Friday, 3 November 2017

Web Magazine - November - Rector's Pages

The Rector’s pages:  this month from Rev’d D’ Fyfe

Last month I spent five days in Flanders, in Ypres, now Iepers, (The soldiers called it Wipers!).  We were a mixed group, mostly from Somerset.  This wasn’t just a battlefield tour; it was almost a pilgrimage to understand old battles and to remember those who fought in them.  I’ve been there before, but each time you see something else and understand a bit more – and it has to be said, a bit less!  We started by “surveying the ground”!  Standing on a low ridge you realise that you can see whatever is happening below.  Then you begin to understand why Ypres was so important; why they had to try to take back the ridge of high ground overlooking it.  In many cases, our view of the ground was blocked by the fields of maize and trees.  100 years ago there was no longer any cover and the mud was deep.    We were told (often!) to use mental flexibility to understand what we were seeing!  The photos in the museum told the tale.  We visited Toc H,  the rest house in Poperinghe, and stood in the garden; then climbed up the attic stairs to the little chapel; realising how much the peace and quiet must have meant to those who were back for a break before returning to the front.  (Although Poperinghe was not out of range of gunfire.)  From the coach we saw the cemeteries along the road; the rows of headstones shining white.  In all but the smallest the tall cross stood out.  We laid wreaths at Tyne Cot and other cemeteries and also at St George’s Church in Ypres.  The church had just been given new bells for its tower, commemorating the bell-ringers who died in that wasted land.  The bells, decorated with poppies, were still in the aisle waiting to be hung.  The bugles sounded from the back of the church and time stood still.  We went to the ceremony at the Menin Gate where members of our party laid wreaths. The first bugles to sound the Last Post and Reveille at the Menin Gate (in 1927) were from the Somerset Light Infantry.  It was very fitting that the band of the Somerset Army Cadets marched up to that towering monument with their bugles sounding.  They came up the street at Light Infantry pace and were loudly applauded.  The street was packed with people.  But what does it mean now?  Every time I hear the stories recounted I think I understand….but do I?  War is messy.  You can’t plan what happens.  You can make plans and think “if this happens, I will do such and such”.  But in real life things go wrong.  And nowadays we always have to blame someone.    What did I bring back from this pilgrimage?  Mental flexibility!  You have to see things as they were, before you can take a view about how they are now.  What else?  Many of these men went to war because they thought they should.  It was for them an obligation to their country, or to their county or to their friends whom they marched alongside.  Rightly or wrongly they didn’t shout for their rights.  Nowadays our rights very often come first.  I took comfort from something very simple.  There were so many headstones, so many young men, and so many were nameless. - “Known unto God”.  In a strange way that phrase was a comfort.  In all that carnage and waste these men were not anonymous.  God knew who they were, even if we didn’t.  

 Sunday 3rd December 2017
Barrington - 6.00pm Evensong 1662
Cudworth - 11.15am Modern Communion
Dowlish Wake - 8.45am Communion 1662 
Kingstone - 10.00am CHRISTINGLE & Family Service
Shepton Beauchamp - 10.30am Modern Communion

Remembrance Sunday - 12th 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.

Shepton Beauchamp 12th November at 5.30pm
Chillington 19th November at 4.30pm

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.  If you would like a name read out during the service, there will be lists available in the two churches for a week before the service.

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.

Weekday Communions
Shepton on Tuesdays at 10.30am.
This service is 25 minutes long, simple Communion Service to reflect, pray and give thanks.


23rd September Morgan Zaple; holy baptism at Kingstone Church.
29th September Nell Rolaff, 100 yrs; ashes interred with her husband Adam, at Dowlish Wake.
30th September Jo Carvell, 89 yrs; ashes interred at Shepton Beauchamp with her beloved husband Baz.
4th October Keith Ingham, 77 yrs; cremation at Yeovil, followed by a very well attended Thanksgiving service at Barrington.
6th October Violet Brice, 91 yrs; funeral service and burial with her husband at Kingstone.
14th October Thea St John Wright; holy baptism at Shepton.


Dowlish Wake PCC (Church Council)
6th November, 7.00pm the Morgan’s home in Oxenford.

Sunday 12th November
Remembrance Sunday

Saturday 18th November 10.30am - 1.00pm
Cudworth Christmas Fair and community coffee morning

25th November 10.30am - 12.00pm
Advent Coffee Morning at Stocklinch

THANK YOU:  A very big thank you to everyone who has helped - in any way - with the recent fundraising events.   For those raising the money….thank you for your hard work and time; for those supporting…..thank you for your help and generosity…..

Shepton Beauchamp church - Bingo raised £167; concert with Kingsbury Band brought in £360 for Cancer Research and £360 for the church (big thank you all the helpers and the Band); Harvest Lunch (thank you Tom and Angie and helpers) £161.
Barrington Harvest Supper - raised £138 for the Ilminster Food Bank.

All of the funds raised are for the constant work need to run, maintain and repair, the village churches (ie repairs to the boiler chimney at Shepton cost £1600!).

THE ILMINSTER LIONS CLUB are working with Tesco Stores at Ilminster. Tesco have the problem of disposing of food near the end of its shelf-life which cannot be sold. They cannot give it away in the store so to fulfil their obligations and to help the local community they have asked the Lions Club, as a well-known organisation in Ilminster, to help them get food to people who need it. So, we have just started a 'Friendship' group which meets at the Youth Centre, Frog Lane (just near the Arts Centre) every Thursday at 11.00am to about 1.00pm. We are happy to meet anyone who would like to come in for a cup of tea or coffee and have a chat, especially those living alone or feeling isolated. We will be organising a few activities with the help from the Lions and Tesco staff. We will also have a range of food products, bread, tea, canned goods, frozen meats, etc, for people to take home. We also hope to have visits from the Citizen's Advice Bureau to offer advice over a wide range of subjects. 

THE SHEPTON BEAUCHAMP CHARITY is a collection of charities for the benefit of residents of Shepton Beauchamp; some of the charities are several hundred years old.  

Educational Grants are paid to any child or young adult who is in some form of education, either school, sixth form, college, university or apprenticeship.   All that is required is a letter, written by the applicant and sent/given to either the Rev’d Geoff Wade or Richard (details below) before 4.00pm on 17th November.
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 Martin on 240604 (Greystones, Middle Street) to have your name added to the list (before 17th November please).

Just a quick word to add meat to the bones of what we are doing at Shepton this Remembrance Sunday.......

10.40am   Act of Remembrance - the Act starts in church before proceeding to the War Memorial for the Two Minute Silence and the Roll Call of village men who gave their lives in the World Wars.

On completion (about 11.10am) - unveiling of the Memorial Tree and Stone; we will go down to the bottom of the churchyard to unveil the tree and stone set to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Great War as the horrific battle of Passchendaele drew to a close in November, a century ago.

On completion (about 11.20am) - a short service of Holy Communion.

5.30pm Loved and Lost service (details as above)

October Pages:

The Rector’s pages:  


A young boy was walking home through the park after attending Sunday School.

Somehow, he couldn't stop thinking about the lesson for the day, on Jesus' parable of the last judgement. What impressed him most was when the teacher said, “when you give something to another person, you're really giving to Jesus.”

As he continued through the park, he noticed an old woman sitting on a bench. She looked hungry and lonely. So he sat down next to her, took from his pocket a chocolate bar he had been saving, and offered some to her. She accepted with a smile. He liked her smile so much that after she had eaten her piece of chocolate he gave her more. This time they exchanged smiles and, for a while, they sat together in silence, just smiling at each other.

Finally, the boy got up to leave. As he began to walk away, he turned, ran back to the bench, and gave the woman a big hug. She gave him her best smile.

When he arrived home, his mother saw the smile on his face and asked, 'what made you so happy today?' He said, 'I shared my chocolate bar with Jesus, And she had a great smile.'

Meanwhile, the old woman returned to her little flat where she lived with her sister. 'You're all smiles,' said the sister. 'What made you so happy today?' To which she replied, 'I was sitting in the park, eating chocolate with Jesus. And, you know, he was a lot younger than I expected.'

A Reading from St Teresa of Avila 
Christ has no body now on earth but yours, 
no hands but yours, no feet but yours,
yours are the eyes 
through which Christ's compassion is to look out on the earth, 
yours are the feet by which He is to go about doing good
and yours are the hands by which He is to bless us now. 

From the Church Registers
29th August At Shepton Beauchamp; Escort Hawkins 89 yrs, funeral service and burial with his ancestors.
31st August From Shepton Beauchamp; Jo Carvell, 89 yrs, cremation at Yeovil.   
2nd September At Shepton Beauchamp; Lily Walsh and Joshua Acreman, holy baptism.
14th September At Shepton Beauchamp; Betty Osborn, 87 yrs, funeral service and burial.

THANK YOU:  A very big thank you to everyone who has helped - in any way - with the recent fundraising events.   For those raising the money….thank you for your hard work and time; for those supporting…..thank you for your help and generosity…..

16th August      Cudworth Summer Market raised £1612.
19th August     Puckington Flower Festival and stalls raised £1420 for church funds and the Community Stall raised £500 for the “Village Voice” and church facilities project.
26th August    Chillington Craft Fair at Speke Hall Dowlish Wake raised £1200 for repairs to the drains and retaining walls of the churchyard.
16th September   Puckington, “Joan’s Coffee Morning in Church” raised £281 for minor repairs to the church.

All of the funds raised are for the constant work need to run, maintain and repair, the village churches.

I have been in many places, but I've never been in Cahoots. Apparently, you can't go alone. You have to be in Cahoots with someone. I've also never been in Cognito. I hear no one recognises you there. I have, however, been in Sane. They don't have an airport; you have to be driven there. I have made several trips there, thanks to my friends, family and work. I live close so it's a short drive. I would like to go to Conclusions, but you have to jump, and I'm not too much on physical activity anymore. I’ve also been in Doubt and that’s a sad place to go to so I don’t go there often. However, I’ve been in Capable and go there more often now that I’m older. One of my favourite places is to be in Suspense! It really gets the adrenaline flowing and pumps up the old heart and at my age I need all the stimuli I can get. Sometimes I’m in Vincible but life tells me I’m not. Some people tell me I’m in Denial, but I’m positive I’ve never been there before. So far I haven’t been Continent but my travel agent says I’ll be going there soon. One place missed is in toxicated; going there very soon!

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