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0n 1st July, the Bishop of Dorchester came to Filkins to help celebrate 150 years of St Peter's Church. In his sermon (on page 7) the bishop talks about the need for constant change in the way the Christians use the tools at their disposal (in this case the church buildings) to best `preach the Gospel afresh in each generation.'
Well, this is a matter for the Church of course, but it does start with the advantage of 10,000 of the biggest and most publicly situated buildings in most of the villages in the country, so at least everyone knows it is there! True its buildings have to be expensively maintained, and Church membership is ebbing, but there remains remarkable goodwill towards the Church (and particularly its. buildings) from non-members.
Perhaps sharing the nave with more secular use (as the bishop reminds us was the case in the pre-pew medieval centuries) would be a good re-invigorating start. The excellent John Mortimer concert in Langford Church a few weeks ago was, for instance, just the ticket.
Away from the Church, there is certainly some good live entertainment in the patch during August:
4th& 5th August: Eat, drink and be merry (and play games and listen to the music) at the Five Alls Festival in Filkins..
5th' August: Watch Abingdon Touring Theatre perform Much Ado about Nothing' in the garden of the Morris Memorial Hall. Seepage 20 for details.
9th, 10th & 11th August: Come and see Tom Stoppard's brilliant play Arcadia' performed by Appletree Theatre at Cotswold Woollen Weavers, Filkins. This
is about the 10th year Appletree have performed al fresco... and it doesn't often rain (honest!)
Far from the flesh-pots of the city, us country boys have always had to make our own entertainment, and we still do. But how do we view our urban cousins (or is that masters)? Sara Foxley, of Alvescot, is engaged in some very interesting research about the changing relationship between town and country, and would very much like to have your input. Do take part in Sara's quest, for as one of Tom Stoppard's Arcadia' characters says: `It's the wanting to know that makes us matter'. (Seepage 27 for details)
Lastly, The Great Story Chain continues on page 37. Do please get your pens out and contribute a further slice of the story.
PARISH & BENEFICE SERVICES
5th August - Trinity IX
10.30am Westwell Benefice Eucharist Service HM,EJ,
6.00pm Broadwell Evensong HM
12th August - Trinity X
9.00am Alvescot Holy Communion EJ
9.00am Westwell/Holwell Combined Holy Communion NUW
10.30am Shilton Parish Communion NUW
11.am L Faringdon Matins RL
3.00pm Alvescot Family Service & Baptism EJ
6.00pm Filkins Songs of Praise EJ
6.00pm Kencot Evensong NUW
19th August - Trinity XI
9..00am B Bourton/Alvescot Combined Holy Communion NU-W
9.00am Holwell Holy Communion EJ
10.30am Broadwell/Kencot Combined Holy Communion NUW
10.30am Kelmscott Family Communion& Baptism EJ
10.30am Langford Morning Prayer RL
6.00pm B Poggs Evensong NUW
6.00pm Westwell Evensong EJ
26th August - Trinity XII
9.00am Kencot Holy Communion (BCP) NUW
9.00am Shilton Holy Communion EJ
10.30am Filkins Family Communion EJ
11.am L Faringdon Parish Communion NUW
6.00pm Holwell/Westwell Combined Evensong NUW
6.00pm Langford Langford EJ
Combined services are in the first-named church
There is also a Communion Service at Black Bourton every Wednesday at 10.00am
EJ Liz Johnson HM Harry MacInnes
RL Ron Lloyd NUW Neville Usher-Wilson