Vicars Letter June 2017

Dear Friends and Neighbours

As we come to the end of another football season we can reflect on some of the good matches and on where we have found ourselves in the league. Thoughts will also turn to what the future might bring. Back in the day, in certain towns and cities it was not unusual to see some of our heroes from the football league appearing in white for the county cricket team. There was a pride in representing the local area and in giving our family, friends and neighbours something to shout about.

Last year saw the Swindon 175 celebrations. A time to mark the birth of Swindon and so much that has been achieved by this town since then. Some have said that history is pointless unless you can learn from it. History is also a place where we can draw great motivation. In the same way as we will never know what’s possible unless we give it a go, the fact that we have gone on to achieve so much by stepping into the unknown is a point also worth bearing in mind. Heroes of a non-sporting kind are very much a part of our history too.

For nearly half of Swindon’s existence a lady called Jean Kent lived and worked and brought up a family in this part of the world. She supported her husband, loved the countryside and loved to sing. Jean was the back bone of our efforts to give thanks and praise to God in the Church Choir of one particular church; and helped it through the changes and challenges that amalgamation brought with it in later years. No stranger to the Wyvern Jean contributed to the dramatic side of life too. Last year we celebrated Jeans ninetieth Birthday together with her two boys. One has taken some of Swindon’s technical heritage to Canada where he lives and works as an electrical engineer.

The other carry’s the baton of Jeans love of music and stage. The fact that he works in a caring profession is another indication of the kind of inheritance that Jean has passed on. Jeans faith was very important to her and she was still singing with the church choir at Evensong until only a few weeks ago. With Jeans passing, there is a gap in the choir stalls that will forever be treasured. Heroes are formed when they make the seemingly impossible possible. They can appear in every walk of life and are a God given gift to inspire us all. There will be some heroics in examination rooms in our schools and colleges over the next few weeks and so we pray for them and all who are caring from them too.

With best wishes and prayers

Bill

New West Berks 47 Bus Service from 25th July (replaces GoRide 90 bus service)

Below is a link to the new West Berkshire #47 bus service that replaces the existing GoRide #90 bus service. The service is a Mon – Sat return bus service on the following route: Swindon -> GW Hospital -> Wanborough -> Bishopstone -> Ashbury -> Lambourn. The timetable is different to the old #90 service so please plan your journeys accordingly.

 

The new #47 timetable can be found by clicking …here….

Bishopstone heading into the superfast world – An update from SBC

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Residents of Bishopstone and the surrounding areas will be able to join thousands of other residents and businesses who can receive Superfast Broadband from 1st July 2016.

Andy Greenhalgh from Bishopstone Parish Council joined the Superfast Swindon project team on site at Forty Farm, Bishopstone to inspect progress on the installation of the latest mast.

Fortys Farm Mast

Work begins on the new Bishopstone mast

Andy said “Bishopstone Parish Council is delighted the parish is being moved out of the digital doldrums and into the digital age. Our previous broadband speeds were frequently so poor and unreliable that it was at times unusable. We eagerly look forward to the high speed broadband services being provided by UKB Networks and its resellers.”

UKB and Andy at mast

Andy Greenhalgh (left) from Bishopstone Parish Council discussing the Bishopstone build plan with Graham Currier (UKB Networks Manager)

Please visit our postcode checker at www.superfastswindon.com to check when the service is coming to your area.
The Superfast Swindon team and our resellers will be meeting residents who are interested in the service at a series of events detailed at http://superfastswindon.com/community-engagement/

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Swindon Borough Council, Civic Offices, Euclid Street, Swindon, SN1 2JH

Bishopstone Island Clean Up Day, Sun 1st May @ 10:30am

On Sunday 1st May at 10:30am we will be assembling a working party to give the Bishopstone Island it’s spring clean !

We as a community are very fortunate to have such a beautiful and tranquil setting at the heart of our village.

The island is fully owned and managed by the parish and we regularly maintain it.

All volunteers would be most welcome. Please bring whatever tools you have – handsaws, pruners, loppers, strimmers etc etc.