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 22 May 2016
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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 appointmentChurchwardenVacant
In 2014, 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 2016
Saturday 10th 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. Half the money raised goes to our church and the rest to the Trust. Contact Peter Watkins if you would like to join in. Donations last years reached £500
There is a coffee morning in the village hall on the 4th Thursday of most months. Check Activity page for next date.
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 ConcertOn Saturday 12th DecemberThe Friends of All Saints Somerford Keynes hosted theBingham String Quartet for a concert that started at Mozart, went via Australia and concluded with “A Christmas Carol- the musical”. A capacity audience enjoyed the evening
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 will be moving to Kemble Vicarage in due course.
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