St Michael & All Angels Jane Pemberton, Becky Patch - Churchwardens Angela Smythe - Lay-readerThe Church season of Rogationtide is held four days before Ascension and, following Easter, its themes are resurrection and renewal. In the 17th century, the Church adopted the Ro-man custom of “Beating the Bounds”, serving a practical purpose. Before the days of Ordnance Survey maps, there were not many clear lines of demarcation between parishes. The priest, accompanied by the villagers, went around the boundaries of each parish. En route, obstacles obstructing the boundary were broken or removed. At various points, boys were given the bumps so that when they grew up, they wouldn’t forget where the markers, such as trees, were.We all have boundaries - a sort of invisible border surrounding us. We have places to escape to, to feel secure, be quiet. We often put up fenc-es against things that frighten us or with which we would rather not get involved. As humans, we also erect boundaries of our love and compassion. Our God knows no boundaries. His love and mercy overflows for all His creation, especially us His children.At Rogationtide, we are called to ask (rogare) for a blessing on sprouting crops in fields and gardens, the waterways and people and also on young animals.St Michael’s has marked the festival for many years. At Xplore on Sunday 6 May, we will meet at the Village Hall at 9am for a simple breakfast and then process around the village centre. Led by the Cross of the Resurrected Christ, we give thanksgiving as we seek further blessing. Please join us, wearing suitable footwear, either at the Village Hall, leaving there at 9.20am, or en route.We promise not to “bump” or up-end any children into the water. Some traditions are just not health and safety approved.Diary Dates:Sunday 6th May 9am "Xplore" Family Worship and breakfast . This month as it is Rogation Sunday, after breakfast worship will continue on a walk around the centre of the village. All welcomeSunday 27th May 630pm EvensongMonday 4th June 7pm All Saints’ Wrington Licensing Service for our new Rector David Gent followed by refreshments . Open to all , do come to cele-brate his appointment and to welcome David and Janet.we look forward to his ministry with us in ButcombeSAVE THE DATE - Butcombe Village Fete Saturday 23 June2pm start in the Old Rectory gardensWe are planning some new attractions plus sunshine ordered for you to enjoy your fabulous strawberry cream tea.If you have any ideas for the fete or could help in any way, please do contact Frances Worle (01761 462812).
Pilates classes at Butcombe Village Hall - Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
The village of Butcombe organised a successful litter collection day on Sunday March 25th and filled numerous black bin liners with copious rubbish discarded along the surrounding roads, not least from parked vehicles waiting to collect passengers from Bristol Airport.Rather than just send it straight to landfill, a choice selection of recovered litter was used to create a Butcombe Litter Tree in order to highlight this un-necessary blight affecting the surrounding villages and countryside. This worsening scourge is visually unattractive, environmentally damaging and ultimately wastes ratepayers' money through clear up costs like drain un-blocking.It would be great if other villages and local communities 'grew' their own litter trees in order to help make the dropping of rubbish socially unacceptable.