St Mary's News THURSDAY BLOG – 16th APRIL

Thursday is NHS day – so don’t forget to clap, shout and rattle those pots and pans tonight at 8pm.      Tip – ask Alexa to remind you for, say, 7:55pm.

The CHAT group had a virtual meeting on  evening. The principle question posed was : is the pension-aged generation too privileged, with a Winter Fuel Allowance, free bus passes and tv licences? The general feeling was that yes, older people are well cared for and can, if they wish, gift their fuel allowance (with gift aiding) but that it would be very complicated overhauling the system.

Good to hear that even at the age of 89, Ted Addis is still out and about in his garden. The Addis family has lived in Olveston for 2 centuries. Sad to report however, that Tony Bates remains in hospital.. Get well soon Tony.

With so many people out walking these days, an issue which in normal years might be considered minor, is likely to take on greater significance as the year progresses. Crop encroachment onto public footpaths can be a real problem especially following rainfall which makes walking in the countryside an irritation. Farmers (land owners) are responsible for maintenance of footpaths though we have “an overseer” in the form of Rod Williams who in turn can report issues to South Glos council. At least one farmer’s attention has been drawn to a crop planted too closely to a footpath.

Whilst on the subject of footpaths, all the easily walkable footpaths in Olveston & Aust parishes can be found on the Olveston & Aust Community website.

Seen in a church magazine: This being Easter Sunday, we will ask Mrs Johnson to come forward and lay an egg on the altar.

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