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Ever since I can remember I have loved reading. As a six year

old my delight was Enid Blyton’s Famous Five and Secret

Seven. As a teenager I became obsessed with science fiction

and thrillers, looking forward to my monthly visit to the local

library from where I would return laden down with hardback

fiction. At university I was introduced to some of the classics of

English and European literature, sometimes curling up for hours

with a book, oblivious to the world outside. Whenever I move to

a new house, before I think of anything else, I plan where the

bookshelves are going and what books are going on it. The

technical word for someone like me is a bibliophile (meaning

book lover). I think biblioholic might be more accurate!

But the world of books is changing fast. Second-hand

bookshops are closing down fast as on-line retailers like Amazon slash the

price of buying books. E-readers such as Amazon’s Kindle, the i-pad or the

Sony equivalent are changing the way that we think about reading. The time

may well come when the only books that exist are antiquarian – relics of the

pre-IT age – and can only be bought from specialist retailers.

I have one e-book and that is the Bible. I keep it on my handheld electronic

diary (you see I’m not a complete dinosaur when it comes to technology). For

a book the size of the Bible electronic format is very helpful. I can find verses

and key words very quickly and the whole thing handily fits into my pocket.

The Bible was one of the first books to be produced in electronic format, which

isn’t surprising because the Bible has often been at the forefront of changes in

reading habits and technology. It began life as scrolls carefully carried across

the Roman world to the tiny scattered churches that met in Rome, Corinth,

Ephesus and other towns. In the Middle Ages monks across Europe would

spend years copying and decorating Bibles for use in worship – the

Lindesfarne Gospels being perhaps the most famous. With the advent of the

printing press the Bible suddenly became mass-produced and with mass

production came the desire to allow the masses to read it. The age of

translation had begun.

This year sees the 400 th anniversary of the Authorised Version, or the King

James Version, of the Bible. Along with many other churches in Britain we will

be celebrating this anniversary by taking a fresh look at the Bible and

encouraging each other to read it with new eyes. I believe the Bible remains

the most amazing book ever published. It is not only the foundation document

of the Christian faith, it also lies at the heart of British culture – political,

literary, artistic and linguistic. In 2011 see if you can get hold of a Bible (you

might have one knocking around the house somewhere) and read some of it –

I think the Gospel of Luke is a good place to start. You might be surprised at

how fresh some it’s ancient words seem to you.

Rev Toby Hole


St Chad’s Church


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Bright Spark Electrical

All types of electrical work

Part P qualified

Burglar alarms

Telephone sockets

Computer tuition, setup/

repair and upgrades.

Malcolm Holmes

77 Holmhirst Road

Sheffield S8 0GW

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Mob:07966 141780

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What do


get if



a pig

and a


When is an English

teacher like a judge?

When she hands out

long sentences.

Crackling on the line!

Did you hear

about the


who buried

someone in the

wrong place?

He was sacked

for making a

grave mistake.

How does a

barber cut the

moon's hair?

Eclipse it!

A mother was teaching her

three-year-old daughter The

Lord's Prayer.

For several evenings at

bedtime, she repeated it after

her mother.

One night she said she

was ready to pray it on her

own. The mother listened

with pride, as she

carefully said each word

right up to the end..."And

lead us not into temptation",

she prayed, "but deliver us

some e-mail, Amen."

What did the cat

do after he had

eaten some


He waited by a

mouse hole with

baited breath!

Who was the first

underwater spy?

James Pond!

Why did the bus


It saw the zebra


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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.

National Council for Divorced,

Single and Widowed

Tuesdays 8-11pm

Norton Country Club

Club offering friendship and social


Call Magdalen on 0114


January 30 - February 5

AEGON British Tennis Tour

Graves Tennis and Leisure Centre

World ranked players compete

alongside local Sheffield players.

Call 0114 283 9900.

February 5

Book Sale

36 Crawshaw Grove, Beauchief


Good quality second-hand books

for sale in aid of the Alzheimer’s

Society. Donations of paperback

novels or biographies in good

condition are welcome (but not

larger books due to space


February 5

Free Environmental Activities

Millhouses Park


Obstacle course and stream

dipping activities for 8 - 13 year


Call 0114 263 4335.

February 8-12

Jamaica Inn

Ecclesall All Saints Church Hall


A play presented by Ecclesall

Theatre Company. Tickets: £5.

Call 0114 230 8842.

February 12

Free Environmental Activities

Millhouses Park


Nature quiz trail, stream dipping

and bug hunting activities for 8 - 13

year olds.

Call 0114 263 4335.

February 12

Free Environmental Activities

Ecclesall Woods Sawmill


Nature quiz trail, stream dipping

and bug hunting activities for 8 - 13

year olds.

Call 0114 235 6348.

February 20

Why Not Try A Bike

Greenhil Park


Rediscover your cycling skills in

Greenhill Park. The rangers will

provide a bike, helmet and

instruction. Meet at the Bowls

Pavilion, Greenhill Park.

Booking is essential.

Call 0114 283 9195.

Beauchief Abbey holds a variety

of services and anyone is

welcome to attend. For more

details see the Abbey notice


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February 21

Half-term Environmental


Meersbrook Park Walled Garden


Make bird feeders, bird boxes and

bird ID. Activities for 8-13 year olds.

Call 0114 263 4335.

February 27

Wild Designs: Pyrography

Ecclesall Woods Sawmill


Learn how to create designs in

wood using a pyrograph (heated

needle). Booking is essential.

Call 0114 283 9195.

March 6

Junk Boat Race

Millhouses Park


Using your engineering skills, some

glue and a bag of junk, build a

boat and race it on Millhouses

lake. Meet at Millhouses Park

Cafe. Booking is essential.

Call 0114 283 9195.

March 20

Step Out from Greenhill Park

Greenhill Park


Join the rangers on an

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.

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bookmark is usually a piece of

paper or card, or even plastic

or metal which is used to keep

the reader’s place in a book, or

the point at which one has stopped

reading. Bookmarks were used

throughout the medieval period,

consisting usually of a small parchment

strip attached to the edge of folio (or a

piece of cord attached to headband).

As the first printed books were quite

rare and valuable, it was determined

early on that something was needed

to mark one's place in a book without

causing its pages any harm. Some of

the earliest bookmarks were used at

the end of the sixteenth century, and

Queen Elizabeth I was one of the first

to own one. The use of the term has

transferred easily to the world of IT –

you use bookmarks to save favourite

or useful items of data.

I am one of those people who has

always valued books and hated to see

them being misused or damaged in

any way. When I was a child books

were expensive and I always tried to

look after them. Nowadays, with more

use of computers to read, and more

money to throw around, people don’t

seem to worry so much about looking

after their books. I used to have

constant arguments with my children,

who used to write in the margins and

scribble on those books that they were

using for school. I found this appalling.

Some books, used frequently, will

have a permanent marker, like a ribbon

– you will often see this in religious

books like the Bible or Quran and in

diaries. I always think it looks very

elegant to open a page marked in this

way. I personally use bookmarks


The world’s biggest published book is

an Atlas measuring 2 x 3 meters. The

book contains maps of continents, as

well as images of famous sites.

promoting a charity or which are

purchased to raise money for a good

cause. One thing is certain – I will

always use a bookmark and not curl the

corner of the pages over, as one of my

aunts used to do.

About 30 years ago I remember my

local library in Ipswich published a

report which included an interesting

piece on the diversity of objects that

their borrowers had used to mark a

place in their current reading matter –

rashers of bacon, lettuce leaves,

combs, and some items that the library

were too shy to mention, had been

returned over the counter with the

books – to be discovered later by some

unsuspecting librarian.

Returning to the increased use of

laptops and other IT equipment to read,

I suppose that the bookmark, or

indeed, the conventional book, will go

out of fashion. I find that I can’t read

lengthy documents on line, I would

much rather print them off and read a

hard copy. Not good for the

environment I know, but I am not alone

in preferring the printed word to the on

screen version. There are handheld

gadgets now that resemble

electronic books but I will always

have a need to have books round

me, on shelves, books to borrow

and lend to friends, something to

get hold of, and, of course, a

bookmark as an essential

accessory, to me at least.

David Manning

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ooks! I have always loved

books and read almost

anything from detective

novels to Booker winners.

They bring pleasure, relaxation,

education and solace in times of

sorrow. One of my favourite holiday

occupations used to be browsing in

second-hand bookshops. Several years

ago, on holiday in Beer, Devon, we

followed handmade signs to ‘secondhand

books’. It turned out to be

someone’s garage completely lined out

with books with a cash box fixed to the

wall. On the open doors of the garage

were several newspaper articles about

the book sale: the owners had, over

several years, raised £30,000 for their

local church restoration!

My mum has been suffering from

Alzheimer's disease for 12 years. The

Sheffield branch of the society has

been a support to me through those

years and I wanted to raise money for

them. I was intrigued by the garage

sale in Devon and decided to see if I

could do something similar. I started

out with a trestle table and about 200

books. Getting books has been no

problem, I often come home to neat

boxes of books on my doorstep and

people are incredibly generous, often

giving new books that have only been

read once.

Now I have about 2,000 books and

hold a book sale most months. Many

customers have become regulars and

meet up to have a coffee and talk

about their favourite books or look for a

new author they might enjoy. They can


The world's most expensive book was

a copy of John James Audubon's Birds

of America, sold on December 7, 2010

at Sotherby’s for just over £7.3m.

Only 119 complete copies of the 19th

Century book are known to exist, with

108 owned by museums and libraries.

also write up requests for books and

make recommendations.

When people make requests I

always say that sooner or later it will

come through my garage. On one

Saturday an elderly gentleman came

with just one book- about the siege of

Leningrad - I must admit that as I took it

and said thank you I was wondering

who might buy this book. After he had

gone the next person through the door

lighted on it with delight - he was a

collector of Russian history!

I leaflet my immediate area and a

couple of kind regulars leaflet their

roads. Another kind neighbour comes

every month and sorts books by author

and finds books for customers. I have

been very grateful to Impact magazine

for bringing word of the book sales to a

wider audience.

A few of my friends occasionally

take a box of books into their workplace

and quite a bit of money is raised this

way. We have raised £6,000 so far - we

have quite a way to go to equal the

sale that was my inspiration, so if

you are a book lover, look for the

dates in Impact magazine and

come along and meet likeminded

people. Or if you feel

able to take a box of books to

sell please get in touch.

As for me - I don’t browse in

second-hand bookshops any

more – I seem to have acquired

my own!

Carol Smith

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ass production has its


Paperback books are

cheap to make and

cheap to buy. But let’s face it, they

really don’t last very long.

I have kept all my old children’s

books, fondly imagining that I would

pass them onto my children and their

children. Yet, in one reading by my

eldest son, Charlie and the Chocolate

Factory has moulted several chunks

of yellowed pages – leaving me

feeling that I must be really rather old.

It’s understandable, then, that

people are attracted to the craft of

bookbinding – taking time and effort

to create a book that’s meant to be

treasured and handed down. A quick

web search uncovers tutorials on

making a ‘painted leather journal with

medieval sewing’; ‘how to sew the

secret Belgian binding’; and ‘how to

make the folded fan origami book’ –

not to mention copious equipment for

sale, such as cold gluing machines,

brass finishing tools, and manuals on

how to test for grain direction.

A little bit beyond me at the

moment, I fear. So, following the

principle that it’s best to start

somewhere, I have test-driven for

Impact readers a guide to making

your own – very simple – book

(drawn from Teach Yourself

Calligraphy by Patricia Lovett,

available from Woodseats library).

You will need:


String or ribbon

A drawing pin or something else

with a sharp point

A needle

Start with a few sheets of

rectangular paper, all the same size.

Fold each in half. Then lay one inside

another like this:

You can choose how many sheets

you use. Four sheets, folded as

shown, will give you 16 pages

including the back and front cover.

But it may become too bulky to close

properly if you use any more than

eight folded sheets. (If you wish,

make the cover page of thicker paper

or card, and slightly larger all the way

round than the inner pages.)

To bind the book, mark the

midpoint along the spine with a

pencil. Then pencil in two more points

on the spine, one each side of the

midpoint. (If you’ve got room you

could add two more points, making

five altogether, evenly spaced down

the spine.)

Open the book out and rest it,

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inside down, on a board or piece of

old cardboard. Push a drawing pin

through each marked point, all the

way through your pages, leaving you

with three (or five) holes.

Then sew it up, using your string

or ribbon, in the following sequence

(for three-holed spines):

Tie the ends into a knot or bow.

Or, for five holes:

There you have it – a little book.

Now comes the fun part – filling the

pages! You could insert photographs

or copy a poem into it to make a

present for a family member or

friend. Or give it, blank, to a child, so

they can write and illustrate their very

own story. It’s a great way to

encourage a reluctant hand-writer.

And – you never know – it could be

just the start of a flourishing literary


Amy Hole



Pupils trained in the art of perfect

speech and prepared for examination

and stage work


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Cooking The Books

Meaning - deliberately distorting financial

accounts in order to avoid payment of tax,

commonly known as "creative accounting".

Derived from - changing one thing into

another, as in cooking - the ingredients are

converted into a meal which, at the end of

the process, looks quite different from the

original. The phrase was in use as early

as Tudor times for in 1636 in his 'Letters

and Dispatches' the Earl of Strafford wrote,

"The proof was once clear, however they

have cooked it since". The phrase was in

common use by the 18th century and

Tobias Smollett's "The Adventures of

Peregrine Pickle" published in 1751, made

the link to finance explicit - "Some falsified

printed accounts, artfully cooked up, on

purpose to mislead and deceive".

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ave time and money by giving

all your laundry to the local

charity shop. You can buy it all

back for 50p a week later – all

washed and ironed!

But while you’re going there you can

also take all those old thrillers and

novels with you, so two other people

can benefit: someone receiving help

from the charity, and the person who

buys your old books. Yet perhaps this

is the greatest advantage of good old

fashioned printed books – they can be

passed around for others to enjoy.

In our modern world of e’s and i’s (ipod,

e-mail, i-player) you may have

come across the increasingly popular

e-book. The ‘e’ stands for

‘electronic’ (and in case you were

wondering, ‘i’ is for ‘Internet’). So e-

books are simply electronic versions of

any other book, but without the paper.

To read an e-book you need to buy an

e-book reader device such as

Amazon’s ‘Kindle’ (for £109). There are

cheaper versions and a quick flick

through the Argos catalogue shows

that you can buy a new one from

around £80. This is still about 10 times

the cost of a new paperback book! But

once you’ve bought your e-book reader

you can store thousands of e-books on

it – your own ‘electronic library’.

You can of course read an e-book

on a computer or most modern mobile

phones, and individual e-books are

much cheaper than their paper cousins

– you can buy many for less than £1

each. There are also many classic titles

that are free such as “Gulliver’s

Travels” and “A Christmas Carol”.

E-books have some advantages

over printed books. For example, you

can highlight text and add your own

notes without damaging the original.

You’ll never run out of space on your

book shelf (the Kindle can store up to

3,500 books) and you can search your

e-book for particular words or phrases.

But what if you drop your e-book

reader or sit on it because you’ve left it

in your back pocket? I know of many a

paper-back book that has been

dropped, thrown, and used to wedge

open a door, yet they never stopped


I don’t know about you but whenever

I visit someone’s house, particularly for

the first time, I like to have a sneaky

glance at their book shelves to see

what kind of books (if any) that they’re

into. You can tell a lot about someone

by the books they read. One e-book

reader looks very much the same as

another, and evokes a different kind of

snobbery (‘look at my expensive flashy

reader – I have lots of money!’) than

does a bulging book shelf (‘look at all

the important books I’ve read – I am

very clever!’).

If you’ve ever dreamt of becoming

an author, e-books are a great way to

get yourself published! You can

download free e-book publishing

software by doing a Google search for





Download it

and write that

novel you’ve

always wanted

to write. How

to publish?

Easy – Google

again for


Digital Text

Platform’. It’s

free to

register, and

you can get your e-book published for

free and earn up to 70% royalties on all

your e-book sales!

All I ask is that when you become

that best selling millionaire e-book

author, perhaps you might remember

where you got your inspiration from

(this article?) and donate 10% of your

sales to a worthy local charity like the

Besom in Sheffield


Daren Craddock

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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

Lifted, the 11am Service

● Informal and relaxed in style

● An emphasis on families

● Includes music, led by a band

● Refreshments served from 10.15-10.45am

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

• Sunday, February 13 at 7.30pm

Ash Wednesday Service

• Wednesday, March 9 at 7.30pm

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ick Herron has

published six thrillers;

the most recent, Slow

Horses (2010), was

shortlisted for the Crime Writers’

Association’s Ian Fleming Steel

Dagger, awarded to the year’s best

thriller, while his novella Dolphin

Junction won the Ellery Queen

Readers’ Award in 2009. Amy Hole

asked him about his work

What started you writing fiction?

It started with reading, of course.

When I was young I preferred reading

to real life, so wanting to write was a

natural progression from that. I wrote

stories as a child, poetry as a young

adult, and started writing a novel once I

realised I didn’t actually need anyone’s

permission to do so. Reading is always

a catalyst for the young. That’s just one

reason why the planned closure of so

many libraries is a long-term disaster in

the making.

Why thrillers?

I need a solid framework to hang

everything on, otherwise I flounder. I

was 18 months into my one serious

attempt at a non-genre novel, and had

written something like 100,000 words,

before realising that I didn’t know what

it was about. The crime/thriller genre

provides a focus I lacked on that

attempt; and it works as scaffolding, not

as a straitjacket. Slow Horses, for

instance, has a fairly complex plot, but

what interested me most was that it

involved a cast of characters who were

all, in one way or another, failures,

looking for redemption. In this, as in

much else, I’ve been encouraged by

the work of writers like Reginald Hill,

who show what’s possible within the

confines of genre.

How do you start writing a novel?

By putting the moment off for as long

as possible. I have a vague idea for the

book after the one I’m writing now – so

won’t be ready to work on for another

year at least – but have pushed it to the

back of my mind where it can

grow quietly in the darkness. I

haven’t committed anything to

paper yet, on the ground that if

I forget it that easily, it’s

obviously not up to much.

When I’m ready to start

work, on the other hand, I’ll

throw as much as I can onto

paper as quickly as possible –

fragments, mostly; snatches of

dialogue, random descriptions

of places, much of which won’t be used.

But I need a lot of material to hand

before I write the opening words, and

admit I’ve started something new. It’s a

way of avoiding blank page syndrome, I


When do you write?

Most days, between about 7.15 and

8.30. More at weekends.

What are the best - and worst -

aspects of what you do?

The best part of writing is redrafting.

The hard work’s been done, and there’s

a peculiar joy in deleting as many words

as possible. Some evenings I struggle

to get down 300 words or so, but I

never have difficulty in removing that


As for the worst part: well, it’s a selfinvolved

pursuit. And an anti-social one.

My first thought on receiving any kind of

invitation tends to be: That’ll cost me an

evening’s work. Which is not a

response most people want to hear

from someone they’ve suggested an

outing to.

Which other authors do you like?

It might be simpler to list the books

I’ve most enjoyed this year – Nicola

Barker, Burley Cross Postbox Theft;

Paul Murray, Skippy Dies; Jonathan

Coe, The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell

Sim; Barbara Trapido, Sex and

Stravinsky; Scarlett Thomas, Our Tragic

Universe. Seamus Heaney’s latest

collection, Human Chain, is among his

best. And the books I’m looking forward

to are the new novels by Kate Atkinson

and John le Carré, and Philip Larkin’s

Letters to Monica.

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ooks, particularly old ones,

are one of my passions and

I find Book Fairs irresistible.

In July 2004 at the Southern

Cathedral's Festival, Winchester had a

book and music sale in aid of the

Cathedral choir and it was here,

rummaging through other people's

cast-offs, that I came upon a little red

book. It was in a "These Books 50p"

box among dusty old school books and

ancient "Penguins". Its handsome

maroon binding had turned to the

colour of a fallen leaf and the title had

long since faded from the spine and

cover, though the gilt-edged pages still

glowed through the dust. Turning to

the title page, I found it was ‘Sir

Edward Elgar’ by J. R. Buckley,

published in 1904. The introduction

was dated July 14th 1904 - almost 100

years ago to the day! I checked that

there were no pages or pictures

missing, put £1 in the "Honesty Box"

and went upstairs to look at the music.

Here I found three well-used vocal

scores - The Messiah, Elijah and St.

Paul - copiously signed on the inside

title page by famous singers of former

days. These were also 50p each and I

paid at the till.

Back home after the festival, I

examined the Elgar book more closely.

Inside the cover it was priced at 2/6d

(12 and a half pence) and, written at

the top of the page in blue ink with a

fountain pen, was the name "Elgar

Blake". My heart-rate doubled! There

was only ever one person called Elgar

Blake, and that was Elgar's daughter,

Clarice. The name was not in her

writing. In fact I as fairly sure it

was Elgar's own. But why just his

daughter's married name? The

name must have been written

between 1921, when Clarice

married Samuel Blake, and 1934,

when Elgar died. My research

revealed that Severn House,

Elgar's huge London home, was

put up for auction in the autumn of

1921, following his wife's death in 1920

and Elgar moved into a tiny onebedroomed

flat. Most of his

possessions, including his extensive

library, had to be disposed of. Picture

Elgar, now old and alone in his

mansion, sorting through the treasures

of a lifetime. And, to be sure, the little

book was a treasure - the first

biography, probably the publisher's

complimentary copy - it could not be

thrown out or sold, but was for Clarice.

Sadly, but proudly, he wrote her newlymarried

name inside the cover and

placed it in the box for her. Clarice

died childless in 1970, before

decimalisation, and the book must

have been sold for 2/6d with the rest of

her effects. Whoever bought it must

have died around 2004 and the book

cast into the 50p reject box in the

Winchester sale. And so, on its 100th

birthday, Elgar's treasure came to me!

In August 2004, I attended the

Three Choirs Festival at Gloucester





The two current smallest

published books are the New

Testament of the King James

Bible (5 by 5mm, created in 2001)

and Chekhov's Chameleon (0.9

by 0.9mm created in 2002).

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and took the autographed scores and

Elgar's biography to the Antique Book dealer

there. He gave me £20 for the scores - not

a bad return for £1.50 - and valued the book

at £150. But it's not for sale! When I die, it

will go to the Royal College of Music to be

freely available to students and scholars,

which is what Elgar would have wanted. So,

it just goes to show, you really can't judge a

book, or a score, by it's cover.

Eddie Askew once found Jesus, or a

silver-coloured crucifix, in a box of junk at an

Antique Fair. He considered buying it to put

Him somewhere more respectable.

However, something told him that Jesus

would not want to be rescued but would

rather be left among the rejected cast-offs of

a throw-away society. So he quietly put Him

back and thought he saw Him smile - but

then Jesus always knew how to look

beneath the surface.

"Lord of the old and the new, open my

eyes to see your presence in everyone I see

today" - Eddie Askew from "Love is a Wild


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his year sees the 400 th

anniversary of the Bible. Well,

obviously that’s not really

correct, the Bible as we know it

has been around for certainly 1600

years and the books in the Bible have

been around for a good deal longer

than that. But for many people in the

English-speaking world the definitive

version of the Bible –the King James, or

Authorised Version (AV) – will be

celebrating 400 years this year.

The King James Version was not the

first Bible written in English. William

Tyndale had translated his New

Testament 90 years before (and had

been executed for his pains). Henry

VIII had authorised the placing of an

English Bible (called The Great Bible) in

every church towards the end of his

reign. During Mary Tudor’s reign

Protestant exiles in Switzerland

produced the Geneva Bible which was

the first English Bible to have chapter

and verse. It also had various

footnotes hostile to the monarchy which

meant that it remained banned in

England. Under Elizabeth I another

English Bible (the Bishops’ Bible) was

introduced but it was never as popular

as the Geneva version.

Because of the various “unofficial”

English translations that were in

circulation, King James I ordered that

an “Authorised Version” of the Bible be


He gathered together the leading

Greek and Hebrew scholars of the time

and together they produced one of the

most important works in the English

language. Those stranded on Radio

4’s famous desert island are always

given a copy of the AV along with the

complete works of Shakespeare.

The AV is heavily based on William

Tyndale’s New Testament, and Tyndale

is arguably the hidden genius behind

the translation. So many phrases from

the AV have become part of the warp

and weft of the English language: “my

brother’s keeper”, “they shall beat their

swords into ploughshares”, “a law unto

themselves”, “the wages of sin” and

“the root of all evil” are just a selection

of common phrases. Such is the

resonance of the language that many

subsequent translations still follow the

AV in its phrasing.

These days comparatively few

churches in Britain use the AV. From

the end of the Nineteenth Century there

have been a plethora of new

translations often known by confusing

initials (the RV, the RSV, the NEB, the

RNEB, the NIV and the TNIV are just a

few!). They are all however direct

descendants from the 1611 King James

Bible and the influence of the AV can

be seen in all of them.

Not that the AV was flawless. There

was a very limited print run of the AV

which missed out a rather crucial word

– “not”. The faulty text therefore read

“thou shalt commit adultery”. It became

known as the “naughty Bible”.

St Chad’s, in common with many

churches in Britain, will be celebrating

the 400 th anniversary of this remarkable

book with sermon series focussing on

specific books in the Bible – starting

with Genesis in January.

The congregation are also being

challenged to read the whole of the

Bible over the course of a year.

The AV’s translation of Ecclesiastes

12 says “of making many books there is

no end; and much study is a weariness

of the flesh.” That may be true of many

books, but of the inexhaustible riches of

the Bible I’m sure that it is not!

Toby Hole

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Here’s how little it costs to

advertise in act

Black and white adverts are priced at the

following rates for one year (six editions):

1/8 page: £78.50 1/3 page: £237.50

1/6 page: £118.80 1/2 page: £346.40

1/4 page: £173.40 Full page: £709.20

Call us on 0114 274 5086 or email


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he Smelly Sprout, Father

Christmas Needs A Wee,

Everybody Poos and "The

Queen's Knickers - these

were just a few book titles I came

across when searching for possible

gifts for my two young grandsons!

I'm sure that my mother, bless her,

would have been somewhat

disconcerted if she had been faced

with such titles and my

grandmother .... well, she would have

had to be revived with smelling salts!

The thought that anyone would

discuss articles of underwear

(especially Her Majesty's) in public,

let alone make them the subject of a

book to be read by children, would be

incredibly shocking - and as to

mentioning what went on behind a

locked bathroom door .... well, that

was utterly unthinkable! Yet Edward

and Thomas, along with their peers

no doubt, delight in such books and

roll about in hysterics when reading

them and looking at the pictures.

How children's books have

changed since I was little! I

remember learning to read at school -

we had Janet and John books.

Stories entitled Here We Go and Off

To Play were about the family -

Mummy and Daddy and the two

children, together with Spot the dog.

They were very ‘middle class’ and

their pleasures and adventures were

simple - they played in the garden,

went to the shops, took Spot for a

walk, and so on. Of course, as a

teaching aid the books were

excellent, because children learnt key

words very quickly - but the stories,

and their characters, were very dull,

at least by today's standard.

Of course, life was very different

when Janet and John first came on

the scene - children didn't know about

television, DVDs and computer

games - and I suppose our horizons

were rather limited.

The books reveal an age of

innocence which has, perhaps sadly,

gone for ever. I remember books by

Enid Blyton (now frowned upon),

Grimm's fairy tales and other

classics, and children's

encyclopaedias too, but I can't

remember seeing many particularly

eye-catching books in the shops or

the library.

Nowadays, the production of

children's books has become big

business. The content has evolved

along with society. There are more

imaginative characters and plots, and

real life issues are dealt with helping

children understand, and come to

terms with, difficult situations and the

challenges of today's world. Talented

graphic illustrators now provide a bold

new approach to picture books. From

wonderfully tactile books for babies,

to lift-the-flap, pop-up and scratchand-sniff

inter-active books for

toddlers, to vividly descriptive books

about history and science for school

age children. Harry Potter has

completely revolutionised children's

fiction to the extent that he has

become compulsive reading for

adults, too.

Books offer a gateway to learning

as well as an opportunity for

escapism - reading is fun and good

for the imagination. We all, young or

old, delight in the joy of discovery.

Books make us laugh, they make us

cry and they can teach us just about


So perhaps The Smelly Sprout

isn't as dreadful as it sounds - the

story has a moral; Father Christmas

Needs A Wee and Everybody Poos -

they may well reassure a child who's

being toilet trained; and The Queen's

Knickers well, I'm not sure about

that one!

Chris Laude

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e asked some of the

younger members of St

Chad’s about the books

they were reading. Here

three of them tell us about their

latest books

Epos the Flame Bird

by Adam Blade

I like Epos because it’s

about a flamebird. I

enjoy reading it. It’s

interesting. It is cool. It

is really exciting. It’s

extremely cracking.

A girl and boy go on a quest with

their animals, a wolf and a horse.

Magnus Hole (6)

Young Sherlock Holmes:

Death Cloud

by Andrew Lane

I was encouraged to

read this book after

watching the brilliant

Sherlock Holmes film.

It is about a boy called

Sherlock Holmes and

his friends Matthew

and Virginia and is set in London.

Instead of enjoying the sun during

the holidays they decide to hunt down

a murderer and his gang, who want to

destroy the British Empire with killer

bees. On their adventure they find

two dead bodies covered in marks, a

secret gang trying to destroy the

British army and a plot to kill them.

This is my favourite book because

it’s full of mystery and adventure. I

particularly like the part of the book

when Sherlock has to defend himself

against a human puppet who was the

leader of the gang, while Virginia has

to take down the whip master. I would

seriously consider reading this book!

Liam Reynolds (11)

Maximum Ride: The Angel


by James Patterson

The story is about six

kids who are 98%

human and 2% bird.

They are on the run

from the erasers, wolf

men, and the scientists

who experimented on

them from the school, the place

where the experiments are held. Also

they all have special powers e.g.

mind reading abilities.

This book is one of the most

exciting books I’ve ever read and

always left wanting to read more even

when I finished it! James Patterson is

able to create the perfect picture of

what is going on in the story so that it

feels like you are actually there

watching it happen. He also explains

who the characters are and what their

relationships are that you feel as if

you really know them. Overall James

Patterson makes an obvious fantasy

seem like a real life situation.

Esther Goodier (12)

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The Heavenly Man

by Brother Yun with Paul Hattaway

ISBN 185424597X


his is a remarkable and true

story of a Chinese Christian

brother called Yun.

It presents like a modern day

parallel to the book of Acts in the

Bible: spiritual warfare, the power of

the Holy Spirit, visions, dreams,

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.

With few resources

other than his memory and God, he

started to take the good news of

Jesus to the people of China via

illegal house churches. This gentle

man brought many people into a

relationship with the Lord.

Yun suffered inhuman and

horrendous torture when captured by

the ‘Public Security Bureau’. He

fasted for 72 days, having no food or

water, living only by God’s grace.

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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In Hallam, one manor with

its sixteen hamlets, there

are twenty-nine carucates

(area of land) to be taxed.

There the Earl of Waltheof* had an

Aula (hall or court). There may

have been about twenty ploughs.

Roger de Busli holds this land for

the Countess Judith. He has

himself there two carucates and

thirty three villeins hold twelve

caracutes and a half. There are

eight acres of meadow and a

pasturable wood. In the time of

Edward the Confessor, the whole

manor was valued at eight marks of

silver (£5.33) and now at forty

shillings (£2.00). In Attercliffe and

Sheffield, two manors, Sweyn had

five caracutes of land to be taxed -

this land is said to have been within

the land of the manor of Hallam”.


his is a translation of part of

the Domesday Book, the

great land survey of 1086

commissioned by William the

Conqueror. He wanted to assess the

extent of the land and resources

being owned in England at that time,

so that he could determine how much

tax he could raise. The survey also

served as a gauge of the country's

economic and social state.

The name ‘Domesday Book’ was

not adopted until the late 12th century

- the huge, comprehensive scale on

which the survey took place, and the

irreversible nature of the information

collected, led the people to compare

it to the Last Judgement, or

‘Doomsday’ described in the Bible,

when people's deeds, written in the

Book of Life, were to be placed

before God for judgement! Royal

commissioners were sent out to

collect and record information from

thousands of settlements around

England. That information was

combined with earlier records from

both before and after the Conquest,

and entered into the final Domesday


All 413 pages of the survey were

handwritten, in a type of Latin

shorthand, on sheep-skin parchment

by one un-named official scribe and

checked by another. There are

13,418 places listed in the book and

amazingly, almost all of those places

can be found on present day maps,

though many of their names have

been altered over time. You can find

‘Sceathfeld’ (land, free of trees, on a

frontier near a river - Sheffield),

‘Wodesettes’ (Norton Woodseats),

‘Totingelei’ (a watching place -Totley),

‘Handeswrde’ (an enclosed

homestead belonging to Hand -

Handsworth) and ‘Aterclive’ (a village

near a cliff - Attercliff). The

Domesday Book provides a valuable

historical insight into 11th century

Norman England. It tells us about the

country's wealth at that time and the

feudal system which existed.

Through the centuries, the Domesday

Book has also been used as

evidence in disputes over ancient

land and property rights - surprisingly

enough, right up to the 1960s!

*The Earl of Waltheof was Earl of

Northumbria, too. He was the last of

the Anglo-Saxon earls still remaining

in England a full decade after the

Norman conquest. He was executed

in 1076 for his part in an uprising

against William1. His lands passed

to his wife, Judith of Normandy

(described as ‘Countess Judith’ in the

Domesday Book), who was in fact

William the Conqueror's niece. The

lands were held on her behalf, as the

book tells us, by Roger de Busli,

tenant-in-chief and one of the

greatest of the new wave of Norman


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don’t have to be a churchgoer to

have a wedding in church, nor do

you have to 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

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hat is the most

dangerous thing that

you own? I imagine you

could put together a list

of things fairly quickly. Cars give us

a false sense of security and even

with all the safety features are quite

a dangerous thing to own. Stairs

are something we use everyday but

occasionally catch us out. Loose

carpets, knives, walking into doors,

wet tiles, and compacted snow

– the list is endless.

However if some

authorities are to be

believed the most

dangerous things

that you own are


Here is a list of books

which have been banned at

one time or another or in various

countries across the globe:

There are some obvious ones

such as 1984, Animal Farm and

Doctor Zhivago - all banned in Soviet

Russia because of their perceived

criticism of the state and their political

system. How about All Quiet On The

Western Front, An American Tragedy

and The Call Of The Wild which were

all banned in Nazi Germany, again

because of their criticism of the


There are some less obvious ones

– Black Beauty (South Africa), James

and the Giant Peach (USA), Catch 22

(USA), Tom Sawyer (USA), Alice’s

Adventures in Wonderland (China),

all the Harry Potter books because of

their witchcraft element and my

favourite one of all is Fahrenheit 451,

the temperature at which paper

spontaneously combusts, because

ironically it is a story about


Why are books so dangerous –

because knowledge is power? It is

the same reason that one of the most

popular television programmes in our

house is University Challenge. We

find it fascinating. On a good evening

we can get maybe three or four

questions right between us and

sometime before the contestants

answer them. But, what throws us is

often the question not the answer. It

is not that we don’t know the

answers, which we invariably don’t,

we just don’t understand the

questions. Not only do

we not understand

the question but we

often did not

know that there

was anything to

be known, that

the subject even

existed. As

Donald Rumsfeld

once famously said “

but there are also unknown

unknowns. There are things we don't

know we don't know”.

Books are dangerous in the same

way. People are naturally inquisitive

and once their interest is aroused

they wish to know more, especially if

someone is telling them not to. I

would like to bet that the book which

has been banned in the most

countries, even the UK at one time, is

the Bible. There are many countries

in the world now which have made

owning a Bible an offence but that

does not stop people seeking after

the truth and many Bibles are still

smuggled into those countries

because people are passionate

about, and hungry for the truth.

Even now the biggest source of

inspiration for many people is the

humble book because books like

University Challenge expand our

horizons. Go on, live life dangerously

– read a book.

Steve Winks

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Term time office hours:

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Tues - 10am-12pm; Fri - 9.30am-11.30am

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