Bristol-Uganda Link – Celebration Evening

This year is the 40th anniversary of the formation of the Bristol-Uganda Diocesan Link. Our link with our brothers and sisters in Uganda has brought much blessing over very many years, both to Ugandans who have hosted visitors from the deanery and to members of the deanery who have hosted visitors from Uganda. For all those who have been touched by the friendliness and faith of our African brethren, it has been a unique and memorable experience.

Open Meeting of the City Deanery Synod—special celebration evening with the Roadshow, Ugandan Choir, display and refreshments at St Matthew’s Church, Kingsdown
Speakers: Revd Romans 8:1Open Link in New Window David Serunjogi (Diocesan Mission Coordinator, Central Buganda Diocese), Revd Tabitha Ddembe (Schools’ Officer and Mission Coordinator, West Buganda Diocese) and Revd Chris Dobson (Ecumenical and Global Partnership Officer, Bristol Diocese)

Contact: Mr John Curle
[hidepost]Telephone: 0117 942 9695

Full details of deanery programmes can be found at

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Operation Fill Bristol Cathedral

Bristol-Uganda Link

The deanery will commemorate the 40th anniversary in style during the first week in May and plans are well in hand. Everyone is invited to join “Operation Fill Bristol Cathedral” on Sun 10th May at 3.30 pm for the final celebration service after a week of deanery celebrations.

The Diocesan Celebration Service will be a service of celebration, praise, energy, love, hope and partnership. We will be joined by, among others, the Anglican Youth Fellowship Choir, St Mary Redcliffe and Temple Choir, Christ Church Downend Music Group, Bishops and lay visitors from Uganda, KR Ivo Huber (from our Bavarian Link), our own Bishops, Mike Hill and Lee Rayfield.

There will be video messages from the Archbishop of Uganda and from the wife of the President of Uganda, Mrs Janet Museveni.

Full details of deanery programmes can be found at

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Redland May Fair

The annual Redland May Fair is organised by the Redland and Cotham Amenities Society and this year it will take place on Monday May 4th.  There will be over 100 stalls and an entertainment programme including Morris dancers. The Gasworks Singers, the Ambling Band, Bristol Pipe Band, puppet shows and lots more!  It’s a free event and we depend on a large team of volunteers to help us on the day itself. 

The organisers of the Redland May Fair are looking for volunteers who would be able to help with stewarding for an hour between 12 and 5pm on Monday May 4th.  It’s a free event but we need people who are willing to hand out free programmes, help with a collection to raise funds for the local Princess Royal Trust for Carers and a variety of other tasks. There will be over 100 interesting stalls and a busy entertainment programme of music, puppets and of course Morris Men.  If you are able to help please contact the Society.
Beth Symmons 946 4691

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Children’s Minister

I am delighted to announce that Cath Hubbuck has been offered and accepted the post of part time Children’s Minister for St Matthew’s and will start shortly after Easter.

Cath has a huge amount of knowledge and experience of working with children and their parents and we are thrilled that she will be using these skills to lead and develop the children’s work that has been so effectively built by Catherine Hammond and others. Cath will continue to lead Toddlers and Saturday Morning Playtime and will take on the leadership of the 0-11s on Sunday Morning as well as exploring how we might continue to grow our children’s work. She will be working closely with Ali, Vicky and Mat.

Do pray for her and her family at this exciting time of transition for them.

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