A Letter from your Associate Priest


Dear Friends


After all the months of lockdown it has been good to gradually see some things start to open up again. Our churches have been open for private prayer a couple of times a week for a few weeks now and they have all had a Sunday service once during August. Numbers are restricted, but thankfully we haven’t had to turn anyone away yet. Rules on the wearing of masks has changed three times in three weeks! The Streamed Services are continuing too for those who don’t want to venture out just yet. Technology still manages to get the better of me, but everyone is very patient. It was lovely to be able to gather (socially distanced, of course) at the War Memorial in Bere Regis on VJ Day and hear the bells peeling. Thankfully, there is enough room up in the ringing chamber for four ringers to socially distance. Things have got a bit busier at The Vicarage as the family has taken turns to visit. I do enjoy the early morning walks with grandson Zach when we take Zinnie out, we always have some very interesting conversations. Both Zach and Ruby joined Zinnie for a paddle in the stream later on in the evening and we spent an enjoyable morning and early afternoon at the beach before it got too crowded. I’m pleased to say that I have had quite a few sea swims this summer. The Vicarage pond has had a clean up thanks to younger daughter Lucy and her partner Sam – you can now see the bottom! I’m pleased to report that Zinnie hasn’t managed to scare off the frogs or the hedgehog that visits the garden.

I hope you are able to take advantage of the reduction in restrictions as lockdown eases further, some things seem very scary though and make us wonder what a new normal will be. There are things we will have learnt from last six months or so that we will be able to use in the future. This reminds me of how everything we’ve done in the past helps form our future. Sir Winston Churchill said, ‘If we open a quarrel between past and present, we shall find we have lost the future.’ We can’t look back and think how perfect everything was in the past, let’s go back there, and equally we can’t say, nothing is any good unless it’s up to date and with it. It’s much better to say that we can learn from our past, and from much that’s good in our present life, all these lessons will help us plan for the future. With God’s help, I pray that our future will start to look a little brighter and safer for all.

With blessings Sandra



With blessings