Iver Parish Magazine - October 2021

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October 2021

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IN THIS ISSUE

Churchyard Work Mornings | Service of Remembering | Quiz Night

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VICAR

Revd Robert Gooding, The Vicarage, Delaford Close, Iver, SL0 9JX

T: 01753 652078 M: 07943 612205 E: robert.gooding@iverparishchurch.org.uk

Robert’s usual day off is Friday

LAY MINISTER

Jim Dashper

T: 01753 572056 M: 07748 801057 E: jim.dashper@iverparishchurch.org.uk

CURATE (PART-TIME)

Revd Sarah Smith

E: sarah.smith@iverparishchurch.org.uk

CHURCH ADMINISTRATOR (PART-TIME)

Rachel Nikolay

M: 07835 879178 E: office@iverparishchurch.org.uk

Working Hours - Mondays to Friday: 9am - 1pm

CHURCHWARDENS

Paul Rawlings

M: 07805 130275 E: paul.rawlings@iverparishchurch.org.uk

Amit John

M: 07707 957747 E: amit.john@iverparishchurch.org.uk

VERGER

Rachel Nikolay

M: 07835 879178 E: office@iverparishchurch.org.uk

MAGAZINE

Kathryn Pike E: magazine@iverparishchurch.org.uk

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Village: Pauline Telfer T: 01753 738834

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Postal: Pat Leech T: 07764 937596

For further information concerning the Magazine, please see page 23.

BAPTISMS, WEDDINGS AND THANKSGIVINGS

Enquiries regarding baptisms, marriages or thanksgivings at St Peter’s or St Leonard’s Churches should be

made to the Parish Church Office (see above). Please note that we still strongly recommend that face masks

are worn at all times within the Church building. In addition, other Covid recommendations may still apply.

Please see www.iverparishchurch.org.uk/covid-19/ for details.

CASES OF ILLNESS

Please inform the Vicar as soon as possible. Holy Communion at home can be arranged for those

who are sick or housebound and who desire it (subject to Covid restrictions).

FUNERALS

Families wishing to have a funeral service in Church should inform the undertaker of their desire as soon as

arrangements are made, whether the service is followed by burial or cremation. When the whole service is to

be held at a crematorium, parishioners who would like their own choice of clergy to take the service should

inform the undertaker. Please note that we still strongly recommend that face masks are worn at

all times within the Church Building. In addition, other Covid recommendations may still apply.

Please see www.iverparishchurch.org.uk/covid-19/ for details.

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HELLO & WELCOME

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“TO WEAR A MASK OR NOT TO WEAR

A MASK, THAT IS THE QUESTION”

First of all, my apologies to William

Shakespeare for misquoting Hamlet.

Mask wearing has, I recognise, been a hot

topic over the last 18 months of a global

pandemic. Most people have complied with

the Government requirement to wear a mask

inside buildings unless they have a medical

exemption. I say “most” because some, even

in our own local community, have refused to do

so throughout the pandemic. A few misguided

people think that Coronavirus is some huge

hoax. Sadly, I know this is not true, because I

have spoken to many hospital staff and know of

too many people who have died of this horrible

virus.

Opinion is even more divided now that it is

no longer a legal requirement in most indoor

settings to wear a mask. I have just made a trip

to a large supermarket, and I am pleased to

say that most were still wearing masks, albeit

by a small margin.

Personally, I have no issue with wearing a

mask indoors in public if it helps keep others

safe, even if I find it incredibly frustrating that

my glasses steam up! Sadly, any of us could

be carrying Covid and pass it on without

realising it, especially if we are asymptomatic.

For others, continuing to wear a mask is

causing them great distress. Understandably,

they can no longer bear it, and so have ditched

their masks.

As a church we are still recommending that

everyone wears a mask while they are inside

the church building, particularly as many of our

congregation are elderly or clinically vulnerable.

However, we are leaving people to make their

own choice.

However, what I want to talk about this month

is metaphorical masks.

Religious people, including Christians, are

often accused of being hypocrites who say one

thing but doing another. Jesus had some pretty

harsh things to say about such people

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and

Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like

whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on

the outside but on the inside are full of dead

men’s bones and everything unclean.”

Those of us who call ourselves Christians must

always try to ensure that we are people of

integrity, whose actions match our words.

There is never a place for “Do as I say, not as

I do.”

But did you know that the root of the word

“hypocrite” comes from the Greek word

“hypokrites” — “an actor” or “a stage player.”

It literally translates as “an interpreter from

underneath” which reflects that ancient Greek

actors wore masks spoke from underneath

those masks.

This leads me back nicely to the subject of

mask wearing.

How many of us walk around wearing

metaphorical masks? I have been acutely

aware of this myself over recent weeks, since

my dad died suddenly on 13th August. While

organising my dad’s funeral, acting as his

executor and sorting out his flat which had to

be vacated within a month, I have tried to carry

on as usual in my parish responsibilities, trying

to be the smiling vicar. Eventually I realised

that, in showing the so called British stiff upper

lip, I was fooling myself and I needed to take

a few days off and cancel my appointments. It

was time to take off my mask!

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When I meet bereaved families, I often

encourage them to take time to grieve, but I

needed to take my own advice rather than “Do

as I say, not as I do”.

We all know some people who never tire of

telling others their woes, but most of us have

a tendency to battle on regardless, keeping

our troubles to ourselves. My dad was one

of them. Despite numerous health issues

when asked how he was, even in his nineties,

he would usually reply, “Not bad under the

circumstances”, or “Pretty well, all things

considered”.

So again I ask the question, how many of us

walk around wearing metaphorical masks?

When you meet someone, it is polite to say,

“How are you”, but it is sadly equally polite to

say, “Fine, thank you”, or something similar. It

just rolls off the tongue.

In recent years, many high profile celebrities,

including members of the Royal Family,

have had the courage to talk about their own

struggles with poor mental health. Thankfully

this has started to erode the stigma that still

exists around this subject, albeit far too slowly.

As many of you know, while I was on

Sabbatical earlier this year, I attended a 4-day

course on Mental Health First Aid. This is

a complex field, and I am far from being an

expert, but the course helped me gain a better

understanding and equipped me with resources

to signpost people to professional help.

Returning to the question of “How are you?”,

when people respond, “Fine”, I now try to

follow up with a second question “How are you

really?”

I am also acutely aware that this pandemic

has had a huge impact on many people. The

lack of social interaction has left many people

feeling isolated, lonely and disconnected from

society at large. Even now that we are able to

start mixing again, I know of people who have

become virtual recluses and are reluctant to

venture too far from their homes.

Jesus was always concerned about every

aspect of people’s wellbeing; physical,

emotional and spiritual. He was offering

“holistic” healing, centuries before it became a

buzzword.

I believe that his church today should be

offering the same.

This is why every Thursday at noon at St

Peter’s, we do not just offer Holy Communion

but also offer prayers for healing. Over the

years we have seen a few people healed.

It is also why we have just launched a

“Wellbeing Coffee Morning” in conjunction

with St Mary’s Church Wexham, alternating

between the two churches, twice a month.

Whatever your age or situation, come and join

us for a cup of tea or coffee and a listening ear.

(Please see page 10 for more information)

As the result of Covid restrictions, many people

have not been able to say goodbye in the way

they would have liked to loved ones who have

died. On Sunday 31st October 2021 at St

Peter’s Church at 3pm we will be holding our

Annual Remembering Service for those who

have died, whether recently or many years ago.

Names will be read out and candles lit for each

person who has died. This service will also be

broadcast on our church Facebook page for

those who cannot attend in person - please see

page 13 for more details.

It is important to remember that, however

much we feel the need to wear a mask in front

of others, we can always be completely open

and honest with God, who knows the very

secrets of our hearts. This is one of the great

privileges of being able to pray, now that the

door to God has been opened for us through

the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.

God Bless.

Robert Gooding

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PARISH MATTERS

BAPTISMS

15th August

FUNERALS

2nd August

15th August

18th August

28th August

Lila Florence Martin

Joseph (Joe) King, service at Slough Crematorium

Barry Samuda, Memorial Service at St Peter’s Church

Anthony (Tony) Simes, Memorial Service at St Peter’s Church

Joseph (Joe) Swift, Memorial Service at St Peter’s Church

OCTOBER 2021 DIARY

Saturday 2nd Churchyard Work Morning ~ St Leonard’s, 9.30am to 12.30pm (see pg 10)

Wellbeing Coffee Morning ~ St Mary’s Church Hall, Wexham (see pg 10)

Tuesday 5th Tea, Chat & Company ~ St Leonard’s Church, 2.15pm

Monthly Prayer Meeting ~ 7pm at The Vicarage

Thursday 7th TotZone ~ 1.30pm - 2.45pm weekly in the St Peter’s Church Annexe

(during term time - see page 19)

Saturday 9th Churchyard Work Morning ~ St Peter’s, 9.30am (see page 10)

Saturday 23rd Wellbeing Coffee Morning ~ St Peter’s Centre, Iver (see page 10)

Sunday 31st Service of Remembering ~ St Peter’s Church (see page 11)

Light Party ~ St Peter’s Church, 5pm on (see page 11)

DATES FOR THE DIARY (covid regulations permitting)

1st Nov - 19th Dec Virtual Christmas Market (via Facebook) (see page 13)

13th November All Directions Quiz Night ~ St Peter’s Centre (see page 13)

3-5th December Annual Christmas Tree Festival (see page 13)

4th December Annual Christmas Market (see page 13)

TEA, CHAT and COMPANY

If you love COMPANY or if you’re a

bit lonely this is a chance to meet new

people. If you love having a CHAT and

mulling things over with old friends and

new … if you love drinking TEA or even

coffee, then TEA, CHAT and

COMPANY is for YOU!

Tuesday 5th October, 2.15pm

Holy Communion

at St Leonard’s Church

Tuesday 2nd November, 2.15pm

Christmas Card Making

at St Leonard’s Hall

CHURCH OFFICE

The church office within the St Peter’s

Centre is currently closed. However

Rachel, our Church Administrator, is

continuing to work remotely.

For church office enquiries please call

Rachel on 07835 879178 or email

office@iverparishchurch.org.uk

Rachel’s working hours are

Monday to Friday 9am to 1pm

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COME AND GET INVOLVED WITH

LOCAL FOOTBALL IN IVER!

St Peters Iver FC is an FA registered football

club for boys and girls of (nearly) all ages run

by local volunteers. Founded in 1996 we play

at Richings Sports Park,with an additional full

size pitch nearby, providing fun football for as

many kids as we can on a Saturday morning.

For the parents, we have a parent-run coffee

bar to keep everyone warm on the side-lines

whilst they are chilling out or catching up with

friends.

Currently we have training from under 5/6

(school year 1), with matches from U7s (school

year 2) to U15s playing in the Chiltern Church

Junior League. Aligned to St Peters Church

in Iver, the club has a strong underlying

philosophy of making football coaching possible

for children of all ages irrespective of their

ability. We strongly feel that football should be

accessible and enjoyable to all that take part.

That means there are no trials, it is first come,

first served!

The age groups we have depend on our

volunteers, who typically coach their own

child’s age group, then move on and leave us,

so we are always looking for new people to

get involved. No experience is necessary, just

commitment and an aptitude to handle (or learn

how to handle) a group of kids that may or may

not be giving you their undivided attention and

may or may not be the next Premier League

superstar!

We are very much a community club, with great

diversity. We are open to anyone who shares

our ethos. We consider our role as coaches

is not only to teach football but also to instil a

disciplined and considerate attitude in all those

who attend – including any overly exuberant

fans! We aim to ensure everyone has fun whilst

learning to be part of a team and respecting

opponents, team mates, referees and everyone

else.

To keep part of your weekends free for other

activities we have either training or matches

on a Saturday morning. Our volunteers help in

many different ways: coach, assistant coach,

referee, linesman, line marking, helping with kit,

admin support, organising events, cheerleading

and sponsorship. There is a role for anyone

who wishes to get involved.

Come along and get involved, it is contagious!

You will find us at the grounds every Saturday

from 9.00, with training from 9.30 to 11,00 from

September through to April. Contact details are

on our website, or reach out to us on Facebook

or stpetersiverfc.com

Ged Weston

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How are you, REALLY?

Whatever your age or

situation, come and join us

for a cup of tea or coffee

and a listening ear

For more information please

contact

Revd Andrew Parry

07972 142073

rector@stmaryswexham.co.uk

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Especially since lockdown, have

you been experiencing feelings of Isolation,

Loneliness, Lack of Confidence or Fear?

Revd Robert Gooding

07943 612205

robert.gooding@iverparischurch.org.uk

www.iverparishchurch.org.uk

www.stmaryswexham.co.uk

Wellbeing Coffee Morning

Saturday 2nd October 2021, 10.30am to 12 noon

St Mary’s Church Hall, Church Lane, Wexham, SL3 6LH

Saturday 23rd October 2021, 10.30am to 12 noon

St Peter’s Centre, 1 Thorney Lane North, Iver, SL0 9JU

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■ Home visits and children welcome

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The Holy Family Roman Catholic Church

Trelawney Avenue, Langley

Holy Mass Saturdays at 5.30pm and Sundays at 9.30am, 11.15am and 6.30pm.

Enquiries regarding Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals should be made to

Fr Kevin O’Driscoll. Telephone: 01753 543770

www.holyfamily.co.uk

Osteopath

Sports Injuries - Back Pain - Nagging Aches and Pains

Consultations by appointment only, some on evenings or weekends

Sam Winder BSc (Hon) Ost.

Registered Osteopath

Iver Croft, Bangors Road South, Iver. Tel:01753 677067

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All Directions Quiz

Saturday 13th November

7pm for 7.30pm

St Peter’s Centre, Iver, SL0 9JU

Numbers will be

restricted for this event

so please book early!

Enter a team of 6 or join a team on the night

TICKETS £12 ~ including fish/sausage & chips supper

bring your own drinks

CALL RACHEL ON

07835 879178 TO BOOK

www.iverparishchurch.org.uk

The Iver

Christmas Tree Festival

& Christmas Market

St Peter’s Church, Iver - SAVE THE DATE!

FRIDAY 3 RD to SUNDAY 5 TH DECEMBER 2021

This year’s Christmas Tree Festival and Christmas

Market will be covid secure in person events PLUS,

following last year’s success, we will also be

running an online market from 1st Nov - 19th Dec.

Request your in person and/or online stalls at christmas@iverparishchurch.org.uk

To book your place at our Christmas Tree Festival or for more information

contact Rachel at office@iverparishchurch.org.uk or call 07835 879178

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Light and Life Christian Fellowship

Swan Road, Iver

We are a Pentecostal Church, growing and moving forward in the things of God.

Sunday: 11.00am Breaking of Bread Service Tuesday: 7.30pm Bible Study

6.30pm Gospel Meeting Friday: 7.30pm Prayer Meeting

For more details, information, prayer or advice please contact

Church Pastor Billy King. Tel: 07719 593398

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Jam Ministries

JAM TOTS for Toddlers, Parents & Carers, Fridays 10am

at St Margaret’s Church Centre, Iver Heath SL0 0RU

JAM CLUB for Children aged 5-7 years, Fridays 5pm

at Iver Heath Scout Hut, St Margaret’s Close SL0 0DB

jamclub@stmargaretsiverheath

www.stmargaretiverheath.org.uk

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TOMB OF THE UNKNOWN WARRIOR

CENTENARY OF THE BLACK MARBLE

STONE

Lieutenant Colonel (Retd) Roger Laing TD

After the Unknown Warrior was interred in

Westminster Abbey on Armistice Day, 11

November 1920, his grave was covered by

“The Actor’s Pall” a specially decorated cloth,

donated by the Actors’ Guild. The following

week, a temporary stone cover was positioned

over the grave.

On 17th October 1921, General “Black Jack”

Pershing, Commander in Chief of the US

forces in Europe during the war placed on

this stone the Congressional Medal of Honor

– the highest American award for gallantry

and equivalent to our own Victoria Cross. The

medal can be seen today, mounted in a simple

oak case, on a pillar just adjacent to the Tomb.

Naturally, the Americans expected the British

Government to reciprocate by awarding The

Victoria Cross to their own Unknown Warrior.

This, King George V, adamantly refused to do,

until Prime Minister Lloyd George eventually

persuaded him to relent, angrily exclaiming

“Don’t expect me to give the VC to the French;

they will have to make do with the MC (Military

Cross).” In 1921, Admiral of the Fleet Earl

David Beatty travelled to the USA and laid the

Victoria Cross on the Tomb of the American

Unknown Warrior in Arlington Cemetery,

Virginia. No other VC has ever been awarded

to an unnamed individual.

This year, Armistice Day 11 November 2021

marks the Centenary of the unveiling of the

permanent stone covering of the Tomb of The

Unknown Warrior – with which we are familiar

today. The stone is made of black marble

from Namur in Belgium and the wording of

the inscription was composed by the Dean,

Herbert Ryle. The brass letters were created

from melted-down cartridge cases recovered

from the battlefields. This is the only tomb in

Westminster Abbey on which no-one is allowed

to walk. On state occasions we can see that

everyone – even the Queen – walks around the

Tomb, which is outlined on all sides by a bank

of poppies.

A wonderful precedent and tradition was

started by the Duchess of York (later Queen

Elizabeth the Queen Mother) on her wedding

in April 1923. As she processed past the tomb

on her way to the altar, she unexpectedly laid

her bridal bouquet on the tomb, in memory of

her brother Fergus Bowes-Lyon, who had been

killed at the Battle of Loos in 1915. To this day,

all Royal brides have their bridal bouquets sent

back to the Abbey (after the photographs) to be

laid on the Tomb.

The Dean also added quotations from the Bible

around the sides

Roger Laing

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PARISH HISTORY

SOME CHILDHOOD MEMORIES OF

IVER LANE AFTER THE 2ND WORLD

WAR.

The Iver of seventy years ago was very

different from the village today. Iver was then

a fairly small, self-sufficient community. There

was hardly any motor traffic and residents

walked, cycled or used the bus. Horse drawn

vehicles were still around. There were many

local shops and farms which could supply most

of our needs. Goods were usually provided in

paper bags. There were home deliveries, (in

response to a telephone order via a manned

exchange). Mr Cox’s milk in bottles with

cardboard tops was delivered daily, Platts

Stores Van supplied weekly groceries in a

cardboard box and Mr Weeden delivered meat.

Ernie Burrows’ large van containing fruit and

vegetables and Blackman’s fishmonger’s van

stopped in local roads for customers to choose

what they needed. A Laundry would collect

and return items. Coal and logs could be

delivered.

The range of Iver shops was considerable and

there were often two or more shops for each

requirement. There were bakers, butchers,

grocers, green grocers, dairies, chemists,

newsagents, stationery and sweet shops,

haberdashery, garages, builders & undertakers,

coal merchants, a bank, café, pubs, barber,

hairdresser, shoe repairer, doctors’ surgeries,

schools, churches, post office, police station.

Further shops were available in Richings Park

though in those days the Village and Richings

Park seemed fairly separate communities.

We went to Uxbridge (or more rarely Slough)

for anything not available in Iver. War time

rationing with Ration Books continued (even

harder) into the 1950s. Some clothes were

homemade, and cardigans, jumpers, scarves

and gloves were knitted. Clothes were handed

on among family and friends. Children on

bicycles or foot would often shop for their

mothers or grandmothers. (Our Grandmother

would send us back to change an item if we

made a mistake!) In those days the working

week included Saturdays and on Sundays

shops were closed. Fewer married women had

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full time jobs and many were at home running

the house, which had few labour savings

devices. Most had open fires and no central

heating, washing machines, refrigerators or

TVs. Shoes were often mended at home.

Nothing was wasted. Most residents knew

each other by name or sight and saw each

other in shops, at local organisations, village

hall functions or at church. Back doors were

usually left open during the day for friends

or family to drop in. We lived in Iver Lane

and knew at least by name all the residents

in the 46 houses. People moved much less

frequently then so it was much easier to get to

know neighbours.

Picture 1 ~ Iver High Street 1940s

Picture 2 ~ Shop adverts, Parish Magazine 1950

Those of us who were fortunate enough to grow

up in Iver during the late 1940s and 1950s had

a wonderful childhood. We were surrounded

by beautiful countryside and had a marvellous

freedom to roam and explore. There was hardly

any traffic on the roads so we walked, cycled

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PARISH HISTORY

and wandered along lanes and footpaths

around the village and surroundings. We could

leave the house after breakfast and, apart from

brief returns for lunch, tea and supper, could

be out almost as much as we wished (or in our

gardens) all day long when not at school. In

Iver Lane the grass verge under the trees was

only cut around mid-summer and we made

marvellous camps in the long grass. Farm

workers cut hedges and ditches were regularly

dug out so water from the fields drained into

them and was carried away in local streams.

There were many family farms in Iver. Hay

was left to dry in fields and haystacks could

be seen dotted around. Cows being moved

from fields into the farm for milking was a

familiar daily sight. In Iver Lane any traffic

could get held up for some time while the cows

walked slowly from their fields into Ford Lane

and Huntsmoor Farm for milking. We found

it fascinating to watch milking being done by

machines at Palmers Moor Farm and were

never concerned about walking among cows

in fields – in those days the breeds seemed

more docile. The boys used to go (steam)

train spotting at Iver Station. The girls were

often “horse mad”. We knew the names of all

the horses and ponies in local fields and went

to see them frequently. We had riding lessons

at Woodlands Stables in Bellswood Lane and

went on marvellous rides in Langley Park and

Black Park or, occasionally, a kind friend would

lend us her pony to ride locally. The roads were

so quiet we never felt concerned about riding

on main roads even as far as Datchet. Every

year, armed with a satchel containing a bottle

of diluted Ribena and paste or egg sandwiches

in grease proof paper bags, we would spend

all day at Iver Horse Show and Gymkhana held

nearby in Huntsmoor.

Iver Lane then had an older route to the Village

and passed over the brick bridge at Bridgefoot.

The 458 bus also used this way to go to

Uxbridge. Subsequently the road was re-routed

away from the old bridge and, later, the coming

of the M25 changed this part of Iver Lane and

countryside considerably. In our childhood we

regularly walked or cycled to the village. Cows

could be seen standing in the Colne brook by

the bridge. It sometimes seemed quite a pull

up the church hill on a bike but how lovely it

was on the way home to freewheel down the

hill. In those days a small stream ran in a ditch

alongside the churchyard wall. There were

allotments in Iver Lane near Bridgefoot and we

often saw men working there. Many people

in Iver grew at least some of their food in their

gardens and/or allotments. This had been

essential during the War but continued well into

the fifties.

Picture 3 ~ Old Iver Lane

Our alternative “back route” to the village was

along the Palmers Moor Lane to Delaford

Manor and up a rather rough, steep, stony track

to Coppins Lane. It is possible that the road

near Delaford Manor, (which we called “the pink

house”), was then still regarded as a private

road, although it was a public footpath. There

was a gate across the road between Palmers

Moor Poultry Farm on the left and Daffodil

Cottage on the right. If the gate was open

we ventured through. Major Grand at Delaford

Manor was, perhaps understandably, not very

keen to encourage children cycling past or

playing there. The river, potentially dangerous

in places, and its islands were, however,

fascinating. All this has changed profoundly

since the coming of the M25 and the building of

a bridge over the motorway there.

For Iver Lane children there were so many

good walks, particularly around Huntsmoor.

The wooded walk (we called “The Wood”)

along the banks of the River Colne from Clisby

Bridge to the site of Huntsmoor House and

on to Ford Lane was a particular favourite of

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ours, though it could be extremely muddy. The

footpath in the wood was interrupted by 2 huge

stiles. Between these there was access for

the cattle to get to the river to drink and after

rain this could be a quagmire of mud and hoof

prints to negotiate! Just after this the path was

very overgrown by “snowball bushes” and we

had to fight our way through these. From the

former site of Huntsmoor House (demolished

1938) to Ford Lane ran a concrete road, (built

when Huntsmoor had been considered as a

site for a film studio). We all learnt to ride our

bicycles on the concrete road, which had only

occasional farm vehicles.

Picture 6 ~ Huntsmoor Park

worked at Huntsmoor Farm, lived with his wife.

(The concrete road entrance from Ford Lane

to the house also then had similar gates.) The

former Huntsmoor House site had become

pasture and, in the distance an old water pump

was still visible. In the former gardens the brick

walls lining the banks of the River Colne were

still in good condition. Occasionally along the

tree and scrub lined path in “the wood” small

areas of brick could be seen.

Picture 4 ~ Gates and Huntsmoor Lodge

Picture 7 ~ Concrete road

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Picture 5 ~ The wooded walk by the river

The former drive to Huntsmoor House from Iver

Lane looked very different in those days. There

were large gates at the Iver Lane entrance (for

pedestrians and double gates for vehicles).

The drive was well kept and looked as if it still

led to a house. In the spring it was lined with

daffodils. Just inside the gates on the left was

Huntsmoor Lodge, where Mr Elliott, who

Everything seemed to change dramatically

in Iver from the 1960s onwards with new

houses and roads, demolition of old buildings,

rebuilding and ever-increasing traffic. However

much of the lovely countryside of Huntsmoor

remains (in spite of the M25 devastation).

Due to the enduring work of the Iver District

and Countryside Association over nearly

50 years, footpaths here and all round Iver

have been maintained and kept open, and

several important Rights of Way have been

re-established to enable walks to be enjoyed by

present and future generations.

© Stella Rowlands

Iver Parish Magazine - October 2021


POSTSCRIPT TO ROADS OF IVER

ARTICLE.

By consulting John Woodcock’s 1794 map,

Paul Graham has discovered that Stonecroft

Avenue was indeed built on a field called

“Stonecroft” and Chequers Orchard was once

the site of “Chequers Farm”. He wonders if

Swallow Street (and Swallowfield Farm) may

originally have been named due to several

natural springs of water (called swillets,

swallets or swallow holes) found in the ground

along a contour line crossing Swallow Street

near the Whip and Collar.

Stella Rowlands

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CLUBS & CLASSES

IVER SHORT MAT BOWLS CLUB - Iver

Village Hall. Every Wednesday afternoon

2-5pm and evenings 7-10pm. Never played

before? Why not come along and give it a go.

Free Refreshments, no entry fee for your first

three weeks. Contact Peter 07761 473335,

Ron 01753 819644 or Mary 01753 654765

www.ivershortmatbowlsclub.co.uk

HEATHWAY LADIES’ GROUP. The group

meets at 2pm on the second Tuesday of the

month, at Iver Heath Village Hall. All enquiries

concerning the group to Tricia 01753 817749.

IVER HEATH LADIES. The Iver Heath ladies

meet on the first Monday of the month at 2pm

in the Community Room at Iver Heath Village

Hall. Enquiries to Pat Roberts 01753 647674.

IVER AND DISTRICT MOBILITY CLUB. The

Mobility Club, for anyone with disabilities and

their carers, meet on the last Monday of the

month, 2pm at Kings Church, all Welcome.

Contact Gill Jones on 01753 651163.

www.ivermobilityclub.co.uk.

THE RICHINGS PLAYERS. Local awardwinning

amateur theatre company producing

a range of high quality productions from

pantomime to comedy, musicals to classic

drama, murder mystery evenings and more!

For more details please email

richingsplayers@mail.com visit our website

www.richingsplayers.co.uk or keep an eye on

our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds.

ROTARY, LANGLEY & IVER Usually meet at

7.00pm on first, third and fourth Thursday of

each month at The Pinewood Hotel, George

Green. Contact Tony Brown 07770 544739.

www.facebook.com/langleyandiverrotary

RICHINGS PARK TENNIS CLUB Want to play

tennis? New members always welcome at our

brand new court facilities. Contact Graeme or

Wendy on 01753 651071 or look at our website

www richingsparkltc.org.uk

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IVER EVENING WOMEN`S INSTITUTE.

The WI meets on the second Monday of the

month, 7.15pm for 7.30pm at Iver Village Hall.

Visitors warmly welcomed. All enquiries to

Margaret Smith 01753 653751.

Next meeting: Monday 13th September,

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EVREHAM THEATRE CLUB. Evreham

Theatre Club organises approximately twelve

outings per year to include musical and

dramatic theatre, exhibitions and other places

of interest and social events. New members

are welcome, individual £7.00, couples £12.00.

For further information please contact: Heather

Golby (Membership Secretary) 01753 541677,

Pauline Harrison (Secretary) 01753 732019.

RICHINGS PARK BOWLS CLUB

Bowls is a game for the young and not so

young alike; all you need to start playing is a

flat pair of shoes. Come along and give it a

go. Club nights on Friday evening. For further

information, please contact: David Orr on 01753

652708. All welcome to this small and friendly

club.

IVER HEATH BOWLS CLUB

Recreation Ground, Iver Heath. We are a

friendly, sociable club for all ages. Why not

come along and give lawn bowls a try?

Free coaching. We also offer short mat,

social activities and company during the winter.

Contact Betty for more information 01753

651775

Iver Parish Magazine - October 2021


CLUBS & CLASSES

WEEKLY CLASSES & GROUPS

MONDAYS

Play and Learn (5 years and under),

10.30 - 12pm at Iver Children’s Centre.

01753 650252

The Sunshine Choir (for poeple living with

dementia and their carers. 10.30 - 12noon (£5

a session, carers go free) Contact Sara - 07733

466177 or email sara@iversingers.com

Singing Lessons, Iver Village. Contact Toby

Stafford Allen 07801 067521

Triple Threat Performing Arts,

Foundation and Intermediate/Advanced

sessions. St Peter’s Centre, Iver.

Contact Evelyn on 07950 039827 or email

triplethreatperformingarts@gmail.com.

Tappenings Tap Dance 6-week Beginner

course: Mondays 6.30pm from September 20th.

No experience necessary or expected – it’s fun,

sociable and active. Also Slow Intermediate

classes; Mondays 7.15pm. St Leonard’s Church

Hall, Richings Park. Contact Penny Smith,

learningmoves.uk@gmail.com; 07771 872592

THURSDAYS

B-Fit with Rachel

Pilates: 9.30 to 10.15am and 7.00 to 7.45pm

P90X: 8.15 to 9.00pm

Contact Rachel on 07745 622011

Badminton - 8pm to 10pm, Iver Village Hall,

contact Mike Rainbow on 01753 652735

FRIDAYS

Ukulele Lessons Fridays (except 3rd Friday)

King’s Building 11:15am – 12:15pm £5 first

lesson free. Run by James Vigurs

Iver Youth Club - IYCS Term time 6:30 -

8:30pm at the Evreham Youth Club for children

aged 9 - 14. email: iveryouth@gmail.com.

Christine’s Dance Club - Ballroom Dancing

sessions at St. Peter’s Centre, 7.45pm to

9.45pm (£4). Christine Smith, 01753 770819

SUNDAYS

Vikings, 7-9pm Iver Village Hall, Valhalla

Vikings, email Peter at

guthroth@colanhomm.org

TUESDAYS

Perform Drama, Dance & Singing, 4-5pm

(4-7 year olds) & 5-6pm (7-12 year olds) at the

St Peter’s Centre - 0207 255 9120

Slimming World, Evening meeting at Evreham

Adult Learning Center Bookings only contact

Kim on 07427 273201

B-Fit with Rachel

Pilates: 11.00 to 11.45am, PiYo:7.00 to 7.45pm

Pilates: 8.15 to 9.00pm. Contact Rachel on

07745 622011

Iver Singers

Tuesdays, 7.15 - 8.45pm (£7 per session)

Sara - 07733 466177 or sara@iversingers.com

WEDNESDAYS

Slimming World, Morning meeting at Evreham

Adult Learning Center Bookings only contact

Kim on 07427 273201

Iver Short Mat Bowls Club - 2-5pm and

7-10pm, Iver Village Hall, contact Bob on 01753

654049

Evreham Youth Club is Back!

Friday nights, term time only

6.30-8.30pm.

£2 per session.

If you are 11-14 or a parent of an

11-14 year old interested in joining

the Youth Club text your full name

and email address to be sent a

members application form.

Numbers are limited to 40 but there

is a waiting list.

07783 273887

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PARISH DIRECTORY

Church website: www.iverparishchurch.org.uk

Find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/iverparishchurch

PCC Chair Robert Gooding 01753 652078

PCC Vice Chair Amit John 07707 957747

PCC Secretary Rachel Nikolay 07715 673532

PCC Treasurer Tina Lewis tina.lewis@iverparishchurch.org.uk

Church Administrator Rachel Nikolay 07835 879178

Gift Aid Scheme Wendy Jenner 01753 651071

Mission Secretary Diana Stroud 07835 879178

St Peter’s Centre Hire Parish Church Office 07835 879178

St Leonard’s Hall Rachel Nikolay 07835 879178

Captain of Bells David Rowlands 35 Iver Lane, Iver, SL0 9LF

St Peter’s Flowers Wendy Rowntree 01753 652216

St Leonard’s Flowers Maureen Carter 01753 650073

Sunday Seekers 07835 879178

St Peter’s Football Club James Fox jfoxy1980@googlemail.com 01753 582949

1st Iver Scouts Sarah Merrett 07751 191978

Iver Heath Scouts Tim L’Angellier 01753 655799

Girlguiding Buckinghamshire www.girlguidingbucks.org.uk

Iver Parish Council Council Office 45B High Street, Iver 01753 655331

Member of Parliament Joy Morrissey House of Commons 0207 219 3000

Police Non Emergency Number 101

Crimestoppers To inform anonymously about a crime 0800 555 111

Citizens Advice Bureau www.citizensadvice.org.uk 0300 3230121

Illegal Dumping Reporting Hotline 0845 3301856

DrugFam (for those affected by someone else’s use or misuse of drugs or alcohol) 0845 3883853

Alcoholics Anonymous in Iver, Meets 7.30pm on the 1st Sunday. 24Hr Helpline 01628 530055

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OCTOBER CHURCH SERVICES

All 10am services are also streamed via Facebook Live

St Peter’s

St Leonard’s

Sunday 3rd October

8.00am Holy Communion (BCP)

10.00am Morning Praise

10.00am Morning Worshio

(also streamed via Facebook Live)

Thursday 7th October

12 noon Holy Communion service with prayers for healing

Sunday 10th October

10.00am Holy Communion

10.00am Morning Worship

(also streamed via Facebook Live)

Thursday 14th October

12 noon Holy Communion service with prayers for healing

Sunday 17th October

8.00am Holy Communion (BCP)

10.00am Morning Praise

10.00am Morning Worship

(also streamed via Facebook Live)

Thursday 21st October

12 noon Holy Communion service with prayers for healing

Sunday 24th October

10.00am Combined Holy Communion

Thursday 28th October

12 noon Holy Communion service with prayers for healing

Sunday 31st October, Vision Sunday

8.00am Holy Communion (BCP)

10.00am Combined Morning Praise (also streamed via Facebook Live)

3.00pm Service of Remembering (also streamed via Facebook Live)

5.00pm Virtual Light Party (Facebook Live)

We will continue to stream our 10am Sunday service each week via our

Facebook Page www.facebook.com/iverparishchurch

Daily Prayer

From Monday to Friday each week we will be streaming the set Common Worship

service for Morning Prayer (9am) and Evening Prayer (5pm) using “Facebook Live”

from our Church Facebook Page www.facebook.com/iverparishchurch

The words for this service can be found at

https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/join-us-service-daily-prayer

There are also Phone Apps

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