The next High Five service for children up to 5 years will be on Friday 6th May at 10am
We are meeting again at Mary Cooper’s house (Dryden House) 2pm Wednesday 11th May, More details form Mary or Vicky Fleming.
Saturday Scene meets on 14th May in the Village meets on 14th May in the Village Hall 4-5.15pm. An exciting church event for young families. Stories, songs, crafts, games and food.
Contact Donald Page on 825693
The 7.30 Club
for 10 to 16 year olds from Stratton, Stanton & South Marston. Held on alternate Sunday Evenings. 7.30pm to 8.45pm at St Margaret’s Centre
Please call the St. Margaret’s Church Office for more information
The Annual Meeting.
Donald Page and Richard Sansum were elected as Church Wardens once more. William Hiscocks is Treasurer and Tina Hiscocks is PCC Secretary. We are very grateful for their commitment to continue in office. Also elected as PCC members are Diane Gambles and Shirley Wildern. Diane is also our Deanery Synod Representative. Our vision continues to be helping people to explore faith, serving the community through our links with the school, Meeting Point and sharing the joys and difficulties of life when called upon. We want to repair and renew the guttering and downpipes but raising the money for this necessary maintenance is proving very difficult — will you help us?
South Marston Church is taking part in the national campaign ‘Back to Church Sunday’ which is on Sunday 26th September 2010. If its been a while since you last came to church and somehow one thing has led to the other and you have got out of the habit, then why not take this opportunity to come and be with us on this special Sunday? We would love to see you and as all our parishioners have been asked to invite people to come, you won’t be alone. We’d love to see you and you will receive a warm welcome.
The Service times are:
8.00am Holy Communion using the Book of Common Prayer
If you would like to find out more about bell ringing or are interested in learning to ring, then please contact Darran Ricks on 832999 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
South Marston Tower Bells – A Brief History
The current peal of six bells were installed in 1926 by Mears and Stainbank of Whitechapel, London. Bells 1 to 5 were cast by them that year whilst the tenor (heaviest) bell was retained from the previous ring of three bells. The tenor bell weighs about 2/3 of a tonne. The fifth bell has the following inscription:
TO THE GLORY OF GOD
THESE BELLS WERE AUGMENTED FROM 3 TO 6 BY SUBSCRIPTIONS FROM THE PARISHIONERS & FRIENDS, ASSISTED BY THE REV: A. MACDONALD THE FORMER VICAR OF THIS PARISH.
FRANCIS GEORGE VERNON ILES, VICAR
JOHN JAMES SANSUM. CHURCHWARDENS
The sixth / tenor bell was cast in 1616 by the founder John Wallis and bears the following inscription:
BE JOYFUL IN THE LORD
One other bell hangs in the tower. It is hung ‘dead’, which means it is not hung for ‘full circle’ ringing, but can still be rung with a chiming hammer. This bell was cast in about 1470 by Robert Hendley and was also one of the three bells that hung in the tower prior to 1926.
A young girl in the late 1920’s writes about her experiences travelling through China with her missionary parents. She recalls as she writes about those trips– the crowded places where they stayed overnight. The village inns, full of people, coughing, sneezing, smoking, while babies cried and children complained. Often her family put their bedrolls on board covered trestles in a large room with everyone else. Continue reading Church Letter – Dec 2009→