Tower and Tap – November 2009

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This months edition includes:-

  • Letter from Rev Vicky Fleming.
  • An update from Colin McEwen on the latest housing development
  • A newsletter from Alison Lowe, head of South Marston Primary School.
  • Parish Council News Update
  • Neighbourhood Watch Update.

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Church Letter – Nov 2009

Dear Friends,

WAR! THEFT! ABUSE! CORRUPTION! MURDER!

These ‘headlines’ seem to be the news diet we get daily—and it has never been any different through the generations. Way back in Old Testament times we find the same problems. Our standard of living has risen, our education has improved, our scientific knowledge has increased and yet we can’t stop the continuing wrongs of our society.

Once a newspaper posed the question “What’s Wrong with the World?

G. K. Chesterton reputedly wrote a brief letter in response:

“Dear Sirs,

I am.

Sincerely yours,

G. K. Chesterton.”

The awful things that happen in our world come about because of the selfish nature of our hearts—always seeking what we want and not looking out for the best for others. Love always puts others first. And the greatest love a person can have is to lay down their life foranother—that is why it is so important to remember and give thanks for those who did, and are doing, just that for our freedom. We will be holding Services of Remembrance on Sunday 8th November and hope you will join with us in this act of thanksgiving.

Of course, the Christian faith celebrates the great act of love which enables people to have an intimate relationship with God. The last Sunday of November is Advent Sunday. For many preparations for Christmas will truly be underway by then. We will be preparing to celebrate too by taking time to let our hearts be open to God’s amazing grace and transforming power. We shall be not only thinking of Christ’s birth over 2000 years ago, but celebrating that Christ comes again, and again in our relationship with him.

He does that we when realise our need for him — that we need a Saviour who will take us to a place where our hearts are no longer full of selfishness but are transformed because of his love and acceptance of us.

God Bless,

Vicky Fleming

South Marston Parish Council News – Nov 2009

Website Problems

The Parish Council has adopted a new platform for the village website following the recent problems with corrupted data on the existing site. Access to the new site is currently via a link from the current website www.southmarston.co.uk, but it is planned to transfer this website address to the new site in the near future to allow direct address.
Continue reading South Marston Parish Council News – Nov 2009

Latest on the planned housing development – Updated

Note: This article has been significantly updated since the original posting

Since a meeting on 15 October in the village hall, I have become aware of the strength of feeling in the village about the plans to build 12,000 houses in the Eastern Development Area to the South of the village.. Many residents here, and in other parishes affected by the proposals, want to oppose the development. They are surprised that the South Marston parish council is continuing to work with the planners to modify the proposals to bring them more in line with the village strategy, which so many of you helped to create in 2007. Continue reading Latest on the planned housing development – Updated

South Marston C of E Primary School Newsletter – Nov 2009

Charity for others

We had a very busy start to the new year at school and held a number of events for charities, both local and we had a great Harvest festival in October at the Church.

Thank you to all of the children who brought in food for the Swindon Food Bank.

We have also had a Jeans for Genes day this term and collected £106 for research into genetic disorders.

The School Council have also decided to support an appeal for Christmas shoeboxes full of presents for families in Romania. We are collecting items until 20th Oct and they will be distributed in Dec to the Romanian families by a charitable organisation.

We have recently had planning permission granted for an extension to the front of the school to include a kitchen and dining area. Work will hopefully be starting in November and it will be a 6 month project.

We would like to thank all that have been involved in the building project so far and I would particularly like to thanks the governors who give of their time so generously and I appreciate their support tremendously. Continue reading South Marston C of E Primary School Newsletter – Nov 2009

Diving Club Raid

An ORANGE inflatable boat was among items taken from a diving club.

Burglars struck at the Swindon British Sub Aqua Club, based within the grounds of Supermarine Sports and Social Club in South Marston, between 7.30pm on Monday and 8.15am on Tuesday.

The high value items stolen included diving equipment and the orange humber rigid inflatable boat, which is six metres in length and has a Yamaha two-stroke outboard engine attached to it.

Anyone with information or who saw the boat being towed away should call DC 1596 Bishop at Gablecross Police Station on 0845 408 7000 or leave information, anonymously, with Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Originally reported in the Swindon Advertiser.