Thank-you Evensong                Sunday, 29th April, 2018
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All Saints’ Church
The period between a Rector leaving a parish and a replacement arriving can be a trying time for everyone - congregations in general, and those responsible for ‘keeping things going’, especially the weekly services. For the Benefice comprising the parishes of Wrington with Redhill, Burrington, and Butcombe, the strain of the vacancy following the departure of the Revd. Nicholas Maddock was considerably reduced by the quite extraordinary efforts of the Priest-in-Charge of Christ Church, Redhill - the Revd Andrew Hemming - Wrington’s retired priest, the Revd Tom Ekin, and the Lay Readers at Wrington and Butcombe, Francis Montagu and Angela Smythe. However, even they couldn’t be in more than one church at any one time, and virtually the complete range of services were kept going at all four churches, with the help of longstanding occasional visiting clergy, but to a vary large extent, because of the seemingly tireless efforts of retired clergy living elsewhere, especially the Revd John Angle, the Revd Dr Victor Barley, and Prebendary John Andrews - so much so that it was felt appropriate to offer thanks for their gracious ministrations, by devoting one special version of the weekly Sunday Choral Evensong at All Saints’ with musical contributions from around the Benefice. Fern Urquhart, who has been keeping the training of the All Saints’ choir going since Nicholas Maddock’s departure, on top of her considerable burden as Treasurer of the PCC, prepared the choir to sing Panis Angelicus by Cesar Franck, and the Stanford Nunc Dimittis in G (bass solo Bob Shapland from Burrington) and recruited Michael Taylor to accompany brilliantly on the organ. The members of the congregation brought contributions for the convivial tuck-in which followed the inspiring service.
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