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Sheffield, as we are always being told, is Yorkshire’s

greenest city. We are blessed with many sizable parks and

a significant part of the city boundaries take in the moors

and hills of the Peak District. And Sheffield – particularly

the south and western parts – is also full of beautiful

woodland, some of it extremely ancient.

Woodseats itself is of course a very “woody” place – hence

its name which means, in Old English, fold in a wood. From

St Chad’s you can see the woods which gave the village its

name – Cobnar Wood, Lady Spring Wood and Hutcliffe


Woods have of course been in the news a lot recently as the

government first proposed selling many of our woodlands off

to private organisations and charities and then, in the face of significant

public disquiet, backed down. Their embarrassment would have been

spared had they been a little more familiar with English history and

mythology. We are a people who live alongside woods and have great

affection for them. Whereas in European fairy tales forests are dark

places where witches and ogres live and where children get lost, for the

English woods are places of freedom, of Robin Hood and his merry men

and the enchanted forest of Arden. When the public heard about the

proposed sale of our woods there was a sense that an important part of

English liberty was at risk.

Trees, woods and forests also play a crucial part in the global ecosystem.

They capture and store carbon dioxide and they pump out life-giving

oxygen. At the same time it is the decayed forests under the hills of South

Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire that in the past have provided us with the

coal that we now know contributes so much to carbon emissions. We

have a complex relationship with our trees.

Trees in the Bible are ambiguous as well. In the story of the Garden of

Eden it is the tree of knowledge of Good and Evil which leads to

humanity’s fall from grace. It is another tree, this time fashioned into a

cross, upon which God completes his rescue mission through the death of

his son. In St John’s last vision of the new heavens and the new earth the

leaves of the trees are for the healing of the nations.

As the long winter turns into spring we will see Sheffield’s trees once

again burst into leaf and we can revel in the beauty of the woods that

surround us. Take a moment to wander through one of them. Look at the

grandeur of the trees and the life they give us. And give thanks to God.

Rev Toby Hole


St Chad’s Church


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All types of electrical work

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Computer tuition, setup/

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Sheffield S8 0GW

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An old man passed his

granddaughter's room one

night and overheard her

saying her alphabet.

What are you doing?" he


"I'm saying my prayers,"

explained the little girl.

The man looked


"I can't think of exactly

the right words, so I'm

just saying all the

letters. God will put

them together for me,

because He knows

what I'm thinking."

The Judge said to

the defendant, "I

thought I told you I

never wanted to see

you in here again."

“That's what I told

the police, but they

wouldn't listen!"

A tourist asks a

man in uniform,

"Are you a


"No, I am an


detective," he


"So why are you

in uniform?"

"Today is my day


What do you get

if you cross an

eel with a


A slippery


“I signed up to this Facebook thing ages

ago but I’ve still only got you and God as

my friends!” said Adam.

Little Matthew was in

the bath tub, and his

mum was washing his


She said to him,

"Wow, your hair is

growing so fast! You

need a haircut again."

Matthew replied,

"Maybe you should

stop watering it so


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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


Thursdays – 10.30am: Lowedges.

Meet at the Community Wing,

Lowedges Junior School.

Call 0114 203 9337.

April 2

Loxley Silver Band with soloists

Michael and Kristina Hickman

Woodseats Methodist Church


Loxley Silver Band in concert with

soloists Michael Hickman on

classical guitar and vocalist Kristina

Hickman. Tickets are £8,

concessions £6 and children £3 with

proceeds going to the Motor

Neurone Disease Association.

Call 0114 250 0078

April 3

Discover Bishops' House

Bishops House


Have a go at making butter, the

traditional way, with a churn and

some elbow grease. Activities will be

preceded by a guided tour of the

Bishops' House at 11.30am. This

event is free and there is no need to


Call 0114 278 2600

April 23

Afri-Cuban Drumming Workshop

Meersbrook Park United Reformed



A fun and practical workshop that will

include playing in a percussion

ensemble. Admission £12.50

Places can be booked on 07913

892027 or by emailing


April 2

Introduction to Green


Ecclesall Woods Sawmill


An introduction to green

woodworking and the chance to

make finished items.

Cost £60 - tickets available from

Ecclesall Woods Sawmill

April 17

Sheffield Ship Model Society

Spring Open Day

Millhouses Park


This is the society's first of two open

days of 2011. Go along and watch

the many model boat and ship

sailing on Millhouses Lake. There is

a "have a go" boat for people to try

their skills and there will be steering

competitions and a mini yacht race.

Call 01246 209966

April 21

Easter Lambing and Open Day

Whirlow Hall Farm


See the new born lambs at Whirlow

Hall Farm.

There will be two Easter hunts, pony

riding, free craft activities for children

and new lambs in the barn.

The farm shop and cafe will be open

throughout the day and there will be

the Whirlow Hall Farm barbecue.

Admission £2.50

Call 0114 235 2678

Beauchief Abbey holds a variety

of services and anyone is

welcome to attend. For more

details see the Abbey notice


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May 2

Highland Fling

Graves Park

A family day out with Highland Cattle

Show, craft market and food stalls,

fun fair rides, Shire Horse cart rides

and scarecrow making.

Call 0114 250 0500

May 7

Book Sale

36 Crawshaw Grove, Beauchief


Good quality second-hand books for

sale in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society.

May 14

Introduction to Willow Hurdle


Ecclesall Woods Sawmill


A course including woodland

management and leaving with your

own ‘hurdle’ Cost £60.

0114 235 6348

May 15

Introduction to Woodworking in

the Home

Ecclesall Woods Sawmill


A basic woodworking course for

beginners. Cost £60.

0114 235 6348

May 20

Sheffield Folk Chorale Concert

St Peter's Church, Greenhill


Songs drawn from the folk tradition

arranged and conducted by

Graham Pratt. Tickets £5.

0114 236 1213

May 21

Afri-Cuban Drumming Workshop

Meersbrook Park United Reformed



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or many years people used

whatever material was

around them to make

whatever they needed.

For most of our history wood was

the material of choice because there

was so much of it around and it was

so easy to work. We used wood to

make houses, boats, household

implements, weapons; in fact almost

anything and everything.

Take the humble wheel for

instance. In spite of what Fred and

Barney would have us believe, stone

was too heavy for making wheels

whilst wood is light, flexible, springy

and easily shaped. Wheels made of

wood were gradually phased out after

the turn of the last century but the

oldest complete spoked wheel is in

the National Museum of Iran and

dates from about 4000 BC, so

wooden wheels have a long history.

Whilst there have been many new

and modern materials created in the

last 50 years or so wood is still the

best material for making many things.

For some sports equipment wood is

still an essential material. Take

the cricket bat for instance. It is

still made of willow and has

been around since at least

1624. The method of

manufacture may have

changed but the basic

material has not. Willow is

used because it is tough

and resilient with the right

amount of strength and

flexibility. There is

something evocative

about hearing the striking

of leather on willow.

Sadly other sports have

seen greater changes.

Take golf for instance.

Originally golf clubs

were made completely of

wood because of its strength and

flexibility. It was only when balls

stopped being a bag stuffed with

feathers that metal heads could be

used. Eventually wood stopped being

used for the shaft and head of

‘woods’ which are now mostly made

of lighter metals such as titanium

alloys. Whilst a metal head may make

swinging easier and produce a more

accurate shot the tinny sound of the

head hitting the ball is nowhere near

as satisfying as that of wood on ball.

Musical instruments are another

example of wood still being best.

Every violin will contains several

types of wood – each used because it

has specific properties which are

needed in different parts of the

instrument. Some parts of the violin

need to be solid and strong whilst

others need to be free to vibrate. The

bulk of it might be maple, but spruce,

ebony, willow, rosewood and

boxwood are also used for some of

the smaller parts. I have an acoustic

guitar which has a plastic back and

sides but it still needs a wooden face

to vibrate. A friend of mine has an

electric violin. It looks more like the

skeleton of a violin but its sound is

equal in quality and tone to a more

regular violin. However, the bow is

made of wood as it produces a better

quality sound than any other material.

Wood may become a scarcer

resource as time goes on but we have

an affinity with it that we do not have

with any other material. This is

brought home to me every time when

out walking with my wife. Whenever

we cross a stile or bridge with a

wooden handrail which has been

smoothed by numerous hands over

many years my wife will caress it

fondly and always says ‘ooh, I wonder

how many people have touched this’.

Maybe we love wood because we

have a long history with it, but more

likely because it was once a living

thing and we respect that.

Kevin Wests

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heffield is a very green place

to live in. It has more

woodland than any other city

in the country and the

Woodseats, Beauchief and Chancet

Wood area is a prime example of


Our community boasts many

woodlands and green spaces where

you can walk, play or relax.

Take Graves Park for example. As

well as being parkland, there are

many areas of woodland. These are

in three sections — Cobnar Wood,

Summerhouse Wood and Waterfall

Wood. Cobnar Wood is the closest

to Woodseats bordering onto Cobnar

Road and covering the steep

embankment near the lower play

area. It merges with Waterfall Wood

where the stream runs through from

the lakes above. Summerhouse

Wood was originally named after a

shooting house near the site of the

Rose Garden Café.

Chancet Wood is another well

known area at the heart of St Chad’s

parish along with Hutcliffe Wood

where the crematorium has stood

since the mid-1970s. Over the other

side of Hutcliffe Wood Road is

Marriott Wood.

These are ancient woodlands

where trees have stood for centuries

along with Ladies’ Spring Wood

near Beauchief Abbey which is

thought to date back to Anglo Saxon

times and is part of the ancient

parish boundary between Sheffield

and Norton.

Just outside the parish are

Ecclesall Woods. They cover 140

hectares (about 350 acres) and are

the largest ‘semi-natural woodland’ in

South Yorkshire. The earliest history

of the woods is unclear but it lies

where the Sheffield/Norton boundary

follows the River Sheaf and the Limb

Brook. This is an ancient boundary,

separating Yorkshire and Derbyshire

and before that it was the boundary

between the kingdoms of

Northumbria and Mercia.

The woods are designated as a

Local Nature Reserve for wildlife and

also contain a number of prehistoric

and early historic monuments. There

are also a wealth of other heritage

features, such as charcoal heaths,

which relate directly to the wood's

past timber management.

One well known attraction at

Ecclesall Woods is Ecclesall

Sawmill. It is now home to several

wood-based businesses and a new

Woodland Discovery Centre is

planned — named after JG Graves.

There are also various events

which take place at the site which are

listed in each edition of Impact.

As you walk around these woods,

don’t forget the history and memories

these areas of our city have — the

generations that have passed along

their paths and the changes which

have taken place during the

woodlands’ lifetimes.

And let’s make the most of the

nature we see around us. We are

blessed to live in such a green city —

so enjoy it if you can and take a walk

through the woodlands of Sheffield.

Tim Hopkinson

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recently spent

a most

interesting time

with a local

artist, Jason

Thompson, in his

studio in Sheffield.

We were

surrounded by some of

his works of art and I

was so fascinated by

them, it was quite

difficult to focus on the

reason I was there –

namely to find out more

about him.

Jason was brought up in

Leicestershire. He enjoyed spending

time in the countryside, taking home

sticks and pieces of wood which he

used to transform into “weird and

wonderful” objects.

A love of Art was an interest he

shared with his mother. His teachers

recognised his talent and they, and

his parents, encouraged Jason. At

the age of 18, he embarked upon a

year's foundation course in Art and

Design in Leicester, which enabled

him to experiment with all kinds of


mediums. It was

sculpture which

caught his


most and he

went on to

complete a

three year

degree course

at Sheffield's

Psalter Lane

College. His

love of the


drew him to

choose wood

first and

foremost - he

loves the feel, the “physicality” as he

calls it, of wood and finds it an

intensely satisfying medium with

which to work. I asked Jason how he

found the raw material – apparently

he began by sourcing discarded

wood anywhere he could find it and

bringing it back on his bike. Sounds

quite a challenge but he delights in

self-sufficiency. When beginning

work, depending on the size of the

wood, Jason uses a chainsaw to

make the larger cuts, then he

changes to smaller tools like

hammers and chisels, and eventually

uses dentists' tools to complete the

most delicate carving.

At the start of his career, he made

show pieces to exhibit. In order to

place himself in the public eye, he

even tried his hand at woodcarving

“busking”! Gradually Jason became

known and the commisions began to

roll in. He has produced sculptures

and reliefs for councils, schools,

hospitals, churches and private

clients and, though public funding has

dwindled recently, he is busy with

other commissions – but is always

happy to accept more!

You have most probably seen

some of Jason's work. Sheffield City

Council commissioned many pieces

of public art in the late 1990s. Who

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has seen the huge frog in Endcliffe

Park? Perhaps your children climbed

on it or you traced to intricate carving

with your own

fingers ? Have you

seen the large

salmon at Salmon

Pastures on the

Five Weirs Walk in

town or the fish

bench nearby?

Maybe you haven't

yet caught sight of

the gigantic 3

metre high

sculpture of

“Parkway Man” as

you drive down the

A61 towards the city centre, but

that's one of Jason's, too – he works

with metal and glass, as well as

wood. You may have seen him at

work during the South Yorkshire

Wood Fair or “Art in The Gardens” at

the Botanical Gardens. So, watch

out, Jason's about – one of

Sheffield's finest artists!

You can find him at his studio –

Yorkshire Art Space, Persistence

Works, 21 Brown Street, S1 2BS or

contact him on 07930 471549. He'd

love to hear from you.

Chris Laude



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and stage work


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Touch Wood

Meaning - a superstitious expression

used in the hope that it will prevent

something unwanted from happening.

Derived from - an early pagan belief that

trees had spirits who needed to be

appeased to prevent ill fortune and,

later, a medieval custom of warding off

bad luck. Christian relics were hawked

about the country including splinters of

wood, believed to be from the “True

Cross”. Those too poor to be able to

buy such items were allowed to touch

them — this was thought to be a gesture

of piety which would bring them a

blessing and good luck.

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ack in the days when car

stickers were popular one

of my favourites was:

“Carpenter from Nazareth

seeks joiners”!

We know very little about Jesus’

early years but we do know that his

earthly father Joseph was possibly a

carpenter by trade, so it is almost a

given that Jesus would have learnt

his father’s trade and trained as a

carpenter himself. In the Gospel of

Mark, chapter three tells us how

Jesus went back to his home town

and someone said, “Isn’t this the

carpenter?” (Mark 6:3).

This certainly reminds us of how

Jesus was a man just like us,

learning and growing as we do, but

as well as being fully human He was

also fully God.

It also reminds me of one of my

favourite stories called “The Three

Trees”. It goes something like this.

There were once three young trees

growing together on a mountainside,

and they were dreaming about their

future. The first tree said, “I want to

be made into a treasure chest, and

hold the greatest treasure in the

world!” The second tree said, “I want

to be made into the mightiest sailing

ship and carry kings across the

oceans.” The third said, “When I

grow up I want to be the tallest tree in

the world and point to the sky, so

when people look up at me they will

look to heaven and think of God.”

Then one day the woodcutters

came and chopped all three trees

down. The first tree was taken to the

carpenter’s workshop, but was

fashioned into a humble feeding box

for animals.

The second tree was taken to the

shipyard, but no ships were being

built that day, and it was made into a

simple fishing boat.

The third tree was chopped into

planks and left in the lumberyard.

Many years later a mother and

father had nowhere else to stay but

with the animals in a barn, and they

laid their precious newborn baby in

the feeding box made from the first

tree. And the tree realised that it held

the greatest treasure in the world.

Much later still, some friends were

travelling in the fishing boat made

from the second tree, when a terrible

storm arose. Yet one of the travellers

stood up and said “Be still!” and the

sea calmed and the storm

disappeared. And the second tree

realised that it was carrying the King

of Kings.

One Friday morning a year or two

later, the third tree was surprised

when its planks were taken from the

lumberyard. It felt cruel when a man

was made to drag it past angry

crowds. It shuddered when the hands

and feet of the man were nailed to it.

The tree cried when it was lifted up to

hold the man to his death.

Yet on the morning of the third day

all was made new, and all three trees

realised that their dreams had come

true. So when people look up to the

third tree, they will look to heaven

and think of God. And that was better

than being the tallest tree in the


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


• The third Wednesday of the month starting on

May 16 at 7.15pm with the theme Seeking Stillness

with Jesus.

• A contemplative and meditative form of worship.

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Thursday 21st April Maundy Thursday


A service of Holy

Communion remembering

the events of

Maundy Thursday

Friday 22nd April Good Friday


Good Friday

Family Service

(especially for children)


Meditations Around the


Sunday 24th April

Easter Sunday



Easter Celebration

with Holy Communion

Family Service with

Holy Communion

Come and celebrate the risen Jesus!

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Wood: A hard fibrous substance

under the bark of trees.


ood is such a versatile

material. You can bend

it, turn it, stain it, paint it,

sand it and smell it. You

can build so many different projects

with it. I speak

from experience

because my job

involves working

with wood.

Trees are

arguably the most


members of the

plant kingdom.

They form a vital

part of the natural

biological cycle

that keeps this

planet alive.

Like all plants

they depend on a

process called

photosynthesis to harness the sun’s

energy, combine it with carbon

dioxide – CO2 – from the air and

produce the nutrients they need to


In return oxygen is emitted in the

atmosphere and vast quantities of

water evaporate from the leaves.

As someone who works with

wood, I would encourage anyone

reading this article to have a go at


A useful way to begin is to join a

beginners woodwork class where you

will be shown the right/wrong way to

use hand tools in a safe environment.

You can also learn quite a lot from

each other.

Once you get a feel for wood it

never leaves you. A sense of

satisfaction and reward can be

achieved when you make something

you need or that you find attractive.

So what is stopping you from having

a go at a new trade or a new hobby

in wood?

Malcom Savory

St Chads Church, Linden Avenue, Woodseats

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wo thousand years after the

event we are too accustomed

to the sight of them to see the

scandal of Christianity’s most

recognisable symbol.

Crosses stand in every church.

Some are ornate, some are simple.

Some (crucifixes) contain a figure of a

dying man, others are so stylised that

we perhaps mistake them for what

they are. They are worn around

people’s necks, sometimes fashioned

in the form of a Celtic roundel cross or

an Egyptian ankh. Yet despite our

cultural accommodation of them, they

remain a representation of an

instrument of execution.

It was the Romans who introduced

crucifixion (although previous cultures

had similarly grisly forms of death).

The purpose of crucifixion was to

inflict a lingering death in full public

view. After the slave revolt of

Spartacus, 70 years before Christ,

6,000 slaves were crucified. Jesus

would have grown up familiar with this

demonstration of Roman power.

When he told his disciples that in

order to follow him they would have to

pick up their cross, they would have

known exactly the image he was

referring to. And they would have

been shocked.

Crucifixion was reserved for the

lowest form or slaves and for those

who deliberately defied Roman

power. That Jesus was crucified tells

us that he was executed primarily

because he was seen as confronting

Roman authority by his supposed

claims to being the Jewish Messiah.

The gospels tell us that he was

crucified along with two other

“bandits” which might mean robbers

or might mean people involved in

leading a public riot.

Crucifixion did not always involve

nails. Sometimes the condemned

men were simply tied on to the

crosses in order to die slowly of

dehydration. In Jesus’ case nails

were used for added pain. The loincloth

which later painters used to

preserve Jesus’ modesty would

almost certainly not have been there.

Jesus died stark naked. Humiliation

was a key part of the ordeal.

That their leader died on a cross

would have been a considerable

embarrassment to the first Christians.

The Roman orator Cicero said that

even to speak of crucifixion in polite

company was unacceptable. How

could the first Christians, spreading

the gospel of the Jewish God in

Roman society face up to the fact that

Jesus had died the death that he did?

St Paul speaks of the cross as a

scandal to Greeks and a stumbling

block to Jews. A message based on

a crucified leader should not have

survived the first few years.

And yet it did. Of all the arguments

for the resurrection of Jesus Christ,

one of the most powerful is the

scandal of the cross. Within a

generation of his death non-Jewish

Romans were praising this man Jesus

as equal to God himself. To get from

the scandal of crucifixion to the

extravagance of worship it seems to

me that we must travel by the way of

Jesus’ resurrection. Nothing else

seems to me to be able to account for

this transformation. Nothing else

seems to explain why St Paul and the

other early Christians proclaim the

cross rather than bury it.

Rev Toby Hole

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here has never been a

time when wood has not

been available for

mankind to use for either

building materials, to make

practical and decorative pieces of

furniture, for instruments of torture

and killing or simply as pieces of

jewellery or art to appreciate from

one generation to the next.

For hundreds of thousands of

years wood has been at mans

disposal to defend, fortify, hunt and

destroy or paradoxicly to create

exceptional pieces of beautiful art and

sculpture. You could say that wood

has been, and is still just as important

as the air we breathe, O yes and it

also plays a fundamental part in

providing that as well.

For this article I want to look at

wood as art and furniture combined -

misericords, beautiful wooden

sculptures that have stood the test of

time and are just as beautiful today if

not more so than when they were first


Misericords are carvings, often

grotesque and fantastic, on the

underside of oak seats in medieval


According to monastic rule, monks

were required to observe holy offices

several times a day. They were also

required to stand while doing so, in

individual stalls in the part of the

church known as the choir (or quire).

As a concession to elderly or

otherwise infirm monks, who found

standing for long periods difficult, the

stalls were modified to include a small

shelf on which the monks could lean,

thus allowing them to sit while

appearing to stand. The shelf was

called a misericord or mercy seat,

from the Latin word for mercy,


The earliest misericords appeared

around the eleventh century, and

continued to be made into the

sixteenth century. They are found all

over northern Europe, though they

were most popular in England. Many

English misericords were destroyed

or removed during king Henry VIII's

Dissolution of the Monasteries, but

many remain.

The earliest misericords were

simple shelves, without much

decoration. Later ones were

elaborately carved with scenes and

images of all kinds; bestiary, fable,

and other animal images were

especially popular. The stall bench

and the misericord with its

decorations was usually carved from

a single piece of oak, and attached to

the stall sides with pivot pins.

The carvings are highly variable in

content and quality. Some are crudely

carved; others are finely finished and

polished. The subject matter includes

simple foliate decorations; narrative

or allegorical biblical scenes; bestiary

animals and narratives; scenes of

everyday life; satire, usually at the

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expense of clergy; monsters and

grotesques; scenes from fables and

secular tales; scatalogical images;

and even scenes of profane love,

romance and sex.

The tales of Reynard the Fox were

a popular source for misericord

carvings. The adventures and

downfall of the trickster fox are shown

in narrative scenes on several

misericords; Bristol Cathedral has a

series of them, and they also appear

individually elsewhere.

Additional sources of animal

images on misericords include the socalled

"scenes of everyday life" which

often include domestic animals;

Classical mythology and stories from

the east, including depictions of

Alexander the Great's griffin powered

flight; and animal scenes from the

Bible, such as Daniel in the lion's den

and Samson fighting a lion.

Robin Lockwood

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n Ecclesall Woods there is a

gravestone in memory of

George Yardley, a

‘woodcollier’, or charcoal

burner, who was burnt to death in his

cabin on 11 October 1786.

It was put up by his friends, who,

touchingly, have their names and

occupations inscribed on the stone –

William Brooks, salesman, David

Glossop, gamekeeper, Thomas

Smith, besom maker, and Sampson

Brookshaw, innkeeper of the Rising

Sun on Abbey Lane.

Charcoal burning could be a

dangerous business, when burners

lived in huts right next to the charcoal

hearths where they did their work.

But charcoal was an important fuel

then, as it is now in

many parts of the

developing world, and

risks were evidently

worth taking to produce

it. It burns hotter and

more cleanly than

wood. And it has other

uses, too – including as

an artist’s material for

drawing with.

To make charcoal,

wood is reduced to

carbon in heated

chambers from which

oxygen is excluded to

prevent the wood

combusting. The result looks – and

works – a bit like coal. It seems ironic

that wood is subjected to this

seemingly destructive process in

order to produce such a useful


In art, one way in which charcoal

is used is for an entire piece of paper

to be covered in black, and which is

then gradually removed, with a

rubber, to indicate the lighter parts of

a still life.

The result can be strikingly

effective. The artist is able to reflect

the exact pattern of light and shade

on the object by rubbing out the black

charcoal to whatever degree is

required. It’s a kind of ‘wrong-wayround’

sort of art – an image of a

three-dimensional object is produced

not by creating, but, ironically, by

taking away.

Such light-and-dark pictures are

sometimes a puzzle for the eye. You

can’t always make out what the

picture is of straight away, but once

your brain makes the connection, you

can never again not see it. Take this

picture, apparently based on a

photograph taken by a man of a

pattern made by black earth showing

through snow:

Can you see what it’s of? If not,

stare at it for a while.

Here’s a clue. It’s of someone

who, like the wrong-way-round art,

was taken away in order to show who

he was. And who, like the wood that

becomes charcoal, was destroyed in

order to become the fuel in people’s

lives. And whose name, like that of

George Yardley, lives on after his

death, alongside those of his closest

mates. See it yet?

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Looking for a room

to hold your

meeting or party?

St Chad’s church has two

rooms available for hire at

56 Abbey Lane.

Call 0114 274 5086 for details

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At Church House

(56 Abbey Lane)

10am to 12 noon

On the last Saturday of each month.

Bring & Buy (new items)

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he trees are singing my

music - or have I sung

theirs?" was one of Sir

Edward Elgar's famous

sayings; but I wonder if even he

realised just how true it was?

When he was very small Elgar

attended Spetchley village school and

here, during lessons, he would listen

to the sound of the wind in the pines

on the Berkley Estate across the

road. This sound was later evoked in

his oratorio The Dream of Gerontius.

Elgar was a violinist and also

played the piano, organ and bassoon

- all made of wood. His favourite

instrument was the violin and it was

into his violin concerto that he poured

his very soul. As a little boy, Elgar

lived a stone's throw from Worcester

Cathedral and, just around the

corner, an old violin maker worked in

a shop with pebble-glass windows,

like a Beatrix Potter illustration. Elgar

would, no doubt, have watched the

old craftsman at work and learned

from him that the violin is made from

pine - the very tree that sang to him

at school. The old violin makers (like

Stradivarius) would sometimes

deliberately select wood with knots or

faults, knowing that this produced a

superior sound in the finished

instrument. These old violins are

labelled inside with the maker's name

and sometimes a poem. One such is

translated here from the Latin:

"I was living in the forest; The cruel

axe did slay me.

Living, I was mute. Dead, I sweetly


The Singing Tree is another name

for a strange hybrid instrument called

an Aeolian harp, which is basically a

wooden sound box with tuneable

strings stretched across it. It is

played, not by human hands, but by

the wind. Elgar had one and Billy

Reed (a violinist friend) described it in

Elgar As I Knew Him:

He "left it in the crack of a partly

opened window, so that the breeze

blowing across the strings set them in

vibration. This produced a

shimmering musical sound of elfin

quality, the strings being tuned to

concordant intervals ... and Elgar

never tired of listening to its fairylike


The influence of the Aeolian harp

can be found in many of Elgar's

works, among them the String

Quartet and the Piano Quintet, which

were written in a remote cottage in

Sussex. His wife Alice called these

pieces "wood magic".

The traditional harp is made from

willow and dates back into ancient

history - around 3,000BC or earlier.

The most famous harpist of all time

has to be King David (c1,000BC).

King David was a poet, musician and

warrior king - Israel's Singer of

Songs; but as a man he had many

flaws - but then so did the wood

chosen by the master craftsmen to

make the best violins. Sometimes

King David got it wrong, like we do.

And at these times he must have felt

like an Aeolian harp, mute and

forgotten is a dusty corner - the music

of his life grown faint of eluding him

all together.

Here is part of the last prayer in

Eddie Askew's book about King


But then "Your music comes again.

Your hand plays gently on the taught

strings of my life

Offering me the chance to sing again.

Fine tune me Lord, To hear the

faintest note you play

And help me finally to recognise the

tune I play is Yours.

There all the time if only I had


Eddie Askew, Music on the Wind

Sylvia Bennett

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9 Louie George BULLAS

Archie James BULLAS


20 Edward James HEYES



6 Gerald William ROE and




10 June CALLUM (80)

19 Joyce RIDLEY (85)

For Weddings & Funerals



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

would like to have a church service.


2 Terence BUCKLEY (69)

If you have recently had a new baby

and would like to celebrate that baby’s

birth with a service in church then please

come to our thanksgiving and baptism

morning at St Chad ’s on Saturday 9 th


The morning will explain the difference

between the two services and give parents

an opportunity to ask any questions they

might have. Please call the church office

on 0114 274 5086 if you are interested in


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Our last edition of Impact had a

theme of books. Following on from

that we thought we’d tell you a bit

about one of the groups associated

with St Chad’s Church.


he St Chad's Book Club was

the "brain-child" of Chris

Carr, born out of the Third

Age Ministry in January

2009. There are 11 members and so

far 26 books have been read.

The Library provides a list of books

which are available and the members

take it in turn to choose them. Chris

orders copies for everyone and then

kindly fetches and distributes them.

Members endeavour to meet from

time to time to discuss the books but,

with busy lives, it's sometimes quite

difficult although, to date, there have

been five extremely lively gettogethers!

Here's what some

members had to say:

"My love of books comes from

when I was about 10 years old,

when my brother bought me two classics

'Good Wives' and 'Little Women', and a

poetry book which I still have today. My

first full-time job was in a bookshop

which I loved. Being involved with St.

Chad's Book Club from the start gives me

lots of excuses to find time to read. You

can't replace a beautifully bound book

with an iPad or a laptop. One book

made a lasting impression - 'The Kite

Runner' by Khaled Hosseini".

Chris C

"I haven't been a member very

long, but I've really enjoyed the

diversity of the books chosen and the



"I enjoy being in the Book Club - it

makes me read books I wouldn't

choose normally. Some I would have

dismissed, but I've persevered and, in

most cases, I've enjoyed them. It's also

interesting to hear other people's

comments at our get-togethers".


" I haven't belonged to a Book Club

before, but I was glad I joined,

partly because it's given me an

opportunity to read those books I've

wanted to read for a long time but never

got around to them. Being in the Book

Club means I have to make time and I get

to read novels, particularly by

contemporary authors, which I wouldn't

usually come across. Two books made a

great impression on me - 'Birdsong' by

Sebastion Faulks and 'Fingersmith' by

Sarah Waters.


"I joined the Book Club at the

beginning of 2010 and have found

it an excellent way to read a variety of

books whilst having a great social time

with friends. Members choose books

perhaps because they have read them

before and recommend them, or because

they have heard about them and want to

read them themselves. Some books have

been "unputdownable" adventures and

some old favourites, such as 'I Capture

The Castle' by Dodie Smith who wrote

'101 Dalmations'. Some novels had

historical content, such as 'The Island',

about a former leper colony in Greece,

by Victoria Hislop and 'The Return',

which takes place in the Spanish Civil

War. This has made some members of

the group want to know more about those

times and places. Reading is both an

exciting and educational pastime".


"It's been great having books

chosen for me, though some titles

would have definitely been left on the

shelf if I'd been choosing! It's been quite

a revelation listening to the viewpoints of

other members, too. It just goes to prove

that we're all different.

Chris L

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CHURCH OFFICES 15 Camping Lane 274 5086

S8 0GB

Term time office hours:

Mon & Thurs - 10am-1pm;

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

Church Office Administrator

Helen Reynolds

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Vicar Toby Hole (Vicarage) 274 9302

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Reader/Assistant Minister Yvonne Smith 274 5086

for the elderly

Besom in Sheffield

Steve Winks and

Darren Coggins 07875 950170

Publishing and Communication Nigel Belcher 274 5086

Impact magazine Tim Hopkinson 274 5086

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Church Wardens Nigel Belcher 281 1750

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Malcolm Smith 274 7159

Church Warden Team Tim Hopkinson 274 0198

Jane Jones 274 6805

Linda Jones 07930 936067

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Group Scout Leader Ian Jackson 235 3044

Guide Leader Jemma Taylor 296 0555

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