Sunday 7 Feb 11amMorning PrayerWeds 10 Feb Ash Wednesday10.30 Ashing at KembleSunday 14 Feb 11amHoly CommunionSunday 21 Jan 11amAll Age ServiceSunday 28 Feb 11amHoly CommunionTuesdays in School Term 10am Music with Little Ones
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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Rector:Rev Trevor KempCoates Rectory770550Associate PriestRev David Austin860692David is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays for Pastoral Surgery. Please ring for an appointmentChurchwardensJan Coleridge
In 2015, Remembrance Sunday fell on 8th November, when the church was full for a traditional service, but with some modern hymns to old tunes, and old hymns to modern tunes.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 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. It was a good day after the early rain, and several groups from the village were out.Half the money raised goes to our church and the rest to the Trust. Contact Peter Watkins if you would like to donate and have not been asked. Donations have so far reached £500
There is a coffee morning in the village hall on the 4th Thursday of most months. Check Activity page for next date.
The Bring & Share
was held on Sunday 13th September in the Village Hall after the Harvest Festival Service in church. A good crowd tucked into interesting fare, and had a convivial time.
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
Christmas Carol Singing round the village raised a record sum of £440. The previous record was £400. This has been passed to the charity Winstons Wish
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