Somerford Keynes A Parish in the Cotswold Water Park

Church Activities in

Somerford Keynes

Sunday 1 Sept 11am Morning Prayer Sunday 8 Sept 11am Holy Communion Sunday 15 Sept 11am Family Service Sunday 22 Sept 10AM Benefice Service at Rodmarton Sunday 29 September 4PM Celebration of the life of Pamela Davis For services elsewhere see the Benefice website or the Parish Magazine Sunday 20 Oct 4pm Harvest Festival followed by Harvest Supper 6pm Sat 23 November Christmas Fair in the Village Hall
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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. Subscriptions are due in January. Please drop the money into your deliverer. If you want to write something in the Parish News, please send it before 12th of each month as plain text  to 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 Suzanne Lock David Crofts

Ride & Stride-

Volunteer wanted

The 2018 Ride and Stride was held on Saturday 8th September. The rain more or less held off. This year I drove to Cirencester then walked around the many Places of Worship, as the OS map glumly puts it these days. Thanks to all who sponsored me. This year’s event will be held on Saturday 16th September. We are now looking for someone to take over organising this annual event. If you are interested, please ask me for further information. Peter Watkins

Coffee Mornings

There is a coffee morning in the village hall on the 4th Thursday of most months. Check What’s On page for next date.
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
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 clothes, 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. Neil 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

Annual Parochial

Council Meeting

The Annual Parochial Council Meeting was held after the service on 7th April. New Churchwardens were  appointed. See panel on right.

Summer Fete

was held on Saturday July 13th at the Croft House

Garden. A good time was had by all.  Many thanks

go all who helped and those who came along and

parted with their cash. The Fete made about £2500.

If you would like to show off any pictures that you

took, please send them in.

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