Saturday, 31 March 2018

Web Magazine - April 2018 - Rector's Pages - Happy Eastertide

Rector’s Pages:   The Two Seas (a reflection by Roger Stapenhill)

The other day I saw a mention of two seas, both in Palestine and it set me thinking, so more about them later.

One date firmly imbedded in my mind is February 5th 1953. It was probably the happiest day for a good number of schoolboys and girls for many a year.  It was the day sweets came off ration and I remember walking home from school along Canterbury High Street where a younger lad (by about two years) was standing with a bag of sweets in his hand.
 “Have a sweet.” He said smiling from ear to ear.
“No thanks.”  I probably wanted to be polite.
He pushed the bag under my nose.  “Go on, have a sweet, they’re off ration now, we can have as many as we like.” And he looked really thrilled to be able to share his good fortune with me.

Rationing was a hard time but we always seemed to manage.  Mum would invite someone for tea.  “Thanks,” they’d say, “I’ll bring a cake.”  They would never come without something to share.  My sister or somebody would need new clothes and there weren’t quite enough coupons.  There was always someone who would ‘loan’ some to you.  It was a really good time for sharing.

I remember my uncle who worked on a farm where they kept pigs.  Come slaughter time he was allowed some of the chitterlings, but he would share his good fortune with us and probably with other families as well.  In return, my father kept chickens and rabbits, Cockerels for Christmas (plucked and drawn, they made good Christmas presents), hens for the eggs and rabbits for meat. The eggs he shared with others whenever there was a surfeit and never asked for payment.

Helen and I went as aid workers in Romania, just after Ceauşescu was overthrown and things were very tough for the Romanian people.  Many living were in poverty with whole families living in one or two rooms but there was this atmosphere of giving and sharing.  We gave our time and they in return wanted to give us gifts.  It might be something they’d had in the family for years but they wanted to share what they had with others and always did it with a smile.

An Australian family had gone there to live as aid workers and after a few days, the wife knocked on a neighbours door to borrow some sugar.  She was immediately given a fair quantity in a bag.  It wasn’t until later she discovered that it was all that lady had got and that it hadn’t been on sale for over six months but again, no arguments and it was given willingly with a smile.  It was good to help other people. 

Father Elvis recently shared part of his vestments with our own vicar after he showed a special liking to his stole, giving it to him without a second thought.

Jesus shared his ministry, no where in the Bible does it say that he begrudged doing so, in fact he actually sent his disciples out to share his good work for him and to receive no payment.  Giving and sharing should be what life is all about, but it does seem strange that we have to live in adverse times to realise it.  Jesus showed us how but perhaps ‘keeping up with the Jones’s’ is more important.  What do you think?

Oh yes,  the two seas in Palestine.  One is fresh and vibrant, full of fish and a good place to live.  The other is sour, nothing lives in it or along its shores, yet both are fed by the same river.  The river Jordan.  It flows into the sea of Galilee, which takes what water it needs and releases it to flow on and into the Dead Sea.  This sea retains all it takes and gives nothing away and that to me is how some people choose to live.  What sort of sea are you?


 Sunday 6th May 2018 - Rogation Bluebell Walk
Cudworth to Chillington through the Bluebell Wood

09.40am - Tractor Transport from Chillington to Cudworth
(if you would like to leave your cars at Chillington)

10.00am - Light Breakfast at Cudworth Church

10.30am  - Brief Rogation Service

10.40am - Walk begins

Coffee & Cake on arrival at Chillington

(Tractor Transport from Chillington to Cudworth 
if you have left you cars at the latter)


Special Services for the 5th Sunday - 29th April

10.30am   CHILLINGTON   
“Sing for Spring” A celebration of new life
Canon Ian Gibson
6.00pm     PUCKINGTON     
1662 Evensong 
Rev’d d’ Fyfe

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.
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 2 minutes long, simple Communion Service to reflect, 
pray and give thanks.

24th February Harry Alexander; holy baptism at the family church in Stocklinch.
26th February John England, 83 yrs; ashes interred with his ancestors at Shepton Beauchamp.
5th March Charles Bond, 79 yrs; Thanksgiving Service at Sherborne Abbey for the life of a much respected soldier and gentleman.
10th March Vienna Hammelburg; holy baptism in her village church of Cudworth.



Wednesday 11th April - DOWLISH WAKE
7.00pm - AGM in church - everyone welcome

Saturday 14th April - PUCKINGTON
10.30am - 12.00pm - Coffee morning at Peelmead 
(in aid of repairs to church roof)

Saturday 5th May - KINGSTONE
The famous “Kingstone May Fair” 
(see note later in this Web)

Saturday 12th May - DOWLISH WAKE
The Plant Sale!
2.30pm at the Pavilion on the playing fields.

Baby Loss Event:  at Exeter Cathedral on April 14th 

The Mariposa Trust is one of the UK’s leading charities, with its core objective being to support people who have lost babies at any stage of pregnancy, at birth, or in infancy. Founded in 2012, by Zoe and Andy Clark-Coates, who saw a critical lack of support for people like them, who had gone through baby loss. With over 258,000 babies being lost yearly in the UK alone, the charity needed to be able to offer not only a comprehensive package of befriending and support, but also national baby loss remembrance services (called Saying Goodbye Services), for people to join together and remember the children they had lost. 4-years on over 100 services have taken place at Cathedrals and Minsters across the UK, US and France, and 2018 will see a further 20 plus take place.  1 in 4 women suffer miscarriage and baby loss.

On the 14th April at 1pm in Exeter Cathedral the trust is holding one of its Saying Goodbye services.   So who is the service for?

Anyone who has either personally lost a baby at any stage of pregnancy, at birth or in early years, or who has been affected by a family members or friends loss.  Whether the loss was recent or 80 years ago, everyone is welcome to attend. We have also extended the services, and gladly welcome anyone who is grieving the fact that they haven't had children. This may be due to circumstance, infertility or for other reasons - but all are welcome. Babies and children are also invited to come with their family, as the Saying Goodbye service is truly a family event for all.

To read more on the charity, please see the Saying Goodbye website, which you can find at: On the site you will also be able to see the fantastic set of Ambassadors and Advocates the charity have, including: The Archbishop of York, Lord Robert Winston, Nigella Lawson, Jools Oliver, Kym Marsh, Gabby Logan, J John, Mary Nightingale, Professor Lesley Regan, Julie Etchingham and more.

The team can be contacted by email at if you have any questions.

Emilie de Bruijn

The Mariposa Trust                                                       Tel:  0845 2938027
Email:            Website:

Barrington Church Lent Lunch - Sat 17th March
A big thank you to all who braved the biting winds to support the churches Lent Lunch to raise money for Parkinson’s Research.  Special thanks to all who helped and cooked the delicious selection of home made soups.  A slightly low turnout – about 21, but quite a few apologies received from those who are away or not well and the atmosphere in the church was great.

£142 was collected for Parkinson’s Research.

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