Triangle Magazine - January 2022


Triangle Magazine. The Church Magazine for the Parishes of Clymping and Yapton with Ford

ISSN 2059-1659

January 2022

The church magazine for the parishes of

Clymping & Yapton with Ford

Triangle - January 2022


Services for January 2022

Sunday, 2 January

Yapton 9.30 am Family Service

Clymping 11.00 am All-age Communion

Sunday, 9 January

Yapton 9.30 am Parish Communion

Clymping 11.00 am Parish Communion

Sunday, 16 January

Yapton 9.30 am Family Service

Clymping 11.00 am All-age Communion

Sunday, 23 January

Yapton 9.30 am Parish Communion

Clymping 11.00 am Parish Communion

Sunday, 30 January

Yapton 9.30 am Benefice Communion

St Andrew’s Ford

Every Thursday

10.00 am Holy Communion

Sunday School @ St Mary’s Yapton

9 January 11.00 am

23 January 11.00 am

Please remember to check the website and Facebook regularly

and watch out for emails with updates.

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From the Rector

Richard is extra busy this month with

preparations for the Christmas season

in our churches. This month the reins

go to Canon Paul Hardingham for

this ‘Look to the New Year’.


he month of January is named

after the Roman god Janus,

who is depicted as having two

faces. As we look back on a

difficult year dominated by the

pandemic, how should we look

forward to 2022 with fresh hope?

The apostle Paul writes: ‘But one

thing I do: forgetting what is behind and

straining towards what is ahead, I press on

towards the goal to win the prize for which

God has called me heavenwards in Christ

Jesus.’ (Philippians 3:13,14).

Firstly, to make a new start, you

need to forget the things which are

behind. Paul saw himself as an athlete

running for Christ and purposely not

looking back. He refused to allow his

past sins and difficulties to define who

he was. By God’s grace, he no longer saw

himself that way. The same can be true

of ourselves, as we confess our sins and

failures to receive God’s forgiveness and

new life.

Secondly, we need to focus on the

things that lie ahead. The

athlete is entirely focused on

winning the race and gaining the

prize. Like Paul, we have to be

single-minded in making Jesus the

focus of everything we do. How can

we go deeper in our prayer life and

Bible reading this year? What will it

mean to better serve Christ in our

workplace and neighbourhood, or family

and children?

Paul looked forward to the day

when he would stand before God, who

would say ‘well done, good and faithful

servant’. In light of all that Jesus had

done for him, Paul wanted to give his

very best to Jesus. As we stand at the

beginning of this New Year, let’s ask

ourselves, ‘What can I do this year that will

help me bring glory and honour to God?’

Paul Hardingham

A New Year


I will live for God and the people He

brings into my life.

That’s MY new year’s resolution. It

centres on relationship, but it requires

letting go and moving on.

Revd Richard Hayes

Day off is Friday

Our Rector

The Rectory, St Mary’s Meadow, Yapton,

Arundel, BN18 0EE.

( 01243 552962

Full details of our ministry team, along with other contacts can be found at the back of the magazine.

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If you’ve been



he UK Commission on Bereavement

(UKCB) is an independent

commission made up

of charities and

organisations, launched

to review the

experiences of, and

support available for,

people affected by

bereavement through

and beyond the Covid-

19 pandemic. Chaired

by The Right Revd and

Rt Hon Dame Sarah

Mullally DBE, the Bishop of London, the

Commission will make recommendations

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Government, on how better to support

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wide range of people is important and

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share their stories of grief. Adults, young

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to help shape the recommendations for

future bereavement support. If you have

been bereaved in the last 3 years, please

do consider taking part by visiting:


Charity Appeals

A Reader’s Comment


hose charity appeals...

They come thick and fast,

especially just pre-Christmas, don’t

they? One day I received more than a

dozen, including (to my increasing

annoyance) several with the postal

copy of the Church Times. ‘Give to

him who asks of you,’ said our Lord,


Like many people I worried about

this. After all, you can’t give what you

haven’t got. And even during our

Lord’s earthly life all the world’s

problems of hunger and illness etc.

were not solved. Derek G very

helpfully pointed out to me that our

Lord also said, ‘In as

much as you do it

unto one of these

you do it unto Me.’

Though of course,

don’t have to stop at


But I still worried, whatever I

gave seemed so inadequate. Then the

(inspired?) idea formed that what we

have got is faith, even if it’s as small as

a mustard seed. So as a way of giving,

physically holding each charity appeal

that one receives and using a short

prayer over it or just waiting for a few

moments with it in the awareness of

the Holy Spirit, may help cause

miracles about which God will know.

The giving is in and of faith and time.


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From the Editor

Dear Triangle Readers


elcome to the January 2022

edition of Triangle.

It’s always quite difficult to think

about the New Year when we are still

busy with preparation for Christmas.

Fortunately the many contributors to

our humble magazine are one step

ahead and have submitted their pieces

in plenty of time so that we can get this

issue prepared and printed before the

Christmas rush really starts!

Covid has taken its toll this past

year, and many of you will have known

the grief of losing a loved one. A

national public commission review,

which is looking into the issue, is

underway and the public are invited to

take part (see page 4).

Our regular feature ‘God is in the

Here and Now’ continues with the

beginning of a new series looking at

Joseph (of Technicolor Dreamcoat

fame). This series started life as a

‘lockdown project’ by a member of our

congregation who has continued her

inspired writing with this brand new

series. The author has asked to remain

anonymous but I am very grateful for

this excellent ‘home-grown’

contribution each month.

If you have anything that you’d like

to share with our readers do please drop

me a line.

January is a time to look forward,

and a time to remember that our hope is

in God. So we have lots on offer this

month to encourage our readers to

begin the New Year relying on Him.

I hope that you’ll enjoy this month’s


Until next month...


triangle magazine

Member Editor 2022

Editor: Nigel Smeeth, 3 Dial Close, Barnham, Bognor Regis, PO22 0JU

( 01243 552821 (not after 8.00 pm please)


The deadline for the February

magazine is


Items received after this date will normally

be carried over to the next month

Cover picture

Snow in Alberta, Canada. Steve Uren

Thoughts for the Month

New Year’s Day is a good time to fix

one’s eyes on the only One who knows

what the year is to hold.

Elisabeth Elliot

May your days ahead be greater than the

days gone by. Wishing you all God’s

best in the new year.

Tony Evans

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Short Mat




his is a friendly club which meets

at Yapton & Ford Village Hall on

Tuesday evenings from 6.00 – 9.00 p.m.

and on Friday afternoons 1.45 – 4.45


We would welcome both

experienced and new players to join us

– why not come along and play for a

couple of weeks free before having to


Membership is only £15 per

annum, with session fees at just £3.

Please contact the

Club’s Chairperson on

01243 863057 or Secretary

on 01243 582574 for

further information; you’ll

be very welcome.

Keep in Touch with


Please check the Benefice website

regularly for up-to-date news:

Facebook – cyfchurches

If you’re not on Richard’s email

newsletter list, then drop him an email

and he’ll add you - just another

way for us to of keep in touch

with you:

Richard - 01243 552962

CYF Fellowship Groups

Join us in one of the fellowship groups

around the Benefice; supporting,

learning, enjoying, praying together.

Each group has its own way of doing

things and we’re sure you’ll find one

that suits you. There are groups that

meet morning, afternoon and evening.

Some meet weekly, most meet


If you’d like to know more contact the

Rector - details above.

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Richard is wondering...

...could YOU be on our

new VERGER team

at St Mary’s Yapton?


ur hope is that we can create a

small team (1-3 people) to share

the role of verger at St Mary’s, Yapton.

This a voluntary role but you’re

paid to help at weddings and funerals.

You will help to make services

happen; family services, communion

services, baptisms, funerals, weddings

and occasional special services. You’ll

often arrive first to open the church,

then set up the altar for communion and

making sure that things are in the right

place. You could describe the role as

‘stage manager’

You might welcome latecomers and

help them find a seat and also guide

people up to Communion. At the end of

the service you will help to tidy away;

and you may well he the last to leave.

The role is very much a serving

position; supporting the ministry team

so they can lead our worship.

If you are interested then do contact

Richard (01243 552962). Training will, of

course, be provided.

Sonshine needs to keep on shining!


he monthly Sonshine meetings at Clymping Church Hall

are planned to restart in April 2022 (just before Easter) but

the team very much need some musicians and other helpers

who are willing to join the leadership team.

Sonshine has brought the Christian message to people with

learning difficulties for many years but the leadership team

aren’t getting any younger and feel that it’s time to inject some

young blood into the team.

Their main musician, who used to play at every meeting,

would like to reduce that to three meetings a year, and those on the leadership are

pretty much well in their 70s and feel that it’s time to ease off a bit. Alan Doick has

led the group for some years and would like to step down as main leader.

If you feel that you might be able

to help in any way please contact Alan

Doick in the first instance.

Why not go along to their next

meeting to meet everyone? You will be

assured of a very warm welcome.

Contact Alan on

07522 605457

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Reflected Faith

Taking Down Christmas

The Rev Dr Jo White continues her

walk through the church year.


appy New Year!

January is, of course, the

time to take down the

decorations and put them away for next

year. In many churches however, the

Crib scene is left up until the beginning

of February - the Feast of Candlemas.

That celebrates the Presentation of Christ

in the Temple.

It’s yet another moment of

‘illumination,’ and has a number of


The date ‘set’ for Candlemas is the

2 nd February each year and it marks the

midpoint of winter, halfway between the

shortest day and the spring equinox. So,

from that date onwards the days begin

to get longer and the nights shorter.

It’s the day when we celebrate Mary

and Joseph taking their baby, Jesus, to

the Temple. The custom was set down in

Leviticus chapter 12, where the parents

presented the child to the Lord, and

received a blessing from the priests. It

was a picture of the sacrifice of the firstborn

son, giving him to the Lord.

Any ideas on a third meaning?

(Answer next month.)

As you take down your decorations,

think about where you will store them

ready for use next Christmas – and also,

how carefully you will put them away.

Will the string of lights be a tangled

mess of knots when you take them out of

their wrappings or will you be able to

hang them straight on the tree? One of

the biggest concerns is where to put the

figure of baby Jesus. It’s usually

so small in a Crib Set that it is

easily lost and then the Crib Set

rather loses its meaning!

This month

Have a think about where you

put Jesus after Christmas. Not the figure

but the ‘real’ person. He’s easily left in a

virtual crib as a baby in our minds, just

like the wooden or plastic figure in our

attics or under the stairs. If we keep Him

as that lovely sweet-smelling-cute baby

we miss out on His teaching and

miracles, we will fail to understand and

engage with His massive love and

compassion for each of us on the cross –

and most importantly His resurrection.

Death is not the end.

Not for Him.

Not for us.

And not for our loved ones.


lease pray for

the two primary

schools in our

benefice. Keep in

your prayers the children, the head

teachers, class teachers and all other


Remember, particularly, the many

children from disadvantaged

backgrounds; pray that they may find

peace and security in a loving and

caring Christian environment.

Keep the students in your prayers

as they move through the secondary

education system and onto colleges,

universities and apprenticeships.

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Yapton Cottage Gardeners’ Society


ark Saunders was his

usual good value at the

members’ November

meeting when he presented

‘Vegetable Growing’, as he

and his gardening crew

practice it at Fittleworth

House. A lot of compost is

incorporated into the ground, and seeds

from various sources are used and

germinated in the glasshouse, pricked

out and grown on to a good size before

planting out. Mark made the audience

aware of his choice of seed tray, with

large cells to hold ample compost, and of

durable materials which may last for two

or more decades.

Very many crops are grown: leeks,

kale, sprouting broccoli, runner beans,

dwarf French beans, Swiss chard,

potatoes etc, etc.

A few items end at the village flower

show; some of the onions exceed 4lbs.

The interval lead to the audience of

fifteen being offered tea, coffee and cake

but visitors and members alike fled

before the start of the Annual General

Meeting, leaving only four members of

the outgoing Cottage Gardeners’

committee to attend.

Those there re-elected themselves,

Garden Quote

If you’ve never experienced the joy

of accomplishing more than you can

imagine, plant a garden.

Robert Brault

but the one good thing to

happen was to bring

Katharine Horwood on to

the committee, albeit in her

absence, but with her


The next event will be on

January 25 th at 2 pm in Yapton

Village Hall Club Room, when noted

local historian, Allen Misselbrook,

speaks on the changes to orchards

and gardens over the years in

the local area.

Visitors are

welcome on

payment of £2.

A New Book


ane Weymouth’s latest book, Birdie,

a sequel to her first book, Eliza

Stone, is now available from Amazon in

paperback and Kindle formats.

Bertha is happy living in Herne

Bay, Kent, enjoying her nursing career,

especially when she meets Harry Farley

(who nicknames her ‘Birdie’). But her

life is soon overshadowed by the

outbreak of WW1.

She survives the

terrors and losses of

the Home Front

with the help of her

friends and family

to emerge, with her

daughter, into the

changed world of

the 1920s.

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God is in the Here and Now

This month we start a new six-month series

looking at Joseph.


oseph and his


Dreamcoat. It’s a story we

were told in Sunday School

and became a popular

musical production. It’s

about a teenage boy with a

multicoloured coat and a few strange

dreams who went on to become the

Prime Minister of Egypt, bestowed with

great authority and power, second only

to Pharaoh. The stuff of dreams.

But if you’ve read this story in

Genesis, you will know that this teenage

boy was sold into slavery by his

brothers (after they had considered

murdering him), marched off to a

foreign country and then hauled off to

jail for fifteen years or so after being

accused of a crime he didn’t commit.

That sounds more like a nightmare.

Joseph was the son of Jacob. He was

born in his father’s old age and was the

11 th of 12 sons. He was born to Rachel,

Jacob’s favourite wife. Jacob idolised

Joseph and made no secret of it. His

special coat wasn’t just a status symbol,

but a sign that Jacob was planning to

make Joseph his heir. Openly having a

favourite child never leads to anything

good and his older brothers were both

jealous and angry. The Bible tells us in

chapter 37 of Genesis that they hated


When he was 17, Joseph had two

different dreams. In these dreams, his

brothers were bowing down to him. He

unwisely told his brothers about these

dreams, and it didn’t go down well. He

would also give his father bad reports

about his brothers. They

hated him all the more.

So the scene is set. Bad

parenting, teenage boasting

and the brothers’ jealousy

are all leading to a

showdown. When Jacob

sends Joseph off to where

his brothers are tending sheep, they see

him coming in the distance and plot to

kill him. Persuaded against this by

Reuben, the eldest brother, they put him

in a dry well where he would most

likely die of thirst. Then a caravan of

Ishmaelite traders happened to come by

and so while Reuben’s back was turned,

they sold Joseph into slavery and

watched as he was carted off to Egypt.

They kept his coat, dipped it in animal

blood and took it back to their father.

They asked Jacob, “Do you know if this

is your son’s coat?”

Reuben said nothing. He kept silent

as his father mourned for Joseph day

after day. No effort was made to go

after Joseph to try and recover him. The

brothers’ hearts are full of hatred,

betrayal, sin and deception. Jealousy

leads to anger, anger leads to hatred

and hatred leads to murder. They think

their silence will make it all go away.

Perhaps they simply forgot that God

sees everything. But, “the eyes of the

Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on

the wicked and the good” (Proverbs


And what of Joseph? Are God’s

eyes on him? Join us next time to find


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A Radio Play of


By John Willard

Adapted by David Muncaster

Thursday 24th & Friday 25th February

at 7.30pm

Saturday 26th February at 6.00pm


Tickets £7 Includes programme, raffle

ticket & refreshments


01243 552882 (before 8pm)

All aspects of general maintenance

undertaken. No job too small.

Here are some of the many services

we can provide:

Yapton & Ford

Local History Group

Monday 10th January 2022

(second Monday due to Bank Holiday)

‘Smugglers, Pirates and Highwaymen’

An Illustrated talk by Paul Ullson

Yapton & Ford Local History Group normally

meet at 7.30pm in the Club Room at Yapton &

Ford Village Hall on the first Monday of the

month (except for May and August)

All are welcome

Non-members admission: £3.00

Our local Primary Schools

‘Good Schools’

Yapton Church of England

Primary School

Further details from the Head Teacher,

Mrs Kim Huggett, 01243 551246

Grass & hedge


Pruning, Weeding,

Fencing & repairs,

Small tree cutting,


Patio Cleaning,


General garden


Matt Lubbe, Mobile: 07843 476446


St Mary’s Clymping

Church of England

Primary School

Further details from the Head Teacher

Mr Aaron Morrissey, 01903 714325

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Connecting with Culture

Welcome to the Metaverse


ark Zuckerberg, like many other

tech entrepreneurs, is driven by a

dream – turning science fiction into


Not content with connecting 2.9

billion Facebook users across the planet,

Zuckerberg is now focusing on the

metaverse, a 3D virtual reality world in

which it is claimed we will soon be able

to live our lives. Working, playing,

shopping, making friends,

entertainment, and romance: it

will all be available from the

comfort of our homes.

It’s a techno-optimist

vision of a future in which

advanced technologies enable

every aspect of life to become

‘frictionless’. Every desire,

every longing, every interest

will be satisfied instantly and

effortlessly in the virtual

world. Frustration, struggle, and

boredom will be banished from

everyday experience. Instead, we will be

free to exercise our choices and fulfil our

dreams with the minimum of effort.

But is this a future in which

embodied members of the species Homo

sapiens will be able to flourish? From

their earliest days, every child discovers

that reality does not always behave in

accordance with their desires. Reality

pushes back at us. We experience

hunger, thirst, pain, and fear, and these

unpleasant experiences are crucial to our


We experience the satisfaction of

overcoming hurdles, of learning to walk,

to speak, to read, to cook meals, and ride

bikes. We develop resilience and

character as we overcome obstacles.

Strangely, it seems that resistance,

cultivating discipline, and endurance in

the face of difficulties are precisely the

routes by which we learn, grow, and

flourish as embodied human beings

(Romans 5:3–5). And, of

course, it’s not an

‘every child

discovers that

reality does not

always behave in

accordance with

their desires’

accident that at the very

centre of our faith is an

ancient symbol of

excruciating agony.

There are many

aspects of modern

technology which do

support and promote our

flourishing as human

beings, and there is no

doubt that the metaverse offers many

new possibilities, not least in enhancing

collaboration with groups across the

world, breaking down barriers of

distance and culture. As members of a

global Christian community, perhaps

we will learn more about partnering

with our sisters and brothers around the


But we need to think more deeply

about whether we should always be

using technology to make our world

more effortless and ‘frictionless’. What

(Continued on page 14)

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from page 13)

type of world, what type of society do we

wish to use our technology to create?

Will this new virtual world help us to

become more human, or less? As

physical beings we cannot flourish in a

world without friction.

Dr John Wyatt

John is Emeritus Professor of Neonatal

Paediatrics, Ethics & Perinatology at

University College London, and co-editor

with Stephen Williams of the book, The

Robot Will See You Now: Artificial Intelligence

and the Christian Faith (2021).

His personal website is

© London Institute for Contemporary Christianity.

Used with their kind permission.




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When I say...

‘I am a Christian’


y heart was heavy in 1988 as I

wrote the poem, When I say I am a

Christian. I had begun to sense increasing

societal resentment within American

culture toward the attitude of selfrighteousness

that has been adopted by

so many Christians. I knew such

behaviour was, and is, a distortion of

Christianity. Thus, the sentiment of the

poem was born out of my personal

awareness of this distortion and the

heartache it causes in society.

Tears rolled down my face as I jotted

down my thoughts with an inner

determination to define the Christian

spirit as I wished to experience it. But, the

words flowed out of me with such ease

that I knew it was God’s spirit moving in

my heart. I was simply holding the pen.

The resulting words formed a reflection

of my own beliefs and the reputation I

hoped to secure for myself.

Four years later, I sent the poem to

several publishers. As a result of its first

publication in 1992, someone placed the

poem on the Internet where it

miraculously began taking on a life of its

own. From Manila to South Africa,

Australia to Singapore, Finland to

Bahrain—I continue to receive emails

from people all over the world who share

a common desire to walk humbly with


Carol S Wimmer

This poem is © Carol Wimmer and is used

with her kind permission.

Illustration: Jonathan Thorne

When I say ... “I am a Christian”

I’m not shouting, “I’m saved”

I’m whispering, “I get lost!”

“That is why I chose this way.”

When I say ... “I am a Christian”

I don’t speak of this with pride,

I’m confessing that I stumble,

and need someone to be my guide.

When-I say ... “I am a Christian’’

I’m not trying to be strong,

I’m professing that I’m weak,

and pray for strength to carry on.

When I say ... “I am a Christian”

I’m not bragging of success,

I’m admitting that I’ve failed,

and cannot ever pay the debt.

When I say ... “I am a Christian”

I’m not claiming to be perfect,

my flaws are way too visible,

but God believes I’m worth it.

When I say ... “I am a Christian”

I still feel the sting of pain;

I have my share of heartaches

which is why I seek His Name.

When I say ... “I am a Christian”

I do not wish to judge;

I have no authority,

I only know I’m loved!

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Pam’s Song

This was written by the Yapton with Ford

Choir as a birthday tribute to Pam Pyle who

sadly died in November 2021. It is sung to

the tune ‘North Coates’.

Pamela, we thank you

For all you do for us,

Helping us to worship

Without any fuss.

Singing in the choir

As a seraphim,

Psalms and anthems holy

And in every hymn.

Guiding girls with great care

Brownies and Rainbows,

Giving so much to them,

Your love to them flows.

Playing the recorder

In the music group,

Descant, treble, tenor

As needed by the troop.

At the Yapton weddings

And fun’rals Verging,

when the congregation’.,

Numbers are surging.

Ringing hand-bells joyful,

Leading us in prayer;

Pam’la when you’re needed

You are always there.

Timothy Richard Matthews 1826-1910. Matthews was Rector at

North Coates, Lincolnshire and was a prolific writer of hymns,

carols and songs. He once wrote six tunes for a children’s

hymnal in one day.

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There’s more with

us than with


This series is about encouragement. Each

month Dr Herbert McGonigle will take a

Bible event and a historical anecdote to

bring us a word of help and support in these

difficult days. This is the first in the series,

which will run for most of this year.


e begin the New Year with a

Bible event from 2 Kings and an

anecdote from Birmingham.

For a number of years, the

king of Syria had tried to

capture the prophet Elisha.

(The story is found in 2 Kings

6:11-19). Elisha always knew

what the Syrians were

planning, and revealed their

plans before they could be

carried out. Finally, the Syrian

armies surrounded Elisha in Dothan.

When Gehazi, Elisha’s servant,

woke up and saw the encircling Syrian

armies, he was terrified. But Elisha

prayed, ‘Lord, open his eyes.’ When

Gehazi looked again, he could hardly

believe what he saw. All round them

were horses and chariots of fire. The

armies of heaven were protecting them!

And Elisha encouraged him. “Don’t

fear, there’s more with us than with

them!” Immediately the Syrians were

struck with blindness and Elisha and

Gehazi escaped.

Often, we need to ask the Lord to

open our eyes. When our strength has

failed and faith is weak, we’re apt to

think that God has forgotten us. But He

hasn’t! He is near and only our dimness

of vision prevents us from seeing His

great presence and power and

provision. Fear not! Trust God! Believe

His Word! There’s more with us than

with our enemy!

In the early 1950s a well-known

department store in Birmingham,

England, wanted to extend its premises.

Close at hand was an ideal site but it

belonged to the Quakers whose Meeting

House had been there for well over 200

years. The department store wrote to the

Quakers, offering to buy the site. They

said, “We will give you a

‘With Christ

we are more



very good price for the land.

In fact, we’ll send you a

blank cheque. Please fill in

whatever sum of money you

think appropriate, and we

will honour it.” Four weeks

passed and there was no

reply, then five weeks, then

six weeks.

Finally, a letter arrived from the

Quakers. It thanked the department

store for their generous offer but

declined to accept it. “Our Meeting

House has been here for almost 250

years,” they explained, “much longer

than your store. We have no wish to sell

our property. However, if you would

agree to sell your site to us, we are very

interested in buying it. We will give you

a very good price for it. Just state your

selling price and we will honour it.”

The letter was signed ‘Cadburys’. The

department store thought they were

dealing with a small congregation of

(Continued on page 18)

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(Continued from page 17)

Quakers. Instead, they were dealing with

the Cadbury’s empire. Cadburys could

have bought the department store twenty

times over!

When our enemy the devil attacks us,

by ourselves we are weak and feeble. But

when Christ dwells in us by His Spirit, we

are mighty! The devil is no longer

attacking us; he is attacking the Captai of

our salvation – and the devil cannot win!

There’s more with us than with him! As

we go through 2022, be encouraged. With

Christ we are more than conquerors!

The Revd Dr Herbert McGonigle is a former

Senior Lecturer in Historical Theology and

Church History at Nazarene Theological

College, Manchester, England.

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St James the Least of All

On parish accounts, teapots and Labrador retrievers

My dear Darren

Your annual accounts – all 146

pages, bound in their plastic covers and

laid out in faultless detail – really are

most impressive. I was rather envious to

note you have a clergy ‘discretionary

fund’; if I were to be given such a thing,

my cellar of claret would improve

immeasurably – although that is perhaps

the reason why I am not given one.

The size of your office expenses

makes me wonder if you have a staff

rivalling that of the European

Community. I suppose that at least you

are doing your bit for job creation. Our

dear Miss Marigold, who spends two

hours a week randomly filing pieces of

paper, mistyping rotas and failing to reorder

stationery, is only rewarded by

being the first to find out who are

booking marriages and having their

babies baptised – and if they do not

happen in that order, that will be another

piece of information remembered for

future use. All this is information

beyond the price of jewels in village


Our accounts have more by way of

charm than they do of accuracy,

generally consisting of one sheet of

handwritten paper. There are only ever

three copies for circulation, as that is the

limit of Colonel Denster’s carbon paper.

It seems to be an unalterable tradition

that they never balance, until we find the

following year that the missing £20 was

found months later under the

teapot on the mantelpiece. One

footnote to this was the occasion

when the Colonel suspected an

unaccountable £5 had been eaten by his

Labrador. Our greatest expenses by far

are categorised as ‘miscellaneous’, which

is a catch-all for everything that our

treasurer is unable to recall where it

really went.

The thousands paid on church

maintenance and diocesan fees are

nodded through without comment – but

if the money spent on Easter lilies or

packets of tea for the Summer Fete

increases by anything more than 50

pence, there will be much agonised

debate and speculation about whether

this is an indication of money


I see that your accounts were

professionally audited. Fortunately, it

does not matter too much about the

accuracy of our own, as I have an

arrangement with our auditor who lives

in the village: if he refuses to sign them

off, then I refuse to baptise his


Your loving uncle,


Although our New Year’s

resolutions may quickly crumble,

God’s plans never fail.

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Hymn of the Month

O holy night


lthough this is the January

Triangle, it will come out before

Christmas, so I have usually written

about a carol. As there aren’t any

carols in our booklet Clymping

Praise, I’ve decided to write about

one that has been nominated as a

favourite for the last few years,

surprisingly perhaps, because it’s

included in few carol books and in no

hymn books. On the other hand,

there should be much more to write

about than last month when the same

person was responsible for both the

words and tune. This time, there are

two authors: of the original French

carol and the English version, much

more than just a translation, with the

music written by a composer who is

particularly famous for his ballet


‘O holy night’ started off as

‘Minuit, chrétiens, c’est l’heure

solennelle’ believed to have been

written by Placide Cappeau (1808-77)

at the request of his parish priest in

his native town of Roquemaure, a

small town 7½ km north of Avignon

and the centre of the Côtes de Rhone

wine region. His father was a wine

seller and cooper (maker of barrels)

and Placide was destined to follow in

his father’s trade, but when he was

eight he was shot in the hand while

playing with a friend, and it had to be

amputated. He studied law and was

very interested in local history and

literature and became mayor of his

town, a very respected position in


The carol was written only a

comparatively short time after the

French Revolution. Cappeau had

been influenced by the philosopher

Jean-Jacques Rousseau who is famous

for his writing ‘Man is born free, and

everywhere he is in chains’. Adam,

the composer of the tune, gave it and

the carol itself the name of ‘La

Marseillaise réligieuse’. This is

particularly so in the second verse

which reflects on the ‘revolutionary’

aspects of the Christmas story,

especially perhaps the Magnificat, the

song of Mary, ‘he hath put down the

mighty from their seat and hath

exalted the humble and meek’, with

words describing the coming of the

Wise Men

Puissants du jour, fiers de votre


A votre orgueil, c’est de là que

Dieu prêche.

Courbez vos fronts devant le


(‘Powerful ones of the day, proud of

your grandeur, it is against your

pride that God preaches: bow your

heads before the Redeemer’). But

throughout the carol the freedom that

the birth of Jesus brings is allied with

(Continued on page 22)

Triangle - January 2022 Page 21

(Hymn of the Month - continued from

page 21)

the vision of a people freed from the

chains which Rousseau wrote about.

Le Rédempteur a brisé toute


La terre est libre, et le ciel est


Il voit un frère où n’était qu’un


L’amour unit ceux qu’enchaînait

le fer.

(The Redeemer has broken all

bondage, the earth is free and heaven

is open. He sees a brother where

there was only a slave, and love

unites those who were chained in


The mayor took his poem to Paris

to a friend of a friend Adolphe Adam

(1803-1856) the famous composer of

the ballet Giselle,

who wrote a tune for the poem in a

few days. The song was first sung at

the village Midnight Mass on

Christmas Eve 1847 and was an

instant success. What seems strange

is that it was soon to be attacked by

churchmen in France. This was not so

much the song as the reputations of

both the poet and the composer. Later

in his life, Clappeau became a

freethinker, adopting some of the

more extreme political and social

views of the time, such as opposition

to inequality, slavery and injustice of

all kinds. Besides that, Adam was

Jewish and these beliefs were thought

to be incompatible with the

composition of a Christian religious

song. It wasn’t long before common

sense prevailed and by 1855 the carol

had been published in London.

The best known English version

was written by an American, John

Sullivan Dwight (1813-93) and is very

much a free translation. The second

verse also introduces the Wise Men

but the emphasis is on the humble

manger, and leaves out the attack on

the proud. In the third verse, he still

refers to slaves but leaves out the

chains and puts the emphasis on the

love and peace brought by the Lord.

Dwight was born and lived all his

life in the Boston area and was

ordained as a Unitarian minister, but

resigned after only a few years and

became a music teacher and critic

with his own Journal of Music which

he edited for almost thirty years. Also

with three verses of six lines, and a

slightly irregular metre, it is well

suited as is the French original to

Adolphe Charles Adam’s (1803-1856)

setting, with each verse having a

refrain of three lines.

Adam wrote over 50 stage works,

operas and ballets and many piano

pieces. He was also the proprietor of

an opera house, a music critic and

professor of composition at the


Peter Nunn

Triangle - January 2022 Page 22

O Holy Night

Cantique de Noel Adolphe Adam (1803-1856)

O holy night! The stars are brightly shining,

it is the night of the dear Saviour’s birth!

Long lay the world in sin and error pining,

till he appeared and the soul felt its worth.

A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices,

for yonder breaks a new and glorious morn!

Fall on your knees, O hear the angel voices!

O night divine, O night when Christ was born!

O night divine, O night, O night divine!

2 Led by the light of faith serenely beaming,

with glowing hearts by his cradle we stand.

So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming,

here came the wise men from Orient land.

The King of kings lay thus in lowly manger,

in all our trials born to be our friend;

he knows our need, to our weakness is

no stranger.

Behold your King, before him lowly bend!

Behold your King, before him lowly bend!

3 Truly he taught us to love one another;

his law is love and his gospel is peace;

chains shall he break, for the slave is our brother,

and in his name all oppression shall cease.

Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we;

let all within us praise his holy name.

Christ is the Lord! O, praise his name forever!

His pow’r and glory evermore proclaim!

His pow’r and glory evermore proclaim!

John Sullivan Dwight (1813-1893) and

Placide Cappeau (1808-1877)

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Intercessions for the month

Let us bring to God in prayer…

Sat 1st The Naming and Circumcision of Jesus. May we transform into prayer

the name of Jesus whenever we read or hear it used inappropriately

Sun 2nd All kings shall fall down before Him, all Nations shall do Him


Mon 3rd

Tue 4th

Wed 5th

Thu 6th

Pray for those who work outdoors

Those who are confused about their life direction, that they may

know Your guidance and Your belief in them.

For vocations to the ordained ministry, and to the religious life as

monks, nuns and friars.

The Epiphany of our lord. Oh worship the Lord in the beauty of


Fri 7th Shine forth in our lives, O Lord

Sat 8th We pray for all those who have been gifted with the awesome

responsibility of bearing and raising children

Sun 9th

Ascribe to the Lord the honour due to His name

Mon 10th As we try to cope with ever-changing situations, let us be firmly

grounded in the love and faith in the Lord

Tue 11th Thank you for the wonders of the night sky

Wed 12th Remember in grateful prayer are all involved in producing the

Triangle, especially the editor - Nigel

Thu 13th May we love ourselves, that we may love others



14th Ford Prison - the staff and inmates, their families, friends and


15th All who suffer increased depression in the winter months

Sun 16th Come let us sing to the Lord; make a joyful noise, for He is a great


Triangle - January 2022 Page 24

Mon 17th Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. In the Church of God, inspired

but fragmented, we pray that the voice of the Lord will be heard

Tue 18th May we rejoice in the love and friendship of other Christians

Wed 19th Pray for a family or individual of a different denomination

Thu 20th We think of those who have asked for our prayer, and who need

our love in Christ



21st St Agnes, Child Martyr. Eternal God, Shepherd of Your sheep,

grant us true faithfulness, following the example of your servant


22nd The children and staff of Great Ormond Street Hospital, and our

local paediatric services

Sun 23rd The heavens are telling the glory of God... one day pours out its

song to another and one night unfolds knowledge to another

Mon 24th All who are in difficult marriage or partnership situations and don’t

know where or how to seek help

Tue 25th Conversion of St. Paul. Pray that people coming, to or returning to

the Christian faith may be supported and welcomed with joy

Wed 26th Those who bring children to baptism, or come to baptism

themselves, that they will grow ever more deeply within the family

of God

Thu 27th Holocaust Remembrance Day. Pray for understanding and respect

between nations and faiths as we remember all involved or affected

by holocausts



28th St. Thomas Aquinas. Give to all who seek to know You a humble

mind and a pure heart, living here in faith and love

29th Amnesty International, and all who strive for peace

Sun 30th Great is the Lord, and highly to be praised, in the city of our God,

His holy mountain is fair and lifted high, the joy of all the earth

Mon 31st Thank you for the opportunity to grow in the Christian way

through spiritual reading and teaching

Prayers & Intercessions pages

A phrase from the Psalm of the Day is usually used on Sundays.

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than 40 years. The Five Villages Bus,

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for local people who are less able to

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Obituary for

‘Someone Else’


ur church was saddened to learn

this week of the death of one of

our most valued members, Someone


Someone’s passing creates a

vacancy that will be difficult to fill. Else

has been with us for many years and

for every one of those years Someone

did far more than a normal person’s

share of work. Whenever there was a

job to do, a class to teach or meeting to

attend, one name was on everyone’s

lips, “Let Someone Else do it”.

Whenever leadership was

mentioned this wonderful person was

looked to for inspiration as well as

results, “Someone Else can work with

that group”.

It was common knowledge that

Someone Else was among the most

liberal givers in the church. Whenever

there was a financial need everyone

just assumed Someone Else would make

up the difference.

Someone Else was a wonderful

person, sometimes appearing

superhuman. Were the truth be known,

everybody expected too much of

Someone Else. Now Someone Else is

gone! We wonder what we are going to


Someone Else left a

wonderful example to

follow but who is

going to follow it?

Who is going to do

the things Someone

Else did?

Triangle - January 2022 Page 26

The Wondering Soul

Fighting Dragons


oung boys are

bought up on a

heady mix of Heroes

fighting dragons of all

sorts. (some of which have aspersions

thrown at them by intellects with nothing

better to do). I will not list these Heroes,

you will know them, and you will have

your favourite, but by and large these

Heroes fought dragons for weaker

mortals with great success, (although

their methods are often very antisocial

for everyone except the victim or the

cause they are defending) and in my day

these weaker mortals were Damsels in


So it is with people of any sex

growing up; the nurtured desire to

defend weaker mortals they encounter.

Some have a great heart for this, while

the majority of us only manage to fight

dragons as best they can in their family.

The problem is that many dragons

can only be fought by the victim

themselves. So the mature Hero takes a

back seat and can only assist the assailed,

in a minor way, or from a spectator seat.

But this is the parish magazine. The

heroic roar of the crowd from the Church

in prayer, often joined by like-minded

people in their own way, will lift the

spirits of the assailed.

I will leave you to ruminate, pray,

and be Hero as best you can for those

you love.


God’s fragrance

Do people catch a whiff

of it on you?

‘…and the house was filled with the

fragrance of the perfume.’ John 12:3


story runs of how a lady was

having tea outside a tea shop late

one afternoon, when she became aware

of a pleasant scent filling the air. She

asked the waiter the source of the scent

and was told that it came from the

people passing by. He explained that

they worked in a perfume factory down

the street and were on their way home.

When they left the factory, they always

carried with them the fragrance that

had permeated their clothes during

their day’s work.

As the perfume workers leave the

factory full of the fragrance of where

they have been, so we, as we leave our

churches and chapels and wherever we

spend time with God, are meant to

carry the perfume of His presence with

us. We are called to spread everywhere

the fragrance of the knowledge of Him

(2 Corinthians 2:4). If we allow

ourselves in worship to be permeated

with Christ’s love and the sweetness of

His presence, then we will be able to

take the Jesus in us out into the world.

Triangle - January 2022 Page 27

A New Year’s

Resolution from Micah

David Pickup, a solicitor, considers the

year ahead.


Will the Lord be pleased with

thousands of rams, with ten thousand

rivers of olive oil? Shall I offer my

firstborn for my transgression…? He

has shown you, O mortal, what is good,

and what does the Lord require of you:

To act justly and to love mercy, and to

walk humbly with your God. (Micah


quite like olive oil; not the Popeye

character but the cooking ingredient.

Although, I am not sure what I would

do with even one river of oil, and I’d

have nowhere to put a ram!

Still, this is one of my favourite

Bible passages, and it is an ideal one for

lawyers. It sums up in a very simple but

helpful way what true religion should

be. That makes it a good verse to start

the year. The message is simple: God

does not want empty promises or lip

service, but our real devotion, from our


What does it mean for us?

Do justly - Be honest and open in

our dealings with others this year. Be

dependable. We should say when things

are going wrong and be appreciative

when they go well. Be fair in our

dealings, whether at home or at work or

in church. Keep confidences and never

pass on gossip.

Love mercy - Give people the

benefit of doubt, do not take advantage

of others and do not always criticise or

complain. Accept apologies and

explanations where we can, and be


Walk humbly - Quietly get on with

things. Do not make a big show of what

we do.

Lastly, we are required to do these

things. They are not options or choices

but requirements. Like many

requirements in the Bible, they are

simple to understand, but not always

simple to do. Happy New Year. PP

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Garden Tips

from Alan Doick

{ Feed your fruit bushes, trees and

canes at this time with potash; this

encourages maximum flowers and

therefore fruit. Follow instructions

on bag as to how much to use.

{ This is a good time to plant fruit

bushes, trees etc. if the soil is not

frozen or waterlogged.

{ If not already done so now is the

time, as it is often cold, wet and we

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plant, bulbs and sundries, i.e. Seed

trays, labels, compost and pots,

catalogues and see what is wanted,

to be tempted, for this year.

{ Some flower and vegetable seed can

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broad bean and pea seeds directly

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frozen or waterlogged. Only sow

this early if you have free draining


{ If the garden has not been forked

over do it now whenever the

weather is open, but as far as

possible avoid treading on the lawn.

Well-rotted manure, at least 12

months old and/or compost should

be dug in.

{ If you have a frost free and light

airy place now is the time to start

‘chitting’ seed potatoes. This means

allowing them to sprout three or

four good strong shoots.

{ Keep a good

lookout for slugs

and snails and as

and when seen

collect them up

and dispose of.

{ Put compost or well-rotted manure

around the perennial plants to give

them a feed during the new

growing season; this will also help

suppress weeds.

{ Make a rustic pergola or arch for

climbers and use any dry periods to

repair or replace any damaged

wooden frames, fences etc.

{ If not already done, insulate any

cold frames and glasshouse with

fleece, old carpet and even old


{ I wish You Very Happy and

Successful Gardening in this New


Help your garden,

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he Royal Horticultural Society (RHS)

has launched a modern-day ‘Dig for

Victory’ campaign to help tackle climate


It is asking the UK’s 30 million

gardeners to consider digging up their

garden paving and instead to plant trees,

grass and bee-friendly flora, to help

nature survive.

The RHS has calculated that if every

gardener in the UK grew at least one

medium-sized tree in their garden, then

that would be the equivalent of storing

the carbon produced from driving 11

million times around the planet.

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Recipe Page

Hunter’s Chicken Stew

Here’s a good winter recipe from Emma

Saville of Emma’s Kitchen in Twyford,



olla alla cacciatora is a classic

Italian dish often called in English,

‘Hunter’s Chicken Stew’. This recipe is

for three to four servings.


ä 1 tbsp olive oil

ä 1 tbsp garlic - crushed

ä 6 spring onions - finely sliced

ä 1 tsp fresh rosemary

ä 400g chopped tomatoes

ä 410g cannellini beans

ä 500g skinless chicken breast

ä 1 / 2 tsp celery salt

ä 120ml white wine

ä 2 bay leaves

ä 1 / 2 tsp sugar

ä 85g pancetta


ä Fry pancetta, spring onions, garlic

and rosemary in the olive oil until


ä Add chicken, stir and add celery

salt. Fry until some colour on


ä Pour in wine, cook until bubbling.

Add tomatoes, bay leaves and


ä Simmer for 20 minutes. Add

drained and rinsed beans to the

stew and cook until warmed


ä Serve with a mustard-mashed

potato or sauté potatoes and

seasonal vegetables.

Cooking is not difficult. Everyone

has taste, even if they don’t realize it.

Even if you’re not a great chef,

there’s nothing to stop you

understanding the difference

between what tastes good and what


Gerard Depardieu

Spotted on a church

notice board:

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When you were born, your mother

brought you here.

When you were married, your

partner brought you here.

When you die, your family will

bring you here.

In the meantime, why not try coming

on your own sometimes?

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Gigglebox - laughter is good for you!

J What is the most common cause of

dry skin? Towels.

J My wife told me to stop

impersonating a flamingo. I had to

put my foot down.

J I failed Maths at school more times

than I can count.

J Winter travel. A government

warning said that anyone travelling

in icy conditions should take:

shovel, blankets, sleeping bag, scarf,

hat and gloves, 24 hours supply of

food and drink, de-icer, rock salt,

torch, spare batteries, road flares,

reflective triangles, tow rope, a five

gallon petrol jerrycan, first aid kit,

and jump leads. So ... I looked a bit

daft on the bus this morning!

J The scientists got tired of watching

the earth rotate, so they called it a


J Russian dolls are so full of


J The Seagull. A father was at the

beach with his children when his

four-year-old son ran up to him,

grabbed his hand, and led him to the

shore where a seagull lay dead in

the sand. “Daddy, what happened

to him?” the son asked. “He died

and went to Heaven,” the Dad


The boy thought a moment and then

said, “Did God throw him back


J Why was the pirate

bad at learning the

alphabet? Because he got

lost at ‘C’.

J A load of books fell

on me the other day. I guess I’ve

only got my shelf to blame.

J Our local school has become an

academy. It’s sponsored by Ikea.

Standards may be fine but assembly

takes ages.

J Moses revisited. Nine-year-old

Joseph was asked by his mother

what he had learned in Sunday

school. “Well, Mum, our teacher

told us how God sent Moses behind

enemy lines on a rescue mission to

lead the Israelites out of Egypt.

When he got to the Red Sea, he had

his engineers build a pontoon bridge

and all the people walked across

safely. Then he radioed

headquarters for reinforcements.

They sent bombers to blow up the

bridge and all the Israelites were


“Now, Joseph, is that really what

your teacher taught you?” his

mother asked, somewhat alarmed.

“Well, no, Mum. But if I told it the

way the teacher did, you’d never

believe it!”

J I wonder if Jeremy Irons ever quietly

laughs to himself whilst he’s


J What happened when the dog went

to the flea circus? He stole the show.

J Communist jokes aren’t funny—

unless everybody gets them.

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This month Michael Blencowe of the

Sussex Wildlife Trust takes a look at:

Fairy Shrimps...

…just add water


’m still disappointed. As a

kid, I read American Spiderman

comics but I was always captivated by

the inside back cover. There, an advert

for ‘sea-monkeys’ showed a family of

bizarre, grinning humanoid creatures

which would become your pets and

“bring smiles, laughter and fun into

your home” if you sent away a fistful of

dollars to somewhere called ‘New

Jersey’. Living in Olde England, the

offer didn’t apply and my childhood

therefore remained devoid of “smiles,

laughter and fun.” I realise now that an

even greater disappointment awaited if I

had actually ordered these creatures. In

reality, sea-monkeys were simply brine

shrimps: tiny crustaceans, not incredible

aquatic simians.

Just like sea-monkeys, Britain’s

Fairy Shrimp are also crustaceans from

the order Anostraca. They have

transparent bodies, antennae, blobby

black eyes on stalks and twenty-two leaf

-like legs which propel them, upside

down, through water. They’re positively

prehistoric-looking and haven’t

bothered to evolve much since the

Triassic period 200 million years ago.

It’s amazing they have survived so long.

Unlike other crustaceans, such as crabs

and woodlice, Fairy Shrimp do not have

hard exoskeletons. This armour-free

existence leaves them vulnerable and

they can only survive where nothing

will eat them. But where on earth can

planet? Safe, predator-free homes don’t

just fall out of the sky.

As rain falls, it

transforms the ruts,

ditches and

depressions of our

world into puddles and these puddles

are a freshwater fresh start for life. The

Fairy Shrimp are the first settlers in this

safe new world. But how do they get

there? The spooky truth is they have

always been there. Like Spiderman, the

Fairy Shrimp have their own

superpowers. Their eggs can lie

desiccated and dormant in the soil for

years, even decades. They are

resurrected by water; the Pot Noodles of

the animal world. There are legends of

100-year-old Anostraca eggs taken from

museum shelves, wetted and awakened.

One tale even tells of eggs carbon-dated

at 10,000 years old being resurrected.

It’s a long, dry wait down there in

the earth but, when rain arrives, the

pool party starts. Newly formed

puddles teem with Fairy Shrimp but

puddles are only temporary

accommodation. To adapt, Fairy Shrimp

have a fast life cycle; a race to produce

more eggs before their home dries and

disappears. Unsurprisingly, Fairy

Shrimp are incredibly rare and hard to

find and you’re more likely to encounter

some actual fairies. But if you’re out

hiking on the South Downs looking to

make a new start in 2022, keep checking

those puddles. You may find some other

animals trying to make a new start too.

you find such a habitat on our hostile

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Christian Basics

No 1: God the Creator

Revd Paul Hardingham begins a year-long

series on the very foundations of our

Christian faith.


or many today the

universe began with

a big bang, in which a

lump of matter, smaller

than a pinhead,

exploded 15 billion

years ago. It’s a story that

defines who we are and

where we come from. However,

the Bible gives us another perspective on

this event, revealing God as Creator: ‘By

faith we understand that the universe was

formed at God’s command, so that what is

seen was not made out of what was

visible’ (Hebrews 11:3). What does

Genesis 1 say about God as Creator?

‘In the beginning, God’

Whereas science can offer answers about

the how of creation, the Bible tells us

about the why i.e. the purpose of the

Creator! Creation reflects the character

and glory of God, inviting a response of

dependence and praise!

‘God created the heavens and the earth’

God shaped the universe, as expressed in

the ‘6 days’ of creation. They speak of an

ordered and purposeful universe that

expresses God’s will: He spoke and it

was done! An alternative translation is

‘God began creating’, reminding us that

creation is also an ongoing process,

where the Holy Spirit is still at work in

our lives and world.

‘God created man in His own image’

In the account, human beings are

presented as the climax and crown of

creation. We share the sixth day of

creation with other creatures, as well as

95% of the same DNA. However, we are

distinctively made in the image of

God, created for relationship

with God, with a

responsibility to care for

the created order.

‘And God saw that it

was good’

Like an artist, God

described His work as good.

We should always approach this

story with wonder, enjoying God’s

world and affirming creativity in

ourselves and others.

New job for founder of

Messy Church


he founder of Messy Church, Lucy

Moore, has been appointed the first

head of the CofE’s Growing Faith

Foundation. The Foundation will seek

to promote partnerships between

schools, churches and households, “to

encourage and nurture Christian faith in

those of all ages within those


Lucy Moore first launched Messy

Church in 2004, originally as a Fresh

Expression in a church near

Portsmouth. Messy

Church is now

found in more than

3,500 settings, in

more than 30



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Name a heatwave


he Met Office is considering whether

to begin naming heatwaves, as they

are becoming more dangerous. Naming

them will make the public pay more

attention to them, and take them more


The Met Office says that as the

climate warms, so heatwaves will become

increasingly likely. Since 2015, storms

have been named in alphabetical order

between September and August of the

next year, based on names submitted by

the public.

The record high UK temperature is

38.7°C, recorded in Cambridge in 2019.

2020 was a record year for heat-related

deaths. In future, 40°C heat may become

the norm. And the record-breaking 50°C

heatwaves seen in southern Europe in

2021 would have been ‘almost impossible’

to have happened without climate change

caused by humans.

Week of Prayer for

Christian Unity


he Week of Prayer for Christian

Unity is traditionally observed from

the 18th to 25th January – the octave of St

Peter and St Paul.

This year, the Week of Prayer has

been prepared by the churches of the

Middle East. The Christians of the Middle

East say that they offer these resources

“conscious that the world shares many of

the travails and much of the difficulties

that it experiences”, and that it also

“yearns for a light to lead the way to the

Saviour who is the light that overcomes


Covid hits life

expectancy levels


ovid has caused the biggest drop

in life expectancy in Western

Europe since the Second World War.

More than five million people have

died worldwide after getting infected.

When academics studied death

rates from 29 countries, which included

most of Europe as well as the US, they

found that life expectancy has

decreased in 27 of them.

Covid’s impact in Eastern Europe

has been found to be more detrimental

to life expectancy there than the fall of

the Eastern Bloc in the late 1980s. In

England and Wales, the team

calculated those babies born in 2020

now have a life expectancy of up to 1.15

years less than if they were born in

2019. The largest decline is in the US,

where it has declined by up to 2.2

years, compared with 2019 levels.

The soaring cost of

heating churches


ere is some chilling news about

the church’s heating and

electricity bills: they could be doubling

this year. The energy crisis is hitting the

UK hard, and churches are not

protected by the domestic energy cap.

That could leave many churches in

the same plight as St George’s in

Rugby, which fears it will have to pay

£10,000 for gas and electricity in 2022 –

double what it paid last year.

Some churches have already

turned off all their heating, apart from

pew heaters for services.

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80 years of Desert

Island Discs


ome 80 years ago, on

29 th January 1942, the

BBC radio show Desert

Island Discs was first

broadcast. It is Britain’s

longest running radio

show, and the world’s

longest running weekly

factual radio programme.

Devised and originally presented by

Roy Plomley, it was first broadcast on the

BBC Forces Programme, but later

switched to Radio 4. Each week a guest

‘castaway’ has to choose eight

recordings, a book and a luxury item

they would take with them if they were

stranded on a desert island. In discussing

this, they also reveal hopefully offbeat

elements of their life. Past presenters

have included Michael Parkinson, Sue

Lawley and Kirsty Young, but the show

is now fronted by Lauren Laverne.

More than 3000 episodes have been

broadcast, with some guests appearing

more than once. In the early 1970s, Roy

Plomley interviewed Alistair MacLean,

who turned out not to be the famous

author but someone else with the same

name, and the programme was never


Very few episodes from the first 20

years of the show have survived; the

earliest known to exist was broadcast in

1951 and features actress Margaret


All participants are allowed to take a

Bible and copy of Shakespeare: needless

to say, the National Secular Society has

called for the Bible to be

dropped, but known

atheists such as Philip

Pullman have wanted to

keep it. A recent poll

suggested that 56% of

people questioned would

not choose to take a Bible,

and another 13% were



Sitting down in



id you ever wonder

how our churches

first acquired pews? Dr

Nicholas Orme, Emeritus

Professor of History at

Exeter University, has

written a book, Going to

Church in Medieval

England (Yale

University Press), in which he points

out that “no medieval church

pronouncement ordered the provision

of seating in churches other than for the

clergy. General seating was a lay


It is easy to understand those laity

of long ago: the services could go on for

hours. And so, as Dr Orme explains,

general seating “seems to have begun

with the nobility and gentry who

wished for comfort …. The desire

spread downwards to the congregation

during the 14 th and 15 th centuries.”


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Avoid having your

house ‘stolen’

Clive Janes of CRJ Lettings writes:


cammers are getting increasingly

sophisticated and property is an area

they target due to the high transactional

values. You may be aware of ‘phishing’

attacks, whereby fraudsters

impersonate your solicitor to

try and intercept the transfer

of funds into their own

pockets, but have you heard

about the tricksters who

attempt to impersonate you

so as to steal your property!?

This recently happening

to a man in Luton. He had

returned home to find it

stripped of all his possessions, having

been sold without his knowledge.

Unfortunately, this is not an isolated

incident, with the Land Registry paying

out £3.5m in compensation due to

fraudulent transactions last year.

The fraud occurs with the criminal

impersonating the owner of a property

so they can then sell or mortgage it. Buyto-let

properties without a mortgage are

the perfect storm here, as the owner

won’t live at the property and there isn’t

a mortgage company double-checking

things or receiving any of the sale


As title deeds are a publicly

available document (they cost £3 to

download online), it is very easy for

anyone to get the name of the owner of a

property. The title deed will also show

whether there is a ‘charge’ against the

property i.e. a mortgage. With this

information the fraudster, who often

first poses as a tenant, will simply

change their name by deed poll to match

the property owner’s name. Now living

at the property with the same name as

the true owner, it becomes very easy to

build up identification documents and

paperwork that would see that person

passed off as the ‘owner’.

That’s exactly what

happened with the property

in Luton, with the fraudulent

tenant selling the property

without the landlord even


Fortunately, there is a

solution to this; which is to

enter a restriction on your title

deed. This will then state that

any application to change the

register must be accompanied by a

solicitor’s certificate verifying your

identity as that of the legal owner. This

can cause a slight delay when you

actually want to sell or mortgage your

own property, but that’s surely better

than falling victim to this crime.

Another option is to sign up to the

Land Registry’s free property

monitoring service. You’ll receive an

email if an application is made to change

the register; so, whilst it won’t prevent

changes being made, at least you’ll

know straight away so you can take

prompt action.

As ever, prevention is better than

cure. So, whilst the above is rare, it pays

to be aware of such matters so you can

put measures in place to ensure you are


© CRJ Lettings. Used with their kind permission

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Once Upon a Time

Near Nat’s home...

...a Tale of Figgy


enjoy being a fig tree. It might seem

rather boring to the humans, but like

all the trees I have in my sap the

inheritance of our ancestors from the

first garden on earth. Not all happiness

and light, of course, only gardeners

really understand us, and know when to

nurture what seems like a dead

worthless plant, and when to cut it


Even non-gardeners know that

when our leaves bud and show their

coming promise of new life, summer is

on its way. In the spring us fig trees in

this part of the world also have taksh,

small growths that appear to prepare the

conditions for the actual fruit. The

humans love our fruit and cultivate us

for it, and they can eat the taksh as a


I knew that the Lord Jesus Christ

came to this earth as a man, and like all

humans, He got hungry. Very hungry

one day, He went to collect some taksh.

Unfortunately, there wasn’t any on the

tree, meaning there be no fruit later, and

being very human and very hungry He

cursed, ‘Blast’. And blasted that tree was

- glad it wasn’t me.

Growing here, near Nat’s home, I

get good care. His father, Tholomew, has

‘green fingers’, so I’m a large healthy fig

tree. Nat likes to sit in my shade,

especially on the Sabbath. Lots of people

walk by and when they asked why he

says, ‘Sometimes I sits and thinks, and

sometimes I just sits.’ He has a way of

speaking that he often means as a joke,

but others can take it too seriously.

Sometimes, of course, he thinks

about when he was a boy and on the five

-villages sports day the Nazareth team

always came last - so he never expected

much from them. (Their Rabbi tried to

cheer them up by quoting vs 10 of Psalm

147.) The adults still say, ‘Do you come

from Nazareth?’, if someone leaves a

door open.

So it wasn’t surprising that the other

day, when Nat was ‘just sitting’ again

and his friend Philip came rushing along

the road calling out, ‘He’s almost here,

He’s nearly here - Jesus of Nazareth.’

Nat drawled, ‘Can any good come out of

Nazareth?’ Philip laughed; he’s known

Nat for years. But there was the Lord

Jesus Christ Himself joking with Nat.

Although not entirely joking, there was a

serious invitation to be His friend and to

follow His way.

I hope Jesus finds more fig trees to

sustain Him and His friends and I rejoice

that I have been included in Nat’s

vocation as a disciple of the Lord.

Blessed be God forever.

Gilene Oekhue

Bible references: Matthew 21:18-21,

Mark 13:28, Luke 13:6-9, John 1:45-50

Nathaniel is sometimes known as

Bartholomew, i.e. son of Tholomew.

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13.5 x 13.5


Solutions on page 44

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Local Directory

Check with the organisers or website for meeting dates and times

Name Location When & Contact

Sonshine - Church for

people with learning


Knit & Knatter

Yapton Village

Women’s Institute

Yapton & Ford

Community Group

Downland Art Society

Five Villages Minibus

Yapton & Ford Local

History Group

Village Friends

Good neighbour scheme

Clymping Pétanque



Church Hall


Church Hall

Yapton & Ford

Village Hall

Yapton & Ford

Village Hall

Walberton Sports


Regular shopping


Yapton & Ford

Village Hall



Village Hall

First Sunday at 3.00 pm

Alan Doick

01243 554810

Joan Rees

01243 552961

Third Tuesday at 10.00 am

Maggie Brackley - 07789 790706

every Wednesday


Colin Morris - 01243 584274

Brian David - 01243 553635

First Monday each month (except May &


Meg Brackley 07925 217843

U3A - Arun West various

BEADYS - St Wilfrid’s

Hospice Support Group

various Gill Kelly - 01243 552230

Five Village Society various Joanna Williams - 01243 551524

Yapton Short Mat

Bowling Club

Samaritans 116 123

Citizens Advice

Operation Crackdown

Yapton & Ford

Village Hall

Tuesdays 6–9 pm, Fridays 1.45–4.45pm

Chairperson - 01243 863057

Secretary - 01243 582574

Call FREE any time, day or night,

from any phone, anywhere

0344 477 1171 (0300 330 0650 from a mobile)

Report anti-social driving or abandoned vehicles

Report highway matters incl. potholes, footway problems, etc.

Love Triangle West - Sussex January 2022 Page 41

If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can

satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for

another world. Mere Christianity

God has infinite attention to spare for each one of us. You are

as much alone with him as if you were the only being he had

ever created. Mere Christianity

CS Lewis

Triangle - January 2022 Page 42


8 How the Abyss (NIV) is described in the Authorized Version (Revelation 9:1)


9 Frozen water (Ezekiel 1:22) (3)

10 The Ten Commandments (9)

11 In Roman Catholic theology, neither heaven nor hell (5)

13 Des cons (anag.) (7)

16 ‘Though [your sins] are red as — , they shall be like wool’ (Isaiah 1:18) (7)

19 Keen (Romans 1:15) (5)

22 Repugnant, loathsome (Jeremiah 24:9) (9)

24 Drink like an animal (Judges 7:5) (3)

25 First and last (Revelation 22:13) (5,3,5)


1 Father of Ahi, a Gadite (1 Chronicles 5:15) (6)

2 Where David found the stone with which he killed Goliath

(1 Samuel 17:40) (6)

3 ‘Hour by hour fresh lips are making thy — doings heard on high’ (8)

4 ‘And there were shepherds living out in the fields near by, keeping watch

over their — at night’ (Luke 2:8) (6)

5 United Society for Christian Literature (1,1,1,1)

6 ‘If he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would — — or a

tax collector’ (Matthew 18:17) (1,5)

7 Where Paul was taken when things became difficult for him in Berea

(Acts 17:15) (6)

12 Istituto per le Opere di Religione (Vatican Bank) (1,1,1)

14 ‘Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new — ; the old has gone, the new

has come!’ (2 Corinthians 5:17) (8)

15 Used to colour ram skins red for use in the tabernacle (Exodus 25:5) (3)

16 Vat car (anag.) (6)

17 ‘Be joyful — — , patient in affliction, faithful in prayer’ (Romans 12:12) (6)

18 ‘The parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our

presentable parts — — special treatment’ (1 Corinthians 12:23) (4,2)

20 Ancient rowing boat (Isaiah 33:21) (6)

21 Say again (2 Corinthians 11:16) (6)

23 What Jesus did in the synagogue in Nazareth after he stood up (Luke 4:16) (4)

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Sudoku Solutions



8.8 high

Crossword Answers

ACROSS: 8, Bottomless pit. 9, Ice. 10, Decalogue. 11, Limbo. 13, Seconds.

16, Crimson. 19, Eager. 22, Abhorrent. 24, Lap. 25, Alpha and Omega.

DOWN: 1, Abdiel. 2, Stream. 3, Wondrous. 4, Flocks. 5, USCL. 6, A pagan.

7, Athens. 12, IOR. 14, Creation. 15, Dye. 16, Cravat. 17, In hope. 18, Need no.

20, Galley. 21, Repeat. 23, Read.


If you have any questions about adult or child safeguarding

matters please contact one of our Safeguarding Officers in the

first instance for more help and information.

ª Alan Doick 07522 605457

(Adults, Lead for Benefice)

ª Esther Hunt 07773 095068

(Children, Lead for Benefice)

ª Maggie Berney 07940 449328

(Children - in training)

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Sources & resources

Unless an article is specifically

acknowledged with a name, then the source of

miscellaneous articles will usually be usually

followed with one of the following ‘codes’:

¨ ACE - The Association for Church


¨ PP - Parish Pump.

¨ LICC - London Institute for

Contemporary Christianity

¨ BS - Bible Society

Articles from these sources are © cleared

and used with permission. Images come from

the editor’s personal collection or from various

copyright free sources. Images submitted by

readers are always very welcome.

Parochial Church Council


The PCC meetings for Clymping and

Yapton with Ford are held bi-monthly as

announced on our church notice boards.

‘Condensed’ reports of the meetings are

generally available in church. Questions

about the PCC meetings should be

directed to Sue Fitzgerald in the first

instance. Sue’s is secretary to our two

PCCs and her contact details can be

found on page the next page.

Clymping Village Hall

Large Hall with Stage, Kitchen & Bar

facilities, Disabled Facilities

and a Playing Field.

Suitable for Parties, Receptions, Clubs,

Meetings, Activities

For more details, Google:

‘Clymping Village Hall’

Enquiries & Bookings: 01903 725311


Clymping Church Hall

Function Rooms

Suitable for Receptions, Parties,

Conferences, Clubs, Group Activities,

Staff Meetings

Seating capacity for 80 people.

Excellent facilities including:

disabled access, baby changer, AED,

upgraded kitchen,

crockery and cutlery available, if

required, for hall use.

Large outside grass area available for


For enquiries and bookings contact

Chris Keeling - 01243 585584

Yapton & Ford Village Hall

Community Facilities for Hire

This excellent modern building has three

halls of varying sizes and a fully

equipped kitchen (including cooker and


The Large Hall has a stage, sound

system, bar and kitchen and is ideal for

parties, weddings, clubs and large


The halls, hireable separately, offer

opportunities for all sorts of functions and

activities, large or small, at very competitive

rates - crockery, cutlery, heating and

electricity are included

For enquiries and bookings contact

Mandy Keet

01243 553494 or 07940 325844

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You’ll find the Benefice Church Office at Yapton and Ford Village Hall

Mrs Kathy Draper


Benefice website


Usual opening hours: 9.15 am - 11.15 am

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Please call or email before visiting

t: 01243 553653 (answer phone at other times)


Correspondence should be addressed to

The Church Office, c/o The Rectory, St Mary’s Meadow,

Yapton, Arundel BN18 0EE.


PCC Secretary - Clymping PCC and Yapton with Ford PCC

Mrs Sue Fitzgerald, 01243 584733

Data Compliance Officer - Nigel Smeeth, 01243 552821

Safeguarding - Details of our safeguarding officers can be found on page 45



Parish Council

Yapton Parish


Ford Parish




Support Officer

Clerk: Nadine Phibbs, 25 Fittleworth Garden, Rustington BN17 3EW

T: 07776 194192

E: W:

Clerk: Andrew Gardiner, 38 Ruskin Avenue,

Bognor Regis, PO21 5BW

T: 01243 859141, E:

W: Office Hours, Yapton & Ford Village Hall, Mon,

Wed, Thurs, 9.30 am - 12.30 pm

Clerk: Carol Hatton, Yapton and Ford Village Hall, Main Road, Yapton,

Arundel, BN18 0ET. T: 07908 571164 .

E: W:

There are now four PCSOs covering all of the Littlehampton area. The

Yapton area PCSO is Caroline Wilson. If you need to contact the police

for non-emergencies or local issues, then call 101 (fixed charge of 15p) or


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Ministry Team


Revd Richard Hayes (Rector), 01243 552962, Day off is Friday

The Rectory, St Mary’s Meadow, Yapton, Arundel, BN18 0EE.

Clergy with permission to officiate

Revd John Ironside, 01903 722884 Revd Ron Johnson, 01903 732210

Revd Bill Garlick, 01903 883698 Rev Derek Goddard, 01243 555843

Revd Pam Swadling (Deacon), 01243 820154


Mrs Liz Peart, 01243 583078

Mr John Stirland, 01243 554890,

Mr Martin Draper 01243 553653



Mr Chris King - 01243 586963 Mr Kevin Swadling - 01243 820154


Mrs Wendy King 01243 586963


Mr Colin Morris, 23 West Close, Middleton-on-Sea, PO22 7RP. 01243 584274

Organist & Choirmaster

Mr Peter Nunn, 01903 782552

Messy Church

Messy Church, for all ages. Contact the Rector for more information

Women’s Guild - 2 nd and 4 th Wednesday of each month

Mrs Joan Rees 01243 552961

Yapton with Ford


Cdr. Rupert Head Mrs Bex Holden 07846 135221

Verger - Yapton

Verger - Ford

Vacant Mr David Donovan - 01903 726006

Treasurer - Mrs Annemarie Doick - 01243 554810


Yapton Choir, Mrs Marcia Smith, 01243 552300

Sunday School - 2nd & 4th Sundays in term time

Esther Hunt 07773 095068

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