Benefice Newsletter


You are the light of the world.(Matthew 5.14)


IF ONLY … (a letter from our Priest-in-Charge)

We all know the old joke about the tourist looking for directions. One day he asks a local for directions to a town. The local replies: “Well sir, if I were you, I would not start from here.” How often do we wish we did not have to start a journey from where we are?

If we want to see our local parish grow, reach more people in the local community or do anything new, we can always think of reasons why this cannot happen. Not unlike the local speaking to the tourist, it can be a case of “if only we could start from somewhere other than we are now, then it would work.”

It is too easy to compare our church with others. We covet their parishioners, their money, their ‘luck’! Looking at what we want to do, we can see the resources needed in terms of time, money and abilities.

However, before considering what skills and resources we wish we had, it is healthier to acknowledge what is already in front of us. It is important not to despise what God has given us in the here and now.

In the ‘Parable of the talents’ (Matthew 25:14- 30), the master goes on a journey. Before he leaves, he shares out his resources according to the ability of the workers. On his return, he finds two who have used the talents well and one who has not. We remember well the

words spoken to the diligent servants: “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things. I will put you in charge of many things.” The lesson can apply to anything we want to achieve. It is best to begin where we are – not where we would like to be.

Moving away from the ‘if only’ mentality – if only we had more money/different people/ different clergy/different buildings – always has an element of difficulty about it. It is tempting to stay in the secure place of wishing we were starting from somewhere other than we are. Otherwise, there is the danger of being so fixated on where we wish we were that we miss the opportunities that are here now.

Best Wishes, Mark.

Rev Mark Wilson, Tel: 01488 491105

Inkpen and Kintbury join together for “Songs of Praise”
On Sunday 19th August at St Mary’s Church, Kintbury Jenny gave us an uplifting and well attended “Songs of Praise” service of readings from the Psalms and Chronicles interspersed with 9 of the most popular hymns in the Anglican hymnal; these included “Be still for the presence of the Lord”, “Thine be the glory”, “Amazing grace” and “Lord of All Hopefulness”. The hymns were chosen by congregation members in the weeks leading up to the service.

With a combined congregation from Inkpen and Kintbury churches, the service concluded with the Lord’s Prayer and a responsorial Psalm 67 led by Brother Terry and the blessing from Mark.

Chris Lambert played us out to the Voluntary “Songs of Praise” by Herbert Chappell after which there was a magnificent tea provided in St Mary’s Room by a sterling team led by Sue Oldfield.

Thanks to everyone involved – a splendid time was had by all!

Ride + Stride 2018
The annual sponsored walk/cycle ride in aid of the Berkshire Churches Trust will take place on Saturday 8 September.  St. Mary’s Church Kintbury will be open to welcome visitors from 10.00am to 6.00pm. 
If anybody would like to take part to raise money for Berkshire’s historic churches (either by walking, cycling, running or stewarding), all the forms and information can be found on the Berkshire Churches Trust website - - see the drop-down menu under the Ride and Stride tab.  Half the money raised comes back to the ‘home’ church.

Do email me for more information if required (, or if you would consider being involved as an organiser.  It’s something which might work well if the Benefice churches work together; too late for this year but maybe in the future? Pauline Pettitt (Kintbury)

Kennet Valley Filling Station
After a summer break, KVFS returns on Wednesday Sept 12th 7.30pm at Kintbury Coronation Hall, as we welcome Newbury Baptist Church Minister Richard Littledale to speak & join us in worship.  Richard is a contributor to the excellent which provides daily Christian ‘fuel’ in the form of engaging short videos. We look forward to what ‘fuel’ he has to share with us at our meeting this month.  Please join us and be assured a warm welcome.  Leila Cox.



St Michael's and All Angels Church, Enborne. - Flower Festival & special Benefice Evensong, Harvest & Flower festival service.

The Flower Festival is to be held at Enborne Church on 5th, 6th and 7th October with the creative support of the Newbury Floral Society and Enborne Primary School. The theme is “Harvest Celebration” .
The Grand Opening is at 2 pm on Friday 5th & the weekend culminates in

a special Benefice Choral Evensong, Harvest & Flower festival service at 6pm on Sunday 7th October when the Preacher will be the Bishop of Reading, the Rt Rev Andrew Proud.

The Church will be open throughout the weekend at the following times: Friday 5th: 2pm to 5pm; Saturday 6th: 10am to 5pm & Sunday 7th: 10am to 6pm. There will be no charge but donations gratefully received.

Refreshments will be available.
ALL ARE WELCOME. Please join us! And encourage your friends to come along too!

Avington:  Sunday 16th September  at 4pm.

Hamstead Marshall:  Sunday 30th September at 9.45am.

Harvest Festival supper: 29th September from 7pm to 11pm is an adults evening organised by Sue Watts. Contact Katie Wallis for further details.

Inkpen:     Sunday 14th October at 9.45am.

Kintbury:    Sunday 14th October at 9.45am.

Combe (joint service with West Woodhay):

                  Sunday 14th October at 11.15am.



The first Children’s Benefice service will be held at 9.45am on Sunday 16th September at Combe. This will be special service where your pets are invited to be blessed. Do come! We look forward to seeing as many children as possible from across the benefice.

Remembering John Tyzack MBE
John died suddenly on 19th May 2018 at the restored watermill he owned for over 30 years & loved so much near Cahors in Southern France.

During the three decades he lived in Hamstead Marshall, John was an active member of the PCC & a churchwarden at St Mary’s Church for many years.

He was born in Taunton & educated at Kings College, Taunton before earning a place at The Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.
He then joined the Royal Leicestershire Regiment & served in the UK, Germany, Hong Kong, Malaya & Borneo. In 1964 he joined the Army Air Corps & took his young family to Cyprus, later flying with the United Nations in Nicosia.

A varied & successful business career followed, after which John was appointed Fundraising Director of Development for Newnham College Cambridge & Reading Universities.

When he retired he became involved in West Berkshire Education, chairing the Schools Funding Forum at which Head Teachers allocate funding for the schools in West Berkshire. He also enjoyed being a governor for four local schools & Chair of Governors at Enborne School, where he was instrumental in creating the beautiful school hall opened by the Duchess of York in 2009.

For his work in education he was awarded an MBE by the Queen at Windsor Castle in 2010.

He was also involved in the Patients Participation Group to assist with improvements within the practice at Kintbury & Woolton Hill.
His passion for aviation led him to arrange fundraising air shows for Norton House, which provides accommodation for families of injured servicemen & women & events for the Headley Court rehabilitation centre. He also ran the Ox & Bucks branch of the Army Air Corps Association with ‘Fly-In’ events to raise funds for service charities. He chaired the local Air Crew Association & was a member – & chairman for a time – of the Museum of Army Flying. He was also involved in the monumental fundraising & planning for the rebuilding of the Army Air Corps Museum of Flying at Middle Wallop.

In his spare time, John was a skilled craftsman who could turn his hand to any project, be it rebuilding a house, creating beautiful furniture or rebuilding an engine from scratch. His children will never forget the replica of the Magic Roundabout train he made for them when they were young. He will be greatly missed by his wife Elizabeth, daughter Sarah, son Charles & his daughter in law Krisztina, who was looking forward to telling him that she has been given a deputy headship. He was so proud of them all.

Those who knew him will remember him for his loyalty, commitment & good humour.

A Service of Thanksgiving was held in St Mary’s Church, Hamstead Marshall on 18th June.


Prayers and Bears meet again on Thursday 13 September (& every 2nd Thursday of the month) at 1.45pm in the chapel in St Mary's Church, Kintbury. All pre-school age children, babies & their carers are welcome for an informal time of singing, story & craft activity. We enjoy a social time with refreshments in St Mary's Room & end in time to collect older children from school. A warm welcome awaits you.

Our Old Rectory picnic in the summer was great fun.

From West Woodhay Harry Henderson writes that, sadly, the family Bradstock are to leave West Woodhay after 20 years at the Old Rectory. Anna has served as secretary to the West Woodhay PCC and they have played a central role in village life in particular the Garden Show. They will be much missed and are shortly to move to Combe before returning to Jersey in a couple of years’ time.

Benefice Faith Group

This is an informal group, meeting fortnightly (usually alternate Tuesdays, 7:30 – 9:00pm – St Mary’s Room) with a very open agenda. 

Next term, (October/November) we are going to read and discuss a short, 4-chapter book by Rowan Williams (ex-Archbishop of Canterbury) called “Being Christian”.  However, before we embark on this, we are planning a one-off session in Inkpen Church / Church room on Tuesday 2nd October. 

This is just after the Festival of Michaelmas (September 29th) and as Inkpen’s patron saint is St Michael and All Angels, we are going to think about, and talk about  . . . . . angels.  If you don’t know Inkpen Church, do come and look at the angels with us.

All our sessions are open to everyone, but this, as a standalone meeting, is particularly easy to drop into, with absolutely no commitment for further attendance.

Give it a go – come along. Jenny.
Email or 'phone01488 657911

Notices for September

Kintbury's Art Exhibition

7th-9th September at The Coronation Hall.


Local art for sale and children's art on display.


Preview evening with wine on Friday at 7pm, tickets £5 from Kintbury Corner Stores or church.


Saturday 10.30am - 8.30pm and Sunday 10.30am - 4pm entry free but donations very welcome for Friends of St Mary's Church, charity 295387.

Also serving light refreshments.

To exhibit please contact Lyn Cattlin on 01488 658877 or email


The first concert of Opus 2 - Saturday 15th September at 19:30 at St Mary's Church, Kintbury! Free of charge, with a retiring collection.
Beat the Back to School Blues.


Opus 2 is a new choir which rehearses in Kintbury each week!

You'll be treated to an eclectic mix of music including Mozart, Rutter, Vivaldi and Ešenvalds. There will also be some organ and piano duets for good measure along with opportunities to join in!

Have a glass of wine in the interval too!


Harvest Themed Flower Festival at St Michael's and All Angels Church, Enborne. 5th,6th & 7th October 2018.
Please see details earlier in this edition of The Beacon.


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