Parish Pilgrimage to Downside Abbey and Mells on Saturday 23rd June. parishioners took part in the Parish Pilgrimage to Downside Abbey and Mells on Saturday 23rd June. We arrived at Downside at 10.15, where Fr Reg celebrated Mass. Afterwards, a Downside monk, Dom Alexander, gave us a tour of the wonderful Abbey Church and the amazing sacristy, which is not usually open to public, where we viewed exceptional wood and stone carvings by local craftsmen, but the high point for everyone was a stunning, richly embroidered chasuble. Afterwards we joined the Community for Midday Prayer. During our picnic lunch we were treated to a ‘fly past’ by the Red Arrows on their way to Weston.
We arrived safely at the beautiful village of Mells at 1.45 where, after a stroll down historic streets, we were treated to tea and cake in the beautiful Manor House gardens by the Earl & Countess of Oxford and Asquith. Deacon Mario ended our afternoon by leading us in sung Evening Prayer in the chapel of St Dominic. Grateful thanks to our driver, Neil, who coped so well with the narrow roads on the Mendips. Many thanks to Paul Spindler for his massively efficient organisation of a Hitch-free day
21st July A family outing to Noahs Ark or Tyntesfield – we will meet at 12.45 for lunch (bring your own)at the Orchard Play Area. Thereafter groups will go off to follow their interestplease sign up on the sheets at the church/chapel doors to indicate interest
23rd June – Parish Pilgrimage to Downside incorporating Mass in the Crypt and a guided tour of the Abbey. Please sign up. Details of timings and cost will be published shortly.
Parish Family Picnic – this hugely successful event will be repeated later in the year – watch out for date, times and details
Epiphany – 7th Jan. Another huge turnout representing all sections of the parish enjoyed a Bring and Share Lunch. With dishes ranging from Polish Pierogies to Irish Soda Bread the various origins of Parishioners was well and truly recorded. Thanks to all who attended and or contributed, but a very special thank you to Barbara Blackman who co-ordinated the feast and to the ever present Anne-Marie, Joy and Ruth etc for their help with setting out and tidying up
10th September Parish Picnic & Fun Day
Wow!! What a turnout, and what a feast. Greyfriars simply buzzed with hearty conversation and tables almost groaned with the weight of the food brought by on and all> Foods from a wide range of ethnic quarters provided an amazing choice that tested the brain and the appetite while tickling the taste buds. The mature parishioners sat, ate and conversed. Little opeople toyed with quoits and hoola-hoops – while a mixed aged grouped defied the weather and ventured into the Friary Garden to enjoy bubbles,shuttle-cock and the multi-coloured parachute silk.
Many thanks to all who brought and donated food and especially to Anne-Marie, Anne, Genevieve, Ruth, Jill Pat and to Neil for help setting up and clearing away.