As I write this the Church is celebrating Pentecost Sunday, the day the Holy Spirit came to the disciples in Jerusalem and the Christian Church was born. The disciples were transformed into a strong community of believers, and, although there have been some shaky moments throughout history the stories of Jesus continue to spread around the world.

There are strong communities to be found in many places. As well as our churches, our villages are places where community is found. Our schools are another strong example of community. It has been a privilege to be a part of these communities as the school and wider community of Croscombe have come together to support each other after the sad death of Lydia Oatley. In the midst of this very sad time there have been moments of light, seeing the staff care for each other and the children, also watching the children themselves looking out for each other.

It is at sad times like this that community counts, it cannot take away the sorrow and anguish felt by so many but such a community does both provide support and also become a place where people can just be together in pain and confusion.

For some, faith is something they turn to at times like these, for others they turn away. We cannot explain why tragedies happen, there is no reason, but as a community we can and do continue to support each other. That is the type of community that the first disciples were and the type of community we all want to live in and be part of.

Revd Chris Butler


To run a Church successfully many different roles need to be undertaken and over the next few months there will be a series of articles looking at some of the key roles.
This month we are starting with looking at the role of Church Wardens. Most of you are aware that each Church has two Church Wardens and we are very fortunate that we have people who are willing to take on these roles.

Their role can be summarized as leadership, labour and love. It is a role that is crucial to the smooth running of the Church and some of their specific responsibilities are as follows:

  • taking a service in the absence of the Priest or leader
  • guiding the PCCs in making the right decisions;
  • caring for the Parish Priest;
  • caring for the congregation and ‘encouraging its members in their Christian faith’;
  • helping heal quarrels or disagreements;
  • keeping order in the Church;
  • maintenance of the Church, including having legal title to the plate, ornaments, furniture and furnishings.

    Our annual meetings have now taken place and our Church Wardens for 2016-17 are:
    Pilton: Maurice Davies and Paul Warry
    Croscombe: Jenny Mitchell and Ann Williamson

    North Wootton: Christine Raphael and Alistair Bovey
    Dinder: Mary Browning and Ros Comer.
    It is a demanding and rewarding role so please do keep all of our Church Wardens in your prayers.


Our Annual Meetings and elections have now taken place and a full list of Parochial Church Council (PCC) members will be displayed in each Church. Thank you for all your hard work to all those who have now stepped down from the PCC and thank you to all who have either joined or continue to serve on our PCCs.


The Rogation walk was a great success with sunshine and blue sky. In June we are meeting on Sunday 12th (second Sunday not the first). We will be learning circus skills, in the sunshine we hope!
YOS is open to children of all parishes in year 6 upwards. We meet in Dinder 6.00pm-7.30pm. For further information please contact Sandra

Kirkham 342221 or Becky Gilbert 676739.

Save the Children

stc_logoOn Saturday, June 18th from 10.30a.m. till noon in Pilton Village Hall, the Pilton group of Save the Children will be holding a coffee morning with trading stalls for the sale of books, cakes, marmalade and a raffle. Do please come along and bring a friend. Lysbeth Ballantine, Chair, Pilton STC

Christian Aid

Christian_Aid_Logo.svgDinder set the ball rolling for Christian Aid week when more than 40 people came to Dinder Village Hall on Saturday,14th May, to enjoy a right royal evening of good food and fun entertainment. The theme was the Queen’s 90th birthday and the hall was beautifully decorated with flags and bunting. After delicious home-made soups (with seconds and even thirds!) a fun-filled regal concert raised a good few laughs. Queen Victoria and Henry VIII put in an appearance, and no-one will forget Clive Browning’s delivery of the Duke of Edinburgh’s gaffes! Everyone enjoyed a rousing patriotic singsong and the evening ended with some very naughty puds. A most successful event and thank you to all who came and donated.

We have no doubt that the other villages will also have held successful events in support of this very worthwhile charity.


Saturday 11th June, 10am-12noon, The Village Hall

Homebaked goods ,local produce, assorted crafts, photographic art, cards, plants, vintage goods, jewellery, books, refreshments.
Please join us and help support fundraising for Village Hall improvements We look forward to seeing you.

Elaine Watson (Market Co-ordinator)


Many thanks to those who loyally support Dinder Foodbank.
Items, which may be placed in boxes at the Village Hall and the church, are taken to Wells Storehouse Foodbank for distribution.
In 2015, the Storehouse distributed 3500 meals to local people and by last month, 900 meals had been given out. The need for donations continues. Although Dinder Foodbank has been operating for a couple of years, the level of contributions has fallen recently and we would be pleased to see more items in the boxes. Wells Storehouse Foodbank, who have expressed thanks to Dinder Foodbank for its support, say they are particularly short of rice pudding, pasta sauce and other sauces, tins of potatoes, shampoo.
Please do contribute to Dinder Foodbank if you can. The need is as strong as ever. Clive Chivers

Friends of St Mary’s, Croscombe.

‘Friday Night is Music Night’.Friday 24th June 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 offering Symphonies by Mozart and Tchaikovsky. 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 of St Mary’s, £3 to others.