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The Team Clergy are: Rector: Revd Canon Simon Weeden; Vicars: Revd Candice Marcus and Revd Sue Rodd; and Assistant Curate: Revd Karen Rizzello.  The Team Office is in Ramsbury.

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Notices and Readings for Sunday 22 July 2018

As the weather improves, after what seems to have been a long winter, June is a time for fetes and community celebrations. Schools, villages and churches use the promise of summer to enjoy time together and, often, to raise funds for much needed projects.
Over many centuries fairs and fetes have been at the heart of drawing communities together. The idea of festival or holiday is something that has its roots in both religious and community life. Holiday is ‘holy day’ and many of our key times for a break are built around the ancient Christian festivals.
In times past, working life was hard and all-consuming; opportunities for leisure, holiday and social events were limited. Now work and leisure can fill our lives to a point where a fete or fair becomes a special occasion to meet with neighbours, friends and be part of something bigger.
So whether you will be in Baydon for the Church/school fete (9th June), Froxfield for the Beer Festival (9th June), Ramsbury for the Gardens Open (17th June), Aldbourne for the Churches Together summer fete (30th June), the Ramsbury Street Fair (30th June) or the Aldbourne Produce & Craft Show (8th July), I hope that this is will be a time for renewing friendships, making a contribution and enjoying being part of a local village community.
Simon Weeden – Team Rector

Cake and Company

The United Churches Together invite you to join them on the first Monday of every month from 10.30am to 12 noon, Aldbourne Methodist Hall.
For further information Contact Revd Karen Rizzello on 07882 055878.

Visit from Notre Dame des Bois

On Friday 27th April the Whitton Team welcomed 10 visitors from our link parish in Evreux Diocese.
We had the pleasure of greeting old friends and meeting some new ones too and began our time together with coffee and cake before taking them on a tour of five of our six churches in the team. We stopped off at each and were welcomed and given a brief tour with some interesting facts and things to see. They then went to their hosts’ houses for the rest of the evening.

On Saturday morning we gathered together and took them in the Ramsbury Flyer to Ramsbury Brewery where we were given a great tour by Alistair Ewing complimented with tastings of their very fine beers, gin, vodka and liqueurs! Alongside delicious products such as their smoked venison, duck and trout. After this we journeyed into Swindon to the Steam Museum and ate a good lunch, followed by a great tour of the museum. We had Arthur, aged 13, with us and he had great fun working the signals and then being given a certificate for what he had done to take back and show his friends in France. After this there was a short retail break (while the driver and I had coffee!) and then we drove back to Ramsbury for a short break before sitting down in fellowship for an evening meal together talking about the day and life.

Sunday was not a day of rest, at our Communion service in Ramsbury the readings were done in French and the intercessions were done in both languages. They were given the text of the sermon in French, so they had an idea of what it was all about. They had a tour of Holy Cross, Ramsbury which was followed by drinks and nibbles and then a sumptuous lunch. In the afternoon we shared what was happening in both benefices either side of the Channel, the way things had moved on and changed. We looked at things we share together too.

The day was rounded off with a choral evensong and another wonderfully catered meal by our great team in the Benefice. Monday was their last morning and we went to Baydon School where we watched a Collective Worship and then did a tour around the school to give our visitors an idea of how the Christian distinctiveness of our church schools is evident in work and displays, which is something they don’t experience in France. As an added bit of fun, we went to the Heritage Museum in Aldbourne to which they wonderfully added an historical tour of the village which fascinated our visitors. After a wonderful coffee and cake break we waved goodbye and look forward to seeing them again.
Many, many thanks to all those who catered, hosted and gave our visitors a really good visit with lots in it.
Candice Marcus – Whitton Team Vicar