The Parish Magazine June 2021


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Contents June 2021



— Covid Songs of Praise, 7

— Director of music, 7

— Rendezvous Club, 7

— Alpha on Zoom, 7

— For your prayers in May, 7

— STAY, 9

— St Peter and St Paul, 10-11

— Be still in church, 11

— On Reflection: Job, 13

— From the editor's desk, 13

The Persecuted Church, 15

This month's FRONT COVER

June 2021




the church of st andrew, SERVING THE COMMUNITIES OF


Sonning from the Church Tower

(see centre pages)

Picture: Peter Rennie

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Services at

St Andrew’s


During June we will continue with the

Covid social distance, masks and hand

sanitising restrictions in church, and

continue with the same service schedule

as used last month.

Sunday 6 June

— 8.00am Holy Communion

— 10.30am Family Communion

Sunday 13 June

— 8.00am Holy Communion

— 10.30am Parish Eucharist with

Sunday Club and STAY


— Prince Philip RIP, 17

— Karen and Covid, 19-21

— BOOK, 21

— Up and down images, 22-23

— Claude and the NHS, 25

— Holman Hunt and Sonning, 27

around the villages

— Local performing arts studio, 29

— Bucks Town & Country Show, 29

— Sonning Village Rounders, 31

— Charvil Village Party, 31

— In Pursuit of Leisure, 31

— Neighbourhood dog, 31

— Art Group looks to July, 33

— Covid: Where next? 33


— In the Garden, 35

— Recipe of the Month, 35


— Abundant Life, 37

— Summer Solstice, 37

— Poetry Corner, 38


The editorial deadline for every issue

of The Parish Magazine is 12 noon on

the sixth day of the month prior to the

date of publication.

The deadline for the July/August

issue of The Parish Magazine is:

Saturday 6 June at 12 noon

The Parish Magazine online

This issue can also be viewed online at:

Earlier issues from 1869 onwards are

stored in a secure online archive. If you

wish to view these archives contact the

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Sunday 20 June

— 8.00am Holy Communion

— 10.30am Family Communion

Sunday 27 June

— 8.00am Holy Communion

— 10.30am Parish Eucharist with

Sunday Club and STAY


Mid-week Communion in The Ark

will be held every Wednesday at


Morning Prayer in June will be in

Church at 9.30am every Tuesday and

once a month on a Friday — this

month it will be on 4 June.

Compline on Zoom will be sang

every Wednesday evening — full

details about how to login from Rev

Kate (contact details on page 42)

the sciences

— Living World Wonders, 38


children's page, 41


— Church services, 3

— From the registers, 3

Parish contacts, 42

— Advertisers index, 42

From the registers


— Tuesday 27 April, Daphne Margaret Nichols in St Andrew's followed by cremation at

Reading Crematorium

— Friday 30 April, Daphne Margaret Nichols, interment of Ashes in churchyard

— Wednesday 5 May, Bruce Bennett in St Andrew's followed by cremation at Reading


— Friday 7 May, Bruce Bennett, interment of Ashes in churchyard

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Dear Friends,

The slightly strange thing about writing these letters, is that I write it

nearly a month in advance in order to give enough time for the magazine

to be edited and printed. This means that, although I can predict what

might be happening the following month and what will probably be

relevant, I cannot ever know for sure! For example, the letter for April

2020 when we were in lockdown was written in March before the

lockdown had even been suggested let alone announced — who on earth

could have guessed what significant changes would take place in our

world in such a short space of time? So I am writing this with a great

deal of hope and joy, and also with that tentative feeling that we are so

familiar with as the changes in restrictions unfold before us.


The roadmap, as presented by the government, has allowed us to

return to some pre-Covid activities in small steps which have been

carefully monitored. In the parish we are excited about the return of

some of the services and events that have had to stop due to lockdown

and Covid restrictions. Slowly we have started this journey with the live services which began on Palm Sunday,

the resumption of live school assemblies — which have been prerecorded videos for the past year — and the

reintroduction of other parish events and activities such as Rendezvous and refreshments after church.

September will hopefully mark a whole new chapter — a new beginning — of many much loved aspects

of parish life such as Messy Church, Choral Evensong and the Family Service. It is with a joyful heart that

the ministry team and church community have made these plans, albeit cautiously at times as we watch the

roadmap unfold.

The difficult thing about the slow road back to some sort of normality is that of course there are still

uncertainties. Many events have restarted and places have reopened, although things are not quite the same

as they were before and we are now all too aware of how quickly things can change. Another great difficulty

is that despite the slow return to many of the things we have missed, the reality is that many people have

really struggled over the course of the pandemic and these struggles will not all simply disappear as life moves

forward. The most obvious would be those who are grieving the death of loved ones, but also those who are

struggling with their mental health or who are feeling isolated. Some things in our world are easier to move

forward such as the reopening of shops and workplaces, and the resumption of holidays and social events.


Other effects of the pandemic will take longer to heal and it is important that we remember and

acknowledge this and continue to support and look out for those around us. But one thing — a positive thing

— that I have noticed as we have journeyed along the roadmap, is an increasing sense of hope. Hope is not to be

underestimated. Even a small amount of hope can make a significant difference, in a similar way to how even a

small flame of light can dispel darkness.

The Christian message is one of great hope and in the Gospel stories we see the ultimate hope in the

resurrection of Jesus. My prayer is as we journey forward, that we embrace with gratitude those things we may

have previously taken for granted; that we make the most of opportunities to nurture relationships, and that

we continue to support those who are struggling.

With love and prayers


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Songs of Praise Sunday 4 July at 5.30pm

Book the date for a (God willing) end of Covid restrictions

celebration of hymns, anthems and songs, followed by a

drinks reception in The Ark garden on Sunday 4 July at

5.30pm. The 103rd Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey,

will preach and dedicate our new organ and a memorial

board for all who sponsored a stop on the organ will be

unveiled by Theresa May MP. Let us join together to draw a

line under the Covid period and to sing God’s praise!

There will be a special retiring collection in aid of the

Karun School and Home in South India (see page 19), as a

way of showing our love and support during the terrible

period of Covid that India is experiencing.

Director of Music

Applications are now being invited for this important role

in our church life. More details are available on the parish

website. Chris Goodwin’s last Sunday here will be on 28

August when there will be a presentation to him and Helen

followed by an adult and junior choir BBQ at the Vicarage.

Rendezvous Lunch Club

At the time of writing, we are planning to restart the

popular, and much-missed, Rendezvous Lunch Club in

July. As previously, it will be held on the second and fourth

Tuesday of the month at 12pm. More details will be in the

July issue of this magazine and on the parish website.

Alpha on Zoom

Do you want to learn more about Christianity and its role

in your life? There is still time to join in the weekly online

Alpha sessions on Thursdays at 8pm. Each session has a

20 minute video with opportunities to ask questions and

comment. To join, contact:

When can we all sing in church again?

As our magazine went to press, there were suggestions that by

the middle of June we might all be able to sing again in church . . .

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The Ark garden where the Songs of Praise drinks reception will be held

on Sunday 4 July

Peter Rennie

For your prayers in June

— For the right person to be

appointed as our new

director of music

— For Her Majesty the Queen

as she continues to mourn the

death of Prince Philip

— For the Karun School and Home in

South India during the pandemic

— For Westy and his youth pastors work

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With lockdown easing and things starting to open up, life for

STAY feels a little more normal. We have loved being back

in schools, back together on Sundays and we have especially

loved being back together on Friday evenings for STAY on

Friday youth club. Timings for Fridays are 6.45pm-8.15pm.

All activities are open and face masks must be worn inside.

STAY on Friday Youth Club

We relaunched STAY on Friday with a party style evening. We had a surf simulator, popcorn

machine, candy floss maker and the usual fun and games indoors and out! We even made

time for the final thoughts where each young person was given a unique emoji key ring to

remind them just how special and unique they are. We thought about who or what influences

us and I used my old Walkman to demonstrate the point. Obviously the youth thought it was

a camera and couldn’t believe you had to turn the tape over to listen to the other side!

STAY in Schools

Our school work has continued to go from strength to strength with mentoring, assemblies

and prayer meetings. We have also been involved in the exciting new Reflection Room at

Piggott. It’s a space where pupils will be allowed to go and reflect, pray, have space and think.

The Greenhouse Project

The Greenhouse Project is an idea to get anyone working with young people together, over

Zoom, and brainstorm about how to reach, support and care for young people who aren’t

in church. There are a staggering 95% of UK youth who aren’t currently in church and if the

Youthscape Centre for Research is correct, there will be no young people in churches come

2035. Never has there been a more pressing time to reach young people with the amazing

good news that they are loved, chosen, unique and created by an amazing creative God!

STAY Detached Project

We have been out on Wednesdays and Fridays meeting young people where they are

through our detached project. We continue to see varying numbers of young people from

1-50 on any given day. Relationships are starting to build trust and it is amazing to start

having deeper conversations with young people about meaningful subjects.

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Peter and Paul — the two

different famous apostles

The two most famous apostles of Christ, St Peter and St Paul, share a feast day

on 29 June. Tradition says they both died on that day, although not in the same

place or the same year. St Peter died c64AD and St Paul the next year.

Tradition also says that Peter was buried at the Vatican and Paul on the Ostian

Way under the basilica dedicated to him in Rome. There is much greater certainty

in what they achieved in their lives, their deeds and words are well documented in

their writings and in those of their close companions.

Jesus changed both their names; they were changes that marked a radical

change of lifestyle which has shaped the Christian church for 2,000 years.

Peter was a married fisherman from Bethsaida, near Galilee. He met Jesus

through his brother, Andrew — after whom our church is dedicated. Jesus called

him Cephas (Peter) which means rock. In the Bible, Peter is always named first in

lists of apostles and was privileged to witness the Transfiguration, the raising of

the daughter of Jairus, and the agony of Christ in the garden.


When Peter made his famous confession of faith that Jesus was the Christ,

Jesus recognised it as being a revelation from the Father. He told Peter that

he would be the rock on which his Church would be built and that he would be

personally given ‘the keys of the kingdom of heaven’, hence he is often portrayed

holding a key, as in our illustration above right. Jesus also forewarned Peter

of his betrayal and subsequent strengthening of the other apostles. After his

resurrection, Jesus appeared to Peter before the other apostles and later entrusted

him with the mission to feed both the lambs and the sheep of Christ’s flock.

Peter played a large part in the early Church, he preached the first sermon

and worked the first miracles of the apostles. It was Peter who first realised that

Christianity was also for the Gentiles and he took a prominent part in the council

at Jerusalem where he clashed with Paul for hesitating to eat with Gentiles.

Tradition says that Peter was crucified head-downwards, although there is no

documented evidence of this.

Prior to becoming an apostle of Christ, Paul led a

completely different life from Peter, although both

were Jewish by birth. Paul was born in Tarsus and

brought up as a Pharisee, a Jewish sect that believed

in resurrection and followed 'the traditions of the

fathers' rather than the words of the scriptures.

He was so keen to defend the god of his fathers

that he became a persecutor of Christians, and

even took part in the stoning of Stephen, the first

Christian martyr.

Saul, as he was then called, hunted Christians

down and imprisoned them, and it was while on

his way to Damascus to hunt for more that he had a

vision of Christ which left him blind.

He realised that Jesus was truly the Messiah, and

the Son of God. He was given the new name of Paul,

and was sent on a mission to take the Christian faith

to the Gentiles. Through accepting Jesus, he was also

healed of his temporary blindness and was baptised.

Paul then retired to Arabia for about three

years of prayer and solitude, before returning to


From then on Paul seems to have lived a life

full of hazard and hardship. He made many Jewish

enemies, who stoned him, and wanted to kill him.

Nevertheless, Paul made three great missionary

journeys taking him to Cyprus, Asia Minor, eastern

Greece, and Ephesus before returning to Jerusalem.

After more stoning, beatings and imprisonment

in Jerusalem he was sent to Rome for trial as a

Roman citizen, a journey that saw him shipwrecked

at Malta. When he eventually arrived in Rome he

was put under house arrest for two years. Later Paul

may have revisited Ephesus and even reached Spain.

Tradition says he was martyred at San Paolo alle

Tre Fontane in Rome during Nero's persecution. Being

a Roman citizen he was beheaded and buried outside

the walls of the city where the basilica of St Paul now

stands. When in Rome, visit the basilica, it is one of

the most awe-inspiring churches in the world.

Paul was not only a tireless missionary, but a

great thinker. His epistles played a major part in the

later development of Christian theology. His key

ideas include that redemption is only through faith

in Christ, who began the era of the Spirit; that Christ

is not just the Messiah, but the eternal, pre-existent

Son of God, exalted after the resurrection to God’s

right hand; that the Church is the mystical body

of Christ; and that believers live in Christ and will

eventually be transformed by the final resurrection.

It is difficult to overemphasise the influence

both St Peter and St Paul had — and still have — on

Christian thought and the history of our world.

Left: St Paul's Church Wokingham in the Deanery of

Sonning (

Top right: Antonis Mor's painting of Risen Jesus Christ with

Saint Peter (holding the key), Saint Paul and two angels (commons.

Bottom right: Stephen Smith's painting of St Peter's Church Thund

was baptised in 1946

The burial place of St Paul's reli

'Be still, and know that I am God'

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ersley, Essex, where the editor

cs in the basilica outside Rome


How do you ‘sit’ in church? I’m a wriggler and

change my position on the seat often. I cross one

leg over the other, then swap them over, stretch

them out, then cross them at the ankles. I do the

same with my arms. I lean one way and then the

other, writes Rev Dr Jo White.

In other words, ‘I’m a fidget.’ But having been

absent from a church building for so long, I

wanted to think about simply sitting and being

still before the Lord.

I’m well aware we’ve done little else this last 18

months — but if you manage to get into a church

building, for whatever reason, I’d like to encourage

us all to just sit still and breathe in the place. To

relish being ‘back’!


To sit ‘heavily’ in that spot. To feel the solidity

of the surface you are sitting on. Lean into it. Feel

how it supports you. Feel each part of your body

where it is touching the chair or pew.

Look around you at all the distinctive seating

set aside for the different participants of the

church: the choir, the worship leader, the priest,

the preacher, the readers, and so on.

In an Anglican church there will be a chair

especially dedicated for the use of the Bishop.

However plain or fancy each piece of furniture

is within your building, they all have the same

purpose. To hold the person and keep them safe.

As you sit in the church building — or at home

if you are not able to do so — think of all those

people in the Bible stories who sat with Jesus. The

number of times he taught in the Temple or in a

synagogue, or to crowds gathered on a hill or the

seashore. Recall the Last Supper and his friends

gathered sitting with him to eat and share the

Passover meal, and then recall the meal with the

men from the Emmaus Road. So many meal times

with the bold and the weak, the saints and the

sinners. With you and with me.

God is our refuge and strength,

an ever-present help in trouble.

Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give

way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,

though its waters roar and foam

and the mountains quake with their surging.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of

God, the holy place where the Most High dwells.

God is within her, she will not fall;

God will help her at break of day.

Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;

He lifts his voice, the earth melts.

The Lord Almighty is with us;

the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Come and see what the Lord has done,

the desolations he has brought on the earth.

He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth.

He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;

He burns the shields with fire.

Indy Biddulph


He says, 'Be still, and know that I am God;

I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted

in the earth' The Lord Almighty is with us;

the God of Jacob is our fortress.

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On reflection . . .

By Elizabeth Spiers

Job: God works for us but

not always as we expect

glorystory on

Job was, in God’s words, the most righteous man on Earth

in his day. Of course, according to the Bible, he didn’t hear

God say that. He was completely unaware of what was

about to happen to him.

Job had lived a very righteous life, was highly respected in

his community, extremely wealthy and genuinely faithful

to God. Without warning he became the victim of multiple

calamities which left him financially ruined, homeless,

bereaved of his 10 children and covered in painful, itchy

sores. Can you imagine the impact of that? Talk about unfair!

Unfair suffering is the hardest to bear. To suffer for doing

wrong we can understand, but Job suffered as few of us ever

will, and for no apparent reason. His so-called friends told

him, in so many words, 'you have obviously sinned; this is

what you deserve'. His wife, shattered by their losses, told

him to 'curse God and die'. And although Job begged God

to speak, God stayed silent. Yet in all this, Job did not sin.

Although he didn’t understand he didn’t blame God. In

Job 1:20-22 Job responds:

The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away.

Blessed be the name of the Lord.


In our modern world, we like to be able to understand

the ‘why’ of things. Job simply accepted and endured his

suffering. Yes, he vented his feelings about the unfairness

of it, but he also maintained his integrity. He didn’t lose his

faith and he kept true to himself by refusing to accept the

accusations of his friends.

There are many verses in the Bible that tell us how much

God wants to be our rock through hard times and that he

walks through the situation with us and longs to comfort us.

The apostle Paul put it this way in Romans 8:28:

And we know that in all things God works for

the good of those who love him

who have been called according to his purpose.

So in a difficult situation, remember that God is working

for your good. Although you may not understand, you can be

sure that he is with you always and, if you allow him, he will

work it out although perhaps not in the way you imagined.

From the desk

of the editor

Thinking about


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Today, as I write this, is 15 April and I am sitting at my

desk and working on the June issue. It is hard to believe

that we are already half way through the year but like

most people as they grow older the clock seems to tick

faster and faster. It won't be long before I will be sitting

down with Gordon Nutbrown, my colleague who manages

the 'business' side of the magazine, to review progress and

plan the budget for 2022!

Whenever we talk about the future of the magazine

the subject of our own roles comes up. In October this

year we will publish the 100th issue of the magazine

in its current format, and January 2022 marks the 10

year anniversary of it. This also means, of course, that

we are both 10 years older than when we took over the

responsibility, even though it only seems like yesterday!

In October, I will be 75 years old — Gordon, at 82 years,

is a little more senior then me — but I like to think that I

still have at least another 10 years of editing in me before

I consider retiring completely. One lesson that Covid has

taught us is that we never know what is lurking around

the corner. As my wife, Sue, often tells me, we should

never 'assume' anything because that makes an 'ass' out of

'u' and 'me'!


Both Gordon and I have spent our working lives in

and around the publishing world, mine in journalism

and editing, and Gordon's in the printing and business

side. This does not mean that we live in the past, we

simply believe that the past shows us that the well proven

fundamentals for successful publishing remain the same.

We are both keen to take advantage of the benefits of

new technology and we both see a good future for printed

magazines and newspapers alongside online media.

Covid has reinforced this belief because so many

people are now saying that while looking at a screen

during the pandemic has been a life saver, they have come

to appreciate just how good it is to relax in a comfortable

chair, or bed, to read a good old fashioned printed book or


With these thoughts in mind, we are both anxious to

have successors join us to ensure that The Parish Magazine

can continue to grow and serve the Church and our local

communities way into the distant future. In short, we

are looking for a couple of 'apprentices' who are willing to

learn the basics of editing and publishing from a couple

of old hacks and are able to contribute some new ideas to

keep the printed magazine current in the years to come.

The only requirements are that you are Christian,

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Church and the community, and that you are younger

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A round-up of news items, features, and links by Colin Bailey. Please read for

awareness, and support by prayer and any further support — financial or otherwise.

Torture, killing and atrocities in a tragic Ethiopian war















This month we focus on Sky News

reports that more than 500,000

people of Tigray, Ethiopia have lost

their homes after 4 months of fighting

between the national defence force

of Ethiopia and fighters from Tigray

People’s Liberation Front (TPLF).

Around 300,000 Tigrayans are

camping in schools, a college and halfconstructed

buildings in the city of

Shire, Ethiopia. Almost 60,000 are now

refugees in Sudan.1

The fighting began, says BBC

Africa Eye, last November when the

government launched a military

offensive against TPLF — previously

the region’s ruling party. Prime

Minister Abiy Ahmed accused the

TPLF of attacking a government

military base. According to Africa Eye,

TPLF is opposed to Mr Abiy’s efforts

to increase the power of the federal

commitment and is, it says, committed

to 'extended resistance'.2


Ethiopiaid (http://www.ethiopiaid., a charity working with

partners in Ethiopia to improve the

lives of the poorest communities in

the country, launched an emergency

appeal in March. In a recent podcast

series, Ethiopiaid Behebret (Together),

recognised that there is a growing

humanitarian crisis in the region —

electricity has been shut off, violence

has escalated, food and water are

scarce, and hospitals have run out of

medicine and been unable to restock.

The charity reported thousands

of people in Tigray have fled to the

Afar Region and some to Sudan, many

with just the clothes on their back.

Many are traumatised and many have

lost contact with family members

The Chapel of the Tablet at the Church of Our Lady Mary of Zion. Colin Bailey (February 2020)

remaining in Tigray. The refugees

includes Eritreans who fled Eritrea.3

Africa Eye says that, according to

Tigray’s interim administration, the

conflict has displaced more than 2

million people (1 April) and left more

than 4 million in need of aid.2

Barnabas Fund reports that, by

December 2020, hundreds of Christian

civilians had been massacred by

Eritrean forces in Axum, central Tigray

and according to Amnesty International

it could amount to a crime against


Human Rights Watch reported in

November, that Ethiopian and Eritrean

forces had indiscriminately shelled

Axum, killing and wounding civilians.

They pillaged and destroyed property

including healthcare facilities. Tigray

militia and Axum residents attacked

the forces and, in apparent retaliation,

the Eritrean forces fatally shot and

summarily executed several hundred

residents, mostly men and boys.5

The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo

Church claims to possess the Ark of

the Covenant, in Axum. The object

is currently kept under guard in a

building near the church of Our Lady

Mary of Zion. Hundreds of people

hiding in the church were brought out

and shot — The Observer. ⁶

A senior research fellow at the

Institute of Commonwealth Studies,

reported that fleeing civilians said

the aim of the attack was to remove

the Ark to Addis Ababa, He said that

Eritrean troops were looting, and

had gone through some monasteries

and churches, taking Bibles and icons

across the border.⁶

Eritrea is often considered to

be the second worst country in the

world for Christians, after North

Korea. 'Torture, killing, atrocities and

the overall deteriorating situation

in Tigray region became day-to-day

events', said a church leader from

Tigray who emailed Barnabas Fund.⁴


For more from Barnabas Fund,

and to support its appeal to help

Christians in Tigray who need food,

water, clothes, bedding, medicines and

trauma counselling: https://barnabasfund.


To donate by phone, call 0800

587 4006 and specify project 13-659

'Victims of violence in Ethiopia'.

Sources and further reading

1. Sky News

2. BBC Africa Eye

3. Ethiopiaid podcast

4. Barnabas Fund

5. Human Rights Watch

6. The Observer

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100 years ago on 10 June 1921 His Royal Highness Prince Philip,

Duke of Edinburgh, was born on a dining room table in Corfu. Sally

Churches, chair of the Association for Church Editors, reflects on his

personal, sincere Christian faith.

Duty, care and concern

'His duty of service and genuine and deep sense of humility

came from his personal and sincere Christian faith', said

Archbishop Justin Welby. 'He was absolutely untainted by

false piety, formed and developed by wrestling with great

issues. . . He knew who he was, and his faith was central to

who he was and how he lived his life. He worked out his call

to serve and follow Christ in the context of his own unique

calling’. His coat of arms sums up where his help came from.

His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh was

baptised into the Greek Orthodox Church in the Old Fortress

in Corfu. Later, he attended Anglican services with his

classmates and relatives in England and throughout his Royal

Navy days.

Prior to his marriage to Princess

Elizabeth, he was officially received

into the Church of England during

a private service in Lambeth Palace

in October 1947. It was led by the

Archbishop of Canterbury, Geoffrey


Of his faith, a URC statement said,

‘Many who have known the Duke

of Edinburgh bear witness to the

depth of his faith and his theological

knowledge. A regular visitor to Mount

Athos, and a keen questioner of

preachers, his faith was much more

than nominal’.

Mount Athos is a mountain and

peninsula in north eastern Greece

and is an important centre of Eastern

Orthodox monasticism. It is home to

20 monasteries.

Prince Philip was described by

the John Templeton Foundation as

‘a great friend of the Templeton prize

Mount Athos in North East Greece

for many years’. The John Templeton

Prize is awarded annually to a living

person for ‘outstanding contributions

in affirming life's spiritual dimension,

whether through insight, discovery,

or practical works’. Prince Philip

presented the first award to Mother

Teresa in 1973 and continued to

participate in a private ceremony for

the prize winners held at Windsor

Castle or Buckingham Palace.


He was also well known for his

interfaith work which began in the

1980’s when his vision was to bring

the faiths together with the World

Wildlife Fund and all the major

environmental organisations. This led

to the foundation of the Alliance of

Religions and Conservation (ARC) in

1995 at Windsor Castle. ARC brokered

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links between the world’s major

faiths and organisations working on

environment programmes. It was also

suggested by Prince Philip that the

assets of the faiths such as buildings,

finance, and purchasing power could

revolutionise practical action and

engagement with environmental

issues. This in turn led to the founding

of FaithInvest in 2019 to empower

faiths to invest in line with their

beliefs and values.

His faith led to action, and he is

quoted as saying ‘If God is in nature,

nature itself becomes divine’. We

therefore have ‘a responsibility not to

harm it, not just for our own selfish

interests, but as a duty to the Creator’.

How apt at the present time while

we are thinking more than ever what

must be done about climate change,

although climate change is something

of which Prince Philip was said to be



A spokesperson for the Anglican

Communion said, ‘His example of duty

and service and of care and concern for

the environment and for young people

will live on’.

His funeral on 17 April, at St

George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle,

featured some of his best loved words

and music. These included the hymn

Eternal Father, Strong to Save, the

sailor’s hymn, and Psalm 104 which

he had requested be set to music by

William Lovelady.

As the Bishop of Durham said,

‘May he rest in peace and rise in glory’.

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The Breakthrough Trustees very

much appreciate the prayers and

continued financial support from

all at St Andrew’s during this very

difficult period of Covid in India.

While the school is closed, staff and

the local administrator have had an

opportunity to take stock of what

has been achieved and to consider

the future direction of Karun.

Trustees continue to be in regular

contact with Karun and are well

informed about the local Covid

situation as well as government

arrangements for schools.

In Tamil Nadu, although shops,

transport and other public services

are functioning there is great

concern at the rising Covid numbers

in the state and across India.

Karun does not have any official

information from the government

on the date for the reopening of

the school which remains closed.

Normally the school year ends in

April and reopens in the first week of

June. However, all the teachers are

continuing to come to school daily.

Children who come to Karun are

from disadvantaged backgrounds

and many do not have facilities to

access online lessons. During the

week teachers are travelling to

surrounding villages to visit children

in their homes to give one-to-one

coaching on the core subjects. They

have also provided text books so that

children can continue their work

until they see their teachers again.


The government normally

provides a free lunch for all school

children but this has not been

possible, so parents, who are able to

travel, go to the school to collect rice,

eggs and other commodities from

Karun. For other children, teachers

take the food with them when they

make the weekly visit to their homes.

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Karun's compassionate help is held up by Covid

As the news began to break about

the devastating impact Covid is

having in India, we received the

latest update about the progress of

the Breakthrough Trust, a UK-based

charity that supports the Karun

Children's Home and School in the

South India State of Tamil Nadu.

St Andrew's Church, along with

the Maiden Erlegh and Loddon

Vale Rotary Clubs, and Waddesdon

School, have been supporting

Karun since 2007 when Leslie and

Janet Stephen, who are members

of St Andrew's, visited Trichy and

learned that the home set up by

Leslie’s father was soon to close due

to lack of funding. Now Karun is

concerned with the whole learning

experience including art, drama,

music, dance and other skills such

as IT and sewing. The focus is on

giving pupils a wide set of values

and experiences that will help

them to compete in a fast changing

India. 'Karun' means 'compassion'

thus, as well as providing a home

and a school, Karun's activities

extend into the wider community

helping families to grow food and

learn essential skills such as IT

and sewing. Since this report was

written all of the activities have

been stopped as the country tries to

contain Covid. Here is the Trustees'


Growing and harvesting crops at Karun

To celebrate and give thanks

for a return to 'normality' with

the easing of the pandemic

restrictions there will be a

Songs of Praise!

in St Andrew's Church

Sunday 4 July at 5.30pm

During the service we will

remember those still suffering

from Covid and there will be a

special collection for the

Karun School and Children's

Home in South India

Delivering food parcels to villages

Ancillary staff at Karun are

busy with building maintenance

and the successful new garden

project. The vegetable plants, guava,

coconut and lime trees planted

in 2020 are thriving. Aubergines,

tomatoes, chillies and coriander

leaves are now harvested regularly.

The local greengrocer purchases

the vegetables and this provides an

additional income for Karun.

When the school reopens the

children will not only have fresh

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A sewing class at Karun before 'Covid'

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Covid restrictions on St Andrew's Church have meant that for more than a year we

have not been able to offer hospitality to visitors such as our popular BBQ and fun

days when the bell ringers usually open the tower for organised trips up the stairs to

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(Above) An NHS PTS ambulance, picture: Chris Masters; (right top) the 'Nye' Bevan statue in

Cardiff, picture: Johanna Cuomo,; (right bottom) a protester's banner quoting

Aneurin Bevan, picture: Clive Chilvers,

'Eat everything you have been told not to said the doctor as he wanted me to

put on more weight, writes Claude Masters. 'Drink full cream milk and eat

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was fiercely resisted by the medical

profession and some politicians.

It was in 1946, only a year after

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proposals that led to the creation of

the National Health Service.

The country was in dire straits

with the majority of people not being

able to afford the medical care they

needed as they tried to rebuild their

lives and the country.

Aneurin Bevan was a Welsh

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It was here that be became involved

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His vision for everyone in the

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Burial grounds, particularly those around many of the historic churches in the

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places. Sorrowful, because they are reminders of our human frailty and

fascinating because each grave, headstone and monument has a story to tell.

Sometimes, even the lack of a grave, headstone or monument can add to the

fascination, as it does with the famous Victorian and Edwardian artist, William

Holman Hunt (1827-1910).

William Holman Hunt was co-founder

of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood

and was known for his naturalistic

works depicting modern urban and

rural life, and religious subjects. The

'Brotherhood' was formed in 1848

when Dante Gabriel Rossetti, an

English poet, illustrator, painter and

translator, joined with Holman Hunt

and John Everett Millais to start a new

movement which 'sought a return to

the abundant detail, intense colours and

complex compositions of Quattrocento

Italian art'.

In his latter years of life, Holman

Hunt came to live in Sonning where,

according to Angela Perkins in The

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his many friends, leading men of art and

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William lived with his wife, in a

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daughter had built for them. Other

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appear to have been residents in

Sonning, although, none bearing the

name 'Holman Hunt' are buried in the

St Andrew's churchyard.

According to the archives of this

magazine, the Holman Hunt family

were regular benefactors and their

donations are often recorded in the

accounts of different village groups

and events.


William loved living in Sonning

and did not hold back when he felt

the village environment he enjoyed

was threatened. He was particularly

concerned when the bridge was to be

replaced and wrote: 'it is obvious that

the traffic that bridges are intended to

carry would be put forward as argument

for demolishing the exquisite old bridge

over the main river which is the glory of

this picturesque and well ordered village;

even the most utilitarian would see the

evil in the diminished attraction of the

river not only to Englishmen, but to

colonials and Americans who have read

widely of its beauty ...' and he was one of

several residents who opposed to the

introduction of gas lighting in 1910

on the grounds that it would 'spoil the

beauty of the village ... and increase the

already ruinous rates.'

We can only wonder what Holman

Hunt and his neighbours would think

of the traffic and pollution — and

rates — in their peaceful village today!

His love for the village extended,

he hoped, into his afterlife which led

him to choosing a burial site in the

St Andrew's churchyard. However, in

October 1910 we read: 'It is an honour

for Sonning that it should have had even

the chance of competing with St Paul’s

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Holman Hunt's self portrait

for becoming the resting place of the ashes

of the great artist. Some years ago Mr

Holman Hunt expressed to Canon Holmes

his desire that his body should be laid to

rest in a certain spot of our churchyard,

and immediately upon his death, the vicar

was asked to allow the use of this spot for

that purpose, but the offer of burial in St

Paul’s naturally deprived Sonning of the

possibility of receiving the remains of the

distinguished man who had been for some

time a parishioner.'

Preaching in St Paul’s on the

Sunday after his death. Canon Holland

explained that Holman Hunt had been:

'Born within a stone’s throw of St Paul’s,

a lover of the City of London, of which he

knew every nook and every corner' and

that in St Paul's he could be 'venerated

by generations and honoured by his King.'


Public domain

Also in St Paul's Cathedral is a

replica of Holman Hunt's celebrated

work, The Light of the World that he

worked on in Sonning — his original

painting is in Keble College, Oxford.

Although William was born in

Cheapside his greatest love seems

to have been Sonning. In a footnote,

added by his wife, to his book Pre-

Raphaelitism and the Pre-Raphaelite

Brotherhood, she writes about 'his

belief in joyousness in life, and his love

of humour ... at the Sonning cottage

many a friend carrying weight of years

bravely with himself, came to visit him,

and infected by his youthfulness of heart

almost forgot they had grown old.'

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future performing arts star

Planning permission for a significant

community performing arts project

has been granted to Sonning Church

of England Primary School.

Sonning Performing Arts Studio is

to be built within the school grounds

to promote and deliver dance, music,

song, art, and general cultural


During the day it will be used

by the school's pupils, while in

the evening, weekends and school

holidays it may be a usable space

for community groups in the wider

communities of Sonning, Charvil,

Sonning Eye, Wargrave, Woodley and


A substantial sum towards the

project has already been raised,

however, they expect a further

£50,000 is needed for the project to

be completed.

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Headteacher Luke Henderson,

said: 'We have always looked to

provide the highest quality learning

experiences, across the curriculum,

for the children at Sonning Primary

School. The new studio will allow

us to provide our children with

an inspiring space in which they

can learn about and create music,

dance, drama, and art. A space

which inspires an appreciation of,

and passion for the arts. It's a really

exciting project.

'We are delighted that former

school pupil Richard Anderson of

Anderson Orr Architects, Henley has

donated his time to be the architect

for the project and has helped guide

us through the successful planning

process. A build tender document

is being finalised and it is hoped to

begin groundworks in the not-toodistant



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Sonning Village Annual Rounders

Friday 25 June from 5.30pm

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Come along to King George's Field to support the

village teams from: Sonning School PTA;

Sonning School Teachers; Sonning Glebe WI;

The Sonning Club; Sonning Scouts;

St Andrew's Church; and Sonning Cricket Club.

The Cricket Club bar will be open,

Sonning School PTA is running a BBQ and

Kathy from the Village Hamper

will be selling ice cream!

In pursuit of Victorian

and Edwardian leisure

Our picture of Sonning Lock on a Sunday afternoon

in 1896 from the Frederick Hoyle* archives is an

excellent way to illustrate the announcement that

Simon Wenham, a part-time tutor in the Department of

Continuing Education at Oxford University will be the

guest speaker at Sonning and Sonning Eye Society's talk

in Pearson Hall on Friday 25 June. His talk is entitled:

'The Pursuit of Pleasure: Victorian and Edwardian


Simon Wenham has written several social history books

about the importance of leisure during the Victorian and

Edwardian eras and his talk will explore how society had

fun and entertained themselves. There will be a particular

emphasis on boating and the growth of Thames-side

boatyards such as Salters, Freebodys and Hobbs of Henley.

S&SES invites you to join them for a glass of wine at

7.30pm, the talk will start at 7.45pm. Tickets cost £4 for

members (£5 for guests) at the door but contact Penny

Feathers in advance to book a place as numbers may be

limited: 0118 934 3193 or

Future S&SES events include a garden party on 4 July,

and a talk by map maker, Owen Green in Pearson Hall on

10 September.

*Frederick Hoyle MBE was born in Sonning in 1882 and lived in the

village for most of his life. He was the first lay minister in St Andrew's

Church and his legacy includes a collection of photographs and

documents covering the late Victorian/Edwardian period.

Neighbourhood Watch dog

In a small rural village the local vet

also led the local Neighbourhood

Watch group. Late one night

the phone rang, and his wife


An agitated voice inquired, 'Is your

husband there?

'He is, but tell me, do you need him

as the vet or the Neighbourhood

Watch?' the wife asked.

'Both!' was the reply. 'We can’t get

our dog’s mouth open, and there’s a

burglar in it!'

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Looking forward to July

Sonning Art Group members are looking forward to

meeting each other again in Pearson Hall next month.

However, with the relaxing of some of the strict Covid

restrictions, and many of the members now with two

vaccinations in their arms, they are planning to meet in

small groups to sketch outdoors when the weather allows!

Meanwhile, online art and Zoom meetings continue

and four of their latest achievements are on the right. Top

to bottom they are: George Gallocker's busy bee; a surfer

riding the waves by Rob Farquhar; a more peaceful coastal

scene by Alan Langdon who recently celebrated his 90th

birthday; and Jean Hutchinson's beautiful pastel of an

allotment at a National Trust property.

Covid: what happens next?

Take your choice: a survey has found that a third of us think

that society may never go back to the old ways, a third think

we will go back to exactly as we were before, and a third

think that we will be keener than ever to stay together.

The Together Coalition, chaired by the Archbishop of

Canterbury, spent the past year trying to track what has

happened to communities during lockdown. Their research

found that 'people feel a stronger sense of connection to their

neighbours and community. …We found a clear public appetite

for a society in which we are more connected to each other, and

the community spirit of 2020 is kept alive.' It also found that

around 12.4 million people have volunteered during the

pandemic, 4.6 million of them for the first time, and 75% of

the volunteers would be happy to do so again.

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A perfect lawn or meadow?

Knotweed invading grass

June could see a sudden

bumper appearance of the

notorious garden pest,

Japanese knotweed says the

Royal Horticultural Society


RHS experts have warned that

the April frosts either delayed

or killed other plants that

would have helped keep it in

check. Unfortunately, the pest

is very hardy, and will not have

been killed off.

The plant grows up to

2.1 metres (7ft) tall and can

destroy the foundations of

houses and run riot in gardens.

It can even devalue property,

and lead to the refusal of

mortgages on the land.

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12oz self-raising flour; 7 oz dried fruit (raisins, sultanas,

chopped apricots); 4 oz sugar; 3-4 tablespoons marmalade;

2 eggs, beaten; milk.


Preheat the oven to 1800C /3500F /gas mark 4

Mix all the ingredients thoroughly with enough milk to

make a soft dropping consistency.

Bake in a greased loaf tin for 1 hour, or until done.

Leave to settle for 10 minutes then turn on to a rack to cool.

Serve sliced, with or without butter.

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What does your lawn say about you? A perfectly mown

lawn may look beautiful, but it is also a sign of male

control — so says Monty Don, the Gardeners’ World


He is wary of what he calls the ‘male obsession’ to achieve

a closely cut lawn which is of pure and perfect grass,

without any other plants in it at all. Monty Don calls

such an attitude to gardening 'controlling rather than

embracing', and reckons it is based on a desire to get just

one more 'aspect of life under control'.

Instead, Don urges that at least part of our lawns

should be encouraged to become wildflower meadows,

which are much better for the environment.

He explains: 'Cutting grass burns fossil fuel, makes a

filthy noise and is about the most injurious thing you can

do to wildlife. Whereas, simply letting grass grow … is

probably the single most effective thing you can do in any

garden of any size, to encourage, particularly, insect life,

but also small mammals, invertebrates and reptiles.'


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RSPB’s annual BIG Garden Birdwatch,

the world’s largest wildlife survey, has

found that 16 out of the 20 most spotted

garden birds in th UK have been in decline

since 2020. There are now concerns about

the greenfinch (right) and chaffinch, which

were seen in their lowest ever numbers

this year. The top five birds seen in people’s

gardens were: house sparrows, blue tits,

starlings, blackbirds and pigeons.


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The new way forward for life in abundance

By Rev Michael Burgess

‘I do not know the man’, the fearful Peter said.

At the end of this month, on 28 June, we celebrate

two of the great saints of the early church: Peter and

Paul. We might relate more easily to Peter because his

humanity and vulnerability spill out of the pages of the

New Testament in everything he said and did. Peter was

a fisherman, who was impetuous and headstrong, not

once, but over and over again, saying one thing, and doing


And yet Jesus chose Peter as the rock on which he

would build his church, and at Caesarea Philippi Peter

acknowledges that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of the

living God. Then, when Jesus is arrested, the same Peter

in the high priest’s courtyard declares with an oath, ‘I do

not know the man.’

That denial is in all four Gospels. We might have

expected the evangelists would have had greater respect

for this follower of Jesus. But they are not intimidated

by his later fame and importance, and they record the

episode in vivid detail.


That episode is recorded by Duccio in this month’s

painting, Christ before the high priest and the denial of Peter.

Duccio worked in Siena in the late 13th and 14th centuries.

In his paintings Jesus and the saints are no longer remote,

austere figures — he portrays them in a natural, simple

way. His greatest work was a series of 45 panels called the

Maesta. This month's painting, done in tempera on wood,

now hangs in the Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Siena.

It is the first painting to depict Jesus’ trial and Peter’s

denial together. The scene is a two-storey building: the

figures above, apart from the high priest, are all on their

feet. Below, the figures are all seated, with the exception

of the serving girl. Notice the wonderful array of hair

styles and beards that are typical of Duccio’s work.

In the painting Peter is identified by his halo, like Jesus

above. He is in a direct line below Jesus, but just look at

the contrast between the two. Jesus is standing with his

hands bound in front of him and his head to one side.

Peter, below, is seated. He is looking straight at the girl,

raising his hand to protest his ignorance and warming his

feet by the fire. It needed courage for Peter to be there,

but the Gospels tell us how quickly his vulnerability is

exposed. As he answers the questions and reveals his

Galilean accent, he starts to curse. He denies Jesus three

times, and the scene ends in bitter tears. For all the

bravado, a human, broken figure leaves the scene.

On his feast day we rejoice in that humanity of Peter,

which brought him low, but encouraged him to try again.

In Duccio’s painting his denial takes place by the fire of

the courtyard. It will be by another fire lit on the shore of

the sea of Tiberias that Peter will be asked another three

questions — not by a serving girl, but by Jesus. This time

he will respond with affirmation, knowing that his Lord

has come in resurrection glory to bring a new way forward

for him and for everyone as he offers life in abundance.

Public domain:

Summer Solstice

June is the month of the summer solstice, the month of

the sun. Sol + stice come from two Latin words meaning

‘sun’ and ‘to stand still’.

As the days lengthen, the sun rises higher and higher until it

seems to stand still in the sky. The Summer Solstice results

in the longest day and the shortest night of the year. The

Northern Hemisphere celebrates in June, and the Southern

in December. While the Druids worship at Stonehenge and

elsewhere, here is a Christian alternative, a prayer attributed

to Saint Patrick that honours God the creator rather than the


God in All. He inspires all. He gives life to all.

He dominates all. He supports all.

He lights the light of the sun.

He furnishes the light of the night.

He has made springs in dry land.

He is the God of heaven and earth, of sea and rivers, of sun,

moon and stars, of the lofty mountain and the lowly valley.

The God above heaven, and in heaven, and under heaven.


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the ARTS — 2

Poetry corner

the sciences

Living world wonders

Goldfinch painted by Raphael

You do your story tell

‘Madonna of the Goldfinch’ we

The picture thus do see

In infant hand of John [Baptist] are held

Gently, and not impelled

And too infant Jesus stroked you

A beauteous scene we view

One foot you have on John’s hand graced

One on Mary’s lap placed

What story do you tell of how

Red spot on your head, now

Do tell us what the legend be

You did fly from a tree

To see Christ there, He crucified

You helped Him ere He died

To do something to lift the strain

To ease the Saviour’s pain

Unto His cross at Calvary

You did approach bold, free

To pluck a thorn from off His crown

You did descend, come done

As you with your beak a thorn pulled

Then this is here recalled

That as you did so, blood, a drop

Splashed on your head atop

Sweet bird, you did there what you could

At that cruel cross of wood

Sing on still with your melody

Of the Saviour, now free

Of death He lives for evermore

He remembers you sure

Public domain

Gracious Goldfinch

By Steven Rolling

Tune: Kingsfold – ‘I heard the voice of Jesus say’ ( Based on the painting ‘Madonna of the Goldfinch’ by

Raphael (The Uffizi, Florence, 1505)

Andrey Pavlov:

By Dr Ruth M Bancewicz, church engagement director at The

Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, Cambridge.

What are the best metaphors that describe biological

things? You might say 'your genetic blueprint' or 'survival

of the fittest', but are they helpful or even accurate?

Some fail to capture the wonder and joy of understanding

something new about the nature of living organisms.

One researcher uses the phrase ‘The Snuggle for Existence’

to convey the idea that cooperation is at the heart of the

living world. For example, every cell more complex than a

bacterium contains minute energy factories, each one has

their own piece of DNA which makes them like a miniature

cell, hidden away inside the larger host cell.

Called ‘mitochondria’ by biologists, they turn raw host

material into chemical energy. Everyone benefits: the

mitochondria have a safe pace to live, and the host receives

the energy it needs. There are many more examples of

organisms working together to produce something that is

more than the sum of its parts. Often the individual parts

could not survive on their own.


The Map of Life’ is a way of describing the regularities

we see in biological processes. Eyes, legs and wings have

emerged in the living world again and again, and why not?

If the properties of light and gravity remain constant, we

should expect living things to find the same solutions to

seeing or getting around.

When we look at organisms’ family trees, we see they

share a common ancestor that had no eyes, or no wings.

These structures have developed independently, or have

the paths of the living world converged on the same

solution. It is not that they had a conscious goal, but that

the world has certain properties, and those properties

have channelled biological processes in certain directions.

None of these stories give us definite evidence for God.

Science provides data, which can often be interpreted in

different ways. Perhaps the world happens to be full of

mathematical regularities, maybe there’s an over arching

physical law we don’t yet understand, or perhaps there are

multiple universes and ours happens to be one in which life

has arisen. But I believe that the observations scientists

make about the living world are compatible with the

existence of the God described by Christian faith.

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22 23

1 - Drains of energy (4)

3 - Muddled (8)

9 - Contrary to (7)

10 - Country in the Middle East (5)

11 - As a result (12)

13 - Push forcefully (6)

15 - Accuse; run at (6)

17 - Female fellow national (12)

20 - Skewered meat (5)

21 - Sailing ship (7)

22 - Cowboy films (8)

23 - Requests (4)




2 - Clear and apparent; obvious (5)

14 - Equilateral parallelogram (7)

18 - Confronts (5)

19 Slanting; 19 - Slanting; crooked (4)

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Each of the nine blocks has to contain all the

numbers 1-9 within its squares. Each number

can only appear once in a row, column or box.


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PUZZLE PAGE — the answers will be published in the next issue


1 Drains of energy (4)

3 Muddled (8)

9 Contrary to (7)

10 Middle East Country (5)

11 As a result (12)

13 Push forcefully (6)

15 Accuse; run at (6)

17 Female fellow national (12)

20 Skewered meat (5)

21 Sailing ship (7)

22 Cowboy films (8)

23 Requests (4)


1 - Ascot cat (anag) (8)

1 Ascot cat (anag) (8)

2 Clear, apparent; obvious (5)

4 - Move faster than 4 Move faster than (6)

5 - Unseen observer (3,2,3,4)

5 Unseen observer (3,2,3,4)

6 - More (7)

6 More straightforward (7)

7 - Bond movie (2,2)

7 Bond movie (2,2)

8 Untimely

8 - Untimely



12 Definitions

12 - Definitions



14 Equilateral parallelogram (7)

16 Starting 16 - point Starting point (6) (6)

18 Confronts (5)

St Alban - the first British martyr

Persecution of Christians worldwide is rising fast,

so it is worth remembering St Alban, the first

British martyr. Alban was a Roman citizen living

in England when the Roman emperor, Diocletian,

began a fierce persecution. Soon Alban found a

desperate priest on his doorstep, hunted by local

soldiers. Alban gave the priest shelter, and within

days was converted. When the soldiers arrived,

Alban took the priest’s place, refused to offer

sacrifice to the Roman gods, and was condemned

to death. Alban went to his execution on 22nd

June 250AD with such serenity that one of the

executioners was converted. He died on the site of

the Hertfordshire town that now bears his name.
















1. Which Berkshire vicar changed his religion three times rather than give up his living?

2. Which bridge, 6 miles east of Reading, was built from stones from Reading Abbey?

3. When and where did Huntley & Palmer’s originate?

4. What happened in Berkshire, and elsewhere, on the night 26-27 November 1703?

5. Where did Catherine of Aragon first meet her husband-to-be Prince Arthur and King Henry VII?

6. Where is there a tombstone, a ‘memorial to alcohol’?

7. Which well know musical composition is attributed to a monk of Reading Abbey?

8. With which North American state do you associate Ruscombe? And why?







Last Month's


































1. 1978

2. Mecca

3. Sunday 23 May

4. The Sun

5. One third of the Psalms

6. King Xerxes official

7. Mrs Miggin's cat

8. Tuesday 25 May

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Parish contacts

Ministry Team

The Vicar: Revd Jamie Taylor*

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

*Day off Friday

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

On duty Tuesday, Friday and Sunday

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

— Licensed Lay Minister: Bob Peters / 0118 377 5887

Children's Ministry

— Alison Smyly / 0118 969 3298


— Perry Mills / 0786 035 5457

— Stuart Bowman / 0118 978 8414

Deputy Churchwardens

— Liz Nelson / 0118 934 4837

— Simon Darvall 0793 928 2535

— Sue Peters / 0118 377 5887

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

Parish Administrator

— Hilary Rennie / 0118 969 3298

Parochial Church Council

— Secretary: Hilary Rennie 0118 969 3298

— Treasurer: Richard Moore 0118 969 2588

Director of Music, organist and choirmaster

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


— Helen Goodwin 0134 462 7697

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— Editor: Bob Peters / 0118 377 5887

— Advertising and Distribution: Gordon Nutbrown / 0118 969 3282

— Treasurer: Pat Livesey / 0118 961 8017

The Parish Magazine is produced by St Andrew’s PCC and delivered

free of charge to every home in Charvil, Sonning and Sonning Eye.

The Parish Magazine is printed in the United Kingdom by The Print

Factory at Sarum Graphics Ltd, Old Sarum, Salisbury SP4 6QX

The Parish Magazine is distributed by Abracadabra Leaflet

Distribution Ltd, Reading RG7 1AW

The Parish Magazine template was designed in 2012 by Roger

Swindale and David Woodward

Advertisers index

ABD Construction 24

ACG Services Locksmith 40

ADD Plumbing 12

AJH Roofing 40

All Aerials Sonning 40

All Waste Clearance 34

Barn Store Henley 16

Beechwood Carpentry and Construction 40

Big Heart Tree Care 40

Blandy & Blandy Solicitors 14

Blinds Direct 26

Blue Moose 8

Bridge House 43

Bridges Home Care 14

Bright and Fresh Cleaning 26

Bull Inn 8

Carer Companion 40

Chimney Sweep, Thames 40

Chiropody, Linda Frewin 40

Chris the Plumber 32

Clark Bicknell 40

Complete Pest Solutions 16

Computer Frustrations 40

Cruz Kitchens 34

DAC Mobility Services 34

David Shailes Plumbing & Decorating 26

Design for Print 28

Freebody Boatbuilders 6

Fields Pharmacy 32

French Horn 44

Gardiners Nursing 8

Graham Blake Soft Furnishing 6

Great House Sonning 26

Handyman, Decorating 40

Haslams Estate Agents 2

Hicks Group 16

Intersmart Electrical Installations 40

James Autos 40

Jones & Sheppard Stone Masons 16

Just Brickwork 20

Kingfisher Bathrooms 18

MC Cleaning 40

Mill at Sonning 4

M & L Healthcare Solutions 12

Mortgage Required 18

Muck & Mulch 28

Newgate Car Finance 20

Odd Jobs 40

Painter and Decorator 40

Pearson Hall Sonning 30

Pennymatters Finance Advice 24

Q1 Care 30

Reading Blue Coat School 18

Richfield Flooring 14

Sabella Interiors 36

Shiplake College 20

Signature Cliveden Manor Care Home 28

Sonning Golf Club 32

Sonning Scouts Marquees 32

Smallwood Garden Services 40

Style by Julie 24

Sunrise of Sonning Senior Living 34

Thames Valley Water Softeners 24

Thames Valley Wills Service 40

Tomalin Funerals 30

Velvaere Studio 6

Village Hamper 20

Walker Funerals 12

Water Softener Salt 28

Window Cleaner 30

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Because you deserve

the very best

Welcome to Bridge House Nursing Home

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include a beautiful, light-filled and airy purpose built nursing home.

Our philosophy is built upon helping residents maintain their independence and dignity, whilst ensuring

their needs and expectations are fully met. We believe that being independent means having the freedom

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Call 0800 230 0206



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