By Martin Gibson. Contact: mrtngibs@aol.com

Services Sunday 12th September. NOTE TIME: Harvest at 11am.

After several weeks of “reminders for your diary” it’s a pleasure to say that the first two big public events sponsored by St Mary’s have been a great success.

Firstly the Church Fete last Saturday attracted a big crowd, difficult to say how many people came but it was probably around 200. The Dog Show was well supported so thanks to Gail for organising it and David for judging.

The varied stalls and games did excellent business and a total of £1,680 was raised and the weather was beautiful. Everyone who participated can be very satisfied of their work – so thanks to you all. Special thanks to David & Joyce Prothero for handling the cash behind the scenes and Debbie for the organisation.

The second event was the relaunching of the Monday Movie Club when A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood was shown. Twenty five people turned up to watch a very thought provoking film. One man said of it “It doesn’t have to be entertaining to be entertaining.” Meaning one can still be entertained when being challenged. £84 was raised towards church funds.

The next film is another with a social message – CAPERNAUM – on Monday 20th September.

Having cancelled a visit planned for October, the Archdeacon, Ven Neil Warwick will be leading the 9.30am service on Sunday 26th September. Afterwards he will be available to answer any questions you may have. One subject springs to mind……………………

Mark Hancock of Centreline, the stonemasonry company which is providing the new pinnacles for the tower, will be giving a talk on the work involved on Wednesday 22nd September. This will be in the church and at 5.30pm.

The PCC is actively exploring appointing a volunteer youth worker. The subject has been visited on many occasions in the past but this time there seems to be the “will” to get the job done.

Readers of Meeting Point (isn’t everyone?) might remember an article a few months back about the magnificent pine trees in the Deer Park at Old Down. Two years ago one was blown over in a storm and when cut up it was identified as being around 140 years old. Now another of these trees will have to be felled as it is dying, possibly diseased. There are about 30 trees and in the past 10 years 3 have fallen so perhaps their life span is reaching the end. Fortunately land owners have from time to time replanted, firstly Bruce Farr some 20 years ago and now Louise Powell, has planted 8 more.

And finally:

An elderly man is driving along driving on the motorway:

His wife calls him on his mobile phone and in a worried voice says, “Michael be careful! I just heard on the radio that there is a madman driving the wrong way on M5!”

Michael replies, “I know, but there isn’t just one, there are hundreds!”