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Issue Number:   Aug   1959

VICARS LETTER
My dear friends,
Many people seem to be asking whether the Bible is any longer useful as a guide. From the Christian point of view, its usefullness can be shown in every part of life. It is the word of God, and so does not become out of date as though its teaching were limited by time. The Bible, said Thomas Huxley, has been the Magna Charta of the poor and oppressed. This is true not merely because it teaches social justice, and maintains the universal rights of man, but because it bases this on the value of every individual soul to God. In the Bible, God speaks to man. Those who read it prayerfully may rely on the guidance of the Holy Spirit to help them to a right understanding of its message. In no other book is there to be found a DIVINE assurance of God's mercy and love, nor of DIVINE comfort for those who are bereaved.
David Livingstone discovered the companionship of the Bible in his utter loneliness in the African Forest, and he read it through four times there.
It is a book on which an ideal home may be established, by whose teaching of human love may reach it's noblest fulfilment, in which we may find the promises made to each of us, directly, by God himself.
Through it we may discover Truth. But above all it is the inspired WORK and WORD of God, and it alone has the good news of salvation.
Your Friend & Vicar,
Wyn Davies.

HARVEST FESTIVAL
Our services this year will be on Thursday the 24th of September and Sunday the 27th. Then, I do hope that this year we will be able to make arrangements for our Harvest Supper, because last all of us certainly missed it.

BREAM SHEEPDOG TRIALS
I did not say, what was inserted in last month's issue to put an end to those wagging tongues that were spreading those silly and totally unfounded rumours in the village. And in fairness to the Committee of the Sheepdog Trials I must say that I KNOW that they sent a letter to the local paper re. it, but unfortunately it was not published. Since then I have received (a letter) from Mr. W. H. C. Thomas, the Secretary of the Committee and it reads......

" The committee of the Bream Sheepdog Trials have instructed me to write and ask if you would kindly insert in your Church Magazine, this letter of apology for the rumours and allegations which have been circulating in the village, and mentioned in your Magazine for July.
We would also like for it to be known, that we too as a Committee deny all rumours and allegations that have been made against the past Committee.
And will you please accept our many thanks to you and your Committee for your devoted work and past efforts which made the Trials successful."

If any members of the Sheepdog Trials Committee read this copy of our Magazine, I would like to thank you for your letter, and for your words of appreciation. I hope now that the whole business will be forgotten, and I hope that Church members will, if at all possible, turn up to support the Trials.

CHURCH REGISTERS

BAPTISMS
July 12th......... Malcolm Colin Howard of Drybrook, Clements End.

August 2nd....Andrew Marc Payne of Drybrook, Clements End.

WEDDINGS
July 25th.........John James Cooper of Mile End & Katherine Irene Jones of Clements End.

August 1st.....Royston Charles John Haffenden of Aylburton Common & Marlene Ann Cole of Parkend Road.

BURIALS
June 27th.......Fanny Brice of Lydney Road, Bream aged 72 years

July 1st..........Raymond Thomas Jenkins of Romford, Essex, aged 68 years

July 2nd........Albert Gumma of Whitecroft, aged 78 years

July 9th.........Alfred Jesse Kear of St Briavels, aged 55 years

July 14th.......John Edwin Dorrington of Clements Tump, aged 82 years

THE GARDEN PARTY AT MRS. O'DRISCOLL'S HOUSE
It seems to have been a long time since this was last held, but on looking up my diary, I see that it was held after the publication of our last Magazine.
First of all, I am sure that you would like me on you behalf, to thank Mrs. O'Driscoll for putting herself out so much in order that we could hold the Garden party in such a lovely setting. We are all most grateful to her.
Then I must say how very sorry I was that I could not be there with you all. I know that I complain quite a bit after these fetes etc, and yet, when one cannot be there, one is quite annoyed with oneself, for I do really enjoy them.
Receipts
Cake Raffle............£1/14/6
Fruit Set Raffle......£2/6/6
Tombola................ £2/16/0
Gate..............................18/0
Dice................................6/0
Bagatelle......................15/6
Darts...............................9/6
Produce...................£2/9/11
Cakes.......................£7/17/6
Odds & Ends..........£6/15/6
Rolling T.T. Balls....£1/0/0
Ice Cream & Drinks £2/5/7
Teas...........................£3/3/1
Baby Show.....................1/0

Donations
Anonymous..............£1/0/0
Miss Frazier...................10/0
Miss Gibson..................10/0
Mrs. Jenkins.....................5/0
Miss Cowles.....................5/0
Mrs. G. Davies...............10/0
Mrs. T. Price...................10/0
Received on July 8th.....10/0
Change Float...............£2/5/0
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Total..........................£39/3/7
Expenses.....................£9/0/0
Profit..........................£30/3/7
This is an excellent achievement, and I would like to thank anyone and everyone who did ANYTHING to make it such a success, I am not going to name individuals, because I was not there myself, I would not like someone to be blamed if a name was ommitted, but I am most grateful to you all, Thank you.

THANKS
I would like to thank Mr. Blakemore for a beautiful Bible he has donated to the Church. I think that a gift like this to the place that was very dear to the departed is a much better way of remembering them than to put up some ornament, or useless memorial in the Churchyard


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