By Martin Gibson (Churchwarden). Contact

Services this weekend: No REFRESH (half term). Sunday 27th 9:30am Holy Communion with Rev Ann Lloyd. 6pm Evening prayer led by Janet McBride.

A few dates for your diary:

Wednesday 2nd March the PCC meets in St Mary’s at 2pm

Saturday 5th March – village litter-picking organised by Rod Williams. 10am start, equipment provided, no experience necessary.

Friday 18th March in St Helen’s at 7pm. The Big Beneficiary Quiz. Teams of 4 (or come on your own and help form a team). Tickets £3

Sunday 27th March, the Bishop of Bristol, Viv Faul is leading our Mothering Sunday Service.

It’s a quiet time of the year, not a lot happening – must be February. Debbie has been struggling with Covid over the past 10 days, hopefully she’ll be back on Sunday. On Monday last, the Movie Club had to cancel the film, Skyfall. This was due to “staff” shortages; of the team of 7, two were on holiday, one indisposed and three unwell. This was the first time ever a film has been cancelled. Skyfall will now go into the Spring programme.

The Queen‘s Platinum Jubilee approacheth and one of the many events which is creating considerable interest is the SOAPBOX DERBY. This is a race between home-made push cars (no engines or pedals) from the top of Upper Tockington Road to the Parish Hall. Details have only just been released but already 6 entries have been received. And yes, the road will be closed.

Below is a pic of the team who keep the churchyard so well tended. Enjoying a hot cup of tea and a bacon sarnie on a Saturday morning – thank you to each and everyone.

And finally:

An old man was sitting outside a pub holding a rod and seemingly fishing in a roadside puddle.

“Poor old fool,” thought the well-dressed gentleman as he looked on. But, being a kind soul, he invited the old man inside for a drink.

As they sipped their whiskeys, the gentleman thought he’d humour the old man and asked, “So how many have you caught today?”

The old man replied, “You’re the eighth.”

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