We are fast approaching that time of the year when we all find ourselves
being even busier than normal (how many shopping days are there until
Christmas?). Not only do so many of us seem to have very busy personal
lives, but at the moment, we also seem to have a great deal going on within
the life of our Church.
- I hope you will all have heard about the St Nicolas' Renewal Appeal
and are considering how you can support the many and varied fund-raising
events which are being planned for that.
- At the same time, we have all been asked to consider prayerfully our
own level of giving within the Parish Stewardship Scheme and we will give
thanks for the response to this on Sunday 5th November.
- Many of you, with our brother and sister Christians from the other
Churches in Prestbury, have been out delivering the Millennium Gospels to
the homes of our Parish.
- The Ministry Leadership Team continues to meet weekly for training
and has recently been following a module called 'Living God's Life in the
World'. They have taken the opportunity to consider some questions which
are relevant to our Parish, including 'what can we offer to single
people?', 'why has there been a poor response to social events recently?'
and 'how can we make the sermon slot more effective?'.
- We are all preparing for the introduction of the new Common Worship
material which will begin on Advent Sunday (3rd December).
All of this, and more, is keeping many of us pretty busy doing.
But what about being? What about being with God, as well as
doing for God? All of this activity must, of course, be rooted, fed
and watered with prayer, just as our own lives need to be firmly rooted in
God. That is possible through the Sacraments, particularly the Eucharist
(although quite a few people are doing things then!).
What about spending some quiet time with God at one of the weekday
Eucharists - there's plenty of variety in the times on offer! Or come and
join the Parish Quiet Day on 25th November (details elsewhere in this
Magazine). What better way to spend just a little time being with God,
to give you the added strength to carry on doing for God!
The Bishop of Gloucester has invited Father Stephen to undertake this
Additional Appointment and he has accepted. He will be commissioned by the
Bishop at the meeting of Cheltenham Deanery Synod to be held on the 23rd
November at 7.00pm in St Mary's Church, Prestbury.
We have started the new term, with a new look. Each week, as we gather
together, we have introduced the idea of a collective Children's Worship
and have our own Service Sheet too. Both adults and children are invited to
take part, and help lead the worship. It has become a very special part of
our time together. The reading of the Gospel is a shared experience, with
the children taking their part. We close our worship with prayers and The
Creed. At St. Nicolas', we then either break into groups for an activity,
or as more recently, all work together on the Harvest Festival Banners. At
St. Mary's, by the very nature of the building, the children go into their
groups for crafts and activities.
However, Sunday School/Club is not just for Sundays, and we have had a
busy year. As part of Christian Aid Week, the children took part in a Shoe
Shine and sold 'bricks', to help build a house for Marvin, one of the
street children in Nicaragua. The Activity Day, 'Jonah The Groaner', was a
tremendous success and we now look forward to the season of Advent, with
the Nativity, Christingle Service and Star Workshops.
For many years the Sunday School/Club, at both ends of the Parish, has
been run by a dedicated team of helpers, without whose love and prayers, we
would not be able to continue. We are always on the lookout for new members
to join us, could you help in any way? Do you have any talents that you
could share with the children, as a 'one off' or perhaps on a regular rota?
We would love to hear from you, or just come and pay us a visit.
St. Mary's Sunday School and St. Nicolas' Sunday Club meet during the
11.00am and 9.30am Eucharist respectively every Sunday during term time.
Everyone is welcome, pre-schoolers and parents can join us too.
St. Mary's Sunday School: Kay Porter
St. Nicolas' Sunday Club: Linda Biggs
Youth and Children's Workers Child
We have arranged two introductory sessions of training and discussion
for all those involved in leading or running groups in the parish working
with children and young people.
- Tuesday 7 November, 7.30pm, St Nicolas' Room
- Wednesday 15 November, 8.15pm, Upper Room, St Mary's
It is essential that everyone who is responsible for leading or running
any of the groups attend one or other of these sessions. If you have any
questions which you would like to be addressed in the session then please
let me know in advance if possible.
Having parked at the church at Fairford we extricated our bikes from the
car, fitted our panniers on and set off on a relatively flat route. Off the
main road we stumbled on the church of St Thomas of Canterbury, one up.
Perfect weather, no wind. The lady at St Anne's at Whelford said she could
sign for the Base Chapel at RAF Fairford, two in one go. Kempsford was St
Mary's, followed by St James' at Marston Meysey and another St Mary's at
Meysey Hampton. St Michael and All Angels was at Poulton where a diversion
sign led us to try a small link road shown on the map to get to Ampney St
Mary. This turned out, after fifty yards, to be a dirty bumpy track which
suited anyone on a super mountain bike. We rode cautiously! and bumped out
of it near our goal. On inquiry we were told that Ampney St Mary church was
some way away off the main road! So on to Ampney Crucis with its Church of
the Holy Rood. Here were many cyclists of all ages. Whole families making
their way from church to church, some very young in tandem with a parent
and some septuagenarians on older machines, but no penny-farthings.
Crossing the main road we found St Michael's at Harnhill up a twisting
narrow passage. It was difficult to pass someone coming down on their
bikes. After Driffield's St Mary's we came back on to the main road to
Ampney St Mary, sitting back from the road all by itself, a quaint little
church. It was isolated because of the Black Death. A little down the road
was Ampney St Peter.
We returned to Fairford for the United Church and the magnificent St
Mary's. We concluded with visiting the close villages, Hatherop St
Nicholas, St John, Coln St Aldwyn's and St Swithin's, Cemetery Chapel and
Chapel Evangelical all in Quenington.
All were worth visiting in their own right and some summer's day next
year we may take a leisurely ride to them again, taking in more detail. In
all we visited 19 churches and rode about 30 miles. Total collected £175.
Gill & Roger Ashman
St Nicolas' Riders ...
Nigel Woodcock, Chris Read and Frank Merrett had a very enjoyable
morning, finishing at around 2.00pm. They visited about 25 churches from
Prestbury to Leckhampton and around the town centre of Cheltenham. Some of
the churches were manned, which meant they stopped to chat to the people
there! - this slowed them down a bit, but made for a more interesting ride.
Andrew and Brian Wood managed to visit 23 churches in a 33-mile ride
around the Deanery of Cirencester, enjoying the fine countryside on a sunny
... St Mary's Riders
The day was sunny and very little wind! Having set up St Mary's
'reception' Bob Lyle left at 10.30 first to collect a quantity of churches
nearby, St Nicolas' being the eighth. He then went for quality, St Mary
Magdalene Elmstone Hardwicke, St James Stoke Orchard and St John the
Baptist at Tredington being gems with many interesting features.
Between Tredington and Woolstone the road crosses the main railway line
by a level crossing - just past it was a hedge and grassy verge to a field,
a good place for lunch and a snooze in the sunshine whilst the trains
thundered by. Between Gotherington and Bishop's Cleeve was a hedge full of
blackberries so another stop to fill the empty lunch box!
In Bishop's Cleeve there was another social stop at Dr Arthur Evason's
with a welcome cup of tea and biscuits and a long chat with him and his
wife Ann. Bob then had to hurry to catch the Church of the Ascension
Southam and finally home at 5.50, 17 churches, 21 miles in 7 hours, a very
pleasant day but not too strenuous!
I had just got back from holiday on 2nd September, when Bob thrust a
sponsor form into my hand and invited me to join him on his cycle for GHCT.
It sulked in my pocket all week as I failed to gain any sponsors before
what was forecast to be a wet and windy Saturday. Why bother, and who cares
There was work to be done that morning and children to run about, but by
lunch I had no more excuses and the day was sunny.
At 1.30 I walked to St Mary's, signed in and set off for Woolstone via
Southam and Bishop's Cleeve. There are easy paths, and other walkers with
whom to pass the time, worries lift away and plans are chewed over. I
paused over the railway in Cleeve to watch its restoration and frequently
picked the abundant blackberries. At Woolstone my signature was 10 minutes
after Bob on his bicycle, my path having been through ten-foot high maize.
The ridge to Dixton gave Hardyesque views, before a steep gullied path to
Nottingham Hill, a route taken prehistorically, but also by three
bareheaded scramble bikers.
My last official stop was St Peter's church on Cleeve Hill, opposite the
Rising Sun where some well-earned ale restored me for the noisy descent to
home. Happily a number of people believed in retrospective sponsorship so a
contribution was made to funds from which the parish hopes to get support.
Thank you for stimulating me to be paid for a lovely afternoon.
What happens to the money?
The riders and walker from St Mary's and St Nicolas' between them raised
over £650; half goes immediately to the Fabric funds of our two churches
and the other half to the Gloucestershire Historic Churches Trust. Thank
you to everyone who sponsored us.
Exploring our faith, sharing ideas with others and working out how it
all connects to everyday life can be a pleasure, not a duty. There is no
one way that is right for everyone, but between now and Christmas, you
might like to try one of the ideas listed here.
By the time you read this 16 people will have completed the course on
'Parenting Teenagers'. If you'd be interested in a repeat course, let us
know. We only need 8 parents to make it viable. By the way, the subject is
'Parenting', not 'Mothering' and dads needn't be shy about coming along.
A small group meets about fortnightly for Bible Study, currently working
through Romans. New members are always welcome, even if you can't be there
every time. The next two dates are Wednesday 8th November at 9 Studland
Drive, Prestbury and Thursday 23rd November at 4 Cleevelands Drive, both
starting at 8 pm. To find out more, have a word with Sue Read or Andy or
November 19th brings the final sermon on themes connected with our new
order of worship, on 'Eucharist and Community'. The evening service on the
same day will be an occasion for questions and discussion on this topic.
Parish Quiet Day
Our Quiet Day before Advent will be on Saturday 25th November, at the
Marist Centre at Nympsfield. It will be led by Brother Steven, CSWG, coming
to us from an Anglican community on the south coast. Nympsfield offers a
welcoming and prayerful atmosphere, and the cost of £13 for the day
includes coffee and tea, and an excellent cooked lunch, with a contribution
towards our speaker's expenses. The day will start at 10, with coffee
served from 9.30, and will end at 4. The size of our group will be limited,
so don't delay in booking a place. Cost need not be a barrier for anyone
who would like to come, - if it's a problem for you have a word with one of
O Come All Ye Faithful!
As an Advent study course, we're planning a series of three evenings of
discussion and Bible study based on Advent hymns and Christmas carols.
These will be on Tuesday evenings 28th November, 5th December and 12th
December, in St Nicolas' Church Room. If time or place is impossible for
you, let us know in good time and it might be possible to arrange a second
More Kinds of Learning
In addition to what we organise in our own parish, here are some
other events which might interest you.
St Peter's, Leckhampton
The Parish Fellowship at St Peter's is again presenting a series of
lectures. Visitors are welcomed, and two people who went there from
Prestbury last year found the journey very worthwhile. The meetings begin
at 8pm, in the Church Cottages, next to the churchyard. This year's
|Thurs 9 Nov
||Dr Nigel Scotland
|Mon 27 Nov
||Judaism: a Jewish perspective
||Dr Melissa Raphael
|Thurs 25 Jan
||Contemporary trends in Christian belief
||Revd David Barlow
|Wed 21 Feb
||The history, organisation and work of the Church Army
||Sister Fiona Fisher
Tewkesbury Abbey - Autumn Study Series
The Christian and the World of Work
A series of talks, followed by discussion and coffee.
Thursday evenings at 7.30pm in Abbey House (west of the Abbey)
||The Christian in Education
||The Revd Tim Hastie-Smith
||The Christian and the Law
||The Revd John Horan
||The Christian and Finance
||Mr Richard Ascough
||The Christian and Industry
||Mr Chris Horswell
You might like to spend a day at Oxford University. The Department of
Continuing Education offers courses on a wide range of subjects, with no
qualifications required beyond interest in the topic. Among this year's
dayschools several focus on themes of faith, church buildings or church
music; many of the speakers are widely known as scholars and authors. All
the following courses are on Saturdays, and take place at Rewley House, in
the centre of Oxford:-
||Did the Resurrection really happen?
||Canon John Fenton.
||Being Clothed - an approach to Spirituality
||Revd John Clarke, Principal of Ripon College,
||John Piper, John Betjeman & stained glass in
Oxfordshire (Includes a coach trip to churches at Iffley and
||Dr Malcolm Airs & June Osbourne.
||Bach's St Matthew Passion
||Dr Richard Jones.
More details available from Beryl Elliott or contact Rewley House
direct, on 01865 270380. The only personal experience I have of Rewley
House was a Local History course, but I can promise you that the other
students were not high-powered academics, just a cross-section of ordinary
people sharing a particular interest.
Last Saturday, 7 children from Sunday Club went to Gloucester Cathedral.
It was a special day for children from different Parishes to join together.
We learnt about when Jesus was a child, about 12 years old. There were lots
of activities to do. The three Zones were called Jericho Zone, Bethany Zone
and Jerusalem Zone.
There was a clown to show us tricks and Anna and I had to help him. He
showed me how to cut off the end of a cigarette. Then I had to put my
finger in the guillotine, he pretended to cut my finger off, but he didn't.
In the different Zones, we listened to a story and tried to spin a
plate. I made a scroll and tasted some Jewish food. We also went on a huge
inflatable slide outside on the College Green. We ended the day with songs
James Radburn Age 9
Thirty people attended the meeting on 24th September.
Updates were presented, followed by discussion, on three subjects: Youth
Work in the Parish; the transition from ASB1980 to Common Worship; and St
Nicolas' church ceiling. There was also a question from the floor regarding
All Saints' Parish.
The next meeting will be the Parish Annual Meeting on Sunday 1st April
Harvest Barn Dance
Apologies to those who were looking forward to this, but it had to be
cancelled due to low numbers. As you will note elsewhere in this Magazine,
the Ministry Leadership Team have been discussing possible reasons for the
poor response. Also, the Pastoral Care and Common-Life Committee would like
to hear of any suggestions for next year's Harvest Social. However, some
people intended to come, but had not bought their tickets! Let this be a
lesson!! If you are asked to sign up for something, or to buy tickets for
something, please do it straight away, not after we've had to cancel!
At its meeting on 30th November, the PCC will be discussing this subject
in order to make a response to the Diocesan Synod about the new report from
the House of Bishop's Working Party, 'Marriage in church after divorce'.
As Fr Michael noted in his sermon on 8th October, this is a very
difficult issue, which can cause some deep-rooted and often very painful
emotions. It is also an issue which is very relevant in our society today.
Therefore we, as The Church, need to be clear about how we respond to the
question of the remarriage of divorced persons in church and why we respond
in a particular way.
The PCC would be very grateful to receive anything which might help with
their discussions. If you would like to make any comments, you can send
them in writing to Kay Porter, ℅ The Vicarage, or
speak to one of the Clergy or to a member of the PCC. This can of course be
done confidentially and, if you prefer, anonymously. Please make any
response before 19th November.
1. Would you like to join the Hall Committee and help to run this
valuable asset? We usually meet four times each year.
2. We are looking for a paid, short term temporary cleaner during the
coming months. The work will be for up to 41/2 hours, each Friday, from
For further details, contact the Hall Committee Secretary, Alan Jackson.
Free Times at St Nicolas' Hall
Because of the sudden closure of the Playgroup at St Nicolas' Church
Hall the following times are available for regular or occasional bookings:-
- Monday 8.00 am to 1.00 pm
- Wednesday 8.00 am to 4.30 pm
- Thursday 8.00 am to 2.00 pm
- Friday 8.00 am to 12.30 pm (or to 6.00 pm for occasional bookings)
There are also times on Saturdays and Sundays available.
For more information, please contact the Lettings Secretary, Tricia
This month's musician is Paul.
The Double Bass
People who know will sometimes let slip that the Double Bass is the last
surviving member of the Viol family in the modern orchestra. They won't
often tell you how difficult it is to get on a 'bus with one. Its grand
proportions and magnificent figure strike you long before you ever hear a
note, and seem to excite comment from even the most bashful bystander. If I
had a penny for every time someone has felt the need to stop me in the
street to say "Oi, that's a big violin!" or "I bet you wish you played the
flute!" I'd have £3.64.
The Double Bass, or Contrabass, is a stringed instrument sometimes also
known as the String Bass, Steam (as opposed to Electric) Bass or the Big
Fiddle. I have been known to call it other things from time to time (see
above concerning 'buses). The strings are tuned in fourths (not fifths like
the violin family) which helps anyone attempting to play the thing to span
the vast distances between notes on the fingerboard. This and the sheer
brute force required to tame the beast means that the weaker third and
fourth fingers are not used separately except when you are showing off in
the higher positions where the notes are much closer together or when
harmonics are the order of the day.
There are usually four strings of varying weight and thickness
stretching from the scroll to the tailpiece over the neck and the bridge,
and these comprise about twenty-five feet of steel, copper, gut, nylon, or
plastic, according to the sound you require or whatever you could afford
last time one broke. The bottom string is tuned to E, an octave below the
bass clef, but some instruments have five strings (down to a B) or an
extension on the fourth string that goes up to the top of the scroll on a
special fingerboard played with keys (down to C so as to sound an octave
below the 'cello).
Strings don't break often, but when one goes you have to change them all
or the new one sounds too bright. This costs a lot. (They are about £20
each, and that's for a cheap set). It is important not to undo them all at
once because the sound post will fall out and you then have to spend all
afternoon with a coat-hanger in the f-holes trying to get it back in place.
You only do that once.
The physical challenge of playing (and transporting) the DB and the
inexpressible skill required to place the fingers correctly make this by
far the most difficult instrument of all. But it is more than that: it is
an attractive piece of furniture, a conversation starter, a support when
waiting for a 'bus, an instrument with shoulders to slap when the conductor
walks in (if you can't clap and hold a bow at the same time) and it floats.
You can play it with your fingers (pizzicato), with a bow (unbleached), or
with your teeth. You also need some sticky rosin to help the bow hairs
stick to the strings and a filthy rag to wipe them when it gets too much.
I have been playing the Bass for about half of my life, all over the
place and for many different orchestras and bands. Recently, I have enjoyed
being part of the "Blue Diamonds" and the Cheltenham Symphony Orchestra and
any ensemble brave enough to ask me. A Bass player will never struggle to
get into an orchestra, since their comparative rarity ensures that they are
always in demand. This means that you don't even have to be very good,
either, which is quite reassuring.
The experience, especially when playing symphonies, is that of hearing
the whole orchestra building up on top of you, a fascinating approach to
hearing and understanding a piece of music. Most composers have no idea how
to write for the Bass, but Brahms can sometimes be good and DvorŠk knew a
thing or two, especially in his New World Symphony where the Bass has a
part all to itself. Often, the Basses will reinforce what the 'cellos are
playing, but leaving out the fiddly bits. This means that we have plenty of
bars rest to share a joke or a quick swig with the timps and the brass.
Amongst my favourite pieces are Wagner's Siegfried Idyll,
Debussy's Prťlude ŗ l'AprŤs-midi d'un Faune, Tchaikovsky's 4th
Symphony (especially the pizzicato movement), and DvorŠk 9 in E minor, not
to mention Sullivan's score for the Mikado, but that's another
story. My favourite piece of all, however, is L'…lťphant from the
Le Carnaval des Animaux by Saint-SaŽns.
The Double Bass is cumbersome but good company, quite impractical, but
warm and friendly with it, an instrument that you feel in your bones and
love in your heart as you struggle through life together. You don't really
choose it, it chooses you, and you don't so much play it as have a
relationship with it, like a brother, sometimes good, sometimes not so
good, but always there.
And you get to meet lots of 'cellists.
Fr Paul Kish
Churches show the architectural styles of past centuries. Each age adds
something, a transept, a tower, a spire, a screen; depending on funds, as
well as fashion. Styles change: often fabric or embellishments to churches
were removed. Ornate pulpits, pews, rood screens, wall paintings all often
fell victim to changing fashion. West galleries were also removed from many
churches when the musicians they accommodated were no longer required.
The hey-day of the gallery was the 18th and early 19th century. They
were built over the west end of the church nave, reached by narrow stairs
or ladder, so that the musicians could play the music composed for use in
church. Called the Quire, the group would include violins, bass viols,
cellos, flutes, oboes, clarinets, trumpets and serpents. Often the leader
of the group would write the music: contemporary composers also wrote
west-gallery music. But most of these works have been lost.
The Quire accompanied psalms and canticles, and played anthems.
Hymn-singing in church was a development of the 19th century initiated by
the Wesley brothers and Methodism. Before this it was considered that only
texts from Scripture could be sung in church. The Quire played and sang
carols at Christmas, but outside the church. They played at festivals,
harvest dances, weddings etc.
The musicians, who were often labourers and artisans, received a small
payment for their services. They had to buy their instruments, strings,
reeds, music, which they wrote out by hand on paper with hand-ruled lines!
Local 'VIPs' such as the Rector, Churchwardens, wealthier Farmers and Lord
of the Manor would make an annual contribution towards the musicians'
payment. These 'mini-orchestras' had a twofold effect as well as providing
church music: they encouraged people without education opportunities to
take up music-making, and they increased attendance in the churches by
attracting musicians' family and friends to come along. Two 19th century
novelists wrote about the Quires: George Elliot in 'Scenes of Clerical
Life' and Thomas Hardy (who played in one as a young man) in 'Under the
Greenwood Tree' and 'Two on a Tower'.
Pipe organs were built into churches from the 19th century onwards. The
'Oxford Movement' encouraged altar-centred worship. The result of these
innovations meant the musicians were no longer required. The players were
dismissed, causing hard feelings in some, and the west galleries were
pulled down unless they were required for installation of the pipe organ.
In Stanton church the surviving west gallery contains the organ. A recent
Radio 4 topic outlined the mystery of a church organ in Walsingham parish
church blown up after the Quire was dismissed. But in most parishes the
changes were uneventful!
Local churches with a gallery include Bishops Cleeve Parish Church and
Stanton. Oddington Old Church shows the signs of a west gallery which was
taken away. At St. Mary's Prestbury records show that there was once a west
gallery and a barrel organ was placed there. When the new organ chamber off
the chancel was constructed the gallery must have been removed. It would
have been situated under where the present organ lies.
Groups of musicians have broadcast on radio the sound of west-gallery
music, delightful listening, but these recordings are rarely available for
sale. A group called 'Psalmody Hyperion' have published a CD called 'Vital
Spark of Heavenly Flame' which is the only recording of this interesting
era of church music I know of.
What happened to those musicians from small towns and rural communities?
As one door closes, another opens. Music-making by enthusiasts re-emerged
in the Brass and Silver Bands of the 19th and 20th centuries. The bands
attached to the big industrial 'Works' may not survive, alas, but those
attached to local communities are still blowing strong!
Helen McCarthy, Prestbury Writers' Workshop
On Saturday 23rd September a group of bellringers set off in their cars
on a trip to ring at towers in North Worcestershire. Most were Prestbury
ringers who had not got other commitments that day. The date had been
chosen because our bells were not needed for weddings. Two former Prestbury
ringers came to join us from Sussex and several ringers from other
Cheltenham towers were also invited.
The first tower visited was that of St Andrew's Church, Ombersley, at
9.30! A short coffee break followed then we all raced to the Church of St
Peter, Astley, where everyone enjoyed ringing the six bells, three of which
had been cast in 1728 by the same foundry as our six heaviest bells, i.e.
Rudhall of Gloucester. (Our own bells date from 1748.) Next on the list was
the tower of St James, Hartlebury, where Bertha Hardman had rung in 1940.
While some of the group then lunched at the local pub, we enjoyed our
picnic on the river bank at Bewdley, our next venue. Bertha was happy to
listen to us ringing the 15cwt ring of eight where she had also rung in
1940. The next church on our itinerary was St Peter's at Cookley. Here we
enjoyed cups of tea after the ringing and donated to their gift day. We
then proceeded to Wolverley, a church with a lovely view over the canal. We
sat in the churchyard enjoying the glorious sunshine waiting for the church
to be unlocked. Our final ring was outside Worcestershire at Alveley in
Shropshire. It was 6.30 by the time we finished and a small group of cars
retraced their steps along the main road and were seen to all pull in to a
large car park, which their drivers had spotted on the way. In accordance
with bellringers' custom some refreshment was taken. Everyone returned home
safely, and once again the Bells of St Mary's, Prestbury, rang out joyfully
on the following morning! A wonderful time had been had by all.
Poetry from the
The children at St Maryís Infant School recently
celebrated National Poetry Day. The older children wrote a poem each,
while the younger children worked together to produce one poem from the
I love Mummy BecauseÖÖÖ
I love Mummy because she tickles me,
I love Mummy because she cooks my tea,
I love Mummy because she cuddles me,
I love Mummy because Mummy loves me.
By Blue Class (Reception)
Look at Mummy
Look at Mummy,
She gives us sweets,
She does the washing up,
She brings us treats.
By Red Class (Reception)
When I lie in bed
I think I can hear
The owl hooting in a tree
I think I can.
And I think I can hear
The trees swaying to and fro.
But I have to be still.
All the house is sleeping.
Except for me.
Then I think I can hear it.
By Daniel, Purple Class
(Based on a poem by Berlie Doherty)
Something In The Classroom
I saw a skeleton
I saw it twitch
I saw it move
And wiggle its hips
I saw it walk
I saw it dance
I saw it chase the teacher out.
By Yellow Class (Year 1)
Something in the classroom
I saw a mouse.
I saw it move.
I saw it scuttle.
I saw it run.
He found a hole.
He went back in.
By Orange Class (Year 1)
Itís Autumn, Itís Autumn.
Itís autumn, itís autumn Ė
When everyone has water-fights!
Itís autumn, itís autumn Ė
When everyone goes swimming, outside!
Itís autumn, itís autumn Ė
When the last snow clears from the paths
And people set out their water-slides!
Itís autumn, itís autumn Ė
When youíd give your right hand
For an ice-cream-mars
Itís autumn, itís autumn Ė
By Thomas, Green Class
All Saints' Tide
Wednesday 1st November
A Sung Eucharist at All Saints' Church, Pittville
We are invited to join Fr Stephen and the congregation at All Saints' to
celebrate their Patronal Festival and enjoy some refreshments after the
Thursday 2nd November
A Sung Requiem for the Departed
St Mary's Church
Sunday 5th November
A Service for those who have recently been bereaved
St Mary's Church
We will invite those who have been bereaved during the past year
to attend this service
St Nicolas' Patronal Festival
Wednesday 6th December
Festival Eucharist at 7.30pm
Followed by some light refreshments
Come and celebrate our life together
All are very welcome
Three Counties Coffee Chain for
Jessie Strawson and Sheila Beer invite you to a Coffee
Morning, including Cakes/Produce Stall, Gift Stall and Raffle on
Saturday 11th November in the W.I. Hall, Prestbury, 10.30am - 12noon.
Admission £1 including refreshments.
Please come and help us support the Cobalt Unit Appeal
Fund in their work in the fight against cancer.
The Appeal will be
Saturday 9th December at the
in St Nicolas' Hall.
In the run-up to the launch you are
invited to a
Wine and Cheese Evening
on Saturday 25 November at 7.30pm in St Nicolas'
Cheese and Wine with a difference - a fun evening with
Martin Fowke, wine maker at the Three Choirs Vineyard.
Tickets are on sale now, price: £5.
Prestbury Women's Institute
The Prestbury W.I. are having two talks at their Hall to which you are
all invited. The first is on Monday 20th November, "Views of
Cheltenham 1740-1940" by Dr Stephen Blake, and the other is on Tuesday
28th November, "Portrait of Prestbury" by Miss Florence Jackson. The
talks commence at 7.30pm. Tickets are £2.50, which includes a cup of
coffee/tea. Doreen Morris has tickets, but you can pay at the door.
CARDS FOR GOOD CAUSES
Charity Christmas cards will be on sale at
from 31st October to 16th December
during library opening hours until 4.30pm.
Last year we returned at least 81p in every £1 to the
Our direct operating costs were only 19p/£1.
Webb Ivory Christmas 2000 Card and Gift catalogues are available from
Marion Godden. Profits to St Nicolas' Roof Appeal.