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June 2009 Our Schools become Primaries

As many of you will know, Shepton Beauchamp and St Mary and St Peters are “First Schools” which serve the villages of Shepton, Barrington and Ilton. They take children up to the age of nine years. They are small but happy centres of learning who serve their children brilliantly, with dedicated staff.

Sadly the number of children in the schools has dropped in the past five years or so, mainly because parents preferred to send their children to primary schools in the local area.

This has lead to some very real problems with funding for our schools because our budgets are now based solely on the numbers of children, with no extra money (as it used to be) because we are small. Financially things became so difficult that the future of the schools was in serious doubt.

To counter this, and to cater for the wishes and desires of parents, the two Governing Bodies of the schools decided to apply for permission to become primary schools, and thus take children to age eleven and thereby increase the numbers.

It has been a long hard road these past two years, fraught with difficulties, but I feel very strongly that we have traveled it well, given it our best, and done everything that we could possibly do for the future of our children and our villages.

As Chair of Shepton Governors and Foundation Governor for St Mary and St Peter, I have always felt that we have enjoyed the overwhelming support of the communities, and this has been a real encouragement for us: after all, the basis of our proposal is to ensure the future of our village schools.

This morning (19th May) I received news that the Dr Passmore from the Office of the Schools Adjudicator had made her decision and she had agreed that both schools should become Primaries from 1st September 2009.

We have faced this challenge together with considerable patience and a quiet resolve to do what is right – for our villages and schools – and we’ve done it despite opposition from various authorities - we have done it. (The Vicar)

Thieves Attack Shepton Church

In May thieves attacked the Church in Shepton Beauchamp and stole lead from one of the roofs. As if this wasn’t bad enough they also did considerable damage to the surrounding stone parapets.

This is A VERY REAL THREAT If you see anyone “working” on the building they are probably stealing. call the Police on 999. Please be vigilant around our little churches.

At the end of June/early July the tiles on the porch roof at Kingstone Church will be repaired/replaced – THIS IS THE ONLY WORK BEING DONE ON ANY OF OUR CHURCHES.

Little Zachary

Little Zachary was doing very badly in maths. His parents had tried everything…tutors, mentors, flash cards, special learning centres. In short, they did everything they could think of to help his maths.

Finally, in a last ditch effort, they took Zachary down and enrolled him in the local Catholic school. After the first day, he came home with a very serious look on his face. He didn't even kiss his mother: instead, he went straight to his room and started studying. Books and papers were spread out all over the room and little Zachary was hard at work. His mother was amazed.

She called him down to dinner but, to her shock, the minute he was done, he marched back to his room without a word, and in no time, he was back hitting the books as hard as before. This went on for some time, day after day, while the mother tried to understand what made all the difference.

Finally, little Zachary brought home his school report. He quietly laid it on the table, went up to his room and hit the books. With great trepidation his mum looked at it and to her great surprise, saw Zachary had been given an 'A' in maths.

She could no longer hold her curiosity, so he went to his room and said, 'Son, what was it? Was it the nuns?' Little Zachary looked at her and shook his head, no. 'Well, then,' she replied, ‘Was it the books, the discipline, the structure, the uniforms? WHAT WAS IT?'

Little Zachary looked at her and said, 'Well, on the first day of school when I saw that guy nailed to the plus sign, I knew they weren't messing around.'

St Augustine

People travel to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars; and they pass by themselves without wondering.” St Augustine

Deanery Evensongs

Once again four village churches in our deanery have very kindly invited us to join them for Evensong. Many of you were able to go to similar services last year – they were lovely summer evenings; the settings were breathtaking, and the opportunity to share in this age-old service was very special.

May 24th at 6.30pm Aldhelm and St Eadburga, Broadway, invite us celebrate their Patronal Festival
June 28th at 6.00pmSt Catherine at Swell
July 19th at 6.30pmSt. Michael and All Angels at Haselbury Plucknett with the Beaminster Gallery Choir and the Archdeacon of Taunton will preach
Sept 13th at 6.30pmSt. Martin, Kingsbury Episcopi to close the season

Something New & Exciting

(written by The Vicar)
David and Sue Tucker live in Stocklinch and are Christians who find great joy and strength from their faith. For some time they have been praying about how they can share their joy about the Gospel message with others and they have come up with this idea “First Sunday”.

On the first Sunday of each month they will hold a meeting in Stocklinch Village Hall beginning at 10.30am. There will be a light breakfast to start off with, followed by a time of open prayer, a time of worship, a ‘Thought for the Day’ and perhaps a short DVD, finishing with a talk/discussion. The whole thing should last about one hour.

I think this is a new and exciting way of engaging with the Christian faith and sharing it with others: I would encourage anyone who is interested to give it a try.
First Sunday – 10.30am – 7th June 2009 – Stocklinch Village Hall

From the Church Registers

6th May 2009 Edward Moorefrom Shepton Beauchamp, cremation at Yeovil.
2nd May 2009Isobel and Hannah FarrerBaptized at Dowlish Wake

From the Neighbourhood Watch Organization

Several thousand Metropolitan Police uniforms were stolen recently from a recycling depot in Manchester. Following this theft, Manchester Police are investigating about a dozen incidents in which it is believed that criminals have posed as police officers, including an incident where three men wearing “High Viz” police jackets robbed a British Legion club.

When a Police Officer calls consider the following: * genuine police officers (whether in uniform or not) will carry a photographic identity card. * does the person look like the photograph on the identity card? * is the uniform the same as that worn by officers in that force?

If you are still uncertain, ring the Police Force switchboard on the number below and ask them to confirm the identity.

A genuine Police Officer will never object to your asking to confirm their identity.
Police ‘phone number: 0845 456 7000 for non urgent calls; ring 999 if there is an emergency.

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