Evensong on Sunday 25th August will be at the earlier time of 3.30pm, as during this service, Jemima will be baptised and welcomed into the church family. These services are always very happy and all are welcome.

 Our Patronal Festival Evensong is on Sunday 1st September, at the usual time of 6.30pm. We’ll be joined by the Choir of the United Parish of East Harptree with West Harptree and Hinton Blewett. The Rev’d Karen Spray of the United Parish will give the Address. This is a service where we celebrate the church’s dedication to the Blessed Virgin Mary and it promises to be a very special occasion. The service will be followed by drinks and canapés, hopefully in the churchyard if the weather holds.  

 The year is racing by and harvest is on the horizon. Our Harvest Festival Evensong this year is on Sunday 6th October at 6.30pm and our old friend, Rev’d Dr Victor Barley will give the Address.

We look forward to welcoming you to any of these services, or to all of them!

Jill Nicol, Churchwarden

National Garden Scheme; Stowey Open Gardens

On Sunday 21st July, from 2 pm to 6 pm, 3 gardens in Stowey will be opening under the National Garden Scheme. This will be the 7th year of opening for Dormers and The Mead, and the 3rd year for Manor Farm. As usual, delicious home-made teas will be available at The Mead, with plants for sale at Dormers.

Garden owners have been hard at work to ensure everything looks its best on 21st July. At Dormers, our new Alpine bed is gradually being stocked with interesting plants. There are other developments at Dormers, as there are at the two other gardens. Each of the gardens is very different in character and each is well worth visiting in its own right. The gardens really do have many areas of interest, including flower beds, borders, lawns, ponds, unusual trees and shrubs, orchards, vegetable gardens, topiary, rolling lawns and plenty of seating with lovely views! Some of the landscaping is historic, some done relatively recently; but it is all beautiful and well worth a visit.

There is ample off-road parking at Dormers in Stowey Bottom, (BS39 5TL). Admission remains at £5 per adult, with accompanied children under 16 being free. All admission fees are given to the National Garden Scheme, which distributes the money to various healthcare charities, including Macmillan Cancer Support and Marie Curie Cancer Care. 90% of the proceeds of teas and plant sales are in aid of Stowey Church, with 10% being sent to the National Garden Scheme.

Please come along and support this event. You'll be benefitting some very worthwhile causes and having an enjoyable afternoon looking at some beautiful and tranquil gardens which aren’t normally open to the public. We shall look forward to seeing you!