St Mary's Church, Marston Magna

Newsletter from the Vicar

The Rectory

July 2018


At the end of April we had a Benefice Service at the beautiful little church at Ashington. The Church was full and we had the benefit of the Benefice Choir.


The service was on the same day as the one that was taking place in Zambia, where our bishops and people from this Diocese were visiting (Jackie Clough, who lives in Mudford, was one of them. Jackie unfortunately broke her leg whilst there, but is now home. We wish her well in her recovery) to celebrate 40 years of the Link of Friendship between the two Dioceses. We used the same service as much as possible, same hymns and readings and we had our own link too. Alex Henry from Marston Magna was volunteering there, before going to university. He wrote us a letter about his work, including helping in a baby clinic. It was read by his mother Sara and made the service very special. Alex is back now, last seen helping at the Marston Village Event, the Pimms tent I think I remember, with his family.


This month on the 14th July at 2.30 there will be an Anniversary celebration at Wells Cathedral, when guests from Zambia will be coming. At 3.45 will be an “After-party” at the Bishop's Palace. Free entry to explore the Palace and gardens, to meet Zambian guests, enjoy family games and live music including the Royal Artillery Band. (I am pleased about this, my father was Royal Artillery!)


Bring a picnic and soak up the atmosphere. There will be a charge for parking of £3. (Cheap! I have to go to Wells sometimes and parking is expensive.) If you would like to go, it would help if you registered at


At the end of July, on 29th at 10.45, at Rimpton, there will be another Benefice service with the Choir. This time to celebrate Lammas, the first fruits of the wheat harvest. We will have a loaf to use for communion and eat at the picnic afterwards. Bring your own picnic but we will provide drinks.



Revd Barbara Stanton


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