We’ve had some welcome rain and, for us, with it came Covid! At this moment, mid-May, Graham and I are both experiencing the twists and turns of this nasty virus. Hopefully, we’ll recover unscathed in due course. We are very thankful that we’ve had our vaccinations and for all the support we’ve received from the NHS and from friends and neighbours.

The Platinum Jubilee is fast approaching and, in Stowey, the weekend celebrations will include the ringing of our bells, planned for Thursday 2nd June. Please listen out for them! And the weekend will end with a special service of Choral Evensong on Sunday 5th June at 6.30pm. The Choir of the United Parish will be with us and Canon John Simpson will give the Address; and we’ll be serving drinks and canapés in the churchyard afterwards. It’s a service not to be missed to bring to a close this very special weekend. All are welcome, but please let me know if you’d like to attend. I am taking “bookings”, to ensure we cater correctly and that seating is as appropriate and spaced as it can be for the number attending. My email address is at the back of the magazine, or you can phone me on 333456. If you wish to wear a mask, please do so. And everyone will be encouraged to use the hand gel on arrival.

And finally, 3 gardens in Stowey will be open for the National Garden Scheme on Sunday 17th July from 2pm to 6pm. The gardens are at Manor Farm, Stowey Mead and Dormers, with ample parking in the field opposite Dormers. The entry fee for all 3 gardens is £6. Teas will be served at Stowey Mead and plants will be on sale at Dormers. Make a note of the date now! There will be a detailed article in next month’s magazine, but if you’d like more information now, please look on the website, www.ngs.org.uk