November 2017
Dymock Remembers
Picture, Dymock Church Augmented Choir
It's become something of a custom now that we have a meditation in words and music on Remembrance Day, November 11th, to recall those who gave their life for their country, and this year was no exception. Our choir began with an 'Introit', a sung prayer, before a welcome and explanation. The programme included two hymns for the congregation to join in with and choral pieces sung by the choir interspersed with readings on the theme of remembrance, including a poem by our own recently departed 'poet' Horace Dudfield. (Return to top)\

This was followed on the Sunday with a traditional 'Service of Remembrance' with wreathes laid at our war memorial on the village green in front of the church. During both events, small wooden crosses were displayed on the altar, one for each of the men from our village who died in the two world wars. (Return to top)
Men's Breakfast
Picture, Men at Breakfast
The guest at our breakfast this month was our diocesan Suffragan (assistant) Bishop of Tewkesbury, the Rt. Rev. Robert Springett. He told us a bit about himself - he would have been born in Birmingham, but his parents moved to Essex a couple of months before he was born, so he came into the world in Chelmsford, where he grew up and went to school. After ordination, he was a priest in charge of a parish in that area for a time before he was appointed Archdeacon of Cheltenham and subsequently Bishop of Tewkesbury. (Return to top)

He said he enjoyed that post as it's his boss, the diocesan bishop of Gloucester (Rt Rev Rachael Treweek) who has to do much of the admin things like attending the House of Lord's, his role is more like that of a parish priest's, having care and responsibility for looking after people in various categories in the diocese, including Lay Readers, and chairing the Education Board. (Return to top)

He then spoke about the need for the church to reach out in mission and linked that to the current diocesan vision 'Life' with it's tag line "I have come that they may have life and have it to the full" (John 10:10). (Return to top)