St Andrew's Church

>Annual report 2018

100 years on, Clayhidon honours its fallen heroes

Nearly 40 people joined a service of remembrance at Clayhidon war memorial Clayhidon on 11 November, the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1.

The names of local men who had died in the war were read out. Children had made a paper poppy wreath during an earlier service in the church, and Mollie Upton and Evelyn Tonkin  laid this on the memorial. The national anthem was sung.
A small exhibition in the church, created by the Local History Group, gave biographies  of five of the fallen heroes of the parish – Hubert and Reginald Bright, Frank Drake,  John Honniball, Gilbert Hutchings, William Richards and William Trickey.
n a sermon the  Rev John Stone  outlined the Christian dilemma on wars such as this, in which both sides claimed to have God on their side. Perhaps the question we should ask, he said, quoting a famous remark, was “Are we on God’s side?” The answer lay in Jesus’s sermon on the mount, when he said  “Blessed are the peacemakers”.  >More about the men who died

Parish says farewell to popular rector

Everyone at St Andrew’s was sorry to say ‘Farewell’ to David Burton as he reached his retirement and had to leave the parish, writes Pam Reynolds. We wish him with his wife Jill, every happiness for the future. He took his last service at St Andrew’s on 2 September. He is pictured below with the churchwardens, Denis Sanders and Stephen Bullett.

On 9 September he took his last service for the benefice at St Mary’s. Afterwards there was a lunch held in Hemyock Village Hall. Here, presentations were made to him from all the churches. A special one was given to him from St Andrew’s.

The photograph on the left shows this presentation from St Andrews’ members. 


Ninety enjoy riders service and tea

The most recent special event at St. Andrew’s Church was its annual service for horse riders and carriage drivers on Sunday 16 September on Garlands Bower. 
Thirty four riders on horseback took part plus four horses with carriages. The service was led by David Major – seated on “Jasper”. David has recently retired from full-time work and is now living in Culmstock – one of his interests is improving his equestrian skills.
The group split into four groups for a ride out around the parish, and enjoyed afternoon tea – again on horseback – on their return.
As well as the horsemen and people supporting them a number of the church’s usual congregation attended, so over 90 people enjoyed the service and the outdoor tea.