July services and Donkathon

July Services at the Shrine Church of St Melangell

July 25th will hopefully see the arrival at St Melangell’s of Wizard and Muffin, the two donkeys being driven by Polly Vacher from Oxfordshire in aid of Multiple Sclerosis research. Their month long journey has needed careful planning and training for such a long distance – ginger biscuits are apparently key to the co-operation of Wizard and Muffin and the success of the entire enterprise! A donkey was also key to the journey of Joseph and pregnant Mary to Bethlehem and the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, so this and poems or stories about donkeys will be part of the celebrations when Wizard and Muffin arrive. Their journey and the Donkathon song can be found on 




 where there are further details.


The Centre and accommodation here will reopen on Monday 28th July, but for prior bookings only. The following church services will be held according to the Covid guidance in place at the time and anyone attending must book a place via 

01691 860408



 as seating will be limited:

Thursdays 1st, 15th and 29th JulyHoly Eucharist at noon.
Thursdays 8th and 22nd: Zoom discussion group at 11am.
Sundays at 3pm: Service of reflection.
Sunday 25th: Donkathon celebration at 3pm – or whenever they arrive!
Meanwhile, as journeys begin to resume and the pandemic guidelines ease, what is your equivalent of ginger biscuits?!
With my prayers; pob bendith,
Christine, Guardian.