From the Vicarage,

Trinity, which this year we celebrated on 27th. May, marks the start of a long period in the Church year where there are no major festivals; the next one is Christ the King on 25th. November. This can be a quiet time, with less activity in the Church. Yet, it can also be a time to slow down a little and start planning ahead.

What exactly do we want to happen in the Church in the future to make it a better place of worship, where people can feel close to God and part of God’s family? Although we may value our traditions, we know that the Church in general is struggling to survive by simply holding on to tradition. What then do we need to change to make St. Thomas’ a vibrant place of worship again, as we know it once was, in what seems like an all too distant past? This can be difficult. We might have to accept that some of the traditions we value are not appreciated by others. Do we therefore let go of these traditions and move on, or do we hold onto them until the bitter end?

The PCC has a special role in planning ahead for the future, but all church members are entitled to their opinions as to the way forward. Norma and I are keen to hear your views; after all most of you have lived in this community for many years (we are new-comers) and have a good idea of what might, or might not work.

In all our theological studies, Norma and I have been repeatedly reminded that a Church that stands still, even a successful one, is ultimately going to decline, and that successful churches are constantly changing and evolving.

The Bible reminds us ‘Where there is no vision the people perish’ (Proverbs).

Norma and I hope that you have a relaxing start to your summer break as you draw close to God and receive his peace.  

God bless,     Tim and Norma













Extracts From The

Parish Magazine

June 3




July 1

1st Reading

Deuteronomy 5: 12-15

(Genesis 3: 8-15)

Ezekiel 17: 22-end

Job 38: 1-11



Mark 2: 23-3: 6

(Mark 3: 20-end)

Mark 4: 26-34

Mark 4: 35-end



Anne Brown

Tony Dewdney

John Russell

Rita Russell

Anthony Westnedge


Tony Dewdney


David Plews


John Russell

Lesson Readers

If you are unavailable on your allocated date, please arrange to change with someone else.


June 3




July 1

8.00 a.m.

Lynda Carter

Roger Hulme

Janet Tute

Anne Potts

Roy Waller

11.00 a.m.

John Russell

Rita Russel

Tony Curzon

Carole Curzon

Frank Glynn

Christine Glynn

Peter Bullivent

Carolyn Bullivent

John Russell

Rita Russell

6.30 a.m.

Howard Hulme


Colin Marlow


Howard Hulme

Sidesmen Rota

From the Registers


13th. May Reece Derek MacLeod

13th. May George William Sutton

27th. May Olivia Pamela Taylor

27th. May Oliver Michael Cooke


6th.   May Ryan Philip Craig and Bryony Sian Kelley

12th. May Alexander James Telford and Elizabeth Anne Donovan


12th. May  Jack Young 95 – Interment of Ashes

11th  May   Deborah Gillibrand  57

18th. May  Anthony Crawford 77

23rd. May  Sarah Bostock 94

Pastoral Care

If you know of anyone who you think would benefit from a visit by one of our Pastoral Care Team, please contact Tim or Norma (425510), Carole (611477), Christine (511784) or Linda (424505).


We would like to thank everyone who supported and helped at our Lunch and Natter on Sunday, 13th May.   We managed to raise the sum of £334.23  after expenses.  Thank you once again.

A message of thanks from Carolyn Andrew

“I was overwhelmed by the tribute and generosity shown to me by the congregation of St Thomas'. Thank you all very much. It has been a privilege as a Chorister to be able to play a part in  worship at the Church for so many years.

I thank the Choir also for their hard work and co-operation and have many happy memories of our time together”   Carolyn

Items for inclusion in the next month’s magazine should be

sent to Judith Dewdney by the 20th June.

30 Henbury Rise Henbury

Tel:-  01625 439753 email:-


As most of you will now be aware, our new Diocesan President for the next Triennium will be Wendy Sykes, our current Archdeaconry President.  You will remember the great evening we had playing “Caravan Drive” when she came to talk to us about AFIA holidays.  We offer her our congratulations and wish her well for when she starts her new role.

Hopefully by the time some of us attend the AGM and Council meeting at Hartford at the end of this month we will have filled our “Box of Socks”, which is a new initiative asking that we donate pairs of new socks, any size, colour, children’s or adult’s.  These are being given to refugees in Syria and Greece and homeless in this country. If you are not an MU member but would like to donate some socks, then please give them to Lynne Hibbert or Di Waller.

This year the Summer appeal is called “Summer of Hope” which will build on our founder’s wonderful legacy to bring people together and bring hope to others.  There is a leaflet about this on the MU notice board in the Church Hall and Church Porch giving the stories of three people in different circumstances who could be helped by this appeal.  It makes interesting reading.

Thinking of Summer, just to give everyone a forward notice, we are holding a Cream Tea on Tuesday, 3rd July at 2 p.m. in Henbury Church Hall to raise funds for the Branch.  This covers the cost of speakers, flowers for the sick etc. as any money we raise for MU projects goes direct to that project with no deduction of administration costs.  Tickets will be on sale shortly and everyone is welcome to attend, not just MU members!


Friday and Saturday 1/2nd June – Big Church Day Out – Capesthorne Hall. Tickets on Sale at  MU have a soft play tent at this event.

Thursday, 14th June – Speaker Dominic Tinner from The Seashell Trust.

Refreshments: Tricia Steele & Carole Curzon   Raffle & Table Flowers:  Sheila Hodkinson   Vote of Thanks:  Chris Redfern

Thursday, 21st June 7.30 pm – Deanery Fundraiser – Speaker Angela Klabou on her visit to The Holy Land – Refreshment.   Everyone welcome.  Tickets £5 but you can pay on the door.

Saturday, 30th June 10 a.m. – MU AGM & Council at Hartford Church Centre.  A very interesting meeting where all members are welcome to attend and find out what goes on.  Also an opportunity to meet our new MU Chaplain!


Our May meeting was chaired by Ann Cresswell in the absence of Barbara Lomas, our President who was not well.

The resolution for the Annual Conference in June ‘Mental Health Matters’ was discussed and was unanimously voted to go forward to the conference.  Three of our members will be attending this conference in Cardiff.

Refreshments followed the other business matters and we rounded off the evening with a few games of beetle.

Arrangements for our Summer Lunch in July are under way and tickets are now available from Ann Cresswell (420614) at a cost of £15 which includes a glass of wine.

All visitors are welcome                                                            Ann Cresswell