Firstly, I hope that everyone is keeping well. This week it was good to see that the majority of shops were open in Nailsworth. Many of the things that we took for granted before lockdown are returning, although in slightly different ways.

This week I had a request for help from Marah the Stroud homeless charity. They are short of the following:

  • Instant coffee (any sort...the Marah volunteers bag it up into smaller bags for their guests)
  • Washing gel pods (for clothes... a few pods are given to each guest)
  • Men's belts ...any size. Several of their guests have lost weight over the lockdown.

Please leave any donations in a carrier bag at the back door of the Rectory which is just beyond the church down the lane from the Amberley Inn. We will ensure it gets to Jackie Natt who is our Marah co-ordinator.

We said goodbye to one of our village’s characters this week. It was Richard ‘Biffo’ Barnes’ funeral on Wednesday. Thank you to everyone who turned out to pay their respects as his funeral cortege drove slowly through the village.

Holy Trinity Amberley is now open on Tuesday, Saturday, and Sunday from noon to 2 pm. Thanks go to Clare and Jamie Weaver for unlocking and locking the church, ensuring there is hand sanitiser and that the surfaces are thoroughly cleaned. John Gilbert and Jamie set everything up whilst John Gilbert and Simon Barker ensured that we met the Church of England guidelines. Next stop worship when we have some guidelines.

In an interview this week I read that being a follower of Jesus is not transactional, it is transformational. What we do as Christians should transform us little by little into the likeness of Jesus. This may seem daunting, but we can be reassured by this verse from Ephesians chapter 4 verse 32; ‘be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you’

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There are now only occasional requests for support but 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.

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

https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/gloucestershires-community-help-hub/

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

The link to the table of local suppliers is below. I learnt this week that Jolly Nice are operating a drive through take away where cycling through is permitted. Now there’s a thought!

Keep safe and keep in touch

Have a good week
Reverend John

 

The link to the table of local businesses:

https://mcusercontent.com/555e3483e189855b20cf3234b/files/2b3135bf-744f-438e-82ed-d14af8bf1de6/200528_Minchinhampton_Life_Business_Directory_during_COVID_19_.01.pdf