The Rector’s pages: COURAGE
I am very lucky – on a number of counts! But the one that springs to mind today, as I write this letter, is the courage I see in so many people. We often read or hear about the heroism of our Armed Forces and Police, when they have been involved in incidents which have lead to feats of selfless daring, valour and courage, for the benefit of others. The Gospel of St John record’s Our Lord’s words; “Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15.13). Indeed, Jesus laid down His own life that we might have life everlasting. But now I am thinking in terms of the lives, not of Soldiers and Police Officers, but of very ordinary men and women who live quietly among us; their bravery is usually hidden; their courage is not a reaction to a sudden emergency; theirs is the silent, patient heroism which endures for weeks, months and sometimes years.
I regularly meet people who are heroes; they fight the advance of illness and old age with a cheerfulness that is infectious; they make very practical decisions about their own futures which involve emotional pain and upset in the short-term for a better future in the long-term; they put up with restrictions in their own life styles (such that you or I might complain loudly), to ensure the comfort and convenience of others (such as their relatives). Frequently their humour, determination, consideration and often a wish not to impose on others, leave me feeling guilty about the things I moan about in my own life. I would love to give you specific examples so that we might all take courage from these peoples example; but clearly that would be a betrayal of their privacy and confidentiality.
What I hope in writing this, is that you might discover the heroes in your own lives. The friend, neighbour or relative that has been in pain from arthritis for many years, but never complains and does as much for themselves as they can. The person who has a life threatening disease and yet laughs and jokes as if they were fit and well. The person who volunteers to do something for the family even though it is difficult for them. All around us are people whose quiet, unassuming and selfless lives are truly an example to us all; if only we would notice, be thankful and seek to follow, their example. God be with them all, “for He holds them in the palm of His hand”.
Teach us, good Lord,
to serve you as you deserve;
to give and not to count the cost;
to fight and not to heed the wounds;
to toil and not to seek for rest;
to labour and not to ask for any reward,
save that of knowing that we do your will. (St Ignatius Loyola 1491-1556)
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Saturday 7th May
Dowlish Wake Plant Sale - further details later
Sunday 29th May
Stocklinch Church - Cream Teas in an English garden! - further details later.
Saturday 18th June
Cudworth Church - “Hymns & Pimms” an evening event, more details later.
Saturday 25th June
Stocklinch Church - Summer Fair, in the afternoon, more details later.
Puckington Coffee Morning on 9th April - raised £300 for church running costs - very big thank you to all how helped and contributed and especially to Derek for hosting the event.
From the Church Registers
8 April Alan Brierley, 92 yrs; funeral service at Cudworth, a church and village he loved, followed by cremation at Sedgemoor.
12 April Gwen Watts, 100 yrs; committal of ashes at Kingstone church.
15 April Andrew Bowman, 59 yrs; funeral service and cremation at Yeovil.
First Sunday Services - Sunday 5th June
08.45am Dowlish Wake 1662 Communion
10.00am Kingstone Worship 4 All
10.30am Shepton Modern sung Communion
11.150am Cudworth Communion
6.00pm Barrington Sung Evensong
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.
Shepton on Tuesdays at 10.30am.
These services are 30 minutes long, simple Communion Services to reflect, pray and give thanks.
BLUEBELL WOOD WALK
for Rogation time
St Michael’s Cudworth to St James’ Chillington
Sunday 8th May 2016
10.30am start at Cudworth
(refreshments available at Cudworth from 10.00am)
(9.40am meet at Chillington for a ride over on the tractor and trailer)
By kind permission of the owners of Knights Farm and the Lane Family, we will walk from St Michael’s Cudworth through Knight’s House Farm, Cudworth Woods, and Longacre Farm to St James’ Chillington
There will be a short Rogation service at Cudworth to begin.
Breakfast sandwiches and drink at Cudworth £2;
tea/coffee/cake at Chillington on completion £1.
Well behaved dogs on leads welcome.
The walk is no more than 3 miles (5km) and you can park at either Chillington or Cudworth as there will be a tractor and trailer ride to get you from one village to the other at the start or end of the walk.
Horseshoes and Handprints were delighted to join the Shepton Beauchamp and Ilton Primary Schools for their Palm Monday services with Megan, the mini Shetland pony who is used for children with special needs who come to Manor Farm, Stocklinch for therapy sessions.
Horseshoes and Handprints moved to Manor Farm three years ago and have six ponies/horses of various sizes, Megan being the smallest!
Although originally for children and families living with autism, our work has been found to be beneficial to a wide range of disorders and health problems including:- Autism/Aspergers and other Neurological conditions, Bereavement, Bullying /exclusion from school, Confidence and self-esteem, Communication problems, Emotional and behavioural problems, Depression, anxiety and anger, Eating disorders, Cerebral Palsy & Downs Syndrome to name but a few.
Close contact and interaction with horses is highly sensory. Activities may include, touching, stroking, grooming and handling the horses, decorating and painting them, leading, working them in hand and riding, resulting in a wide range of benefits being reported by families and professionals. These have included better speech and communication, fewer incidents of meltdown and negative behaviour, improved memory and attention span, greater confidence and self-esteem, improved sleeping patterns, increased motor skills and proprioception, healthier more varied diet, calmer and more focused and an altogether happier family environment some of which are noted in this from a happy parent.
My son A is 8 years old and my daughter B is 5 years old. B has complex behaviour and emotional needs, developmental delay, sleep difficulties and, most significantly, a severe expressive and receptive language disorder. This impacts greatly on her confidence and ability to interact with others. .
Each session we go to is different. Apart from grooming and riding horses, the children do a lot of sensory work. This sensory work has calmed and relaxed B so much she has even fallen asleep on the back of her favourite horse.
The team are great listeners, enormously patient, coping effectively with any ‘meltdowns’ my daughter may have. Over this short space of time I have come to trust in their ability to keep my daughter safe and calm, so much so, that I am now able to go and have a cup of tea of my own in the office. .
The impact of the sessions has been enormous. It has taught B that she can be part of a team and achieve goals. It has built her confidence, her sleep patterns and her relationships with other people have improved, but most importantly it’s had a direct effect on her speech, which has improved from a 1 word to a 3 word level……………. It is a fantastic experience in a beautiful rural setting that brings benefits to the whole family. (H&H 01460 394375)
Your Village Church - your chance to have a say in its running or to ask questions - Annual General Meetings:
Will be held on the following dates - in the relevant church
Wed 19th May - STOCKLINCH - 7.00pm
Mon 16th May - DOWLISH WAKE - 7.00pm
Once a year, the collectors of antique tents in Germany get together for a rally.
Last year, the organizers decided to hold it in Meinz. Unfortunately, the local burghers took a dim view of so great an influx of tourists ruining their turf with tent pegs. The citizens organized themselves so thoroughly that they even had an anthem:
"Let Old and Quaint Tents Be Forgot and Never Brought to Meinz!"
Have you any free time?
No! Definitely not. ...but think again!
Could you make time to help a small, local but highly effective charity? Just a few hours a week maybe?
PURPLE FIELD PRODUCTIONS is a film production charity based in Ilminster. The charity is over ten years old.
We produce educational and humanitarian films – life changing films about health, education, welfare, farming,environment. Our belief is that film is a highly effective means of communication. We make documentaries, dramas, short instructive films for communities in Africa and Asia. We make the films that they want and in their language.
We have developed back-pack mobile cinema to take the films to rural communities.
Examples of our work range from a short film showing how a brick stove can be built to a drama which challenges the stigma attached to children who have cerebral palsy to a documentary which urges Sierra Leone society to develop more positive attitudes towards its street children...making films to make a difference.
We are involved in training film groups in the host countries. Last year, we trained a group in Sierra Leone and they made a short video on how to stay safe from ebola. This has been seen in township video shacks. The group continues to be supported and trained by us so that they can make more films for their community: post ebola.
To make these films and to train the crews overseas, we need lots of active support back at the base in Ilminster. Your skills and time could be really useful to us and to the communities we help through film.
Can you make a bit of time for us?
Contact Fiona Day at email@example.com for a chat about how you could help us.
Field to Food
How many hours does it take for a free-range hen to make an egg?
How many litres does a dairy cow produce between calves?
What does a farmer receive for a sheep’s fleece?
How do we preserve grass to feed livestock in the Winter?
These are just a few of the questions that the 1000 primary school children addressed during a hands-on field to food day at the Bath and West Show-ground in April. The day was cleverly organised by Bath and West Society, together with a team of church and other farming volunteers. In class sized groups, with their teachers and guided by local farmers, the children learnt about the process and equipment needed to grow and harvest wheat and plant and manage grass for silage and hay.
They smelt, touched, tasted and handled everything possible, kneading bread, examining eggs, learning the bees waggle dance(!), observed shearing sheep and milking cows. They met newborn chicks, piglets and calves and had the chance to ask their own questions about how their food is grown, tended and matured, plus something of dairy and meat processing, from real farmers, vets and agronomists – all volunteers keen to share their passion for British food production.
A recurring emphasis was the need for hygiene and animal and plant health – there is no doubt that disease prevention and good animal husbandry is paramount for the farming industry, and the children couldn’t help observing the care lavished on the livestock and – it has to be said – the big ‘kit’!
We were blessed by a sunny day and in the break the children frolicked on the grass like lambs! As the baker extolled when demonstrating his Harvest loaf (complete with mouse!), it’s important also to give thanks to God for all his provision.
Don’t forget The Royal Bath & West Show is England’s Biggest Celebration of Rural Life and is held on the Show-ground on 1-4th June – (half-term) a great day out for all the family (I’ll be on the Farming Community Network stand beside the cattle show-rings) – hope to see you there!
Rev’d Annie Gurner
- 24-5hours (4-5 hours for the yolk and white, plus 18 hours for the shell
- 5,000L for a Guernsey and 8,000+ L for a Holstein (Black and White)
- £3 per fleece (less costs of shearer and transport).
- Principally as hay or silage.