Summer Off The Streets

Please see attached an electronic copy of this year’s Summer off the Streets brochure and poster, which has been sent out in hard copy for all children in years 4-10 at every school in the district. I’ve also attached a promotional poster. This year, there are many workshops and free family fun days planned across the district and throughout the summer holidays and I would be grateful if you could help to promote this to children and families in your local area.

Jennifer Taylor – Community Partnerships Manager

SOTS A3 Schools General Poster 2014

SOTS Brochure 2014

The Forerunner – July 2014

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Revised Calendar for July 2014

Wednesday 2nd Nailsworth 10.00 am Holy Communion
Sunday

 

6th Nailsworth 11.00 am Benefice Holy Communion CW celebrated by Sue Sobczak *
Wednesday 9th Nailsworth 10.00 am Holy Communion
Sunday 13th Kingscote

Nailsworth

Horsley

 

8.00 am

9.30 am

11.00 am

Holy Communion BCP

Family Communion

Family service

 

Wednesday 16th Nailsworth 10.00 am Holy Communion
Sunday 20th Nailsworth

Nailsworth

Kingscote

 

8.00 am

9.30 am

11.00 am

Holy Communion BCP

Family service

Parish Communion CW

Wednesday 23rd Nailsworth 10.00 am Holy Communion
Sunday 27th Nailsworth

Kingscote

Horsley

 

9.30 am

11.00 am

6.00 pm

Family Communion

Family Service

Evensong

Wednesday 30th Nailsworth 10.00 am Holy Communion

 

* Followed by ‘bring and share’ Lunch in Parish Room

 

The Little Angels mothers and toddlers group meets on Fridays at 9.45 am at St George’s Church Nailsworth. Refreshments in the Parish Room afterwards.

The process of appointing a New Vicar is proceeding very well: following the interviews, the preferred candidate has accepted the post and subject to some final checks he will be inducted to the Benefice by Bishop Michael on 14 September.

The next PCC meeting will be on Monday 8 September at 7.30 pm in the Village Hall.

              Diocesan News       www.gloucester.anglican.org/news/publications

                                          www.gloucester.anglican.org/news/blog

              Nailsworth Benefice    www.stgeorgesnailsworth.org.uk

                           Kingscote Community  www.kingscoteonline.co.uk

 

The Curate’s Letter

Summer is now in full swing and we have reached the maximum amount of daylight hours. The cotoneaster trees

in my garden are in flower and the bees are so busy collecting pollen and nectar from them that the air is full of the buzzing sound as they work. We live in such a beautiful green and vibrant part of the country, something the recent Nailsworth walking festival encouraged us to step out to enjoy and celebrate. Even if you can’t manage to walk very far along the lane, and there are an amazing number of wonderful lanes to explore in the district, there is always a gate to lean on whilst you stand gazing across the view.

Jesus often referred to himself as the bread of life because his words are nourishment to our bodies. It is so easy to carry on and not to notice that you are running on empty, that you don’t have enough in the reserve tank to give you the strength to travel on even for one day let alone the rest of the month.   So it’s time to refuel before everything grinds to a halt ! It’s time to take time out and sit outside to find sustenance. When you look around the countryside, the towns and villages, God can be found in the many ordinary things, in the miracles of daily life which can so easily be taken for granted. If we stop and take what Jesus has to offer us, we will be given the sort of fuel that will propel us on our journey along life’s highways and lanes to the very end.

With every blessing,

Sue Sobczak

Sue’s Ordination

Sue will be ordained priest by the Bishop of Gloucester at a service in Gloucester Cathedral commencing at 3.00 pm on Saturday 5 July. All are welcome to attend.

  

A resume from our new vicar to be – the Reverend Mike Smith

A statement for the three churches

You will have heard the announcement of your new vicar and will be wondering just what you are getting !

My wife Sam and I (not her real name by the way!) are currently living and working in Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, where we have been for four years. Prior to that I was the Vicar of Great and Little Driffield in the Diocese of York – a market town of some 12,500 people with satellite villages. I was also Rural Dean of the Harthill Deanery on the Yorkshire Wolds – a grouping of 28 parishes, many in remote parts of the Wolds. In fact I have worked in the Diocese of York for many years in rural parishes after serving my title in Wallasey in Cheshire after being ordained priest in 1991. Prior to that, before two years at college, I was a partner in an advertising and design consultancy in Glasgow.

Between us Sam and I have seven grown-up children ranging from 21 to 30 years old, and have grey hair as a result.

My main extra-curricular activities (apart from keeping my wife happy) are music (I play guitar, piano and keyboard, and like to sing) and sport – I am a life-long Manchester United fan for which I make no apology, and look forward to seeing some Premiership Rugby at Gloucester and savouring the delights of the Conference with Forest Green Rovers.

I (or rather we) have always enjoyed living and working in a rural setting. Part of that enjoyment has been the opportunity to get closely involved in the life of the whole community and to see the churches making a difference.

So I am very much looking forward to working in partnership with the three churches to do just that – reach out more and more into the communities that make up the parishes and try to bring more people into an understanding of God’s love for them.

With every blessing,

Mike and Sam

 

Flower Rota

6th July

13th and 20th July

27 July and 3 August

Lesley Baldwin

Carol Burness

Tracy Pool 

No weddings are scheduled in July

Lorna Reynolds

 

Cleaning Team

The next church cleaning session is at 2.30 pm on Monday 14 July. We are always delighted to welcome anyone who would like to join the team.

Teresa Day

Village Hall Programme

No events are planned in the Village Hall in July and August. However if anyone would like to use either the Table Tennis table or the Pool table you will be very welcome – please contact Pauline on Tel. 861 311.

Our next event will be a BBQ and Bop on Friday 12 September – put it into your diary; more details will follow. Have a good summer.

Carol Paton

 

Grumbolds Ash Group

On Tuesday 8 July we visit the beautiful and romantic garden at Cerney House (GL7 7BX) which is at North Cerney on the A435 north of Cirencester.

Admission costs £5 and it is open from 10.00 am until 5.00 pm.

Meet at the Village Hall at 10.00 am to share cars.

Jutta Tubbs

Book Club at 8.00 pm

Wednesday 9 July, ‘Little Coffee Shop in Kabul’ by Deborah Rodriguez, at      Louise’s.

The August book will be ‘The Gift of Rain’ by Tan Twang Eng, as everyone enjoyed reading the ‘The Garden of Evening Mists’ by the same author. Date and venue to be confirmed later. All are welcome to join us.

Pauline McTear

Kingscote Parish Council

The next meeting will be on 8 July at 8.00 pm in the Hunters Hall.

Planning approval:

Woodlease Farm, cattle /fodder storage building

Planning applications:

Scrubbets Farm Buildings, siting of temporary agricultural workers dwelling

3 Boxwood Close, Kingscote, Eucalyptus tree – reduce crown by one third

Bagpath Court – formation of new access track

Anna Davison, Tel. 860 244

 

Race for Life – 10k

On 20 July I am running the 10k Race for Life to raise money for Cancer Research, in memory of my auntie Chantrelle who died of breast cancer last year. I wish to raise as much as I can, and so need all the sponsorship that I can get ! If you feel that you can donate I would be hugely grateful. Please go to www.justgiving.com/ClemmieBeresford.

 

Babysitting and Dog Walking

I am 19 years old, am responsible and love working with children and animals. So if you need a babysitter or dog walker, please contact me, Clemmie Beresford on Tel. 01453 860 699 or 07780 755 083 (although the mobile signal is weak in Kingscote)

Free-range eggs for sale

Mrs Pat Cooksley of 2 The Windmill normally has some free-range eggs for sale at £1 for six. Best call afternoons.

Weekly Recycling – Green food boxes and wheelie bins

All current collection points – from 7.30 am, Fridays. 

Fortnightly Recycling – Black boxes, White Bags and Blue bags

All current collection points – from 7.30 am, Fridays 11 and 25 July.

Fortnightly Waste – Grey wheelie bins to landfill

All current collection points – from 7.30 am, Fridays 11 and 25 July.

Bus Timetable Enquiries -Ring traveline on 0871 200 2233.

 

Mobile Police Van

The Mobile Police Station will visit Kingscote between 3.15 and 4.15 pm on Friday 18 July. Please support this initiative.

The Editor

Mobile Library

The next visit will be on Friday 11 July when the van will park as usual in front of The Walled Garden from 9.30 to 11.30 am.

 

Magazine

Any material which may be of interest for the next issue of the Forerunner should be sent by 20 July to H. Tubbs, 3 The Walled Garden, Tel. 860 194.

The Editor

 

Credit Unions

(Taken from the July Diocesan Messenger at www.gloucester.anglican.org)

Financial support is being given by the Diocese of Gloucester to the two credit unions based in Gloucestershire.

It has agreed to give £4,000 to the Gloucestershire Credit Union and has offered help to the Stroud Valley Credit Union as well.

Diocesan Secretary Ben Preece Smith said “We are in discussions about how we might support with a more substantial amount of money.”

“Stroud Valleys Credit Union is a robust union and we hope that our help there will be about growing capacity by potentially using churches and church people to reach new customers.”

“But Gloucestershire Credit Union – there was a risk they would shut down this month. So that’s about making funding available to keep their balance sheets secure and contacting our network of volunteers.”

It comes as the Church of England has urged people to use credit unions instead of payday lenders.

Judith Layton, from Gloucestershire Credit Union, said the money would be a help during tight times. She added “We’re struggling because of a lack of volunteers, and the church has a wealth of volunteers so the diocese is trying to find people for us.”

 

Bishop Michael remembers fallen soldiers on pilgrimage route

(Taken from the July Diocesan Messenger at www.goucester.anglican.org)

The Bishop of Gloucester, the Right Revd Michael Perham, took the time to remember those who had died in conflict.

Bishop Michael stopped to bless the families of soldiers killed around the world, pausing at war memorials along the route of his pilgrimage.

He read a special prayer at each of the memorials, which can be used during the commemorations marking the centenary since the start of the First World War this August. Bishop Michael said: “It is important to remember the brave men and women who have sacrificed their lives in order that others may enjoy freedom. So many families still know the heartache of losing a loved one during conflict and we will continue to hold all those in the armed forces, as well as their relatives, close in our prayers.”

Bishop Michael set off on the final leg of his diocesan pilgrimage at the beginning of June. It took him from Whelford to Gloucester Cathedral. He has been undertaking these walks since 2008.

During his time as Bishop of Gloucester, Bishop Michael will have spent 35 days walking 438 miles, visiting 173 churches.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

(1906 to 1945)

A German Lutheran pastor, he publicly opposed the Nazi movement. At the outbreak of war he tried to forge a link between Germans opposed to Hitler and the British Government. In 1943 he was implicated in a plot to assassinate Hitler and arrested. In April 1945 he was executed in the Flossenberg concentration camp as it was about to be liberated by the allies.

THE CHURCH’S FAILURE

We come before you, source of all being,

As sinners.

We have betrayed you.

We saw a great lie raise its head,

And we did not honour the truth.

We saw our brethren in direst need,

And we feared only for our own safety.

We come before you, source of all mercy,

As confessors of our sins.

After the ferment of these terrible times,

Send us times of assurance.

After wandering so long in darkness,

Build a road for us by your Word.

And until you wipe out our guilt,

Lord, make us patient.

 

 

Parish Directory

 Vicar:                    Interregnum – awaiting new appointment.

Curate:                  Reverend Sue Sobczak, Horsley, Tel. 01453 833 526

Reader                  Sue White, Nailsworth, Tel: 01453 835 693

Churchwardens:   Harry Tubbs, 3 The Walled Garden, Kingscote, GL8 8YP. Tel: 860 194

                            Godfrey Ainsworth, Kingscote House, Kingscote, GL8 8XY Tel: 861 683

Hon.Sec.PCC:        Georgina Harford, Ashcroft House, Kingscote, GL8 8YF Tel: 01453 860 227

Hon.Treas.PCC:    Jane Nichols, Asheldown, 3 Ashel Barn Cottages, Kingscote,

                            GL8 8YB Tel. 01453 860 534

Members of PCC:   The Churchwardens, The Hon. Secretary, The Hon. Treasurer, Elin Tattersall, Zoe Nichols, Chris Alford.

Flower and Clean Team: Teresa Day, Vivienne Ainsworth, Angela Wooldridge, Pauline McTear.

Nailsworth MU:     Trissa Jones, Tel: 832 551

Editor of Forerunner: Harry Tubbs, 3 The Walled Garden, Kingscote, GL8 8YP Tel: 860 194

Gift Aid and Envelopes:   Jane Nichols, 3 Ashel Barn Cottages, Kingscote, Tel. 860 534.

Church Flowers Rota: Lorna Reynolds, Tel. 860 231

Organist:               Rosemary Sims, 15 Badger’s Way, Forest Green, Nailsworth, GL6 0HE Tel: 832 446 

Sidespersons:         Harry Tubbs, Rod Tibbert, Elin Tattersall, Godfrey Ainsworth, Jane Nichols 

Electoral Roll:        Elin Tattersall, 3 Boxwood Close, Tel.01453 860 182

Mowing Team:       Harry Tubbs, Sebastian Cooper, Rick Bond, Roger Lucy, Godfrey Ainsworth, Ken Davies, Brian McTear.

Village Hall:       Bookings: Pauline McTear, Kingscote, Tel. 861 311

                            Secretary: Carol Paton, Bagpath, Tel. 860 649

Parish Council Chairman: Graham Nichols, Asheldown, 3 Ashel Barn Cottages, Kingscote, Tel: 01453 860 534

Parish Council Clerk: Anna Davison, Bagpath Court, GL8 8YG, Tel. 860 244

Village Agent:        Aileen Bendall, Tel. 07810 630 156 or 01452 426 868

Printer of Forerunner: Godfrey Ainsworth, Kingscote House, Tel. 861 683                                                   

The Forerunner is published by the P.C.C. who are usually most willing to accept copy from

village groups and individuals. However, please note that the opinions and views expressed by thecontributors

within the Forerunner are not necessarily those of the Church, P.C.C. or Editor.

 

 

The Kingscote & Bagpath Fete – Saturday 28th June

The Fete Committee would like to thank all those who helped to put up and take down the marquees and move furniture etc from the village hall and back again.  All those who helped on the day, manning stalls, the bar, organising games, the dog show, the generosity of people providing cakes, jams, filled jars, raffle prizes, produce and plants, the gentlemen who brought their classic cars and, last but not least, all the villagers and their friends who turned out on the day and spent their cash to raise  an incredible £1,937. Dr Jazz were amazing – you can see how they have been successful in raising well over £1m for their own medical foundation.  The hog roast and the bar sold out!  It was evident that people enjoyed the day; what a terrific and worthwhile community event and it was – good to see the newcomers to the village involving themselves too, and making new friends.  Welcome, we hope to see you at the next Village Hall events, which start in September.

A huge thank you again.
Vivienne Ainsworth

The Forerunner – June 2014

forerunner

Revised Calendar for June 2014

Sunday

 

1st Nailsworth

Kingscote

Horsley

9.30 am

  9.30 am

11.00 am

Family Communion

Morning Prayer BCP

Family Communion CW

Wednesday    4th Nailsworth 10.00 am Holy Communion
Sunday

Pentecost

    8th Kingscote

Nailsworth

Horsley

 

    8.00 am

    9.30 am

11.00 am

Holy Communion BCP

Family Communion

Family service

 

Wednesday 11th Nailsworth 10.00 am Holy Communion
Sunday 15th Nailsworth

Nailsworth

Kingscote

 

8.00 am

9.30 am

11.00 am

Holy Communion BCP

Family service

Parish Communion CW

Wednesday 18th Nailsworth 10.00 am Holy Communion
Sunday 22nd Nailsworth

Kingscote

Horsley

 

   9.30 am

11.00 am

6.00 pm

Family Communion

Family Service

Evensong

Wednesday 25th Nailsworth 10.00 am Holy Communion
Sunday * 29th Nailsworth

Kingscote

Horsley

   9.30 am

9.30 am

11.00 am

Family Communion CW

Morning Prayer BCP

Family Communion CW

* The services on Sunday 29th are those which would normally be held on the First Sunday of July but have been brought forward to accommodate a special service following the ordination of Sue Sobczak on 5 July. Our service on 29 June will kindly be taken by Anne Seymour from Amberley. Please come and welcome her.

The Little Angels mothers and toddlers group meets on Fridays at 9.45 am at St George’s Church Nailsworth. Refreshments in the Parish Room afterwards.

The next PCC meeting will be on Monday 9 June at 7.30 pm in the Village Hall. 

     Diocesan News                 www.gloucester.anglican.org/news/publications

                                          www.gloucester.anglican.org/news/blog

     Nailsworth Benefice        www.stgeorgesnailsworth.org.uk

     Kingscote Community      www.kingscoteonline.co.uk

  

The Vicar’s Letter

Life goes quickly when you are enjoying yourself. Life has gone very quickly for Sue Sobczak. It hardly seems a few months since she was ordained Deacon last year. Yet it is a year ago and we are now looking forward to her ordination as a priest in our cathedral on Saturday 5 July, and her first celebration of the Eucharist that she will offer in St George’s on the following Sunday 6 July. This is a cause for great joy for the parishes of Nailsworth, Horsley and Kingscote where Sue will continue to serve out and about in people’s homes and in the churches where people gather for weekly worship and the times when we gather for baptisms, weddings and funerals from the wider community.

Sue has served us wonderfully in the last year as deacon. She has proved herself a great listener who has been caught up in the joys, sorrows and perplexities of people’s lives, and she has grown in confidence both as a pastor and leader of worship. She is one to whom people find it easy to talk whether at church, in their homes or out and about in the parishes. We are immeasurably blessed by her presence among us.

All of us who are ordained remain deacons – ie those who are called to be of service and help to others. Now Sue with others in the Diocese will be ordained priest in the Cathedral in Gloucester after this first year of ordained ministry. However, the priest is a sign, a focus, a representative person, one who is the holder and passer-on of the great tradition of the Christian Faith through the ages, and supremely entrusted with the preaching of God’s Word and the celebrating of the sacraments, especially in the Eucharist where the priest breaks open the Word of God in the preaching and breaks the Bread of Life in the offering of the Eucharist.   The priest is with us to encourage and feed us on our pilgrimage and journey of life whether we are in the community of faith or not. The priest is a ‘go-between’ person who makes links with others, a sort of bridgeto help people find God.

I know that in Sue Sobczak we have the makings of a very fine priest who with the committed laity and other clergy of the benefice will continue to serve and inspire us on our way. She will be a great colleague for our new incumbent who is expected to arrive in September.

I do hope that many will want to be present in the Cathedral for the ordination service on Saturday 5 July at 3.00 pm. A coach is going from the benefice – do contact Clare Jayes on Tel. 833 254 for a seat. For those unfamiliar with such occasions I do urge you to come to be caught up in a most powerful and moving occasion. All are most welcome – tickets are not required.

On the following morning Sue will preside at the Eucharist, the Service of Holy Communion, for the first time , after which there will be a ‘bring and share’ lunch. There will be no other services in the benefice and we do hope that as many as possible will join us in celebrating having our new priest in our midst. Finally do please continue to hold Sue and her husband Andre in your prayers as they prepare for this supremely important event in their lives ….. and do pray continually for the people of Nailsworth, Horsley and Kingscote, and all who in many and differing ways seek to serve these communities for the well-being of all who live and work in them.

With every blessing,

Michael Irving

 

Canon Michael Irving

At the end of June we say farewell to Michael Irving who has been an inspirational Interim Minister for our church during the interregnum. His energy and commitment have set an example for all of us, and his friendship and concern for everyone he has met in the parish has been greatly appreciated.

We thank him for his leadership and encouragement which will be remembered for a long time.

The PCC on behalf of the Parish

 

Flower Rota

Sundays 1st and 8th JuneSundays 15th and 22 June

Sundays 29th June and 6th July

Jane NicholsAngela Wooldridge

Lesley Baldwin

Wedding: Friday 20 June, 1.30pm, Todd Watson and Kati Stocks.

Lorna Reynolds

 

Cleaning Team

The next church cleaning session is at 2.30 pm on Monday 9 June. We are always delighted to welcome anyone who would like to join the team.

Teresa Day

 

Village Hall Programme

Coffee Morning – Wednesday 18 June, 10.30 to 11.30 am. Coffee and cake in the Reynolds Room, £1.50.

Committee AGM – This was held on Tuesday 13 May. The Chairman, Ken Davies and the Treasurer Viv Ainsworth reported a very successful year following the opening of the Reynolds Room last October, and it has been decided to examine the possibility of further improvements to the kitchen.

The Committee was re-elected for a further year.

Carol Paton

 

Grumbolds Ash Group

On Tuesday 17 June we will make a return visit to David Austin Roses to see the latest offerings. As it is a long drive, we meet at 9.30 am to share cars. The location is WV7 3HB.

Jutta Tubbs

 

Book Club at 8.00 pm

Wednesday 11 June, ‘The Rosie Project’ by Graeme Simpsion, at Jane Bateman’s.

Wednesday 9 July, ‘Little Coffee Shop in Kabul’ by Deborah Rodriguez, at Louise’s.

Angela Wooldridge

 

Kingscote Parish Council

The next meeting will be in July at a date to be announced later.

Planning approval:

  • Woodlease Farm, Kingscote: proposed cattle/fodder store building.
  • 2 The Park, Kingscote: fell holly tree and beech tree; trim yew, apple, plum, greengage, maple, willow, silver birch, cherry trees.

Planning applications:

  • 3 Boxwood Close, Kingscote, tree work
  • Scrubbets Farm Buildings 14/01305/OUT
  • Bagpath Court 14/01884/FUL

Anna Davison, Tel. 860 24

 

VILLAGE FETE – Saturday 28 June

Please see the separate flyer for the schedule of events and timings for the afternoon starting at 1.00 pm together with the entry form on the reverse of the flyer for The Bake Off, The Dog Show and the Vegetable Monsters.

The Committee would like all items, plants, jams, pickles, cakes etc for the produce stalls on the Saturday morning and similarly filled jars and other items for the Tombola. Please deliver these to Kingscote House between 10 am and 12 noon on the morning of the Fete. Cakes and monsters for the competitions may be brought with you on the day with the completed entry forms, but can also be left in the morning if more convenient.

For those kind enough to lend their Gazebos/Party tents, would you please make these available to Viv and Godfrey on Thursday so they can be erected on Friday morning.

The Village Hall will be open on the afternoon of the Fete for toilet facilities and car parking.

Many thanks, Village Hall and PCC fete organising committee

 

Free-range eggs for sale

Mrs Pat Cooksley of 2 The Windmill normally has some free-range eggs for sale at £1 for six. Best call afternoons.

 

Weekly Recycling – Green food boxes and wheelie bins

All current collection points – from 7.30 am, Fridays.

Fortnightly Recycling – Black boxes, White Bags and Blue bags

All current collection points – from 7.30 am, Fridays 13 and 27 June.

Fortnightly Waste – Grey wheelie bins to landfill

All current collection points – from 7.30 am, Fridays 13 and 27 June.

 

Bus Timetable Enquiries -Ring traveline on 0871 200 2233.

 

Mobile Police Van

The Mobile Police Station will visit Kingscote between 3.15 and 4.15 pm on Wednesday 18 June. Please support this initiative.

The Editor

 

Mobile Library

The next visit will be on Friday 13 June when the van will park as usual in front of The Walled Garden from 9.30 to 11.30 am.

 

Magazine

Any materialwhich may be of interest for the next issue of the Forerunner should be sent by 20 June to H. Tubbs, 3 The Walled Garden, Tel. 860 194.

The Editor

 

Churchyard Mowing

We have an excellent mowing team at present but one or two of the older members are feeling the strain. If any other parishioners would like to join the team and share the work it would be greatly appreciated. A tidy churchyard is much appreciated by residents and the many visitors we receive, and if we keep the strength of the team up it is less of a burden on all individuals.

If you would like to consider this please call Harry Tubbs on Tel. 860194.

 

The PCC

The History of Kingscote Church

The little book The Church of Saint John at Kingscote was originally published by The Kingscote Press in 1979 and has been the only self contained summary of the history of the Parish Church. It was researched and written by Norman Parker who lived at Rosemary Cottage and operated his printing press there. This year we have produced a new edition of the book, which is substantially unchanged except for the inclusion of more illustrations and some additional factual information.

This work as been done by Godfrey Ainsworth to whom we are very grateful, and we recommend the book to all residents. Copies are available for sale in the church for £5 and the funds received will be placed in the Bell Restoration Appeal.

The PCC

 

The process for finding the next Bishop of Gloucester

(An announcement in The Diocesan Messenger for June 2014)

The current Bishop of Gloucester, the Right Revd Michael Perham will retire this November after 10 years service. The process has now begun for discerning who the next Bishop of Gloucester could be.

The Bishop of Gloucester is the Chief Pastor of all in the diocese, which covers the county of Gloucestershire and parts of neighbouring counties. It is home to over 600,000 people, served by 305 parishes, 390 churches and 116 church schools. The Bishop of Gloucester also exercises a vital role in the wider community, most prominently as a board and committee member on many local, regional and national bodies.

For this reason, it is important that we have as many views as possible from people in Gloucestershire and beyond on the qualities of the person they would like to see in the next Bishop of Gloucester.

By answering these simple questions, it will help us to get a picture of the type of person they would like to see as Bishop:

What would you say are the top 2 priorities for the next Bishop of Gloucester ?

What are the top 2 things you would want to tell the next Bishop of Gloucester ?

People can e-mail us on ournewbishop@glosdioc.org.uk or place a message on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Diocese.of.Gloucester. The deadline for submissions is 7 July. Find out more at www.gloucester.anglican.org/about/the-next-bishop/

The process for finding the next Bishop of Gloucester will take just under a year. The announcement of the new Bishop will happen in late spring 2015 and the start date will be around the summer or early autumn of 2015.

 

A prayer on going to work

(Jacob Boehme 1575 – 1624)

Give me, dear Lord, a pure heart and a wise mind, that I may carry out my work according to your will. Save me from all false desires, from pride, greed, envy and anger, and let me accept joyfully every task you set before me. Let me seek to serve the poor, the sad and those unable to work. Help me to discern honestly my own gifts that I may do the things of which I am capable, and happily and humbly leave the rest to others. Above all, remind me constantly that I have nothing except what you gave me, and can do nothing except what you enable me to do.

 

Parish Directory

Vicar:                    Interregnum – awaiting new appointment.

Curate:                  Reverend Sue Sobczak, Horsley, Tel. 01453 833 526

Reader                  Sue White, Nailsworth, Tel: 01453 835 693

Churchwardens:   Harry Tubbs, 3 The Walled Garden, Kingscote, GL8 8YP.            Tel: 860 194

                            Godfrey Ainsworth, Kingscote House, Kingscote, GL8 8XY Tel: 861 683

Hon.Sec.PCC:        Georgina Harford, Ashcroft House, Kingscote, GL8 8YF Tel: 01453 860 227

Hon.Treas.PCC:    Jane Nichols, Asheldown, 3 Ashel Barn Cottages, Kingscote, GL8 8YB Tel. 01453 860 534

Members of PCC:   The Churchwardens, The Hon. Secretary, The Hon. Treasurer, Elin Tattersall, Zoe Nichols, Chris Alford.

Flower and Clean Team: Teresa Day, Vivienne Ainsworth, Angela Wooldridge, Pauline McTear.

Nailsworth MU:     Trissa Jones,   Tel: 832 551

Editor of Forerunner: Harry Tubbs, 3 The Walled Garden, Kingscote, GL8 8YP Tel: 860 194

Gift Aid and Envelopes:   Jane Nichols, 3 Ashel Barn Cottages, Kingscote Tel. 860 534.

Church Flowers Rota: Lorna Reynolds, Tel. 860 231

Organist:               Rosemary Sims, 15 Badger’s Way, Forest Green, Nailsworth, GL6 0HE Tel: 832 446

Sidespersons:         Harry Tubbs, Rod Tibbert, Elin Tattersall, Godfrey Ainsworth.

Electoral Roll:        Elin Tattersall, 3 Boxwood Close, Tel.01453 860 182

Mowing Team:       Harry Tubbs, Sebastian Cooper, Rick Bond, Roger Lucy, Godfrey Ainsworth, Ken Davies.

Village Hall:          Bookings: Pauline McTear, Kingscote, Tel. 861 311

                            Secretary: Carol Paton, Bagpath, Tel. 860 649 

Parish Council Chairman: Graham Nichols, Asheldown, 3 Ashel Barn Cottages, Kingscote Tel: 01453 860 534

Parish Council Clerk: Anna Davison, Bagpath Court, GL8 8YG, Tel. 860 244

Village Agent:        Aileen Bendall, Tel. 07810 630 156 or 01452 426 868

Printer of Forerunner: Godfrey Ainsworth, Kingscote House, Tel. 861 683                                                   

The Forerunner is published by the P.C.C. who are usually most willing to

accept copy from village groups and individuals. However, please note that the opinions and views expressed by the contributors within the Forerunner are not necessarily those of the Church, P.C.C. or Editor

The Forerunner – May 2014

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Calendar for May 2014

 

Sunday

 

4th Nailsworth

Kingscote

Horsley

9.30 am

9.30 am

11.00 am

Family Communion

Morning Prayer  BCP

Holy Communion  CW

Wednesday 7th Nailsworth 10.00 am Holy Communion
Sunday

 

11th Kingscote

Nailsworth

 

Horsley

 

8.00 am

10.30 am

 

11.00 am

Holy Communion  BCP

Christian Aid Service at Christchurch

Family service

 

Wednesday 14th Nailsworth 10.00am Holy Communion
Sunday 18th Nailsworth

Nailsworth

Kingscote

 

8.00 am

9.30 am

11.00 am

Holy Communion  BCP

Family service

Parish Communion  CW

Wednesday 21st Nailsworth 10.00 am Holy Communion
Sunday 25th Nailsworth

Kingscote

Horsley

 

9.30 am

11.00 am

6.00 pm

Family Communion

Family Service

Evensong

Wednesday 28th Nailsworth 10.00 am Holy Communion

The Little Angels mothers and toddlers group meets on Fridays at 9.45 am at St George’s Church Nailsworth except for on 2 May.  Refreshments in the Parish Room afterwards.

 

 

The next stage in the process to appoint the New Vicar will be interviews of selected candidates on 13 May.

 

The next PCC meeting will be on Monday 9 June at 7.30 pm in the Village Hall.

    

     Diocesan News                 www.gloucester.anglican.org/news/publications

                                          www.gloucester.anglican.org/news/blog

     Nailsworth Benefice         www.stgeorgesnailsworth.org.uk

    

     Kingscote Community      www.kingscoteonline.co.uk

 

The Curate’s Letter

 

May is a delightful month when the dawn chorus of bird song reaches its full crescendo and the there are signs of new life everywhere.  There are new lambs in the fields, ducklings in the streams and the first sightings of the swallows’ arrival.  It’s a time to plant out the seedlings and everywhere people are vigorously attending to their vegetable plots and gardens.  It is a time of hope and anticipation for the new season, that this year it will be the best ever !

 

The Bible is full of stories about people who had hope when faced with the challenge of the changes in their daily lives.  Challenges that could bring them either growth and success or failure by the choices they made.  There are moments in these stories with which we can all identify with and which cause us to reflect and think further.  Challenges which we have to face in our spiritual lives and how we make our decisions and conclusions.  At the end of the month on 29 May the Christian Church celebrates Ascension Day when it remembers Jesus’ ascension into heaven.  It is one of the earliest festivals dating back to the very early church, which marks the conclusion of Jesus’ earthly ministry and the beginning of his new heavenly phase.  In his resurrection ministry we receive a fresh hope for a new season in our daily lives, knowing that Jesus ever intercedes on our behalf.

With every blessing,

Sue Sobczak

 

Flower Rota           

Sundays 4th and 11th May Zoe Nichols
Sundays 18th and 25th May Sue Spandler
Sundays 1st and 8th June Jane Nichols 

Wedding:  Sunday 4 May, 2.00pm, Douglas Bendle and Margaret Smith

 

Lorna Reynolds

 

 

Cleaning Team

The next church cleaning session is at 2.30 pm on Monday 12 May.  We are always delighted to welcome anyone who would like to join the team.

Teresa Day

  

Village Hall Programme 

Village Hall AGM – Tuesday 13 May, 7.00 pm in the VH.  If you would be interested in joining the committee please contact Ken on Tel. 861 113.  Anyone is welcome to look at the VH accounts for 2013 either by contacting the treasurer Viv Ainsworth on Tel. 861 683 or by visiting the community web-site.

Coffee Morning – Tuesday 20 May, 10.30 to 11.30 am.  Coffee and cake in the Reynolds Room, £1.50.

Spring Supper – Friday 30 May, 8.00 pm, bring food to share (salads, savouries or desserts) and celebrate the season.  Admission free, pay bar.  Please let Carol know on Tel. 860 649 what food you plan to bring. 

Carol Paton

 

Grumbolds Ash Group

On Tuesday 13 May we visit the Bowood House Rhododendron Walks which open at 11.00 am.  Entry to the garden walks costs £6-75 / £6-25 and a combined House and Garden ticket costs £15-50 / £14-00.

Note that the entrance to the Garden is at  SN11 9NF, off the A342 Chippenham to Devises road, and signs to the House should be ignored for that.

Meet at the Village Hall at 10.00 am to share cars.

Jutta Tubbs

 

Book Club at 8.00 pm

Wednesday 14 May, ‘Secret History’ by Donna Tartt, at the Village Hall.

Wednesday 11 June, ‘Harvest’ by Jim Grace and/or ‘The Rosie Project’ by Graeme Simpsion, at Jane’s. 

Angela Wooldridge

 

Kingscote Parish Council

The Parish Assembly will be on Tuesday 13 May at 7.45 pm preceded by the Village Hall Committee AGM at 7.00 pm.  All parishioners are invited to attend.

 

Planning approval:

Scrubbets farm, Bagpath, proposed shelter for cattle.

Planning applications:

Woodlease Farm, Kingscote: proposed cattle/fodder store building.

2 The Park, Kingscote: fell holly tree and beech tree; trim yew, apple, plum, greengage, maple, willow, silver birch, cherry trees.

The Parish Council has been consulted concerning an application within Stroud District for an anaerobic digester at the Old Dairy, Chavenage, which is close to the Kingscote Parish Boundary.  Any comments should be directed to SDC.

 Anna Davison, Tel. 860 244

VILLAGE FETE – Saturday 28 June

There will be a Great Kingscote and Bagpath Bake-off to be judged on the day.  Please make either a Victoria sponge, or 4 scones or 4 cupcakes (or all three if you wish !).  Details of when to deliver the cakes to the fete will be announced in next month’s Forerunner.

There will also be a children’s Vegetable Monsters competition – let your imagination run riot !  Again for timings and delivery details please see next month’s Forerunner.

For those of you who keep empty jam jars and lids, we invite donations of filled jars as prizes for the tombola – sweets, crayons, dry pasta, jam/pickles, buttons whatever takes your fancy.

Also if you have gazebos or tents that could be used by stall holders please contact  Viv Ainsworth on Tel. 01453 861 683. 

Many thanks, Village Hall and PCC fete organising committee

 

Free-range eggs for sale

Mrs Pat Cooksley of 2 The Windmill normally has some free-range eggs for sale at £1 for six. Best call afternoons.

 

Mobile Police Van

The Mobile Police Station will visit Kingscote between 3.15 and 4.15 pm on Wednesday 21 May. Please support this initiative.

 

Mobile Library

The next visit will be on Friday 16 May when the van will park as usual in front of The Walled Garden from 9.30 to 11.30 am. 

 

Weekly Recycling – Green food boxes and wheelie bins

All current collection points – from 7.30 am, Fridays.

Fortnightly Recycling – Black boxes, White Bags and Blue bags

All current collection points – from 7.30 am, Fridays 2, 16 and 30 May.

 

Fortnightly Waste – Grey wheelie bins to landfill

All current collection points – from 7.30 am, Fridays 2, 16 and 30 May.

 

Bus Timetable Enquiries Ring traveline on  0871 200 2233.

 

Magazine 

Any material which may be of interest for the next issue of the Forerunner should be sent by 20 May to H. Tubbs,  3 The Walled Garden,  Tel. 860 194.

The Editor

 

 

How the Christian Faith began for David Suchet

(Extracts from an article in The Times on 19 April describing the experience

of the actor, famous as Hercule Poirot in so many well known films)

 

In the beginning was a bath tub and David Suchet was in the bath tub.  “ It began in Seattle in an hotel in 1986,” he says.  “ As I was lying in my bath I was thinking of my grandfather, Jimmy, who was sort of my spiritual guide.  I thought ‘Isn’t that funny that I think he’s with me ?  I don’t really believe in life after death.  I don’t want to believe that.’  I thought: ‘Is there a Bible ?’  And I opened the drawer of my bedside table and there wasn’t.”

 

That might have been that.  Suchet, who was shooting the movie Bigfoot and the Hendersons, could just have headed to the bar and had a drink with his fellow actors.  However, Suchet is nothing if not assiduous, and he dug out the Yellow Pages, found a bookshop and went out to buy a Bible.  That night he read Paul’s Letter to the Romans.  “ I was grabbed in a way that I never, ever thought I would be.  I was looking at a world view that I had been searching for ever since the Beatles.

 

So began more than 20 years of exploration, leading to Suchet’s conversion to Christianity.  Suchet’s father, a hospital consultant, was Jewish and his mother a nominal Christian, but neither was religious.  At Wellington School he enjoyed reading from the King James Bible in chapel, but more from the perspective of an aspiring actor who relished the language than for the message.

 

The bath tub moment did not exactly herald a Pauline conversion.  “Paul had the flashing bright light and the world changed.  That’s not me.  The way that I prepare for a role was the way I prepare for my faith.  I was determined to prove it wrong.  I was determined that the Resurrection never happened.”  From 1986 to 2007 he “did the A to Z of churches”, trying to find the right fit.

 

Eventually he settled on the Church of England Chapel Royal at the Tower of London.  One day the chaplain there noted that he was taking communion and asked where he had been confirmed:  When Suchet said that he hadn’t been confirmed the chaplain said that technically he shouldn’t be taking communion.  He was later confirmed by the Bishop of London.

 

He is anxious though, not to be seen to be banging on about his faith.  “I am the last person to want to be considered in any way an evangelist.  It’s just not in me.  I’m not embarrassed about my faith either.  I will talk about it to anybody who wants to know.  But I’m certainly not going to push it into people’s faces without being asked.  It has given me a lot of strength in my life.  It’s not for everybody, but it’s my life.”

 

Not for him, though, any thought that the Church is on its last legs.  “ I presume, like every fashion, we are coming towards the end of the pendulum, and one day it will go all the way back again as it has done throughout history.  I don’t think it is a crisis in the church.” 

Ukrainian History

  

It seemed a good idea to provide a short item describing the history of the Ukrainian nation.  It was quickly found that this comprised almost permanent chaos, with frequent cycles of invasion, occupation, exploitation, revolution, partition by neighbouring powers to the East, North and West for over a millennium.  Tensions between the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches were also involved due to strong influences from Russia and Poland.

 

A significant feature of society in 19th C Ukraine was the class of small landowning Kulak farmers who in many cases formed the focal point of community life.  These became victims of Communism being hounded by Stalin to facilitate collectivisation, concluding with the genocidal famine in the 1930’s which resulted in the death of over 3 million rural peasants.

 

As we are seeing ourselves now, there is nothing straightforward in the Ukraine.

 

The Editor

 

 

 

For the Children:

 

The Song of Mr Toad

(Composed by Toad) 

The world has held great Heroes,

As history books have showed;

But never a name to go down to fame

Compared to that of Toad !

 

The clever men at Oxford

Know all that there is to be knowed,

But they none of them knew one half as much

As intelligent Mr Toad !

 

The animals sat in the Ark and cried,

Their tears in torrents flowed.

Who was it said, ‘There’s land ahead’ ?

Encouraging Mr Toad !

 

The Army all saluted

As they marched along the road.

Was it the King ?  Or Kitchener ?

No.  It was Mr Toad !

 

The Queen and her Ladies-in-waiting

Sat at the window and sewed.

She cried, ‘Look ! Who’s that handsome man ?’

They answered, ‘Mr Toad.’ 

Kenneth Grahame

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parish Directory

 

Vicar:                        Interregnum – awaiting new appointment.

Curate:                      Reverend Sue Sobczak, Horsley, Tel.  01453 833 526

Reader                       Sue White, Nailsworth, Tel: 01453 835 693

Churchwardens:         Harry Tubbs, 3 The Walled Garden, Kingscote, GL8 8YP.        Tel: 860 194

                                 Godfrey Ainsworth, Kingscote House, Kingscote, GL8 8XY, Tel: 861 683

 

Hon. Sec. PCC:          Georgina Harford, Ashcroft House, Kingscote, GL8 8YF, Tel: 01453 860 227

 

Hon. Treas. PCC:       Jane Nichols, Asheldown, 3 Ashel Barn Cottages, Kingscote, GL8 8YB,  Tel. 01453 860 534

 

Members of PCC:          The Churchwardens, The Hon. Secretary, The Hon. Treasurer, Elin Tattersall, Zoe Nichols, Chris Alford.

 

Flower and Clean Team: Teresa Day, Vivienne Ainsworth, Angela    Wooldridge, Pauline McTear.

 

Nailsworth MU:          Trissa Jones,   Tel:  832 551

 

Editor of Forerunner:  Harry Tubbs, 3 The Walled Garden, Kingscote,  GL8 8YP Tel: 860 194

 

Gift Aid and Envelopes:   Jane Nichols, 3 Ashel Barn Cottages, Kingscote, Tel. 860 534.

 

Church Flowers Rota:  Lorna Reynolds, Tel. 860 231

 

Organist:                   Rosemary Sims, 15 Badger’s Way, Forest Green, Nailsworth,  GL6 0HE  Tel: 832 446

 

Sidespersons:             Harry Tubbs, Rod Tibbert, Elin Tattersall, Godfrey Ainsworth, Jane Nichols.

 

Electoral Roll:            Elin Tattersall, 3 Boxwood Close, Tel.01453 860 182

 

Mowing Team:           Tim Sage, Harry Tubbs, Sebastian Cooper, Rick Bond, Roger Lucy, Godfrey Ainsworth,

Ken Davies.

 

Village Hall:               Bookings: Pauline McTear, Kingscote,  Tel. 861 311

                                 Secretary:  Carol Paton, Bagpath, Tel. 860 649

 

Parish Council Chairman: Graham Nichols, Asheldown, 3 Ashel Barn Cottages, Kingscote  Tel: 01453 860 534

 

Parish Council Clerk:   Anna Davison, Bagpath Court, GL8 8YG, Tel. 860 244

 

Village Agent:             Aileen Bendall, Tel. 07810 630 156 or 01452 426 868

 

Printer of Forerunner:  Godfrey Ainsworth, Kingscote House, Tel. 861 683                                                   

 

 

 

The Forerunner is published by the P.C.C. who are usually most willing to

accept copy from village groups and individuals. However, please note that the opinions and views expressed by the contributors within the Forerunner are not necessarily those of the Church, P.C.C. or Editor.

 

 

 

 

The Forerunner – April 2014

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The Magazine for the Parish of Newington Bagpath with Kingscote

 Calendar for April 2014

Wednesday   2nd Nailsworth  10.00 am Holy Communion
Sunday

 

  6th Nailsworth

Kingscote

Horsley

  9.30 am

  9.30 am

11.00 am

Family Communion

Morning Prayer BCP

Holy Communion  CW

Wednesday    9th Nailsworth  10.00 am Holy Communion
Palm Sunday

 

 13th  Kingscote

Nailsworth

Horsley

  8.00 am

  9.30 am

11.00 am

Holy Communion BCP

Family Communion

Family Service

Wednesday  16th Nailsworth  10.00am Holy Communion
Thursday  17th Nailsworth   7.30 pm Holy Communion
Good Friday  18th Nailsworth

Nailsworth

Horsley

Kingscote

 11.30 am

  2.00 pm

2.00 pm

  2.00 pm

Service in Mortimer Gardens

Quiet Hour

Quiet Hour

Quiet Hour

Easter Sunday  20th Nailsworth

Nailsworth

Kingscote

  8.00 am

9.30 am

 11.00 am

Holy Communion  BCP

Family service

Parish Communion CW

Wednesday  23rd Nailsworth  10.00 am Holy Communion
Sunday  27th Nailsworth

Kingscote

Horsley

  9.30 am

11.00 am

6.00 pm

Family Communion

Family Service

Evening Service

Wednesday  30th Nailsworth  10.00 am Holy Communion

The Little Angels mothers and toddlers group meets on Fridays at 9.45 am at St George’s Church Nailsworth, except on 18 and 25 April.

The next stage in the process to appoint the New Vicar will be a meeting of the selection panel on 29 April to choose the applicants to be interviewed on 13 May.

The Annual Parochial Church Meeting    will take place on Monday 7 April at 7.30 pm in the Village Hall.  This meeting is open to all parishioners who are most welcome to contribute.    

     Diocesan News             www.gloucester.anglican.org/news/publications

                                          www.gloucester.anglican.org/news/blog

     Nailsworth Benefice       www.stgeorgesnailsworth.org.uk

     Kingscote Community   www.kingscoteonline.co.uk

  

The Vicar’s Letter

The Christian Faith stands or falls on the resurrection !  Without the raising of Jesus from the dead there is no Gospel, no Good News.  As St Paul says when some in Corinth were denying the Resurrection, “If there is no resurrection, then Christ was not raised:  and if Christ was not raised, then our Gospel is null and void and so is your faith …..  But the truth is Christ was raised to life – the first fruits of the harvest of the dead !”

Indeed, the Resurrection is the true starting place for the study of the making and meaning of the New Testament.  We can be tempted to believe that although the Resurrection may be the climax of the Gospel, there is yet a Gospel which stands on its own feet and may be understood and appreciated before we pass on to the Resurrection.  The first disciples did not find it so !   For them the Gospel without the Resurrection was not merely a Gospel without its final chapter, it was not a gospel at all.  Jesus, it is true taught and did great things:  but he did not allow the disciples to rest in these things.  He led them on to paradox, perplexity and darkness –  and there he left them.  There too they would have remained, had he not been raised from death !

All the New Testament writings were written in the light of the Resurrection, and the conviction that Christ is raised and alive shines through in the letters of Paul, James and John.  As I said at the outset, the Christian Faith stands or falls on the Resurrection.

Yet there is a temptation for us to see the Resurrection as a past event, or as a future event when we will be called to share in the final Resurrection.  However, if we see it as something past or future only, we really lose the true impact of Christ’s resurrection, for as the New Testament writers show time and time again, the Resurrection of Jesus is something that is to be experienced here and now.  It is in our lives now that we should experience the power and freedom that God in Christ has given us in overcoming death and sin.

So that which was dead is made alive and that which was old is made new.  Indeed, when we begin to recognise the power of the Resurrection present in the ordinary everyday routine of our everyday lives, then we shall see for ourselves that all that separates, injures and destroys, is being overcome by what unites, heals and re-creates – all because we are empowered by the Risen Christ.

So let us joyfully celebrate this coming Holy Week from Palm Sunday through Maundy Thursday and Good Friday to Easter Day, and thereby proclaim the Easter Faith – that Christ is raised and that He lives in us – “Alleluya Christ is risen !  He is risen indeed”.

With every blessing,

Michael Irving

Flower Rota           

Sundays 6th and 13th April            LENT No Flowers
Sundays 20th and 27th April        EASTER Flower team
Sundays 4th and 11th May Zoe Nichols 

Wedding:  Saturday 26 April, 2.00pm, Timothy Benford and Georgina Payne

Lorna Reynolds

Cleaning Team

The next church cleaning session is at 2.30 pm on Monday 14 April.  We are always delighted to welcome anyone who would like to join the team.

Teresa Day

Grumbolds Ash Group

On Tuesday 8 April we will explore the lovely old market town of Marlborough.  We plan to join the timed tour of The Merchant’s House and Garden (SN8 1HN) at 10.30 am which will take us up to lunchtime.  Admission costs £6-00.

We meet therefore at 9.00 am at the Village Hall to share the driving.

Jutta Tubbs

Village Hall Programme

Film Night – Tuesday 8 April, 7.30 pm, ‘Walk the Line’  based on the early life and career of country music artist Johnny Cash.  It stars Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon who won Best Actress for her role.  Admission free, Pay Bar.  Last film of the season.

Coffee Morning – Wednesday 16 April, 10.30 to 11.30 am.  Coffee and cake in the Reynolds Room, £1.50.

In view of the Easter holidays, there will be no further events in the Village Hall in April.

Carol Paton Tel. 860 649

Book Club at 8.00 pm

Wednesday 9 April, ‘The Sisters Brothers’ by Patrick de Witt, at the Village Hall.

Wednesday 14 May, ‘Secret History’ by Donna Tartt, at the Village Hall.

Wednesday 11 June, ‘Harvest’ by Jim Grace and/or ‘The Rosie Project’ by Graeme Simpsion, at Jane’s.

Angela Wooldridge

 

Kingscote Parish Council

The next PC meeting will be on Tuesday 15 April at 8.00 pm in the Hunters Hall.

The Parish Assembly will be on Tuesday 13 May at 7.45 pm in the Village Hall, preceded by the Village Hall Committee AGM at 7.00 pm

 

Carbon Monoxide gas poisoning:

Following the recent tragic death of Tommy Cooksley and Pat’s near escape, we need to be more aware of this domestic threat which appears to have been responsible.

All heating devices involving combustion generate variable quantities of this poisonous gas, but if the flue through which the exhaust gas discharges to the chimney is partially blocked, or if the appliance has leaks, great danger to life results.  The particular problem is that the gas does not smell and just slowly asphyxiates.

The only sure solution is to have a detector unit in any room where a combustion appliance is operated.  They cost between £15 and £30 and are available in all stores selling household goods.  It is essential to have one with a sound alarm, and they can be portable and taken to the room where the risk exists.  They must be used in compliance with the manufacturer’s instructions.  They do not detect smoke.

Plenty of official advice is available on this subject from local authorities and the Citizens’ Advice Bureaus.

 

Planning:

Shepherds Way, Calcot  –  Reduce the conifers on the boundaries with the roads by no more than one third.

No objection (County Council)

Anna Davison, Tel. 860 244

 

Plants for sale

At Bumpers Island we have a range of plants for sale from 1 April.  Call 01453 860 498 to check availability. 

Jane Bateman

 

SAVE THE DATE – VILLAGE FETE !

Kingscote and Bagpath Village Fete will be held on Saturday 28 June at Kingscote House;  Hog Roast, Afternoon Teas, Bar, Dog Show, Children’s competitions, Stalls and lots more.  Guest band appearance by Dr Jazz.  Bring your friends.  Full details next month.

Village Hall and PCC fete organising committee

 

Free-range eggs for sale

Mrs Pat Cooksley of 2 The Windmill normally has some free-range eggs for sale at £1 for six. Best call afternoons.

Weekly Recycling – Green food boxes and wheelie bins

All current collection points – from 7.30 am, Fridays.

Fortnightly Recycling – Black boxes, White Bags and Blue bags

All current collection points – from 7.30 am, Fridays 4 and 18 April.

Fortnightly Waste – Grey wheelie bins to landfill

All current collection points – from 7.30 am, Fridays 4 and 18 April.

 

Bus Timetable Enquiries Ring traveline on  0871 200 2233.

Mobile Police Van

The Mobile Police Station will visit Kingscote between 6.30 and 7.00 pm on Tuesday 22 April. Please support this initiative.

Mobile Library 

Due to the Easter holidays the next visit will be on Friday 16 May when the van will park as usual in front of The Walled Garden from 9.30 to 11.30 am.

Magazine

Any material which may be of interest for the next issue of the Forerunner should be sent by 20 April to H. Tubbs,  3 The Walled Garden,  Tel. 860 194.

The Editor

 

An Easter Message – Experience Easter : Experience Hope 

(Copied from the Diocesan Messenger for April) 

Ukraine, Syria, South Sudan – just some of the places deeply scarred by conflict today.  And in our own country a range of challenging issues – communities recovering from floods and storms, unemployment, a fragile economic recovery – the list goes on.   It can all seem a long way from the story of new life and resurrection that the church will be celebrating once more as Lent and Holy Week give way to Easter.  Where do we find hope?

The Easter story speaks of transformation born out of Jesus’ defeat of death.  His rising to life eternal happened out of a crucible of pain and crucifixion.  That is the ground of Christian hope.  Not simply optimism which believes that somehow everything will be okay, but a true hope founded on the power of God to raise Christ from the dead.  If death can be defeated, then all those other things that scar our world can be transformed too.  But to do so takes courage, faith and love.  Hope is not cheap.

Easter proclaims that the power that raised Jesus from the dead can now work in us and bring transformation to the world.  Are we bold enough to be an Easter people who allow that power to be at work through us so that others too can experience the hope that Easter celebrates ? 

Revd Canon Andrew Braddock

(Director of Mission and Ministry) 

 

An Easter Prayer

 O Lord God, our Father. You are the light that can never be put out; and now you give us a light that shall drive away all darkness.  You are love without coldness, and you have given us such warmth in our hearts that we can love all when we meet.  You are the life that defies death, and you have opened for us the way that leads to eternal life.

 None of us is a great Christian; we are all humble and ordinary.  But your grace is enough for us.  Arouse in us that small degree of joy and thankfulness of which we are capable, to the timid faith which we can muster, to the cautious obedience which we cannot refuse, and thus to the wholeness of life which you have prepared for us through the death and resurrection of your son.  Do not allow any of us to remain apathetic or indifferent to the wondrous glory of Easter, but let the light of our risen Lord reach every corner of our dull hearts. 

Karl Barth 1886 ~ 1968

 (He was the most prominent Protestant theologian of his time, and he asserted that the supremacy of God, revealed in Jesus Christ, was far above the grasp of human reason.  Most of his life was devoted to his academic work and to resisting the Nazi movement.  But in his mellow old age he preached a series of sermons at Basle prison in his native Switzerland, each of which concluded with a prayer.)

 

May Hill

Gloucestershire

This they once called Yartleton Hill,

From the Celtic, meaning ‘round topped’, still

A name that fits, that’s suitable.

Close to a thousand feet above sea level,

An encampment of towering Scots pine

Is assembled here, like a conquering clan

Claiming the hill.  We gaze around

The circling counties, admire the border ground,

The silvered Severn reflecting sunlight,

The Forest, the Malverns, and Welsh hills receding.

 

The sky is blue-and-yellow bright,

But crisp chilly March will keep us moving.

These are the early-in-the-year days we love

When landscapes awaken with the life we crave.

A pine-cone is blown from its tree-top,

Pin balling off branches as it tumbles down –

The tall and the small of this Gloucestershire crown.

 Roger Pope, from his book

‘Love Between Sandwiches 2

 

Parish Directory

 

Vicar:                    Interregnum – awaiting new appointment.

Curate:                  Reverend  Sue Sobczak, Horsley, Tel.  01453 833 526 

Reader                  Sue White, Nailsworth, Tel: 01453 835 693 

Churchwardens:   Harry Tubbs, 3 The Walled Garden, Kingscote, GL8 8YP.            Tel: 860 194

                            Godfrey Ainsworth, Kingscote House, Kingscote, GL8 8XY Tel: 861 683

Hon.Sec.PCC:        Georgina Harford, Ashcroft House, Kingscote, GL8 8YF Tel: 01453 860 227 

Hon.Treas.PCC:    Jane Nichols, Asheldown, 3 Ashel Barn Cottages, Kingscote, GL8 8YB Tel. 01453 860 534

Members of PCC:   The Churchwardens, The Hon. Secretary, The Hon. Treas- urer, Elin Tattersall, Zoe Nichols, Philip Kendell, Chris Alford.

Flower and Clean Team: Teresa Day, Vivienne Ainsworth, Angela Wooldridge, Pauline McTear.

Nailsworth MU:     Trissa Jones,   Tel:  832 551

Editor of Forerunner:  Harry Tubbs, 3 The Walled Garden, Kingscote, GL8 8YP Tel: 860 194

Gift Aid and Envelopes:   Jane Nichols, 3 Ashel Barn Cottages, Kingscote Tel. 860 534.

Church Flowers Rota: Lorna Reynolds, Tel. 860 231 

Organist:               Rosemary Sims, 15 Badger’s Way, Forest Green, Nailsworth,  GL6 0HE  Tel: 832 446

Sidespersons:         Harry Tubbs, Rod Tibbert, Elin Tattersall, Godfrey Ainsworth.

Electoral Roll:        Elin Tattersall, 3 Boxwood Close, Tel.01453 860 182

Mowing Team:         Tim Sage, Harry Tubbs, Sebastian Cooper, Rick Bond, Roger Lucy, Godfrey Ainsworth, Ken Davies. 

Village Hall:        Bookings: Pauline McTear, Kingscote,  Tel. 861 311

                            Secretary:  Carol Paton, Bagpath, Tel. 860 649

Parish Council Chairman: Graham Nichols, Asheldown, 3 Ashel Barn Cottages, Kingscote  Tel: 01453 860 534

Parish Council Clerk:   Anna Davison, Bagpath Court, GL8 8YG, Tel. 860 244

Village Agent:        Aileen Bendall, Tel. 07810 630 156 or 01452 426 868

Printer of Forerunner:  Godfrey Ainsworth, Kingscote House, Tel. 861 683                                                   

 

The Forerunner is published by the P.C.C. who are usually most willing to accept copy from village groups and individuals. However, please note that the opinions and views expressed by the contributors within the Forerunner are not necessarily those of the Church, P.C.C. or Editor.