By Martin Gibson. Contact: mrtngibs@aol.com

Sunday 2nd May – 9:30am Holy Communion led by Rev Ann Lloyd 6pm Evensong led by Rev David Moss with Rev David Bone

Next Wednesday at 11am the PCC meet via Zoom to finalize details for the APCM which will be held on Sunday 23rd May at 6pm in St Mary’s. At this meeting the TAR (Trustees Annual Report) will be presented before onward transmission to the Diocese. A considerable amount of collation goes into producing this document so many thanks to our Secretary, Bernard Amos.

Although the Tower Appeal has almost reached its target, there is one further project which needs funding. The main church clock which is now nearly 300 years old, has to be wound by hand every 4 days. This also means winding the bell chime. Rod Williams has done this onerous work for many years but it is now possible for technology to take over. The cost of automation would be around £7,500 if any kind person would like to make a full, or even part, donation?

The Thornbury Volunteer Centre which does excellent work in many spheres is looking for more helpers. The areas they cover include helping disabled people, marshalling on Munday playing fields on Saturday mornings, DIY assistance, Bat Guides etc etc etc. If you’d like to help please email: mail@volunteer-thornbury.co.uk

We recently reported that South Glos intends to lengthen the footpath on Old Down Hill (bottom section). They have now issued a Road Closure Notice affecting the first 100 metres of the Hill commencing on 12th July for NINE WEEKS.

South Glos, which announced an Environmental Climate Emergency in 2019, has now said that in the interests of conservation, it will be delaying the cutting of many verges until August. Road safety at junctions will however be cut in May. It is likely that next year the Parish Council will take over all grass cutting and hedge trimming from South Glos.

And finally:

After church, Johnny tells his parents he has to go and talk to the minister right away. They agree, and the vicar greets the family.

“Vicar” Johnny says, “I heard you say today that our bodies came from the dust.”

“That’s right, Johnny, I did,” he says.

“And I heard you say that when we die, our bodies go back to dust.”

“Yes, I’m glad you were listening,” the vicar replies. “Why do you ask?”

“Well you better come over to our house right away and look under my bed, ’cause there’s someone either coming or going.”