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Services Sunday 17th: 9:30am Morning Prayer with Paul Harrod &/or Janet McBride. 6pm Holy Communion with Rev David Moss

Natasha and Paul Harrod’s REFRESH “service” on a Saturday afternoon continues to draw in parents and children alike. Starting at 4pm it’s a great way to entertain your grandchildren – and to give you a little peace. Definitely worth considering!

The numbers of people attending services in St Mary’s continues to climb back towards pre-Covid levels, but are still noticeably down. In August numbers were lower by 26% but in September this drop was limited to 10% of 2019 attendances.

The Monday Movie Club is showing a film on Monday (16th) which last year won FIVE Oscars. It tells the true life story of a black woman who escaped slavery and then went on to change the course of history with her campaigning. The picture is especially relevant in this “black lives matter” era and well worthy of your support. Doors open at 7pm with a licensed bar, tea and coffee.

Members of the PCCs of St Mary’s and St Helen’s attended a Safeguarding course last Thursday. Ms Helen Styles, a safeguarding consultant, presented the talk. Everyone agreed that a lot of useful information was made available, but also that three hours was a very long time to take it all in!

After 11 years as landlords of The Swan in Tockington, Alistair and Julie Scott have retired. They are moving to Hanham. The new landlord/lady arrive today.

A small field in Lower Hazel is available for the grazing of sheep. If you know a shepherd who might be interested, please email me.

This Saturday & Sunday there is an “alternative” Art exhibition in church. It is a celebration of the ways in which people passed their time during the past 18 months. Starting at 10am on Saturday (11am on Sunday) till 4pm. Lunch is available on Saturday between 12-2pm. Free entry, but donations always welcome.

Quiz Night is back on Saturday 23rd October. Tickets at £6 each available from Debbie Harries.

And finally:

Talking Dog For Sale

A man sees a sign outside a house that reads “Talking Dog for Sale.” Intrigued, he walks in.

“So what have you done with your life?” he asks the dog.

“I’ve led a very full life,” says the dog. “I lived in the Alps rescuing avalanche victims. Then I served my country in Iraq. And now I spend my days reading to the residents of a retirement home.”

The guy is flabbergasted. He asks the dog’s owner, “Why on earth would you want to get rid of such an incredible dog ?”

The owner says, “Because he’s a liar! He never did any of that!”

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