The next event is the annual Carol Singing around the village, on
Monday 16th December, starting at 6.30pm from Elm view and ending up at
the Village Hall for a warming drink. This year’s charity is Winston’s Wish.
Singers and can rattlers all welcome.
The Christmas Fair
on Saturday 30 Nov
raised £460 for
Long day for new Ordinands
Three people from the benefice, Gary Grady, Angie and David
Austin were among a dozen new Deacons ordained at
Gloucester Cathedral on Sunday morning 30th June. Angie
and David live in Somerford Keynes.
As it was also the 5th Sunday the
benefice service that evening was
timely. To accommodate
everyone, the chosen church was
St John Baptist, Cirencester. The
opportunity was taken not only to
greet our new deacons, but to say
farewell to Paul Youde, who is
retiring, and our Curate, Gwyneth
Gibbens who is to be the new
Vicar of Longlevens, in
Gloucester. We learnt that Paul
had served previously at Holy
Trinity, Cirencester, so members of their congregation, and
our hosts, St Johns, were also present.
During the service a surprise element was introduced. All three
new Deacons were presented with new sashes representing
their new places of Ministry. Gary will be joining the
Cirencester benefice, Angie will be joining South Cerney and
David, our benefice.
The sermon was given by Trevor Kemp and Holy Communion
lead by Paul Youde. We enjoyed the organ and choir of St.
Johns. After the service there were refreshments and
presentations made to Paul and Gwyneth from each church.
The pictures above show the new Deacons delight and awe at
their new status.
The Friends of Somerford Keynes Church
entertained a goodly audience with a Christmas
Concert by CENTURION BRASS on Saturday 7
December, preceded as usual with mulled wine &
Centurion Brass are 5 talented young players
from Trinity Laban Conservatoire, and are current
winners of the prestigious Philip Jones Brass
Competition. They performed a wide selection of
music arranged for brass instruments, from Bach
to the Beatles via Duke Ellington
Harvest Supper this year was
held on 29th September, following
a well supported Harvest Festival
Service at All Saints. Sixty six
people packed into the Village
Hall for a bring and share supper.
A delicious variety of foods was
produced and tucked into with
gusto, especially by some of the
This year’s fete was held on
Saturday 29th June by kind
permission of Richard and Sissy
Needham at Croft House.
A large crowd enjoyed a sunny
afternoon touring the stalls, and
being entertained by
Chippenham Morris. The
highlight of the afternoon for
some were the conducted tours
of the millennium arboretum by
our hosts, explaining the
personal significance of each
tree and sculpture. For smaller
folk the tractor rides took
precedence. See picture on the
The fête made a useful profit for
church funds of £2727
Jubilee Songs of Praise
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Page last updated 8 Dec 2013
Services at Somerford Keynes
Sunday 15th Dec 11am
Sunday 22nd Dec 4.30 pm
Carols by Candlelight
Tues 24th Dec 3pm
Tues 24th Dec 11pm
Weds 25th Dec 10.30am
Short Family Service
Sunday 29th Dec 1030am
All Saints Somerford
There are four bells of
which three are
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.
Nor do they swing over.
But ringing them is fun.
If you would like to try
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
If you want to put something in
the Parish News, please send it
before 12th of each month as
plain text to
Rev Trevor Kemp
Ordained Local Minister
Rev Pepita Walker
Rev David Austin