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Outside, it is bright, sunny and hot. However as

the forecast promised that it would be overcast all

day the children have all gone to school without

suncream on. Once again I have been caught out by

the British weather.

It has been said that whereas the rest of the world

has climate, Britain has weather. And as the global

climate inexorably changes, so we have been having

more of it. The British experience, and fascination,

with its weather comes from our unique position as

an island between the vast continental landmass of

Europe-Asia and the Atlantic Ocean. We are aware

now, in a way that our ancestors could never have

guessed, that changes in the Gulf Stream and the Jet

Stream or the eruption of distant volcanos can bring

devastating drought or storms. This year, the El Nino

phenomenon (warming ocean waters in the South Pacific) will also be

thrown into the mix, with who knows what results.

Sometimes our weather can be a source of amusement (I’m sure that

the famous British quality of irony comes from the experience of planning

outdoor feasts and fetes only to have them suddenly rained upon);

sometimes it can be a course of frustration - cricket and tennis fans will be

particularly aware of this; and of course sometimes, as we have seen with

recent floods, it can have terrible consequences.

As a vicar, I am sometimes asked to “have a word upstairs” about the

weather, or I have been retrospectively blamed for the barbecue being

rained upon. Given that it hailed on my wedding day and that I have

wasted many hours staring at leaden skies over Headingley, hoping that

play will start sometime soon, I can assure that I am given no special

treatment in that department. In fact, Jesus points out in his Sermon on

the Mount that God “causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and

sends rain on the righteous and unrighteous” (rain being a good thing in

this case!).

We live in a complex interconnected world where selfish and sinful acts

in one place (excessive carbon emissions, felling of rain forests, polluting

the seas) cause floods and droughts elsewhere. More than ever we

are aware that, whilst we cannot (and perhaps should not try) to micromanage

the climate, we can affect it in ways that are not

always foreseeable. The evil and the good both suffer as

a result of our thoughtlessness.

Perhaps instead of blaming God (or the vicar, or

anyone else) for the drizzle on our barbecue or the

floods in Bangladesh, we need to think a little more

about our own impact on our world and it’s weather.

In the meantime, Amy is rushing downstairs to get the

washing in. It’s started to rain.

Rev Toby Hole, Vicar,

St Chad’s Church, Woodseats

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miracles, near death experiences,

torture and escaping from impossible


Brother Yun experienced all these,

after following God‟s calling since the

age of 16. Through illegal house

churches he helped spread

Christianity through China, whilst

evading the Chinese authorities who

saw him as a dangerous criminal.

After his conversion, Yun fasted for

100 days on just a bowl of rice,

praying for a chance to

glance at a Bible; his

family were concerned

for his sanity. To be

found with a Bible would

have meant serious

consequences and

punishment. God

honoured this fast and

prayer sending Yun a

Bible. He immediately

read and memorised

chapters from the Bible.

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During this fast Yun was repeatedly

tortured, humiliated and beaten by

Prison Guards and fellow prisoners. In

prison violent and dangerous men

observed Yun‟s faith and obedience

to God. They realised that he was not

a criminal, just a committed Christian

and came themselves into a deep and

loving relationship with Jesus.

Miraculous and loving interventions

helped Yun for example jumping over

a ten foot wall; walking through the

open doors of a high security prison

unobserved and walking after his legs

were so severely broken (he was told

he would be crippled for life after this


Whatever Yun experienced, God

repeatedly demonstrated his

faithfulness never leaving him or his

family to cope alone. We will

probably never experience this kind of

persecution but this book is testimony

to the incredible power of God and his

Holy Spirit.

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What did one raindrop

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Two’s company, three’s a cloud!

What’s worse than raining


Hailing taxis!

One evening during a violent

thunderstorm a mum was

tucking her young son into bed.

She was about to turn off the

light when he asked with a

tremor in his voice, “Mummy, will

you sleep with me tonight?” She

smiled and gave him a hug. “I

can’t,” she said, “I’ve go to sleep

in my bed with daddy.”

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exploration of the footpaths from

the park into the countryside.

Meet at the Bowls Pavilion.

Call 0114 283 9195.

March 27

Grass Sledging

Meersbrook Park


Sledge the slopes of Meersbrook

Park with the rangers.

Call 0114 283 9195.

Thankfully Jesus didn’t ask for a few more

minutes sleep!

A UK weatherman got a job

forecasting on TV in Australia

but try as he might, he never

got it right. Eventually he

was sacked and flew home to


“Why are you back so soon,”

asked his friend.

“The climate didn’t agree with

me!” he replied.

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tornado say to

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Health Walks

•Mondays - 10am: Graves Park.

Meet at the Animal Farm car park;

•Tuesdays - 10.30am: Ecclesall

Woods. Meet at Abbeydale

Industrial Hamlet;

•Thursdays - 10.30am:

Lowedges. Meet at the

Community Wing, Lowedges

Junior School.

) Call 0114 203 9337.

August 4

WWI Centenary Commemoration

St Chad’s Church will be open on

August 4 for anyone wishing to

commemorate the beginning of the

First World War. The church will be

open from 9.30am to 5.30pm

August 6

Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet

Make Your Own Nail


Make a nail using traditional

techniques and learn how to forge

metal. Workshops last 20 minutes

and will run every half hour

between 10am and 12noon. For

children aged 12+ only; cost £4.

Send details of your event to impact@stchads.org or write to: Impact,

St Chad‟s Church Offices, 15 Camping Lane, Sheffield S8 0GB.

August 12

Family Wild Play

Woodland Discovery Centre,

Ecclesall Woods

A day of activities: Bear Hunt and

Teddy Bear’s Picnic in the morning

for under fives and Messing About

on the River – stream-dipping, dam

and raft building – in the afternoon.

Booking is essential on 0114 235


January 30 - February 5

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Book Sale

August 36 Crawshaw 19 Grove, Beauchief

Family 10am-12pm Wild Play

Woodland Good Discovery quality second-hand Centre, books

Ecclesall for sale Woods in aid of the Alzheimer‟s

Woodland Society. Art Donations event including of paperback leaf

printing novels and or woodland biographies jewellery. in good

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Make February Your Own 5 Decorated Pot

10am-12.30pm Free Environmental Activities

Discover Millhouses the craft Park of decoupage

and make 10.30am-12.30pm

your own design on a

flower Obstacle pot or jam course jar. Suitable and stream for all

ages; dipping cost £1 activities per pot. for 8 - 13 year


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Woodland Discovery Centre,

Ecclesall Woods

Campfires and Dens event.

Booking is essential on 0114 235


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August 27

Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet

Make Your Own Bug Hotel


Using natural materials found

around Abbeydale make a shelter

for mini beasts to put in your

garden. Suitable for all ages.

CALLING THOSE OVER 50 YEARS OF AGE: A new group has started as part

of St Chad’s Third Age Ministry. The TWO (Talking With Others) Group’s are at

Church House on Abbey Lane. All are welcome over 50 years of age. Please

contact the Church Office on 0114 274 5086 if you would like to find out more.

We would love to meet you - all our groups are open to all.

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“St. Swithin’s Day, if it does rain

Full forty days it will remain.

St. Swithin’s Day, if it be fair

For forty days t’will rain no more”

It’s a well-known fact that we

Brits are obsessed with the

weather but, considering that

this traditional rhyme goes back

centuries, it would appear that our

obsession isn’t just a modern day


Swithin was

an Anglo-Saxon

monk born

around the year

800. A humble

and pious

man, he was

renowned for

repairing derelict

churches and

building new

ones, paying for

the work out of

his own pocket.

In later life he

became Bishop

of Winchester

and chaplain to

King Egbert.

On his death bed, Swithin asked

his fellow monks to bury him in

a simple grave outside the old

Minster where “the sweet rain

from Heaven” might fall on him.

So, following his death on July

2 in the year 862, they did as he

asked and buried him outside the

Minster amongst the common


However, he was later

canonised and King Edgar

commissioned a golden shrine

to be built inside, so Bishop

Ethelwold had St. Swithin’s

remains exhumed and interred in

the new tomb on July 15, 971.

Legend has it that, after a

long dry period of weather, a

tremendous storm broke on

that very day and rain fell for 40

consecutive days, although no

evidence remains to support that

theory. The monks at Winchester

believed that this was a sign that

St. Swithin’s spirit was outraged

that the saint’s wishes had been

flouted by his body being moved

from the humble grave to a place

of elevated

status. A cult

flourished in

the Middle

Ages and his

shrine became

a place of


and the site

of various


So, do we

take the rhyme

as “gospel

truth” or is it

merely an “old

wives’ tale”?

Well, we now

know that, from

the end of June

to mid July, it is the positioning of

the jet stream which determines

the general weather prospects for

the rest of our summer. If it lies

to the north, high pressure builds

over western Europe bringing

us warm, sunny weather but, if it

sinks lower we can expect a cool,

rather damp summer.

So, next July when the 15th

comes ever closer, don’t worry

about poor old St. Swithin and the

ancient rhyme, just keep your eye

on the TV weather forecast and

pray that the jet stream moves

as far north as possible, but have

your brolly handy ... just in case!

Chris Laude

St Swithin’s Day

St Chad’s Church, Linden Avenue, Woodseats

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Sheffield’s own weather


Weston Park Weather Station is

one of the longest, continuously

recording Met Office stations

in the UK. It was founded in response

to a serious outbreak of diarrhoea that

had occurred in 1880, which resulted in

many deaths. Scientists understood the

link between these kinds of outbreaks

and weather conditions, but there

was no weather station in Sheffield

making regular readings. In 1881, the

Department of Health lobbied Sheffield

Corporation, and the

following year,

the station was




(1853 –

1938), the

curator of



Museum, was

selected to set

Elijah Howarth,


up the station.

After consulting with

the Meteorological

Office, he selected

Weston Park to house the station so he

could be close enough to take regular

readings. He began recording at the

station in September of 1882. In the

1890s, it was adopted as an official

climatological station by the Met Office.

The original location of the weather

station was in front of the steps leading

to the Mappin Art Gallery (although

this building wouldn’t exist until 1887).

The station was relocated in 1920,

to an area around 20 metres to the

South East. It stayed here until 1951,

when it was moved for one final time,

The initial location of weather station,

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just a few metres, to make way for the

conservatory, which is now demolished.

Howarth operated the station for over

50 years, even after retirement, until

age and infirmity prevented him from


He was succeeded by Joseph

Baggaley (1886 – 1962), who had

previously been Howarth’s assistant at

the museum. Baggaley reinvigorated

the station and it became an important

part of the

Met Office’s





in 1952, the

station passed

into the

jurisdiction of

the museum’s

natural history


In 1978, a

new post

was created

with specific Joseph Baggaley, 1937

Some of the highs & lows over the

last 132 years:

Hottest Day 34.9°C 03/08/1990

Coldest Day -14.6°C 08/02/1895

Wettest Day 119mm 15/07/1973

Wettest Month 285mm June 2007

responsibility for the station. This post

was initially taken by Steve Garland,

and aftwards, Gaynor Boon. Gaynor

managed the station for the next 25


Since 2010, the station and its ever

increasing 48,000 days of data has

been managed by the curator of natural

science, Alistair McLean.

Many readings can be found on Twitter

by following @WPWeather.

Access to archived data can be

arranged by emailing alistair.mclean@


Alistair McLean

Curator of Natural Science

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When the Weather Turns Urgent

In Britain,

we often

discuss the

weather, and I’ve

learnt we’re not

alone in that as

I keep hearing

from farmers in

poor countries

talking about their


They say things

like this: “The

climate has changed dramatically.

In the 70s my parents would plant

their maize crop on October 15.

And surely, on the same day or

the next day, the rain would fall.

The rains would continue falling

throughout the farming season

without dry spells or droughts.”

That’s a grandmother named

Folomina Fombe from Malawi in

southern Africa, and I’m reminded

of helping my dad in the garden

in the 70s, picking raspberries

and planting beans. I loved those

raspberries. But they weren’t my

main source of food.

Folomina adds: “Farming is

extremely difficult these days

because of climate change.

Maize is not yielding the expected

results. We are in a dire situation.

Some people used to have three

granaries of maize because there

was so much harvest in those old

days, but these days some of our

children do not even know what a

maize granary looks like.”

Tearfund is a Christian charity

working in the world’s poorest

countries helping people help

themselves (all people, of any

faith or none) often through local

churches, and we’ve heard similar

things from many different places.

The climate really is changing. It’s

not something that might happen

in the future, it’s happening now.

It’s not just about polar bears and

picture by Chris Boyd/Tearfund

Arctic ice. It’s not just about more

flood risk here. It’s about hungry

times for people who were already


Global poverty is reducing.

More children survive past the age

of five, more girls go to school,

fewer people live on under £1 a

day - there’s a lot to celebrate. But

climate change threatens it.

That worries me.

But I’m hopeful because we have

many good answers. In Africa and

Asia we can train farmers to use

crops that resist drought, and help

them work together to prepare

for floods, as Tearfund have in

Folomina’s village in Malawi. Here

in this country, we can change the

way we live. Few of us recycled 20

years ago, and now most of us do;

this year so far a fifth of Britain’s

electricity was renewable (wind,

solar and hydro power), which is a

new record.

For most of us, the best ways to

help are to fly less, eat less meat

and switch your energy supplier

to Ecotricity or another renewable

energy firm. It’s also worth telling

your MP you care about climate

change, and Sheffield’s Hope for

the Future campaign can help you

(their website’s www.hftf.org.uk).

So can Tearfund (www.tearfund.

org/climate) Please do!

Ben Niblett,

Senior Campaigner, Tearfund

Have you noticed that, as

you get older, time goes

much quicker? I still work,

part-time, and this helps time

march on even more. Working

to deadlines, as I have done for

much of my working life, means

that the days are just swallowed

up; and days turn into weeks etc.

It’s a little like in those old black

and white movies, where, in order

to show the passage of time, a

calendar appears on screen and

days are torn off, then weeks,

then months. Sometimes our

lives seem just like this and using

diaries and calendars only make

it worse.

It is the same on the allotment,

or in the garden. Time races on

and you never achieve what

you set out to do. Planning is a

waste of time. Throughout the

winter months, you yearn for a

dry period, so you can dig the soil

over. Then the weather improves

but you can’t turn your spade

because there is shopping to do

or holidays to take or people to

entertain. So, you never catch up.

Then spring turns to summer

and it is a race against time. “I

must get my beans in.” It can be

stressful. Then the worry about

what the best time is to harvest

certain crops. At the moment

I am worried about my garlic.

Pull it early and it hasn’t swelled

enough…leave it too late and it

rots! You can’t win.

I am retiring soon and I can’t

wait. I am counting down the

days. I should have more time

for the allotment and garden

then….in theory. However, my

wife keeps saying “When you

retire you can do this or that”.

I’m sure I will have more time,

although friends who have

reached this stage say they are

just as busy as when they were


Anyway, the best time of the

year is approaching…the time

when weeding is less important,

arduous jobs are finished and you

can just spend time picking. Okay,

watering can be a chore during

a dry spell, but it is so necessary

and then one can pick and

enjoy the fruits of one’s labour.

Working hard on the allotment

is the perfect remedy for stress.

However, it is nice just to grab a

bag, walk off in the sunshine, and

pick raspberries for 20 minutes.

With the birds singing and a soft

breeze blowing, this is bliss!

So, let’s look forward to a

hot summer, with some rain

occasionally, preferably at night.

Let’s look forward to having more

time to spend on the enjoyable

things…gardening, reading,

watching telly and, sometimes,

just putting your feet up.

Son of the Soil

Time for Growing

St Chad’s Church, Linden Avenue, Woodseats

Church Office: 9 Linden Avenue, Sheffield S8 0GA

Tel: (0114) 274 5086

email: office@stchads.org

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Services at St Chad’s

Informal and relaxed in style

An emphasis on families

Sunday Services



Includes music, led by a band

Includes refreshments before the service

The 9am Service

● Traditional in style







Includes Traditional Holy in style Communion, a sermon & hymns

● Traditional in style

Includes refreshments Holy Communion, afterwards

a sermon & hymns

● Includes Holy Communion, sermon hymns

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● • Includes Monday refreshments to Thursday afterwards at 9am

Taken from Common Worship: Holy Communion

● Taken from Common Worship: Holy Communion

Morning Prayers

Lifted, Evening the Prayers 11am Service

Lifted, the • Monday

● Informal to

the and 11am


10.30am Thursday

relaxed Service at

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An Informal emphasis and relaxed on families

in style

● Informal and relaxed in style

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● An emphasis on families

• Refreshments Includes Traditional music, in served style

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● Includes music, led by band

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the Holy service Communion

● • Refreshments Includes Holy served Communion, from 10.15-10.45am

a sermon & hymns

• Held in the Lady Chapel at the back of church

The Thursday 10am Service

Weekday Services



Morning Prayers

Morning Prayers


Monday to Thursday at 9am

•• A To Monday Monday half-hour be held to

to service on Thursday Monday

Thursday of prayer at June 9am

at 9am and 20 and Bible Monday readings July

18, 7.15-8pm

• Every Monday to Thursday at 9am

• A contemplative and meditative form of worship

• Held in the Lady Chapel at the back of church

with Monday the theme to Thursday Seeking at 5pm Stillness with Jesus .

• Monday to Thursday at 5pm

Monday to Thursday at 5pm

Evening Prayers


Evening Prayers


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The Thursday 10am Service

Traditional in style




Thursday 10am

10am Service


• Taken Traditional from in Common style Worship: Holy Communion

Traditional in style

• Includes Taken from Holy Common Communion, Worship: a sermon Holy Communion

& hymns

Taken from Common Worship: Holy Communion

• Held Includes in the Holy Lady Communion, Chapel at the a sermon back of & church hymns

Includes Holy Communion, sermon hymns

• Held in the Lady Chapel at the back of church

Held in the Lady Chapel at the back of church

Other Services



Prayer and Praise

Prayer Contemplative

Sunday, and February Praise Night 13 at 7.30pm Prayer

Prayer and Praise

Sunday, February 13 at 7.30pm

August Sunday,

Ash 18, Wednesday 7.15-8pm

26 and February September 13 at 7.30pm


Ash Wednesday, March Service 9 at 7.30pm

Ash at 8pm


• To be held on Monday June 20 and Monday July

• An evening service of prayer and contemplation

• A contemplative and meditative form of worship

Wednesday, with the theme March Seeking at Stillness 7.30pm with Jesus .

Wednesday, March 9 at 7.30pm

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Reshaping our building

What are we proposing?

What will St Chad’s look like?

St Chad’s will be more accessible:

• The entrance will move to the larger

west doors, replacing the wooden

doors with glazed and building a

ramp for ease of access.

The plan below shows St Chad’s as we hope future generations of worshippers will know

it. At the back of church there is a new hospitality area including a modern kitchen, a

gathering area and the parish office. At the front of church there is an intimate and

flexible space for worship of all traditions.

• New toilets will be built in the church

for those with mobility problems.

• Every part of the worship area will be

accessible for everyone.







St Chad’s will be more hospitable:


• A new kitchen, welcome area and

parish office will be built at the back

of church.

St Chad’s will be more versatile:

• The existing chancel area will be

extended and the choir pews


• There will be better meeting rooms

equipped for the needs of the church

and the community.



New doors

St Chad’s Church, Linden Avenue, Woodseats

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Tel: (0114) 274 5086

email: office@stchads.org

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Reshaping our building

Why reshape St Chad’s church building?

St Chad’s celebrated its centenary in 2012. There has been

so much to celebrate over the past 100 years as the Church

has worshipped and worked alongside the community

of Woodseats.

Whilst the congregation has grown and changed over the

years, the church building has not proved so adaptable. Our

Mission Action Plan, launched in 2012, was based around the

principles of Worship, Welcome and Witness but we find

ourselves with a building that can be unwelcoming, inflexible

and of limited use outside of Sunday worship.

Our vision is to build a church that will be a

resource for the people of Woodseats for the

next 100 years. We believe that the plans to

reshape our church building will do just that.

Toby Hole, vicar

How much will the proposed works cost?

The building project is anticipated to cost around £300,000.

We are aiming to raise this money partly through grants,

partly through the sale of property and substantially through

the generosity of the congregation.

If you would like to contribute towards this exciting new

venture then please contact the Parish Office.

“We do not inherit the earth from

our ancestors ...”

Each evening, in the summer

anyway, one of us will often ask

the other “I wonder how much

we have earned today”. I suspect

that this is not a typical question in

most households but it is in ours. In

fact we often go even further and

ask our next door neighbour the

same question “how much have you

earned today”. At first glance this

might seem a little odd until I tell you

that we both have solar panels on

the southward facing portion of our

roofs. Technically photons from the

suns rays are converted to electrons

which are then fed into the National


This energy is called Renewable

Energy. It isn’t the only form of

energy which is called ‘Renewable’.

Firstly what is renewable energy? A

good definition may be ‘energy which

meets the needs of the present

without compromising the ability of

future generations’. In other words

producing energy where we are not

‘selling the crown jewels’ to fund a

lifestyle which we cannot sustain for

the next generation.

At first renewable energy might

seem an attractive proposition. The

wind comes for free as does the

tides, as does the sun. They are

there whether we use them or not.

However, it does have its downsides.

As we found out it is expensive

to set up and the benefits only

accrue over a long period. This is

true of our solar panels but equally

applies to nuclear power stations –

which come under the definition of

renewable although I suspect the

next generation may not thank us for

installing them.

Other forms of renewable energy

also have the same limitations. Solar

panels only work when the sun is out

and are really only efficient in high

summer when the angle of the sun

to the earth is at its optimum. Wind

turbines only work when there is

wind, tidal power only works when

the tide is running and water power

when the water is flowing strongly

enough – which is why water mills

are situated near a plentiful supply of

running water. All that is very well but

energy is difficult to store and often

dangerous to be around.

What renewable energy is not

good at is dealing with surges in

the demand for power. At the end

of each major sporting event there

is a sudden demand for power as

a million kettles are switched on to

make an, often consoling, cup of tea.

Suddenly there is a huge demand

which needs to be catered for.

This can only be done by bringing

a standby power station on line.

Ultimately we have to press on to find

enough energy for our needs which

at the same time does not impact

negatively on future generations.

David Brower, an environmentalist

who founded Friends Of The Earth,

once said that ‘we do not inherit

the earth from our ancestors but

borrow it from our children’. He may

have been right but at the moment

it seems that we may be stealing it

from our children and one day they

may very well demand it back.

How much do we earn from our

solar panels? On a good day about

£4 and on a bad day absolutely

nothing. Perhaps I should give the

proceeds to my grandchildren as a

down payment!

Steve Winks

Borrowing the Earth

St Chad’s Church, Linden Avenue, Woodseats

Church Office: 9 Linden Avenue, Sheffield S8 0GA

Tel: (0114) 274 5086

email: office@stchads.org

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Are you looking for

a room to hold your

party or meeting?

St Chad’s Church has

two rooms available for

hire at 56 Abbey Lane


the start of WW1


s this year marks 100 years since

the start of the First World War, St

Chad’s will be opening its doors on

August 4 for those who want to take time

to remember.

On August 4,1914, Great Britain

declared war on Germany, heralding

what is seen as the start of the Great

War, and 100 years on, St Chad’s will be

marking this event with many churches

across the Sheffield Diocese and

throughout the world.

The church will be open from 9.30am

to 5.30pm if you would like to take time

out of your day in remembrance.

To find out more, please contact the

church office on 0114 274 5086.

Call 0114 274 5086 for details

As a farmer and owner of The

Maize Maze at Cawthorne –

an outdoor tourist attraction

– my life is ruled by the weather,

something out of my control that can

make or break us. My homepage

on the computer is the weather


Spring for many farmers is

a favourite time of year - new

beginning; everything is fresh

and new. For me it is the start of

another maize season. I wait with

anticipation for temperatures to

start rising on the soil thermometer.

Grass starts growing at 4 degrees,

but the maize seed needs 8 - 10

degrees of soil temperature before

we plant them. This year we

planted the Maize Maze on Easter

Monday when the soil conditions

were good for the tractor to travel;

but with a forecast of snow a couple

of weeks later I had to keep my

fingers crossed that the little plants

would keep their heads below the

surface until the threat had passed!

Thankfully they did and thankfully

we had the courage to plant the

crop when we did as the weather

deteriorated and it was several

weeks before anyone could get a

tractor on the land again due to the

amount of rain.

In May the focus on the weather

forecast gets even more intense as

May is silaging time - when we cut

the grass and conserve it to feed

the cows inside over the winter.

We need a three-day dry weather

window to make this, but we use

contractors so it isn’t just us who

need this time. This year a weather

window opened up early in the

month so we took our opportunity

and now have the grass safely


I like most people now want some

nice sunny warm weather to make

the Maize Maze to grow quickly,

ready to open to our visitors on the

July 19. It is a truly “amazing” crop.

There are days in the summer when

you can see it visibly growing. It

grows over a foot a week in July.

There is an old saying “knee high

on the 4th July” and it will then end

up eight to ten feet tall by the end of

the season

Our weather seems to have

changed over the years. I don’t

want extremes of weather. As a

mixed farm business, weather which

is good for one part of the business

is not always good for another. A

heatwave means great sales of

our Maizie Moo ice cream, but

overheats the cows and burns off

the grass which they eat. In an ideal

world during the summer I would

like dry days, not too hot for visitors

walking around the puzzle but then

some light gentle rain during the

night to freshen the grass and keep

it growing for the cows to eat.

The Maize Maze is open daily

from July 19 to September 1, then

weekends only for the rest of the

month from 10.30am - 6pm. There

are vintage tractor rides up to the

farm to find out more about our

cows and see the calves.

To find out more see www.


Sarah Williams

A Farmer’s View of the Weather

St Chad’s Church, Linden Avenue, Woodseats

Church Office: 9 Linden Avenue, Sheffield S8 0GA

Tel: (0114) 274 5086

email: office@stchads.org

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It was a glorious sunny afternoon at Beauchief Abbey

with over 300 people visiting to celebrate

the Diocese Centenary on the 22nd June 2014.

Our next event will be Heritage

Open days on 11th & 12th Sept

10am - 4pm & Sunday 14th Sept

at 1pm - 4.30pm following the

11.00am service. All welcome

Many thanks to the volunteers,

Ecclesfield Bell Ringing Group,

Beauchief Enviroment Group &

Wilfred the Monk

Beauchief Abbey Sunday Services for August & September:

1st ,2nd & 4th Sundays in the month - 11.00am Holy Communion

3rd Sundays 3pm Evensong & Matins on the 5th Sunday in the

month all welcome.

Been under the weather

lately? Actually, we all

are, unless you live on the

Soyuz spacecraft! Everybody

is subject to depressions, cold

fronts or high pressure. Man may

contribute to global warming

but the Bible is startlingly clear:

God creates the weather and

seasons and controls them; we

don’t. While there are discernable

weather patterns, sometimes God

intervenes in nature. Three Old

Testament stories illustrate this.

1. Around 1400BC the Israelites

were slaves in Egypt, but under

Moses they escaped from the

world’s most powerful army until

they were trapped by the ‘Red

Sea’. How could they survive?

Enter God’s secret weapon: the

weather! Exodus 14 tells us God

sent a strong east wind and dried

up the land. The rest is history.

2. On arrival in the Promised

Land, they faced a fearsome

confederation of five kings. The

Lord told Joshua, “I have given

them into your hand”. How? By

sending huge hailstones, killing

a large number and extending

daylight saving time, so they could

mop up the enemy (Joshua 10).

3. The surrounding peoples

believed in gods that controlled

the weather. Baal, the god of

thunder and fertility had to be

appeased. Would the Israelites

cave in and look to him for good

crops? Fast forward 300 years.

Sadly, they did just that and faced

annihilation from the Philistines.

They cried to the Lord; Samuel

prayed for deliverance. God again

used his secret weapon. A violent

thunderstorm ensued and left

the Philistines panic-stricken and

defeated (1 Samuel 7).

God is shown to be the Lord

of wind, sun, rain and storm. He

intervenes when his people’s very

survival is at stake.

Advance 1100 years. A small

group of men is following a

remarkable preacher and healer.

They already hold him in high

esteem, but they’re in for a shock.

Crossing the Sea of Galilee one

evening by boat, their leader

asleep in the stern, a violent

westerly gale erupts and threatens

to engulf the fragile craft. “We’re

drowning,” they shout out. He

wakes and calmly speaks to the

wind and waves, “Quieten down,”

and St. Mark tells us that the

wind died down and there was

a ‘mega calm’ (Mark 4). They’re

gobsmacked by such power and

ask each other, “Who is this?

Even the wind and the waves

obey him?”

Reflecting on this event, did they

put two and two together about

God’s secret weapon? Who other

than God controls the elements?

This amazing man has the same

authority… who might he be?

Jeremy Thornton

Unpredictable Weather ?

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Weather Folklore

In days gone by, weather

forecasting was based on

observing the sky and the

behaviour of insects, animals and

the natural world, rather than on

serious scientific study. People

devised proverbs to support their

theories and we still use them today.

But beware – weather forecasters,

amateur or professional, don’t

always get it right! Remember

Michael Fish and his non-existent


We all know “Red sky at night …”

and it might surprise you to know

that so did Jesus (read Matthew

16 v 2-3). Is there any truth in this

proverb? Absolutely. Each dawn

and dusk, sunlight travels through

more atmosphere than at any other

time of the day and is broken into the

rainbow spectrum. If the air pressure

is high, dust particles cause the blue/

violet colours to scatter leaving the

orange/reds, making the sunset even

more spectacular and heralding

fine weather. In the morning, if the

eastern sky is red, the high pressure

has passed from west to east,

leaving low pressure which usually

brings more cloud, rain and possibly


“Halo around the sun or moon

means rain or snow is coming soon”

– another proverb with a sound

meteorological foundation. Weather

fronts can be seen long before rain

arrives. Wispy layers of clouds made

of ice crystals rise high in the sky

and a halo of light builds around the

sun, heralding rain. At night they can

create a spectacular ‘corona’ with a

circle of colours around the moon.

“In the morning mountains, in

the afternoon fountains” – this is

an equally accurate, though not as

well-known, proverb. As the summer

sun heats up the morning air, small

cumulus clouds begin to appear

and rapidly grow into towering,

cauliflower-like ‘mountains’. By

afternoon they reach the higher

levels of atmosphere, often bringing

storms with thunder and lightening.

Can animals predict the weather?

Folklore would have us believe that

cows sit down if rain is imminent,

a theory usually met with ridicule.

However, recent research shows

that their digestive system is affected

by a drop in air pressure and sitting

down makes them more comfortable

- so they may be good weather

forecasters, after all. Certainly birds

fly lower and call to each other more

frequently before rain appears, and

other animals and insects become

very active when they sense a

change in the atmosphere – pigs

gather straw as if ‘nesting’, horses

run faster, especially if the wind

intensifies, and spiders repair their

webs or spin new ones before

retreating to shelter. Frogs and

donkeys are known to croak and

bray louder as rain approaches and

of course, humans with arthritic joints

are only too painfully aware of a

change in the weather!

So, when you’re outside, have a

go at weather forecasting yourself.

Look up at the sky by all means, but

take time to look elsewhere too – the

natural world may just be trying to

tell you a thing or two!

Chris Laude

UK braces itself for severe

flooding – a headline that is

becoming more and more

familiar, but is it really man’s doing

or is it his undoing? Over millions

of years our climate has been

constantly changing. Dinosaurs

roamed the damp swampy earth,

while the air was filled with sulphur

naturally producing a pungent odour

like the smell of rotten eggs.

The bible also depicts stories and

events of stormy weather patterns,

such as the Biblical flood as Noah

builds his ark and of Jesus calming

the storm (Mark 4:35-41).

Then there is the story of St

Swithin – which you can read about

earlier in this edition of Impact. As

legend has it, St Swithin wanted

to be buried outdoors where he

would be trodden on and rained on

but, nine years after his death, the

monks at Winchester attempted to

move his remains to a shrine inside

the cathedral. The legend records

a huge storm which led to the story

that if it rains on St Swithin’s Day

(July 15), it will rain for the next 40


If only all weather predictions were

so easy, we would not have to put

our faith in the multi-million-pound

weather radar stations that span the

UK and its coastline. As Sheffield

and the world witnessed, even this

sophisticated system was unable to

predict the severity of the 2007 storm

and devastation it left behind.

Is man ultimately to blame for the

freak changes in weather patterns

that we now experience much

more frequently than ever before?

The simple answer is probably Yes

and No. Now that sounds like a

politician’s answer but it is true. No; it

is not man’s doing as ultimately it is

God’s weather we receive (John 1:1-

3), but man does have to take some

responsibility for global warming and

enhanced flooding from the concrete

jungle that he has successfully

developed over the past 100 or so


Surface waters should ultimately

join our network of rivers, streams

and open water courses, and

percolate the soils rejuvenating

the vast array of magnificent

underground aquifers. The

impermeable surfaces created by

man now transport the surface

waters to other areas that would

not have naturally received them

creating bottlenecks and flooding.

However there is no need to rush

out and buy your gopher wood to

build an ark. The UK, like many other

developed countries, throughout the

world has teams of people working

on how we can live in harmony

with changes in weather patterns

and predict events in advance.

Detectronic Ltd together with a

number of the UK’s water companies

have been working on developing

an intelligent monitoring network that

consists of an array of instruments

deployed throughout the sewer

systems and open channel water

courses. Data from this intelligent

network is transmitted back to a

central data centre where a team

of skilled hydrologists and analysts

scrutinise it looking for changes in

flow profiles and report on how the

sewer network is working.

Understanding the underground

sewer network is no easy task

and poses similar problems to that

experienced with weather radar. To

appreciate just how big a task this

job is, Severn Trent Water’s sewer

network, for example, would wrap

around the earth twice. It is a difficult

challenge but with all this monitoring

below and above ground linked to a

team of specialists, we are able to

help water companies respond to

severe weather patterns reducing the

possibility of flooding.

David Walker

David is an Ordinand at the Yorkshire Ministry

College – Mirfield, and Director of Detectronic Ltd

Responding to Changing Weather

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One day while looking for

something else, I came up

on a matchbox full of brass

Lincoln Imps together with a 1944

guidebook to Lincoln Cathedral and

a poem about the Lincoln Imp.

The treasures brought back so

many memories I decided to revisit

the city. Last time I went by train

it was pulled by a steam engine,

but the journey itself is in a time

warp. The wheels still tap out their

familiar rhythm as they run over

old-fashioned jointed rails and the

three cathedral towers still seem

to change places as the train

approaches the station.

The climb up Steep Hill to the

cathedral hasn’t changed (except it

has got steeper). It was a calm and

sunny day in the city but at the top

of the hill a cool fresh breeze was


The south-west corner of the

cathedral is known as Windy Corner

because, according to legend, the

wind is still waiting for the Imp to

come out. The legend of the Lincoln

Imp is centuries-old and there

are several versions of it. In HJ

Kesson’s 1904 poem, the Imp rides

on the wind to Lincoln and decides

to have some fun in the cathedral.

He invites the wind to join him to,

among other things, “cannon the

canons right over the screen”, and,

“blow up the singers bass, tenor and

boy”, and, “The organist, too, shall

right speedily find that I’ll go one

better in raising the wind”.

The wind, however, declines

the invitation for “the wind has his

faults but you’ll find on the whole if

somewhat uncouth, he’s an orthodox

soul; ... When he enters a church, as

the musical know, ’tis only to make

the sweet organ-pipes blow ... And

hence at the Imp he was justly irate,

so in sorrowful anger he said to the

elf ‘No! Here I shall stop, you may go

by yourself.’”

So, the Imp makes mischief

by himself, including breaking

candlesticks over his knee and being

disrespectful to the Saints.

He also “hacked at the lectern and

chopped at the stalls; the tapestry

tore from the sanctified walls.”

While he is in the choir, he sees

some angels and cries “‘Pretty

things, a sackful of feathers I’ll

pluck from your wings,’”. However,

he soon regrest this as one of the

angels turns him to stone.

And there he remains this day

atop a pilar in the Angel Choir, while

the wind outside still awaits his


There follows two pages of

‘Moral’ advising us to be polite and

respectful particularly to angels:

“Don’t ruffle their feathers, just

let them alone, Else, if you’re

converted, ’twill be into stone ... Step

into the Minster, the Imp to behold,

who points to the truth of the tale

that I’ve told.”

Today, it is true that many enter

the Minster seeking The Imp and

and not God. However, God is not

always where we expect him to be.

Ann Lewin’s 2004 poem was

written in the Mary and Martha room

in Edward King House where you

can see the city though one window

and cathedral through the other.

Searching for God she asks:

“Where do we find you? ...

[For] bruised and broken

people live in both aspects,


Prayer is made in busy streets

As well as in cathedral calm.

God elusive, slips

Out of the fortress

Built to keep him safe, and

Wanders the streets, looking for

Allies willing to try

The steep hill of connection

And keep him company.”

From No Easy Place, by Ann Lewin

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For weddings please contact St Chad’s

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Contacts @ St Chad’s

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