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2019 marks the 20th anniversary of ‘Open the Book’, using specially adapted texts from the Bible to bring alive Old and New Testament stories for school children in their collective worship.  The team ‘opening the book’ at Great Wishford C of E VA Primary school has been doing so since 2014.  We very much enjoy involving the children as often as we can and making the most of the visual impact of the stories by dressing up.  It’s amazing how many costumes and props we’ve collected over the years!  

Once a week, on Wednesdays at 2:30 during term time, we set out the scene for that day’s story in the school hall.  Two of the team are now trained as trainers and if anyone would be interested in joining us, and you don’t have to be available every week, or if you would like more information, please contact Alana Poulton on 01722 790618.

Here’s to the next 20 years!


Thanks to the hard work of a team of strong villagers the day before, we were able to hold our annual Oak Apple service in the marquee on the field.  An afternoon shower dampened the grass but not our spirits as we gathered to give thanks for our long-held tradition of maintaining our right to collect fallen wood from Grovely and for the community spirit that both continues that tradition and makes Great Wishford such a great place to live.  

The theme, ‘the Cycle of Life and the Community’, used the oak tree and oak apple as metaphors for a thriving village.  Our hymns were accompanied by David Hughes on the keyboard (thank you Charles for lending it).  Pupils at the school contributed reflections on outlines of oak leaves and acorns to decorate the marquee.  Dylan James read out beautifully some acrostic verses made up by children, using the first letters of the words ‘oak’ and ‘apple’, to give a flavour of what they enjoy about Oak Apple Day, finishing with a prayer.  

We were 29 adults and 4 children, many staying on at the end to enjoy a glass or two of wine and some nibbles, courtesy of the Oak Apple club.  The retiring collection was for the Friends of Wishford School, and a total of £80 was donated.

With grateful thanks to everyone who helped set up, read or contributed in any way to make the service possible.

                 Yvonne Allen


You may recall that the collection from Anne White’s funeral was very kindly donated to St Giles’ church to put towards enhancing the café serving area.  David Boler came up with the idea of offering a monthly soup lunch and so part of that money has been spent on relevant equipment and crockery.   A trial run took place in July and it went well, with mulligatawny soup and homemade bread (very tasty David - thank you!).  So there will be soup, bread and a tea/coffee available in the church for just £2 (proceeds to church funds) on the second Saturday of each month, from 12:30 till 2:00 - for or as long as the soup lasts!   The next one will be on Saturday 10 August and we look forward to seeing you there.