Boris promised me a knighthood if I lent him a tenner for some Farrow and Ball paint [237]

[Abbotsbury Swannery in Dorset]

Hello, Bertie here, and I’m looking back on a lovely morning munching a nice piece of cheese sitting in the churchyard listening to the lovely sound of the schoolchildren playing at breaktime.  I sneaked out of the Sunday service with J Club last week, it all sounded so much fun!  They played a game where someone pretended to be the shepherd and had to play spot the difference, one of them even took their shoes off to see if the shepherd would notice the difference!  I heard them talking about Thomas a few weeks ago as everyone was trying to make up the most incredulous, unbelievable stories they could think of… No cheese mentioned either time, really most disappointing but I can only assume they didn’t see me outside with them.  I do hope I can go out again soon with J Club, I wonder if Fr Richard will let me volunteer… if I go and ask him now I might even get there in time for a cheese supper….

Mustn’t forget my joke… the people would be so disappointed… What are cheese puff made of? Wotsit matter.

Notices and News from the Parish

A Message from St Nick’s: It was lovely last week when Jane came to lead our worship and blessed our Paschal Candle and this week it was really lovely to have Fr. Richard lead us again. We are feeling so blessed and happy to be back.

Easter Hymns in the Churchyard is happening on Sunday the 9th of May at 6.15pm, as long as the weather is kind. Do put it in your diary now- and if you know that you’re coming please could you let Louise Cole in the Church Office know so that we can keep an eye on numbers and whether we need to move the Church a bit nearer the road to make space for more people to stand in a socially distanced manner.

We are putting together our J-Club Leaders’ Rota at the moment- you don’t need to plan anything this term- Cara will do all of the hard work for you- you just need to go out with our families for 20 minutes and have lots of fun while thinking about Jesus. To find out more and for an application form, please speak to a member of the clergy.

And here is the Deanery Prayer Cycle for May featuring, well, us…

Christian Aid Week is coming up from the 10th to the 16th

This year Christian Aid (CA) Week will be different:

Delivery-only envelopes

  • We’re just going to use delivery-only envelopes i.e. we drop them off and we do NOT go back and collect. There’ll be a label on the envelope giving suggestions for online donations and an option to drop off cash at The Bradbury Centre in Rose Street.
  • We’re going to target specific areas as follows:
    • Beanoak (Monday, May 10)
    • Glebe Park/Ashridge (Tuesday, May 11)
    • Joel Park (Wednesday, May 12)
    • Woosehill/Montague Park (Thursday, May 13)
  • The plan is to arrange a meeting point for each evening (probably 7.30pm), hand out a map of that particular area and the streets that need doing, give out the envelopes and cover the estate as a group. As we only visit each house once, it will be quicker than previous years. Also, doing this as a group will make it more enjoyable (we think!).

If you’d like to help out, just let me know which night is best and I’ll be in touch.

Quiztian Aid

We’ll be holding an online quiz again on Zoom on Friday, May 14 at 7.30pm:

Hope you can make it. Like last year, don’t forget to bring your silly hats!

Sponsored walk

Kathryn and I have decided to do a 10-mile sponsored walk near Bix for CA Week on May 15.  We’d love it if you could sponsor us (as you have done in past years). Please donate online at or If you could also let us know via email that would be great (mainly so we can say thank you!) – contact details below.

Keep safe and healthy.

Peter Barrett, Chair – Christian Aid, Wokingham

Pilgrimage from York to Vaxjo

A Pilgrimage from York to Vaxjo (our link parish in Sweden) was planned for last Summer and a number of people were planning to join in, until the pandemic forced its postponing. The plans are being resurrected- here is the website to find out more About | St Sigfrid’s Way ( and here is a message from the pilgrim leaders…

If the gradual ending of lockdown goes as planned, we will be walking from Monday 17th May, beginning at York Minster. We warmly invite you to join us for any part or length of the pilgrimage – whether one day, one week or one month. We don’t have the resources to arrange food and accommodation so we leave this to individuals to arrange, but please do get in touch and we can coordinate together.

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