Hello all! Our next churchyard working party will be on Wednesday 10th August 10am until noon, with refreshments for our volunteers in the church hall afterwards. So if you can wield a rake or drive a wheelbarrow, please do come along to help. All assistance heartily appreciated!
Coffee, tea, bacon butties and other goodies available in the Church Hall on Fridays in August from 10am till 11:30am. Come along for a brew!
The sunflowers we planted on Good Friday are now in bloom! New life springing from dark earth! Here is just one from the many around the parish, now over 10′ tall and peeking over into the neighbouring gardens. Beautiful!
We now meet between 9:30 and 11:30am on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so come along and join the fun! Open to children under 5 and their carers all year round (unless we say otherwise on our Facebook page)
We should like to apologise for any distress caused by recent events in the churchyard. Two events happened to which we needed to respond quickly, giving us no time to communicate with those affected as we would have preferred.
The Diocese of Salisbury, which is responsible for the rules for churchyards, has issued new rules, particularly with regard to what may be placed on graves. The rules are very specific, allowing only vases or pots which are part of any memorial stone, with anything else not permitted. In the past, vases, pots and ornaments have been tolerated within the churchyard, recognising the comfort that their placement can offer the bereaved.
At almost the same time and at the worst possible moment in the grass growing season, our contractor announced they would no longer be able to mow the churchyard. They have suffered bad damage to two machines because of hitting objects which should not have been there in the first place.
We were left with two options:-
- Remove objects from graves which were not permitted, so that we could organise alternative contractors, to safely resume grass cutting as soon as possible.
- Attempt to communicate with everyone with graves via the magazine and noticeboards, inviting removal of the offending objects before resorting to their removal by Churchwardens as above, after a reasonable period and before starting new contractors.
The situation was outlined in the June magazine with the churchyard clean-up introduced as Churchwarden Mike Dunning’s first working party of the year.
Because of the rate of growth of the grass, the Rector and Churchwardens agreed that the first option was most likely to result in a quicker return of the churchyard to its normal state. We did not consider that a further month of would be the right thing to do.
Of course we are very sorry for the resulting distress caused to relatives. We are grateful to all those of you who maintain graves regularly, and thank you for all your hard work in helping keep the churchyard in good condition. We hope you will understand that we faced a difficult decision, and that we regret the upset caused.
It’s our Patronal Festival on Sunday 24th July 2016, when we celebrate St James. Come along at 10am for a church-style birthday party. There will be games, there will be Gospel, there will be sharing bread and wine.
You are invited to all five sessions of this year’s Lent Group. We will be learning about the Psalms – which are the “Top 150” of their day – songs which express all sorts of feelings and situations, many of which are familiar to us today.
The sessions will be held in the Church Hall, and will end at about 8.30 pm
(The first session is earlier because we will follow it with the Ash Wednesday service in church)
|Date||Coffee Time||Start Time|
|Wednesday 10th February||From 6.30 pm||6.45pm|
|Wednesday 17th February||From 7.15pm||7.30pm|
|Wednesday 24th February||From 7.15pm||7.30 pm|
|Wednesday 2nd March||From 7.15pm||7.30 pm|
|Wednesday 9th March||From 7.15 pm||7.30pm|
There is a course booklet available for purchase at £3.50, but it isn’t necessary for you to have a copy to enjoy this course. However, it would be useful if you bring a Bible with you
If you have any queries, please contact Claire Maxim (Rector) on 01264 393026 or via email rector [at] themaxims.co.uk