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.