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.  

Electoral Roll 2019

Under the Church Representation Rules, a new Church Electoral Roll is being prepared. All persons who wish to have their names entered on the new Roll, whether their names are entered on the present Roll or not, are requested to apply for enrolment not later than 14th March 2019, If you would like to be included on the new Roll, please contact Jill Nicol, Churchwarden - contact details are on the contacts page of this website.


Who are we? The PCC is the data controller.  This means it decides how your personal data is processed and for what purposes. 

Why do we process your personal data? We use the personal data you provide on the electoral roll application form to enable us to manage, maintain and publish the electoral role in accordance with Church Representation Rules (CRR) to:

  • determine eligibility for attendance and participation at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting and for election to the Parochial Church Council deanery, diocesan and general synods where applicable;

  • calculate the number of representatives who may be elected to each of these synods in the following year;

  • undertake a review and revision of the electoral roll as necessary; and

  • publish your name and address, by exhibiting the roll in the parish church or the church website.

What is the lawful basis for processing your personal data?

  1. Processing for the purpose of determining eligibility, creating the electoral roll and use of the roll to calculate numbers for election to synod is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation.  The processing is a statutory requirement imposed by the Church Representation Rules, which means that you must give us this information if you want to be included on the electoral roll.

  2. Processing for the purpose of determining eligibility and creating or revising the electoral roll is carried out in the course of our legitimate activities, as this relates solely to members the Church of England in connection with its purposes. 

  3. Processing for the purpose of publishing the electoral roll relates to personal data which are manifestly made public by the data subject.  When you apply to have your name added to the church electoral roll, the automatic legal consequence as stated in the CRR, (Part I Formation of the Roll 1(8) and Revision of Roll and Preparation of New Roll 2(1), 2(3) and 2(7)) is that your name and address will be published, and by submitting your application form you are making that data public.

Sharing your personal data Your personal data will be shared within the institutional Church of England and with the general public.

How long do we keep your personal data? We keep your personal data for 6 years after a complete review of the electoral roll.

Your rights and your personal data  Unless subject to an exemption you have the following rights with respect to your personal data:

  • The right to request a copy of your personal data which we hold about you;

  • The right to request that we correct any personal data if it is found to be inaccurate or out of date; 

  • The right to request your personal data be erased where it is no longer necessary for us to retain such data;

  • The right, where there is a dispute in relation to the accuracy or processing of your personal data, to request that a restriction is placed on further processing;

  • The right to object to the processing of your personal data for direct marketing and to have that processing stopped;

  • The right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioners Office.

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!!

February Newsletter

We had a lovely Service of Nine Lessons and Carols on 21st December, with a full church and Dr Andrew Day playing the organ. This joyful service was followed by delicious mulled wine and canapés at Stowey Mead, by kind invitation of Victor Pritchard. We’re grateful to Victor for his generous hospitality and to Vic, Elaine, Sue and Neil for giving us such an enjoyable end to the evening.

On Christmas Morning we celebrated the birth of Jesus with a service of Holy Communion, led by our Rector, Mark. There was an excellent congregation and this service was a wonderful way to begin Christmas Day. We were very grateful to John Spencer of Chew Magna, who played the organ as usual on this day, enabling us to sing more Christmas carols!

Our next major service will be Choral Evensong on Passion Sunday, 7th April at 6.30 pm, when we will be joined by the Choir of the United Parish of East and West Harptree and Hinton Blewitt, with Andrew Day playing for us once again. This service will be followed by drinks and canapés. Everyone will be welcome, so please come and join us.

Later that month, on Saturday 27th April at 7pm, an Organ Recital will be given by Dr. David Bednall, to be followed by supper at Manor Farm. Please note this date in your diaries and further information will be in next month’s magazine.

We are required to prepare a new Church Electoral Roll this year. All those who are already on the Roll, or who wish to be included on it, (if you qualify for inclusion), are required to complete and return an application form between 13th February and 14th March. In simple terms, you qualify if you are baptised and regard yourself as a member of the Church of England. You must also either live within the ecclesiastical Parish of Stowey; or live outside the Parish boundary, but attend Stowey Church regularly. Enrolment entitles you take part in the Annual Parochial Church meeting, amongst other things. Please contact me direct if you’d like to discuss this, or if you’d like an application form.                                       

Jill Nicol, Churchwarden