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St Mary Redcliffe

+ singing the song of faith and justice


Parish Magazine

July &







“Sanctum Spiritum” altar frontal detail, Elizabeth Fry. Drawing; EJL 2018




St Mary Redcliffe

With Temple, Bristol & St John the Baptist, Bedminster


Revd Dan Tyndall

Please note that Revd Tyndall is on Study Leave from 21 May to 2 September

church wardens

Richard James: 0117-966 2291

Elizabeth Shanahan: 07808 505977


Vergers’ office: 0117-231 0061

Matthew Buckmaster — Head Verger

Andy Carruthers — Verger

director of music

Andrew Kirk: 0117-231 0065

assistant organists

Claire and Graham Alsop

associate vicar

Revd Kat Campion-Spall: 0117-231 0070

associate clergy

Revd Canon Neville Boundy, Revd Peter Dill

Revd Canon John Rogan, Revd Canon Michael Vooght

operations manager

Peter Rignall: 0117-231 0073

admin executive

Evelyn Burton-Guyett: 0117-231 0064

admin associate

Pat Terry: 0117-231 0063

admin assistant

Ros Houseago: 0117-231 0063

the parish office

12 Colston Parade, Redcliffe

Bristol BS1 6RA 0117-231 0060

research assistant

Rhys Williams: 0117-231 0068

education officer

Sarah Yates: 0117-231 0072

community development worker

Rachel Varley: 0117-231 0071

community youth worker

David Cousins: 0117-231 0067

For more information about

the church visit www.stmaryredcliffe.co.uk

Any of the staff may be contacted at


vicar's letter





HE CHURCH has now entered the

long season of “ordinary time” which

will see us through the summer and

well into the autumn. After the wonder

of Christmas, the solemnity of Lent, the

darkness of Good Friday, the joy of Easter,

and the fire of Pentecost, it’s now, just…

ordinary. It does seem a little strange to

have a dedicated period of ordinariness,

a kind of default season with no particular

theme.But that’s how life is too — we

have highs and lows, but a lot of the time,

things just tick along. For many people

living through suffering, stress or sorrow,

ordinary is what they yearn for.You’ve probably heard of the traditional

Chinese curse, “may you live in interesting times” — with the unspoken

flipside of that, which we can presume would be given as a blessing, “may

you live in ordinary times”. The second collect at Evensong, in a similar

vein, prays that we “may pass our time in rest and quietness.”

But ordinary time isn’t about nothing happening.The liturgical colour

for the season is green — a colour of life and growth. Although times

of challenge and change in our lives do cause us to learn and grow, we

also need times of rest, of quietness and ordinariness for the slow and

steady rooting of our lives in God, and growth as Christian disciples.

Ordinary time isn’t a time to stop, but a time to steadily attend to the

daily necessities of our lives of faith. May we all live in ordinary times.

Revd Kat Campion-Spall

Associate Vicar

You can read our Associate Vicar’s article for this issue of the magazine on the Diocesan

website at www.bristol.anglican.org/news A note also to ask that, during the Vicar's

period of Study Leave, readers address any queries to the Associate Vicar or to the Church

Wardens or Operations Manager, whose contact details are on the page opposite

church matters

Redcliffe Festival

15th July 10:30 am

The Choir Memorial; 1932 Photo: Emily Wickfield Wicks


E ARE HAVING a new celebration this year, which

we are calling the Redcliffe Festival. It will be a

celebration of the life of SMR, including baptisms and

admission to communion for some of our congregation

members, an end of term celebration of the choir, the

procession of banners celebrating the different groups

and activities that contribute to the life of the church,

and will be rounded off with a church picnic afterwards

in the South Churchyard. It’s an all-age service so we’ll

all be staying together for the whole service.

This celebration incorporates some elements of our

Patronal Festival from years past — we felt that trying to

celebrate the life of the church, and to honour our patron

saint all in one service didn’t do justice to either, so we’ve

created a new summer celebration to focus just on giving

thanks for the wonderful community that is SMR! Please

note the later start time of 10.30, which will enable us to

move directly from coffee to a picnic in the churchyard. Bring

some finger food to share, and please bring something

to sit on — picnic rugs, or garden chairs if you need one.



who stirred our ancestors

to build this house of prayer to the glory of your name,

inspire us with that same longing to be a beacon of your kingdom;

bless our current endeavours, that, begun, continued and ended in you,

what we build in stone, may be woven into a community of hope

where your name is praised, your story is told, and your love is shared;

so that this and future generations may be heard

singing the song of faith and justice;

for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.

SMR Prayer

Revd Dan Tyndall

Kat — Revd Kat Campion-Spall, Associate Vicar


The Servers are taking on the Congregation in an evening of Quizzingo!

A fun quiz with a difference and an element of luck! Your team needs the

correct answer in the right place to give a straight line of 5 correct answers —

can you do it? Come and try! £1 — 7:30pm, Faithspace Community Centre

St Mary Redcliffe with Temple Bristol & St John the Baptist Bedminster

singing the song of faith and justice

as a thriving, inclusive christian community

as a recognised, welcoming heritage destination

as a church that makes a difference in the parish

animated by a progressive, sustainable organisation



on Monday 30th April 2018

1. Welcome

Dan Tyndall welcomed the fifty two people present at the meeting praying

for the guidance of the Holy Spirit, a vision for the future and financial

responsibility honouring God’s name and advancing His kingdom.

2. Appointment of Secretary to Meeting

Keith Donoghue was appointed Secretary.

3. Apologies for Absence

Apologies had been received from Peter Dill, Paul Jenkings, Joan Semple,

Lewis Semple, Sarah Tyndall, Sarah King and Elizabeth Shanahan.

4. Decision to allow members of the public to remain as observers

The meeting agreed without demur to allow any ineligible members of the

public to attend the meeting as observers.


Items 1 to 4 were deemed to apply to this part of the assembly

5. Minutes of the Meeting held on 24th April 2017

The minutes of this meeting had been circulated and with the amendment

of the name to Pickard it was proposed by Rob Tyley, seconded by Chris

Duncan and resolved nem con that they should be signed as a true record.

6. Election of Churchwardens for 2018/19

To the position of Churchwarden, Richard James had been validly nominated

and there being no other nominations he was duly appointed. To the position

of Junior Warden, Elizabeth Shanahan had been validly nominated and there

being no other nominations she was duly appointed.


7. Minutes of the Annual Parochial Church Meeting held on 25 April 2016

The minutes had been circulated two Sundays prior to the meeting. It was

acknowledged that the minutes were not published in the June 2017 edition

of the Parish Magazine despite that being the stated as a desired outcome.

It was noted that after the meeting it was realised that four representatives

should have been elected to the Deanery Synod so Ken Petrie was added as

the next unsuccessful candidate.

It had also been decided to maintain the status quo so far as the Independent

Examiner was concerned in view of other changes in financial arrangements

being undertaken.

Subject to these observations it was proposed by Simon Goodman, seconded

by John Steed and resolved nem con that the minutes be adopted.

8. Reports

a) Electoral Roll Changes: Ken Petrie reported that the roll had increased

from 296 to 318 with 44 from the parish. Next year would see a full renewal

of the roll.

b) PCC and Church Activities: Keith Donoghue reported that the full

Council had met eight times with considerable work being undertaken into

governance and the equipping of the Council for the many challenges it

faced over the coming years.

c) Financial Report: David Harrowes drew attention to the report contained

in the Year in Redcliffe reflecting on a good year and the constructive work

being carried out throughout the operation. Attention would be given over

the coming year to simplifying language and categories to make the report

more comprehensible but the full accounts had been approved by the

Independent Examiner and adopted by the PCC and they were duly received

by the meeting.

d) Fabric, Goods and Ornaments: Richard James thanked Alan Roberts for

his past work as Fabric Officer and Marcus Chantrey, the church architect for

their work in past years. In the last twelve months work had been undertaken

to the roof, bell frame, St John’s Chapel windows and ongoing maintenance

carried out to areas of floor tiling, Parish Office stonework, storage and silver.

Work had continued on vestments. In the coming year phase one of a new

lighting system would be initiated, improvements to wheelchair access was

being investigated, decorative repairs to ceilings were being trialled and an

new interpretative signage scheme was being considered.

e) Deanery Synod: Ken Petrie reported on the activities of the Deanery

Synod who had held three meetings considering mission initiatives, homelessness

and the criteria to be applied in the search for a new Bishop.

9. Elections to the PCC

Five nominations had been received for the six vacancies on the Council

so that Adam King, Chris Duncan, John Steed, Mary Hall and Gary Musson

were all duly elected to serve until 2021.

10. Appointments

a) Sidesmen: Graham Marsh offered the services of the Sidesmen who

were all reappointed together with the Vestry and Greater Vestry. The

increasing number of events in the church placed additional demands on

the services of Sidesmen and, as raised previously, fresh volunteers would

always be welcome.

b) Independent Examiner: It was proposed by Eric Albone, seconded

by Rob Tyley and resolved nem con that Burton Sweet be reappointed

to this position.

11. Other items

It was asked whether the church should be expressing a corporate view on

the impact of proposed increases in parking charges around the church

especially on casual visitors and on church attendance. After some

discussion it was proposed by Stuart Burnett, seconded by Marcus Ashman

and resolved nem con with two abstentions that a formal representation

should be made expressing such concerns.

11. Vicar’s Comments

Dan reminded the meeting of his forthcoming Sabbatical which would see

him leaving on Rush Sunday and returning on 2nd September. This was

defined as extended study leave and was intended as an opportunity for

refreshment for both the Vicar and the parish. During this time the Church

Wardens had responsibility and Kat and Peter would have day to day

management responsibilities.

Attention was then drawn to a number of PCC trusts and the funds that

they held and the work that would be done to regularise these holdings.

We then wondered how it costs to run SMR and where the money comes

from? Dan reflected on the fortunate position because of the contribution

made by the Church Lands Charity and the Temple Ecclesiastical Charity.

SMR Church Lands Charity had carried out considerable work resulting in

the establishment of its first constitution bringing it in line with current

best practice and this year saw the conclusion of service by members who

had, between them, contributed 147 years, Dudley Shellard, John Pickard,

Andrew Morgan, Marcus Ashman and Alan Roberts.

A Year in Redcliffe described a thriving Christian community with the Sunday

School, choir and the parish weekend. The church was also a welcoming

heritage destination being 7th out of 219 things to do in Bristol with

reviews highlighting the value of Welcomers. We were making a difference

in the parish with the community youth worker and development

officer being testimonies of an agency of transformation and activities

with the schools, Faithspace and the night shelter.

This was all animated by a progressive and sustainable organisation where

the contribution made by all in the office, especially at a time of rapid

change, was greatly valued.

As a result of that change many had vacated roles, some held for many

years, and thanks were recorded to Alan Roberts, John Pickard, Denise

Reynolds, Becky Holderman, Ann Grayburn, Angela Hogg, Rosemary

Kingsford, the Leggs, Manjin and Na Eun and Tal Aujla.

Acknowledgment was also made of those who had died in the past year

and who were remembered with prayer and thanksgiving, Mary Tyler,

Gaye Rackham, Irene Shopland, Dorothy Hancock, Ron Lane, Bill Barwell,

Bubbles Linscott, Jeremy Knight, Joyce Garland, Janet Allen, Maureen Biggs,

Keith Willcocks, Valerie Sage, Keith Scudamore and John Morris.

Finally, as the result of a challenge from Dan to consider both the current

situation and future challenges the meeting observed on the value of

volunteers and the need for training to equip them to deal with vulnerable

people with whom they may come into contact, the need to try much

harder to get people to act as stewards recognising that different circumstances

required different responses and talents, the challenge presented

by the tension of the old flats and new developments, the need to prioritise

facilities for hospitality and welcome, better accommodation for the

Sunday School, accessible toilets, the need for panic alarms and a structure

for dealing with issues around homelessness and vulnerability.

13. Act of Worship

The meeting concluded with a short act of worship.

Date of next Annual Meetings: Monday 29th April 2019 in FaithSpace

Community Centre.



[Re: APCM Minute 7 please see Editor’s Note p35]

BIG THANK YOU to everyone who has returned their Pledge Forms

following this year’s Stewardship Campaign.

We have had 58 responses so far, and those who have been able to start

planned giving or raise their giving have led to an increase in our income

of over £6000 per annum — approximately 7% increase on planned giving

from 2017. This is a great result and will help us achieve our aims as

laid out in the campaign letter, including resourcing the Sunday School,

modernising our office systems for better communication, and continuing

on our path towards Project 450.

We have many ambitious ideas and plans for the future as we continue to

grow our mission. If you haven’t returned your pledge form we would urge

you please to do so before the summer holidays, whether or not you are

able to increase. There are still some blank ones on the back table.

— thank you for supporting Redcliffe

The Stewardship Committee





LTHOUGH DAN IS AWAY on sabbatical during the summer,

development project work continues — after careful consideration,

the church decided not to submit a major bid for Heritage Lottery

Funding in August because the project team felt that more work needs

to be done to submit a high quality and competitive bid that has a good

chance of success.

You may remember from earlier reports that the HLF altered its 2018

submission dates at the end of 2017 to allow for an organisational review

during 2018 and 2019. This review is necessary because the HLF is having

to cope with reduced finances due to a fall in lottery ticket sales. In short,

the November 2018 submission date, which the church had decided to

target for its submission, was removed and August became the last bidding

date available this year. This timescale was too tight and it was felt

by the project team and Project 450 Development Board that it would be

better to carry out project work in the church’s own time rather than rush

the work to try and keep up with changes at the HLF. This is not to say

that the church will not submit a funding bid to the HLF at som e stage,

and accordingly, while getting on with planning the project, we are also

keeping an eye on the announcement of HLF funding dates for 2019.

In the meantime, as a stand-alone piece of work and in partnership with

Bristol Museums and Art Galleries, the church has decided to bid for a

smaller pot of Resilient Heritage funding to help make an informed decision

on the viability of rehousing Hogarth’s altarpiece as part of the overall

development. As part of this mini-project, we hope to carry out the following:

• A strategic impact and business plan to look at the cost and revenue

implications of including the Hogarth.

• An internal structure and process review to look at the organisational

implications of including the Hogarth.

• A strategic options and delivery plan — to be carried out by Bristol City

Council — analysing what contribution the city is able to make to the

conservation, transportation and long-term care of the altarpiece.

• A fundraising and partnership study to look at potential funding from the

arts sector as well as how the church might collaborate with arts, cultural,

charitable and educational organisations to develop activities relating to

the altarpiece, as well as the church’s wider heritage.

• A community and impact study, which will look at how the altarpiece might

be used to engage new audiences.

• A built options and interpretation study to look at what kind of space

would be needed to house the work and how it might best be interpreted

for different audiences.

This bid will be submitted by the end of July, with a decision lily to be

received by the beginning of September. It is worth pointing out that this

work will in no way delay wider project work. On the contrary, it will act

as the catalyst for an important conversation with the city about how the

church can benefit from the use of its collections (Bristol Museums holds

many documents, artefacts and images of the church that could be shown

in exhibition spaces at St Mary Redcliffe) and work in partnership with

museum engagement teams to develop strategies for broadening engagement

from local communities with the church’s heritage.

As well as this, the church’s architects at Purcell are working on a brief

development and options appraisal, based on the information that was

gathered from the questionnaire that many of you filled out and returned

earlier this year. Ideas were also generated from an options development

workshop — involving the staff team and project consultants — that took

place in April. One of the interesting things that this work has highlighted is

the possibility of a phased approach to the building work that would allow

things to start happening on the ground sooner. In the short term, Purcell’s

team is looking at options for a high quality temporary structure that could

be built on the north side of the church to answer immediate needs, such

as increased space for the Sunday school and revenue generating departments,

while planning for the project as a whole continues. A draft report

on the various options will be presented in late July / early August.

Lastly, Imagemakers, our interpretation consultants, will continue working

on an interpretation strategy during the summer, before presenting a final

report in time for Dan’s return in September.

Rhys Williams

Research Assistant

soundbites music at smr



IN THE CHURCH ARCHIVES are a number of interesting items relating

to the choir, including two beautifully leather-bound volumes; one of

which is a record of the Choir AGM Minutes and the other a Precentor’s

book, listing the music sung at the church each week in the early twentieth


As we approach the Centenary of the end of the First World War, I thought

it might be interesting to turn back the clock one hundred years, whilst

remembering the 16 choirmen, including three pairs of brothers, who

lost their lives between 1914 and 1918.


Music at Easter Day at 6.30pm

Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis — Stanford in A

Anthem — Handel: Hallelujah Chorus

Organ Voluntary — Widor’s Toccata (from Symphony 5)

Evensong 16th August at 6.30pm

Anthem —Stainer: Lead kindly light amidst the encircling gloom.

The National Anthem was sung at the end of the service.

13th November; Colston Day — “No Colston Dinner today owing to

continuance of the war, nor was there the customary distribution of buns

and shillings to the children. The choirboys received 1/– as usual but not

a bun”.


Friday 26th March at 8pm — Performance of The Crucifixion by John Stainer

17th June — No choir outing but choir funds used to send parcels to Flanders.

1st August — The organist (Ralph Morgan) purchased some old pieces

of carved wood (at St George’s curiosity shop on Park Street) stated to

e portions of the old organ case which stood at the west end of church

erected in 1726.


Sunday 23rd February — “The first Sunday since new ‘lighting’ arrangements

in church have been used owing to Zeppelin raids. No bells at

Evensong. All light shaded and very limited numbers used, A few candles,

standing alight in various places in case the whole of the electric light is

switched off at the power station”.

Maundy Thursday: 7.45am celebration in Lady Chapel — “boys in

chancel as usual and big organ used. First time this experiment has been

used and remarkably successful”.

23rd July — Cyril Broodbank, a tenor in SMR choir, was killed in active

service in France aged 25, having enlisted in March 2015. His brother

Percival was also killed in action in 1917.


4th March — The Vicar’s last Sunday before going to France as an Army

Chaplain, returning back on 27th January 1918.

Thursday 24th May — The choirmen caught the train to Portishead to

walk the coast path to Clevedon (seven miles).

9th September — Ralph Morgan, Redcliffe Organist travels to Blackpool

to enlist. He was discharged on 1st March 1919. There are very few records

of the music or the choir from later in 1917 and 1918.

Some of the Evensong items sung one hundred years ago still form part

of our repertoire in 2018 — Harwood in Ab, Walmsley in D minor, and

Stanford in Bb. The only communion service which is still sung regularly

is Stanford in Bb.

Sunday 3rd April 1932

The Choir War Memorial above the verger’s vestry in the North Choir Aisle was

dedicated, unveiled by Mr E A Broodbank, a chorister of 38 years’ standing

who lost two sons in the war. The anthem Greater Love by John Ireland was

sung at Evensong and the hymn For All The

Saints Who From Their Labours Rest was sung.

One Hundred Years On: 2014–2018

On Monday 4th August 2014 ‘Redcliffe

Remembers’ hosted a concert of Karl Jenkins

The Armed Man, sung by Noctis, Organum

and Corsham Choral Society with orchestral

accompaniment, conducted by Francis Faux.

Susan Vincent carried out research into her

two uncles, Albert and William Elmes, who

died in the First World War. Both were choirmen

at the church. She also researched the

lives of the fourteen other choirmen who died in action and produced

a very informative booklet on their lives. If you would like to see a copy,

please contact the Parish office — a donation of £2 is requested for a copy

of the booklet.

In the St John’s Chapel can be seen four panels created by schoolchildren

from Horfield and our St Mary Redcliffe Choristers over the past four

years. In the chorister panel, the poppies are made from red paper onto

which was photocopied excerpts from Faure’s Requiem and other anthems

suitable for Remembrance. If you haven’t seen these panels, I commend

them to you!

Saturday 10th November 3–4pm: our choirs will give a short concert of

music suitable for Remembrance, with tea and cake to follow afterwards.

Please make a note of this date and encourage others to attend too. Tickets

£5 with proceeds from the concert being given to the British Legion.

Sunday 11th November: there will be the Service of Eucharist at 9.30am

followed by the Act of Remembrance at 11am. The Evening service takes a

different format from Evensong, with contributions from the local community.

The service starts at 6pm and will end at 7pm with the lighting of a beacon.

Andrew Kirk, Director of Music

sunday school at smr




OUR LAST SUNDAY SCHOOL SESSION for the year is on 22nd July,

and we’ll be celebrating with some fun and games. It’s certainly

been another incredible year as Sunday School Co-ordinator and

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it. When I took on the role nearly three years ago,

one of the aims was to find a new welcoming song to sing at the start of

our sessions; this year, we had the pleasure of having Jacob Parker with us

for a short period as part of his Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Jacob

has a great talent for music; he spent some time working with the children

and, based on his experiences, he composed a lovely song for us, to the

tune of Frère Jacques —

“Welcome to our Sunday School”

Sunday mornings tend to get off to

a busy start in the Macron household!

Not known for ever being

early, I always tend to arrive at

church in a hurry (with a number

of bags!) and my stress levels are

high — but as soon as I stand at

the door and welcome everyone

into the Undercroft — children,

families, friends, visitors — everything

becomes good! I really love

that moment.

I recently heard some very inspirational

speeches from different

priests and their journeys to faith.

They were all very inspiring but

there was one thing that particularly

struck me about the first; it was her

reason for coming back to church as

an adult: she wanted her children to

attend the local church school. This

was a decision that set her on her

incredible journey to priesthood.

Her story clearly illustrates what I

firmly believe: it really does not matter

what brings someone through

our church doors; what does matter is that they’ve chosen to come and

when we welcome, it should not be accompanied with judgement or

conditions. A welcome is quite simply a welcome.

“Friends and fun for everyone”

During the First Sunday Service at

the start of June, the children commented

on what they liked about

Sunday School — many referred to

the “activities”. The talent involved

in the varied methodologies used

in relaying the messages from the

bible is totally attributed to our

very gifted and dedicated team of

Sunday School leaders and helpers.

There are now 16 leaders and

three helpers in our ever-growing

team! In addition, we have also had

the pleasure of having parents and

friends share their expertise and

talents. Natasheya’s needle felting

has been a Sunday School favourite,

and we are very grateful to her and

to all those who give their time and

energy to make our Sunday School

a success. In our last session of the term, we will be saying a huge thank

you and a temporary “farewell” to Helena, and we look forward to

welcoming Adam, Helena and their new baby to our Sunday School family

in the Autumn.

“Sparks, Candles, Lamps; Fireworks and Rockets”

Over the past three years, we have

certainly seen our numbers increase.

This past academic year, in addition

to the 110 children currently

on our list, we have welcomed a

further 15 visitors. Our youngest

Spark is 8 months old; there is no

“age” to start Sunday School — we

just ask that children under school

age are accompanied by an adult so

that we can maintain our ratios. As

mentioned in previous articles, our

plans to launch Rockets, our youth

group, during the 9:30 Eucharist did

not take off — we do have teenagers

at our Sunday School, but never

enough on one day to form their

own group. As we continue to look

at how we can improve our provision

for our teenagers on a Sunday

morning, we’ve also now established a separate youth group on a Sunday

afternoon and will be starting this in September (three Sundays a month,

from 4:30–5:30pm, in the Undercroft).

“Every day; learn, share, pray”

Although many of our leaders prepare their own activities for Sunday

School, we also rely on the plans and ideas from our resources, “Roots”.

Roots is lectionary-based and enables us to hear the “big story” in the

present generation. Moreover, it encourages discipleship throughout the

week. Sunday School is not just about learning Bible stories on a Sunday.

We also “break out” from the lectionary each year to think about how we

talk to God through pray. One of our Rockets, Sophie took some time to

carefully create three prayer stations which have not just been successfully

used during Sunday School but also on Doors Open Day last September.

Welcome to our Sunday School

Friends and Fun for Everyone

Sparks, Candles, Lamps,

Fireworks and Rockets

Every day; learn, share, pray

on evangelism — and for me this

one really hit a chord. In the group

there was a bit of a mixed reaction

and a discussion took place about

how people can sometimes be reluctant

to talk about their religion; the

phrase “bible bashing” was also used.

I personally think that there is a lot

worse to bash in life. The way I see

evangelism is like this: it’s like you’ve

been invited to the most amazing

party ever — it’s so great that you

want to let everyone know about it

and so you hand out as many invitations

as possible — to your friends,

to your family — to everybody. They

don’t have to accept the invitation,

but what is important is that they

know it’s there. And when you have

something so great, why wouldn’t

you want to share it?

— our Sunday School

Welcome Song

by Jacob Parker

Becky Macron

Sunday School Leader

At the start of this article, I referred to some very inspirational speeches

I’ve recently heard from different priests. The last speech focused

All photographs courtesy of SMR Sunday School and families, with permission

education at smr



THE EDUCATION TEAM has been busy this term. We began with

tours to Year 7 students from St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School

who came as part of their Religious Education studies. We will end

with tours to Year 8 students from Colston’s Girls’ School who will come to

enhance their History studies. It seems that more schools are interested in

the way we can support their History curriculum.

Related to that is a partnership I have

formed with Education Officers at

Bristol Cathedral, The New Rooms in

Broadmead, The Museum Service, St

George’s, The Ferry Boat Company

and Bristol Insight (the Open Top Bus

Company). Together we have developed

a leaflet which sets out our joint

offer on the theme of Abolition and

Transatlantic Slave Trade. The entry

for St Mary Redcliffe is as follows:

“...Explore Bristol’s maritime history in

an interactive workshop and meet the

city’s explorers and merchants. In this

workshop we introduce the wealthy

15th century shipowner and Lord Mayor

of Bristol William Canynges MP, and explorer John Cabot who sailed to

North America in 1497 in The Matthew. We also consider the controversial

merchant Edward Colston, who was both Deputy Governor of the Royal

Africa Company, which traded in enslaved men, women and children but

was also a generous benefactor within Bristol. // Suitable for: Key Stage 2

and above.”

If you would like to help deliver these sorts of workshops please get in touch

For the second year running, the whole of Year 8 from Norton Hill School

in Midsomer Norton visited St Mary Redcliffe over two afternoons, having

visited the Hindu temple and a mosque during the mornings. Each group

comprised 150 students plus staff members. After a talk from me about

the church: a brief history, what we do now and who works here the large

groups were broken into smaller ones and did a trail around the church

using a worksheet as a starting point. Volunteers were on hand to explain

things as they walked around. The feedback from this school was amazing:

“Your talk was well pitched and explained well the history of the building and

the sort of things that go on within your church. The volunteers engaged so

well with the students and it was wonderful to see them leading groups around

various sites of interest and being so friendly and approachable with our

students. Having 300 Year 8’s visit your place of worship is such a big ask

and yet you could not have been more accommodating. Our students felt

welcomed and were very interested to know more by completing the trail

you provided. For many students this would have been the first encounter of

Christianity if they did not attend a church school and you made this a

really positive experience. They came away really understanding the important

work that goes on at St Mary Redcliffe within the community and had a better

understanding of the faith.”

— The school was a delight to work with.

IN A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT way we had a wonderful time with the

Year 2 classes from St Mary Redcliffe Primary School.

Their question was What do Christians believe about God? In their RE

lessons they had been looking at the parable of the lost son (The Prodigal

Son) and so they had been learning that Christians believe that God is like

a loving father. To complement that I chose to focus on the parable of the

lost sheep. The message for the children was that Christians believe that

God is like a Good Shepherd who cares for his sheep.

After checking that the children knew that a parable is ‘a story with a hidden

meaning’, we read the story in Luke 15 from the Lion’s Children’s Bible.

We had hidden a lot of (cotton

wool) sheep around the Lady

Chapel and had a (fabric) field

and a (knitted) shepherd. The

children had to hunt for the

sheep and bring them to the



music and craft:

come and enjoy

our free holiday


However one sheep was still

lost so the shepherd had to

search harder for that one! The

children then went on to do a

trail around the church to find

words to make up a sentence

from the story.

They also made wonderful

‘stained glass’ pictures of the

story — see the shepherd and

sheep opposite.

It was delightful to discover

that the children were able

to remember so much about

their visit last year, even to

the point of remembering

specific terms and the uses

of different things in the

church. Bearing in mind they were only five or six years old when they

came last summer, that was very impressive!

I’d like to thank all the talented volunteers who helped me to run

these events.

Sarah Yates

Education Officer


partnering with Bristol

cathedral to put on a

range of activities for

families with children

up to age 11 — pick up

a copy of our flyer (left)

in church, and see the

listing below:


1st August 10am–12noon



8th August 10am–12noon

Wednesday morning sessions of music and craft— come and learn songs, listen

to stories, follow trails, create craft animals and boats (and float, or sink, your

boat!) Where: St Mary Redcliffe Church Is there a cost? No — both sessions are

free Anything else I need to know? There’s no need to book and you can come for

one or both sessions, but children must be accompanied by an adult

Looking forward to seeing you

— Sarah Yates, Education Officer

email: sarah.yates@stmaryredcliffe.co.uk // call: 0117-231 0060

NB: details of Bristol cathedral’s summer activities can be found on the cathedral

website at: https://www.bristol-cathedral.co.uk/schools-families/

at Bristol City Museum & Art Gallery...



“ ...

six large tapestries that

explore the British fascination with

taste and class by one of the UK’s

best-known and best-loved artists

— Grayson Perry.

Inspired by Hogarth’s morality tale,

A Rake’s Progress, Perry’s tapestries

follow the socially-mobile life of

fictional character Tim Rakewell

from infancy to untimely death. Made

in parallel with a Channel 4 documentary

series, All in the Best Possible

Taste, they are crammed with acutely-observed

detail and invite us all to

consider our own attitudes to class

and our positions in society.

The exhibition also includes a number

of works from our own collections,

including historical ceramics, and the

original Rake’s Progress print series by

William Hogarth and David Hockney.

A specially designed guide will take

you on a journey around the museum

in search of historic motifs found

in the tapestries, and you can hear

perspectives, in newly-created audio,

from experts in different fields ...”




A small group of us from church

went to see the above exhibition in

its final week. Julia Carver, Curator

of Modern and Contemporary Art

at Bristol City Museum guided us


Grayson Perry is an artist with an

international reputation whose

work and writings inspire me and,

having seen this exhibition earlier

during its run at the Museum, I decided

I wanted to see it again — this

time, if at all possible, guided by its

Curator and in company with people

at church. Project 450 requires us to

consider “the stories we want to tell”

and, as a member of the church’s

PCC, I thought people would wish to

see how the Museum had mounted

the exhibition, and how the artist had

responded to the work of William

Hogarth — whose altarpiece we

have been discussing for some while.

Having made contact with Julia I was

delighted that she could offer us

some dates, and invited fellow PCC

members and others who I thought

might be keen, and was pleased that most responded positively. In the

event, only a handful of us could make the date (a weekday) but the

opportunity to talk with an expert mattered and we had an excellent

visit. Thanks all round — the reflections below are an amalgam of our

impressions, and mine concerning a particular aspect of the works.

Tapestry no 3: “The Expulsion from Number 8 Eden Close”

LISTS — I had a list of things to look out for and find out about: how

this series of six contemporary tapestries related to William Hogarth’s

18th century series of eight prints (originally paintings, from which he

made engravings; I’d seen the paintings at Sir John Soane’s Museum at the

church’s April precedent visit to London); how David Hockney’s etchings

sat alongside the other artists’ work; the scale of Perry’s tapestries as well

as the depictions in them of today’s cultures; how the exhibition had been

put together; footfall through the exhibition (demographics and numbers);

the audio guide and Channel 4 film; the references to mediaeval and

Renaissance religious imagery that are integral to the works. And so on.

In terms of immediate impressions, a number found the exhibition “thoughtprovoking”

and later comments yielded “beautiful art, amazingly creative,

fascinating social comment, a lucid introduction from Julia”. In the end

Julia’s introduction to the tapestries deftly explored the way in which the

works speak for themselves, suggested answers to our questions and had

us asking ones we didn’t know we had — as good art does. And an expert

guide too — the following comment from one of our wider number (who

Photo: EJL

wasn’t able to come with us but who had see the exhibition earlier) bears

out the gist of the tour we were given and the overall experience (“thanks

for organising this, it was great”) of the visit:

Grayson Perry has wonderful powers of observation and an ability to see

things clearly. He can pass an opinion without appearing judgmental. Good

links at the exhibition between Hogarth, Hockney, Perry — a great theme and

informative film. Left me feeling I wanted to research more. Nicely laid out. I

enjoyed reading the text in the booklet and listening to the audio guide.

There is much to pick up on here: observation; being not judgmental but

instead forensic, and charitable (in the KJV sense of the word*); the business

of linking artists through

the centuries in terms of

their vision and humanity;

artist legacy, regeneration

and possibility; storytelling

(artists and curators — from

the Latin curare, to care for);

enthusing new generations

of people to do works that

are both good and have

communicative value in

whatever field of human

endeavour. I have read*

a distinction between the Aristotelian “virtues”, as set out in mediaeval

Scholastic thought, of “doing” and “making” good works, and am reminded

of words in Perry’s sketchbook

(also on show): “as an

artist my first responsibility

is to a good image”. Artists’

sketchbooks are relentless

attempts to map one seemingly

impossible thing onto


I was interested in the points of intersection for us at St Mary Redcliffe

between this exhibition and the church’s threefold focus on its faith, its

history and heritage, and its community — “a thriving Christian community;

a welcoming heritage destination; an effective parish church” (see page

6 for the full version). Because the connections seem to be there. But with

little space or time to unpick some complex relationships, here are some

things that have occurred to me recently, based on the faith aspect of the

church’s three-point focus.

The other day (Tuesday 26 June to be precise) I went to the hear the last of

the talks given at Bristol cathedral on Tuesday evenings in June under the

title undivided: one hundred years of remembering and forgetting: 1914–

2018. The talk* was given by the Dean, the Very Revd Dr David Hoyle, and

was titled “Do this in remembrance of me”— reflections on the centrality of

the Eucharist in our human experience of memory in the context of Christ’s

command to remember— to enter into — his life and Passion in the act of

breaking bread in his name. I must in haste sign off but not before noting

the light-bulb moment that I experienced: the talk was delivered with many

an image of aspects of Christ’s life as depicted by the artists of the mediaeval

and Renaissance periods, whose images, as discussed in the talk and in

questions afterwards, are both immersive and forever present — you can

access them at any point and at any time — and capable of mind-bending

juxtapostions. As are images per se. And one of my questions in the Perry

exhibition concerned the references to religious imagery present in all but

one of the artist’s six tapestries. Actually, three questions rolled into one:

how do the images that Perry refers to fit with the stories he wants to tell;

how does (or not) the religious art of the past inform secular contemporary

art settings; how might it inform us at St Mary Redcliffe?

Unfortunately I have no time left to unpick this, but it’s a worthwhile journey

and my aim is to continue with it in the next issue of the magazine. Until

then thanks to all who came along to explore this interesting exhibition

with me and to the Curator for her time.

Acknowledgement: thanks to Rhys Williams for permission to use his photographs of the

exhibition (p22, detail) and visit (p24); we hope to include more in September’s magazine.

* A trio: the King James Version of the bible (KJV) uses the word ‘charity ’ where modern

English translations use ‘love ’ // Re ‘doing and making’, this is from “Grace and Necessity;

reflections on art and love” by Rowan Williams // A précis of the Dean’s talk is available

online at https://bristol-cathedral.co.uk/news/blog-post-reflections-on-undivided-lecture-3


Saw this and thought of you!..

Saw this and thought of

you xxx



DAY TRIPS, visiting family or

even going abroad all

require some sort of travel.

Whether it’s on foot, on a bike, in

the car, on a bus, train, or plane,

the journey itself can be an opportunity

to see new things and ask

for God’s blessing too.

Why not visit the Royal Academy up in

town? The Summer Exhibition looks

fun this year — a fellow fan sent this...

"Grayson sends the RA potty


Coordinated by Grayson Perry and a

committee of Academicians, the world's

largest open-submission exhibition is

even more of a madcap jumble of styles

and approaches than usual; deliberately

so, as the transvestite potter champions

the inspired amateur over the jaded

professional. Against the odds, it's the

most satisfying incarnation in years.

Royal Academy of Arts London W1

020 7300 8000, until Aug 19"

... great for families too — EV

...some CofE ideas for young

children and their families off

on holiday (see the link below)

Where are we going?

Going to a different place is exciting

for little children. What will it

be like there? If you are travelling a

really long way, the landscape or the

weather or the food might be very

different, and the people might look

different too. This is a great chance

to help your child understand the

world. It’s a big place, an amazing

place, full of new things to discover.

Look at some maps together before

you set off. Find where you live, and

where you’re going. Talk about how

you will get there, and how long the

journey will be. Look up some pictures

on the internet of the place

where you will be staying, and some

of the things you will be doing.

The Bible tells a story in which

Abraham and Sarah set off on a long

journey, and wondered whether

God would be there when they

arrived. They knew God was with

them at home, but would God be

where they were going? Every place

where they stopped on their journey,

they prayed to God and found

that God was already there, because

God is everywhere.

Blessing for a journey

Travelling with little children isn’t

always easy. Why not ask God to

bless you on your journey? A simple

way to do this is to take out the little

card from your luggage label, if you

have one, and on the back, write

the simple prayer, ‘God bless us on

our journey’. Replace the card in its

holder, and nobody will know the

prayer is there except you and God.

Car games

For children, the journey to a holiday

destination often starts out

quite exciting, but before you know

it, there’s an endless round of ‘Are

we nearly there yet?’ If you can’t

face several hours of ‘I spy’, or your

children are too little for it, why not

play a treasure hunt game? Even little

children can help to spot things

like ‘a red car’ or ‘a yellow lorry’, and

you can extend the game to include

things like ‘something unexpected’

or ‘something new’. This can be

a good way of getting to know the

landscape if you’re travelling somewhere

that’s new to your children, or

to all of you, such as hills, or even

mountains, if you usually live somewhere

flat. If you live in a city and are

driving through the countryside, you

can learn to spot animals in fields.

If you’re off to the coast, there’s always

‘who will be the first to see the

sea!’ And wherever you are, you can

look up and spot funny shapes in

the clouds...

This article is taken from www.churchofenglandchristenings.org

with permission

[Readers: please see the Editor’s Note p35 on

“Birdwatching” in June’s Summertime spread]

Redcliffe cultures...






and today we pulled up eight

wheelbarrows worth of weeds —

thistles, dandelions, docks and Jack

Go-to-Bed-at-Noon to give more

growing space to Moon Daisies,

Sweet William and Love-in-the-Mist.

It’s prime growing time so the beds

of potatoes, cabbages, carrots and

peas could do with the same treatment

next week. Anyone walking

along Ship Lane should look out for

two wooden boxes of new shallot

and onion plants near the compost

bins where Ship Lane meets Prewett


Since last September when the NGO,

Growing Support ended its two year

contract to support the Redcliffe

Garden Club, club members have

worked very hard as an action

team, but we realised we needed

to do more strategic seasonal planning.

At the most recent Committee

meeting (comprising all members) it

was decided, inter alia, that we would

map all the green areas round the

flats (wild garden, rockery, raised

beds etc) and perhaps introduce a bit

of modest landscaping to enhance

the areas and make them more

exciting places for adults to relax in

and children to play in.

Architect George Lovesmith, who

helps facilitate Playing Out, is also an

Architecture tutor at UWE. He hopes

to encourage some undergraduates

to adopt the mapping and landscaping

of the Redcliffe high-rise

triangle as one of their study projects.

Good practice for them and an exciting

prospect for us! We shall be keeping

readers posted.

Angela Hogg

Photo: Rhys Williams

THE REDCLIFFE RAPTURE was performed in the Faithspace

Centre on Saturday 23 June to a packed audience.The actors were

local residents and people connected to Redcliffe and/or the

church — Marion Durbur stepped in at the last moment in the key role of


The performance was the first draft of a new site-specific play and the

culmination of 7 months of 7 volunteers collecting 57 Redcliffe based

stories. The plot deftly combined these historic stories with earth and

water eruptions which divided the Redcliffe community. They began to

attribute the disruption to new development work in the area. (Readers

may deduce any post-war and current parallels for themselves).

The actors were a very well coordinated team portraying a complex

situation. At the end we were all suddenly ushered to the church to watch

and listen to an enchanting audio visual projection of the stories. Year 5

of St Redcliffe Redcliffe Church Primary School participated in making this

projection in concert with Rachel Aspinwall — Director of the whole project,

Redcliffe Present Perfect: Histories of Now.

And… not to be forgotten: the most elderly Redcliffe resident to contribute

a local story was invited to cut the red ribbon and formally open the story

collecting website.

Angela Hogg

parishioner to parishioner msgs

MANY CONGRATULATIONS to Geoffrey and Nicole Robinson

on their 60th Wedding Anniversary last month.

A happy occasion — we shared in a slice of anniversary cake, and we

wish them and their family every future happiness — “for whither thou

goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my

people, and thy God my God” (Ruth 1: 16)

THANK YOU! —Evelyn Burton-Guyett says:

“a huge thank you to

everyone who came

out on Saturday 23rd

June to help plant

lavenders and give

our Garden of

Remembrance a

well-needed spruce up

The sun was shining,

and the garden is

now looking so much

better. More news

and photos soon!”

a sting in the tail

Windmills turning,

Sun-sky burning,

Sea mist rising,


River-end views,

Sand/mud hues.

Vision zooms,

Pont Hafren looms,

Pale green,

Tall and lean,

Stately in the gathering dusk.

And in the air, the scent of musk,

Oh, if only! The rising plumes —

Petrol smell and diesel fumes



Geoffrey Robinson

a poem written last

December influenced

by a journey home

from St Davids and

crossing the second

Severn Bridge (M4) at

dusk, Nicole driving,

giving me a chance to

look down the river as

we crossed. The bridge

has no official name so

I have taken to calling

it by its Welsh name,

which means simply

'Severn Bridge' — GR

Evening Shadows —

crayons & sketchbook

(detail), EJL 2016

forgotten voices WWI July, August 1918

undivided: One Hundred Years of Remembering and Forgetting, 1914-2018

Silence is not, in general, a key feature of our culture—we are generally a very

noisy and busy society. There is one area, however, in which silence has become

increasingly common — the numerous occasions on which we are called to observe

a national silence in the wake of tragic events or on their anniversaries....

— Revd Andrew Totten, MBE

THE ABOVE WORDS are from a talk entitled Military remembrance: the

personal and the political, the first of four for Bristol cathedral's June

undivided series above. These and the following words are taken from

the review of the talk on the News section of the cathedral’s website:

Revd Andrew Totten MBE ... explored

the tension between the political and

the personal within the area of remembrance.

He focused on the use of silence

as a public way of remembering and

marking grief, following its development

through modern history. Its most

famous and consistent use over the last

one hundred years has, of course, been

in the observation of two minutes of

silence on Remembrance Day to commemorate

those who died in the two

great wars. Over the last twenty years

the observation of silence has become

increasingly common — we are experiencing

what the speaker called ‘silence

inflation’. Whilst there is certainly a

place for silence, Revd Totten reflected

that its overuse and misuse has cheapened

it. Through his extensive experience

as a military chaplain he has seen that

the political motivations behind public

displays of grief are often to the detriment

of the personal and pastoral needs

of those most closely affected (families

and troops) — which can often lead to

emotional fatigue. Silence is a powerful

tool. Although it can often be used for

good — helping people stop and reflect

in times of deep emotional crisis — it

can also be a means to close down discussion,

to enforce conformity in a world

where people do not necessarily agree

about the circumstances of grief. Revd

Totten finished by drawing a link with the

words of Ecclesiastes which tells us that

there is a time for silence but also a time

to speak out, a time to hold on and a

time to let go. As the Cardinals Winning

and Hume observed in the wake of the

Dunblane school massacre — in times

of crisis the church’s response should

not be silence, but instead in speaking

out and fervent prayer.

Revd Andrew Totten MBE is Principal at the Armed Forces’ Chaplaincy Centre

and an Honorary Chaplain to the Queen. He has been a British Army Chaplain since 1994

our Voices compilation by Lester Clements resumes in September

diary dates 1st July – 2nd September

please note that in addition to the diary listings below, which vary in frequency or other

details, the following events happen every week in this period—






Faithspace Coffee Morning // 10am–12pm — Faithspace Community

Centre (FCC)

Christian Meditation // 6.30–7.00pm — FCC

Jazz in the Undercroft // 7.30pm–10.00pm. NB — Summer closure: last

session 25 July; sessions start again 5 September

Redcliffe Gardening Group // 10.00am–12.00pm — Somerset Square

Police Beat Surgery Drop-in // 1.00pm–2.00pm — FCC

2 Pot Luck Lunches // 12.30pm — at Rosemary Cooper’s

2 Postcard Club // 7.30pm — FCC

3 Holy Communion // 12:30pm — Revd Peter Dill

4 Hymn Sing-Along // 11.00am — Rosemary Kingsford — FCC

4 Redcliffe Lunch Club // 12.00pm — RNIB — FCC

4 Redcliffe Film Club // 2.30pm — A Good Year — FCC

5 Holy Communion // 12:30pm — Revd Kat Campion-Spall

5 Organ Recital // 1.15pm — Iain Crabbe; Marlborough College

10 Holy Communion // 12:30pm — Revd Kat Campion-Spall


11 Redcliffe Lunch Club // 12.00pm — Yvonne; Bumper Quiz with prizes— FCC

11 Mothers’ Union // 2.30pm — Judy Loxley; Thought for the Day — FCC

12 Eucharist with Prayer for Healing // 12.30pm — Revd Kat Campion-Spall

12 Organ Recital // 1.15pm — Jonathan Vaughan; Greenwich, USA

17 Holy Communion // 12:30pm — Canon Bruce Saunders

18 No Lunch Club until Wednesday 5 September

18 Redcliffe Film Club // 2.30pm — Mrs Doubtfire — FCC

19 No lunchtime organ recitals until 13 September

19 Holy Communion // 12:30pm — Revd Peter Dill

24 Holy Communion // 12:30pm — Revd Peter Dill

26 Eucharist with Prayer for Healing // 12.30pm — Revd Peter Dill

28 Wedding of Max Hogg & Abaigeal Burrell // 1.00pm — Revd Chris Parkman

31 Holy Communion // 12:30pm — Revd Peter Dill

1 Hymn Sing-Along // 11.00am — Rosemary Kingsford — FCC

2 Holy Communion // 12:30pm —


4 Wedding of John Hatton & Terri Dowling // 3.00pm — Revd Kat Campion-Spall

6 Postcard Club // 7.30pm — FCC

7 Holy Communion // 12:30pm —

8 Mothers’ Union // 2.30pm — Do It Yourself — FCC

9 Eucharist with Prayer for Healing // 12.30pm —

14 Holy Communion // 12:30pm —

16 No Pot Luck Lunch in August

16 Holy Communion // 12:30pm —

18 Wedding of Robert Smalldridge & Chevonne Douglas // 1.00pm —

Revd Kat Campion-Spall

21 Holy Communion // 12:30pm —

23 Eucharist with Prayer for Healing // 12.30pm —

24 Deadline for articles for September issue of the parish magazine // Please

send to Eleanor Vousden at editor.mag@stmaryredcliffe.co.uk

28 Holy Communion // 12:30pm —

30 Holy Communion // 12:30pm —

parish register & Sunday records May-Jun 2018


Samuel Nicholas Peck and Hannah Rebecca Lexton

Andrew James Dury and Helen Sarah Poole


Date 2018 27 May 3 June 10 June 17 June 24 June

Adult Child Adult Child Adult Child Adult Child Adult Child

8.00am 10 - 11 - 8 - 7 - 4 -

9.30am 80 12 103 27 107 26 95 27 106 29

11.15am 9 1 14 - 17 - 14 - 19 -

6.30pm 31 2 37 - 33 3 14 - 21 -

NB: attendance figures refer to congregation only, not to clergy, servers, choir or vergers


Period: 27 May–17 June 2018

27 May 3 June 10 June 17 June

£369.87 £352.22 £486.04 £345.13

9th June 2018

14th June 2018

nb editor’s note

email: editor.mag@stmaryredcliffe.co.uk

UST SAYING... A Year at the Magazine — July-August 2017 to 2018:


The parish magazine has been under the present editorship since this

time last year (issue for July-August 2017) — a busy time and steep learning

curve so thank you again to my predecessor for her advice. It is rewarding

work, and something of a privilege. As the magazine report for the 2018

edition of A Year at Redcliffe outlines, there have been some great articles

and a lot of engagement from readers during this time, and ‘the mag’ looks

forward to further creativity all round. Meanwhile, here are some ‘housekeeping’

issues for your attention:

Copy and errata* [*please see postscript item below]

Firstly, a gentle reminder that publishing ‘copy’ in the magazine means

balancing not just deadline, suitability, space, ‘breaking news’ and errata,

but also editor availability, and traditionally is at the editor’s discretion.

Secondly, if readers have any concerns about material published please

email me at the address above or contact the Parish Office. Two things here:

Page 5 — APCM Minutes, item 7: ”It was acknowledged that the minutes [APCM

2016] were not published in the June 2017 edition of the Parish Magazine

despite that being the [sic] stated as a desired outcome.” The Minutes for

this meeting were not published in the June 2017 issue of the magazine

due to editorial changeover around the time of production of both the

June and July-August 2017 issues. This matter was discussed at the time.

Please can readers note that although the magazine is built on offering

“the desired outcome” for all suitable material, and strives to do so, with

regret this is not always possible.

Page 19, June 2018 — “birdwatching”: a reader writes with a concern over

last month’s information on photographing and observing birds’ nests,

advising that, “whilst it’s great to notice and enjoy birdlife”, indiscriminate

observation and photography disturbs nesting birds, which is an offence

in law; RSPB provide accurate birdwatching information. We’ve contacted

the CofE source of the article, to whom thanks for an otherwise helpful piece.

NB — postscript: the July-August magazine is available from 2nd July; copies were

delivered to church on Friday 29th June but recalled because of a typographical

error; the magazine has no proofreading help but Church is looking into this.

— best wishes, Eleanor

Tel: 0117-9634856 (direct) or 0117-2310060 (Parish Office)

The deadline for the September issue is Friday 24th August

with thanks to kendra lindegaard age 9 and family for this detail of a sketch of an smr candelabra

prayers for July & August

groups within the church

Enveloped in Love

Before I was born your love enveloped me.

You turned nothing into substance, and created me.

Who etched out my frame? Who poured

me into a vessel and moulded me?

Who breathed a spirit into me? Who opened

the womb of the Underworld and extracted me?

Who has guided me from youth-time until now,

taught me knowledge, and cared wondrously for me?

Truly, I am nothing but clay within your hand.

It is you, not I, who have really fashioned me.

I confess my sin to you, and do not say

that a serpent intrigued and tempted me.

How can I conceal from you my faults, since

before I was born your love enveloped me?.

Solomon Ibn Gabirol (1021–1056)

from An Anthology for the Church Year, ©1998 H J Richards,

pub by Kevin Mayhew Ltd by kind permission

The regular congregation is large, active and involved. If you would like to

join one of the many groups connected with the Church, please contact the

appropriate group leader

Head Server

Head Sidesman

Head Steward

PCC Secretary

PCC Treasurer

PCC Safeguarding

PCC Recorder

Sunday School

Faithspace Centre

Lunch Club


Dean Barry

Graham Marsh

Andy Carruthers

Keith Donoghue

David Harrowes

Stephen Brooke

c /o Parish Office

Becky Macron

Sarah James

Bobby Bewley

Lewis Semple








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Almighty God,

you have provided the resources of the world

to maintain the life of your children,

and have so ordered our life

that we are dependant upon each other.

Bless us in our daily work,

and as you have given us the knowledge to produce plenty,

so give us the will to bring it within the reach of all;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

adapted from a Rogation Day collect, Alternative Service Book 1980

from Mothers’ Union Anthology of Public Prayer

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know — contact the Clergy or Vergers as soon as possible.

Please consult the Parish Office before making any arrangements for

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8.00 am holy communion

9.30 am sung eucharist

With Crèche and Sunday School, and followed by coffee

11.15 am choral mattins

6.30 pm sung evensong

weekday services

holy communion

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12.30 pm

2nd and 4th Thursdays at 12.30 pm with Prayers for Healing

morning and evening prayer

Monday to Friday at 8.30 am and 4.30 pm in the Lady Chapel

opening times

Weekdays all year round from 8.30 am – 5.00 pm

Bank Holidays 9.00 am – 4.00 pm (except New Year's Day)

Sundays 8.00 am – 8.00 pm

The Church is occasionally closed for special events and services

The Arc Café in the Undercroft

Serving home made refreshments all day

Opening hours:

Monday to Friday 8.00 am – 3.00 pm

Lunch served from 12.00 – 2.30 pm

Tel: 0117-929 8658

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