AN ANNUAL REPORT OF THE CHURCHES AND ACTIVITIES OF SALISBURY PLAIN BENEFICE 2015
This report is intended to accompany the Annual Report of the PCC of Salisbury Plain Benefice; and includes contributions from the 4 churches, and many of the organisations that form part of our worshipping life and community. Many people have kindly contributed their own reports, for which we are most grateful.
Report from Angela Webb, Benefice Safeguarding Representative
All required DBS’s have been completed and throughout the year relevant information received from Diocese has been forwarded to every church. “Safer Recruitment 2015” was passed by The House of Bishops in May and is now policy for the Church of England in all dioceses and parishes. It should be followed when reviewing any Vulnerable Adults Policy. That said, the term “vulnerable adults” should now be replaced by
“adults experiencing, or at risk of, abuse or neglect”. The Safeguarding Policy for the Benefice has been reviewed by the PCC and is published in all churches and church buildings within the parish.
THE VILLAGE CHURCHES
THE CHURCH OF ALL SAINTS’ & ST MARY’S, CHITTERNE
Report from Robert Pryor and Marcelle Stobie, Churchwardens
There are still 57 on the Church Electoral Roll, but average Church attendance, including children, went up to 17 (ignoring Festivals and the special Benefice services); that is four more than last year. Perhaps more people in the village are coming to Church or perhaps it is people moving round the Benefice. Either way, it seems to be a promising sign.
We are indeed getting used to being part of a Benefice and to the new rota, although it means there is one Sunday in the month when we have no service in Chitterne, but it is easy enough to attend a neighbouring Church and to get and give lifts as required.
One innovation has been a service of Bible Study followed by Compline on the first Sunday evening in the month. Trespassing forward to the first Sunday in January 2016, Eleanor found a format which seemed to meet everyone’s expectations. We look forward to the next one.
The usual events took place as before. Emma and Nicholas Walters lent the use of their garden for the Plant Sale (proceeds shared between Salisbury Spinal Injuries Trust and the Church) and Beccy Parker and Helen Carter organised another successful Flower Festival. The catering in the Village Hall on both days was, as usual of the highest standard.
Chitterne’s cooks were on duty again for the Harvest Lunch on 20th September and for the lunch provided for the British Legion after the Remembrance Day Service.
The sums raised by all the above mentioned events can be seen in the accounts.
Once again as last year, a lunch was held just before Christmas (December 3rd) to raise money for Christians in the Sudan, sponsored by the Salisbury Diocese,
The Crib Service on 23rd December was well attended (65 adults and 30 children).
A sad, but also uplifting, note to end with is Raymond Feltham’s funeral which took place at the end of December. He was the last of his family to live in Chitterne and contributed in many ways to the life of the village. The church was full of family, friends and former colleagues who had come to honour his memory and older memories of his family
Report from Sally Oliver, Tower Captain
We have had some most enjoyable practices on Monday evenings with a good band of Ringers but being a small team we can’t afford to have anyone off sick or away. Although Shrewton are also a small team it hasn’t worked out to join up for practices.
We had all the bells inspected recently and they are all in pretty good order but we are awaiting a detailed report on their condition and recommendations for their general maintenance.
We are going to have a tower “open day” in the summer in the hope we may be able to interest some potential ringers, perhaps a few younger recruits! We will be ringing for St.George’s day and also for the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations.
Report from Sarah Gooch
The Chitterne stitching group continues to meet fortnightly on Fridays in the Village Hall under the benevolent guidance of Ann Moody. Several more kneelers have been completed in the last twelve months and some cushions are now being stitched for the two pews at the back of the church near the font. A wonderfully colourful Bargello pattern has been chosen for the cushions which will liven up a rather dark area of All Saints Church.
Visitors are always welcome. We meet at 10.30 and usually finish at about 3.00. Coffee and flapjacks are available in the morning, so drop in for a chat and bring your knitting or stitching and join a friendly group of ladies who have a common interest in needlepoint.
When we started a few years ago, some of us could barely thread a needle. We have come a long way since then, and now have a dedicated band of stitching addicts who are working on an amazing variety of projects. Future stitching dates will be published in the weekly sheet or e bulletin.
THE CHURCH OF ST MARY, ORCHESTON
Report from Paul Taylor and John Badgery, Churchwardens
The church continued to conduct three regular services per month which, from the change to the Rota in Novemeber 2015 comprised Holy Communion (BCP) at 9.00am, Morning Prayer (CW)) at 9.00am and Holy Communion (CW) at 10.30am. There were a number of additional services in the church including a dawn service on Easter Day and an afternoon Christingle service in December. In addition a Flower Festival Service was held at St George’s in July. Attendance levels have been sustained with a core congregation of 10-12 for the 9.00am services and 20-30 for the 10.30am service. The special services have generally filled the church.
The village continues to support the Trussell Trust with regular deliveries to their depot. A link with Alabare has been forged with regular clothes deliveries for distribution to their clients in need or sale in their shops. A Pilgrimage from Orcheston to Canterbury to raise awareness of the unity of the Benefice and to raise money was organised. The first 13 mile stage to Salisbury cathedral took place immediately after the Flower Festival Service and was joined by the Bishop of Ramsbury and his wife.
The flaking paintwork was rubbed down and repainted by the contractor (at no cost to the church) following a joint inspection with the Architect. The damage to the altar step (which was caused by the scaffolding) is yet to be reinstated. The LCC will be proposing to the PCC that repair/replacement (as necessary) to the flashings and coping stones be carried out during the summer months as well as the replacement of some of the defective pointing and repair to the ceiling above the priest’s stall.
THE CHURCH OF ST MARY, SHREWTON
Report from Mike Badham-Thornhill and Gay Jennings-Bramly, Churchwardens
Church and Mission
We have now been worshipping with the new schedules for 6 months and it has, for the most part, been very successful. Members of all churches have travelled around to services within the Benefice and numbers are above the national average which is good. The new Family service in St Mary’s has been especially successful along with its Tea, Toast and Treats! The children’s area has had a new look which has brightened up that corner and is appreciated by the younger age groups. We have welcomed several new families. The day to day caring for the church is carried out by various teams who clean, decorate, provide refreshments after services, and care for the churchyard. We thank all those involved for their time, support and loyalty.
Within the village our partners are the Methodist and the Plain churches working as ‘churches together’ and we have a Methodist/Anglican service in January and also an Ecumenical Service in July.
Outreach to younger people continues to be good. This includes Messy church, ‘Open the Book’, and help in the toddler group, as well as our family service. Our Rector has close contact with our schools in the Benefice including Appleford School and takes regular assemblies both in Shrewton and Tilshead.
Last Christmas we had many services across the Benefice which were very well attended especially the Crib Service at St Mary’s where the whole school attended. We also held an inauguration for the new school Head Teacher who arrived in January with the whole school in attendance. This year the Easter Experience will be held in Tilshead, with involvement of members of the Shrewton church community.
Within the community we have a Mother’s Union, and there are study house groups meeting throughout the year. A new Benefice bible study group started in January and we have another house group in Shrewton starting after Easter. We are involved with ‘Woman’s Day of Prayer’ and assist in the Day Centre. The British Legion organises the Remembrance Service, with a procession led by our village silver band and followers which include WI and many others of the community. This service is always well attended.
During the year St Mary’s has had several fund-raising events which has included a Christmas concert given by the silver band, a stall at the Horticultural Show, Harvest lunches, and this April a safari supper which is always popular.
This year we have had our Quinquennial inspection which resulted in numerous repair works to be done. However the architect did congratulate us on the state of St Mary’s in general. The main, and most costly, items were works to the roof (c£25,000) and tower (c£4,000). We have applied for a grant from the ‘Roof Repair Fund’ and await the result. We will have some help from the Friends of St Mary’s with funding for some of the other work including the tower. There are also plans to re-order the nave which will involve removal of the pews and a new heating system but these ideas are still just that; ‘ideas’ for the future.
It is our wish to keep our Church as welcoming as possible for the community and those who like it visit churches, with flowers even if there is not a service. Therefore we will continue with our rota. We are planning a Christmas Tree festival this December with a small admission fee and possibly a raffle.
St Mary’s allotments
Report from Alan Fisher
All the plots are in good condition with no one on the waiting list. Though there is one allotment available for rent. Meetings are held roughly every six months and are well attended by members. Fees have had to be increased this year by 50% making it £15 a year. All fees are now fully paid up. Plot 4A will be turned into a car park for allotment members. Many compliments have been given to members on the general state of the allotments.
Bells of St Mary, Shrewton
Report from Mike Badham-Thornhill, Tower Captain
Number six bell has been out of action for many months due to misalignment, but this has now been fixed and all the bells are in working order. A survey has recently been conducted on the state of the bells and we will be getting a report soon. 3 of the ropes have been replaced and the other 3 will be replaced in due course. We have 4 regular bell ringers and so desperately need new ringers. Fortunately we have a close and very helpful liaison with Chitterne bell ringers and occasionally practice with them. In addition Chitterne also provide ringers for weddings in our church to bolster our numbers.
St Mary’s Choir, Shrewton
Report from Derek Miles, Choirmaster
The year for the choir was, mostly, one of steady progress. The one unhappy event was the loss of our organist, Joyce Watson. However, things have a way of turning out well and Jean George stepped into the breach as our full time organist. So on we go.
As well as Jean joining we had two new sopranos join, Angela Webb and Frieda White. This brought our normal number up to nine which makes for a nice sized choir.
As part of the development of the Salisbury Plain Benefice the choir has taken part in services in all churches, this on a regular basis. We seem to have been well received and have fitted in well with the organists of Chitterne and Orcheston, Carole and Andrena respectively. A part of this activity has been to standardise the service in the whole of the Benefice including the singing of the various parts of the mass, Gloria, Sanctus, Agnus Dei, etc.
All round the choir is doing well and playing a part in the life of the Benefice.
The Friends of St Mary’s Church, Shrewton
Report from Michael Broadbent
The Friends is a charity whose main aim is to help with the maintenance and repair of the church building its furnishings and the churchyard through donations to the PCC. No requests for financial help were made in the year and the policy of accumulating reserves was continued so that help could be given to carry out the works which were shown to be necessary as a result of the quinquennial inspection which was carried out in the year.
The Friends reach out to many who do not regularly attend church services and the number of members, including family members, is 82. Sadly Jean Newbould, who was one of the original members and a regular supporter, died.
Following the Annual Meeting, Canon Andrew Studdert-Kennedy spoke on the work of army chaplains in the First World War with particular reference to his grandfather “ Woodbine Willie”. The meeting and talk were well attended. The annual outing was to Blenheim Palace. It was well supported and most enjoyable.
One of the original members of the Committee, Sir Joseph Gilbert, decided not to offer himself for re-election. Sir Joseph will be much missed. Alwyn Jennings-Bramley was elected to the Committee and David Ridout and Roger Hunt were co-opted. Mr Ron Millar FCA who had examined the financial statements from the formation of the Friends decided to retire. He will also be much missed. Brigadier (retd.) Richard Elliot kindly examined the financial statements for the year.
Shrewton Mothers Union
Report from Jackie Avery
Mothers Union Prayer and Fellowship Group
We continue to meet on the first Wednesday of each month 2.30pm at Parsons Green in Shrewton. 2016 is the 140th anniversary of the Mothers Unions’ formation by Mary Sumner to promote Christian family life. During the year we have raised money for MU work overseas, mainly in Africa, and Christmas gifts for children at the Salisbury Women’s Refuge and on behalf of offenders at Erlestoke Prison. Everyone is welcome to join us for worship, prayer and fellowship. You do not need to become a member!
Jackie Avery. tel no. 01980620346. email firstname.lastname@example.org
Maddington Church Room
Report from Mick Brearey, chairman of the FoMCR committee
MCR continues to move forward, in the last year much progress has been made. Relationships with the scouts have been difficult but after a great deal of work, all is now harmonious with the Scout units and things can move forward.
Funding has been given from Shrewton Charitable trust which will enable some much needed maintenance to be completed, including replacement of the large window and loft insulation.
The chimney has been repointed, and a new fridge installed in the kitchen, which has also been tidied and made far more useable. In addition wifi has been provided for the hall which is a great asset for the community.
There is a good and loyal committee overseeing all that the hall involves, with regular bookings now routine. Cleaning is carried out by the committee members once a week.
The hall is self-sufficient where finances are concerned with no need to have any assistance from the Benefice at this time. The funds, however, do form part of the PCC’s overall account.
Two very successful fundraising events exclusively for the hall have been held; the May lunch after the annual Maddington Service and more recently a curry night. There have been some troubles, but overall it has been a very good year for MCR.
Churches Together In Shrewton & Orcheston
Report from Mary Whitton
Churches Together have had a successful year of collaboration. Activities have included Womens World day of Prayer, Lent courses, Joint Ecumenical Service, Coffee and Chat, Chatterbox and Sudan lunches . It is hoped that other activities will become part of Churches Together during the coming year.
THE CHURCH OF ST THOMAS A BECKET, TILSHEAD
Report from Eleanor Rance, Rector
The life of the church in Tilshead continues to flourish, though not without a few challenges along the way.
In April 2015, at our Annual Parochial Church Meeting we acknowledged the decision by Mrs Libby Anson to retire from ‘active service’ within the church after some 40 years involvement. At the time of her retirement Libby had been acting as churchwarden and treasurer, a huge task for one person to undertake, and we remain most grateful to her for her commitment and enthusiasm over many years. Colonel Ben Wrench kindly agreed to take on both the role of treasurer and churchwarden, and continued with these responsibilities until his resignation in October. During his short incumbency Ben and his family enlivened our worship, and brought new vigour to our plans to revise the Sunday worship rota. He also looked into our finances and reminded us that we need to continue to look forwards, preparing for that (inevitable) rainy day.
The end of 2015 brought a few significant changes for the Tilshead church community, but also for the wider parish, Salisbury Plain Benefice, of which Tilshead is a part.
Firstly, the Benefice Parochial Church Council explored a revision of the Sunday rota. The new pattern of services is to be trialled for 12 months from November 2015. The weekday arrangements for the church remain unchanged, and the school continue to visit us on a weekly basis for worship. We always enjoy welcoming them and also their parents and relatives on those special occasions such as Christmas, Easter, and Leaving Day at the end of the school year. We’ve also enjoyed once again the opportunity to work with the school for the Christmas Fair, which this year raised just over £1000 for the two organisations. Special thanks to Vix Mackay and Vicky Burbidge for taking over responsibility for the fair in 2015.
The other change that took place at the end of 2015 was that the local bank account for Tilshead church was closed, with overall day-to-day responsibility for the management of the accounts being transferred across to the Benefice treasurer. The reasons for this were twofold: 1. There was no willing volunteer to bank collections, note gift aid, and make payments within the church community locally. 2. Since 2014 all our finances across the 4 villages are accounted on 1 spreadsheet and presented as one set of accounts at our Annual Meeting. So there is no need for each account to be managed at local level anyway. The only material change for anyone wishing to support Tilshead church in future, is that cheques should be payable to the benefice account and earmarked as for Tilshead, rather than being made payable to a local account. Church members were notified of this matter at the end of 2015 and there were no objections. So far the plan is working very well.
We continue to be most grateful to those who clean the church, maintain it, care for the churchyard, read at services, and prepare refreshments and flowers. You are a small, but greatly valued team and we thank you for all your enthusiasm and commitment. We would like to especially note the contribution of Tanis Painter, who having moved at the end of 2015 has relinquished her many responsibilities within the village and church. Hilda Renshaw has very kindly stepped up to replace Tanis as flower-arranger-in-chief. We would also like to acknowledge the very quiet but ever faithful work of Michael Teale, who takes on innumerable tasks with willingness and good grace. Mrs Jean George, who since the summer has been looking after Shrewton as well as Tilshead continues to be a fantastic support to the music of the parish, and we thank her especially for her commitment and her enthusiasm in getting us singing.
Friends of Tilshead Church
Report from Michael Teale
Members of the Friends continue loyally to support the charity with their subscriptions in support of St Thomas a Becket parish church. Our credit balance is healthy, supplemented by the proceeds of the fete and harvest supper, laid on by our hardworking committee members and their helpers. Both of these events seem to be popular and enjoyable.
Our greatest expenditure was on churchyard tree surgery, where decay in the big ash in particular needed radical work. Our English yews were ‘crown lifted’ to give more light and air under them. The sale of timber from this work resulted in a healthy supplement to church funds.
Members and others in the village continue to ‘holy dust’, arrange flowers and keep the churchyard in good order. Tanis Painter, who contributed such outstanding flower decorations over many years has moved away, but regularly returns as a member of the church family.
Report from Heather Brearey
Messy church has been running for 5 years now, involving all churches within the Benefice, Shrewton Methodist church, and The Plain Church. We provide a different sort of ‘Church’ for families within the Benefice. We run sessions every school holiday on a Tuesday, with games, crafts, worship and a shared meal. No charge is made and all are welcome
We are fortunate to have many helpers from all churches in the Benefice and Churches Together. We have gained some new helpers this last year, however there has been a small decline in the overall number of helpers, mostly due to personal commitments
Each session continues to be held at The Methodist church, but over the summer holidays we again held our session at Chitterne village hall, making good use of the playing field and the church. We had a large number of families and some new faces. We also made use of the gathering to canvass the feelings of each family about Sunday worship times. This proved very fruitful.
We held our Christingle Messy Church session in the Methodist hall and then processed to St Marys, we only had a small number of children but it was a lovely session. We held our February session in Chitterne village hall and church, due to double booking at the Methodist church. Again there were good numbers and it was a successful event.
Numbers of attendees vary at each session but we average 40+ people, and some very regulars, who also attend other services at the churches in the Benefice. We continue to recognise a need to extend Messy Church to provide an alternative session for the children as they grow older and the simple crafts lose their appeal, this is still a ‘work in progress’ at the moment! In last year’s report we acknowledged that it would be nice to see more of our families in our churches and not just at Messy church session. The new family service and ‘toast’ is beginning to build this ‘bridge’
Open the Book
Report from David Walters
This project was successfully re-launched in the Autumn with a production of Noah The production was warmly received by the pupils of Tilshead, Shrewton and Appleford .This dramatic rendering of a familiar story considerably facilitated Biblical knowledge and understanding and it is hoped in the future to build on this event and offer more productions to the three schools.
Richard Essberger continues to provide us an incredible resource through his creation and regular updating of the website: salisburyplainbenefice.com. This site acts as our ‘shop window’ to the wider world, and also is the first port of call for anyone wishing to catch up on notices, Bible Studies, sermons or photos of events which have taken place within the community. Do drop by, and make use of it; it is there for all of us. And our grateful thanks to Richard for his faithful commitment to this very important part of our outreach.
OUR CHURCH SCHOOLS
St Thomas à Becket School, Tilshead
Report from Alison Trickey, Headteacher
Number on role
We currently have 59 children on role and after Easter this is anticipated to rise to 63. However our intake in reception for next September is lower than usual. (Partly I believe because the nursery was closed for a short time and children who may have joined went elsewhere).
Our pre-school class is now well-established. It is open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays all day and on Friday mornings. We take children from two years old until they are ready to enter reception. We are one of only two schools in Wiltshire who have taken advantage of being allowed to accept two year olds. I should stress that although these children are ‘at school’ they are following pre-school activities as they would in any good pre-school environment.
Currently being in the pre-school class does not allow for automatic entry to our school but I am liaising with Wiltshire Authority over this as I believe that if they registered as attending the school they should be given priority. Unfortunately this seems to be legally unclear and is taking some time to get an answer too.
Ofsted and SIAMS (Church Inspection)
We are now well overdue for an ofsted inspection. Maybe by the time you read this we will have had one! Calls to announce inspection come midday before the inspection.
Our SIAMS inspection will be due next year
This year we received another letter from Nick Gibb, the Minister of State for Schools congratulating us on our standards and recognising we were one of 187 schools in the UK were all Year 6 children achieved Level 4B or above in literacy and numeracy. However that doesn’t make us complacent, we will only continue to achieve these results if we continue to strive for the best in all our children all of the time.
Music and sport
I think it is worth mentioning that we continue to try to enjoy and learn from music and sport whenever we can; taking part in festivals, offering instrument lessons and taking any opportunities that arise (i.e a recent workshop with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra was a real treat.) We have enjoyed using our new playing field; it has been great to have a flat pitch to play on.
There is quite a lot of talk about government plans for us all to become academies and the future of small schools. We have currently dismissed any benefit to our children of becoming an academy but in order to protect ourselves from a forced partnership or integration with a large group are forming a legal collaboration with the primary schools in the West Lavington cluster. This will provide us with a structure and platform for moving forward in this direction with an established group of like- minded schools should this be necessary.
Finally, don’t forget if there are any of you who have never visited the school and who would like a quick tour (it doesn’t take long!) please do get in touch I would be happy to show you around.
Shrewton C of E Primary School
Report from Lynn Taylor, Headteacher
It has been year of change at Shrewton Primary School. Mr Russell left in December to take up another Headship and I have just completed my first term as Headteacher. It has been a bit of a whirlwind but I have thoroughly enjoyed it. The school has a fantastic team of staff and governors, enthusiastic children and supportive parents. Our children and teachers have been working hard to get to grips with the demands of the new Primary Curriculum and end of key stage tests. This has meant a huge increase in expectations but we have tried to make sure that learning is fun too through our topic based curriculum.
Sport has played a large part in our activities this year and we have been proud to send children to represent the school in a wide range of events including, swimming, hockey, badminton, football and gymnastics.
Our links with the Shrewton community and St Mary’s Church are growing ever stronger as we regularly visit the day centre, come to church for special services, support the monthly family service and work closely with Rev’d Eleanor as she leads weekly worship and supports us in her role as Governor.
OUR CHURCH VISITORS
Unless you are one of the blessed few who live on the doorstep of one of our 4 churches, you may not realise that throughout the year many people pass over the threshold for a look at the architecture, to seek information about relatives/ancestors; or to sneak a moment of peace and solace in the presence of God. Looking through the entries in our visitors’ books gives an incredible insight into the value that others place upon our open, well maintained churches. Over the year, 191 people wrote in a visitors’ book. Orcheston, St Mary, the least obvious of the four buildings had 99 entries, mainly due to the presence of the campsite nearby. The vast majority of comments reflect upon the beauty of the buildings (31%), their thanks for the building being open (13.6%), then that it was a place of peace/serenity in which they had the opportunity for devotion, or to seek out ancestors (12%). Others reflected upon their memories of worshipping there in time past or having been baptised in one of the churches. The world at large is quick to focus on the challenges of small congregations, ancient buildings; reduced finances. But we should be focusing instead on the significance of those who come to marry, to be baptised, to say farewell to loved ones, to linger in the peace and presence of God. The thanks, below, to those who care for our churches, is especially important in the light of this, and it is sincerely meant.
A small ‘virtual’ group of people across the four villages have volunteered in the past year to make themselves available for prayer on a regular basis. They pray on their own at home or at work, not simply for individuals who are named on our notices, but for people at moments of crisis, at short notice. They pray for the villages and for the churches, for the schools and our ‘events’, for those who are exploring vocation, like Heather Brearey and Paul Taylor, for those who are grieving across the community and further afield. Prayer is like the heartbeat of our church; the constant interaction between us and our creator. All these wonderful things that we do are –or should be- rooted in prayer. And the Prayer Warriors are part of that rootedness. In the latter part of 2015 we added a weekly Eucharist to our worship pattern (Tuesdays, 10am in Shrewton). At this service we value especially the opportunity to offer prayer. If you’d like to join in, please make contact with one of the clergy and be added to the list.
A FINAL WORD OF THANKS
From the Rector, The Revd Eleanor Rance
As another year passes, we are all the more aware of those who have served the 4 churches of this parish over the years, and of their commitment, love and enthusiastic support. We remember especially Hugh Garnett and Joyce Watson, both musicians who served the churches for many years between them. We remember also those who have decided, after significant and dedicated service that it is time to retire, especially Robert Pryor and David Chadwick. David has served as a local treasurer in Shrewton for many years, and took on both the re-structured PCC accounts and the Gift Aid secretarial functions for us in 2014. There are many, many hours of work involved in these three roles
and we will always be grateful to David for his work in support of the ministry of the parish. Robert, as one of our 8 churchwardens, has been an enormous support to the parish as a whole, taking on additional commitments in relation to Tilshead, and as Lay Chairman of the PCC. I have personally valued especially his wise counsel and patience. I would like to record also my gratitude to the other treasurers and churchwardens within the parish; to Arthur Gooch and to Sam Shepherd, who has worked tirelessly in recent weeks to prepare the full accounts for examination; to Ben Wrench, Mike Badham-Thornhill, Gay Jennings-Bramly, Paul Taylor, John Badgery and Marcelle Stobie for their work as churchwardens and members of the PCC Standing Committee; and to our PCC secretary Virginia Pryor, who has been such a help and encouragement to us all. We thank our organists, especially Jean George, who took on additional responsibilities following the loss of her dear friend Joyce, and Andrena and Carole who are now accompanying the choir and the congregation on a regular basis. We thank also Derek Miles and the choir, newly augmented, for their enthusiastic commitment to singing in all 4 churches, and helping us so much in our worship. And a final, heartfelt word of thanks goes to: PCC members, committee members, volunteers, sidesmen, flower arrangers, bell ringers, cleaners, those who work in the churchyard, and the many unnamed who care for our church (as a set of buildings and as a body of people) and community. I hope you will see from this report how much your work is valued and enjoyed. Thank you for your contributions to the life of ‘church’ in this place.