Sunday 21 Dec 4.30pmCarol ServiceMonday 22 Dec 6.30Carol SingingWeds 24th Dec 3pmNativity PlayWeds 24th 11pmmidnight ServiceThu 25th 10.30amChristmas Family serviceSunday 28 Dec 10amat ShorncoteCarols and Prayers
Rector:Rev Trevor KempCoates Rectory770550CurateRev David Austin860692David is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays for Pastoral Surgery. Please ring for an appointmentChurchwardensJan ColeridgeSandra Crofts
Are you in school years 6-11? Try Club Pulse fortnightly on Sunday afternoons 4.30 -6pmDid you meet Anton at the Scarecrow Day? He’s your man to see.
There are four bells of which three are mediaeval. Our Millennium Project was to rehang the bells so that they could be properly rung. As the bells are part of a listed building and of such age, they are not allowed to be tuned. Why not? Nor do they swing over. But ringing them is fun. If you would like to try, contact Lynton Mogridge
Page updated 14 Dec 2014
The Meeting in the Village Hall on Monday 10th March 2014 requested that the Church Balance Sheet be published. The sheet should be read in conjunction with the Notes. They are both formatted as pdf files which will open in a new window.
Parish News, the Benefice news sheet, is published 10 times a year and is available for £5. Contact Muriel Watkins or a churchwarden if you would like a new subscription. If you want to put something in the Parish News, please send it before 12th of each month as plain text to firstname.lastname@example.org
New Priest, new year
Rev. Fred Dawson to be House for Duty Priest in the Thameshead BeneficeWe are delighted to be able to tell you that the Rev. Fred Dawson and his wife Billie will be moving in to the Vicarage at Kemble. Fred will be taking up his ministry as House for Duty Priest working from Kemble after his licensing which we expect to be at a benefice service on the morning of Sunday January 25th with Archdeacon Robert. Please do pencil the date in your diary now, details will follow as soon as possible.Trevor Kemp
Sunday 5th October saw Harvest Festival in church, with songs old and new, and lots of bread, followed by Harvest Supper in the Village Hall attended by some sixty five villagers
On Sunday 9th November, as part of the annual remembrance service, a new plaque was unveiled (above) incorporating the names of all those from Somerford Keynes who died in both World Wars. It was designed and made by Lynda Isherwood, who has been researching these people, and revealed all she has found out about them at the History Group meeting the following day.
Carols by CandlelightSunday 21st 4.30pmNativity PlayChristmas Eve 3pmAlways Hilarious. Do Come!
around the VillageMonday 22 DecemberMeet 6.30pm Village Hall. Everyone welcome.If you can’t sing you can help with the collection!
An attempt to have 18th-century bells at a country church retuned to improve their melody was rejected by a judge who said the plan was a threat to our heritage. The bells were installed at St Michael’s Michaelchurch Escley in Herefordshire in 1732 and have chimed the same notes ever since.The Diocesan Advisory Committee recommended that they should be retuned to make their peal more melodious. However, Mark Ockleton, deputy chancellor of Hereford and ajudge of the Church consistory court, refused permission on the basis that the sounds of the past should be preserved for posterity.Turning down the paln he said he found it “a little Troubling” that the committee called for retuning “on the basis that if an old thing can be ‘improved’ by being modernised, it should be”. He added: “Tuning bells is irreversible. We do not have many sounds preserved from before the days of sound recordings and those that survive are a valuable part of our heritage”Daily Telegraph, Monday 8 Sep 2014