St Mary Redcliffe Church Parish Magazine July/August 2019

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St Mary Redcliffe

Singing the song of faith and justice

parish magazine













St Mary Redcliffe

with Temple, Bristol & St John the Baptist, Bedminster


Elizabeth Shanahan — 07808 505977


Richard Wallace — 0117-923 2219


operations manager

Peter Rignall — 0117-231 0073



Pat Terry — 0117-231 0063



Ros Houseago — 0117-231 0063



Vergers’ office — 0117-231 0061

Matthew Buckmaster — Head Verger


Judith Reading — Verger



Revd Dan Tyndall — 0117-231 0067

email: dan.tyndall@stmaryredcliffe.co.uk


Revd Kat Campion-Spall — 0117-231 0070

email: kat.campion-spall@stmaryredcliffe.co.uk


Revd Anthony Everitt

email: anthony.everitt@stmaryredcliffe.co.uk


Revd Aggie Palairet

email: aggie.palairet@stmaryredcliffe.co.uk


Revd Peter Dill

THE PARISH OFFICE: 12 Colston Parade, Redcliffe, Bristol BS1 6RA. Tel: 0117-231 0060

email: parish.office@stmaryredcliffe.co.uk. Staff may also be contacted via the parish office.

SMR ONLINE: please visit us at www.stmaryredcliffe.co.uk


Andrew Kirk — 0117-231 0065



Claire and Graham Alsop


Rhys Williams — 0117-231 0068



Sarah Yates — 0117-231 0072



Becky Macron — 07387 909343



Rachel Varley — 0117-231 0071



David Cousins — 0117-231 0067


Vicar's letter




YOU CAN’T IGNORE IT — over the last

few months more and more people seem

to be taking seriously the possibility that we

are in crisis. And by we, I mean all the inhabitants

of this planet. From 16-year-old Greta Thunberg’s

mobilisation of children and young people

around the world, which has rippled up through

other generations, to the wisdom of 93-year-old

David Attenborough’s advocacy for the planet he

has studied and showcased over a lifetime, more

and more people are becoming aware of the impact of human life on our

planet and our need to radically reassess how we live.

At the end of May, I was in Salisbury Cathedral, on the day Gaia, an artwork

by Luke Jerram was installed — a 7m-wide globe, hanging in the crossing,

gently turning. To worship in the cathedral with the world turning a few

metres away was an extraordinary experience — as the person leading

evensong said, “so huge, and yet ironically so small” as the earth is 1.8

million times larger than Jerram’s globe. Part of his intention with this work

is to try and offer people a taste of “the overview effect” experienced by

many astronauts. Seeing the whole earth from space can have a profound

impact on people, as the earth’s fragility suddenly becomes clear, and the

need to protect it self-evident — but also the barriers and divisions created

by humans disappear, and a sense of the possibility of a planetary society

uniting to protect the earth becomes real.

Part of our Christian calling is to look beyond ourselves — we do this when

we reach out towards God, but also when we are open to our neighbour,

to the stranger, the person who is different from us. And we are also called

to look beyond ourselves to the whole of creation. Dan mentioned the “5

marks of mission” in his APCM remarks; the fifth is “to strive to safeguard

the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth.”

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Caring for our planet is part of the mission God calls us to as Christians;

doing this across boundaries and barriers is how God calls us to work.

As individuals we may be doing well at cutting down on our disposable

plastics, eating less meat, thinking about our travel choices and so on, but

as a church we clearly have the opportunity to do more to safeguard

creation. Over the last month, Alex, one of our ordinands on placement

has carried out an environmental audit of our church life as part of the Eco

Church scheme. The initial assessment suggests that our worship, liturgy

and teaching place a high emphasis on the wonder of God’s creation.

However, there is plenty of room for improvement in the environmental

impact of other areas of our church life — our buildings and land, our

engagement with the community and the world — but particularly our

lifestyles. Are we practising what we preach, pray and sing?

We may be in climate crisis, but our response does not need to feel

burdensome. We are, after all, being asked to care for God’s beloved

creation, and this can be done with wonder, love and joy. In the words of

Rowan Williams at the recent Christian Climate Action vigil at St Paul’s

Cathedral, “Christians are called by God to show to the world what the

divine image looks like — the image of a divine creator who brought the

world to birth, called it good, and summoned human beings to reflect this

divine care and delight through their own work in the world, animated by

the gift of Christ’s Spirit… In the face of impending environmental crisis,

we need to encourage one another to grow more fully into the joyful

responsibility we are made for.”

If you would like to explore how we as a church can take this responsibility

more seriously, and more joyfully, please do let me know. To change our

practice will take dedication and persistence, and the more champions we

have, the more likely we are to change.

— Revd Kat Campion-Spall; Associate Vicar

See pages 15 & 16 for information on the Eco-Church Scheme referred to in last

month’s magazine, and SMR’s eco-footprint // The photo opposite is of Gaia, also

referred to last month, an installation by Bristol artist Luke Jerram that hung in

Salisbury Cathedral during the city’s recent Arts Festival.

Photo: Ed

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Bristol diocese


an excerpt from the June 2019 Synod Report

WITH A SYNOD that is increasingly engaging enthusiastically and

passionately with difficult topics of mission and ministry, members

considered how the Church could relate well together.

The main topic of discussion was the Pastoral Principles, a set of six

prompts which invite church communities to consider and discuss their

life together as a diverse community. The resources focus on LGBTI+

issues but apply to wider issues of diversity. It was introduced by Ed Shaw,

a Licensed Lay Minister who leads Emmanuel City Centre, a member of

the Pastoral Advisory Group tasked by the Archbishop of Canterbury to

advise churches on pastoral guidance. Ed began by asking members to

think about topics churches find difficult to discuss. Ideas put forward

included money, Brexit and sexuality.

He said: “The English response [to these difficult conversations] is silence.

It leaves people asking the questions feeling they are out of order and not

welcome in the church. By having a conspiracy of silence, it allows us to

avoid conflict and lead a quiet life [...] But what if people want help with

a particular area which has been considered a ‘no-go’ area? What does

church experience feel like for them?” Ed then introduced the Pastoral

Principles, which have been designed to help churches examine afresh life

together. He said: “The Pastoral Principles are to challenge all of us. It helps

us to recognise those evils that are present in our hearts and our lives and

our church communities. Which of these evils do we see in our own hearts?

We should think about this before we think about anybody else.”

A session was then facilitated with members asked to consider how we

all might speak into the silences around the lived experiences ST MARY of LGBTI+ REDCLIFFE

people. Members reflected on the need to find space in churches FESTIVAL for EUCHARIS

non-confrontational debates; they also commented on the need to

be welcoming to all, regardless of their views and experiences. Bishop

Viv concluded this part of the meeting by reflecting on how to extend

these kinds of discussions well across the Diocese.


HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN has approved the appointment of Very Revd

Dr David Hoyle as the new Dean of Westminster [...] Bishop Viv said:

“The Diocese of Bristol is proud of Dean David’s impact for good on the

Diocese and City of Bristol and we are proud to hear of his preferment, the

second Dean of Bristol to leave us for Westminster. David has been a wise,

generous and loyal colleague in my early months as Bishop and I know the

Westminster Abbey team will benefit greatly from his leadership.” [Please

continue reading online]

LINKS — Synod Report: https://www.bristol.anglican.org/news/2019/06/20/

how-church-relates-well-together-june-2019-diocesan-synod-report/ //

The Dean’s appointment: https://www.bristol.anglican.org/news/2019/06/19/


TRINITY. Front cover — “Angels at Mamre”; Andrei Rublev (c.1360s–1420s). The icon

is a depiction of the Genesis story and is often regarded as depicting the Holy Trinity. A

postcard of the image was provided at the Choral Eucharist service at church on Trinity


Sunday as a visual aid to the sermon, preached by Revd Anthony Everitt, on the nature

of the Trinity. // Above — detail of the ‘Lilies’ Trinity altar frontal created for SMR by Janet

Last month we promised an update on the Reader Survey in the next issue of the

Elizabeth Fry and her workforce (1930s). // Source — Rublev icon: https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=54421

(US Public Domain); Lily photo: Ed.

but are doing so this month (July) and will provide an update in the Autumn. In

magazine. Unfortunately we weren’t able review the results in June as planned

the meantime apologies for the wait and thanks again for your responses — Ed

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At church...


The Bishop of Bristol

has invited me to be an

Honorary Canon of Bristol

Cathedral and I have gladly accepted

her invitation. This position is, as

it says, honorary, but is one of the

only ways that a diocese can offer

a form of recognition to clergy and

lay people for their contribution

to the mission of God within the

diocese. At a personal level it is

a real delight to be offered this

title and I am “tickled pink”… when

you see the colour of the dressing

up clothes, you’ll get the reference!

However, I sense something working

at a deeper level, something at a

structural level, as well.

For those who have been part of

SMR for over a decade you will

know that the relationship between

the church and the diocese has not

always been as straightforward as

it might have been; indeed, some

would even venture to suggest

that there was a sense of suspicion

and mistrust. I am confident that

those days are behind us and see

this invitation as a sign and seal of

a new and positive, creative and

collaborative relationship between

the diocese and SMR.

Bishop Viv is fully engaged and

fully supportive of our mission to a

wide range of people and our plans

for new facilities to generate funds

so that we can serve our parish even

better than we do at the moment.

It is a pleasure to work alongside

her, and under her authority, and

I look forward to developing our

working relationship as an Honorary

Canon of Bristol Cathedral.

The installation will take place at

Choral Evensong at 5:15pm on

Tuesday 30th July and all are

welcome to attend. [see the Diary]




— Revd Dan Tyndall; Vicar

OPPOSITE — Rush Sunday snaps: a handful of our congregation members and Welcomers;

with Bishop Viv, the Lord Mayor of Bristol, Dan & Kat and Churchwardens Elizabeth (centre,

bottom row) & Richard (next to Dan) — Photos: Ed.

RUSH SUNDAY FLOWERS — at the time of going to print the magazine has no photos of the

flower arrangements created for this year’s service by Mildred Ford and her team. How about

a magazine ‘floral special’ in 2020 both to mark Pentecost and the 75th anniversary of VE Day

and to celebrate the creativity of our flower arrangers past and present...?

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Congratulations to Revd Aggy

Palairet, pictured here with

Dan outside Bristol Cathedral

after her ordination on Sunday

30th June, at the Service of

Ordination conducted by Bishop

Viv — Aggy begins her Curacy at

St Mary Redcliffe on 1st July

Welcome, Aggy and family!

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


Held on Monday 29th April 2019 in Faithspace, Prewett Street


Revs Dan Tyndall, Kat Campion-Spall and Anthony Everitt,

Elizabeth Shanahan, Richard Wallace and several members

of the newly constituted Council.



Kat writes —


at 10:30 am we are having

a very special celebration as

we give thanks for all our St

Mary Redcliffe church family.

We will have a procession of banners representing different aspects of

church life; we will be welcoming people into the church through Baptism

and admission to Communion; and we will be celebrating the contribution

and achievements of the choir this year — all within an all-age Sung

Eucharist. This is one of the occasions in the year when adults and children

worship together for the whole service so there is no Sunday School, but

the service is designed to be accessible to children and adults alike.

After the service you are invited to stay for lunch. Please

bring some finger food to share. Paper plates, water and

squash will be provided. There are a few benches in the

south churchyard but please bring your own seat or picnic

rug if you need one. You’re also welcome to bring outdoor

games to play. — Revd Kat Campion-Spall

In attendance:









David Harrowes and Keith Donoghue

Appointment of Vice Chair of the PCC

It was agreed that as by tradition the Church Warden,

Elizabeth Shanahan be duly appointed.

Appointment of PCC Treasurer

David Harrowes was re-appointed.

Appointment of PCC Secretary

Keith Donoghue was re-appointed.

Appointment of Electoral Roll Officer

Ken Petrie was re-appointed.

Safeguarding Appointments

Stephen Brooke was re-appointed Safeguarding Officer with

champions for children and vulnerable adults.

Agreement to Bank signatories

Any two of Dan Tyndall, Kat Campion-Spall, Elizabeth

Shanahan and David Harrowes were authorised.

Election of two representatives to Standing Committee

It was agreed that Chris Duncan and Ken petrie should be


Appointment of PCC Treasurer

David Harrowes was re-appointed.

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Sing the song of great thanksgiving

Blessèd be God’s name

All compassion, all forgiving

Praise God’s holy name

in the songs that we are singing,

in the bread that we are bringing,

as it was in the beginning,

Hallow’d be God’s name.

Sing the song of great thanksgiving

THE WORDS ARE SET to one of my favourite hymn tunes: Carolyn.

Written by the 20th century English composer Herbert Murrill, who

was commissioned by the BBC to write a tune for the hymn “God of love

and truth and beauty” when that hymn was included in the BBC Hymn

Book of 1951. It was also included in One Hundred Hymns for Today

which is where I first encountered both the words of that hymn and this

tune, named after Murrill’s daughter Carolyn. The music combines a fabulous

tune, with some glorious shifts in harmony and some really interesting

singing for the inner parts (often missing, especially for altos and tenors,

in hymn tunes).

The words combine:

a) our mission statement, “Singing the song of faith and justice”, which can

be found in all verses but is central to verse 5;

b) our three key themes of mission, “a thriving, inclusive Christian community

(v2); a recognised, welcoming heritage destination (v3); a church that makes

a difference in the parish and beyond (v4)”, and

c) the centrality of the Eucharist for us as a worshipping community (v1).

— Revd Dan Tyndall

Sing the song of those who follow

Christ the one true way

and for those who will tomorrow

turn to Christ, The Way:

this our purpose and our vision

to embrace without division

all those making this decision:

I shall walk The Way.

Sing the song of human healing

known within God’s love

Found when awe and wonder bring in

those in search of love:

may the grace of what is found here

fill the hearts of those who draw near,

thus displacing guilt, regret, fear

in the name of love

Sing the song of true compassion

from the heart of Christ,

Turn our lives to that same passion

for the sake of Christ:

ours the hands that do the labour,

ours the heart that shall not waiver

love transforming lives of neighbour

in the name of Christ.

Sing the song of all our futures,

all that life becomes;

universal truths that teach us,

how love overcomes:

called to sing of faith and justice

till we truly know what trust is

when your love is all that just is

and your kingdom comes.

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Dan Tyndall


at church...

YOU’LL NOTICE some new

members of staff around

church this summer — Helen

Jack and Lizzie Wilson, who

will be working alongside our

wonderful Steward volunteer

team to welcome visitors to the


Left-right: Helen and Lizzie

As a church, we’ve been thinking

about how we can generate more

income from our church building,

and particularly how we can encourage

our heritage visitors to donate

more. This is one of the key ways

we can raise money to fund our

outreach and mission work.

We don’t want to be a church that

charges for entry, so Helen and

Lizzie will be looking at how we

better understand our visitors,

who they are, what brings them to




us and what their needs and wishes

are as they visit SMR, and then how

we can encourage them to give

generously in response to the positive

experience they have here.

This is a new departure for us, and

is a really important step as we see

how we can grow as a church that

is a welcoming heritage destination,

which in turn enables us to invest

more into being a thriving Christian

community and a church that

makes a difference in the parish

and beyond.

Please do encourage and support

Helen and Lizzie in this work, and

if you’d like to volunteer some of

your time and energy to our visitor

welcome, either as a steward or in

other ways, please do contact the

Parish Office.

— Kat Campion-Spall


Churches complete the unique online Eco Survey about how they

are caring for God’s earth in different areas of their life and work.

The answers a church provides will collect points towards an Eco

Church Award — the more your church does, the more points you

get! Eco Church — an A Rocha UK Project

In last month’s magazine Kat mentioned the Eco Church audit that she

planned to initiate — read Ordinand Alex Podd‘s report on how SMR is

shaping up, and follow the link overleaf for the Scheme online...



THE A ROCHA ECO AWARD aims to bless Churches who are actively

trying to reduce their impact on God’s creation. Five categories of

church life are assessed: 1) Worship and Teaching; 2) Buildings; 3) Land;

4) Community and Global; 5) Lifestyle. To achieve a bronze, silver or gold

award, the church must be operating at least at that level in each category

(for example, to achieve a bronze award it does not matter that Worship

and Teaching is in the gold, but it does matter if Lifestyle is in the black).

St Mary Redcliffe could achieve a bronze award by the end of the year,

by improving in the “Lifestyle” section — the diagram below shows SMR

scoring the following Eco Church Award Points:

Worship & Teaching: 89 / 110 (gold)

Buildings: 183 / 385 (bronze)

Land: 50 / 145 (bronze)

Community & Global: 86 / 230


Lifestyle: 18 / 160 (black)

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However, the important question isn’t whether St Mary Redcliffe would

like the award, but whether St Mary Redcliffe feels called to take active

steps towards caring for God’s creation. The following questions in the

Lifestyle Section are areas that SMR could improve on:

• Q1: Our church has appointed an individual or group to champion the

cause of our church community becoming more environmentally

sustainable: [Options: “yes” / “no” / “need to find out” ...]

• Q2: Walking and cycling to church services and events is promoted in our

church: [Options: “often” / “occasionally” / “never” / “need to find out”...]

• Q4: The members of our church received encouragement to undertake

a personal carbon footprint audit... [see website for options]

• Q5: Our church encourages members to reduce their personal energy

consumption... [see website for options]

• Q6: Our church encourages members to limit their waste by adhering to

the principles of reduce, re-use, recycle... [see website for options]

• Q7: Our church hosts activities and/or events that facilitate the recycling

and/or re-use of goods (eg. Clothes swap events or ‘rive and take’

schemes)... [see website for options]

at church development




WE’VE ARRIVED AT A PAUSE in the project before the team at

Purcell begins working on the next phase of planning. Part of

the reason for the pause is that the initial contract with Purcell

covered phase one of the planning work, which is now complete, so the

church has needed to reappoint Purcell as Project 450 architects. The

letter of appointment has been sent and Purcell will recommence work

on Monday 1st July.

As a result of this pause, little has happened in the three or four weeks

since the completion of the P450 Business plan by Glevum Consulting. This

plan, which has been slightly amended in response to comments made by

the Project Development Board, will be presented to the PCC at its next

meeting on 24th June, for approval by members.

• Q8: Our church operates a communal Christmas and/or Easter card

scheme among the congregation... [see website for options]

• Q9: Personal use and consumption of Fairtrade and/or ethically sourced

goods is promoted in our church... [see website for options]

• Q12: The ethical investment of personal savings is encouraged at our

church...[see website for options]

• Q15: As part of our life together, the members of our church undertake

an environmental lifestyle audit... [see website for options]

— Alex Podd


For further details of the Eco Church Award Scheme visit www.ecochurch.arocha.org.uk

For the online survey please visit https://ecochurch.arocha.org.


As previously reported, the plan maps out a six-phase approach to business

development that will take place over the next seven years. The aim

of the plan is to provide a robust framework for income generation, based

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on improvements to the visitor experience and increased visitor numbers,

that will put the church on a sound financial footing and promote longterm

sustainability. By the end of the seven year period, the church will

have increased visitor numbers from the current 45,000 to 140,000. The

implementation of each phase will be supported by increased revenue

generation from the previous phase, with the exception of the first phase,

which will need to be funded.

Assuming the PCC is happy with the business plan, phase one of the

plan will form the basis for an August bid to the HLF for £250,000, to


1. the implementation of the first phase of the business plan, including the

employment of a Visitor Services and Retail Manager, and a Volunteer

Manager, as well as improvements to the interpretation in church;

2. improvements to the fabric to enable a programme of paid tours around

the church, including currently inaccessible areas of the building;

3. the implementation of recommendations from the heritage asset review,

relating to conservation of artefacts and archives, including the

employment of a Collections Support Officer; research and conservation;

specialist storage; digitisation costs and project management costs for

the next two years.

However, in discussions to date no red lines have been drawn and, in

the case of the Church Buildings Council (CBC), the church has received

active support. This has been provided through an invitation to benefit

from access to expertise through the Cathedrals Project Support Panel;

an indication that the CBC recognises the scope, ambition and significance

of the church’s development plans and wants to help ensure an appropriate

and successful outcome. This panel is composed of expert volunteers

in a range of disciplines — including project management, engineering,

architecture, management and governance, fundraising and project

implementation — and was formed in order to support cathedrals undertaking

multi-million pound development projects but which lack access to

professional expertise. The project has now been extended to cover major

churches, such as St Mary Redcliffe, facing many of the same issues.

If this bid is successful, the church will seek to employ the new staff

members by the end of 2019, so that the first phase of the business plan

can be up-and-running during the first half of 2020. If not, the church will

seek alternative sources of funding.

Following Purcell’s reappointment, the architecture team will begin the

process of creating a Project 450 masterplan in readiness for the various

rounds of consultation with statutory and non-statutory stakeholders. This

is a crucially important step on the road to realising our ambitions for the

church’s new facilities. Fortunately, the church and Purcell have consulted

with organisations such as Historic England, the Church Buildings Council

and Bristol City Council throughout the process and received broadly

supportive feedback, notwithstanding the fact that these organisations

are unable to comment on the architectural elements of the scheme until

they have been formally consulted.

Following an initial workshop that was held at the beginning of April, the

church now has ongoing access to the knowledge and experience of the

following four experts:

Ed Baldwin, a retired senior partner in Arcadis — a global design,

engineering and management consulting company— who is an expert in

business development and large capital projects.

Bonnie Kitching, an architect and former Bristol resident who describes

her work as “a portfolio ... spanning a decade that has been primarily

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focused in working with large complex sites embodied with built fabric

and heritage that sit at the heart of community life”. Bonnie has worked

on a number of church projects and with the cathedral architects at York

Minster, Southwark Cathedral, Shrewsbury Catholic Cathedral and

Canterbury Cathedral.

Revd James Bryson, an architect with twenty years experience, who is

now Parish Priest at St John the Baptist, Eltham, South London. James

has particular interest in pre-project advice and the clarification of

mission. He was Founding Director of Grace Architects, which worked

for five years solely with church clients.

Jill Preston, who has wide-ranging experience in marketing communications,

project leadership and business planning, both in major corporations

and in senior roles at heritage and visitor attractions, including Kew

Gardens. Jill is a former board director of ALVA (the Association of

Large Visitor Attractions) and a board member of of the National Trust

London and SE region. She also chaired Chelmsford Cathedral Fabric

Advisory Committee.

We feel that the invitation to benefit from this ground-breaking scheme

demonstrates significant support from the Church Buildings Council, although

we understand that it doesn’t constitute a judgement on any of the

architectural planning that has taken place so far.

If you would like more information about Project 450 or are interested in

looking in more detail at documents relating to the various ongoing workstreams,

please contact me via phone or email.


IN OTHER NEWS, following a review of the impact of the roadworks at

Temple Circus, the City Council has postponed the consultation on a new

road layout for Redcliffe Way. This pause provides an opportunity for a

more robust analysis of placemaking and community need complementing

the work that has been carried out so far to address technical challenges

relating to infrastructure modification, transport and traffic flow. This is

a welcome development, since there will now be more opportunity to

discuss ways in which the church’s development can work alongside and

integrate with the wider re-development of Redcliffe.


2020 IS THE 250TH ANNIVERSARY of the death of St Mary Redcliffe’s

famous eulogist, the poet Thomas Chatterton.

We’ve just received news from Bristol Cultural Development Partnership

that it plans to mark the anniversary with a city-wide year of celebrations

around Bristol’s poetic heritage.

Clearly, the church will have a role to play in these celebrations and,

accordingly, we have just received an invitation to take part in a meeting

to discuss ideas with other partners and stakeholders.

This is especially good timing, since one of the intended outcomes of the

first phase improvements to the church’s visitor experience is that the

Chatterton Room — located above the north porch and closed for most

of the year — will be open to the public. This will form part of a broader

interpretative programme that will re-establish awareness of the church’s

links with Chatterton, and underline the cultural significance of the poet to

church visitors.

— Rhys Williams

Research Assistant

CONTACT — contact Rhys via email at: rhys.williams@stmaryredcliffe.co.uk or tel:

0117-231 0068. For news of Project 450 visit also the church website at www.

stmaryredcliffe.co.uk/development // IMAGES — pp17 & 19: concept designs for

SMR north side development.


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I met with Project 450 Lead

Architect, Dan Talkes, officially

to commence the next phase of

work on the church’s development

project. The meeting was positive,

businesslike and, frankly, quite

exciting. Exciting because, during

our discussion, it became very

clear that we’ve reached a very

significant point in the life of the

Project. In fact, following a relatively

quiet few months, it’s fair

to say that Project 450 is about to

start moving ahead very quickly!

As has previously been reported,

between now and February 2020

Purcell will move the project

towards a fully realised set of

designs, that will have been worked

out in detail and extensively

consulted on with the various

groups of statutory stakeholders

who will be involved in planning

decisions relating to our proposals.

What’s particularly exciting is that,

during this process we will begin

to see detailed visual representations

of the various elements of the

architectural design work. Early

on in this process we will have an

updated model. Then, through RIBA

Level 2, which is due to commence

at the end of July, we’ll start to see

more detailed plans, elevations and

sections of the emerging designs.

Following this, during RIBA Level 3,

work on which is due to start

towards the end of September, we

will start to see fully-rendered 3D

visualisations of the new buildings.

All of this work will form the basis

for a series of consultations with

the church community in July,

September, November and, finally,

February as we work towards a final

design that we can all be proud of.

So this is just to say, thanks for your

patience during the recent quiet

patch, and be prepared for lots of

progress, updates and opportunities

to have your say between now

and the February. It’s going to be an

exciting six months!

— Revd Dan Tyndall


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sunday school



“...our children’s ministry has certainly been

busy over the past couple of months!”


we had our first workshop in church

— From the Tiny Ant to the Elephant.

Our visitors from Noah’s Ark Zoo received a

very warm welcome from the community of

Redcliffe, which was lovely! We had around

70 children join us for the day, and lots of

adults. The children listened attentively in

their groups as the member of staff and volunteer

from Noah’s Ark Zoo did a “meet and

greet” with some of their animal friends. The children also really enjoyed

exploring the arts activities organized and led by Liz Hewitt. Amongst other

exciting things, different tools were used to create animal foot prints, and

all the creations were put together in a booklet that the children could

take away. The prayer for the day encouraged children and their families

to think about the role we all play

in God’s world, and that no matter

how small or big we are, we are all

very special in the eyes of God.

Dear Lord, we thank you

for all the wonderful

creatures in our world.

Help us to remember that we all

have an important role to play.

And no matter who we are—from

the tiny ant to the elephant—we

are all so very special and you love

us very much. — Amen

For me the day was a great gift as I had not anticipated such a huge response

and such positive feedback, and it made me very happy to provide something

that the children, families and people could enjoy. I am now working

on another two workshops for the summer holidays, on 24th and 31st July

from 10am–12 midday. The first one is called Love and Protection: The gifts

of our Creation and is all about looking after God’s earth. The second one is

Faith and Justice: the sing-along” and its focus is music.

Each year in Sunday School we dedicate

one of our sessions to the bible. This year’s

bible day took place on 23rd June — the

children grew in their knowledge of the

bible by learning some facts, as well as

exploring the meaning of God’s word and

what this means to us as individuals on

our own faith journeys. After the service,

we had a bible-themed bake off and cake

sale in aid of ARA [*]. Adèle and Ruth won

the competition with their interesting

creations. Adèle used icing to create the

story of Daniel and the Lions and Ruth used a recipe which had been passed

down through the generations to create an actual bible cake!

After the service, we had a stay and play in the Undercroft with some of

the team with ARA. It was a lovely opportunity to hear about what goes

on in the Arc Café. It was lovely to see members of the congregation

who came down to see what we had been up to and to have a go at some

needle-felting! Our latest needle felting project is a mobile phone display

of the 10 commandments! Look out for the final product in the Autumn!

The day ended with our final preparation session for baptism and communion.

Whilst I love every aspect of my role at St Mary Redcliffe, there

is something very special that I find about working with our families and

children as they prepare for baptism and communion that I cannot put

into words. In this session we focused on stories in the bible, prayer and

the Eucharist. The St Mary Redcliffe Festival Eucharist will be taking place

on Sunday 14th July at 10:30am, followed by a bring and share picnic

lunch. We are really looking forward to it.

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community overseas





on Trinity





Sunday School and Youth Group will continue to take place throughout

the summer holidays. Sunday School will be in a slightly different format

— Sunday Club, and we’ll be having themed sessions. On 25th August,

our focus will be “transition” as we start to think about the academic year

ahead, and there will be a picnic on the church lawn after the service.

Becky Macron; Families and Youth Minister

email: becky.macron@stmaryredcliffe.co.uk / mob: 07387 909343

Photos & permissions: Becky Macron [nb: the magazine doesn’t yet have details of

the animals shown on p19; contact Becky if you would like to know more]. // * ARA is

short for Addiction Recovery Agency, the charity that runs the ARC café.

AFRICA — I THINK OF THE NAME and hear the wondrously

delicious voice of Sir David Attenborough saying it. Is that

why I’ve always been intrigued by it, I wonder? And perhaps

more recently my interest was fed by Professor Alice Roberts’s

fascinating talk at St Mary Redcliffe a few years ago when she

reminded her packed audience that the human race had its origins

in Africa. How enticing.

Despite this interest, my travels, whilst relatively widespread, have

remained within what used to be called, laughingly to think of now,

the civilized world — extensively throughout North America and Europe.

I’ve built a career and with my husband Stephen am raising a family: all

thoughts of more extensive travel have been on hold. And then a small

legacy in 2018 nudged insistently at my subconscious: could this provide

the opportunity I didn’t know I was waiting for to have a career break and

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finally make THE trip? With my husband’s and my children’s blessings and

including, most importantly, my mother-in-law’s, I started making plans.

An appeal for advice from friends and family brought the small charitable

organisation Hands Around the World (HATW) to my attention — their

details are at the end of this article. Being a woman of ‘no useful or specific

talent’ (I’m not a doctor, teacher, engineer) HATW appealed to me as they

had enticing volunteering opportunities for “Encouragers”. Totally up my

street — if there’s one thing I can do it’s avoid hard work by encouraging

everyone else to do it. So I applied, was interviewed, and was accepted to

work on projects in Rwanda in November and December this year.

HATW is based in Monmouth and supports 3000+ vulnerable children in

five different countries in Africa and India, ensuring they are clothed and

fed, have a home and are receiving an education. In Rwanda HATW is

funding several construction projects, building classrooms so that more

children can access secondary education. I will be involved in helping to

renovate classrooms, mainly through working alongside local people, as

well as teaching English and organising any other fun activities I can come

up with. You will, I’m sure have heard of the increasing concern, most

recently highlighted by Comic Relief, of Westerners seeing themselves

and being seen in the countries in which they volunteer, as ‘White Saviours’

— that is, providing charitable support at the expense of empowering local

people to support themselves and grow their own economy. HATW has long

been at the forefront of this local empowerment. In Rwanda the building

projects on which I will be working will all be led by local craftsmen

and workers.

The projects are in the

south western corner

of the country close to

the borders with the

Democratic Republic of

Congo and Burundi. In

the countryside around

the town of Bugarama,

a 7-hour drive from the

capital Kigali where we

will land, are a number

of schools where much

work is being done—

not only to renovate

and build classrooms

but also to build accommodation

for teachers

(to encourage teachers

to stay in this desperately

poor corner of the country)

and a vocational training unit so that employable skills such as carpentry

and masonry can be taught. It also includes establishing a school Feeding

programme to encourage pupil attendance.

The Genocide in Rwanda in 1994 is a horror of which we are all aware. The

country’s National Unity and Reconciliation Commission (NURC) has been

incredibly successful in promoting unity and reconciliation amongst the

former opponents present in the Rwandan population. Rwandans no

longer think of themselves tribally and the phrase “Ndi Umunyarwanda” [*]

has become common currency; it was the first phrase I learned in preparation

for my forthcoming trip. The country has made incredible progress since

1994. It has the world’s highest representation of women in its Parliament

(over 60%), has one of the fastest growing economies in the world and has

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made dramatic improvement in healthcare delivery and health outcomes,

which has seen life expectancy in Rwanda rise by 10 years in the last decade.

c0mmunity messages

Whilst I am funding my own trip, I have been keen

to fund-raise in order to take financial resources

out to Rwanda for the local economy. A newfound

love of running has fuelled my fundraising

efforts beautifully. Having run the Bristol 10k in

early May, I am now — at my teenage daughter’s

suggestion — embarked upon completing six

‘parkruns’ whose initial letters together spell out

R W A N D A. To date I have done the Rogiet

parkrun in Wales and the Winchester parkrun. Ayr

parkrun beckons on 22nd June [achieved], and the Newport, Forest of Dean

and Ashton Court parkruns will complete the set.

People have been incredibly generous and I’m already 88% of the way to

achieving my initial goal of £2,000 — but it would be extra special to reach

(maybe even surpass) that target with the support of the congregation of

St Mary Redcliffe. May I ask you to consider donating via my Justgiving

fundraising page at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/anna-brooke

Thank you!

— Anna Brooke; Volunteer for HATW

Support Anna: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/anna-brooke

Hands Across the World — visit: http://hatw.org.uk/

Anna Brooke is a regular member of the St Mary Redcliffe congregation — her

husband Stephen is the Safeguarding Officer for the Church and sings in the

Choir along with their son Daniel; their daughter Catherine was previously also

a Chorister in the choir.

Photos — p27: new classroom block at Mihabura built by HATW in 2017 /

p28: working together with local people / p29: i) student volunteers; ii)

children at Kibangira where HATW hosted a Christmas party last year / p30:

i) Anna (left) and her sister Naomi finish the Ayr Parkrun // Rwanda project

photos courtesy of HATW.

[*] Ndi Umunyarwanda — translated as “I’m Rwandan” in the Rwandan

newspaper The New Times, 3 Dec 2013. See the article at https://www.newtimes.co.rw/section/read/7


Jon Ball and Alex Podd,

the two Ordinands from

Trinity College who were

with us at church during

June, write —

Thank you so much, we’ve

really enjoyed our time

here! We’ve learnt a lot,

and we’ll continue praying

for you as we continue on

our training — “Every time I

think of you, I give thanks

to my God.” Philippians 1: 3

— Jon and Alex


The Tyley family would like to

thank everyone at Redcliffe

for their cards, kindness

and prayers, following Eric’s


For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities,

nor power, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor

any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which

is in Christ Jesus our Lord — Romans 8: 38, 39

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Fluffy clouds,

White as shrouds,

Against the deep cerulean blue;

Flocks of crows,

Black as sloes,

Fly past the sun; enhance the view.

Sparkling sheen,

Grey blue-green,

The sea laps gently on the shore;

Gurgling rills,

From rocky hills,

Fill pools for catching crabs galore.

Overdone skin,

Yang and yin,

Under the scorching all-day sun;

Ice cream gloop,

Sea gulls swoop,

This is what we think is fun.

Deserted beach,

Rotten peach,

The detritus of a summer’s day;

Plastic bottle,

Pipe smoke dottle;

Silence descends upon the bay.

Geoffrey Robinson

“Gaia” at Salisbury Cathedral

and its reflection in the Font — photo: Ed

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Fergus Butler-Gallie @_F_B_G_

I have a long and boring train journey

ahead of me today so here’s a thread

of post Reformation Archbishops of

Canterbury as crisps:

4:09 AM – 2 Nov 2018

icons by Freepik from


glorious summer...

Holiday Reading: those of you who

haven’t yet chanced upon The Revd

Fergus Butler-Gallie’s recent A Field

Guide to the English Clergy:

A Compendium of Diverse

Eccentrics, Pirates, Prelates and

Adventurers; All Anglican, Some

Even Practising, I suggest you rush

out and obtain a copy (it’s funny; mine

was a Christmas present). Or visit Ship

of Fools website for excerpts. Failing

that, enjoy the Crisps...


sportive tricks...

camping store Sale sign spotted in York...


victorious wreaths ...

Q: when was the first

tennis match recorded?

A: when Joseph served

in Pharoah’s court...


clever, laugh-out-loud tweet that’s done the rounds.

Check out the link below. Follow if you haven’t already...




Line-up... i) myth or

true? no idea (as with

RIII The Play) but makes

I laugh; ii) rw et al.

Groan factor still too

high? Never mind...

J OKE SLOT is bowing out

for the summer and has been

wondering whether to return for a

further season in the autumn. If you

would like to help “entertain these fair

well-spoken days” by sharing your wit

or any amusing happenings out there

in the real world or just more jokes

please send material in. Anon is ok!

Usual rules apply: contributions from

children plus adult eccentrics or anyone

else one bead short of a rosary (so

everyone) are very welcome. Warning:

material of an offensive nature will “as

eny fule kno” be given rotten tomato

status and fed into the magazine waste

caddy quicker than one can mutter bell,

book or candle — but other than

that... happy postings!

diary dates July & August

please note that all entries in the diary are correct at the time of going to print given the

information supplied. please note also that, in addition to the listings below, which vary

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






Faithspace Coffee Morning // 10:00am–12 noon — Faithspace Community

Centre (FCC)

Christian Meditation // 6:15–7:00pm — Parish Office

Jazz in the Undercroft // 7.30–10.00pm

Redcliffe Gardening Group // 10:00am–12.00 noon — Somerset Square

Police Beat Surgery Drop-in // 1:00–2:00pm — FCC

1 Pot Luck Lunches // 12:30pm — at the Pickards’

1 Postcard Club // 7:30pm — FCC

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

3 Hymn Singalong // 11:00am — Rosemary Kingsford — FCC

3 Redcliffe Lunch Club // 12 noon — Bingo — FCC

3 Redcliffe Film Club // 2:30pm — FCC

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

4 Organ Recital // 1:15pm — Colin Andrews; USA

5–7 PARISH WEEKEND AWAY; Sidmouth, Devon

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

9 Feminist Theology Group // 8:00pm — Kat’s house

10 Redcliffe Lunch Club // 12 noon — Meal, followed by trip — FCC

10 Mothers’ Union // 2:30pm — to be arranged — FCC

11 Eucharist with Healing Prayer // 12:30pm — Revd Kat Campion-Spall

11 Organ Recital // 1:15pm — Hans Hielscher; Wiesbaden, Germany


16 Holy Communion // 12:30pm — Revd Dan Tyndall

16 Theology Book Club // 8:00pm — at John Rogan’s house

17 Redcliffe Lunch Club // 12 noon — Sargeant Andy; saxophone — FCC

17 Redcliffe Film Club // 2:30pm — FCC

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

18 Organ Recital // 1:15pm — Alessandro Bianchi; Italy

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


24 Summer Workshop // 10:00am–12.00 noon — Love & Protection: the Gifts of

our Creation — at church

24 No Redcliffe Lunch Club: Summer break

25 Eucharist with Healing Prayer // 12:30pm — Revd Peter Dill

25 Organ Recital // 1:15pm — Jean-René André; Rennes Cathedral, France

Last recital of the term; recitals restart 12th September

30 Holy Communion // 12:30pm — Revd Dan Tyndall

30 Installation of Revd Dan Tyndall at Choral Evensong as Canon of Bristol

cathedral // 5:15pm — Bristol Cathedral

31 Summer Workshop // 10:00am–12.00 noon — Faith & Justice: the

Sing-along — at church

1 Holy Communion // 12:30pm —

3 Wedding of Isaac Bale & Vicky Wilson // 1:00pm — Revd Kat Campion-Spall

3 Shrewsbury Abbey Choir // 4:30pm — Evensong

5 Pot Luck Lunches // 12:30pm — at the Pickards’

6 Holy Communion // 12:30pm —

7 Hymn Singalong // 11:00am — Rosemary Kingsford — FCC

8 Eucharist with healing prayer // 12:30pm — Revd Peter Dill

9 Wedding of Stephen Matthews & Tara Gregory // 12 noon — Revd Kat


13 Holy Communion // 12:30pm —

14 Mothers’ Union // 2:30pm — Communion; Mary Sumner Day — FCC

15 Holy Communion // 12:30pm —

16 Deadline for July-August parishmagazine // please send your contributions

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

17 Wedding of Jonathan Watts & Thea Hoskin // 1:00pm — Revd Kat Campion-


17 St Ann’s Manchester Choir // 4:30pm — Evensong

20 Holy Communion // 12:30pm —

22 Eucharist with healing prayer // 12:30pm —

23 Wedding of Timothy Potter & Emily Stenner // 3:00pm — Revd Andrew


27 Holy Communion // 12:30pm —

29 Holy Communion // 12:30pm —


NB: For further diary information during the holiday season

please see the church website or contact the parish office

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Parish register & Sunday records

editor’s note

email: editor.mag@stmaryredcliffe.co.uk


Rita Button

died 4th June 2019 aged 84 years


Period: 30 March – 23 June

Date 2019 30 Mar 7 Apr 14 Apr 21 Apr † 28 Apr

Adult Child Adult Child Adult Child Adult Child Adult Child

8:00am 15 - 12 - 9 - 22 - 9 -

9:30am 110 20 96 14 122 26 195 24 92 28

11:15am 21 - 16 - 19 - 37 - 11 -

6:30pm 43 - 28 - 28 - 64 30 -

Date 2019 5 May 12 May 19 May 26 May 2 Jun

Adult Child Adult Child Adult Child Adult Child Adult Child

8:00am 15 - 12 - 11 - 10 - 14 -

9:30am 98 29 111 42 114 41 77 16 71 20

11:15am 15 - 25 - 21 - 18 - 18 -

6:30pm 28 - 41 - 30 - 29 - 27 -

Date 2019 9 Jun 16 Jun 23 Jun

Adult Child Adult Child Adult Child

8:00am 19 - 20 - 8 -

9:30am - - 78 25 96 31

11:00am c. 450 * - - - -

11:15am - - 13 1 16 -

6:30pm 41 * - 36 - 44 -

* Rush Sunday services: figures for the 11:00am service include children; there were no

9:30am or 11:15am services, and the 6:30pm service was a Sung Eucharist. Nb: attendance

figures refer to congregation not to clergy, servers, choir or vergers. Please also note that the

magazine has not received the Sunday Collection figures for a while — reporting will resume

as and when they become available.

24th June 2019


Mothering Sunday

Palm Sunday

† Easter Sunday

Pentecost; Rush Sunday

TRINITY... the events of Pentecost may seem a hard act to

follow but the ball’s in our court now — anyone for tennis?

Pass the strawberries, ‘tis the season, “let play begin”...

Congratulations: to Dan on becoming an honorary Canon of Bristol Cathedral,

an honour given him for his contribution to God’s mission in the Diocese [nb: all

are welcome to the service]; congratulations to Aggy on her ordination.

God’s beloved Creation: one of the interesting things about putting the magazine

together is seeing the connections between contributions in any given edition,

and indeed between editions. In this month’s Vicar’s Letter Kat follows through

on her mention (in the June edition) of ecology, our stewardship of our planetary

home and the commitments of young and old on the world’s stage to safeguard

our futures. Alex, one of the two ordinands with us in June, reports on SMR’s

eco-footprint. And Kat makes another mention of her chance encounter with

Luke Jerram’s work of art, Gaia, at Salisbury Cathedral recently — which I went

to see, coming away stunned by its communicative value and wondering how it

might look and what it might ‘say’ installed at SMR... Thence from the sublime to

the ridiculous (it’s the silly season) via my encounter with an amusing tweet about

post Reformation Archbishops of Canterbury as crisps... Does that have anything

to do with climate change? No, but the associations do — empty crisp packets;

Geoffrey’s poem; That Plastic Bag (of sweet wrappers; spotted seven miles down

on the ocean floor recently); Salisbury Cathedral’s spectacular black Font; Psalm

8’s glorious lines — so I amended the Prayers page to include the Psalmist’s cry

in addition to the prayers I’d already received. A prayer for our times?

Thanks: to Anna for her piece on her forthcoming work with Hands Across the

World in Rwanda and the opportunity to support her; to Rhys for again keeping

us informed about Project 450; to Becky for her projects this month with families

in church and parish; and Godspeed to Jon and Alex.

Reporting: The Diocesan Synod’s Report (June) talks about

Pastoral Principles: living together as a diverse community

(dignity; difference; listening; reflection; combatting silence).

In a similar vein, I am keen to provide space in the magazine

for a wide variety of interests, for opinions voiced in good

faith, for concerns where they exist to come to the fore, and for

these pages to be a place of prayerful and creative exchange.


— best wishes, Eleanor

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

The deadline for the next issue is Friday 23rd August

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prayers Trinity

groups within the church

God’s Beloved Creation


hen I consider your heavens,

the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars,

which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them,

human beings that you care for them? You have made them a little lower

than the angels and crowned them with glory and honour.

You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything

under their feet: all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild, the birds

in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.

Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

— Psalm 8: verses 3–end

31st JulySt Ignatius of Loyola

Teach us, good Lord,

to serve you as you deserve,

to give and not to count the cost,

to fight and not to heed the wounds,

to toil and not to seek for rest,

save that of knowing that we do your will,

through Jesus Christ our Lord

— Prayer of St Ignatius of Loyola,1481-1556

Media issues

Let us pray for positive legislation and practical guidelines

for the restraint of pornographic, blasphemous and violent material

on the internet and in the media.

May we remember each person’s dignity on this earth,

that what God has created is precious beyond belief.

May we find new and exciting ways to use the media

for spreading God’s message to the hearts

of viewers and listeners around the world.

— f rom “The Prayers We Breathe”

Sources — Psalm 8 verses 3-9; New International Version (UK) // The Prayer of St Ignatius

is reproduced from “An Anthology for the Church Year” H J Richards; by kind permission of

Kevin Mayhew publishing // “The Prayers We Breathe” © 2003 Mothers’ Union

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


Mothers Union

Church Flowers

Coffee Rota

Bell Ringers

Canynges Society

Journey into Science

Magazine Editor

Dean Barry

Graham Marsh

c/o Vergers’ office

Keith Donoghue

David Harrowes

Stephen Brooke

c /o Parish Office

Becky Macron

Sarah James

c/o Parish Office

Lewis Semple

c /o Parish Office

Mildred Ford

Christine Bush

Gareth Lawson

Pat Terry

Eric Albone

Eleanor Vousden








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If you or one of your family are sick or have gone into hospital, please let

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

Please consult the Parish Office before making any arrangements for

baptisms, weddings or funerals.

NB: the views expressed in the body of the magazine are not necessarily those of the Editor

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sunday services

8.00am holy communion

9.30am sung eucharist

with crèche and Sunday School / followed by coffee

11.15am choral mattins

all year round except from mid-July to end August

6.30pm choral evensong

weekday services

holy communion

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12.30pm

2nd and 4th Thursdays at 12.30pm with prayers for healing

morning and evening prayer

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

opening times

weekdays all year round from 8.30am–5.00pm

bank holidays 9.00am–4.00pm, except New Year's Day

Sundays 8.00am–8.00pm

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 8.00am–3.00pm

lunch served from 12.00 noon–2.30pm

tel: 0117-929 8658


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