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Act of Remembrance in Sopworth

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The Royal British Legion representative in Sopworth, Joe Buxton, would like to invite everybody who is able to come and take part in the Act of Remembrance at Sopworth on Remembrance Sunday. The short service will be at the War Memorial at the church and will start at 9:30am.   The main Service of Remembrance in the Benefice will take …

Rev. Richard Thomson

Vicar’s Letter June 2018

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Dear Friends, In the Lord’s prayer we pray that God will ‘deliver us from evil’. Do we believe that God will protect us from bad things happening to us? Bad things do happen to many of us and sometimes we have lucky escapes. For many years people thought that bad things happened because God was punishing us. But perhaps it …

Rev. Richard Thomson

Vicar’s Letter May 2018

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Dear Friends, I am conscious that many of you will be getting into your gardens now as Summer approaches and plants and weeds really start to get growing! There is a genus of plant called Mesembryanthemum.   These are small daisy –like plants that close at night and open in daytime. The word was coined in 1684 and comes from the …

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Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials 2018

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The Badminton Horse Trials church services takes place this year on Sunday, 6th May at 10:00am in St. Michael and All Angels, Great Badminton. The service is open to all and will follow a shortened version of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer mattins service. You will find directions to the church lower down this page. Please read them carefully …

Rev. Richard Thomson

Vicar’s Letter – April 2018

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Dear Friends, I was asked the other day to give a talk to a group of children about being a Vicar. And it made me realise that when I spoke about Ordination, and used Confirmation as an example of a service where a Bishop prays over you, no one knew what I was talking about. It is a very sad …

Rev. Richard Thomson

Vicar’s Letter March 2018

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Dear Friends, As the winter gives way to the Spring, I hope the increase in sunshine and daylight is having a beneficial effect on your health.  It seems that for many people the winter does not help lift the spirits after four or so months of it. Easter is now within our sights, and we have Mothering Sunday on route, …

Rev. Richard Thomson

Vicar’s Letter February 2018

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Dear Friends, As we head into February we are looking straight into the face of Lent, which with an early Easter, begins on St. Valentine’s Day. All those who did not go into the desert in January, might consider doing so in Lent. We have this annual opportunity to gain our freedom over the cravings and desires of our bodies …

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Moonrakers Concert

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FOLK BAND Traditional and contemporary songs and tunes from the UK and beyond. “…mesmerising harp…wonderful gentle harmonies….an uplifting journey.” – BBC “startlingly talented…” – Oxford Times St Mary’s Church, Acton Turville, in the Badminton Benefice Saturday 17th March at 7.30pm Tickets: £10 with raffle, wine and nibbles Tickets available from: Acton Turville Village Stores Drewetts Store, Badminton Eileen Stephens 01454 218425 It’s …

Rev. Richard Thomson

Vicar’s Letter January 2018

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Dear Friends, A new year, a new start. I wonder whether you have made any New Year resolutions this January.  And what they relate to, in your life. I have a friend who regularly over-indulges at Christmas and needs no encouragement to lead others astray. He wakes up every January with a heavy head and he has a massive guilt …