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WELCOME to Impact - the magazine of St Chad’s Church,

Woodseats. Impact is published every two months and distributed

to over 5,000 homes in S8.

St Chad’s Church is committed to serving you - the people of

Woodseats, Beauchief and Chancet Wood. To find out more about

St Chad’s, visit our website at www.stchads.org or call the church

office on 0114 274 5086.

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Chesterfield Road

When I was young I used to enjoy playing

the game othello. You may have played

it yourself. It was a little bit like a cross

between draughts and noughts and crosses in that

you had a board made up of squares and counters

and you had to convert the other players counters

from black to white (or vice versa) by placing one

of your tiles either side of your opponent’s. The

winner is the one who, by the time the last space

is filled, has turned most of the board to his colour.

As I’ve grown older I’ve realised that too often

we treat the world in a similar light. The world is

made up of black and white and our task is to turn

the majority of the world to the same colour as

ourselves. This is often true of religious people,

although by no means confined to them. Political,

sporting and ethical views can also treat the world like this. In recent

years the very public arguments between religious and atheist viewpoints

have often seemed like a tedious game of othello, and one in which

despite the sound and fury, hardly anyone seems to have changed their

point of view in the slightest. For a non-religious example, think of the

strong views held over human-influenced climate change.

In my experience a change from one viewpoint to another is rarely

a sudden flash of insight that flips our counter over. Sometimes it can

happen like that – we “see the light”, as St Paul did on his famous trip to

Damascus. However, I think that it is more usual to change our thoughts

and our views over a longer period of time, perhaps most of a lifetime. We

find it difficult to adjust to change, and a change in our worldview is one

that takes a great deal of acclimatizing to. It also takes a great deal of


Christians, perhaps more than most, have had to face a world that

has changed almost beyond recognition in the past twenty years. The

religious, political and social landscape has changed dramatically. Some

Christians have embraced these changes enthusiastically, others have

resisted with equal passion. These tensions are often very public and

rarely do the church any credit. Some of us still seem to playing othello.

My prayer is that at this time of great change and

uncertainty people from across the religious and nonreligious

divide will be able to hear voices other than their

own, and entertain other notions and opinions – even at

the risk of their own views being challenged and their

prejudices being changed.

Arguments are very rarely won by shouting, but even

sharp differences can be understood by listening to

one another respectfully.

Rev Toby Hole,


St Chad’s Church, Woodseats

August/September 2013

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Not always black and white

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What did

the tie say

to the hat?

You go on

ahead and

I’ll hang


Animal rights campaigners

set up camp outside a

Premier League football

ground after it was

revealed that one

of the players had

injured a calf!

A man arrested for

armed robbery at

a trifle factory has

been remanded in



did the

man take a

pencil to bed with


To draw the


Hang on a minute, I don’t like


A man took his car to

a garage. “Every time

it rains it makes an

awful hissing noise,”

he told the mechanic.

“It’s ok,” the mechanic

said, “It will just

be the windscreen


Why did the burglar

take a shower?

So he could make a

clean get-away!

There was a fight at

the bakery – police

described it as


Fun and Laughs

The Abbey Public House

We would like to welcome old and new

customers back to the new Abbey.

We now offer:

Home cooked food, locally sourced

A range of great real ales

A welcoming & relaxing environment

Come and try our excellent Sunday

Roast with real roast potatoes and

Yorkshire puddings.

With a variety of special events

throughout the year, come and see what

we have to offer!

Call us: (0114) 274 5374

Email: info@theabbeysheffield.co.uk

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What’s On

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

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

Wing, Lowedges Junior School.

Call 0114 203 9337.

Health Walks

lMondays - 10am: Graves Park.

National Council for Divorced,

Meet at the Animal Farm car park;



and Widowed

- 10.30am: Ecclesall

Tuesdays Woods. Meet 8-11pm at Abbeydale

Norton Industrial Country Hamlet; Club

Club lThursdays offering friendship - 10.30am: and Lowedges. social

activities. Meet at the Community Wing,

Lowedges Call Magdalen Junior on School. 0114

2394326. & Call 0114 203 9337.





- February 5

Summer Saturdays

AEGON British Tennis Tour

Sheffield City Centre





and Leisure

takes place



World the Peace ranked Gardens players and compete there will

alongside be fun and local entertainment Sheffield players. on ‘The

Pier’ Call between 0114 283 1-5pm 9900. on the Moor.

Music and entertainment will also

February take place 5 on the City Hall steps.

Book Sale

36 August Crawshaw 10 Grove, Beauchief

10am-12pm Summer Saturdays

Sheffield City Centre

Good quality second-hand books

As part of Summer Saturdays with





in aid








Society. and the Donations Devonshire of Market paperback in

novels Division or biographies Street plus street in good shows,

condition music, dance are welcome and family (but fun not on The

larger Moor books and a due buskers to space fetival in the

limitations). city centre.

February August 17 5

Free Summer Environmental Saturdays Activities

Sheffield City Centre

Millhouses Park

Spectacular performances from


the Greentop Circus in the WInter

Obstacle Gardens. course and stream

dipping activities for 8 - 13 year


Call 0114 263 4335.

February 12

Free August Environmental 24 Activities

Millhouses Summer Saturdays Park


Sheffield City Centre

Nature Sheffield quiz Aquarium trail, stream with a dipping vibrant

“inland bug aquarium” hunting activities experience for on 8 - 13

year Fargate olds. and the Moor.

Call 0114 263 4335.

August 31

Summer Saturdays

February 12

Sheffield City Centre



Environmental Activities

Ecclesall The city centre Woods will Sawmill be transformed


into the Sheffield Street Magic

Nature Festival quiz plus trail, open stream air cinema dipping in the

and Peace bug Gardens. hunting activities for 8 - 13

year olds.

September Call 01147235 6348.

Summer Saturdays – Light Night


Sheffield City



The city centre will be animated,

Why Not Try A Bike

lit up and celebrated through




artists and performers for

10am-2pm one night only to invite you to see

Rediscover Sheffield in a your different cycling light. skills in

Greenhill Park. The rangers will

provide September a bike, 11 helmet and

instruction. Heritage Open Meet Day at the Bowls

Pavilion, Abbeydale Greenhill Industrial Park. Hamlet

Booking 11am-4.45pm is essential.





Hard Hat




and go behind

Beauchief Abbey Abbey holds holds a variety a

of variety services of services. and anyone For is more

welcome information to attend. see page For nine. more

details see the Abbey notice


Anderson Tree Services

St Chads Church, Linden Avenue, Woodseats

email: office@stchads.org

Church Offices: 15 Camping Lane, Sheffield S8 0GB Page 6 website: www.stchads.org

Tel: (0114) 274 5086

Telephone: 0114 274 9101

Email: thujopsis@aol.com

Bill Anderson

131 Holmhirst Road

Sheffield S8 0GW

the Countess Judith. He has checked by another. There are

himself there two carucates and

13,418 places listed in the book and

the scenes with the project team. street amazingly, performers almost and all dancers of those places

thirty three villeins hold twelve

Booking is required in advance. You supporting can be found Weston present Park Hospital. day maps,

caracutes and a half. There are

can also take a tour of the site with though many of their names have






of meadow





September been altered 15 over time. You can find

and pasturable join in family wood. activities. In the time of Heritage „Sceathfeld‟ Open (land, Day free of trees, on a

& Edward Call 0114 the Confessor, 272 2106 the whole Beauchief frontier near Abbey a river - Sheffield),

manor was valued at eight marks of 10am-3pm „Wodesettes‟ (Norton Woodseats),

September silver (£5.33) 12 and now at forty The „Totingelei‟ abbey will (a be watching open as place part of -Totley),

Heritage shillings Open (£2.00). DayIn Attercliffe and the „Handeswrde‟ Heritage Open (an Days. enclosed

Beauchief Sheffield, Abbey two manors, Sweyn had homestead belonging to Hand -

10am-4pm five caracutes of land to be taxed - September



and „Aterclive‟ (a village

The this abbey land is will said be to open have as been part of within Heritage Open Day

near a cliff - Attercliff). The




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of Hallam”.

St James’ Church, Norton

Domesday Book provides a valuable


Saturday 10am-4pm; Sunday 2-5pm

September 13



will be


an exhibition

into 11th



his is a translation of part of

Heritage Open Day



the Domesday Book, the



of the church.

It tells us about the

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feudal system which existed.

commissioned by William the

The Conqueror. university’s He newly-refurbished

wanted to assess the September Through the 20-22 centuries, the Domesday

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be so open that he to visitors. could determine how much A showcase land and property of local and rights seasonal - surprisingly

tax he could raise. The survey also

food enough, and drink. right up to the 1960s!


served as a


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Summer Saturdays


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collect and record information from greatest of the new wave of Norman

thousands of settlements around magnates.

England. That information was

Chris Laude


What’s On

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All aspects of general home email: maintenance office@stchads.org

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Church Office: 9 Linden Avenue, Sheffield S8 0GA

Tel: (0114) 274 5086

email: office@stchads.org

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Church Office: 9 Linden Avenue, Sheffield S8 0GA

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website: www.stchads.org

The changing face of



to Beauchief Abbey

Woodseats has seen a lot

of change over the past

100 years and more.

We’ve been having a look back

at some old photos of the area

and comparing them to how our

community looks today...

Archive pictures used courtesy of Sheffield Newspapers


email info@beauchiefabbey.org.uk

Weekly Services are held at Beauchief Abbey

All welcome


1 2

nd th

& 4 Sundays each month

Holy Communion: 11.00am


3 Sunday Evensong: 3.00pm


5 Sunday Mattins 11.00am

Our church services are based on the

Book of Common Prayer

and refreshments are served after the service.

Events: Heritage Open Days:

Thursday 12thSeptember 2013 10am-4pm

Sunday 15th September 2013

10.00am-3pm followed by Evensong

Sees our website for more information about

the Abbey and special events.

Chesterfield Road and Abbey Lane in 1980

The Big Tree – once called the Masons

Arms – in 1912 and more recently

St Chad’s Church, Linden Avenue, Woodseats

Church Office: 9 Linden Avenue, Sheffield S8 0GA

Tel: (0114) 274 5086

St Chad’s Church

email: office@stchads.org

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Changing Faces – Changing Lives

by R. J. Palacio,

tells the story of a tenyear-old

American boy ‘Wonder’,

who feels “ordinary inside”, as he

says, despite having been born with

a terrible facial abnormality. “My

name is August. I won’t describe

what I look like. Whatever you’re

thinking, it’s probably worse”.

He longs to be accepted, but

has to suffer children running away

from him screaming, people staring

at him, others making hurtful

comments ..... and worse.

Not exactly a ‘feel good’

read, you might think -

and yet it’s incredibly


moving and, in

places, funny.

Recently I’ve

discovered that

over 400,000 children

and adults in the UK

have significant facial

disfigurement. That’s a staggering


Today’s appearance-obsessed

society breeds a far from tolerant

attitude towards those whose

looks don’t fit the norm, but a

charity called ‘Changing Faces’

is successfully challenging this

situation. Formed in 1992, it has

two specific aims - one being to

support the sufferer, and their

family, by equipping them with

techniques to help them cope

with people’s reactions to their


They can put their clients in touch

with similarly affected people and

so enable them to find comfort and

strength in shared experience.

Changing Faces encourages them

to build self esteem which helps

them to tackle the challenges they

will meet - they cannot change their

face but Changing Faces hopes to

give them a better life.

The other aim is to change minds.

Changing Faces works hard to

combat prejudice and discrimination

and campaigns for ‘face equality’

to ensure that those with facial

disfigurement are accepted socially

and in the workplace, instead of

being ostracised.

Some people suffer disfigurement

as a result of illness, accidents

and injuries caused by war or

violence of some kind or another.

Simon Weston is one such high

profile person. He suffered

severe burns during the

Falklands War when

his ship exploded - his

face was virtually

unrecognisable. He

has undergone

more than 70

operations and

shown incredible courage,

but he gives his mother

the credit for his survival. Now

he works tirelessly for charities

which support people living with


Our young friend August

eventually wins through and is

accepted for who he is. He, like

Simon and countless others, most

of whom have never made headline

news, have found the strength

to overcome their disfigurement.

They couldn’t have done it without

the love and support of family and

friends, or the help of wonderful

charities. They are incredibly brave


So the next time you

see someone with a facial

disfigurement, please don’t turn

away - or even worse, stare at

them. All Changing Faces asks

you to do is to smile, look them in

the eye, and maybe engage them

in casual conversation, just as you

would do anyone.

Chris Laude

For the past 26 years I have

worked as a registered

childminder and during that

time the adult to child ratio in any

childcare setting has remained the


A few months ago the

Government proposed abolishing

these ratios, citing that the

changes would make childcare

cheaper for parents. Many of

us in the childcare sector were

horrified at these proposals, our

main concern being the safety and

welfare of the children. We also

failed to see how or why the costs

would be reduced. We were asked

to sign an online petition provided

by Change.org.

Change.org is the world’s largest

petition platform, empowering

people everywhere to create the

change they want to see. There

are more than 35 million users

in 196 countries and every day

thousands of petitions win and

communities are transformed.

Incidentally, the Government

has now dropped these proposals

as there is no evidence that costs

would be reduced. Success! If

only we had been asked in the first


A few weeks after my initial

contact with Change.org I was

listening to an interview on the

radio with a mother whose 17 year

old son had been arrested.

As a 17 year old he was in law

treated as an adult and so his

parents were not informed of his

arrest. He was so traumatised

by the situation that he actually

committed suicide. His mother

wants the law to change, reflecting

the fact that in many other areas

her son would have been treated

as a child. She urged listeners to

go to Change.org and sign her

petition which I duly did.

Since then Change.org has

emailed me on a regular basis

when there is a petition they think

would interest me. An example is

the one to legislate that the use

of kill cords in powerboats be

obligatory. A father and daughter

were recently killed in Cornwall.

Many of us will have watched

in horror as the news footage

unfolded and we saw their boat

circling the accident scene, totally

out of control. A mother whose son

was killed in 2000 in very similar

circumstances and who sees

history repeating itself has started

this latest petition.

We live in an amazing time

when the opportunity to change

situations is greater than ever


Is there something you feel

passionate about?

Visit Change.org and make a


Alison Manning

Sign up to make a difference

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Church Office: 9 Linden Avenue, Sheffield S8 0GA

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How I was Surprised by Change...

Sometimes you think that you have

life all planned out and sorted, and

you know exactly where you want

to go and how you’re going to get there.

Then something completely unexpected

happens and your life changes direction

for ever. For me, this happened one

summer’s evening when I was nearly

13 years old. My life has never been the

same since.

In the early 1980s as a young teen I

was dead-keen on all things electronic,

my dad being an electrician, and I

enjoyed nothing better than going to the

local electronics store to spend all my

pocket money on electronic components

and circuit boards to build my latest

projects. The acrid smell of flux when

soldering, the satisfaction when circuits

actually worked, the pleasure of having

my own toolbox – this was the centre of

my world. I wanted to be like my dad, to

know everything about electronics, yet I

wanted to go further and study electronics

at university and then go onto an

illustrious career in engineering. This was

my goal. This was my ambition. This was

my dream, my purpose, and nothing else

was so important!

It was almost the end of the school

year when my parents announced to my

younger brother and me that we were all

going out that evening to a meeting in a

large marquee just outside town. My mum

and I had recently started going to a local

church because we thought it would be a

nice thing to do, and we were surprised

(I don’t know why we were so surprised!)

at how lovely everyone was at this church

– they sang uplifting songs, the seats

were comfortable, and everyone seemed

happy to be there! One particular man

befriended us, and it was he who invited

us to this meeting in the large marquee.

But it was a lovely hot summer evening

and my brother and I wanted to go out

and play! Tough luck – we had no choice

and we had to go, me, my brother and our

parents. So there we were seated in rows

in this hot humid giant tent, singing hymns

from a booklet and listening to a man at

the front talking about Jesus.

And then it happened. I can’t even

remember exactly what the man at the

front was saying, but it was something

to do with the problem of sin, and us

needing Jesus, who died on the Cross

in place of us, in order to deal with this

problem of sin. I’d heard all of this before

in church, and I think that I believed it

already. But then we were asked to stand

and sing a hymn: “Just as I am, without

one plea, But that Thy blood was shed

for me, And that Thou bidst me come to

Thee, O Lamb of God, I come, I come.”

The man at the front invited anyone who

wanted to accept Jesus into their

lives as their Saviour and Lord to

come forward as a response.

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

My heart was evading pounding the Chinese and I couldn’t authorities who

understand saw this him desperate as a dangerous need deep criminal.

inside me to After respond his conversion, to this invitation. Yun fasted for

I felt so strongly 100 days that on Jesus just a was bowl inviting of rice,

me, Daren, nearly 13 years praying old, for to a accept chance to

Jesus’ free offer of forgiveness, glance at and a Bible; so his

I stepped out and went family forward. were To concerned my

surprise both of my parents for his stepped sanity. out To be

at exactly the same moment, found with and a all Bible three would

of us somehow got to the have front. meant That serious night

we accepted Jesus Christ consequences as our Saviour and

and Lord.

punishment. God

Sometimes you think honoured that you have this fast life and

all planned out and sorted, prayer and sending you know Yun a

exactly where you want Bible. to go He and immediately how

you’re going to get there. read Then and something memorised

completely unexpected chapters happens from and the your Bible.

life changes direction for With ever. few For resources me,

this was the night when I first met Jesus

Christ, King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Living

God, Creator of the Universe, Friend of

Sinners. I did get to University in the end

and read electronic engineering, but this

was no longer my goal, my ambition,

my dream or my purpose. These all now

belong to Jesus Christ, and I am glad.

Daren Craddock

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.

Sian Mann


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Church Office: 9 Linden Avenue, Sheffield S8 0GA

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‘It’s a miracle!’

We were returning home after

spending Christmas week in

North Wales. It had been a

good week and we were feeling fine.

We stopped for a picnic lunch

about 1.15pm somewhere west

of Rhyl. Jeremy got out of the car

to get some fresh air and started

talking to a man walking his dog. As

it was blowing a gale, Ann preferred

to stay inside. After about five

minutes she started to have difficulty

breathing. She hooted Jeremy, who

just waved and carried on talking,

thinking she was being impatient to

leave because she knew he wanted

to be home before dark. She hooted

again. Same response. The third

time he came over. She was pale,

fighting for breath and could only just

gasp the words “999”… and “pray”.

At that moment the man he

was with saw the dilemma and

approached a couple who ‘just

happened’ to be there in an almost

completely deserted car park. They

had a mobile, were locals and

called the ambulance. Jeremy had

no idea where we were. In under

ten minutes the ambulance arrived

but the oxygen mask provided by

the team made no difference and,

with blue lights flashing, she was

rushed to Glan Clwyd hospital,

which amazingly was only about

three miles away – only one of

three hospitals in North Wales

with the necessary intensive care

unit. The last thing Ann was

conscious of was having her

clothes cut. Not realising

the seriousness of

the situation,

Jeremy got to

the hospital,

supplied the


details and

waited. A

nurse explained that Ann’s situation

was critical and hinted that he

needed to be prepared for the worst.

By this time it was nearly 3pm. In a

state of shock, he prayed for clarity

to do the right things and phoned

Christian friends in Sheffield, our

daughter in Brasil and our son in

Hong Kong, who got their contacts

praying. Facing the possibility of

returning to Sheffield alone, he found

Bible verses coming into his mind

that brought a sense of peace amidst

the turmoil. He released Ann into

God’s hands to restore or to take her.

Eventually, a doctor in the ICU

explained that she had been

sedated, was on a ventilator, her own

breathing had stopped and breathing

rarely recovers when the ventilator

is removed. It was a life and death

situation. He recommended that any

relatives should come straightaway,

as he did not think Ann would survive

very long. Jeremy went to see her

briefly. She looked deathly pale – a

dying woman. He phoned Ann’s

brother, but he was out.

About 6.45pm Jeremy asked to

see the doctor again. He said, “I

have good news for you. About

three minutes ago Ann suddenly

started breathing on her own and

the ventilator has been switched off;

at the same moment the monitors

switched to normal. We don’t

understand it!” “Do you believe in

prayer?” Jeremy asked him. “There

are people in different parts of the

world praying for her.” The change

was startling: she had colour in her

cheeks, was awake, able to speak,

her airways were completely clear

and she just felt sleepy.

On Tuesday January 3 she was

discharged with the words, “It’s a

miracle.” The discharge letter said

‘life-threatening asthma’. Since

returning home she has continued in

good health, without any ill effects.

What an amazing God we have!

Ann & Jeremy Thornton

Count Lev Nikolayevich

Tolstoy, probably the most

famous Russian author, was

born in 1828 but it wasn’t until he

was in his 40s, and after much

study and self-examination, that

he became a Christian.

At that time, and already

an established writer, he had

a moral awakening. As a

privileged member of the Russian

aristocracy, he began to espouse

views of self-denial and living a life

of poverty.

He studied Hinduism and

Buddhism but his literal

interpretation of the ethical

teachings of Jesus, centering on

the Sermon of the Mount, caused

him to become a fervent Christian

anarchist and pacifist. His ideas

on non-violence were to have a

profound impact on Gandhi and

Martin Luther King.

In 1884 Tolstoy wrote “What

I believe” in which he openly

confessed his Christian beliefs.

His belief in “turning the other

cheek” meant that being a

Christian required him to be a

pacifist and his opposition to the

waging of war by government led

him to be labelled a philosophical


Later, various versions of

“Tolstoy’s Bible” would be

published, indicating the passages

Tolstoy most relied on, specifically,

the reported words of Jesus

himself. Tolstoy believed that a

true Christian could find lasting

happiness by striving for inner selfperfection,

“loving thy neighbour

as thyself”, loving God, and not

looking to the Church or state for


He believed that the aristocracy

were a burden on the poor, he

opposed private property and the

institution of marriage, valuing the

ideals of chastity.

Tolstoy had a profound influence

on the development of Christian

anarchist thought. The Tolstoyans

were a small Christian anarchist

group formed to spread his

teachings. Tolstoy expressed

“great joy” that groups of people

in various parts of Europe, not just

Russia, agreed with his views but

he warned them to listen to their

consciences and not to follow him

blindly. The movement carried on

beyond his death in 1910. Before

his death, Tolstoy had become

a harsh critic of governments’

part in war, especially criticising

Tsar Nicholas II and Wilhelm II of


A film “The Last Station” gives

an insight into the Tolstoyans.

It was made in 2009 and stars

Christopher Plummer as Tolstoy

and is set in the year of his death.

It features the struggle between

Tolstoy’s wife and family and his

disciples over the ownership of his

works. The disciples

persuade the old

man to sign a new

will bequeathing

his works to the

state. Apparently

they were handed

back to his family

five years later.

David Manning

The Conversion of Tolstoy

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Sunday Services

The 9am Service

● Traditional in style

● Includes Holy Communion, a sermon & hymns

● Includes refreshments afterwards

● Taken from Common Worship: Holy Communion

the Lifted, 10.30am 11am Service

● Informal and relaxed in style

● An emphasis on families

● Includes music, led by a band

● Includes Refreshments refreshments served from before 10.15-10.45am

the service

Weekday Services

Morning Prayers

• Monday to Thursday at 9am

Evening Prayers

• Monday to Thursday at 5pm

The Thursday 10am Service

• Traditional in style

• Taken from Common Worship: Holy Communion

• Includes Holy Communion, a sermon & hymns

• Held in the Lady Chapel at the back of church

Other Services

Prayer and Praise

A Time to be Still

• To Sunday, be held February on Monday 13 at June 7.30pm 20 and Monday July

18, 7.15-8pm



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of quiet reflection

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7.15 to 8pm

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I need a solid framework to hang

as possible. Some evenings I struggle

were invited to a wedding in a us. He brings his eternity into our

everything on, otherwise I flounder. I

to get down 300 words or so, but I

village called Cana. At some lives so that we are changed and

was 18 months into my one serious

never have difficulty in removing that

point during the wedding, to the ready

attempt at a non-genre novel, and had


to meet with him and enter

great embarrassment and dismay into his

written something like 100,000 words,

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pursuit. And Rev an Toby anti-social Hole one.

of the host, the wine runs out.

before realising that I didn‟t know what

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it was about. The crime/thriller genre

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something about it and, after a little invitation tends to be: That‟ll cost me an

provides a focus I lacked on that

persuading, Jesus turns the water evening‟s work. Which is not a

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the involved best of a wines. cast of characters It’s as if having who were Which other authors do you like?

served all, in the one guests way or another, with some failures,

It might be simpler to list the books

supermarket looking for redemption. 3-for-2 plonk, In this, the as in I‟ve most enjoyed this year – Nicola

bridegroom much else, now I‟ve been brings encouraged out the by Barker, Burley Cross Postbox Theft;

Chateau the work Petrus. of writers like Reginald Hill, Paul Murray, Skippy Dies; Jonathan

Apart who show from what‟s suggesting possible that within the Coe, The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell

Jesus confines was of probably genre. a very

Sim; Barbara Trapido, Sex and

good person to invite to a party

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the moment


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rather book simpering after the one do-gooder I‟m writing – now – so to are the new novels by Kate Atkinson

an won‟t image be too ready often to work confirmed

for another and John le Carré, and Philip Larkin‟s

by year some at least of his – followers), but have pushed this it to the Letters to Monica.

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the World

Tearfund has joined other aid

agencies along with Christians

across the UK to speak out

against one of the biggest injustices of

our time: Hunger.

The IF campaign focuses on some of

the root causes of hunger, recognising

that aid is only a vital first step in

tackling global poverty, and that we

should go beyond it to the deeper

causes of poverty and hunger, like

climate change and tax dodging.

During the year there will be various

campaigns calling on governments

and multinational companies to make

a change.

As part of the campaign Tearfund

has been inviting people to try out a

few recipes from around the world.

Why not give one a go – and join the

campaign to make a change?

Find out more about the IF

Campaign at www.tearfund.org

Borscht (beetroot soup)

Serves 6-8


4 medium to large cooked beetroot

2 medium onions

2 medium carrots

600ml beef stock

30ml lemon juice

90ml dry sherry (optional)

Salt and pepper to taste

1 tbsp soured cream per serving

2 tbsp chopped chives to garnish

Dabo kolo (crunchy

spice bites)



Grate beetroot and carrot coarsely and

finely chop onions. Place in a large

pan with the stock and bring to the boil.

Cover and simmer for 50 minutes until

cooked, adding extra water if needed.

Add the lemon juice and sherry (if used).

Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serve either chilled or piping hot with

a swirl of soured cream and a pinch of



300g plain flour

½ tsp salt

2 tbs sugar

½ tsp cayenne pepper

70ml oil

Water, as needed (about 6 tbsp)



Mix all ingredients together. Knead,

adding water one tablespoon at a time,

until a stiff dough is formed. Knead for

a further five minutes. Tear the dough

into pieces the size of a peanut and roll

in your hands to form peanut shapes.

Heat a large heavy sauté pan, but do

not oil. Working in batches, put pieces

of dough in pan and cook over medium

heat until golden brown, turning

regularly. Cool on a wire rack and store

in an airtight container.

Pique macho (spicy

Bolivian beef)

Serves 6


1kg braising steak

2 large onions

1 tomato, chopped

1 large chilli pepper

250g salchichas (Spanish sausages,

or other thin sausages will do)

2 medium-sized potatoes


8 tbsp of oil


½ tsp ground black pepper

½ tsp ground cumin

4 cloves crushed garlic

1 tsp cumin seeds


Cut the steak into cubes then marinate

it with the spices for at least two hours.

Meanwhile, wash and slice the onions

and the chilli. Sauté in a saucepan with

two tablespoons of oil until the onion

is transparent. Stir in the tomato and

a pinch of salt. Transfer to another


Fry the salchichas and set aside to cool.

In the same saucepan, fry the meat

with the remaining oil. Cover the pan

for a few moments, then pour off the

juice into a separate container. Repeat

this procedure until the meat is cooked

without adding any more oil.

Slice the salchichas thickly. Stir the

tomato mixture and salchichas into the


Separately, peel the potatoes, slice into

thin chips and fry in plenty of hot oil.

When the chips are ready, stir them

in with the meat and add the retained

juices from the meat. Place on a high

heat for a few minutes.

The pique macho should not be too

dry, and the meat is tastier if allowed

to marinate for as long as possible,

preferably overnight.


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The problem – and the solution!

Do you want to know what is really

wrong with the world? – Its you!

Now before you pick up your pen

and fire off a letter to the editor under the

pen name of ‘disgusted of S8’ let me tell

you that it is ME as well!

Why do I say that many of the world’s

problems are down to us? Well it seems

to me that it is getting harder and harder

to feel that we can make much difference

and yet if the world is to change it will be

people like you and me who change it for

the better.

The world is a complex place and the

problems are huge – take for instance

the financial crisis, war, poverty, disease,

fear of asylum-seekers, unemployment

and many, many more. On the flip side

we are becoming increasingly busier with

little time for changing the world. It seems

to make sense that if the problems

are huge then what we need is a huge

solution. It feels as if we can only tackle

it with a very grand plan. What we need

is an organisation such as a government

or the World Health Organisation or

someone similar. We can give them

lots of money – our money – and lots of

power in order for them to sort out the

problems of the world on our behalf.

Don’t misunderstand me, there is a place

for large organisations but the problem is

that they don’t really sort out the root of

the problem, ie YOU and ME.

A friend of mine has a mantra which is

that if we wish to transform society then it

can only be done ‘one person at a time’.

What he means is that if a solution is to

make a long term quantifiable difference

then is has to affect us personally. It is

easy to let a large organisation tackle

our problems but much better if we are

part of the solution. As Ghandi said, “We

must be the change that we want to see

in the world”. Or, as Barack Obama said

more recently, “Change will not come if

we wait for some other person or some

other time. We are the ones we’ve been

waiting for.”

Let me give you an example. A couple

of years ago my wife was in town late

at night with friends in one of Sheffield

busiest night clubs. She was appalled

by the alcohol-fuelled self-destructive

behaviour of a lot of the young people

who were out

that night. As

she watched

she said to herself

‘someone ought to

do something about

this’. Over the next few

months it dawned on her

that maybe she was the

‘someone’ she was hoping

for. To cut a long story

short we both became

Street Pastors and

you can often find us

on Carver Street at

3am helping people

who need help to get home after a ‘good’

night out.

It was a similar story when we first

went to work in Romania more than 20

years ago. We went thinking we would

have something to offer but instead

received far more than we gave. What

we realised was that in both cases the

people who were changed the most were

us. I am sure we did help a few people

along the way but in the main it was our

hearts that were changed.

If we are to become part of the solution

then it will very likely cost us personally.

We will need to think through how and

where we spend our money for instance

– maybe by buying Fairtrade coffee or

buying our energy from a green energy

supplier or changing banks to one which

has a good ethical policy. Maybe we will

get slightly more personal and sponsor

a child with Compassion through which

we will receive regular updates from the

child that we are sponsoring. However

even that is really delegating the

solution to someone else.

There is a saying which is ‘if you

want to walk on water then you have

to get out of the boat’. The world will

change in proportion to the extent that

we are willing to

become part of

the solution. This

is not a quick fix

process but a lifetime of

personal transformation.

Here is a start – When you

are in town and notice someone

begging, do you just pass them by

because they are someone else’s

problem? Next time why not offer

to buy them a cup of coffee or

a sandwich and then sit down

on the pavement and listen to

their story. You may find they are

just like you and me. That way you

may begin to understand why all those

big issues are really about us and our

hearts. We cannot delegate, we need

to get involved and then our hearts will

be changed and so will the problems of

society – ‘one person at a time’.

Let me finish with a story – I apologise

if you have heard it before:

A man was walking along a deserted

beach at sunset. As he walked he could

see a young boy who kept bending

down, picking something up and throwing

it into the water. Time and again he kept

hurling things into the ocean.

As the man approached closer, he

saw that the boy was picking up one

of thousands of starfish that had been

washed up on the beach. One at a time

he was throwing them back into the


The man asked the boy what he was

doing. He replied, “I’m throwing these

starfish back into the ocean, or else they

will die through lack of oxygen. “But”, said

the man, “You can’t possibly save them

all, there are thousands on this beach,

and this must be happening on hundreds

of beaches along the coast. You can’t

possibly make a difference.” The boy

looked down, frowning for a moment; then

bent down to pick up another starfish,

smiling as he threw it back into the sea.

He replied, “well I made a difference to

that one”.

‘We are the ones we’ve been waiting


Steve Winks

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Where’s that from..?

To ring the changes

Meaning - to vary the way in which some

task is usually performed in order to make

it more interesting

Derived from - the ancient art of bell

ringing where the pattern, or sequence,

of the order in which the bells are struck

is called a “change”. Each pattern has its

own order but, if variations are made and

the bells are struck in a different order, it

becomes known as “ringing the changes”.

The figurative use of this phrase was

already in evidence centuries ago. It

can be found Thomas Adams’ book, ‘The

divells banket described in sixe sermons’

published in 1614, when he wrote, “Some

ring the Changes of opinions”.

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am currently living in the

fourth house I’ve had in twenty

years. During this time I have

seen many changes in home

décor. I couldn’t wait to stamp my

mark on my first home with my

husband. Although I played it safe

with magnolia paint throughout the

downstairs I stencilled ivy around

the arch in our lounge-diner, a

border of violets all through the

hall, and grapevines in the kitchen.

Around this time I also began my

love of Laura Ashley and all things


Around the mid-late 1990s and

a move to our second house,

everyone was getting much bolder.

Probably owing to all the TV shows

such as Changing Rooms, Home

Front, 30-minute Makeover, House

Doctor (for those struggling to sell

their properties), even Ground

Force for your garden. Yes – I

painted every wooden thing in my

garden ‘iris blue’, benches, trellis,

planters, even an old church pew.

Inside the house I went crazy.

I made a mood-board for each

room with before and after photos.

I’d moved on from stencilling to

painting murals on my children’s

walls. I had spotlights set into

a large circle on my daughter’s

bedroom ceiling, and painted a

flower around each light. It looked

great, but what a neck-ache!

During 2000 we moved to

Sheffield. Every house we

viewed was involved in the

awful bidding-war. We finally

had an offer accepted on a house

that we ended up going to sealedbids

for. Again, I created moodboards

for each room. This time, a

dramatic red dining room, ‘naturalstraw’

lounge, and ‘jasmine-white’

bathroom with many spotlights.

The electrician asked if I was trying

to make it look like the Crucible

Theatre! Another baby came along,

so did the loft-conversion. Then

after a major operation I spent the

summer making bunting for the

garden … yes, and the bedroom

and the lounge!

In January 2007 we moved to

our current house - the ‘Money Pit’,

in Woodseats. Even after twenty

years of decorating and revamping

houses I still did all my before and

after photos. This house had woodworm

galore, damp, a clapped-out

old boiler and dodgy plumbing to

say the least, but I love it!

I am not a lover of wallpaper

or feature-walls in particular, but

over many years of change I know

what I like. So I have another red

dining room (and probably always

will), my daughter has a mural on

her walls, and I still love making

bunting – even for my dolls house!

As we are all revisiting the ‘makedo-and-mend’

era, I have now

painted much of my old wooden

furniture, no ‘iris-blue’ this time, for

me it has to be ‘French-Grey’.

The only advice I would give to

someone wanting to redecorate or

do up a wreck is to please yourself!

At the end of the day, it is your

house. It’s supposed to reflect you

and the things you like. Fads come

and go so quickly – don’t ask too

many people for their opinions. If

you have a decorating disaster,

chin-up, and get out the

Magnolia paint!

Julia Craddock

Changing Rooms

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The Girl With a Pearl Earring

by Tracy Chevalier

ISBN 0007232160

This is a historical fiction book

is set in 17th century Holland

and is based around a

famous painting by Vermeer.

The main character is Griet

whose family lives in very poor

circumstances. Griet’s father

was a delph tile artist who is

blinded in an accident at work

and can no longer work, making

the family destitute. Fortunately

Griet is hired as a servant by the

Vermeer family. Griet has to work

very hard and her duties extend

to cleaning the artist’s studio and

eventually becoming an assistant

to Vermeer. Griet, herself,

appears to have an artistic

eye even venturing to make

adjustments to the setting of one

of the paintings. Unfortunately,

she catches the eye of Vermeer’s

patron who demands she

becomes the subject of his next

painting which will compromise

Griet’s reputation.

The relationship between Griet

and Vermeer is hard to define

hinting subtly at romance. I feel

Vermeer to be a weak man who

appears to have some feelings

for Griet but is reluctant to protect

her from the patron and from

other members of the family when

she is unjustly targeted by them.

Although the story’s plot is

simple, it is expertly written with

imagination and researched

detail. Tracy Chevalier gives

descriptive references to the

social differences between the

rich and poor, the Catholics and


For me the author brought the

characters to life. I admired Griet

for her strong personality and

resilience against; the adversity

her family suffered; the spiteful

Vermeer family members; the

undesirable attentions of the

patron and the sad

situation of her life.

I really enjoyed

this book and

thanks to being

a member of the

Book Club it gave

me chance to try

a title I wouldn’t

perhaps have

chosen myself.



St Chad’s

3rd Age

Book Club

Book Review

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Changing your Lifestyle

Did you know that nearly

two-thirds of adults and a

third of children in Britain

are overweight or obese?

Adult obesity rates have almost

quadrupled in the last 25 years

and experts have predicted that

by the year 2020 one third of

people in the UK could be obese.

One of the big ways we are

being urged to stop this problem

in our country and individual’s

lives is through the Government’s

Change4Life campaign.

Its aim is to tackle obesity in

children, families and adults by

making improvements to their diet,

fitness and alcohol consumption.

Under the slogan Eat Well, Move

More, Live Longer, Change4Life

was launched in 2009 and is

encouraging people to be more

healthy in six ways:

FIVE A DAY – encouraging

people to eat the recommended 5

portions of fruit and veg each day

WATCH THE SALT – reduce the

amount of salt eaten each day,

ideally to below 6g for adults

Top Tips for Healthy Eating...

CUT BACK FAT – providing

information about fat in foods and

ways to reduce it

SUGAR SWAPS – information

about sugar in foods and

suggestions for healthier



for adults cut down on alcohol



it’s important to lead an active

lifestyle and how to do it cheaply

and easily

To find out more about how you

or your family can make a change

go to www.nhs.uk/Change4Life

Love your labels ... Food labels can seem a bit boring, but they

are the best way of checking what you’re eating as they can tell you

what’s hidden inside the food. Once you know what how to use them,

you’ll soon be able to make healthier choices when you’re shopping.

Be calorie smart... Counting calories doesn’t have to mean

you’re on a diet! They are a really handy way of helping you choose

balanced meals each day, and not eating more than you need.

Share packaged foods... Many foods and drinks are packaged

for two adults sharing, so if you’re eating by yourself avoid temptation

and save some for later.

Eat a little slower... It takes time for our brains to register we’re

full, so try to eat more slowly.

Focus on your food Eating distractedly, such as in front of the TV,

means we eat more without noticing or even enjoying it.

For more tips see www.nhs.uk/Change4Life






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Registers 2013



12 Sophie Sally Harris-Watt


16 Joseph Graham Bailey

21 Harriet Rose Corker



12 Ava Grace Hawley

John Alexander Watt


16 Thomas Mark William




1 Lillian Conybeare (92)

22 Roy George Hodgson (91)

For Weddings and Funerals

You don’t have to be a churchgoer to

have a wedding in church or be

‘religious’ to have a dignified and

meaningful funeral service at St Chad’s.

If you live in the Woodseats or Beauchief

area, St Chad’s would be delighted to help

you, whether it is planning the Big Day or

saying goodbye to a loved one.

For weddings please contact St Chad’s

church office. For funerals please tell your

funeral director that you would like to have

a church service.

l If you have had a new baby and would

like to celebrate that baby’s birth with

a service in church then please come

to one of our thanksgiving and baptism

mornings at St Chad’s. The morning will

explain the difference between the two

services and give parents an opportunity

to ask any questions. Please call the

church office on 0114 274 5086 if you are

interested in attending.



Fifty years as a priest

Rev Canon Peter Wright celebrated 50

years as a priest with a service at St

Chad’s in June. He thanked members of

the congregation and said: “For me it was

a very happy and moving occasion and a

time of spiritual renewal.”

Canon Wright, who was presented with

a gift voucher, added: ”Very many thanks

to you all for this very special expression of

support and affection. I am deeply moved.”

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Contacts @ St Chad’s

CHURCH OFFICE 9 Linden Avenue 274 5086

S8 0GA

Term time office hours:

Mon - 10am-1pm; Tues - 9.30am-1pm;

Thurs - 9.30am-1pm; Fri - 9am-11am

Church Office Administrator

Helen Reynolds

email: office@stchads.org

Vicar Toby Hole (Vicarage) 274 9302

email: toby@stchads.org

Reader/Assistant Minister Yvonne Smith 274 5086

for the elderly

Youth Worker Nick Seaman 274 5086

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Steve Winks and

Darren Coggins 07875 950170

Impact magazine Tim Hopkinson 274 5086

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Church Wardens Jimmy Johnson 274 5086

Linda McCann 274 5086

Deputy Warden Malcolm Smith 274 5086

Buildings Manager Malcolm Smith 274 5086

Uniformed Groups

Group Scout Leader Ian Jackson 235 3044

Guide Leader Jemma Taylor 296 0555

CHURCH HOUSE 56 Abbey Lane 274 8289

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