Firstly, I hope that everyone is keeping well. The lockdown continues. If you think that your neighbours are struggling with enforced solitude, please give them a call. Some of the volunteers have offered to call people so if you think there is someone who would like a chat with a new person, let me know on 876173.

More rain this week so the cows will have plenty of grass when marking day comes around on May 13th. This weekend would have been the Cow Hunt but, instead of bustle, our village will be quiet.

And on Friday there would have been events to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day, the end of World War 2 in Europe. The BBC are supporting an initiative to put up bunting across the country. Our school will be taking part so look out for bunting around the village.

I have been prompted to think about two words this week by this passage from Paul; perseverance and joy:
“Consider it pure joy, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

If you are helping people here are some straightforward safeguarding guidelines:

'Volunteers to be advised to practice all government advice, so frequent hand-washing, keep a safe distance (leave things on doorstep). They should collect receipts for any purchases and wait for payment before handing over purchases. Those who need help to be advised of receipt/payment structure and that this is a volunteer operation, nothing formal.

Sadly, but not unsurprisingly, Coronavirus scams continue but there are still regular scams. Twice in Stroud a caller claiming to Thomas Matthews from the Fraud Office called after reports that the victim’s card had been used to buy a washing machine. He suggested that the person call 999 and hung up, but they did not disconnect. In both cases the intended victim realised it was a scam.

Here is the link to the UK police website:

Over the next few weeks Gloucestershire Constabulary will be proving support and advice on domestic abuse through their engagement vehicles parked at supermarkets across the county. They will offer private support and advice in relation to domestic abuse. If people are experiencing domestic abuse or are concerned about someone else, then please go and speak to them. Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Support Service (GDASS) will be supporting these events.

The Gloucestershire Community help hub allow people to post offers of and requests for help. Here is the link

For the most vulnerable please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you know of anyone in another village who needs help there is a list of contacts, village by village on the Stroud District council website.

We have had an update from Minchinhampton Life so I have published the link to table of local suppliers. If people know of changes, I will pass them on.

Finally, Gina now has a sewing machine but would like cotton fabric so she can start sewing face masks for our community. She can be contacted on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Keep safe and keep in touch
Have a good week
Reverend John

This is the link to the Business Directory from Minchinhampton Life showing the status of local businesses. Missing from this list are Hobbs House and Stroud Brewery who are still operating as earlier upates. The Amberley Inn will take orders on the day before for fish and chips. Full this Friday, May 1st!