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
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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
House for Duty
We hear that the Rev. Fred Dawson will not now be taking up the vacant post of House for Duty priest.The search continues...
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
Rector:Rev Trevor KempCoates Rectory770550CurateRev David Austin860692David is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays for Pastoral Surgery. Please ring for an appointmentChurchwardensJan ColeridgeSandra Crofts
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.
around the Village was on Monday 22nd December. Hope you heard the singers, which seemed from the porch a larger group than usual.Thirty two took part and the rest of us contributed £360 to Winston’s Wish. Well done all.Find out about Winston’s Wish
Change to January
No service in Somerford Keynes on the fourth Sunday, 25th. Instead there will be a benefice service at 10am at Kemble
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