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Events in 2013

Here is a selection of events that have happened in recent months.

Mandela Quarter Peal

On Sunday 15th December at 5 pm the bells of St Thomas’s Church in Salisbury rang out for 55 minutes for a Quarter Peal of 1,280 changes of Plain Bob Major to celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela on the day of his burial.

The ringers were from the Salisbury Guild of Ringers and St Thomas's church.

“Plain Bob” is a traditional method or pattern of changes dating back to the 17th Century. Bell-ringing is an activity primarily undertaken to summon people to church prior to a service, but is also undertaken to mark special occasions such as weddings or funerals. There is much fellowship in bell-ringing, and we are always keen to welcome new or lapsed ringers, or anyone who is interested to learn. Read more on bell ringing at St Thomas's here. 

Christmas Tree Festival

Christmas Trees 2013

Once again this year we have been delighted with the creativity and talent of our entrants in the Tree Festival - such original ideas and beautiful trees have made St Thomas's a wonderful sight throughout this year's display. There were 12, 080 visitors and we raised enough money to donate £3,000 each to our 2 charities of Wessex Medical Research and The Pantry Partnership.
To view a slideshow of the trees, please click here.

Summer Walk in June

A lovely midsummer's walk was enjoyed by a group of walkers in the countryside around Downton on 21st June. This was followed by supper at The Wooden Spoon pub afterwards.

Good Friday Procession

On Good Friday, there was a Procession of Witness from Salisbury Cathedral to the Guildhall Square in the city centre. All the churches in the city joined together to mark this most important day in the Church calendar. People took it in turns to carry a wooden cross through the streets of the city. It rested in front of the Guildhall where hot cross buns were distributed to the crowd.

The Good Friday Procession
At Salisbury Cathedral - the beginning of the procession Leaving the Cathedral at the High St Gate Pausing in the heart of the city At the Poultry Cross At the Guildhall
Bishop Nicholas at the Guildhall Distributing hot cross buns The Cross in front of the Guildhall Sharing hot cross buns Telling the story of Good Friday

Quiet Day at Ivy House, Warminster - 9 March. 

This was our Lenten Quiet Day allowing us time to reflect on the season of Lent and the joy of Easter Sunday.  The theme of the day was  material that can be found in the book Finding Sanctuary by Abbot Christopher Jamison which will tie very loosely into our Lent Course Disciples Together.

Ivy House Retreat
Retreat folk
Ivy House, Warminster   Garden at Ivy House

Pancake Racing in Salisbury on Shrove Tuesday

As part of our Lent Appeal, St Thomas's is supporting the Trussell Trust's campaign Giving it Up for Foodbanks. The idea is to give up something and donate the money you would have spent to the Trust. To raise awareness of our Appeal, Rev'd David Linaker and Rev'd Becky Roberts of St George's & All Saints, Harnham challenged members of the Trussell Trust team to a Pancake Race on Shrove Tuesday along the High Street in Salisbury. It was a closely fought battle with a few spillages and lots of laughter and cheering from the crowds who encouraged them on. The result - a draw after 4 races. Congratulations and thanks to all who came out in the cold to cheer them on. 
Quite a few people declared what they would be either Giving up for Foodbanks or indeed Taking Up. Here are a few pledges:

Giving up

Taking up
  • Cakes
  • Cider
  • Hot chocolate
  • Weekday wine
  • Alcohol
  • Chocolate
  • Worrying about being tidy
  • A Lent Course
  • Join the Mothers' Union
  • Keep fit
  • 5,000 steps a day to get fit
  • Collecting every 20p I receive & donating them to the Trust
Vicars Pre-Race conferenceThe Vicars planning race tactics Supporting the race in the coldSupporting the Rector in the cold Pancake racing teamsThe Vicars vs The Trussell Trust teams
Rev'd Becky Roberts racing on the Vicar's TeamRev'd Becky Roberts from Harnham Pancake racingRacing down the High Street Rev'd David Linaker enjoying the racingThe Racing Vicar

If you would like to know more about Giving it Up for Foodbanks, click here.

New Year's Day Walk - Breamore

New Year’s Day and the SUN WAS SHINING!  A really beautiful morning for a walk after far too much darkness and rain –muddy underfoot but nowhere impassable.

35 of us gathered outside the Bat and Ball in Breamore for the team photo in happy walking mode and sensibly booted. A five-mile walk, taking in the Miz-Maze and the wonderful views, and still the sun shone. No one slipped in the mud so it was back to the Bat and Ball to join other non-walkers for an excellent pre-ordered lunch.

The general feeling of well-being showed that 2013 started in fine style for those 35 anyway!




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