Good news of a Curate

I was delighted to announce recently that Paul Walker will be joining us as our curate from next July. Paul is training for ordination at Trinity College Bristol. He is married to Sheree and they have two daughters Charlotte (6) and Harriet (4) and are expecting another baby early this month.

Paul sends us this message: ‘Sheree, Charlotte, Harriet and I are very excited about coming to Faringdon and Little Coxwell next summer. We’re currently living in Bristol while I train at Trinity College and we expect another small member of our family to arrive very shortly!

‘Life has changed quite a bit over the last few years, and we’re learning to trust Jesus more as we see him at work in and through our lives and the lives of those we meet. We look forward to joining in with the things God is doing with and through you as well, and pray that you’d be blessed as you join in where you see him at work!

‘Lastly—and most importantly, please pray that as a family we’d remain close to Jesus and continue to seek him in all we do throughout this period of change. We will be praying that very much for you as well. Every blessing, Paul’.

So as we thank God for his call to them to come to Faringdon and Little Coxwell, please be praying from hereon for the Walker family as they prepare to come and join us.

Steve Bellamy

News from All Saints’ PCC

The parents of our Sunday Special and Pathfinder children met together in the Barber Rooms one Friday in September. They enjoyed a meal, a quiz and an interview with the Vicar. They were asked how All Saints’ can best help them and their children. Following on from this we now have a Bible Study evening for young parents and lots of new ideas for the children’s groups on Sundays.

Parents and children will again be able to enjoy a Messy Nativity on Thursday 21st December (4.00-6.00pm), just after they break up from school. We hope that the crafts, food and Nativity they enjoy together will get their Christmas holiday off to a very happy start. The Christingle service will be at Epiphany on 7th January, when we celebrate the coming of the Wise Men. Information on all the Christmas services and activities will be detailed on a card to be handed out in December.

The first of the Church Prayer meetings was also extremely well attended, and more chairs needed to accommodate everyone. We discussed and prayed in small groups, and together, and found the evening and the handouts very helpful. It was good to get a full picture of all that goes on in our church and community and be able to pray about it together. The next meeting will be on Wednesday 1st November.

Our new Church Administrator, Margaret Townsend, started on 2nd October, and her office in the Barber Rooms is almost ready for her. Thanks are due to the newly formed Fabric Group, who has driven this, and many other necessary jobs forward.

The PCC, at their last meeting, spent some time discussing the Deanery Mission Action Plan (MAP). This is a five year programme, and aims to look at where we are now, what progress we have made, and set goals for the future.

Next year, 2018, sees 100 years since the end of World War 1, and the town is planning to celebrate this with a number of events. All Saints’ will join in with this by staging a Flower Festival during the August Bank Holiday weekend. We also hope to ring the bells and serve teas to those visiting the flower festival.

Finally, a reminder to put Friday 8th December in your diary for the Town Nativity in the Market Square at 6.00pm.

St Birinus Award for Joy Blake

Joy Blake was presented with her St Birinus Award by Bishop Colin at Dorchester Abbey on Sunday, 24 Sptember supported by friends and family to mark her long and faithful service to All Saints’ as organist for 40 years.

Here are some pictures of the event.

All Saints’ Men’s Group

After our first successful year of meeting together, we look forward to welcoming men and their friends to our new schedule of breakfasts and social activities. From September 2017 to July 2018, the theme of our breakfast talks is ‘Growing in Discipleship’, and we will focus on a different aspect each month.


Saturday 14th October 2017 – 8.00-9.30 a.m.

Men’s Breakfast in the Barber Rooms (bacon butties, tea and coffee) with a short talk and small group discussion on “Growing in love”.


Friday 20th October 2017  –  7.00 -10.00 p.m.

Pub Games, Real Ale and Curry Night in the Barber Rooms. (£3 per person). To help with the catering, please let us know in advance if you are coming.

For more information, to receive a copy of the new schedule or to book a place on the October social, please contact:
Pete Southerden or John Coleman via the Contact page

All Saintstide

If you wish to make a donation towards the cost of the lilies, please put your contribution in a sealed envelope with your name on the front before giving it to me. If you wish to make a dedication, please also write the names clearly.

Many thanks.

Jeni (240 912)

Thank you!

THANK YOU! To all who: played their part administratively, culinarily, or artistically (wittingly or not!), or by purchasing a ticket and attending; the “Super Sibilant Supper” on 1st September.

We raised £550 which was added to other contributions and presented to Lynn Treneary on 10th September. It was a fun evening that was enjoyed by all – even my guests who were Shanghaied into the entertainment.

May God bless Lynn and her work. Thank you again,

Max Young

Thank you – All Saints’


As the song goes ‘We’ve been together for forty years and it don’t seem a day too long’! Well it was 40-years in January and I then decided it was time to retire from the post that I took on, together with Colin Bessant, in January 1977. For four years previously I had been assistant to former organists.

This was for the Induction Service of the Revd Jack Whittaker, who came to Faringdon along with Joan and their three boys, followed in time by Roger Hoare, Andrew Bailey, Charles Draper and now Steve Bellamy.

April 23rd – St. George’s Day – Civic Service – my retirement. What a day to go out on a high with!

We had a wonderful service filled with worship, praise, singing, music and words. The service led by Steve was attended by the Town Mayor, Mike Wise, together with the Lord Lieutenant and High Sheriff of the County, together with Town Councillors and many representatives from activities and groups within the town. As Steve said “We were thanking people for offering their gifts and skills to support the community”.

After the music group and choir had sung the Anthem, ‘I will dwell in His secret place’, a presentation was made to myself, and the Church Choir all wearing a red rose given by Petra, joined me on the dais together with Steve and the Churchwardens.

Andrew Bailey happened to be in Faringdon that weekend and he was asked to say a few works regarding my work with the Celia Walker Trust and service to the church.

A bouquet of pink roses and lilies was presented by Jim McGowan; the glass bowl originally presented after 25-years had been re-engraved with the years 1977 – 2017 and the number 40. on the reverse side, presented by Katie Foot.

The Vicar then presented a cheque for the British Heart Foundation and a card, signed by himself and the Wardens, together with a message from Luke Williams, (then Head Coach of Swindon Town Football Club) ‘Congratulations on an amazing achievement’.

As well as these gifts I received a posy of garden flowers and later a silver framed photograph of the members of the choir, around the Organ Consul with me at the “controls”, taken after the Civic Service.

At the end of the service, I played the choir out to Beethoven’s ‘Ode to Joy’. This was followed by a cake cutting ceremony in the Barber Rooms with a cake made by Denise.

I also received many good wishes and cards from church members and some further afield, and wish to share some of these comments with you:

‘You have had monumental pleasure from playing the organ for many years, it has been a big part of your life’.

‘Thank you for the years I have been in the choir, going to other churches to sing, including St George’s Chapel, at Windsor Castle’.

‘Many many thanks for your 40 years of faithful service, we will miss you’.

The card signed by all the members of the Choir, on the front – Thank you dear Joy! – with a picture of an organ pipe at the side – how appropriate.

‘Thank you for the music’.

‘You’ve done a great job’.

‘I was there when you took up the role of Organist at All. Saints’. I have appreciated all you have given to the worship in the church which is considerable. Your gifts have blessed many people including me’;

‘We thank you for your faithful and generous service to All Saints’. You have been unstinting in your giving and we thank God for you’.

‘Keep playing and singing whilst enjoying your retirement, open all the stops and have fun’.

At the end of the presentation, I said I had given my thanks to so many people in January, but asked everyone to take away with them words from Psalm 111: Praise the Lord. I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; in the company of the upright, in the congregation both past and present. Great are the works of the Lord and his praise endures for ever.

This is the word of the Lord – THANKS BE TO GOD

Joy Blake

Church Bell

On the 22nd March Norman and myself were invited to Whitechapel Bell Foundry London where a Bell was being cast for Norman, his twin brother Dennis and a very good friend Frank White (Dennis and Frank both deceased). The Bell was one of the last two to be cast at Whitechapel as the foundry is closing at the end of May this year after 500 years of bell casting.

This trip was only possible due to the kindness of Mr & Mrs Frost, who donated the Bell to go as a Treble with the remaining five bells after restoration is completed at Longworth Church. The Frost family has worshiped at Longworth Church for a very long time.

Mr & Mrs Frost came to the Bell Foundry with us, and we all thoroughly enjoyed the day.

Norman and myself felt very privileged –a day to remember with excitement and emotion.

Doreen and Norman Leslie

(All Saints’ Bellringers)

APCM 2017

All Saints’ Annual Parochial Church Meeting

All Saints’ APCM was held after the 10.30am service on Sunday 2nd April.  At the APCM the officers are elected for the coming year, the Annual Accounts are accepted and the reports from the previous year are presented.

The following people were elected:
Church Wardens:               Katie Foot and Jim McGowan
Assistant Warden:             Andrew Sargent
Deanery Synod Representatives – to serve from 2017 to 2020:
Peter Foot, John Seedell, Margaret Starr,
David Wilson
PCC Members – to serve 2017 to 2020:
John Coleman, Kate Crebbin, Joanne Raybone,
Wendy Tynan

PCC members already serving are:
Until 2018:                  David Barber, Jon Chamberlain, Geoff Edgington
Until 2019:                  Kate Butcher, Julie Campbell, Elaine Cox,
John Hignett, Ibby Southerden, Peter Southerden
Invited to attend:       Bruce Garfield  (Buildings Consultations)

Our Licensed Lay Ministers also serve on PCC:
Graham Scott-Brown and Helen Wilson

The bi-monthly PCC meetings are chaired by the Vicar

Independent Examiner:       Gill Garrard was appointed

A short meeting of the above members took place after the formal meeting and the following were appointed:
Honorary Treasurer:            Dave Wilson
Secretary:                              Beryl Begg

In his summary of the Annual Accounts, the Treasurer, Dave Wilson, said we are recovering well from the building of the Barber Rooms in that the loans are now paid, the Parish Share of £63,248 was paid in full, we made donations to Missions and Charities which were over 10% of our income, and with improvements in the value of investments in the Stock Market we are now in a good financial position.

However, we should not be complacent as in the coming year we face an increase in the Parish Share, Quinquennial repairs to the Church, and the need for a new heating boiler before next winter.  Dave asked everyone to carefully consider their giving, and maybe continue with pledges made to the Barber Rooms, which would enable us to deal with the maintenance of the Church and outreach to our town.

In his report to the meeting, the Vicar the Revd Steve Bellamy, thanked everyone for the warm welcome he and Wendy had received on their arrival. Thanks were also expressed to all those who help with the running and outreach at All Saints’, particularly Joy Blake, who is to retire after 40 years dedicated to the music at our Church.

Steve urged us to look forward to where God is leading us, and to identify His mission for us. This may mean changes that we will need to dig deep to fund, and work hard to fulfil, but by being committed, prayerful and open to the Holy Spirit we can achieve great things together, as we witness to the people around us.

Joy Blake’s Retirement

At the Civic Service on Sunday 23rd April, Joy Blake was presented with a crystal bowl by the Church Wardens to mark her retirement after 40 years as Organist and Choirmaster.

There was full congregation of Church members and many civic dignitaries to thank her for all she has so willingly offered to God and his people at All Saints’ over the years.

We all wish Joy all the best in her retirement