Shep: a loyal and devoted servant of the Church (with fun added)
Goodbye Shep, and God bless you! We shall all miss David so very much. He was for so long one of the stalwarts of village life. Always active, right up to the end, he loved life and enriched the lives of those around him.
How shall we best remember him? As Sudso in the pantomime, with his herald’s tabard and his bucket, singing “when I’m cleaning windows”? Or as the founder and leader of the village history group, and the co-author of the wonderful Gidding Millennium book? He had a huge store of village archives, accumulated over the years. Or as the vice Chairman of the PCC and the leader of the Remembrance service every November? Or perhaps as the man who faithfully cared for our church? It was Shep who compiled the record of burials in the churchyard, Shep who fixed the lights, dug the hole, and did the thousand and one other maintenance jobs. Or shall we remember him as a good neighbour, a Good Samaritan always willing to listen to problems and help to solve them? He was a magazine distributor, and insisted on doing his round, even when he felt wretched. He was all of these, and a loving husband and father. We grieve with you, Sue, Matthew and Miles, in the loss of this special and much loved friend.
A very fond farewell
St. Michael’s Church was packed with family and friends when we said farewell to Shep at the service to celebrate his life on Wednesday 23rd February. Led by Reverend Catharine Furlong, the service was both sad and light-hearted as the tributes given by John De Val, David Fowler, Deni Underwood and Shep’s son, Miles, highlighted all those attributes which made him so well-loved. There were many humorous stories at Shep’s expense which he would have enjoyed to hear again, but the qualities which were referred to again and again were his kindness, friendliness, generosity and dedication.
The tributes made to Shep can be read here
We have been notified that Revd. Mary Jepp will be licensed as our Priest-in-Charge on 11th July. In the meantime, we are very lucky indeed that our services are being maintained by Revd Lesley Matthias and Canon Bill Girard. We are extremely grateful to them both.
Home Communion services will be held on Tuesday 1st March and Tuesday 29th March.
There will be a procession led by a donkey prior to the Palm Sunday service on 17th April. More information in the next issue.
Easter Sunday - and don't miss our Easter egg hunt!
Our Easter Sunday service on 24th April will be led by Canon Girard at 11am rather than the usual 8am service on the fourth Sunday. There will also be an Easter egg hunt in the churchyard. Refreshments will be available and all are welcome, so do come along and bring your friends. More details in the next issue.
As in previous years we are proposing to floodlight St. Michael's Church at weekends during 2011. It is not too late to help sponsor the floodlighting of the church, perhaps to mark a birthday or anniversary. If you have not already done so, and would like to contribute, please contact Jane Edwards on 293555.
We are organising a programme of five short talks during Lent. All talks will be in Great Gidding and will start at 11.30am and be around 20 minutes duration, followed by a soup lunch and informal discussion for those who wish to stay. Details are below:
• Tues 15th March The relationship between Anglicans, Methodists and other churches.
Venue: Churchside House, Main St. (John De Val's house)
• Wed 23rd March The Book of Common Prayer
Venue: Buckland, Main Street (Michael Keck's house)
• Wed 30th March King James' Bible
Venue: 7, Chapel End (Lois Jordan's house)
• Wed 6th April Details and venue not yet finalised
• Tues 12th March Significance of Candlemas, Ember Day, Rogation Day and other 'lesser-known' dates in the Church Calendar
Venue Churchside House, Main St. (John De Val's house)
Get your tickets early for the Fish & Chips quiz evening
Advance notice that there will be a Fish & Chips quiz evening on Saturday 14th May. Tickets are £5, plus £4.50 if you would like to order fish and chips. PLEASE ORDER BY WEDS. 11TH MAY , as the suppliers are unable to accept late orders. We know, 'this is Gidding…', but to avoid cancellation of what has become a popular evening it is essential that we buy tickets in time.