November 2011

Delivered free to

5,250 homes in S8

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.

Here’s where to find us:

Abbey Lane

Linden Avenue



St Chad's




Camping Lane

Chesterfield Road

Abbey Lane


• Cover image: the Luminarium at Sheffield Cathedral by Tim


St Chad’s Church, Linden Avenue, Woodseats

Church Offices: 15 Camping Lane, Sheffield S8 0GB

Tel: (0114) 274 5086

Page 2

email: office@stchads.org

website: www.stchads.org

As I write this introduction to Impact, many cities in

England are in disarray as rioters and looters burn

buildings and smash shops. No-one understands why

they are doing this, and it would seem that many of the

looters themselves don’t really understand what they are

doing. Some are not even stealing but are simply taking

televisions and smashing them up.

A common refrain from those being interviewed seems

to be “it’s a laugh” or “it seems funny.” These don’t

seem to be riots about race or even deprivation (though I

suspect that these always lurk in the background). They

appear to have at their heart human greed and a thrill of

being caught up in the experience.

We live in a culture that prizes experience above

everything else. Wealth is no longer prized just for the possessions that

it can buy us but for the experiences that it can bring us. Every product

now seems to be marketed not simply for what it can do but for the way it

can make us feel or the experience that it promises us.

There is of course nothing wrong with experience. Our enjoyment of

our surroundings, our senses and the pleasures of our world are part

of what it is to be human but there is the danger of jumping from one

experience to another without reflecting on what that experience tells us.

There is also the danger, as we’ve seen in the recent riots, of experience

and thrill simply being the end in themselves. The human consequences

of looting and criminal damage simply don’t matter to those engaged in


The poet T.S. Eliot once wrote that we have had the experience but

missed the meaning. Our experiences, whether they are good or bad,

should be a way of putting us in contact with the rest of our world and

our society, not a way of retreating from it or ignoring it. I don’t want to

live in a world of virtual reality where the only experience that counts

is something that happens inside my head. I want my experiences to

be shared with others and to be full of meaning. Above all I want my

experiences to be part of a building-up of society and community and not

a means of pulling them down.

I believe that in these strange and troubling times that our world is

going through, the Christian faith offers us a way of understanding and

interpreting the experiences that we encounter. God himself chose

to become part of our world, to undergo the experiences common to

humanity and to redeem them. It is in him that I am trusting at this time.

Rev Toby Hole,


St Chad’s Church,



St Chad’s Church, Linden Avenue, Woodseats

Church Offices: 15 Camping Lane, Sheffield S8 0GB

Tel: (0114) 274 5086

Page 3

email: office@stchads.org

website: www.stchads.org

St Chad’s Church, Linden Avenue, Woodseats

Church Offices: 15 Camping Lane, Sheffield S8 0GB

Tel: (0114) 274 5086

Page 4

email: office@stchads.org

website: www.stchads.org


ass production has its


Why don’t traffic lights Paperback ever go books are

swimming? cheap to make and

Because cheap they to take buy. too But long let‟s face it, they

changing! really don‟t last very long.

I have kept all my old children‟s

Why did books, the robber fondly take imagining a that I would

bath before pass them stole onto from my children and their

the bank? children. Yet, in one reading by my

He eldest son, Charlie and the Chocolate

wanted Factory has moulted several chunks

a clean of yellowed pages – leaving me

getaway! feeling that I must be really rather old.

It‟s understandable, then, that

A man people went into are a attracted pet to the craft of

shop and bookbinding walked up – to taking the time and effort

counter. to create a book that‟s meant to be

“I’d like treasured a wasp, please”, and handed down. A quick

said the web man. search uncovers tutorials on

“I’m sorry making sir we a don’t „painted sell leather journal with

wasps medieval in here,” said sewing‟; the „how to sew the

assistant. secret Belgian binding‟; and „how to

“Well, there’s

make the



in the

fan origami book‟ –

window ...” he replied!

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).

A man was walking

down the street and

he met a small boy.

The man asked what

was his name.

The boy replied, ‘six

and seven-eighths.’

The man asked him

why his parents had

given him such a

strange name, and

he replied, ‘they just

picked it out of a hat.’

You will need:

• Paper

• How String do sailors ribbon get their

• clothes A drawing clean? pin or something else

with They a throw sharp them point

• overboard A needle and then they

are washed ashore

Start with a few sheets of

rectangular What did one paper, all the same size.

Fold candle each say in half. Then lay one inside

another like to this: the




you like

to go out


You can choose how many sheets

you use. Why Four did sheets, the folded as

shown, will cow give cross you the 16 pages

including road? the back and front cover.

But it may To become get to the too bulky to close

properly “udder” if you use side! 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,

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

Fun and laughs

St St Chad’s Chads Church, Church, Linden Linden Avenue, Avenue, Woodseats Woodseats

email: Church Offices: 15 Camping Lane, Sheffield S8 0GB

Page 5

email: office@stchads.org

Church Offices: 15 Camping Lane, Sheffield S8 0GB Page 10 website: website: www.stchads.org










What’s On

Send details of your event to impact@stchads.org or

Impact, 15 Camping Lane, Sheffield S8 0GB.

Health Walks

lMondays – 10am: Graves Park.

Meet at the Animal Farm car park;

lTuesdays – 10.30am: Ecclesall

Woods. Meet at Abbeydale Industrial


lThursdays – 10.30am: Lowedges.

Meet at the Community Wing,

Lowedges Junior School.

&Call 0114 203 9337.

October 1 and 29

Beer & Bangers Comedy Night

Whirlow Hall Farm Trust

7pm - 12am

An evening of comedy, real ales and

a barbecue. The ticket price includes

a pint of ale and a Whirlow Sausage

from the barbecue. This is a ticket

only event and for over 18s only.

Contact the Whirlow Hall Farm

events team to book on 0114 235

2678 or email eventenquiries@


October 1

Dore Male Voice Choir Gala


All Saints Church, Ecclesall


October 1

Conservation Morning

Whinfell Quarry


Join the Friends of Whinfell Quarry

Garden for a conservation morning.

&Call 0114 268 6196

Pyjama Drama!

A new children’s drama group is starting

in Woodseats – based at Church House

on Abbey Lane.

Pyjama Drama classes will take place

on Tuesday afternoons from September

20 with Dewdrops (6-8months) 1pm

(30 mins), Raindrops (18-30months)

1.40pm (35 mins) and Rainbows (2.5-

5years) 2.20pm (40 mins).

Gemma Windle, who is running

October 14

How to Create an Animated Show

with Curtis Jobling

Ecclesall Library


Curtis Jobling, writer, illustrator and

animator and creator of Bob the

Builder gives tips on how to design

and create an animated show.

& Places must be booked on 0114

203 7222.

October 19

Writing Historical Fiction with

Elizabeth Chadwick

Woodseats Library


Award-winning historical fiction writer

Elizabeth Chadwick talks about her

work. Her books include To Defy a

King and the Eleanor of Aquitaine

trilogy. Free entry

& Places must be booked on 0114

293 0411.

October 22

Charity Christmas Card Sale

St Chad’s Church House,

Abbey Lane


Christmas card sale combined with

tea and cake sale in aid of PACT

(Parents Association of Children with

Tumours & Leukaemia).

November 12

Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra

All Saints Church, Ecclesall


the classes, said: “Our unique drama

classes are packed full of drama games

and activities, original songs and

music, movement and of course lots of

pretending and role play that encourage

young children to use their imaginations,

and to develop social skills such

as concentration, co-operation and


The cost is £5 per class with the

first session free. Email gemma@

pyjamadrama.com or call 0844 272

9625 or 07787111053.

St Chad’s Church, Linden Avenue, Woodseats

Church Offices: 15 Camping Lane, Sheffield S8 0GB

Tel: (0114) 274 5086

Page 6

email: office@stchads.org

website: www.stchads.org

Nature quiz trail, stream dipping

and bug hunting activities for 8 - 13

year olds.

Call 0114 235 6348.

...@ St Chad’s

Some of the events and services

coming up at St Chad’s include:

October 8: Harvest Supper and

Barn Dance (adults £7, children

£5). & Call 0114 274 5086.

October 9: Combined 10am

service to celebrate Harvest.

November 6: Annual Memorial

Service at 3pm for those who have

lost a loved one in the past year.

If you would like a name read out

during the service call the church

office on 0114 274 5086.

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












to attend. For more details see the




to attend.


For more

details see the Abbey notice



his is a translation of part of

Memories In the Song Domesday Book, the

great land survey of 1086

At Woodseats Methodist Church some

of us remember the days commissioned when we by William the

had a strong Conqueror. choir, now long He gone. wanted In to assess the

the autumn extent of 2009 of some the land of us were and resources

reminiscing being over harvest owned festivals in England of old at that time,

and decided




get together

he could



an hour

how much

one afternoon just to sing of harvest.

We enjoyed tax it he so could much that raise. we The survey also

agreed to continue served meeting as a gauge once of a the country's

month to sing economic for pleasure and on social different state.

themes. Thus The was born name the „Domesday Singing Book‟ was





two years



the late 12th century

attendance has grown and includes

people from - various the huge, churches. comprehensive We scale on

now sing many which popular the survey songs as took well place, and the

as hymns. Some irreversible are folk nature songs we of the information

remember from collected, schooldays, led the others people we to compare

remember hearing in shows and films

or on the radio.

it to the Last Judgement, or

We meet „Doomsday‟ at Woodseats described Methodist in the Bible,

Church, Mitchell when Road people's entrance, deeds, written in the

from 2-3pm Book on the of first Life, Tuesday were of to be placed

the month and before all are God welcome. for judgement! For Royal

contact details visit our website at


commissioners were sent out to

collect and Pamela record Grayson information from

thousands of settlements around

England. That information was

What’s On

email: office@stchads.org

website: www.stchads.org

St Chads Church, Linden Avenue, Woodseats

Church Offices: 15 Camping Lane, Sheffield S8 0GB

Tel: (0114) 274 5086

St Chad’s Church, Linden Avenue, Woodseats

Church Offices: 15 Camping Lane, Sheffield S8 0GB

Tel: (0114) 274 5086

Page 7

email: office@stchads.org

website: www.stchads.org

Blasting off into

Could you ever imagine what it would be

like to watch your daughter blast off into

space in a rocket? No, I can’t either –

but that’s the experience Lyndis Sharman

had 20 years ago when Helen became the

first British astronaut!

I asked Lyndis: Did you have an inkling as

Helen grew up that she would do something

like this?

No, not at all – Helen was an ordinary

girl living in an ordinary family. She was a

bright child, not a rebel but she had a bit of

an adventurous streak. She was interested

in science (Lyndis laughs as she remembers

Helen making her version of the Saturn V

rocket out of milk bottle tops when she was

at Greenhill Juniors!) and after Jordanthorpe

went on to Sheffield University where she got

an Honours Degree in Chemistry. After that

she worked for GEC doing research, then

went on to study part-time for a PhD. whilst

she was working for Mars Confectionery

as a research technologist (here Lyndis

laughs again – Helen was part of the team

who managed to make chocolate adhere

to ice-cream, thereby producing the first

Mars Bar ices!) One evening in June 1989,

whilst driving home from work, Helen heard

an announcement on her radio - “Astronaut

wanted – no experience necessary”. The

only requirements were: a Briton between 21

and 40, a formal scientific training, a proven

ability to learn a foreign language and a high

standard of medical fitness. She rang to tell

me she had applied.

What did you say? I asked Lyndis.

Go for it, I said. I’m a great believer in

letting your children follow their dreams.

Over 13,000 British people applied and for

three or four months they took part in rigorous

tests – physical, mental and psychological.

The selection process gradually whittled the

numbers down to 4 and eventually Helen

was chosen.

How did you feel?

Thrilled for her. She’d worked so hard

– not jut physically, but with learning the

language, too. She was now fluent in

Russian, which was no mean feat! Then,

in November 1989 she went to live in Star

City in Russia, a purpose-built town of about

4,000 – it was a cross between a university

campus and a military training camp, but

closed to foreigners. She lived there for 18

months and I was lucky enough to go and

stay with her for a short “holiday”. I found

it quite a culture shock – things were outdated

by our standards and inefficient, but I

suppose it’s rather different now. The people

St Chad’s Church, Linden Avenue, Woodseats

Church Offices: 15 Camping Lane, Sheffield S8 0GB

Tel: (0114) 274 5086

Page 8

email: office@stchads.org

website: www.stchads.org


were lovely and so kind.

Did you know when the launch would be?

Were you given an exact date?

Yes, May 19, 1991 – though you can’t

be 100% sure as various things could

happen to postpone it. The family travelled

to Kazakhstan for the launch – it was

very exciting. We were treated with great

courtesy, but we didn’t have much private

time with Helen – there were so many

people there. I said my farewell to Helen,

we had a quick hug and then she went

off with the other two astronauts to where

decontamination took place. The last time I

saw her was through the window of the bus

taking her to the launch pad.

I know it’s 20 years ago, but can you

remember how you felt at that point?

Just fascinated and excited by it all, I think.

I remember the tremendous flash of light,

followed by a terrific vibration which made the

ground shake. It got more and more powerful

- I felt it in my chest. I recall a momentary

thought - “I may not see Helen again” - but

this was quickly over-shadowed by my feeling

that it was an amazing thing she was doing.

How did you cope whilst Helen was up in

space? - she was there for eight days wasn’t


Yes - well, life goes on, doesn’t it? I was

doing my job (Lyndis was nursing at St Luke’s

Hospice) and Helen was doing hers. You

can’t let yourself think about what might

happen. But I had a wonderful surprise one

day. A huge bouquet was delivered and all

the flowers had a cosmic connection (stargazer

lilies, blue moon roses, etc.) Helen

had ordered them from space! Then days

later she phoned to say she was back and

coming home soon. After her debriefing she

set out on a whirlwind programme of public

speaking. She became a great ambassador

for science, encouraging school children to

follow their dreams - saying that she was

an ordinary person and if she could do it, so

could they. Now Helen works for the National

Physical Laboratory and has her own family,

but she would love to have continued her job

as an astronaut.

Has the experience changed her? - or you?

I look back with intense pride, but it was

Helen’s achievement, not mine. She has a

greater understanding of the world now and

has met, and worked with, many famous

people – notably Princess Anne, for whom

she has much admiration. But Helen is still

Helen – she has no airs or graces, she is as

sensitive and caring as she always was.

Chris Laude

St Chad’s Church, Linden Avenue, Woodseats

Church Offices: 15 Camping Lane, Sheffield S8 0GB

Tel: (0114) 274 5086

Page 9

email: office@stchads.org

website: www.stchads.org

To advertise in

call 0114 274 5086 or

email impact@stchads.org

St Chad’s Church, Linden Avenue, Woodseats

Church Offices: 15 Camping Lane, Sheffield S8 0GB

Tel: (0114) 274 5086

St Chads Church, Linden Avenue, Woodseats email: office@stchads.org

Page 10 Church Offices: 15 Camping Lane, Sheffield website: S8 0GB www.stchads.org Page 3

Tel: (0114) 274 5086

The year 1912 - it seems so

long ago. What was it like in

inside Woodseats down, on and a board Beauchief or piece then? of

What old cardboard. were people Push talking a drawing about? pin

through Well, there each would marked have point, been all fewer the

houses, way through though your many pages, in the leaving area you

already with three existed (or five) - as holes. a glance at the

date Then stones sew on it up, many using house-fronts your string

will or ribbon, show. People in the following would have sequence been

talking (for three-holed about the spines): good news of the

explorer Robert Falcon Scott and

his team reaching the South Pole,

followed later by the tragic news that

they had perished in that Antarctic

wasteland. Another subject of interest

and horror would have been the loss

of the luxy liner Titanic - previously

thought Or, to for be unsinkable.

five holes:

But in Woodseats - or Norton

Woodseats as it was then known -

the local population would have been

talking about something much more


On July 25 their new church,

dedicated to St Chad, was

consecrated by the Bishop of

Southwell. The construction had

taken less than a year from laying

the foundation stone to finishing. The

lovely new building would have been

well received by the local population

in this fast-growing suburb, saving

them a long walk on Sunday to either

St James’, Norton, or St Paul’s,

Norton Lees. Church services had

also been conducted in a small

school building at the bottom of

Cobnar Road, but this could not have

been very satisfactory.

With the arrival in December

Tie the ends into a knot or bow.

1912 of the first vicar, the Rev Kydd

Cuthbert - who incidentally had

no There vicarage you to have live in it – for a a little further book.





- the



fun part – filling




pages! You could

of their




to get

married, baptise their infants and

or copy a poem into it to make a

commemorate the lives of their loved

present for a family member or

ones. The fact that this has continued

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

unabated for a century is something


they can


write and



we, their

their very


own story. It‟s


a great

to do






Our centenary

a reluctant

year will



events And – you taking never place know from – January it could be to

December. just the start Those of a flourishing already planned literary

include career. a Flower and Art Festival,

Band Concert, Marriage Celebration Amy Hole

Service (for anyone who was

married at St Chad’s), a theatrical

production, Big Day Out picnic,

Living Advent Calendar, local cleanup

event, Scarecrow Festival and

even a specially-brewed beer to aid

celebrations! If any of these events

interest or intrigue you, please watch

out for publicity giving further details,

dates, times and locations.

Let’s make the first centenary really

something to remember!

Ann Firth

St Chad’s centenary



Pupils trained in the art of perfect

speech and prepared for examination

and stage work


(Eloc) Gold Medal

31 Cockshutt Avenue, Sheffield 8

Phone: 274 7134

St St Chad’s Chads Church, Linden Avenue, Woodseats

email: email: office@stchads.org

Church Offices: 15 15 Camping Lane, Lane, Sheffield S8 S8 0GB 0GB Page 11 11

website: website: www.stchads.org

Tel: Tel: (0114) (0114) 274 2745086


Sensory experience

We live in a very visual world,

we are bombarded with

environmental print and

encouraged to watch and learn by

the media; 80% of all we learn is

though vision.

Vision is a vital sense and those of

us who are blessed with good vision

should be very grateful, we can

see the world in all its glory but to

experience it we need to engage with

all our senses.

Every sense can stir something

deep within us. The sudden catching

of a fragrance or smell can instantly

transport us to another time or place

or can bring to mind some one we

once knew. A whiff of Brut aftershave

or Aqua Manda perfume immediately

transports us back to our teenage

years! (Oops, showing our age


To savour our food we smell it first

and our sense of smell and taste

work together for our enjoyment,

or otherwise! For the chocoholics

amongst us one of the greatest

pleasures in life is a mouthful of

your favourite chocolate. For us this

comes in the form of a Twirl. Sharing

food with family and friends was a

major part of Jesus’ ministry and

is something we all do to mark an

occasion or just enjoy each other’s


Our world is full of noise - some

of it good, some not so good. We

hear but we don’t always take time to

listen. Music can calm the soul and

lift the spirit. The sound of laughter is

infectious and laughter is said to be

the best medicine!

Listening isn’t just about noise

its about stillness, focusing on the

sounds of tranquillity like a babbling

stream, the rhythm of breathing

in and out or the wind as it sighs

through the trees.

One of our first experiences as

we enter the world is through touch

and it continues to be an important

aspect of our lives. The arm around

the shoulder, the consoling hug, the

welcoming kiss all connects us to

each other.

We need to touch and be touched

as part of our human experience.

Who doesn’t appreciate the feel of

clean bed linen, the coolness of a silk

shirt, the comfort of a snugly jumper

or slippers as we finish our daily

tasks? Hasn’t it been suggested that

gently stroking a cat or dog can lower

the blood pressure?

Vision is the unifying sense for

all other senses it confirms what

we are eating, it helps us to hear, it

reinforces our tactile sense, it alerts

us to smell.

We need it to make sense of our

world. We enjoy our world through

our senses so in order to experience

it as fully as possible we need to

make sure our senses are as finely

tuned as they can be.

Jane Jones and Jill Cox

St Chad’s Church, Linden Avenue, Woodseats

Church Offices: 15 Camping Lane, Sheffield S8 0GB

Tel: (0114) 274 5086

Page 12

email: office@stchads.org

website: www.stchads.org

St Chad’s Church, Linden Avenue, Woodseats

Church Offices: 15 Camping Lane, Sheffield S8 0GB

Tel: (0114) 274 5086

Page 13

email: office@stchads.org

website: www.stchads.org

Services at St Chad’s

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

• To Sunday, be held February on October Monday 13 at 17 June 7.30pm and 20 November and Monday 21, July at

7.15pm 18, 7.15-8pm for about an hour.

• ‘Advent A contemplative Reflections and by meditative Candlelight’ form on of November worship

28 with Wednesday, and the December theme March Seeking 5, 912 at Stillness and 7.30pm 19 at with 7pm. Jesus .

Ash Wednesday Service

St St Chad’s Chads St Chads Church, Church, Linden Linden Avenue, Avenue, Woodseats Woodseats

email: email:

email: office@stchads.org


Church Church Offices: Offices:

15 15 Camping 15 Camping

Lane, Lane, Lane, Sheffield Sheffield

S8 S8 0GB 0GB S8 0GB Page Page 314

14 website: website:

website: www.stchads.org


Tel: Tel: (0114)

Tel: (0114) (0114)

274 274 5086

274 5086 5086

Anyone in or around

Sheffield Cathedral in

the last week of July

could not have missed the

strange tent-like structure that

sat on the forecourt looking

for all the world like a bloated

caterpillar seated on cabbage


The inquisitive and

adventurous who went further

soon discovered that the

tent was not a cast off from

Glastonbury nor an overflow

for the Cathedral’s nave, but

a Luminarium constructed

by the installation artists

“Architects of Air”.

The Luminarium, which has been

constructed in various forms in

cities throughout the world, consists

of a series of chambers constructed

of resilient pvc just millimetres

thick. This strong but thin plastic

allows natural sunlight to illuminate

the inside as though you were in

a canvas tent. This means that

the interior changes depending on

whether you enter it on a day of

bright sunlight or overcast cloud.

I went in with my two eldest

children who were excited at

thought of going into something that

appeared to be a cross between a

tent and a bouncy castle. In fact on

entering the Luminarium we were

given a gentle reminder that it was

not a bouncy castle and shouldn’t

be treated as such.

Once inside it was as though time

were suspended. I had no idea

how long we were inside for, nor

how many times I walked through

the various chambers. At times my

two boys would run off, engaged

in their own game (based it would

seem on Star Wars) but then we

would meet again in a different

zone. Some people simply lay

down, leaning against the pvc

covering; others walked around

in a seemingly mystical pattern.

In the background some gentle,

rather ethereal music, increased

the perception that there was

something rather monastic about

the whole experience.

As it happens the overwhelming

sense that I got from the

Luminarium was of a welter of

stained glass but without any formal

structure or form. Perhaps this is

what cathedrals look like on other

worlds, or what they will look like in

centuries to come.

I suspect that many people

entering the Luminarium, whether

or not they would describe

themselves as religious, would

have sensed something “spiritual”

or transcendent. Perhaps that was

why the cathedral forecourt was

chosen for its location (it has also

appeared in the shadow of Lincoln

Cathedral and Dunedin Cathedral in

New Zealand). Good art, whether

it is a painting, a sculpture or a

bouncy castle-cum-tent, should

be able to lift our eyes beyond

our immediate concerns and

surroundings to something beyond

us that we might dare to call God.

Rev Toby Hole

In the Luminarium

St Chad’s Church, Linden Avenue, Woodseats

Church Offices: 15 Camping Lane, Sheffield S8 0GB

Tel: (0114) 274 5086

Page 15

email: office@stchads.org

website: www.stchads.org

St Chad’s Church, Linden Avenue, Woodseats

Church Offices: 15 Camping Lane, Sheffield S8 0GB

Tel: (0114) 274 5086

Page 16

email: office@stchads.org

website: www.stchads.org

Lieutenant Colonel John

McCrae, a Canadian doctor

serving in the First World War,

wrote a simple, but profound, poem.

It is a lasting legacy of the terrible

battle of Ypres, which took place in

the spring of 1915, and it remains

one of the most memorable war

poems ever written. “In Flanders

fields the poppies grow between

the crosses, row on row …” McCrae

saw these fragile, blood-red flowers

springing up in the barren earth

wherever men were buried near the


Apparently, poppy seeds can lie

dormant in the ground for a long

time but, once the ground had been

disturbed by the bombardment and

the fighting, the seeds germinated

quickly in the warm spring and

summer months of 1915-18, and the

flowers bloomed in profusion.

After the end of the First World

War, the poppy became the symbol

of Remembrance. How strange, and

poignant, that Helmand province in

Afghanistan, which has seen the

deaths of so many serving British

servicemen and women since 2001,

should also be home to that country’s

largest area of poppy production for

the manufacture of heroin, which can

also kill.

People tend to think of

Remembrance as belonging only

to the First and Second World

Wars and imagine old men re-living

experiences of past battles whilst, at

the same time, remembering fallen

comrades. However, Remembrance

belongs very much to today.

Hundreds of British servicemen and

women have lost their lives as a

result of action in Northern Ireland,

the Falklands and the two Gulf Wars,

and they continue to lose their lives

in Afghanistan. Countless numbers

of their comrades are now living

with severe disabilities following

horrendous injuries sustained on

these modern battlefields. As they

remember their close friends and

comrades who have died, Laurence

Binyon’s famous words will be as

painfully relevant to them as they are

to older generations:

“They shall not grow old, as we

that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, not the

years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in

the morning

We will remember them”.

If you would like to find out

more about two wonderful

organisations which help

and support the wounded,

visit these websites: www.

st-dunstans.org.uk and www.

helpforheroes.org.uk and be

prepared to be humbled by the

sheer courage and bravery of

these amazing young people!

Chris Laude

Experiences of war

St Chad’s Church, Linden Avenue, Woodseats

Church Offices: 15 Camping Lane, Sheffield S8 0GB

Tel: (0114) 274 5086

Page 17

email: office@stchads.org

website: www.stchads.org

Love in a box

For most of us our summer

holidays will have become

just memories now. The

new school term is well under

way and before we know it the

shops will begin the countdown

of shopping days to Christmas.

As you make your gift list

for family and friends perhaps

you will take time to remember

special Christmas moments

– maybe from your childhood

or that of your children – the

excitement of choosing and wrapping

presents; hiding them and then the joy

on the faces of those opening them.

For many children there are no

exciting presents to open and no

happy memories to re-live. But,

through the work of Operation

Christmas Child we can make it

special for some children.

Operation Christmas Child is

organised by the Charity Samaritan’s

Purse and for the past 21 years has

shown that there’s power in a simple

gift. It has grown to become the

largest Christmas shoebox appeal

in the UK demonstrating God’s

love in a tangible

way to millions of

children around the


Samaritan’s Purse

works with local

churches and charities

overseas to distribute

the gifts to those who

most need them regardless

of their background or beliefs asking

for nothing in return. This may be in

St Chad’s Church, Linden Avenue, Woodseats

Church Offices: 15 Camping Lane, Sheffield S8 0GB

Tel: (0114) 274 5086

Page 18

schools, hospitals, orphanages,

homeless shelters and impoverished

neighbourhoods. It is supported by

caring individuals, families, schools,

churches, businesses and other

organisations. Last year over a

million shoeboxes filled with toys and

goodies were sent from the UK alone

to children in parts of Africa, Eastern

Europe and Central Asia.

All you need to do is giftwrap a

shoebox, and fill it with simple gifts

- paper, pencils, crayons, a ball,

skipping rope, finger puppets, a soft

toy, trucks and cars for boys, dolls,

hair slides and accessories for girls,

soap, toothbrush, hairbrush/comb, hat,

gloves, scarf and sweets. Choosing

gifts can be fun for all the family. With

a little imagination, it doesn’t have

to cost a lost of money but will bring

lots of joy to a child who would not

otherwise receive a gift. Even the box

is important as it is often used for a

long time to house their “treasures”.

Remember YOU can make it

happen – why not support Operation

Christmas Child this year – create a

gift for a child who will remember for

many years to come.

Leaflets are available from St

Chad’s Church Office or in church

from October 1 and completed boxes

can be returned to the office or church

by the end of November.

If you have some time in November/

early December perhaps you would

be interested in helping to check

boxes before they are despatched.

For more details, please contact me

via the Church Office.

Carole Titman

email: office@stchads.org

website: www.stchads.org


am not quite sure how this has

happened, but I have signed up

to jump 15,000ft from a plane in

an airfield in North Lincolnshire.

By the time you read this it will

have taken place – on Sunday

September 11, 2011.

The tandem freefall is being

organised by the Sheffield

Hospitals Charity (www.

sheffieldhospitalscharity.org.uk) and I

will be raising funds for the Sheffield

Cystic Fibrosis Appeal, to provide

a brand new 12-bed unit for young

adult (16+) Cystic Fibrosis patients

from across Sheffield and South


Until the launch of this fundraising

appeal no such unit existed and

patients had to undergo treatment in

general medical wards that were not

suited to their particular needs. Many

patients delayed important treatment

simply because they did not want

to have to stay in hospital and often

became very unwell as a result.

Cystic Fibrosis is one of the UK’s

most common life-threatening

inherited diseases affecting some

8,000 children, teenagers and young

adults. There is currently no cure for

this condition, which primarily affects

the lungs and the body’s ability to

digest food and absorb nutrients.

People with Cystic Fibrosis struggle

with nutrition, growth and maintaining

weight, and experience recurrent

chest infections, which damages

the lungs, making breathing difficult,

leading to lung failure requiring a

lung transplant or resulting in death.

Each week, five babies are born

with Cystic Fibrosis and three young

lives are lost to this debilitating


The Sheffield Cystic Fibrosis

Appeal has helped completely

transform both inpatient and

outpatient care for the increasing

number of young Cystic Fibrosis

patients at the Northern General

Hospital. This fantastic new unit is

designed around the needs of young

people with flat screen TVs, games

consoles and high speed internet

connection enabling young patients

to access their academic work and

keep in touch with their friends. The

appeal has provided the special

touches that would not have been

possible if only exchequer funding

was available.

In 2001, I battled against a

debilitating fatigue spectrum disorder

and during my own period of illness,

I made a commitment that when I

became well again, I would throw

myself into any positive experiences

in life and “drink it while it was fizzy.”

Ever since I had seen the film Point

Break with Keanu Reeves and

Patrick Swayze, I had always wanted

to experience the thrill of jumping

out of an aeroplane. I said to myself

that when I became well enough, I

would do just that. I am really looking

forward to the experience of being

in freefall for over one minute. My

wife Helen sometimes talks about

how wonderful it must be to be able

to fly on the wings of eagles. My

interpretation will be more like falling

with gravity, but I am looking forward

to the experience none

the less. If you would

like to support me

or the Sheffield

Cystic Fibrosis

Appeal you can

do so at the

web address

above, or at






Freefall experience

St Chad’s Church, Linden Avenue, Woodseats

Church Offices: 15 Camping Lane, Sheffield S8 0GB

Tel: (0114) 274 5086

Page 19

email: office@stchads.org

website: www.stchads.org

On Friday 11 April 2003 my

husband and I went for a walk.

We were on holiday on the Isle

of Skye, and thought we would try a

hike over the Cuillin mountain range,

an impressive horseshoe of rocky

crags which dominate Skye in clear

weather. We were following a walk

in our guidebook, which led us over

a low pass through the middle of the


The Cuillins were a bit misty at

the top as we headed towards

them, but the pass we were

heading for appeared to be

clear. The way up to the ridge

was long and steep, and I

began to hyperventilate not far

from the top. It was a bit scary. Each

step became a big effort for me,

and I began to lose control and

strength in my legs. I felt

like I was taking really deep

breaths but they weren’t

having any effect. I felt

like crying; I was trying to

gulp in the air. Fortunately, I

remembered what a doctor had told

me about dealing with panic attacks – and

after I sat down and held my breath a

couple of times, my breathing regularised.

Toby kept me going with plenty of ‘it’s not

much longer’. But when we got to the top,

the other side of the ridge was completely

covered in mist. We couldn’t see a thing.

It was damp, windy and exposed. Having

got hot climbing, we cooled down rapidly,

so we had to keep going, although we

couldn’t see the way down the other side.

I was still in a state of shock from finding

myself hyperventilating. Toby found what

appeared to be a way down between two

rock buttresses, so we went down, hoping

that it wouldn’t be too far down before the

mist began to clear.

We found ourselves clambering down a

slippery rock face in the wet mist. It started

hailing. It was impossible to walk down – I

basically sat down and felt my way down

with my feet. Below us the ground fell

away, and there was nothing but swirling

Our near-

mist. I was quite glad in a way that I

couldn’t see how far down it was because

otherwise I would have been even more

scared. As it was I don’t think I have ever

been more scared that I might die – that we

both might die.

Some moments I can remember vividly.

At one point it was really steep and full

of scree, so we had to move sideways,

and hold onto the wet rock face which

sloped inwards above our heads. At

another point, we came to a vertical rock

face, but miraculously someone had left

a mountaineer’s rope round a rock, that

we could slide down. I burnt the skin off

my fingers a little. Then we had to edge

across a rock which curved outwards,

with our feet balanced on the smallest

of cracks – that was the worst bit for me,

because I felt it could be just one slip and

I would die. At the other side, the ledge we

were aiming for was too far away for me to

reach. Toby has longer arms and legs than

me so was able to reach it. I found myself

St Chad’s Church, Linden Avenue, Woodseats

Church Offices: 15 Camping Lane, Sheffield S8 0GB

Tel: (0114) 274 5086

Page 20

email: office@stchads.org

website: www.stchads.org

death experience

praying, ‘please help me God’ and then I

just jumped and let myself fall forward onto

the ledge. It occurred to me then that when

I die, that is what it will be like – I’m just

going to have to let go and let myself fall.

After that ledge, there was another steep

rock face we couldn’t get down, and it

was too far to jump, but we were able to

use the bottom half of the rope which was

dangling down again, just long enough to

get us down. After Toby had swung down,

the rope became out of my reach, and I

had to stretch over for it while Toby swung

it my way. I took off my rucksack to make

this easier and threw it down. Unfortunately

it fell into a pool and my mobile phone

conked out, leaving us with no means of

communication. But I was able to swing

down. We passed a dead sheep which had

encountered the fate that we must have

escaped by a hair’s breadth.

These are the moments that stick in

my memory – I think it must have been

easier after that. It was a relief when we

got below the mist, especially when we

were on flatter ground, with some heather

and not just rocks. We didn’t completely

relax though until we found the path –

and then so much more so when the

whitewashed hotel at Sligachan came into

sight and we knew we had nearly made it.

It was a shocking ordeal – for some days

afterwards I kept thinking about moments

of terror.

That morning our Bible reading had been

Psalm 18. I had left my Bible in the glove

compartment of our car, and as we drove

back to our bed and breakfast in Portree,

I read it again, out loud. ‘The cords of

the grave coiled around me; the snares

of death confronted me. In my distress I

called to the Lord; I cried to my God for

help… He reached down from on high

and took hold of me; he drew me out of

deep waters… It is God who arms me with

strength and makes my way perfect. He

makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he

enables me to stand on the heights…You

broaden the path beneath me, so that my

ankles do not turn over… Praise be to my

Rock! Exalted be God my Saviour!’

What can I say? Those words became

so true for both of us that day. I felt like

for the first time I really understood what

was meant by God being my ‘rock’. Up

there, we were so close to death – there

was simply nothing I could trust in apart

from God. And so I felt that my trust in God

became completely solid. I’m not saying

that I knew for certain we would get down

safely – on the contrary it was a strong

possibility that we or one of us might die.

But I suppose it was because of that that

we found our strength in our trust in God. I

was extremely thankful to be alive.

This was a seminal moment for me. I

never want to forget the trust in God that it

taught me. And I never want to take my life

for granted again.

Amy Hole

St Chad’s Church, Linden Avenue, Woodseats

Church Offices: 15 Camping Lane, Sheffield S8 0GB

Tel: (0114) 274 5086

Page 21

email: office@stchads.org

website: www.stchads.org

Romanian experiences

It isn’t often that we get to step

outside of our own world and

experience someone else’s but that

is what we were able to do by travelling

to Romania and sharing our lives with

some truly wonderful people. We started

going to Brasov in 1992 and have gone

almost every year since.

Although we have been the ones at

the sharp end we have been supported

by many, individuals, churches and

organisations. We started by doing car

boot sales, which Steve hated and used

to give most of the ‘stuff’ away rather

than ask people to buy it! We work with

a Worksop-based charity called Poplars

Church – ‘Fundatia Poplars’ to give them

their Romanian name. For several years

we worked in orphanages, psychiatric

hospitals, hearing impaired school and

the children’s hospital in Brasov which is

Romania’s second city.

Although conditions were very grim in

the early days we were able to help in

many practical ways from giving special

toys to children in the orphanage, who

had learning difficulties, to providing

baby food when the hospital ran out!

We were also able to care and show

love for all the people we met. The

Romanian people were so generous and

even though they had nothing we would

be treated to cake and coffee on a home

visit with the hosts not eating or drinking

anything - the usual excuse was “we will

eat later”. It is very humbling to realise

that money had been spent on

special cakes for us which

meant the family most

certainly would not eat

at all that day!

In the mid/late 90s

we started to travel

to the same

place but

as part of

a surgical

team doing



on children.

The idea was

to pass on

our skills

and train


and nursing staff in that speciality. Our

aim was to help wherever the greatest

need was. Practical help could be given

in many ways eg baby food to show

the carers how to feed babies with cleft

palates, pain killers to take home after

operations, pay for nurses to do extra

shifts to work with us – as they often

would not be paid for months on end –

and train fares home for mothers who

had travelled 100s of miles to see the


Physically it was hard work - Steve

worked in the operating theatre

preparing and cleaning instruments,

‘running’ for the scrubbed staff, making

drinks and almost anything else. Joy

nursed the children, along with the

Romanian nurses, following their

operations. Occasionally we would host

families in Sheffield when they came

to have complicated operations which

could not be performed in Romania.

Over the years we have made many

lifelong friends in Brasov, the families

that the team have helped are so

grateful – they would not have been

able to have the surgery without the

team being there. Many of the children

and young people have had lots of

operations over the years to reconstruct

malformations. We’re happy to say that

conditions are now vastly improved in

the hospital, surgeons have learnt from

our surgeons, nurses are trained to

European standards and lots of work

has been done to move children out

of orphanages. There is still work to

be done supporting families who have

children with learning disabilities - which

Poplars continues to this day.

The experiences we have had and

the friends we have made in Romania

have changed our lives. We really feel

that God sent us there to learn and

be humbled. It has given us a greater

understanding of the Gospels and much

more of a heart for vulnerable people.

Where in the past we might have said

‘they’ should do something about a

situation, we now realise that we are

the ‘they’ and that it is us who need to

be proactive. Jesus said “go and do

likewise” we would like to say thank you

to all who have helped us ‘Go’.

Joy and Steve Winks

St Chad’s Church, Linden Avenue, Woodseats

Church Offices: 15 Camping Lane, Sheffield S8 0GB

Tel: (0114) 274 5086

Page 22

email: office@stchads.org

website: www.stchads.org

A Whispered Name

by William Brodrick

ISBN 978-0349121291

This novel is a

detective story

set in the present

day and taking the

reader back to the

First World War and

the Passchendaele


Father Anselm,

a Gillbertine monk,

takes on the role

of detective to

unravel the mystery

surrounding Father

Herbert Moore.

Father Moore was the

founding father of the priory who took

Father Anselm under his wing.

The story begins when Father

Anselm, at the graveside of Father

Moore, is approached by Kate

Seymour whilst her sobbing father

stands nearby. She makes an

allegation concerning Father Moore

and Father Anselm feels obliged

to clear the name of his highlyrespected

mentor. However, he

soon learns that Father Moore did

have secrets in his past he had kept

hidden all his life.

The story revolves around the court

martial and subsequent execution of

Joseph Flanagan, an Irish Volunteer

who apparently deserted. Father

Anselm discovers

that Father Moore

was one of the

officers presiding

over the court

martial. The reader

learns that Father

Moore had his own

deamons to contend

with resulting from

his experiences on

the front line.

William Brodrick

draws on his own

personal experience

as a barrister and

former Augustine friar

to produce this work.

He creates a very


novel depicting the

horrors of the trenches and the

mental and physical damage suffered

by the soldiers. Although a fictional

storyline, in his notes, William

Brodrick, tells us the content was

drawn from documented real events.

From the comfort of my home

I found the book, in parts, deeply

moving, knowing such tragedies were

part of everyday life for front line


This was rge first book I have read

by William Brodrick and I found it a

very good read and will look for other

titles by him now.

Margaret Mosforth

A St Chad’s Book Group member

Book Review

St Chad’s Church, Linden Avenue, Woodseats

Church Offices: 15 Camping Lane, Sheffield S8 0GB

Tel: (0114) 274 5086

Page 23

email: office@stchads.org

website: www.stchads.org


Sian Mann


At Church House

(56 Abbey Lane)

10am to 12 noon

On the last Saturday of each month.

Bring & Buy (new items)

Handicrafts Home Baking

Page 22

email: office@stchads.org

website: www.stchads.org

St Chads Church, Linden Avenue, Woodseats

Church Offices: 15 Camping Lane, Sheffield S8 0GB

Tel: (0114) 274 5086

St Chad’s Church, Linden Avenue, Woodseats

Church Offices: 15 Camping Lane, Sheffield S8 0GB

Tel: (0114) 274 5086

Page 24

email: office@stchads.org

website: www.stchads.org




July 2 Stefan Peter Cubitt and

Holly Emma Smith

July 23 Simon David Pugh and

Lisa Kate Mosforth


July 6 Pauline Cresswick (71)

July 15 Gladys Louise Harrod (80)

August 12 Anthony Spencer (55)

You 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.

l 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

November 5. The morning will explain the

difference between the two services and

give parents an opportunity to ask any


Please call the church office on

0114 274 5086 if you are interested in


St Chad’s Church, Linden Avenue, Woodseats

Church Offices: 15 Camping Lane, Sheffield S8 0GB

Tel: (0114) 274 5086

Page 25

email: office@stchads.org

website: www.stchads.org

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

email: office@stchads.org

Vicar Toby Hole (Vicarage) 274 9302

email: toby@stchads.org

Reader/Assistant Minister Yvonne Smith 274 5086

for the elderly

Besom in Sheffield

Steve Winks and

Darren Coggins 07875 950170

Impact magazine Tim Hopkinson 274 5086

email: impact@stchads.org

Church Wardens Nigel Belcher 281 1750

email: nigel@stchads.org

Malcolm Smith 274 7159

Deputy Wardens

Jimmy Johnson

Linda McCann

Caretaker Mark Cobbold 274 5086

Uniformed Groups

Group Scout Leader Ian Jackson 235 3044

Guide Leader Jemma Taylor 296 0555

CHURCH HOUSE 56 Abbey Lane 274 8289

Bookings Helen Reynolds 274 5086

Visit our website: www.stchads.org

PLEASE NOTE: The inclusion of advertisements in Impact in no way means the

advertiser is endorsed or recommended by St Chad’s Church.

St Chads Church, Linden Avenue, Woodseats

email: office@stchads.org

St Chad’s Church, Linden Avenue, Woodseats

email: office@stchads.org
















0GB Page Page 326













St Chad’s Church, Linden Avenue, Woodseats

Church Offices: 15 Camping Lane, Sheffield S8 0GB

Tel: (0114) 274 5086

Page 27

email: office@stchads.org

website: www.stchads.org

St Chad’s Church, Linden Avenue, Woodseats

Church Offices: 15 Camping Lane, Sheffield S8 0GB

Tel: (0114) 274 5086

Page 28

email: office@stchads.org

website: www.stchads.org

More magazines by this user
Similar magazines