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The Bathford Bulletin April 2010

The Monthly Magazine For The Parish Of Bathford

He is Risen! Celebrating Easter at St Swithun's Suggested by Rob Small. Do you have a photo or drawing you would like to see on the front of the Bulletin? This month we are looking for a interesting or unusual one of the village particularly one that captures a distinct character of the village or is from an from an unusual or unique vantage point. Please send your submissions to:

St. Swithun’s Church Bathford

During the vacancy please contact the Churchwardens Joy Craine 85861 3 or Derek Brown 859886

Churchwardens: Readers:

Derek Brown Gerry Miller Gill Gilbert

Everyone Is Warmly Welcome!

859886 858402 858927

Joy Craine 85861 3 Michael Craine 85861 3 Dennis Pearson 858293

We have the following groups for children during our Sunday Services: Crèche (0-3); Children’s Church (3-1 0); Rock Solid Youth Group (11 +). Our 1 4+ youth group, 'Scubed', meets three times each month. For details please ring Michael Craine. Sundays

8:1 5am 1 0:00am 6:30pm

Mondays 9:00-9:45am 2:00pm Wednesdays


Holy Communion First Sunday - Family Service 2nd, 4th & 5th Sunday - Holy Communion 3rd Sunday - Morning Worship (No Communion) First Sunday - Holy Communion Other Sundays Evensong Prayer Time In Church 2nd Monday – Service In The Community Room

Holy Communion each 1st Weds..

Bathford Baptist Chapel, High Street, Bathford Services will be held at 1 0.30am each Sunday. Followed by Holy Communion on the first Sunday of the Month Prayer Meeting Thursday Mornings at 1 0:00am If you require information or help then please call

01 225 833300 or 01 225 723246 or 01 249 782368 Page 2

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Letter from St Swithun's Church

Spring is here at last, and we are seeing new beginnings all around. In the church we are able to look forward to a new beginning, with a new vicar now chosen. (Although as I write, the announcement of which candidate has been successful, has yet to be made). Meanwhile the church continues to function as usual. One corner of the church is to be converted into a room suitable for use by the children during our 1 0.00am services. Also plans for the refurbishment or replacement of the church heating system are being put in hand, since the existing system is near the end of its life (it too needs a new beginning!). During the vacancy we have reviewed what sort of person we want as our vicar and we plan one more review. This is whether the current pattern of service times is the most suitable? We are not planning any changes but, since the service times were established many years ago, we will consider the possibility that some change may be needed to suit our village today. So if you have any views or comments on service times, do tell a member of the PCC. It may not always be perceived as such, but the church is here largely to serve those who are not members. It is very helpful if we can be made aware of any needs that we can meet better. Easter is when we celebrate Jesus’ new beginning. When, to everyone’s astonishment, including the disciples, after being put to death he rose again so demonstrating that there is life after death. Subsequently Jesus' followers were willing to die for their belief in the

resurrected Jesus (and many did). We do not expect to die for our beliefs, but we are called to make a new beginning. Living Jesus' way is not only about having a hope of life after death but about how we live in this life. Material possessions and the pursuit of personal enjoyment obsess our world. Yet so many people are unhappy & disillusioned. Jesus came to give us peace and joy, and set us free from self-centred materialism. Easter is about new beginnings (which is what the Easter egg is supposed to symbolise). At Easter, Jesus demonstrated the truth of his teaching, and offers us the opportunity to join his new way. May God bless you this Easter,

Dennis Pearson Licensed Lay Minister (Reader)

Monthly Film Club

The next film will be screened on 26 April at 2:00pm in the church. It will be the hilarious comedy "The Wrong Box", set in Bath and starring the late Peter Cook & Dudley Moore. Join us for an enjoyable afternoon with tea afterwards. Transport available if required.

Pam Priston 743499

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Colerne Army Cadets

Let me firstly, introduce myself. I am Brendan Whyte and am presently the Detachment Commander of the Army Cadet Detachment at Azimghur Barracks, Colerne. The detachment is small in number, comprising of children of service families. My purpose in writing is to raise awareness of the Colerne Detachment among non service families living in the area, in particular the young people who would greatly benefit from the range of activities we provide. With this in mind I ask if it would be possible for the Parish Council to inform local residents of the existence of the detachment and our activities. I have included, below, the Wiltshire Army Cadet Force website address, which I hope, will provide you with greater detail of us.

Brendan Whyte Capt

Bathford Society Talk

Monday 26 April. "Rocks, Landscapes and Possible Evolution of the Bristol River Avon" - the extraordinary route of the river from the Cotswold Hills, through the clay vale and then through three gorges to eventually reach the Severn Estuary - by Elizabeth Devon, popular local geologist.

Larkhall Pharmacy

My name is Ben Holbrook and I have recently taken over (with my wife) at Larkhall Pharmacy. We have a couple of Bathford patients who tell us that there are few pharmacies near Bathford, apart from us and Box. We wanted to let people know that we now offer a delivery service to Bathford, can pick up prescriptions from Batheaston surgery and return them to patients, either home or work. To discuss this further please contact me on 01 22531 4301 .

Ben Holbrook

Hope and Homes for Children

Quiz Night in aid of Hope and Homes for Children - Friday 1 6 April in Bathford Parish Hall 7 for 7.30p.m. Tickets ÂŁ7 per person, to include supper. Teams of 4 or 6, or teams can be arranged on the night. Tickets from Keith & Julia Masdin (858042)

Keith Masdin

Box W.I.

Our next meeting will be a talk on 'Crop Circles' by Mr. Mike Powell on Tuesday 1 3 April at the Selwyn Hall, Box, starting at 2.30pm. All visitors and new members are very welcome.

Jean Cherry

David Howells




Mob: 07973 444957

16 Ashley Road, Bathford, Bath, BA1 7TT


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Bathford Link Lunch

The drivers and our passengers enjoyed a fine lunch at the George in Lacock on 3 March. A mild, sunny day made the trip to Lacock a joy after being cooped up inside for the coldest winter in 30 years! We were impressed by the quality of the food and the attention and helpfulness of the waitresses which made it a very pleasant outing for all. A big thank-you to the staff at the George and all those who helped make it a success.

Ieuan Green Carpenter & Roofing Specialist UPVC Gutterings & Fascia Firestone Flat Roofing System

Peter Staples (Secretary)

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Maintenance Free No Flame Installation 40 Years Experience

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PARISH COUNCIL NEWS 852486, 859007

Date of Next Parish Council Meeting.

The next Parish Council meeting will take place on Monday 1 9 April at 6.30pm (for 30 minutes only) in the Parish Hall, Church Street, Bathford. Please note change of time and venue.

Parish Hall Management C'ttee

There is a vacancy for a village representative to join the committee which looks after the fabric and the running of the Parish Hall in Church Street. The committee meets once every 2 months. The Parish Hall is an extremely well used asset in the community and the committee looks forward to hearing from anyone who would like to join them in maintaining the good management of the hall. Please send your details to the Clerk who will pass them on to the committee.

The Mill Whistle

In response to the article ‘The Mill Whistle’. The sudden demise of the 7.30am whistle is a surprise and rather sad. I was born and brought up in Bathford and have lived here most of my life. The mill whistle has been part of that life and is part of the history and tradition of our village, an audible reminder of our past, and indeed a speaking clock for all those who are perhaps running late for work!. I would understand if it blew for a long time or was really loud but it doesn't and isn't. If it is a ‘noise nuisance’ what’s next, the church bells? In these times when local traditions are gradually disappearing I would be extremely sorry for this to be one of them. If, like me, you are in favour of reinstating the 7.30am whistle please show your support by signing the ‘petition’ in the village shop.

Mary George

Ruth Holding Clerk, Bathford Parish Council

Allotment Annual Meeting.

The annual plot holders meeting will be held at the central water butt at 1 0am, come rain or shine, on Sat 24th April.

Mike and Martin (Wardens).

Thursday Coffee Morning

The Thursday morning coffee drinkers continue to assemble each week at 1 0.45am in the Parish Hall and welcome any newcomers and their friends. Just turn up - the pot is able to cope. A new charity benefits each month from donations; this month the chosen charity is Dorothy House"

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Diary Of Events – April 201 0

If you run or attend an event that is not listed please contact us and we will add your event to the list. The deadline for receiving copy for the May 201 0 Bulletin is 1 5 Apr. Please put your items into the Bulletin Box in the Bathford Village Shop, email to: or post to:

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