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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The parish has been most fortunate in acquiring a Sweetland organ, built in 1876, from a redundant Methodist Church in Writhlington. Parishioner Michael Smith, and some helpers, has painstakingly dismantled it, transported it to Shepton, and bit by bit rebuilt it in its new location.
Since the beginning of Advent the congregation has been able to enjoy the rich tones of the new organ, in the capable hands of Tony Bevan, organist.
Our little Flight chamber organ which has served the parish well since 1972 has now been offered for sale.
Friday 7 October saw St Michael’s host its first wine tasting evening and was joined by parishioners from St Mary’s, Glastonbury. David Schroetter, from Sante Wine Imports in Wells, provided our 35 guests with the challenge of identifying nine different wines. It was no easy task but two guests managed to get eight correct, with Fr James scoring seven! Another evening is planned soon; it looks set to become a regular event! It was great fun and helped raise funds for the parish.
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By following this link to the Clifton diocese webpage you will be able to follow our three young pilgrims from St Michael’s, Dominic, Gladys and Glaxy, together with all the other young people journeying with them; as they gather with millions of other young Catholics on pilgrimage to Krakow for World Youth Day.
Fr Matt Anscombe is currently in training for his next big cycling challenge; riding from Lands End to John 0’Groats to support our seminarians in training and to promote a culture of vocation in the diocese. This comes on the back of his very successful ‘Ride for Vocations’ last year, which saw him cycle to every parish of the diocese. Follow the link Ride for Vocations 2 to follow Fr Matt as he prepares to head off at the beginning of September.