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

All the fun of  church Christmas Craft Fair.

 Harvest gifts aid local food bank

 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.  

Thanks and praise for the Harvest was the theme of the first post-lockdown communion service.

Rev David Agassiz led the congregation of more than 20 worshippers and the popular harvest hymns For the Beauty of the Earth and We Plough the Fields and Scatter rang out as harvest offerings were placed around the pulpit steps. The gifts were later donated to Weston’s Bournville food bank run by the local church there.

A fine floral display prepared by Delia adorned the altar and Colin’s splendid models of farm vehicles added to the atmosphere of the service.

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.