Services Sunday 4th July 9:30am Holy Communion led by Rev Ann Lloyd. 6pm Evening Prayer with Rev David Moss

Tessa and Peter Floyd opened their gardens last Sunday. It was not a church sponsored event but having been advertised in Meeting Point a goodly number of people called in to see the delightful flower and vegetable displays. The Floyds garden is on many levels and with the paddock totals around 4 acres. It is beautifully laid out and extremely interesting with trees and shrubs providing a backdrop to the flowers. Those who attended were extremely generous and around £300 was donated which we understand may well be passed on to St Mary’s.

On the same day (27th June) a professional cycle race went through the parish at great speed. Unfortunately there were two, possibly three accidents with a cyclist badly hurt in one and a spectator bruised in another. The cyclist is recovering well. The race was stopped and another one planned for the afternoon, cancelled.

The Parish Council clerk is collecting accurate data from various sources about the accidents and councillors will discuss it at a future date. Strangely, on the same morning there was a classic car parade passing through the parish AND a duathlon based around Tockington Manor School. There doesn’t seem to have been any coordination between the various organisers.

The first tangible sign of the planned works to the tower will be on display in the church from Friday 2nd July (midday). A pinnacle carved by Centreline from hard French Stone, will be placed along the South wall of the church. Eventually there will be 4 of these, each one hoisted into place on top of the tower. They add mass to the structure which in turn gives stability.

Dennis Jones has said that Brenda is recovering her strength and hopes that she will be able to attend an evening service ere long. Your prayers too for Malcolm Tait who is self-isolating in preparation for a further eye operation.

Trevor Anderson’s funeral took place two days ago. The church was packed and the choir were in great voice, individually and jointly. His adored granddaughter, Holly, Gave a very brave eulogy as did his son, Kevin. In another eulogy, many humorous moments of Trevor’s time and service in the parish brought back happy memories of a special man. Trevor’s grave is at the bottom of the graveyard where he will have a view of both the church and his cottage. Please keep Isobel and his family in your thoughts.

We have 2 weddings in July, both having been moved to St Mary’s from smaller churches where numbers are still restricted.

And finally:

Freddy goes to the church and listens to the preacher. After a while, the preacher asks anyone with needs to be prayed over to come forward. Freddy goes up and the preacher asks, “Freddy, what do you want me to pray about for you?”

“Preacher,” says Freddy, “I need you to pray for my hearing.”

The preacher puts one finger in Freddy’s ear and he places the other hand on top of Freddy’s head and prays and prays and prays. After a few minutes, the preacher removes his hands and stands back.

“Freddy, how is your hearing now?”

“I don’t know, Reverend,” says Freddy. “My hearing’s not until next Wednesday.”

And from my postbag this week:

Dear Archbishop – sorry but I still have no forwarding address for the Bishop.

Dear Bishop – Thank you so much for your card from Argentina, you must be having a wonderful holiday but you haven’t told me where you’re going next. By the way, have you seen the diocesan cheque book – they can’t find it anywhere?

(For anyone doesn’t understand the conversations around the imaginary “Bishop” you need to read previous Weekly News starting on Thursday 3rd June, then weekly)