Somerford Keynes A Parish in the Cotswold Water Park

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Somerford Keynes

Sunday 3 Mar 11am Morning Prayer Sunday 10 Mar Holy Communion Sunday 17 Mar 11am Family Service Sunday 31 Mar 11am Mothering Sunday Sunday 7 Apr 11am Morning Prayer and Annual Parochial Council Meeting For services elsewhere see the Benefice website or the Parish Magazine
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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 Vacant

Electoral Roll

You need to submit an appliaction for your name to go on the Church Electoral roll even if you have been on the roll before. Contact Graham Shearn before 10 March.

Remembrance Day

The service was different this year with Big Ben ringing in the silence and the Cenotaph ceremony followed until Reveille. Lynda put on a display about all the War dead  from the Great War.

Ride & Stride

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. I am pleased to say that Robert Sweet has kindly agreed to take over the running of Ride & Stride. Next year’s event will be held on Saturday 16th September. 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
The concert about Suffragettes held on Saturday 25th August was enjoyed by a full congregation, and raised about £700 for church funds.

Village Quiz

The Quiz was held on the eve of Armistice commemoration, and so had a round about the war, including questions about village losses. Most seemed to enjoy the evening, especially as there were many puds. The raffle of a breakfast hamper, compiled by Shirin with donations by others, raised about £140. The final total of £585 has gone to church funds. We thank everyone who helped and the Hall for donating its facilities.

Harvest  Supper

This year’s Harvest Supper was held on 21st October in the Village Hall following the Harvest Festival service in church. The church was full, and everyone sang with gusto. Food in cans and packets was collected for the foodbank. Soon after, people enjoyed a communal supper in the village hall, which was a bring and share event, with meat and wine provided by the organisers. I

Summer Fete

Panic ye not! The Fête this year will be in July and not April as accidentally advertised in the Magazine.

Annual Parochial

Council Meeting

Sunday 7 April after Morning Prayer. See Notice>
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