All Saints Church, Corston
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The Buzz Club
Buzz Club is for children who live in Corston and for their friends.
We are never short of adult help - Mums, Grandmothers and friends who enjoy working with children come to help. Many of our activities foster genuine community spirit by bringing people of all generations together.
Our activities include crafts, sports, cooking gardening entertaining and visiting senior residents in the village, involvement in the village nativity play, and fund raising for chosen charities- and many other unique activities and visits.
Buzz club is sponsored by our village Church.
Some events are Church-based including children taking part in family services and others are not. The aim is to provide activities that you want to do and to encourage them always to share and care about others.
A programme of events is published 3 times a year, at the beginning of each school term. Posters are displayed by the postbox near the Village Post Office and Church porch and every family in Corston receives a programme at home.
For further information please contact
Liz on telephone number 01225 873955 or any of the Buzz Club Mums.
The Village Market
Corston Village market takes place on the first Saturday of February to July and October to December, from 10:30am-12noon. Stalls include cakes, plants, books, puzzles and bric-a-brac. You can enjoy a gossip with your friends over a cup of coffee and perhaps be tempted to a bacon buttie.
The market started in 1991 and to date has raised over £50,000 for All Saints Church and is always a popular and enjoyable event.
Soup and Pudding Lunches
These are held in Corston Village Hall on the second Wednesday of each month, except August.
The cost is £3 for soup, cheese and bread; and £1 for a choice of puddings. A cup of tea or coffee is 50p.
These lunches are available between 12 noon and 1.15pm. We have space for buggies, high chairs, wheel chairs and zimmer frames!
Further details from Jean Seymour. Tel: 01225 872746
Bell ringing at All Saints Corston
In 1754 there were three bells known as 'Ye Great, Ye Least and Ye Other'. In that year Ye Great and Ye Least were recast into one single bell by the Bilbies, the famous bell founders of Chew Stoke. Ye Other was sold in 1823 and it seems that Corston had only the one Bilbie bell until 1917. In that year Mr. F. L. Bartelt presented the set of eight bells in use today. A condition, honoured to this day, was that the bells be rung every year on September 23rd, the birthday of Fritz Bartelt in whose memory they were given.
We have eight bells the heaviest, called the Tenor, which weighs just over 9 cwt. We practice on the last Friday of the month 7.45pm - 9.00pm and we ring for service on the third Sunday of the month at 10.45am. The tower captains are Mrs Jane Jones and Ms Jenny Burton and tower correspondent Miss Sophie Didcott.
We welcome any visitors to our tower and anyone aspiring to learn please contact Debbie Parfrey Tel 01225 873887.
All Saints link with St. Teresa's
Over the years the church has had a close link with St. Teresa's, from Lent groups to carol singing and social events.
On the last Friday of the month (except December, when it is the previous week), the Churches Together Outreach for Older Folk take a service in the lounge at 2pm. There are 6-7 people in the team, each one having an active role. There is a short appropriate talk and the residents frequently join in by playing percussion instruments and singing their well known choruses.
Every third Wednesday, one of the clergy gives Communion to residents in their rooms
If anyone is interested in joining the team, please contact Julie Bracewell on
01225 874522. Just being with, and talking to these dear people is an enriching experience.
Communion in St. Teresa's
Twice a month, communion is available for all those who wish to take it.
1st Wednesday in the month Ken Plant visits residents in their rooms
3rd Wednesday one of the clergy gives communion at 2pm in one of the meeting rooms.
What's happening under the floorboards?
RE-ORDERING - THE CHANCEL
At our patronal festival service on All Saints Day 2012 we marked the final completion of the re-ordering project for our chancel when the new furnishings were dedicated by Ven Andy Pigott, the Archdeacon of Bath. The work, which had been several years in the planning stages, consisted of repairs to the floor, extending the chancel step further into the nave, installing a disability access ramp, providing new, moveable chancel furniture, and recarpeting. The floor repairs exposed an unusual Victorian architectural feature: reverberation
chambers under the rear choirstalls on both sides of the chancel. These were designed to enhance the sound of the men’s voices. They have been preserved. The extended chancel step has provided us with a much larger “stage” area which is also a lot closer to the congregation. This is much better for all kinds of music and drama, both in services and for concerts. The access ramp is appreciated by less able members of the congregation going up to the chancel.
The beautiful oak furniture was designed and made for us by Treske of Thirsk. The design reflects the shape of our chancel arch. Having furniture which can be moved has enhanced the chancel’s usefulness for services of various kinds, prayer groups, and concerts. Finally, the new blue carpet completes the re-ordered chancel as the dignified focal point of our church interior.
RE-ORDERING - THE NORTH AISLE
The re-ordering of our north aisle was completed in 2013. The work consisted of replacing and levelling the floor and making five of the pews smaller and moveable. The old floor, which consisted of a raised pew stand and an additional platform under the altar, was found to be badly affected by wet rot and in urgent need of replacement. The new floor, in Douglas fir, is now at the same level as the surrounding areas which greatly increases the amount of usable space. Making the pews moveable has transformed the whole area, so that our church
now has space for children’s activities, hospitality, and meetings, in relative comfort.