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August 2022

Lammas Day is the 1st August and we shall be celebrating Lammas at Down Ampney and at Ampney St Mary on the first Sunday in August.  It is an ancient festival when the first fruits of the harvest are offered in church. The word Lammas first appears in the writings of King Alfred, King of Wessex - who burnt the cakes!  It is thought that the word ‘Lammas’ is derived from the old English word for loaf, followed by ‘mass’.  In the early English church, it was the custom to make the bread for the ‘Mass’ from the first of the ripe corn to be harvested as a thanksgiving.

 

Harvest began early this year; a dry spring and a dry summer means that arable crops were 

ready for harvesting in July – and the combine harvesters have been in the fields.  Of course, the ears of the corn may not be as full as they might be because they have not had the water needed for them to grow to their fullest extent – and so yields are likely to be down.

 

This year, in particular, there is an increasing awareness of our dependency on the earth for our food; and how very inter-connected our world is in terms of trading and transporting crops.  Places that were seen as ‘bread baskets’ – known for their production of wheat – are now under threat and prices are increasing. 

 

I know I take my ‘daily bread’ for granted.  Perhaps it’s not surprising Jesus taught his disciples to remember it in their prayers…

And here is a poem to remind us that bread is indeed precious:

   

   Be gentle when you touch bread.

   Let it not lie uncared for or unwanted.

   So often bread is taken for granted.

   There is such beauty in bread;

   beauty of the sun and soil,

   beauty of patient toil.

   Wind and sun have caressed it.

   Christ often blessed it.

   Be gentle when you touch bread.

With every blessing -  John

Services and Events in August & September

Sunday 14th August   9th Sunday after Trinity

  8am  BCP Holy Communion                               Poulton

10am  Parish Communion                                     Driffield

10am  Service of the Word                                    Harnhill

Sunday 21st August   10th Sunday after Trinity

  8am  BCP Holy Communion                               Ampney St Peter

10am  Parish Communion                                     Ampney Crucis

10am  Service of the Word                                    Harnhill

Sunday 28th August  11th Sunday after Trinity

  8am  BCP Holy Communion                               Harnhill

10am  Parish Communion                                     Poulton

10am  Service of the Word                                    Harnhill

Bank Holiday Monday 29th August

8am   Car Boot Sale                                              Ampney St Peter

6pm   Concert with Orlando Jopling                  Down Ampney

           part of our RVW 150 Celebrations

Friday 2nd September

6pm    Author, Sir Anthony Seldon talks            Bibury Church

            about "The Good, The Bad,

            The Ugly: Prime Ministers from

            Robert Walpole to Boris Johnson"

Sunday 4th September  12th Sunday after Trinity

  8am  BCP Holy Communion                               Ampney Crucis

10am  Parish Communion                                     Down Ampney

10am  Service of the Word                                    Harnhill

  6pm  Evensong                                                    Ampney St Mary

Tuesday 6th September

Noon   Holy Communion and Meditation     Poulton

             Led by Canon Tony Ross

 

Sunday 11th September   13th Sunday after Trinity

  8am  BCP Holy Communion                               Poulton

10am  Parish Communion                                     Driffield

10am  Service of the Word                                    Harnhill

11am  The Arnhem Service                                   Down Ampney

Sunday 18th August   14th Sunday after Trinity

  8am  BCP Holy Communion                               Ampney St Peter

10am  Parish Communion                                     Ampney Crucis

10am  Service of the Word                                    Harnhill

  3pm  The Maggini Quartet in Concert               Down Ampney

 

Sunday 25th September  15th Sunday after Trinity

  8am  BCP Holy Communion                               Harnhill

10am  Parish Communion                                     Poulton

10am  Service of the Word                                    Harnhill

  3pm  Choral Evensong with the 

            Choir of Merton College, Oxford             Down Ampney

 

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Monthly Poulton Meditations

Tuesday 6th September

Noon   Holy Communion and Meditation     Poulton

             Led by Canon Tony Ross

Tuesday 4th October                           St Francis' Day

Noon   Holy Communion and Meditation     Poulton

             Led by Canon Tony Ross

Contact

Please do get in touch with the Rector - John Swanton - for more information.

01285 851309