St Mary's News WEEKLY NEW – THURSDAY 13th JANUARY

By Martin Gibson. Contact mrtngibs@aol.com

Services: Saturday 4:30pm Paul & Natasha Harrod invite everyone, especially families to their REFRESH gathering – an informal way of worship. Sunday 9:30am A service of Unity led by Simon Edwards. 6pm Holy Communion with Rev David Moss

Sidespersons will be very happy with the Welcome Area. Ann Lloyd and Sue Farr have spent considerable time this week tidying the section, filing service sheets and generally making it more workable. Thanks to both.

Church attendance has fallen by half in the past 30 years according to a respected national newspaper. Sad news, but in one area, London, those worshipping in church has increased, albeit by just 1.7%.

What is fascinating is that in London, the policy of one priest per parish continues in place, whereas in many dioceses, especially rural ones, a single priest is stretched over 3 or 4 or even 10 parishes..

The Rev Marcus Walker, founder of the SAVE OUR PARISH campaign said “There has been a loss of confidence in the core claims of Christianity.” “We need theologically trained priests, embedded in their communities.”

You may recall that South Gloucs Council had planned to complete the footpath at the bottom of Old Down Hill. This was scheduled for July 2021. Nothing happened so enquiries were made of the council. The missing section of footpath is alongside the very high stone wall belonging to Tockington Manor School. The planned work would have involved excavating the existing grass verge and might have destabilised the wall. Further research is now being carried. The person originally responsible for the project has moved to another position.

The Parish Council’s plans for celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee are now formulated and a draft programme is being prepared. Thursday 2nd June, which is the Queen’s actual birthday, will see a torchlight procession – families and children equipped with glowsticks – will leave Olveston at 9:30pm and walk towards the Parish Hall in Tockington.

The following day, Friday, all the uniformed groups, a parade of classic cars and horses and riders will assemble at the War Memorial and then process to Tockington (roads will be closed). After that we can expect a Soap box,derby, various light-hearted sporting events including a ladies tug o war, mixed 5 a side football, rounders, and all taking place surrounded by stalls such as a Wildlife stall, hog roast, a Pimms bar, live music and many other forms of entertainment. All this will take place on the Tockington Manor School playing field.

At 7:30 there will be a barn dance in the parish hall.

And finally:

A man left for work one Friday afternoon. Instead of going home, he stayed out the entire weekend drinking and clubbing with the boys and spending all his wages.

When he finally got home on Sunday night, he was confronted by his very angry wife.

After two hours, she stopped nagging and said: ‘How would you like it if you didn’t see me for two or three days?’ He replied: ‘That would be fine with me.’ Monday went by and he didn’t see his wife. Tuesday and Wednesday came and went with the same results.

Thursday, the swelling went down just enough for him to see her a little out of the corner of his left eye.

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