Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Web Magazine - Rector's Pages - November Issue

Rector’s Pages:  

On November 7th, 1920, in strictest secrecy, four unidentified British bodies were exhumed from temporary battlefield cemeteries at Ypres, Arras, the Asine and the Somme. None of the soldiers who did the digging were told why. The bodies were taken by field ambulance to GHQ at St-Pol-Sur-Ter Noise. There the bodies were draped with the union flag. Sentries were posted and Brigadier-General Wyatt and a Colonel Gell selected one body at random. A French honour guard was selected and stood by the coffin overnight. On the morning of the 8th, a specially designed coffin made of oak from the grounds of Hampton Court was brought and the unknown warrior placed inside. On top was placed a crusaders sword and a shield on which was inscribed 'a British Warrior who fell in the GREAT WAR 1914-1918 for king and country'.

On The 9th of November, the unknown warrior was taken by horse-drawn carriage through guards of honour and the sound of tolling bells and bugle calls to the quayside. There it was saluted by Marechal Foche and loaded onto HMS Verdun bound for Dover..... the coffin stood on the deck covered in wreaths and surrounded by the French honour guard.

On arrival at Dover, the unknown warrior was greeted with a 19 gun salute, normally only reserved for field marshals. He then traveled by special train to Victoria Station London.  He stayed there overnight and on the morning of the 11th of November, he was taken to Westminster Abbey. 

The idea of the unknown warrior was thought of by a Padre called David Railton who had served at the front during the great war and it was the union flag he used as an altar cloth at the front, that had been draped over the coffin. It was his intention that all relatives of the 517,773 combatants whose bodies had not been identified could believe that the unknown warrior could very well be their lost husband, father, brother or son.... 

Every year on the 11th of November we remember the unknown warrior ....
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, 
We will remember them.

O God of truth and justice, we hold before you those whose memory we cherish, and those whose names we will never know. Help us to lift our eyes above the torment of this broken world, and grant us dignity as we pray for those who wish us harm.  As we honour the past, may we put our faith in your future; for you are the source of life and hope, now and for ever.   Amen.

Sunday 2nd December
Barrington - 6.00pm Evensong 
Cudworth - 11.15am Modern Communion
Dowlish Wake - 08.45am 1662 Communion 
Kingstone - 10.00am CHRISTINGLE Service
Shepton Beauchamp - 10.30am Modern Communion

Weekday Communions
Shepton on Tuesdays at 10.30am.
The venue changes as we meet in peoples homes and have a cuppa afterwards; ring Rev’d Geoff (240228) if you’d like to come along.
This service is a 20 minutes, simple Communion Service.


It has been suggested that the County of Somerset should mark the Centenary of the ending of the Great War by providing a Vigil of Light in our churches. 

The idea is that every church and chapel in the County should display a light over the period of the Centenary of the Armistice (11th November). These could be small and modest – even a single light bulb could be appropriate – or something larger and more noticeable if this would be easier. In some ways, it was felt that a small, single light bulb would be very symbolic if it was visible from a noticeable window. The idea was that each church/chapel should do whatever was easiest for them.

For those churches/chapels that can take part, and to ensure some uniformity across our area, a light could shine during the hours of darkness from dusk on 6th November until dawn 13th November. 


17th November - Saturday
CUDWORTH: 10.30-12.30
The Cudworth Christmas Fair, in church

24th November - Saturday
STOCKLINCH - A Thankful Village: 10.30-12.00
Centenary Memory Cafe, held in the village hall 
and organised by the village church
(See full notice later in this Web)

7th December - FRIDAY
Kingsbury Band Christmas Carol Service and supper in church.


22nd September
Muriel and John Callow - a service of celebration and thanksgiving for sixty years of marriage, at Shepton Beauchamp church.

29th September
Paige & Chloe Chick - welcomed into God’s family by baptism at Barrington church.

2nd October
Barbara Jennings, 93 years; funeral service at Shepton Beauchamp, followed by creation and Yeovil and her ashes interred with her husband.

10th October
John Cornelius, 78 yrs; cremation followed by a thanksgiving service at Shepton Beauchamp.

12th October
Margaret Brown, 80 yrs; funeral service at Taunton and her ashes interred next to her son at Kingstone.


Puckington Harvest Coffee Morning - Delighted to say we made £278 at our Coffee Morning, thank you for all your contributions for the raffle, bring and buy stall and the refreshments.

MY COMMUNITY: (Monks Yard   mycommunity@themonksyard.co.uk)

Seniors Connect with Coffee happens once a month at Monks Yard for any folk in the parishes that might enjoy a cuppa and some company.  

This is a group that started after the meal we ran for elderly and isolated in the community and we now have about a dozen folk, both men and women who come along, most in their 80s and 90's (but a few younger), and numerous helpers from the churches come along to serve and chat.

We've moved the day to the second Friday of each month, so it next falls on Friday 12th October and runs from 10.30am, wrapping up a little before midday. 

Be great to see you or if you know someone who might be interested, please let them know.....

BEREAVEMENT SEMINAR - Sat 3rd Nov, 10am - 12 noon
The second of two free seminars focussing on bereavement, is hosted by MY Community chaplain Revd. Marion Field. 

The first was a practical workshop for anyone wanting to understand more about the timescale and stages of grief, whether you had lost someone yourself or wanted to be equipped to support a friend or family member. This first seminar was not recommended for anyone who has suffered a significant loss in the last 2 years. 

For those still in the early stages of grief we would encourage you to join us for the second of our two seminars on November 3rd. Join Marion as she unpacks the journey of bereavement from initial shock and denial through to acceptance and healing. 

Marion has a Masters in Theology serving for many years as a chaplain in Croydon before moving to Somerset 17 years ago where she was appointed full time Chaplain to St Margaret’s Hospice. These sessions are free and open to all but booking is essential, please contact us via phone or email to reserve your place. Thank you. 

Liz Tozer,   MY Community, Monks Yard, 01460 200020


Barrington Church Harvest Festival and Supper

Thank you to all who donated tins and packets of food for Ilminster Food Bank: the many boxes of food left in the Church for the Harvest Festival and the Village Hall at the Harvest Supper have now been delivered.

On Friday 6th October, 62 Barringtonians enjoyed the Supper organised by the Church as a community event, and a happy bye-product was a small profit of £180 towards Church repairs. We ate a delicious casserole made by Margaret and huge apple crumbles (and lashings of cream ) made by the ladies of the village. It was a happy occasion with much merriment caused by Roberts quiz. 

We all had an enjoyable evening.  


Save the Date!!!!!!
Kingsbury Band Christmas Carol Service and supper on Sat 7th December at 7.00pm in church.

’Shepton special’ Christmas cards:
Christmas cards depicting a local artist’s painting of the floodlit church will be sold to raise funds for St Michael’s again this year. They will soon be available from Angie’s Village Shop and Tea Room at £1 each or £5 for a pack of 6.

St Michael’s Church news

This year’s harvest celebration again took the form of a lunch in the village hall, but this time it was ‘pot luck’ as to what would be on the menu as, in true community spirit, villagers brought food to share. There was quite a feast. As people arrived, the crisp white tablecloths were soon covered with platters bearing all kinds of savoury and sweet treats.

After a short harvest introduction by Father Geoff and a thanksgiving hymn-singalong accompanied by the Merriott music group, the array of tasty treats on the buffet and drinks table were hugely enjoyed. Donations, a raffle and the auction of a large bottle of whisky raised £164.79 for church funds.

Special thanks to the many people who donated time, effort, creativity and washing-up skills as well as delicious food!

Saturday, 1 September 2018

Web Magazine - Rector's Pages - September

Rector’s Pages:  Canon Ian Gibson writes

Come ye thankful people come…..

   Over the past few weeks we have all seen our local farms harvesting the various crops as they come into season. Traditionally our growers and farmers celebrate the safe harvest during the autumn months, this was usual as the growers would be too busy to come along to any celebration in church, so the services were delayed. We now see harvesting beginning in July and carries on to September. In the past by tradition the 24th September was the day on which harvesting began in medieval England.
   As the last of the crops are gathered in, there used to be a lovely ceremony called 'Calling the Mare'. The farmers all wanted to prove that they had the best reapers, so they tried to gather in the last of their crops before the neighbouring farmer did.
   The last sheaf of the harvest was used to make a rough mare shape and it was quickly sent round to any farmers who had not finished gathering his crops. It was a way of saying to the farmer that wild horses would be after his crops, if he didn't gather them in quickly. The men would run round to the neighbouring farm, throw the mare over the hedge into the field where the other farmer was working, and they would shout 'Mare, Mare' and then run away.
   The farmer, who received the mare, would then have to work quickly to see if he could finish before another farm did, then he would throw the mare to them.
The farmer who was last to finish had to keep the mare all year and have it on display so that everyone knew he had been the slowest farmer of that year.
With the advent of modern machines, there is no need to race!  Our harvest celebrations are a perfect way to give thanks for the bountiful harvest that our farmers provide for us, for the  hard work all our farmers put in throughout the year especially in those times when challenged by adverse weather.  Join with us in great celebration “Come ye  thankful people come”; we praise thee God for harvests earned, the fruits of labour garnered in.
   Do look at the calendar in the magazine for the various seasonal worship that is on offer in many of the churches it is an ideal time to remember that we live in a land where we have a choice of food not in one that suffers from hunger , thirst or drought. Those countries worst affected tend to be what we label as third world and they need as much help from our wealthier nations as possible.  When we give thanks for the fortunate bounty we received we must remember those less fortunate. Perhaps in the next time we shop at our local supermarket we also consider those local to us who find it difficult to make ends meet and depend on food banks. Your generosity is needed in all these circumstances.
   Every blessing to all for the start of our autumn season. Only a few months to Christmas!!!

Sunday 7th October
Barrington - 6.00pm Evensong 
Cudworth - 11.15am Modern Communion
Dowlish Wake - 08.45am 1662 Communion 
Kingstone - 10.00am Family Service
Shepton Beauchamp - 10.30am Modern Communion


Saturday 29th September
7.00am (yes 7.00am!) at Cudworth 
A sunrise Communion service to celebrate the feast of St Michael - Michaelmas

as the 30th of this month is a fifth Sunday we have two special services for all eight parishes .....

10.30am at Chillington
A (short!) Harvest Walk around the fields in the centre of the village, 
to give thanks for the summer and 
hard work of the farming families in our communities.

6.00pm at Puckington
The vert traditional service of Evensong taken from the 1662 Prayer Book

Sunday 14th October
10.30am at Shepton
The Family Service will be led by Major Nigel Bovey of the Salvation Army; for many years Nigel was editor of the War Cry magazine, he has a a wealth of experience and is a practised worship leader; we look forward to welcoming him.

Weekday Communions
Shepton on Tuesdays at 10.30am.
The venue changes as we meet in peoples homes and have a cuppa afterwards; ring Rev’d Geoff (240228) if you’d like to come along.
This service is a 20 minutes, simple Communion Service.


Saturday 1st September
11.00am - 4.00pm Chillington Open Village
In aid of church running costs

Saturday 8th September
7.00pm Supper Time Concert - in church
With the Kingsbury Episcopi Band

Deanery Open Meeting at South Petherton Church
Wednesday 26th September
Tea/Coffee from 7.00; meeting starts at 7.30pm 
The speaker this evening will be Tina Hodgkinson 
who will speak on spreading the christian message.


25th July
Freida Blamey of Puckington
Ashes interred at her beloved church

7th August
Jim Blowers 
Ashes interred with his lovely wife Mollie at Dowlish Wake

14th August
Hugh Quick
Ashes interred at Dowlish Wake next to his daughter Sally.

THANK YOU for......

14th July
the church activities raised £362 towards everyday running costs

4th August
raised £1680 for Dowlish village church 
AND Chillington raised 
£909 for repairs to their church.

15th August
CUDWORTH Annual Summer Market
 a really lovely morning, with a great atmosphere, raised £1572

“GLASBEARDS” Glass-fusing workshop

Following the popularity of last year’s stained-glass workshop, Glasbeards (Martin and Pete) ran another session, in Shepton village hall, to raise some more funds for the church.

This time, the activity was glass-fusing, in which coloured glass is cut into shapes and arranged in a collage-type design before being fired to melting-point for 15 hours in a kiln.

As well as creating their own individual designs, the group also split into 4 smaller groups to create 4 larger composite panels which will eventually be framed by a master carpenter and put on display in the church. Shepton was the inspiration for these designs, some of which included strong hints of sheep, fields, trees, water, the church, school and even the Fives Wall. 

The enthusiastic glass-fusers were rightfully proud of their individual pieces when they collected them, along with display stands, two days later. Hopefully, after firing and framing, the larger group panels will be admired too, once they’re on show in Shepton church.

At the end of the workshop, Glasbeards were able to donate £100 to the church.


“Piglet?” said Pooh.
“Yes Pooh?” said Piglet.
“Do you ever have days when everything feels .... Not Very Okay At All?  Sometimes you don’t even know why you feel Not Very Okay At All, you just know that you do?”

Piglet nodded his head sagely, “Oh yes, I definitely feel those days” he said.

“Really?” said Pooh in surprise.   “I would never have thought that of you, you always seem so happy and as if you have got everything in life sorted out.”

“Ah,” said Piglet.  “Well here’s the thing.  There are two things that you need to know, Pooh.  The first is that even those pigs and bears and people, who seem to have got everything in life sorted out ..... probably haven’t.   Actually, everyone has those days when they feel Not Very Okay At All.   Some people are just better at hiding it than others.”

“The second thing you need to know ..... is that it’s okay to feel Not Very Okay At All.   Its quite normal, in fact.   All you need to do on those days when you feel Not Very Okay At All, is to come and find me, and tell me.   Don’t ever feel that you have to hide the fact that you’re feeling Not Very Okay At All.   Always come and tell me, because I will always be there.”

Wadham School Chaplaincy
Rev’d Jonathan Morris reports, “good news, we have been able to secure somebody to work as Chaplain at Wadham School, at least for the next year and subject to the various DBS checks. The person concerned is Abby Lintern, who is currently studying to be a minister at Bristol Baptist College, and will be based in Crewkerne.

Mattthew Gardiner, Mike Haslam and myself were able to meet with Abby just before the end of term for an initial exploration of what might be possible and Abby was able to suggest two half days. This has since been confirmed in conversation with her community in Crewkerne. While not quite as much time as we wold have hoped, we think this represents a great opportunity to rekindle the Chaplaincy again and to see how things unfold through the year.

Some may know Abby already,  as previously she worked in Crewkerne and South Petherton as a families worker.  Do please share this good news and continue to pray for this work.

Take the car to a Summer Market, through winding lanes you follow the signs 
In the field you can easily park it’s not a question of minding the lines!

Climb the steps and to the right, tables and chairs are ready waiting
Tea and coffee will revive, after all your summer fete- ing!

And to the left a childrens’ plot, Lucky Dip and Games to try,
Things to win – or maybe not, fun to be had while parents buy.

Enter the church and see displayed, not just the normal raffle show
But heaps of prizes neatly laid, and bottles standing row on row.

Look to the left and you will see, trestles laden down with pies
Enough to feed the tribe at tea, All sorts and kinds of every size.

Jams and marmalade and flans, Florentines and Sausage rolls
Forget your dietary plans, another way to feed your souls!

The rector’s desk has books galore, the altar heaves with cakes
And biscuits, scones and more and more, you really know that Cudworth bakes.

The bric a brac has pride of place, along the southern wall,
Endless tables packed with goods, something for one and all.

With coffee tables at the back, and urns to make the tea
And biscuits fresh, not from a pack.  a feast for you and me.

With people queuing up the path, to be the first inside,
And still they came till nearly one, an ever-flowing tide.

The raffle prizes all were drawn, the Atom raffle too,
And all went home when all was done, all happy through and through.

Laughter, smiling faces, joy; the jokes and cups of tea
It was a glorious happy time, the way a church should be.


The Elizabeth Eason Foundation.

An educational charity for the benefit of children living within the Parish of Barrington.   

Established in January 1830, this local charity has always supported education for village children, and now makes small grants to young people at school or college for a wide range of educational needs.

Applications (or for an informal chat about the fund) can be made by contacting the Charity’s Secretary (Leslies Jones 53234).


Is a collection of charities for the benefit of residents of Shepton Beauchamp; some of the charities are several hundred years old. Any resident can apply for one of two main grants….

1. Are you a student going on to higher education(University) or perhaps you are doing an apprenticeship?
If so you could be entitled to a grant from Shepton Beauchamp Charity. 
If you have lived in the village for 3 years or more and have not received the grant before, please apply in writing by the 31st September 2018 to: The Clerk, Greystones, Middle Street, Shepton Beauchamp TA19 0LB

2. The Over 70's Christmas Box is a small payment, paid in early December, to help with the cost of Christmas and is payable to residents who are 70 years old or over and have lived in the village for 3 years or more.

If you are not yet receiving the Christmas Box, please call Richard on 01460 240604 to have your name added to the list (before 25th October please).