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Times they are a'changing

By Rev’d Geoff Wade

Many of you will be aware that Barrington and Ilton School have been trying to recruit a Head Teacher for two years; Shepton Beauchamp for one year.

This is not a reflection on the schools; it mirrors the national lack of Head Teachers leaving something like forty schools in Somerset alone being without a proper Head.

It has been a difficult time during which the staffs at the Schools have not just “coped”, but have risen to the challenges that confronted them and have continued to provide happy and safe environments for our children to grow and learn in.

This has not been an easy time for them (or the Governing Bodies), but standards have not been allowed to fall and – despite what various reports have said – our village schools continue to embody the very best the education system can offer, in an atmosphere of care and trust that is second to none. We are truly blessed with the staffs at our schools.

This situation came to an end on 16th January; a very long and difficult day, which saw two very highly qualified candidates face an interview panel made up of Governors from both schools.

At the end of the day, it was decided that both candidates would make very good Heads, however Mrs Karen Brooker stood out (by a long margin) as the most suitable leader for our schools; she clearly excelled in all the areas we were looking at.

So it gives me the very greatest pleasure to be able to announce that Karen Brooker was offered the permanent position as Head Teacher for the Barrington, Ilton and Shepton Beauchamp Schools; and she has accepted. In the past six months Karen has done a wonderful job as the Locum Head and now she’s all ours!!!!

On behalf of the Eight Parishes, I would like to welcome Karen to our schools, villages and communities, and to wish her every success and happiness. Karen: you have won this position because you proved yourself to be the best and we are pleased to have you with us; we cannot guarantee that the years ahead will be quiet and trouble free, but we do promise that you will have our support and encouragement no matter what.

To finish I would like to offer my thanks to the Staff and Governors at the schools; the past few years have been long and difficult, but you have done a truly amazing job, holding everything together and taking on so many things which are beyond your normal terms of reference;

Well done to you all – and thank you.

Fr. Geoff

There are no works being done on our churches in February.

If you see anyone “working” on them they are probably stealing the lead … call the Police (999), Vicar or Wardens – but tell someone FAST!

What Love means – words from the mouth of babes.

  1. “I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.” Lauren - age 4
  2. “When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.” (what an image!) Karen - age 7
  3. “Love is when Mummy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn't think it's gross.” Mark - age 6
  4. “You really shouldn't say 'I love you' unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.” Jessica - age 8
  5. Finally: There was a contest was to find the most caring child. The winner was a four year old child whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife. Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman's garden, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there. When his Mother asked what he had said to the neighbour, the little boy said, “Nothing, I just helped him cry”

Things That It Took Me Over 50 Years To Learn

Dave Barry

  1. The most destructive force in the universe is gossip.
  2. You will never find anybody who can give you a clear and compelling reason why we observe daylight savings time.
  3. There comes a time when you should stop expecting other people to make a big deal about your birthday. That time is age eleven.
  4. The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age, gender, religion, economic status or ethnic background, is that, deep down inside, we ALL believe that we are above-average drivers.
  5. A person who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, is not a nice person. (This is very important. Pay attention. It never fails.)
  6. Your friends love you anyway.
  7. Thought for the day: Never be afraid to try something new. Remember that a lone amateur built the Ark. A large group of professionals built the Titanic.
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