On Remembrance Sunday, 12th November, St Michael’s honoured the War Dead by laying a poppy wreath at the Cenotaph in Shepton Mallet.
Our ALPHA journey began on 25th September 2017 and on our first evening we welcomed 14 people to the group! Please keep our Alpha Group in your prayers as we walk together each Monday evening for the twelve weeks, hoping to draw closer to Our Lord, and pray that we all ‘may know thee more clearly, love thee more dearly, and follow thee more nearly, day by day’ (in the words of St Richard of Chichester).
Having bid farewell to Fr James Finan, parish priest at St Michael’s since 2012, we welcomed Fr Bede Rowe as he celebrated Mass for us for the first time on 17th September 2017. He was formally inducted as Parish Priest of St Michael’s and St Mary’s, Glastonbury at a lovely service at St Mary’s on Wednesday 4th October.
Many thanks to Charles and Scott for running our Tombola stall at the Village Show in Evercreech on September 2nd. It was a brilliant day and they sold out quickly, raising valuable funds for the parish.
Festival Tombola and Bookstall
On Saturday June 10th St Michael’s enjoyed a very busy day as one of the many charities attending the annual Collett Park Festival in the park next to the church. This year we ran a giant tombola featuring lucky numbered ‘apples’ to be picked off a tree, all of which won one of the 500 prizes. Together with our regular bookstall, the event raised valuable funds for the parish. Huge thanks must go to all who cheerfully manned the stalls or who donated the fantastic prizes.
Croscombe Village Orchestra (Saturday 20th May 2017)
St Michael’s welcomed Croscombe Village Orchestra for another successful concert. A selection of eighteenth and nineteenth century music delighted a packed church. The programme included a work to demonstrate the newly installed Sweetland organ: Handel’s organ concerto in F with Edward Tambling at the organ. Edward also included a piece by Louis Vierne that was noted for its delicate registration and use of the swell box. Anthony Bevan is to be congratulated on his unfailing ability to conjure such mellifluous sound from our local village orchestra.
17 people sat down in the parish room on Monday 6th March to a delicious Lenten Lunch of homemade soup and roll. The menu choice of minted pea or cream of chicken soup will be repeated for the second lent lunch taking place on April 5th.
The proceeds will be shared between parish funds and the Christians Together in Shepton Mallet.
GORDON PRATTEN RECEIVED FRENCH MILITARY HONOUR
Parishioner Gordon Pratten, 92, received France’s highest military honour on Friday February 3rd 2017. Together with three other war veterans, he was awarded the Légion d’honneur from French consulate Josette Lebrat at a ceremony in the Guildhall, Bath. Seven of his fellow parishioners along with his family were there to congratulate him.
Gordon was on Juno beach at Courseulles-sur-Mer on June 6th 1944, carrying out his duties as a Royal Engineer. He still remembers the beach landings and described the experience as ‘quite frightening’. Gordon’s job on D-Day was to drive a bulldozer; pushing landing craft back out to sea in order to collect more tanks and vehicles to bring ashore. To his alarm on the journey to France he discovered his bulldozer wasn’t waterproof but was reassured by an officer he would not need to drive into deep water. However on the beach in the heat of action, Gordon received different orders. An officer ordered him to pull a lorry out of a hole – blown in the ground by a mine – which had been submerged quickly in water. Gordon tried explaining his vehicle wasn’t waterproofed but the officer was determined. Gordon said “There was no use arguing with him and he was trying to do right thing. But instead of having one lorry in the hole you ended up with a bulldozer and a lorry! It’s just unfortunate this officer picked the wrong bulldozer.”
Gordon Receives Military Honour
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