FRIENDS OF ST MARY, CROSCOMBE

‘Friday Night is Music Night’Friday 29th April 7.30 pm in Croscombe Church Room

Come and join a small group who gather to listen to a programme of music chosen by Terry McCarthy. You really do not need to be an expert – the music varies from popular to classical – nothing too ‘heavy’. The evening is very relaxed and we always leave having learnt something new. This time Terry is presenting a tri-lingual programme – ‘Music for the Voice: Song, Lieder, Chanson….’ Programme notes are supplied and wine and tea/coffee and nibbles

served after the music, which usually lasts about an hour.
Newcomers will be made very welcome and the evening is free to Friends, £3 to others.

DISAPPEARING E-MAILS

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INTERNATIONAL OPERA STAR VISITS PILTON

Friday 29th April at 7.30 pm in Pilton Parish ChurchA rare chance to hear an up-and-coming opera diva will occur when a friend of Pilton villagers, Peter and Lis Lawrence, visits in late April, following a concert at Kensington Palace in London. Zeina Barhoum, self-styled the ‘Arabic soprano’, a Jordanian of Palestinian descent, received expert tuition accessed through the prestigious Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome. Her first album “Alcantara” (Arabic for bridge) focuses on bridging cultures via the universality of music. Zeina’s vocal range and wide repertoire have delighted audiences in Amman, Dubai, London, Paris, Rome, Vienna and now – Pilton!

Zeina has kindly agreed to perform an eclectic mix of classical arias, popular numbers from shows such as “Les Misérables,” European songs and traditional Arabic music. Accompanying her will be Glastonbury pianist Rachel Knoedler, classically trained yet known for her versatility and improvisation.

Tickets at £10 are available from Peter Lawrence (01749 890875, lispet@mac.com), Jenny de Gex (01749 890465), Pilton Post Office or on the door. Interval drinks available and voluntary donations, together with profits, will support Zeina’s work with Syrian refugee children in Jordan, part-funded by the UK and Jordan.

PRAYER and a PINT

Prayer and a Pint will restart after its Lent break. The next meeting will be on MONDAY 11th April at The Crossways, North Wootton at 8pm.Prayer and a Pint is an opportunity for discussion in a relaxed atmosphere every 2nd Monday each month and everyone is very welcome to come and join in. We will probably be in the ‘blue room’ but ask at the bar and they will direct you if you can’t spot us.
For further details or information please contact Revd. Chris Butler 01749 899061 butlerchristine19@gmail.com

CELEBRATING H.M. THE QUEEN’S 90th BIRTHDAY on 24th April

There will be official celebrations in London in June but Anglican churches will be marking this milestone in the Queen’s life nearer her actual birthday on April 21st. As Supreme Governor of the Church of England, the Queen has always made it clear that her Christian faith is very important to her and in our parish churches there will be special services to celebrate her commitment.

The services will be on Sunday 24th April:
11.00am at Pilton, Croscombe and North Wootton. 4.00 /4.30pm at Dinder.
Services will be followed by light refreshments Everyone is very welcome to join in these celebrations.

THE ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETINGS

This month our churches start the annual review process and hold the Annual Parochial Church Meetings. Please come along to see what has happened over the last twelve months and what we will be thinking about over the next year. Everyone who is on the Church Electoral Roll is welcome to join in these meetings, which begin with a short public meeting for the election of Churchwardens. Nominations for Churchwardens and Parochial Church Council members are available in the churches. Pilton APCM Wednesday 13th April at 7.30pm in the church (beginning with a short evening service). Croscombe APCM Thursday 21st April at 7.30pm in the Church Room (beginning with a short evening service). Dinder APCM Monday 25th April at 7.30pm in the church (beginning with a short evening service).

EASTER THOUGHTS

Depending on when you read this article you will be just about to enter Easter or just ‘out the other side’. Easter Sunday is, of course, the time we celebrate Jesus’ triumph over death and God’s love for each one of us, it is a chance to put aside the challenge of Lent and the darkness of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday and celebrate together our hope in the risen Christ. I pray you have had a great celebration. As Easter Sunday is left behind we look at the rest of the year. One of the highlights is the marking of the Queen’s 90th birthday. Many of us have never known another monarch, and she will be the first reigning monarch to reach 90. The Queen is also, of course, the Supreme Governor of the Church of England and we will be joining many churches and villages in celebrating this landmark. Look out for the various events which will be held to honour this occasion. On Saturday 23rd April we will be holding a tea party in North Wootton and then on Sunday 24th April (just after the Queen’s actual birthday) we will be raising a glass to the Queen after our services and holding a special afternoon Service followed by a tea in Dinder (this will be outside, weather permitting). The Queen made the following declaration in 1947: “I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service.” I know not everyone is a fan of the Monarchy as an institution but I hope that most people can admire her devotion to that service, and, as we know in our villages, 90 is an age worth celebrating.

Revd Chris Butler