As many of you will know, Gordon Stone very sadly passed away on 18th March at the age of 81. He is being buried at St Katharine’s on Monday 6th April after a very restricted graveside service led by Revd Canon Gerald Osborne. Sadly, due to the Covid-19 restrictions on funerals, none of Gordon’s many, many friends and acquaintances will be able to be there: only the immediate family are allowed to attend. Gordon’s daughter, Carol, has asked us to pray for Gordon on the 6th and she would like you to know that once we are through this awful crisis, a thanksgiving service will be arranged. Please hold Gordon and his family in your prayers.
Unfortunately we have had to temporarily suspend our usual services and close the church in light of the current pandemic. We will follow government advice closely and reopen the building as soon as it is safe to do so.
Unfortunately this also means that our annual performance of ‘That’s My Donkey’ celebrating Palm Sunday is now cancelled.
Bishop Nicholas’ letter can be found below should you wish to read it.
St Katharine’s Church takes its responsibilities surrounding the safeguarding of children, young people, and adults who may be at risk very seriously, and works in partnership with the Diocese of Salisbury to ensure that we work in accordance with best practice at all times. St Katharine’s is compliant with the Church of England’s Safeguarding Policies and Guidelines that can be found here: https://www.churchofengland.org/safeguarding/promoting-safer-church-safeguarding
Our Parish Safeguarding Policy can be downloaded and viewed below – see page 4
If you have any Safeguarding questions or concerns you can contact our Parish Safeguarding Link Officer, Rosemary Davies. Alternatively you can contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, on 07500 664800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
What a lovely service we had last night to celebrate Harvest Festival. The church was beautifully decorated with plants and produce from the congregation and we celebrated with a delicious supper afterwards which included the most delicious homemade bread. Thanks to everyone who came, we had a wonderful time with you all.
September 6th dawned bright and sunny, which was a great relief to the organisers of the Churchyard Tidy-up , long planned for that morning.
Although the suggested time had been from 10-12, some started to arrive at 9 oclock; by 10am about twenty-five people of all ages had turned up. Everyone brought their own tools… rakes, saws, spades, forks, trowels, secateurs.. and even machinery to clear out the debris from the ha-ha. Jobs were suggested, allocated, undertaken. In the warm sunshine the work started… anthills were removed from graves, almost lost paths were re-instated, and unwanted saplings dug out of the wild area to make space for wild flowers.
Hard work was rewarded by scrumptious home-made cakes – lots of them – and coffee and tea. This, of course energised everyone still further, and yet more work ensued. There was much chatting amongst neighbours who had not met each other before, and acquaintances which were renewed. 12 oclock came and went and still the chatting went on, the last leaving only at 2pm.
What a great morning! – hard work, fun, and above all successful.. St Katharine’s has never looked so good!
St Katharine’s will be supporting the annual Wiltshire Ride and Stride event by ensuring the church is open to all participants, offering a much needed drink and biscuit (or two!). Our Vicar Michael along with some of our congregation will be taking part to help raise money for not only St Katharine’s but also the Wiltshire Historic Churches Trust, enabling it to give much needed grants for the upkeep and enhancement of churches and chapels around the UK.
If you’d like to take part or sponsor our team, please get in touch using the details from our ‘contact us’ page or by completing the sponsorship form in church.
For more information visit the website: https://www.rideandstrideuk.org/counties/wiltshire/