Dance for Fun

Children’s Hallowe’en

History Evening

Autumn Coffee Morning

Flower arranging


We were all deeply saddened by the death of Michael Shallow on September 10th. Michael and Wendy came to live at The Old Vicarage following his retirement as administrator at Chichester Cathedral and before that he had been a Captain in the Royal Navy. He brought his administrative skills to the services of both the church and the village and he acted for a number of years as chairman of Ashford Bowdler’s Annual Village Meeting, which serves in place of a Parish Council. He was invaluable to the church in helping to raise funds from numerous charities and public bodies when we had to carry out urgent repairs to the river bank to prevent the church collapsing into the River Teme. As a member of the P.C.C. he took special responsibility for the fabric of the church and for the churchyard and we shall greatly miss his wise counsel and practical common sense. We offer our deepest sympathy to Wendy, Jane, Nicola and all their family.

Following Tom Froggatt’s death last December, the P.C.C. decided to put a new plaque on the seat which Tom had donated to the church to mark the completion of several years of repairs to the river bank and to the church itself. The plaque now contains the added words “In Memory of T.W. (Tom) Froggatt who donated this seat”. It stands on the river wall at the east end of the church and provides an excellent viewpoint for watching the occasional kingfisher and other river life. Do come and see it on your next visit to St Andrew’s.

As mentioned in the September magazine, our Harvest Festival evensong this year will be on Sunday October 13th, starting at 6.30pm. The collection will, as usual, go to the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution and the service will be followed by refreshments at Church House, to which everyone will be very welcome.

Archive Film Night

Archive Film Nights will be on the third Friday of each month during the winter season and will alternate between a documentary based ‘archive’ and a vintage film. The next showing on Friday 18th October will be “The Homecoming”, a documentary about the return of Alderney’s inhabitants in 1945 following their evacuation in 1939. Alderney is the most northerly and third largest of the Channel Islands. It was the only island to be completely evacuated before occupation by the Nazis for the duration of the war. During the occupation this tiny island bore witness to terror, destruction and the presence of around four thousand prisoners of war. The returning islanders were faced with hardship and horror but their determination won through. This is their story.

Ashford’s mini-panto. BOOK EARLY!

Car Boot


Dear Friends
I am delighted to be able to welcome Revd. Preb Nick Helm, to the Benefice. Nick will have been licensed to the Benefice as an Associate Priest, by the Bishop of Ludlow on Sunday 22nd September. Nick currently works as Ministerial & Spiritual Development and Curate Training Officer for the Diocese of Hereford but he will be leaving his post at the end of this year and will be working freelance as a writer with the opportunity to develop his interests in spirituality and Spiritual Direction. He and his wife Pat live in Ludlow, and he will be working as a volunteer Priest with us, taking services and getting to know each of our 6 Churches. He will be a familiar face to some as he helped out during the Vacancy before I arrived and has taken occasional services for us since then. We hope to be offering a course that Nick has written, called Soul Spark, that explores Spirituality, in the New Year.
In other news, the Harvest season is now well and truly upon us and I hope you will take the opportunity to join one of our Harvest services in the Benefice and no doubt enjoy some of the many tasty benefits of living in such a rural area that produces wonderful food and drink all year round.
Harvest is a time for us to come together and thank God for all the good gifts He gives to us. It is also a time for us to remember, give thanks for and pray for all those who produce the food we enjoy, our Farmers, Growers, Producers, those who take the fruits of the Harvest and make them into wonderful products for us to enjoy, and those who serve them to us in our shops and supermarkets. It is also a time for us to remember those who struggle to feed their families, and many of our Harvest services are collecting items for the Ludlow Foodbank, so please do give generously during those services.
My prayer for all of us this harvest season is summed up in the words of the final verse of We plough the fields;
We thank thee then, O Father, For all things bright and good, The seed time and the harvest, Our life, our health, our food. Accept the gifts we offer For all thy love imparts, And what thou most desirest, Our humble, thankful hearts.
With my love and prayers Lynn