St Andrew’s, Devizes; Marston Chapel;
Trinity, Market Lavington
following items are taken from the
Summer 2017 Editions
June I had the privilege to share in the
performance of A Concert for Kibera in St Paul's Church,
of your will have had the opportunity to experience the story
told by this musical when we performed it at St Andrew's last
November. Well, that went so well we got the invite to
Swindon - and that went so well we are exploring offering it at
Devizes Catholic Church; Bishops Cannings, and a church in
Farringdon. We will need tour T-shirts!!
the songs and stories unfolded I got to thinking ... the
performance is not unlike church life ... bear with me on this
one. Without everyone being present and playing their part
the whole suffers. We all have different roles, different
instruments, different voices, some people front and centre like
the soloists and speakers, some leading like the conductor,
others enabling the rest, like the sound and light
technicians. Some performed roles others might think
beneath them but I can assure you the pianist would have sounded
rubbish without the total concentration and reflexes I saw
displayed by the page turner! As a soloist I can attest
that the strength of the choir singing right behind me made me
feel a foot taller and gave me the courage to overcome my
is the same - we all belong together, all have our roles to play
and all suffer when one is missing or 'dis-abled' by life's
unexpected turns. The Bible says it well in 1
Corinthians 12, "There is one body but it has many
parts". It goes on to add, "All of
them will take care of one another. If one part suffers,
every part suffers with it. If one part is honoured, every
part shares in its joy. You are the body of Christ.
Each is a part of it".
we look forward to
what God has in store for us in the coming months, may we give
thanks for all His good gifts, recommit ourselves to one another
and together, in partnership with our loving Lord, bring in the
Kingdom of God.
you for all you contribute. You are the body of
Christ. Each one of you is a part of it.
the Church Secretary
May we held our Annual Church Meeting. As all the Saturdays were
occupied, we tried having a Sunday lunch followed by the AGM. I
would welcome comments about this arrangement. It was the
opportunity to thank those who are stepping back from office at this
time and we do thank you for your involvement in so many ways.
reports from the various activities in the Church were available at
the AGM but if you would like one please ask me for a copy.
May Day Bank Holiday we had our usual Big Breakfast. This time
we incorporated some stalls - plants; toys and Grannies Attic.
We were afraid the absence of the Lions Fayre in the Market Place
might have affected our numbers, but ... Wow!! .. we had people
queuing for tables! It was an amazing morning and a huge success
financially which will benefit our three charities. Thank you to
everyone who helped make it such a success. And a special thank
you to those who cleared up afterwards, when everyone was so tired
(and I went off on holiday).
also want to mention St Andrew's 'Tour Company'. Following the
Koncert for Kibera in November, we were asked to repeat it in Swindon,
which we did mid-May. How wonderful that our Church is able to
produce a choir, soloists, musicians, not to mention a composer, to
put on such a show and at the same time raise awareness of the lives
of slum dwellers in Nairobi, especially the children, and the work
that Turning Point Trust is doing there to help bring hope for their
future. So my thanks to those who shared that evening - and
watch this space for other 'Bookings'. We are not done with
the Church community, there are several opportunities to offer help -
with Messy Church; Under 5's group; help on the flower arranging rota;
welcomers; tea and coffee makers ...... If you can offer any
help, I will be so pleased to hear from you. If you have
experiences from other churches that we might be able to adopt, again
please speak to me.
you all for your support during this year - we look forward to all
that lies ahead and we place ourselves and our Church activities into
to you all,
Vueti and Mere and our family here in FIJI.
How's everyone back at
Devizes? We are both fine and getting on well with our
We really miss the
congregation of St Andrew's, the wonderful singing, the sermon
and the refreshments after the service. We also miss the
wonderful friendship before and after the service.
We have shared a lot of
new things with our church members and participated in
charity work and sharing the work of God in different small
groups, something we learnt from St Andrew's.
Please convey our love
and regards to all the members of your church. May the
Lord Jesus bless and give us the strength to carry out our
work more effectively.
Anne and Norman, came to live in Devizes in the late 1960’s, while
Norman was still serving in the RAF. She loved her time in Devizes
and quickly became part of the fellowship of the then Devizes Methodist
Her great love was music and in time she became the Choir Mistress and
Organist. Over the years she explored music and encouraged the
Choir to take up new challenges with new music as well as old.
This was an era when new hymns and songs were being written and Anne
never shied away from them. Her love of music and singing
took her into choirs, less choice then than now, but she formed a
singing group with two other ladies and together they entertained local
groups in the town with Anne accompanying them on the piano.
Sadly, over the last three years and with her eyesight deteriorating,
she found it so much harder to take part in events. However,
her one aim was always to get to Church and, with the help of lots of
people, she did get there right up to the time she moved to Market
Lavington Care Home back in the Autumn, when she could no longer care
Celebrations were held with lots of her friends in February when she
achieved her 100th birthday, an occasion which
never be forgotten.
send our love and sympathy to Norman, Ros and Josie.
Pauline Hawkins and Eileen Robinson
the big day arrived for our organist, Pauline. Accompanied by
husband Mick, she attended
one of the Queen's garden
parties at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday 16 May 2017.
Pauline was nominated by the Lord
Lieutenant of Wiltshire for her fundraising charity work;
services to the Church (she has played the Church organ for over 60
years) and her dedication to golf at Club, County and England level
over many years.
Well done, Pauline, the honour is
by North Wilts Golf Club)
Party at the Palace - a first-hand account!
much pondering about what to wear at the Queen's Garden Party,
everything came together on the day. All the things that I had
bought were perfect and I was so glad that I had decided to wear my
photos outside in the courtyard, 8,000 of us were shown through
security. The sun shone, the band played. Finding a chair
to sit on was almost impossible but my husband found one. We
waited for the signal to queue for our tea and to sample the cucumber
sandwiches - as you would expect, the tea was delicious. This
was also a good time to spot celebrities.
the Beefeaters marching down the steps was a sign that Her Majesty was
coming. She arrived dressed in a lovely shade of salmon pink
with a very pretty umbrella to match. Most of her family were
there. The band then played the National Anthem as they all
stood on the steps. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh then
walked up and down the lines of people, talking to the ones who had
been told beforehand they would be addressed by the Queen.
I was taking some pictures of Princess Anne, one of the Queen's aides
came up to us and asked if we would like to be interviewed by Princess
Michael of Kent. This was a moment to remember. She asked
what charity work I had been doing and was very interested in me
playing the church organ for such a long time. She told us she
had played the organ when she was much younger. We then moved
away from her as someone else was waiting to be interviewed. We
were fascinated by the different outfits. I never saw one the
same and, considering there were over 4,000 women there, that was
watched the Queen walk across to the Royal Tea Tent to have tea.
We then walked a long way around the beautiful gardens and the
lake. You would never believe you were in London. Walking
back to the very large lawn in front of the Palace, one of the waiters
asked us if we would like a Royal Ice-cream. We started eating
it and, to our surprise, the ice-cream was from Chippenham.
Garden Party ended at 6 p.m. and we stayed until about 6.30 p.m.
We made our way back through Buckingham Palace into the courtyard
where we were told "No photos". I do have some lovely
ones of the people there. Oh dear, no doubt my sins will find me
out! We were told after that, it was the police carrying guns we
could not take pictures of.
we moved through those lovely iron gates into the bright sunshine, we
paused to remember what we had seen that day. I think the thing
uppermost in our minds was ...the Queen and how lucky we were to have
been involved in a very small part of that wonderful day!
and Michael Hawkins
Group to Combat Poor Sight
A new support group has
launched in Devizes for people suffering from the most common cause of
sight loss in the UK.
The Devizes Macular
Support Group offers information, encouragement and friendship to people
who are affected by age-related macular degeneration affecting more than
regional manager said: “This new group is here for anybody affected by
macular degeneration and we want to encourage people to come along.
Friends and family are also very welcome. It is good to be able to learn
from each other’s experiences and get tips. Our group can really help
people increase in confidence and become more independent.”
The group meets on
the last Thursday of every month, excluding December, from 1.30 – 3.30
at the headquarters of Wiltshire Sight, St Lucy’s Sight centre, The
Beeches, Browfort, Bath Road, Devizes.
(Taken from the
Gazette & Herald)
St. Andrew's has
applied to become an Eco church.
WHAT IS ECO CHURCH?
Points are awarded
through an on-line survey, as a result of which the church is awarded
a bronze, silver or gold award. The aim is to gradually improve our
ecological awareness. The survey covers five key areas of church life.
all of us in the responsibility to care for God's creation
CHURCH - NATURE
Each little flower that opens,
each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colours,
made their tiny wings.
gave us eyes to see them
lips that we might tell
great is God Almighty
has made all things well.
familiar words remembered from childhood reminding us that we need to
give thanks to the creator. Whether in garden or park, on a beach or
up a mountain, take time to observe nature from the smallest insect to
the tallest tree; maybe take a photo or paint a picture.
Wildlife Trust (next to St. Andrew's) has many opportunities for
volunteers, as does the Canal and Rivers Trust, the RSPB, the National
Trust and many more. It is our responsibility to care for God's
creation - remember to put clean water out for the birds and plant
insect friendly plants.
Here are some points
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Parsons (daughter of Jean &
The Bright Field
I have seen the sun break through
illuminate a small field
while, and gone my way
forgotten it. But that was the pearl
great price, the one field that had
treasure in it. I realise now
must give all that I have
possess it. Life is not hurrying
on to a receding future, nor hankering after
imagined past. It is the turning
like Moses to the miracle
lit bush, to a brightness
seemed as transitory as your youth
but is the eternity that awaits you.