When the time for the Saturday night celebration party of the Bratton Clovelly - Nonant Twinning Association came, they were all gathered together in one place - Bratton Village Hall. Now there were people there who had been doing this for years: Devonians from birth, those who had made Bratton their home after a life lived elsewhere, people who seldom left Bayeux except to make this trip, experienced French travellers; good linguists, bad linguists, those whose local accents were so strong that even their neighbours sometimes found it difficult to understand what they were saying. The crowd gathered and enjoyed their evening together, the language barriers between them melted as they communicated through a stronger, more intuitive language of wine, music, and dance; body language, signs, symbols and song. As the gathering applauded Reg's rendition of 'I love Paris in the Springtime' all were amazed and perplexed, saying, 'What does this mean?' But others said, 'It's because of the wine.' And it may well have been, because it was way, way past nine o'clock in the evening.
Following up last weekend's events by suggesting they carried just a hint of Pentecost: Gathering the scattered - the Holy Spirit's work, was today's talk.