By Martin Gibson. Contact:

Services Sunday 27th June: 9:30am Holy Communion with Rev David Bone; 6pm Evening Prayer led by Janet McBride

On Sunday the 27th the roads of our parish will be extremely crowded. There are TWO cycling events taking place – one in the morning and the other in the afternoon, PLUS a classic car parade starting in Yate and passing through our villages. Do be careful stepping off the pavement.

The Annual “Visitation” took place a few days ago. This is the induction of churchwardens throughout the Diocese (Bristol & Swindon). Debbie and Martin were welcomed once more alongside some 300 other wardens. All this happened on Zoom. Unfortunately, not everyone attending realised that their every word was being heard by everyone else. So we had “It’ll be over in 5 minutes”; “Can you put the cat out please” etc etc etc.

Bishop Viv addressed the meetings and was keen to emphasis that change in the church was needed and that during this pandemic many of us had embraced the opportunity to TALK to others and learn new ways of communication. She also said that some churches were not at all welcoming of new visitors. Thank goodness St Mary’s IS a welcoming church.

Unfortunately, due to Government regulations, which we had hoped would have been cancelled by Sunday 27 June has also meant that the open garden afternoon at Peter & Tessa Floyd’s has been cancelled.

One event which everyone is looking forward to is the Church Fete, scheduled for Saturday 4th September. It will be held in Church Hill, outside the church, and a road closure application was made yesterday.

The Parish Council has just released the data from the speed camera outside St Mary’s in the 20mph zone facing towards Aust for the period 3rd-19th June. The number of vehicles was 8280. The Mean Speed was- 19 mph. 85% of all vehicles were travelling at less than 25 mph. The maximum speed was a disgraceful 47 mph. Speed Violations (i.e. above 20mph) – 38%. All in all these figures are not as bad as might have been expected – apart from the 47mph.

Here are the results from the camera on Alveston Road, near the football pitch, facing back towards Olveston:

Period – 5th to 18th June

Speed limit – 40 mph

No of vehicles – 13143

Mean Speed – 34 mph

85% of all vehicles – <= 37mph

Max Speed detected – 75 mph

Speed Violations (i.e. above 40mph) – 4.85%

The Movie Club has had to look to others to help Rod & Martin following the untimely passing of Trevor Anderson and the resignation of Mary Leathwood. Fortunately Jo Baxter & Ian McDonald have offered to help, so the Autumn schedule, due to start on 6th September will take place as previously arranged. The film will be in honour of Trevor and was chosen by him – A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

And finally:

The Taxi Driver and the Priest

A priest and a taxi driver both died and went to heaven. St. Peter was at the Pearly gates waiting for them. ‘Come with me’, said St. Peter to the taxi driver.

The taxi driver did as he was told and followed St. Peter to a mansion. It had anything you could imagine from a bowling alley to an olympic size pool.

‘Wow, thank you’, said the taxi driver.

Next, St. Peter led the priest to a rugged old shack with a bunk bed and a little old television set. ‘Wait, I think you are a little mixed up’, said the priest. ‘Shouldn’t I be the one who gets the mansion? After all I was a priest, went to church every day, and preached God’s word.’

‘Yes, that’s true. But during your sermons people slept. When the taxi driver drove, everyone prayed.’

And, continuing my replies to letters in my postbag:

Dear Bishop – I’m so pleased I’ve found your new address. How do you like the Bahamas? When will you be bringing your new wife home?