From- VOL34 No 9 December 2016 Sparkford's PARISH NEWS
- for Sparkford, Weston Bampfylde and Little Weston with Sutton Montis
From The Editors Desk.
Welcome to the Last edition of 2016 of the magazine I am now entering my most favorite time of the year. its been a very busy year I would like to thank you all for the continued support and for using the magazine. If anyone has any ideas or items to be included, please contact me.
I have no longer got anyone to deliver for me at Wolfester Terrace end of Sparkford if one of you could please do this for me then I will be delighted. Due to my busy home & work life I have decided to trial a Bi monthly format to make things easier. This issue will be the second in this new format covering Sept I October I hope to make the magazine covering the following dates Sept / Oct. Nov I Dec, Jan I Feb, Mar I Apr, May I Jun, July /Aug an so on. The deadline will still be on the 1 5th of each month but each edition will cover 2 months creating 6 editions per year I will see how this works over the next few months
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Countess Gytha Primary School
A message from the Head teacher
Following elections, we would like to announce this years House Captains, more details about Houses and your childs House will be sent home next week.
School Council Newsletter will follow shortly with Film Club details and other fundraising
3rd Sparkford Scout Group
Latest from 3rd Sparkford Beavers, Cubs and Scouts
Our Cubs and Scouts had an amazing trip to Osmington at the start of half term, where they faced a fantastic range of challenges, from raft building at Portland, to mountain biking and team building games. And they achieved great heights on the climbing walls and now infamous Jacobs Ladder showing amazing confidence and determination, even when their legs did feel like jelly!
Our young Beavers have been busy earning their Personal Challenge Awards and Cooking Activity badge. They too are off climbing at the end of this month before they start looking forward to Christmas. We have a fantastic full section and new leaders who are developing the colony brilliantly.
Our Cubs have been learning about Remembrance Day during their recent meetings, and all our sections were represented superbly at the Remembrance Day Parade held at Queen Camel Church, with flag bearers from age six upwards, all marking this important occasion.
We are continuing to fundraise for a new minibus we have an opportunity to purchase one from a local school in the coming months so we are doing our very best to try to make that happen so that we can organise many more adventures!
Anyone interested in joining or helping please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Or if you have any ideas for fundraising or donations of equipment/craft materials to our group please contact Helen Wooldridge helen@cudd!edrv.com
YOU can help us too when you order your oil by saving money via this price comparison link https://www.boilerjuice.com/community/3rd-sparkford-scout-group/ - who donate money to our group for every litre of oil you order! Please do use it if you can thank you.
We are always keen to hear from members of our local communities who have skills or ideas to share with our group please do contact us email@example.com or call Helen Wooldridge 01963 440801
SPARKFORD NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH
As you all now know Sparkford no longer has a Neighborhood Watch, If was disbanded in
April 2016 due to no one willing to step forward to fake the helm which is an unfortunate
love it when the dark nights draw in During the summer,I feel I must be outside until all
hours of the evening, making the most of the sunlight. By late August. this has usually
worn thin and I begin to enjoy the fact that there is no point getting up early if it is
still dark (work days excluded of course!)
How timely it is that Devon have launched a campaign to get us all up and movingl The new research states that we increase our chances of diabetes mid decreased bone density by sitting for more than 3 hours a day. Furthermore, the findings state that a short session of intense exercise to eradicate the days sitting is not enough! Moving against gravity throughout the day is vital to our health. Take a look at www.devon.gov.uk/areyousittingcomfortably
go and get that warm drink, walk outside and get some autumn sun and dance m the ad
breaksl If you are at work, do some squats by the photocopier (no dont, you may lose
your job I).
However to make the most of every drop of oil firing those radiators, make sure you are insulated! I am not talking the big stuff, but putting reflective insulation behind a wood burner or radiators, lining the keyhole and the letter box and one I havent thought of - the loft opening! It all helps.
you have an old boiler you may decide to insure against when it breaks down. Get boiler
cover, which starts for as little as £4.9~ per month. If youve never had boiler
cover before. USWitch have a boiler cover comparison webslte.
the worst happens and we get another power cut, you can now call 105 to report it. Quicker
than trying to find your electricity provider. Wish it would have worked when my broadband
went out again this morning.
My role is to support people in living efficiently and independently and to negotiate
the number of services available In South Somerset. I am also available to help
build closer communities by supporting the set up of local groups. So do give me a call on
07968 521746 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you think I can help. My support is free and confidential courtesy of our super
next CaféXtra Village Breakfast Gathering Will take place on Sunday 11 th December.
Breakfast served 9.30am - 11 .00am
Queen Camel Tuesday Group Report
It was then time for our speaker, Graham Gould, or in this case, singer for the day. We were lead through a medley of 1960s music that brought back long forgotten memories, mostly good. This teased our brains with who sang this, or what was the title, or even what was the next line? Of course, sometimes these questions proved too difficult as we are all far too young to remember the songs??! He then regaled us with his Elvis impressions to wind up a very loud meeting.
November was our AGM and
I am delighted to report that the current officers were all voted back in post for another
year. They have done such a sterling job, with the help of the committee, that this was no
Next month is our Christmas Dinner at the Northover Manor in Ilchester, including a Secret Santa in more ways than one!
We meet, as you know, on the first Tuesday of each month at the Queen Camel Memorial Hall arriving at 10.00am for a 10.30am start. Our membership grows by the month and we would love you to share in that success. If you want any more information about our activities, please call Pat Champion on 01963 32264 or Marion Chapman on 01963 220741
DIOCESE OF BATH & WELLS Message
Wonder and worship
Have you ever wondered how many stars there are? We know there are lots and we know we cant count them. It is clearly not a straightforward question. So, what do we know? We believe the universe is some 14 billion light years old. We think it is expanding, but we dont know if it is infinitely large or not. And the fact that space-time seems to be curved makes it even more complicated. But if the Milky Way has some 100 million stars in it and if there are in the order of 100 trillion galaxies, we are looking at something like 1 followed by 24 noughts as an answer. That is a lot of stars! And throughout all of human historV people have wondered not only how many stars there are but also who made them.
The Bible gives us an answer to this and reveals God as the Creator of all things. The prophet Isaiah wrote this:
Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He brings out the starry host one by one, and calls them each by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not I one of them Is missing. (Isaiah 40: 26)
Stars are beautiful, mysterious, awe-inspiring. They cause us to wonder and marvel. Who has not stopped at some point and just gazed at the night sky? it is said that the US President Franklin D Roosevelt used to take his guest out after dinner to look at the night sky. They would stare at the -stars and then he would say: Now that we feel small enough, let us discuss our business.
the first Christmas, it was a star that led the wise men to the baby Jesus. When
they saw the child with his mother Mary, they bowed down and worshipped him.
Christmas reminds us that Jesus is Gods Son, our Saviour and our Lord. In the midst
of all else that is happening may we make sure that we take time to wonder and to worship.
Jesus is Gods Son, our Saviour and our Lord. In the midst of all else that is happening may we make sure that we take time to wonder and to worship.
The Revd Rose Hoskins writes:
In due course I am hoping
to put together a presentation to share about our adventures.
The theme of light and life is a familiar theme in the Scriptures. As we approach the end of November, for many the gloomiest month of the year, a time we when really long for the sun, we begin the season of Advent. In our churches our prayers remind us there is glimmer of light in the darkness as we begin to prepare the welcome the one who brings light and life to all and whose birth we celebrate at Christmas. But before we skip to the Christmas bit It Is worth lingering with those words about light and life and the image of the lighthouse.
On our first evening back from study leave Alan and I were delighted to joln with the Cam Vale Mens Fellowship and hear Bishop Ruth our new Bishop of Taunton. She spoke of the people who had encouraged and inspired her. People who, rather like a lighthouse, had guided and re-directed her life. Coming from a conservative evangelical church background, where women were never allowed to preach or lead worship, Bishop Ruth spoke of how her life direction was changed when, just at the point she was considering what she should study at university, someone encouraged her to consider studying theology. This marked a C change and played a key role in making her the person she is today.
So often we lament the missing generation/s from our church. At one end there are the very young at the other there are the sliver surfers but not a lot In between. We can blame all kinds of things vicars, the church institution, the church buildings, education In schools, parents not passing on the faith, various Sunday activities the list is endless. Then we make excuses for ourselves as to why we don~t step In and try to do something. Were too old, were too young, were not experienced with youngsters, Its the parentS job, the teachers job, the vicars job or weve simply not enough time again the list is endless. But all of us can be a lighthouse for someone and its not really too hard to do.
We can do it by sharing our faith story or by listening to someone elses story and helping them tease out where God has been at work, even if they havent been aware of it.
Finally theres that wonderful question: Have you ever considered that someone may be calling you to..? If we summon the courage to ask it you never know where it may lead.
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Opening Friday 22nd April 2016
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