UPTON BISHOP NEWS
A note from your sub-editor…Hello Upton Bishop,
It is my intention to stand down from my sub-editing role for the Parish, in the next couple of months. I am therefore hoping to find a new recruit for the position, from amongst the community spirited Parishioners!
If you would be interested in getting involved please do contact me. My details are at the back of the magazine. Many thanks, Deb Long.
To book the hall ring Jane Pendlebury click here to contact
Draw for: March -
£20 Mark & Rose Savidge - £10 Geoff & Angie Walker - £5 Alison Bennion
BEST WISHES to Valerie Cornwall following her fall and to everyone who is not well at present or is feeling lonely during the challenging time we find ourselves in.
Spring is here and we are worshipping inside our church again at last. The first service after lockdown on March 21ST took the theme of pilgrimage and celebrated the fantastic achievement of the virtual Walk to Jerusalem, organised by Olivia Boon.
This encouraged people not only to get out and exercise, but to engage with one another online in a common cause. Not only that but over £1000 was raised for church repairs. Thank you to everyone who took part or supported the walkers.
Dawn Service- 6am
For early risers who like to see the sunrise on Easter morning. This will be a shortened outdoor service this year, lighting candles from the newly kindled fire in the church yard.
Holy Communion - 10.30am
Everyone is welcome to this all-age service.
Please wear a face mask inside the church.
Figures for the church electoral role are due in soon. If you would like to be included, please contact Robin Bonn click here to contact
THE ANNUAL PAROCHIAL CHURCH MEETING
10.30 am May 2ND in the Church. Please join us to hear what has been going on in the parish behind the scenes and find out our plans for the coming year. This is your chance to have a say in how we run your church.
FESTIVAL OF JOHNS
June 26TH – A weekend to celebrate our patronal festival of St John the Baptist.
Another Walk-Through Drama is planned, floral displays and exhibitions inside and outside the church, a mega quiz with prizes. How many Johns are buried in the churchyard? Find out about some of the Johns that have lived in the parish over the years. If you have never visited the church this is a good day to come along and join in the fun. Free refreshments will be available. All activities will be covid safe.
A special service will be held on Sunday at 10.30 am.
THANKS - to the litter pickers!
Many parishioners have been cleaning up the village by litter picking in the hedgerows. It is shocking to see the amount of rubbish left on our roads and lanes but thank you to all who have helped to clear up.
Claire goes litter picking
THE VIRTUAL WALKERS ARE HOME!
Our pilgrims caught the mood of the Walk to Jerusalem adventure: it was a topic for conversation, and it must be said, a source of competitive spirit, up and down the village. Friday night was Blog night with an update on Sundays and although the number of readers dropped off dramatically on the return journey, it continued to be worthwhile for the pleasure it gave to those who did follow it.
Once momentum was achieved, we were covering 1,100 to 1,500 miles a week, distances that would make you quail by car.
There was no stopping us now, so a return route was planned through Turkey, Greece, Albania, Italy (with a stop in Rome of course) and France. From there is made perfect sense to do the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, a hike for which most pilgrims allow at least a month if departing from St Jean Pied de Port in the Pyrenees. We eked it out over two days, returning, also over two days, via the north coast of Spain and then galloping northwards through France to catch the overnight ferry from Caen-Ouistreham to Portsmouth and so home with many a fond farewell.
The final blog was surprisingly emotional to write. By then the verbal encouragement had turned into more quantifiable evidence of generosity as donations flooded in. We made well over £1,000, the final amount is not yet clear at the time of writing, which will repair the slipped tiles on the porch roof of the church and leave us some to spare towards the other, bigger repairs that loom over us.
Thank you to everyone who took part so enthusiastically and so generously. The blog is still there if you missed it and would like to catch up:
Olivia plus friend on her Walk to Jerusalem.