St Augustine's Animal Fair

The annual Summer Event happened on Sat 13th July and was a roaring success!

Our 'Animal Fair' was really well attended in the scorching sunshine with so many people from our Parish, School and Units and from the local area coming out to support our Community event.
Some of our Main attractions this year were..

a visit from The Bristol Shaolin Kung Fu Academy who performed some amazing demonstrations of animal moves and some down right dangerous things too!
The Little Zoo Company brought their amazing animals along for the people to see, stroke and even hold! A Tarantula, skunk, meercat, armadillo, snakes, a racoon and a honey bear (kingkajou) were just delightful to see (well, maybe not the tarantula!)

Monica and Roger from The Guide Dogs for the blind charity came along with the lovely 'Jangle' to show us all about the work of the clever guide dogs and to hand out fun things for the kids to do.

Our School Pop Choir performed the finale with 3 beautiful songs. A well polished, professional performance, down to their hard work under the leadership of Mrs Jones.

With food, drinks, swingboats, inflatable obstacle course, toddler play area, facepainting, coconut shy, splat the rat, ping pong panda game, crocodile tennis, bucking bronco and much more it was a wonderful day for us all to enjoy.

Well done to all the PTFA, Parish and Units who organised the event and to our wonderful volunteers.

Glastonbury Pilgrimage 2013

The sun shone upon all who made the pilgrimage to Our Lady of Glastonbury on Sunday 14th July.

There were coachloads of people who made th journey from around the Diocese to enjoy the annual pilgrimage together.

We are glad that most of the people were able to enjoy the day in the shade as the temperature soared to record levels!

A beautiful day with Mass, prayer, singing and devotion to Our Lady.

RISE Theatre visit

On Sunday 30th June we had a visit from RISE Theatre group who staged a thought provoking play with themes that resonate with many of us - friendship, sacrifice, the search for truth and the challenge to stand up for our beliefs in an increasingly secular society.
"Soldier to Saint" bring to life the inspirational true story of Saint Alban, Britain's first Martyr. It is the year 2020 and London is in crisis. As Christians are forced into hiding and rioting hits the streets, a soldier, John Alban, strikes an unlikely friendship with a fugitive Priest - a friendship that could cost him his life.

Fr Frank with Stephen and John from RISE

Written by Charley Pinfold, Managing Director and Co-Founder of RISE Theatre, Soldier to Saint was originally commissioned for the Brightlights Festival in St Albans in 2010 and was followed by a successful run in London a year later.
The play is touring nationally this year and St Augustine's Church was pleased to play host for everyone in our Parishes in Communion to enjoy it.
Many thanks to all who came and to RISE group for bringing the story to life for us all.

The stage set for the performance

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