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Contents <strong>June</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />



— Churchyard buggy, 7<br />

— Platinum Jubilee Service, 7<br />

— For your prayers in <strong>June</strong>, 7<br />

— Christian Basics Part 5, 9<br />

— Claude's view from the pew, 9<br />

— STAY, 10<br />

— Easter Fun Day, 10<br />

— From the editor's desk, 13<br />

— <strong>The</strong> Persecuted Church, 15<br />

features<br />

— <strong>The</strong> river of everlasting life, 17<br />

— Hedgehog rescue, 19<br />

— Platinum parties, 20<br />

— God save the Queen, 21<br />

— Platinum Jubilee poem, 21<br />

— Ukraine War, 22-25<br />

— Karun covid update, 27<br />

around the villages<br />

— FoStAC fund raising, 29<br />

— Art Club stone painting, 29<br />

— Not too late for a scarecrow, 29<br />

— Village Rounders, 29<br />

— Pearson Hall users meeting, 29<br />

— S&SE outing, 29<br />

— London Virtual Marathon, 29<br />

— Woodley Carnival, 29<br />

— Ride & Stride, 31<br />

— Charvil Project Singers, 31<br />

HEALTH<br />

— Dr Simon Ruffle, 33<br />

HOME & GARDEn<br />

— Energy tips, 35<br />

— In the garden, 35<br />

— Recipe of the Month, 35<br />

THE ARTS<br />

— Thread of God's love, 37<br />

— Poetry Corner, 37<br />

history, 38<br />


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the church of st andrew, SERVING THE COMMUNITIES OF<br />

CHARVIL, SONNING and sonning eye SINCE THE 7 th CENTURY<br />

An official Platinum Jubilee portrait of<br />

Her Majesty <strong>The</strong> Queen by<br />

Jacob King/PA Wire/PA Images<br />


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<strong>The</strong> most recent issues can be viewed at:<br />

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Services at<br />

St Andrew’s<br />

Pentecost Sunday 5 <strong>June</strong><br />

— 11.ooam Community Service<br />

to celebrate the Queen's<br />

Platinum Jubilee<br />

Trinity Sunday 12 <strong>June</strong><br />

— 8.00am Holy Communion<br />

— 10.30am <strong>Parish</strong> Eucharist with<br />

STAY and Sunday Club<br />

Sunday 19 <strong>June</strong><br />

— 8.00am Holy Communion<br />

— 10.30am Family Communion<br />

— 3.00pm Messy Church in <strong>The</strong> Ark<br />

Sunday 26 <strong>June</strong><br />

— 8.00am Holy Communion<br />

— 10.30am <strong>Parish</strong> Eucharist with<br />

STAY and Sunday Club<br />

— 6.00pm Sunday at Six in <strong>The</strong><br />

Ark with refreshments served<br />

on arrival from 5.50pm.<br />


Morning Prayer is held in church<br />

every Tuesday at 9.30am.<br />

Mid-week Communion in <strong>The</strong> Ark is<br />

held every Wednesday at 10.00am. Tea<br />

and coffee is available following the<br />

service.<br />

Home Communion at Signature at<br />

Sonning is held on the first Monday<br />

of each month at 11.00am. Visitors<br />

must comply with the care home's<br />

Covid restrictions so please check with<br />

Signature at least four days before.<br />

the sciences<br />

— Dinosaurs or God? 38<br />

PUZZLE PAGE, 39<br />

children's page, 41<br />

information<br />

— Church services, 3<br />

— From the registers, 3<br />

— <strong>Parish</strong> contacts, 42<br />

— Advertisers index, 42<br />

From the register<br />

BAPTISMs<br />

— Sunday 1 May, Florence Violet Roberts<br />

FUNERALs<br />

— Thursday 28 April, Kenneth Flitcroft, interment of ashes in the churchyard<br />

— Saturday 7 May, Valerie Buxton, memorial service in church

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<strong>The</strong> vicar's letter<br />


It is 40 years since the Falklands conflict and 14 <strong>June</strong> is the date when the white flags<br />

flew over Port Stanley and the people of those islands were liberated by our armed<br />

forces. I was 9 years of age and those events have left a lasting impression on me. A<br />

school friend’s father was a Harrier pilot and he shot down the first Argentinian plane.<br />

My own father, in a civilian capacity, worked with the Fleet Air Arm to support the<br />

enormous efforts involved in sailing the Task Force 8,000 miles to fight a war. <strong>The</strong> Prime<br />

Minister who took the courageous decision to see off the invader was, of course, the late<br />

Margaret Thatcher. In the early part of the campaign she famously came out onto the<br />

steps of Number 10 with John Nott, her Defence Secretary and invited Mr Nott to read<br />

a statement which I remember watching during the next news bulletin. He then read a<br />

message from the Task Group Commander, Captain Brian Young, after the surrender at<br />

South Georgia: 'Be pleased to inform Her Majesty that the White Ensign flies alongside<br />

the Union Jack in South Georgia. God save the Queen.'<br />


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All these years later I recall feeling puzzled by those opening words 'Be pleased to<br />

inform Her Majesty'. <strong>The</strong>re he was standing next to the seemingly all-powerful PM and<br />

I simply couldn’t understand why he wasn’t addressing her. Of course, the finer<br />

details of a constitutional monarchy are lost on most 9 year olds, so my confusion<br />

is not surprising. An 'A' Level in Government and Politics and years of interest<br />

in current affairs has enabled me to appreciate completely why the task group<br />

commander was addressing the sovereign, as head of the armed forces, rather than a politician who could have been<br />

kicked out of office within two years. In many ways in this modern world a hereditary monarchy is a questionable<br />

concept, except for the fact that it works rather well!<br />

That this month we celebrate the 70 year reign of the longest serving monarch of all time, is not lost on any of us. We look<br />

forward at St Andrew’s to a celebration on Sunday 5 <strong>June</strong> at 11am, with choral music from the Coronation, the 103rd Archbishop of<br />

Canterbury preaching and an Ark garden party afterwards. <strong>The</strong> villages of our parish are also bringing their communities together<br />

for celebrations and I am sure we will all do justice to this remarkable landmark of dedicated service from our treasured Queen.<br />

It is pretty much inconceivable that anyone alive in Britain today will ever have the opportunity to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee<br />

again, so let’s pull out all the stops, and not just on our wonderful new organ!<br />


Sometimes with anniversaries of ‘a significant age’ you are celebrating no more than the fact that someone has survived for<br />

a very long time. In the case of Queen Elizabeth II, however, we do not simply celebrate years but virtues as well. It has been<br />

suggested that our Queen has demonstrated three great virtues, all particularly commendable because they are rare in our age.<br />

1. Service — In 1947, at the age of 21, she said this in a broadcast to the nation: ‘I declare before you all that my whole life,<br />

whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.’<br />

She has more than kept that promise. We take her service to the nation for granted but it’s worth remembering that we live at a<br />

time when putting yourself first is almost universally taken to be the first rule of life. Denying this, our Queen has served, and<br />

continues to serve, her people, nation and the Commonwealth.<br />

2. Faithfulness — We have a Queen on whose shoulders have fallen enormous responsibilities yet who has remained committed<br />

for seven decades to fulfilling them. This lifelong commitment is striking given how unpopular duty is in our age. One of the<br />

overriding trends in Western culture has been the gradual erosion of commitment and obligation in almost every area of life.<br />

Whether in private or public life, we find that where there were once solemn bonds there are now only loose, breakable and<br />

disposable links. Behind this trend is the belief, now celebrated as a universal truth, that we human beings can only find the true<br />

purpose of life if we have the freedom to seek our own pleasure. Here, too, the Queen has gone against the flow.<br />

3. Determination — In one sense determination is the least of virtues. In another, it is the rarest. After all, we can all do a bit of<br />

duty and service for a few hours or even a few days; the challenge is to do it for a lifetime. And that is exactly what the Queen has<br />

done. Here again we find that determination is not one of the values of our unsettled age. During her long reign the currents of<br />

shifting values and fashion have flowed so fast and fierce through British life that age-old traditions and social patterns have been<br />

swept away. Amidst it all, the Queen has persevered, enduring as a fixed element in the tumult of our time. Indeed, as the bonds<br />

that unite the peoples of Britain seem to become fewer and more strained, her role as the embodiment of what we are as a nation<br />

has become even more vital. <strong>The</strong>re can be no higher praise for the Queen’s role here than the fact that it is troubling to imagine the<br />

thought of Great Britain without her.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Queen has demonstrated service, faithfulness and determination. That she has been able to do this against the spirit of the<br />

world is surely because she takes her bearings not from the world and its wisdom, but from something else. That something else is<br />

her strong Christian faith, something that Her Majesty has openly and unashamedly talked about. <strong>The</strong> qualities she has displayed<br />

are Christian virtues, lived out to the full in Jesus Christ who came to serve and to give his own life for the world. <strong>The</strong> Queen<br />

exhibits these virtues not simply because she seeks to imitate Christ but because she has a relationship with him. She knows, I<br />

believe, the great truth that in order to live out Christ’s teaching you must live in Christ. In Her Majesty we see a great Monarch,<br />

perhaps our greatest ever, but her greatness comes from the fact that she has trusted in an even greater King. May he continue to<br />

bless and keep her. God save the Queen! Warm wishes, Jamie

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<strong>The</strong> new churchyard mobility buggy<br />

will be unveiled and inaugurated<br />

during the drinks party after the<br />

Jubilee service. <strong>The</strong> total costs are<br />

being generously met by Christina<br />

Goodacre, in memory of her late<br />

husband, Peter, and also by Janet<br />

Robson, in thanksgiving for the<br />

work of our church. We will be<br />

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A Community Service of Celebration<br />

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Sonning<br />

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Canterbury, <strong>The</strong> Rt Rev & Rt Hon<br />

<strong>The</strong> Lord Carey of Clifton<br />

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Christian Basics — Part 5<br />

Rev Paul Hardingham's series on the foundations of the Christian faith<br />

Worship<br />

freedom<br />

is still<br />

worth<br />

fighting<br />

for . . .<br />

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Understanding the Bible<br />


<strong>The</strong> Holy Bible is a popular book — with about 100<br />

million copies printed worldwide every year — as well<br />

as being a uniquely precious book. At her coronation the<br />

Queen was given a Bible, ‘the most precious thing this<br />

world affords’.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Bible isn’t simply one book, but a library of 66 books,<br />

composed by some 44 writers over a period of 1,500 years<br />

in a range of styles including history, poetry, prophecy,<br />

letters and apocalyptic — looking at the end times.<br />

Despite having a number of different writers, the Bible<br />

claims one author — God himself!<br />


As the Word of God, it is the primary way by which God<br />

speaks to us. ‘All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for<br />

teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,<br />

so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every<br />

good work’ (2 Timothy 3:16).<br />

<strong>The</strong> Bible is inspired, ‘the word of God in the words of<br />

men’ and is a manual for life, equipping us to live for God<br />

in every aspect of our lives.<br />

We also have the promise of the Holy Spirit, who helps<br />

us to apply its words to our lives: ‘But when he, the Spirit of<br />

truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth’ (John 16:13).<br />

<strong>The</strong> Bible can also be described as a love letter from<br />

God, as it deepens our relationship with him. Jesus said:<br />

‘You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by<br />

them you possess eternal life. <strong>The</strong>se are the Scriptures that<br />

testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life’<br />

(John 5:39,40).<br />

Christians follow a person not a book, and the<br />

Scriptures are intended to help us to know Jesus better.<br />

Like a signpost, the Bible points us to the person of Jesus.<br />

By Claude Masters<br />

I expect most people, like me, can remember things that<br />

happened in their early years better than the things that<br />

happened yesterday! Being born in 1934, one of my earliest<br />

memories is the Battle of Britain (July 1940 – October 1941).<br />

I remember cheering when I heard on the wireless how many<br />

more of the enemy aircraft had been shot down compared<br />

with those the RAF had lost. <strong>The</strong> Nazis, led by Adolf Hitler,<br />

thought that all they had to do to bring Britain to our knees<br />

was to crush the RAF. However, this was not to be the case<br />

because Winston Churchill and his advisers had foreseen the<br />

likelihood of war and our country had been well prepared.<br />


During the Battle of Britain, the RAF Fighter Command<br />

had more Spitfire and Hurricane aircraft than the Luftwaffe<br />

Messerschmitt and Stukas, although that was not what most<br />

people thought at the time. <strong>The</strong> RAF believed that the enemy<br />

had more planes than them, while the Luftwaffe thought<br />

they had the strongest force.<br />

<strong>The</strong> RAF, however, was in a stronger position and the<br />

Nazis attempt to destroy them by bombing our airfields was<br />

unsuccessful because Hitler made the mistake of changing<br />

tack. He started bombing the East End of London instead.<br />

Here again the RAF fighters were successful in breaking<br />

up the German bomber squadrons and in fending off the<br />

Nazi fighters trying to defend them. When Hitler asked his<br />

commanders why they were losing so many aircraft he was<br />

told it was because of the Spitfires.<br />


So, the enemy started night-time air raids and the Blitz<br />

of London ensued. It must have been awful for Eastenders<br />

to emerge from their overnight shelters to find their homes<br />

destroyed. Sadly, history is repeating itself in Ukraine. Let<br />

us pray that the war will soon end peacefully, and innocent<br />

Christians will not only be reunited with their families once<br />

more, but that their churches will be in a condition that<br />

enables them to worship together with the same freedom<br />

that we enjoy today. It was a freedom worth fighting for when<br />

I was 6 years old, and it is still worth fighting for now that I<br />

am 86!

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<strong>The</strong>y hunted high . . .<br />

STAY at Easter<br />

Over the Easter school holidays we had a full<br />

programme of activities and fun events for the<br />

youth. We kicked off with a favourite drop-in sports<br />

session in Charvil. We played football, uni hoc,<br />

dodgeball and had free ice pops and lemonade. We<br />

also went bowling and allowed the young people to<br />

make up our names, never again!<br />

At the end of week one we arranged a football<br />

match with our friends from the SYNC youth club<br />

in Emmer Green, but we don't dwell on the 7-1 win<br />

score line. <strong>The</strong> rematch is already in place for May<br />

half term.<br />

Easter Saturday was a knock out day. We had<br />

a soft obstacle course, a bouncy castle, Messy<br />

Church activities, tower tours, a BBQ, drinks and<br />

two massive Easter egg hunts for the children<br />

and youth! 500 eggs across 75 children and young<br />

people! That’s a lot of chocolate eaten!<br />

<strong>The</strong> second week 20 of us went to Thorpe Park<br />

and all the amazing roller coasters they have on<br />

offer — we all agreed that: Swarm, Saw, Nemesis,<br />

Stealth, Detonator, Colossus and Rumba Rapids all<br />

were the best rides!<br />

To end week two we took a few young people to<br />

see Lost City at the Cinema. It’s always enjoyable<br />

watching a movie together with popcorn, drinks,<br />

sweets and mates.<br />

On your marks for <strong>The</strong> Easter Saturday obstacle course<br />

STAY on Friday<br />

Our weekly Friday youth club has continued to be<br />

really popular with 50-60 young people attending<br />

each week. We’ve baked fairy cakes and cookies,<br />

played football and swing ball, we’ve double dutched<br />

on the jump rope and we’ve had final thoughts on<br />

being generous, working as a team and how life can<br />

sometimes feel like the game ‘shot in the dark’. We<br />

can sometimes feel like we are winging it at life, but<br />

with good friends, a supportive family and a God<br />

who loves us, it makes life that bit more manageable.<br />

STAY on Sunday<br />

Our STAY on Sunday sessions have been lots of fun.<br />

<strong>The</strong> theme of relationships has continued and as we<br />

thought about our relationship with creativity. Do<br />

we consider ourselves to be creative? What do we<br />

think of when we hear the word creativity? Do we<br />

ever think that a creator, created us to be creative?<br />

STAY Detached Project<br />

Our detached work on Thursdays in Charvil still<br />

sees up to 45 or so local young people taking part.<br />

We engage in positive conversations, we give out<br />

lemonade and ice pops and we get them to think<br />

about important topics such as revision, exams,<br />

work ethic and planning our futures.<br />

STAY Schools Work<br />

We were invited to do a Blue Coat assembly about<br />

Easter, so Rev Kate and I did a double act and got the<br />

students to think about what eggs have to do with<br />

it. We thought about the old Cadbury's creme egg<br />

adverts asking ‘how do you eat yours?’, and watched<br />

a video of young people talking about what Easter<br />

means to them. We ended by asking them what<br />

Easter meant to them? We also had the privilege<br />

of speaking to years 7-11 at <strong>The</strong> Piggott School in<br />

Wargrave on Jesus feeding the 5,000. With a couple<br />

of stories and a game called SHARE or STEAL we<br />

made the point that Jesus’ heart is always to see us<br />

fulfilled and our needs met, just like the 5,000 people<br />

he fed!<br />

For more info, to chat or grab a coffee, email me on<br />

youthminister@sonningparish.org.uk — Westy<br />

they hunted low . . .<br />

. . . and between!<br />

Bowling is always fun

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GO! One of two massive Easter Egg Hunts begins<br />

Hundreds of of Easter eggs were hunted<br />

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and in the churchyard<br />

When the egg hunting was over there were plenty of other activities for all the family including, egg and spoon racing, a bouncy castle, an assault<br />

course and a very popular Messy Church tent.<br />

Pictures by: Indy Biddulph

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From the editor's desk<br />

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<strong>The</strong> day when I<br />

almost met the<br />

Queen . . .<br />

On my first day as a weekly news<br />

reporter I was greeted with a huge<br />

pile of paper that had arrived in the<br />

morning post. My job was to edit<br />

every sheet and write some stories<br />

before lunch time. I had the most<br />

advanced office equipment of the<br />

time, an IBM electric typewriter —<br />

personal computers had not been<br />

invented! Since then my desk has<br />

always been piled high with paper,<br />

although today it is rare to receive<br />

'news' by post, so you can imagine my<br />

surprise when an envelope appeared<br />

with the words ER Buckingham Place<br />

stamped on it.<br />

I assumed it was a mailer from a Royal<br />

Household department — I am on<br />

some their email lists to receive news<br />

about exhibitions and royal gardens<br />

that I sometimes write about in this<br />

magazine. <strong>The</strong> letter sat on my desk<br />

with a pile of other unopened junk<br />

mail until curiosity got the better of<br />

me and I opened it. I was wrong!<br />

Unknown to me, my name had<br />

been put forward by the Diocese of<br />

Oxford to be a recipient of this year's<br />

Maundy Money, the annual gift<br />

that <strong>The</strong> Queen gives personally in<br />

recognition of service to the Church.<br />

It was an invitation for me, and a<br />

companion, to attend the Maundy<br />

Thursday service in St George's Chapel<br />

followed by a reception in Windsor<br />

Castle — yes, Sue bought a new dress!<br />

Unfortunately, a few days before<br />

Maundy Thursday, it was announced<br />

Prince Charles presents the Maundy Money to me<br />

that the Queen would not be present.<br />

Prince Charles would represent her at<br />

this service for the first time.<br />

Traditionally the Queen personally<br />

hands Maundy Money to the number<br />

of men and women that reflects her<br />

age. This year this meant 96 women<br />

and 96 men were personally given two<br />

Maundy leather purses.<br />


One purse contained silver coins<br />

to the value, in today's money, of the<br />

silver coins originally given to the<br />

poor by the monarch in the 1600's. We<br />

received a newly minted Jubilee crown<br />

and a Jubilee 50p.<br />

<strong>The</strong> second purse had 96p in silver<br />

1p, 2p, 3p and 4p coins — 96 reflecting<br />

the Queen's age. All are legal tender,<br />

although I doubt many traders will<br />

accept a 4p silver coin!<br />

Prince Charles handled the task<br />

in such a dignified and unhurried<br />

manner that the 192 anxious recipients<br />

were soon as relaxed as he appeared.<br />

During my career I have attended<br />

countless press conferences and<br />

events staged by some of the largest<br />

international organisations but<br />

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none were so well organised, or as<br />

welcoming, as this. From the moment<br />

we arrived at Windsor Castle to the<br />

time we left there were always friendly<br />

and helpful people to show us where<br />

to go, explain what happens next and<br />

suggest when we should take a comfort<br />

break! And this includes the armed<br />

police officers who greeted us when we<br />

arrived and said farewell.<br />

During the reception after the<br />

service a constant stream of Royal<br />

Household staff wandered around<br />

chatting to the recipients while the<br />

catering staff constantly plied us with<br />

refreshments.<br />

We met many members of the<br />

Royal Household and others on duty<br />

including one of the Queen's GPs, the<br />

matron of the boys choir — the choir<br />

sang magnificently during the service<br />

— a gardener, some junior officers<br />

in training and a slightly eccentric<br />

but charming Knight of the Garter<br />

wearing full dress uniform and his<br />

ceremonial sword.<br />

It was a very special and colourful<br />

day. If you ever receive an envelope<br />

stamped, ER Buckingham Palace,<br />

make sure you open it!<br />

From left, a Knight of the Garter, a Yeoman of the Guard, local school children<br />

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Myanmar (previously called Burma) has been under a<br />

military coup since February 2021. <strong>The</strong> military, known as<br />

Tatmadaw, are well known for their genocide against the<br />

Muslim majority Rohingya.<br />

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Watch List entry for Myanmar also states that persecution<br />

of Christians in Myanmar has worsened since the February<br />

2021 coup.<br />


Christians were systematically persecuted between<br />

1962 and 2011, during the leadership of Myanmar by the<br />

'staunchly-Buddhist' military. <strong>The</strong> military junta was<br />

officially dissolved in 2011 and there was for a transitional<br />

period a military dominated civilian parliament.<br />

<strong>The</strong> first nationwide multiparty elections were held in<br />

2015. Aung San Suu Kyi became Myanmar’s de facto leader.<br />

After the 2021 coup she was detained, and the military have<br />

brought several cases against her.<br />

<strong>The</strong> coup of 2021 has exacerbated the country’s ongoing<br />

civil war and the army has attacked Christian villages and<br />

churches.<br />

Open Doors reports that more Christians than ever have<br />

been forced to live in internally displaced people camps<br />

where they are often deprived of food and water. Persecution<br />

from their Buddhist, Muslim or tribal families is experienced<br />

by converts who leave their former faith.<br />

Thousands of Christians from Myanmar’s ethnic<br />

minorities have fled into nearby countries, including a<br />

district in India’s mainly Christian Mizoram state.<br />

Local Indian Christians have welcomed the refugees.<br />

Some are sheltering under bamboo and plastic sheeting,<br />

which will be vulnerable in the monsoon season.<br />

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follow the bottom link (above right) or call 0800 587 4006 and<br />

quote project '75-763 Myanmar Christian refugees in India'.<br />

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<strong>The</strong> Persecuted Church by Colin Bailey<br />

Naw Bu Baw Mountain<br />

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References and further reading<br />

Persecution of Myanmar minorities – Barnabas Fund article: https://<br />

www.barnabasfund.org/gb/news/persecution-of-myanmar-christianslikened-to-rohingya-genocide<br />

SCIRF press release for the <strong>2022</strong> Annual Report with<br />

recommendations for US policy: https://www.uscirf.gov/newsroom/releases-statements/uscirf-releases-<strong>2022</strong>-annual-reportrecommendations-us-policy<br />

Open Doors World Watch List – Myanmar: https://www.opendoorsuk.<br />

org/persecution/world-watch-list/myanmar/<br />

Background on Myanmar history – Council on Foreign Relations article:<br />

https://www.cfr.org/backgrounder/myanmar-history-coup-militaryrule-ethnic-conflict-rohingya<br />

Myanmar Christian refugees in India – Barnabas Fund article:<br />

https://mailchi.mp/barnabasfund/myanmar-christian-refugees-in-indiaurgently-need-food-and-shelter-will-you-help-820049?e=a668ae9426<br />

Barnabas Fund appeal for Myanmar persecuted Christians:<br />

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By Sally Churchus, Chair of the Association for Church Editors<br />

On a recent pilgrimage to the Holy Land, I was fortunate to visit some of the sites<br />

on the River Jordan. It has now dawned on me that we had been from the source<br />

to the end of the river, but that was not the end of the story.<br />

<strong>The</strong> river rises from the foot of Mount<br />

Hermon in the north at a beautiful<br />

place called Caesarea Philippi — or<br />

Banias. It is where in Jesus’ time there<br />

were numerous temples to pagan gods,<br />

including Pan and it was here that<br />

Jesus asked his disciples, ‘Who do you<br />

say I am?’ Peter replied, ‘You are the<br />

Messiah, the Son of the living God’. Jesus<br />

told him, ‘You are Peter and on this rock I<br />

will build my church and I will give you the<br />

keys to the kingdom of heaven’.<br />

From here, the river flows into the<br />

Sea of Galilee, where we enjoyed a<br />

boat trip to the hotel in which we were<br />

staying at Tiberias, near Nazareth. I<br />

was relieved it was calm as I don’t have<br />

very good sea legs!<br />

<strong>The</strong> geography of the area means<br />

storms can blow up quickly, especially<br />

in the late afternoon. <strong>The</strong> gospels<br />

of Matthew, Mark and Luke give an<br />

account of how Jesus calmed a storm<br />

when the disciples were terrified that<br />

they were going to drown, although<br />

they were seasoned fishermen. It is<br />

also where Jesus walked on the water,<br />

and Peter briefly did too.<br />


In 1986, during a severe drought<br />

when the water levels were low, the<br />

remains of a 1st Century boat were<br />

found and after years of treatment it is<br />

now on display. Analysis of crew sizes<br />

suggests that this was the type of boat<br />

used by the disciples referred to in the<br />

Gospels.<br />

On the north west shore of the<br />

Sea of Galilee where the resurrected<br />

Jesus appeared to his disciples for the<br />

third time, we visited a church called<br />

Mensa Christi — Latin for the table<br />

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<strong>The</strong> River Jordan takes us from birth to death<br />

. . . and on to an everlasting life<br />

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Cave of Pan, Caesarea Philippi<br />

S Churchus<br />

of Christ. <strong>The</strong>re is a large rock, both<br />

inside and outside the church, said to<br />

be the site of the breakfast of fish and<br />

bread, cooked on a charcoal fire, that<br />

he shared with the disciples early one<br />

morning on the shore.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y had been fishing all night<br />

but not caught anything. Jesus called<br />

out to them to lower the nets on the<br />

right side of the boat, and they were<br />

soon full to bursting. Jesus then asked<br />

Peter three times if he loved him — to<br />

counter the three times that he had<br />

denied knowing him on the eve of the<br />

crucifixion. He also told him ‘Feed my<br />

sheep’.<br />

We were able to renew our Baptism<br />

vows at a place called Qasr El-Yahud,<br />

which is just southeast of Jericho and<br />

within a military zone, with warning<br />

signs of land mines. This is very likely<br />

the site where Jesus was baptised by<br />

John the Baptist, when the Spirit of<br />

God descended on him like a dove and<br />

a voice from heaven said ‘This is my Son,<br />

whom I love; with him I am well pleased’.<br />

First Century fishing boat, Sally Churchus<br />


From an illustration, Mycolors, dreamstime.com<br />

(Matthew 4:13-17). On the opposite<br />

bank in Jordan, others were also being<br />

baptised.<br />

<strong>The</strong> River Jordan is mentioned at<br />

other times in the Bible, including<br />

when the prophets Elijah and Elisha<br />

crossed it dry-shod and when Naaman<br />

was cured of leprosy when Elisha told<br />

him to bathe in it seven times.<br />

<strong>The</strong> southern most part of the river<br />

flows into the Dead Sea, which is 430m<br />

below sea level making it the lowest<br />

place on earth. <strong>The</strong> warm climate<br />

causes the water to evaporate leaving<br />

all the salt and minerals at very high<br />

concentrations. We had fun floating<br />

on it — it is impossible not to, but<br />

we were warned that the salt stings<br />

if you have a cut! It was an amazing<br />

experience, as indeed was the whole<br />

pilgrimage … but the story goes on ...<br />


In Ezekiel 47, the Bible talks of a<br />

spiritual river flowing from God in the<br />

Temple in Jerusalem down to the Dead<br />

Sea where it brings the new, eternal,<br />

everlasting life, that we can read about<br />

in John 7:37. At a feast day ceremony<br />

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the pouring of water on the Temple<br />

altar and allowing it to flow out and<br />

down the mountainside towards the<br />

Dead Sea, Jesus cried out: 'If anyone is<br />

thirsty, let him come to me and drink'. <strong>The</strong><br />

way to everlasting life is through Jesus!

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Shweta Saikumar is unfortunately all too familiar with this type of injury. Shweta (pictured above left), runs Herbie<br />

Hedgehog Rescue, and knows that as the warmer weather arrives in spring, it brings with it the casualties that have<br />

fallen foul of people using these types of garden tools, writes Karen Ostrowski.<br />

Herbie Hedgehog Rescue is our local,<br />

home run, self-funded hospital whose<br />

aim is to rescue, rehabilitate, and<br />

release injured hedgehogs.<br />

As each new case arrives, Shweta<br />

makes a detailed assessment to check<br />

for injuries and infection.<br />

New arrivals are usually cold and<br />

dehydrated, so require warmth and<br />

fluids before treatment can begin.<br />

<strong>The</strong> rehabilitation period can last<br />

several weeks and sometimes involves<br />

intensive care in an incubator.<br />

Wounds from dog attacks, which<br />

result in fractures and lacerations,<br />

can be complicated to treat. Injuries<br />

also arise from hedgehogs’ becoming<br />

trapped in netting, wire, and<br />

discarded elastic bands.<br />

Plastic litter also poses a threat,<br />

as hedgehogs can become stuck in<br />

cups and caught in plastic rings that<br />

surround drink cans.<br />

'Hedgehogs are naturally inquisitive<br />

creatures', says Shweta. This, coupled<br />

with their poor eyesight, can become<br />

a problem when they fall into open<br />

drains or become trapped in deep<br />

pits left by builders. Ponds, pools and<br />

cattle grids, which lack escape ramps,<br />

are also big hazards to these little<br />

animals.<br />

Last year Herbie Hedgehog Rescue<br />

admitted over 250 hedgehogs, with<br />

Shweta single handedly cleaning<br />

out, feeding and administrating<br />

treatments. In December she took on<br />

a handful of volunteers to help her, of<br />

which I was one, and I now know first<br />

A cardboard box is<br />

taken to a home in<br />

Lower Earley by a<br />

concerned member<br />

of the public. <strong>The</strong> box<br />

contains an injured<br />

hedgehog, yet another<br />

casualty caused by a<br />

strimmer . . .<br />

hand how hardworking, caring and<br />

dedicated she is.<br />

Unfortunately, the rescue<br />

doesn't receive any funding from<br />

the government. So, any donations<br />

or fund raising from supporters,<br />

wanting to help with the immense<br />

costs of food, vet bills, and medicines<br />

are always appreciated.<br />

Once rehabilitated, the hedgehogs<br />

are preferably released at the same<br />

location as where they were found.<br />

Hedgehogs have fantastic memories<br />

and can recall established nesting<br />

sites and bountiful food sources.<br />

However, if a hedgehog was found<br />

injured on a busy road or building<br />

site, then a new safe release location<br />

nearby must be found.<br />

<strong>The</strong> reasons for the humble<br />

hedgehog’s decline are complex.<br />

However, the predominant reason<br />

why their numbers have plummeted<br />

is due to the actions of mankind<br />

resulting in habitat loss, lack of food<br />

and water and other physical hazards.<br />


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— Put out fresh water in shallow dishes.<br />

— Make your garden more wildlife friendly<br />

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log pile to attract insects.<br />

— Make ponds and pools safe.<br />

— Support feed with cat/kitten biscuits.<br />

— Pick up litter.<br />

— Drive carefully at night.<br />

— Donate to a local rescue. <strong>The</strong>y are always<br />

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— Keep dogs on a lead when letting them<br />

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— Don't use slug pellets or poisons.<br />

— Don't use a garden fork in a compost bin<br />

or strim/mow without thoroughly checking<br />

the area first.<br />

— Don't look after a sick hedgehog yourself.<br />

Hedgehogs need specialist care and<br />

deteriorate rapidly due to the stress of<br />

captivity.<br />

— Don't leave drains/ holes uncovered<br />

overnight<br />

— Don't place traps on the ground<br />

If you discover an injured or sick<br />

hedgehog, please contact the rescue as<br />

soon as possible, either by phone, 0759<br />

879 4442, (leaving a voicemail), text or<br />

Facebook message http://www.facebook.<br />

com/herbiehedgehogrescue<br />

Shweta works full-time in addition to<br />

caring for hedgehogs, so please be<br />

patient when contacting her.

20 <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> - <strong>June</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />


Street parties are at the top of the list<br />

of events that Buckingham Palace asks<br />

the nation to hold as we celebrate Her<br />

Majesty <strong>The</strong> Queen's unprecedented<br />

achievement of serving the United<br />

Kingdom, the Commonwealth and the<br />

Church for 70 years.<br />

Jubilee Street Parties — send us<br />

your pictures for our souvenir issue!<br />

<strong>The</strong> village of Sonning's street party is on<br />

Sunday 6 <strong>June</strong> from 2.30pm in Pearson<br />

Road (near Pearson Hall). <strong>The</strong> road will be<br />

closed for the street party which is being<br />

organised by the Sonning and Sonning<br />

Eye Society.<br />

<strong>The</strong> names of everyone attending the<br />

party should have been registered by<br />

now.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Sonning street party follows the<br />

special parish celebration service in St<br />

Andrew's Church at 11am, when the<br />

103rd Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord<br />

Carey, will be preaching.<br />

Charvil <strong>Parish</strong> Council has told us that<br />

it will be supporting local street parties,<br />

although they could not give any details.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y also told us that a virtual treasure<br />

hunt might be being arranged, but again,<br />

no further details were available when we<br />

went to press.<br />

Below is the Jubilee Calendar for<br />

events arranged in the parish of<br />

St Andrew's Church.<br />

<strong>The</strong> July/August issue of <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong><br />

<strong>Magazine</strong> will include a souvenir section<br />

for the Jubilee celebrations so please send<br />

your photographs (of the highest possible<br />

resolution please) to us and we will try to<br />

include as many as possible.<br />

Please note: the deadline for our July/August<br />

issue will be extended by 6 hours to 6pm on<br />

Monday 6 <strong>June</strong> for your Jubilee photographs<br />

which should be emailed to:<br />

editor@theparishmagazine.co.uk<br />

<strong>Parish</strong> Platinum Jubilee Diary<br />



Sonning Regatta<br />

on the<br />

River Thames<br />

12 noon - 6pm<br />

Adult Wetland Walk<br />

led by Ali Driver<br />

Meet in St Andrew's<br />

churchyard at 2pm<br />

Children's Tennis<br />

at the<br />

Sonning Tennis Club<br />

2pm - 4pm<br />


Put your feet up!<br />

Vladgavriloff, dreamstime.com<br />

Children's Pond Dipping<br />

led by Ali Driver<br />

10am - 12 noon<br />

Children's Football<br />

7 - 11 years, 1pm - 3pm<br />

Berkshire County<br />

Sports Ground<br />

Sonning Scarecrows<br />

10am-5pm<br />

Cherished Car Display<br />

Bishops Close 1pm - 4.30pm<br />

Art Exhibition<br />

Pearson Hall 10am - 5pm<br />


Sonning Scarecrows<br />

10am-5pm<br />

Cherished Car Display<br />

Bishops Close 1pm - 4.30pm<br />

Art Exhibition<br />

Pearson Hall 10am - 5pm<br />


Sonning Elegant Picnic<br />

Reading Blue Coat<br />

7.30pm - 11.45pm<br />


Platinum Celebration<br />

Service for Her Majesty<br />

<strong>The</strong> Queen at 11am<br />

Sonning Village Street<br />

Party in Pearson Road<br />


Traditional images of monarchy<br />

portray power, status, and superiority<br />

over other people. In Biblical times,<br />

monarchs were to be feared.<br />

When teaching his disciples about<br />

leadership, Jesus said, '<strong>The</strong> kings of the<br />

Gentiles (pagans) lord it over them; and<br />

those in authority over them are called<br />

benefactors.'<br />

A benefactor was a conspicuously<br />

generous person who acted in a way that<br />

made the recipient feel obligated.<br />

All this was in complete contrast to<br />

Christ’s own style, which was to act like<br />

a servant.<br />

This radical stance was adopted by<br />

the young Princess Elizabeth, when she<br />

promised the British Commonwealth,<br />

'I declare before you all that my whole life<br />

whether it be long or short shall be devoted<br />

to your service …'<br />

It was just the same when she became<br />

Queen in 1952. Queen Elizabeth has<br />

consciously and deliberately applied<br />

Christ’s teaching to her reign for 70<br />

years.<br />

She has outlived scores of leaders,<br />

some with ambitions beyond their<br />

abilities, and a few with delusions of<br />

grandeur. Her ideals have outlasted<br />

theirs. Consistent, determined,<br />

charming, and single-minded, she has<br />

held before her the model of Christ<br />

washing his disciples’ feet.<br />

Those closest to her also speak of the<br />

Queen’s sense of humour. It emerged<br />

publicly at the opening ceremony of the<br />

2012 Olympic Games in London, when<br />

she took part in a spoof scene with James<br />

Bond, before seemingly parachuting into<br />

the Stadium.<br />

This year we celebrate her Majesty’s<br />

Platinum Jubilee. Over 50 countries will<br />

light beacons on 2 <strong>June</strong> to start four<br />

days of events: a spectacular pageant,<br />

a live concert at Buckingham Palace,<br />

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Sing ‘God save the Queen’ with more gusto than ever<br />

Ven John Barton asks 'what kind of Queen'?<br />


Platinum Prosperity<br />

Give the Queen your judgements<br />

O God, wisdom, good sense<br />

You have upheld years seventy<br />

All by your good grace be<br />

And give your righteousness<br />

To royalty, them bless<br />

So shall they judge your people free<br />

With righteousness, so be<br />

Karollyne Hubert, unsplash.com<br />

Jubilee lunches and street parties across<br />

the nation, plus a nationwide bake-off<br />

competition to create a new ‘platinum<br />

pudding’. From the northernmost tip<br />

of Scotland to the Channel Islands and<br />

beyond, 848 public events are planned,<br />

plus 1,171 parties or private events.<br />

So popular is Britain’s monarch, that<br />

there are calls to perpetuate the occasion<br />

with a new public holiday each year.<br />

This month we shall sing, ‘God save the<br />

Queen’ with more gusto than ever.<br />

By Steven Rolling<br />

Based on Psalm 72; Tune: Diademata ‘Crown him with many crowns’<br />

Grant they be like the rain<br />

Which showers earth again<br />

Bringing refreshment, in their days<br />

Righteous flourish in ways<br />

Of the Lord, too and peace<br />

Abundant, ne’er shall cease<br />

Shall endure long as moon and sun<br />

<strong>The</strong>ir nature courses run<br />

And the poor of the land<br />

<strong>The</strong>y shall assist, good hand<br />

Of justice, judgement shall be shown<br />

And your ways shall be known<br />

Help unto the needy<br />

Freedom from tyranny<br />

As they do your justice dispense<br />

O God, from now and hence<br />

Speedfighter17, dreamstime.com<br />

<strong>The</strong>ir name shall endure e’er<br />

In blessings do we share<br />

All peoples, nations, give Him praise<br />

For many gracious days<br />

Silver, gold, and diamond<br />

A rich heritage fund<br />

Platinum, three score years and ten<br />

You favour us again

22 <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> - <strong>June</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />


'Thank you to the world for your support, thank you for hostin<br />

Masha, a remarkable young Ukrainian who is staying with friends in Charvil,<br />

shares some of her experiences of the Russian invasion of her country.<br />

Masha with her Charvil friend, Stuart Holden<br />

A year before the war a friend told<br />

me that he had joined the Territorial<br />

Defense. 'If the war starts I will<br />

fight', he said. I thought he had found<br />

a hobby, that these were just words,<br />

this cannot happen in our country . . .<br />

And why you?' I said. 'Let someone go, but<br />

not you!' 'Masha,' he replied, 'you have<br />

spoken like every woman in Ukraine. Who<br />

will defend Ukraine then?'<br />

I was outraged and upset that he could<br />

think such a thing. I remember telling my<br />

dad, who said, 'You should be proud of him<br />

and respect his choice. This is the position<br />

of every ordinary man. If the war starts, I<br />

will also go to fight.'<br />

Deep down, I was upset with both of<br />

them. How can they leave everyone they<br />

love and go? What about us, how will we<br />

feel if something happens? This is unfair.<br />


<strong>The</strong>n a friend gave me instructions<br />

on what to do if there was an invasion. I<br />

remember reading it and thinking that he<br />

is smart. But it was all far from reality. I<br />

thought there would not be war. I thought<br />

that video files with the instructions about<br />

Martial law were a waste of time.<br />

<strong>The</strong>n, all my friends who were joining<br />

the Territorial Defense, and my relatives,<br />

started calling me to say that if it happened<br />

I should leave. <strong>The</strong>y were all paranoid, I<br />

thought.<br />

Because I was not interested in politics<br />

and did not read the news, I stopped<br />

communicating with some of them because<br />

I did not want to hear about it. I just<br />

listened and said: 'Yes, I understand.' I went<br />

home where everything was quiet and life<br />

went on — boxing training in the morning,<br />

classes in the evening, I was happy with my<br />

life, there would be no trouble . . .<br />

On 23 February I walked along the<br />

embankment in Kyiv with a friend and<br />

looked at the clear evening sky. We talked<br />

about remembering this moment. What<br />

if there is a war and we will not see the<br />

beauty of Kyiv again?<br />

I lay in bed thinking about tomorrow.<br />

I was about to launch a completely new<br />

project and my career would take off. It was<br />

something I had waited a long time for.<br />


I was woken up by my mom's call, she<br />

never rang me early, she knew my boxing<br />

practice was at 7.30am. Something must<br />

have had happened. 'Get ready and leave,<br />

the war has begun,' she said. However, I<br />

was lost in my thoughts about training,<br />

work, a laptop that I left in the office, and<br />

so on. I was sitting in shorts on the couch.<br />

<strong>The</strong>n I came to after hearing explosions.<br />

I turned on the TV, and there were<br />

pictures of the people leaving in cars in all<br />

directions. <strong>The</strong>y said martial law had been<br />

introduced.<br />

<strong>The</strong>n I started looking for nearby bomb<br />

shelters. I packed my things in chaos — I<br />

wanted to take everything. I called my<br />

family and friends and decided to go to my<br />

friends in a village in the Chernihiv region.<br />

One friend I phoned asked me to pick<br />

up her two children, Kiril, 16 years old, who<br />

was at college, and Zhenya, who had been<br />

studying at a school outside Kyiv. Kiril was<br />

able to get a taxi to my house, but it was<br />

more difficult with Zhenya.<br />


When I left home to go to the office,<br />

there were loud explosions, so I thought<br />

about the laptop to take my mind off them.<br />

<strong>The</strong> streets and the subway were unusually<br />

empty. <strong>The</strong>re were people in the centre near<br />

the metro. It was not possible to pick up<br />

Zhenya, none of the taxi drivers wanted to<br />

go. It was too dangerous.<br />

That night we picked up all the towels,<br />

blankets, pillows, and jackets and decided<br />

to spend the night in the basement. <strong>The</strong>re<br />

were many thoughts in my head, how I<br />

wanted to sob.<br />

At such moments you overestimate<br />

everything and material things become<br />

so unimportant. Looking at the families<br />

in the basement I thought how happy<br />

<strong>The</strong> beautiful city of Kyiv pictured before the invasion<br />

they are, hugging and comforting each<br />

other, while the children ran around. I<br />

asked myself, why didn’t I get married,<br />

why didn’t I give birth to children, what<br />

was I waiting for, or whom? Work, money,<br />

material things, an apartment, ambitions,<br />

fulfilment, hobbies, books, these would<br />

not warm me that night.<br />

It was cold and painful inside where<br />

such thoughts took over my mind. I<br />

constantly read the news in order to<br />

understand what was happening. My<br />

Masha leaves home to become a volunteer in Lviv

I stood and forced myself to believe that<br />

this is reality and you need to learn how to<br />

live in this reality. I began to write down<br />

the thoughts in my head on the third day<br />

of the war. I made the following notes in<br />

case I stay alive, then I will re-read how it<br />

was. And if not, then at least something<br />

would be left of me.<br />

— I tried not to close my eyes in the basement,<br />

I was afraid that I would never open them again<br />

and see tomorrow.<br />

— I miss my relatives who are in Kyiv so much,<br />

I so wanted to see you that on 26 February<br />

<strong>2022</strong>, on a bright sunny morning, I decided to<br />

run through the park to visit my sister, Nadya.<br />

I had to run, as walking was not safe. Nadya is<br />

leaving Kyiv with her 8 month old daughter, my<br />

niece, Zlata. I miss them terribly, but I am not<br />

scared of being killed because of the meeting. I<br />

want to see them before they leave, kiss them<br />

goodbye, smell my niece, hug her and touch her<br />

chubby cheeks<br />

— I was not afraid of explosions. When you sit<br />

for 3 days in the basement and go out only to<br />

cook, go to the store and sometimes get some air,<br />

you feel like you are in prison. When you hear<br />

the voice of your relatives only in the handset,<br />

you hate the phone, because you cannot do much<br />

through the phone. This hour we spent together<br />

was very valuable for me, they left, I stayed.<br />

— I thought about death, it seemed that death<br />

was near, because people were dying. I thought<br />

I was in the last days of my life. I thought about<br />

the past, memories scoured my soul. <strong>The</strong>re was<br />

no future, my dreams would never come true.<br />

— I realized that it’s not scary to die, it’s scary<br />

before death not to apologize to someone, not to<br />

see loved ones. Everything changes in your head<br />

and you understand that life is one and you need<br />

to live only today. Tomorrow may not come.<br />

— Every day was the same: news, call everyone<br />

to find out where explosions can be heard,<br />

whether everyone still lives, cooking, and<br />

basement. It seemed like it would be forever.<br />

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g us in your homes, thank you for not remaining indifferent!'<br />

of Ukraine<br />

Olena Buyskykh, dreamstime.com<br />

father went to the draft board, the fear<br />

inside for him is beyond words.<br />

My friends who called me said that they<br />

were going to fight. I was so sorry for being<br />

in a quarrel with someone, then it seems to<br />

me that I forgave everyone and let go of all<br />

grievances.<br />

I realized that none of this matters. I<br />

sent a lot of SMS messages to everyone<br />

with apologies, with support, I wanted to<br />

help everyone. I wanted to apologize to<br />

everyone, I just thought that there might<br />

not be a tomorrow.<br />

It was so cold at night that when I<br />

woke, my chest hurt and it was difficult to<br />

breathe. I decided not to go anywhere, but<br />

to stay in Kyiv, at home.<br />

My friend brought Zhenya to me. He<br />

really wanted his mother and asked me<br />

to take him to her. <strong>The</strong> taxi couldn’t and I<br />

can't drive such distances.<br />

I was so hurt inside, so scared. I<br />

understood that I had a great responsibility<br />

for their lives, but I did not even allow the<br />

thought that I could not cope.<br />

After a while, we all became friends,<br />

they listened to my instructions and did<br />

everything.<br />

I left them in the basement, while I ran<br />

to quickly cook food upstairs. Every time I<br />

thought, 'what if a missile would fly in now'.<br />

I prayed that they would live.<br />

At night, I came out of the basement<br />

to stand and see what was happening. <strong>The</strong><br />

sky was red and blinking constantly from<br />

explosions, they were somewhere on the<br />

other side of us, you could see how the sky<br />

was sparkling, and shots were heard.<br />

MY NOTES<br />

Aunt Masha with her husband, Kiril, Zhenya and Stuart<br />


In March, we decided to leave the<br />

basement. Going to the boys’ village was<br />

not possible, 100 metres away there was<br />

a shell, trenches, and soldiers, so they<br />

returned to my house in Kyiv. <strong>The</strong>ir mother<br />

was in a village that had been taken over<br />

by Russian soldiers. She was offered the<br />

chance to send her boys to Sweden, so I<br />

started to pack for their journey, but I had<br />

decided to stay in Kyiv.<br />

However, my plans changed because<br />

of my hero of the time. <strong>The</strong> world should<br />

know about this hero, because often they<br />

are in the shadows. His name is Stuart<br />

Holden. He lives in Charvil. We met<br />

when I was 15 years old and I lived in an<br />

orphanage. Stuart promised to take care of<br />

me and change my life.<br />

He often came to Ukraine where he<br />

helps low-income families. That day he<br />

kept in close contact. He told me he was<br />

leaving for Warsaw and that we should<br />

meet there. I did not hesitate. I packed,<br />

and we went to the train station. <strong>The</strong> boys<br />

managed to get an upper bunk, but I had<br />

to stand for 8 hours. For the first time in<br />

a long time, I allowed myself to cry in the<br />

toilet — strangers, broken lives, crying<br />

children, I was exhausted.<br />


From the border with Poland it was a<br />

7 hour bus ride to Warsaw where Stuart<br />

was. He had not let me down. I ran to meet<br />

him in tears and hugged him as tightly as<br />

possible. Only from the beginning of the<br />

war did I understand what it was like to be<br />

bored and I understand why people need<br />

separation, so that there would be such<br />

meetings — it cannot be said in words how<br />

touching it was. I am very proud of Stuart<br />

and have huge respect for him and his wife,<br />

Jo. I thank them for taking me into their<br />

family on a sponsored visa. <strong>The</strong>y have big<br />

hearts!<br />

Zhenya, one of the boys, did not have<br />

enough documents, so we could not buy<br />

him a plane ticket and because their<br />

mother was in an occupied village there<br />

was no phone connection or Internet<br />

access to get the documents. So Stuart took<br />

the boys from Poland to Sweden, first by<br />

bus and then by ferry to Stockholm. He<br />

handed them over to Children's Embassy,<br />

a children's charity with which he has<br />

worked for many years. <strong>The</strong>n Stuart<br />

returned to England, and I decided to<br />

return to Lviv as a volunteer.<br />

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from page 23 Stuart, his friends and family<br />

had sent money for the refugees<br />

which meant, when I arrived in Lviv, I<br />

would be able to buy tickets to Poland<br />

for those without money, as well as<br />

medicines, food and clothes.<br />

In Lviv, I stayed one night in the<br />

volunteer centre where so many people<br />

came to us. Everyone wanted to tell<br />

their story. <strong>The</strong>y cried. I knew that<br />

I must be strong to help, this is my<br />

mission. This is why I went to Lviv.<br />

Apartment rents were very high, so<br />

I lived in a volunteer centre with the<br />

migrants. <strong>The</strong>re was no place to stay<br />

alone, there were people all around.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re was cold water in the shower<br />

and it was terribly hard to wash. But I<br />

didn’t think about comfort, although<br />

inside I wanted to run away and hide.<br />


<strong>The</strong>n I found a way to unload. I<br />

went to the kitchen to help and I met<br />

many people. I was glad to help, I was<br />

glad to see happy people, they were<br />

filled with grateful hearts. With each<br />

person I wanted to do more.<br />

I made friends with the military<br />

who helped me find an apartment at<br />

a good price, they drove me home, I<br />

am very grateful to them. I helped<br />

someone. Someone helped me. It was<br />

nice to see Ukrainians, helping each<br />

other.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re was no time for photos or<br />

videos. Everything happened fast.<br />

<strong>The</strong> volunteer centre was closed<br />

so I decided to do everything by<br />

myself. Thanks to friends, I began<br />

humanitarian aid by sending goods<br />

to cities in Ukraine. Migrants staying<br />

with me overnight received food and<br />

medicine. Many came from the occupied<br />

territories. <strong>The</strong>y were exhausted, and<br />

frightened. It's impossible to put into<br />

words what I felt when seeing these<br />

people. I slept 2 hours a day for about<br />

a month. <strong>The</strong>n came burnout, fatigue,<br />

sometimes I didn’t want to do anything.<br />


ALEXANDER PECHALOV: 34 years<br />

old, he was wounded by shrapnel in the<br />

leg. His courage, and love for Ukraine,<br />

bring tears and my respect. He is not<br />

only my friend, but my example. I pray<br />

for him and wait for victory to come,<br />

so that I can see him and just hug. On<br />

Facebook, Alexander maintains his<br />

page, where he talks about his days,<br />

shares his thoughts. You can subscribe,<br />

Александр Печалов, and write words<br />

Masha's friend, Alexander Pechalov, signed up<br />

for service a year before the war started.<br />

of support. Every military man needs<br />

support. From his Facebook page came<br />

the following . . .<br />


— 'And those who come to us with weapons,<br />

we will send straight to hell.'<br />

— 'In every broken window, blown up house,<br />

I see thousands and thousands of lives now<br />

filled with horror, grief and despair.'<br />

— 'I want my children not to know war. To do<br />

this, I will teach them to negotiate and teach<br />

them to hit in the teeth, I will teach them<br />

diplomacy and how to shoot an AK, I will<br />

teach them history and the importance in<br />

defending their freedom.<br />

— 'I cannot look at the destroyed Mariupol,<br />

at the bodies of raped women, at the<br />

killed civilians, at the funerals of Ukrainian<br />

defenders...'<br />

— 'But 2 months ago, life, not blood, was in full<br />

swing in our cities.'<br />

— 'And all this happened with your tacit<br />

consent. Each of you who is silent is<br />

responsible for the death of my people.'<br />

— 'Putin is an expression of the desires and<br />

aspirations of the Russian people, and not<br />

vice versa.'<br />

— 'This war tempers the Ukrainians as a nation,<br />

and finally turns the Russians into slaves.'<br />

— 'In Ukraine they say "Slaves are not allowed<br />

in heaven!'<br />


Kharkov, 67 years old: She lived in a<br />

volunteer centre, her son is in New<br />

Zealand. She had nowhere to go.<br />

In Kharkov, she left a three room<br />

apartment. Her husband died, they<br />

had lived together for 40 years. <strong>The</strong><br />

house was subsequently bombed and<br />

she lived there for about a month,<br />

before arriving with me.<br />

She wanted to find somewhere<br />

she could be useful, but no one found<br />

work for her because we were all busy.<br />

She lay in the room and waited for<br />

someone to come to talk, as I often did.<br />

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We went for a walk and she constantly<br />

said, 'Masha, why do you need me?<br />

I'm old, you're so young, it would be<br />

better if you spent time on yourself'.<br />

But I enjoyed taking care of her. She<br />

wanted to get a haircut in an ordinary<br />

hairdressing salon, in order to feel the<br />

usual peaceful life, so we went to the<br />

hairdressing salon. She cried so much<br />

from happiness, and this made me<br />

insanely happy. I sent her to Turkey,<br />

where her son's friend lives.<br />


Pisky village, Chernihiv: Someone in<br />

the village said there was a corridor<br />

so we started to leave. Russian troops<br />

stopped us, putting a machine gun to<br />

our heads. I told them, I have children.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y searched us, took our phones and<br />

let us go. At that moment, my heart<br />

sank into my heels, I thought that was<br />

all we had. We had no electricity, we<br />

cooked in the street on a fire. It was so<br />

cold at home, we slept in the pantry.<br />

MARINA, 35 years old, Mariupol:<br />

My husband died in the war. I stayed<br />

with the children and lost contact<br />

with relatives. Shops were looted,<br />

pharmacies were closed. We sat in<br />

the basement for two weeks and did<br />

not go out. Stocks were running out,<br />

there was nothing to replenish them.<br />

We slept on the cold floor, there was a<br />

terrible cobweb and darkness around.<br />

I just wanted to see the sun. I had to<br />

go out to get food for the children,<br />

corpses and civilians lay on the streets.<br />

Children constantly asked: 'Mom, are<br />

we going to die?' At my entrance there<br />

were volunteers who gave us food<br />

and helped us get out of this hell. <strong>The</strong><br />

children are crying, they are vomiting,<br />

our house is gone, we have nothing else.<br />


— <strong>The</strong> war has changed the heart of<br />

every Ukrainian.<br />

— Ukrainians united.<br />

— It will never be like before.<br />

— We have learned to appreciate, we<br />

have learned to love, to forgive.<br />

— Everything has become important<br />

now and you need to live now.<br />

— <strong>The</strong> war will end, but there are no<br />

winners.<br />

— <strong>The</strong> war destroyed our entire life.<br />

— <strong>The</strong> war taught us to hate the<br />

enemy and wish for death.<br />

— I know one thing, we will not<br />

forgive Russia for taking our lives!<br />

— Thank you to the world for your<br />

support, thank you for hosting<br />

us in your homes, thank you for<br />

not remaining indifferent!

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<strong>The</strong> Breakthrough Trustees would<br />

like to thank everyone at St Andrew’s<br />

for your prayers, encouragement and<br />

continued financial support during<br />

the uncertain and difficult period<br />

of covid. Your support enables us<br />

to make a difference to the lives of<br />

children and young people at Karun.<br />

Karun School was closed for over 19<br />

months during covid but is now finally<br />

open again. Many children have had<br />

no formal schooling for nearly 2 years.<br />

In this academic year alone because<br />

of a general lockdown in the state,<br />

children have missed more than 6<br />

months schooling. This has had a<br />

devastating effect on their education.<br />

Covid has led to many changes in<br />

schools and children's homes. Karun<br />

School has yet to return to its precovid<br />

strength. At present, children<br />

come to school by a bus funded by<br />

Karunand they have breakfast, midday<br />

lunch and a snack before returning<br />

home. Families very much welcome<br />

this provision.<br />


Karun children are from<br />

disadvantaged backgrounds and<br />

many have poor basic skills. <strong>The</strong> long<br />

school closure has meant they have<br />

fallen even further behind in their<br />

work. Although the government<br />

provided some online lessons, most<br />

families have no internet so the<br />

children were unable to follow them.<br />

Karun teachers tried to help them<br />

with reading and writing by visiting<br />

them in their homes.<br />

This year the government is<br />

providing refresher classes and after<br />

school catch up classes and there<br />

are plans to shorten the summer<br />

vacation to make up the lost time.<br />

Teachers have welcomed these<br />

initiatives and have found that after<br />

school catch up classes are of great<br />

help to the children.<br />

<strong>The</strong> school is very fortunate to have<br />

a dedicated computer room that was<br />

kindly donated by the Rotary Club of<br />

Loddon Vale and a new specialist IT<br />

teacher has been appointed to give the<br />

children more opportunity to develop<br />

their IT skills and access the internet<br />

to support their learning at school.<br />

Sewing and IT classes for the local<br />

community continue to be very<br />

popular and the numbers enrolling<br />

have been steadily growing. Sewing<br />

classes take place three times a week<br />

and the IT class is at the weekend.<br />

Many of the girls have become very<br />

competent and some are looking to<br />

apply for jobs in textile companies.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Trust has also funded girls for<br />

nursing and teaching degree courses.<br />

<strong>The</strong> professional qualifications they<br />

have gained has enabled them to get<br />

jobs very quickly and to earn a good<br />

salary. We are also funding two girls<br />

on degree courses.<br />

One boy, the Trust sponsored to<br />

train as an electrician at a technical<br />

college, is now an apprentice in a large<br />

firm.<br />

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Your support is helping Karun emerge from Covid<br />

An update from Leslie Stephen<br />

From growing and harvesting cotton to teaching IT and internet skills and sewing, Karun<br />

continues to help the disadvantaged families in South India<br />

We continue to explore different<br />

ways to fund opportunities that<br />

encourage girls to access higher<br />

education. Two high achieving girls’<br />

schools approached us to fund students<br />

from disadvantaged single parent<br />

families who were badly affected by<br />

covid and we now fund two girls with<br />

mentoring so they will hopefully<br />

continue to higher education.<br />

<strong>The</strong> garden project started by<br />

the ancillary staff during lockdown<br />

continues to thrive with good harvests<br />

of vegetables, and a cotton crop proved<br />

to be very successful. Both provide a<br />

good income for Karun. <strong>The</strong> children<br />

have been using the garden to support<br />

their work on the environment.<br />

Thank you once again!

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Music friends raise £1,300<br />

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<strong>The</strong> Friends of St Andrew's Church's (FoStAC) third<br />

successful music evening on Saturday 30 April raised<br />

£1,300 for 'restoration and beautification' work on the<br />

church building. <strong>The</strong> evening was once again led by Ascot<br />

Brass, and directed by David Rudd.<br />

As well as varied items and solos by Ascot Brass, the<br />

programme included the Bulmershe Singers, the<br />

Bulmershe Ensemble choirs from Bulmershe School,<br />

and soloist Celeste Hexter, from the St Andrew's Church<br />

Junior Choir. Celeste was accompanied by Ian Westley.<br />

FoStAC’s next event will be in <strong>The</strong> Ark at St Andrew's<br />

when they will be providing refreshments for visitors to<br />

the Sonning Scarecrow Trail on 2-3 <strong>June</strong>. You will also be<br />

able to find some 'scarecrows' in <strong>The</strong> Ark gardens.<br />

It's not too late to book for a Scarecrow<br />

Barbara Carr, one of the Scarecrow Trail organisers, tells<br />

us that there may still be time to enter a Scarecrow if you<br />

do it now! Unregistered scarecrows will not be included<br />

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Barbara.carr71@hotmail.co.uk or 0118 934 5886.<br />

Sonning Village Rounders strike again<br />

<strong>The</strong> Sonning Village rounders match for teams from local<br />

organisations is on Friday 17 <strong>June</strong> at 5.30pm on King George’s<br />

Playing Field. Sonning Cricket Club will be opening its bar<br />

and Sonning Primary School PTA will be cooking a BBQ.<br />

An invitation for all Pearson Hall users<br />

<strong>The</strong> Pearson Hall AGM will be held in the committee room<br />

at Pearson Hall on Wednesday 22 <strong>June</strong>, 6.30pm for a 6.45pm<br />

start. Everyone who uses Pearson Hall is welcome to attend.<br />

Sonning & Sonning Eye Society outing<br />

<strong>The</strong> next outing is a tour of the 'boutique' Fairmile Vineyard<br />

in Henley on 21 <strong>June</strong> at 10.30am. Make your own way there<br />

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marathon within a 24 hour period – making it an inclusive<br />

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marathon — held on the same day as the mass event — and<br />

raise vital sponsorship for their children. All finishers will<br />

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Woodley Carnival celebrates 60 years of fun<br />

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will be throwing its largest party ever.<br />

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Stones for the Queen Bee<br />

During the Scarecrow Trail, Sonning Art Group will<br />

be exhibiting in Pearson Hall. <strong>The</strong>y have been busy<br />

preparing for their exhibits, including their scarecrow<br />

— <strong>The</strong> Queen Bee. <strong>The</strong>y are highlighting the need to look<br />

after bees as they are vital in pollinating the plants we<br />

need, and they are also 'nodding' to the Jubilee and our<br />

Queen.<br />

<strong>The</strong> picture above was taken when the group were<br />

preparing for their Jubilee Scarecrow exhibition. It shows<br />

Pauline Simpson, Kay Mottram, Joan Sedgewick, and<br />

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This national event happens every year in every county.<br />

In 2021 Berkshire raised nearly £25,000 for its historic<br />

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You can go by yourself or in a group, any time between<br />

10am and 6pm; many people make a day of it. <strong>The</strong>re are<br />

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HEALTH<br />

Dr Simon Ruffle writes . . . Vibrio bacteria (and pearls)<br />

<strong>June</strong>, the sixth month of the Gregorian calendar. It has<br />

two suggestions of how it was named. One is that May<br />

comes from maiores meaning the elders and is followed<br />

by juniores meaning younger ones. Or it was named<br />

after Juno, wife to the Roman god Jupiter?1<br />

<strong>June</strong> has three gemstones, one of which is pearl. Slightly<br />

ironically, <strong>June</strong> is the second month of the lull in the<br />

oyster eating season in the northern hemisphere. Waters<br />

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and oysters are filter feeders. Thus the advice never to eat<br />

oysters in a month without an ‘R’ in it holds some truth.<br />

Modern harvesting techniques and cleaning ponds makes<br />

it a lot safer, but straight out of the ocean risks catching a<br />

species of bacteria called Vibrio.<br />


Most of us will have heard of Cholera. This was named<br />

long before knowing what caused it, Vibrio Cholerae.<br />

Cholera is the disease caused by vibrio and other bacteria<br />

that leads to severe gastroenteritis and fluid loss. <strong>The</strong>re<br />

are over 70 vibrio species recognised so far.<br />

To add to the irony, oysters are a great source<br />

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gastroenteritis!<br />

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are usually known as electrolytes. This is because they<br />

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body forming many functions. Like all electrolytes our<br />

bodies depend on a balance. When being taught medicine,<br />

and this applies to many professions, we have to think<br />

logically about why there is deficiency and overload.<br />

Is there too much going in?<br />

Is too much coming out?<br />

Is it absorbed?<br />

Is something forcing it<br />

out?<br />

Is something binding it?<br />

Is something releasing it?<br />

So many questions.<br />

Working through basic<br />

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to why?<br />

Sometimes ‘it is what<br />

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If your kidneys<br />

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to do with heart rhythm, kidney function and chronic<br />

bowel disease. Diabetic patients are at risk too and some<br />

medicines can cause other deficiencies. Antoine taking<br />

metformin should now be advised to increase B12 in their<br />

diet.<br />

Patients that have had their bowels shortened<br />

through diseases or altered by bariatric surgery are very<br />

susceptible to deficiencies and should be monitored at<br />

least annually.<br />


Simon Ruffle<br />

If you are on many medications it is worth knowing<br />

your ’sick day’ rules in general but the well established<br />

ones are for patients on ACE inhibitors, metformin<br />

and diuretics. If you should be unlucky enough to get<br />

gastroenteritis then it is best to stop your medications<br />

briefly until you recover.<br />

I had forgotten just how abundant potassium and<br />

magnesium are in proportion to other elements as I<br />

thought sodium was more common than potassium but it<br />

isn’t. Also vibrio from uncooked oysters is quite rare but<br />

not usually fatal. One thing I did learn from researching<br />

this month’s article is that you can get skin infection from<br />

vibrio. Apparently more common in open wounds and it<br />

is very unwise to swim in the sea with new tattoos until<br />

healed.<br />

That’s my skull and crossbones put off for another year.<br />

Picture me on the Black Pearl!<br />

1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/<strong>June</strong><br />

2. By Rumi - http://portal.unesco.org/ci/en/ev.php-URL_<br />

ID=15370&amp;URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&amp;URL_SECTION=201.<br />

html, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.<br />


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In the garden<br />

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Is it time to get out that stuffed dog?<br />

Some simple, well proven ways to save energy<br />

— Turn off the lights when you leave a room.<br />

— Turn down your thermostat by at least a degree, or two, or three!<br />

— Get some LED bulbs – they are six times more efficient, last much longer, and use<br />

90% less energy than old-style bulbs.<br />

— Shower rather than bath. Don’t worry about a bit of dirt on children. It can<br />

strengthen the immune system and help prevent allergies.<br />

— Don’t boil the kettle all the time – it eats up about 6% of all your electricity per<br />

year. Make a pot rather than a mug, so that you drink as much, but less often.<br />

— Make a draught excluder, the ones that look like sausage dogs. Don’t turn up the<br />

heat to combat a draught, fix the draught.<br />

— Keep doors closed. If you don’t need to heat your whole house, don’t.<br />

— Put more clothes on. We all know people who like to wear only tee-shirts at home,<br />

even in winter. Get them to put on a jumper, cuddle the dog, wrap up in a blanket,<br />

or run up and down the stairs, not turn up the heating.<br />

— Set your washing machine at 30°, rather than 40°. It can reduce energy use by 60%.<br />

— Use your electric clothes dryer less. It can account for 5% of all household<br />

electricity. Far cheaper to buy a washing line!<br />

— Use your oven only when you can fill it up. Never cook just one thing at a time.<br />

And when you are done, leave the oven door open to help heat the house.<br />

All of these are small steps, but together they could make a big difference this year.<br />

Platinum Jubilee Recipe of the Month<br />

Step back 70 platinum years and enjoy an original 'Coronation Chicken' created by<br />

Rosemary Hume for Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation lunch on 2 <strong>June</strong> 1953. It was<br />

later included in the Constance Spry Cookery Book, first published in 1956. This<br />

recipe serves 6-8 people.<br />

PREPARING THE MEAT: Poach two young roasting chickens with carrot, bouquet<br />

garni, salt and peppercorns in water and a little wine, to barely to cover, for about<br />

40 minutes or until tender. Allow to cool in the liquid. Joint the birds, remove bones<br />

with care.<br />


— 1 tbsp oil<br />

Heat the oil, add onion, cook gently<br />

— 50g/2oz onion, finely chopped for 3-4 minutes, add curry powder.<br />

— 1 dessert spoon curry powder Cook again for 1-2 minutes.<br />

— 1 good tsp tomato purée<br />

Add purée, wine, water, and bay<br />

— 1 wineglass red wine<br />

leaf. Bring to boil, add salt, sugar<br />

— ¾ wineglass water<br />

to taste, pepper, and the lemon and<br />

— A bay leaf<br />

lemon juice. Simmer with the pan<br />

— Salt, sugar, a touch of pepper uncovered for 5-10 minutes. Strain<br />

— A slice or two of lemon and a and cool. Add by degrees to the<br />

squeeze of lemon juice<br />

mayonnaise with the apricot purée<br />

— 1-2 tbsp apricot purée<br />

to taste. Adjust seasoning, adding a<br />

— 450ml/¾ pint mayonnaise<br />

little more lemon juice if necessary.<br />

— 2-3 tbsp lightly whipped cream Finish with the whipped cream.<br />

TO SERVE: Mix a small amount of the sauce (enough to coat the chicken) with a little<br />

extra cream and seasoning. Mix the chicken and the sauce together, arrange at one<br />

end of a dish, coat with the extra sauce. At the Queen’s Coronation an oblong dish was<br />

used with a rice salad at the other end of the dish. <strong>The</strong> salad was made of rice, peas,<br />

diced raw cucumber and finely chopped mixed herbs, all mixed in a well-seasoned<br />

French dressing.<br />

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Mosquitoes! Do they<br />

make you see red?<br />

Mosquitoes date back millions of<br />

years, they seem to have always<br />

been around, and with summer<br />

officially starting on 21 <strong>June</strong> we can<br />

be sure that these blood sucking<br />

insects will still be with us in our<br />

gardens this year.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are, of course, lots of ideas<br />

about how to avoid them by using<br />

such things as sprays, zappers or<br />

citronella candles.<br />


Here's another suggestion that<br />

follows a recent study in Nature<br />

Communication, a peer-reviewed,<br />

open access, scientific journal<br />

published by Nature Research, which<br />

interestingly was founded in 1869,<br />

the same year that this magazine<br />

was first published.<br />

This latest study suggests that we<br />

might also consider not wearing red<br />

clothes. It seems that mosquitoes see<br />

only certain wavelengths of light,<br />

and therefore only certain colours<br />

are seen to be a source of food. Red is<br />

their favourite colour! Fortunately,<br />

white, green, purple or blue clothes<br />

go unnoticed by the hungry bugs.<br />

So, it may be helpful this summer to<br />

cover your skin with cooler shades of<br />

clothes.<br />

But don’t expect miracles, because<br />

unfortunately, mosquitos are also<br />

attracted by our breath, our sweat<br />

and even the temperature of our<br />

skin. Which, sadly, puts you back to<br />

square one!

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<strong>The</strong> ARTS<br />

Rev Michael Burgess continues his series on God in the Arts with a look at the famous<br />

'Book of Kells'. . . our picture shows an eagle from this famous book.<br />

<strong>The</strong> thread of God's love<br />

In 563 an Irish monk was forced to leave his homeland because<br />

of a conflict that had led to a misuse of power and bloodshed.<br />

On Pentecost Sunday he arrived on the island of Iona off<br />

the northwest coast of Scotland with 12 companions. <strong>The</strong>re<br />

he began a new way of life, founded on Christ’s mercy and<br />

forgiveness of the past, and so created one of the great<br />

centres of faith and mission in the Christian Church. His<br />

name was Columba, and we keep his feast day on 9 <strong>June</strong>.<br />

His monastery on Iona started as a small cluster of<br />

wooden buildings with a church and a guest house. Around<br />

were fields of crops and cattle and bees. Under Columba’s<br />

guidance, it grew, and from Iona monks were sent into<br />

Scotland as one arm of a missionary advance that reached<br />

down through England to France and across Europe.<br />


That outreach was an amazing achievement. But just as<br />

amazing was the consolidation of monastic life on Iona that<br />

resulted two centuries later in the Book of Kells.<br />

This text of the four Gospels was begun by scribes<br />

and artists in the library of Iona. It grew into one of the<br />

masterpieces of Celtic art that was taken to Kells in Ireland<br />

to escape the Viking invaders who ravaged the island.<br />

Along with the text of the Gospels, there are illustrations<br />

of Jesus, Mary and the four evangelists, together with<br />

decorations at once intricate and fantastic: patterns that<br />

interweave and interlace across the page with an odd face<br />

here and a weird creature there. <strong>The</strong> design is in brilliant<br />

detail, and you can follow the lines as they weave in and out.<br />

This delight in patterns is evident in lots of Celtic art.<br />

It is good to imagine Columba on Iona meditating on the<br />

thread of God’s grace woven into his life as he looked back to<br />

his years in Ireland and his pilgrimage to Iona.<br />

Poetry Corner<br />

<strong>The</strong> U in JesUs (Author unknown)<br />

Before U were thought of or time had begun,<br />

God even stuck U in the name of his Son.<br />

And each time U pray, you'll see it's true<br />

You can't spell out JesUs and not include U.<br />

You're a pretty big part of his wonderful name,<br />

For U, he was born; that's why he came.<br />

And his great love for U is the reason he died.<br />

It even takes U to spell crUcified.<br />

Isn't it thrilling and splendidly grand<br />

He rose from the dead, with U in his plan?<br />

<strong>The</strong> stones split away, the gold trUmpet blew,<br />

and this word resUrrection is spelled with a U.<br />

When JesUs left earth at his upward ascension,<br />

He felt there was one thing he just had to mention.<br />

"Now go into the world and tell them it's true<br />

That the love I have shown is not just for U."<br />

So many great people are spelled with a U,<br />

Don't they have a right to know JesUs too?<br />

It all depends now on what U will do,<br />

He'd like them to know, But it all starts with U.<br />

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It might have seemed at one glance a complicated<br />

interweaving of events and experiences, and then perhaps<br />

as he looked again, he would see God’s love threading its way<br />

through that history and redeeming both it and him.<br />

It is the same for us. As we look at our lives, they<br />

may seem complex and involved patterns of events and<br />

circumstances taking us here and there.<br />

As we ponder those patterns, then we can begin to see a<br />

thread woven into the patterns that guides and leads us on.<br />

And as we stand back, all the patterns and threads seem<br />

to make sense as we spot that guiding thread. Just as we can<br />

stand back from the designs of this page and see God’s love<br />

spelling out the name of Christ, our Lord.

38 <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> - <strong>June</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />

History<br />

Was it really . . . ?<br />

. . . 250 YEARS AGO on 22 <strong>June</strong> 1772 that the Court of<br />

King’s Bench ruled that slavery was illegal in England and<br />

Wales. It remained legal in British Overseas Territories<br />

and colonies until 1833.<br />

. . . 100 YEARS AGO on 10 <strong>June</strong> 1922 that Judy Garland,<br />

American actress and singer, was born. She is best known<br />

for her films <strong>The</strong> Wizard of Oz and Meet Me in St Louis. She<br />

died in 1969.<br />

. . . 100 YEARS AGO from 28 <strong>June</strong> 1922 to 24 May<br />

1923, that the Irish Civil War took place. It led to the<br />

confirmation of the Irish Free State.<br />

. . . 75 YEARS AGO on 5 <strong>June</strong> 1947 that the Marshall Plan<br />

was proposed. US Secretary of State George C Marshall<br />

offered a self-help programme to Europe that would<br />

enable countries to rebuild democratic societies and resist<br />

communism after the Second World War.<br />

. . . 65 YEARS AGO on 1 <strong>June</strong> 1957 that the first premium<br />

bond prize draw took place in Britain.<br />

. . . Also 65 YEARS AGO on 27 <strong>June</strong> 1957 that Britain’s<br />

Medical Research Council reported that there was a causeand-effect<br />

relationship between smoking and lung cancer.<br />

. . . 50 YEARS AGO on 17 <strong>June</strong> 1972 that the Watergate<br />

Scandal began when five men were arrested for breaking<br />

into the Democratic National Committee headquarters at<br />

the Watergate complex in Washington DC.<br />

. . . 40 YEARS AGO, on 14 <strong>June</strong> 1982 that the Falklands<br />

War ended. Argentine forces surrendered to the British<br />

in Port Stanley and a ceasefire was agreed. Argentine<br />

president Leopold Galtieri resigned on 17 <strong>June</strong>.<br />

Thomas Dutou, dreamstime.com<br />

. . . 40 YEARS AGO on 21 <strong>June</strong> 1982 that Prince William<br />

of Wales (pictured above at his wedding in April 2011 to Kate<br />

Middleton) was born. Son of Charles and Diana, he is<br />

second-in-line to the throne.<br />


Dinosaurs and God?<br />

Pavel Losevsky, dreamstime.com<br />

<strong>The</strong>se questions and answers are taken from <strong>The</strong> Faraday Kids<br />

website (http://www.faradaykids.com). For more science-faith<br />

Q&A's, check out 101 Great Big Questions About God and Science,<br />

Edited by L Henderson & S Bryant (Lion, <strong>2022</strong>)<br />

Why aren’t dinosaurs in the Bible?<br />

<strong>The</strong> Bible wasn’t written to list all the animals on earth or<br />

tell us about science. It was written a long time before people<br />

started to use science to learn about the world.<br />

When the Bible was written, people didn’t even have a<br />

word for dinosaurs yet! But it’s not just dinosaurs that aren’t<br />

mentioned in the Bible, it doesn’t talk about armadillos,<br />

kangaroos, sabre-toothed cats or penguins either!<br />

That doesn’t mean that the Bible is out of date or wrong,<br />

or that these animals aren’t important. Rather than teaching<br />

us science, many Christians believe that the Bible was<br />

written to tell people about God, how much he loves them,<br />

and all the amazing things he has done.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Bible says that God made everything, and loves<br />

everything he made, so that includes dinosaurs. It also<br />

encourages people to explore and find out all about the<br />

wonderful things it says God has made. Science is a part of<br />

this exploration.<br />

Did God make the dinosaurs?<br />

<strong>The</strong> Bible, the holy book that Christians read, says that God<br />

made everything. All the stars, the Earth and all the amazing<br />

plants and animals that have ever lived here. So yes, most<br />

Christians believe that God made the dinosaurs!<br />

<strong>The</strong> Bible also teaches that God loves it when people<br />

explore his creation, and science is a great way of doing that.<br />

So, for many Christians, science is one of the fun things<br />

we can use to learn all about how God made everything,<br />

including all of the dinosaurs!<br />

Did humans and dinosaurs live together?<br />

Yes! But probably not the kind of dinosaur you’re thinking<br />

of! Most of the dinosaurs died out a very, very, long time<br />

ago, way before humans first lived. But some of the smaller,<br />

feathery dinosaurs survived and over a long time they have<br />

evolved into the animals we call birds. So, from chickens and<br />

robins to penguins and ostriches there are dinosaurs living<br />

all over our world today!<br />

. . . 25 YEARS AGO, on 26 <strong>June</strong> 1997 that J K Rowling’s<br />

first Harry Potter novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s<br />

Stone was published in the UK.<br />

. . . 15 YEARS AGO on 27 <strong>June</strong> 2007 that Gordon Brown<br />

became Prime Minister.<br />

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numbers 1-9 within its squares. Each number<br />

can only appear once in a row, column or box.<br />


This year Her Majesty <strong>The</strong> Queen became the<br />

first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum<br />

Jubilee marking 70 years of service to the people<br />

of the United Kingdom, the Realms and the<br />

Commonwealth. Celebrations will include <strong>The</strong><br />

Queen’s Birthday Parade (Trooping the Colour)<br />

on 2nd <strong>June</strong> when more than 1,400 parading<br />

soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians will come<br />

together. Beginning at Buckingham Palace, the<br />

Parade will move down <strong>The</strong> Mall to Horse Guard's<br />

Parade, joined by Members of the Royal Family on<br />

horseback and in carriages. <strong>The</strong> Parade will close<br />

with the traditional RAF fly-past, watched by <strong>The</strong><br />

Queen and Members of the Royal Family from<br />

the Buckingham Palace balcony. Platinum Jubilee<br />

Beacons: <strong>The</strong> United Kingdom’s long tradition<br />

of celebrating Royal Jubilees, Weddings and<br />

Coronations with the lighting of beacons will also<br />

continue. Over 1,500 beacons will be lit throughout<br />

the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man<br />

and UK Overseas Territories.<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> - <strong>June</strong> <strong>2022</strong> 39<br />

PUZZLE PAGE — the answers will be published in the next issue<br />

QUIZ : <strong>The</strong> Queen's Coronation<br />


QUEEN<br />

FIRST<br />

YEARS<br />







UNITED<br />


REALMS<br />

PARADE<br />

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SUDOKU<br />

1. How many Queens were crowned in Westminster Abbey before Queen Elizabeth II?<br />

2. What were the names of the eight horses that pulled the Queen's Gold Coach for her Coronation?<br />

3. What is the name of the chair that the Queen sat on to be crowned?<br />

4. How many people watched the Queen's Coronation on television?<br />

5. How many people listened to the Queen's Coronation on the radio?<br />

6. How many guests were in Westminster Abbey for the Queen's Coronation?<br />

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1. Mayfair, London<br />

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4. Clarence House in London<br />

5. At home<br />

6. <strong>The</strong> first life saving award<br />

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http://www.handyman-reading.co.uk<br />


Car Servicing, Repairs and MOT<br />

Mole Road, Sindlesham, RG41 5DJ<br />

0118 977 0831<br />

http://www.jamesautos.co.uk<br />


A local business based in Sonning. TV - FM - DAB aerials etc.<br />

Sky dishes. Communal premises IRS systems, TV points.<br />

Free estimates - All work guaranteed<br />

0118 944 0000<br />


We are a family business with excellent references<br />

and we are fully insured<br />

All cleaning materials provided<br />

For free quote call: Maria 0779 902 7901<br />


Thames Valley Will Service<br />

Also Lasting Powers of Attorney and Probate Service<br />

We are still working during the pandemic period<br />

0134 464 1885 tvwills@yahoo.co.uk<br />


0779 926 8123 0162 882 8130<br />

enquiries@thameschimneysweeps.co.uk<br />

http://www.thameschimneysweeps.co.uk<br />

Member of the Guild of Master Sweeps<br />


Thirty-six years local experience<br />

Family run company<br />

0118 962 8527 0779 223 9474<br />

callaghancarpets@btinternet.com<br />


For local odd jobs please call Phil on<br />

0118 944 0000<br />

0797 950 3908<br />

Thames Street, Sonning<br />


Reliable and friendly service for all tree care<br />

NPTC qualified — Public Liability of £10million<br />

0118 937 1929 0786 172 4071<br />

bighearttreecare.co.uk info@bighearttreecare.co.uk<br />


Landscaping, garden construction,<br />

patios, lawns, fencing, decking etc<br />

0118 969 8989 https://www.smallwoodlandscaping.co.uk/<br />

office@smallwoodlandscaping.co.uk<br />


Waste clearance from office, house, garden, loft<br />

Licensed waste carriers, no job too small or large<br />

Contact: John<br />

0771 021 2056 j.garmston@ntworld.com<br />


Stump grinding and tree stump removal<br />

Latest narrow access machinery<br />

Contact: Mark<br />

0798 495 7334 http://www.berkshirestumpremoval<br />


Roger McGrath has 25 years experience<br />

Restoration painting work of any size undertaken<br />

For a free quotation call<br />

Roger 0742 332 1179


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42 <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> - <strong>June</strong> <strong>2022</strong> Please mention <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> when replying to advertisements<br />

information — 2<br />

<strong>Parish</strong> contacts<br />

ABD<br />

Ministry Team<br />

— <strong>The</strong> Vicar: Revd Jamie Taylor (Day off Friday)<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> Office, Thames Street, Sonning, RG4 6UR<br />

vicar@sonningparish.org.uk / 0118 969 3298<br />

— Associate Vicar: Revd Kate Wakeman-Toogood<br />

revkate@sonningparish.org.uk / 0746 380 6735<br />

On duty Tuesday, Friday and Sunday<br />

— Youth Minister: Chris West (Westy)<br />

youthminister@sonningparish.org.uk / 0794 622 4106<br />

— Licensed Lay Minister: Bob Peters<br />

bob@sonningparish.org.uk / 0118 377 5887<br />

Children's Ministry<br />

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

Churchwardens<br />

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

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

Deputy Churchwardens<br />

— Simon Darvall sdarvall@businessmoves.com 0793 928 2535<br />

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

— Molly Woodley (deputy churchwarden emeritus)<br />

mollywoodley@live.co.uk / 0118 946 3667<br />

<strong>Parish</strong> Administrator<br />

— Hilary Rennie<br />

office@sonningparish.org.uk / 0118 969 3298<br />

Parochial Church Council<br />

— Secretary: Hilary Rennie 0118 969 3298<br />

— Treasurer: Richard Moore 0118 969 2588<br />

Director of Music, organist and choirmaster<br />

— Hannah Towndrow BA (Oxon), LRAM<br />

music@sonningparish.org.uk<br />

Sonning Bell Ringers<br />

— Tower Captain: Pam Elliston<br />

pam.elliston@talktalk.net / 0118 969 5967<br />

— Deputy Tower Captain: Rod Needham<br />

r06needham@gmail.com / 0118 926 7724<br />

<strong>Parish</strong> Website: http://www.sonningparish.org.uk<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong>: http://www.theparishmagazine.co.uk<br />

— Editor: Bob Peters<br />

editor@theparishmagazine.co.uk / 0118 377 5887<br />

— Advertising and Distribution: Gordon Nutbrown<br />

advertising@theparishmagazine.co.uk / 0118 969 3282<br />

— Treasurer: Pat Livesey<br />

pat.livesey@yahoo.co.uk / 0118 961 8017<br />

— <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> is produced by St Andrew’s PCC and delivered<br />

free of charge to every home in Charvil, Sonning and Sonning Eye.<br />

— <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> is printed in the United Kingdom by <strong>The</strong> Print<br />

Factory at Sarum Graphics Ltd, Old Sarum, Salisbury SP4 6QX<br />

— <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> is distributed by Abracadabra Leaflet<br />

Distribution Ltd, Reading RG7 1AW<br />

— <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> template was designed in 2012 by Roger<br />

Swindale rogerswindale@hotmail.co.uk and David Woodward<br />

david@designforprint.org<br />

Advertisers index<br />

Construction 6<br />

Abbeyfield Wey Valley Society 31<br />

ACG Services Locksmith 40<br />

Active Domestic Appliances 16<br />

Active Security 30<br />

ADD Plumbing 12<br />

All Aerials 40<br />

All Waste Clearance 40<br />

Barn Store Henley 16<br />

Berkshire Stump Removals 40<br />

Big Heart Tree Care 40<br />

Blandy & Blandy Solicitors 14<br />

Blinds Direct 26<br />

Blue Moose 8<br />

Bridge House 43<br />

Bridges Home Care 26<br />

Bull Inn 8<br />

Callaghan Carpets & Flooring 40<br />

Chimney Sweep, Thames 40<br />

Chiropody, Linda Frewin 40<br />

Chris the Plumber 32<br />

Clark Bicknell 40<br />

Complete Pest Solutions 40<br />

Computer Frustrations 40<br />

CPS Fuels 28<br />

Cruz Kitchens 28<br />

Design for Print 28<br />

EMDR Hypnotherapist 30<br />

Freebody Boatbuilders 6<br />

Fields Pharmacy 32<br />

French Horn 44<br />

Gardiners Nursing 8<br />

Great House Sonning 24<br />

Handyman and Decorating Services 40<br />

Haslams Estate Agents 2<br />

Hicks Group 16<br />

Intersmart Electrical Installations 40<br />

James Autos 40<br />

Jones & Sheppard Stone Masons 32<br />

Kingfisher Bathrooms 26<br />

MC Cleaning 40<br />

Mill at Sonning 4<br />

M & L Healthcare Solutions 12<br />

Mortgage Required 18<br />

Muck & Mulch 28<br />

Odd Jobs 40<br />

Painter and Decorator 40<br />

Pearson Hall Sonning 24<br />

Reading Blue Coat School 26<br />

Richfield Flooring 14<br />

Sabella Interiors 34<br />

Seniors Helping Seniors 12<br />

Shiplake College 14<br />

Signature Care Homes 36<br />

Sonning Golf Club 32<br />

Sonning Scouts Marquees 30<br />

Smallwood Garden Services 40<br />

Style by Julie 6<br />

Thames Valley Water Softeners 6<br />

Thames Valley Wills Service 40<br />

<strong>The</strong> 50 Plus Home Repairs 28<br />

Tomalin Funerals 24<br />

Walker Funerals 12<br />

Water Softener Salt 28<br />

Window Cleaner 16

Please mention <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> when responding this advertisement<br />

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Our philosophy is built upon helping residents maintain their independence and dignity, whilst ensuring<br />

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Call 0800 230 0206<br />

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<strong>The</strong> French Horn,<br />

Sonning. Quality.<br />

A continuing commitment to<br />

wonderful food and wine.<br />

0118 969 2204<br />


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