Sunday 9 Aug 11amHoly CommunionSunday 16 August 11amFamily Service Sunday 23 August 11amHoly CommunionSunday 6 September 11amMorning PrayerSunday 13 September 4pmHarvest Festivalfollowed byHarvest Supper 5.30
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 3 August 2015
Annual General Meeting
This was held on 12th April in Church after the service. The churchwardens and Parochial Church Council for the year were elected and the accounts presented.
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
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.
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. If you like walking, cycling or horse-riding church to church, put the date in your diary now. Plan your own route, take a picnic, top up with refreshments at the churches or lunch at a pub.Half the money you raise goes to our church and the rest to the Trust. You will see inside some churches that are not always open.Contact Peter Watkins if you would like to ride or donate.
All Saints Church
The new fingerpost has finally been placed where intended, at the end of Water Lane, pointing cyclists and others in the right direction
There is a coffee morning in the village hall on the 4th Thursday of most months. Check Activity page for next date.
Annual Village Fête
was held on Saturday 20th June at Somerford Keynes House by kind permission of Mr & Mrs Burton. Many of the usual stalls reappeared. The fete raised over £2000 for church funds. If you have pictures and would like to share them here, do send them in
Sunday 13th September at 5.30 in the Village Hall after the Harvest Festival Service in church at 4pm
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