Sunday 6 Dec 11amMorning PrayerSat 12 Dec 6.30 for 7pmChristmas ConcertSun 13 Dec 11amHoly CommunionSun 20 Dec 4.30pmCarol ServiceChristmas Eve 3pmCrib ServiceChristmas Eve 11pmMidnight CommunionChristmas Day 10.30amFamily ServiceSunday 27th 10am at ShorncoteCarol ServiceTuesdays in School Term 10am Music with Little Ones
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 29 November 2015
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Rector:Rev Trevor KempCoates Rectory770550Associate PriestRev David Austin860692David is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays for Pastoral Surgery. Please ring for an appointmentChurchwardensJan ColeridgeSandra Crofts
In 2015, Remembrance Sunday fell on 8th November, when the church was full for a traditional service, but with some modern hymns to old tunes, and old hymns to modern tunes.Last year, as part of the annual remembrance service, a 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. She revealed all she has found out about them at the History Groupmeeting the following day.
Ride & Stride 2015
Saturday 12th SeptemberRun by Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust, this is a great way to support our church and those across the county when they need most help. It was a good day after the early rain, and several groups from the village were out.Half the money raised goes to our church and the rest to the Trust. Contact Peter Watkins if you would like to donate and have not been asked. Donations have so far reached £500
There is a coffee morning in the village hall on the 4th Thursday of most months. Check Activity page for next date.
The Bring & Share
was held on Sunday 13th September in the Village Hall after the Harvest Festival Service in church. A good crowd tucked into interesting fare, and had a convivial time.
Graham Shearn writes-“I am pleased to tell you that Pamela Davis is now eating and reading from her bed, but not in church. We shall be short of readers for some time. It would be really helpful if one or two (or more) of you could sign up to read a lesson - just once a month on average. Please contact me on 869790 or by email.”
Church Cleaning RotaCan you help clean the church? If we have enough helpers, this could only be once a year. Contact Marcia Timbrell 862028 for more information
Friends Christmas ConcertSaturday 12th DecemberBingham String Quartet does “A Christmas Carol-the musical”6.30 for 7pmDetailsWhy not invite friends for a get-together afterwards?
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