Bt Martin Gibson. Contact: mrtngibs@aol.com

This Sunday’s 9.30am service will be Holy Communion led by Rev Ann Lloyd. The 6pm service will be Evening Prayer with Rev David Moss.

PLEASE NOTE: the Annual Parish Church Meeting will be held at 7pm after the service. The Trustees Annual Report is available now on this website. Hard copies will be handed out on Sunday along with the churchwardens’ report for 2020.

A Plant & Cake sale will take place in St Mary’s this Sunday (23rd) to raise funds for the church. Everyone is encouraged to bring any surplus plants, flowers and home-baked cakes which will then be offered for sale after the 9:30am service – so around 10:30. If you have any queries please ring Sue Farr on 614861.

Tidings of Comfort & Joy – great news! This Sunday morning at 9:30am we will have the great pleasure of listening to THE CHOIR – for the first time in over a year.

Very sad to announce the passing of Mr Robin Bush. Robin’s family, including the Pomeroys and Salmons, had links with the parish for well over a hundred years and he, with his wife Penny and 2 children, was for many years, a regular attendee at St Mary’s. His family was responsible for the building of the Parish Hall which was opened by her Grace the Duchess of Beaufort in 1901.

On Sunday 29th May, the Venerable Archdeacon Neil Warwick will lead our 9:30am service.

The PCC has agreed to replacing 2 of the pews removed 2 years ago on the South wall. This will allow them to align with the existing centre pews. At the same time a licence is being sought from the Archdeacon to allow for the two rearmost pews on the North wall to be removed so as to provide some storage space for the staging which is currently cluttering up the front of the church.

And finally:

The latest letter to land in my Agony Uncle postbox prompted the following response:

Dear Mr W. You mention two issues surrounding wine for Holy Communion. Firstly, you ask if it is watered down? I consulted the Vicar on this and he confirms that yes, holy water is added. He was not quite so keen on your second observation – that a better quality communion wine should be used. I know that the 2015 Malbec from Chile is a very fine wine but it is £15 a bottle. I don’t think many people would appreciate it being watered down however. The Vicar says he would be happy to try it after the service – his house or yours?

And finally, finally:

The Good Samaritan. A Sunday school teacher was telling her class the story of the Good Samaritan. She asked the class, “If you saw a person lying on the roadside, all wounded and bleeding, what would you do?”

A thoughtful little girl broke the hushed silence, “I think I’d throw up..”