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<strong>September</strong> <strong>2022</strong> — Autumn Show Time<br />

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Contents <strong>September</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />



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Services at<br />

St Andrew’s<br />


— Confirmation starts, 7<br />

— From the Register, 7<br />

— For your prayers, 7<br />

— Christian Basics, 9<br />

— Claude's view from the pew, 9<br />

— STAY, 10<br />

— <strong>The</strong> Persecuted Church, 11<br />

— Reflection: Hosea, 13<br />

— From the editor's desk, 13<br />


— <strong>The</strong> Queen of Belize, 15-17<br />

— Your Sonning Show Guide, 19<br />

— Wreckage in the Thames, 21<br />

— Tales of a Sonning lad, 22-25<br />

—around the villages<br />

— WI rounders champions, 25<br />

— Volunteers for Family Aid, 25<br />

— Bowls members wanted, 25<br />

— Plan a royal visit, 25<br />

— 1925 cricket photo request, 27<br />

— Chiltern Heritage festival, 27<br />

— Pearson Hall talks, 27<br />

— Painting for Sonning Show, 27<br />

HOME & GARDEn<br />

— Adding value to your home, 29<br />

— Recipes of the month, 31<br />

— Autumn garden show, 31<br />

THE ARTS<br />

— Beauty in the ordinary, 33<br />

— Poetry Corner, 33<br />

history, 33<br />

health<br />

— Dr Simon Ruffle - Monkeypox, 35<br />

— Considering elderly care? 37<br />

PUZZLE PAGE, 39<br />

children's page, 41<br />

information<br />

— Church services, 3<br />

— From the registers, 7<br />

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

— Advertisers' index, 42<br />

<strong>September</strong> <strong>2022</strong> — Autumn Show Time<br />

<strong>The</strong><br />

<strong>Parish</strong><br />

<strong>Magazine</strong><br />

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

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

STAY summer fun (pages 10-11)<br />

Picture by Westy<br />


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of <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> is 12 noon on<br />

the sixth day of the month prior to the<br />

date of publication.<br />

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issue of <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> is:<br />

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<strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> online<br />

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

http://www.theparishmagazine.co.uk<br />

Earlier issues from 1869 onwards are<br />

stored in a secure online archive. If you<br />

wish to view these archives contact the<br />

editor who will authorise access for you:<br />

editor@theparishmagazine.co.uk<br />

Sunday 4 <strong>September</strong><br />

— 8.00am Holy Communion<br />

— 10.30am Family Service<br />

— 4.00pm Choral Evensong<br />

Sunday 11 <strong>September</strong><br />

— 8.00am Holy Communion<br />

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

STAY and Sunday Club<br />

Sunday 18 <strong>September</strong><br />

— 8.00am Holy Communion<br />

— 10.30am Family Communion<br />

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

Sunday 25 <strong>September</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<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 follows the 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 />

Could you be a Governor at Could you be a Governor at<br />

Sonning CE Primary School? Sonning CE Primary School?<br />

Do you want to make a difference to your local Do community you want while to make developing a difference your to own your personal/leadership<br />

local community while developing you<br />

skills? Sonning CE Primary School now has vacancies skills? for Sonning volunteers CE Primary to join School our local now governing has vacancies body. for Our volunteers role to join our lo<br />

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is to:<br />

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• Oversee the financial performance of the school • Oversee the financial performance of the school<br />

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If you are interested and would like more information, If you are please interested contact and Clare would Borsberry-Lewis, like more information, Chair of please contact Clare Bors<br />

Governors: cborsberrylewis@sonning.wokingham.sch.uk Governors: cborsberrylewis@sonning.wokingham.sch.uk<br />

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and powers and work within the broad current and legislative powers framework and within ensuring the the broad continuity current of legislative governing framework ensuring th<br />

body business.<br />

body business.<br />

If you would like more information please contact If you Clare would Borsberry-Lewis, like more information Chair of Governors: please contact Clare Borsberry-Lewis, Chair o<br />

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<strong>The</strong> Feast of St Michael and All Angels is observed on 29 <strong>September</strong>.<br />

<strong>The</strong> fact of spiritual warfare is often neglected, I am sure in most<br />

cases, quite deliberately. Many churches give the impression that the<br />

Christian religion is a comfortable cruise ship instead of a battleship,<br />

at battle stations, but we see in the New Testament a tendency to use<br />

military expressions regularly. Saint Paul, for example, telling the<br />

Ephesians to put on the whole armour of God in order to stand<br />

against principalities and powers, rulers of the present darkness of<br />

this world, and wicked spirits in heavenly places. He tells them to<br />

stand, that is, to hold their ground. Jesus did not tell us to hold a<br />

coffee morning until he comes again, but to occupy until he comes.<br />

If we do this, what can we expect, but opposition and ridicule? A<br />

church that chooses to gather its flock for a comfortable cruise on<br />

calm waters, enjoying the view, the companionship and the<br />

entertainment, bobbing with the tide, will face no opposition. On<br />

the surface at least, all will seem well, but in my experience, a church<br />

that seeks to occupy, to hold its ground and to grow the kingdom, can<br />

expect trouble and hostility ahead. However, rather than avoid the conflict we should embrace it, for<br />

without it, the chances are we are achieving very little for Christ.<br />


One of the set readings for this Christian feast quotes Jesus telling of the need to humble ourselves<br />

as the little child. We are not told that children are an example to follow, as some preachers give out<br />

with muddle-headed sentimentality, and as some politicians and media have suggested with Greta<br />

Thunberg. Nowhere did he say that children were examples for us to follow. Rather, he spoke clearly<br />

about their need to be protected, especially, their need to be protected from the influences that would<br />

corrupt them, deprive them of their innocence and rob the children of childhood. This warning has<br />

everything to do with the reality of our spiritual warfare, and of how that warfare applies to the little<br />

child of whom Jesus speaks. For, to lead children into sin brings about a judgment that is terrifying.<br />

Only of the traitor Judas are similar words spoken: 'Better for that man had he not been born.'<br />

One of the main problems with a society that presents a confused and compromised message, and<br />

that teaches moral license that it calls tolerance, is the harm that it is doing to the children. Right<br />

now ‘the world’ is not aiming its deception and temptations simply at adults, but at children, and<br />

constantly at younger and younger ages. <strong>The</strong> advertisements and entertainment aimed at their young<br />

minds should anger and shock us. <strong>The</strong>y ought to be allowed those early years of innocence and not be<br />

presented with such adult sexualised themes, not to mention the extraordinary new vocabulary to be<br />

found in our schools of transgender/binary/questioning/intersex/genderqueer/neutrois/pansexual/<br />

transsexual/transmasculine/cisgender man/genderfluid, etc, etc, etc. If they are to be protected, it is<br />

necessary that their parents resist the spirit of the times — real spirits of deception, and, the Church,<br />

and especially its bishops, must teach right from wrong, but God help us in this climate if we dare to<br />

try. He will need to help us, for the opposition will be powerful indeed.<br />

I would suggest that many people, including some Christians, are oblivious to the deception because<br />

we live in an age of deception, an age where lies are preferred over truth. This too is spiritual, and we<br />

need to be vigilant. When Jesus was obedient even to the death of the cross, the powers of evil were<br />

crushed. When he rose from the dead he showed that he was triumphant over the powers of darkness<br />

and had defeated sin and death. As we occupy this ground until he comes, warring for our souls and<br />

the souls of others, we are joined in the battle by Michael and the Holy Angels. It isn’t going to be easy,<br />

but then being truly faithful to Christ never has been.<br />

Warm wishes, Jamie

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If you<br />

would like to<br />

explore what being<br />

confirmed in the<br />

Church of England<br />

means call:<br />

0118 969 3298<br />

From the register<br />

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10-18 year old young people will meet on a Monday<br />

Adults will meet on a Tuesday evening<br />

If you decide to be confirmed this will take place in<br />

St Andrew's Church on Sunday 20 November <strong>2022</strong><br />

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As we went to press, about 30 people<br />

had signed up for the Confirmation<br />

preparation groups, half of which<br />

were adults. It's not too late to join<br />

them, simply call the number above.<br />

<strong>The</strong> adult group begins meeting on<br />

Tuesday evenings from 13 <strong>September</strong><br />

and the young people's group (aged<br />

10-18 years) will meet on Monday<br />

evenings from 12 <strong>September</strong>.<br />

Following the preparation<br />

sessions, the Bishop of Oxford will<br />

be leading the Confirmation service<br />

in St Andrew's Church on Sunday 20<br />

November.<br />

Rev Kate is leading the adult<br />

group and Westy is leading the youth<br />

group. See page 42 for their contact<br />

details if you would like a chat about<br />

what is involved or ring the number<br />

above to book your place.<br />

In <strong>The</strong> Ark<br />

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— Sunday 12 June, Savannah Katerina Benstead-Costis<br />

— Sunday 10 July, Isabella Rose Costello, Harrison George Costello and<br />

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— Sunday 8 August, William James Perre<br />

weddings<br />

— Friday 10 June, Sam Joseph King and Kate Anne Hartley<br />

— Friday 17 June, Christopher Edward Heath and Eleanor Chantelle Bhasin<br />

— Saturday 2 July, David Mark Townsend and Vivian Vasiliki Praxoulis<br />

— Saturday 16 July, Rupert George Tuggey and Yasmin Ella Rose Parry<br />

— Saturday 30 July, James William Stephen Best and Laura Jayne Mellon<br />

funerals<br />

— Tuesday 14 June, Janet Mary Hunt, service in church followed by<br />

cremation at Reading Crematorium<br />

— Friday 17 June, Christine Anne Emmett, burial in the churchyard<br />

— Saturday 16 July, Gordon Leslie Sanders interment of ashes in churchyard<br />

— Monday 18 July, Arthur John Foden, service in church followed by<br />

cremation at Reading Crematorium<br />

— Tuesday 19 July, Barbara Mary Masters , service in church followed by<br />

Cremation at Reading Crematorium<br />

— Friday 22 July, Josephine Webb, interment of ashes in the churchyard<br />

— Saturday 30 July, Norah Willetts, memorial service in church and interment<br />

of ashes in the churchyard<br />


Tuesday 13 <strong>September</strong> and Tuesday 27 <strong>September</strong><br />

at 12 noon for lunch and conversation<br />

To reserve your place call:<br />

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— Rev Kate and Westy in their mentoring roles<br />

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— Those beginning Confirmation preparation<br />

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Christian Basics — Part 7<br />

By Rev Paul Hardingham<br />

What does the Holy<br />

Spirit do? (Part 2)<br />

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Somebody once defined a football match as ‘22 people on<br />

the field desperately in need of rest, watched by 50,000<br />

people in the stands, desperately in need of exercise'. It<br />

reminds us that church is not a spectator sport! <strong>The</strong> Holy<br />

Spirit equips us to serve God in the Church and daily life<br />

through the gifts of the Holy Spirit.<br />


<strong>The</strong>se gifts are variously described as spiritual gifts (1<br />

Corinthians 12:1) or grace gifts (1 Corinthians 1:7), the latter<br />

word being used in modern Greek for a birthday present!<br />

<strong>The</strong>y are love gifts from God that we cannot earn or<br />

deserve, that are open to everybody.<br />

Note what Paul says, 'Now to each one the manifestation<br />

of the Spirit is given for the common good' (1 Corinthians 12:7):<br />

EACH ONE<br />

To each one: the gifts are available to every Christian.<br />

Everyone will have a different ‘gift-mix’, with their own<br />

particular contribution to offer.<br />


<strong>The</strong> manifestation of the Spirit: the gifts of the Spirit<br />

enable an invisible God to be real and visible. As we<br />

exercise the gifts that God has given to us, in our speech<br />

or service, people will be able to say, ‘God is at work here’!<br />

OTHERS<br />

For the common good: the aim of the gifts is to build up<br />

the body of Christ and extend the kingdom of God. <strong>The</strong>y<br />

are not intended to meet our own needs or reputation, but<br />

simply to serve and encourage others.<br />


With the gifts given by God, we are able to fulfil his<br />

purposes in his world. Paul urges us to ‘eagerly desire’ the<br />

gifts that God has for us (1 Corinthians 12:31).<br />

How true is this for me? Any present that we are given<br />

needs unwrapping before we can enjoy it. Are we doing<br />

this with our spiritual gifts?<br />

Happy<br />

days<br />

around<br />

the<br />

camp<br />

fire<br />

By Claude Masters<br />

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Claude's<br />

view<br />

from<br />

the<br />

pew<br />

With a few empty places in the pews where the regulars<br />

often sat — they were taking their annual holidays — the<br />

words of an old song came to mind: ‘<strong>The</strong>se are the times we<br />

shall dream about and we’ll call them the good old days’.<br />

This song, and one about a man named Michael Finnigan,<br />

who climbed a tree and barked his shinigan, were those I<br />

remember singing around a scout camp fire when I was a lad.<br />

Although it was during the austere time after the Second<br />

World War they were happy days. Sometimes it would be a<br />

large fire at a district rally with hundreds of others but most<br />

were at the end of a day in a troop camp when we were around<br />

the fire that had cooked our meals. We sat cross legged on the<br />

ground with the wood smoke stinging our eyes and holding<br />

hot cocoa in chipped enamel mugs. <strong>The</strong> cocoa was invariably<br />

‘accidentally’ knocked over as little sugar could be spared<br />

from the meagre rations.<br />

As well as their personal kit each camper was asked to<br />

bring their food rations. At a weekend camp one lad turned<br />

up with a thin slice of butter, not even enough for half a slice<br />

of bread. A bit embarrassed, he explained how his mother<br />

had carefully divided his weekend ration from the family's<br />

allowance. Most mothers were more generous but it was well<br />

known that lads would go home from camp and tell their<br />

parents that they had not had enough to eat.<br />

At one camp salt was accidentally put into a freshly brewed<br />

dixie of tea and another lad poured all the sugar we had into it<br />

thinking it would cover the taste of the salt!<br />

Together with the singing and yelling, a campfire would<br />

include short enactments called stunts. <strong>The</strong> longer my<br />

favourite took to perform the better it was: Two lads are<br />

dressed as country locals, sat on a log and chewing bits of<br />

straw. It started with a<br />

lengthy silence then a cow<br />

bell rings and they turn<br />

their heads to watch an<br />

imaginary cow wander<br />

slowly by. Another silence<br />

and one lads says, 'That be<br />

farmer Gile’s cow'. More<br />

silence then the other says<br />

'No it bain’t. Be farmer<br />

Browns'. Longer silence,<br />

then the first lad stands up<br />

and after more silence say’s<br />

'I be going ‘ome, I bain’t<br />

come ‘ere to listen to an<br />

argument!' Happy days!<br />

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St Andrew's Youth<br />

STAY in School<br />

Our mentoring continued in the local<br />

secondary schools until they broke<br />

up in July when I had the privilege<br />

of recording Wargrave Piggott's last<br />

assembly of the academic year. It was<br />

based on anti-racism.<br />

<strong>The</strong> idea came about because 12<br />

students in year 8 got together to<br />

raise awareness about kicking racism<br />

out of football. <strong>The</strong>y sold cupcakes<br />

with stats on racism attached, ran<br />

penalty shoot out competitions, had<br />

a guess the weight of the marble cake<br />

— which one of the boys made with<br />

brown and white swirls to represent<br />

being together despite our different<br />

skin colours — and I had the honour<br />

of tying it all together by sharing a<br />

Christian perspective on racism in the<br />

assembly.<br />

My message was clear: God made<br />

us all equal, God loves each of us<br />

to death and racism is never to be<br />

tolerated, anytime, anywhere for any<br />

reason.<br />

In the primary school, I was also<br />

blown away by the amazing year 6<br />

students at the Sonning leavers service<br />

as they shared stories and memories,<br />

and the teachers made an emotional<br />

collage of photos. I wasn’t crying, I just<br />

had something in my eye!<br />

STAY Detached Project<br />

Before the schools summer break we<br />

continued to meet young people of the<br />

parish by walking around Charvil on<br />

Thursdays after school. We have given<br />

out over 200 ice pops, served over 300<br />

glasses of cold lemonade and engaged<br />

with about 40-50 young people each<br />

week to make sure they were OK and<br />

to help with advice for particular<br />

situations they may be facing.<br />

STAY on Friday<br />

Our weekly youth club on Friday<br />

nights in <strong>The</strong> Ark continued until 15<br />

July. We had the usual volleyball, four<br />

square, baking, nail bar, Xbox room,<br />

foosball, table tennis, football, kubb,<br />

skipping, frisbee, board games, tag and<br />

our final thoughts. All young people in<br />

secondary school are welcome to join<br />

us and year 6 students are welcome on<br />

the 4th Friday of each month.<br />

To end the term we hired an<br />

inflatable wrecking ball and joust! <strong>The</strong><br />

youth loved spending their energy<br />

playing on this amazing equipment.<br />

We also brought out the classic donut<br />

wall where everyone has a free donut.<br />

Watch this space for photos of our<br />

second upper room, which the youth<br />

designed and the people of the parish,<br />

local friends of the church, members<br />

of the congregation and the office of<br />

<strong>The</strong>resa May have very kindly funded!<br />

STAY Summer Activities<br />

As with all school holidays we always<br />

try to offer a selection of activities for<br />

the youth to join in with friends and<br />

this summer was no exception. We<br />

had eight activities over the summer<br />

holiday, including:<br />

— Paddleboarding<br />

— A cinema trip<br />

— A visit to Thorpe Park<br />

— Footgolf<br />

— A day at the Waterpark!<br />

<strong>The</strong> feedback was fantastic, the<br />

young people loved each activity, the<br />

parents thanked us for organising such<br />

fun things for their children to do and<br />

the activity staff complimented us on<br />

what lovely young people they all were!<br />

STAY on Sunday<br />

At STAY on Sunday we finished our<br />

series on relationships which during<br />

the year has covered 'What is our<br />

relationship with . . .'<br />

— Family: <strong>The</strong>y are all we’ve got so we<br />

need to love them.<br />

— Friends: We need to lay down our<br />

life for them.<br />

— Romance: Choose carefully, don’t<br />

settle for second best.<br />

— LGBTQ: Love them respectfully and<br />

don’t judge.<br />

—Celebrities and media people:<br />

Don’t let their behaviour shape you<br />

rather let it inform you.<br />

— Persecuted church: Who are our<br />

brothers and sisters in Christ who<br />

suffer, lets pray for them every day?<br />

— Toxic relationships: Get out of<br />

them by telling someone and creating<br />

distance.<br />

— Phones: What’s a healthy amount<br />

of time spent on your phone versus<br />

being with people, being outdoors and<br />

having fun doing activities.<br />

— Bullies: the banter and bullying line<br />

is so close. Banter is between mates. It<br />

becomes bullying when it is consistent<br />

and the person stops finding it funny.<br />

— Judging others: Don’t do it, its<br />

God's job.<br />

— Creativity: We are all creative in<br />

our own way, because God created us<br />

that way.<br />

— Humour: How does our relationship<br />

with humour affect us and our character?<br />

— Exams: Do they define us? How do<br />

we manage the stress of exams?<br />

— Bible: What do we know about<br />

the Bible? How can we grow our<br />

relationship with it?<br />

We ended the summer term with<br />

a water balloon game of catch!<br />

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

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'Doing good' in the persecuted world<br />

By Colin Bailey<br />

One of Barnabas Aid's (previously Barnabas Fund) key principles is taken from<br />

Paul’s letter to the Galatians – ‘as we have opportunity, let us do good to all<br />

people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers’ (Galatians 6:10).<br />

Here's a roundup of their work around the world . . .<br />


164 Armenian Christians live in Taghavard village in the enclave of Nagorno-<br />

Karabakh. Azerbaijani forces invaded in 2020 and half the village is controlled by<br />

Azerbaijani military. Christian families are subject to threats and village buildings<br />

are set on fire regularly. Barnabas Aid is supporting families by providing pigs for<br />

the pig-rearing families.<br />


Two women who were among hundreds of girls abducted by Boko Haram from the<br />

Nigerian town of Chibok 8 years ago have been found.<br />

Attacks by suspected Fulani militants on a Christian community in Kaduna state<br />

have left 32 dead. Village houses were razed and a church was burned down.<br />


A Pakistani Christian, Ashfaq Masih, has been sentenced to death for ‘blasphemy’<br />

after reportedly describing Jesus Christ as the only true prophet. Ashfaq pleaded<br />

not guilty and stated that the case against him was false. <strong>The</strong> accusation follows a<br />

dispute in which a customer refused to pay for the repair of his motorcycle on the<br />

grounds of his Muslim faith. ‘Blasphemy’ laws have existed in the region since 1927<br />

and have since been strengthened. <strong>The</strong>y are often used to make false accusations.<br />

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has announced that a task force will<br />

be set up in Pakistan to oversee the implementation of the rights of minorities. PM<br />

Sharif took office in April after Imran Khan was ousted.<br />


Sri Lanka is experiencing its worst economic crisis for 70 years. General inflation<br />

is nearly 60% with food inflation at 80%. Barnabas Aid is helping over 4,500 people<br />

with food relief in a project to feed 2,000 of the neediest Christian families in 22<br />

districts of Sri Lanka.<br />


A new draft of Tunisia’s constitution does not name Islam as the country’s state<br />

religion. <strong>The</strong> aim of the change is to combat Islamist extremism.<br />


An ancient Christian cemetery in South East Turkey in the province of Mardin,<br />

with tombs over 1,000 years old, has been desecrated — bones and sacred objects<br />

have been scattered.<br />


Barnabas Aid is supporting malnourished families in Zimbabwe with e'Pap, a<br />

fortified maize-based porridge. UNICEF says 3.5 million children in Zimbabwe are<br />

chronically hungry with more than 2 million malnourished. Malnutrition explains<br />

the rise of serious diseases such as pellagra and measles. Even common illnesses can<br />

become life-threatening.<br />


Barnabas Aid - https://www.barnabasfund.org/gb/news/editorial-especially-the-family-of-believers/<br />

Nagorno-Karabakh - https://www.barnabasfund.org/gb/latest-needs/give-sheep-and-piglets-to-help-persecutedarmenian-christians-survive-in/<br />

Nigeria - https://www.barnabasfund.org/gb/news/two-nigerian-women-kidnapped-from-chibok-school-found-aftereight-years/<br />

Nigeria - https://www.barnabasfund.org/gb/news/more-than-30-killed-in-attacks-on-christian-community-inkaduna-state-ni/<br />

Pakistan - https://www.barnabasfund.org/gb/news/pakistani-christian-sentenced-to-death-for-blasphemy/<br />

and - https://www.pakistanchristianpost.com/head-line-news-details/7659<br />

Pakistan - https://www.barnabasfund.org/gb/news/pakistan-sets-up-task-force-to-implement-rights-of-minorities/<br />

Sri Lanka - https://www.barnabasfund.org/gb/latest-needs/help-sri-lankan-christians-survive-their-country-sextreme-crisis/<br />

Tunisia - https://www.barnabasfund.org/gb/news/new-draft-of-tunisia-constitution-does-not-name-islam-as-statereligion/<br />

Turkey - https://www.barnabasfund.org/gb/news/ancient-christian-cemetery-desecrated-in-mardin-turkey/<br />

Zimbabwe - https://www.barnabasfund.org/gb/latest-needs/save-christian-children-s-lives-in-zimbabwe-give-e-pap

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On Reflection<br />

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Hosea was one of Israel’s prophets delivering the word<br />

of God to the Jewish nation. A tough job at any time, it’s<br />

especially hard to imagine how it must have felt for this<br />

young, devout man when God told him to ‘take a wife of<br />

harlotry’ (verse 2). <strong>The</strong> law of Moses stated that adulterers<br />

should be stoned to death, yet it seems God wanted to<br />

have this message lived out in front of the nation through<br />

Hosea’s life.<br />

Once again, the nation had lost their love for God, left his ways<br />

and were worshipping idols, in express disobedience to the<br />

Ten Commandments. To God, it felt like adultery. He provided<br />

everything they needed and they turned their backs on him. In<br />

sheer obedience, Hosea married such a girl, called Gomer.<br />

She gave him children and stayed with him until the<br />

lure of her past became too much and she went back to<br />

her old life. She told herself that the gifts of her many<br />

lovers was preferable to the stable home and family life<br />

offered by Hosea. But by chapter 3, Hosea had to buy her<br />

back from a slave market. He took her home, insisting<br />

that she would stay a long time, but as with many troubled<br />

relationships, they slept in separate rooms.<br />


In 4:8 it says that harlotry enslaves the heart. <strong>The</strong> people<br />

were seeking advice from wooden idols because ‘the spirit of<br />

harlotry has caused them to stray’ (4:12). Anything that takes<br />

us away from our relationship with God is harlotry whether it<br />

be sports, cars, wine or anything else. Just as Gomer behaved<br />

as if she wasn’t Hosea’s wife, so the people behaved as if they<br />

didn’t belong to God.<br />

And yet God never stopped loving his people. Hurt and<br />

angry God spent years using the prophets to warn them of<br />

what would happen if they continued ignoring him. <strong>The</strong>y<br />

were heading for sale to the highest bidder in the slave<br />

markets, or worse, if you read the later parts of Hosea. And<br />

God didn’t want that for them. He loved them, but couldn’t<br />

let them get away with their behaviour. He longs to have a<br />

relationship with them again, to restore all that they have<br />

lost, if they let him.<br />

Perhaps one of the difficulties is that we tend not to look<br />

too far ahead. We take the treasures of today over the reward<br />

of a lifetime spent with God. But God sees our hearts and<br />

we should be careful not to mistake God’s silence for his<br />

blessing. Wherever you are, why not stop for a quick spiritual<br />

health check? Do you need to make adjustments in your walk<br />

with God? He is utterly forgiving. If we go to him in humility<br />

and truth, he will gladly reinstate an intimate relationship<br />

with us, no matter how we may have treated him.<br />

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From the cool<br />

editor's desk<br />

editor@theparishmagazine.co.uk<br />

Why I love <strong>The</strong> Ark...<br />

How did you get on during the heat wave? Most people I<br />

have spoken to seemed to have found themselves sitting<br />

indoors in the coolest part of the house, either reading<br />

or watching tv. Coming, as it did, in the only time of the<br />

year when I have some extra free time between producing<br />

magazines — the previous combined July and August<br />

issue meant that I had, in theory, a free month. My plan<br />

this year was to catch up on the many outside jobs that<br />

had piled up during the last year because Covid had denied<br />

me of the energy to do them earlier.<br />

<strong>The</strong> heat wave, however, forced me to stay indoors and<br />

ironically, the coolest place I found was at my desk, the<br />

very place I had planned to avoid!<br />


Having studied electronic and electrical engineering<br />

at university I learnt early on in my life that the natural<br />

order of life always has two sides — a negative and a<br />

positive. <strong>The</strong> positive side of sitting at my desk instead<br />

of working in the garden was that I had time to sit back<br />

and take a closer look at how I go about producing this<br />

magazine. Usually I don't have time to think about the<br />

'how' because I am busy doing it!<br />

While I have always appreciated that I could<br />

not produce the magazine each month without our<br />

contributors who write articles and provide information<br />

and photographs, and others who look after the financial<br />

aspects, and our team of proofreaders whose contribution<br />

is invaluable, there is one facility that we are blessed with<br />

that is easy to overlook, and yet without it I probably<br />

would never manage to find all the articles. Yes, I am<br />

talking about <strong>The</strong> Ark.<br />


You only have to look back through the recent<br />

issues of this magazine (which you can do online at:<br />

http://theparishmagazine.co.uk) and read about all the<br />

different groups that meet there — Sunday Club, STAY,<br />

Rendezvous, Sunday at Six to name the obvious ones.<br />

But for me, wearing my editor's hat, the most important<br />

facility <strong>The</strong> Ark provides is the opportunity to meet and<br />

chat to people over a fresh cup of coffee or tea, because its<br />

the casual comment or remark that usually sparks off an<br />

idea for a story.<br />

In this issue there are at least four articles that grew<br />

out of conversations in <strong>The</strong> Ark — Penny Feather's<br />

royal memories (p15); Claude Master's granddaughter's<br />

underwater studies (p21); Ian Clarke's memories of<br />

growing up in Sonning (p22) and a parsnip cake recipe<br />

from Liz Nelson (p31).<br />

This is not unusual, almost every issue has one or more<br />

articles that began life in <strong>The</strong> Ark. It's why I love <strong>The</strong> Ark! I<br />

hope that you love it as much as I do.

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BELIZE<br />

Tomas Griger, dreamstime.com<br />

<strong>September</strong> evokes royal memories for Penny<br />

We continue our Jubilee series of royal memories with one from Charvil resident and active Sonning and Sonning Eye<br />

Society member, Penny Feathers. If you have a royal memory to share please let us know.<br />

On 21 <strong>September</strong> 1981 Belize, called British Honduras until 1973, became the last British colony on the American<br />

mainland to gain its independence. Unlike other British colonies, Belize chose Elizabeth II as their hereditary monarch<br />

and constitutional head of state, giving her the unique title, Queen of Belize. What the future has in store for this role<br />

is uncertain.<br />

Queen Elizabeth therefore has two<br />

official styles and titles:<br />

— 'Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace<br />

of God, of the United Kingdom of Great<br />

Britain and Northern Ireland and of her<br />

other realms and territories, Head of the<br />

Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith.'<br />

— Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace<br />

of God, Queen of Belize and her other<br />

realms and territories, Head of the<br />

Commonwealth.<br />

In all her official duties relating to<br />

Belize, Elizabeth II speaks and acts as<br />

Queen of Belize, and not as Queen of<br />

the UK. Royal visits during her reign<br />

have helped build the relationship<br />

between the Commonwealth nation<br />

and the Royal Family.<br />


As a constitutional monarch, <strong>The</strong><br />

Queen is not involved in the day-today<br />

business of the Government of<br />

Belize, though she continues to play<br />

important ceremonial and symbolic<br />

roles in the life of the nation. <strong>The</strong><br />

Queen of Belize is officially 'the<br />

guarantor of continuous and stable<br />

governance and a nonpartisan safeguard<br />

against the abuse of power.'<br />

Some of the Queen of Belize's<br />

powers can only be exercised by her,<br />

but most, however, are undertaken<br />

by her representative, the governorgeneral<br />

of Belize. Since since May 2021<br />

this has been Dame Froyla Tzalam,<br />

GCMG (pictured right).<br />

wikimedia.commons<br />

Dame Froyla is a Belizean<br />

Mopan Maya anthropologist and<br />

community leader. She is the first<br />

indigenous person of Maya descent<br />

to serve as governor-general in the<br />

Commonwealth.<br />

For Belizeans, their ancestry is<br />

important, and it can usually be traced<br />

back to Creoles, Cariba, Mestzos,<br />

Mayas, Europeans/Scottish, North<br />

Americans, Chinese, East Indians<br />

or Lebanese, making it a truly<br />

multicultural society.<br />

Belize is only 174 miles by 68<br />

miles at its widest parts, has 175<br />

small islands, and borders on Mexico,<br />

Guatemala, and the Caribbean Sea.<br />

In 1981 it had a population of about<br />

147,000, today it is over 400,000.<br />

Dame Froyla Tzalam, at one of the Platinum<br />

Jubilee receptions in London earlier this year.<br />

wikimedia.commoms<br />

Oleg Kachura, dreamstime.com<br />

Christianity is the country's main<br />

religion with Roman Catholicism being<br />

historically the largest. Other popular<br />

denominations are Seventh Day<br />

Adventists, Baptists, Anglicans, and<br />

Pentecostals. Interestingly, the largest<br />

group after the Roman Catholics in the<br />

2010 census was 'the people who said<br />

they didn't belong to any religion.'<br />

PENNY?<br />

So where, you may be thinking,<br />

does Penny fit into all this?<br />

Penny was British Pro-Consul<br />

in Yokohama, Japan where she met<br />

Bob Feathers who was to become<br />

her husband. He was an American<br />

and worked in the US consulate and<br />

together they lived in nine countries<br />

including Belize, where Bob served<br />

for 3 years. On a Wednesday morning<br />

Penny attended the mid-week<br />

communion service in St John's<br />

Cathedral and it was here that she met,<br />

and became good friends, with Lady<br />

Erica Wolffsohm whose husband, Sir<br />

Arthur Norman Wolffsohn was the<br />

colonial administrator.<br />

Despite the quality of life for the<br />

majority of Belizeans — which would<br />

today be classed as 'poverty' — Penny<br />

remembers the local people as being<br />

'wonderfully, sunny natured and always<br />

smiling'. Most people lived in wooden<br />

structured houses, and the more<br />

wealthy would have homes on stilts<br />

with steps to the front door decorated<br />

turn to page 17

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St John's Cathedral Belize City<br />

from page 15<br />

with colourful flowers growing in old<br />

food tins.<br />

When Penny and Bob moved on,<br />

she kept in touch with Lady Erica by<br />

letter, one of which, gives a fascinating<br />

insight into the events surrounding<br />

the Belize independence celebrations<br />

in <strong>September</strong> 1981.<br />

Lady Erica wrote ...<br />

I returned to Belize on 15 <strong>September</strong> for<br />

independence on 21st. As a descendant<br />

of one of the very early settlers (18th<br />

century from Scotland) I felt I should<br />

come, and I am glad I did. To the<br />

surprise of many, in view of the unrest<br />

in March and April – all went off<br />

peacefully. This, of course, was a relief<br />

to us all!<br />

Belizeans, on a whole, are a<br />

complaisant people, and they enjoyed<br />

the parades, floats, and singing and<br />

Belize City today is a popular port of call for cruise ships.<br />

A typical Belize street in the 1970's<br />

dancing on the streets. On Sunday<br />

there was the state service at St John's<br />

Cathedral attended by a guard of honour<br />

by the sailors from the frigate 'Ariadne'<br />

for Prince Michael of Kent, the Queen's<br />

representative . . . <strong>The</strong> band of the Gordon<br />

Highlanders accompanied the hymns and<br />

psalms, and everyone sang lustily.<br />

Prince Michael read the second lesson<br />

(nice deep voice) . . . In the evening<br />

there was the governor's reception<br />

at Old Governors House, where the<br />

royal party was staying for four days,<br />

followed by the lowering and raising of<br />

the flags.<br />

Lady Erica's letter continues to<br />

describe the following events which<br />

created a mixture of tears and joy,<br />

and times of clapping and silence,<br />

depending on the different views of<br />

the multiethnic people of Belize.<br />

Lawrence Weslowski, dreamstime.com<br />

Bob Feathers<br />

Waitresses dressed in the national<br />

costumes of each ethnic group served<br />

their national dishes and apart from<br />

isolated minor incidents, all seems to<br />

have gone smoothly.<br />


Today, there is uncertainty about<br />

the future of the role of <strong>The</strong> Queen of<br />

Belize, it may be that the royal title will<br />

soon be confined to history.<br />

Last year, after Prince William<br />

and Kate cancelled their Jubilee<br />

state visit, the country’s minister for<br />

constitutional and political reform,<br />

Henry Charles Usher, reportedly told<br />

Belize’s parliament: 'Perhaps it is time<br />

for Belize to take the next step in truly<br />

owning our independence. But it is a<br />

matter that the people of Belize must<br />

decide', and Prince Charles, heir to the<br />

Belize monarchy told Commonwealth<br />

nations that decisions about whether<br />

they keep the Queen as head of state or<br />

become a republic are ‘matters for them<br />

to decide’.<br />

We could be witnessing the end<br />

of the UK's unique connection with<br />

Belize, but an even more serious<br />

concern must be that 41 years after the<br />

tears and joy of independence the UK<br />

government is warning visitors about<br />

increasingly violent incidents involving<br />

tourists, expatriates and Belizeans<br />

because of gang violence and gun<br />

crimes. Elizabeth II may go down in<br />

history as the only Queen of Belize, but<br />

lets hope that the friendly relationship<br />

between the UK and Belize that Penny<br />

remembers will survive.

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Your Sonning Show & Fête Guide<br />

Rules for Show Exhibits<br />

Entries are welcome from residents of Sonning, Charvil, Sonning Eye<br />

and members of village organisations. <strong>The</strong>re is no charge. Entries<br />

must not have been exhibited in previous Sonning Shows; they should<br />

have been completed during the last 12 months (except Section J). Only<br />

one entry per person, per class. Staging of all Sections starts at 10am<br />

and must be completed by 12 noon.<br />

Adult Certificates<br />

<strong>The</strong>re will be no monetary prizes for adult sections. Certificates will<br />

normally be awarded for first, second, third and highly commended.<br />

Section Special Awards — section details are listed below<br />

A & B: Brutton Cookery Cup for the most points<br />

B5: Sonning Glebe WI Spoon for the class winner<br />

B11: Jubilee Cup for the class winner<br />

C: Hillier Cup for the most points<br />

C14: Nobby Clarke Onion Cup for the best onions<br />

C21: Les Moss Tankard for the class winner<br />

C22a, M65, P75, P82: David Penny Pumpkin Trophy, overall winner<br />

E2: Catton Cup for the class winner<br />

F37: Flower Club Trophy for the people’s choice<br />

G: Sonning Glebe WI Trophy for the best exhibit<br />

H & O: British Legion Cup for the best exhibit<br />

I: Bill Gallimore Trophy for the best exhibit<br />

J: Martha Angel Centenary Cup most interesting exhibit<br />

L – O: White Hart Cup for the child with most points<br />

P: £10 for the infant with most points<br />

E36/M64/P74/P81: Wethered Flower Cup for the overall winner<br />


A — Preserves<br />

Class 1: pot of marmalade; Class 2: pot of jam; Class 3: pot of lemon curd;<br />

Class 4: jar of chutney<br />

B — Cookery<br />

Class 5: Victoria sandwich – 3 egg mixture; Class 6: Carole’s courgette<br />

cake – see recipe on page 31; Class 7: tea loaf – see recipe on page 31;<br />

Class 8: 3 chocolate brownies; Class 9: 3 shortbreads; Class 10: Favourite<br />

cake judged on taste and texture. Please supply recipe, the winner's<br />

recipe will be a class next year; Class 11: Swiss roll — men only!<br />

C — Vegetables<br />

Class 12: 9 runner beans; Class 13: 3 carrots; Class 14: 4 onions; Class 15:<br />

2 vegetable marrows; Class 16: 4 potatoes; Class 17; a truss of tomatoes;<br />

Class 18: 6 tomatoes; Class 19: the heaviest marrow; Class 20: the<br />

longest runner bean; Class 21: Collection of 4 kinds of vegetables (at least<br />

3 of each); Class 22; any other vegetable (at least 3 to be shown); Class<br />

22a: heaviest pumpkin<br />

D — Fruit<br />

Class 23: 4 dessert apples; Class 24: 4 cooking apples; Class 25: 4 pears;<br />

Class 26: any other fruit<br />

E — Flowers<br />

Class 27: 3 large dahlias - 6” (150mm) diameter or greater; Class 28: 3<br />

small dahlias - less than 6” (150mm) diameter; Class 29: hanging basket;<br />

Class 30: 3 roses; Class 31:1 specimen Rose; Class 32: vase of annuals -<br />

max 10 stems (mixed or 1 variety; Class 33: vase of perennials - max 10<br />

stems (mixed or 1 variety); Class 34: pot plant - foliage; Class 35: pot plant<br />

– flowering; Class 36: largest sunflower head (dead or alive)<br />

F — Flower Arrangements<br />

Show visitors are always keen to admire beautiful flower arrangements.<br />

We will be delighted to receive a large number of floral displays. Please have<br />

a go. Everyone is welcome. Arrangements may be brought completed, or<br />

arranged at the show, between 10am and noon on the day.<br />

Class 37: open class (all welcome). Any size from pedestals to table<br />

centre pieces. To be viewed all around or front facing. Class 38: for<br />

children aged 5 - 12. A small arrangement in a container of your choice.<br />

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Saturday 10 <strong>September</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />

Sonning CofE School, Ligugé Way RG4 6XF<br />

<strong>The</strong> fête will open at 2pm. Entrance to show & fête: adults £1, children free. <strong>The</strong> school rooms will open for viewing the show<br />

exhibits after judging has been completed. Children winning prizes are responsible for collecting their prize money from<br />

the treasurer, not later than 4pm, by showing him their certificates. Exhibitors are requested not to remove their exhibits<br />

before 4pm. Exhibits not for auction are to be collected by 4.30pm. Exhibits to be sold by auction should be acknowledged<br />

when registering entries. <strong>The</strong> auction starts at approximately 4.30pm. <strong>The</strong> show committee can accept no responsibility for<br />

the safekeeping or return of exhibits. Profits from the show and fête will go to village amenities.<br />

G — Photography<br />

Class 40: Jubilee year colour print. minimum 3.5 x 3.5 inches; Class 41: the<br />

landscape colour print, maximum 10x8 inches; Class 42: black and white,<br />

or sepia print – any subject.<br />

H — Craft<br />

Class 43: knitted, crochet or woven item; Class 44: item of embroidery,<br />

tapestry or stitch work; Class 45: soft toy or dressed doll; Class 46<br />

unfinished projects - any item of craft started but not finished! Class 47:<br />

article of any other craft.<br />

I — Art<br />

Class 48: pen and ink drawing; Class 49: pencil drawing; Class 50: pastel<br />

drawing; Class 51: oil painting; Class 52: watercolour painting; Class 53:<br />

acrylics painting; Class 54: any other medium painting.<br />

J — Times gone by<br />

Exhibits in Section J will be judged for their interest and rarity. A small card<br />

giving a short description of any knowledge of your entry should accompany<br />

them. (<strong>The</strong> organisers cannot be responsible for loss or damage of items).<br />

Class 55: A right royal celebration!; Class 56: Childhood favourite; Class<br />

57: A pay slip; Class 58: An old bottle.<br />

CHILDREN'S SHOW SECTIONS* (8-12 year olds)<br />

L — Cookery<br />

Class 60: 3 fruit scones; Class 61 : a 'sandwich & cake' tea for the Queen,<br />

on a tray - judged on presentation as well; Class 62: 3 cheese straws<br />

M — Fun with flowers<br />

Class 63: a posy of flowers; Class 64: largest sunflower head (dead or<br />

alive); Class 65: heaviest pumpkin<br />

N — Photography<br />

Class 66: my favourite scarecrow, minimum size 90mm x 90mm,<br />

maximum 250mm x 200mm<br />

O — Craft, design and technology<br />

Class 67: handwriting, maximum 15 lines; Class 68: poem about the<br />

environment; Class 69: portrait of someone famous from UK history;<br />

Class 70: Jubilee theme craft Item; Class 71: paper mache mask.<br />


P — 6 and 7 years old<br />

Class 72: a portrait of someone famous from UK history; Class 73:<br />

Jubilee theme craft item; Class 74: largest sunflower head (dead or<br />

alive); Class 75: heaviest pumpkin; Class 76: a fairy cake decorated for<br />

the Queen; Class 77: Jubilee garden on a plate; Class 78: poem about an<br />

animal<br />

P — 5 years old and under<br />

Class 79: hand drawn picture of <strong>The</strong> Queen; Class 80: potato print picture;<br />

Class 81: largest sunflower head (dead or alive); Class 82: heaviest pumpkin<br />

Class 83: a decorated fairy cake; Class 84: Jubilee bunting; Class 85: a<br />

model from Lego or equivalent<br />

*<strong>The</strong> child/infant's age will be required when their exhibit is entered, and this<br />

will be taken into account by the judges. In addition to the Section Special<br />

Awards, money prizes, sponsored by Sonning Landscapes, will be awarded<br />

for the children and infants — First: £3; Second: £2; Third £1.<br />

Charvil Village Fête<br />

<strong>The</strong> new organising committee for the Charvil<br />

Village Fête has chosen Sunday 4 <strong>September</strong>, 2-6pm<br />

for this year's event which will be held on the East<br />

Park Farm playing fields by Charvil Piggott School.<br />

Further details are expected to be posted on Facebook

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Live war wreckage lurking on the Thames<br />

Estuary and the English Channel seabed<br />

By Claude Masters<br />

'U-boat on the starboard skipper'<br />

cried the hydrographic surveyor<br />

when she spotted the image of a<br />

wreck on the seabed in the English<br />

Channel — the bright colours in the<br />

picture (right) indicate the depth.<br />

She was using a Multi Beam Echo<br />

Sounder (MBES) aboard the survey<br />

ship EGS Ventus.<br />

Surveys such as these could be for<br />

finding cross channel cables, wrecks,<br />

unexploded bombs or any other<br />

debris. Dredging operations and<br />

checking sea and river walls can also<br />

be mapped using MBES.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are dozens and dozens of<br />

cables crossing the channels and<br />

river estuaries, not only in the UK<br />

but worldwide.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y are carefully mapped but the<br />

purpose of some has been lost in the<br />

annals of time.<br />

Worldwide, there are hundreds of<br />

survey boats, both large and small,<br />

owned by companies, employed by<br />

governments, or agencies, to inspect<br />

the sea bed for a variety of reasons.<br />


My 23 year old granddaughter,<br />

Charlotte, who was one of the<br />

surveyors that spotted the U-boat,<br />

has also surveyed the SS Richard<br />

Montgomery in the Thames Estuary<br />

on the EGS Watchful. She has<br />

surveyed the seabed on offshore<br />

wind farms and mapped pipelines<br />

across streams and rivers from Perth<br />

to Cambridge.<br />

MBES uses the same echo<br />

sounding system as whales and<br />

dolphins so they get attracted to<br />

the survey ship to see what’s going<br />

on. While the ship's crew like to see<br />

them, it does mean that time has to<br />

be spent cleaning out all the chatter<br />

from the sea creatures before the<br />

data can be given to the client.<br />

<strong>The</strong> pictured boat (above) is the<br />

Images (top down): An aerial view of the Thames Estuary, Anna Yordanova, dreamstime.com;<br />

A colour of the seabed showing the depth of U-boat in the English Channel; Charlotte on dry<br />

land; Wind farms near the Thames Estuary, Nicola Pulham, deamstime.com; SS Richard<br />

Montgomery, which sank in the Second World War with its live cargo of ammunitiion,<br />

SS Richard Montgomery, which sailed<br />

from America to London in the<br />

Second World War. A large storm<br />

meant that it could not go up the<br />

River Thames so it anchored in the<br />

estuary. <strong>The</strong> anchor was dragged<br />

onto a sandbank and the old liberty<br />

ship broke its back and split in two.<br />

Its cargo of ammunition was prefused<br />

and live so it could be loaded<br />

straight onto bombers.<br />

<strong>The</strong> ammunition was not removed<br />

and the fear is that the masts could<br />

collapse onto the wreck and trigger<br />

an explosion.<br />

<strong>The</strong> worst case scenario is the<br />

tidal wave created from the explosion<br />

would clear the Thames Barrier and<br />

flood London. Once every 6 months,<br />

a survey boat with an experienced<br />

captain is allowed to survey it to<br />

check for any changes.<br />

When you realised that 70%<br />

of the world's surface is covered<br />

with water — most of it being in<br />

oceans with, as yet, unexplored sea<br />

beds, there is plenty of work for<br />

hydrographic surveyors to do.<br />

One of the things on Charlotte’s<br />

bucket list is to visit all the<br />

continents of the world and somehow<br />

I think she will do so.

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feature — 3<br />

Tales of a Sonning lad from the<br />

It started, with coffee after the Wednesday communion in <strong>The</strong> Ark. I was talking to Bob Peters about how Sonning<br />

used to be years ago. He asked if I lived in the village and that was his big mistake! I usually can't remember what<br />

I did yesterday but then various flashbacks came to me and the more we talked, the more I remembered about<br />

the church, the choir, the village shops, the river and village life. He asked me to write it down . . .<br />


As an 11 year old lad, I joined St Andrew's Church<br />

choir. <strong>The</strong>re were not many village lads so, in term<br />

time, we were supplemented with boys from Bluecoat<br />

School. Joining the choir was quite an ordeal! It was<br />

rumoured recruits were initiated by being thrown<br />

into a bush by the path to the church entrance. I don't<br />

remember being thrown into it — I was lucky! <strong>The</strong><br />

bush is not there now so new recruits are safe from<br />

this ordeal.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re was, however, another daunting obstacle —<br />

the scary choirmaster and organist, who I shall call<br />

Mr L. Friday night was choir practice. If you missed it<br />

you were in deep trouble from Mr L when you arrived<br />

for the service on Sunday. My word he was fierce!<br />

We would try to sneak into the vestry without being<br />

seen and escape at the end of the service without<br />

being caught and hope he would forget about it by the<br />

following Friday!<br />

We left our bikes in the old mortuary (now the<br />

St Sarik Room which is used as the choir vestry). <strong>The</strong><br />

mortuary table, where the bodies of people drowned<br />

in the river were laid, was still there. This was spooky<br />

enough. It was also dark!<br />

One Friday someone found a bust of Cannon<br />

Pearson in the mortuary and hung it by the neck from<br />

the rafters. When we arrived with our bikes, there<br />

it was hanging in the dark! Needless to say we never<br />

put our bikes there again and the culprit was never<br />

discovered.<br />

Another scary tale involved a large yew tree. It was<br />

said if you closed your eyes and ran round it seven<br />

times you would see the face of the devil! Enough to<br />

scare anyone! Sadly, that yew tree is no longer there,<br />

it was a casualty of the 1987 'Michael Fish, there will<br />

not be a hurricane' storm. <strong>The</strong> wood was used to make<br />

some splendid church furniture.<br />


<strong>The</strong> High Street was a sleepy place, except for the cars<br />

that cut through to Thames Street. However, it wasn't<br />

always that way.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re was once a thriving commercial life with<br />

Mrs Edward's shop, Bert Huggins' butchers, Adams<br />

Grocery, which later became the Thrift Shop, the parttime<br />

Midland Bank and even Mrs Prior's front room<br />

from where she sold sweets on Sunday after church.<br />

As a teenager I worked at Mrs Edwards' general<br />

store on a Saturday morning delivering groceries to<br />

people in the village, one of which was Robert Beatty,<br />

a very famous actor in those days. I delivered groceries<br />

on a bike with a basket on the front — strangely, it<br />

was the same bike my dad, Bob, had used when he was<br />

young. It was a bit rickety but it did the job until one<br />

Saturday a large lorry changed the shape of it outside<br />

the shop! lt was completely crushed — thankfully I<br />

was not on it!<br />

Mrs Edwards was unimpressed as it meant the<br />

purchase of a new delivery bike, but I was delighted<br />

because it was a considerably upgraded model that<br />

was far less squeaky and rickety. <strong>The</strong> highlight of<br />

my morning was when I had my break and always<br />

enjoyed a Lyons individual fruit pie. Yes, they do stilI<br />

make them! I also nipped into my house in Pound<br />

Lane for a second 'unofficial' break, which I hope Mrs<br />

Edwards never found out about!<br />

Opposite Mrs Edwards' shop was Bert Huggins<br />

butchers. It was a small, quiet shop yet Bert had<br />

an assistant whose sole job was to sit in a little<br />

kiosk taking the customers' money. Surely a case of<br />

overstaffing!<br />

At the bottom of the hill was Mrs Edwards'<br />

competition — Pembroke's grocery shop. Imagine,<br />

two grocery shops in one village. Pembroke's was<br />

taken over by the Adams family and later became the<br />

thrift shop, an antique/curio establishment.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re was not a parking problem in those days<br />

and I could glide down the High Street on my new<br />

delivery bike and come to rest against the shop front<br />

where a convenient groove under the window was<br />

where the frame of the front basket fitted.<br />

<strong>The</strong> highlight of my delivery boy days was asking<br />

Mrs Edwards for a pay increase, to my shock and<br />

delight I received one, which meant that I earned the<br />

princely sum of 10 shillings — I was quite wealthy!<br />

In the quieter moments I would go to the shed at<br />

the back of the shop where the stock was stored and<br />

unpack some of the boxes. Needless to say it was a<br />

good hiding place which always had the overriding<br />

smell of soap powder. I always wondered if Mrs<br />

Edwards suspected that I was taking rather a long<br />

time to unpack the boxes. Eventually, I would be<br />

found and had to get back on the delivery bicycle.<br />

I was 19 years old when I retired from this job —<br />

well passed a lad's retirement age!<br />


My school days seem a very long time ago, over 60<br />

years in fact. Some memories are very vivid. <strong>The</strong><br />

village school was in Thames Street — it's now a<br />

private house, although it looks the same, except a<br />

large leaded window at the front has been replaced.<br />

I remember clearly the day Christopher (no<br />

surname to protect the guilty) was being disruptive, as<br />

usual, and threw a black plimsoll — an item we all<br />

wore. It missed its intended target but hit the leaded<br />

window shattering one of the panes. We all went very<br />

Images (from the top down):<br />

Ian Clarke today<br />

Ian Clarke by one of Ben the Boa<br />

Sonning Lock in the 1960's from<br />

Sonning High Street in the early<br />

<strong>Magazine</strong> archives

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> - <strong>September</strong> <strong>2022</strong> 23<br />

'Fifties and Sixties'<br />

By Ian Clarke<br />

tman's boats in 1958<br />

the Hoyle collection<br />

1900's from the <strong>Parish</strong><br />

quiet and I'm not sure how long it was before Mr C,<br />

the head teacher, discovered it. He was furious!<br />

On another occasion, the same miscreant was<br />

accused of taking money from the blind stocking. He<br />

was sent to the bottom of the school field, where a<br />

stream ran, to choose a stick with which he would be<br />

punished. Times were different then. We watched in<br />

horror as the dust rose from Christopher's trousers in<br />

the ray of sunlight which streamed through the large<br />

leaded window. <strong>The</strong>se punishments were common<br />

and were designed to help us develop real 'character'!<br />

A mass 'slippering' occurred when a group were<br />

caught stuffing grass down the outside toilets. I was<br />

falsely accused and also got 'the slipper'. It still burns<br />

to this day. Ah! Those toilets, the scene of much<br />

misbehaviour and more than a few naughty pranks.<br />

Lunchtimes saw us walk, crocodile style along<br />

Thames Street and into Pearson Road to the infant<br />

school — also now a private house — where we would<br />

have lunch. <strong>The</strong> smell of cabbage still hangs heavily in<br />

the air for me, and whatever was sago and the awful<br />

synthetic mashed potato we had to endure?<br />

Village school life then was very different to<br />

today's education system, with small classes, everyone<br />

learning the recorder, or not in my case, and desks<br />

where you could lift the lid and graffiti inside to make<br />

them your own. Whatever happened to those desks?<br />

Probably costing a fortune in a trendy antique shop!<br />


As it is now, the river was an integral part of village<br />

life. We spent many happy hours breaking today's<br />

health and safety rules and probably alarming our<br />

parents — if they found out.<br />

<strong>The</strong> front of the White Hart — now the Great<br />

House — was filled with beautifully varnished<br />

wooden punts. <strong>The</strong>se were our playground, much to<br />

the annoyance of Ben the boatman from the White<br />

Hart boathouse.<br />

When Ben was not around we played on the punts,<br />

running across them. When he appeared we were in<br />

real trouble! He could be a real tyrant, although we<br />

probably deserved it.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re was an ice cream kiosk near where the boats<br />

were kept, and another one by the, then, wooden<br />

horse bridge. We were well catered for then.<br />

<strong>The</strong> mill was a working flour mill and not a theatre<br />

restaurant. I have vivid memories of my brother being<br />

terrified of the ventilation cowls on top of the mill.<br />

It was very busy until 1969 when Huntley & Palmers<br />

stopped making biscuits in Reading.<br />

One of the fun activities was watching the<br />

steamers going under the 1775 built brick bridge. <strong>The</strong>ir<br />

chimney had to be lowered to get under the bridge<br />

and we always mischievously hoped that they would<br />

get the timing wrong and the chimney would strike<br />

the brick arch. It may have happened but we never<br />

managed to witness it.<br />

We weren't always up to mischief and could at<br />

times be helpful. We loved going to the lock which<br />

had wooden gates that had to be opened manually by<br />

pushing on long wooden bars. We would line up along<br />

the bar to give a big push to open the gates and then<br />

run round to the other end to let the boats out again.<br />

Again, disregarding today's health and safety<br />

rules, we would swim in the river, particularly at<br />

Stoney Bay, further along the tow path on the White<br />

Hart side. It was a great place to swim and we thought<br />

little about pollution, currents and other dangers<br />

associated with rivers. It was safer than swimming<br />

by the bridge where a number of serious incidents<br />

occurred over the years.<br />

<strong>The</strong> river was, and is, a very attractive place to<br />

relax and have fun. Picnics were common and it was a<br />

great place to while away a sunny afternoon and to see<br />

how many cygnets were produced by the swans on the<br />

island situated in the middle of the bridge — and to<br />

see how many boats failed to navigate cleanly through<br />

the arch of the bridge without hitting the sides!<br />


Sonning was a hive of activity in the late 50's and<br />

60's. <strong>The</strong>re was no Asda, Tesco, or Waitrose, however,<br />

a number of visiting tradesmen plied their wares<br />

around the village. We eagerly waited for the Corona<br />

man, not to be confused with coronavirus! His vehicle<br />

was laden with fizzy drinks in those unique ceramictopped<br />

reusable bottles. What happened to them?<br />

We also had visits from the rag and bone man,<br />

the fish and chip van, and the Baylis grocery van. I<br />

vaguely remember the muffin man walking around<br />

with a tray of muffins on his head, or did I imagine it?<br />

My brother, Terry, and I were also involved in this<br />

plethora of activities. In 1966 a coloured newspaper,<br />

the Evening Post, was launched and we both had paper<br />

rounds in the village. <strong>The</strong> bags could be really heavy<br />

and there was nothing worse than completing your<br />

round and finding you still had one paper left. Who<br />

had been missed? We usually found out when we<br />

collected the money!<br />

A highlight of the week was when Eddie, the Job's<br />

milkman, allowed us to help. I can still smell the<br />

diesel fumes of his van and the smell of sour milk<br />

as we made our way through the village and up to<br />

Sonning Eye. <strong>The</strong> milk was in glass bottles and they<br />

only held one pint. No plastic then.<br />


Much of our time in the 5o's and 60's was spent<br />

playing in the St George's Field recreation ground in<br />

Pound Lane, which was directly opposite the house<br />

where we lived. At the edge of the road was a wooded<br />

area called the copse. This really was an adventure<br />

playground, a dense jungle of trees and bushes with<br />

slopes and hills. It looks different these days. <strong>The</strong>n<br />

the hills seemed much steeper and the trees<br />

turn to page 25

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Ian Clarke remembers<br />

much bigger, the whole place was much more scary! We<br />

would build go-karts and race each other down the slopes<br />

desperately trying to avoid serious injury.<br />

<strong>The</strong> copse was also the setting to act out our cowboy<br />

adventures after tea, having watched <strong>The</strong> Lone Ranger,<br />

Hopalong Cassidy or Roy Rogers on TV. I can still hear the<br />

sound of cap guns and the smell of the gunpowder as we shot<br />

at the 'baddies'.<br />

At the top of the field during the conker season many<br />

hours were spent throwing sticks up the trees to try and<br />

dislodge a large conker — and trying to avoid the sticks<br />

falling on our heads.<br />

Another aspect of the rec was the swings where we would<br />

play. <strong>The</strong> 'Witch's Hat' (dangerous) was a favourite, making<br />

sure our fingers weren't trapped in it was a priority'<br />

'Cheeselog' was another lethal piece of equipment which<br />

was a battering ram that could cause real damage to the<br />

unsuspecting passer by! <strong>The</strong>re were also no soft surfaces on<br />

which to fall, just very hard tarmac!<br />

We did have to behave reasonably well, however, and not<br />

make too much of a nuisance of ourselves as opposite the rec<br />

lived the local village policeman who would ride round on a<br />

bike and was not above giving you a clip round the ear! How<br />

times have changed.<br />

Another adventure playground existed in the shape of<br />

Sonning University Farm. <strong>The</strong> barns, when full of hay bales,<br />

provided us with hours of fun— until we were caught! We<br />

would jump from bale to bale chasing each other around the<br />

barn and would also use them to make secret dens. <strong>The</strong>se<br />

came in handy to hide in if one of the farm workers came<br />

along.<br />

I also remember going to the farm each day with a metal<br />

milk can to pick up a daily ration of milk. We were entitled to<br />

this because our grandad used to be a farm hand who worked<br />

in the dairy. It was full fat milk, no skimmed milk then. <strong>The</strong><br />

farm also provided a nightmare in the shape of a large bull<br />

kept in a pen near the farm gate. Many a sleepless night was<br />

had as that bull tore through my dreams! I can still see the<br />

metal ring in its nose. It makes me shudder to this day.<br />

As my memories fade I am glad that Bob prompted<br />

me to commit them to paper. I hope some might<br />

be of interest to newcomers to Sonning as well as<br />

those who also remember so long ago. Those days<br />

are surely never to return!<br />

Sonning High Street, then and now. A montage used as one of the<br />

front covers of Gordon Nutbrown's trilogy of books 'A Thames <strong>Parish</strong><br />

<strong>Magazine</strong>' 1869 - 2015. We have a few spare copies remaining which are<br />

available free of charge from editor@theparishmagazine.co.uk<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> - <strong>September</strong> <strong>2022</strong> 25<br />

feature — 4 around the villages — 1<br />

WI rounders champions!<br />

Sonning Glebe WI (pictured above) just managed to<br />

beat <strong>The</strong> Sonning Club in this year's village rounders<br />

championship which meant that Sonning School PTA, as<br />

losers, have the honour of organising next year's match!<br />

<strong>The</strong> other teams taking part were: Sonning Primary School<br />

Teachers, Sonning Tennis Club, Sonning Scouts, and St<br />

Andrew’s Church. Despite it being a hot sunny evening on<br />

St George’s Field the spectators were well catered for by the<br />

Sonning Cricket Club bar while <strong>The</strong> Village Hamper sold<br />

plenty of ice cream and the PTA provided the BBQ. Nearly<br />

£100 was raised for Daisy’s Dream by a WI raffle.<br />

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with charity governance to be their governance and<br />

compliance advisor. <strong>The</strong>y are also looking for a publicity<br />

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Can you help Richard write the history of Sonning clubs?<br />

This 1925 photograph, taken in front of the original pavilion at King George V Playing Field, inspired Richard<br />

Anderson to delve into the history of the Sonning cricket and football clubs which were formed in 1887 and 1886<br />

respectively. He is particularly interested in the village characters who have contributed to the history of the clubs.<br />

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Walks, talks, and<br />

music at Chiltern<br />

Heritage Festival<br />

Just 30 miles from our parish are 660<br />

square miles of the Chiltern Hills,<br />

one Britain's 38 areas of outstanding<br />

natural beauty — which are<br />

unfortunately known by the not very<br />

beautiful acronym, AONB.<br />

For almost 69 years, <strong>The</strong> Chiltern<br />

Society's volunteers, members<br />

and partners have worked to<br />

preserve and protect their AONB by<br />

maintaining 2,200 miles of paths and<br />

bridleways, managing woodlands,<br />

clearing streams and creating safe<br />

environments for wildlife.<br />

From 17 <strong>September</strong> to 2 October,<br />

the Society is staging it's 5th<br />

Chiltern Heritage Festival and has<br />

arranged a programme of events and<br />

visits to 'beautiful gardens, historic<br />

houses, private tours, plus walks,<br />

talks and music'.<br />

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for most of the events. To see what is<br />

happening, when, and how to book,<br />

go to: https://chilternsociety.org.uk/<br />

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Upcoming talks in Pearson Hall<br />

Graham Horn, 23 <strong>September</strong>, 7.30pm: An Heir and a Spare - <strong>The</strong> monarchs we<br />

never had - the lives of the heirs who did not inherit, and maybe hints at how our<br />

history might have changed.<br />

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Elizabethan Mansions in England. It has welcomed royalty, seen action during the<br />

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Tickets for both talks for Sonnng and Sonning Eye Society members are £4 and can<br />

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Painting from one show to the next<br />

Following Sonning Art Club's successful Scarecrow Trail exhibition they are<br />

now working towards their next one at the Sonning Show when, as well as<br />

entering several classes in the competitions, the club's main exhibition will be<br />

in one of the classrooms where some original greetings card will also be on sale.<br />

A pen and ink drawing by Sue Sheppard and a watercolour of Peonies by Lynda Tolworthy

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How to add more than 8% to the value of your home ...<br />

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Over the last few months I have been asked by a number<br />

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Recipes of the month<br />

Parsnip, apple and lime loaf cake<br />

By Helen Goh https://www.goodfood.com.au/<br />

Churchwarden, Liz Nelson, tells us, 'it’s surprisingly good!'<br />

Ingredients<br />

For the loaf cake<br />

— 180g plain flour<br />

— ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda<br />

— ½ tsp baking powder<br />

— ½ tsp cinnamon<br />

— ½ tsp ground ginger<br />

— ¼ tsp salt<br />

— 2 large eggs<br />

— 90g soft light brown sugar<br />

— 90g castor sugar<br />

— 160ml sunflower oil<br />

— ½ tsp vanilla essence<br />

— 180g grated parsnip<br />

(2 medium parsnips?)<br />

— 150g peeled and cored apple<br />

(2 small Granny Smiths), in 1cm dice<br />

— zest of 2 limes (save the limes for garnish)<br />

At last, something to do with<br />

this! - editor<br />

For the icing: 180g icing sugar and 40ml lime juice<br />

Method<br />

Preheat oven to 160°C fan (180°C) and line a small loaf tin<br />

(about 1kg capacity, 20 cm x 10cm) with baking paper.<br />

Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder,<br />

cinnamon, ginger and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.<br />

In a separate large bowl, whisk the eggs and sugars until<br />

combined, then add the oil. Continue whisking until creamy.<br />

Add the sifted dry ingredients in three batches, mixing<br />

lightly with a rubber spatula until almost combined (there<br />

should still be flour visible), then fold in the vanilla, parsnip,<br />

apple and lime zest. Mix until just incorporated, then scrape<br />

the mixture into the prepared loaf tin.<br />

Bake for about 60 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into<br />

the middle comes out clean. Remove from the oven and rest<br />

on a cake rack for 30 minutes before lifting onto a cake plate<br />

to cool completely.<br />

While the loaf is baking, prepare the lime icing. Measure<br />

40ml of juice and whisk into the icing sugar to make a<br />

smooth icing. When the loaf has cooled completely, drizzle<br />

over the icing and allow to settle for a few minutes; it won't<br />

set hard, but will form a glaze. Enjoy!<br />

Carole's Courgette Cake<br />

Sonning Show Section B Class 6<br />

Ingredients<br />

— 250g courgette, grated<br />

— 125ml vegetable oil<br />

— 175g sugar<br />

— 2 eggs, beaten<br />

— 150g plain flour<br />

— 1½ tsp baking powder<br />

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Method<br />

Heat oven to 180˚C, 350˚F, Gas 4; Cooking time 60-90mins<br />

Mix together courgette, oil, sugar and eggs. In a separate<br />

bowl sift flour, baking powder, bicarb, spices and salt. Add<br />

flour mixture to courgette mixture, combine thoroughly. Stir<br />

in walnuts and chocolate. Pour into 2lb, lined, loaf tin. Bake<br />

until skewer comes out clean. Leave in tin for 15 minutes,<br />

then turn onto wire rack to cool<br />

Tea Loaf<br />

Sonning Show Section B Class 7<br />

Ingredients<br />

— 200ml cold black tea<br />

— 225g mixed dried fruit<br />

— 225g self-raising flour<br />

In the garden<br />

Local autumn show for gardeners of all ages<br />

Twyford and Ruscombe Horticultural Association is busy planning its<br />

Autumn Show, to be held in Loddon Hall, Twyford, on 10 <strong>September</strong>.<br />

Junior members will be taking<br />

along sunflower heads they have<br />

been growing to be measured, and<br />

judging by the success of a recent<br />

potato growing competition, TRHA<br />

is convinced it has some budding<br />

horticulturists in their midst.<br />

Visitors are welcome at the show<br />

and refreshments with homemade<br />

cakes will be available.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re is also an open invitation to<br />

join a TRHA coach trip to RHS Wisley<br />

on Wednesday 14 <strong>September</strong>. <strong>The</strong> £22<br />

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be found in the TRHA newsletter, or<br />

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— 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda<br />

— 1 ½ tsp ground cinnamon<br />

— 1 tsp grated nutmeg<br />

— 1 tsp salt<br />

— 75g walnuts, chopped<br />

— 75g dark chocolate, chopped<br />

— 100g caster sugar<br />

— 1 large egg, beaten<br />

— 2 tbs orange marmalade<br />

Method<br />

Place fruit in a small bowl, pour over cold tea, leave to soak<br />

overnight or until fruit swells.<br />

Pre-heat oven 180˚C /160˚C fan /Gas 4. Grease a 900g/2lb<br />

loaf tin. In a larger bowl combine flour, sugar, egg and<br />

marmalade, add fruit and tea mix, stir thoroughly. Bake for 1<br />

hour. Leave to rest for 10 minutes, then turn out to cool.<br />

NB: cooking times and temperatures are for guidance only.<br />

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THE ARTS<br />

Beauty in the ordinary<br />

Rev Michael Burgess looks at ‘Dust Motes Dancing in Sunbeams’ by<br />

Vilhelm Hammershøi. It is found in Ordrupgaard, Copenhagen.<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> - <strong>September</strong> <strong>2022</strong> 33<br />

History<br />

Was it really . . . ?<br />

. . . 1,900 YEARS AGO, from 13 <strong>September</strong> 122 - 128 that<br />

Hadrian’s Wall was built in northern England. It ran for 80<br />

miles from coast to coast and marked the northern limit of<br />

the Roman Empire. <strong>The</strong> Roman Emperor, Hadrian, wanted to<br />

separate the Romans from ‘the barbarians'.<br />

Poetry Corner — Creation Comfort by Steven Rolling<br />

Tune: Ruth (‘Summer suns are glowing’)<br />

Saviour, ever-living<br />

Kind and forgiving<br />

Merciful and gracious<br />

He comes unto us<br />

Offer of salvation<br />

Unto each nation<br />

Through sun, rain, wind, whate’er<br />

Conditions be there<br />

Pernille Klemp<br />

Vilhelm Hammershøi was inspired by the simple and<br />

ordinary. A recluse, he lived in Copenhagen with his wife,<br />

painting a few pictures a year. He died in 1916 aged 52<br />

years. Most of his paintings are limited to the world of his<br />

apartment at different times of the day and night.<br />

Dust Motes Dancing in Sunbeams (above), was painted in<br />

1900. It is an empty room, a wall, a window, a floor and a<br />

door without a handle. All is stillness and peace. All is in<br />

shadow until the winter sun streams in, lighting up the<br />

dust and the floor. <strong>The</strong> miracle of sunlight brings life into<br />

stillness. An ordinary aspect of creation.<br />

In all his paintings, Hammershøi seems to be saying:<br />

accept the simplicity of the present, find beauty there and<br />

live in that beauty. For him the grass is never greener in<br />

the next field, it is in the here and now that we find beauty<br />

and meaning.<br />

When young, our backcloth embraces the wider world<br />

full of promise. As we grow older, it shrinks to our town,<br />

church, and home. In illness our world may be a bedroom<br />

or hospital ward. In that smaller world life can seem trivial<br />

and ordinary. But wherever we are, Hammershøi invites<br />

us to pause, to ponder and to find there beauty and light<br />

which will bring us ‘daily nearer God.’<br />

He shall stay unchanging<br />

Good things to us bring<br />

Ups and downs of life’s rhymes<br />

Through varying time<br />

No shadow turning<br />

Praises we Him bring<br />

Gospel message to share<br />

With folks everywhere<br />

. . . 200 YEARS AGO, on 11 <strong>September</strong> 1822 that the<br />

Catholic Church admitted that the 16th century astronomer<br />

Galileo Galilei might have been right about the Earth<br />

orbiting the Sun. <strong>The</strong> College of Cardinals reversed the<br />

Church’s condemnation of his ideas. Galileo had spent the<br />

last 9 years of his life under house arrest for publishing his<br />

work on the subject. He died in 1642.<br />

. . . 100 YEARS AGO, on 13 <strong>September</strong> 1922 that the highest<br />

temperature ever recorded in the world was reported to be<br />

57.7 0C in Al’Aziziyah in Libya. (Unofficial record)<br />

. . . 90 YEARS AGO, on 23 <strong>September</strong> 1932 that Saudi Arabia<br />

was founded when the Kingdoms of Hejaz and Najd were unified.<br />

. . . 70 YEARS AGO, 6 <strong>September</strong> 1952 that the Farnborough<br />

Air Show crash took place. A de Havilland fighter jet broke<br />

up and fell into the crowd, killing 31 people. Stringent safety<br />

measures were introduced to ensure it could not happen again.<br />

. . . 65 YEARS AGO, on 2 <strong>September</strong> 1957 that the Everly<br />

Brothers best-known song Wake up Little Susie was released.<br />

. . . 50 YEARS AGO, on 5 <strong>September</strong> 1972 that Palestinian<br />

terrorists invaded the Olympic Village in Munich, West<br />

Germany during the 1972 Olympic Games and took 11<br />

members of the Israeli team hostage. All the hostages, and<br />

five of the eight terrorists, and a German police officer, were<br />

killed when a rescue attempt failed.<br />

25 years ago, on 5 <strong>September</strong> 1997 that Mother Teresa,<br />

Macedonia born/Albanian India nun and humanitarian died.<br />

She founded the Missionaries of Charity and was winner of<br />

the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize.<br />

25 years ago, on 9 <strong>September</strong> 1997 that Sinn Fein renounced<br />

violence and committed itself to resolving the troubles of<br />

Northern Ireland through peaceful means. This led to the<br />

Good Friday Agreement in April 1998.<br />

All His creation too<br />

Praises Him anew<br />

Hills, mounts, valleys, and fields<br />

Each their produce yields<br />

And in His image see<br />

Man created be<br />

In His plan and purpose<br />

Reaching e’en to us<br />

Hanalei Valley and the Fields of Taro, Hawaii<br />

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Dr Simon Ruffle writes . . . Monkeypox<br />

For those of us who remember the 1980's a new illness<br />

swept through the world and became known as the gay<br />

plague. Discrimination and myth stalled the research and<br />

treatment of this disease. In <strong>September</strong> 1983 a building<br />

owner took his tenant to court because he was researching<br />

AIDS and treating affected people in ‘their’ building. It<br />

seems inconceivable that in this short history — author<br />

clinging on to youth — that discrimination could rage in<br />

Manhattan. <strong>The</strong> judge in the case, against public opinion,<br />

stuck to the law and barred the eviction.<br />

'This attempt to evict a distinguished researcher and clinician is<br />

symptomatic of the hysteria that has surrounded the AIDS crisis,'<br />

said Mr Abrams. 'Our lawsuit is a classic anti-discrimination<br />

case and is being filed to combat this irrational prejudice.' 1<br />

Fast forward to <strong>2022</strong>. Hot on the back of Coronavirus a<br />

new disease starts to spread. It is blamed on MSM people<br />

— men who have sex with men — with haunting reminders<br />

from the 1980's. Once myth and misinformation is spread by<br />

sensationalist headlines and poor reporting the cork rarely<br />

gets back in the bottle. Let us in Sonning, and surrounds, rise<br />

above this and know what we are seeing.<br />


Monkeypox is not a new disease. A quick Wiki search will<br />

show a picture of a case in 1971. Monkeypox is endemic in<br />

the Democratic Republic of Congo and central and Western<br />

Africa. It was first found in monkeys in 1958 in Denmark.<br />

Outbreaks have been known in Africa for years with a low<br />

mortality rate.<br />

One of the first Western outbreaks occurred in 2003 in<br />

the USA. Exotic animal importers in Midwest brought in<br />

rodents from Ghana infected with the virus. It was passed to<br />

their owners and a mild infection ensued.<br />

It is spread by close personal contact with an infected<br />

person. It passes into the body through the mucous<br />

membranes. This is why it was believed to be a sexually<br />

transmitted disease. Foreskin, vaginal, rectal and the mouth<br />

are examples of membranes that are especially designed<br />

to introduce pathogens — viruses, bacteria etc — to the<br />

immune system to deal with it.<br />

It can also be spread via cut abrasions and weakness in<br />

skin. Prolonged contact is required. It is known to live in<br />

bedding but the risk is low. Healthcare workers caring for<br />

patients are also at risk. Skin to skin transfer has been seen.<br />

At this time it is not known to spread by an airborne<br />

method — it is a reliably large virus — but is found in other<br />

bodily fluids.<br />


Monkeypox in the UK was imported from travellers<br />

to Nigeria, the first person to person transfer was in a<br />

healthcare worker. 2<br />

It is a DNA virus and causes an illness similar to<br />

chickenpox and smallpox. Distinguishing the disease is<br />

possible without tests. Smallpox is eradicated apart from<br />

samples in stasis. Chickenpox rarely causes lymph node<br />

swelling, Monkeypox does, and the lesions are generally<br />

painful whereas chickenpox lesions are only sore if<br />

secondarily infected or in more delicate areas. Treatment<br />

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is supportive and, as I write, only two people have died in<br />

Europe. Both died from swelling of the brain due to cerebral<br />

infection or secondary causes. It hasn’t been established<br />

which.<br />

Prevention of Monkeypox is the use of barriers such<br />

as gloves. Condoms can help prevent but are not foolproof<br />

as the disease is spread by skin contact other than genital.<br />

Remember anyone can get it.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re is a vaccine which is a modified smallpox vaccine<br />

and is in production and available to certain groups and<br />

those that get exposed by their job.<br />

Discrimination, bias — conscious or unconscious — and<br />

stereotyping seriously affected the AIDS pandemic from<br />

being researched properly. I think the science community has<br />

grown up and the media in some areas have as well.<br />

1 NYTimes October 1, 1983,Section 1 Pg 31<br />

2 'Human-to-Human Transmission of Monkeypox Virus, United<br />

Kingdom, October 2018'. Emerging Infectious Diseases. 26 (4): 782–785.<br />

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HEALTH — 2 the sciences<br />

Considering elderly care?<br />

Keeping calm in the storm<br />

By Philippa Robertson Smith<br />

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Most people are happy to be able to help an elderly<br />

parent or other loved one in need, but it’s common to find<br />

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to accept help or make changes — which is probably the<br />

norm rather than the exception!<br />

Trying to help an elderly parent tends to create lots of<br />

issues that you haven’t been prepared to address, for<br />

example, in considering the potential of your new care<br />

giving role you have to bear in mind the possibility of<br />

continuing to work, or to manage charity work, or to tend<br />

to the children and grandchildren, and so on.<br />

A family member caring for a loved one can be<br />

a difficult and demanding job and the physical and<br />

emotional demands involved in caring for somebody else<br />

can lead to strain, isolation and even mental or physical<br />

illness.<br />

As the one who is caring primarily for your loved<br />

one, you need to recognise your own needs for help and<br />

support, and you have a right to expect others, such as<br />

professionals to recognise those rights and direct you<br />

towards support which is appropriate for your individual<br />

situation.<br />


— Helping an elderly parent is rewarding but can easily<br />

become a source of chronic stress. This can be managed<br />

carefully with preparation, planning and possibly<br />

assistance from your local council. <strong>The</strong> assistance is called<br />

home care or domiciliary care and depending on your<br />

circumstances, your local council may contribute to the<br />

cost of home care or you may have to pay for it yourself.<br />

— Because family caregivers are often busy, they can<br />

easily neglect their own needs and wellbeing, which can<br />

jeopardize their own health, and affect their ability to care<br />

for and connect with their elderly parent.<br />

— Family caregivers can use a variety of self-care<br />

strategies to keep the strain manageable. <strong>The</strong>se include<br />

joining a support group, asking for help, setting<br />

boundaries, allotting time to tend to one’s own health and<br />

other needs, and more.<br />

— Reach out to a third party to assist with day-to-day<br />

care or even consider a live-in carer. Carers are trained and<br />

qualified to care for your loved one and this leaves you to<br />

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By Dr Ruth M Bancewicz, church engagement director, <strong>The</strong><br />

Faraday Institute for Science and Religion in Cambridge<br />

One of the most famous stories about Jesus is the<br />

calming of the storm (Luke 8:22-25). Of course, anyone<br />

could say that the wind stopped suddenly of its own<br />

accord, but the disciples were not fooled. <strong>The</strong>y had seen<br />

a number of these ‘coincidences’ in Jesus’ ministry, and<br />

they weren’t about to ignore this one. Jesus had calmed<br />

the waves with only his words. Wasn’t this an act of<br />

God? Who else could be in complete control of creation?<br />

Jesus dealt graciously with the very pressing and practical<br />

issue of the raging storm before he did a bit of teaching,<br />

asking his followers, 'Where is your faith?'<br />

It’s not surprising that they were scared, given the<br />

circumstances, but clearly Jesus expected better of them.<br />

He had already been teaching them for some time, and<br />

clearly knew they were ready to trust him.<br />

In similar circumstances, Christians often do several<br />

things in quick succession. We start by panicking and<br />

being afraid. After a while we might remember what we<br />

know about God’s character and pray for help, trusting<br />

that whatever happens he will help us to handle it. Most<br />

often, we don’t get the storm-calming effect when we ask<br />

for it, but battling on with faith and God’s help is much<br />

easier than trying to keep going in a panic.<br />


‘Peace’ in this kind of situation is a very active holding<br />

on to what we know about God. <strong>The</strong> difference between<br />

trusting and not trusting can be like night and day in<br />

terms of stress levels. I have found that it can make the<br />

difference between unmanageable stress and something<br />

that stretches me and teaches me something new.<br />

Knowing some science can help us to trust God. A<br />

being who created the whole universe, sustaining the<br />

wonderfully creative processes that produced diverse life<br />

on earth, must be both extremely powerful and extremely<br />

wise. <strong>The</strong> God who can both calm the waves and walk on<br />

them must be in complete control of the things he made.<br />

When this knowledge goes hand in hand with experience<br />

of God’s intimate love for us and care for us in every<br />

situation that we find ourselves in — I am reassured<br />

that he’s got things in hand. I will always need help<br />

from others to pray faithfully in stormy situations, but<br />

hopefully I’ve seen enough now not to panic for too long.<br />

Time (and my closest friends) will tell!

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numbers 1-9 within its squares. Each number<br />

can only appear once in a row, column or box.<br />


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PUZZLE PAGE — the answers will be published in the next issue<br />


Ever wonder why there is both good<br />

and evil allowed in this world? Jesus<br />

told a parable that touched on this<br />

subject — it is called the Parable of the<br />

Weeds.<br />

It runs like this: Consider the world<br />

as if it were a field where a Farmer has<br />

sown good seed. But then an enemy<br />

came and sowed weeds among the<br />

wheat. So, when the wheat came up,<br />

so did the weeds. What to do? Instead<br />

of destroying the weeds, and thereby<br />

risking the wheat, the Farmer tells his<br />

reapers to wait and let both wheat and<br />

weeds grow together until the harvest.<br />

At the harvest he will instruct the<br />

reapers to gather up the wheat, but to<br />

discard the weeds. So do not despair<br />

when evil seems to thrive in this world<br />

– there is a reckoning still to come, and<br />

justice will be done.<br />

LET<br />

SOW<br />

REAP<br />

ROOT<br />

GOOD<br />

SEED<br />

FIELD<br />

GROW<br />

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GRAIN<br />

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MASTER<br />

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proofreaders . . .<br />


40 <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> - <strong>September</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />

Local Trades and Services<br />


Locks changed, fitted, repaired and opened<br />

Door and window locks fitted, UPVC door lock expert<br />

Checkatrade member - Which Trusted Trader<br />

Call Richard Homden: 0149 168 2050 / 0771 040 9216<br />

Please mention <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> when responding to advertisements<br />


Linda Frewin MInstChp, HCPC member<br />

General foot care and treatments<br />

25 Ashtrees Road, Woodley RG5 4LP<br />

0118 969 6978 - 0790 022 4999<br />


Qualified Plumbing and Heating Engineers Gas Safe<br />

25 years experience - local family run company<br />

Office: 0118 961 8784 - Paul: 0776 887 4440<br />

paul@clarkbicknell.co.uk<br />


For jargon free help with your computer problems<br />

PC & laptop repairs, upgrades, installations, virus removal<br />

Free advice, reasonable rates<br />

0798 012 9364 help@computerfrustrations.co.uk<br />


Electrical Installation and Smart Home Automation<br />

intersmartuk@gmail.com<br />

Elliott — 0777 186 6696<br />

Nick — 0758 429 4986<br />


Reliable and affordable<br />

Small jobs a speciality!<br />

Call Andy on 0795 810 0128<br />

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@ntlworld.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>September</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 />

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 />

ABD Construction 6<br />

Abbey School 38<br />

Abbeyfield Wey Valley Society 22<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 24<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 />

Gardiner’s Homecare 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 />

Nutrition & Health Consultant 38<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 />

SecureHeat 22<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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