News Items
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Joy’s ordination
Saturday 2nd July at 3 pm
Joy’s ordination to the priesthood will be in Wells Cathedral on Saturday 2nd July at 3 pm. No tickets are needed but please could you put your name on the list in church if you will be going. Her first Eucharist is the following morning in St Mary’s at 10.30 am. All in the Benefice are welcome.
Queen Elizabeth II
Defender of the faith
Queen’s 90th Birthday – Official Weekend Birthday Celebrations
11th-12th June
  • Allerton Church Flower Festival on Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th June - Open from 10:30 to 17:30 each day. Royal themed floral displays & refreshments
  • Allerton Church Children's Scavenger Hunt on Saturday 11th June from 10:30 to 17:00 - Hunt for clues and collect unusual objects as you walk around the village. Mainly for ages 4-14
  • Allerton Church Saturday 11th June at 19:00 - a concert entitled "A Right Royal Rave Up" Tickets £12 from Philip Bevan 01934 713929 or
  • Allerton Church Sunday 12th June Special Service 9.00 am
  • St Mary’s Big Birthday Lunch on 12th June from 1.00 pm. All welcome, simply bring along your own picnic and drinks. Bouncy Castle, Craft Activities. No cost but tickets available from Wedmore Village Stores.
  • Christchurch 12th June a Right Royal Village Tea from 4,00 pm and Songs of Praise at 5.00 pm. All Welcome. No cost for tea but please let Noreen or Elizabeth know if you are coming.
We also have a number of copies of the lovely booklet “The Servant Queen and The King She Serves” about the Queen’s Christian faith. These are available in church at £1 each.
Sunday Breakfast
Sunday 13th July 9:00am
It's Sunday Breakfast time again!
Come along and join in the fun.
There's a free breakfast of Bacon and Egg sandwiches, Croissants, Jam, Cereals, Orange Juice and Coffee and a short informal service. What better start could there be to the day, no need to worry about getting breakfast beforehand, just come and meet your friends.
Wedmore Street Fair
Saturday 5th July
This year’s Wedmore Street Fair is on Saturday 5th July, with a theme of the Commonwealth. St Mary’s is running a cake stall and so we would be very grateful of offers of cake to sell on the day. Also if you are able to offer some time to help run the stall that would be much appreciated. Please see the list in church.
Blackford Arts Week
Thank you to all
Thank you to all who contributed to the wonderful Blackford Arts Week and to all who put together such a dazzling range of scarecrows. Thank you also to those involved in the service last weekend. We will be able to send £400 from the collection to St Mary’s Mufulira.
Cheddar Valley Foodbank
latest newsletter
There is the latest newsletter from the Cheddar Valley Foodbank in each church. Thank you for those who continue to donate food via the box in St Mary’s. They are well stocked for pasta, cereal and baked beans at the moment.
Christian Aid Week
Thank you
Thank you to all who donated to and collected for Christian Aid during Christian Aid Week. A total of £2,078 was raised across the village.
Coffee Morning and Café at Theale
Thank you
Thank you also to all who contributed to the recent Coffee Morning and Café at Theale (particularly to Sheila Badman). Over £350 was raised for Christchurch funds.
Bishop Peter Hancock
Bishop of Bath & Wells
Please remember in your prayers Bishop Peter Hancock, and his wife Jane, as he prepares to begin his ministry in this Diocese. Bishop Peter has recorded a Pentecost sermon which we will listen to next week. Also we are delighted that he will be visiting the Benefice, just a week after his arrival when he comes to Holy Trinity on June 15th.
Blackford Arts Week
Many Thanks
Thank you to Jean Winter and Bun Sisson and all who contributed to a wonderful Blackford Arts Week. The week concludes with the celebration service this evening at which we are delighted to welcome Bishop Peter Hancock. Please do remember Bishop Peter and his wife Jane as they begin their ministry in Bath and Wells.
Exploring Spirituality
An interesting course
There is information in each church about the extensive and first rate course “Exploring Spirituality” run through the Diocese over one or two years. If you would like further information please speak either to the vicar, Patricia Hellier of Allerton (one of the course tutors) or to Venetia Hopkins (who has been on the course herself).
Christian Meditation 13/04/2014
There is a poster and flyers in each church about a forthcoming six week course introducing Christian Meditation, taking place in Axbridge.
Iona’s charity fund raising effort
All year!!!
Iona’s latest charity fund raising effort is to try and go without palm oil for a whole year as our dependence on palm oil in food and cosmetics results in the destruction of much rain forest. She has put together a just giving page if you want to give money to Greenpeace on her behalf and/or find out a bit more about what is involved visit
Cheddar Valley Foodbank
Cheddar Valley Foodbank is now up and running there will shortly be boxes in each church for food collection and half our collections at Christmas will go to help finance the foodbank.
The National Churches Trust 31/10/2013
The National Churches Trust make grants to many local parish churches for repairs and improvements for community use. Their latest annual review makes interesting reading with various leading public figures nominating their favourite church. There is a copy in St Mary’s or you can go to for further information.
The cost of the budget
Improving listed buildings to cost more!
In the latest budget, the standard rate of VAT has been extended to include alterations to listed buildings, meaning that alterations to listed places of worship (which used to be exempt) will now incur 20% VAT. Already we have identified nearly £6m of planned alterations to churches in Bath & Wells which will now be liable for VAT, meaning that parishes will have to raise a considerable amount of extra money or abandon plans to alter buildings for community/flexible use, etc.
There is an e-petition at to put pressure on the Government to change their mind about the proposed imposition of VAT on alterations to Listed Places of Worship. Please sign this as soon as possible as the Government consultations end on May 4th.
The government seem to have partially backed down on this, churches are now excluded from the VAT rise.