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The St Birinus Sextet!

The St Birinus Sextet! A very happy time was had at Dorchester Abbey on 24 September when six members of our congregations were admitted to The Fellowship of St Birinus.

They are Ian and Pat Amos, Jenifer and John Peter Hudson, and Tom and Anne Reeve. This award, presented by The Bishop of Dorchester, is in recognition of exceptional service to the local church.

​Here are some extracts from the admitted to The Fellowship of St Birinus:

Ian Amos, along with his wife Pat, moved to Middleton Stoney in 1972, so they have been very much part of church and community for 45 years, known and loved by everyone in the village. A very private man, Ian never wished to be in the limelight. However, having pursued a long and successful career in the world of finance, he was well placed to take on the role of Church Treasurer, which he did willingly in 1977 and still carries out ably and meticulously to this day. He ‘celebrated’ 40 years in this role at the 2017 Annual Parochial Church Meeting. He will be a hard act to follow (although he is not retiring!) after so many years of faithful and conscientious service, for which church members both past and present are so grateful.

Ian’s wife Pat has been another faithful servant on PCC, Deanery Synod, refreshments, leading prayers and reading lessons, but most importantly flower arranging, so much appreciated for her wonderful gift in this area. She co-organises the flower rota and has been responsible for the planning and execution of several flower festivals, doing her own superb arrangements and encouraging others. This is a couple so worthy of an award.

Jenifer Hudson moved into Middleton Stoney in 1980 and immediately immersed herself in the life of the church, taking on various roles. A few years later, following the death of her husband, she remarried, to John Peter Hudson, and together they have been committed and faithful members of All Saints’ Church. In her time here Jenifer has been PCC secretary and Deanery Synod rep, as well as serving 25 out of 27 years as churchwarden, first assuming this role in 1990, and John Peter was also on the PCC acting as secretary. He is an historian and archivist and has written a history of the church and is always willing to give tours of All Saints’ to interested visitors.

As churchwarden Jenifer has performed many tasks not ‘required’ for the post during her 25 years in this role, ably supported by her husband at all times. These have included: laying the table for Holy Communion, cleaning the silver, washing the linen, ordering the wafers, acting as verger for weddings and funerals, providing water for baptisms, arranging for people to read lessons and lead intercessions (as well as doing it herself), ringing the bells, providing refreshments on many occasions, hosting and leading Matins every Monday, setting up the crib for Christmas services, co-organising the flower rota, leading a ‘buggy service’ for many years and chairing the PCC, hosting the meetings at her home.

Tom and Anne Reeve, formerly of Manor Farm, Hampton Gay. Tom and his family moved to Manor Farm at Hampton Gay in 1951. His mother had always been involved with the church. Tom and Anne married in 1972 and became church warden and secretary in the same year. The church has always been in their thoughts with it being in the farm fields. They have three daughters, all of whom were christened and carried in St Giles. Over the years they have helped raise funds for the running expenses of the church, a new roof being the main project, plus funds to repair damage caused by vandalism. The porch is a good example of this. It was destroyed by arsonists in 1971; it had been a dream for many years to have it rebuilt and Viridor and the Oxfordshire Historic Churches’ Trust kindly stepped in with grants, and with the help of Tom’s sister’s wedding photos from 1965 a replica of the original was made.Tom over the years has mown and kept the churchyard tidy. Anne has always enjoyed decorating the church with flowers and reading the lessons. They have rarely missed a service and have encouraged friends and family to come and support the services, offering tea afterwards. Anne is famous for her cakes and has been known to pay the organist with meringues!

They have been invaluable to both church and community.

The Rev’d Gareth Miller