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.

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Web Magazine - JULY Issue 2016 - Rector's Pages

The Rector’s pages:
“Help and support each other” a reflection by Michael Hawkins, Reader.

It is all too easy to believe that we live in a society that has become shallow, corrupt and hedonistic, that we live in a secular society and one where religion is dying and where we worship those old gods of Mammon and Bacchus once more. We do sometimes feel that we are living in a moral vacuum, that we have lost that strong sense of right and wrong that we used to have. For too many life has become meaningless and without direction.

There was a time when we looked to our politicians to give us that sense of direction and purpose but past corruption scandals and inter-party bickering and with ever more confusing messages coming out of Westminster people are losing their faith in politicians as being the ones to put society back on its feet.

Our newspapers tell us that we have declining church attendance, declining numbers coming forward for ordination, fewer children being baptized, fewer weddings and fewer funerals in church. Yet our cathedrals are full, our city churches are flourishing and even our little rural churches still attract good congregations. We can still fill our little churches for the great festivals such as Christmas and Harvest, for weddings and funerals. Our churches are still at the very heart of our communities.

In this country we have a very broad church catering for all tastes. Our own churches offer a variety of services month after month and we have a real opportunity to fill that moral vacuum.  But to do so requires real conviction from us. Think of your best teacher when you were at school, the one that really inspired you. He or she was the teacher who loved their subject, firmly believed that it was the only one that really mattered and he or she was passionate about sharing it with you. 

If we can share that same passion, that same conviction about our faith, then we can gradually bring back meaning and hope and joy into peoples lives. They will see that life does have a purpose, does have meaning, and even our small village communities exist to help and support each other on our journey.

God of the ages, you are the beginning of our journey
and our strength as we pause along the way.
Hold us by the hand as we grow,
show us where to seek you, and guide our steps that we may find you.
Give us devoted hearts that we may love you, 
and your peace when we reach our journey's end.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Sat 6th August - 10.00am - Dowlish Wake 
Coffee Morning, in church and Tower open to visitors


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
27th May     Diann and Peter Renny; ashes interred with Diann's (nee Vickery) ancestors at Kingstone.
27th May     Vivienne Brierley, latterly of Allowenshay, 91 yrs; funeral service and cremation at Taunton.
10th June    “George” Cohen, 62 yrs; funeral at Chillington Church and burial.
11th June     Mark Stephenson and Emily Copeland; joined in holy matrimony at Shepton Beauchamp.
15th June     Nora Tratt, 89 yrs; for 65 years a resident of Barrington; funeral service and cremation at Taunton.
18th June     Aaron Zaple and his infant son Korey; holy baptism at Kingstone.

From other records
23rd May     Serena Stevens; funeral service and cremation at Yeovil.



First Sunday Services - Sunday 7th August
08.45am  Dowlish Wake 1662 Communion
10.00am         Kingstone Worship 4 All
10.30am         Shepton         Modern sung Communion
11.150am Cudworth         Communion
6.00pm         Barrington Sung Evensong 



OTHER SERVICES


Sunday 31st July - 5th Sunday Services

10.30am   Puckington  Deanery Lammas Walk
Starting with a short service in Puckington Church, there will be a guided walk across local farm land finishing with tea and cake back at church.
All welcome; stout shoes/boots; dogs on leads (please pick up “poo”!).

6.00pm   Chillington   Summer Songs and Scenery
At Jubilee Field just off the A30
(travelling from the direction of Chard to Crewkerned, pass Windwhistle pub on your left, immediately after lay-by filled with gravel on left, turn left into the field)
Enjoy your favourite hymns and songs with a fantastic view towards Wales!
Light refreshments available.
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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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Maybe . . We were supposed to meet the wrong people before meeting the right one so that, when we finally meet the right person, we will know how to be grateful for that gift. 

Maybe . . . When the door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we don't even see the new one which has been opened for us. 

Maybe . . . It is true that we don't know what we have until we lose it, but
it is also true that we don't know what we have been missing until it
arrives. 


NEW ARCHDEACON OF TAUNTON APPOINTED 
   The Right Reverend Peter Hancock, the Bishop of Bath and Wells has announced that the Rev Preb Simon Hill will be the next Archdeacon of Taunton. He replaces the Venerable John Reed who retired on 30 June after 37 years in ordained ministry. 

    Simon, who is currently Director of Clergy Development for the Diocese, will take up his appointment in the autumn. In the interim period, the Rev Dr Andrew Tatham will take on the responsibilities of the archdeacon. 
Bishop Peter said: “It is with great joy that I announce Simon’s appointment as Archdeacon of Taunton. He is, at heart, a pastor with a personal gift in developing the talents of others.” 
   As well as having responsibility for the effective operation of the archdeaconry and its lay and ordained ministers, Simon will also take on the role, currently held by Archdeacon John, of Warden of Readers and sit on the Bishop’s Staff. 
   Simon said: “I embark upon this new stage in my ministry at a challenging but exciting time for the Church. It has been a passion of mine to see people flourish in their lay or ordained ministry – people in the parishes I have served in and more recently in my diocesan role working with clergy, Readers and lay leaders. I look forward to getting to know and working with the church officers, parishes and communities in Taunton Archdeaconry, supporting them in the service of God and the sharing of the Gospel. I am also looking forward to taking on the role of Warden of Readers, working with the many committed Readers in the diocese as we look to the future, building on a 150 year tradition of mission and evangelism.” 
   Before his ordination Simon Hill taught at schools in Zimbabwe, Northumberland and Malawi. After training at Ripon College Cuddesdon, he served his curacy in Leeds before returning to Oxfordshire in the role of Team Vicar in the Dorchester Team and Director of the Cuddesdon Berinsfield programme where ordinands engaged with the practicalities of parish ministry and the theological principles behind them. He moved to North Somerset in 2003 to become Rector of Backwell with Chelvey and Brockley. He became Director of Clergy Development for the Diocese of Bath and Wells in 2010. 
About the Diocese of Bath & Wells: 
   The Diocese stretches from Portishead in the north to Crewkerne in the south, Minehead in the west to Frome in the east. Our two bishops, three archdeacons, 300 clergy, 540 churches, 180 schools, 496 parishes and 370 lay Readers serve nearly 900,000 people. 
About the Taunton Archdeaconry: 
   The Taunton Archdeaconry covers the south and west of the Diocese of Bath and Wells: from north of Bridgwater to Exmoor’s Doone Valley, and along the border with Devon to Crewkerne. There are 191 churches and chapels within 186 parishes and 54 benefices. 


Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Web Magazine - JUNE Issue 2016 - Rector's Pages



The Rector’s pages:  Life has lost its sparkle (By Fr Peter Knott SJ)

     For many people, there are times in life when we feel we’re on a treadmill.   Nothing dramatic has happened; we haven’t lost our job, we haven’t had a row with colleagues at work, or with friends or family.   But each day seems to be just dull routine, and our day to day tasks have become a bit of a chore. Life has lost its sparkle.  
     We turn in on ourself, discontented, ill at ease - sometimes even resentful at the apparently happy and contented lives other people seem to lead, forgetting that ‘no one knows where the other person’s shoe pinches.’   We force ourself to plod on, but with no sense of fulfilment or any great meaning to the daily round of things we’re doing.
     We fear that we are missing out on life somehow.  Jesus said: ‘Be not afraid.’  He uses this phrase often, in different contexts.  This is one of them where He wants us to we realise we’ve been living on the surface, simply responding to daily demands - all of which have to be dealt with of course, but they can so easily obscure the truth of our life.  We feel like a wavering reed, at the whim of the wind which blows us this way and that.
    There’s nothing wrong with leading a busy and active life.  But when that ‘activism’ takes over completely and leaves us no time simply to be ourselves, then we can become disengaged from our real selves, and from God; we have forgotten the admonition of the Psalmist: “Be still and know that I am God.”
     Our world places great emphasis on how well we perform and believes that only what is measurable is of value, and we easily lose any sense that we are more than we can see, observe and verify, and diminishes us as human beings.   If we are to understand who we really are, we need to rediscover our hearts, not in the physical sense but in the spiritual sense that we find in the scriptures.
     Beyond all we can see, there is a deeper place, a deeper life which is part of our nature.   In silent reflection we can rediscover the wonder we can have in enjoying the simple pleasures of life - like a colourful sunset, a brilliant sunrise, an inspiring poem or a great painting. In meditating on such beauty, we can begin to discover our own God-given value which God wants us to love and enjoy as he does.
      The Lord’s Prayer reminds us:  ‘Thy will be done.’  Not in a resigned sense that we just have to accept the situation, but in the positive sense of seeing what can be done in every situation.  There’s always something we can do even where we can see no prospect of immediate change, making a bad situation a little less bad through some act of kindness and concern for others. 
     When we live in this way we find ourselves less inclined to despondent moods and we are in fact finding God - through loving our neighbour as ourself, trying to love others as God loves us. 


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Saturday 18th June
Dowlish Wake Village - the famous “Duck Race” 
see details elsewhere in the Web.

Saturday 25th June
Stocklinch Church - Summer Fair, in the afternoon,
see details elsewhere in the Web.


Thank you:
A big thank you to everyone involved (working and supporting) in the following….
30 April - Kingstone May Fair - raised just under £1200 - very well done everyone.
7 May - Dowlish Wake Plant Sale - raised just over £1100 - very well done to everyone here as well.
The proceeds from these events contribute to the day to day running costs of our little churches.



From the Church Registers
23 April Mark Dando & Rachel Causley; joined in holy matrimony at Shepton Beauchamp.



First Sunday Services - Sunday 3rd July
08.45am  Dowlish Wake 1662 Communion
10.00am         Kingstone Worship 4 All
10.30am         Shepton         Modern sung Communion
11.150am Cudworth         Communion
6.00pm         Barrington Sung Evensong 









OTHER SERVICES

Sunday 19th June - 6.00pm
Moolham Church-yard Annual Service
The annual service in this hidden gem of a churchyard, with popular hymns and readings on the theme of St John the Baptist (after whom the church which once stood on this spot was named).   Bring a chair or rug to sit one; dogs on leads welcome.
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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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True story:
Four-year-old found chewing on a slug. After the initial disgust his mother asked, “Well - what does it taste like?”
“Worms”.



An Apache Blessing
May the sun bring you new energy by day,
may the moon softly restore you by night,
may the rain wash away your worries,
may the breeze blow new strength into your being,
may you walk gently through the world and know its beauty
all the days of your life.





BLUEBELL WOOD WALK from St Michael’s Cudworth to St James’ Chillington on Sunday 8th May 2016
   Sometimes in the rural church we wonder, “what are we doing this for” and then there are events like this Bluebell Walk and we are reminded exactly why we do it!
   On a lovely May morning, more than a hundred people gathered at Cudworth Church, people of all ages and lots of children, from all over the area.   After a breakfast and Rogation Service, they all set off up the hill to walk through the woods to see the extra-ordinary site of carpets of English Bluebells in full bloom and in full scent!  Then, admiring the views across the valley that walked out of the woods, down the hill and across the fields to Chillington to be met there by tea and cakes!
   It was a wonderful way to spend a Sunday morning - out in the fields with God.
We are all grateful to the following for making the walk such a success:
   The Lane and Saunders families (Longacre and Knight’s House Farms respectively) for allowing us to use their land and bring our dogs with us.   The folk of Cudworth and Chillington Churches for the food and beverage.  The trailer transport drivers for making life a little bit easier for us!

Out in the Fields with God
by Elizabeth Barrett Browning 
The little cares that fretted me
I lost them yesterday,
among the fields, above the sea,
among the winds at play,
among the lowing of the herds,
the rustling of the trees,
among the singing of the birds,
the humming of the bees.
The foolish fears of what might happen,
I cast them all away,
among the clover-scented grass,
among the new-mown hay,
among the husking of the corn,
where drowsy poppies nod,
where ill thoughts die and good are born--
out in the fields with God. 


Flying with a Spitfire (https://youtu.be/FetUNHod7kE) by David Tucker
I was brought up in Surrey in the 60’s, just a short distance from Kenley and Biggin Hill. As a boy I read such comics as the Eagle and the Hurricane. Comics full of adventures, features on my hero, Douglas Bader along with many war stories often featuring aerial dog fights. My favourite, as with many young boys of this period was of course the Spitfire. This iconic plane alongside the Hurricane, drove back the Luftwaffe - the largest and most formidable air force in Europe, to win the Battle of Britain and save this green isle from invasion. My love of the endearing Spitfire has never waned indeed it has probably grown over the passing years. This Christmas my long-suffering wife Sue, who puts-up with this petrolhead gave me my Christmas present. It was to Fly with a Spitfire! Originally she had wanted to buy me a flight in one, but being disabled with MS and rather wobbly on my ‘pegs’, I would fail the need to be able to run 75m across a ploughed field. So on Sunday 8th May we arrived at Lydd Airport in Kent where, standing on the runway, was a stunning example of a Spitfire - TD314. TD314 was sold to a scrap dealer in 1954 and there it stayed until being saved in 1969 before eventually being restored at Biggin Hill where she took to the skies again for the first time since the 40s on 7th December 2013. Named ‘St George’ she is now owned by Aero Legends who organise these events. I was in a 70s Piper as we took off for a 40 minute flight that included passing over the Battle of Britain Memorial Trust before heading out over the white cliffs of Dover. So, what was it like? Words cannot accurately convey my emotions as this beautiful Spitfire flew alongside us wingtip to wingtip, suddenly it would break away, the iconic underside of those beautiful wings clear to see as it rolled under our aircraft and appeared on our other side. It fell away to perform a loop the loop, before again flying in at high speed to sit at our wingtips again, the pilot, waving to us as we took far too many pictures. Here was I flying out over the White Cliffs of Dover alongside a Spitfire just like those many brave young men did back in 1940 when so many gave their lives to save ours. The average age of an RAF pilot in 1940 was about 20 years with some as young as 18. Outnumbered 5 to 1 by both machine and men, these young men defended their homeland against incredible odds. When Goering told Galland if the Luftwaffe beat the RAF he could have anything that he wanted, he only had to name it, Galland replied "Then give me a squadron of Spitfires!" Goering was not amused… It was an indescribable experience, a lifetime’s ambition, but I was little prepared for the emotions that it stirred. I have to admit that I was unable to prevent the tears that rolled down my cheeks as I landed again and thought about the battle, the men and their sacrifice for me…I thought ....There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for another. John 15:13  



Summer is a-coming in…

As I write (in early May) the trees are a riot of blossom in South Somerset and everything – plants, hedgerow animals, birds, bees and other insects are busily rushing around to reproduce and nurture their young while the weather is favourable.  I hope it lifts your heart like it does mine! Keen gardeners are also busy planting out their summer colour and mowing their lawns.  And on the farm, the first cut of silage has been taken, the new lambs are growing on and at last the dairy cows are out on grass. The arable fields are quite suddenly a carpet of young crops bursting into life and the lighter evenings encourage the farmers to work even longer hours. We are so fortunate to have here a climate and soil that can grow such a variety of good food, clothing and energy for us.

At Rogation (usually in May) we walked and prayed around our villages, giving thanks for the rural economy and those who live and work there and those who visit, but now is a good time to plan for Lammas – the time of giving thanks for all our English bounty, particularly Bread. The name Lammas first appeared in the time of King Alfred, derived (probably) from the words Loaf and Mass, and is the modern equivalent of the Hebrew Festival of Weeks when the first sheaf of Barley was presented to God. It is usually around 1 August but we are celebrating it at our church fete. Nowadays we often use the newly baked loaf as the centre of the service; here is one prayer:
Farmers wife or local baker: 
In the name of the people of our community, 
I bring this loaf made from the first ears of the ripe corn. 
We offer it to God, and pray for his blessing on our homes and our families, 
on the food we eat and the work we do and all the daily life of this village. Amen

There are other Lammas ideas on the national rural church website: www.arthurrankcentre.co.uk   Bread is such a marvellous staple and these days so varied in form and flavour, and locally we can source rye, barley, wheat, spelt and many other breads.   Like many people of my generation I have had an itinerant life – Somerset is my 34th home! A wise monk once suggested to me that when you move to a new house, bake some bread there, and keep going till you are really pleased with your flavour, appearance and consistency. This may take some time and care but will help you feel grounded in that place.

Coming up over half-term, 1-4th June, is the Great Bath and West show – why not come and celebrate the wonderful diversity of country life. I’ll be there on the FCN stand by the cattle rings – please say hello!  Also, on June 5th is Open Farm Sunday  - do check out the local farms opening their gates to the public – educational and fun – nearby there are farms opening at South Petherton, Haselbury Plucknett and Knole, Nr Langport. Enjoy!

Also that week is National Cherishing Churchyard Week – an initiative from Caring for God’s Acre - a good time to celebrate and encourage wild flowers and other wildlife in these special places: there are lots of good ideas and resources available to involve and invite local communities to help maintain these plots in the heart of our villages.

This is my last article for you, as my post is coming to an end; it has been a pleasure over the last 3 years and thank you for reading!       

Rev’d Annie Gurner, Rural Life Advisor






 Three Saints Federation 

Shepton Beauchamp Primary School & 
St Mary & St Peter’s Primary School  
Building Communities – Building Caring Lives – Building Learning for Life 

LOCAL VILLAGE SCHOOLS NEED NEW GOVERNORS!
The Village Schools of Shepton Beauchamp and St Mary & St Peter’s - Ilton are looking for people like YOU to become a Governor.
Did you know that you don’t have to be a parent or member of staff to be a school governor? School governors are drawn from the local community and come from all walks of life.  What they have in common is a desire to get involved in the community and in the local children’s education. Shepton Beauchamp Primary School and St. Mary and St Peter’s Primary School – Ilton work together and are governed as the Three Saint’s Federation. We are looking for people from our village communities of Shepton Beauchamp, Barrington, Ilton and all villages in between to bring skills that the Governing Body needs to continue to guide and support our valuable village schools. 
School governors represent England’s largest group of volunteers (currently some 300,000 strong), who are dedicated to school improvement. Governors make important decisions with regard to the running of the school including curriculum, pupil targets, school improvement, school budgets, staffing, health and safety, management of premises and more.  
If all this sounds rather daunting, remember that school governors are drawn from all walks of life, backgrounds and past experiences. Moreover, the school and the current governors can provide a broad range of support and training to help new governors understand their role.
The Governing Body acts corporately and is collectively responsible for decisions. The emphasis is on collaboration with other governors and with the Headteacher. The collective decisions made by the Governing Body will help to shape the future of all of the children at the schools 
The amount of time devoted to governance varies, but a governor might be expected to attend five Governing Body meetings per year, plus about three to four Committee meetings. You may also be invited to visit the school on a regular basis. 
Governors report that they derive a range of personal benefits from the work and many find the role enormously rewarding and stay with the same school for years. These benefits include the chance to acquire new skills and upgrade existing ones; undertake an exciting and challenging role; as well as meeting new people to work together towards a common goal.  Governors also report immense satisfaction that, in giving up a few hours a term, they can help make a real difference to children’s lives.  
At present we are particularly interested in hearing from prospective governors with skills and experience in finance; marketing and PR; HR; and law and regulations.  
If you feel that you can help make that difference, and can contribute to our Governing Body, then please contact Sarah Wright, Clerk to the Governors via swright1@educ.somerset.gov.uk for further information and an application form.