Gardening Help sought!

We would like to issue a plea for volunteers to help with managing the gardening in the churchyard which is necessary to keep everything in order and provide a tranquil and well maintained space for all. If you could offer some help, whether weekly or fortnightly for a few hours, this would be very welcome and help share the load! Please let us know and we will discuss either individual or some group times to help together. Even an hour a week would really help keep the churchyard in good order.

And on a very similar theme, Timberscombe School has an allotment on church land which has fallen into disuse over recent times. There is the opportunity to revitalise this space and create healthy outdoor opportunities of growing vegetables, flowers, herbs and plants along with a sensory area for the benefit of the children and the wider community. The school will need some support from experienced gardeners or simply enthusiasts who could help to bring this corner allotment back to productive life.

There is a further possibility of creating a small forest school area particularly for the early years’ children in a corner area of the allotment with some logs (and perhaps a modest fire pit). If this seems appropriate for a shared community space, it could help support the children in the school commitment to outdoor learning.

The School would really appreciate any volunteers in the village making themselves known to Mrs Naomi Philp, Headmistress timberscombe@educ.somerset.gov.uk or to Marion Jeffrey.

With all good wishes

Marion Jeffrey (841490) and John Gratton (841500)

Remembering His Royal Highness Prince Philip

Books of Condolence for His Royal Highness Prince Philip are available online as no physical books are permitted during coronavirus restrictions. The Church of England has provided this online book for those who would like to leave a message which will be available until the day after the funeral for HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.

The link to the Book of Condolence is available by clicking here https://www.churchofengland.org/remembering-his-royal-highness-prince-philip

St Petrock’s Church bell will toll 99 times at midday on Saturday 10th April in his memory.

St Petrock’s Church in Easter Week

The church will re-open tomorrow and be available during the daytime as a spiritual place for private prayer and reflection in this holiest of weeks in the Christian calendar. You are very welcome to enter the church and churchyard but please continue to be observant of the social distancing rules and the requirement to wear a face covering on entering the church.

The Easter Sunday service of Common Worship with Holy Communion on 4th April will be at 11am. All are most welcome. Unfortunately we cannot yet offer refreshments after the service but this will resume when we are permitted to do so. Please remember to bring and wear a face covering.

From tomorrow Stations of the Cross will be positioned in the churchyard and in the church for Good Friday and Holy Saturday for those who may wish to engage in the centuries old traditional Christian devotion of walking and praying while following in the footsteps of Christ.

Thank you.

St Petrock’s PCC

St Petrock’s History Group

A little known story about the Vicar of Timberscombe in the late 1940s and a visitor to this part of Exmoor, is recounted here in some detail. The first newsletter of 2021 is now available to anyone who would like to read it through this link https://timberscombe.files.wordpress.com/2021/03/the-communist-the-vicar-and-mi5-12.01.21.pdf

For previous newsletters please look at the History group page https://timberscombevillage.com/history-group/

Any comments or feedback, or ideas for future newsletters, please let Marion Jeffrey or Tom Sperling know.

Thank you and we hope you enjoy reading this!