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The

Parish

Magazine

The John King Trophy and Gold Award

Best Magazine of the Year 2018

National Parish Magazine Awards

Best Content 2021, 2016

Best Overall 2020, 2015

Best Editor 2019

Best Print 2018

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

July/August 2022 — Platinum Jubilee Memories

Church of St Andrew

Serving Sonning, Charvil & Sonning Eye

the church of st andrew, SERVING THE COMMUNITIES OF

CHARVIL, SONNING and sonning eye SINCE THE 7 th CENTURY


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Contents July/August 2022

THE ASSOCIATE VICAR'S LETTER, 5

JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS

— A Service to Remember, 7

— Three firsts for Bertie Buggy 7

— Jubilee Order of Service, 9

— Time for cake! 9

— Jubilee Memories, 21-25

— Jubilee Quiz, 35, 37

THE PARISH NOTICEBOARD

— STAY, 10

—Christian Basics, 11

— On Reflection: Numbers, 13

The Persecuted Church, 15

— Prayers for July and August, 15

features

— Confirmation, 17

— Summer holiday food, 19

— Pray for Ukraine, 9

—around the villages

— Sonning tennis juniors, 29

— Charvil Project Singers, 29

— Sonning Show, 29

— Charvil singing afternoon, 29

history, 31

HOME & GARDEn

— Bee hotel, 31

THE ARTS

— Rest with God, 33

— Poetry Corner, 33

— Book Review, 33

PUZZLE PAGE, 39

children's page, 41

information

— Church services, 3

— From the registers, 3

Parish contacts, 42

— Advertisers index, 42

This ISSUE's FRONT COVER

July/August 2022

The

Parish

Magazine

the church of st andrew, SERVING THE COMMUNITIES OF

CHARVIL, SONNING and sonning eye SINCE THE 7 th CENTURY

A Jubilee display in St Andrew's Church

Picture by Indy Biddulph

EDITORIAL DEADLINE

The editorial deadline for every issue

of The Parish Magazine is 12 noon on

the sixth day of the month prior to the

date of publication.

The deadline for the September

issue of The Parish Magazine is:

Saturday 6 August at 12 noon

OTHER REGULAR SERVICES

Morning Prayer is held in church

every Tuesday at 9.30am.

Mid-week Communion in The Ark is

held every Wednesday at 10.00am. Tea

and coffee follows the service.

Home Communion at Signature at

Sonning is held on the first Monday

of each month at 11.00am. Visitors

must comply with the care home's

Covid restrictions so please check with

Signature at least four days before.

From the register

BAPTISMs

— Sunday 8 May, Sidney Christopher Clark

— Sunday 8 May, Cecilia Hargreaves

— Sunday 15 May, Arthur Colin Richard Moore

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Services at

St Andrew’s

Sunday 3 July

— 8.00am Holy Communion

— 10.30am Family Service

— 4.00pm Choral Evensong

Sea Sunday 10 July

— 8.00am Holy Communion

— 10.30am Parish Eucharist with

STAY and Sunday Club

Sunday 17 July

— 8.00am Holy Communion

— 10.30am Family Communion

— 3.00pm Messy Church in The Ark

Sunday 24 July

— 8.00am Holy Communion

— 10.30am Parish Eucharist

— 6.00pm Sunday at Six

Sunday 31 July

— 8.00am Holy Communion

— 10.30am Parish Eucharist

Sunday 7 August

— 8.00am Holy Communion

— 10.30am Family Service

Sunday 14 August

— 8.00am Holy Communion

— 10.30am Parish Eucharist

Sunday 21 August

— 8.00am Holy Communion

— 10.30am Family Communion

Sunday 28 August

— 8.00am Holy Communion

— 10.30am Parish Eucharist

— 6.00pm Sunday at Six

weddings

— Friday 27 May, Christopher Alexander Townsend and Emma Louise Barnwell

— Saturday 28 May, Dennington Jack O’Neill Wallis and Jemilla Katherine

Olufeko

funerals

— Tuesday 10 May, Dennis Mason, church service and cremation, Reading

Crematorium

— Friday 13 May, Barbara Irene Jones, cremation, Reading Crematorium

— Tuesday 17 May, Diane Lily Heyworth, interment of ashes in the churchyard

— Wednesday 25 May, Kathleen Joyce Randall, cremation, Reading Crematorium


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The associate vicar's letter

DEAR FRIENDS,

Community is something I think about and talk about a lot. In my school

assemblies at Charvil Piggott and Sonning Primary we often celebrate their

communities of pupils, staff, families and governors. Similarly at Reading Blue

Coat I am forever talking about the importance of community and how much I

love being a part of such a vibrant and welcoming school. I am, of course, a part

of the church community, both locally in our parish of Charvil, Sonning and

Sonning Eye, and the wider church; this diocese, the Church of England and the

church throughout the world in all its diversity.

Last, but definitely not least, is my own community here in Charvil,

especially my own street which came together in great force for the Jubilee

celebrations, as I’m sure many of yours did too! From the street lunch, the

games and singing, to the evening BBQ, it was great to mix with old friends

and new. While there was a lot of light hearted fun and laughter, there were

more serious conversations too and a genuine sense of care and concern for one

another. My street is most certainly a community I am pleased to be a part of!

DEVELOPING COMMUNITIES

You will all have your own communities of which you are a part of, and I

encourage you all, as I have just done, to reflect on the different communities

that you are in. It could be where you live, or work. It could be a hobby or

worshipping community. It may be an ‘in person’ community or an online

community. We exist in relationship with one another and communities build,

develop and grow all the time, sometimes in obvious places and other times in

unexpected circumstances.

In the book of Acts in the Bible we read about the early church and how

communities grew and developed. We learn about how they supported one

another and shared resources. For Christians these accounts remind us of the

importance of sharing the Gospel message and of being in fellowship with

one another, but I believe that we can all learn from their example. Aspects

of community that they demonstrate include helping one another, offering

hospitality, supporting the poor and vulnerable, acts of compassion and love;

things that we can translate into our own contexts and communities today.

Of course we won’t always get it right and we will all have more that we

can do to nurture and support the communities of which we are a part of, but

rejoicing in the positives and being honest about where we can improve is how

we learn and grow.

NURTURING GIVING HEARTS

I am going to end this letter with a quote from Henri Nouwen, a famous

20th century Catholic priest and theologian, which talks about community in a

way that I think is thought provoking and profound.

Community is the fruit of our capacity to make the interests of others more

important than our own. The question, therefore, is not:

‘How can we make community?'

'But, how can we develop and nurture giving hearts?’

Henri Nouwen

Community shouldn’t be an optional extra and it shouldn’t be a chore, but

rather a natural response to living our lives in relationship with one another.

I hope this quote inspires you, as it does me, and helps us all to identify what

we’re doing well and challenges us as to what we can do more.

With love and prayers

Kate

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PLATINUM JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS — 1

A service that will long be remembered

Indy Biddulph

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Almost 300 members of St Andrew's Church,

visitors and dignitaries came together on

Sunday 5 June to celebrate Her Majesty The

Queen's 70 glorious years of service. Local

scouting and armed services organisations

were represented by the flag bearers and

the church choir was augmented by eight

professional church singers. Lord Carey of

Clifton, who was the 103rd Archbishop of

Canterbury, preached, and Theresa May MP

who was Prime Minister from 2016-2019

read the second lesson. It was a service that

will long be remembered and you will find

more details about this and the Jubilee

Indy Biddulph weekend on the following pages.

Three firsts for Bertie the Buggy!

Indy Biddulph

Indy Biddulph

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It was a day for first time experiences! When Theresa May MP unveiled and officially named Bertie the Buggy, she

admitted that she had been asked to unveil many things in her political career, but this was the first buggy! Likewise,

when Lord Carey stepped up to dedicate Bertie for service in the church, it was the first buggy he had been asked

to bless. Then James, a well known and loved member of St Andrew's was taken on the first official ride around the

churchyard by Rev Jamie. Bertie, was donated to St Andrew's by Christina Goodacre in memory of her late husband,

Peter, and by Janet Robson, in thanksgiving for the work of the church. (They are pictured above centre). Bertie will

be used to help members and visitors with mobility difficulties to travel more easily between the disabled car park,

Church and The Ark. Bertie was named in honour of The Queen's father, King George VI who was known by that name.


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The Order of Service for our 'Celebratory Service of Choral Matins'

St Andrew's Church Sonning: Sunday 5 June

Processional Hymn: All people that on earth do dwell

Welcome and Bidding: Rev Jamie Taylor

The Confession

Absolution: The Rt Rev and Rt Hon The Lord Carey of Clifton

The 103rd Arch bishop of Canterbury

The Lord's Prayer

The Preces; Sung by Rev Kate Wakeman-Toogood

Psalm 150 sung by the Choir

The First Reading: Celeste Hexter, Head Chorister

Hymn: O worship the King all glorious above

The Second Reading: The Rt Hon Theresa May MP

Prime Minister and First Lord of Treasury 2016-2019

Anthem: Jubilate Deo in B Flat

Hymn: Lord, for the years your love has kept and guided

The Sermon: The Rt Rev and Rt Hon The Lord Carey of Clifton

Anthem: O Taste and See (Ralf Vaughan Williams)

Composed for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth in 1953

Princess Elizabeth's dedication speech 1947

Hymn: I vow to thee my country

Versicles and responses: Rev Kate Wakeman-Toogood

Hymn: God is our strength and refuge

Prayers across the generations: George Toogood, Katherine

Karalus, Bob Peters, and Molly Woodley

Anthem: Zadok the Priest (F Handel)

Act of Commitment: Rev Jamie Taylor

Hymn: Lord of Lords and King eternal

Final prayer

Hymn: O God, our help in ages past

The Blessing: The Rt Rev and Rt Hon The Lord Carey of Clifton

The National Anthem

Recessional voluntary: Crown Imperial (William Walton).

Commissioned for the Coronation of King George VI in 1937 and

played for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953

Conductor: Hannah Towndrow BA (Oxon) LRAM, St Andrew's Director of Music

Organist: Peter Wright MA (Cantab) FRCO FRSCM

Trumpeter: Mark Dallas — Timpani: Nathan May

. . . and then it was time for some cake!

Peter Rennie

Indy Biddulph

Lady Eileen Carey cuts the Platinum Jubilee

cake made by Sue Peters

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St Andrew's Youth

STAY in May Half Term

In the week leading up to the Queen's Platinum Jubilee

we were able to organise a few super fun activities for the

local youth. On Monday 30 May we went Go-Karting, on

Tuesday 31 May we played a STAY versus SYNC youth club

rematch in football and on the Wednesday organised a

drop-in sports session in Charvil. To finish the week, a

few members of STAY youth club (Amelia, Sophia, Abbey,

Phoebe, Josh, Martha & Annabelle) helped prepare our

Simpson’s of Sonning scarecrow for the amazing Sonning

Scarecrow Festival (see pages 20-21).

STAY on

Friday

Numbers at STAY

on Friday have

continued to reach

a high of 62 youth

each week and the

format of open

games, sports,

jump rope, four

square volleyball,

badminton, hama beads, Xbox, pool, table tennis, cup pong,

cup stacking, baking yummy treats and the final thought,

continued throughout May. A particular highlight was

losing a game to a young person and the forfeit was to sing a

nursery rhyme! Here’s me singing ‘I’m a little teapot’.

STAY in Schools

Our successful weekly schools work continues with

mentoring and assemblies at both senior schools, plus

assemblies at the two primary schools. These have included

the themes: Jesus feeding the 5,000 and St Augustine. The

children and teenagers loved playing a 'share or steal' game

at one of the assemblies. Two volunteers each have a share

and steal card. The prize is a large bar of chocolate. They take

it in turns to convince the other that they’ll play their share

card because if they do then they both share the prize. But, if

one person plays their steal card and the other shares, then

the stealer gets the whole thing. The twist is that if both steal

then neither win anything. Out of all six assemblies only one

student played their steal card! All the others shared. The

point being that Jesus’ heart is that we share what we have,

however little, like the boy in the story in Matthew 14.

STAY Detached Project

The weekly detached project is a joy to my week. With

Mark and Ethan we have weekly conversations with

young people about exams, summer plans and how they’re

coping with life, and we’ve had parents popping along

to chat as well. We have given out lemonade and played

games such as keepy uppies, ping pong and top trumps.

STAY on

Sunday

Our group on a

Sunday has again

seen a consistent

number of about

12 young people

each time. We

continued looking

at relationships

and how we, as

Christians, behave

in relationships. In

May we looked at our relationship with humour and how we

use humour in our lives. We ended half term with a games

session which the youth loved, especially water balloon

throwing and a marshmallow stick building game!

Schools work in and around Reading:

A bunch of youth and schools workers, and chaplains, have

been meeting about our hope for the schools in Reading

and beyond. We’ve been mapping out the current provision,

noticing gaps and praying for God's help to fill them. It’s

always encouraging to meet with like minded people to chat,

reflect and pray . . . and if you have ideas or concerns related

to youth work and would like a chat, contact me, Westy, on:

youthminister@sonningparish.org.uk


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Christian Basics — Part 6

What does the Holy

Spirit do?

By Rev Paul Hardingham

Saying

thank

you

to our

Queen

with

gusto

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Claude's

view

from

the

pew

By Claude Masters

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Having celebrated Pentecost at the beginning of June, it

is appropriate to ask now: what is the Holy Spirit doing

in our lives?

Everybody who has committed their life to Christ

possesses the Holy Spirit, ‘if anyone does not have the Spirit

of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.’ (Romans 8:9). It is the

Spirit who brings us new birth into the family of God.

ASSURANCE

The Spirit assures us of God’s love and acceptance,

despite our fears, doubts or failures. As adopted children

we can address God as our father: 'God sent the Spirit of

his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, Abba, Father.'

(Galatians 4:6).

By using the same word used by Jesus, we can grow in

intimacy with our Father and pray to him, especially when

we struggle to find the right words.

COMMITMENT

The Holy Spirit is committed to producing a family

likeness in those who follow Christ. This Jesus likeness

enables us to live as Jesus would in our place, ie: work,

family, time, interests and so on.

Paul describes this as the fruit of the Spirit: ‘love, joy,

peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness

and self-control.’ (Galatians 5:22,23).

He talks about fruit not fruits! We can’t pick and

choose, as they come as a total package to be developed

over a lifetime!

MOTIVATION

The Spirit is committed to producing new desires for

God: reading the Bible and praying, forgiving others,

meeting with other Christians and sharing our faith. He

will also give us the motivation to overcome wrong habits,

attitudes or lifestyle in our lives.

'Let the church return to Pentecost, and Pentecost will

return to her. The Spirit of God cannot take possession of

believers beyond their capacity of receiving him’

(Andrew Murray)

'Where are the other nine?' asked Jesus when only one

out of 10 people who had suffered from leprosy thanked

him for curing them all.

Thankfulness was the subject of the 103rd Archbishop of

Canterbury Lord Carey of Clifton’s sermon at the service

in honour of Her Majesty the Queen in St Andrew’s

Church on Sunday 5 June.

After offering the Queen his congratulations on her

Platinum Jubilee and thanking her for her many years of

devoted service to this country, and the Commonwealth,

he went on to wonder how often we don’t express our

gratitude to those we ought, particularly our nearest and

dearest.

Nearly 300 worshippers packed into the church to take

part in a memorable and emotional service.

The augmented choir, conducted by our director of

music Hannah Towndrow and accompanied by Peter

Wright on the organ, produced some stunning music

which nearly took the roof off the church.

This included an excellent rendering of the Handel

anthem ‘Zadok the Priest’.

The congregation also heartily joined in the well known

traditional hymns.

RATIONS

After the service the clergy, choir and congregation

went into The Ark garden passing through a Guard

of Honour formed by the uniformed organisations.

There the Archbishop and the Rt Hon Theresa May MP

unveiled ‘Bertie’ the new mobility buggy. The rain held

off and every one enjoyed a glass of bubbly and a slice of

celebratory cake.

GUSTO

The Platinum Jubilee was certainly celebrated with

gusto at St Andrew’s and many congratulations and

thanks are due to Rev Jamie and all those who were

involved in organising such an enjoyable and never to be

forgotten day.

Jesus, by the way, asked where the other nine were but

never condemned them or retracted his healing. Such is

his love for us.


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On reflection: Numbers

By Elizabeth Spiers

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It’s holiday time for many of us and any trip we take at

home or abroad requires preparation; passports, currency

etc. In the book of Numbers, we read that the Israelites

were in the wilderness at the beginning of their journey to

the Promised Land. They had no idea what lay ahead.

In the first 10 chapters we are told how God, through Moses,

set about preparing his chosen people to be ready and able to

enter the Promised Land. Many times, we read ‘The Lord said

to Moses…’. Numbers may seem dry reading but preparation,

while not the most exciting thing, was essential to get the

people ready, practically and spiritually for their journey.

A census counted how many active soldiers they had. They

were split into tribes and told where to camp. The Levites

were authorised to be the priests. Rituals were established

and undertaken. Ceremonies were held to remind them of

their deliverance from Egypt and to set them apart as God’s

people. Finally, God’s presence dwelt among them continually

as a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night.

UNTRUSTING

They were being prepared for their journey; counted,

organised, cleansed, blessed, and made ready to march

forward as an organised group with an identity and a

purpose, not like the group of slaves that escaped from

Egypt. God ensured that they had all the tools they needed to

make the journey successfully. But in chapter 11, the people

started complaining about Moses and his choice of wife, his

leadership, the monotony of the food, about Aaron, and the

lack of water. Even Aaron complained about Moses.

God became angry. In chapter 14: ‘The Lord said to Moses,

how long will this people spurn me? And how long will they not believe

in me, despite all the signs which I have performed in their midst?’

Unfortunately, instead of being grateful to God they

sinned by complaining about everything. Instead of trusting

God — after all, he had proved himself faithful in every

miracle and provision he gave them — they complained.

And that is sin. Finding your creator or his representative

at fault isn’t a wise thing to do. God takes us through things

to strengthen our trust, to build our character and he walks

through it all with us.

Matthew 6:8 says that God knows what we need before

we ask. Philippians 4:19 tells us that God will supply all our

needs. What God won’t do is let disobedience and criticism of

him go unnoticed. Towards the end of Numbers, God meted

out some shocking punishments to the complainers: death

by fire or plague. We must never forget that God is the great I

AM. He doesn’t explain himself. This is who I AM is!

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From the desk

of the editor

editor@theparishmagazine.co.uk

Taking God and his

church for granted

While hardly a day goes by without doing something

connected with editing this magazine — it might be a

conversation, an idea that comes to mind while doing

something else, or an enquiry about a forthcoming issue

— it is not until the first week of the month that I really

get stuck into producing the next issue. This meant,

of course, that when it came to this issue, the Jubilee

celebrations were a huge distraction.

On the Thursday and Friday, instead of sitting at my

desk writing and editing, there was the always excellent

scarecrow trail to take part in and to explore. While

doing so, it was a great pleasure to meet in person many

of our readers and visitors to the parish and our church.

It was particularly good to hear that what we are doing

is appreciated, and it was good to hear some ideas about

what we might write about in the future.

For example, one of the recurring comments from

visitors was about our wonderful stained glass windows

that were brightly lit by the sunshine that blessed most

of the two days. The windows are also often mentioned in

the comments in the visitors book and many people ask

about the history and age of them.

BECOMING TOO FAMILIAR

Like, I imagine, most of the regular members of the

church who attend week by week throughout the year, the

windows are a feature that we almost take for granted. If

I am honest, if someone changed one I probably would not

even notice! It's not that I don't admire them, it's like all

things that we are familiar with, we so often take them

for granted and lose sight of their beauty.

I also have to admit that I know very little about either

the history of stained glass or the windows themselves,

although I do know that in our magazine archives there

are, fortunately, a good number of references to them, and

I have been told recently about someone who may be able

to tell us more about the ancient art of both painting and

staining glass, and about how it is still done today. So to

all those who have asked me questions about the windows

recently, watch this space.

Taking things for granted, of course, is a common

habit for us all, which is why it has been good to have met

so many visitors recently — their delight in seeing the

windows and the other beautiful aspects of our church

building for the first time, reminds us of why we chose to

make St Andrew's 'our church' in the first place.

Taking things for granted is something we should

always be aware of avoiding. This, of course, is most

important when it comes to our relationship with God. He

is the reason why our ancestors built our church, and the

reason why we look after it for future generations who will

inherit it. Let's not take God or his church for granted.


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There were about 300,000 Coptic Christians and 80,000

Roman Catholics before the fall of Gadhafi in 2011, and

an unknown number of Anglicans and Pentecostals.

Today, Libya has a Christian population estimated

at 35,000 which is 0.5% of the country’s 6.7 million

predominantly Muslim population.

As of 2014, it was believed, according to the Washington

Post, that the Christian population was composed mainly of

foreigners working in the country, plus a small indigenous

Christian community.

Open Doors describes Libya as a 'lawless land' and places

it at number four on its World Watch List of countries where

Christians are the most persecuted. Christians there must

keep their faith secret — or risk punishment, arrest or death.

Those who leave Islam to follow Jesus face immense

pressure from their family to renounce their faith. Their

community ostracises them and they can be left homeless,

jobless and alone. Telling others about Jesus can lead to

arrest and even violent punishment.

Laws in the country are not enforced uniformly, since

Libya has no central government. Open Doors states that

targeted kidnapping and executions are always a possibility

for believers.

At the end of September last year a group of 17 Coptic

Christians disappeared. They were living in an Egyptian

neighbourhood in Tripoli. It is uncertain if they were taken

by a radical group or local authorities. Before the rise of ISIS

(Islamic State/daesh), Libya was a common destination for

Egypt’s Coptic Christian community.

Readers may remember there was a horrific video in 2015

showing mass beheadings on a beach of at least a dozen

Egyptian Christians by the Libyan arm of ISIS . This awful

event stopped many Christians from travelling to Libya

for work. The memory runs deep according to a Middle

East manager for International Christian Concern. It was a

traumatic event for 'all of Egypt’s Christians'.

Open Doors works with local partners in North Africa to

provide leadership training, discipleship, livelihood support,

pastoral care and prayer support.

The organisation asks for prayers for Christians in Libya.

To thank God for their inspiring example in seeking the

Lord. To help local partners be effective in interacting with

believers. And to bring about a change in the status quo in

Libya — for strong and fair government, and protection for

people of all faiths. Amen.

The Parish Magazine - July/August 2022 15

The Persecuted Church by Colin Bailey

Libya: a 'lawless land' where Christians must keep their faith secret

TARGETED KIDNAPPING

PROTECTION FOR ALL FAITHS

OPEN DOORS MOST DANGEROUS

COUNTRIES FOR CHRISTIANS IN 2021

1. Afghanistan

2. North Korea

3. Somalia

4. Libya

5. Yemen

6. Eritrea

7. Nigeria

8. Pakistan

9. Iran

10. India

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References and further reading:

Open Doors World Watch List – Libya: https://www.opendoorsuk.org/persecution/

world-watch-list/libya/

International Christian Concern (persecution.org) feature on Christians in Libya:

https://www.persecution.org/2021/11/07/christians-libya-unwelcome-ignoredminority/

New York Times article on murder of Egyptian Christians by ISIS: https://www.

nytimes.com/2015/02/16/world/middleeast/islamic-state-video-beheadings-of-21-

egyptian-christians.html

International Christian Concern (persecution.org) article about disappearance

of Coptic Christians: https://www.persecution.org/2021/10/22/egyptian-copticchristians-disappear-libya/

Christians in Libya – Washington Post 2014 feature: https://www.washingtonpost.

com/national/religion/christians-in-libya-cast-anxious-eye-at-religiousfreedom/2014/01/10/eda2c72c-7a26-11e3-a647-a19deaf575b3_story.html

For your Prayers

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— Her Majesty the Queen

— All who risk their lives for us at

sea (Sea Sunday 10 July)

The people of Ukraine as they

continue to fight for freedom

in their country

— For Food Banks and charities

struggling to meet the needs of

the hungry and the deprived

— For the appointment of an assistant

organist and choral scholars to

continue developing the scope and

quality of our worship

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feature — 1

When someone asked recently, 'What is confirmation?'

I realised that many things that go on inside churches

must be a complete mystery to a large number of people,

especially nowadays as religious education in our schools

today cover so many different faiths — and often none

— writes Bob Peters. It also made me realise that some

explanation is needed for the advert about 'being confirmed

in the Church of England' that first appeared in our last

issue. Here is how the Church of England explains it ...

'Confirmation is a special church service in which a person

confirms the promises that were made when they were

baptised. If you were baptised at a christening when you were

a child, your parents and godparents made these promises

on your behalf. As a young person or adult, you may be ready

to affirm these promises for yourself and commit your life to

following Jesus Christ. At a confirmation service, you make

these promises for yourself. Your friends and family as well

as the local Christian community will be there to promise to

support and pray for you.

A bishop will place his, or her, hands on your head and ask

God’s Holy Spirit to give you the strength and commitment

to live God’s way for the rest of your life.

Being confirmed is a choice not a requirement — the

Church of England doesn’t have a formal membership

in that sense — everyone is welcome to come along to

church, worship and be a part of the church community.

Being confirmed is simply a sign of your commitment and

involvement. Some leadership roles and being ordained as a

minister do require confirmation.'

CLASSES

The act of confirmation dates back to New Testament

times when the followers of Jesus were baptised by his

disciples after promising to lead their life according to the

teaching of Jesus. As Christianity spread the role was taken

on by the bishops — our illustration top right is from a

German woodcarving made in 1679.

Early in the history of the Church it became common for

infants to be baptised. The earliest mention of infant baptism

is thought to be in an African church by Father Tertullian,

(AD 160 - 220).

At St Andrew's, our next confirmation service will be

held on Sunday 20 November at 10.30am when the Bishop

of Oxford, the Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft will be officiating.

Candidates who have not previously been baptised will be

baptised during the service, and then all candidates will

renew their baptismal vows. This involves agreeing to the

rejection of the devil, repenting sin and accepting Christ as

your Saviour.

All this will be explained during a series of 'classes'

starting in September, after which you will be in a position

to decide if you would like to be confirmed. Remember, it is

a choice, not a requirement to worship in St Andrew's, or any

other Church of England Church.

For young people, aged 10-18 years, the classes will be led

by Westy on Monday evenings beginning on 12 September,

and for adults, Rev Kate will be holding them on a Tuesday

evening from 13 September. If you would like to learn more

about being confirmed call the number on the right.

The Parish Magazine - July/August 2022 17

What is Confirmation in the Church of England?

Public Domain: Wikipedia

If you

would like to

explore what being

confirmed in the

Church of England

means call:

0118 969 3298

10-18 year old young people will meet on a Monday

Adults will meet on a Tuesday evening

If you decide to be confirmed this will take place in

St Andrew's Church on Sunday 20 November 2022

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Summer holiday food

celebrations

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By Bob Peters

July and August, the UK's traditional holiday months, give us time to put aside

our daily routines and eating habits and simply enjoy doing things, and eating,

for pleasure. The food industry clearly recognises this because July and August

are filled with special awareness days that celebrate some of the foods we are

often encouraged not to eat in excess, and some of which are illustrated above.

The summer months kick off by

tempting us with International

Chicken Wing Day on 1 July. The idea

was the brainchild of the mayor of

Buffalo, New York State, who officially

declared International Chicken Wing

Day in 1977. Basically, it seems, you fill

a bucket with chicken wings cooked in

your favourite sauce — such as Buffalo

sauce — and eat them as often as

possible throughout the day!

A week later, on 7 July, it's time to

indulge in something that is even more

popular for all ages throughout the

world. Yes, it is World Chocolate Day!

The date celebrates the introduction

of chocolate to Europe on 7 July 1550,

and today, the UK is one of the largest

consumers of it, the largest being

Switzerland. But why do we need a

special day? Who cares, just enjoy it!

Then we wait 10 days to celebrate

another worldwide treat — ice cream

— on 17 July. The earliest ice cream is

believed to have been made in China

(AD 618-907) when buffalo (the animal

not the place this time), cow and

goat milk was heated and allowed to

ferment. It was mixed with flour and

camphor for flavour and 'refrigerated'

before being served. I don't think you

will find camphor flavoured ice cream

at the seaside, but there are many more

enticing flavours available today.

But why a special day? That's down

to America again. In 1984, President

Ronald Reagan introduced a law

declaring that on the third Sunday

of July each year everyone should be

given a treat of ice cream!

Also with its roots in America is the

National Wine and Cheese Day on 25

July which is an annual holiday created

by freelance writer and wine-lover,

Jace Shoemaker-Galloway. The idea

is to spend the day trying different

combinations of wine and cheese.

The problem with this is trying to

remember which ones you preferred!

SOMETHING BRITISH

Let's start the first day of August

by eating something far more British,

the humble Yorkshire pudding, as we

celebrate Yorkshire Day.

On 4 July we turn again to America

and enjoy Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

on Independence Day.

The cookie, of course, which many

consider is a symbol of American

cuisine, was originally imported there

by European immigrants — at least

This montage has used unsplash.com images

that could be your excuse for enjoying

some!

The good news is that one delicious

truly British treat is the Bakewell tart

and we can all do homage to this on

11 August, yes, it is Bakewell Tart Day!

The pudding was invented by Mrs

Greaves, landlady of the White Horse

Inn in Bakewell, around the late 18th

or early 19th century. There are at least

three shops in Bakewell claiming that

they are selling tarts made from the

original, and highly secret, recipe. If

you go to Bakewell, let me know which

is best!

The following week, on 17 August,

there is some confusion about whether

it is cupcake day or not. A Google

search gives a wide choice of different

days throughout the year, so just in

case the 17th is the day, make sure you

eat one. If it's not, don't worry, you will

have enjoyed the cake anyway!

There's no confusion about the

UK Burger Day being on 25 August or

indeed, Lemon Juice Day on 29 August

when as well as using lemon juice in

whatever you are cooking you are

encouraged to wash your hair (if you

have any hair) in it!

In July or August there is no need

to feel guilty about indulging in food

we are encouraged to avoid, or having

a glass of wine. And if your favourite

food or tipple does not have a special

day, invent one!


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PLATINUM JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS — 3

Scarecrows raise £12k for local causes

Hundreds of locals and visitors enjoyed two days of sunshine to wander

around the Sonning Scarecrows Trail and made us all remember what we

had missed the last few years because of Covid restrictions. As well as 62

scarecrows to hunt down, there were six splendid gardens to explore, and

the opportunity to admire a collection of cherished cars. Barbara Carr, one

of the organisers, sends her thanks for 'anything' you did towards making

it a huge success, whether opening your garden, manning gardens, making

cakes, serving teas, selling trail maps, directing at car parks, etc, and,

of course to all those who made a scarecrow. Approaching £12,000 has

been raised for local groups and projects. There will be a thank you evening on

Thursday 7 July at 7.45pm in Pearson Hall.

Keith Nichols

The Friends of St Andrew's Church (FoStAC) offer their thanks to all who helped,

baked and supported the refreshments provided in The Ark during the Scarecrow

Trail. It meant they could raise over £1,500 towards their funds and donate the

leftover ingredients to the Salvation Army in Reading. FoStAC is now planning a

garden party on Bank Holiday Monday 29 August — more details on page 29.

Keith Nichols


The Parish Magazine - July/August 2022 21

Bob Peters

While a popular theme for the previous Scarecrow Trail was Trump, this year he was

strangely replaced with several Boris party displays. The editor's favourite was the

above: Green, Party, Red Party and Christmas Party!

During the two day trail, a constant

stream of visitors were welcomed into

St Andrew's Church by STAY's Rev

Lovejoy where they enjoyed the special

flower displays, including the 'crown

and throne' (see front cover). Rev Jamie

(left) spent several hours entertaining

visitors on the new church organ — it is

the real vicar, not a scarecrow! — and

the editor above (who is a scarecrow)

encouraged visitors to take a copy of

the latest 'Parish Magazine'. A short

walk away by The Ark the Sunday Club

children's Joseph added a splash of

colour to the gardens. It was good to

welcome back so many families who

had visited the church previously for

weddings, baptisms and funerals and

who just wanted to wander around and

enjoy the sunshine flooding through the

stained glass windows.

Sonning Art Group

Sonning Art Group

Sonning Art Group's exhibition in Pearson Hall was also hugely successful with

over 70 paintings covering most mediums and showcased many different styles

and subjects, all of a very high quality that was reflected in the many compliments

received from visitors. The group's Queen Bee scarecrow was one of the main

attractions, thanks to Jeremy Gilmore, a local beekeeper, who generously loaned

a hive, body suit and smoker that made up the centrepiece of the display. Michael

Sheppard, the husband of one the Art Group members, made a mini hive fitted with

a bee buzzing button that the children — and many adults — enjoyed, Almost

everyone in the club contributed in some way to knitting and felting bees, making

flowers, painting stones, producing posters and providing props.


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Locals and visitors who

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No 47 in High Street

SECOND: Harry Potter

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Peter Rennie

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Children's Laureate Julia Donaldson was clearly behind 'Stick Man' (centre), and round the corner, in Pound Lane,

none other than a splendid 'Wood...EE', AKA Woody of Toy Story fame, was attracting children of all ages!


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Jubilee on our parish streets

Above: Pipistrelle Way was decked out with flags for what Sarah Swatridge told us was a multi-cultural celebration

with residents from France, Spain, Germany and Malta who were all proud to show their respect for the Queen. And,

around the corner in Park View Drive South, Catherine and Rev Kate celebrated with their neighbours while at least

one young lad had his eyes on the delicious cakes! Meanwhile, plenty of food, drink and neighbourly conversation was

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THE WAR IN UKRAINE

A senior church leader in Ukraine

has told the citizens that Russia’s

war on Ukraine 'did not begin with

missiles and bombs — it began with

deception, untruth and lies.' So says

the head of Ukraine’s independent

Orthodox Church, Metropolitan

Epiphany (Dumenko).

'The Lord is now showing us how

we must resist with the testimony

of truth. Evil is evil, not just an

alternative viewpoint, and war is war,

not just some conflict. Rapists, looters

and murderers are criminals, and what

they are perpetuating is a genocide of

the Ukrainian people.'

The Metropolitan also said that

Ukrainians knew that Russia had long

had 'evil plans to restore the tyranny

of a rotten, overthrown empire.'

But, he said 'The Lord is with us in

this struggle, because we are fighting

for truth and goodness against

demonic tyranny and resentment

. . . We believe that our people will

overcome all new challenges — that

Ukraine will win its victory.'

Meanwhile, the Primate of

Ukraine’s Greek Catholic Church,

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk

of Kyiv-Halych, said that this spring

and summer may well be the last for

many, including himself.

He went on: 'As the war escalates,

and the enemy intensifies its offensive

against Ukraine, I call on everyone to

pray vigorously and tirelessly for the

Ukrainian army, because the fate of

Ukraine and the world is now being

decided.'

The Parish Magazine - July/August 2022 27

Ukrainian church leaders urge us all to pray

SOME OF THE CHARITIES

HELPING UKRAINE

Barnabas Fund

British Red Cross

Care International

Christian Aid

Disasters Emergency Committee

Habitat for Humanity

Hope and Homes for Children

IFAW

International Medical Corps UK

International Rescue committee

Salvation Army

Samaritans Purse International

Save the Children

The Central British Fund for World

Jewish Relief

UK for UNHCR

Unicef

WHO Health Emergency Appeal

World Vision

. . . AND

THE

WORLD

The huge outpouring of support for

Ukraine is now eclipsing other crises

around the world, which in turn is

threatening millions with starvation.

As we welcome the news that

Christian Aid is spending £8 million

in Ukraine through its local partners,

to provide medical supplies, first

aid kits, baby incubators and food

and shelter for refugees in Ukraine

and Hungary, the United Nations

and other international charities

are warning of even bigger disasters

elsewhere.

The Christian Aid funds were

raised by British people through

donations to DEC, the Disasters

Emergency Committee — which has

raised a remarkable £300 million for

Ukraine.

Meanwhile, the United Nations

reports that elsewhere in the

world, for example, Somalia, other

humanitarian organisations are

struggling to feed millions of equally

desperate people. A UN spokesperson

said, 'The outlook for Somalia was

already grim prior to the outbreak of

the Ukraine crisis, but we were then

overshadowed by the crisis in Tigray,

Yemen, and then Afghanistan.'

For example, said the UN, in

Somalia, 4.5 million people are at

risk of starvation owing to the worst

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Good news is bad news for others

Charities and benefactors around the world are facing a serious dilemma:

while diverting money and support to help the suffering victims of the war in

Ukraine, the suffering of other equally needy people elsewhere is becoming

more serious.

OVERSHADOWED

drought in a decade and the situation,

is deteriorating quickly. Somalia

urgently needs some £1.1 billion

in aid, of which only 3% has been

secured.

The international director of

Tearfund, Veena O’Sullivan, said:

'While the eyes of the world have been

fixed on Ukraine, other horrors have

been taking place.'

These range from a 'hunger crisis

of massive proportions' in the Horn

of Africa, which includes Somalia,

and the ongoing violence and famine

in the Tigray region of Ethiopia,

as well as humanitarian crises in

Afghanistan, Yemen and Syria.

HUMANITARIAN CRISIS

The director of CAFOD, Christine

Allen, said: 'It is right that we support

a response to the humanitarian crisis

in Ukraine, in whatever way we can,

but this cannot be at the expense of

vital funds meant for tackling the

root causes of global poverty.'

Church leaders in Africa have

warned that the Ukraine war is

already affecting their food security,

as 40% of Ukraine’s wheat and maize

is exported to the Middle East and

Africa. The poorest are the most

affected, as market prices rise.

As we pray for peace in Ukraine,

we must also keep praying for the

starving people in our world!


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Sonning Tennis Club

As part of the village Platinum Jubilee celebrations, Sonning Lawn Tennis Club held a fun tennis session for juniors

run by the club's Lawn Tennis Association coaches Rob Stone and Rob Velo. The children had a great time and the club

is grateful to the Sonning Fire Brigade fund for their donation which paid for the coaches.

Charvil female voices new project

Charvil's, Project Singers, are recruiting for their autumn

term project — 'Home for Christmas', a concert to be held on

17 December — plus some local carol singing.

The Project Singers have a section for girls between the 10

and 18 years who rehearse on Sundays, 6.15 - 7.45pm, and a

ladies section who meet on Mondays 8.00-9.30pm.

Informal auditions are being held in July.

Contact the choir's musical director, Suzanne Newman, on

0118 934 0589 / suzanneynewman@btinternet.com for more

details.

Make a date for the Sonning Show

This year's Sonning Village show is on Saturday 10

September at Sonning CofE Primary School. The schedules

will be available shortly. Entries have to be submitted on the

day of the show, 10am - 12 noon. The Fete starts at 2pm.

Love is all you need

A fun singing afternoon for female voices led by Suzanne

Newman in tribute to the Beatles is being held in Charvil

Village Hall on Saturday 3 September, 2-4pm. For more

information contact Suzanne newman (details on the left).

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community.

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HOME AND GARDEN

In the garden

. . . 200 YEARS AGO, on 20 July 1822 that Gregor Mendel

was born. An Austrian/Czech friar, and botanist, he

discovered the laws of heredity and created the science of

genetics.

. . . 175 YEARS AGO, on 24 July 1847 that Salt Lake City was

founded by Mormon pioneers, led by Brigham Young.

. . . 150 YEARS AGO, on 1 July 1872 that the French

inventor, and aviation pioneer, Louis Bleriot, was born. He

developed the first practical headlamp for cars and became

the first person to fly across the English Channel.

. . . 125 YEARS AGO, on 21 July 1897 that the Tate Britain

art museum opened in London.

. . . 80 YEARS AGO, on 31 July 1942 that the British charity

Oxfam was founded. (Oxford Committee for Famine Relief)

. . . 75 YEARS AGO, on 9 July 1947 that Buckingham Palace

announced the engagement of Princess Elizabeth (later

Queen Elizabeth II) to Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten.

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. . . 65 YEARS AGO, on 6 July 1957 that John Lennon and

Paul McCartney met for the first time at a church hall in

Liverpool, where 16 year old Lennon was performing with his

skiffle group the Quarrymen. 15 year old McCartney joined

as a rhythm guitarist shortly afterwards, and the pair went

on to form the Beatles.

. . . 40 YEARS AGO, on 9 July 1982 that Michael Fagan

broke into Buckingham Palace and spent 10 minutes talking

to the Queen in her bedroom.

. . . 25 YEARS AGO, on 1 July 1997 that the UK returned

Hong Kong to China after more than 150 years.

. . . 15 YEARS AGO, on 1 July 2007 that smoking was

banned in all enclosed workspaces in England.

Not only do bees help provide the honey, propolis and

beeswax, but they also help to keep us all fed and watered.

Without bees, more than a third of everything we eat

would disappear from our tables.

The majority of our honey, 85% in the UK, is imported,

but there are local beekeepers on our doorsteps. So why

not visit a local farm shop or deli and enjoy the precious

produce of our local beekeepers for breakfast?

You can also help bees by planting wildflower seeds

and keeping part of your garden wild so that it will

provide a food supply.

Download the Great British Bee Count app created by

Friends of the Earth which allows you to log the bees you

spot out and about. This builds a picture of bee health and

activity in the UK.

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mission. You can find a step-by-step guide on how to build

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Enter into the rest that God created to enjoy

By Rev Michael Burgess

At this time of the year we are

planning and looking forward to

holidays — that welcome break

away from the pressures and

responsibilities of daily life and

work. The book of Genesis opens

with a glorious account of God’s

work of creation and tells us that

even God rested on the seventh day.

We all need to find that balance of

work and rest, of activity and slowing

down in our lives. And we are not

always good at that because our

world seems to be in the fast lane.

We rush everywhere, we rush out of

habit, and we rush because everyone

around us is rushing.

This month’s painting, ‘The Potato

Planters’ by Jean–Francois Millet, a

19th century French artist, portrays

two peasants at work. They don’t

seem to be rushing, but Millet has

certainly portrayed the hard toil of

their work, digging in the earth from

sunrise to sunset to eke out a living.

SEVERE REALISM

Millet was the son of a farm

labourer and many of his paintings

convey the severe realism of peasant

life. We can sympathise with the

couple working on the land, and our

eyes focus on them as they dominate

the canvas.

But in the corner under the shade

of a tree there is a donkey and a

sleeping child. The donkey knows

only too well the reality of toil and

work, but here he is resting, enjoying

the peace and the shade.

Andy Merrifield, an American

philosopher, has just published an

Jean-François Millet, public domain, Wikimedia Commons

account of his travels with a donkey,

Gribouille. As they journey together,

the donkey teaches him the value of

patience, the importance of going

slowly through the world, and the

preciousness of tender friendship

between humans and animals. They

are all caught up in the little donkey

in this painting.

The man and woman in the

foreground may reflect our own lives

with the duties, the expectations and

the demands called of us at work.

Take time to focus on the donkey,

enjoying his rest. Take time this

summer to find relaxation and

recreation on holiday. The world may

carry on spinning around us, but use

that holiday to stand apart and enter

into the rest that God enjoyed after

his work of creation.

A Family Holiday Book Review

A Good Friend, by Gemma Hunt,

SPCK, £8.99

Written by TV presenter and children’s

entertainer, Gemma Hunt, the See! Let’s

Be series encourages young children to

understand how to act and behave in

everyday situations through observing

good examples by adults and inspired

by Jesus’ parables and teachings. It

is perfect for end-of-the-day reading

time with children, providing support,

encouragement, and reassuring words.

Poetry Corner

Priestly Possibilities

By Steven Rolling

Hebrews 4:14-16

Tune: St Stephen, ‘In Christ there is

no east or west’

Seeing we have a great high priest

Helping least to greatest

Who has into the heavens passed

His salvation shall last

Jesus the Son of God He be

He is a high priest, see

Who can sympathise with us, weak

Though we are, we Him seek

Our weaknesses where prone to sin

He was tempted therein

In all ways that we are, human

He became as us men

Though He full human, full divine

With Father did align

Not sin through temptation, not fall

In them, but conquered all

Let us therefore come boldly to

The throne of grace anew

That we may obtain mercy, find

Grace in needs-times, He kind

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TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF THE QUEEN and her 70 years of service . . .

During this Jubilee year we have been swamped with information about Her Majesty The Queen,

her family and her closest advisors. How much of her fascinating story do you remember? Here are

70 Jubilee questions to test you, your families and friends. The answers are on page 37

THE QUEEN’S EARLY YEARS

1. Where was the Queen born?

2. Who were the Queen’s parents?

3. What time of the day was the Queen born?

4. What is the date of the Queen’s birthday?

5. Where did the Queen live as a child?

6. Where was the Queen educated?

7. What did the Queen win at the age of 14 years?

8. When and where did the Queen, as Princess Elizabeth,

make her first solo engagement?

9. When was Princess Elizabeth engaged to Prince Philip?

10. What happened to the Queen’s wedding bouquet?

THE QUEEN’S CORONATION

11. How many Queens were crowned in Westminster Abbey

before Queen Elizabeth II?

12. What were the names of the eight horses that pulled the

Coronation Coach?

Peter Rennie

13. What chair did the Queen sit on to be crowned?

14. How many people watched the Coronation on television?

15. How many people listened to the Coronation on the radio?

16. How many guests were in Westminster Abbey for the

Coronation?

17. How many monarchs have reigned since William I?

18. Who designed the Queen’s Coronation dress?

19. How many journalists and photographers covered the

Coronation?

20. How many servicemen took part in the procession?

THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH

21. When and where was the Duke of Edinburgh born?

22. Who was the Duke’s great-great-grandmother?

23. What was the Duke’s first naval appointment?

24. How many speeches did the Duke of Edinburgh deliver?

25. What is the Duke’s connection with the ‘Silver Wink’?

26. Where is the Duke of Edinburgh worshipped as a god?

27. Where did Prince Philip live during his childhood?

28. What is ‘Edinburgh Green’?

29. What other two titles did the Duke of Edinburgh have?

30. When did the Duke gain his helicopter wings?

THE QUEEN’S SERVICE

31. How many items of correspondence has the Queen

received during her reign?

32. How many acts of Parliament has the Queen authorised?

33. Since 1952, how many honours and awards has the

Queen presented?

34. How many guests attended the Queen’s garden parties?

35. How many State Banquets has the Queen given?

36. How many Godchildren does the Queen have?

37. How many telegrams has the Queen sent to couples

celebrating their diamond wedding (60 years) anniversary.

38. How many Christmas puddings has the Queen given to

her staff?

39. How many Royal Variety Shows has the Queen attended?

40. How many charities and organisations is the Queen

patron?

THE QUEEN’S POLITICAL AND RELIGIOUS ADVISORS

41. Who was Prime Minister when the Queen was crowned?

42. Who was the Archbishop of Canterbury when the Queen

was crowned?

43. How many Prime Ministers have there been during the

Queen’s reign?

44. How many Archbishops of Canterbury have there been

during the Queen’s reign?

45. Who was the fifth Archbishop of Canterbury to serve

under the Queen?

46. Who were the 8th and 13th Prime Ministers to serve

under the Queen?

47. Who is the Domestic Chaplain to the Queen in St

George’s Chapel Windsor?

48. Why is St George’s Chapel Windsor unique within the

Anglican Church in England?

49. How many Presidents of America have been in office

during the Queen’s reign?

50. Who was the only President of America that the Queen

never met?

THE COMMONWEALTH

51. How many Commonwealth Realms are there in addition

to the UK?

52. What is the Queen’s title in Australia?

53. How many countries use currency having an image of

the Queen?

54. How many independent Commonwealth countries are

there?

55. How much of the world belongs to the Commonwealth?

56. When is Commonwealth Day?

57. How often are the Commonwealth games held?

58. How many people are there in the Commonwealth?

59. How many countries are there in the Commonwealth?

60. Where does the word ‘Commonwealth’ come from?

THE PRINCE OF WALES

61. Where and when was Prince Charles born?

62. Who baptised Prince Charles?

63. Prince Charles has 11 titles, what are they?

64. What was the first school Prince Charles attended?

65. When did Prince Charles go to boarding school in

Berkshire?

66. When was Prince Charles invested as the Prince of

Wales?

67. What subjects did Prince Charles read at university?

68. When did Prince Charles qualify as a helicopter pilot?

69. Approximately, how much do the Prince of Wales

charities raise each year?

70. In 2007, the Prince of Wales founded a charity to help

deprived young people. What is it called?


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ANSWERS TO QUIZ ON PAGE 35

THE QUEEN’S EARLY YEARS

1. 17 Bruton Street in Mayfair, London

2. Duke and Duchess of York - later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.

3. 2.40am

4. 21 April 1926

5. 145 Piccadilly

6. At home

7. First young person to win the Royal Life Saving Society Lifesaving Award

8. 21 April 1942, her 16th birthday, when she inspected the Grenadier

Guards at Windsor Castle.

9. 9 July 1947

10. The wedding bouquet laid on the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior.

THE QUEEN’S CORONATION

11. There were five Queens crowned before Elizabeth II.

12. Cunningham, Tovey, Noah, Tedder, Eisenhower, Snow White, Tipperary

and McCreery.

13. St Edward's Chair, made in 1300 for Edward I.

14. 7 million people in the UK watched the ceremony on television.

15. 11 million listened on the radio.

16. There were 8,251 wedding guests

17. 61 monarchs

18. Sir Norman Hartnell

19. More than 2,000 journalists and 500 photographers from 92 nations.

20. Almost 30,000 men took part in the procession.

THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH

21. Villa 'Mon Repos' on the island of Corfu, on 10 June 1921.

22. Queen Victoria

23. Midshipman in 1940

24. 4,632

25. The University of Cambridge challenged Prince Philip to a tiddlywinks

match in 1958 and since 1961 the ‘Silver Wink’ was awarded by the Duke to

the winner of the University Tiddlywinks Championships.

26. Tanna, one of the islands in Vanuatu. South West Pacific

27. France

28. The Duke's livery colour is dark green, known as 'Edinburgh Green'

29. Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich

30. 1956

THE QUEEN’S SERVICE

31. 3 million

32. 3,135

33. 380,630

34. Over 1 million

35. 88

36. 30

37. 100,000

38. 75,000

39. 39 – which is more than any other member of the Royal Family

40. 620

THE QUEEN AND POLITICAL AND RELIGIOUS LEADERS

41. Winston Churchill

42. Geoffrey Francis Fisher

43. Over 170 around the world – 14 in the UK

44. Seven: Geoffrey Fisher; Michael Ramsey; Donald Coggan; Robert

Runcie; George Carey; Rowan Williams and Justin Welby

45. George Carey

46. Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May

47. Paul Wright

48. It is privately owned by the Queen.

49. 13

50. Lyndon B Johnson

THE COMMONWEALTH

51. 14

52. Queen of Australia

53. 33

54. 54

55. Almost one third

56. Second Monday in March

57. Every 4 years – this year it is in Birmingham from 28 July – 8 August

58. 2.5 billion

59. 54

60. Common, means 'belonging to all,' and wealth, is 'happiness or riches'

THE PRINCE OF WALES: THE EARLY YEARS

61. Buckingham Palace at 9.14pm on 14 November 1948

62. Geoffrey Fisher, Archbishop of Canterbury

63. Duke of Cornwall, Duke of Rothesay, Earl of Carrick, Baron Renfrew,

Lord of the Isles, Prince and Great Steward of Scotland, The Prince of

Wales, Earl of Chester, Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth, and Baron

Greenwich. (The last three were inherited on the death of his father.)

64. Hill House, West London

65. 1958

66. July 1969

67. Archaeology, Anthropology and History

68. 1974

69. Approximately £150 million

70. The Mosaic Network

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CROSSWORD

1 2 3 4 5 6 7

8 9

12

16

10 11

13 14 15

18 19

20 21

ACROSS Across

1 - Relinquish a throne a (8) throne (8)

5 - Bitter-tasting substance (4) substance (4)

8 Type of tooth (5)

- Type of tooth (5)

9 Have (7)

9 - Have (7)

10 Servile (7)

10 - Servile (7)

12 Cook in hot fat (4-3)

12 14 - Cook Workshop in hot fat (4-3) or studio (7)

14 16 - Workshop Poked or (7) studio (7)

18 Type of dance (3-4)

16 - Poked (7)

19 The Hunter (constellation) (5)

18 - Type of dance (3-4)

20 Administrative district (4)

19 - The Hunter (constellation) (5)

21 Amazes (8)

20 - Administrative district (4)

Down

DOWN

21 - Amazes (8)

1 Pinnacle (4)

2 Widen (6)

3 Confirmed in a formal statement (9)

4 Embody (6)

6 Religious leader (6)

7 Creator (8)

11 Sport played in a pool (5,4)

12 Tyrannical (8)

13 Roman military unit (6)

14 Changes; modifies (6)

15 Eg from New Delhi (6)

17 Burden (4)

CODEWORD

1 - Pinnacle (4)

2 - Widen (6)

17

3 - Confirmed in a formal statement (9)

4 - Embody (6)

6 - Religious leader (6)

7 - Creator (8)

11 - Sport played in a pool (5,4)

12 - Tyrannical (8)

13 - Roman military unit (6)

14 - Changes; modifies (6)

15 - Eg from New Delhi (6)

17 - Burden (4)

10 8 17 14 25 8 17 13 4

11 8 17 13 23 9 17 4 15 20

11 12 21 3 9 6 2

10 4 15 22 11 19 25 6 1 9 7

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25 17 16 25 8 2 9 24 4 1 25 25

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17 13 20 9 17 8 18 8 25 6 25 8

11 1 17 10 4 25

5 11 6 17 21 11 9 15 10 5 22

26 20 26 13 13 12 4

24 25 12 25 21 11 20 12 17 25

8 10 15 18 25 1 1 11 14

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

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

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WORDSEARCH FOR SEA SUNDAY

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

10 July brings us Sea Sunday, the day

when Christian churches remember, pray

and give thanks for the more than 1.5

million merchant seafarers and fishermen

worldwide. If seafarers seem irrelevant

to your daily life, think again: 90 per

cent of everything you buy in the shops

comes to you by sea. Merchant seafarers

quite literally keep our global economy

afloat. Yet it is a tough life, far from loved

ones. Merchant ships are harsh working

environments, never mind the threat of

piracy or even shipwreck.

To help the seafarers, a worldwide

network of port chaplains has sprung up.

They offer hospitality and friendship, as

well as practical, emotional and spiritual

support, providing almost a ‘home from

home’ in hundreds of ports, in more than

50 countries. You might wish to support

one of these three well-known societies:

The Mission to Seafarers (Anglican), The

Apostolate of the Sea (Roman Catholic), and

The Sailors’ Society (inter-denominational).

JULY

SEA

PRAY

GIVE

DAILY

SUNDAY

SHOPS

PORT

REMEMBER

THANKS

MERCHANT

SEAFARERS

ECONOMY

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paul@clarkbicknell.co.uk

COMPUTER FRUSTRATIONS?

For jargon free help with your computer problems

PC & laptop repairs, upgrades, installations, virus removal

Free advice, reasonable rates

0798 012 9364 help@computerfrustrations.co.uk

INTERSMART LIMITED

Electrical Installation and Smart Home Automation

intersmartuk@gmail.com

Elliott — 0777 186 6696

Nick — 0758 429 4986

HANDYMAN & DECORATING SERVICES

Reliable and affordable

Small jobs a speciality!

Call Andy on 0795 810 0128

http://www.handyman-reading.co.uk

JAMES AUTOS

Car Servicing, Repairs and MOT

Mole Road, Sindlesham, RG41 5DJ

0118 977 0831

http://www.jamesautos.co.uk

ALL AERIALS

A local business based in Sonning. TV - FM - DAB aerials etc.

Sky dishes. Communal premises IRS systems, TV points.

Free estimates - All work guaranteed

0118 944 0000

MC CLEANING

We are a family business with excellent references

and we are fully insured

All cleaning materials provided

For free quote call: Maria 0779 902 7901

PROFESSIONAL HOME VISIT SERVICE

Thames Valley Will Service

Also Lasting Powers of Attorney and Probate Service

We are still working during the pandemic period

0134 464 1885 tvwills@yahoo.co.uk

THAMES CHIMNEY SWEEPS

0779 926 8123 0162 882 8130

enquiries@thameschimneysweeps.co.uk

http://www.thameschimneysweeps.co.uk

Member of the Guild of Master Sweeps

CALLAGHAN CARPETS & FLOORING

Thirty-six years local experience

Family run company

0118 962 8527 0779 223 9474

callaghancarpets@btinternet.com

WANT HELP WITH AN ‘ODD JOB’?

For local odd jobs please call Phil on

0118 944 0000

0797 950 3908

Thames Street, Sonning

BIG HEART TREE CARE

Reliable and friendly service for all tree care

NPTC qualified — Public Liability of £10million

0118 937 1929 0786 172 4071

bighearttreecare.co.uk info@bighearttreecare.co.uk

SMALLWOOD

Landscaping, garden construction,

patios, lawns, fencing, decking etc

0118 969 8989 https://www.smallwoodlandscaping.co.uk/

office@smallwoodlandscaping.co.uk

ALL WASTE CLEARANCE & DISPOSAL

Waste clearance from office, house, garden, loft

Licensed waste carriers, no job too small or large

Contact: John

0771 021 2056 j.garmston@ntworld.com

BERKSHIRE STUMP REMOVALS

Stump grinding and tree stump removal

Latest narrow access machinery

Contact: Mark

0798 495 7334 http://www.berkshirestumpremoval

PAINTER and DECORATOR

Roger McGrath has 25 years experience

Restoration painting work of any size undertaken

For a free quotation call

Roger 0742 332 1179


CHILDREN'S PAGE

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Parish contacts

Ministry Team

The Vicar: Revd Jamie Taylor (Day off Friday)

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

vicar@sonningparish.org.uk / 0118 969 3298

— Associate Vicar: Revd Kate Wakeman-Toogood

revkate@sonningparish.org.uk / 0746 380 6735

On duty Tuesday, Friday and Sunday

— Youth Minister: Chris West (Westy)

youthminister@sonningparish.org.uk / 0794 622 4106

— Licensed Lay Minister: Bob Peters

bob@sonningparish.org.uk / 0118 377 5887

Children's Ministry

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

Churchwardens

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

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

Deputy Churchwardens

— Simon Darvall sdarvall@businessmoves.com 0793 928 2535

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

— Molly Woodley (deputy churchwarden emeritus)

mollywoodley@live.co.uk / 0118 946 3667

Parish Administrator

— Hilary Rennie

office@sonningparish.org.uk / 0118 969 3298

Parochial Church Council

— Secretary: Hilary Rennie 0118 969 3298

— Treasurer: Richard Moore 0118 969 2588

Director of Music, organist and choirmaster

— Hannah Towndrow BA (Oxon), LRAM

music@sonningparish.org.uk

Sonning Bell Ringers

— Tower Captain: Pam Elliston

pam.elliston@talktalk.net / 0118 969 5967

— Deputy Tower Captain: Rod Needham

r06needham@gmail.com / 0118 926 7724

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

The Parish Magazine: http://www.theparishmagazine.co.uk

— Editor: Bob Peters

editor@theparishmagazine.co.uk / 0118 377 5887

— Advertising and Distribution: Gordon Nutbrown

advertising@theparishmagazine.co.uk / 0118 969 3282

— Treasurer: Pat Livesey

pat.livesey@yahoo.co.uk / 0118 961 8017

The Parish Magazine is produced by St Andrew’s PCC and delivered

free of charge to every home in Charvil, Sonning and Sonning Eye.

The Parish Magazine is printed in the United Kingdom by The Print

Factory at Sarum Graphics Ltd, Old Sarum, Salisbury SP4 6QX

The Parish Magazine is distributed by Abracadabra Leaflet

Distribution Ltd, Reading RG7 1AW

The Parish Magazine template was designed in 2012 by Roger

Swindale rogerswindale@hotmail.co.uk and David Woodward

david@designforprint.org

Advertisers index

ABD Construction 6

Abbeyfield Wey Valley Society 22

ACG Services Locksmith 40

Active Domestic Appliances 16

Active Security 30

ADD Plumbing 12

All Aerials 40

All Waste Clearance 40

Barn Store Henley 16

Berkshire Stump Removals 40

Big Heart Tree Care 40

Blandy & Blandy Solicitors 14

Blinds Direct 26

Blue Moose 8

Bridge House 43

Bridges Home Care 26

Bull Inn 8

Callaghan Carpets & Flooring 40

Chimney Sweep, Thames 40

Chiropody, Linda Frewin 40

Chris the Plumber 32

Clark Bicknell 40

Complete Pest Solutions 24

Computer Frustrations 40

CPS Fuels 28

Cruz Kitchens 28

Design for Print 28

EMDR Hypnotherapist 30

Freebody Boatbuilders 6

Fields Pharmacy 32

French Horn 44

Gardiner’s Homecare 8

Great House Sonning 24

Handyman and Decorating Services 40

Haslams Estate Agents 2

Hicks Group 16

Intersmart Electrical Installations 40

James Autos 40

Jones & Sheppard Stone Masons 32

Kingfisher Bathrooms 26

MC Cleaning 40

Mill at Sonning 4

M & L Healthcare Solutions 12

Mortgage Required 18

Muck & Mulch 28

Nutrition & Health Consultant 38

Odd Jobs 40

Painter and Decorator 40

Pearson Hall Sonning 24

Queen Anne’s Independent School 38

Reading Blue Coat School 26

Richfield Flooring 14

Sabella Interiors 34

SecureHeat 22

Seniors Helping Seniors 12

Shiplake College 14

Signature Care Homes 36

Sonning Golf Club 32

Sonning Scouts Marquees 30

Smallwood Garden Services 40

Style by Julie 6

Thames Valley Water Softeners 6

Thames Valley Wills Service 40

The 50 Plus Home Repairs 28

Tomalin Funerals 24

Walker Funerals 12

Water Softener Salt 28

Window Cleaner 16


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BRIDGE HOUSE

of TWYFORD

Because you deserve

the very best

Welcome to Bridge House Nursing Home

Established for 35 years, the elegant Georgian Grade II listed Bridge House has extended its facilities to

include a beautiful, light-filled and airy purpose built nursing home.

Our philosophy is built upon helping residents maintain their independence and dignity, whilst ensuring

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Call 0800 230 0206

Visit www.bridgehouseoftwyford.co.uk

INDEPENDENT LIVING • ASSISTED LIVING • NURSING HOME

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The French Horn,

Sonning. Quality.

A continuing commitment to

wonderful food and wine.

0118 969 2204

www.thefrenchhorn.co.uk

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