From The Rector

Bemerton Parish Reflections - September 2008

Rev'd Simon Woodley writes:

Welcome to our new website, we hope that you like it. This site will enable you to be more connected with our life here in Bemerton, and to be kept up to date about about our annual programme of events. Our other aim is to raise money for the necessary repairs to St. Andrew's and to let you know how we are getting on.

Rebecca, Bunty, Simon and Ned


Medlar Tree


A New Arrival

Its always been an immense privilege to follow in George Herbert’s footsteps, and even though I don’t live in the same house as he did, I do get to go to his little church and breathe in the atmosphere of a thousand whispered prayers. Although I have 3 churches to look after, it was to St. Andrew's that I went to first, 2 weeks ago, to show off my new daughter, Bunty. She was awake in good time for the 8:00am service, but I explained to her that I would only bring her in after the service had finished, as a new baby can be quite distracting to people. "But Daddy", she said, "Jesus said we should welcome the little children". "Yes", I replied, "but I don’t want people to get their cooing and praying mixed up". Her brother Ned is a big grown up boy at 3, and is being very helpful and loving, though keeps telling everyone that her name is Daisy (which is the name of one of our cats)!

So the Rectory family grows and another summer comes and goes. Soon it will be time to pick the medlars from the churchyard tree and make jelly, ready for February’s George Herbert day celebrations.


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Simon Woodley (