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Contents March 2021

THE associate VICAR'S LETTER, 5


— A letter to the nation, 7

— On Reflection: Solomon, 9

— From the editor's desk, 9

— STAY, 10-11

— Easter Lilies, 11

— For your prayers in March, 11

The Persecuted Church, 13


— Marie Curie Daffodils, 15

— Alpha is returning, 17

— Victorian Reminiscences, 19-21

The Palm Sunday palm, 22-23

around the villages

— St Andrew's snow, 25

Parish snowmen, 27

— Cricket from 1750, 28-29

— Anniversary Elm, 31

— Zoom in on your family, 31

— SSES cancel events, 31

— Doggerel book prices, 31

— Dame Judi at the Mill, 31


— Dr Simon Ruffle writes, 33


The Handmaid, 35

— World Poetry Day, 35

the sciences

— Learning from the young, 37


— Recipe of the Month, 37


This month's FRONT COVER

March 2021 — Mothering Sunday and Palm Sunday




the church of st andrew, SERVING THE COMMUNITIES OF


This month's front cover breaks new

ground for The Parish Magazine in the

current format. It is the first time we

have featured a painting on our cover.

It is part of a pastel picture drawn by

Jean Hutchinson of the Sonning Art

Group which, although having to rely

mainly on Zoom meetings, continues to

set each other challenges. In this case it

was 'Dreaming of Spring.' At the time

our local rivers were torrents of flood

water, so Jean used pastels to create

her 'Spring Dream' of peace.


The editorial deadline for every issue

of The Parish Magazine is 12 noon on

the sixth day of the month prior to the

date of publication.

The deadline for the April

issue of The Parish Magazine is:

Saturday 6 March at 12 noon

The Parish Magazine online

This issue can also be viewed online at:

Earlier issues from 1869 onwards are

stored in a secure online archive. If you

wish to view these archives contact the

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Services at

St Andrew’s

When this issue went to press a third

national Covid-19 lockdown was still

in force and only a weekly service was

being streamed on Sunday mornings on

Facebook at 9.30am. For more up-to-date

information about services please check

the St Andrew's website at:

Or call the Parish Office on:

0118 969 3298



Every 10 years since 1801 (except

1941) one day has been set aside for

a census to count all the people and

households in the UK. The census is

organised by the Office of National

Statistics to provide the most

complete source of information about

the population. In England, Wales

and Northern Ireland the census is

on Sunday 21 March. In Scotland, it

has been postponed until next year

because of Covid-19.

It is the only survey that provides

a detailed picture of the entire

population and is unique because

it covers everyone at the same time

and asks the same core questions

everywhere. This makes it easy to

compare different parts of the country.

The information gathered allows

central and local government,

health authorities and many other

organisations to target their resources

more effectively and to plan housing,

education, health and transport

services. For more information about

the census:

children's page, 41


— Church services, 3

— From the registers, 3

Parish contacts, 42

— Advertisers index, 42

From the



— Friday 29 January Roger Cowdry,

interment of ashes in churchyard

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The associate vicar's letter

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Dear FriendS,

This month brings the year anniversary of the first lockdown, and the start of

a period of time that has changed our world and, to varying degrees, all of our

lives. Like many of you, I have been balancing — or rather juggling — many

things over the past 12 months, and it can be easy to feel like we’re not doing

anything as well as we’d like. If circumstances means we have to do more of

one thing, it can be tempting to feel we’ve neglected other things. Balancing or

juggling — or whatever you want to call it — can be demanding, but I believe

that out of it we can learn a lot about ourselves, our needs and our priorities.

One thing that I have found useful is to develop a Rule of Life. A Rule of Life

is about living a more intentional life and it is about nurturing good habits and

committing ourselves to a number of actions that will help us grow in faith.

One benefit for me of developing a Rule of Life has been to reflect on what I am

doing well and what I could improve. I used a model from Winchester Diocese

which has the headings of Loving, Living and Serving. I have looked at what

I am already doing under their various subheadings, and then committed

to do a couple of new things — manageable and realistic goals which rather

than adding to my load, allow me space for self-care, prayer and nurturing

relationships in the midst of the demands of life.

I am not suggesting that everyone develops such a rule but, whether you

have a faith or not, I do believe that it can be fruitful for us all to take a step

back at times and reflect on our lives. My rule is something that I have used to

incorporate all areas of my life, and I believe the principles can be applicable to

all of us.


We are currently in the church season of Lent, a season of reflection and

self-examination, and it is the perfect time to think about our own lives and

reflect in a variety of ways. Firstly, reflecting on what is going well in our lives

can give us a sense of achievement, it can give us motivation to continue, and

it can also give us hope by reminding us that, despite the challenges, there

are joys in the midst of it. Secondly, reflecting on what we feel we could do

more of can also be motivating, but it is important that we don’t try too much

too quickly. If you decide you want to become more active, then start with

manageable and realistic steps and don’t sign up for a marathon immediately!

Thirdly, reflecting on changes we want to make can be the hardest thing

to do. It can be painful to acknowledge our mistakes, but Lent offers us an

opportunity to examine ourselves honestly and ask how we can start to make

some of the changes that we feel we want, or need, to make.

The past year has been challenging and uncertain for many of us and

reflecting on what is going well, and what we are grateful for, can be good for

our general wellbeing. One useful practice, therefore, is keeping a gratitude

diary. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy but simply writing down each day

some things that we are grateful for. You could even incorporate this into a

prayer if you choose. On a good day this can be easy to do. On a difficult day

it can be harder, but I would suggest on the difficult days it is more important

than ever to practice gratitude.


Finally, I want to stress the importance of supporting one another. All of the

things I have suggested and talked about in this letter will be more manageable

if we share our journey with others. It may be a friend, a trusted colleague

or a family member, and I’d like to take this opportunity to remind you that

the ministry team at St Andrew’s are here for you if you need us. The world

can seem a tough and painful place at the moment, so we must remember the

importance of self-care and relationships, of taking time to be grateful when we

can, and to take small steps this Lent to make some positive changes.

With love and prayers, as always, Kate.

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To the nation

26 January 2021

To the nation






26 January 2021

As we reach the terrible milestone of 100,000 deaths from COVID-19, we invite everyone in

26 January 2021

our nation to pause as we reflect on the enormity of this pandemic.

100,000 Dear friends isn’t just an abstract figure. Each number is a person: someone we loved and someone

who loved us. We also believe that each of these people was known to God and cherished by

As we reach the terrible milestone of 100,000 deaths from COVID-19, we invite everyone in

Dear God. friends

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On reflection . . .

Solomon and a higher

purpose than ourselves

By Elizabeth Spiers

I read that Solomon was probably having a mid-life

crisis when he wrote Ecclesiastes. That the king who

had everything was completely fed up with it all. He

had more money than you can imagine — worldly fame,

power and God-given wisdom but he also shouldered

great responsibility for the welfare of a nation. And he

had to keep a close eye on would-be enemies.

Somewhere along the way, he lost sight of God and in order

to relieve the sheer boredom and weight of it all, he tried to

find satisfaction in a whole lot of things you might not expect

a man so completely blessed by God to try including heavy

drinking, massive building projects and women.

Difficult problems often come together in life — the loss

of a job, divorce, serious illness. I think all of us can identify

with that. It’s stressful. And it’s very tempting to blame God

or do what Solomon did and try and find consolation in other

things. When it happened to me, I decided that God had failed

in his care of me and for a long time I tried to ignore him.


Instead of taking it all to God, seeking his help and

his peace, I blamed and rejected him. But in the end, it all

became meaningless for me too. Outside of God, I found no

point to life at all. I kept going, but without purpose.

This may have been how Solomon felt. He had seen good

things happen to bad people and bad things happen to good

people. He had seen the good die young, the criminal get off

scot-free and there just didn’t seem to be any point to it. It

was meaningless he repeatedly said.

But after all this, Solomon couldn’t find any point to life

without God either. He concluded that it was better to obey

God’s word because God will judge everything we have done,

whether good or bad.

God grounds us. When we live with and for him, we do

things for reasons bigger than ourselves. We have a purpose

higher than ourselves. And for me, like Solomon, it makes all

the difference.

From the desk

of the editor

Making a contribution

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This month we begin a new series of short articles called

'On Reflection' (see left) by Elizabeth Spiers. As part of my

role as vice chairman of the Association of Church Editors

(ACE) I produce a monthly newsletter for the members which

enables the more experienced ACE editors to help those with

less experience to develop their magazines, and we all share

ideas about content.

The 'On Reflection' series of articles arrived on my desk as

a result of this sharing of content ideas, and I hope you will

find them interesting and helpful. The author is not a church

magazine editor — she started writing them to fill some

time during the first Covid-19 lockdown and her church

magazine began publishing them. Having read some I feel

they are well worth sharing. I hope you agree.


One of the positive things of lockdown has been that

people such as Elizabeth have had the time to explore some

of their talents and interests that they were previously too

busy to do. In The Parish Magazine, of course, we have already

published the results of several local residents having the

time to pursue their interests during lockdown whether it be

writing poetry, helping wild life, painting, family history and

so on. If you have something that lockdown has enabled you

to give some time to and would like to share the results, then

let me know, I will be pleased to help by publishing it in this


Should you take up this invitation, please note that, like

everything that appears in this magazine, I maintain the

right to edit every contribution and I can never guarantee

that there will be space to use it.

I am often asked by contributors about the number of

words an article should have. My answer is for you to write

everything you want to say and don't worry about the length,

I will always edit it to fit the available space!

The most important thing to remember about any

contribution to The Parish Magazine is the deadline which

is the same for every issue — 12.00 noon on the sixth day

of the month before the publication date. For example, the

deadline for the April issue is 6 March.

The 12.oo noon deadline is precisely what it says because

I plan to complete the layout of each issue a couple of hours

later. This is so a team of proof readers can start work and we

can meet the printer's deadline.

Good quality, high resolution images are always welcome

as long as you have parental permission if children are

involved. Images must meet the legal copyright regulations,

especially if they have been downloaded from the internet.

Finally, if you are contributing an item, it is always

advisable to let me know in advance so that I can save space

for you. Happy writing!

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St Andrew's Youth in Church, Cl

For more information, or a chat, contact Westy on yo

Dear Young People

Why are young people killing other young people? Why

does one young person give themselves permission to take

the life of another? What possesses a person to look at

another and think; “I know, I’m going to teach them a

lesson by stabbing them!”

I don’t have the answers to these questions but as a

youth worker I’m not going to stop trying to help young

people find their value & worth and stop these tragedies


As someone who used to run youth activities at

Highdown School I felt I should mark my respects and

show solidarity to Olly and his family. So my friend and

youth work buddy spent time today lighting a candle &

saying a prayer at the gate of Highdown School and with

permission from the Police we were able to stand & pray

just a few metres from where Olly was stabbed to death in

Bugs Bottom Field in Caversham on Sunday 3rd January.

It was one of the most sobering moments and if I am

honest, I felt an undercurrent of fear and confusion as

we walked around the area. We were asked questions like;

why, what for, what was the point, why are young people

so angry, they’re just children, why are they even carrying


Here’s what I know. If a person values themselves they

will inevitably value others. The opposite is therefore also

true. But where do we find our value? Likes, subscribers,

followers, nudes, comments on our socials, family,

popularity, sexuality, postcode or perhaps our faith?

I want to propose a different and opposite way of seeing

one another and a new way of seeing the world.

Regardless of who the other person is...

Love one another.

Be kind to one another.

Agree to disagree and stay friends.

Say sorry when you are wrong.

Forgive others & yourself.

Be generous to one another.

Give more than you receive.

Be quick to listen, slow to speak and even slower to

become angry.

Never seek revenge.

Love always spreads love and hate only spreads hate.

If you do these things, who knows what might happen?

I would bet money that young people would feel more

at peace, young people would feel more able to love and

be loved and young people would find it easier to show

kindness than hate?

But what do I know, ay?

RIP Olly and the many other youths taken too early.

STAY Prayer Walks

You will have heard the terribly sad

news of the death of Olly Stephens on

Sunday 3 January in Bugs Bottom Field

in Emmer Green, Caversham.

With Mark Brown, the local youth

worker who is a friend of mine, I went

to pray and walk around the area.

We stopped outside the Highdown

school gate and also lit a candle. We

also walked to within a few feet from

where Olly died to pray and remember

him, his family and all the local youth

caught up in this tragic situation. The

sea of flowers, poems and candles were

so moving and showed us how loved

Olly was by his school community.

We continued to pray and walk

for the next few weeks. After the first

time I felt stirred to write an open

letter to young people (left), and put

it on Facebook. The response was

overwhelming with over 1,000 likes,

635 shares and 145 comments! I had no

idea this would happen, but I had hit a

nerve for people on the topic of knife

crime and how we should respond.

STAY Detached Project

A further response to our prayer walks

was to do some preventative work.

Mark and I, with the help of Sherlon

from Reach, a Reading Christian

schools work charity, set up a detached

youth project in the areas that Mark

Brown and I work. This is to enable

positive conversations with young

people and help to prevent further

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assrooms, Clubs and Communities

incidents occurring. Having the green

light from the church and informing

the local councillors and police, we are

all set to go! We have ordered jackets

and hoodies with 'YOUTH WORKER'

on and equipped ourselves — and

have spares to give out — with gloves,

water, masks, sanitizer and well being

cards. We will be walking around

Emmer Green on Wednesdays from

3.30-6.30pm and Charvil, Sonning

& Sonning Eye on Fridays from

3.3o-6.30pm. If you see us, say hi!

STAY in Schools

Our ministry in the local schools

continues to have a positive impact

with regular assemblies. Recent themes

included ‘Jesus calls his first disciples’,

‘Candlemas’ and ‘who inspires us?’

We have the privilege of providing

a weekly prayer meeting for all Piggott

staff and governors on Wednesdays

at 1.45-2pm. One staff member wrote

saying: 'Thanks for the prayer meeting,

really needed that today.'

We have continued mentoring

over 20 students from both secondary

schools. It’s interesting how some

young people love home learning,

while others are desperate to be back in

school again!

STAY on Sunday

Zoom continues to enable us to meet

as a group on Sunday mornings and we

have continued with the Alpha youth

videos thinking about ‘Who is the Holy

Spirit and what does he do?’ and ‘How

do I make the most of the rest of my


STAY on Instagram

Here’s a recent picture I designed and

posted on our STAY

Instagram account

@stayonfriday to

remind us all that

while we might be

in lockdown, God

certainly isn’t! He’s

always there to

listen, to heal, to

comfort and let us

know that we are

loved no matter what!

Cheers, Westy!

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For your prayers

in March

Please pray for ...

— For all single

mothers and those

expecting babies

— For the STAY

Detached project

— For St Andrew's

daughter churches

— For Marie Curie

nurses and all in

their care

— For those working

to reduce the

threat of Covid-19

throughout the world

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The Persecuted Church

For various tragic reasons Lebanon was in the news during

last year, but their issues have been under-reported.

During October, fires raged along the coast of Syria and

Lebanon, yet there was scant media attention. Garda World

reported that fires burned across Lebanon amid high

temperatures and strong winds, and Army helicopters, and

civil defence teams were dispatched.

The Guardian said the fires broke out in the Mount

Lebanon area and that state media had reported that a

mine exploded in the Wazzani area because of the fires.

Thankfully, no injuries were reported. However, the paper

also reported that a fuel tank exploded inside a Beirut

building, killing four and injuring several.

This was on top of the blast at Beirut’s port on 4 August,

when a massive explosion killed at least 200 people and

injured about 5,000 others. In the aftermath, the Lebanese

government resigned amid growing public anger.

Lebanon also has an economic crisis. In September, VOA

News reported how observers were saying that the country

was in its worst financial crisis since independence in 1943.

Public debt amounts to 150% of GDP, making it one of the

highest in the world.

In 2018 this magazine featured an interview with Esther

Gayfield, an American businesswoman who worked with

refugees in Beirut for a year. She went there again in 2020

and told me that it felt very different. It was 'hard and

heart-breaking to witness,' she said. 'The economic collapse

began to take hold in late 2019, sparking the revolution

and the resignation of the government. A new government

was formed to help them dig out of their crisis, then came

Covid-19, shutting down the economy and crippling society.

'The economic cogs were barely moving again when

the 4 August explosion effectively blew up people's hearts,

their hopes, and their dreams. If they were losing hope

before, the explosion shattered any remaining glimmer into


She told me that the economic collapse and the explosion

'helped destroy the upper middle class and the middle class.'

The banking crisis and economic collapse meant they lost

access to all their cash: 'They once may have had something

saved for a rainy day. Now it is gone.' she said. 'Then they lost

their houses in the explosion as it largely impacted the more

middle-class and the Christian neighbourhoods.'

In July 2020, Barnabas Fund invited donations for destitute

Christians in Lebanon. They reported that the Lebanese

pound had lost 80% of its value since October 2019. This drove

up prices in a country dependent on imports. Some people,

they also said, had given up using money and were bartering

goods online. Electricity was being cut off for the majority of

the day and there is growing social unrest and crime. They

quoted a Lebanese church leader who wrote that 'We have

many social problems and collapse of family lives … and of

despair dominating, and that hits the faithful community'.

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News, features, and links by Colin Bailey: please read for awareness, and support by prayer,

financial or otherwise. This month the focus is on the crises that have hit Lebanon in the last year.

'Hearts, hopes and dreams shattered by explosion'



Beirut properties destroyed by the huge explosion in August 2020

Joseph Khoury,

Esther Gayfield points out that it is critical to continue

to feed the hungry, especially as 'Lebanon has the number

two worst economy in the world, just behind Venezuela, and

they remain at a dangerous precipice that could send them

tumbling to number one.'

Esther firmly believes that we need to support the

believers in their local communities. Stress and trauma of

staying have made them 'desperate to leave.' She says that it

is a very dangerous place for the church to be. 'Christianity

has been at a precipice in the Middle East for years, and

Lebanon could end up like Iraq, completely devoid of the

Christian community that had existed since Christ's apostles

evangelized the area.'

Also, there are many Syrian Christian refugees in Lebanon,

who have fled war and anti-Christian persecution in Syria.

Very few dare, say Barnabas Fund, to live in the refugee camps

dominated by Muslim Syrians, so they get no help from the

UN and refugee agencies. All the available jobs are needed by

the Lebanese host community, themselves in a terrible plight.

Most Syrian Christians in Lebanon have not been able to get

residency permits.

You can donate to the Barnabas Fund project 'Middle East

Fund to help Christians' via: or 0800 587 4006

Needless to say, the key message is 'Pray for Lebanon'.

Sources and further reading

Garda World on the Lebanon October fires:


The Guardian on the Lebanon October fires: https://www.theguardian.


The Guardian on the October fuel tank blast:


BBC on the fire at the Port of Beirut:

VOA News on Lebanon’s financial crisis:

Barnabas Fund article, Lebanon on the Brink: Help Destitute Christians


Barnabas Fund article: Syrian Christian Refugees Need You! Help Our

Brothers and Sisters Trying to Survive in Lebanon and Armenia: https://

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Daffodils on the A4 Peter Rennie The Curies worked together Public Domain:

By March throughout the UK, daffodils will be reaching their peak in parks, gardens, woodland and for us in Charvil and

Sonning, along the A4 central reservation, in St Andrew's churchyard and beside the River Thames. In the past, some parts

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The Marie Curie Charity was

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In 1944 an air raid destroyed

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Marie, working with her husband

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Nobel Prize in 1903. Together, the

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Following Pierre's death in 1906

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Their work led to the development

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an ambulance equipped with an x-ray

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Sadly, Marie died on 4 July 1934

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'What unites us is infinitely greater than what divides us'

Kushnirov Avraham,

About 2,000 years ago, hundreds of people gathered on a hillside beside the

Sea of Galilee to hear Jesus explain what it means to live a Christian life.

The beautiful Roman Catholic Church of the Beatitudes (pictured above)

stands on the site where Jesus spoke and is a favourite attraction for

millions of Christians on pilgrimages to the Holy Land. In those 2,000 years

Christianity has become the world's largest religion accounting for one third

of the world's population — the remaining two thirds of the population,

about 5.4 billion people, is divided among hundreds of different beliefs or

none. The message that Jesus began sharing still has a considerable way

to go, and one of the modern world's most successful ways of doing this has

proved to be 'Alpha', an introductory course to Christianity.

Alpha is a series of sessions that

run over 10 or 11 weeks and are

designed to introduce the basics of

Christian living to newcomers to

the faith — just as Jesus explained

to the hundreds of people on the

Galilean hillside, so Alpha has, so

far, explained Christianity to over 24

million people around the world.


Alpha was the idea of Charles

Marnham, a curate at Holy Trinity

Brompton (HTB) in London who

devised a course in 1977. The course

was developed by some of his

following curates until 1990, when,

Nicky Gumbel, who was also a curate

at HTB, took it over and developed it

for a worldwide audience.

Alpha has always been, and it

remains so today, about the essential

elements of Christianity that all the

different denominations of churches

agree on. The Alpha website clearly

states: 'We believe that what unites us

is infinitely greater than what divides



The list of the denominations

that have adopted the Alpha

course is impressive — it includes:

Anglican, Presbyterian, Lutheran,

Baptist, Methodist, Pentecostal,

Eastern Orthodox and Roman

Catholic churches — and it has been

translated into 100 languages.

It first came to our parish at the

end of 1995. In our February 1996

issue, Jo Farrington, a lay member

of St Andrew's wrote: We are just

finishing our first Alpha course and have

found it challenging and inspiring. Our

small group has been meeting weekly

for two and a half months to listen to a

video talk and to discuss various issues

raised by it. The themes of the talks have

included: who Jesus is and why he died;

the Bible, why and how to pray;

resisting evil; the Holy Spirit; healing,

and guidance. Some of us have been

Christians looking for a fresh approach

and others, non-Christians wanting to

find out what it is all about.


Technology has changed our

world considerably in the past 25

years and today Alpha is being run

online as well as in face-to-face

groups. The courses have evolved to

include those designed for young

people, and in some cases specific

community groups such as prisons.

However, the concept is still

the same, Alpha is essentially for

those who are curious about why

one third of the world's population

follow the teaching that Jesus began

on a hillside in Galilee 2,000 years

ago. And it is still very popular with

Christians in need of a refresher


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Victorian reminiscences from Claude's loft

The Great Exhibition of 1851

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Even 120 years on I can boast a link to the Victorian era as my father was a

Victorian — just! He was born a fortnight before Queen Victoria died on 21

January 1901, writes Claude Masters from his loft.

His mother was, of course, a true Victorian and was still wearing a long black

mourning dress 40 years later. I can remember her looking rather severe

despite being very kindly.

About 25 years ago my daughter-in-law researched the family trees and I

have a copy of her results. All are on the maternal side and all called ‘Horwood’.

During lockdown I spent some time tidying the roof space of my home and

sorting out a large collection of photographs which includes an album that is

over 100 years old. In this album is one of an elderly couple (the small picture

above right with the daffodils) who were my great great grandparents, William

and June. They were born in 1808 and 1807 and had five boys and three girls.

The soldier (above) is probably one of their sons and the couple with the baby

(left) could be my great grandfather and grandmother. The two ladies (above)

were twins, Blanche and Rose — maiden aunts of my childhood — and were my

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Claude's loft

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grandfather’s sisters. They were born

in 1868 and 1869 — the latter being

the year that this magazine was also


Looking through the album

(above) I could not help wondering

what was in the mind of the people

being photographed. Dressing

formally in their smartest clothes

and going to a studio to have their

portrait taken would have been a

significant event.

They would have witnessed the

photographer making adjustments to

his big plate camera on a tripod and

hiding under a black sheet so that he

could see their images on the ground

glass plate.

He would tell them how and

where to pose and, when he was

happy with the image, replace the

ground glass with a photographic

plate, get out from under the hood,

tell the subjects to stay unblinking

and as still as a statue, then take

the lens cap off the camera lens for a

couple of seconds to expose the plate.

No wonder, after all that

rigmarole, they took the whole

business very seriously and stared

unsmiling at the camera.


Apart from being my forbearers

on the maternal side, I have no idea

who most of those in the album

are, or what was their station in life.

Nobody very important that’s for sure!

They were, however, probably

some of the six million people that

attended the Great Exhibition in

1851. It was staged in a huge glass

conservatory three times the size

of St Paul’s cathedral which came

The Crystal Palace destroyed by fire in 1936

to be known as the Crystal Palace

and which housed 5,000 exhibitors

from all over the world, including

some fully grown elm trees which

otherwise would have been felled.

To help with ventilation the

wooden floor was not close boarded

but slatted and it never needed to

be swept as the long skirts of the

Victorian ladies did that. The rubbish

was swept up on the floor below.


The exhibition ran from 1 May

to the middle of October and the

money raised was sufficient to fund

the Victoria and Albert Museum, the

Science Museum and the Natural

History Museum which were built

on the site after the Crystal Palace

was moved to Sydenham in south

London where it had became a major

exhibition centre until it caught fire

on the 30 November 1936.

It must have burned for some

time as crowds were attracted to

witness the event. My dad went on

his motor bike from Reading!

By the beginning of the 19th

Century the British Empire was well

established and with all its colonies

and protectorates was the largest in

history. It held sway over 23% of the

world's population and had the most

powerful navy.

This dominance was not without

cost as there were no less than 27

military conflicts during Queen

Victoria’s reign so it would not have

been the happiest time for the young

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men of the country but, no doubt,

they would have been proud to be

soldiers of the Queen.

Despite this, the 19th Century

was a period of invention and

development and we have the

Victorians to thank for many of the

things we take for granted today.

This includes, of course, much of the

St Andrew's Church building in

Sonning which was completely

rebuilt in the mid-1800's under the

guidance of the Vicar of Sonning,

Rev Canon Hugh Pearson (pictured

below). He was a true Victorian

parish priest who not only rode

around his parish on horseback

but founded this magazine in 1869

primarily to record what life was

like in the 19th Century for future

generations to enjoy.

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feature — 5

The ancient palm for no

The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival

heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem.

They took palm branches and went out to meet him,

shouting, 'Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name

of the Lord! Blessed is the king of Israel' (John 12 NIV)

It can be no coincidence that the crowds welcoming Jesus to Jerusalem 'took

palm branches' to greet their king. The date palm is one of the most ancient

of trees and was one of the earliest to be cultivated — archeologists have

found many examples of its existence and, indeed, the Bible mentions them

regularly throughout the Old and New Testaments. The palm tree has even

been suggested as a possibility for the 'Tree of Life' in the Garden of Eden.

Today, there are more than 2,600 species of palm tree, of which only 13 — known

as Phoenix — produce edible fruit and qualify to be called a true date palm. Four

of these are single trunk trees that can grow to 60 feet high and live for more than

150 years, while the others have their ferns growing from the base of the tree.

They grow best in sub-tropical climates such as the Middle East, Pakistan, India,

Mexico, California, and the Canary Islands.

The Bible tells us that date palms flourished in Israel — 'The righteous man

will flourish like the palm' (Psalm 92:12) —and in Deuteronomy 34:3 we are told that

Jericho was 'the city of palm trees'.

The main route to Jerusalem by road is from Jericho and it was this way that

Jesus travelled just before the events of Easter. His journey through Jericho is

recorded in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke where

he gave sight to a blind beggar. It was when Jesus entered

Jerusalem for the Passover festivities and the crowd fulfilled

the prophetic words found in Leviticus 23: 40: 'you shall take for

yourselves the foliage of beautiful trees, palm branches and boughs

of leafy trees and willows of the brook, and you shall rejoice before

the Lord your God ...'.

Clearly, the palm branches outside Jerusalem that John

mentions (see above) must have been in easy reach and were

either young single trunk trees or those with ferns at the base.


Dates are one of the seven foods that God promised the

Israelites (Deuteronomy 8:8) would be plentiful when they

arrived in the Promised Land — the others being, wheat,

barley, grape, olive, pomegranate and fig.

For the past 9 years I have been trying to grow a true

date palm in my Charvil Bible garden. I have 13 — one 2½

foot pot grown tree that is about 10 years old, and the others

were grown from date stones. Palm 'seeds' are a remarkable

feat of nature, scientists have grown some 150 - 200 year old

seeds. Even so, they require a great deal of patience but as the

illustrations show I have made a start with

some Jordanian and Californian date

stones. You never know that in 50

The people of Jerusalem welcome Jesus as their king

years or so, there may be a date producing palm tree in

Charvil. This will depend, of course, on many factors,

including the climate change that the scientists tell us

could bring a sub-tropical climate to Charvil. However, I

have greater expectations for Palm Sunday which I believe will

still be an important date on the Christian calendar — a date

in which the ancient date palm will still have an important

part to play in the celebrations!

3 4 5



1: Dates; 2: Date stones; 3: Winter in Charvil, 6 months after sowing J

Charvil, 3 years after sowing Californian date seed; 5: A 10 year old p

6: The 'Dream', a mature date palm — this one i

Pictures: 1: Reinis Bigacs, dreamstime; 2,3,4,5 Bob Peters; 6: Saj Shafique, unsplas

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w and the future

By Bob Peters

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Since 1750 Sonning Cricket Club's sport

By Alastair Driver

I recently embarked on the fascinating task of writing the history of Sonning Cricket Club (SCC) for the club’s

website based on the excellent trio of books entitled 'A Thames Parish Magazine' by Gordon Nutbrown. These books

contain extracts from 'The Parish Magazine' stretching back to 1869 and I thought readers would be interested to

hear some of the highlights from the roller-coaster history of the club from c1750.

The date SCC was founded is buried in the mists of

time, but the first, rather inauspicious mention, is in It’s

Not Cricket – Skulduggery, Sharp Practice and Downright

Cheating in the Noble Game by Simon Rae. It quotes a

Reading Mercury correspondent who, in 1767, denounced

Sonning Cricket Club for cynically preventing Reading

winning a game by wasting the last hour 'throwing the

ball about, out of the way'. Thus we say our founding date

was c1750, but hasten to add that our sportsmanship has

improved dramatically since then!


This is the year that The Parish Magazine was first

published and in the September issue, Sonning cricket

gets its first mention with two matches won by Sonning

against Swallowfield and Tilehurst.


In June, The Parish Magazine announced that 'agreement

had been reached to found a cricket club in Sonning' with

the first game being played on 7 May, although no result

was published. We assume that the SCC mentioned in

the Reading Mercury in 1767 and playing in 1869, must

have previously ceased to exist or perhaps was a more

informal gathering of cricket enthusiasts rather than a

formal club.

The Parish Magazine summarised the club rules,

which included annual subscriptions of 2/6d for over 18's

and 1/- for under 18's. All parishioners were eligible to

become members, but non-residents could be proposed

and seconded by Sonning parishioners. No cricket was to

be played on Sundays or Good Fridays and no alcoholic

drink was to be sold on the ground at any time —

something we might struggle with these days!


SCC achieved its first major success by winning the

Reading & District Challenge Cup. The Parish Magazine

(December) records that the trophy 'was accorded quite

a joyous welcome on its arrival in the village on Friday

evening 27 October' and that 'it was met at the lower

gates of Holme Park by a procession of the members of

the club and the villagers, nearly all of whom carried

Chinese lanterns. The houses were decorated, and the

street in many places was festooned with lanterns'.


Until 1919, the village cricket ground was probably

to the south of South Hill in South Meadow Cottage, a

property adjoining the Berkshire County Sports field

— a document dated 8 September 1919 show the land

marked as a cricket ground.


Not for the first, nor indeed the last time, SCC rose

phoenix-like from the ashes, with The Parish Magazine

reporting that 'The Working Men’s Club have cast

their mantle over cricket in Sonning which has been in

abeyance in the village since the beginning of the war.

Under their auspices the 'Village Cricket Club' has been

started again — to the satisfaction of all concerned'. It is

likely that the re-formed club was established in what is

now called King George’s Field.


The oversight of SCC by the Working Men’s Club turned

out to be fairly short-lived. A rather curt entry from

the latter in The Parish Magazine (November) states: 'At a

special general meeting of the Club, held on 25 October,

the resolution was that the Club would no longer be

responsible for running the Cricket Club'.


The above was quickly resolved. The Parish Magazine

(January) reported that after a public meeting in Pearson

Hall considered resuscitating the club as a separate

organisation, 'it was unanimously agreed to revive the

Sonning Cricket Club with its pre-war constitution'.


Village archives reveal that the land including the

cricket ground, now known as King George’s Field, was

purchased for £500 by Sonning Parish Council and

conveyancing documents show the presence of the

pavilion. Although made of wood and by now probably

100 years old, it remains the core of today's pavilion.


On 16 July the land including the cricket ground was

declared a King George V Playing Field. This requires

the Trustees — nowadays, the Fields in Trust charity

— and Sonning Parish Council to ensure that the area

is 'preserved in perpetuity for the purpose of outdoor

games, sports and pastimes'.

This year was also considered to be the 50th

anniversary of the founding of the 'modern day' SCC

and it is also coincidentally the first year for which the

club has a team photograph.


Having been in abeyance during WW2 and, for at least

the fourth time, the club underwent a revival. The Parish

Magazine (August) reports that 'some of the old players

are back again and there is a welcome infusion of new

blood. As a batting side the club is strong, but there is a

definite need for a good slow bowler'.


The Parish Magazine (March) hints at difficult times that

'last year the club was, unfortunately, short of playing

members and it is therefore anxiously seeking to obtain

new members for the coming season.'


Under the chairmanship of former Notts professional

Peter Kay, recruited by the Sonning benefactor and

former club president, Sidney Paddick, SCC thrived. The

Parish Magazine (February) describes SCC as having a

strong membership, and a second XI and a colts XI, with

fixtures on Saturdays, Sundays and midweek.

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In the first of several 'champagne years', SCC became

the inaugural Premier Division champions of the

Berkshire Cricket League and the 2nd XI run by club

stalwart DG Phillips, the U17's led by Richard Anderson

and the U15's all won their respective competitions.

The 1st XI went on to win the Premier Division in the

following two seasons and again in 1984, establishing

SCC as a formidable force in Berkshire village cricket.

Following tours to the South West in the 70's and early

80's, this year saw the first of many memorable tours

to Cardiff and surrounding area with regular fixtures

against Whitchurch Heath, Penarth, Cowbridge

and Malpas. The touring sides may not have won all

their matches, but performed consistently well in

the socialising! SCC had three teams in the Berkshire

League, with the 3rd XI playing their home matches at

the Adwest Sports Ground adjacent to Reading Rugby

Club, Sonning Lane.

Following slightly more challenging times in the 90's,

SCC was once again on the rise. Under the shrewd

captaincy of Gary Phillips and armed with former

first-class pace bowler Ghulam Abbas and belligerent

Cornish batsman Mark Richards, SCC put team after

team to the sword and won the Premier Division

once again. In the next 5 years SCC won it three more

times and it steadily became apparent that they were

'outgrowing' the sadly weakening Berkshire Cricket


2001 also saw SCC’s first 15 minutes of fame on

national television when the club was chosen to feature

in a BBC Food and Drink programme tasting summer

beers with Oz Clarke and Anthony Worrall-Thompson.

It was filmed in April and had to be switched due to

flooding at the last minute from the lawn of The Great

House to that of The Olde Bell in Hurley. The Hurley

Cricket Club were probably not best pleased when they

saw SCC on prime time TV, masquerading as the 'local

cricket club' in their village!

Under a new chairman, Alastair Driver, this season

saw the resurrection of a Saturday 3rd XI after a gap of

many years, and with it the establishment of a healthy

and mutually beneficial relationship with Reading Blue

Coat School on whose 1st XI pitch the home games were

played — a rare treat for visiting teams at that level!

Having won the Premier Division of the Berkshire

League on a record eight occasions in the previous 30

seasons, the club took another major stride forward

by moving the 1st and 2nd XIs into the Thames Valley

League. Bolstered by the presence of Queensland

quickie Cameron Gannon, the first of many overseas

players recruited by the chairman, the 1st XI cruised to

the TVL Div 4 title undefeated in their first season.

It was also a milestone year with the establishment

of multi-age group junior cricket at SCC, thanks to the

determination and leadership of Nick and Tracy Ray.

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SCC’s second 15 minutes of fame came after a memorable

day spent with Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff filming an

item on the science of swing bowling for The Weather

Programme. The sight of Freddie talking to a NASA

scientist about atmospheric moisture conditions via a

laptop in one of our rather basic changing rooms, was

one of several stand-out memories of that day!

In July, SCC won its first match of what has become a

biennial fixture against the MCC.

SCC rapidly expanded from four to 10 sides in four

seasons. with three league sides on a Saturday, a Sunday

2nd XI and five junior sides: U15s, 2 x U13s, U11s & U9s.


The weather was dreadful with 30 senior and junior

matches cancelled, but it was another milestone year

for SCC as it achieved England Cricket Board Clubmark

status. This opened up significant Sport England

funding opportunities which were quickly followed up,

and resulted in aquiring major equipment including an

electronic scoreboard, portable covers, practice nets and

grounds maintenance machinery.

The Sonning Fire Brigade Trust and the Sonning

Scarecrows Fund were also key contributors to these

acquisitions which helped to put SCC firmly on the map

as a major force in Thames Valley cricket, both on and off

the field.


Club stalwart Jamie Travers took over as chairman from

Alastair Driver and he, and Gary Phillips, his successor

in 2017, supported by a thriving junior section that

continued to ensure that the club went from strength to

strength on and off the field.


Gary Phillips took another major step forward for SCC

by recruiting professional player-coach Andrew Niblett,

who with the support of vice-chair Tim Murphy, Mary

Keenan, John & Elinor Longridge and Michael Marsden

created an excellent cricket development set-up for the

juniors to enable them to move up to the senior sides and

thus establish the self-sustaining model that all clubs

strive for.


Although decimated by Covid-19 restrictions on

sporting activity, another key moment in SCC’s long

and distinguished history was the establishment of the

Sonning Stingers Ladies Softball Cricket team under

the captaincy of newly appointed club secretary Sharon

Fleming, who is ably supported by Elinor Longridge.


SCC has a long and distinguished history with many

ups — and a few downs— as the archives show. It has

died and been reborn on several occasions, but there

is no doubt that thanks to the sustained hard work

and commitment of many individuals it is well placed

for very successful times ahead. Fund-raising is well

underway for a new pavilion, the playing facilities are

being maintained to a high level, and once we emerge

from the Covid crisis, the future of our playing sides at all

ages and levels is looking bright.

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Elm takes root

While the pandemic prevented an

official gathering for the planting

of Charvil's 'Anniversary Elm' it

is now taking root on the mound

behind Charvil School. Here, Sarah

Swatridge, a Charvil tree warden,

tells us about the role of Chavil's

tree wardens and how the new elm

came to be planted ...

The National Tree Warden Scheme

was set up by The Tree Council in

September 1990. To commemorate

its 30 th anniversary The Tree Council

organised for 30 disease resistant elms

to be planted throughout the UK and

tree wardens were invited to apply for

an elm. Our bid proved successful and

the ‘Anniversary Elm’ was planted by

tree wardens on 14 January. The story,

however began in 2017 when Charvil

Parish Council requested volunteers

to become tree wardens.

Those who signed up were trained

and since then we have surveyed 150

new trees and re-assessed about 100

that were recorded 10 years ago.

Trees over 3 metres in circumference

are considered 'veteran', although for

some species, we look for different

criteria, for example, hawthorns,

fruit trees — except cherries — such

as apples, pears and mulberries, and

wild service trees need to be 1 metre

in girth. For birch, field maple, rowan,

hornbeam, holly, cherry, alder and

hazel, we look for trees 2m in girth

and over.

We have also been recording

trees which are significant in some

way. It may be they were planted to

commemorate a special event such

Wild service tree images by

Stephen Loyd, lead tree warden, and the

newly planted 'Anniversary Elm'.

as The Queen’s Silver Jubilee or VJ

Day. Perhaps they are a distinct part

of Charvil’s landscape such as the

avenue of lime trees near the school,

or our largest oak, or perhaps the

trees are a particularly beautiful

addition to our environment, and

enjoyed by many.


The survey began in Wokingham

District 10 years ago and is coming to

a close this month. However, there are

many other roles for the tree wardens,

such as caring for five white elm

saplings in the Water Meadows and

the new 'Anniversary Elm' in Charvil’s

Country Park.

We monitor the health of trees

such as our horse chestnuts, plane

and ash and attend quarterly tree

warden forums and various treerelated

talks. There are opportunities

for further training, for example, last

year I joined Reading Tree Wardens

at Dinton Pastures to learn how to

identify trees in winter.

There are 17 civic parishes in the

Borough of Wokingham, Charvil

being one of the smallest, with three

active tree wardens. Stephen Loyd

(above) is our lead warden and we are

under the umbrella of Wokingham

District Veteran Tree Association:

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Zoom in on your

family history

Have you been inspired to research

your family history during lockdown

or are you interested in getting

started? The Berkshire Family

History Society has a number of

online events coming up, including

for Beginners, that can help you do it

at home!

The society is running a series of

events on Zoom, many of which are

open to everyone, whether you are a

member of the society or not. Here’s

some of the events coming up:

From 16 March: Beginners’ Family

History Course with Chad Hanna

and Gillian Stevens (tickets £35) with

six sessions in March and April from


This course is for those new to

researching family history including

where to start, how to progress and

good research practice. You can learn

how to work with core records of civil

registration, censuses, parish registers

and modern wills, and discover the

different genealogy websites, the

content they offer and their strengths

and limitations.

For more information about these

and other events, and to book a place,


SSES cancels events

A talk by Simon Wenham and the

Film Club session for March have

been cancelled by Sonning and

Sonning Eye Society. It is hoped that

they will be rearranged when Covid

restrictions are lifted.

Doggerel price update

Jane Gascoine's latest book, More

Doggerel Days is now on sale in the

Sonning Village Hamper for £6.

Books can also be ordered direct

from Jane who will post them to you

for £8. Call her on 0118 969 3326.

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distancing means that only 100 seats

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Dr Simon Ruffle writes . . . 'Sola dosis facit venenum'

Vitamins are vital micronutrients

that are essential to maintain health.

However you can have too much

of a good thing — 'sola dosis facit

venenum', the dose makes the poison.

This was credited to Paracelsus (above)

who was born in 1493. He was correct,

water and oxygen are poisons if taken

in the extreme! Let’s explore the main

vitamins and functions.


Vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin

that is vital for eye sight. Our retina

absorbs photons and this excites the

nerves for our brain to interpret.

Vitamin A is required to produce

rhodopsin, the protein involved in

absorbing light. Too much vitamin A

damages the liver — this was reported

when polar explorers fell ill after

eating polar bear liver.


There are many B vitamins but the

best known are B6, B9 and B12.

Pyridoxine B6: It is rare to be deficient

as it is widely found in a balanced diet.

It is vital for the normal functioning of

the nervous system. As we have seen

with Vitamin A, damaging the liver, if

it is over consumed, too much B6 can

cause nerve damage.

Folic acid B9: Our brains and spinal

cord develop from a flat sheet of cells

called the neural plate. This plate

forms a tube and seals between 21 to

28 days after conception.

Failure of this tube to form results

in neural tube defects, the two

common faults being anencephaly and

spina bifida. The former is where the

brain fails to develop and the latter

damages the spinal column.

Low folic acid is linked with the

failure of the neural tube to fuse.

Before getting pregnant, women

should take 400mcg of folic acid for 3


Folic acid is also required for the

form and function of red blood cells.

Cobalomin B12: Too little B12 leads

to anaemia and multiple symptoms

including depression, pins and

needles and a sore tongue.

B12 is not abundant in plants, but

is in eggs, dairy and meat, and is found

in seaweed and yeast extract. It is also

added to breakfast cereals.

Some people cannot absorb

vitamin B12 and have it injected

every 3 months but in most cases B12

deficiency can be treated orally. It is

difficult to overdose on oral B12 but

too much B12 can cause nerve damage.


This is one of the best known vitamins.

A deficiency causes scurvy. Gums

bleed, teeth fall out and skin rashes

occur. British sailors were known as

limeys by the Americans when lime

juice was added to the daily grog

instead of lemon juice, but it was less

effective at preventing scurvy.

Vitamin C is required for producing

haemoglobin. Taking vitamin C and

iron can reverse some anaemias but

not together, take one in the morning

and the other in the evening.


I have written about vitamin D in The

Parish Magazine before. We do not get

enough vitamin D unless we work

outdoors all year around. Vitamin D

is crucial for the immune system and

the maintenance of bone strength. We

need 7000IU of vitamin D per week as

well as spending sometime outdoors.


We don’t hear much about vitamin E

because deficiency is rare in humans

and the World Health Organisation

doesn’t have a regime for vitamin E

supplementations. Again it is required

in the immune system and skin.

Vitamin E cream is often marketed

for use in skin products and it can be

useful for reducing scarring. Research

shows no decrease in all causes of

disease and death with vitamin E.


Probably little known to many, this

vitamin is usually associated with

child birth. All babies in the UK are

recommended to have an injection

at birth of vitamin K as it prevents

bleeding that can kill them. The

injection helps the blood clot naturally

but does not cross the placenta well so

babies are born deficient.

Vitamin K is also implicated

in osteoporosis and heart disease.

Fortunately, it is found in many

foods, especially green vegetables.


Dieticians complete a 4 year degree

course and should not be confused

with nutritionists. Nutritionists do not

necessarily have a degree, but a lot do.

Nutritionists research and advise

in optimising health and performance

through nutrition. Dieticians are more

embedded in the NHS in treating

illness and frailty brought on by disease

or malabsorption. They are also at the

forefront in treating diabetes, obesity

and iatrogenic malnutrition — caused

by medicine or surgery.

Diet and nutrition are different. UK

medics are poorly educated in diet and

nutrition. Although, in our defence,

the size and scale of the subject is

vast and best left to a specialist. So,

GPs remain the bread and butter

of medicine and dieticians and

nutritionists are the very useful and

vital vitamins.

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Behold the handmaid of the Lord

By Rev Michael Burgess

‘Ecce Ancilla Domini’ (Behold the

handmaid of the Lord) is the title

of this month’s painting of the

Annunciation by Dante Gabriel

Rossetti. We shall hear those words in

the Gospel for this feast on 25 March,

when Mary responds to Gabriel’s

message that she is to be the mother

of our Saviour.

It is a scene that has inspired artists

throughout the history of Christianity.

In many paintings Mary was often

shown at prayer, dressed in blue, in

a room that was filled with elaborate

furnishings of the period, all opening

out onto the wider world.

Rossetti’s painting of 1850 is

different. He was a founding member

of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood,

and as both a poet and a painter, he

soon became its recognised leader.

But the work of the Brotherhood

was not without critics. When

Rossetti’s painting was exhibited it

was dismissed as ‘absurd, affected, illdrawn,

insipid, crotchety and puerile’

because it was such a contrast to the

more traditional portrayals of this

scene in Luke’s Gospel.


Here there is a claustrophobic feel

to the painting. Mary and Gabriel

fill the tiny, cell-like room. There is a

window, but it does not open out to

scenery and nature: just a solitary tree.

Rossetti called Ecce Ancilla Domini

his ‘white picture.’ That is the colour

that dominates — the robes of Mary

and the angel, the stones of the floor,

the paint on the walls, the flowers that

Gabriel offers. Blue, the traditional

colour for Mary, is relegated to the

screen behind and the sky outside.

Other colours are provided by the

yellow flames of Gabriel’s feet and

the tapestry in the foreground on

which Mary has embroidered lilies.

These flowers, like the whiteness, are

symbols of purity.

The model for Mary was Christina,

his sister, the author of In the bleak

mid-winter, and in portraying her,

Rossetti has captured the adolescent

vulnerability of Mary. A small dove

linking the two characters is a sign

of God’s spirit coming to bring new

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life to this young girl. How does she

respond? What is the expression on

her face? Does she see the adult world

of responsibility and motherhood

opening up before her? Is it anxiety

or wonder or awe? Or are all of these

responses captured in her expression?

The stillness of the scene, the

whiteness of the room — they are

like a blank canvas on which God can

paint his Gospel, his good news of

life and hope. Just as it opened up

a new world for Mary, so the Gospel

can open up a new world for all of us.

We may respond with anxiety and

worry, or with wonder and awe to that

invitation. Or those feelings may be

transformed into trust and service like

Mary in Luke’s Gospel:

Here am I, the servant of the Lord:

let it be with me according to your word.

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World Poetry Day

21 MARCH 2021

World Poetry Day is a UNESCO

initiative to honour poets, revive

oral traditions of poetry recitals,

promote the reading, writing

and teaching of poetry, foster the

convergence between poetry and

other arts such as theatre, dance,

music and painting, and raise the

visibility of poetry in the media. As

poetry continues to bring people

together across continents, we are

all invited to join in.

Below is a poem that reflects on the

state of our world today, but before

you read it, step back and look at it.

What does it remind you of?


By Shirley Fry

It had to come

This time of plague

We were too vague

On global warming

Ignored the warning

Nor did enough

To rebuff

The profiteers

Too many fears.

What’s there for me our constant plea?

No thought of others, our sisters, brothers.

We’re in disgrace our human race!

What must we do when this is through?

Be more caring

Be more sharing

This time of testing

and of resting


A time to think

Back from the brink

A second chance

To join the dance

Leave selfish ways.

These precious days

We’ll volunteer to do our most

For those who can’t we’ll shop and post

Keep our distance, smile and wave

That is the new way to behave

Keep our chins up as we say

'With luck we’ll live another day'.

And when at last this trouble ends

We’ll know the value of true friends.

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By Dr Ruth M Bancewicz, church engagement director, The Faraday

Institute for Science and Religion in Cambridge

We may all have rather mixed feelings on reaching

March this year. It is lovely to see the onset of spring,

vaccinations and better weather while, marking it with

another lockdown will be painful for some, especially as

many of us are likely to be experiencing restrictions or

ongoing hardships for quite some time. We may need to

find new ways to keep going, so here are some suggestions

that draw on both science and Christian theology.

Getting outside: Time outdoors in a natural environment

is very good for you, and you can’t argue with the happy

hormones produced by exercise. Attending to the details

of nature can also inspire awe, which has been linked to

positive mood, and increased life satisfaction. Enjoying

creation can also help us connect with God.

Looking outside: If you are truly stuck indoors, try putting

bird feeders outside your window so creation comes to you.

This is also an act of kindness (see below)!

Lament and praise: The Psalms are a rich resource to help

us express both our grief and our thanks to God. Try reading

one or two each day.

Journal writing: Keep a journal of thoughts, experiences

or practices you have engaged with during the day.

Constructing a personal narrative or story is now recognised

as a very powerful psychological and spiritual tool for

building resilience. It is also a vital learning tool that we can

go back to when tough times return in the future.


— 225g butter, plus a little extra for greasing

— 140g cooking apple, peeled, cored and chopped

— 140g stoned dates, chopped

— 280g light soft brown sugar

— 175g plain flour

— 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

— 100g porridge oats


Heat oven to 1900C/1700C fan/gas 5.

Grease an 18cm square tin and line with baking parchment.

Tip the apples into a pan with 2 tbsp water. Bring to the boil

and simmer on a low heat for 5 minutes until tender and

slightly pulpy. Add the dates and 50g of the sugar, and cook

for a further 5 mins. Take off the heat and break the apples

down with the back of a spoon until smooth and well mixed

with the dates. Set aside.

Gently melt the butter in a saucepan. Mix the flour, bicarb,

oats and remaining sugar in a bowl. Pour in the melted butter

and stir well until oats are coated.

Press half the mixture firmly into the tin, spread the apple

mix on top and smooth over. Cover with the remaining oat

mixture and press down.

Bake for 30-35 minutes until golden and firm.

Cool in the tin before cutting into squares.

Acts of kindness: Helping or encouraging someone else

is obviously a good thing to do in itself, but it also has a

very positive effect on the giver — spiritually, mentally,

emotionally, and even physically. Whichever way you look at

it, finding new ways to show kindness to others can be a very

effective way to help ourselves feel better too.

Gratitude: This is another natural drug that can help us feel

better. Try keeping a grateful diary, adding a few things each

day. (See Rev Kate's letter on page 5)

Laugh, sing, make music, and dance: All these activities

are deeply rooted in our physical and mental makeup. You

may have forgotten how great they feel, especially in times

of sadness, but we can learn from children who do them very


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18 - Dry red wine (5)

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22 - Golf peg (3)

23 - Small antelope (5)

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15 - Careless mistake (7)

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19 - Large body of water (5)

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numbers 1-9 within its squares. Each number can

only appear once in a row, column or box.




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1 King Henry II

2 Battle of Agincourt

3 War of the Roses

4 Armada

5 King James I

6 Execution of King

Charles 1

7 King George II at

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8 Lord Horatio Nelson


1 For what is STAY an abbreviation?

2 What religion is most popular in Azerbaijan?

3 Who was Reading Symphony Orchestra's 2020 Young Musican?

4 What is the title of Jane Gascoine's latest book?

5 Why are local people cutting holes in their fences?

6 What disease destroyed 25 million trees in the 1960/70's

7 When did Charvil Village Hall open?

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Door and window locks fitted, UPVC door lock expert

Checkatrade member - Which Trusted Trader

Call Richard Homden: 0149 168 2050 / 0771 040 9216

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Linda Frewin HCPC member

General foot care and treatment including home visits

25 Ashtrees Road, Woodley RG5 4LP

0118 969 6978 - 0790 022 4999


Qualified Plumbing and Heating Engineers Gas Safe

25 years experience - local family run company

Office: 0118 961 8784 - Paul: 0776 887 4440


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PC & laptop repairs, upgrades, installations, virus removal

Free advice, reasonable rates

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Electrical Installation and Smart Home Automation

Elliott — 0777 186 6696

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Reliable and affordable

Small jobs a speciality!

Call Andy on 0795 810 0128


Car Servicing, Repairs and MOT

Mole Road, Sindlesham, RG41 5DJ

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A local business based in Sonning. TV - FM - DAB aerials etc.

Sky dishes. Communal premises IRS systems, TV points.

Free estimates - All work guaranteed

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We are a family business with excellent references

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All cleaning materials provided

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Thames Valley Will Service

Also Lasting Powers of Attorney and Probate Service

We are still working during the pandemic period

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Reliable and friendly service for all tree care

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Built-in Cupboards & Wardrobes, Flooring & Doors

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information — 2

Parish contacts

Ministry Team

The Vicar: Revd Jamie Taylor*

The Parish Office, Thames Street, Sonning, RG4 6UR / 0118 969 3298

*Day off Friday

— Associate Vicar: Revd Kate Wakeman-Toogood / 0746 380 6735

On duty Tuesday, Friday and Sunday

— Youth Minister: Chris West (Westy) / 0794 622 4106

— Licensed Lay Minister: Bob Peters / 0118 377 5887

Children's Ministry

— Alison Smyly / 0118 969 3298


— Perry Mills / 0786 035 5457

— Stuart Bowman / 0118 978 8414

Deputy Churchwardens

— Liz Nelson / 0118 934 4837

— Simon Darvall 0793 928 2535

— Sue Peters / 0118 377 5887

— Molly Woodley (deputy churchwarden emeritus) / 0118 946 3667

Parish Administrator

— Hilary Rennie / 0118 969 3298

Parochial Church Council

— Secretary: Hilary Rennie 0118 969 3298

— Treasurer: Richard Moore 0118 969 2588

Director of Music, organist and choirmaster

— Chris Goodwin MA (Cantab), ARCO (CHM), ARCM, LRAM


— Helen Goodwin 0134 462 7697

Parish Website:

The Parish Magazine:

— Editor: Bob Peters / 0118 377 5887

— Advertising and Distribution: Gordon Nutbrown / 0118 969 3282

— Treasurer: Pat Livesey / 0118 961 8017

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AJH Roofing 40

All Aerials Sonning 40

All Waste Clearance 34

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Beechwood Carpentry and Construction 40

Big Heart Tree Care 40

Blandy & Blandy Solicitors 14

Blinds Direct 26

Blue Moose 8

Bridge House 43

Bridges Home Care 14

Bright and Fresh Cleaning 26

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Carer Companion 40

Chimney Sweep, Thames 40

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Chris the Plumber 32

Clark Bicknell 40

Complete Pest Solutions 16

Computer Frustrations 40

Cruz Kitchens 34

David Shailes Plumbing & Decorating 26

Design for Print 36

Freebody Boatbuilders 6

Fields Pharmacy 32

French Horn 44

Gardiners Nursing 8

Graham Blake Soft Furnishing 6

Great House Sonning 26

Handyman, Decorating 40

Haslams Estate Agents 2

Hicks Group 16

Intersmart Electrical Installations 40

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Pennymatters Finance Advice 24

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Richfield Flooring 14

Sabella Interiors 38

Shiplake College 20

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Sonning Golf Club 32

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Smallwood Garden Services 40

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