There’s quite a lot happening in the next few weeks so here’s a summary.
On Sunday 3 September it is St Giles’ Day so we are all gathering from our 4 ‘benefice’ churches (ours, Clyffe Pypard, Hilmarton and Broad Town) to celebrate with a communion service at 10am. Refreshments afterwards – we’d love to see you there.
Harvest Thanksgiving is on 1st and 2nd October. We are gathering in the church from 9.30am on the morning of Saturday 30th to arrange the flowers and produce; all offers of help and of produce are welcome. The Thanksgiving service is on Sunday 1st October at 10am. The supper is on Monday 2nd at 7pm in the village hall. Tickets are £7 (£5 for under 16’s and concessions) and are available from Julie Marshall, phone number 01793 852075. We will have the customary auction of the harvest produce after the meal. Can you offer to help with the food for the supper? Quiches, salads, puddings etc all welcome – if you would like to help in any way please contact Sara Cutler on either by email firstname.lastname@example.org or mobile (07789 842330). Thank you!
Looking ahead to November, we will be holding the annual Remembrance Service at the war memorial at Tockenham Corner on Sunday starting shortly before the 11am silence.
News from St Giles
The church is open during daytimes for the summer – thank you very much to the volunteers who open and close it daily. This means that you can access the Food Bank box, so please place your gifts in it for the Swindon Food Bank. Any non-perishable items are welcome but please make sure there is still quite a way to go on the ‘use-by’ date.
The next coffee morning is on Tuesday 5 September 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. .
The Vicar is in our church most Mondays at 6.30 pm to say Evening Prayer. If you would like to join her please feel welcome. Occasionally this may not happen if unexpected events have to take her away from this routine.
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.