Forthcoming events

Vocations Fair “Called and Serving”

Saturday 12th October from 10.00am – 3.30pm at St James Church, Taunton.

For more information please click here.

Wells Cathedral Abseil

In pursuit of a new experience, yes why!, I have signed up to free fall Abseil 124ft from the top of the North West tower of Wells Cathedral on 28 September. I’ll be just one of a team who are united in the aim to raise funds for the Cathedral and the Shepton Mallett based charity SOS Africa. This organisation invests 80% of sponsorship in providing education and care to underprivileged South African children, and the other 20% to Wells Cathedral for upkeep of the building.

Donations for this fund of any amount will be greatly appreciated and can be made on line, simply search JustGiving Sally Tuer or to me in person, I have a sponsorship form. In return I’ll jump off the Tower, harnessed securely, I hope!

Sally Tuer

Lee Abbey Benefice Weekend 2020

In recent years we have enjoyed an annual weekend of spiritual refreshment and developing friendships in the wonderful setting and hospitality provided at Lee Abbey, near Lynton.

If you would like to join a church group in May or June next year it is time for us to make an initial reservation as soon as possible. These months get booked up very early at Lee Abbey.

If you wish to come or would like to find out more please can you contact me via the Benefice Office

At the current time there is availability on the weekends of:

1-3 May (Bank Holiday weekend)

15-17 May

12-14 June

26-28 June.

Let me know which weekends you would be free so that I can make an application.

Jane Hempson Brown

RUISHTON CHURCHYARD AND CEMETERY PLAN

We have now received the final version of the Ruishton Churchyard and Cemetery plan. Mr Eric Chown presented it to me at the end of May and a copy is now in our church for anyone to view when the church is open. To view the plan online please click here.  We are very grateful to Eric for producing this for us. It will be a great help to anyone wanting to research their family history, or find a relative’s grave. In case anyone is not aware, the cemetery is found through the gates of the Old Vicarage and behind the church meeting room. This is now in the hands of Taunton Deane Borough Council as it is now closed to new burials.

Eric has made a meticulous and detailed plan for us which will make it much easier for us to maintain and for future generations to research their family history. We have given a small gift to Eric to thank him for all his hard work.

Rebecca Harris

Bible Recycling

A homelbibleess person recently asked me whether I could give him copy of the Bible. He had lost his copy and wanted to read more. I was not sure where to find one in the church to give him at that moment and was frustrated at not being able to help

This led me to think about people coming off the street into our churches. People who might feel prompted to read more and don’t have God’s Word to take with them. They may not have enough money to buy their own Bible or they might just be desperate at that moment. It seems to me a bit bizarre that as an open church we might not be able to spread God’s word.

If our local churches were to offer free Bibles I think this might meet people’s need and so I feel nudged to collect and distribute them. Now I always carry a spare one, but would love to be able to offer more.

So I wonder whether you have an unmarked spare copy of the Bible you could donate to give away.  If so, please bring the Bible to one of our services or leave in one of the churches with a note indicating that it is a donation.

Creech St Michael in two World Wars

It has recently been announced that the War Memorial in Creech St Michael has been granted a Grade II listing by Historic England so perhaps it is fitting to ask about all the names of the men of the parish who lost their lives during the two major conflicts of the last century.

I am doing research into all the names on the memorial in the churchyard. Sadly so little detail has survived about them, who they were and their family lives before the war.

Do you have any of these local names in your family?

ADAMS    ALLEN    BURT    DART    DAY    DUKE

DUNNING    FOXWELL    HARVEY    HILL    HOOPER    HOPKINS

HURFORD    LEDDINGTON    MITCHELL    POOLE    THATCHER    VERRIER

VILE    WALSH    WEST

I am trying to trace all the family connections in the parish and to compile a commemorative book to be available in the church. I already have some details for all of the named men from the parish.

My aim is to give a very short biography of each serviceman, family connections to the parish and add details of their military service including the circumstances of their death. To include the military unit, rank, medals and any honours etc.

Most of the service records for the men of the Great War (1914 – 1918) were lost, being burnt during the Blitz on London during the 1939 – 1945 war, so military details are very sparse. But by using local sources, census information, newspapers and other lists available from the Somerset Heritage Centre, a picture of these men’s lives has emerged.

Anything that those with family connections can add either as a direct descendant, relative, friends or marriage lines will help to bring the memories back to the parish for us all to share.

Some of the families may have lost their ties to the village so if anyone reading this can add or give details of known family members who served and lost their life in the two world wars it would help to complete our knowledge of these brave men.

My list includes limited stories about the six men from the parish who are named during the Second World War (1939 – 1945). These men’s military details are closed* for 100 years so less personal information is known. *Families can apply for early release of sealed information from the National Archives, the current cost is about £30.

The on-going research is continuous, seeking details that will add to our understanding of the lives the men and families. Every endeavour will be made to ensure that the individual histories are correct. This is the reason for this appeal in the Church magazine.

If you have any details you wish to share please contact Eric via the Benefice office

BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE

St  Michaels Church now has a book of remembrance. If anyone would like a loved one’s name added please fill in a form available in Church or contact Liz via the Benefice office.

Bell-ringing at Ruishton

If anyone is interested in bell-ringing, the new bell tower captain at Ruishton would be pleased to hear from you! Please contact Mervyn via the Benefice office.