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PAT DANCER'S NEWS & VIEWS The weather again has been unspeakable, causing more illness and difficulties than for some years. Acts of heroism and fortitude in our public services, notably our NHS, struggling to overcome expectations and complaints. Great to see Angela Rippon on BBC TV 'One Show' 7pm, heading a campaign to show their gratitude with an award to be given for medical care beyond the call of duty. Viewers can vote for someone by computer online: 'BBC NHS AWARDS' (Closing Date 5th April) Appropriate that gratitude should shown after so manycomplaints of inadequacy. Before the NHS and much else in this country - we had to pay to see a doctor! No social services, and no TV airing so much negativity. A very wet Spring seems to be here finally, and gardens and open spaces are already showing snowdrops and daffodils. Birds are pairing up, nesting and singing again, with migrants returning soon. Our birdwatching group will be out and about soon. I attended the closing meeting of the Mother's Union in Penn, which Mrs Muspratt initiated about 70 years ago, rejuvenated by the wife of Revd Jeff Pierce's wife, June and continuing since then. Sadly, too many members became too infirm to continue, with no younger mothers joining. At church services on March 11, our vicar, the Revd Mike Bisset paid tribute to its great achievement, supporting many good charities like Away from it all with interesting talks on many important subjects. Sad that a movement doing wonderful family work in our Commmonwealth and elsewhere, does not have the name and reputation it deserves in this country. It was designed to help all mothers and www.pennandtylersgreen.org.uk Village Voice April/May 2018 sole caring fathers, sharing their strengths and support. Mary Sumner was its inspirational founder. Many groups throughout this country and abroad are still doing great work. The London Mothers Union Office is very active and publishes information. Women's World Day of Prayer was held at Church of The Good Shepherd, Widmer End, focusing on the women of Surinam. It was well attended. In future, perhaps this special service will be renamed 'The World Day of Prayer.' The Cottage Bookshop, which is to be closed, is going to be a sad loss to readers all over the World, who find a wealth of history, humour, children's reading, and up to date novels and entertainment here in the heart of Penn. It is like a faithful friend to all who work there and visit, where coming into a rich place of discovery. Intention to choose a book quickly, can becoming hours, browsing through so much of interest. I understand closure will not be immediate and at the moment, trading as usual! I send all my best wishes to readers of this column, for strength to work towards a positive outcome of all our good endeavours. Pat Dancer Spot The Difference Tricky I know, but rest assured help is at hand. On Sunday 8th April, starting at dawn, an assembly of early risers will screech and whistle the morning away. Meanwhile, starting at 7am from the Village Hall, an assembled group of bleary eyed bird friendly folk will endeavour to identify each and every one of them... A list of all seen during the Spring, will be displayed on a board in the Village Hall Foyer for all to see. Exciting eh! With expert help at hand, do come and join us for an early morning jovial stroll around the common. You’ll be amazed by the amount of the wonders of nature that will unfold in front of your very eyes. Further strolls are planned for May 6th and June 10th. We look forward to meeting you meanwhile, Happy twitchings. Bill Sadler, 815798 37

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