The Parish Magazine May 2022

Editor.Bob.Peters

Serving the communities of Charvil, Sonning & Sonning Eye since 1869

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The

Parish

Magazine

The John King Trophy and Gold Award

Best Magazine of the Year 2018

National Parish Magazine Awards

Best Content 2021, 2016

Best Overall 2020, 2015

Best Editor 2019

Best Print 2018

Serving the communities of Charvil, Sonning & Sonning Eye since 1869

May 2022 — Ascension

Church of St Andrew

Serving Sonning, Charvil & Sonning Eye

the church of st andrew, SERVING THE COMMUNITIES OF

CHARVIL, SONNING and sonning eye SINCE THE 7 th CENTURY


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Serving Sonning, Charvil & Sonning Eye

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Best Editor 2019

Best Print 2018

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Contents May 2022

THE VICAR'S LETTER, 5

THE PARISH NOTICEBOARD

— Churchyard mobility, 7

— Platinum Jubilee, 7

— For your prayers in May, 7

— Christian Basics Part 4, 9

— Ascension Day, 9

— STAY, 10-11

— On Reflection: Lamentations, 13

— From the editor's desk, 13

The Persecuted Church, 15

features

May matters, 17

— Hedgehog signs, 19

— Platinum events, 20-21

The War in Ukraine, 22-23

— World Turtle Day®, 25

around the villages

— Art for the Jubilee, 27

— Pearson Hall AGM, 27

— S&SE outing, 27

— Horticultural shows, 29

— Knit a Corgi, 29

— Village Rounders, 29

history, 31

HEALTH

— Dr Simon Ruffle, 33

HOME & GARDEn

— Feeding for the future, 35

— In the garden, 35

THE ARTS

— Dick Bouts meal, 37

— Book Reviews, 37

— Poetry Corner, 38

This ISSUE's FRONT COVER

May 2022 — Ascension

The

Parish

Magazine

the church of st andrew, SERVING THE COMMUNITIES OF

CHARVIL, SONNING and sonning eye SINCE THE 7 th CENTURY

The Ark Garden in 'Jubilee purple' bloom.

The Ark was officially opened 5 years ago

on Sunday 7 May 2017.

Picture: Peter Rennie

EDITORIAL DEADLINE

The editorial deadline for every issue

of The Parish Magazine is 12 noon on

the sixth day of the month prior to the

date of publication.

The deadline for the June

issue of The Parish Magazine is:

Friday 6 May at 12 noon

The Parish Magazine online

The most recent issues can be viewed at:

http://www.theparishmagazine.co.uk

Earlier issues from 1869 onwards are

stored in a secure online archive. If you

wish to view these archives contact the

editor who will authorise access for you:

editor@theparishmagazine.co.uk

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Services at

St Andrew’s

Sunday 1 May

— 8.00am Holy Communion

— 10.30am Family Service

— 4.00pm Choral Evensong

followed by tea in The Ark

Sunday 8 May

— 8.00am Holy Communion

— 10.30am Parish Eucharist with

STAY and Sunday Club

Sunday 15 May

— 8.00am Holy Communion

— 10.30am Family Communion

— 3.00pm Messy Church in The Ark

Sunday 22 May

— 8.00am Holy Communion

— 10.30am Parish Eucharist

— 6.00pm Sunday at Six in The

Ark with refreshments served

on arrival from 5.50pm.

Sunday after Ascension 29 May

— 8.00am Holy Communion

— 10.30am Parish Eucharist

OTHER REGULAR SERVICES

Morning Prayer is held in church

every Tuesday at 9.30am.

Mid-week Communion in The Ark is

held every Wednesday at 10.00am. Tea

and coffee is available following the

service.

Home Communion at Signature at

Sonning is held on the first Monday

of each month at 11.00am. Visitors

must comply with the care home's

Covid restrictions so please check with

Signature at least four days before.

the sciences

— Spirit of Humility, 38

PUZZLE PAGE, 39

children's page, 41

information

— Church services, 3

— From the registers, 3

Parish contacts, 42

— Advertisers index, 42

From the register

BAPTISMs

— Sunday 13 March, Cameron Robert Baer

FUNERALs

— Friday 25 March, Jean Collin, Interment of ashes in the churchyard

— Friday 8 April, Vanessa Louise Jones, at Easthampstead Park Crematorium


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The vicar's letter

DEAR FRIENDS,

As a child of the 80's I grew up as a huge fan of the TV series, The A Team. On

a Friday or Saturday night it was staple viewing, back when we only had thee

channels and no video machine! My favourite character was Hannibal Smith,

the cigar smoking leader of the group of mercenaries and his famous catch

phrase was 'I love it when a plan comes together.' Bizarrely, from 40 years ago, this

came into my mind the other evening when I witnessed our STAY on Friday

youth group in full flow in The Ark and garden with 62 young people all having

a wonderful time. Indeed, on numerous occasions over the last five years, since

Theresa May opened the Ark on 7 May 2017 in the middle of a general election,

I have had reason to recall Hannibal’s words, whether it be at our Rendezvous

lunches, Messy Church, lively post service fellowship, Sunday Club, funeral and

baptism receptions and much else besides.

In addition, the provision of the parish office, a meeting room and a vicar’s

study has been a literal God send and we are now so much more efficient in

running this busy and growing parish.

A DEEPER MEANING

The name 'The Ark' was an obvious choice but on a personal level it has

a deeper meaning for me. The biblical story of Noah being called to build an

ark, miles from the sea, with all the scepticism and perhaps even ridicule

that resulted, rang a bell or two as we sought to sell the idea of new facilities

and gain permissions and funding. From my earliest days here I was aware

that if we were to become the church that had been aspired to in the Parish

Profile document produced in 2008 to recruit a new vicar, we would need a new

building. It took 8 years to lay the groundwork and bring it to fruition and I

don’t mind admitting that, at times, the anxiety and stress was almost too

much to bear. That said, achieving anything worthwhile is going to be difficult

and so that was no surprise.

I think it is worth restating that every penny of the final cost of the building

and landscaping was raised by the fund raising committee, not, as is sometimes

mistakenly reported, through selling parish land. Through patient hard slog,

grants were awarded, gifts were given and funds were raised at numerous

events. At times, as the costs inevitably increased, it felt almost overwhelming,

but throughout, there was one verse from the Psalms that kept me sane:

'Be still and know that I am God' (Ps 46).

THE PLAN THAT CAME TOGETHER

As I look back on the whole project it is striking how much God was at work.

In October 2013, it seemed like the planning application was in serious trouble

because of the extensive root system of two large trees that were in the middle

of what is now the garden. There was a storm, and as one tree collapsed, it took

the other one with it, without damaging any graves or buildings. Despite the

jokes that I was out there with a chain saw — I was in France at the time! — it

really did feel like things were starting to go our way. Then, the week before

the grand opening, with £150,000 still to raise, I was astonished to receive a

call to tell me that a letter sent many months before to a philanthropist who

I had never met and who had no idea how much money we had left to raise,

was giving us £100,000. Two days later, a cheque arrived for £50,000, again

from someone I didn’t know and who knew nothing of how much we needed.

I remind myself of that miraculous happening when times are tough or when

God might feel remote. Our church was truly blessed through this project

and I believe this is because The Ark has enabled us to now properly fulfil our

calling as Christians to be a blessing to the communities we are called to serve.

However, there can be no resting on our laurels. There is always more to be

done and, under God, I believe we are now well equipped for the task.

Warm wishes.

Jamie

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Notices

Churchyard mobility

We have a lovely churchyard that

is also rather large. The distance

from our small car park and other

entrances to either the church or

The Ark is not inconsiderable for

those with mobility issues. The PCC’s

‘Everybody Welcome’ agenda focuses

continuously on how we can make

our church more welcoming and

hospitable and with this in mind I

am delighted to tell you of a recent

decision of the PCC.

We will be purchasing a four

seater, electric golf buggy that will

enable those who are elderly or frail

to comfortably make the journey. A

rota of approved volunteer drivers

will be established and all is covered

by existing church insurance.

The total costs are being

generously met by Christina

Goodacre, in memory of her late

husband, Peter, and by Janet

Robson, in thanksgiving for the

work of our church.

The plan is to formally inaugurate

the vehicle as part of our Jubilee

celebrations on 5 June, although it

may be in use before then.

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Mothering Sunday: Thanks t0 (left to right) Ellie, Molly, Penny and Liz, every

lady attending the 10.30am Mothering Sunday service received a posy of

spring flowers. The floral four, helped by Liz's husband Dave, made over 100!

Platinum Jubilee

In addition to the Scarecrow Festival

and other celebrations across

the parish, we will be hosting a

community service of celebration

on 5 June at 11am. The 103rd

Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord

Carey, will be preaching. This will

be followed by a drinks reception in

The Ark garden, all finishing before

the Sonning village street party gets

underway.

Special floral arrangements will

fill the church for the Bank Holiday

weekend, provided by our wedding

and funeral florist, Nicky Watters.

Jamie

Peter Renniee

FIVE YEARS ON: Officially opened 5 years ago this month, The Ark at St

Andrew's Church, and its garden, will be the setting for a Platinum Jubilee

reception after a community celebration to mark Her Majesty The Queen's

Platinum Jubilee. The special service of thanksgiving will start at 11am on

Sunday 5 June in the presence of the 103rd Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord

Carey, who will be preaching.

For your prayers in May

— For all who use The Ark at St Andrew's Church

— For the Falkland Island conflict veterans, 40 years on

— All parish plans for the Platinum Jubilee next month

— For all who are thinking about being confirmed in November

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Christian Basics — Part 4

Rev Paul Hardingham's series on the foundations of the Christian faith

Why the Cross?

Indy Biddulph

The cross is a picture of violence, yet the key to peace;

a picture of suffering, yet the key to healing;

a picture of death, yet the key to life;

a picture of utter weakness, yet the key to power;

a picture of capital punishment, yet the key to mercy and

forgiveness;

a picture of vicious hatred, yet the key to love;

a picture of supreme shame, yet the Christian’s supreme boast.

THE KEY

The cross really is the key to everything! Although a

horrifying instrument of torture and death, it is also a

symbol of love and peace. On the cross Jesus died to deal

with the problem of our sin and defeat the powers of

death and evil. He identified with our sufferings and set

us an example of self-sacrificial love.

As Peter writes, ‘He himself bore our sins in his body on the

tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by

his wounds you have been healed . . . Christ died for sins once

for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God’

(1 Peter 2:24, 3:18)

Jesus died in our place on the cross and took away our guilt,

to pay the full penalty for our sin. Access to God’s presence

is now open to all, symbolised by the Temple curtain being

torn in two from top to bottom. The barrier between us and

God was torn down in order ‘to bring us to God’.

THE BRIDGE

Jesus is the bridge providing access between us and

God. ‘If Jesus Christ is to be our Saviour then he must be

able to place a hand upon a pardoning God and another hand

on a penitent sinner and draw them together in an act of

reconciliation’ (Bishop Handley Moule).

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Ascension: Thursday 26 May

Where

did

Jesus

go?

In Salvador Dali’s

picture of Jesus’

ascension (shown

right on a postage

stamp) all you can

see are his feet! As

we celebrate the

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event this month,

it prompts the question ‘where did Jesus go?’ Peter says

Jesus ‘has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand’ (1

Peter 3:22). However, the New Testament tells us three

things about what Jesus is doing at the Father’s side.

At Pentecost Peter said that Jesus is ‘exalted to the right

hand of God, He has received from the Father the promised

Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear…

The Lord said to my Lord: Sit at my right hand' (Acts 2: 33 -4).

Peter is affirming Jesus’ position of authority and power

at the heart of the universe. By pouring out the gift of the

Holy Spirit upon us, Jesus gives us a foretaste of the life

of heaven — eternal life, forgiveness, healing, release and

God’s provision for our lives.

LIVING WITH REALITY

When Stephen, the first Christian martyr, was being

stoned to death by the Jewish authorities he points out, ‘I

see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of

God.’ (Acts 7:56). Our experience of heaven is only ever partial,

as we live with the reality of suffering and setbacks. However,

Jesus is still on the throne! We are called to trust him daily.

The Bible also tells us that ‘Christ Jesus who died….is

interceding for us.’ (Romans 8:34, cf Hebrews 7:25).

Even when we don’t know how to pray, we have the

assurance that Jesus is already praying for us! He knows

our needs even better than we do ourselves, so when we

feel condemned or defeated in our Christian lives, we have

somebody on our side!

TRANSCENDS AND EMBRACES

The Ascension reminds us that the risen Jesus lives in

the immediate presence of God, and both transcends and

embraces our present experience. This truth lies at the heart

of the 'up' language used to describe the event.

‘Heaven relates to earth tangentially so that the One who is in

heaven can be present simultaneously anywhere and everywhere

on earth: the ascension therefore means that Jesus is available,

accessible, without people having to travel to a particular spot on

the earth to find him.’ (Tom Wright).


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STAY IN THE CLASSROOM, ON

STAY on Sunday

Our group that meets every 2nd,

4th & 5th Sunday of each month

continues to deepen faith, challenge

world views and grow our confidence

in who God is and who he calls us to

be in the world. Most recently

we have looked at the theme of

relationships and covered

topics such as: ‘Is it ever ok

to judge others?’ and ‘What

is our relationship with

our phone like?’ The young

people were shocked to

learn that the first mobile

phones didn’t have the

internet, didn’t have snap

chat or instagram, they

barely worked as a phone

sometimes with poor

reception in many places!

STAY in Schools

As part of the STAY youth work we

continued this month with our work

in all four local schools through

assemblies and mentoring. Plus we had

the privilege of being part of the values

day at Sonning School and a special

prayer activity with Piggott students.

Values Day at Sonning

On Thursday 24 March, I had the

privilege of helping at Sonning

School with their ‘School Values Day’.

We covered curiosity and respect

with years 3 and 4 and we looked at

courage and aspiration with years

5 and 6. Some of the answers to the

questions were simply brilliant and

at times humorous:

Q: What are you scared of?

A: 'Smelly cheese', 'Spiders' and

'Roller coasters'.

Q: What are you interested in?

A: 'Tech', 'Bugs and insects' and 'God'.

Prayers for Ukraine

Our work at The Piggott School Wargrave continues

to help grow and embed the school's Christian values

and vision among the students. This month we had the

privilege of leading students in writing positive thoughts,

messages of hope and prayers, on blue and yellow leaves,

for the people of Ukraine. We then took their leaves

and added them to the reflection room tree.

To chat to Westy

youthminister@sonningparish.org.uk

0794 622 4106

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THE STREETS, AND AT HOME IN THE ARK

etached Project

's Detached Project in Charvil moved from serving 45 hot chocolates, to 45 cold

s, back to 45 hot chocolates within a week as we had a few days of balmy 18°C

hen straight back to 5°C the following week!

on Friday

d record numbers at STAY on Friday this month with a whopping 62 young people attending one week. This was a fantastic evening of

mes, yummy baked treats and a final thought on the question; ‘When is it OK to be competitive and how should we behave when we

o win?' Youth club continues to be from 6.45pm-8.15pm in The Ark, every Friday in term time.

also had a wonderful response, so far, to people donating and sponsoring the new equipment for our second upper room in The Ark. If

uld like to donate any amount, please get in touch with Hilary in the church office on office@sonningparish.org.uk — thanks!


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On reflection . . .

Lamentations

By Elizabeth Spiers

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Lamentations is not an easy read. Perhaps you’ve been

tempted to skip it. It’s about the aftermath of a national

disaster caused by sin. Thought to be written by Jeremiah,

it laments — gives passionate expression to sorrow or grief

— the devastating results of God’s judgement.

In five poems, Jeremiah tells of the complete and utter

desolation of the once proud city of Jerusalem. This didn’t

come out of the blue. God isn’t like that. He sent many

prophets, including Jeremiah, with messages to warn the

people to repent but the warnings fell on deaf ears. Now that

it had happened, the results of God’s judgement were raw and

desperate. It is shocking to read in chapter 4:10 that mothers

were so hungry they ate their own children.

The important message of Lamentations is that we cannot

keep disobeying God and his word and think that God will

ignore it. It is right to grieve over the sin that has wrecked

havoc in our lives resulting in a broken home perhaps or a

prison sentence. We don’t do much lamenting these days

but this book shows us that we must take responsibility

for the consequences we are now enduring. We know God

is merciful and gracious. We often overlook that he is also

righteous and holy, wanting obedience from his children

and reserving the right to discipline us when we go astray.

In Ezekiel 34:14, God says he is a ‘jealous’ God. We are not to

worship anyone or anything other than him.

LEARN TO TRUST

In the middle of his lamentations, Jeremiah finds the

strength of hope in the Lord. 'Because of the Lord’s great love,

we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are

new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself,

'The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.' The Lord

is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him

(Lamentations 3:22–25). Jeremiah tells us how to pray with

hope in the midst of our self-induced suffering. He clings to

the truth that regardless of the suffering he sees around him,

God is still on his throne and that he still loves his people.

We always have hope in God. Every new morning brings

a new opportunity to start afresh. We are in control of our

time and the decisions we make. We must learn to trust God

while we still can’t see the way forward. And God’s mercies

are new every morning. Great is his faithfulness toward

those who cry out to him and seek him in their sorrows. He is

the binder of broken hearts. He will never turn away anyone

who cries out to him.

From the desk

of the editor

editor@theparishmagazine.co.uk

Why there is always

space for God . . .

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Sitting at my desk before starting work on this issue, I had

in mind to include an article about sea creatures called

manatees which look similar to the walrus but are more

closely related to the elephant. Their history goes back

to the beginning of time and is mentioned in the Bible

frequently in the account of the Israelite's journey from

captivity in Egypt to their Promised Land. In the Bible

manatees are called sea cows and their skins were used as

waterproof coverings to protect valuable items used in the

worship of God. We can only assume that the Israelites ate

them — they are said to taste like 'corned beef' or 'pork',

the latter being strange because pork is a forbidden food

for the Jewish people.

THE INSIDE STORIES

However, as you can see inside, two other articles about

creatures that were around in Biblical times and are also

still with us today, namely hedgehogs (page 19) and sea

turtles (page 25) have come to the top of the list, so the

manatees idea remains on my desk!

Hedgehogs and sea turtles, despite surviving for

millions of years are facing uncertain futures because of

environmental changes and hunting them for food or, in

the case of turtles, their valuable shells. The organisers of

World Turtle Day® on 23 May, say that about 61% of turtles

worldwide are threatened or already extinct. Their aim is

to raise worldwide awareness of the situation and so try to

save them from extinction.

Hedgehogs, although good for our gardens, are facing

a similar decline in numbers but in their case we can help

reverse the decline by simply making our gardens and

community more friendly, and safer, places for them to live

in and to visit.

THE WAY FORWARD

Turtles and hedgehogs, are, of course, only two of the

many serious issues facing our world which are being

caused by human greed and selfishness. The war in Ukraine

and the persecution of millions people because of their

religious beliefs in other parts of the world are prime

examples of even more serious issues. There are so many

bad things going on in our world today that is difficult to

see where we are heading, and what will happen next.

The good news is that despite all the changes going on

around us, there is one unchanging source of hope that has

been with us, not for millions of years like the hedgehogs

and turtles but for about 4.5 billion years when the earth

was created. That source is, of course, God. And this is why

I never limit the number of articles about God's love for us

in this magazine. As Elizabeth Spiers writes in the adjacent

column, 'We must learn to trust God while we still can't see the

way forward.'


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Below, an impression of the tensions

experienced by Christians in Pakistan

are followed by an appeal giving the

opportunity to support Christian

children going through school in

Pakistan.

An incident in Lahore in February

resulted in a murder case being

brought against 150 to 200 Muslims.

An altercation with a Christian

shopkeeper was reported to the police

and was settled. However, the next day

a mob of up to 200 Muslims went to

the shop armed with clubs, iron bars

and guns. The shopkeeper was hit on

the head with a brick and died of his

injuries.

The previous day Pakistan’s Prime

Minister, Imran Khan, said that his

government had 'zero tolerance' for

anyone taking the law into their

own hands. He was responding to

a mob lynching of a man accused of

'blasphemy' in Punjab.

Mr Khan’s words were echoed by

the special representative to the Prime

Minister on Religious Harmony, Hafiz

Muhammad Tahir Mehmood Ashrafi,

who said that the culture of being

'judge, jury and executioner' could

no longer continue, and that no one

should think of 'running the country as

per their own desires'.

An article in The Spectator on

1 April suggested that Mr Khan’s

presidency may be coming to an end

since he had lost his majority in the

National Assembly. The writer, Kunwar

Khuldune Sahid, points out that in the

75 year history of the country not one

of the prime ministers has served their

5 year term.

A vote of no confidence was due to

take place on Sunday 3 April.

However, prior to a vote taking

place, Mr Khan dissolved parliament

and called fresh elections. The deputy

speaker had refused to accept the

motion against him. Mr Khan alleged

that the vote was a 'foreign conspiracy'.

The information minister has

confirmed that Mr Khan remains as

prime minister, until elections are held

in 90 days from 3 April.

Kunwar Sahid reported in an earlier

article in The Spectator that there

has been a rise in jihadist attacks in

Pakistan.

He says that the recent spate in

jihadist violence has been claimed by

Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

In January a Christian priest was

shot dead by gunmen in Peshawar

while going home from mass. TTP and

affiliated groups bombed churches

across Pakistan in recent years.

A Muslim man tried to break a large

concrete cross on top of a church in the

Christian community of Green Town,

Lahore.

Failing to dislodge it, he sat on it

and chanted 'Allahu Akbar' (God is

the greatest), the traditional Islamic

affirmation which is often used by

jihadists when they attack. A crowd

gathered in the street but there was no

violent response by the people.

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The Persecuted Church by Colin Bailey

Pray for children, peace and stability in Pakistan

FORWARD

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Outside Copenhagen Town Hall candles are lit during a vigil for Pakistan peace

FORWARD

Please pray for peace and stability

within Pakistan, in the light of the

political uncertainty, and for security

for all Pakistan’s citizens in particular

at-risk minorities including the

Christian community.

FORWARD

More than 11,000 poor Christian

children attend Christian schools

in Pakistan supported by Barnabas

Fund. Thanks to that support, the

schools can charge minimal fees.

This makes it affordable for the

parents, who work in low-paid jobs

such as labouring, domestic service, or

brick kilns.

The free schools provided by the

Pakistan government are usually very

tough for Christian children, who

are made to feel so inferior and face

pressures so great that some drop out

of education altogether, since their

parents cannot afford private schools.

If you would like to donate to the

Christian Schools in Pakistan project

(Ref. 41-1209), please follow the

bottom link below or call Barnabas

Fund on

0800 587 4006 or 0167 256 5031

References and further reading:

Killing of Christian shopkeeper (Barnabas Fund article) - https://www.barnabasfund.org/gb/news/over-150-pakistani-muslims-face-murder-accusation-following-killing-of-c/

Imran Khan (The Spectator) - https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/is-this-the-end-of-imran-khanapr/03/pakistan-imran-khan-parliament-vote-no-confidence-early-elections

Christian schools in Pakistan (Barnabas Fund article) - https://www.barnabasfund.org/gb/latest-needs/christian-schools-in-pakistan-your-donation-gives-christian-children-hap/

Christians living in terror (The Spectator) - https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/pakistan-s-christians-are-living-in-terrorThe example of Pakistan’s Christians (Barnabas Fund article) -

https://www.barnabasfund.org/gb/news/editorial-pakistan-s-christians-are-example-and-a-witness-to-their-natio/

Vote of no confidence article (The Guardian) - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/apr/03/pakistan-imran-khan-parliament-vote-no-confidence-early-elections

Vote of no confidence article (The Telegraph) - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/


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feature — 1

Make May the month

that matters for you

and those who matter

Judging by the number of special days and weeks this month, May is certainly

the time when we are prompted to remember and take action about the health

and wellbeing of those we love, those we have special concerns for, those who

help us, others in times of need, and ourselves. It is a month of awareness that

looks at life from beginning to end while thanking some of the people who help

us along the way.

Traditionally in the UK, May begins

with maypole celebrations that date

back 2,000 years to about the time

that Christianity began in the Middle

East. Roman soldiers occupying

the UK celebrated the change from

the cold dark days of winter to the

coming spring and summer, a type

of climate they were probably more

familiar with.

Their response was to dance

around decorated trees to thank

Flora, the Roman goddess of

flowering plants.

Sadly, today, in some parts of the

world, the May Day celebrations are

still celebrated by the military but with

parades and displays of their tools of

war, rather than the gifts of God.

NEW BORN

The new life in nature that the

Maypole celebrates heralds a month

when we think and act for the health

and wellbeing for the young, the

elderly, the dying and the in between.

The international Day of the

Midwife is on 5 May. Sponsored by

the World Health Organisation,

this year's theme is: 'Midwives

with women: celebrate, demonstrate,

mobilize, unite.' The aim, says WHO,

is to emphasize the importance

of mobilizing communities and

maintaining provision of essential

health services, particularly as

countries continue to respond to the

Covid pandemic.

Coupled with this, is Maternal

Mental Health Awareness (2-8 May)

Week which dedicated to talking

about mental health problems

during and after pregnancy. It’s aim

is to raise public and professional

awareness of perinatal mental health

problems, advocating for women

affected by it, changing attitudes

and helping families access the

information, care and support they

need to recover.

CHILDREN

Our minds are then focussed

on the needs of children and

their wellbeing with Foster Care

Fortnight from 9-22 May, in the

middle of which is the National

Children's Day on 16 May.

Foster Care Fortnight is said

to be the UK’s biggest foster care

awareness raising campaign. It is

organised by the Fostering Network.

The campaign began in 1977 to

'showcase the commitment, passion

and dedication of foster carers.' It

also supports fostering services to

highlight the need for more foster

carers. Thousands of new families

are needed every year to care for

children, with the greatest need

being for foster carers for older

children, sibling groups, disabled

children and unaccompanied asylum

seeking children.

The reports we have been

receiving from the Ukraine war

suggest that the demand could be

substantially increased.

ADULTHOOD

May is also the month when

awareness of issues that not only

affect the young, but people of

all ages. For example, The Stroke

Association has designated May as

its annual stroke awareness month

which is being promoted with the

headline 'Make May Purple'— hence

our purple heading above!

The aim is to increase awareness

of stroke, stroke prevention and

treatment and to raise funds for

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much needed research into this

condition, and support for stroke

survivors.

May has also been declared

the international measure your

blood pressure month, and the

international skin cancer awareness

month.

Led by the International Society

of Hypertension this campaign has,

in the past 3 years, screened around

4 million people in 100 countries

and found over a million people with

inadequately treated hypertension.

The international skin cancer

campaign takes place every May.

It aims to raise awareness of the

dangers of unprotected sun exposure

and educate people about the ways to

help prevent skin cancer.

Also in May is the Big Asthma

Bake Sale so look out for, and

support, groups baking and selling

cakes to raise money for Asthma

and Lung UK, a registered charity

that funds vital research into this

widespread complaint that affects

the lives of over 8 million adults and

children, that's about 12% of the

population.

From 3-8 May, it is also Deaf

Awareness Week and from 17-22

May, Dementia Awareness week

— two further issues that are also

widespread.

TAKE A WALK

But May is not only the month for

raising awareness of several of the

most serious problems facing us, and

donating time and money to help, it

is also about looking after our own

health. Yes, May is walking month

when we are all encouraged to step

outside our cosy homes and enjoy

the beauty of the open countryside

in spring, which is a free gift from

God who created it for our health and

pleasure!

Further information about all the campaigns

mentioned in this article, and how to support

them, can be found by searching online.


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The signs are

looking good

for Charvil’s

hedgehogs!

By Karen Ostrowski

Have you noticed the hedgehog road

signs that have recently appeared on

Charvil’s roads?

Last year, prompted by an increasing

number of hedgehog fatalities on

our roads and thinking that warning

signs would help, local residents

Sarah Swatridge, Dawn Brenton and I

independently wrote to Wokingham

Borough Council. We were fortunate

to have the support of local councillor

Sam Akhtar, who on our behalf, chased

the relevant department of the council,

and in March all our efforts came to

fruition.

SAFE HAVEN

In the summer, responding to a plea

from our local hedgehog rescue centre,

Sarah, Dawn and I were fortunate to

be in a position where we could each

take on a release hedgehog in the hope

of giving them a safe haven in our

respective gardens.

Dawn collected her hedgehog,

Phoebe, I received another female

called Twinkle and Sarah was given

Arthur who had been orphaned as a

baby and hand reared.

'For my family', Dawn says, 'Seeing

these endearing creatures visiting

our garden and thriving in the area is

one of the great things about living in

Charvil.'

Our release hedgehogs came from

Herbie Hedgehog Rescue in Lower

Earley, which is our nearest hedgehog

rehabilitation centre. It is run by

Shweta Saikumar (details below). We

Karen, Dawn and Sarah, Charvil's hedgehog guardians

happily watch the hedgehogs' nightly

activities on our trail cameras.

However, along with joy comes

concern. Knowing that hedgehogs

travel over a mile in the course of a

night and desperately wanting our

releases, along with our regular prickly

garden visitors, to thrive, we came up

with the idea of applying for the road

signs.

I am happy to report that more and

more houses in Charvil are linking

up their gardens with hedgehog

highways — gaps in fences — to

create a safe wildlife corridor, and I’m

hoping that the new road signs will

help to increase awareness of the local

hedgehog population.

As Sarah says, 'These signs take us

a step closer to becoming Wokingham

Borough’s first hedgehog friendly

parish.'

HOW TO HELP

You can also help hedgehogs by

support feeding with cat biscuits and

leaving out bowls of water. Branded

hedgehog foods are available, however,

they are not regulated, so please

check that they do not contain meal

worms, sunflower seeds, nuts, raisins

or honey, as these can be harmful to

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15 MILLION YEARS OF HEDGEHOGS

A hedgehog is any of the small spiny

mammals of the subfamily Erinaceinae

and the order Insectivora. There are

15 species of hedgehog in four genera,

found through parts of Europe, Asia,

Africa, and New Zealand. There are no

hedgehogs native to the Americas or

Australia. Hedgehogs have changed

little over the last 15 million years

and are mentioned in the Bible — for

example, Isaiah 14:12. Like many of the

first mammals they have adapted to a

nocturnal, insectivorous way of life.

hedgehogs. When gardening, please

check the undergrowth before using a

strimmer, never light a bonfire without

a thorough search, and be mindful

that some dogs attack hedgehogs.

Other useful information can be

found on the website of The British

Hedgehog Preservation Society:

https://www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk/

SICK OR INJURED

If you discover a sick or injured

hedgehog, please contact Herbie

Hedgehog Rescue as soon as possible,

either by phone, 0759 879 4442,

(leaving a voicemail), by text message

or facebook message:

http://www.facebook.com/herbiehedgehogrescue

Arthur Sarah Swatridge Twinkle Karen Ostrowski Phoebe Dawn Brenton


20 The Parish Magazine - May 2022

PLATINUM JUBILEE EVENTS

500 horses and 1,000 performers

in 'very special' Jubilee celebration

IN THE PRIVATE GROUNDS OF WINDSOR CASTLE FROM 12 - 15 MAY

In celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee,

a very special event is being held in the private grounds of

Windsor Castle from 12 - 15 May.

The Celebration will involve more than 500 horses and 1,000

performers who will create a 90-minute piece of spellbinding

arena theatre. Taking part will be actors and artists, musicians,

international military displays from the Commonwealth,

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Europe and our own armed forces, dancers and global

equestrian displays.

And the good news is that this special Jubilee celebration

will be open to the public, although you will need to book in

advance.

To find out more, go to:

https://platinumjubilee.com/platinum-jubilee-celebration

A 'great variety' of

Jubilee Scarecrows

are heading for

Sonning . . .

Barbara Carr, one of the organisers of the forthcoming

Scarecrow trail for the Jubilee celebrations in Sonning

Village, sends this update:

Thank you so much to all those who are opening their gardens,

have offered to help, and to all who have registered Scarecrows

— we have a great variety!

There is still time to enter a Scarecrow so get on the phone

or e-mail me now! We have room for more Scarecrows from

individuals and from organisations. The last date to register

is Friday 20 May. If you are not registered your scarecrow will

will not be on the Trail Map that thousands of visitors will be

following on Thursday 2 June and Friday 3 June from 10am

to 5pm. Coinciding with the trail, Sonning Art Group will be

staging an exhibition of their work in Pearson Hall, so don't

forget to call in there on your way round.

2018: The Ark at St Andrew's had a visit from Noah's Ark (made by the

Sunday Club) during the Scarecrow weekend

Sue Peters

Please also phone or email if you can offer to help during the

two days by making cakes, serving refreshments, manning one

of the gardens that will open for visitors, or selling trail maps.

If you have a place on the route for a Scarecrow let me know

as we need display areas from Sonning Bridge up Thames Street,

village end of Charvil Lane, High Street, Pearson Road, Pound

Lane down to Ligugé Way, and Sonning Lane up to Berkshire

Sports.

To register a Scarecrow, offer to help, or find out more, email: Barbara.carr71@hotmail.co.uk or phone 0118 934 5886


Jubilee Street Parties — send us

your pictures for our souvenir issue!

Street parties are at the top of the list of

events that Buckingham Palace asks the

nation to hold as we celebrate Her Majesty

The Queen's unprecedented achievement

of serving the United Kingdom and the

Commonwealth for 70 years.

The village of Sonning's street party is on

Sunday 6 June from 2.30pm in Pearson

Road (near Pearson Hall). The road will be

closed for the street party which is being

organised by the Sonning and Sonning

Eye Society. The names of everyone

attending the party must be registered.

Tickets will be available at Pearson Hall

on 23 April between 10am and 12noon.

The Sonning street party follows the

special parish celebration service in St

Andrew's Church at 11am, when the 103rd

Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey,

will be preaching.

Charvil Parish Council has told us that

it will be supporting local street parties,

although they could not give any details.

They also told us that a treasure hunt

might be being arranged, but again, no

further details were available when we

went to press.

The Parish Magazine - May 2022 21

Below is the Jubilee Calendar for

events arranged in the parish of

St Andrew's Church.

The July issue of The Parish Magazine

will include a souvenir section for the

Jubilee celebrations so please send your

photographs (of the highest possible

resolution please) to us and we will try to

include as many as possible.

Please note: the deadline for our July

issue will be extended by 6 hours to 6pm on

Monday 6 June for your Jubilee photographs

which should be emailed to:

editor@theparishmagazine.co.uk

Parish Platinum Jubilee Diary

SATURDAY 28 MAY — SUNDAY 5 JUNE

SATURDAY 28 MAY SUNDAY 29 MAY MONDAY 30 MAY

Sonning Regatta

on the

River Thames

12 noon - 6pm

Adult Wetland Walk

led by Ali Driver

Meet in St Andrew's

churchyard at 2pm

Children's Tennis

at the

Sonning Tennis Club

2pm - 4pm

TUESDAY 31 MAY WEDNESDAY 1 JUNE THURSDAY 2 JUNE

Put your feet up!

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Children's Pond Dipping

led by Ali Driver

10am - 12 noon

Children's Football

7 - 11 years, 1pm - 3pm

Berkshire County

Sports Ground

Sonning Scarecrows

10am-5pm

Cherished Car Display

Bishops Close 1pm - 4.30pm

Art Exhibition

Pearson Hall 10am - 5pm

FRIDAY 3 JUNE

Sonning Scarecrows

10am-5pm

Cherished Car Display

Bishops Close 1pm - 4.30pm

Art Exhibition

Pearson Hall 10am - 5pm

SATURDAY 4 JUNE

Sonning Elegant Picnic

Reading Blue Coat

7.30pm - 11.45pm

SUNDAY 5 JUNE

Platinum Celebration

Service for Her Majesty

The Queen at 11am

Sonning Village Street

Party in Pearson Road

2.30pm


22 The Parish Magazine - May 2022

THE WAR IN UKRAINE

'With tears in my eyes and happiness in my heart…'

Responding to the plight of millions of Ukrainians, Twyford resident Debbie Martin (above left), began organising donations of

everyday items that could be sent to Ukraine in a lorry. As we went to press, lorry number 9 had arrived in Folkestone! Each lorry

has between £50,000 to £60,000 worth of donations made by local people. On lorry number 8, which will be driven into West

Ukraine — Lviv and Rivne — was the enormous collection of 'smiles in shoeboxes' (above left) that included gifts and toys for

children. They will then be transported on smaller vehicles and taken where they are very much needed. Here, Debbie tells the

moving story of one of the gifts that had been sent to Ukraine on an earlier lorry . . .

With tears in my eyes and happiness in my heart… Someone kindly gave me Polly

during the early donations. Before Polly was sent to Ukraine, I wrote my email

address on the back of the luggage tag asking if the receiver was able to let me know

that Polly had arrived safely and had found her way into the arms of a child.

I never thought in a million years that I would hear anything, but it is with so much

joy I can share with you all that Polly is safely in the arms of Mariia. Below is the

translation from the amazing letter Mariia has sent me.

Hello dear friend!

I am Nataly. Recently my niece received a gift from you and asked me to help her with sending

a letter to you.

'Hi Debbie!

My name is Mariia. I am 6 years old. I am from Ukraine. Thank you for Polly! I really like it. I

named it Polina [Ukrainian version of the name 'Polly']. When the war is over, I will be glad if

you come to visit me."

Debbie, all Ukrainian people and I personally really appreciate your support and support

from people all over the world. Thanks to such wonderful and careful people we are still alive

and hopefully we will survive in this cruel and senseless war where too many innocent people

are dying every day. I really hope that this madness will be over soon.

Just let me know if some day you decide

to visit Ukraine. We will be happy to show

you our beautiful country.

Stay safe and healthy.

Best wishes from Mariia and Nataly

Look at the difference we are making

— it's never too late to donate and if

anyone would like to donate a small teddy

with a message on a luggage tag let me

know!

debbiemrtn4@gmail.com

#westandwithukraine

Left: Mariia's letter to Debbie

Right: Mariia with Polina (Polly the doll)

Right above: Polly before being shipped to Ukraine


The Parish Magazine - May 2022 23

Fleeing for their lives: ordinary people from Ukraine find themselves forced into becoming refugees.

Nigel Beeton, who retired recently as an NHS radiographer, enjoys writing poetry. He is also editor of the parish magazine for St

Mary with St Peter, Bury St Edmunds. Nigel writes: ‘Now our thoughts are overshadowed by the terrible situation in Ukraine. I

looked at the masses of people on the station platforms, and I thought, only a couple of months ago, each one of those people had

a life, a home, a shop to buy food, perhaps somewhere to grow daffodils, maybe a church to worship God, and their own hopes and

dreams for the future. Now they are just part of a mass of people shuffling towards a westbound train.’ Here's one of his poems . . .

The Refugee

By Nigel Beeton

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All that I was, I no longer am

All that I have, I hold in my hand

My home, my love, my world are all gone

One among thousands, I shuffle along.

Only last week I knew who I was

All that has gone, and only because

Someone in a land a long way away

Turned life into hell one terrible day.

Palinchak, dreamstime.com

CHRISTIAN CHARITIES HELPING THE

PEOPLE OF UKRAINE

Christian charities that are helping the people of

Ukraine would welcome your support:

Barnabas Fund: https://www.barnabasfund.org/gb/

Christian Aid: https://www.christianaid.org.uk

Methodist Church UK: https://www.allwecan.org.uk

Samaritan’s Purse: https://www.samaritans-purse.org.uk

Transform Europe: Network: https://www.ten-uk.org

World Vision: https://www.worldvision.org.uk

Operation Mobilisation: https://www.uk.om.org/Appeal/ukraine-in-crisis

He started a war, his heart icy cold

He rained down his hell on the young and the old

I ran for my life for I had no choice

And nobody heard the fear in my voice.

Everything’s gone, and all that is ‘me’

Summed up in a word – the word ‘refugee’.

I have no control, no say in my fate

Just one in a crowd, I stand and I wait.

Waiting for what? The future’s unclear,

For armed men have taken all that I held dear

Along with my hopes, and all I had planned

All swept away by the tanks in my land.

One thing alone puts a smile on my face

A far nicer stranger has come to this place;

A bed for the night? A cup of hot tea?

And – best of all – someone who sees me as me.


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Still alive after

thousands

of years,

but for how

much longer?

World Turtle Day®: 23 May

Throughout my life, writes Bob

Peters, I have collected and kept

things that I thought at the time

might, one day, be useful, or because

they were unusual or interesting —

well, a least to me!

One of my 'treasures' is a large shell

that was once home for a turtle. Such

'trophies' were made illegal in 1977

by the Convention on International

Trade in Endangered Species of Wild

Fauna and Flora. Even so, turtles

continue to be harvested illegally for

human consumption and trade of

their parts. Some are also killed for

medicine and supposedly 'religious'

ceremonies.

HUNDRED YEARS

The shell, which measures 24 x

18 inches, came into my possession

about 50 years ago, but it had been in

my first wife's, family for, it was said,

more than 100 years previously. My

first wife died of cancer, as did most

of her closest family, so the actual

history of the turtle shell has been

lost in time. The story goes that one

of the Victorian family members was

a seafarer who travelled the world

and brought it home with him. It was

thought that he picked it up in the

Caribbean.

The shell had been mounted on a

wooden easel and it stood in several

family homes as an ornament before

my wife's great aunt gave it to us.

I used it to attract the attention of

schoolchildren when leading assembly

and family service talks about God's

amazing creation; it always worked!

The shell came to mind when I

read that there is a special awareness

day for turtles on 23 May. I also learnt

that there are about 356 species of

turtles living in salt and fresh water

in all continents except Antarctica.

The turtle is thought to be one

of the most ancient of creatures and

the word ‘turtle’ is mentioned in the

Bible, which should not surprise us

because today there are thousands of

seas turtles in the waters around the

Middle East. The turtle is mentioned

in the King James version of the Old

Testament book of Leviticus 15:29 as

an offering that a woman could make

to be cleansed after giving birth, ie, if

she could not afford a lamb:

'And if she be not able to bring a lamb,

then she shall bring two turtles, or two

young pigeons; the one for the burnt

offering, and the other for a sin offering:

and the priest shall make an atonement

for her, and she shall be clean'.

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Later translations of the Bible

changed this to ‘two turtle doves’,

a bird named after the 'tu tu' sound

that it makes, although another

theory is that the name came from a

distinctive black band on the bird’s

neck that makes it look like its head

can be retracted into its body, just as

a turtle does.

We will never know the truth

about the 'turtle' in the Bible,

although it is certainly possible that

it’s the sea creature because the

Israelites lived off the produce of

both the land and the sea — turtle

meat and eggs are still a source of

food and income for many people

around the world — but I like to

think that the Bible referred to sea

turtles because it gives me a good

reason for using it!

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SMUGGLING

World Turtle Day® celebrates these

gentle animals that have survived

200 million years, yet they are rapidly

disappearing because of smuggling,

habitat destruction, climate change,

the cruel pet trade, and live exotic

food markets.

The organisers of World Turtle

Day® say that about 61% of turtle

species worldwide are threatened or

already extinct.

According to their experts, they

are the most threatened of the major

groups of vertebrates, more so than

birds, mammals, and fish. It is why

they say: 'Education is so important in

every country globally so that turtles

can be treasured, not eliminated'. To

learn more about World Turtle Day®

visit:

https://www.worldturtleday.org/

Inside the

shell

can be

seen

the

internal

structure of

the turtle whose home it was 150 years ago.


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Preparing exhibits for the Jubilee show

Sonning Art Group continues to be busy preparing for its exhibition in the Pearson Hall during the Jubilee Scarecrow

Trail. As well as displaying many works of art, they are creating a scarecrow called 'The Queen Bee'. Not only will

it highlight the importance of looking after the bees and other insects in our gardens, it will be a tribute to Queen

Elizabeth's remarkable Platinum Jubilee. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to enjoy a range of the Art Groups

most recent work such as Kay Mottram's Kingfisher in pearlised acrylics and Jill Watkins' cheeky fox painted in

watercolours.

An invitation for all Pearson Hall users

The Pearson Hall AGM will be held in the committee

room at Pearson Hall on Wednesday 22 June, 6.30pm for a

6.45pm start. Everyone who uses Pearson Hall is welcome

to attend.

Sonning & Sonning Eye Society outing

The next outing is a tour of the 'boutique' Fairmile

Vineyard in Henley on 21 June at 10.30am. Make your own

way there (and home again!) and picnic in the grounds or

enjoy a pub lunch. More details and tickets from Penny

Feathers on: penny.feathers@btinternet.com 0118 934 3193

Citizens Advice Woodley

In recent issues we have mentioned local Citizens Advice

Bureaux in Wokingham, Henley, and Reading and have

been informed that there is an even closer office in

Headley Rd, Woodley, Reading RG5 4JA, Tel: 0808 278

7958. We are reliably informed that the team there 'are

very helpful and doing a great job'.

RENDEZVOUS IN THE ARK

We meet every second

and fourth Tuesday

of the month

for lunch and

conversation

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around the villages — 2

Horticultural shows

are back on the agenda

The Twyford and Ruscombe

Horticultural Association held

its Spring Show for the first time

in two years on 26 March and,

although it was smaller than the

shows of the past, it went well.

The good weather meant that teas

could be taken on the terrace and an

enjoyable afternoon was had by all.

For the first time, some of the entries

were judged by the visitors. It was an

idea that proved successful, so it will

be continued at this year's Summer

and Autumn Shows.

STRIP THE WILLOW

The Summer Show will be held

at Loddon Hall, Twyford, RG10 9JA

on Saturday 11 June. Details are in

the TRHA show schedule, and on the

website: https://trha.org.uk/

In the meantime, this month will

see a willow stripping experience at

the TRHA Store in Loddon Hall Road

on Sunday 1 May. All members and

their families will be welcome.

On Sunday 29 May there's a

bring and buy plant sale at the store

when you can share your cuttings

and seedlings and, perhaps, find

something new for your garden.

The association's store is well

stocked for all your horticultural

needs and you can get advice from

the knowledgeable volunteers.

You can become a member for

only £8 per year, or £7 if you are

over 65. Apply for membership at the

store, or email Jenny Wager:

trhamembership@gmail.com

A newsletter, with information on

the Association’s activities, as well

as topical tips, is published monthly.

Paper copies are distributed to those

members who cannot receive it

electronically. Details of all activities

can also be found on the TRHA

website:

https://www.trha.org.uk

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Knit a Corgi for The Queen

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Thousands of people across the country are buying in light brown and white

wool in order to knit a corgi in honour of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. It is a

fun way in which anyone with knitting needles can get involved in the coming

celebrations. Search the internet for ‘knitting patterns for corgis’ and you

will find a wide variety of free patterns on offer. Knitted corgis could help

decorate house windows, local shops and will look great with scarecrows!

Village rounders is

striking out!

King George's

Playing Field

5.30pm, 17 June

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The Sonning Village rounders match

for teams from local organisations is

returning this year on Friday 17 June at

5.30pm on King George’s Playing Field.

Sonning Cricket Club will be opening

its bar and Sonning Primary School

PTA will be cooking a BBQ.

The first strike is at 5.30pm!

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History

Was it really . . . ?

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Sunset in Piccadilly makes way for neon lighting

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May 2017: The Ark opens

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. . . 150 YEARS AGO on 18 May

1872 that Bertrand Russell, Welsh

philosopher, mathematician, historian,

and writer was born. He won the 1950

Nobel Prize in Literature.

. . . 125 YEARS AGO on 26 May

1897 that Bram Stoker’s horror novel

Dracula was published.

. . . 100 YEARS AGO on 27 May 1922

that Christopher Lee, British film actor

was born. He was best known for his

his role as Dracula. (Died 2015)

. . . 90 YEARS AGO on 9 May 1932 that

London’s Piccadilly Circus was lit with

electrical lighting for the first time.

It later became famous for its neon

lighting and video advertising displays.

. . . 60 YEARS AGO on 25 May 1962

that the new Coventry Cathedral was

consecrated. The previous one had

been destroyed by German bombing

during World War II.

. . . 50 YEARS AGO on 28 May 1972

that Prince Edward, Duke of Windsor,

died. He was formerly Edward VIII,

until his abdication in December 1936.

. . . 40 YEARS AGO on 27-28 May 1982

that the Battle of Goose Green took

place during the Falklands War.

. . . 25 YEARS AGO on 1 May

1997 that the Labour Party won a

landslide victory, ending 18 years of

Conservative rule. Tony Blair became

Prime Minister.

. . . 15 YEARS AGO, on 3 May 2007

that 3 year old Madeleine McCann

went missing while on holiday with her

parents in Praia da Luz, Portugal. Her

disappearance is the most reported

missing person case in history.

. . . 1o YEARS AGO on 18 May 2012

that social media network Facebook

went public. Its initial public offering

raised $16 billion, the third-largest

amount in US history.

. . . 5 YEARS AGO on 7 May 2017 that

The Ark at St Andrew's Church was

opened by The Rt Hon Theresa May MP

Prime Minister and First Lord of the

Treasury, and dedicated by The Rt Revd

and Rt Hon Lord Carey of Clifton, Lord

Archbishop of Canterbury (1991-2002).


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HEALTH

Dr Simon Ruffle writes . . .

Atishoo! Bless you!

Your chance of getting ill is least if you are born in the

month of May1 (If you are born in New York)

Commentary on the study suggests that the research needs

to be widened. Diseases change throughout the year. They

are often environmentally driven with different parasites,

viruses and bacteria enjoying different conditions. It is also

driven by human behaviour.

After a warm summer we all decide to hot house our children

and cram ourselves into trains and tubes. Respiratory illness

abound and stomach bugs have a feast.

Washing hands, wearing masks and staggering your

journeys or working from home have, unequivocally, shown

to reduce transmission of pathogens.2

It needed a pandemic to show how irresponsible it is to go

to work with illnesses. I know! It’s the economy, stupid.3

I wonder how many hours of lost work are created by

‘soldiering on’ and/or the need of proof of sickness driving

people to seek NHS medical advice when not necessary.

THE MOTHER OF INVENTION

When the pandemic hit us, the rapidity of primary care

service redesign to try to keep a service going, still affects

our staffing numbers quite dramatically.

My surgery very quickly, with our local Clinical

Conditioning Group and other practices gained the ability to

work remotely and online.

In a moment of madness we also changed our whole

system that was more conducive to working in tandem with

other practices. ‘Teams/Zoom’ became the norm. We soon

learnt of their frailties and the benefits which we will smooth

out but it is early days.

MOTHER NATURE FINDS A WAY

Whatever we do, the planet and nature, finds its way to

foil us. The disease that really kicks off at this time of year is

absolutely necessary for life on earth but it makes one in four

of us miserable to varying degrees — hay fever!

We have no cure, we can only make some of the symptoms

more tolerable:

— sneezing and coughing

— a runny or blocked nose

— itchy throat, mouth, nose and ears

— itchy, red or watery eyes

— loss of smell

— headache

— earache

—feeling tired

— pain around your temples and forehead

If you have asthma, you might also have a tight feeling in

your chest; be short of breath, wheeze and cough

TREATING HAY FEVER YOURSELF

Hay fever will last for weeks or months, unlike a cold,

which usually goes away after 1 - 2 weeks, and currently there

is no cure and you cannot prevent it. But you can do things to

ease your symptoms when the pollen count is high.

— put Vaseline around your nostrils to trap pollen

— wear wraparound sunglasses to keep pollen out of your eyes

The Parish Magazine - May 2022 33

— shower and change your clothes after you have been

outside to wash off pollen

— stay indoors whenever possible

— keep windows and doors shut as much as possible

— vacuum regularly and dust with a damp cloth

— buy a pollen filter for the air vents in your car and a

vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter

— do not cut grass or walk on grass

— do not spend too much time outside

— do not keep fresh flowers in the house

— do not smoke or be around smoke – it makes your

symptoms worse

— do not dry clothes outside – they can catch pollen

— do not let pets into the house, if possible, as they can

carry pollen indoors5

— Keep a link to the pollen forecast so you can plan your days.6

MEDICATIONS

Simon Ruffle

All commonly used medications for hay fever are available

without prescription. You practice nurse or GP has little more

to offer despite the NHS advice that your GP can prescribe

steroid sprays, which are also available without prescription.

During pregnancy some who suffer get better, others

well, don’t ask! I have no idea who would be who! The normal

therapies are safe in pregnancy, your pharmacist can advise.

There is a lot of talk about hay fever injections. Two different

therapies are being confused. One is a long acting injection of a

steroid into one of your big muscles. While effective these can

open you up to infection, bone thinning, and a deficiency in

your natural steroid production that can cause a problem with

how you respond to illness; it can be fatal.

The other is a repeated set of injections, known as

immunotherapy which is becoming more available on the

NHS but it is expensive in time commitment from patients

and clinicians alike and referral is months. It is reserved for

when other therapies have failed.

Most failure of treatment is because we wait for symptoms

to start. Once this has happened I’m afraid it is too late. The

allergy response has started, the nerve endings and mucous

membranes are already ‘primed to react.’ The best advice is

to know when your own symptoms start in the year. Keep an

eye on the pollen count and start eye drops, nasal spray and

antihistamine before the symptoms are established.

References:

1. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/could-your-birth-month-indicate-your-risk-of-disease/

2. https://www.thelancet.com/journals/landig/article/PIIS2589-7500(21)00003-0/fulltext

3. James Carville 1992

4. Plato (Republic circa 600 BCE)

5. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/hay-fever/

6. https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/warnings-and-advice/seasonal-advice/pollenforecast#?date=2022-04-03®ion=se


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HOME AND GARDEN

Feeding the Future – an exciting

new study that you can be part of!

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In the garden

Researchers at the University of Oxford are looking for as many volunteers

as possible to complete an online survey to improve future research on the

health impacts of different diets.

How can we know which foods are

good for us, and which ones aren’t?

To investigate this, researchers

use large scale observational

studies which track people over

time to see if certain diets appear

to be linked to a higher risk of

developing disease.

RISKS

But because UK diets have

changed so much over recent

years — for instance, with the

rise of new plant based milk and

meat alternatives — we have very

limited information about what

modern diets actually contain.

This makes it very difficult

to understand why certain diets

may be associated with different

disease risks.

Dr Keren Papier, a nutritional

epidemiologist at the University

of Oxford, explained: 'Studies have

shown, for instance, that plant-based

diets are associated with a lower

risk of heart disease. But these diets

can be interpreted very differently

in real life; some vegetarians and

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vegans may eat many nutritious foods

such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables,

and pulses, while others may solely eat

white pasta, tomato sauce, white bread

with margarine, and crisps.'

FEED

To address this, Dr Papier and her

colleagues have launched a new study

called Feeding the Future (FEED),

which aims to generate an up-to date

picture of what UK adults following

different diets are actually eating.

The researchers are looking for

as many UK residents as possible

to complete a short, one-off survey

about the foods they eat, and why.

They hope the results will increase

our understanding of how disease

risks may vary for different diets, and

inform future research and dietary

recommendations.

'Whether you are a carnivore, vegan,

vegetarian, pescatarian or flexitarian,

we would really like to hear from you.

'By taking the survey, you can help

contribute to important research,

without even leaving your home' added

Dr Papier.

HOW TO HELP BY TAKING PART IN THE FEED SURVEY

The survey is open to all UK adults over 18 years old and can be found at:

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The number one tip from the Royal

Horticultural Society this month

is to watch out for late frosts and

to protect any vulnerable plants.

Writing this at the end of March

when many of us had been lulled

into thinking summer is almost

here because of some unusually

warm temperatures, it was a

surprise to wake up to snow flurries

and frost. We need to take that

RHS warning seriously!

Here is another serious suggestion

from RHS — be nice to slugs and

snails!

The society has recently began a

campaign to encourage us to see the

gastropods in our gardens in a better

light. It says that the species play a

key role in garden ecosystems, and

thus are in need of some ‘positive

PR’. It seems that only nine of the 44

known species in the UK are likely

to threaten our gardens, and that all

of them play a vital role in recycling

dead plant material and animal

waste, and acting as a food source for

hedgehogs (see page 19), frogs, birds,

beetles and flies.

In fact, the RHS’s principal

entomologist says that we should

consider our slugs and snails not as

marauding pests bent on eating our

flowers and vegetables, but rather as

‘garden visitors’.

'Our gardens would be duller

and messier without them,' said Dr

Andrew Salisbury.

You can find out more about the Feeding the Future study here:

https://www.ceu.ox.ac.uk/research/feeding-the-future-study-feed

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The ARTS — 1

Dirk Bouts

meal to

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By Rev Michael Burgess

When we celebrate the Eucharist

and make our communion, we are

remembering that special meal

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eve of his arrest and death. But do

we always appreciate what we are

doing? Sometimes the monotony of

repetition and distractions will get in

the way. We fail to recognise Christ’s

gift at communion for what it truly is.

In the 15th Century the prosperous

burghers of the Flemish town of

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Dirk Bouts to paint a special

altarpiece devoted to the Eucharist

for the church of St Peter.

Dirk Bouts portrayed the Last

Supper in a room looking out to his

own town of Louvain.

The faces of the servers in the

room and the cooks looking through

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work. Other faces are modelled on

theologians at the new university

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It offers deep spiritual truths woven

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took flight.

And so around the scene of the

Last Supper, Bouts has painted Old

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that holy communion: Melchizedek

offering bread and wine in return for

Abraham’s offering, the eating of the

first Passover, the gathering of the

manna in the wilderness, and Elijah

wakened by the angel to eat and

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Signs of sacrifice, the Passover of

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what the point of life might be, or

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By Michael Pfundner,

Bible Society, £1.20

This handy booklet will

reach people with the

Christian message in just a few

pages. It goes behind the scenes of

Jesus' death and resurrection to

look at the world changing events

leading up to Easter Day and beyond.

It points its readers towards the

archaeological and documentary

evidence of the real political and

religious figures behind the Easter

story in the Bible.

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Just as the theological faculty

reminded Dirk Bouts of all these

facets, so the artist is reminding us

of the richness of the distinctive

meal we have as Christians.

When we see the bread and wine

taken up and offered, we remember

not only the Last Supper, when Jesus

fed his disciples with the sacrifice

of his life, but those occasions when

God reached out to feed his people

of old.

We rejoice that the food our Lord

gives us in the Eucharist feeds us

now and enables us to make our

journey through life to the eternal

banquet offered in the heavenly

kingdom.

It is perfect for those who would

like to know more about the history

behind the Easter story, and can be

used as a handout in churches or

during outreach.

Together in Mission – from All

Nations to All Nations

By David and Rosemary

Harley, Monarch, £8.99

Have you ever felt the

call of God to go into all

the world? David and

Rosemary Harley

became full-time missionaries in

Africa, and via several unexpected

events helping to run All Nations

College and latterly lead OMF

International. Their story is

a remarkable one, but the heart

of this book is to inspire others to

answer the call of God on their lives

and see where it might lead them.


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THE ARTS — 2

Poetry Corner

THE SCIENCES

A spirit of humility

By Dr Ruth M Bancewicz, church engagement director at The Faraday

Institute for Science and Religion in Cambridge

hairymuseummatt (original photo), DrMikeBaxter (derivative work),

CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Spirit Sealings

By Steven Rolling

Based on John: 14:13-21

Tune: Coe Fen – ‘How shall I sing that majesty’

Whate’er you ask now in my name

It shall be done, the same

Said Jesus, so that Father be

Glorified in Son, see

And if we shall ask anything

He will do it, will bring

To us he things of God’s good hand

To folk of every land

And Christ will pray the Father too

To send Comforter to you

That He may abide for ever

Remain, leave you never

Even the Spirit of truth, He

Shall with you, in you be

He whom the world cannot receive

The not see, know, believe

Comfortless He will not us leave

Nor stay in sadness, grieve

For Christ shall come to us again

The Spirit’s presence then

They that have His commands and keep

Them, they are e’er His sheep

And they are those who do Christ love

Inspired by grace above

Kevin Carden, dreamstime.com

They too be by the Father loved

He holds them, His encoved*

And Christ will love them, and will show

Himself to them, they know

Then of His presence, kindly blessed

In Him they find their rest

Come to our hearts now, holy dove

Spirit of truth and love

*encoved = encovenanted

A few years ago I visited the Smithsonian Museum’s Hall

of Human Origins. Our guide, the curator of anthropology,

was keen to help Christians understand his research.

Whatever you make of the evidence for human evolution,

the fact remains that other species a bit like us were

around before we came on the scene — or in the case of

Neanderthals, at the same time.

Part of the exhibit included lifelike reconstructions of the

face and hair of several different hominins, displayed on

pillars at the right height for each species. So I could crouch

down to ‘meet’ Homo floriensis or stand tall to look into

the eyes of Homo heidelbergensis. Most of these — beings?

creatures? — were on other branches of the evolutionary tree

to us, and we share a common ancestor much further back. I

did, however, feel as if I was meeting my forebears.

As I walked between the statues I asked myself, 'Why us?'

There’s evidence that Neanderthals used symbolism as we

do, and also buried their dead. Did they have the potential

to evolve to a point where they could do similar things to us?

The curator explained how, as the ice ages came and went,

human beings moved around but other species appear to

have stayed put and suffered the consequences — they just

weren’t ready yet for that big change. As I took in the displays

about how we began to gather socially around a fire, make

music or write, I felt humbled. We managed to adapt, but we

could so easily have disappeared with the rest.

AN EQUAL SHARE IN MANKIND

In his book The Message of Creation, theologian David

Wilkinson shares his view that being made in the image of

God has nothing to do with our own cleverness or abilities,

but is a gift. God created us on purpose — I believe through

the long slow process of evolution — and chose to enter into a

relationship with us, making us his representatives on earth.

Thankfully I don’t have to figure out how to interact with

other humanlike hominins today. I do, however, have an

equal share in humankind’s God-given commission to tend

and keep creation.

Am I ready to go further than ensuring my own species’

survival — not necessarily because we have evolved further

than our ice age ancestors, but because I have one of the ‘new

hearts’ promised in Ezekiel 11:19? Can I work together, in a

true spirit of humility, with people from all over the world to

ensure the full diversity of life can flourish?


CROSSWORD

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

8 9

12

16

10 11

13 14 15

18 19

20 21

Across

Across

- (8)

1 Deject (8)

- (4)

5 Pal (4)

8

- Parody

(5)

(5)

9 - Humorous; done in done fun (7) in fun (7)

10 - In a a relaxed manner manner (7) (7)

12 12 - Hammers (7) (7)

14 Majestic (7)

14 - Majestic (7)

16 Ancient warship (7)

16 - Ancient warship (7)

18 Spiny egg-laying mammal (7)

18 - Spiny egg-laying mammal (7)

19 Eg Pacific or Atlantic (5)

19

20

- Eg

Become

Pacific or Atlantic

weary

(5)

(4)

20 21 - Become Continues weary (4) obstinately (8)

21 - Continues obstinately (8)

CODEWORD

17 - Noes (anag) (4)

6 3 19 6 3 14 23 10 9

17 1 1 6 3 18 19 15 3 25

11 1 4 20 17 17 17

17 22 1 6 15 17 19 5 17 20 25

8 17 11 1 3 1

14 17 5 3 25 21 16 15 8 15 8 3

5 11 25 11

3 25 11 16 26 1 25 25 1 8 15 11

14 19 5 4 15 1

1 18 3 25 2 16 8 7 16 5 17

17 15 16 17 2 1 13

26 15 10 10 16 25 3 25 16 3

8 24 14 12 1 18 25 3 25

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13

C H

14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26

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17

SUDOKU

Each of the nine blocks has to contain all the

numbers 1-9 within its squares. Each number

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

WORDSEARCH

PRAY FOR UKRAINE

Lord, we pray for Ukraine, a nation in which

70% of the population call themselves

Christian. You, Lord, make wars cease to the

end of the earth; you break bows, shatter

spears, and burn shields with fire [Psalm

46:9]. And so, we ask you now to save the

lives of many people in Ukraine. De-escalate

this crisis. We hear of wars and rumours of

wars (Matt. 24:6], but you Lord are our rock,

our fortress and our deliverer. Our hope is in

you. And so we address the nations now. In

the name of Jesus we say: 'Be still and know

God! He is exalted among the nations; He

shall be exalted in the earth.' [Psalm 46:10]

Kyrie eleison – Lord have mercy.

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

Down

Down

1 - Shallow food container (4)

1 Shallow food container (4)

2 - Type of spade (6)

2 Type of spade (6)

3 - Have an effect on 3 Have an effect on another (9)

4 Urges to 4 - act Urges (6) to act (6)

6 Gave out 6 - loud Gave out puffs loud puffs of air of air (6)

7 Our galaxy 7 - Our (5,3) galaxy (5,3)

11 Junctures; events (9)

11 - Junctures; events (9)

12 Fail to look after properly (8)

12 - Fail to look after properly (8)

13 Shrivel (6)

13 - Shrivel (6)

14 Plant with oil rich seeds (6)

14 - Plant with oil rich seeds (6)

15 A way out (6)

17 Noes (anag) 15 - A way (4) out (6)

QUIZ : The Queen's Early Years

UKRAINE

SHIELDS

SPEARS

CRISIS

WAR

CEASE

EARTH

BREAK

BOWS

BURN

FIRE

SAVE

MANY

LIVES

LORD IN

OUR YOU

ROCK BE

HOPE STILL

SHATTER

FORTRESS

DELIVERER

April

Solutions

CROSSWORD

C O U R T E O U S L Y

A P O X N O A

U T U S U R P S I R

D O I N G D I E M

A O H E N E R V E

C O N V E R S E D

I S N S T F

O N E U T R I N O

U N D U E R U G R

S I X R D O R I C

L O T I R A T E E E

Y T S T N S S

P O R T R A I T I S T

CODEWORD

R A G S A P O S T A T E

E R C R U R X

T S U N A M I B E R E T

R F P M J A R

O F F E R A M E R I C A

S I L C G V

P R E A C H S T A N Z A

E A I S I G

C O R R O D E V O D K A

T L U Q I W N

I D O L S U P S W E P T

V B L I M L L

E V E R Y O N E A L L Y

SUDOKU

WORDSEARCH LAST SUPPER

EASTER EGG EXAM?

1. Stone on the Easter tomb

2. About 90 million

3. Joseph Fry

4. The Easter bunny

5. A cuckoo

6. Ukraine

1. Where was The Queen born?

2. What time of day was The Queen born?

3. What is the date of The Queen's birthday?

4. Where did The Queen live as a child?

5. Where was The Queen educated?

6. What did The Queen win at the age of 13 years? Tomert, dreamstime.com


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Parish contacts

Ministry Team

The Vicar: Revd Jamie Taylor (Day off Friday)

The Parish Office, Thames Street, Sonning, RG4 6UR

vicar@sonningparish.org.uk / 0118 969 3298

— Associate Vicar: Revd Kate Wakeman-Toogood

revkate@sonningparish.org.uk / 0746 380 6735

On duty Tuesday, Friday and Sunday

— Youth Minister: Chris West (Westy)

youthminister@sonningparish.org.uk / 0794 622 4106

— Licensed Lay Minister: Bob Peters

bob@sonningparish.org.uk / 0118 377 5887

Children's Ministry

— Alison Smyly office@sonningparish.org.uk / 0118 969 3298

Churchwardens

— Stuart Bowman sdbowman73@aol.com / 0118 978 8414

— Liz Nelson liz.nelson1@ntlworld.com / 0779 194 4270

Deputy Churchwardens

— Simon Darvall sdarvall@businessmoves.com 0793 928 2535

— Sue Peters mail@susanjpeters.com / 0118 377 5887

— Molly Woodley (deputy churchwarden emeritus)

mollywoodley@live.co.uk / 0118 946 3667

Parish Administrator

— Hilary Rennie

office@sonningparish.org.uk / 0118 969 3298

Parochial Church Council

— Secretary: Hilary Rennie 0118 969 3298

— Treasurer: Richard Moore 0118 969 2588

Director of Music, organist and choirmaster

— Hannah Towndrow BA (Oxon)

music@sonningparish.org.uk

Sonning Bell Ringers

— Tower Captain: Pam Elliston

pam.elliston@talktalk.net / 0118 969 5967

— Deputy Tower Captain: Rod Needham

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Parish Website: http://www.sonningparish.org.uk

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