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Dowlish Wake Pavilion - destroyed by fire
On the night of 13/14 October the lovely pavilion on the Lawrence Kellett Playing Fields in Dowlish Wake was destroyed by fire. Investigation by the Fire and Police services led to the site being declared a crime scene!
The present pavilion was built only a few years ago on the site of an old wooden hut, after a lot of hard work and effort by local people who wanted to create something of benefit to surrounding communities. Their website describes, “Sport, leisure and recreation in beautiful surroundings. We have 90 year old's playing Croquet, 5 year old's playing on the adventure playground and a whole host of ages in between enjoying fresh air and exercise. The site is home to the Dowlish and Donyatt Football Club and the Dowlish Wake Golf Croquet Club. Both clubs play teams in South West Leagues.” There were also evening events and day courses held there regularly.
It is difficult to believe why anyone would want to destroy such a useful building, a real asset for everyone. Needless to say the Trustees and villagers were devastated, but a positive spin was soon put on the tragedy as messages of support flooded in from people of the surrounding areas. The fire service was able to remove a lot of relatively undamaged equipment from the pavilion, belonging to the croquet, football, and Mah Jong clubs. This really lifted the spirits of everyone, and it is hoped that more items will be found once professional salvage happens. The Speke Hall Committee has offered their facilities for all indoor activities whilst the SSDC Sports Officer has been contacted to offer alternative sporting facilities. Local councillors Sue Osbourne and Linda Piggott-Vijeh have offered ideas and local government support and the Chard and Ilminster and Gazette newpapers are being very helpful, and have offered their help in publicising the rebuilding project which will happen as soon as insurance and planning details are confirmed.
First Sunday Services - Sunday 4th December
08.45am Dowlish Communion 1662
10.00am Kingstone CHRISTINGLE
10.30am Shepton Modern sung Communion
11.15am Cudworth Communion
6.00pm Barrington Sung Evensong
Remembrance Sunday - 13th November 2016
All services are listed on the back page of this Web BUT please note that many service start times are different from normal.
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.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
LOVED AND LOST
Shepton Beauchamp 13th November at 5.00pm
Chillington 20th November at 5.00pm
Most of us have loved someone who has died, and from the earliest times the Christian Church recognised the grief and pain that this brings. It has also understood that the opportunity to remember those we have loved and lost, is an important part of the grieving process. So each year we hold a simple, quiet, candle-lit service were we can remember our loved ones and, if you would like, theirs names can be read out and you can light a candle in their memory.
From the Church Registers
28 September “Fred” Faulkner, 86 years; funeral service and burial at Stocklinch.
3 October Liz Jacobs, 86 yrs; cremation at Yeovil followed by service of Thanksgiving at Shepton Beauchamp.
Fund-raising thank you….
A very big thank you to all those folk involved in the following fund-raising events, for your time, handwork, cheerfulness and/or support……
Shepton Band concert - The Kingsbury Episcopi band concert in church on Sat 8th October,raised £750 to be split between Cancer Research UK and the Church porch repairs.
Thank you to you all.
Offer your hand for international friendship! Welcome an adult international student into your home this Christmas and make the world a little friendlier. Adult international students in the UK face a lonely holiday on a university campus, and would love to spend a few days with you, learning about British culture, experiencing Christmas festivities, and telling you about their own country. Hosting is a voluntary position suitable for all ages and is also available throughout the year with HOST, a charity set up in 1987. To find out more, please visit www.hostuk.org or call 020 7739 6292.
A QUIET DAY OF REFELCTION to begin the season of Advent,
waiting, watching in preparation for Christmas.
Led by Rev’d Gerry Reilly
On God alone my soul in stillness waits – Psalm 62
Date: Saturday 26th November
Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
Place: Beaumont Room, St. Michael’s Haselbury Plucknett
A bring and share lunch – tea and coffee will be provided.
Kneeling by R.S. Thomas
Moments of great calm,
kneeling before an altar
of wood in a stone church
in winter, waiting for the God
to speak; the air a staircase
for silence; the sun’s light
ringing me, as though I acted
a great role. And the audiences
still; all that close throng
of spirits waiting, as I,
for the message.
Prompt me God;
but not yet. When I speak,
though it be you who speak
through me, something is lost
the meaning is in the waiting.
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