A monthly letter
Remember, remember the month of November
This month, as the Autumn leaves fall in the mist, brings us to all kinds if remembering, both happy and sad.
1st of November is All Saints Day. All those whose names we may not remember, who have held to their Christian faith.
2nd November is All Souls Day when we remember those we know who have died. We have had a particularly sad year with the loss of many we knew. We are remembering this time on
Sunday 4th November 4pm at St Mary's Mudford. The music will be led by the Benefice Choir and we are very pleased to welcome the Rev'd Linda Hann, the Chaplain at Yeovil District Hospital, as our preacher. Names of loved ones will be read out and candles will be lit in their memory. The service will be followed by Afternoon Tea.
5th November Bonfire Night 6pm.The New Rectory Garden, when we remember the foiled attempt to blow up the King and Parliament. I always have plenty of garden rubbish to burn so if you wish to come to this outdoor event I will provide tomato soup, hot dogs and gingerbread. Let me know if you are coming. If wet cancelled.
Friday 9th November
The students from the Park School, who have been learning to ring tower bells, will ring for the service in Chilton Cantelo Church before their Service of Remembrance.
I will be giving an illustrated talk to the Friends of St Mary's Mudford, based on my holiday in Russia back in May.2.30 pm Mudford Village Hall.
Sunday 11th November 10.45am Remembrance Sunday Services at both Rimpton and Mudford. Hopefully new and more experienced ringers will ring the newly tuned and rehung bells at Mudford. If you are interested learning to ring please ring me for times of practice at Mudford Church.
Thursday 15th November War -
Saturday 24th November 10-
Friday 30th November, We remember St Andrew, St Peter's brother, who first brought Peter to meet Jesus. Our Cathedral is dedicated to St Andrew.
Solemn Evensong with Wells Cathedral Choir at Wells Cathedral 5.15.pm
Rev'd Barbara Stanton
Four years ago I came to live in Marston Magna. The time has flown by and I have very much enjoyed being Rector of these five Somerset parishes. I still remember coming for the interview and being shown around Marston Magna Church and strips of sticky tape being pointed out for the proposed toilet for the disabled and the servery. I thought what a go-
Should such plans be completed, Marston Magna will be the first in this Benefice to offer what all of us expect in other public places. Mudford Church has water and a servery and hopes to install similar facilities but, as yet, the architect has not found a solution in another Grade 1 listed building.
What I could not understand in Marston Magna was a reluctance to follow up this exciting proposal. Now, at last, a small group of enthusiastic people have been appointed by the Parochial Church Council to investigate the possibility of providing disabled toilet under the tower, leaving some room for storage. The servery is planned to go at the back of the Church on the right with a matching bespoke wooden storage cupboard on the opposite side. No pews will be sold or leave the Church.
The provision of such facilities in rural churches is very much in tune with the Diocese, who actively encourage such provision and so help to ensure the future well-
None of this can happen overnight. Naturally there are numerous planning hoops to go through. Finance will, I hope, come partly from grants but a lot of fund raising will have to happen too. However, I think these villages have shown their generosity in raising money for our Benefice Projects and I hope will support the activities we will come up with, to make improvements to what the Church can offer the village. You can rest assured that everything will be done tastefully and in sympathy with this ancient and beautiful building.
Saturday 6th October Chilton Cantelo 9.30 followed by Harvest Coffee morning in the Church
Sunday 7th October Marston Magna 9.30 Harvest Supper Tuesday 9th Marston Village Hall
Mudford 11am followed be Harvest Lunch Mudford Village Hall
Sunday 14th October Ashington 5pm
Concert at Rimpton Church 7pm Friday 26th October with refreshments
Music can be an uplifting part of daily life. Younger people listen to music most of the time.
Music has been an important part of worship for thousands of years. In recent centuries organs have been installed in churches. Our problem now is it is not always possible to find musicians to play them and sometimes pay those who can. I heard a comment once from someone that they do not go to Mudford Church as the organ was not used. O that it could be! At Marston Magna we have recently gone down from three organists to one, so like Mudford, the electronic machine will sometimes have to be used. We need people to learn to use this. Is there anyone out there who could play the organ or piano, one of which we also have at Marston Magna? At Chilton Cantelo the person who played has moved. Rather than carrying on singing with no accompaniment we have decided not to sing. This reminds me very much of much of my life, and I suspect many more have the same memories, when I used to go to a said service at 8 o’clock. That left lots of time in the day to do other things, so if a short, said service is something you would appreciate, remember Chilton at 9.30 the second Sunday in the month.
This doom and gloom is not the whole story. We also have bells at Marston Magna rung every Sunday. Our excellent ringers had a much-
We still have the advantage of several excellent organists and the Benefice Choir. I heard so many remarks of appreciation for the music after out last service with the Benefice Choir at Rimpton, when we celebrated Lammastide. The next special service is the Patronal Festival which we hold annually at Marston Magna, to remember the dedication of three of our churches to St Mary. At this sung service, using the Book of Common Prayer, the Benefice Choir will lead the singing. The preacher will be the Rev'd Tim Horsington, who many of us know from the interregnum and who often covers for my holidays. The service will be followed by refreshments. Do come and hear the choir and the organ
5pm 9th September. St Mary's Marston Magna