St James’s Church

Services are recommencing next week

We would love to see you at our first service back at St James since Lockdown on Sunday 19th July at 10am. This will be a holy communion service.

We will be back with our previous pattern of services after that :

Family service At 10am on first Saturday of the month
Family Communion  At 10am on third Sunday of the month

Rest assured the church will have been thoroughly cleaned, but with no one having been in it since March we are confident that it will be a safe environment. Our Benefice Worship leaders will visit only one church on any given day, to avoid the possibility of spreading the virus and we will also lock the church for 72 hours before and after each service to remove risk of contamination.

We will need to adhere to social distancing guidelines and other measures during the service, so unfortunately this means that there will be no singing or hymns. We have marked out where members of the congregation can sit safely, and there will be hand sanitizer available on entry and exit.

We can’t offer tea and coffee, but of course you will be welcome to stay after the service to catch up with each other outside in a safe way outside. You may even want to bring your own drink!
As we have been closed for a few months we have seen a dramatic reduction in our church income so we would gratefully ask if you would consider your collection contribution in light of this. If you’d like to consider regular giving via direct debit then please do let us know and we can give you the details. We’ll also be asking if you may want to become a ‘friend’ of Bourton Church and handing out details.
We are looking forward to welcoming you back and worshipping with you.
Sarah & Amanda
(Churchwardens)

Shrivenham & Ashbury Benefice

Weekly Newsletter

Message from the benefice administrator

Hello Everyone,

Please find attached next week’s Newsletter and the Bible Readings for Sunday 12th July.

I’ve also attached ‘Look’ – a Sunday sheet for children between 4-9 years old providing activities and games focussed on this week’s Gospel.

Newsletter 12 July


Best wishes,
Lucy


Lucy Laird
Benefice Administrator
01793 783519

Coronavirus

Resilience plan update

Message from Cllr Simon Howell, VWHDC

It has been some time since I have sent out an update, thankfully this has been due to things calming down.

I am pleased to attach a “Thank you” note from David Johnston MP, I would be grateful if you can pass this on to all in the support network that have been helping over the last >100 days.

David Johnston letter

With lockdown being eased across the country, we should stay vigilant. A lot of work is now being put into how to deal with any isolated outbreaks or deal with any “second wave”.

Play Parks

People are urged to not use play areas until they have passed safety checks and have signs to say they are safe to use again – please do not enter any play areas which are closed. 

Important information about staying safe in our play areas

Once a play area is open, visitors will be urged to stay safe by following a few simple instructions which are being introduced to reduce the risk of people transmitting COVID-19.

People are asked to:

  • wash or sanitise their hands before entering the play area and then again after they leave;
  • come back at a quieter time, if the play area is busy;
  • follow social distancing.

It is also advised that only one adult per child is in the play area at a time

Leisure centres update

As things stand, indoor gyms and swimming pools must remain closed and we are still waiting for the government to confirm the timetable for them to reopen.  In the meantime, we are continuing to work on potential reopening plans to ensure we are ready once we’ve been given the go-ahead.

New signage

Over the coming days we will be placing new signs around our public toilets to remind people to maintain social distancing and to wash their hands.  Our ‘Stay Safe, Give Space’ message will also be stencilled at key locations in our car parks, parks and mobile home parks.

As ever, any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

 

Best wishes, and stay safe

 

Cllr Simon Howell

Watchfield and Shrivenham Ward

Vale of White Horse District Council

 

Shrivenham & Ashbury Benefice

Re-opening of our Churches, resumption of Church services & gift aid on cash collections

Message from the benefice administrator

 

As we start to re-open our Churches for private prayer and public services, those of you that usually give a cash donation to the collection plate during the service may be planning to make a larger donation to cover a number of weeks missed.

If so, we should be very grateful if you would kindly put this larger donation into an envelope and mark it with the amount of donation and the number of weeks it is covering, please.

In this way, if we can show that the weekly equivalent of your donation is no more than £30, we will be able to claim a 25% repayment of Gift Aid from HMRC on the cash gift you have made.  This is very helpful to the Church.  (Please note that you do not need to be an eligible tax-payer for this claim).

The pew envelopes may be used for this purpose.  You can still give anonymously but please just write on the envelope the amount and the weeks covered.  Alternatively, please give each of your weekly donations in a separate envelope.

Thank you very much for your support.

Best wishes,
Lucy

Lucy Laird
Benefice Administrator
01793 783519

Coronavirus

Play areas to begin re-opening

Message from District Council

Released on July 3, 2020

Play areas in the Vale of White Horse managed by the district council will begin to re-open from Monday 6 July.

Vale of White Horse District Council will carry out a phased re-opening – this means play areas will only re-open once safety checks have been carried out and officers are happy they are safe for people to use.

The first play area to re-open will be at Abbey Meadow in Abingdon, followed by others across the town.  The council will then check play areas in Wantage and Faringdon later in the week.

The sites have been closed and not used for a few months, so the district council wants to ensure everything is safe before opening again, so please bear with us.

People are urged to not use play areas until they have passed safety checks and have signs to say they are safe to use again – please do not enter any play areas which are closed. 

Important information about staying safe in our play areas

Once a play area is open, visitors will be urged to stay safe by following a few simple instructions which are being introduced to reduce the risk of people transmitting COVID-19.

People are asked to:

  • wash or sanitise their hands before entering the play area and then again after they leave;
  • come back at a quieter time, if the play area is busy;
  • follow social distancing.

The council is also asking that only one adult per child is in the play area at a time.

Cllr Jenny Hannaby, Cabinet Member for Housing and Environment at Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “I’m delighted that we can re-open our play areas again and I know many young children and their parents will have been looking forward to this moment.

“As a council we are responsible for the play areas we own and will carry out cleaning to help reduce the potential risk of the virus to visitors.  However, it would be impossible to clean every piece of equipment after each time a child touches it.

“We are therefore asking parents and their children to follow some very simple instructions to avoid transmitting the virus.  It is particularly important that everyone washes their hands before entering the play area and then again as soon as they leave.  This is the best way for people to stay safe and protect others while enjoying themselves.”

If anyone notices any issues with a Vale play area they are asked to report it by calling 01235 422404 or by emailing parks@southandvale.gov.uk

To report anti-social behaviour – call 101.

Pinewood School

The Hoylands’ last day at Pinewood

Today is Philip and Henrietta’s last school day at Pinewood.  The whole Pinewood community would like to thank Philip and Henrietta for the kindness, warmth, energy, commitment and unwavering leadership that they have shown children,  staff and parents over the last 18 years.  The school has thrived in their tenure.  Their unstinting contribution to the education and happiness of so many children and the unique atmosphere they have created at Pinewood will long continue.  We wish them every happiness in their retirement – the best is yet to come!

Shrivenham & Ashbury Benefice

Weekly Newsletter

Message from the benefice administrator

Hello Everyone,

Please find attached next week’s Newsletter and the Bible Readings for Sunday 5th July.


I’ve also attached ‘Look’ – a Sunday sheet for children between 4-9 years old providing activities and games focussed on this week’s Gospel.

Best wishes,
Lucy

Lucy Laird
Benefice Administrator
01793 783519

Shrivenham & Ashbury Benefice

Weekly newsletter

The following is a message from the benefice administrator

Hello Everyone,

Please find attached next week’s Newsletter and the Bible Readings for Sunday 28th June.


I’ve also attached ‘Look’ – a Sunday sheet for children between 4-9 years old providing activities and games focussed on this week’s Gospel.

Newsletter 28 June

Best wishes,
Lucy


Lucy Laird
Benefice Administrator
01793 783519