David Bednall will be giving an Organ Recital in Stowey Church on Saturday 27th April at 7pm. This is the 2nd in the Annual Series on the restored Bryceson organ. The Recital will be followed by an optional 2 course Supper at Manor Farm, Stowey.

 David is recognized as one of the leading choral composers of his generation. Having studied for a PhD in Composition with Professor John Pickard at the University of Bristol, he is now a Teaching Fellow at the University, University Organist and Sub-Organist at Bristol Cathedral. He has been signed to Oxford University Press, where he is a House Composer.

 David has given recitals at many English Cathedrals, as well as at La Trinité and at Notre-Dame in Paris. He has won prizes in Improvisation and Performance and has the unusual distinction of appearing as stunt-organist on BBC TV’s Dr Who!

 Churchwarden Jill Nicol says she’s delighted that David has agreed to give this Recital and hopes many people will want to come to hear him play. He is a brilliant virtuoso organist, who will thrill the audience with his performance. And although the organ is at the west end of the church, behind the audience, the performance will be seen on the large screen at the east end, thanks to the Bristol and District Organists’ Association.

 This is a fund-raising evening for Stowey Church and it’s an incredible opportunity to hear and see such a distinguished organist and composer. Tickets are available now from Mrs Sue Skinner on 07740 626 696 or by email sueandgeorge@hotmail.co.uk

 Recital Tickets cost £15 or £10, depending on seat location. Supper tickets cost an additional £10.  

April Newsletter

Plans for the Organ Recital by Dr David Bednall on Saturday 27th April at 7pm are almost complete. The performance will be projected live onto the big screen at the front of the church, thanks to the Bristol and District Organists’ Association. Tickets are selling well, but don’t leave it too late!  If you’d like to join us, you can purchase tickets from Mrs Sue Skinner on 07740 626 696, or by emailing sueandgeorge@hotmail.co.uk   There is an optional hot supper afterwards at Manor Farm, The Street, Stowey, by kind invitation of Alison and Richard Baines. Tickets will not be available on the door.

Our next major service is on Passion Sunday, 7th April, at 6.30pm, when we’ll be joined for Choral Evensong by the Choir of the United Parish of East Harptree with West Harptree and Hinton Blewett, with Dr Andrew Day at the organ. This service marks the beginning of Passiontide, which continues until Easter Day. We shall be serving drinks and canapés after the service. Please join us for this special Evensong.

On Good Friday, 19th April at 9am there will be a short Service of prayer and meditation, after which we’ll be serving coffee and hot cross buns. And then our small group of helpers will be decorating the church for Easter. If you’d like to help, or to give flowers for Easter, please let me know, or just come along; you’ll be very welcome!

And on Easter Day, 21st April at 6.30pm we have a service of Holy Communion, celebrated by Mark. We’ll be singing some wonderful, joyful Easter hymns and Easter eggs will be distributed after the service. Please join us at this service and celebrate with us the Resurrection of Jesus on that first Easter Day. All are welcome.

Finally, the footpath to the church has now been laid and we hope you’ll agree that the contractor has done a very good job and that the path is attractive, as well as being a lot easier to walk on and safer. Please take care not to drive over it! We don’t want to have to replace the paving stones anytime soon!

Jill Nicol, Churchwarden                                   

March Newsletter

The 29th Annual Burns Night Supper and Dance was held in the Village Hall on Friday 25th January. The Hall reverberated to the sound of the bagpipes and the drum, adding to the festive atmosphere! Many of us wore Highland dress, or at least something with a hint of the Scottish and everyone had a great time. We were extremely grateful to our chefs, Tristan Easter and Rose Light, for saving the day in relation to the catering and for producing a delicious meal for the 130 guests. Thankyou Tristan and Rose! You are a team par excellence and we’re delighted you’ve agreed to help next year! And we’re also very grateful to Glynis and Donna, who work very hard each year to run the bar so professionally. Thanks to all of them and to our “volunteers”, Richard and Laura, who produced the delicious soup. I know they don’t want to prepare any more leeks for a long time! There were many other people who contributed, including Crystal, Chris and Gordon, who gave the speeches; and others who helped to make this a very successful and enjoyable event. Thanks to all of them and to all who support this event. We achieved a surplus of £2566, which is a very important contribution to our annual running costs.

 Our next major service is on Passion Sunday, 7th April, at 6.30pm, when we  will be joined for Choral Evensong by the Choir of the United Parish of East Harptree with West Harptree and Hinton Blewett, with Dr Andrew Day at the organ. This service marks the beginning of Passiontide, which continues until Easter Day. We shall be serving drinks and canapés after the service. Please join us for this special evensong. We hope that by then the footpath to the church will have been renewed; it will be a great improvement, but please take care not to drive on it and damage it!

 Finally, please see elsewhere in this magazine the information on the celebrity Organ Recital by Dr David Bednall on Saturday 27th April at the church. Tickets are now on sale!

Jill Nicol, Churchwarden

Lost: Child’s woollen mittens, fawn with pink bow and linked together with tape have lost their owner! Awaiting collection from church porch!!