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RAISING FUNDS FOR CHRISTIAN AID – Bishops Lydeard Ladies’ Choir, who rehearse on Tuesday mornings in the Church Centre sang carols at Taunton Dean Services on the M5 on Tuesday 12th December. They raised £188.85 which, when match funded by the Government, totals £377.70 for the charity Christian Aid. The total raised by this Benefice in 2017 is £2,239.17!



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SATURDAY 7th October also saw a concert in St Mary’s, Bishops Lydeard given by the Rivertones – a local men’s chorus. Here is a picture of them, in full voice during their rehearsal for the evening concert:

The evening was considered a great success, with about 70 people in the audience.


LYDEARSLAWRENCMESSY CHURCH: Our first Messy Church, with a Harvest theme, was a great success with 10 children, plus their parents, attending on the morning of Saturday 7th October. A long Harvest banner was produced on a roll of lining paper – this can now be seen displayed in St Lawrence Church. After hearing the story of the sower, including stoney ground, birds eating seeds, plants growing in good ground activities included the making of bird masks, matching up seeds with plants and trees and finding out where they grow; planting our own seeds and bulbs to take home; writing prayers or thoughts or pictures on the petals of a GIANT SUN FLOWER! Also using clay to make patterns using stones, nuts, etc. All this was followed by singing Harvest songs to well-known nursery rhyme tunes, and ending with a great selection of biscuits and squash to drink. A HUGE THANK YOU – to those who came and made the morning such a success, but also to all our helpers who worked tirelessly and imaginatively to produce such fascinating activities. Hopefully – some pictures to follow ……. watch this space!



Creating our Harvest banner: hands in paint!








Planting seeds and bulbs to take home


Time out, for reading and chatting









Matching seeds and leaves with pictures of trees and plants, and the countries where they grow.






Talking about Jesus’ story of The Sower, before singing some songs about Harvest to nursery-rhyme tunes!











Well-deserved refreshments, after a hard morning’s work!

OUR NEXT MESSY CHURCH VENTURE IS THE VILLAGE CHRISTINGLE, on Saturday 2nd December in the Village Hall from 3.30-4.30pm when we shall make our own Christingles – adults and children together – and, after refreshments we will walk to church for just a short time of singing and a prayer. DO JOIN US!



Bagborough cekebrated Harvest with a morning of harvest activities in the Popham Hall on Saturday 30th September. We made rolls and a Harvest loaf –

Many thanks to Leona and her mum Deb – making the loaf took them two hours, but it was well worth it – as you can see for yourself:

Magnificent Harvest Loaf made with love and great care, and

blessed at the morning service in St. Pancras Church, West Bagborough.

Pointillist pictures of vegetables were painted, and we learned to write with carrots. There was a memory game, wordsearch, colouring, making clay tiles and creating harvest wreaths and posies. The morning concluded with a short act of worship including writing prayers on leaves and singing the harvest samba. We finished by breaking bits off the rolls we had made and sharing them with somebody else. Many thanks to Caroline and Antonia for organising, and to everyone who helped. The Harvest Loaf was taken into church on Sunday morning, and was blessed. Some of it was then passed round and eaten. The rest was taken to the Harvest supper in the evening. Move over – Paul Hollywood … !












FEAST DAY OF ST. LAWRENCE, DEACON AND MARTYR: Lydeard St Lawrence Sunday 13th August 2017:

Forty-four people from the five parishes in our Benefice met at the Parish Church of St Lawrence in Lydeard St Lawrence today to celebrate the church’s Patronal Festival.

The Parish Church of St Lawrence, Deacon & Martyr: altar at the end of the service

A lovely service was followed by chilled Prosecco and freshly fried bacon butties. As can be seen from the following photographs, our esteemed Rector thoroughly enjoyed himself with the frying pans and – eventually, when he had cooked for everyone else – enjoyed his own bacon buttie!

The Revd. Matthew Tregenza, enjoying himself as he cooks the bacon for the butties!









Eventually the chef gets to eat his own bacon buttie, while the Associate Priest shows her astonishment at her husband having the temerity to ask for second helpings!









A truly lovely day and celebration, to be remembered. Thanks to Adrian Smith for the photographs, and to everyone who joined us to say thank you to God for the live and witness of St Lawrence who is an example to us all as Christians in his care for the poor and his insight into the true treasures of the Church. DEO GRATIAS!


PICNIC AND ORGAN RECITAL AT ST. PANCRAS, BAGBOROUGH on the evening of Thursday 10th August: over 40 people attended the long-awaited organ recital given by Gerald Taylor from West Sussex in aid of church funds. After lots of rain earlier in the week, Thursday dawned bright and sunny and remained so for the evening’s activities. Lots of people enjoyed a picnic on Bagborough House front lawn, by kind invitation of Philip Brooke-Popham – wine and strawberries, cheese straws and many other delicacies were consumed! After this, we headed into church to find a running order for the recital and programme notes produced by Gerald himself. Some wonderful music was heard from the amazing organ in the church. Gerald, who gave up some of his holiday time, was assisted by his son Roger who turned the pages for him. We enjoyed a wide range of music from Goss Custard to Ronald Binge (we binged on custard!) and, when an encore was suggested, we heard Trumpet Tune played from memory. A wonderful evening – if you weren’t able to be there, you missed a treat!

COMBE FLOREY PATRONAL FESTIVAL BENEFICE EUCHARIST for the Feast of St Peter & St Paul on Sunday 2nd July 2017: over 40 people gathered in Combe Florey Church to celebrate the Patronal Festival. Refreshments were enjoyed afterwards – Prosecco, Schloer and Orange Juice with crisps of various flavours! 

Picture: magnificent display for the occasion, provided by Linda Woodward. Many thanks and congratulations to Linda for her excellent provision!

COMBE FLOREY CHURCH, on the occasion of it’s Patronal Festival – basking in the sunshine.






The Open Day was enjoyed by all, and lots of people attended to have a look round the church and to see what facilities are on offer in the Church Centre. Entertainment was provided by Bishops Lydeard School Choir, the Bishops Lydeard Ladies’ Choir and Rivertones. Ladies from St Mary’s church choir sing in the Bishops Lydeard Ladies’ Choir, and one gentleman from St Mary’s church choir sings with Rivertones – in the words of the Abba song: ‘Thank you for the music’!

Everyone singing, and not just providing entertainment but enjoying themselves and having fun!




The day began at 9am with an introductory talk from Matthew, our Rector, about Pilgrimage. Prayers were said, and the pilgrims began their journey to the parish church of St Thomas of Canterbury, Cothelstone for a mid-morning short act of worship followed by hot drinks and biscuits. After this, the pilgrims set off for West Bagborough:






Gathering for departure

Off to West Bagborough …

At the parish church of St Pancras, West Bagborough mid-day prayers were said after which the pilgrims made their way to the Popham Hall for a “light lunch”: five varieties of soup; bread, butter and cheese; fresh fruit salad; chocolate muffins; tea and coffee. 

Everything ready, awaiting the arrival of the pilgrims.








Henry couldn’t wait to prove to Rose that he knew the way to the kitchen!

Leaving Bagborough with full tummies, the pilgrims began their trek across the fields to the A358 where Ted was waiting with his lollipop to usher them across the busy road. Thankfully, no-one was injured in this endeavour! However, after such a “light lunch”, progress was slower than earlier in the day but eventually everyone arrived at the parish church of St Lawrence the Martyr, Lydeard St Lawrence where a photograph was taken after Evening Prayer was said:






Pilgrims at the end of the first day, at the North door of the parish church of St Lawrence.

Then it was down the hill to the Village Hall, where afternoon tea was taken in the form of home-made chocolate brownies and shortbread (courtesy of Barbara Vearncombe), chocolate (and other) biscuits, tea and coffee. 

After refreshments, the pilgrims made their way home to have some rest before the Rogation Service at Knights Farm tomorrow, walking to Combe Florey and then back to Bishops Lydeard.