Thoughts from the Vicarage 154

Greetings on the feast day of St Michael & All Angels which we will celebrate on Sunday at 10.30 – all, and I mean all are welcome to join in worship, prayer and reflection in St Michael & All Angels.

Please find attached Pews News… plus don’t forget Vicarage apples are pick your own, bring a bag and ring the doorbell!

A reminder and a thank you. The reminder is that St Michael’s gift day is on Saturday. Amanda & Bruce our church wardens will be at the Lych Gate to gratefully receive donations along with myself. We will also have some really super helpful prayer cards available covering a whole range of concerns that some of us may be feeling at the moment. Our beautiful grade1 listed Church stands at the centre of Lambourn and is there for the entire parish for worship, private prayer, or simply a place to reflect in silence. As we have seen so very recently – it is there at important times in peoples’ lives, such as weddings, baptisms and funerals and is also a focus for village activities.

Thanks to all who have written a reply or stopped for a chat and to Village Views who’ve also received some answers about the Royal Family and the Valley. Here are just a few quotes to share;

“The Queen Mother came to St Michael’s & All Angels Church for Fulke Walwyn’s Memorial Service. (1991) and his widow Cath Walwyn is still alive and is a long standing member of the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic church. Catherine Duchess of Cambridge and now Princess of Wales and her sister Pippa attended the wedding of Sam Walley Cohen and Miss Bellin whose parents live in Upper Lambourn. This was shortly after Catherine and Williams Wedding in 2013 I think. Queen Elizabeth did not attend any official functions in the village as far as I am aware, but visited regularly in the various Racing villages of West Berkshire where her horses trained. And, as one response read ‘Prince Charles (sorry King Charles III) stayed with Nick Gazelle and his wife when he was in his teens, when Mr Gazelle was trainer and had the Grand National winner Party Politics’….”

Racing and all things horsey- reminds me of the good work of the Racing Welfare team led by Brian Watson here in the Valley. Not only was Brian at the first Dementia Café on Wednesday but he will also be raising funds for Racing Welfare as he runs the London Marathon – do sponsor and encourage him if you are able. In fact, Racing Welfare is the local charity we are trying to support at St Michael’s. The other two being Christian Aid and the Children’s Society.

Do look out for the new edition of Pathways available at no cost in each church. It has articles related to the cost-of-living crisis, 9 ways to care for creation along with a debate looking at the question of ‘When is it right to turn a cheek and when should we turn the tables’ and much more of interest.

Finally – Mr Vicarage says there are plenty of apples plus some runner beans remaining in the Vicarage garden – you are welcome to ring the doorbell, pick your own and, if you wish, leave a contribution to the Gift Day.

God bless,


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