Somerford Keynes A Parish in the Cotswold Water Park

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Somerford Keynes

Sun 12th Nov 10.55 Remembrance Service Sun 19th Nov 11am Family Service Sun 3 Dec 11am Morning Prayer Sat 9 December 7pm Christmas Concert Sun 10 Dec 11am Holy Communion Sun 17 Dec 4.30pm Carol Service Sun 24 Dec 3pm Crib Service 11pm Midnight Mass Mon 25 Dec 10am Family Service Sun 31 Dec 10am at Shorncote Benefice Carols For services elsewhere see the Benefice website
The Kings rush to find the holy infant!
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Club Pulse

Are you in school years 6-11? Try Club Pulse fortnightly on Sunday afternoons 4.30 -6pm Did you meet Anton at the Scarecrow Day? He’s your man to see.  

The Bells

There are four bells of which three are mediaeval. Our Millennium Project was to rehang the bells so that they could be properly rung. As the bells are part of a listed building and of such age, they are not allowed to be tuned. Why not?  Nor do they swing over. But ringing them is fun. If you would like to try, contact Lynton Mogridge  
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Parish News

Parish News, the Benefice news sheet, is published 10 times a year and is available for £5. Contact Muriel Watkins if you would like a new subscription. If you want to put something in the Parish News, please send it before 12th of each month as plain text  to parishnewsthb@googlemail.com The Newsletter is edited by a series of volunteers. If you would like to volunteer, talk to a Churchwarden or email as above.  
Rector: Rev Trevor Kemp The Rectory Coates 770550 Email Associate Priest Rev David Austin The Vicarage Kemble 770654 David is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays for Pastoral Surgery. Please ring for an appointment Churchwardens Vacant

Ride & Stride 2017

This took place on Saturday 9th September, and indeed, I did meet two people driving cars, who admitted they could no longer walk as far as they wished! Thank you everyone for contributing £440, half of which will come back to church funds

Coffee Mornings

There is a coffee morning in the village hall on the 4th Thursday of most months. Check Activity page for next date. November’s morning is on Saturday 25th, with an opportunity to buy your Christmas presents at the Christmas Fair
Church Cleaning Rota Can you help clean the church? If we have enough helpers, this could only be once a year. Contact Marcia Timbrell 862028 for more information

The font decorated for

Harvest Festival

St. Georges Day

Supper

was held on Sunday 23rd April in the Village Hall. Over 50 people enjoyed a convivial evening with a bring and share supper. The hall was decorated with St George flags, and a table quiz on the subjects of St George, Saints and Georges taxed a few brains. A raffle swelled the coffers further. All proceeds will go towards repairing or replacing the various churchyard gates. A glowing letter of thanks has been received from Graham Shearn, who suggests we repeat the exercise on every 5th Sunday in the month! Our follow up event after Christmas festivities will be a quiz in early March 2018 for church funds.
Harvest

Harvest Festival

A goodly crowd attended the Harvest Festival service on Sunday 8th October, led by Rev Trevor. Later about 45 people assembled in the Village Hall for Harvest Supper, where everyone brought food to share.
Neil repairs the damaged netting

Jackdaws in the belfry

Bellringers have been finding bits of twig falling on them for some months, and some difficulty in moving the ropes. Jackdaws were the culprits, having squeezed in through slats in the belfry windows to make nests. Many of the twigs looked too difficult to get through, so the birds were very clever. A workparty arrived at 9am on Saturday 7th October, complete with old cloths, baskets and wheelbarrows. The ladder was positioned and Dave Crofts led the way up, followed by Neil Hudson and Peter Watkins. While the other two shovelled twigs away from the bell frame, Peter filled baskets and dropped them to Lynton Mogridge, who did the wheelbarrow run to the compost heap. Neal and David then set about covering the window slats with new chicken wire, where the birds had squeezed in. The pulley guiding the Ellacombe chime to the bell normally used for tolling at funerals has been found to need replacement, which will be done in the spring. If there should be a funeral before that, a different bell will be used.
Our new Church Gates
The Friends of Somerford Keynes Church  Present a Christmas Concert The ECLECTIC STRING BAND & Folk Musicians Jessy and Nigel Price The String Band will keep your feet tapping for the first half of the concert followed by a session of seasonal set of varied traditional and contemporary folk songs All Saints Church       Saturday 9th December  at 7 pm      (mulled wine and mince pies from 6.30 pm) Tickets are £10 per adult and £5 per child and are available, in advance from Dave Crofts (861658) davecrofts@msn.com, or Ronnie Dunn 
CAROL SINGING IN SOMERFORD KEYNES This will take place on Monday 18th December and will as usual be in aid of Winston’s Wish, the local charity which gives support to bereaved children and their families. Please meet at the Village Hall at 6.30pm and bring a torch or lantern if you can.  We need both singers and collectors – so do still come along if you’re tone deaf!

Christmas Fair

Saturday 25th Nov in the Village Hall See the Poster
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