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Bisley News

June/July 2014

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Incorporating ‘The Spire’

More Malvern Gold for Grads greeted by HRH Princess Anne Please recycle our village magazine by returning it to: The George Stores, Holbrook Garage or Stancombe Beech Farm Shop so that someone else may read it. Thank you.


BISLEY W.I. Admission £3.00 Meetings start at 7.30 Thursday 12th June Sheila Lloyd Graham STYLES OF THE 1920s-40s   Thursday 10th July Jane Wright LACEMAKING 

Guests welcome

OPEN HOUSE Coffee & biscuits 11am – noon Thursday 5th June Olive Burkitt Hartwell Cottage, Far Wells Road  Thursday 3rd July Audrey & Roger Harding Yew Tree Cottage, The Scrubs (Lifts from Stirrup Cup at 10.50am) Open house is a good way to meet your neighbours and catch up with village activities

Everyone Welcome

Bisley Friendship Club

Flicks In The Sticks

W.I. Village Hall Wednesday 18th June

Bisley WI Village Hall

Angela Parkinson, Living in India

Wednesday 16th July Jilly Cobbe & Ollie Miles - Painting

Tuesday 8th June ‘The Butler’ Starring Oprah Winfrey and John Cusak

Delicious Homemade Teas

No Film in July Back in August

Guests & newcomers very welcome

7.30 for 8pm Everyone Welcome

2.30pm – 4.30pm

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Cover: HRH Princess Anne meets Gold Award winners Graduate Gardeners

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News from your Village Agent Lou Kemp 07776 245767 Guess who put the wrong contact number in April’s news a couple of months ago? Yours truly! The good news was that I still got your calls, so that’s the most important thing. Please take note of the correct number above. I am basing this month’s news on information you have either given me or asked me to find out on your behalf. The first topic is about how to return unwanted community equipment such as wheelchairs, Zimmer-frames, commodes etc. Sadly, I often see equipment which is no longer needed, just left in the garage, spare room or even the garden. If you come across any unwanted equipment please ring the G.I.S number given at the end of this article. There is a huge difference in the amount of water my household might use versus that of an older couple or single person. If you fit into the latter category, I would suggest talking to your water supplier about getting a water meter fitted, which is free of charge in the majority of cases and very straightforward. If you are in receipt of certain benefits such as pension credit or have a heath condition requiring increased use of water, paying more than £335 a year, you might be able to enter a scheme called WaterSure and have your bill capped. Exciting news to finish this month; FairShares are launching a programme of dementia friendly walks in Stratford Park in Stroud, starting on the 29th May and running for 12 weeks through June and July until mid- August on a weekly basis. You will need to book with FairShares. Adult Help Desk 01452 426868 G.I.S. Equipment collection 01452 874980 Severn Trent Water: 0845 7500 500 Managing Memory 0800 694 8800 FairShares, Emma Ordinez 01453 706555


Entente Cordiale For twenty years Bisley-with-Lypiatt has been twinned with the village of Plessala in Brittany. Each year there is an exchange visit with individuals and families staying for a few days with people from the host parish. This year we welcome over twenty visitors aged from 10 to 80 who will join us for Ascension Day. The local association raises funds throughout the year to subsidise the visits which anyone can join. Our next event to celebrate Bastille Day is

Buffet Supper at Bournes Green on Monday 14 July. Everyone is welcome. For more information telephone Vera Clouston on 770616

A Big “Thanks� from Sue Sue Bradley would like to thank everybody in Bisley for their kind wishes and offers of support after her recent unexpected surgery.


Somehow or other, on 1st June it will be nine months since I began my ministry here in the Bisley benefice. As I reflect on what has been and what is to come, I am conscious of the rapid passage of time and of the idea of life as a journey. However and wherever we begin that journey, we all share that process of birth, life and death, with hugely significant other life events at different points along the road. As for all parish priests, I have the joy and privilege of being part of many of those occasions – baptisms, weddings and funerals to name but a few. One of the strengths of a village community is the care and nurture we show for one another both as these important moments in life and also in the everyday and ordinary elements of that journey through life. This responsibility for one another has been shown very clearly here in Bisley in the first few months of 2014. Our life with God is also a journey, beginning with baptism. Christians believe that - whatever might happen in our lives – God will always be with us on this journey even when we might not be conscious of that. The famous ‘Footprints’ poem phrases it that in our darkest times, when we think that God has abandoned us and we see only one set of footprints in the sand, it is in fact then that God has carried us through those times. In the coming months we will commemorate the beginning of World War One and the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, in which many on both sides of the conflict lost their lives and countless others lost


lost homes or family members or were displaced. Many of them took comfort from their faith and the knowledge of God’s presence with them through their darkest hours. It is just as true for those living in Syria or South Sudan today. I hope that they, and we, can hear the promise of Jesus to his disciples as he returned to heaven at the Ascension:

“Remember I am with you always, to the end of the age”. No matter what lies ahead of us, we are never alone.

Rev Rosie Woodall We are delighted to be welcoming Bishop Michael to the benefice over the weekend of 27-29 June, on his penultimate teaching weekend before his retirement in November. The theme of the weekend is ‘Exploring the Eucharist’. All are welcome to join in any element of the programme, an outline of which is below. More details are available in church, where there will also be sign-up sheets to assist with planning of catering. Friday 27 June  Dinner and 1st teaching session - Oakridge Village Hall Saturday 28 June  Morning Prayer - Christchurch Chalford  2nd teaching session, Eucharist, lunch, 3rd teaching session France Lynch  Pilgrimage walk to Bisley (if dry)  Tea with Q&A session with Bishop Michael, Evening Prayer - All Saints, Bisley Sunday 29 June  10am Benefice Eucharist with confirmation - All Saints, Bisley


Bisley News June / July 2014