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Cakes galore: church members at the annual summer Village Fete.

All the fun of  church Christmas Craft Fair.

  St Paul’s presents garden glory

 A journey back with Rev Gillum

The Rev Sidney George Gillum was vicar when a photographer captured this intriguing picture of St Paul’s Church around 1886.

The photo, from the collection of Phil Johnson, was reproduced on the Weston-super-Mare –Then and Now– Facebook group and shows our church in the days when a cottage occupied the site of the car park.

An interested lady in the costume of Victorian times gazes across the unmade road near a direction sign for the New Inn.

The Rev Gillum was vicar for nine years and, as can be seen from the picture, would have entered the church hall from its only entrance on the south side. When motor vehicles began to take over the roads it made sense to move the entrance to its present site.

The photo on Facebook prompted many comments from browsers who recalled memories of baptisms, marriages and funerals over the years.  

The onset of summer heralds the annual arrival at the gates of St Paul’s of a band of green-finger enthusiasts keen to grow our church funds.

From their gardens here and there, these church members display for sale a colourful array of flowers and other plants, attracting eager visitors from all parts of the parish, set on making their gardens bloom.

Happy buyers, looking forward to the fresher taste of their home-grown vegetables and the pleasure of relaxing before the blues, pinks and reds of new blossoms, created brisk business for those tending the stalls.

And as the final purchases were carried away, organisers were delighted to record that church funds had also grown, by more than £700.

Sunday services return

The 10am Sunday services have now resumed on a regular basis at St Paul’s, with worshippers following the usual Government guidelines regarding face coverings and social distancing.

Also, attendees are asked to contact Nancy Whyte, tel. 01934 516212, so numbers can be monitored.

Holy Communion will be held on the first, second and fourth Sunday of each month.