The Rector writes…



  1. Both St Mary Magdalene Church, Castleton, and St James the Great Church, Longburton, keep today as Patronal Festival. Today is the Feast of St Mary Magdalene, and St James has his feast day on Wednesday of this week, so it is sensible for both congregations to hold their Patronal today. Greetings and warmest best wishes to both congregations, and to their respective Chaplains, Team Vicars Jane Craw and Lesley McCreadie.


  1. It is a great pleasure to have the Sherborne Singers with us for today’s Abbey services. Warmest thanks to William Slogrove and his choir.


  1. The Reverend Hugh Bonsey, our new House-for-Duty Associate Priest, and his wife Heather have moved into 69 Acreman Street, formerly occupied by The Reverend Sisters Ann-Marie and Isabel (and before them, Canon Jim Richardson). They now have a few days to settle in before the Bishop of Sherborne comes to licence Hugh to his “retirement” post in our benefice.


This will be on Monday 30 July in the Lady Chapel, at 8.30 am in place of our usual Morning Office. Bishop Karen has graciously suggested that Hugh himself should then preside at the usual 9.00 am Eucharist. Everyone is warmly welcome to attend either or both of these services.


  1. Both the Oberammergau 2020 trips I am organising have continued to grow in numbers. Each trip will include a week’s holiday in Austria, and two nights in Oberammergau to see the famous Passion Play. Brochures from McCabe Pilgrimages are available from the Parish Office.


The first “pilgrimage holiday” is booked for 26 May to 4 June, and will be led by The Reverend Lesley and Mr Stuart McCreadie. The second is booked for 29 June to 8 July. Sandra and I will lead this. Full details of both holidays are in the eight-page brochure, which also includes the booking form.


Completed booking forms, with deposits, should be returned to me, not sent to McCabe’s. And if you are interested, do please make your decision soon. 2020 sounds a long way off, but for an event of this kind it isn’t. McCabe’s are reserving our room allocations only until the end of this month – and there aren’t many places left!