Two pieces of news from Pembury: A Big Weekend and a new Director of Music

(The following are taken from Fr. Ed Tomlinson’s blog)

The BIG Weekend

Pembury Open day 2015An exciting weekend for Saint Anselm’s is taking place over the 12th and 13th of September. On Saturday morning, between 10 am and 12:30 pm, a coffee morning is to be held alongside an open day. We will need lots of tea and coffee makers and lots of bakers. Our hope being that visitors, from the village and beyond, will feel enabled to come and see all that has been taking place here in recent months and share in our joy.

Refreshments will be free, of course, but donations accepted. Any money raised being given to St. Peter’s, the local Anglican church, who recently announced their own plans to build a hall and develop their worship space.

On Sunday 13th, at 11 am, we are holding our patronal festival. We usually transfer the feast of St Anselm as it tends to fall around holy week. The celebrant will be Rt. Revd. John Hine, recently retired as area bishop. The Mass will be a special thanksgiving for the new build and the construction workers are returning to read the lessons and accept our thanks in person!

After Mass there will be a bring  and share lunch during which a new plaque will be unveiled. The hall is to be named the Hine Room in honour of bishop John who is, to our knowledge, the only bishop to have been raised in Pembury as a lad! The local newspaper are sending a photographer and reporter along to what promises to be a very special day indeed for our little village church.

A new Director of Music

Our current Director of Music, Antony Pitts, has been headhunted by one of Australia’s leading choral groups and is therefore leaving us for pastures new at the end of the year. It will be sad to say goodbye but that sorrow is mingled with joy as we recognise what a fabulous opportunity this is for him. He will remain in post until Advent Sunday.

Pembury Director of Music Tom DavisOur new Director of Music is to be Tom Davis who is pictured here. Tom is already very committed to our church. He sings in the choir at 9:15 am each Sunday and also plays the organ, cantors and chooses hymns at the 11 am Mass! Tom will therefore step up from his role as assistant Director of Music to take over the reins and I am delighted he is able to take on this role.

After Evensong last week Tom and I sat down to discuss his vision for the future of music at Saint Anselm’s. Naturally we did this whilst supping a pint of real ale nestled in a snug at the nearby Black Horse. Now there is some time-honoured English patrimony for you! And I left the conversation feeling confident that the music in our parish is in safe hands. And it wasn’t just the beer talking!

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