Iver Parish Magazine - December 2021 & January 2022

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IN THIS ISSUE

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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

Distribution

Village: Pauline Telfer T: 01753 738834

Richings Park: Kathryn Pike E: magazine@iverparishmagazine.org.uk

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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CHRISTMAS – A SEASON OF

HOPE THAT CANNOT REALLY BE

“CANCELLED”

This time last year, despite the pandemic, many

of us were looking forward to meeting together

with our families and friends over Christmas, as

we do every year.

Sadly, however things took a turn for the worse

with the arrival of a new variant and the Prime

Minister announced that on 19th December

2020 that we could no longer meet after all.

Many of the headlines read something like

“Boris cancels Christmas!”

As we go to print, things are looking more

hopeful for Christmas 2021, but nothing can be

guaranteed.

Many traditions have grown up around

Christmas in the UK, eating turkey and

Christmas pudding, pulling crackers and

wearing the silly paper hats inside, and of

course Christmas Trees (I do hope that you will

all come along to our Christmas Tree Festival

at St Peter’s Church from 3rd to 5th December

– more details on page 10).

For me personally, one of the most important

elements of Christmas is spending time with

family and friends, something that was denied

to us last year. This is why we held a belated

Christmas in June. We invited my dad and

Carole’s parents to stay with us in keeping with

our normal Christmas tradition, and we had the

tree, turkey and all the fun of the festive period.

We are so glad we did because my dad died

suddenly a few weeks later.

However, it is important to remember that when

Jesus was born a little over 2,000 years ago in

Bethlehem, there were no doting grandparents

or friends to pop round. The only visitors were

strangers, shepherds from the surrounding

hills. No turkey, no crackers, no Christmas

tree!

For many people (perhaps especially children)

the best thing about Christmas is receiving

presents. I remember one Christmas, over

20 years ago, when Carole and I bought a

climbing frame for our two children, but we

couldn’t put it up until they had gone to bed on

Christmas Eve. It was bitterly cold, and was

even snowing, so we decided to start building

it indoors. Unfortunately, we built too much

and then could not get it out of the patio doors

without first deconstructing part of it. I think we

finally finished erecting it outside at 3am.

The reasons for many of the modern-day

traditions associated with Christmas have

been lost in time, but the idea of giving gifts

goes back to something that happened not at

Christmas itself but possibly several weeks,

and probably months later.

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem

of Judea in the days of Herod the king,

behold, wise men from the East came to

Jerusalem, 2 saying, “Where is He who has

been born King of the Jews? For we have

seen His star in the East and have come

to worship Him… 11 And when they had

come into the house, they saw the young

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Child with Mary His mother, and fell down

and worshiped Him. And when they had

opened their treasures, they presented

gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and

myrrh.” (Matt 2:1-2,11)

In the church calendar, the arrival of the wise

men is celebrated in early January in the

season we call Epiphany.

The gifts they brought might seem strange

things to give to a small child or toddler. But

Jesus was no ordinary child and so there was

huge significance in the gifts:

Gold was a royal gift and Jesus is the King of

Kings.

Frankincense (incense) was a priestly gift

as Jesus is our High Priest who, rather than

offering annual animal sacrifices, offered

himself as a sacrifice for all people.

Perhaps the strangest gift of all was myrrh

because myrrh was used for embalming. It

was a symbol of suffering and death, pointing

forward to the crucifixion and resurrection of

Jesus.

There is also huge significance in the fact

that the wise men came from the east, from a

gentile (non-Jewish) nation. This represented

that Jesus, as both fully man and fully God,

was not here on earth to save just the Jewish

nation but had come from heaven to save all

mankind, Jews and gentiles alike.

There is one last twist in the story that is often

overlooked.

“An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph

in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young

Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and

stay there until I bring you word; for Herod

will seek the young Child to destroy Him.”

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When he arose, he took the young Child

and His mother by night and departed for

Egypt, 15 and was there until the death of

Herod (Matt 213b-15a)

Not long after his birth, Jesus became a

refugee, forced by persecution to flee the

land of his birth. It is good to be reminded

that Jesus was a refugee at a time when we

are seeing increasing numbers fleeing from

persecution in troubled areas of our modern

world.

Tragically last year, due to the pandemic, we

had to cancel many of our Christmas services

and only hold online ones instead.

If you weren’t able to attend church in person

last Christmas due to Covid, I do hope and

pray that you will make it a priority this year

(details on page 13).

None of us know what Covid restrictions will be

in place by the time we get to Christmas this

year.

We may not be able to celebrate exactly in

the way that we would like, but Christmas can

never be “cancelled”, because it is about a

factual event that happened, the birth of the

Saviour of the World. Christmas is ultimately a

season of joy and hope, and perhaps we need

it more than ever this year, if we can see past

all the modern trappings and concentrate of the

“real reason for the season”.

God Bless.

Robert Gooding

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PARISH MATTERS

FUNERALS

12th October

Mark Smith, funeral at St Peter’s Church followed by burial at Datchet

Cemetary

DECEMBER 2021 DIARY

Until 19th Virtual Christmas Market until 19th Dec (via Facebook) (see page 13)

Thursday 2nd TotZone ~ 1.30pm - 2.45pm weekly in the St Peter’s Church Annexe

(during term time - see page 10)

3-5th December Annual Iver Christmas Tree Festival (see page 10)

4th December Annual Iver Christmas Market (see page 10)

Tuesday 7th Monthly Prayer Meeting ~ 7pm at The Vicarage

Saturday 18th Wellbeing Coffee Morning ~ St Peter’s Centre 10.30am - 12noon

Sunday 19th Traditional Carols by Candlelight ~ 6pm at St Peter’s (see page 11)

Friday 24th All Age Christmas Praise ~ 4pm at St Peter’s (see page 11)

Carols by Candlelight ~ 6pm at St Leonard’s (see page 11)

Midnight Communion - 11.30pm at St Peter’s

JANUARY 2022 DIARY

Tuesday 4th Tea, Chat & Company ~ St Leonard’s Hall - 2.15pm

Monthly Prayer Meeting ~ Vicarage (& Zoom) - 7pm

Thursday 6th TotZone ~ 1.30pm - 2.45pm weekly in the St Peter’s Church Annexe

(during term time - see page 10)

Saturday 15th Wellbeing Coffee Morning ~ St Peter’s Centre 10.30am - 12noon

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

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

Saturdays 4 th Dec 2021 & 8 th Jan 2022, 10.30am to 12 noon

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

Saturdays 18 th Dec 2021 & 15 th Jan 2022 10.30am to 12 noon

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

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In memory of

EDITH MARIE BAILEY

Edith Marie Bailey, who passed away

on the 31st of August 1999

Those we love don’t go away, they

walk beside us every day. Unseen,

unheard but always near. So loved, so

missed, so very dear.

from Tony

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

McTimoney Chiropractic for the whole family

Gentle and effective treatment for children, the elderly and

pregnant women. Also sports injuries and animals

Coral Adhyaru DC,AMC,MMCA

Please call for an appointment 07880 852269

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FATHER CHRISTMAS IS COMING TO

THE IVERS!

Langley and Iver Rotary will be bringing Father

Christmas to Iver and Iver Heath with his sleigh

and Christmas music to see all the children

(and adults too)! His elves will be collecting

money for several local Rotary designated

causes including Thames Valley Adventure

Playground, Ivers Community Partnership,

Slough Food Bank, Slough Homeless Our

Concern and Thames Hospice.

The collection will be from 6pm to 8pm. He

will be in the Thornbridge Road area of Iver

Heath on Monday 6th December, in Richings

Park on Tuesday 7th December and in the

Chequers Orchard area of Iver on Wednesday

8th December.

Look out for posters showing which streets

he will be visiting and on the evenings he is

visiting, you can follow his progress on

www.sleightracker.co.uk or check on our

Facebook page

www.facebook.com/langleyandiverrotaryclub

UPDATE ON ROSES AT ST PETER’S

CHURCH

Some of you may have noticed that we are in

the process of replacing the majority of roses

either side of the pathway leading from the

Lychgate to the Church door at St Peter’s,

this is due to trouble with the deer eating the

roses. These will be replaced with a variety of

rose called ‘Canary Bird’ which it is very much

hoped will not be liked by the deer.

Rosa xanthina ‘Canary Bird’ © RHS 2003

“TotZone”

Baby & Toddler Group

We are delighted to announce the restart of TotZone on

THURSDAYS at the

NEW TIME of 1.30pm to 2.45pm

(every Thursday during term time)

Come and join us and make new friends while

your babies and young children have fun with our toys

For more information contact Rachel on

office@iverparishchurch.org.uk or 07835 879178

iverparishchurch.org.uk

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Iver ChristmasTree Festival

St Peter’s Church, Iver

FRIDAY 3RD DECEMBER ~ 10am to 5pm

SATURDAY 4TH DECEMBER ~ 11am to 5pm

The Real Christmas Grotto ~ 11am to 4pm

SUNDAY 5TH DECEMBER ~ 12 noon to 2pm

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fb.com/iverparishchurch

Visiting on Saturday 4th?

Don’t forget to pop into the

Christmas Market in the

St Peter’s Centre too!

The Iver Christmas Markets

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CHRISTMAS MARKET

St Peter’s Centre

Saturday 4th December, 11am - 3pm

ONLINE CHRISTMAS MARKET

fb.com/groups/iverchristmasmarket

From 1st November to 19th December

for more information contact Rachel on

07835 879178 or email

christmas@iverparishchurch.org.uk

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Carols by Candlelight

Sunday 19th December 2021, 6pm

St Peter’s Church, Iver

Christmas Eve, 24th December 2021, 6pm

St Leonard’s Church, Richings Park

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All Age Christmas Praise

Come dressed as your favourite nativity character

CHRISTMAS EVE

4pm

St Peter’s Church

Iver

iverparishchurch.org.uk

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■ Emergencies seen without delay

■ Early morning, evening and Saturday surgeries

■ Home visits and children welcome

■ Easy Parking

For enquiries/information/appointments

Contact IVER DENTAL CARE on:

01753 652223

175 High Street, Iver, Bucks SL0 9QB

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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 Carpentry Work carried out

Fitted Kitchens, Laminate/Wood Flooring, Wardrobes, Door Hanging

Furniture made to order. Free Survey on Kitchens

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Christmas Services 2021

FRIDAY 3 RD TO SUNDAY 5 TH DECEMBER

CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL at ST PETER’S including:

Saturday 4 th December, 11am to 3pm ~ Christmas Market

SUNDAY 19 TH DECEMBER ~ ST PETER’S

6pm ~ Traditional Carols by Candlelight*

CHRISTMAS EVE

4pm ~ All Age Christmas Praise at St Peter’s*

6pm ~ Carols by Candlelight at St Leonard’s*

11.30pm ~ Midnight Communion Service at St Peter’s

CHRISTMAS DAY

8am ~ Holy Communion (BCP) Service at St Peter’s

10am ~ Family Communion Service at St Peter’s*

10am ~ Family Communion Service at St Leonard’s

Wishing you a very

Happy Christmas

services marked * will also be

streamed via Facebook Live

www.facebook.com/iverparishchurch

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Dee S. Clark BSc.(Hons) MChS.D.pod.med.

CHIROPODIST / PODIATRIST

TO IVER HEATH HEALTH CLINIC

Surgery and Visiting Practice Cryosurgery for verrucae

SURGICAL PODIATRIST & REGISTERED MEMBER OF THE SOCIETY OF PODIATRISTS

Newburn, Grange Wood,

Wexham, Buckinghamshire SL3 6LP Newburn, Telephone: 01753 552725

7 Grange Wood, Wexham, Buckinghamshire, SL3 6LP

Telephone: 01753 552725

www.sloughchiropodyandpodiatry.co.uk

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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

Jam Ministries

For more details, information, prayer or advice please contact

Church Pastor Billy King. Tel: 07719 593398

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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IVER AND DISTRICT MOBILITY CLUB

It is with sadness that we have decided to

close the club. It was founded in 2001 by Gill’s

husband Dr Eddie Jones and Lady Barbara

Smith a disabled lady from Iver Heath, in order

to help the disabled get to church and improve

their lives. During the last 18 months due to the

Coronavirus Pandemic, we have been unable

to meet and during this time we have lost our

President Reg Gould and sadly many other

members.

Our grateful thanks to King’s Church for their

hospitality over the years.

IVER VILLAGE JUNIOR SCHOOL NEWS

Year 6 Residential Week!

We were very lucky to get away with a group of

our Year 6’s for a week long residential trip!

The children (and the staff) got to take part

in some incredible activities including zip

wire, rock climbing, trapeze, archery, and

orienteering; all very handy outdoor skills to

know!

Everyone had a fantastic time away and we are

so proud how lovely and supportive everyone

was to each other!

We have £2794.14 in our bank account. Our

Constitution states any money we have on

closure of the club must be donated to the

Through the Roof charity. This is a Christian

charity that helps disabled people in various

ways at home and abroad. Gill and Jackie

wrote and signed the cheque for £2794.14, this

will be sent to the charity.

Our thanks to all members for their support in

attending meetings over the years, and to the

committee members for all their hard work and

support in running the club.

At its launch, the club started with prayers, so

we end with a prayer.

May the Lord Bless us and Keep us

May His face shine on us and give us is Peace

Amen

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PARISH HISTORY

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DISCOVERING IVER’S PAST

It all started with Huntsmoor. My childhood

had been spent around Huntsmoor Park

(Iver Lane), which was also the view from my

bedroom window. I wondered what the House

had looked like, why it had been demolished

and who had lived there? Some years later I

began to look for the answers. A clue came

from memorials in Iver church, which recorded

families who had lived at Huntsmoor. My

Mother managed to find for me a rare copy of

W.H. Ward & K.S. Block’s 1933 excellent book

“A History of the Manor and Parish of Iver”.

Subsequently, in 1975, the Iver and District

Countryside Association, amazingly arranged

for Ward & Block to be re-printed in paperback,

which enabled many Iver residents to have

access to it again. Ward and Block is a good,

reliable source but not all written accounts are

as well researched. For historical research, it is

important to use, if possible, original sources,

to check and cross check information, and not

to rely solely on secondary accounts by others.

To access original records, it was necessary

to visit the Record Office at Aylesbury, whose

staff were incredibly helpful. They had a vast

number of Huntsmoor records, which had been

donated years earlier by Christopher Tower,

whose family had owned Huntsmoor for over

200 years. When I started it was only possible

to make pencil notes in your own notebook

during each booked session. Thus, there was a

limit to how many documents could be studied

each time, especially as the handwriting was

sometimes difficult. My Mother usually assisted

with note taking and we were grateful to Fred

and Gwyn Archer for innumerable lifts to

Aylesbury. The staff would photocopy some

items, but some large and fragile documents

could not be copied. They were willing to

photograph some special items, but these

were limited and photos expensive. My

handwritten research continued for many years.

Fortunately, now the situation at the Record

Office has been transformed for researchers

as cameras are allowed and one session

photographing relevant documents can do the

equivalent of months of work with handwritten

copying! Over many years I have been

immensely grateful for the help the Aylesbury

Record Office, the National Archives, the Bucks

Archaeological Society and St George’s Chapel

Archives and Library have given me.

While looking at records at Aylesbury, I

discovered much about Bridgefoot, which the

Tower family had also owned. The handwriting

on some of the Bridgefoot deeds was very

difficult to decipher but the Record Office staff

were willing to undertake a commission to

transcribe some of them for me. Having found

some interesting details, I contacted Adrian

Secker at Bridgefoot, and asked if I could

talk over what I had found. Since then, both

Adrian and Anthea Secker have contributed

so much to my research. The discussions

with Adrian were most enjoyable. He told me a

great deal and lent me Bridgefoot documents,

and Sir William Young’s 1770 estate map to

take home to photograph, (now in the Record

Office). He also lent me documents about the

Clowes family of Delaford and Anthea allowed

me to photograph the Delaford paintings at

Bridgefoot. Over the years Anthea has found

various useful documents and pictures and she

continues to help me.

Their greatest help however came in 1996,

when Adrian forwarded a letter from me to

Major Alastair Tower, the Tower family historian.

My Huntsmoor research was transformed from

the moment I met Alastair and other members

of the Tower family. Until his death in 2007,

Alastair and I shared a vast amount of material

by letter, and we met occasionally in London

or Iver. Through him I met Miss Pam Tower,

the great-grand-daughter of Christopher and

Lady Sophia Tower of Huntsmoor and visited

her several times at her London flat to see and

photograph Lady Sophia’s albums of paintings

(now in the Record Office). She lent me Lady

Sophia’s accounts of her daughters’ weddings

at Iver and gave me some of her Huntsmoor

and Delaford paintings. On another occasion

she came to Iver to give me the two framed

Huntsmoor paintings by Lady Sophia, which

had been hanging in her flat.

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PARISH HISTORY

Picture 1 - Anthea & Alastair at Bridgefoot

I also corresponded with Cdr Bill Tower, and he

visited Iver several times. Via Alastair I met Mrs

Sarah Micklem. Sarah was a wonderful and

enthusiastic colleague and we exchanged so

much material on both the Tower family and the

Young family, to whom she was also related.

She and I corresponded for innumerable years.

She visited Iver and, in 2008, during a stay

at her home Langleys in Essex, she showed

my sister Sandra and myself round the site of

the Tower estate of Weald Hall, former Tower

properties there and the village of South Weald,

whose church contained innumerable Tower

memorials. Bill Tower who grew up there gave

me his illustrated written account of Weald.

Christopher Tower, (Pam’s brother) died in

1998 and, as both Weald Hall and Huntsmoor

had been demolished, the Trustees found a

suitable home for the Tower family portrait

collection at Ashridge, in Hertfordshire, which

had close connections with the Tower family.

In March 2009, Anthea, Sarah, Sandra, and I

were invited to Ashridge to see the portraits.

Later in May 2013 Sir William Young came to

lunch with us in Iver and he and I walked down

Swan Road to see his former family estate

(Delaford Manor, now a different house).

Alastair had also introduced me to (the late)

Earl Bathurst and one October day of torrential

rain and floods in 1998 Sandra drove me to

Cirencester and we met him and his brother,

the Hon George Bathurst, who answered

innumerable questions about the Bathurst and

Meeking families. Their help was invaluable

and enabled me to produce in 1999 a booklet

on Richings. Their mother had been Viola

Meeking of Richings, who became Lady

Apsley. Lord Bathurst gave me a most

useful book about the history of the Apsley

and Bathurst families and copies of some

family photographs. In Richings Park, Mr &

Mrs Roberts of Bathurst Walk were extremely

knowledgeable about the Richings estate. Mr

Roberts had been solicitor for the estate, and

he gave me many original records. Mrs Bettie

Roberts had grown up on Home Farm. She

lent me her old family photos and, due to the

kindness of the then owners, she took me

round Home Farm and Richings before it was

sold.

About this time, I met David Sullivan, a

descendant of The Hon John Sullivan

of Richings. Between 2000-2009 we

corresponded, he visited Iver, and gave me

much useful information about the Sullivan

family. Fortunately, about this time, the

previously lost vault of John Sullivan and his

family was rediscovered in the NE part of the

old churchyard. All the above colleagues have

helped me so much in my research.

Picture 2 -Huntsmoor Park 1844

painted by Lady Sophia Tower

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It seemed important that the information I had

discovered should be recorded and shared

with Iver residents so that people, places, and

events in the past were not forgotten. In 1999

I started to write and publish myself a series of

Iver history booklets, sold in aid of Iver Church.

Until the last in 2012, there were 15 booklets

(now out of print). Fortunately, in these booklets

I was able to include lists of references and

my sources. (This has unfortunately not been

feasible in my later magazine articles due to

space).

In 2003 “Around Iver” was published. This was

Douglas Rust‘s idea. He suggested to Tempus

that they approach me to do the book. At

the outset I had not realised quite how much

time and work this would involve! I put a note

in the parish magazine asking for photos and

then spent months going round seeing people,

borrowing photos, and getting as much detailed

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information as I could. Unfortunately, in those

days I did not have a scanner, so every picture

had to be photographed outside in daylight,

with a film camera screwed onto on a stand,

and the originals then returned to the owners.

The films had to be developed and printed.

Perhaps the most difficult task was contacting

the original photographers of the pictures

to ask permission to use their photos in my

book. A vast number of generous people

assisted by finding photos and their names

are listed at the back of the book. I remember

especially the kindness of Jo Elkins, who went

through her amazing photo collection with

me and lent me anything I wanted, and Paul

Graham who lent me the whole of the Iver and

District Countryside Association photographic

collection. Canon David Welander posted to

me his entire collection of Iver photos, and

the Rev Andrew Bailey lent me two amazing

scrapbooks made by his grandfather, the

Rev Cobb, Vicar of Iver 1924-32 and a keen

historian. Later in 2010 I also wrote a new

Guidebook for St Peter’s Church.

I have been very lucky indeed to receive so

much help from many colleagues. (Far too

many for all to be mentioned by name, sadly).

During the past 20 years, my aim has been to

record and pass on to others the information

and evidence I have found. It is important

that Iver’s history and people should not be

forgotten so have tried to present it in an

accessible form for those who do not have the

time or the inclination to burrow among ancient

documents, decipher handwriting, collect

pictures, or record the memories of past and

present Iver people. Since 2014, I have written

74 separate local history articles for Iver Parish

Magazine, and these have also been “online”

since December 2016. However, this will be

my last regular monthly local history article.

Unfortunately, with my advancing years, it is

taking longer to prepare and check every article

and the regular monthly deadline is now not

easy. There is still so much of Iver’s history to

recount, and it is marvellous that the monthly

history article will be continued by others next

year.

© Stella Rowlands

Iver Parish Magazine - December 2021 / January 2022


RICHINGS PLAYERS NEWS

2021 saw the Richings Players celebrate 95

years of amateur dramatics - a testament to the

support of it’s members and audiences.

We know that many have had a tough time

over the past 20 months and we hope that

reopening our doors in 2022 will bring you

some joy. However, we also know that others

will be nervous about attending in person

and we will do everything we can to help and

accommodate if we can.

Finally, we’ll be heading to the depths of

Epping Forest for our postponed production

of Emlyn Williams’ “Night Must Fall,” directed

by Liam Tebbit. We’re really looking forward to

getting spooked out next October for this one.

To keep up to date with all our latest news

visit www.richingsplayers.com or follow us on

Facebook www.fb.com/richingsplayers

The next season of shows, starts with

gets “Ladies’ Day,” a comedy by Amanda

Whittington, directed by Adrian Uzzell.

Rehearsals are already underway and tickets

will be on sale from January. The production

will be performed in Iver Village Hall from

10th-12th February 2022 by special

arrangement with Nick Hern Books.

We’re delighted to announce that our Spring

show will be “Honk!,” a musical adaptation of

“The Ugly Duckling”, directed by Evelyn and

Toby Stafford-Allen. “Honk” will be performed

in May and we can’t wait to bring all our Young

Players back into the fold for that one. With that

in mind, we’re also really excited to announce

that shortly, we’ll be launching The Richings

Players Academy, aimed at helping our

youngsters regain their stage confidence and

learn new skills as we head towards our Spring

production next year… watch this space!

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 4th January, 2.15pm

at St Leonard’s Hall

New Year Holy Communion and post

Christmas catch up

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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.

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

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 December,

Hanging Christmas Decoration, Prettiest

parcel competition, value up to £3

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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 - December 2021 / January 2022


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 No experience

necessary or expected – it’s fun, sociable and

active. Mondays 7pm. St Leonard’s Church

Hall, Richings Park. Contact Penny Smith,

learningmoves.uk@gmail.com; 07771 872592

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

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 11 - 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

NEW BRIDGE CLUB

I am considering running a Bridge Club

in Iver Village in 2022. If you are

interested, please call me on

07796 818495, 01753 605279

or email alexjenkins444@gmail.com

You don’t have to know how to play as I

will be giving you lessons at the beginning

of the evening.

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OLDER PEOPLE ARE OFTEN VICTIMS

OF FRAUDULENT TRADESMEN.

Able Community Care, a Norfolk company

providing 24/7 care throughout the UK. has had

printed the above door sticker which we are

offering free to older people.

Statistics show that older people are being

continually tricked by fraudulent tradesmen

turning up on their doorstep.

With a door sticker, such as the above, in view,

it is a criminal offence for uninvited people to try

to get a person to answer the door. To date we

have given out in excess of 60,000

If you would like to receive one, or several of

the above door stickers free of charge or know

someone who would like one email

angela@ablecommunitycare.com giving a

postal address. (No address details will be kept

after door stickers have been posted out.)

www.ablecommunitycare.com

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Nooks and Crannies

Domestic Cleaning Services

Iver Heath Based

• One Offs • Regular Cleans - Weekly/Monthly

• Special Occasions • Also Windows & Carpets

Ironing • Oven Cleaning Gardening

• Sympathetic Clutter Clearance

Don’t leave it any longer - give us a call!

Excellent References Available

Customer Confidentiality Guaranteed

Cleaning Products Provided

Public Liability Insurance

Call Patsy on 07900 438614

PROMOTE YOUR

PRODUCTS &

SERVICES TO YOUR

LOCAL COMMUNITY

FROM LESS THAN

£17/month*

The Iver Parish Magazine

is distributed free to all homes in

Iver Village and Richings Park.

It is also available digitally on our

website and the link to view is shared

on local Facebook community groups

Promote your business and/or

services from less than £17/month

*£200 per year for 10 issues

-

Ask about distributing your

business flyer with the magazine.

-

“The Iver Parish Magazine helps

us get our business in front of

customers right on our doorstep.

The magazine helps us encourage

people to shoplocal and support

small business in our villages”

For details of our advertising rates

or more information visit our website

www.iverparishchurch.org.uk

/iver-parish-magazine/

or email

magazine@iverparishchurch.org.uk

#IVERSHOPLOCAL

Iver Parish Magazine - December 2021 / January 2022


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

Al-Anon, 10:30am on Saturdays via Skype. Annette 07971 425814 or Christine on 07450 322958

Iver Parish Magazine is delivered free of charge to over 2,500 homes in Iver Village and Richings

Park. Please send matters for publication to the Editor by the 4th of the previous month.

Please see page 2 for contact addresses for editorial and advertising. The Editor and Publishers

of the magazine accept no responsibility and make no endorsement for goods, services, or

opinions appearing in its pages.

All articles in this magazine are protected by

copyright and must not be reproduced, posted

online or held in any retrieval system without

the express written permission of the Editor.

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CHURCH SERVICES

All 10am services are also streamed via Facebook Live

DECEMBER 2021

Thursday 2nd December

12 noon Holy Communion (CW) St Peter’s

with prayers for healing

Sunday 5th December

8.00am Holy Communion (BCP) St Peter’s

10.00am Combined Morning Praise St Peter’s

Thursday 9th December

12 noon Holy Communion (CW) St Peter’s

with prayers for healing

Sunday 12th December

10.00am Holy Communion (BCP) St Peter’s

10.00am Morning Worship St Leonard’s

Thursday 16th December

12 noon Holy Communion (CW) St Peter’s

with prayers for healing

Sunday 19th December

8.00am Holy Communion (BCP) St Peter’s

10.00am Morning Praise St Peter’s

10.00am Morning Worship St Leonard’s

6.00pm Carols by Candlelight St Peter’s

Thursday 23rd December

12 noon Holy Communion (CW) St Peter’s

with prayers for healing

Friday 24th December, Christmas Eve

4.00pm All Age Christmas Praise St Peter’s

6.00pm Carols by Candlelight St Leonard’s

11.30pm Midnight Communion St Peter’s

Saturday 25th December, Christmas Day

8.00am Holy Communion (BCP) St Peter’s

10.00am Family Communion (CW) St Peter’s

10.00am Family Communion (CW) St Leonard’s

Sunday 26th December

10.00am Combined Morning St Leonard’s

Worship & favourite carols

Thursday 30th December

12 noon Holy Communion (CW) St Peter’s

with prayers for healing

JANUARY 2022

Sunday 2nd January, Epiphany

8.00am Holy Communion (BCP) St Peter’s

10.00am Morning Praise St Peter’s

10.00am Morning Worship St Leonard’s

Thursday 6th January

12 noon Holy Communion (CW) St Peter’s

with prayers for healing

Sunday 9th January

10.00am Morning Praise St Peter’s

10.00am Holy Communion (CW) St Leonard’s

Thursday 13th January

12 noon Holy Communion (CW) St Peter’s

with prayers for healing

Sunday 16th January

8.00am Holy Communion (BCP) St Peter’s

10.00am Morning Praise St Peter’s

+ Baptisms

10.00am Morning Worship St Leonard’s

Thursday 20th January

12 noon Holy Communion (CW) St Peter’s

with prayers for healing

Sunday 23rd January

10.00am Combined Holy

Communion (CW)

St Peter’s

Thursday 27th January

12 noon Holy Communion (CW) St Peter’s

with prayers for healing

Sunday 30th January

8.00am Holy Communion (BCP) St Peter’s

10.00am Morning Praise St Peter’s

10.00am Morning Worship St Leonard’s

*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

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.aimermedia.dailyprayer&hl=en_GB

IOS: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/daily-prayer/id818491760

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