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 10 November 2016
Parish News, the Benefice news sheet, is published 10 times a year and is available for £5. Contact Muriel Watkins 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 email@example.comThe Newsletter is edited by a series of volunteers. If you would like to volunteer, talk to a Churchwarden or email as above.
Rector:Rev Trevor KempThe RectoryCoates770550Associate PriestRev David AustinThe VicarageKemble770654David is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays for Pastoral Surgery. Please ring for an appointmentChurchwardensVacant
Ride & Stride 2016
took place on Saturday 10th September, the wettest ride for many a year! Dave Crofts and Peter Watkins rode out, touring all the churches and chapels of Cirencester. Members of the PCC welcomed soggy guests in church. Between you, you all raised £390, to which Gift Aid will be added.Run by Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust, this is a great way to support our church and those across the county when they need most help. Half the money raised goes to our church and the rest to the Trust.
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
Parish of Somerford Keynes with ShorncoteAnnual MeetingsThese were held on Sunday 17th April after Morning Prayer.Vestry Meeting followed by Annual Parochial Church Meeting. New Churchwardensare being sought. Please consider if you can fulfil this vital role.
David Austin has been appointed as House for Duty Priest for the Thameshead Benefice. David and Angie have now moved to Kemble Vicarage.
Whistle for the Somme
Dave Swaffer blew a whistle at 0730ackemma on July 1st 2016 at the Church to commemorate the start of the battle of the Somme on that day in 1916. A further picture flashes by on the home page
Farewell to Jan
Jan Coleridge has been Church Warden & resident in Somerford Keynes for many years. To thank her for her service there was a bring and share lunch on Sunday 31st July. Pictures of the event are above and on the next page
Sunday 9th October saw over 45 villagers gather in the Village Hall after Harvest Festival in Church. As usual a good time was had by all, who brought most of the food to share. Barry Cran and his wife were our guests.
Saturday 26th November
10am – 1pm Free Entry
Somerford Keynes Christmas FairVillage Hall, Water Lane, Somerford Keynes GL7 6DS. To include: local handmade crafts, preserves, mosaics, studio ceramics, paintings, Phoenix cards, raffle, plus many more seasonal gifts on sale. Refreshments of coffee & mince pies.Proceeds to Somerford Keynes Church.
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 plan 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