decided to become a runner. She entered a race and came in last. For the next few years every race she entered, she came in last. Everyone told her to quit, but she kept on running. One day she actually won a race. And then another. From then on she won every race she entered. Eventually this little girl, who was told she would never walk again, went on to win three Olympic gold medals.
    The moral of the above Stories: Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved. You gain strength, experience and confidence by every experience where you really stop to look failure in the face. You must do the thing you cannot do and remember, the finest steel is sent through the hottest furnace. A winner is not one who never fails, but one who NEVER GIVES UP! In LIFE, remember that you pass this way only once! Live life to the fullest and give it your best.


First Sunday Services - Sunday 9th September 2017
Barrington - 6.00pm Evensong 1662
Cudworth - 11.15am Modern Communion
Dowlish Wake - NO 8.45am Service - 6.00pmSongs for Summe
Kingstone - 10.00am Family Service
Shepton Beauchamp - 10.30am Modern Communion

OTHER SERVICES
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Sunday 13th August - 11.00am at Kingstone Church
A VERY SPECIAL SERVICE as two young adults make their First Communion; come along - join with them a show your support for them at this important stage of their faith journey.
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Buttle Close Common Room - Shepton Beauchamp
We meet at 11.30am on the first Thursday of each month in the Common Room of Buttle Close for a short, gentle service of prayers, hymns, readings and a story.   Everyone is very welcome.
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Weekday Communions
Shepton on Tuesdays at 10.30am.
This service is 25 minutes long, simple Communion Service to reflect, pray and give thanks.
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From the Church Registers
3rd July     Reg Brown, 94yrs; funeral service and burial at Shepton Beauchamp.
5th July     Caroline and Thomas Scammell; confirmed in their faith by taking for themselves, the vows made for them at their baptism; at a confirmation service led by Bishop Ruth at Merriott.
8th July     Lola Male; holy baptism at Shepton Beauchamp.






DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
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Wed 16th August - Cudworth Summer Market: 10.30am - 1.00pm
Produce including cakes, pates, pies, preserves; stalls for quality bric-a-brac, vintage, fabric remnants, raffle, refreshments.
(satnav TA19 0PR)
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18th - 20th August - Puckington Flower Festival
Throughout the three days, 
come and see the famous flower festival in church.
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26th August - Chillington Craft Fair - 10.30am-3.00pm
The annual August bank holiday weekend craft fair, 
held in the SPEKE HALL Dowlish Wake
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Sun 3rd September - Dowlish Wake Flower Show
See notice later in Web
6.00pm - Songs of Praise for Summer 
Closing the show with a cheerful and thought service to give thanks for our community.   
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Sun 24th September
 Chillington & Cudworth 
Harvest Lunch (in Cudworth church)
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Sat 30th September 
Shepton Beauchamp Suppertime Concert 
with the Kingsbury Band (in church)
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THANK YOU:  A very big thank you to everyone who has helped - in any way - with the recent fundraising events.   For those raising the money….thank you for your hard work and time; for those supporting…..thank you for your help and generosity…..
17th June     Chillington Farm Walk to Ludney - raised £220 (big thank you to the Chapman family for hosting).
18th June.    Barrington Open Gardens raised £1525 for the hospice; Tudor Cottage Teas raised £420 and the Plant stall raised £90 for the church.
24th June    Stocklinch Summer Fete - raised over £900.
1st July.       Barrington Church Day - raised £1818 plus £618 from the Flower Festival plus £95 in private donations!
All of the funds raised are for the constant work need to run, maintain and repair, the village churches.

MEDITATION FROM A SALVATION ARMY PUBLICATION OF THE 1980’S.
   Our Father, which art in Heaven. Help me to believe that there is a power to lift me up which is stronger than all the things that hold me down.
   Hallowed be Thy name. Help me to be sensitive to what is beautiful and responsive to what is good so that day by day I may grow more sure of the holiness of life in which I want to trust.
   Thy Kingdom come. Help me to be quick to see and ready to encourage whatever brings the better meaning of God into which otherwise might be the common round of an uninspired day.
   Thy will be done on earth, as it is in Heaven. Help me to believe that ideals of the spirit are not far off dreams but a power to command my loyalty and direct my life here on earth.
Give us this day our daily bread. Open the way for me to earn an honest living, but never let me forget the needs of others. Help me to alleviate their needs in your name.
   And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us. Make me patient and sympathetic with the short comings of others, especially those I love. Help me to keep a very watchful eye on my own weaknesses. Keep my eyes lifted to the highest so that I may be kept humble. When seeing the failures of others, make me forgiving, because I know how much there is of which I need to be forgiven.
   And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Let me not go this day within reach of evil which I cannot resist, but if in the path of duty I must go where temptation is, give me strength of spirit to meet it without fear.
   For Thine is the Kingdom, the power and the glory for ever and ever. And so, in my heart may I carry the knowledge that Thy greatness is above and around me, and that Thy grace through Jesus Christ my Master is sufficient for all my needs.


SHARP INCREASE IN NUMBERS TRAINING TO BE VICARS
   A 14% increase in numbers training for the priesthood has been welcomed by the Church of England. An anticipated total of 543 men and women will begin studies this Autumn at colleges across England.
   Welcoming the increase the Bishop of Guildford, Andrew Watson, said: "I am delighted at both the number and the range of those whom God has been calling into ordained ministry over the course of the past year. Here are men and women who are choosing to put their faith on the line, so as to bring hope and spiritual nourishment to individuals and communities alike. In an increasingly uncertain world, nothing could be a greater privilege than walking alongside people in their joys and sorrows, from birth to grave."
   An increase of 17% in women coming forward for ordination was welcomed by Catherine Nancekievill, Head of Vocation for the Church of England:
"The Church's aim is to reflect our diversity in the priesthood and whilst we have a long way to go in achieving this, I am delighted that increasing numbers of women now feel that a life in ordained ministry is for them. This is a big step in breaking down the stereotypes, which is crucial in order to attract underrepresented groups."
   The figures show that 25% of the cohort beginning training this year are under 32. The increasing age profile of clergy has been a significant motivator for the Church in focusing on growing ordained vocations.  Catherine Nancekievill said:  "The Church takes seriously the signs that God is calling Millennials to consider careers that offer the opportunity to work for the common good. We now have an officer working to raise awareness of what training for ministry can offer to young people. Our popular scheme which offers on the job ministry experience is to undergo substantial growth this year."
   Sir Philip Mawer, Chairman of Allchurches Trust which is providing funding for the Church's Ministry Experience Scheme commented:  "Young people are known to care deeply about finding a role in which they can help make the world a better place and for an increasing number that means going into ministry. We look forward to working with the Church as they develop the Ministry Experience Scheme to offer a path to lay or ordained ministry for a greater number and ever wider range of people."
   This increase in people coming forward for ministry training comes after the launch in 2015 of Renewal and Reform, a body of work which aims to breathe new life into the Church through growing lay and ordained vocations, increasing flexibility in funding and reducing red tape to enable local churches better to serve their communities.