Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Web Magazine - NOVEMBER 2016 Issue - Rector's Pages

The Rector’s pages:   

Dowlish Wake Pavilion - destroyed by fire
On the night of 13/14 October the lovely pavilion on the Lawrence Kellett Playing Fields in Dowlish Wake was destroyed by fire.   Investigation by the Fire and Police services led to the site being declared a crime scene!   

The present pavilion was built only a few years ago on the site of an old wooden hut, after a lot of hard work and effort by local people who wanted to create something of benefit to surrounding communities.   Their website describes, “Sport, leisure and recreation in beautiful surroundings. We have 90 year old's playing Croquet, 5 year old's playing on the adventure playground and a whole host of ages in between enjoying fresh air and exercise. The site is home to the Dowlish and Donyatt Football Club and the Dowlish Wake Golf Croquet Club. Both clubs play teams in South West Leagues.”  There were also evening events and day courses held there regularly.

It is difficult to believe why anyone would want to destroy such a useful building, a real asset for everyone.   Needless to say the Trustees and villagers were devastated, but a positive spin was soon put on the tragedy as messages of support flooded in from people of the surrounding areas.   The fire service was able to remove a lot of relatively undamaged equipment from the pavilion, belonging to the croquet, football, and Mah Jong clubs. This really lifted the spirits of everyone, and it is hoped that more items will be found once professional salvage happens.  The Speke Hall Committee has offered their facilities for all indoor activities whilst the SSDC Sports Officer has been contacted to offer alternative sporting facilities.   Local councillors Sue Osbourne and Linda Piggott-Vijeh have offered ideas and local government support and the Chard and Ilminster and Gazette newpapers are being very helpful, and have offered their help in publicising the rebuilding project which will happen as soon as insurance and planning details are confirmed.  



First Sunday Services - Sunday 4th December
08.45am  Dowlish Communion 1662
10.00am Kingstone CHRISTINGLE
10.30am Shepton Modern sung Communion
11.15am Cudworth Communion
6.00pm Barrington Sung Evensong 


OTHER SERVICES
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Remembrance Sunday - 13th 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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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.
These services are 30 minutes long, simple Communion Services to reflect, pray and give thanks.
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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

LOVED AND LOST
Shepton Beauchamp 13th November at 5.00pm
and
Chillington 20th November at 5.00pm

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.








From the Church Registers
28 September   “Fred” Faulkner, 86 years; funeral service and burial at Stocklinch.
3 October   Liz Jacobs, 86 yrs; cremation at Yeovil followed by service of Thanksgiving at Shepton Beauchamp.


Fund-raising thank you….
A very big thank you to all those folk involved in the following fund-raising events, for your time, handwork, cheerfulness and/or support……

Shepton Band concert - The Kingsbury Episcopi band concert in church on Sat 8th October,raised £750 to be split between Cancer Research UK and the Church porch repairs. 

Thank you to you all.   


Host UK
Offer your hand for international friendship! Welcome an adult international student into your home this Christmas and make the world a little friendlier. Adult international students in the UK face a lonely holiday on a university campus, and would love to spend a few days with you, learning about British culture, experiencing Christmas festivities, and telling you about their own country. Hosting is a voluntary position suitable for all ages and is also available throughout the year with HOST, a charity set up in 1987. To find out more, please visit www.hostuk.org or call 020 7739 6292.




A QUIET DAY OF REFELCTION to begin the season of Advent,
waiting, watching in preparation for Christmas.   
Led by Rev’d Gerry Reilly

On God alone my soul in stillness waits – Psalm 62

Date: Saturday 26th November
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm

Place:  Beaumont Room, St. Michael’s Haselbury Plucknett 

A bring and share lunch – tea and coffee will be provided.

                                      Kneeling by R.S. Thomas

Moments of great calm,
kneeling before an altar
of wood in a stone church
in winter, waiting for the God
to speak; the air a staircase
for silence; the sun’s light
ringing me, as though I acted
a great role. And the audiences
still; all that close throng 
of spirits waiting, as I,
for the message.
Prompt me God;
but not yet. When I speak,
though it be you who speak
through me, something is lost
the meaning is in the waiting.

For more information, please tell Jonathan 72356 email jonbea@cooptel.net 
If you are coming, do please let me know so we have some idea of numbers.












Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Web Magazine - OCTOBER 2016 Issue - Rector's Pages

The Rector’s pages:   PRIVILEGE  
When I first arrived in this job I wrote in the Web about how lucky I thought I was – along with my family – to have been given the opportunity to live and work in such a beautiful part of the world, and among such caring communities.   In case you wondered, twelve years later, I still feel the same way!!!
A couple of weeks ago I went to a birthday party where the host spoke about the privileged life he had led, and was still leading!   He had had a long and distinguished career,  helping sick people, met many famous people, and now lived in one of our villages, which was in itself one of the privileges he spoke about and was grateful for.
It seems to me that our host had achieved a very great deal in his life – and he is still doing so.    I often meet people who are successful and others who are very ordinary, but often the things which they are most grateful for are not at all extraordinary, but very simple and straightforward; the little things in life.  
A Philosophy Lesson:
1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners.
3. Name the last five winners of the Miss UK.
4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
5. Name the half a dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress.
6. Name the last decade's worth of Home Secretary’s.
How did you do?   The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. These are no second-rate achievers. They are the best in their fields. But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten.  Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners. 
Here's another quiz. See how you do on this one:
1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school.
2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special.
5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with.
Easier?  The lesson: The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards.  They are the ones that care.
In Mark 8.29 Jesus asking His disciples, “Who do you say that I am?”.   In Jesus’ question He invites us all to explore life with Him and in doing so offers us the opportunity to take a journey which starts with only one step, that leads gently to the second.   As each step follows the last, we learn about His love for us, for our families and friends, for our world.   Through this love we come to appreciate the privileges we have, the important things in our lives, not just the achievements, and to give thanks for them as our birthday host has done.   In return we act – with that same  love – in the lives of those close to us; thus we all come to share the privileges of our lives. 

First Sunday Services - Sunday 6th November
08.45am   Dowlish Communion 1662
10.00am Kingstone Worship 4 All
10.30am Shepton Modern sung Communion
6.00pm Barrington Sung Evensong 
6.00pm    Cudworth Candlelight Evensong


OTHER SERVICES
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Candlelight Evensong - Sunday 6th November
Cudworth at 6.00pm
The traditional and ancient service of Evensong, sung, by candlelight in this beautiful little country church; why not give it a try?
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Remembrance Sunday - 13th 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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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.
These services are 30 minutes long, simple Communion Services to reflect, pray and give thanks.
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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

8th October - evening
Barrington Church harvest supper in the village hall

8th October - 7.00pm
Shepton Beauchamp - concert of popular music by Kingsbury Episcopi Band
In church and in aid of Cancer and church running costs





From the Church Registers
20 August Jack Packham and Sarah snowdon; joined in holy matrimony at Cudworth church.
27 August       Clara Smith; holy baptism at Shepton Beauchamp.
5 September   Mollie Blowers; ashes interred at Dowlish Wake.


Fund-raising thank you….
A very big thank you to all those folk involved in the following fund-raising events, for your time, handwork, cheerfulness and/or support……

Cudworth - Summer Market on 24th Aug; £1110
Chillington - Craft Fair on 27th Aug; £1015
Puckington - “Joan’s” Coffee Morning on 3rd Sep; £525

Thank you to you all.   


Macmillan Welfare Benefit Advisor
Macmillan Welfare Benefit Advice and Grant Service is available to help cancer patients and their families obtain their full welfare benefit entitlements.   
We see people in their home or at outreaches throughout South Somerset.  
We can help take the worry out of finances during these difficult times.   

Please contact us on 01935 847 666 if we can be of help.




FOR SHEPTON 


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.  
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 on 01460 240604 to have your name added to the list (before 25th October please).

Friday, 9 September 2016

Web Magazine - SEPTEMBER 2016 Issue - Rector's Pages

The Rector’s pages:

8 year-old's explanation of God (by Danny Dutton, aged 8)

Danny’s homework was to answer the explain who God was…..

One of God's main jobs is making people. He makes them to replace the ones that die, so there will be enough people to take care of things on earth.
He doesn't make grownups, just babies. I think because they are smaller and easier to make. That way he doesn't have to take up his valuable time teaching them to talk and walk. He can just leave that to mothers and fathers.

God's second most important job is listening to prayers. An awful lot of this goes on, since some people, like vicars and things, pray at times beside bedtime.  God doesn't have time to listen to the radio or TV because of this .
Because he hears everything, there must be a terrible lot of noise in his ears, unless he has thought of a way to turn it off.   God sees everything and hears everything and is everywhere which keeps Him pretty busy. So you shouldn't go wasting his time by going over your mum and dad's head asking for something they said you couldn't have.

Jesus is God's Son. He used to do all the hard work like walking on water and performing miracles and trying to teach the people who didn't want to learn about God. They finally got tired of him preaching to them and they crucified him. But he was good and kind, like his father, and he told his father that they didn't know what they were doing and to forgive them and God said O.K.

His dad (God) appreciated everything that he had done and all his hard work on earth so he told him he didn't have to go out on the road anymore. He could stay in heaven. So he did. And now he helps his dad out by listening to prayers and seeing things which are important for God to take care of and which ones he can take care of himself without having to bother God. Like a secretary, only more important.   You can pray anytime you want and they are sure to help you because they got it worked out so one of them is on duty all the time.

It is good to know He's around you when you're scared, in the dark or when you can't swim and you get thrown into real deep water by big kids.
But... you shouldn't just always think of what God can do for you. I figure God put me here and he can take me back anytime he pleases. And this is what I know about God.




First Sunday Services - Sunday 2nd October
08.45am  Dowlish Communion 1662
10.00am Kingstone HARVEST FESTIVAL
10.30am Shepton Modern sung Communion
11.15am Cudworth Communion
6.00pm Barrington Sung Evensong 



OTHER SERVICES
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Thursday 29th September - 7.00am (yes 7.00am!)
Sunrise Communion for Michaelmas at Cudworth
More than eight hundred years ago, our ancestors built a small, narrow, east facing window above the altar in the lady chapel at St Michael’s Church Cudworth.  Without the aid of computers they positioned this window so perfectly that at sunrise on the Feast of St Michael the rising sun would send a shaft of light through the narrow opening to illuminate the chalice and paten, bread and wine, being used for the Communion.  We keep this feast every year - why not come and join us?
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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.
These services are 30 minutes long, simple Communion Services to reflect, pray and give thanks.
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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Sat 3rd September - 10.30am
Puckington - “Joan’s coffee morning” at South Braden Farm
(by invitation of the whole Spiller family!)
(for Puckington church running costs)

Sat 10th September - 3.00pm
Dowlish Wake - Karl Schmidt's 100th birthday party
in the Speke Hall

Sat 17th September - 10.30am
Barrington - Celebration Coffee Morning in church
To celebrate the opening of the new church kitchen - everyone welcome please come and join us.

Sat 24th September - 10.30am
Shepton - Celebration Coffee Morning in church
To celebrate the opening of the new church kitchen and the meeting spaces in the back of the church - everyone welcome please come and join us.






From the Church Registers
6th July        Shirley Cox, 79 yrs; funeral service at Shepton Beauchamp followed by burial with her beloved husband Arthur.
16th July      Carly Warren and Wayne Martin; joined in holy matrimony at Puckington.
26th July      Bert Rowley, 86 yrs; ashes interred with his parents at Kingstone church.
30th July      Mason Suckling; holy baptism at Shepton Beauchamp church.
30th July      Sebastian Linten; holy baptism at Shepton Beauchamp church.
6th Aug        Nathan Gibson and Beth Martin; joined in holy matrimony at Shepton Beauchamp church.
13th Aug      Oakley Curtis; holy baptism at Shepton Beauchamp church.






Macmillan Welfare Benefit Advisor
Macmillan Welfare Benefit Advice and Grant Service is available to help cancer patients and their families obtain their full welfare benefit entitlements.   
We see people in their home or at outreaches throughout South Somerset.  
We can help take the worry out of finances during these difficult times.   

Please contact us on 01935 847 666 if we can be of help.



MONTHLY PAPER COLLECTION - Dowlish Wake Playing Fields & Kingstone Church
You will doubtless have noticed the note each month about the waste paper collection for recycling which so many of you support; this provides such a reliable and regular income to these two charities (Dowlish Playing Fields and Kingstone Church) that without this steady steam of funds the situation would be quite different.  
On behalf of both organisations, I’d like to thank you for your support and the time you take in collecting the paper and bringing it down to the skip each month; it really makes a difference to both organisations which helps them support our village communities.
THANK YOU.   (Rev’d Geoff Wade)


Maybe . . . The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of
everything; they just make the most of everything that comes their way. 

Maybe . . . The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past;
after all, you can't go on successfully in life until you let go of your past mistakes, failures and heartaches. 

Maybe . . You should always try to put yourself in others' shoes. If you
feel that something could hurt you, it will probably hurt the other person too. 

Maybe . . You should do something nice for someone every single day, even if
it is simply to leave them alone. 

I am thankful for….. all the complaints about the government, because it means we have freedom of speech.





From the parish magazine - 1910
“The Parish Nurse.   A nurse has been provided, chiefly by Mr Coles, for the poor of Shepton Beauchamp and Barrington.  She will attend them when she is able, free of charge, if they apply for her services.   She will attend others as well, but those who can afford it will be expected to make a present to the nursing fund.  She is a qualified midwife, and anyone who needs her services as such must apply three months beforehand to Miss Coles, and the charge will be five shillings.”

“The Clothing Club.  Is open from the first week in February to the last week in October.   It is a charity for the help of the poor; each adult member receives a present of one shilling, and each child, sixpence.”






Saturday, 6 August 2016

Web Magazine - AUGUST 2016 Issue - Rector's Pages

The Rector’s pages:
In church recently we celebrated the festival of Saint “Doubting Thomas”; the term “doubting Thomas” is still current in our vocabulary two thousand years after it was first used to describe the actions of Saint Thomas – Apostle – who doubted that Jesus had been raised from the dead, after the Resurrection appearance of Our Lord to the other Disciples.   Thomas needed firm proof, the words of others was not enough, for him, “seeing is believing”.   There is little known of Thomas' life beyond this well known event, however there are two points which are worth bearing in mind as they contradict the doubt for which he is normally remembered.   

First of all: Jesus had been forced to leave Jerusalem, in fear of his life; he hears that his friend Lazarus is very ill and decides, to make the journey to visit him, in spite of the danger; the Disciples are frightened for their own safety but Thomas speaks out.   He persuades the Disciples to go with him, to accompany Jesus, even if it means that they will all die together.    There is no doubt in Thomas' mind...his place is by Jesus’ side, whatever will befall them.   (John 11.16)

Secondly: in the 14th/15th century, when Portuguese traders reached India, they found an active Christian church at Tranvancore and Cochin, called “Mar Thoma” whose followers traced their faith to St Thomas the Apostle.   It seems that Thomas had travelled the enormous distance from the Holy Land to South India, a difficult and dangerous journey, to take the story of “Christ”ianity to those people.   This was surely an act of great faith and endurance and there can have been no doubt in Thomas' mind when he set out on this pilgrimage.

Quite often we remember one thing about a person when there is always so much more to discover; its often worth taking the time and trouble to find the full story so that the real person can shine out and be remembered properly....just like Thomas, who doubted, only once!

Heavenly Father;  give us the patience to look beyond the obvious 
and find the real story in each person's life.   Amen.


True Story:   A child was evacuated from London to these villages during the second world war and even though she was safely returned to her family after hostilities ended, her short time her made such an impression that she regularly returned here for holidays.  She grew up, married and had children  and grand-children, but her love for this area and its people continued and never faded. She lived to a very great age, and her final wish was for her ashes to be brought back here for burial, along with those of her late husband.  What a gift the local people had given to that poor, frightened, lonely evacuee; if only they had known the good they did…..you just never know do yo

First Sunday Services - Sunday 4th September
10.00am         Kingstone Worship 4 All
10.30am         Shepton         Modern sung Communion
11.150am Cudworth         Communion
6.00pm         Barrington Sung Evensong 

NB Dowlish Wake 
no 0845am 1662 Communion because of the Flower Show, instead….
6.00pm Songs of Praise on the Green




OTHER SERVICES
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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.
These services are 30 minutes long, simple Communion Services to reflect, pray and give thanks.
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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Wed 24th August - morning - Cudworth
The annual Cudworth Summer Market, in church

Sat 27th August - morning - Chillington
The annual Chillington Craft Fair,
 in SPEKE HALL DOWLISH WAKE



From the Church Registers
18th June     Aaron Zaple and his infant son Korey; holy baptism at Kingstone.
6th July        Shirley Cox, 79 yrs; funeral service at Shepton Beauchamp followed by burial with her beloved husband Arthur.
16th July      Carly Warren and Wayne Martin; joined in holy matrimony at Puckington.

Maybe . . . The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of
everything; they just make the most of everything that comes their way. 

Maybe . . . The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past;
after all, you can't go on successfully in life until you let go of your past mistakes, failures and heartaches. 

Maybe . . You should always try to put yourself in others' shoes. If you
feel that something could hurt you, it will probably hurt the other person too. 

Maybe . . You should do something nice for someone every single day, even if
it is simply to leave them alone. 

I am thankful for….. all the complaints about the government, because it means we have freedom of speech.



From the parish magazine - 1910
“The Parish Nurse.   A nurse has been provided, chiefly by Mr Coles, for the poor of Shepton Beauchamp and Barrington.  She will attend them when she is able, free of charge, if they apply for her services.   She will attend others as well, but those who can afford it will be expected to make a present to the nursing fund.  She is a qualified midwife, and anyone who needs her services as such must apply three months beforehand to Miss Coles, and the charge will be five shillings.”

“The Clothing Club.  Is open from the first week in February to the last week in October.   It is a charity for the help of the poor; each adult member receives a present of one shilling, and each child, sixpence.”



Macmillan Welfare Benefit Advisor
Macmillan Welfare Benefit Advice and Grant Service is available to help cancer patients and their families obtain their full welfare benefit entitlements.   
We see people in their home or at outreaches throughout South Somerset.  
We can help take the worry out of finances during these difficult times.   

Please contact us on 01935 847 666 if we can be of help.



MONTHLY PAPER COLLECTION - Dowlish Wake Playing Fields & Kingstone Church
You will doubtless have noticed the note each month about the waste paper collection for recycling which so many of you support; this provides such a reliable and regular income to these two charities (Dowlish Playing Fields and Kingstone Church) that without this steady steam of funds the situation would be quite different.  
On behalf of both organisations, I’d like to thank you for your support and the time you take in collecting the paper and bringing it down to the skip each month; it really makes a difference to both organisations which helps them support our village communities.
THANK YOU.   (Rev’d Geoff Wade)






FOR BARRINGTON 

THE EASON TRUST - HELP WITH EDUCATIONAL EXPENSES
For nearly two hundred years, the charitable Eason Trust has helped countless generations of Barrington children and young people, with the extra expenses sometimes incurred with education.  This can include a donation towards the cost of school trips, specialist sports equipment, uniform clothing, tools for apprenticeships, etc.
The Trust is able to help any “young person”, living in Barrington parish, up to the age of eighteen years old, who is either in school, sixth form, college, an apprenticeship or some similar form of education.

Applications should be made in writing to:
Lesley Jones, Eason Trust Treasurer,
Tudor Cottage, Copse Shute Lane, Barrington,

by 1st September please.