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St Ippolyts Church Flower Festival 27th, 28th & 29Th August

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BANK HOLIDAY 27th, 28th and 29th AUGUST

Plans are well underway for the flower festival to be held over the August Bank holiday weekend.  If you are a keen flower arranger we would welcome your support.  We also wish to involve our Parish community groups and to offer them publicity at the festival.  So, if you or your group would like to create a display or to help in any way, Mary Hooper would welcome hearing from you (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).  The theme for the floral displays is to be ‘Pub Names’.

If you are not a flower arranger but enjoy baking, you can support this event by baking and donating a cake to be sold for refreshments. 

We also need helpers to act as Stewards, serve refreshments or sell plants. If you can give at least 2 hours of your time over the weekend to help raise money for our beautiful church, please sign the lists at the back of the church or telephone Mary (H.457350).  Thank you.

                                                                                        Mary Hooper

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Thank you to everyone who braved the cold, blustery wind to support our Coffee Morning with Plants on Thursday 26th May.  Thank you also for those who couldn’t come but so generously donated.  We raised £415 for Send a Cow (soon to be rejoicing under the new name of Ripple Effect) and this will contribute to the splendid work the charity does, teaching people in rural Africa skills in sustainable farming, which they in turn teach others - hence the ripple effect.  Thank you again.

                                                                           John and Audrey Burr

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The next Community Lunches will be on Wednesday 6th July and Wednesday 3rd August at 12.30 for 12.45pm. in the Parish Hall.  The cost is £5 per person.

If you would like to come and haven’t already signed up please contact Anne Steel (Tel. 01462-432117 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Jane Veasey (Tel. 01462-434254 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

                                                                                              Anne Steel

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As many of you are aware, St. Ippolyts Church is a collecting point for used pill blister packs and this has been really successful.  We have recently been informed that we have contributed to a total of 132 Kilos which has resulted in £132 being donated to the Marie Curie Cancer charity.

If you already contribute, please continue and if you do not, please consider keeping your empty pill packs and depositing them in the collecting box just inside the door of the church.  This will not only prevent them entering landfill but will help worthwhile charities.

Thank you for your support.

      Mary Hooper

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At birth we boarded the train and met our parents,

and we believe they will always travel on our side;

However, at some station our parents will step down from the train,

leaving us on this journey alone.  As time goes by, other people will 

board the train; and they will be significant i.e. our siblings, friends,

children, and even the love of your life.  Many will step down and 

leave a permanent vacuum.  Others will go so unnoticed that we do

not realise that they vacated their seats.

This train ride will be full of joy, sorrow, fantasy, expectations,

hellos, goodbyes, and farewells.  Success consists of having a good

relationship with all passengers requiring that we give the best of 


The mystery to everyone is:  We do not know at which station we

ourselves will step down.  So, we must live in the best way, love,

forgive, and offer the best of who we are.  It is important to do this 

because when the time comes for us to step down and leave our 

seat empty we should leave behind beautiful memories for those 

who will continue to travel on the train of life.

I wish you a joyful journey on the train of life.  Reap success and give 

lots of love.

I thank you for being one of the passengers on my train.

                                                                     Contributed by Clare Reid

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The next Bible Study Group meeting will take place on Wednesday

13th July.  We will then take a break until early September.  We meet

at 2.30pm. at Oakhurst (behind Kingshott School) home of Margaret Edmonds.  We will be continuing our study of the First Book of Samuel.  Refreshments are served after the meeting.  Come and join us - all welcome.

For further information please contact Margaret Edmonds (01462-452340) or Clare Larsen (01462-453541).

                                                                                           Clare Larsen

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Before U were thought of or time had begun

God even stuck U in the name of his son

And each time U pray, you'll see that its true

You can't spell JesUs and not include U

You are a pretty big part of his wonderful name

For U He was born; that's why He came

And his great love for U is the reason he died

It even takes U to spell crUcified.

Contributed by Jennifer Veasey

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A thought from Revd Paul Lanham.

Dear Friends,

As some of you may know I had an unexpected minor stroke at the end of May.  A sudden choking led to a total loss of speech and a rather dramatic trip down the A1M to Lister Hospital, complete with flashing lights, etc.  At the time of writing the future looks positive but I have to learn how to speak clearly again; I also have to think more about life in general and how to use my time properly.

The treatment I received was beyond praise.  The ambulance came quickly, the doctors could not have been better.  But above all I was amazed by the professionalism, the energy and especially the caring of the nurses in Pirton Ward where I was a patient for 16 long days.  It also greatly impressed my daughter Liz who is a hospital sister elsewhere and who is one of the most dedicated nurses in the profession.  Thanks to them and to the support and prayers from Judy and myself I can write this column, hopefully with more to come.

Patience is not my strong point and 16 days is a very long time when you are looking at the ceiling and having more injections for more reasons than in the rest of your life put together.  Two passages from the Bible kept recurring as the hours passed.

The first was the conversion of my namesake.  Paul was a man who was always rushing around until he was forced to stop dead by what might be interpreted as being struck by lightning.  He had to think about life because there was nothing else to do - this is my interpretation of his conversion.  'What is life if full of care we have no time to stop and stare?' wrote the poet W.H. Davies.  Sometimes it's good to stop and think about what really matters, about priorities, about values and aspirations, about life in general.  I wouldn't recommend having a stroke as a way of having to do this but it was brought home to me and I would commend such ponderings to you.

The other passage in my mind was the Washing of the Disciples' Feet in the Upper Room.  Jesus was giving service to those who were closest to His followers, but Peter could not accept this.  ‘YOU Lord washing MY feet?’  He says with incredulity.  He would gladly have washed the feet and given service to others; his difficulty lay in receiving service from them.  It is far easier to care than to be cared for.

It reminded me of my last trip to hospital (a 3 week enforced rest after overworking in 1976).  I tried naively to help the other patients who were deeply troubled, but I had to be reminded by one of them that I was in as much need of help as they were.

This has been a really humbling experience and in these past days as I watched the amazing nurses quietly caring so lovingly and unobtrusively for me; they were giving and I needed them.  At times we have to take, no matter how difficult it is - as someone once said to me, 'You can't give what you haven't already got'.  Sometimes it needs a blank ceiling and nothing to do to make us face up to issues like this.

So thanks to Ginni and to so many people who have been wonderfully kind and supporting in what has been an interesting experience that I would prefer not to repeat.  Hopefully Judy and I will be back at the church soon - the sooner the better!

        Warmest good wishes, Paul

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Happy 80th Birthday to Revd Paul Lanham - 26th June 2022

We will be celebrating Paul's 80th Birthday at our 09:15 Service on Sunday 26th June at St Ippolyts.


Do come and join us. 

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Our PCC for the coming year will be made up of the following people:

The Reverend Ginni Dear - Vicar

Jane Veasey:                Churchwarden

Clare Reid:                  Churchwarden

Roger Cox                               Michael Hooper

Shelagh Cox                            Jenny Sheach

Howell Davies (ex officio)       Anne Steel

                               Frances Williams

Irene Isaac and Dee Soden      Deanery Synod Representatives

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The Friends of St. Ippolyts Church invite everyone to tea in our garden on Sunday 26th June from 3.00pm. till 5.00pm.  All welcome but bring a chair to relax in please!  We need to replenish our funds as we are keen to buy a Ciborium for the communion wafers and donate it to the Church.  If it’s raining we will postpone the event to another date in July.  Please come it will be fun to see you all.

Frances Williams

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Return of Community Lunches

Return of Community Lunches

After a COVID 19 enforced break in excess of two years it is pleasing to note that Community Lunches are “back on the menu” at the Parish Hall.

Organised and run by dedicated Community Volunteers for the Community an appetising lunch is served where friends and neighbours can socialise in a relaxed convivial atmosphere, all are welcomed.

Sincere thanks are extended to the small and dedicated teams of volunteers whose wide-ranging work includes donating home-grown vegetables, buying seasonally appropriate food, preparing food both at home and at the Parish Hall, offering lifts to those requiring transport, setting up the room and after lunch replacing the tables and chairs and ensuring that the Hall and Kitchen are left clean and tidy for future use.

There is an old saying “Many hands make light work” and some new helpers would be much appreciated by the present teams of volunteers.

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The next Community Lunch will be on Wednesday 1st June at 12.30 for 12.45pm. in the Parish Hall.  The cost is £5 per person.  If you would like to come and haven’t already signed up please let Anne Steel know: Telephone 01462-432117 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

                                                                                           Anne Steel

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As we discussed at our last meeting, we need to boost our funds this year. Please would you all be so kind as to bring a cake for our tea party on Sunday 26th June.  Full details on page 11.  You are all so generous with your time already so please forgive for asking.

Our AGM will be in September.

Frances Williams

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Pasta had not been invented.

“Kebab” was not even a word, never mind a food.

A take-away was a mathematical problem.

A pizza was something to do with a leaning tower.

Oil was for lubricating your bike chain not for cooking.

Olive oil was kept in the medicine cabinet.

Spice went in Christmas Cakes (and so did peel).

Herbs were used to make medicine - I think!

All crisps were plain.

All soft drinks were called pop.

Rice was a milk pudding, and never, ever, part of our dinner.

A Big Mac was what we wore when it was raining.

Figs and Dates appeared every Christmas, but no one ever ate them.

Coconuts only appeared when the fair came to town.

Dinner consisted of what we were given and not negotiable.

Leftovers went in the dog.

Only Heinz made Baked Beans.

Sauce was only brown or red.

Eating raw fish was called madness, not Sushi.

The only ready meals came from the fish and chip shop.

Frozen food was called ice cream.

None of us had ever heard of yoghurt.

Brunch was not a meal.

Cheese only ever came in a hard lump. 

Eating outside was called a picnic not Al Fresco.

Seaweed was not a recognised food.

Eggs were not called ‘free range’ they just were, and the shells were white.

Pancakes were only eaten on Pancake Tuesday - it was compulsory.

The term ‘oven chips’ would not have made sense at all.

Prunes were purely medicinal.

Pineapples only came in chunks in a tin.

Garlic was used to ward off vampires in films, but never to be eaten.

When I read the above it made me smile and brought back other memories from that era.  It also made me realise how far we have come in so many ways......

Clare Reid

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Progress continues to plan with the heating pipework for our future heating system installed.  Our thanks to Stuart Mc Donnell for his knowledge in designing the system and for him and his team for the installation.  Again, ably supported by some members of our community who can now add assistant heating engineers as well as Kango hammer operators to their cv’s!

We prepared the form work with thanks to Damien Bernard for his thoughtful help and we then welcomed a rather oversized Limecrete mixer lorry that ended up in the church field.  The team of 5 guys from The Limecrete Company did a great job to give us a level screed as a base for our tiles.  We now await the screed to cure before we take the next big step but in the meantime our handmade Norfolk Pammett tiles have arrived.

                                                                                         Paul Harding

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Bible Study Group


Bible Study Group meetings will take place on Wednesdays 1st, 15th and 29th June.  We meet at 2.30pm. at Oakhurst (behind Kingshott School) home of Margaret Edmonds.  We will be starting a new study of the First Book of Samuel.  Refreshments are served after the meeting.  Come and join us - all welcome.

For further information please contact Margaret Edmonds (01462-452340) or Clare Larsen (01462-453541).

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LOOKING BACK - LOOKING FORWARD, A Thought from Revd Paul Lanham


I shall refrain from writing directly about the Jubilee, albeit with reluctance.  Since it takes place at the start of the month it will be in the past after a few days and we will look back on it rather than forward towards it.  June for me means summer and my favourite month - apart from those irritating examinations at school and university that were the bane of my life.  And in June we start those endless Sundays after Trinity.

>Someone once came up with the idea of replacing Sundays after Trinity with Sundays after Pentecost but fortunately it never caught on.  In a sense it was a good idea.  Pentecost speaks of power and life, of creation and re-creation.  Trinity speaks of incomprehensible theology and deadness ('Firmly I believe and truly God is Three and God is One' - try working that out and weep at its impossibility).  And yet there is something timeless about it.  Once Trinity Sunday is over there are these twenty plus weeks that go through the summer and into autumn until the first frosts start to encroach.  Trinity reminds me less of theology and more of my boyhood in the village near Gloucester where my father was Rector.  I was brought up in the vast ancient rectory, walking the dog in the fields, sitting under trees, watching the farm at the end of our lane or wandering for miles in neighbouring villages on my bicycle - summer seemed never ending.  Then there was Geoff Green the organist playing Bach after the services as though he were playing to thousands in a great concert hall rather than to the forty or fifty in a village - it began my love of that music that will never die.  Quedgeley is now a vast housing estate but in those days it seemed an enormous rural playground (we left in 1961 and I have vowed never to return to see how it is now).  All that remains of those heady days is memories and a road named after my father long after we had gone and the developers had wrecked the area. 

Some of us may look back in this vein in the past with similar nostalgia, especially about the Church as it once was.  It may also leave us with a certain apprehension about how organised religion is developing and how it is viewed.  The past 70 years have seen enormous changes in the Church of England.  A lot of it has been positive but I am not sure that it has all been gain.  We are constantly being told of the threats that confront us. Yet there is so much energy, so much positiveness in Church life today, in spite of these threats and especially the decline in numbers.  We must be positive and remain positive.


When I was appointed in 1974 to my first Vicarage in darkest Accrington (of Stanley fame - the place exists beyond a football team!) my Rural Dean gave me two pieces of advice which apply not only to individual clergy but to anyone who cares about the Church and its members.  The first was to pray at the start of each day that I should have my priorities right.  The other was that faithfulness was more important than results.  I have never forgotten and have tried to live by them throughout my ministry.  But the advice is as timeless as it was when a young queen ascended to the throne 71 years ago and when so many of us were young - and innocent! 

                                                                                          Paul Lanham

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FLOWER FESTIVAL - 27th 28th and 29th August


FLOWER FESTIVAL - 27th   28th and 29th August

A Flower Festival is planned for the August Bank Holiday weekend with a theme of illustrating the names of pubs using flowers and props.  The pubs can be local, one that you have visited or one that has an unusual name. We also wish to involve our parish community groups and to offer them publicity at the festival.  You do not have to be an excellent flower arranger, just keen to be involved and to create a fun and interesting display.  If you would like to participate, the fund raising group has lots of ideas if you are unsure of what to do.

To for more information, or to offer help, please contact Mary Hooper (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). 

                                                                                    Mary Hooper

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