Harvest Thanksgiving at the beginning of October went with a swing – the service was very well attended, and the supper as usual was a sell-out. A huge thank you to Sara Cutler and her team for all the organisation, to Peter Bennett the auctioneer, and to everyone who provided food for the meal and produce for the food bank or the auction, helped behind the bar, did washing up, or contributed in any way. A magnificent £654 was raised for charity.
Church heating Earlier this year our old church heater was ‘condemned’ and we need to replace it. There are various difficulties associated with this and despite the best efforts of the PCC we are without heating for a few weeks. Please accept our apologies for this. Meanwhile come to church dressed warmly! We may relocate some of the services so watch out for notices and emails which will keep you informed.
On Thursday 2 November there will be a service to commemorate those who have died. If you would like a name to be read out in the service, please email the vicar (contact details below). All are welcome at this service.
On 12 November we will be holding the annual Remembrance Service at the war memorial at Tockenham Corner on Sunday starting at 10.55am, shortly before the 11am silence. Geoff and Bridget Cowling have once again offered to open their home afterwards for much-appreciated hot refreshments. They live at Trelawney, the bungalow next to the war memorial. If you wish to go to a communion service that day, we are holding one at Clyffe Pypard at 9am so please join us there.
On 26 November we have the fourth Patronal festival of the year for our benefice – this will be at Broad Town and is the Feast of Christ the King. This is the last Sunday in what we think of as the church year – the new year for the church begins with Advent Sunday which is 1 December. There will be a benefice communion at 10.30am in Clyffe Pypard, and a ‘Songs for Advent’ service celebrating the coming from darkness to light at 5pm in Hilmarton. Everyone of course is welcome at all the services.
As we move towards Christmas, we are planning two special services. On Sunday 17 December at 3pm there is a Christingle/Nativity service, and on 24 December (Christmas Eve) at 6pm our traditional candlelit service of lessons and carols with refreshments afterwards.
The next coffee morning is on Tuesday 7 November at 10.30am in the village hall. Hope to see you there!
Busy Bees for pre-schoolers and their carers will have their fortnightly meetings in Tockenham village hall on Wednesdays from 10.30 am to 12 noon. For details of both Busy Bees and coffee mornings please contact Kim Gough on 07850 933344. .
Church contact details: The Vicar is Revd Rachma Abbott, and she lives at the Vicarage, Wood Lane, Clyffe Pypard. Her phone number is 01793 731134, and her email address is email@example.com . Our churchwarden is Kim Gough, 07850 933344.
To keep in touch with the times and dates of services, Busy Bees, coffee mornings and other activities, please look at the google calendar on the Tockenham village website: http://www.tockenham.org.uk/ An electronic version of this magazine also appears on the village website.
If you aren’t sure what the services are going to be like and are interested in coming to any of them, please do ask; phone numbers for Rachma and Kim are above. Normally in Tockenham we have a communion service on the first 2 Sundays of the month where we remember the Last Supper and share the bread (usually a thin wafer) and wine. The last Sunday of the month is an evening service where we use the traditional book of common prayer language. At all the services we sing a few hymns, pray together and listen to a talk.