Burrington School                                  www.burrington.eschools.co.uk                  Alison Waite Headteacher 
Holy Trinity Church             www.burrington-pc.org.uk/holytrinity-church/         John Dixon, Churchwarden We have had a PCC meeting, and were sorry to say goodbye to Sarah Conner, and to Jeremy Leighton, who has been our Hon Sec for some years. We are very lucky to have Alexis Mackie to take over the Hon Sec job. The PCC discussed various matters including the possibility of a broadband aerial on the church tower. The PCC approved the idea as it does give the village an alternative high speed broadband provider, and will get an income for the church. Our approval does depend on the school governors’ agreement as well as the parish council’s agreement. Hopefully we will all be able to come to a decision soon. Burrington parish’s contribution to the combined benefice profile was agreed and I am pleased to say the advertisement for a new vicar has gone out. The Society for the Maintenance of the Faith are patrons of Wrington and Butcombe, and they are in agreement with Burrington having a full share in the selection process. We have had a very successful safari supper and many thanks to the altar guild and all those hosting courses. We must also thank Will and Claire Parsons for taking on a very successful harvest supper and for the generous donation to the church funds. The treasurer is very pleased with both these events! We have had the quinquennial architectural inspection. We are awaiting the report but Stephen Edwards is confident we have kept on top of maintenance and repair of the church fabric. Church services have continued to run as usual thanks to several visiting clergy and organists. Over Christmas we will be having the carol service with traditional readings from the King James’ bible, and we are also having a midnight mass service on Christmas Eve, not an easy thing to arrange during a vacancy. From the Altar Guild Many thanks to everyone who supported the recent Safari Supper in aid of Holy Trinity Church. The evening was an enjoyable occasion which raised the grand sum of £1160...
It seems very strange writing this article as it will be the last time I write it as the head of Burrington School. I am retiring at Christmas and the school will be very capably led by Sarah Joskey, who is also the head of Wrington School. I have been head at Burrington for 15 years and during that time I have seen many changes in the education system but the Christian ethos at the school has continued to underpin all we do. The school deservedly has a reputation for being a caring school. As one parent said, ‘ I feel that my children go from one family to another’, but as well as caring for the children, we challenge them to be the best that they can be and I am always so proud of their achievements. We have had lots of success in sport in recent years and this has continued recently with cross country when from a field of 374 children from across North Somerset, our Year 6 girls won the bronze award, we had a number of children in the top 10 and two children won bronze medals for third place in their respective races. An amazing achievement for one of the smallest schools in the county. Christmas at school is always such a lovely time and even more so in a church school. The children will enjoy lots of Christmas activities including parties, lunches and our nativity plays and church service. The school choir is working hard towards singing at the Holy Trinity Church carol service and will provide a special part of this lovely service. I will look forward to watching the school continue to grow and flourish after Christmas. There is a great level of commitment of the whole school team to ensuring the best possible outcomes for our children so I know that I am leaving the school in the best possible hands.