August 2015

Peter’s Piece

Thank You

The following advert appeared in the Church Times at the start of July

The Ham Hill Villages in beautiful South Somerset
Norton Sub Hamdon, Chiselborough, West Chinnock, Middle Chinnock, Stoke Sub Hamdon, Montacute and Odcombe
Wish to appoint an Associate Vicar (0.5 FTE)

Our 7 villages are on an adventure as we become a new benefice. Come and join our team of 2 licensed clergy, 7 readers and committed laity, and help us shape mission and ministry across our villages. You will have prime pastoral care for 2 neighbouring parishes and share in a third. We are open to creative patterns of working and worship in these thriving rural communities and 5 schools. The post includes a spacious 4 bedroom Vicarage in the largest of the villages.

For a copy of the profile and an application pack please contact
the Archdeacon of Wells, 6 The Liberty, Wells Somerset BA5 2SU Tel. 01749 685147

Closing date for application 14th September 2015 Interview 15-16th October 2015 An enhanced DBS will be required for the successful applicant

This appointment together with the ordination of Gary Edmunds as a Deacon in July and the licensing of David Mangles as a Reader in October, will mean a large team of licensed and PTO (Permission to Officiate) people working across the 7 parishes. When the appointee is in place (probably at the start of 2016) I will become priest-in-charge and eventually Rector of the 7 parishes.

But also vital to the life of our churches are the support and skills of the many other people who read lessons, say prayers, play music, act as sidesmen, visit parishioners, ring bells, serve as wardens and on PCCs, lead small groups etc., etc. Thank you to all those involved in the lives of our churches.

Every blessing


The Schools’ Governing Body has been re-constituted
Since our schools Federated we have had a governing body of around 18 people – these included a number of people elected by different groups (staff & parents), and others nominated to represent the Church, the Community or the Local Authority. However the Government has required all schools to “reconstitute” their governing bodies – focussing on ‘skills’ rather election or representation. Although the DfE’s suggestion was that GBs should become much smaller we felt that our number, across the 2 schools, was about right. In the reconstituted body we are only allowed to have one elected parent from each school and one elected member of staff in addition to the head together with 3 Foundation governors (myself and two others nominated by the churches), and one local authority representative. All other governors are to be co-opted.
So the Governing Body now consists of the headteacher (Liz Stiddard), a staff member (Debra Harris), a West Chinnock parent (Kevin Barry), a Norton parent (Tanya Whittle), a Local Authority rep (Stephen Wassell), and 3 Foundation Governors (Peter Thomas, Richard Tostevin and one vacancy) together with 10 co-opted members (previous governors - Davina Atkins, Rachel Mitchell, Liz Herbert, Jo Gill, Jonathan Higman, Laura Wilson, and Sarah Hunwicks; and 3 vacancies).
We are inviting anyone, possibly a parent or someone from one of our villages or someone concerned with issues affecting schools, who might be interested in joining the governing body to contact one of the schools, or let one of the current governors know. We are particularly interested in some further representation from West Chinnock parents or village. We were sorry at our final governing body meeting of the year, at the start of July, not only to be saying goodbye to Kathy Foot but also to Nigel Gann, Sally Ann Palmer, Shaun McMillan and Lizzie Watkin. We would hope that amongst our prospective co-opted governors we might find people who have some of their skills – as well as bringing new wisdom to us in our privileged position of being governors of these two wonderful schools.
The governors are also able to appoint Associate Members to committees who bring particular skills – Neil Cook and Linda Parkinson have been serving in that capacity.
Peter Thomas

From the registers

July 12th – Chiselborough - Karl Wood and Erica Chambers
July 25th – Norton - Julian Lane and Rebecca Hamblin

July 19th – Norton Freya Georgiana Beatrix Atyeo daughter of James & Jennifer of High Street, Stoke, and William Rufus Darcy Laing son of Marco and Sally of Castle Street, Stoke

We anticipate that the funeral of Jim Macartney of Chiselborough will take place at Chiselborough church at 2.00 p.m. on Wednesday July 29th.

TENT SERVICE 6.30 Sunday August 16th.
Once again we will be celebrating in song to conclude the Flower Show weekend. There will be a selection of the most popular hymns both “Ancient” and “Modern” – and we will hear something of their background stories and about their writers.