Newsletter from the Vicar
Newsletter August 2017
We are in the season of summer and it has been a good one so far. Summer brings the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. I remember being able to go many years ago when I was a student and I sat in the Gods, as the gallery was called, or the pit, just in front of the orchestra where you either stood or sat on the floor. It was quite pleasant as there were flowers and a fountain. Later when I lived near Birmingham I was able to go and hear the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under the, then, young, dark, curly haired Simon Rattle. Yesterday I listened to a programme about the new director, a young woman from Lithuania. Music has always been part of Worship. Much is made of this in the Old Testament and we know David, of Goliath fame, was a good musician, singing and playing the harp as well as a dab hand with a sling. We are a few hundred years on from the likes of composers such as Handel and Haydn but even today a lot of new music is still composed for worship in Church. Our Cathedrals are still places of excellence with their choirs and magnificent organs and we have one of them at Wells.
We are fortunate in our parishes to still have very able organists, pianists and a Benefice Choir. However, we are losing Chris Perrin at Marston, through arthritis, and Mary Dron at Chilton, who is moving, and we thank them for all their lively playing over the years. If there are any organists or pianists out there in our Benefice, do get in touch if you could possibly help with our music rotas.
This year is one where we have our Benefice Project to raise money for a charity, currently Starfish Asia, which provides education on a shoe string for the poorest of Pakistan. Quiz sheets are going round at £1 a time, we have had pancakes and BBQ and now in August are having a concert in Marston Magna Church. Not only do we have organ and piano but our organists have good contacts and relations who come and add to the variety of music. The concert will be on Sunday 13th August at 7pm and will include wine and nibbles. Do try and support this event even if you do think you would like the music, you may be surprised how good it is.
Sunday 13th August concert Marston Magna Church 7pm
Wednesday 23rd August Fun Day for Primary aged children at Mudford Village Hall
contact Jo Dalton-Leggett on 01935 427049 or 07757865575.