PARISH church and village: sadly I have to report the death of Revd David McKeeman at his home in Bromyard last Friday. David had been rector here for 21 years and was remembered with great affection by all who knew him. After retiring from Silchester he spent many years as itinerant priest through the Bishop in Europe and travelled to many European countries to act as “locum” there. We send our sympathy to his wife Susan, children Christopher and Zoe and to his grandchildren.

MUSIC in Church: Robin Scott Music and the Community Choir on last Friday was a very successful evening and I await news of the money raised for Guardian Angels UK. Robin had just returned from a successful tour of Europe

VILLAGE Market on Saturday, 6 October from 10am to 12.30pm. All the regular stalls will be there and perhaps a new one also.

VILLAGE Hall: the main roof is now completed and next is the indoor redecoration. There is a Painting Party on October 20 starting at 10am and also October 27. Can you help? Just turn up! Also plans are afoot for new, more comfortable chairs, you can

sponsor a chair! More next week! After 32 years, Viv Hartshorn is stepping down as bookings administrator, but will work with someone as a job share. Information from 9700940.

SILCHESTER Striders regularly meet at the pavilion at 9.15am to have a nice walk. If you like walking, good company and a mixed group, do come along.

BEER Festival: over 220 people attended and winning beers were as follows:- Gold: Breakfast Stout, New Wharf Brewery; Silver: Luvly, Little London Brewery; Bronze: 18th Century style English IPA, Longdog brewery. The Cider/Perry class was won by Tutts Clump's Traditional Farmhouse Perry.

BONFIRE night is on Saturday, 3 November. Wood collection on October 21, start collecting now! No old sheds, fences, rotten wood or hedge cuttings. The association would appreciate help in all ways particularly if you have a trailer that could be used or

a 4x4 vehicle. Contact Chris 9700702 if you can help.

DATES for your diary: Boundary Walk on Sunday, 14 October 14 and Christmas Dance on Saturday, 1 December.