Gift for Ben and Kathryn: We are collecting for a gift to show our gratitude for the great service they have given to our communities, and if you would like to contribute please put something in the wooden box that is just inside the Church door (not in the porch). Obviously, passing a card around for people to sign is problematic, so instead, please write your name and any message on a sticker or piece of paper and I will assemble these into a card.
Quantock Food Bank and Stogumber Church Half Marathon Litter Pick: On Monday 28 December I am planning to walk around 14 miles on lanes in the parish, picking-up litter, to raise money for our village church and the Quantock Food Bank. Please sponsor me in aid of our church and food bank. You can put donations in in the wooden box just inside the Church door (not in the porch) or transfer direct to: PCC of Stogumber: Sort Code 60-24-05: Account 95274170. I attach a GiftAid form if you've not already completed one. I wonder if I can get a hi-viz Santa costume?
Wildlife border in the Churchyard: Doug Forsyth and Sandy Hull have proposed creating cover for wildlife and allow what is already there to have breathing space. It would be a 2 metre border along the back of Manor Cottage and Manor House (from the holly tree eastwards to the Church shed) and some new herbaceous plants valuable to wildlife may be introduced but extensive planting or seeding is not envisaged. As necessary Doug and Sandy would arrange for brambles and any other large weeds stretching beyond the border to be cut back, to enable continued access and mowing of the rest of the Churchyard. At the end of 2021 a judgement would be made on whether the experiment has been a success and can continue for another year, or normal mowing to resume. The PCC are happy for this to proceed, subject to the views and concerns of residents, so please get in touch with me or any member of the PCC.
Brass Cleaning, Coffee and Chat: It is questionable that this meets the reqs for Tier 2 (if it is 'work' it does but not if social) and I think the prudent thing is to cancel. We'll have a major spring clean and polish once we've all been jabbed!
Remembrance on Armistice Day: It was a moving and well attended ceremony lead by Bishop Nigel in front of around 50 adults, and 30 children from the School who laid a wreath that they had made.
Stogumber School in Church: We very much hope Stogumber School will resume their weekly music lessons in Church with Helen Napper once the lockdown is over, and we also look forward to their Christmas service in Church.
Food Bank: In the weeks running up to Christmas, please remember those for whom Christmas will be strain, and put some nice things in the Food Bank box in the porch.
Pathways magazine: Copies are left in the Church porch for you to collect.
The picture is by Anton Bantock (copyright University of Withywood)
With best wishes Julian Spicer, Churchwarden [email protected]