Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Web Magazine - Rector's Pages - July & August

SAFEGUARDING
This parish has formally adopted the Church of England House of Bishops’ Safeguarding Policy, “Promoting a safer church” which can be found ON THE SAFEGUARDING TAB of this website and in full here;



Rector’s Pages: 
Trinity by Jayne Hinds
I wonder how you might describe a horse to someone who has never seen one?  You probably wouldn’t use this dictionary definition - ‘a solid-hoofed ungulate of the genus Equus, with flowing tail and mane’. But whatever words we might use, we couldn’t fully convey the beauty and power of this animal. 
There are all kinds of things that we need to experience before we can understand what they’re like and this is especially true of anything concerning God, and our relationship with Him. 
We are well into the Church season of ‘Trinity’, which began in mid-June and will last until November. During this time we’re invited to explore and celebrate the three ‘persons’ of our God – God the Father, God the Son (Jesus) and God the Holy Spirit. It’s very difficult to understand that God can be one… and yet three. Trying to describe it is impossible. Over hundreds of years, many great theologians have tried to pin it down and even they can’t put it into a few easy sentences. Others have come up with metaphors or images to help us, such as ‘ice, water and steam’ or ‘sun, light and warmth’. Three and yet one. Rather a mystery.
God very helpfully shows himself to us in the forms of Father, Son and Spirit, and each of the three offers us a way of relating to them which is perhaps more manageable, and helps us to experience them.
We can discover God as Creator in all living things.  
We can relate to God as Jesus who became human, as we are, and who, in his life and teaching reveals his Father to us.  
And we can experience the Spirit, the very breath of God, who enables and comforts us. Probably, like me, you may have related to each of the three in different ways and at different stages of your life journey.
But what unites the three persons of the Trinity – and what therefore unites us to them - is love.  The Trinity shows us how love holds everything together.  
I find the ‘Icon of the Trinity’ by 15th century Russian artist Andrei Rublev helpful for reflection. We are not able to print an image of it in ‘The Web’ so for the next couple of months there is a display with a large poster of this icon at St. Andrew’s Church in Dowlish Wake. Rublev knew that it was impossible to draw God, so he tried to show us something about what he believed about God - what God is like - in three figures who sit at a table. I am always fascinated by the way that the picture draws us in, inviting us to sit with them, and so enter into a relationship with them. By the display you can also find printed meditations, available to use in the quietness or to borrow.
Someone once said, ‘It is no more possible for us to understand God than to put the ocean into a bucket’. But I don’t think it should ever stop us from trying to get to grips with, or experience some truth of God’s nature… or to journey into the depth of God’s ‘being’ and to marvel at it.


FIRST SUNDAY SERVICES:
Sunday 1st September
Barrington - 6.00pm 1662 Evensong 
Cudworth - 11.15am Modern Communion
Dowlish Wake - NO R NO 08.45am Service
6.00pm Songs of Praise on the Green 
Kingstone - 10.00am Worship for All Service
Shepton Beauchamp - 10.30am Modern Communion





OTHER SERVICES 


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.
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Dowlish Wake on Wednesdays at 8.30am
For 20-25 minutes in St Andrew’s Church, an opportunity to start the day together with quiet, informal Morning Prayer (Common Worship), which will include readings, responses and praying for the needs of individuals, our communities and the world.
Everyone is very welcome to join in with this peaceful and reflective time.

More details: Jayne Hinds on 55748, or email: jayne.hinds@btinternet.com
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Buttle Close Common Room - Shepton Beauchamp
We meet at 11.30am on the first Thursday of each month in the Common Room of Buttle Close for a short, gentle service of prayers, hymns, readings and a story.   Everyone is very welcome.
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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:



Saturday 3rd August
The famous “Dowlish Wake Duck Race”
Throughout the village!

Wednesday 14th August
Cudworth - Summer Market
1030am

Wednesday 14th August
Puckington - Coffee Afternoon in Church
2.00pm




Autumn Course
If the Old Testament story has ever been a bit of a mystery to you,
then why not come along to informally explore
‘The Big Picture’ - a 7-week course over the Autumn Term.
Meeting on Wednesdays,
fortnightly:
choose from either of two locations -
Puckington or Dowlish Wake
(time details to be confirmed in September’s ‘Web’)
4
th & 18th September
2
nd, 16th & 30th October
13
th & 27th November
Home-made refreshments on arrival; session lasts 1 hour.
Please note that numbers are limited - if you wish to come along, please let Jayne know your name and contact details.
Email:  jayne.hinds@btinternet.com
Telephone: 01460 55748 (please leave a message)





From the Church Records:

8th July   Bryan Colston, 97 years; ashes reunited with his beloved wife Ismay, at Dowlish Wake.
12th July  Rose Berry, 87 years, from Shepton Beauchamp; funeral service and cremation at Yeovil, in front of all her friends and Wrens who were family to her.
12th July   Gerald Barrett, 82 years; ashes interred alongside generations of his family, at Barrington Church.




WEEK OF GUIDED PRAYER: 15 – 21 September 2019

This autumn, the Crewkerne Deanery is organising a Week of Guided Prayer to be held in St Michael and All Angels, Haselbury.  Those of you who have experienced such a week before, will welcome this.  And if you have not, you are warmly invited to give it a try.  Such weeks are a real blessing. They deepen our relationship with God and help us grow in love and discipleship

Participants are accompanied by a prayer guide who will help them to hear the voice of God through pointing them to Bible passages or stories, or indeed artwork, that will open doors for them in a structured way, and encourage them to listen and respond.  Such pointing towards the appropriate readings flows from the daily conversations between the participant and his/her accompanier and is not laid down in advance

To use such a week profitably, each participant pledges to take time out daily from the usual stresses and strains for 20-30 minutes silent prayer in their own home – at a time that suits him/her best – and also spend 30 minutes daily with the accompanier to quietly share and explore what God is saying.  These conversations will take place in St Michael’s.

The Week begins with a meeting for everyone on the Sunday afternoon and ends similarly on the following Saturday.  You are warmly invited to this mini-holiday with God, in the company of a friend.

For more information ring Hilde Bucknell, 01460 76450.  Please book your place as soon as possible.






DID YOU KNOW ......
Q.... What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers and laser printers have in common?
A... All were invented by women.

In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes.
When you pulled on the ropes, the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on.
Hence the phrase...'Goodnight, sleep tight'

It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride's Father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink.
Mead is a honey beer and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the honey month, which we know today as the honeymoon.

Many years ago in England, pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim,
or handle, of their ceramic cups.
When they needed a refill, they used the whistle to get some service.
''Wet your whistle" is the phrase inspired by this practice.

Pavlov had very soft hair - it was conditioned!


FOR DOWLISH WAKE PAGES PLEASE


St. Andrew’s Church, Dowlish Wake – Prayer Board
The Prayer board is near the font.
Please place any prayers for healing on the board 
and these will be included during the weekly
Wednesday morning prayer time.  



Rector’s Pages: 

July - by Rev’d D’ Fyfe

July.  What does it mean to you?  For me it is still the end of exams, end of term, the Summer holidays.  Not necessarily holidays away, because as children we didn’t often go “on holiday”. If we went anywhere it was to stay with grandparents.  As parents, most of our holidays were spent in Somerset, staying with family.  I think it is called staycation now!  But, wherever we were, holidays meant time to do what we wanted.  To relax, run outside, explore: to read with a bag of sweets beside us!  We went swimming in a cold sea and came running back to dry ourselves with rough towels.  No wet suits then.  We played outside and came back muddy; swung over the stream on a rope. (I was allowed to fall in the stream twice in a week. A third time meant serious trouble).  Holidays were the times when we could be ourselves for a little while.  And then to go back to normal life; refreshed and ready for school again!

It is that word refreshed that struck me.  What exactly does it mean?  Refreshments are served at fetes and all sorts of events and can be anything from an ice cream cornet to all sorts of splendid nibbles or a huge tea.  Long ago, I remember being invited to “take a refreshment. (In that case it was tea and cake.) Where does the word come from?  I suspect its origin is something to do with making fresh again.  We would say freshen up, probably.  Small children are given a quick polish with one of those wipes, that we are now encouraged not to use! Refreshment is either something to eat or drink -  a quick top up, or it is a quick wash and brush up.  Re-fresh, to make fresh again.  

And that is where I stopped to have a quick ponder.  Is that what God does for us?  Is refreshment a question of being given a quick wipe to make us nice again.  We are re–freshed, made fresh again.  As good as new perhaps.  Or, if not as good as new, made respectable .  Wash some of the jam off our faces.  Jam?  Well, the stickiness of minor lies and small deceits: the petty stuff that mars the world and from which nastier things spring.  The indiscretions of youth coming back to haunt us when we least want it.  You can’t remove the indiscretion but you can try to make good the damage.  To re-fresh yourself.

The Book of Common Prayer communion service says “Come unto me all ye who travail and are heavy laden and I will refresh you”
And that is what God does.  He forgives us and lets us begin again. 
But the quotation I like best in that genre is:
“Behold, I make all things new.”
That is what we all need – to be made new – be re-freshed.


July – what do we do in July!! - by Canon Ian Gibson

When I was working for a living – a remark made often by my wife Terry, highlighting the time before I was ordained – July was one of the busiest month of the year for the Drinks industry of which I was part. Not only did we have to make sure that all the summers seasonal accounts were stocked high with our products, not only hoping for decent weather so that we could promote the enjoyment of our goods, but planning for Christmas.
Yes, a silly notion for July isn’t it? But if we didn’t plan ahead then we could lose out on the second busiest time of the year and that would prove difficult for all of us, Sales, Marketing, Warehouse and our overseas suppliers.

So what does July or midsummer mean for us in the church?
Well we have celebrated the great festival of Easter, for through Ascension, wondered at Pentecost, the churches “birthday” and managed to try and understand what the Trinity means. So, quiet weeks ahead perhaps. Well, yes and no, a typical church dilemma. We celebrate many weeks of the trinity season which has always been a time of  giving thanks for all those who work so hard on the land; to remember the hard working teachers at our schools, the pupils who spend a summer wondering about exam results; in other words a time out of special season just to be thankful for everything that we usually either put to one side or forget.

Christmas is not too far ahead, and I bet that some of you are already thinking about it. Well in that case just use this month as a respite, perhaps attend a service relating to this time of year, perhaps just basking in the sunshine in your back garden or even just giving thanks to God for everything we have. Happy Christmas!

FIRST SUNDAY SERVICES:
Sunday 4th August
Barrington - 6.00pm 1662 Evensong 
Cudworth - 11.15am Modern Communion
Dowlish Wake - 08.45am 1662 Communion 
Kingstone - 10.00am Worship for All Service
Shepton Beauchamp - 10.30am Modern Communion





OTHER SERVICES 


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.
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Dowlish Wake on Wednesdays at 8.30am
For 20-25 minutes in St Andrew’s Church, an opportunity to start the day together with quiet, informal Morning Prayer (Common Worship), which will include readings, responses and praying for the needs of individuals, our communities and the world.
Everyone is very welcome to join in with this peaceful and reflective time.

More details: Jayne Hinds on 55748, or email: jayne.hinds@btinternet.com
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Buttle Close Common Room - Shepton Beauchamp
We meet at 11.30am on the first Thursday of each month in the Common Room of Buttle Close for a short, gentle service of prayers, hymns, readings and a story.   Everyone is very welcome.
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From the Church Records:

31st May   Maria Cornelius, 92 years, reunited with her husband Basil when her ashes were interred at Shepton Beauchamp.
1st June    Seb Molyneux and Harriet Packham, joined in holy matrimony at Cudworth in front of a lovely, lively congregation.
15th June  Harry Coles and Jess Hawkins, travelled all the way from New Zealand, to be joined in holy matrimony at Shepton Beauchamp.
17th June   Renee Fuller, 89 years, funeral service in the church that she loved, Shepton Beauchamp.




DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:

10th July 2.00pm
Community Coffee Get-together at Puckington Church
Everyone welcome


Sunday 21st of July between 3-5pm 
Afternoon tea at Salisbury House, Shepton Beauchamp.

Entry will be by ticket only, costing £5, 
available from Angie's shop. 
There will also be a raffle and 'name the dog’. 
Monies raised will go to Church funds.


Saturday 3rd August
The famous “Dowlish Wake Duck Race”
Throughout the village!



DEANERY OPEN MEETING - 3rd July

Previously planned for 10th July, the Diocese have decided to hold Diocesan Synod that evening!

New Date:  Wed 3rd July, 7.00 for 7.30pm, at Wadham School.
The speaker will be David Thomas who will speak on Christian/Muslim relations, a particularly relevant topic at the moment in light of the attacks in New Zealand and Sri Lanka.

This meeting is open to anyone who is interested.











WEEK OF GUIDED PRAYER: 15 – 21 September 2019

This autumn, the Crewkerne Deanery is organising a Week of Guided Prayer to be held in St Michael and All Angels, Haselbury.  Those of you who have experienced such a week before, will welcome this.  And if you have not, you are warmly invited to give it a try.  Such weeks are a real blessing. They deepen our relationship with God and help us grow in love and discipleship

Participants are accompanied by a prayer guide who will help them to hear the voice of God through pointing them to Bible passages or stories, or indeed artwork, that will open doors for them in a structured way, and encourage them to listen and respond.  Such pointing towards the appropriate readings flows from the daily conversations between the participant and his/her accompanier and is not laid down in advance

To use such a week profitably, each participant pledges to take time out daily from the usual stresses and strains for 20-30 minutes silent prayer in their own home – at a time that suits him/her best – and also spend 30 minutes daily with the accompanier to quietly share and explore what God is saying.  These conversations will take place in St Michael’s.

The Week begins with a meeting for everyone on the Sunday afternoon and ends similarly on the following Saturday.  You are warmly invited to this mini-holiday with God, in the company of a friend.

For more information ring Hilde Bucknell, 01460 76450.  Please book your place as soon as possible.


A quick update from the Chaplaincy at Wadham!
The school is currently mid-exam season, as you know this is an extremely important time for the students so your prayers for them would be greatly appreciated. In the last few weeks I set up an encouragement station for students and staff to post messages to encourage those taking their exams.  The pictures are of the station and the result of from the messages posted. 
This term I have started a Christian Union on a Thursday lunchtime in my chaplaincy space, there are 2 or 3 students that attend.  The plan is to provide a safe space for students to come and talk, ask questions or just eat doughnuts!
It was great to be able to lead a whole school assembly at the start of the term and I will hopefully be able to lead another one soon.  I have continued to build relationships with the staff, taking in treats every now and then to encourage them.
I’m sure you have all heard of the Thy Kingdom Come prayer movement that was started by the Archbishop of Canterbury in 2016.  During the 11 days between Ascension and Pentecost people across the world are encouraged to pray for those they know to come to know Jesus Christ.  Please can I encourage you to pray during those 11 days for the community of Wadham and for inspiration from the Spirit for myself for the best ways to share Christ within the school.
Thank you all so much for your prayers and encouragement.
Abby Lintern, Chaplain.




Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Web Magazine - Rector's Pages - June 2019

SAFEGUARDING
This parish has formally adopted the Church of England House of Bishops’ Safeguarding Policy, “Promoting a safer church” which can be found ON THE SAFEGUARDING TAB of this website and in full here;

https://www.churchofengland.org/sites/default/files/2018-10/Parish%20Safeguarding%20Handbook%20October%202018%20PROOF.pdf


Rector’s Pages: 

An Interview with God (Author Unknown)
I dreamed I had an interview with God.  "So, you would like to interview me?" God asked.  "If you have time," I said.  God smiled. "My time is eternity... what questions do you have in mind for me?”  "What surprises you the most about humankind?”  God answered...
"That they get bored with childhood, that they rush to grow up, and then long to be children again."
"That they lose their health to make money... and then lose their money to restore their health."
"That by thinking anxiously about the future, they forget the present, such that they live in neither the present nor the future."
"That they live as if they would never die, and die as though they had never lived.”  God's hand took mine... and we were silent for a while.
And then I asked, "As a parent, what are some of life's lessons you want your children to learn?”  God replied, "To learn they cannot make anyone love them. All they can do is let themselves be loved."
"To learn that it is not good to compare themselves to others."
"To learn to forgive by practicing forgiveness."
"To learn that it only takes a few seconds to open profound wounds in those they love, and it can take many years to heal them."
"To learn that a rich person is not one who has the most, but is one who needs the least."
"To learn that there are people who love them dearly, but simply do not yet know how to express or show their feelings."
"To learn that two people can look at the same thing, and see it differently."
"To learn that it is not enough that they forgive one another, but they must also forgive themselves."
"Thank you for your time," I said humbly.  "Is there anything else you would like your children to know?”  God smiled, and said... "Just know that I am here. Always."


There is real wisdom, Lord, in the adage 
'It is always Springtime in the heart that loves God.' 
Springtime is a season of optimism and hope,
and the Christian lives a faith centred on hope. 
Winter, with its cold and dark days has gone, 
just as Good Friday has passed to Easter and beyond. 
We live a resurrection life - reflected in the new life springing up around us. 
Thank you, Lord, for the hope that you bring, 
the renewal that you bring, 
both to this world and to our hearts and lives.

FIRST SUNDAY SERVICES:
Sunday 7th July
Barrington - 6.00pm HYMNS & PIMMS! 
Cudworth - 11.15am Modern Communion
Dowlish Wake - 08.45am 1662 Communion 
Kingstone - 10.00am Worship for All Service
Shepton Beauchamp - 10.30am Modern Communion


OTHER SERVICES 

Sunday 16th June at 6.00pm
The annual Moolham Service in the old churchyard at Moolham; a songs of praise and readings to mark the festival of John the Baptist after whom the church, which once stood on this spot, was named.
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Sunday 30th June - a fifth Sunday
Being a fifth Sunday in the month, June’s services will be different to the normal routine.  On 30th June we have the following - they are open to everyone:
10.30am   Puckington - A Family Service
6.00pm     Chillington - Songs of Summer in Jubilee Field (by kind permission of the Chapman families) (see below)
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Deanery Service - 30th June at 6.00pm

Every year we join together, somewhere special, to celebrate our life together as a Deanery.

This year the Deanery Service will be at Jubilee Field just off the A30 near Chillington (we were there two years ago).
Sunday 30th June at 6.00pm - Songs of Summer with magnificent views over Somerset, out to the Bristol Channel and Wales.

Directions:
Coming from Crewkerne - along the A30 towards Chard; just before the turning on the left to Winsham and the Council gravel dump on the right, there is a field entrance on the right hand side.   It will be signposted.
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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.
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Buttle Close Common Room - Shepton Beauchamp
We meet at 11.30am on the first Thursday of each month in the Common Room of Buttle Close for a short, gentle service of prayers, hymns, readings and a story.   Everyone is very welcome.
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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY:

Stocklinch “Fete” -  22nd June - see notice later in the Web.

DEANERY OPEN MEETING - 3rd July

Previously planned for 10th July, the Diocese have decided to hold Diocesan Synod that evening!

New Date:  Wed 3rd July, 7.00 for 7.30pm, at Wadham School.
The speaker will be David Thomas who will speak on Christian/Muslim relations, a particularly relevant topic at the moment in light of the attacks in New Zealand and Sri Lanka.

This meeting is open to anyone who is interested.

From the Church Records:

12th May   Heide Olivia Brand was baptised at Shepton Beauchamp church in front of a full congregation of family, friends and villagers. 
15th May   Joan Hodges, 90 years, a funeral service and burial at Shepton Beauchamp church.

FUNDRAISING
The fundraising season got off to a really good start this year, with bright sunshine and cool but dry days!

The Stocklinch Jazz Lunch was a different way of fundraising and a cross between the need to raise money for the running costs of the church and a real desire to create space for the village community to get together and enjoy each others company.  Held in the village hall, there was lots of food and music and lively chatter and laughter.  A lovely, community event.

Kingstone Churches annual May Fair was bright and sunny and, if you could get out of the biting wind, it was quite warm - if you could get out of the wind!!!   There were the ever popular stalls for plants and hot dogs; cakes and hot drinks, books, tombola, raffles and many more, not forgetting the trip to the top of the tower; for those brave enough to make the climb, the reward was one of the best views in the area, over the surrounding spring countryside.

Bluebell Walk from Cudworth to Chillington drew about 160 people this year, a new record! Starting with breakfast at Cudworth, the Walk started with a short service for Rogation (the time when we ask God’s blessing on the farms, farmers and countryside around us), before setting off through private farm land to the Bluebell Wood, where this year, the flowers really were at their best.   Then down through the lanes and across the fields for coffee and cake at Chillington church.

Dowlish Wake Plant Sale took place at the new Pavilion on the Playing Fields this year, so there was enough room for parking and plenty of space for the masses of plants which so many people had kindly donated.  Topsy did her usual fine job selling raffle tickets, whilst Joy, Caroline and Sally S fed the five thousand with tea and cake!   Christine worked the book stall, dressed in all her winter woolies against the biting wind, whilst many other volunteers basked in the sheltered sunshine selling cakes, preserves, pictures and the village cookbook (still available if you don’t have a copy yet!)

These events raised funds for the general, everyday, costs of running the village churches.   I very big thank you to everyone who worked so hard organising the events and to the very generous supporters who came along and took part.
20th April  Stocklinch Jazz Lunch - raised £339.80
4th May     Kingstone May Fair - raised £1647.76
5th May     Bluebell Walk for Rogation time - raised £636 (divided between Cudworth and Chillington) 
11th May   Dowlish Wake Plant Sale - raised £939.50





SAFE FAMILIES - CELEBRATION

You are warmly invited to join Bishop Ruth Worsley and Safe Families For Children in celebrating their one year anniversary coming alongside local isolated families in Somerset.  

At Safe Families we know that every child deserves to thrive and we recognise that to do this children need to be loved and secure in their own family. The problem is that when families are isolated and struggling their children can feel upset and afraid. Facing life alone is hard, and when families feel like there is no one there to help it’s a scary place to be. This is why Safe Families partner with over 800 churches in the UK to deliver a family focused transformation programme.

Do join us on Monday 24th June at St Mary’s Church, Huish Episcopi, TA10 9QR for refreshments including puddings from 7pm and a service of celebration starting at 7.30pm.

Bishop Ruth, our keynote speaker will be inspiring us, the programme director of Safe Families South and South West will communicate local stories and vision, and Rev Jess Pitman will share what it’s like to be a volunteer for Safe Families connecting with isolated families bringing them hope.

This invitation is extended to all church leaders, members and interested parties. For catering purposes please RSVP to dawnholmes@safefamiliesforchildren.com. Dawn can also be contacted if you are a church in South Somerset or Mendip and would like a short presentation about Safe Families in your church, churches together or community meetings. More information on the charity can be found at www.safefamiliesforchildren.com.

We look forward to seeing you there,


Bishop Ruth and The Safe Families Team, Somerset