Magazine September 2017


In trying to keep on top of the jobs that need doing in the churchyard, the Fabric & Finance Committee thought it would be useful to publish a list of the on-going jobs needed to retain a tidy churchyard.

These jobs are all small and can be done on the publicised dates – the next two are September 9th and November 18th (with skip – to clear the flower dump) – or if you have a couple of hours to come along on your own.

The only tools you need to bring are secateurs, small loppers, hand trowels and forks.

“The churchyard” consists of the old area surrounding the church, the area “over the lane” and the “new” area (containing the trees and cross).

The jobs are :

     removing the broken wooden sign, amongst the heathers, below the east (altar) window;

removing the ivy from churchyard walls and from the graves;

cutting down the saplings / small trees / bushes growing on graves;

clearing the porch gutters (accessible with a small ladder);

clearing the stone church gutters (accessible with longer ladders  - which you would need to bring with you – do take care!;

weeding the gullies around the church walls (and at some point

putting new gravel down);

weeding the beds outside/opposite the church porch.


We hope you agree that the churchyard is already looking better for more frequent attention - and so it is hoped we can keep up the good work.

Let us know if you have any questions - and thanks in advance for the work you are going to put in.


 Steve Allen and Barry Francis (on behalf of the Committee).




HARVEST FESTIVAL: 24th September

Trussell Trust Press release, 25th  July 2017:

Half of children helped by foodbanks over summer holiday months are primary school students.

New data published by anti-poverty charity The Trussell Trust, reveals that last summer (2016), 47% of children who received support from foodbanks in its network were 5-11 years old. 
The figures also show that 4,412 more three-day emergency food supplies were given to children in July and August 2016 than in the previous two months.

67,506 three day emergency food supplies were provided for children by The Trussell Trust’s Foodbank network in July and August 2016 compared to 63,094 in May and June 2016.

This year’s statistics are likely to be no better.

On our pew-sheets, we have asked for special consideration to be given to our local Foodbanks during the summer. We continue this with our Harvest Festival, which will be focused on Foodbank.

Please take a basket, available at our services, and fill it with appropriate foods. Perhaps, share a basket with someone else.

On Sunday 24th September, bring your baskets to the 8:00 or 9:45 services to celebrate our good fortune and help others who are less fortunate.

Thank you and God bless.



Operation Christmas Child (OCC) ‘Connect’ Region 4 Mini Conference

Our very first mini-conference was held at Christchurch, Abbeydale, Gloucester on Saturday 8th July (10.30-4.30).

We set up several display areas for people to browse during our breaks and the day was very enjoyable and informative.

Matt Smith, our Regional Manager, updated us on the reasons for some of the necessary changes, and the way forward for this year’s OCC Campaign.  We watched a video from HQ explaining why the ‘suggested donation’ for the shoebox has been increased to £5 and how best to answer questions about this increase. It has been suggested that volunteers’ children hold special ‘fundraising events’ in order to raise funds for this increased cost and have fun together.  The main points made were that the increase should cover the cost of increased transport costs, inflation, currency movements and tariffs and the ‘hidden costs’ such as cartons, materials, publishing, good communication and training at both ends of the processing and delivery of OCC shoeboxes. It is hoped that there will be no further increases in the next 4 years.

Whilst on my vision trip to Zambia, I was able to see just how much care was taken in the handling and transportation of our shoeboxes from England and how hard all our National Leadership Teams had worked to make sure that your shoeboxes reached the most needy children in excellent condition. We at OCC want this excellence to continue and the investment in these children is well worth while. If you would like to see a more detailed account of why OCC have reluctantly taken this decision you can look on the website, or speak to me or our Regional Manager, Matt Smith.

We watched an OCC film of shoebox distributions and learnt a lot more of our 2016 results:

Region 4 has 14 Teams, 9 Processing Centres, 86 drop off points, 5 satellite centres, 410 churches participating, 1 church collection centre, 6 connect teams developing all year round volunteering, collections, storage.

We collected and processed 113,805 shoeboxes in our Region in 2016 so  THANK YOU for your part in this and may we succeed together, in an increase in this number in 2017.


OCC in 9 Regions in the UK  produced 882,647 shoeboxes

OCC Globally produced, 11,485,662 shoeboxes – AMAZING!

Thank you and God Bless You All,             June Dolphin