Associate Priest's Letter - December 2013

Dear Friends,
I am really looking forward to Christmas and, as in every year, I hope it will be a white one and not raining on Christmas day. Mind you I only want a smattering of snow just to make it look lovely but not to prevent travelling on the day. That would really give me stress if the roads were impassable and I could not get to Minch for the Christmas services.

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Associate Priest's Notes - November 2013

Music@Minch – Paul Tomlinson playing the French Horn.
We were delighted to welcome Paul as soloist in his own right and he was accompanied by composer and pianist Geoffrey Poole. Paul will talked about the history and development of the French Horn, which he illustrated with pieces by Saint Saens, Gordon Carr, York Bowen and more. Many of us were surprised by just how a piece of hosepipe could be put to such musical ends. It was an evening of enlightening musical entertainment! Many thanks as always to Joan and Michael Schmeising for organizing the concerts.
The next Music@Minch on Sunday 10th November at 7:00pm is Cantemus (Choir from Cardiff).

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Associate Priest's Letter - November 2013

Dear Friends,
November is the month that we remember. We remember because of celebrating All Saints Day, then All Soul's Day with Memorial Evensong to Commemorate the Faithful Departed when the names of our loved ones are read out in church. Then there is Remembrance Sunday with an act of remembrance at the War Memorial with the British Legion and a two minute silence, a deeply moving experience as we all share the overwhelming sense of loss. With the solemn laying of wreaths, we remember those who died in two world wars.

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Associate Priest's Notes - October 2013

We had an extremely successful Newcomers' Party, which was enjoyed by all who came. It was good talking to people and hearing how welcoming they found the community of Minchinhampton. Thank you to all who supported this evening and brought nibbles.

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Associate Priest's Letter - October 2013

SandyEmeryNLDear Friends,
October is the month we celebrate Harvest Festival and in Canada, Thanksgiving. Please do not confuse it with the American Thanksgiving held in November, which was for the Pilgrim Fathers giving thanks after a dreadful first year in America when crops had failed and many did not survive the winter due to lack of food. The following year was much better and they gave thanks to God.

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Associate Priest's Notes - September 2013

Thank you to everyone who supported me on the Sunday 21st July when Bishop Michael came to license me as Associate Priest to the Benefice of Minchinhampton with Box and Amberley. It was a wonderful occasion and made even more so that my mother arrived from Canada to surprise me. Thank you to the Hospitality Committee for all their hard work I am very grateful and also thank you to Glynnis for making me such a splendid cake!

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Associate Priest's Letter - September 2013

Dear Friends,
I don't know about you but the one thing I really enjoy about the summer months is the cattle on the common. I have all my favourite little groups, that I look for and note that they do stay in their own groups and wander all over the common together up and down all around over the road every which way. Oh then I mustn't forget the horses and of course the donkey. Everybody loves the donkey and always look out for it. I love the fact that they hold up the traffic and they make people slow down wait and have a look around at the beauty of our common. I often travel over the common from Minchinhampton down into Amberley and then up the road over the common again. It's really the long way round but I can't help myself, I just might discover something I haven't seen before. I love it. I just love the scenery and everything that excites me there. Have you heard the skylarks this summer? Or counted the different types of orchids? I have as I often go to different parts of the common between Minch, Box and Amberley to sit and eat my lunch in solitude with nature.

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Our Rector Writes - July 2013

This is the last opportunity I shall have to write to you before we move to York. May I first of all thank the very many people who have sent best wishes and congratulations one way or another. The really affirming thing is that without exception everyone has said that having heard in more detail about the job – or indeed having looked up the job description on the internet! – they've seen that the job is tailor-made for me. It has been so gratifying to realise that, although many have been kind enough to say that we shall be missed, so many people have said that they can quite understand why we felt that the move to York was just the right thing for us.

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