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Contents <strong>May</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />



— A passion for prayer, part 2, 7<br />

— For your prayers in <strong>May</strong>, 7<br />

— On Reflection: Esther, 9<br />

— From the editor's desk, 9<br />

— David Duvall RIP, 10-11<br />

— STAY, 13<br />

— Easter Scavenge, 15<br />

features<br />

— <strong>The</strong> month of the child? 17<br />

— 100 years of the 'Legion', 19-21<br />

— Pentecost, 22-23<br />

— Claude met the Queen, 25<br />

around the villages<br />

— PACT seeks key workers, 27<br />

— Pet picture offer, 27<br />

— Sonning Show date, 27<br />

— Charvil ladies to sing again, 27<br />

— Pearson Hall AGM, 27<br />

HEALTH<br />

— Dr Simon Ruffle writes, 29-31<br />

the sciences<br />

— Sharing your feelings, 31<br />


— Recipe of the Month, 33<br />

— Bible Garden topia, 33<br />

THE ARTS<br />

— From sun to Son, 35<br />

— Fashionable music, 35<br />

— Poetry Corner, 37<br />

— George Webster, 37<br />

PUZZLE PAGE, 38-39<br />

This month's FRONT COVER<br />

<strong>May</strong> <strong>2021</strong> — Pentecost<br />

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CHARVIL, SONNING and sonning eye SINCE THE 7 th CENTURY<br />

<strong>The</strong> lighting of the new Paschal candle,<br />

traditionally lit from the Easter fire after<br />

sunset on the eve of Easter day, began<br />

an emotional first Communion service<br />

of Easter. <strong>The</strong> flames of the Easter fire<br />

symbolise the Holy Spirit who, seven weeks<br />

after the resurrection of Christ, came upon<br />

the first Christians at Pentecost, a worldchanging<br />

event that we celebrate this month<br />

on Sunday 23 <strong>May</strong> — see pages 22-23<br />

Picture: Indy Biddulph<br />


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Services at<br />

St Andrew’s<br />


As we went to press in April the ministry<br />

in-person worship had been resumed in<br />

accordance with Church of England and<br />

UK government guidance. It is planned<br />

to hold the following services in <strong>May</strong>, but<br />

please check the details on the website or<br />

weekly sheets nearer the time.<br />

Sunday 2 <strong>May</strong><br />

— 8.00am Holy Communion<br />

— 10.30am Family Communion<br />

Sunday 9 <strong>May</strong><br />

— 8.00am Holy Communion<br />

— 10.30am <strong>Parish</strong> Eucharist with<br />

Sunday Club and STAY<br />

Ascension Sunday 16 <strong>May</strong><br />

— 8.00am Holy Communion<br />

— 10.30am Family Communion<br />

Pentecost Sunday 23 <strong>May</strong><br />

— 8.00am Holy Communion<br />

— 10.30am <strong>Parish</strong> Eucharist with<br />

Sunday Club and STAY<br />

Sunday 30 <strong>May</strong><br />

— 8.00am Holy Communion<br />

— 10.30am <strong>Parish</strong> Eucharist with<br />

Sunday Club and STAY<br />


Mid-week Communion in <strong>The</strong> Ark<br />

will be held every Wednesday at<br />

10.00am<br />

Morning Prayer in <strong>May</strong> will be in<br />

Church at 9.30am every Tuesday and<br />

once a month on a Friday — this<br />

month it will be on 7 <strong>May</strong>.<br />

Compline on Zoom will be sang<br />

every Wednesday evening — full<br />

details about how to login from Rev<br />

Kate (contact details on page 42)<br />

children's page, 41<br />

information<br />

— Church services, 3<br />

— From the registers, 3<br />

— <strong>Parish</strong> contacts, 42<br />

— Advertisers index, 42<br />

From the registers<br />

Funerals<br />

— Tuesday 16 March, Stephen Andrew Mark Bennett, burial in the churchyard<br />

— Thursday 18 March, Simon Carl Indge, funeral service, Reading Crematorium<br />

— Thursday 22 March, Alan Jeffrey Richards, funeral service, Easthampstead Park

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Dear friends,<br />

<strong>The</strong> place of music within our parish life has been much on my mind<br />

recently. In the build up to Easter we were playing something of a<br />

guessing game in terms of planning services without knowing what might<br />

or might not be allowed. This was followed by the sad news of our former<br />

organist's sudden death. David Duvall served the parish in that voluntary<br />

role for 37 years and he was a well-liked and respected presence who<br />

contributed so much to our musical life.<br />

We then learned of our current director of music's decision to retire<br />

after 44 years of service at the organ, the last 6 years spent with us. Chris<br />

Goodwin has done much to enhance the ministry of music here and we<br />

will rightly honour that in August when he and Helen leave us.<br />

We plan to advertise for his replacement this month and there is<br />

no doubt that with the legacy of David and Chris, a new organ, choral<br />

foundation, funded and ready to be launched with the goodwill and<br />

full backing of the PCC, this will be an attractive post. It is quite an<br />

exciting time to recruit for this role as Covid has changed so much of the<br />

landscape for us at St Andrew's. <strong>The</strong> new director of music will have a<br />

pivotal role in shaping what happens as we ease out of all the restrictions<br />

and it is important that we appoint the right person. I ask all church<br />

members to be praying about this.<br />

Finally, what a joy it was to hear the adult choir and full organ on Easter Sunday and then to lead the whole<br />

congregation out to the beautiful setting of <strong>The</strong> Ark garden where we all joined in singing, at the top of our<br />

voices, 'Thine be the glory'. It was such a contrast to Easter 2020 with the miserable sight of a locked church and I<br />

felt we were turning a corner. I pray that I am right!<br />


All institutions have much to reflect on as they begin to look to the future after these difficult months.<br />

Things that might have once seemed important are perhaps now seen in a different light. Last year our church<br />

council was supposed to begin the process of establishing priorities for the next five years, something that<br />

proved impossible during the pandemic. It is just as well as we would probably be ripping them up now as the<br />

landscape has changed so much. One such area is in the field of pastoral care. A parish church like ours, which<br />

serves three communities and has worshipping members from 20 other towns and villages week by week, faces<br />

a challenge and it is one we take seriously. In light of this, the PCC has formed a subcommittee, chaired by Rev<br />

Kate, to look at all aspects of our pastoral ministry and to see how we might improve on what we already offer.<br />

<strong>The</strong> former Archdeacon of Berkshire, Norman Russell, once said in a sermon during the financial crisis<br />

of 2008/9 'never waste a crisis'. I recall those words now as we look to the future. While the pandemic has<br />

presented many challenges to the church both nationally and locally, we also need to be sensitive to how we<br />

can creatively use this situation to become more like the church God wants us to be. We should not just seek<br />

to restart everything and hope everything goes back to normal. Perhaps we are being called to assess our<br />

priorities and we might be surprised as new ones emerge. Who knows?<br />

One such priority which I believe has emerged in our home situations is the need for human contact. Those of<br />

us blessed with loved ones at home have — mostly — greatly valued having them around during lockdown.<br />

For those who live alone, the past year has no doubt been tough and because of the stringent rules, there has<br />

not been a great deal we as a church have been able to do to alleviate this. Well, just as soon as we are able,<br />

Rendezvous lunch club will restart, the Friday Youth Club has already made tentative steps to get back to<br />

normality, and Messy Church will not be far behind. But I wonder what more we can do? Suffice to say, we take<br />

this very seriously and commit to reaching out in new and imaginative ways in the time to come. We will keep<br />

you posted!<br />

Warm wishes,<br />

Jamie<br />



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A passion for prayer — Part 2<br />

By Rev Kate<br />

Last month, I wrote about the importance of prayer in sustaining and nurturing our<br />

relationship with God. As any relationship needs communication in order to grow,<br />

it is no different when it comes to God. I wrote about the benefits of a rhythm<br />

of prayer, and looked at how there are many different ways to pray. This<br />

month I want to suggest different and more creative ways to pray, to address<br />

some of the difficulties with prayer and what we can learn from the Bible.<br />


<strong>The</strong>re are many interactive and<br />

creative ways to pray and I have a lot<br />

of experience of introducing some of<br />

these to young people. However, many<br />

adults and children find it helpful to<br />

pray in different and creative ways,<br />

often using symbolic actions. While<br />

these are some suggestions, there are<br />

many more. Different ones appeal to<br />

different people.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are simple ideas such as<br />

lighting a candle or hanging a prayer<br />

on a prayer tree — I use many of these<br />

ways at school. I have bought a prayer<br />

tree for St Andrew’s which I will install<br />

later this month and there will be leaves<br />

to write prayers on and hang on the<br />

tree — you are all welcome to do this<br />

although due to restrictions we cannot<br />

provide pens, so bring your own!<br />

For saying sorry to God, some<br />

people like to write their prayer with<br />

their finger in sand and then smooth<br />

over it to symbolise God’s forgiveness.<br />

Another idea for saying sorry and<br />

asking for forgiveness is to say the<br />

prayer while holding a stone and then<br />

hold the stone under running water.<br />

A stone can also be used if we are<br />

feeling burdened by worries — hold the<br />

stone as we pray for the situation and<br />

For your prayers<br />

God of majesty, give rest to your<br />

servant Philip who, having served<br />

his Queen and country, has died full<br />

of years yet strong in spirit. As we<br />

give thanks for his life, as Prince and<br />

husband, as consort and family man,<br />

we pray that all that he has done may<br />

continue to bear fruit in the lives of<br />

individuals and the life of this nation,<br />

to your honour and glory,<br />

through Jesus Christ<br />

our Lord. Amen.<br />

Indy Biddulph<br />

then place it at the foot of a cross to<br />

symbolise handing your burden to God.<br />

You may find your own creative way<br />

of praying; as I have said many<br />

times before, there is no right way<br />

to pray that will work for everyone.<br />

Trying things and seeing what feels<br />

comfortable is the best way to start.<br />


When I talk, or preach, about prayer,<br />

I feel as though there is an elephant<br />

in the room, the elephant being that<br />

prayer can be a struggle. One reason<br />

is that people do not know where to<br />

begin. Another is that our prayer can<br />

sometimes feel insignificant, perhaps<br />

in light of bigger issues in our world.<br />

For others, we can doubt that God is<br />

listening or even doubt he is there at all.<br />

One thing that can help when<br />

prayer is a struggle is to look at what<br />

the Bible tells us about it. <strong>The</strong>re are<br />

many Biblical examples of prayer and<br />

I would like to look at a few which can<br />

help. Obviously, there is the Lord’s<br />

Prayer, which are the words that Jesus<br />

gave to his disciples when they asked<br />

him how they should pray. While being<br />

a prayer in its own right, some people<br />

use it as a pattern for their personal<br />

prayer.<br />

When Jesus prayed he often<br />

took himself away from others to be<br />

alone. For many praying alone is their<br />

preferred way to talk to God. But the<br />

Bible also gives examples of the power<br />

of praying with others — Jesus says<br />

that when two or three are gathered<br />

together in his name, he is there in the<br />

midst of them. (Matthew 18:20)<br />

If life feels tough, then a good place<br />

to start in the Bible is the psalms. Not<br />

only do they talk about prayer, they<br />

remind us that life is full of ups and<br />

downs. <strong>The</strong> psalms contain prayers of<br />

thanksgiving, joy, anguish, doubt and<br />

pain. <strong>The</strong>y remind us that in prayer<br />

God meets us as we are and is there<br />

with us in the messiness of life.<br />

A very famous passage about prayer<br />

is in 1 <strong>The</strong>ssalonians where the writer<br />

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says ‘Pray without ceasing, give thanks in<br />

all circumstances.’ This passage is easy<br />

to misunderstand. It doesn’t mean that<br />

we should literally be in a constant<br />

conversation with God. Neither does it<br />

mean that life will always go smoothly<br />

if we pray.<br />

I see it as encouraging prayer to<br />

be woven into our life; in the big and<br />

small, in the ups and downs. One<br />

way to think about this passage is to<br />

imagine prayer as our every breath;<br />

being aware of God’s presence with us<br />

as we go about our daily lives.<br />


Another help when prayer is a struggle,<br />

is to talk to someone about it. Last<br />

month I invited people to get in touch<br />

if you would like a conversation about<br />

prayer or faith in general, and I am<br />

delighted that I had some response. I<br />

would like to reiterate this invitation,<br />

so please email me and it would be good<br />

to meet with you.<br />

For a starting point, there is<br />

nowhere better to start than the words<br />

Jesus taught us to pray:<br />

Our Father, who is in heaven,<br />

hallowed be thy name;<br />

thy kingdom come; thy will be done;<br />

on earth as it is in heaven.<br />

Give us this day our daily bread.<br />

And forgive us our trespasses, as we<br />

forgive those who trespass against us.<br />

And lead us not into temptation;<br />

but deliver us from evil.<br />

For thine is the kingdom, the power<br />

and the glory, for ever and ever.<br />

Amen.<br />

New director of music<br />

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details are being worked on but the<br />

post will fall vacant at the end of<br />

August following Chris Goodwin’s<br />

decision to retire. <strong>The</strong> post will<br />

be advertised this month and full<br />

details will appear on our website<br />

and Facebook page, as well as being<br />

advertised in the Church Times and<br />

on other websites.

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On reflection . . . By Elizabeth Spiers<br />

Esther: Being placed where and<br />

when God wants us placed<br />

When I was younger I visited Morocco. I hadn’t travelled<br />

outside the UK before that, and it was a culture shock.<br />

<strong>The</strong> clothes, the food, the language, the smells — they<br />

were all different to anything I had known.<br />

Esther, a young Jewish orphan living in Persia (now Iran)<br />

was being raised by her older cousin Mordecai. Esther was<br />

beautiful, and at that time, if a girl was a beautiful, young,<br />

virgin, she could be snatched off the street and sent to<br />

marinade in perfume and spices for a year before being<br />

offered to the king.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Bible doesn’t suggest that Esther protested when<br />

this happened to her. It tells us that she won favour with<br />

everyone, which suggests she accepted her fate, whatever she<br />

thought of it. And King Xerxes was so pleased with her that<br />

she went from being a nobody to being the Queen of Persia!<br />

But another story was unfolding. Mordecai had refused<br />

to bow down to Haman, the king’s most highly honoured<br />

official. Esther Chapter 3 says: ‘Having learned who Mordecai’s<br />

people were, he scorned the idea of killing only Mordecai. Instead,<br />

Haman looked for a way to destroy all Mordecai’s people, the<br />

Jews, throughout the whole kingdom of Xerxes.’<br />


Painting Mordecai and the Jewish people in a bad light,<br />

Haman gained the king’s permission to destroy them<br />

completely. On hearing about this, Mordecai sent a message<br />

to Esther asking her to plead their case to the king. He was<br />

literally asking her to risk her life because approaching the<br />

king without invitation could easily mean death.<br />

Esther was very naturally afraid. But Mordecai was<br />

uncompromising in telling her that she shouldn’t think she<br />

would survive just because she was queen. He told her, ‘And<br />

who knows but that you have come to your royal position for<br />

such a time as this?’<br />

It’s easy to think that we are placed at random on the<br />

planet. That our birth is a matter of chance. But the truth is<br />

that God places us where and when he wants us. He allows<br />

events that seem shocking or overwhelming at the time<br />

because they shape us and make it possible for us to be at the<br />

heart of what God is doing. And so, who knows but that we<br />

have come to where we are for such a time as this?<br />

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Judging from much of the material that has crossed my<br />

desk recently, the pandemic has given lots of people,<br />

including some working on the front-line, the time to<br />

think about almost every aspect of our lives. High on the<br />

list is thinking about what life might be like when Covid is<br />

under control and takes its place alongside other diseases<br />

that have threatened, and still threaten, the world.<br />

Where we do our thinking depends on our individual<br />

lifestyle — most of mine has always been in the early<br />

hours when lying awake in bed.<br />

From what is arriving on my desk, one of the most<br />

popular thoughts is about how we communicate and<br />

how would we have coped without the technology that<br />

certainly, for my generation, was science fiction in our<br />

childhood. Like many of my generation, I often find myself<br />

asking our grandchildren how to use modern technology,<br />

and this is despite having studied electronic engineering<br />

at the time when most of the world had never heard of the<br />

silicon chip, and when a computer with less power than a<br />

mobile phone would fill a huge building.<br />

<strong>The</strong> fact that I ask our grandchildren for help is not<br />

surprising really, even in those days I struggled with the<br />

practical side of electronics, although I did discover that<br />

I could write about the work of those who could. Hence I<br />

became a journalist.<br />


Throughout my career I met many amazing engineers<br />

and scientists whose contributions to the communications<br />

industry have been vital, yet their names have long<br />

been forgotten. I suspect that many of those working to<br />

defeat Covid will never be recognised in years to come.<br />

But that is the way of the world, even if their names and<br />

achievements have been well documented.<br />

<strong>The</strong> evidence I use for this assumption is that the<br />

greatest communications tool we have had since time<br />

began is still not recognised by everyone, everywhere. This<br />

is despite it being freely available to every person in the<br />

world and, unlike anything our scientists and technologist<br />

create, it never fails — although it may not always work<br />

the way we want it to!<br />

Technology, however advanced and well designed, can<br />

never be relied on 100% of the time because accidents, as<br />

Claude Masters reminded us in last month's magazine, do<br />

happen however well protected we may be.<br />

Hopefully you have worked out that this unique<br />

communications tool that the world often chooses to<br />

ignore, is prayer. It has been with us since the beginning<br />

of time, and it is up to us to make sure that it will be used<br />

until the end of time. As Rev Kate reminded us in last<br />

month's magazine, 'Prayer is not optional for Christians.'<br />

Please use God's free communications gift wisely!

10 <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> - <strong>May</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />

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Many local people will be saddened by the news that David Duvall died peacefully in his sleep in the early<br />

hours of Wednesday 10 March, aged 72. He, and his wife, Ann, were well known in St Andrew's Church, and<br />

throughout the Oxford diocese, the local community and schools. On the facing page, Richard Duvall, one of<br />

their four children, all of whom were baptised in St Andrew's, has written an excellent summary of his father's<br />

life, and below is a tribute based on the archives of this magazine to which David contributed regularly.<br />

David Duvall — 'glorious, fresh,<br />

enthusiastic and energetic'<br />

<strong>The</strong>re must be something about St Andrew's that inspires organists and choirs — and I am not just<br />

saying this because our present vicar is an accomplished musician! Looking through '<strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong><br />

<strong>Magazine</strong>' archives, which go back to the first issue in 1869, it soon becomes apparent that music has<br />

always been a fundamental part of our parish life, and that we have been blessed with some highly<br />

respected musicians, including David Duvall who served the parish well for 37 years, writes Bob Peters.<br />

<strong>The</strong> first time the name Duvall appears in the<br />

magazine is <strong>May</strong> 1977 when the baptism of Ann and<br />

David's first child, Christopher, was recorded. <strong>The</strong><br />

name, Duvall was soon to make regular appearances.<br />

In December the previous year, Rev George Stokes,<br />

the vicar of Sonning, had announced that after '25<br />

years of devoted service' the St Andrew's organist,<br />

Archibald Lusty, was retiring: 'He has been playing<br />

church organs and coaxing choirs to sing for more than<br />

64 years. He had a distinguished musical career in many<br />

fields and has been a teacher of organ, piano and singing.'<br />

Elsewhere, Archibald was a highly respected<br />

church musician and was an honorary life member<br />

of the Incorporated Society of Musicians, and the<br />

Incorporated Association of Organists.<br />


After Archibald's retirement, Tom Feak, the<br />

village school's headmaster, with the help of one or<br />

two other local musicians, volunteered to play the<br />

organ while the search went on for a new organist<br />

and choirmaster. One of these volunteers was David<br />

who soon attracted the attention of the vicar who<br />

wrote 6 months later: 'I have appointed David Duvall as<br />

organist and choirmaster. He is young and enthusiastic<br />

and we very much appreciate his expressed wish to give<br />

his services to the Church!<br />

In the July 1977 issue David wrote the first of what<br />

would be a regular contribution to this magazine. It<br />

was always written in his own frank and witty style:<br />

Dear Editors, You may well think that I make quite<br />

enough noise already at the organ on Sundays without<br />

sounding off in <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> as well. But perhaps<br />

you’ll allow me a few column inches to say a few words<br />

of thanks .... it was most gratifying to me as an amateur<br />

musician, after taking over as acting organist while<br />

the post was being advertised, to be asked to take it on<br />

myself, I can but try to make up in enthusiasm what I<br />

lack in formal qualifications: I’m qualified all right, but<br />

as a chartered accountant rather than as a musician!<br />

... a big thank you to the choir for all their support and<br />

excellent team spirit—and I hope that this means they are<br />

enjoying themselves as much as I am. I can tell you that it’s<br />

marvellous to be looking after a choir which can boast all<br />

four parts — a great improvement on my previous parish.<br />

Before I was married and came to live in this area three<br />

years ago, I was organist in a delightful little Hampshire<br />

village where the choir consisted of 10 children of various<br />

ages and various degrees of tone-deafness, plus one<br />

ancient lady — 80 in the shade — who possessed a voice<br />

like a circular saw trying to cut through sheet steel . . .<br />

David was enthusiastically welcomed by the<br />

congregation: In <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong>, November<br />

1977, 'OW' wrote: What a glorious, fresh, enthusiastic<br />

and energetic organist we have in David Duvall and how<br />

infectious is his personal enjoyment as he literally bounds<br />

around from organ seat to the front of the chancel steps to<br />

conduct the choir in a particular anthem, or join in quietly<br />

with them as he plays. It is all most refreshing and most<br />

enjoyable. Since writing this we have heard the choir sing<br />

a composition by him of Psalm 150 which was stirring and<br />

attractive. It is also good to see so many recently joined<br />

young choristers.<br />

When I served with David on the PCC and the<br />

Sonning Deanery Synod, it became clear how well<br />

respected he was as a musician throughout the<br />

Oxford Diocese. In 1990 he was appointed president<br />

of the Berkshire Organists Association, a society that<br />

was founded in April 1921 by none other than his<br />

predecessor, Archibald Lusty!<br />

David's enthusiasm for choral music never waned<br />

throughout the 37 years he was at St Andrew's. He<br />

often told me that he could teach anyone to sing,<br />

even me — it is one of my regrets that I never took up<br />

his generous offer.<br />

His willingness to help others never waned either.<br />

He was a school governor, a willing pair of hands at<br />

many Sonning village events and parties, organised<br />

fund-raising concerts and played piano at Churches<br />

Together services in Twyford.<br />

After David and Ann retired in July 2014 to<br />

Dorset, St Andrew's went through the familiar<br />

pattern of testing some professional musicians before<br />

appointing Chris Goodwin as director of music, a<br />

post he has held for the past 6 years, and during<br />

which he continued to develop the choirs, especially<br />

our young choristers.<br />

Chris, however, has just announced his retirement<br />

from church music, having been playing for 47 years,<br />

so the search is on again for a new enthusiastic and<br />

energetic musician to continue the St Andrew's<br />

Church tradition for choral and church music!<br />

David and Ann at their St Andrew<br />

David Duvall at the organ benc

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> - <strong>May</strong> <strong>2021</strong> 11<br />

'Did I just hear that?'<br />

By Richard Duvall<br />

h<br />

's farewell party<br />

Olivia Duvall<br />

David Woodward<br />

From his organ bench David Duvall kept a close eye on the timing at weddings<br />

David John Stewart Duvall was born in Farnham on<br />

16 August 1948. He was a talented child, although<br />

he didn't speak until he was nearly three years old<br />

— when he started speaking in full sentences!<br />

After primary education, David went to Cumnor<br />

House Prep School before becoming a Queen's Scholar<br />

at Westminster School in 1961. As a Queen's Scholar,<br />

he was an usher at royal events in Westminster Abbey<br />

such as the service of thanksgiving for the Abbey's<br />

900th anniversary in January 1966. He was also<br />

allowed to sit in the House of Commons gallery, and<br />

remembered seeing Winston Churchill there.<br />

He was awarded a classical scholarship at<br />

Peterhouse, Cambridge where, after 4 years, he<br />

gained a 2:1 in classics, and a masters degree. In 1969<br />

he trained as a chartered accountant and worked for a<br />

London company — he lived in a flat in Brook Street,<br />

a couple of doors from Jimi Hendrix. David remained<br />

an accountant throughout his working life, ultimately<br />

settling at a company in Reading and teaching other<br />

accountants how to spot fraud. This was how David<br />

earned money. But it is not how David lived his life.<br />


He was an incredibly kind and generous man,<br />

giving up a huge amount of time for good causes,<br />

ranging from doing the accounts for organisations to<br />

holding a collection bucket outside a supermarket.<br />

When at school, David had learned to play the<br />

piano and organ and he was involved with numerous<br />

choirs — I'm not sure there will ever be a definitive<br />

answer as to how many — as a chorister, choir<br />

master and/or organist. It was through one of these,<br />

<strong>The</strong> Bach Choir, that he met Ann Scrivenor in 1973.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y married on 1 June 1974 and shared nearly 47<br />

years together. <strong>The</strong>y settled in Woodley and had<br />

four children: Christopher, Olivia, Richard and<br />

Camilla. <strong>The</strong>y also joined the St Andrew's Church<br />

choir, with David taking over as choirmaster more<br />

or less immediately. It was a role he served entirely<br />

voluntarily for the next 37 years.<br />

Many guests at the hundreds of weddings he<br />

played at will have witnessed what happened if the<br />

bride was late! <strong>The</strong> background organ music would be<br />

Chris Easton<br />

interspersed with a few bars of other tunes. Guests not<br />

expecting it might well have had a passing thought<br />

of 'Did I just hear that?' For those who experienced it<br />

many times, it was possible to hear portions of Why<br />

Are We Waiting, Get Me To <strong>The</strong> Church On Time and<br />

Abide With Me. You knew the bride was pushing her<br />

luck when you heard <strong>The</strong> Day Thou Gavest, Lord Has<br />

Ended played unashamedly in full!<br />

David had an incredible musical talent. He had<br />

perfect pitch, and could play more or less any tune by<br />

ear. It was an utter pleasure to hear him play either<br />

set pieces or his unique form of improvisation. He<br />

performed in many different settings, for thousands<br />

of people, and had nothing but encouragement for<br />

those trying to get somewhere with music.<br />


For his family, my Dad, was more than that. He<br />

was kind, loving and supportive. He didn't always<br />

understand and he didn't always approve. He did,<br />

however, always allow us to choose our own course,<br />

and when we fell down, he would always be there to<br />

chat and have a pint with. He rarely drank to excess,<br />

the only time I remember him being a few sheets to the<br />

wind, was when he was celebrating after he had proudly<br />

given his youngest daughter away at her wedding.<br />

Another side to my Dad was that he was an<br />

extremely loving and proud grandfather of Daisy,<br />

Eddie, Ben, Max, Toby and Bella. He played with<br />

them, read to them, and showed them the basics of<br />

playing the piano — and they were amazed at his own<br />

ability. <strong>The</strong>y will undoubtedly remember, with most<br />

fondness, the rides around the garden on his sit-on<br />

lawn mower. He was their 'Papa' and he was utterly<br />

devoted to them. <strong>The</strong>ir devastation at his death is a<br />

testament to their feelings for him.<br />

Dad would hate to have been very old and infirm,<br />

and he would have hated being a resident in a care<br />

home. He never had to give up his independence: he<br />

could still drive long distances, he could still play the<br />

organ better than many people, and he could still<br />

pick up his grandchildren. It is in this spirit that I am<br />

grateful he died suddenly without pain. He will be<br />

remembered and missed by many.

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STAY<br />

St Andrew's Youth by Westy<br />

STAY on Sunday<br />

We completed the Alpha youth<br />

video series and moved on to a<br />

new series of topics chosen<br />

by the young people. <strong>The</strong>se<br />

included: friendship,<br />

money, mental health,<br />

the LGBTQ+ community,<br />

[Q stands for questioning],<br />

football and technology.<br />

It was suggested that we<br />

send a weekly scripture to<br />

our WhatsApp group that<br />

relates to the Sunday's<br />

topic. For example, here's<br />

the friendship passage: Westy reliving his youth!<br />

STAY in Schools<br />

It makes such a difference<br />

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person. However, it means<br />

I’m having to test myself for<br />

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only helps with empathising<br />

with the young people also<br />

having to test twice weekly.<br />

My mentoring list of students<br />

is now at 27 across both local<br />

secondary schools each week.<br />

I’ve also been able to deliver<br />

some pre-recorded assemblies<br />

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20 bird boxes being built and put up in the churchyard and<br />

around the village.<br />

STAY Detached Project<br />

In partnership with Grace Church Caversham and Reach<br />

Schools Work Trust, we have continued to offer detached<br />

youth work in Emmer Green, Charvil and Sonning.<br />

Each week we meet between 15 and 50 young people and<br />

engage in positive conversations and we are sometimes<br />

known to relive our youth and lark about on skateboards!<br />

As always, please get in touch with any ideas, questions or<br />

just to chat. Cheers, Westy!<br />

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and explained that millions of Christian women around<br />

the globe face a double persecution — for their faith<br />

and gender. And the persecution is being exacerbated by<br />

Covid-19 pandemic.<br />

A film on the Open Doors website cites examples of<br />

worrying cases of persecution — in Egypt, one woman’s<br />

neighbour threatened her with rape for being a Christian,<br />

then later led a mob that attacked her in the street.<br />

In India a woman was imprisoned by her own family<br />

because of her faith. Without action, the persecution<br />

of women from religious minorities will continue to<br />

increase, unacknowledged.<br />

More stories are on http://www.opendoorsuk.org<br />

including that of a woman in Syria who had become a<br />

Round-up of news items, features, and links by Colin Bailey. Please read for<br />

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in her Muslim neighbourhood. Locals told her father that<br />

she had disgraced him. Men who came to her family’s door<br />

said she should be killed.<br />

To help, please send a message to your MP. This will<br />

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On Easter Saturday, 3 April, the St Andrew’s youth and children’s team<br />

organised a parish Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt for the families of Charvil and<br />

Sonning. Over 150 children and young people signed up, and with the help of<br />

their families had a great, socially distanced, time.<br />

'<strong>The</strong> buzz was amazing at both locations,' said St Andrew's youth minister,<br />

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remaining physically distanced, for a morning of utter fun and enjoyment.'<br />

Gazebos and tables at both locations were set up with a wonderful display<br />

of chocolate eggs, Easter flyers, Easter word searches and Easter colouring<br />

activities. <strong>The</strong>re were 15 clues to find and solve such as:<br />

— What animal is on the Charvil Piggott school logo? (A lion)<br />

— How high is the yellow banner? (6 feet)<br />

— Which century was the parish of St Andrew founded? (7th)<br />

— Name three activities you can do at STAY on Friday youth club? (donut wall, laser<br />

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Once the search was completed, and their clue sheets checked, the scavengers filled<br />

their Easter bags with their favourite chocolate egg and mini chocolate treats.<br />

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<strong>May</strong> maybe a child’s special<br />

month or <strong>May</strong> may not be . . .<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> - <strong>May</strong> <strong>2021</strong> 17<br />

A quick online search for children’s events in <strong>May</strong> will reveal that this<br />

month could be renamed ‘<strong>The</strong> Month of the Child’. <strong>May</strong> has many special<br />

educational, fun and fitness days aimed at recognising the importance of<br />

caring for our children. It is also the month to remember missing children.<br />

Caring for children is something that<br />

Jesus made a point of teaching in an<br />

age where it was hard to be a child,<br />

their only value was to be an asset for<br />

the future. Children were considered<br />

to be insurance for your old age –<br />

they would be there to work and care<br />

for you.<br />

Today, perhaps, some parents may<br />

be too protective of their children,<br />

while at the other end of the scale,<br />

others need reminding that children<br />

should be valued as Jesus valued<br />

them.<br />

National Children's Day UK<br />

(NCDUK) on Sunday 16 <strong>May</strong> is all<br />

about the importance of a healthy<br />

childhood and how we need to<br />

protect the rights and freedoms of<br />

children to ensure that they can grow<br />

into happy, healthy adults.<br />

Two special events this month<br />

are linked with school: National<br />

Bike to School Day on 5 <strong>May</strong>, and<br />

Walk to School Week, 17-21 <strong>May</strong>.<br />

Living Streets website which is linked<br />

with the National Walking Month<br />

campaign explains more about these.<br />

For younger children there is<br />

International Mother Goose Day on<br />

1 <strong>May</strong>, and a National Baby Day is<br />

being celebrated on social media on 2<br />

<strong>May</strong>. Mother Goose Day was founded<br />

in 1987 and aims to introduce young<br />

children to reading literature by<br />

starting with nursery rhymes. While<br />

Baby Day aims to ‘celebrate the<br />

smallest and newest members of our<br />

species and reflect on all the wonders<br />

and joys they will face as they grow up’.<br />

While there is a lot of fun,<br />

adventure and thanksgiving to<br />

celebrate children in <strong>May</strong>, we must<br />

not forget the teaching of Jesus who<br />

cares for all children, especially the<br />

abused and deprived.<br />


<strong>The</strong>re can be nothing sadder<br />

for a family than children who go<br />

missing. International Missing<br />

Children’s Day on 25 <strong>May</strong> aims ‘to<br />

place a spotlight on the issue of<br />

child abduction, educate parents on<br />

safeguarding measures to protect<br />

their children, honour those who<br />

have never been found and celebrate<br />

those who have.’<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are some chilling facts about<br />

missing children on the Perpetual<br />

Paul Hutton on unsplash.com<br />

Fostering website which says that<br />

last year 68,944 reports were made<br />

to the police in England and Wales<br />

about missing children.<br />

As we enjoy celebrating children<br />

in <strong>May</strong>, please remember in your<br />

prayers the families of their missing<br />

young ones, and the children<br />

themselves. If you need help with<br />

this there are some prayers at<br />

Ineedaword: Here’s one of them:<br />

Dear God,<br />

All the missing children are entrusted<br />

to your capable hands. Defend them.<br />

Return them to their family.<br />

You are the Lord who rescues the<br />

poor and the helpless.<br />

Offer them the ability to appreciate<br />

the complete and rich life that they<br />

have for them.<br />

Let them return home and have<br />

normal existence, like other<br />

individuals.<br />

Deform the Devil’s plots to cut their<br />

lives short.<br />

It is you alone who know their future<br />

and you have positive dreams for<br />

them. Amen. Amen!<br />

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https://www.cute-calendar.com/event/mother-goose-day/38101.html<br />

https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/baby-day/<br />

https://perpetualfostering.co.uk/insights/missing-children-statistics-uk-2020/<br />


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<strong>May</strong> is a special month for the Royal British Legion. 100 years ago, on 15 <strong>May</strong><br />

1921, the British Legion was founded in the aftermath of the First World<br />

War. It aimed to provide support to veterans of the British Armed Forces,<br />

their families and dependents. 50 years later, on 29 <strong>May</strong> 1971, it was granted<br />

full 'Royal' appellation. As well celebrating 100 years this month, the Royal<br />

British Legion will also be leading the nation in remembering VE Day on<br />

Saturday 8 <strong>May</strong>.<br />

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Celebrating 100 years of the Royal British Legion<br />

<strong>The</strong> Legion was created when 2 million<br />

people were unemployed and more<br />

than 6 million had served in the war.<br />

Of those who came home, 1.75 million<br />

had some kind of disability, with half<br />

of those disabled permanently.<br />

Four organisations came together<br />

at the instigation of Lancastrian<br />

Lance Bombardier Tom Lister, who<br />

was angered at the government’s<br />

unwillingness to help, and Field<br />

Marshal Earl Haig, who had been<br />

commander in chief of the British<br />

forces. <strong>The</strong> Legion campaigned for<br />

fair treatment of those who had given<br />

everything for their country, and it<br />

continues this work today.<br />


In 1922, the Legion’s poppy factory<br />

opened in Old Kent Road, London,<br />

with 40 disabled men making 1,000<br />

poppies a week. <strong>The</strong> first Poppy Day<br />

was held that year.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Festival of Remembrance, for<br />

which the Legion is best known today,<br />

began in 1927.<br />

In <strong>May</strong> 1971 it celebrated its golden<br />

anniversary with the news that the<br />

Royal patronage which it had enjoyed<br />

since 1925, was now being recognised<br />

with a 'Royal' title.<br />

10 years later in 1981, the<br />

membership was extended to all<br />

serving members of Her Majesty's<br />

Forces, as well as ex-service people.<br />


Today, the Royal British Legion<br />

welcomes everyone to join its 230,000<br />

members, the minimum commitment<br />

is to subscribe from £17 a year. This<br />

annual subscription varies according<br />

to the local branch. In our parish, the<br />

Royal British Legion is known as the<br />

'Sonning Branch'.<br />

A century ago, the altruistic<br />

original aim of the Legion had<br />

affected the residents of Sonning and<br />

on 4 February 1924 a public meeting<br />

was attended by 28 people and the<br />

Sonning Branch was born.<br />

Colonel Anderson was the first<br />

chairman and at the first meeting<br />

on 21 February 1924 a membership<br />

fee of 2s/6d was set — today that is<br />

equivalent to about £8.<br />

<strong>The</strong> meeting also agreed the first<br />

function to be held on 5 March 1924<br />

—a smoking concert!<br />

Arrangements were made<br />

later for Remembrance Sunday in<br />

November, for which it was agreed<br />

that all members would give 3d<br />

towards the cost of the wreath. By<br />

the year end, the branch had 41<br />

members.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Remembrance Sunday service<br />

remains the main focus of the year<br />

for Sonning Branch. It is when St<br />

Andrew's Church has it's largest<br />

congregation with representatives<br />

from the armed forces, police, the<br />

Baden-Powell movement, local<br />

schools, church members, and many<br />

visitors from far and near.<br />

Traditionally a parade, organised<br />

by Sonning Branch, marches<br />

through the village led by the<br />

Reading Salvation Army band. <strong>The</strong><br />

parade assembles inside St Andrew's<br />

where the focus is on remembering<br />

the service personnel listed on the<br />

2014: <strong>The</strong> 'Legion' parade for Remembrance<br />

Tom Farncombe<br />

Royal British Legion colours in St Andrew's<br />

Tom Farncombe<br />

parish war memorial. <strong>The</strong> proceeds<br />

of the collection made during the<br />

service go to the Poppy Appeal.<br />


Fund raising through social<br />

events became a feature of the<br />

Branch's life from the beginning. <strong>The</strong><br />

first New Year's Eve dance set the<br />

pattern for the future.<br />

In 1938, with the threat of war,<br />

Sonning Branch made plans about<br />

serving the local communities in<br />

the hard times ahead. High on the<br />

list were air raid precautions, the<br />

training of wardens, and the use<br />

of gas masks that were stored in a<br />

hut in Woodley that was owned by<br />

Sonning Branch.<br />

Hanging on the wall of Pearson<br />

Hall today is a war-time planning<br />

map that clearly shows the location<br />

of the hut.<br />

By October 1939, some members<br />

of Sonning Branch had been recalled<br />

and supporting them became<br />

another high priority.<br />


Following World War II, social<br />

activities were again well supported<br />

and relatively large donations were<br />

raised for the national Poppy Appeal.<br />

<strong>The</strong> amounts raised during the post<br />

war years seem to have been lost in<br />

time until the 1970's onwards when<br />

it rose from about £1,000 per year to<br />

a magnificent sum of over £15,000 in<br />

2011 when Malcolm Geater was the<br />

appeal co-ordinator.<br />

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feature — 3<br />

100 Legion years<br />

Up until the 1990's whist drives,<br />

dances, and dinners were high on<br />

the agenda for fund raising events,<br />

as was the well being of local service<br />

personnel. <strong>The</strong> November 1946 issue<br />

of this magazine highlighted this:<br />

A highly successful reunion dinner for<br />

ex-service men and women of Sonning<br />

took place at the White Hart Hotel<br />

[now called the Great House] on Friday<br />

evening, 4 October.<br />

In the regretted absence through<br />

indisposition of Bri-Gen E J Phipps-<br />

Hornby, VC, Mr Clement Williams<br />

presided and proposed the toast of the<br />

evening — 'Welcome Home.'<br />

General Sir Andrew Thorne replied<br />

on behalf of the guests, and emphasised<br />

the effect on the morale of the serving<br />

soldier of the knowledge that his home<br />

was a happy one and that his family were<br />

being well looked after. He also made an<br />

appeal to young returned service men<br />

and women to join the British Legion.<br />

Dinner was followed by an excellent<br />

conjuring entertainment and community<br />

singing, and the party dispersed to the<br />

strains of 'Auld Lang Syne.'<br />


In the 1970's, the Sonning Branch<br />

began supporting Somerset Legion<br />

House in Weston-Super-Mare by<br />

funding the Sonning Room. This<br />

meant local members of Sonning<br />

Branch were able to make use of the<br />

facilities offered by the Legion there.<br />

In November 2019, the Royal British<br />

Legion sold the property. A new<br />

Legion House was bought. <strong>The</strong>re is<br />

not now a Sonning Room, although<br />

a painting of Sonning is displayed<br />

prominently in the new house.<br />


Many of the social activities had<br />

strong support from the ladies of the<br />

parish, so much so, that a women's<br />

section was formed in 1928. While the<br />

ladies pursued different social and<br />

craft activities from the men, they<br />

did, however, have their own standard<br />

bearers and paraded separately.<br />

<strong>The</strong> women had a tradition that<br />

their colours are always carried by the<br />

same family — today it is carried by<br />

the grandson of the first bearer.<br />

Both Sonning sections continued<br />

in harmony for nearly 70 years, but<br />

the changing shape of society and of<br />

Images from<br />

the archives<br />

the roles of men and women, slowly<br />

changed. In March 1999 <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong><br />

<strong>Magazine</strong> reported:<br />

<strong>The</strong> Royal British Legion - Women's<br />

Section: Readers may be aware of the<br />

regretted disbanding of the section after<br />

70 years of service. Despite every effort,<br />

no-one could be found willing to accept<br />

administrative duties, so there was<br />

no other course to follow. <strong>The</strong> monthly<br />

meetings which were always enjoyed by<br />

everyone will be greatly missed. However<br />

it is hoped that those who participated<br />

in this special role of the Legion's charity<br />

work will continue to support it, especially<br />

in the Poppy Appeal. Some members<br />

have now joined the Sonning Branch -<br />

incorrectly known as the 'Men's Branch',<br />

and been gratefully accepted either in<br />

ordinary or associate status. Out of this<br />

adversity a new aspect of the Legion in<br />

Sonning may emerge.<br />

And it did. Today there is no<br />

division between male and female<br />

membership and all work together to<br />

serve the continuing needs of exservice<br />

men and women.<br />


As memories of wartime faded,<br />

it was natural that the combined<br />

membership also slowly reduced<br />

and in 2001, it became apparent that<br />

Sonning Branch could no longer<br />

sustain a viable committee to meet the<br />

legal requirements of the Royal British<br />

Legion's national charter. However,<br />

a solution was found by becoming<br />

a sub-group of Wargrave Branch.<br />

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This arrangement allowed Sonning<br />

Branch members to meet, parade on<br />

Remembrance Sunday with its own<br />

colours, and to collect for the annual<br />

Poppy Appeal in the name of Sonning.<br />

Thus, for all intents and purposes<br />

Sonning Branch continued to serve in<br />

the local community and contribute<br />

substantially to the important national<br />

effort of the Royal British Legion.<br />

However, the Branch is now fully<br />

operative in its own right with a full<br />

and active committee led by Mark<br />

Green as chairman.<br />

VE & VJ DAYS<br />

Today, organising the annual<br />

Poppy Appeal is still the major<br />

activity for Sonning Branch as, of<br />

course, is the Remembrance Sunday<br />

parade and service which remains<br />

extremely well supported. <strong>The</strong><br />

Sonning branch has also been at the<br />

forefront of all the other wartime<br />

anniversary's particularly VE & VJ Day<br />

commemorations.<br />

Typical of these events was a service<br />

of commemoration and celebration<br />

held in St Andrew's Church in July<br />

2005 to mark the 60th anniversary of<br />

the VE and VJ Days combined with<br />

the 10th anniversary of signing the<br />

twinning accord with Ligugé, France.<br />

This article is based on material held in the<br />

archives of Sonning Branch and <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong><br />

<strong>Magazine</strong>, and our thanks go to Grp Capt<br />

Colin Pierce, President of Sonning Branch,<br />

for his help — editor.

22 <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> - <strong>May</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />

feature — 4<br />

<strong>The</strong>re's much more to the number<br />

seven than being lucky<br />

It probably won't surprise you to hear that the number seven is the world's most popular lucky number but<br />

the Bible reveals there is much more to this special numeral. It is clearly one of God's number's that are a<br />

feature of his creation. This month we celebrate Pentecost, a feast day that has its roots in seven.<br />

Seven is not only important for Christians, it is held<br />

in high esteem in many religions and cultures, for<br />

example there are the seven heavens of Judaism and<br />

Islam, and the Chinese belief of the seven elements<br />

of the world — water, fire, earth, wood, metal, yin<br />

and yang. It's why the traditional Jewish menorah<br />

has seven candle sticks — not to be confused with<br />

the nine candlesticks of the Hanukkah — and why<br />

Muslims walk seven times around the Holy Kaaba in<br />

Mecca.<br />


<strong>The</strong> Roman Catholic teaching of Pope Gregory I<br />

in the 6th Century identified the seven deadly sins<br />

which are now widely recognised as: pride, greed,<br />

lust, envy, gluttony, wrath and sloth.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are many natural features of the world<br />

where seven plays a part — surfers will tell you that<br />

they surf in sets of seven waves, the seventh being<br />

the largest. Others include the seven colours of the<br />

rainbow, the seven continents of the world, and the<br />

seven wonders of the world.<br />

In the Bible, from the creation stories in Genesis,<br />

to the end of time in Revelation, the number seven is<br />

mentioned over 700 times — is this a coincidence? —<br />

hence, it is often referred to as God's number.<br />

God created the world in six days, and when<br />

his work was complete, he rested on the seventh<br />

day, thus seven is symbolised in the Bible as<br />

completeness.<br />

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In the Old Testament book of Isaiah (11.2) we<br />

read about the seven spirits: the spirit of the Lord,<br />

wisdom, understanding, counsel, might, knowledge,<br />

and the fear of God.<br />

In Deuteronomy 7 the Israelites are told: When the<br />

Lord your God brings you into the land you are entering<br />

to possess and drives out before you many nations — the<br />

Hittites, Girgashites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites,<br />

Hivites and Jebusites, seven nations larger and stronger<br />

than you.<br />

But it is the New Testam<br />

writings of John that seven<br />

the Gospel of John we find<br />

of Jesus. For the Jewish peo<br />

name for God that they wer<br />

write — in Hebrew YHWH<br />

in Exodus 3:13-15. It is trans<br />

such as 'I am who I am', 'I am<br />

am and will be'.<br />

When Jesus says: I am t<br />

the Light of the world; I am<br />

Shepherd; I am <strong>The</strong> Resurre<br />

<strong>The</strong> Way, Truth and <strong>The</strong> Life<br />

he is implying that he is the<br />


In his gospel, John also<br />

completeness demonstrated<br />

seven miracles that he calls<br />

changing water into wine, h<br />

son, healing a paralytic, fee<br />

on water, healing a man bor<br />

Lazarus to life.<br />

John's book of Revelatio<br />

Christ writing to seven chu<br />

and objects that appear sev<br />

candlesticks, trumpets, pla<br />

While seven is used to s<br />

multiples of seven are used<br />

even higher degrees of com<br />

aim for. In Matthew 18:21, 2<br />

came up and said to him, 'Lord<br />

brother sin against me, and I<br />

seven times?' Jesus said to him<br />

times, but seventy times seve<br />

Basically, Jesus is tellin<br />

to the number of times we s<br />

Muslims pilgrims walk around the Kaaba seven times in Mecca<br />

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It is, however, generally<br />

ultimate completeness is se<br />

is, 49. Before his crucifixion<br />

that God would send someo<br />

namely, the Holy Spirit. Jes<br />

before the Jewish Passover<br />

from around the world visit<br />

them would stay there for t<br />

after which, on the 50th da<br />

day of Shavuot which was a<br />

first fruits of the wheat har<br />

Pentecost by some Jews.<br />

It was on this feast day t<br />

promised by Jesus arrived a<br />

with the wisdom and know<br />

to join them in living the w<br />

perfect timing. <strong>The</strong> thousan<br />

Jerusalem became follower

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ent, particularly in the<br />

comes into its own. In<br />

the seven 'I am' sayings<br />

ple 'I am' was the sacred<br />

e not allowed to say or<br />

. God told Moses his name<br />

lated in a variety of ways<br />

that I am', or 'I am who I<br />

he Bread of Life; I am<br />

the Gate; I am <strong>The</strong> Good<br />

ction And <strong>The</strong> Life; I am<br />

; and I am the true Vine,<br />

Son of God.<br />


writes of Christ's<br />

to the world through<br />

the seven signs of Christ:<br />

ealing a royal official's<br />

ding the 5,000, walking<br />

n blind, and raising<br />

n, which begins with<br />

rches is full of events<br />

en times, for example,<br />

gues and seals.<br />

ymbolise completeness,<br />

in the Bible to emphasise<br />

pleteness that we should<br />

2, we read: <strong>The</strong>n Peter<br />

, how often shall my<br />

forgive him? As many as<br />

, 'I do not say to you seven<br />

n.'<br />

g us that there is no limit<br />

hould forgive someone.<br />


accepted that the<br />

ven times seven, that<br />

, Jesus told his disciples<br />

ne to watch over them,<br />

us was crucified just<br />

festivities when Jews<br />

ed Jerusalem. Most of<br />

he next seven weeks,<br />

y there would be the feast<br />

thanksgiving for the<br />

vest. It came to be called<br />

hat the Holy Spirit,<br />

nd filled the disciples<br />

ledge to encourage others<br />

ays of Jesus. It was<br />

ds of people present in<br />

s of the risen Christ and<br />

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returned to their homelands with the good news of<br />

salvation. New churches sprang up around the world.<br />

<strong>The</strong> work of Jesus on earth was fully completed<br />

49 days (seven times seven) after his crucifixion<br />

and resurrection at Easter. Surely this must be the<br />

ultimate example of why seven is much more than<br />

a lucky number, it is God's number, a number that<br />

demonstrates his completeness in all things physical<br />

and spiritual.<br />

Since it was launched on 1 March, thousands of<br />

Christians from all denominations have registered<br />

to say that they will be 'in one accord' as part of the<br />

UK and Ireland's largest online Virtual Pentecost<br />

Prayer Gathering taking place on Sunday 23 <strong>May</strong>.<br />

<strong>The</strong> 'In One Accord' events will unite Christians<br />

and churches in two virtual gatherings — a church<br />

service in the morning and a national virtual<br />

celebration style event in the afternoon. <strong>The</strong> call<br />

this coming Pentecost Sunday is to unite the church<br />

around praying for revival, unity and healing for our<br />

communities as we emerge from the pandemic.<br />

When the world<br />

changed forever<br />

Pentecost window in Bayeux<br />

<strong>The</strong> first Pentecost took place on the Jewish festival<br />

of Firstfruits, which was observed at the beginning<br />

of the wheat harvest. It was seven weeks after Jesus<br />

was crucified, or 50 days including Easter Sunday,<br />

hence 'Pentecost' which is a name derived from the<br />

Greek 'Pentēkostē' which means fiftieth.<br />

A feast day to celebrate the country’s wheat harvest<br />

does not sound exactly world-changing, but that year,<br />

it became one of the most important days in history.<br />

It was the day that Jesus sent the Holy Spirit, the day<br />

the Christian Church was born.<br />

Jesus had told his disciples that something big<br />

was going to happen, and that they were to wait for it<br />

in Jerusalem, instead of returning to Galilee. He had<br />

plans for his disciples, but knew they could not do the<br />

work themselves. <strong>The</strong>y needed God's help.<br />


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<strong>The</strong>y waited in Jerusalem, praying together with<br />

his other followers, and then on that fateful morning<br />

there was suddenly the sound of a mighty rushing<br />

wind. Tongues of flame flickered on their heads, and<br />

they began to praise God in many tongues, to the<br />

astonishment of those who heard them. <strong>The</strong> curse of<br />

Babel (Genesis 11: 1- 9) was dramatically reversed.<br />

That morning the Holy Spirit came to indwell<br />

the disciples and followers of Jesus. <strong>The</strong> Church was<br />

born. <strong>The</strong> Christians were suddenly full of life and<br />

power, utterly different from their former fearful<br />

selves. <strong>The</strong> change in them was permanent.<br />

Peter gave the first ever sermon of the Christian<br />

Church that morning, proclaiming Jesus was the<br />

Messiah. His boldness in the face of possible death<br />

was in marked contrast to the man who had denied<br />

Jesus 49 days before. 3,000 people were baptised.<br />

It was not the first time the Holy Spirit had acted<br />

in this world. Throughout the Old Testament there<br />

are accounts of how God’s Spirit guided people and<br />

strengthened them. But now, because of Christ’s<br />

death and resurrection, He could indwell in them<br />

giving every Christian have the confidence that Jesus<br />

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<strong>The</strong> day Claude took off his muddy boots for the Queen!<br />

Claude explains to the Queen why he was there<br />

<strong>The</strong> first time I saw the Queen was<br />

in the early 1950’s when she was a<br />

princess, writes Claude Masters.<br />

I was at a scouting rally in Windsor<br />

Great Park and walking along a<br />

footpath with my good friend, Tojoe,<br />

we heard a vehicle approaching from<br />

behind and moved to the side to see<br />

a large black limousine with the two<br />

princesses sitting high up in the open<br />

topped back.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y were clearly meant to be seen<br />

as they were heavily made up and<br />

looked like two painted dolls. I suppose<br />

we should have sprung to attention<br />

and saluted but we just stood and<br />

gawped. I did catch Princess Margaret’s<br />

eye though.<br />


<strong>The</strong> next time I saw Her Majesty<br />

was in 1955 when, as a National Service<br />

aircraftsman, I was one of those lining<br />

the route she took when she visited<br />

Southport.<br />

We had not long been issued with<br />

brand new uniforms and for this<br />

event they were individually bespoke<br />

tailored, our new boots were re-heeled<br />

and we wore white webbing. So with<br />

peaked cap and rifle at 'Present Arms'<br />

I was standing smartly to attention<br />

when the Queen passed by this time.<br />

Queen Elizabeth II was crowned<br />

on 2 June 1953. A lot of effort was put<br />

into making it a big day and festive<br />

decorations were put up everywhere. I<br />

was keen on photography and sought<br />

out the best of them. Everyone was<br />

looking forward to a warm June day<br />

but it was a cold and wet one. However<br />

that did not stop crowds gathering<br />

Reading Railway Station decorated for the Queen<br />

Heelas, one of Reading's best decorated shops<br />

at nationwide bonfire beacons in the<br />

evening.<br />

In 1978 the Queen officially opened<br />

the Hexagon theatre and the nearby<br />

Civic Offices in Reading.<br />

<strong>The</strong> hexagonal office block, now<br />

demolished, was of unusual design<br />

with a large open core which had four<br />

lifts and stairs.<br />


<strong>The</strong> offices were open planned and<br />

the floors were set spirally around it<br />

so you were able to walk from the staff<br />

canteen at the top, down through each<br />

level to the ground using short flights<br />

of stairs without going through any<br />

doors or using the core.<br />

This is what the Queen did when<br />

she visited the Hexagon. <strong>The</strong> plan was<br />

that she would be welcomed by the<br />

manager of each department but the<br />

chief architect, who was expected to<br />

greet her in our offices, had republican<br />

tendencies and had taken the day off.<br />

I had been nominated by my<br />

colleagues to be in the office while<br />

the Queen was visiting so I stood by<br />

an empty desk near the steps waiting<br />

for her arrival.<br />


When the Queen came down<br />

the steps and saw no one to greet<br />

her she asked 'Where are we now?'<br />

Surprisingly no one in her entourage<br />

of councillors, officials and press men<br />

knew and looked anxiously at one<br />

another with open mouths.<br />

After a moment of embarrassing<br />

silence, I, having been told to speak<br />

only if spoken to, said 'You are in the<br />

architects department Ma’am'<br />

Her Majesty then approached me<br />

asked what I did so I told her how I<br />

came to be there when I normally<br />

worked on a muddy building site!<br />

Fortunately, a photographer<br />

recorded the meeting, but when one<br />

of my granddaughters was shown the<br />

photo she didn’t recognise either of us!<br />

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Would you like a<br />

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Adoption charity Parents And<br />

Children Together (PACT) is<br />

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<strong>The</strong> agency would like to hear from<br />

key workers — nurses, teachers,<br />

police officers, social workers,<br />

doctors, ambulance staff, child<br />

minders and care workers — because<br />

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adopters. <strong>The</strong>y are also valued by local<br />

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Throughout the Covid pandemic,<br />

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Auditions for both groups will be<br />

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As I write this, there is controversy across the UK and<br />

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Coronavirus vaccines, but there is sunshine ahead.<br />

Thrombosis in humans is a very common cause of death.<br />

1 in 4 people die from conditions related to blood clots.<br />

60% of clots occur within 90 days of hospitalisation.<br />

<strong>The</strong> NHS introduced surveillance and prevention<br />

programmes in 2007 and deaths have reduced 20% since<br />

this intervention. This is actually a remarkable, yet, under<br />

reported success, but 'red tops' don’t sell on good news<br />

stories!<br />

<strong>The</strong> vaccine has been implicated in cases of Venous<br />

Thromboembolism (VTE). <strong>The</strong>se are clots in the veins<br />

rather than arteries. Heart attacks are caused by clots and<br />

blockages in the coronary arteries.<br />

To understand this further we have to know what<br />

the incidence of the disease is and not confuse this with<br />

prevalence. <strong>The</strong> incidence of a disease is the number of<br />

cases over a specified time, where as the prevalence is the<br />

total number of patients with the disease, new or existing.<br />

<strong>The</strong> incidence of VTE per year in the UK is 2 in 1,000 of<br />

the population.<br />

Clot in the deep veins of the leg (DVT) is the most<br />

common form and problem from this is when ‘bits’ from<br />

these clots break off and travel through the blood stream<br />

to the heart where they get passed into the arterial system<br />

of the lungs then block small arteries. <strong>The</strong> clotting system<br />

— a balanced mechanism that protects us from bleeding<br />

out or clotting our blood internally — now harms us as<br />

further clots build up. This is Pulmonary Embolism (PE)<br />

and the clot formation infarcts — blocks the blood supply<br />

— to the lung. <strong>The</strong> lung tissue, ironically, cannot receive<br />

oxygen from its blood supply and dies. Smaller clots can<br />

pass through and can trigger stroke. <strong>The</strong> annual incidence<br />

of PE is 7-8 in 10,000.<br />

30 cases of VTE after vaccination with the Astra Zeneca/<br />

Oxford (AZ/O) vaccine have been reported. On its own<br />

this statistic is very concerning, however the subsection<br />

title is less sensational and is more useful. <strong>The</strong>re have<br />

been 18 million doses of AZ/O given. <strong>The</strong>refore, if we<br />

blame the vaccine it causes one person in 600,000 people<br />

receiving the vaccine to have VTE. <strong>The</strong> annual incidence<br />

of VTE in 18 million people would be 36,000/year. As our<br />

American colleagues would say, ‘do the math!'<br />

31% of patients on intensive care units have VTE events1<br />

in one study, overall the figure is 21%. Mortality of these<br />

patients was 74% higher than non-VTE patients with<br />

Covid.2<br />

If we can skip any complicated mathematics or deep<br />

understanding of epidemiology, the AZ/O vaccine is<br />

recognised to be over 80% effective in preventing serious<br />

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HEALTH — 1<br />

Dr Simon Ruffle writes . . . about Thrombosis<br />

VTE<br />

DVT<br />

30 : 18,000,000<br />

31%<br />

<strong>The</strong>re's sunshine ahead — spring magnolia<br />

disease from Covid infection. Thus, a case for claiming<br />

that being vaccinated will prevent and not cause cases of<br />

VTE. I know the logic in this is stretching causation and<br />

correlation but this does not diminish the fact that the<br />

vaccination saves more lives.<br />

MMR<br />

We’ve been here before with vaccination. In 1998 cause<br />

and correlation got confused with MMR vaccination,<br />

bowel disease and autism. <strong>The</strong> graph below shows the<br />

increase in diagnosis of autism and the rise in organic<br />

food sales in the US. It is, of course, statistically correct!<br />

DESIRE<br />

Simon Ruffle<br />

Humans desire certainty and avoid uncertainty. This need<br />

to find cause in events is hard wired in us. Who can rest<br />

when 2m tall grass is rustling in front of us? It’s either<br />

food or the lions!<br />

Would we blame the vaccine if we were unfortunate<br />

enough to have an accident on the way home from having<br />

one?<br />

<strong>The</strong>re is no doubt that vaccinations, medicines and<br />

surgery have unwanted side effects; some of these are<br />

serious or fatal. This has to be balanced against the overall<br />

outcomes. A bit of carriers advice — if you cannot live<br />

with uncertainty do not go into medicine as a career. <strong>The</strong><br />

turn to page 31

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Thrombosis<br />

early symptoms of deadly illness often mimics minor<br />

illnesses and the classic patterns of progression can be far<br />

from ‘classic.’ Looking at events after they have occurred<br />

is often fraught with assumption and accusation.<br />


DVT often starts with calf pain. This can feel like a<br />

muscular strain; and calf strain is far more prevalent than<br />

DVT. DVT will cause the leg to swell, so will a strain, but<br />

less so. <strong>The</strong> calf may feel hot and tender, so can a strain.<br />

Inflammation may cause the skin to be red, less likely<br />

in a strain. If there is history of injury, the likelihood<br />

of a strain increases. Recent surgery, active cancer or<br />

immobilisation increases the chance of DVT.<br />

A combination of these factors gives us a Well’s score.3<br />

Blood tests and ultrasound will give us more certainty.<br />

Prevention of DVT is via anticoagulation after surgery,<br />

compression of the legs where mobility is reduced — flight<br />

socks! — and being normal weight and having diabetes<br />

and other medical conditions well controlled or absent.<br />

Pulmonary embolism can present with minor<br />

symptoms. Chest strain, cough and feeling a little short<br />

of breath are symptoms of pleurisy or chest infection as<br />

well as pulmonary embolism. Often, PE presents acutely<br />

(ie suddenly). Awareness of the other precipitating factors,<br />

the same as for DVT, is vital in being suspicious of the<br />

diagnosis.<br />


This article has been a bit stodgy and gloomy. However the<br />

success of the NHS prevention programme is a fantastic<br />

result. <strong>The</strong> roll-out of the vaccine is also tremendous with<br />

75% of all vaccinations being given in the community by<br />

primary care/GP services.<br />

When it is your turn, please have the vaccination. <strong>The</strong><br />

chances of being seriously ill from Covid will be with us<br />

for years to come and the vaccination is safer than driving<br />

to and from the centre where you get vaccinated.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re is sunshine ahead and if we continue to get the<br />

jabs rolled out and continue Covid safe practices — hands<br />

space, face and fresh air — we will all be able to get out<br />

and enjoy a more normal life.<br />

THANKS!<br />

Twyford, Wargrave and the Woodley practices are<br />

enormously grateful for their staff and their communities,<br />

in Sonning, Charvil and surrounds, for the effort and<br />

volunteering that has made it possible to deliver the<br />

vaccination. You know who you are! Much love and<br />

gratitude to you all.<br />

References<br />

1. BTS Guidance on Venous Thromboembolic Disease in patients with<br />

COVID-19 V3.0 8 February <strong>2021</strong><br />

2. www.thelancet.com/journals/eclinm/article/PIIS2589-5370(20)30383-7<br />

3. patient.info/doctor/wells-criteria-for-dvt<br />

the sciences<br />

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Sharing your feelings with God<br />

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By Dr Ruth M Bancewicz, Church engagement director at <strong>The</strong> Faraday<br />

Institute for Science and Religion in Cambridge.<br />

<strong>The</strong> question of suffering comes up regularly in<br />

discussions about science and faith. I once visited a<br />

school to speak to some of the older teenagers. One of the<br />

pupils had sadly died from cancer a few weeks before and<br />

his classmates asked, 'How God could let this happen?'<br />

<strong>The</strong>se young people’s questions about where God was in<br />

this situation were important. But the chaplain also gently<br />

reminded the class that their friend’s family were Christians,<br />

and that they were finding that their experience of loss had<br />

brought them even closer to God than before.<br />

One way that grief can bring us near to God is when we<br />

tell him exactly how we feel. <strong>The</strong> Biblical writers had no<br />

scruples about expressing themselves to God, giving vent<br />

to emotions we often hold back in a church context.<br />

As my colleague, Roger Abbott, has written in his book<br />

on 'Unanswered’ Prayer': Let us not confuse reverence with<br />

spiritual prudishness. Perhaps honesty, the way it feels, is<br />

precisely what God is waiting to hear from us.<br />


About one third of the Psalms express some form of<br />

grief. <strong>The</strong> book of Job is a series of responses to one man’s<br />

suffering as he loses his children, property and health in<br />

quick succession.<br />

Lamentations is also one long outpouring of sadness at<br />

what happened to Israel under the Babylonians. Some of<br />

the prophets, especially Jeremiah, also express their pain<br />

at these sorts of events — events which reflect something<br />

of God’s own feelings at the suffering of his people.<br />

Most of these Biblical authors would have had access to<br />

scriptures that encouraged them to turn to God whatever<br />

the circumstances. Emboldened by their knowledge of his<br />

character and promises, these divinely inspired writers<br />

even express their anger to God about the things he lets<br />

happen, or complain that he seems to act unfairly or<br />

ignore them in their plight.<br />

Not only do these people let out all their feelings<br />

without fear of reprisal, but they also clearly expect a<br />

helpful answer. Some record a resolution to their troubles<br />

— often simply because God speaks to and comforts<br />

them, enabling them to keep going.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Biblical writers demonstrated that God can handle<br />

pretty much anything — anger, blame, bitterness — if<br />

we are actively looking to him for help. As Pete Greig of<br />

the 24-7 prayer movement has written: Pain that is not<br />

expressed can never be transformed.

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Bible garden topiary<br />

Like many people, gardeners or not, I have looked in<br />

awe of some amazing topiary over the years and always<br />

thought that I would like to try it. Topiary is an art form<br />

that is believed to have started in ancient Rome. <strong>The</strong> name<br />

‘topiary’ derives from a Latin word for an ornamental<br />

landscape gardener, ‘topiaries’, someone who creates topia<br />

or places.<br />

<strong>The</strong> first written evidence of topiary is said to be from<br />

44BC. It was through the Roman empire that the art form<br />

spread around the world and became established in the UK,<br />

especially in grand stately gardens.<br />

It seems unlikely that topiary existed in Israel during<br />

Biblical times, although it certainly can be found there now.<br />

However, one of the best plants for topiary is the Box which<br />

is mentioned in Isaiah 41:19, although any evergreen shrub<br />

or tree can be used.<br />


On this weak connection, I ambitiously decided to include<br />

some topiary in my Bible garden by cultivating some existing<br />

evergreen plants. I have also planted some small box plants<br />

which are slowly becoming established.<br />

By chance, and with a great deal of imagination — and<br />

much mirth from my family — I decided that one established<br />

plant would make a great camel, and three of the others<br />

could become magi. I knew nothing about topiary and<br />

know little more now! I have discovered that the experts<br />

<strong>The</strong> topiary camel and (inset) a box moth hungry caterpillar<br />

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Method<br />

Heat oven to 180⁰C/160⁰C fan/gas 4.<br />

Mash feta in a large mixing bowl, add the ricotta and<br />

mash again to thoroughly mix. Stir in the spinach, spring<br />

onions, Parmesan, egg, nutmeg and plenty of seasoning<br />

with half the breadcrumbs.<br />

Brush a 20 x 30cm tin with a little oil.<br />

Layer in half the filo sheets, brushing each with oil before<br />

adding the next. Scatter remaining breadcrumbs evenly<br />

over the base. Spoon in the ricotta filling and gently<br />

spread, so as not to dislodge the breadcrumbs. Cover with<br />

remaining filo, brushing with oil as you go, then score into<br />

portions. Bake for 35-40 minutes until golden and crisp.<br />

When cool, freeze in individual squares.<br />

Defrost overnight in the fridge and eat cold, or warm in a<br />

microwave.<br />

Work in progress: three magi are slowly taking shape<br />

nowadays use computers and special cutting tools to create<br />

their works of art. I used, and still do, a pair of garden shears,<br />

a pair of secateurs and a great deal of trial and error. It is<br />

probably about 7 years since I started this project, and there<br />

is probably another 7 years to go, but they are now beginning<br />

to take shape and I can honestly say that every Bible garden<br />

needs topiary!<br />

If you try your hand at topiary, give yourself plenty of<br />

time and keep an eye out for box blight and the box moth<br />

which can destroy what are normally hardy, strong plants.<br />

I had been given a tip by a friend that should the box blight<br />

strike the best treatment is to feed them regularly with<br />

a strong solution of Miracle Gro. A few weeks later when<br />

visiting a plant nursery, I saw the devastation box blight<br />

can cause and so last year when some of my new box plants<br />

showed signs of it, I got out the Miracle Gro and applied it<br />

regularly. This spring the plants are looking much healthier.<br />

While the box moth has not been a problem for me, it is<br />

in the neighbourhood — it has been causing problems, or<br />

rather, its caterpillars have, in a neighbour's garden.<br />

Hopefully the small box plants will survive and one day<br />

they will be large enough to create a topiary Nativity scene!

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THE ARTS — 1<br />

From the sun to the Son<br />

By Rev Michael Burgess<br />

From time immemorial people have placed the sun at the<br />

centre of life and worship. As Christianity spread, it took<br />

over ceremonies and practices associated with that belief,<br />

but moved the focus from the sun to the Son, Jesus.<br />

In <strong>May</strong> we celebrate the goodness and fruitfulness of nature<br />

brought by the sun with maypole dancing, the crowning of<br />

the <strong>May</strong> Queen, and games and sports, just as the Romans<br />

went dancing in the fields, rejoicing in the gifts of Flora, the<br />

goddess of nature, and druids greet the sun on a high place.<br />

That custom persisted for several centuries, particularly at<br />

Magdalen College in Oxford. In 1840 Dr John Bloxam revived<br />

it. Holman Hunt*, one of the group of artists known as the<br />

Pre-Raphaelites, visited Oxford in 1851 and so enjoyed the<br />

Christmas festivities that he decided to honour the college<br />

life in one of his paintings. It took many years to reach the<br />

canvas: his painting of <strong>May</strong> Morning on Magdalen Tower<br />

(above) is one of his last complete works in 1890.<br />

We can identify the choristers gathered to greet the<br />

rising sun in music and song. Amid the clouds and blue sky,<br />

the birds are flying and the floor where the choir stand is<br />

bedecked with flowers. It is a glorious celebration of the<br />

fruitfulness of <strong>May</strong> and summer: God’s creation bringing so<br />

many gifts. <strong>The</strong> college president is the man with the dark<br />

beard at the right, and Dr Bloxam is beside him.<br />


commons.wikimedia.org<br />

But there is an unusual character there — a Parsee,<br />

an ancient worshipper of the sun from Persia, perhaps<br />

representing not only those who look to the light of the<br />

sun, but are also searching for the light of truth. <strong>The</strong> young<br />

chorister in the middle looking out at us holds a lily, the<br />

symbol of Mary, the mother of God’s Son.<br />

All creation is gathered to greet the dawn and the rising<br />

sun of <strong>May</strong> with the birds above and people below, young and<br />

old, Christian and non-Christian — all united to proclaim<br />

the goodness and renewal promised by the sun.<br />

Holman Hunt said that he wanted to represent ‘the spirit<br />

of a beautiful, primitive and in a large sense eternal service.’<br />

Here is a vivid reminder the faith we profess opens our eyes<br />

to God’s goodness and glory symbolised in the rising sun, and<br />

that he welcomes everyone to share in those gifts.<br />

*William Holman Hunt (1827-1910), lived in Thames Street, Sonning,<br />

during the last part of his life. His ashes are interred in St Paul's Cathedral.<br />

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From the organ<br />

bench<br />

As a further tribute to David<br />

Duvall — see pages 10-11 —<br />

we republish his contribution<br />

to our October 1992 issue . . .<br />

Fashionable music?<br />

Like many other things, poetry and music for the most<br />

part come in and out of fashion. Some blessed souls<br />

achieve permanent favour, such as Shakespeare and<br />

Mozart: others appear briefly and are then forgotten.<br />

Who remembers Alfred Austin and Zdenek Fibich? <strong>The</strong><br />

former succeeded Tennyson as Poet Laureate, the latter<br />

was a Bohemian composer, a contemporary of Dvorak<br />

and Smetana and in his day as famous as both.<br />

But the popularity of most writers and composers<br />

depends on what is and isn't in favour. At the recent<br />

Royal British Legion re-dedication service we sang a<br />

fine example of a hymn which is unpopular with many<br />

modern churchmen because of its apparent unthinking<br />

patriotism: I vow to thee, my country.<br />


Sir Cecil Spring-Rice wrote these words in 1918 when<br />

he was the British Ambassador to the USA.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y were a recasting of an earlier poem which<br />

reflected on how we are citizens of two countries, our own<br />

and the kingdom of heaven. In the earlier version he had<br />

apparently glorified war, but in the final version Spring-<br />

Rice makes his last line a quotation — actually with a<br />

word altered — from the glorious passage from Proverbs 3,<br />

about the wisdom of God:<br />

'And her ways are ways of pleasantness<br />

and all her paths are peace'<br />

<strong>The</strong> third line of the poem, <strong>The</strong> love that asks no question,<br />

is the one that many people object to, on the reasonable<br />

grounds that love shouldn't be uncritical. It should be<br />

especially if it is the love of one's country. To say that a<br />

country, or government, is always right is jingoism.<br />

But Spring-Rice meant that we should love our country<br />

enough, whatever a government might or might not do,<br />

to make a sacrifice for it — because this is what Christ did<br />

for us. He said in a speech soon after finishing the poem:<br />

<strong>The</strong> Cross is a sign of patience under suffering,<br />

but not patience under wrong.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Cross is the banner under which we fight...<br />

different in form, in colour, in history,<br />

but the same spirit, the spirit of sacrifice.<br />

Unlike some composers whose music is used for hymns<br />

without their knowledge, Gustav Holst was proud to set<br />

the main theme from Jupiter, part of his planets suite,<br />

to these words, and he called the tune Thaxted after the<br />

village in Essex where he lived.<br />

I vow to thee, my country is one of the finest matchings<br />

of words and music that one could find, and is a favourite<br />

hymn of a great many people, not least the Princess of<br />

Wales who chose it for her wedding.

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the ARTS — 2<br />

Poetry corner<br />

Having read Rev Michael<br />

Burgess' article about the<br />

'Ecce Ancilla Domini' painting<br />

(right) in our March <strong>2021</strong><br />

issue — and the editor's<br />

request for contributions —<br />

Steven Rollings of Woodley<br />

offered this poem/hymn that<br />

he has written to the tune of<br />

Woodlands (‘Tell out my soul’)<br />

and is based Luke 1:26-38.<br />

‘Ecce Ancilla Domini’, it be<br />

‘Behold the handmaid of the Lord I be’<br />

Said Mary, when the angel Gabriel<br />

Came to her, and the announcement did tell<br />

Would tell that she not fear, but has favour<br />

With God, and would bear for us our Saviour<br />

His name would be JESUS, He shall be great<br />

Son of the Highest, of royal estate<br />

<strong>The</strong> Lord God shall give unto Him the throne<br />

Of His earthly ancestor, David, known<br />

And He shall reign for ever and ever<br />

His kingdom endless and ceases never<br />

And here displayed in purity of white<br />

Mary, a virgin, trembles at the sight<br />

A small dove seen, the Holy Spirit, He<br />

By His power the child’s Father would be<br />

Here feet of flames of angel painted, see<br />

And white flower offered to Mary be<br />

A tapestry in foreground, Rossetti<br />

A scene revealed, contemplativity<br />

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Local artists<br />

say farewell<br />

to president<br />

George<br />

Sonning Art Group<br />

are sad to record the<br />

the death of their long<br />

serving president and<br />

founder, George Webster<br />

(pictured left).<br />

A difference of opinion among a group of local artists in<br />

the early part of this Millennium led to the Sonning Art<br />

Group being formed as a separate body from the Sonning<br />

Art Club, both of which met in <strong>The</strong> Pearson Hall. George,<br />

a founder member of the Sonning Art Group, became<br />

chairman and successfully guided them for the next 10<br />

years with 'charm, humour and enthusiasm', said Magee<br />

Hollidge.<br />

'Everyone,' continued Magee, 'was assured of a warm<br />

welcome and was valued and encouraged, no matter<br />

how great or small their experience and talent. He<br />

got the whole group involved in his many ideas and<br />

projects which included painting murals for a care home,<br />

supporting the Sonning Show and the Scarecrow Trail'<br />

In 2010, when George was 80 years old, Sue Bell,<br />

became chair and George was elected president. He<br />

continued to paint until recently.<br />

Throughout his life, George was often among<br />

the winners of local art competitions and he will be<br />

remembered by many for his unique and colourful works<br />

of art, such as the example below which was part of a<br />

larger project for a care home.<br />

So her response, behold, I the handmaid<br />

Of the Lord, let the angel’s words be made<br />

Steadfast, and so be it e’en as you say<br />

I Him shall humbly trust, serve, and obey<br />

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or plans for the future tell us and we will spread the word!<br />

<strong>The</strong> deadline for your news and stories is always 12 noon on<br />

the sixth day of the month before the publication date. For<br />

example, the June issue deadline will be 12 noon on 6 <strong>May</strong>.<br />

Send your stories and pictures to:<br />

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With the easing of lockdown restrictions and many<br />

of the group now receiving their second vaccine, Sonning<br />

Art Group is hoping to start meeting in Pearson Hall<br />

again early in July. In the meantime, like most clubs and<br />

associations throughout the parish and the country, they<br />

continue to meet online to discuss and share their works<br />

of art.

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Across<br />

1 Chance concurrence of<br />

events (11)<br />

9 Swift (5)<br />

10 Epoch (3)<br />

11 Short choral composition (5)<br />

12 Music with a recurrent<br />

theme (5)<br />

13 Device for spraying paint (8)<br />

16 Morally compel (8)<br />

18 Manner of writing (5)<br />

21 Looked at open-mouthed (5)<br />

22 Sort; kind (3)<br />

23 Sculptured symbol (5)<br />

24 Stargazers (11)<br />

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2 Public speakers (7)<br />

3 Bring up (7)<br />

4 Urges to act (6)<br />

5 Senior figure in a tribe (5)<br />

6 Sequence (5)<br />

7 Camaraderie (11)<br />

8 Endorsed (11)<br />

14 Cotton fabric (7)<br />

15 More cheerful (7)<br />

17 Subatomic particle such as<br />

a nucleon (6)<br />

19 Bonds of union (5)<br />

20 Keen (5)<br />


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10 - Epoch (3)<br />

11 - Short choral composition (5)<br />

12 - Music with a recurrent theme (5)<br />

13 - Device for spraying paint (8)<br />

16 - Morally compel (8)<br />

18 - Manner of writing (5)<br />

21 - Looked at open-mouthed (5)<br />

22 - Sort; kind (3)<br />

23 - Sculptured symbol (5)<br />

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F I F E N O T I C I N G E N M I T Y T W E L V E<br />

1 Battle Tof Hastings<br />

F<br />

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2 King William II<br />

3 King Richard I<br />

4 Signing of the Magna Carta<br />

5 King Edward II<br />

6 <strong>The</strong> Black Death plague<br />

7 William Caxton introduced<br />

printing into England<br />

8 King Henry VIII<br />


1. When did the Queen open the Hexagon? 4 - Urges to act (6)<br />

2. Where would you find the Holy Kaaba?<br />

6 - Sequence (5)<br />

3. When is the virtual Pentecost prayer meeting?<br />

7 - Camaraderie (11)<br />

4. What does a Parsee worship? 8 - Endorsed (11)<br />

14 - Cotton fabric (7)<br />

5. About how many Psalms are about grief?<br />

15 - More cheerful (7)<br />

6. Who was Haman?<br />

7. What cat needed sleeping pills?<br />

8. When is Missing Children's Day ? 20 - Keen (5)<br />

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Find 20 words from the text below<br />

<strong>The</strong> first Sunday in <strong>May</strong> is Rogation Sunday. This is when<br />

many parishes still ‘beat the bounds’. Rogation means<br />

an asking of God for blessing on the seed and land.<br />

<strong>The</strong> practice began with the Romans, who processed<br />

around the cornfields each Spring, singing and dancing,<br />

sacrificing animals, in order to get rid of evil. About 465AD<br />

the Western world was suffering from earthquake and<br />

storm. Mamertius, Bishop of Vienne, aware of the pagan<br />

custom, ordered that prayers should be said in the ruined<br />

or neglected fields. Thus ‘beating the bounds’ became<br />

a Christian ceremonial. It arrived in England early in the<br />

eighth century. Each Spring, led by the priest, a little party<br />

from the parish would set out with a Cross to trace the<br />

boundaries of the parish. <strong>The</strong>y’d implore God to keep<br />

their corn and roots and boughs in good health, and bring<br />

them to harvest. In the days when maps were scarce,<br />

‘beating the bounds’ helped remind everyone just where<br />

the boundaries were. Do you know yours today?

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Across<br />

1 Sense of right and wrong (1 Cor 8:7) (10)<br />

7 Coming (John 11:17) (7)<br />

8 All I have is — , (John 17:10) (5)<br />

10 Smarten (Acts 9:34) (4)<br />

11 Hold back (Job 9:13) (8)<br />

13 Member of the Society of Friends (6)<br />

15 At ague (anag) (6)<br />

17 Citizen of the Greek capital (8)<br />

18 So be it (Galatians 6:18) (4)<br />

21 20th Century poet T S — (5)<br />

22 Empowers (Philippians 3:21) (7)<br />

23 Imposing (1 Samuel 9:2) (10)<br />

Down<br />

1 Healed (Luke 7:21) (5)<br />

2 Central space in a church (4)<br />

3 Co-founder of Spring Harvest,<br />

Clive — (6)<br />

4 Moses killed one when he saw<br />

him beating a Hebrew labourer<br />

(Exodus 2:12) (8)<br />

5 Bravery (Acts 4:13) (7)<br />

6 It interrupted Paul and Silas<br />

singing in jail (Acts 16:26) (10)<br />

9 Transgression (Psalm 36:1) (10)<br />

12 Dublin is in this Irish province (8)<br />

14 Same hit (anag) (7)<br />

16 <strong>The</strong> Spirit of God was hovering<br />

over the — (Genesis 1:2) (6)<br />

19 Author of the immortal stories<br />

of Winnie the Pooh, A A — (5)<br />

20 Cab (4)<br />



Would you like to keep your<br />

favourite copies of <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong><br />

<strong>Magazine</strong> in a binder that<br />

holds 12 copies. We have a<br />

small number available free<br />

of charge on a strictly first<br />

come, first served basis. To<br />

request a binder, email your<br />

name and address to:<br />

editor@theparishmagazine.co.uk<br />

Planning Your<br />

Traditional Wedding?<br />

<strong>The</strong>n you might like to<br />

discuss the possibility of<br />

marriage in our ancient and<br />

beautiful parish church.<br />

If so, call the vicar, Jamie<br />

0118 969 3298<br />

He will be pleased to help!<br />


1. Good Friday<br />

2. Easter Eggs<br />

3. Palm Sunday<br />

4. Crucifixion<br />

5. Hot Cross Buns<br />

6. Last Supper<br />

7. Judas Iscariot<br />

8. Crown of Thorns<br />

9. He is Risen!<br />


In addition to the stunning and historic location in Sonning,<br />

we will work hard to provide you with a memorable and<br />

moving occasion. We can provide a choir, organ, peal of<br />

eight bells, beautiful flowers, over 100 lit candles set in<br />

ornate Victorian chandeliers and the use of our beautiful<br />

churchyard as a backdrop for your photographs.<br />

the church of st andrew SERVING CHARVIL,<br />

SONNING & sonning eye since the 7 th century<br />

Church of St Andrew<br />

Serving Sonning, Charvil & Sonning Eye

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Local Trades and Services<br />


Locks changed, fitted, repaired and opened<br />

Door and window locks fitted, UPVC door lock expert<br />

Checkatrade member - Which Trusted Trader<br />

Call Richard Homden: 0149 168 2050 / 0771 040 9216<br />

Please mention <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> when responding to advertisements<br />


Linda Frewin MInstChp, HCPC member<br />

General foot care and treatments<br />

25 Ashtrees Road, Woodley RG5 4LP<br />

0118 969 6978 - 0790 022 4999<br />


Qualified Plumbing and Heating Engineers Gas Safe<br />

25 years experience - local family run company<br />

Office: 0118 961 8784 - Paul: 0776 887 4440<br />

paul@clarkbicknell.co.uk<br />


For jargon free help with your computer problems<br />

PC & laptop repairs, upgrades, installations, virus removal<br />

Free advice, reasonable rates<br />

0798 012 9364 help@computerfrustrations.co.uk<br />


Electrical Installation and Smart Home Automation<br />

intersmartuk@gmail.com<br />

Elliott — 0777 186 6696<br />

Nick — 0758 429 4986<br />


Reliable and affordable<br />

Small jobs a speciality!<br />

Call Andy on 0795 810 0128<br />

http://www.handyman-reading.co.uk<br />


Car Servicing, Repairs and MOT<br />

Mole Road, Sindlesham, RG41 5DJ<br />

0118 977 0831<br />

james_autos@hotmail.co.uk<br />


A local business based in Sonning. TV - FM - DAB aerials etc.<br />

Sky dishes. Communal premises IRS systems, TV points.<br />

Free estimates - All work guaranteed<br />

0118 944 0000<br />


We are a family business with excellent references<br />

and we are fully insured<br />

All cleaning materials provided<br />

For free quote call: Maria 0779 902 7901<br />


0779 926 8123 0162 882 8130<br />

enquiries@thameschimneysweeps.co.uk<br />

http://www.thameschimneysweeps.co.uk<br />

Member of the Guild of Master Sweeps<br />


Thames Valley Will Service<br />

Also Lasting Powers of Attorney and Probate Service<br />

We are still working during the pandemic period<br />

0134 464 1885 tvwills@yahoo.co.uk<br />


Tiling, Slating and Flat Roofing specialists<br />

36 Chatteris Way, Lower Earley, RG6 4 JA<br />

0118 986 6035 0794 447 4070<br />

ajhroofingco.co.uk info@ajhroofingco.co.uk<br />


For local odd jobs please call Phil on<br />

0118 944 0000<br />

0797 950 3908<br />

Thames Street, Sonning<br />


Reliable and friendly service for all tree care<br />

NPTC qualified — Public Liability of £10million<br />

0118 937 1929 0786 172 4071<br />

bighearttreecare.co.uk info@bighearttreecare.co.uk<br />


Landscaping, garden construction,<br />

patios, lawns, fencing, decking etc<br />

0118 969 8989<br />

info@smallwoodcc.co.uk http://www.smallwoodcc.com<br />


All types of Carpentry, Kitchens, Renovations<br />

Built-in Cupboards & Wardrobes, Flooring & Doors<br />

78 Crockhamwell Road, Woodley 0776 276 6110<br />

http://www.beechwood-carpentry-construction.co.uk<br />


Experienced lady carer who is local to this area<br />

offers live-in support at competitive rates<br />

Excellent references provided — Contact Louise<br />

0784 226 2583 lasheppard61@gmail.com<br />


Roger McGrath has 25 years experience<br />

Restoration painting work of any size undertaken<br />

For a free quotation call<br />

Roger 0742 332 1179


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42 <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> - <strong>May</strong> <strong>2021</strong> Please mention <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> when replying to advertisements<br />

information — 2<br />

<strong>Parish</strong> contacts<br />

Ministry Team<br />

— <strong>The</strong> Vicar: Revd Jamie Taylor*<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> Office, Thames Street, Sonning, RG4 6UR<br />

vicar@sonningparish.org.uk / 0118 969 3298<br />

*Day off Friday<br />

— Associate Vicar: Revd Kate Wakeman-Toogood<br />

revkate@sonningparish.org.uk / 0746 380 6735<br />

On duty Tuesday, Friday and Sunday<br />

— Youth Minister: Chris West (Westy)<br />

youthminister@sonningparish.org.uk / 0794 622 4106<br />

— Licensed Lay Minister: Bob Peters<br />

bob@sonningparish.org.uk / 0118 377 5887<br />

Children's Ministry<br />

— Alison Smyly office@sonningparish.org.uk / 0118 969 3298<br />

Churchwardens<br />

— Perry Mills perry@oaktreeoffice.com / 0786 035 5457<br />

— Stuart Bowman sdbowman73@aol.com / 0118 978 8414<br />

Deputy Churchwardens<br />

— Liz Nelson liz.nelson1@ntlworld.com / 0118 934 4837<br />

— Simon Darvall sdarvall@businessmoves.com 0793 928 2535<br />

— Sue Peters mail@susanjpeters.com / 0118 377 5887<br />

— Molly Woodley (deputy churchwarden emeritus)<br />

mollywoodley@live.co.uk / 0118 946 3667<br />

<strong>Parish</strong> Administrator<br />

— Hilary Rennie<br />

office@sonningparish.org.uk / 0118 969 3298<br />

Parochial Church Council<br />

— Secretary: Hilary Rennie 0118 969 3298<br />

— Treasurer: Richard Moore 0118 969 2588<br />

Director of Music, organist and choirmaster<br />

— Chris Goodwin MA (Cantab), ARCO (CHM), ARCM, LRAM<br />

music@sonningparish.org.uk<br />

Sacristan<br />

— Helen Goodwin 0134 462 7697<br />

<strong>Parish</strong> Website: http://www.sonningparish.org.uk<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong>: http://www.theparishmagazine.co.uk<br />

— Editor: Bob Peters<br />

editor@theparishmagazine.co.uk / 0118 377 5887<br />

— Advertising and Distribution: Gordon Nutbrown<br />

advertising@theparishmagazine.co.uk / 0118 969 3282<br />

— Treasurer: Pat Livesey<br />

pat.livesey@yahoo.co.uk / 0118 961 8017<br />

— <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> is produced by St Andrew’s PCC and delivered<br />

free of charge to every home in Charvil, Sonning and Sonning Eye.<br />

— <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> is printed in the United Kingdom by <strong>The</strong> Print<br />

Factory at Sarum Graphics Ltd, Old Sarum, Salisbury SP4 6QX<br />

— <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> is distributed by Abracadabra Leaflet<br />

Distribution Ltd, Reading RG7 1AW<br />

— <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> template was designed in 2012 by Roger<br />

Swindale rogerswindale@hotmail.co.uk and David Woodward<br />

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Advertisers index<br />

ABD Construction 24<br />

ACG Services Locksmith 40<br />

ADD Plumbing 12<br />

AJH Roofing 40<br />

All Aerials Sonning 40<br />

All Waste Clearance 34<br />

Barn Store Henley 16<br />

Beechwood Carpentry and Construction 40<br />

Big Heart Tree Care 40<br />

Blandy & Blandy Solicitors 14<br />

Blinds Direct 26<br />

Blue Moose 8<br />

Bridge House 43<br />

Bridges Home Care 14<br />

Bright and Fresh Cleaning 26<br />

Bull Inn 8<br />

Carer Companion 40<br />

Chimney Sweep, Thames 40<br />

Chiropody, Linda Frewin 40<br />

Chris the Plumber 32<br />

Clark Bicknell 40<br />

Complete Pest Solutions 16<br />

Computer Frustrations 40<br />

Cruz Kitchens 34<br />

DAC Mobility Services 34<br />

David Shailes Plumbing & Decorating 26<br />

Design for Print 28<br />

Freebody Boatbuilders 6<br />

Fields Pharmacy 32<br />

French Horn 44<br />

Gardiners Nursing 8<br />

Graham Blake Soft Furnishing 6<br />

Great House Sonning 26<br />

Handyman, Decorating 40<br />

Haslams Estate Agents 2<br />

Hicks Group 16<br />

Intersmart Electrical Installations 40<br />

James Autos 40<br />

Jones & Sheppard Stone Masons 16<br />

Just Brickwork 20<br />

Kingfisher Bathrooms 18<br />

MC Cleaning 40<br />

Mill at Sonning 4<br />

M & L Healthcare Solutions 12<br />

Mortgage Required 18<br />

Muck & Mulch 28<br />

Newgate Car Finance 20<br />

Odd Jobs 40<br />

Painter and Decorator 40<br />

Pearson Hall Sonning 30<br />

Pennymatters Finance Advice 24<br />

Q1 Care 30<br />

Reading Blue Coat School 18<br />

Richfield Flooring 14<br />

Sabella Interiors 36<br />

Shiplake College 20<br />

Signature Cliveden Manor Care Home 28<br />

Sonning Golf Club 32<br />

Sonning Scouts Marquees 32<br />

Smallwood Garden Services 40<br />

Style by Julie 24<br />

Sunrise of Sonning Senior Living 34<br />

Thames Valley Water Softeners 24<br />

Thames Valley Wills Service 40<br />

Tomalin Funerals 30<br />

Velvaere Studio 6<br />

Village Hamper 20<br />

Walker Funerals 12<br />

Water Softener Salt 28<br />

Window Cleaner 30

Please mention <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> when responding this advertisement<br />

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