Monday, 1 July 2013

The Parish Life - July

There will be double the fun in July as we regularly meet on two Saturdays. Dates for July are Sat. 6th and Sat. 17th both 09.30-12.00.  We look forward to seeing you for a drink in the sun, just to socialize or to help out a little.

The Yellow Rattle, Birds Foot Trefoil and Dropwort will still be in flower encouraging the meadowland butterflies.The meadowland conservation movement is certainly gathering pace. Roadside verges are being left to thrive in places, although there are many longstanding protected verges in Wiltshire, two of which I monitor. Wildflower growing is encouraged on any patch that you have spare and that is a good thing for insects as well. It makes me realize how long the grass sward at St. Giles has remained in its present condition and the species that live there. We are now helping the flora and fauna to flourish by our continued management.

Tim, one of our regular helpers has now set up a blog which can be accessed using

The National Project, Caring for Gods Acre were so impressed by this site they are putting it in their Newsletter as an excellent example. Tim and Sue now also monitor our flower species on a monthly basis and records are sent to the Biological Records Centre database in Devizes. Trends are checked both positive and negative to help give us an understanding of the natural worlds inter-dependancies.

A surprising number of native plants are poisonous, so make sure what they are when tossing a wild salad. At St. Giles grows a fairly widespread plant Woody Nightshade or Bittersweet. With its stars of purple and gold, and vivid red berries, this plant clambers alluringly over the hedgerows. The Second Commandment forbids the worship of idols.  Idols are addictive substitutes for God which in the end poison the soul. The generic name for Nightshade Solanum comes from the same root as Solace. Religious faith at its best is a source of solace and joy.  It is sad that so many people seek solace in addictive substances, when they could find real and lasting happiness in the joy of worship in contemplation of the natural world and in the companionship of Gods people.

We look forward to you joining us in July.

Contributed by:Ivan, Coordinator

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