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Sunday Worship on 5th February, the Third Sunday before Lent, will be at 10am Parish Communion at St Michael’s.
FROM NOVEMBER 2022 UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, ONLINE SUNDAY WORSHIP WILL BE LIVE STREAMED FROM SOUTHWARK CATHEDRAL. PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR THE LIVE SERVICES STREAM PAGE.
The January Parish Magazine is here – click on the image.
St Mary’s – Organ Restoration
On 7th November, the restoration of the organ in St Mary’s commenced. The organ is partially dismantled, and while the work continues, St Mary’s will be closed during the week. On Sundays, services will continue as normal. It is hoped that the organ will be restored and back in use by Easter 2023. Please see full details in the update below:
Click here for information about the St Mary’s Churchyard and Church Fabric Fund, and how you can support it.
Tending of the gravestone and memorial plaques in the churchyard – updated information HERE.
The 2020 Buckland Graveyard Survey is now available – CLICK HERE for guidance and for links to the survey document and to the photo galleries.
20th November 2020
Tending of the gravestone and memorial plaques in the churchyard.
Over many years, the presence and numbers of plant pots, artificial flowers, ornaments and planted shrubs has reached a point where the graveyard no longer meets the Diocese’s churchyard regulations, and thus we have to ensure the churchyard is compliant. The regulations will allow a simple posy of cut flowers or small pot plant on a grave or memorial plaque but nothing more, and so this means the removal of many of the plant pots and the artificial flowers, ornaments, pebbles, planted shrubs etc.
This notice has been placed in the graveyard asking those tending the graves and memorial plaques to remove the non compliant items by the 31st December this year – the date has been extended from the 15th November. The notices, which explain what we are doing in more detail, advise that at some point after that date the items will be placed by the front gate for collection, and if not collected within a reasonable time thereafter they will disposed of.
Anna Moore Rector, David Sayce and Liz Vahey Churchwardens
Safeguarding Policy – Promoting a Safer Church
On 19th July 2019 the Parochial Church Council adopted the following Safeguarding Policy.
“In accordance with the Church of England Safeguarding Policy, our church is committed to:
• promoting a safer environment and culture
• safely recruiting and supporting all those with any responsibility related to children, young people and vulnerable adults within the church
• responding promptly to every safeguarding concern or allegation
• caring pastorally for victims/survivors of abuse and other affected persons
• caring pastorally for those who are the subject of concerns or allegations of abuse and other affected persons
• responding to those who may pose a present risk to others.