| Simon Bale | Vicar's Blog

Hot weather appears to be like Marmite: you love it or loathe it, apparently. I am a lover. In fact (and this might be an insight into my personality), I love hot and cold in equal measure. What I don’t like is “boring” weather: grey overcast clouds and just nothing much happening. How dull.

I know, however, that for some—most?—the current heat is both uncomfortable and possibly dangerous. I’m writing this just as a Red Extreme warning has popped up on my phone, issued for “parts of England on Monday and Tuesday, meaning there is a danger to life.” That’s quite sobering. And likely to be an increasingly common experience in the years to come. The science confirmed many years ago how the past two hundred years of human activity has led to the current climate emergency, and how we are now unavoidably locked into increasing global temperatures. Keeping to a limit of 1.5°C seems very unlikely now, and I am worried, like many others, that the global changes are themselves going to be lethal to many with the loss of habitats and homes, even whole geographical regions. Our immediate concerns for “danger to life” with the red warning are, sadly, just a single instance of a much bigger problem.

What can be done? Well, individually of course there are the things we already do: live as lightly on the Earth as we can, be good stewards of this wonderful planet, and avoid actions that increase further the production of “greenhouse gases”. But, does that make any difference? Of course it does. It also reminds us that the rhythm of the planet operates at a far slower pace than the rhythm of our own lives. Governments work together to implement climate change protocols (think of COP26 etc.) and protest groups help to keep the pressure on our politicians and others so that we don’t waver. But it seems to have no effect and so we humans lose interest, or give up.

I am a follower (and some time pre-pandemic activist) for Extinction Rebellion. I consider the climate emergency to be so great a threat to our society and our very lives that we cannot rest. I have not glued myself to anything, and I have not put myself forward as “an arrestable” (hopefully a self-explanatory term) because I consider that counter productive to who I am. Even so, I remain supportive of those who are arrestables, and consider their courage to be planet-saving. It is a slow journey out the mess we have made, but rebelling against extinction seems a reasonable stance to take, even if the effect of it all can seem rather vague or faint.

The present climate emergency is the product of 250 years of industrial activity, with coal and oil being belched out with no controls until the past few decades. I am a child of the sixties, when the clean air acts began to, well, clean the air. Buildings were cleaned up as well: Bristol went from black stone buildings to clean stone. There were no more peasoupers. But still air quality is poor because we drive cars. The clean air acts remind us that change can happen, but it may well take 250 years to get back to what we had. It will probably be that we don’t ever get back “there” exactly, but changes are possible. Changes are happening and we, mere humans, need to be a mixture of committed determination and ultra-patience. Our great-great-…-great-grandchildren will, I hope and pray, look back to the beginning of the 21st Century and remark that we, their long dead ancestors got the ball rolling. Our lives are fleeting in comparison to the whole of creation, but we are stewards of what we have been given, and I for one will always rebel against that being destroyed.

Stay cool.

Covid Update

Given the significant rise in cases locally (not just among the clergy!), I think it is important that we reconsider the way we distribute communion. For the present time, until things settle down again, we will be reverting to the previous system of “priestly intinction” whereby the president offers an “intincted” wafer to communicants. Please do not feel obliged to receive the wine in this way. It is perfectly acceptable to receive only the bread: please let the president know.

Lyngfest! Saturday July 30th, 7pm

Join us in the Village Hall garden for an evening of live music accompanied by Cheese and Cider tasting. Ticket £10 available in advance only. Kids go free. A Pop up Pub will also be available with a good selection of drinks on offer for a suggested donation.

Evening of Romantic Song and Popular Favourites, Sat 20th Aug

Saturday August 20th at 7.30pm in North Curry Church: Gregory Steward, tenor, presents an Evening of Romantic Song and Popular Favourites. Tickets £10 to include a glass of wine/juice: available from North Curry Post Office or from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on the door. Under-18s free.

Lyng Harvest Supper, 3rd September at 6pm

Come and celebrate the season with friends and food. Delicious fare for us to share. Ticket £5 available in advance only to include supper and a glass of wine, beer or a soft drink. We will be collecting donations for the local food-bank.

A Pop up Pub will also be available with a good selection of drinks on offer for a suggested donation.

Lyng Quiz Night: 1st Oct at 7pm

Get your thinking caps on for a fun flled quiz evening kindly hosted by Chris Barrington. Prize for the winning team. Followed by raffle. £10 per team of 4. In advance.

A Pop up Pub will also be available with a good selection of drinks on offer for a suggested donation.

A prayer for Ukraine

Father of all,

We hold before you today the country of Ukraine and its people. We have no words to express the sadness we feel for them. We pray that your Holy Spirit will act to bring peace; that violence and brutality will have no place in its lands; that you will hold your people safe

Lord have Mercy

We pray that the people of your world will work together

To protect the poor and the afraid To heal the sick and the dying To free those oppressed and in prison We hold them all before you

Christ have Mercy

We hold before you those we know who are caught up in the situation. We pray for our armed forces. We pray for all those who stand for good in the face of evil. We pray for those hurting and grieving for their country. We hold them all in your love

And above all we pray for hope.

Lord have Mercy


Athelney Prayer

Almighty God, who made all things and sustains all things, we come together remembering the past and full of hope for the future.

We thank you for the part you call us to play in our Benefice's continuing story.

Lord, bind us more closely together and unite us in the work of your kingdom in our communities. Help us to draw on the gifts and talents in our midst and to use them in your service.

May we be a welcoming and loving community, united in worshipping you and open to your guiding Spirit.

Holy Spirit guide us and fill us with vision and energy; make us faithful in prayer and worship, that we may discover your way for the future and see your kingdom grow.

We ask these things in the name of your Son our Saviour, Jesus Christ.


Choir practice
19 Aug 2022
04:00PM - 05:00PM

Lyng Coffee Morning
20 Aug 2022
10:30AM - 12:00PM

Wedding: Michelle and Matthew
20 Aug 2022
12:00PM - 05:00PM

Lyng a summer Fete
20 Aug 2022
02:00PM - 03:00PM

An Evening of romantic song and popular favourites with Gregory Steward (North Curry Church)
20 Aug 2022
07:00PM - 10:00PM

Eucharist: BCP (North Curry)
21 Aug 2022
08:00AM - 09:00AM