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Contents October 2022



— Harvest motivation, 7

— Molly's 90th cake, 7

— For your prayers, 7

— Christian Basics, 9

— From the editor's desk, 9

— My favourite, 11

The Persecuted Church, 13

— STAY, 15


— Further Sonning lad tales, 17-19

— Lord Shaftesbury, 21

— Harvest 2022, 22-23

— Word Smile Day, 25

— Bibles for Ukraine, 25

—around the villages

— Matt Allwright quiz master, 27

— Christmas singing, 27

— Shaw House talk, 27

— Art Club winners, 27


— Recipes of the month, 29

— Wasps in the garden, 29

— BBC 100 years, 29


— Dr Simon Ruffle, 31


— Poetry Corner, 33

— Looking at nature's glory, 33

— Book Reviews, 35

— Art & Craft Fair, 35

history, 37


— Agri-Tech on the farm, 37


children's page, 41


— Church services, 3

— From the registers, 3

Parish contacts, 42

— Advertisers' index, 42


October 2022




the church of st andrew, SERVING THE COMMUNITIES OF


Photograph taken by Peter Rennie soon

after the flag was lowered to half mast

to commemorate the death of

Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II.


The editorial deadline for every issue

of The Parish Magazine is 12 noon on

the sixth day of the month prior to the

date of publication.

The deadline for the November

issue of The Parish Magazine is:

Thursday 6 October at 12 noon

The Parish Magazine online

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Earlier issues from 1869 onwards are

stored in a secure online archive. If you

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From the Registers


— Sunday 14 August, Mia Faith Platt

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Services at

St Andrew’s

Harvest Sunday 2 October

— 8.00am Holy Communion

— 10.30am Family Service

— 4.00pm Choral Evensong

Sunday 9 October

— 8.00am Holy Communion

— 10.30am Parish Eucharist with

STAY and Sunday Club

Sunday 16 October

— 8.00am Holy Communion

— 10.30am Family Communion

— 3.00pm Messy Church in The Ark

Sunday 23 October

— 8.00am Holy Communion

— 10.30am Parish Eucharist with

STAY and Sunday Club

— 6.00pm Sunday at Six

Bible Sunday 30 October

— 2.00am Turn clocks back 1 hour

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— 8.00am Holy Communion

— 10.30am Parish Eucharist with

STAY and Sunday Club


Morning Prayer is held in church

every Tuesday at 9.30am.

Mid-week Communion in The Ark is

held every Wednesday at 10.00am. Tea

and coffee follows the service.

Home Communion at Signature at

Sonning is held on the first Monday of

each month at 11.00am.


— Saturday 20 August, Hugo Quentin George Davis and Charlotte Ann Bushnell

— Saturday 27 August, Laurence William Cann and Joanne Elizabeth Boseley


— Wednesday 10 August, Wendy Gertrude Coomber, service in church followed

by cremation at Reading Crematorium

— Thursday 11 August, Linda Hall, memorial service in church

— Tuesday 16 August, Shirley Rose Gray, service at Reading Crematorium

— Wednesday 17 August, Mavis Barbara Surridge, graveside funeral in churchyard

— Friday 26 August, Charles Martin-Bates, interment of ashes in churchyard

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This sermon was preached by Rev Jamie Taylor, Vicar of Sonning, Charvil and Sonning Eye, at the

service of Commemoration of Her Late Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II on Sunday 11 September

In these last few days we have heard a number of public figures, including our Member

of Parliament, the Queen’s 13th Prime Minister, say words to the effect that we have all

known that we would have to face the loss of our beloved Queen one day, but that does not

diminish the sadness and yes, the emotion, that so many of us have been experiencing since

last Thursday’s sombre news. There is a sense of unreality because so many of us have only

ever known one Sovereign, but nonetheless, I have found it fascinating and somewhat

reassuring to witness the seamless transition to a new reign, with all the traditional

protocols and customs dusted off and put to good use — representing such a powerful link

with our nation’s long and noble history over the last 1,000 years.

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Of course, no vicar of this parish has had to preach on an occasion like this in the last 70

years, and we have to go back to Canon Sidney Groves who last stood here and attempted to

do justice to such a consequential loss; the loss of a monarch and supreme governor of our church, in February 1952. The televised

speeches and sermons that are given at national occasions at such times are usually given by those who have known and worked

with the departed Sovereign. They have the advantage over us tuppence ha’penny clergy, and I will admit to a slight sense of

trepidation as I prepared this sermon yesterday. That is one reason why I asked our good friend, Lord Carey, to preach at the

Queen’s 90th birthday service and at the recent Platinum Jubilee. Perhaps I should have invited you Theresa to give the sermon

today — I for one want to hear more about your culinary accident at the Balmoral picnic!


In my parish magazine letter in the Jubilee month of June I wrote of three great virtues that to me the Queen has demonstrated

in an exemplary fashion for all these years. In the interests of not reinventing the wheel I will restate them today. I believe they are

particularly commendable because they are rare in our age.

— Firstly, Service: In 1947, at the age of 21, she said this in a broadcast to the nation: ‘I declare before you all that my whole life, whether

it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.’ Many of us were deeply

moved as we heard that broadcast played at our Platinum celebration. Well, the Queen more than kept that promise. Sometimes we

may have taken her service to the nation for granted but it’s worth remembering that we live at a time when putting yourself first

is almost universally taken to be the first rule of life. Denying this, the Queen served her peoples around the world in a remarkable

and selfless manner, and what an extraordinary photograph, her last ever, we all saw on Tuesday of our frail yet smiling Monarch,

greeting her 15th Prime Minister, two days before her death.

The second virtue, Faithfulness: We had a Queen on whose shoulders fell enormous responsibilities at a very early age, yet who

remained committed for seven decades to fulfilling them. This lifelong commitment is striking, given how unpopular duty is in

our age. One of the overriding trends in Western culture has been the gradual erosion of commitment and obligation in almost

every area of life. Whether in private or public life, we find that where there were once solemn bonds there are now only loose,

breakable and disposable links. Behind this trend is the belief, now celebrated as a universal truth, that we human beings can only

find the true purpose of life if we have the freedom to seek our own pleasure. Here, too, the Queen went against the flow.

— Finally, the third great virtue, Determination: In one sense determination is the least of virtues. In another, it is the rarest.

After all, we can all do a bit of duty and service for a few hours or even a few days; the challenge is to do it for a lifetime. And that

is exactly what the Queen did. Here again we find that determination is not one of the values of our unsettled age. During her

long reign the currents of shifting values and fashion have flowed so fast and fierce through British life that age-old traditions and

social patterns have been swept away. Amidst it all, the Queen persevered, enduring as a fixed element in the tumult of our time.

Indeed, as the bonds that unite the peoples of Britain seem to become fewer and more strained, her role as the embodiment of

what we are as a nation became even more vital. I am sure that King Charles III will seek to emulate this and we assure him of our

prayers and loyalty as he takes on the mantle of Kingship.


The Queen demonstrated service, faithfulness and determination. That she was able to do this against the spirit of the world

is surely because she took her bearings not from the world and its wisdom, but from something else. That something else was her

strong Christian faith, something that Her Late Majesty openly and unashamedly talked about. The qualities she displayed were

Christian virtues, lived out to the full in Jesus Christ who came to serve and to give his own life for the world. The Queen exhibited

those virtues not simply because she sought to imitate Christ but because she had a relationship with him, now brought to ultimate

fulfilment in heaven, as spoken of in our epistle and gospel reading. She knew, I believe, the great truth that in order to live out

Christ’s teaching you must live in Christ. In the Queen we witnessed a great Monarch, perhaps our greatest ever, but her greatness

came from the fact that she trusted in an even greater King.

Just a few short months ago, the Queen’s fifth Archbishop of Canterbury stood here and celebrated our Platinum Queen. 20

years previously, he stood in the pulpit of Westminster Abbey and preached at the funeral of Her Late Majesty, Queen Elizabeth,

the Queen Mother. He concluded his sermon with some verses from Proverbs which were appropriate for her and clearly even more

so for her eldest daughter. There are many reasons why he was an Archbishop and I am not and never will be, so I shall conclude

with his choice of an ending as I cannot put it better myself: 'Strength and dignity are her clothing and she laughs at the time to come.'

'Many women do noble things, but you excel them all.' O Lord may your servant Elizabeth rest in peace and rise in glory. Amen.

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Harvest motivation

For your prayers in October

— King Charles III

— All who grow, harvest, prepare and distribute

our food

— All who translate, edit, produce and distribute

the Holy Bible

— Those considering Confirmation

By Rev Kate

At the start of October we celebrate Harvest in our

churches and schools. It is a time of giving; giving food or

money to charitable causes or local food banks, and also,

for Christians, giving thanks to God for his creation.

This year, however, it is hard not to link the tradition of

giving at Harvest with the cost of living crisis that is affecting

many people, some of whom, will not have struggled

financially before.

These are precarious times. I am still shocked at the price

of fuel for my car and the amount that regular household

items have increased in cost. I, like many others, have been

thinking about cutting costs — changing brands, shopping

in cheaper places, reducing outgoings, etc. But, of course,

for many there are no corners left to cut and people simply

cannot afford their bills or the food they need.

This cost of living crisis will affect all of us, directly or

indirectly, and I would argue that it should affect us all.

Let me explain ... in the Bible St Paul uses the image of the

‘Body of Christ’ to describe the Church. We are all different

members of one body. But we know that when one part of a

body suffers, the whole body suffers.

Whether you have a faith or not, you are part of some

communities or bodies. We exist in families, extended

families, neighbourhoods, workplaces, schools, friendship

groups and so on. We exist in relationship with one another

and so we all have a responsibility to support one another.

When one part of the body is struggling then we should feel

that and help where we can. For many this will be the first

winter they need to use a food bank


There is always a Harvest collection at church but perhaps,

for some, giving tins, money or other items may feel far from

home. It is easy, even when we are doing good, to see people

as ‘other’. But by thinking about ourselves as part of a body

can change the way we give.

I believe we all have a responsibility to care for one

another, both locally and globally. It is sobering to remember

that we will all have times of worry. We will have times when

we need help and support. Changed circumstances can mean

that people can start to suffer financially very unexpectedly.

I encourage us all to make a change this Harvest. Perhaps

by thinking about supporting others, or by reaching out and

asking for help if we are struggling.

When Jesus said ‘love one another as I have loved you’ he

was talking about a love which translates into action, service,

generosity and compassion. It’s that love for one another that

I pray will motivate us all this Harvest time.

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Molly took a

break for her

90th birthday!

Molly Woodley, the

deputy churchwarden

emeritus at St Andrew's

Church, who can often

be found behind the

scenes helping to

organise hospitality in

St Andrew's Church,

Messy Church and

Rendezvous in the Ark,

was forced to take a

break to celebrate

her 90th birthday in

September. And no,

she didn't make

the cake that

members of the


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Ark after the

10.30am Sunday


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Christian Basics — Part 8

By Rev Paul Hardingham


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Most of us identify with the disciples’ request: ‘Lord,

teach us to pray’ (Luke 11:1); having seen Jesus pray,

they wanted to know how to pray!


Jesus begins with Father: ‘When you pray, say: Father’

(Luke 11:2). Prayer is like a child asking their parent for

help. This reflects Jesus’ own intimate relationship with

his father. He invites us to share this relationship using

the Lord’s Prayer, as the way into his presence (Luke 11:

2-4). Imagine using this prayer as a child sitting on a

parent’s lap. God delights to hear us!


Jesus’ parable makes the point that God is always ready

to hear our prayer. When the man turns up at midnight

asking for bread, his friend inside gives him whatever

he needs because of his ‘shameless boldness’ (Luke 11.8).

If the man answers despite all his family being asleep,

how much more will our Father in heaven respond to our

prayers. We should never give up!


Jesus concludes with a threefold promise: ‘ask and it will

be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door

will be opened to you.’ (Luke 11:9). Does this mean that

God will give us whatever we ask for? As earthly parents

only give good things to their children, how much more is

this true of our heavenly Father: ‘Which of you fathers, if

your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or

if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?’ (Luke 11:

11,12). He doesn’t give us everything we want, but what is

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love gift, what would you like?’ I would say: ‘you choose’

(Samuel Dickey Gordon, author and evangelical lay minister).

From the

editor's desk


What's your favourite?

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For the past 18 months we have been publishing a series of

reflections written by Elizabeth Spiers, an editor of a parish

magazine who I met through the Association for Church

Editors. ACE is a nationwide organisation that encourages

the more experienced editors to share their magazine

publishing knowledge with those who often have little, or

none, but who are keen to serve God and their churches

through the printed word.

I hope that you have enjoyed Elizabeth's reflections and

found them helpful, but sadly, all good things must come

to an end — we published her last one of the series in the

September issue, which, by the way, you can always refer to

online at http://theparishmagazine.co.uk

If you are wondering what I will be replacing Elizabeth's

articles with turn to page 11 where I have written an

example of what I hope will become a series under the

heading of 'My Favourite . . .' It could be 'My Favourite

Hymn', 'My Favourite Psalm', or with Christmas rapidly

appearing on the horizon, 'My Favourite Christmas Carol'.

As you can see on page 11, I have started with a Bible

passage. It would be good to hear about your favourite Bible

passage — it could be a verse — or psalm, hymn or carol,

and I'm sure that other readers would like to hear about it.


If you feel uncomfortable with writing about your

favourite Bible passage, verse, hymn, psalm or carol, do not

worry, I will be happy to turn your thoughts into an article,

just jot down some of the reasons — it may have been a

special time in your life, or it may do something special for

you — or have a chat with me, and I will prepare a draft for

you to comment on and hopefully agree to share it with our

readers. You can find my full contact details on page 42.

We print 2,400 copies of this magazine each month.

All are given away free of charge with the majority being

delivered free of charge to every home in the parish of

St Andrew's Church or taken from the church by visitors

and church members who live outside the parish. Some

copies are sent by readers to friends and family around the

country, and indeed, the world, so you will be sharing your

favourite with more people than you might have imagined.

You will become an internationally published author!

And finally, but only if you agree, I will include your

favourite, in a monthly newsletter that I write for ACE

members. It has two aims: to give tips and advice about

writing and editing church magazines and to share articles

and other content that our members can publish in their

magazines — the reflections by Elizabeth Spiers are a good

example of the type of material that we share.

And don't forget, if you are a Christian, you are called

to share the good news of the gospel message with others,

so by writing about your favourite you will be fulfilling one

the main things that we are called by God to do!

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My favourite Bible passage

From a trickle to a river

By Bob Peters

About 30 years ago I decided Ezekiel 47:1-12 was my

favourite Bible passage — and it still is today.

I was having difficulty understanding the Holy Spirit,

in fact the subject scared me, so I went to a series of

talks about 'pictures of the Holy Spirit in the Bible' given

by a Baptist minister who is best described as an Old

Testament scholar.

His great love was to relate the Hebrew scriptures

directly to the life and teaching of Jesus that we find in

the New Testament, and to do this, he studied the deep

rooted traditions of the Jewish faith to understand why

Jesus did, and said, the things he did.


Ezekiel was a prophet who had been taken into exile in

Babylon in 597BC. The first 12 verses of chapter 47 are part of

a vision he had about the Temple in Jerusalem and the future

return to it of the exiles.

My favourite passage relates to a ceremony on the last

day of the Feast of the Tabernacles, also known as the

ingathering, when the annual harvest was complete, and the

people prayed for rain to water next year's crops. This month

we celebrate it as the Harvest Festival, and prayers for rain at

suitable times will no doubt be on our minds!


The ancient Jewish ceremony began at the Pool of Siloam

(pictured above right) where pilgrims to Jerusalem purified

themselves before climbing the steep steps to the Temple.

According to John 9:1–11, it was at this pool, which had

been created by King Hezekiah of Judah about 700 years

previously, that Jesus healed a man who had been blind since

birth. I was told by a Jewish guide when I visited the Pool of

Siloam during a Christian pilgrimage to the Holy Land that

when the water of Siloam is disturbed, as it is from time to

time, it is the Holy Spirit of God bubbling up. On the last day

of the Feast of the Tabernacles a Rabbi would gather some of

the disturbed water in a container and, leading the crowds of

Jewish pilgrims, he carried it up the steep Southern Steps to

the Temple.

It was a huge occasion with pilgrims from all around the

world crowding in and around the Temple. The Rabbi would

then pour the water bearing the Holy Spirit from the Pool

of Siloam over the altar and allow it to drain away through

special channels that took it out of the Temple to soak into

the dry ground outside.


In Ezekiel's vision instead of soaking away the water

bearing the Holy Spirit turns into a spring that flows down

the mountain towards the Dead Sea. A trickle becomes a

stream, and the stream becomes a powerful deep river that

flows into the deepest and deadest part of the world where it

brings new life to everything. It is surely a wonderful picture

of the Holy Spirit of God that, unlike water that soaks away

and dries up, it grows more and more powerful as it spreads

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The Persecuted Church by Colin Bailey

The Pool of Siloam, Jerusalem

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into the world. It even spreads into to the darkest and

most sinful parts of the world, appropriately symbolised in

Ezekiel's vision by the Dead Sea.

It is into this scene, about 600 years after the vision, that

John 7:37 tells us: 'On the last day, the climax of the festival,

Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, 'Anyone who is

thirsty may come to me'.

You can understand why the religious leaders and many

of the crowd became angry with Jesus, but time has shown

that by following him and accepting his parting gift of the

Holy Spirit in our lives is like the water in Ezekiel's vision

that became a life-giving force. As the Holy Spirit comes into

our lives she — in the Old Testament the Hebrew name for

the Spirit of God is Ruach, which is a feminine word meaning

'an invisible moving force' — not only grows more powerful

but can overcome even the darkest and most sinful parts of

our world.

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The Persecuted Church by Colin Bailey

Disinformation and hatred drives the persecution

of Hindu converts to Christianity throughout India

November 2019: Christians praying in a Roman Catholic church in Kerala State, South West India

In the Open Doors’ World Watch

List, the annual ranking of the 50

countries where Christians face

the most extreme persecution,

India ranked number 10 this year.

The country has a majority Hindu

population, with the number of

Christians standing at just under 69

million — 5% of the population.

Open Doors reports that the driving

force for persecution of Christians by

Hindu extremists is the ideology of


Hinduism is the name given to

the most ancient and persistent

religion on the Indian subcontinent.

Hindutva is the name by which

the ideology of the Hindu right is

known, represented by the political

party BJP (Indian People’s Party).

In an Open Doors blog this

summer it was noted that anticonversion

laws are on the rise in

India and that they are often used

as a weapon to harass and persecute

believers from a Hindu background.

They have been introduced in 11

Indian states and while the wording

of the law is different in each, they

generally state that ‘no person should

convert or attempt to convert, either

directly or indirectly, any person from

one religion to another by means of force

or by allurement or by any fraudulent


In practice, these laws are used

in making false accusations of

coercion against those who have

come to Christianity from a Hindu

background and against those who

have told them the good news about

Jesus. This is despite a constitutional

promise of religious freedom,

to ‘profess, practise and propagate


At the time of the publishing of

the blog in June this year there were

nine states with anti-conversion

laws and in those states there were

more incidents of violence against

Christians than in all the other 20

states combined.

An Open Doors spokesperson

on persecution in India said that

attitudes were hardening and that it

was no longer small extremist groups

attacking converts but rather entire

communities ‘attacking and expelling

them, beating them or handing them

over to the police on false accusations’.

Open Doors asks us to pray for


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— For the persecuted Christians

there to stand strong in their faith

and 'shine as stars' (Philippians 2:15)

in their local communities

— For the Lord’s love and power to

be manifested through healing and


— For social media companies to

do more to combat the use of their

platforms to spread disinformation

and hatred

— For influential local leaders’

hearts to be softened towards

Christians so that greater protection

is given to them.



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St Andrew's Youth

STAY for Summer Activities

We finished STAY for Summer activities with two favourites:

paddle boarding and a water park trip! The youth love having

fun together, pushing each other in and sharing stories for

weeks to come of how much they enjoyed it! The next fun

activities will be in the October half term. Watch this space!

STAY Reflections on the past year

As we start this new academic year I thought it would be good

to reflect on the past year and what has been exciting and

worth thanking God for:

— Young leaders has really taken off. Our current four

young leaders are taking responsibility, learning how to

lead and seeing their own potential as leaders in new and

amazing ways. They even designed the young people's rules

into hoodies for the leaders to wear! Our hope is that they

continue to grow in confidence, leadership and potential.

— STAY on Friday has grown with numbers regularly seeing

50-60 youth attending each week. The young people love

being together, having fun and making friends. With the

pandemic behind us, it is important now to have young

people socialising, playing together and enjoying time

outside. Our hope is that we continue to see young people

taking the time to respect each other’s differences, learn to

love everyone as equal and grow in confidence in themselves.

— STAY on Sunday. This group of young people wanting to

grow in their Christian faith has also grown with up to 16

attending. When I started the group 4 years ago there were

only four young people so that’s been amazing to see. It has

grown so much that we needed a second upper room for extra

space. Our hope is that these young people will have the

confidence to share their faith and know that they are loved

so much by a God who is close and a God who cares.

— STAY Detached Project has seen us out and about each

Thursday building relationships with young people, parents

and local neighbours, with numbers staying consistently

around the 45-50 mark. The young people scream our names

as they see us walking up the road and they engage so well in

conversation, games and sports. Our hope is that we would

continue to deepen positive relationships with young people

and the local community for the good of us all.

— STAY in Schools has also been positive and uplifting this

past year. In one month of assemblies, lessons, mentoring

and lunch time activities I will have been in front of 2,000

young people. It is both an honour and a privilege to be able

to tell stories, share encouragements and bring the Bible to

life for so many children and young people. Our hope is that

they will all know their worth, know they’re loved and know

that they have a voice.

The water park, scene of our last summer activity

— STAY Holiday Activities are always amazing because we

see young people outside of the usual settings, and see how

they cope with new experiences and challenges. They are

more resilient than they know and more able than they’re

given credit for! The amount of youth who step up to new

challenges and overcome fears always amazes me! Our hope

is that the activities we do in the holiday periods would show

the young people just how brilliant they are and what they’re

able to achieve!

— STAY Upper Room. Before the summer we sat with a group

of young people and designed the new upper room (pictured

above). We took their ideas to the rest of youth club and they

added their thoughts. We then did some fund raising and had

some very generous donations from people in the church, the

community, parents of the youth and the office of Theresa

May. We are so thankful to all who gave and now the new

upper room has been kitted out with new equipment for

the youth to enjoy! Our hope is that the space is used to its

full potential and the young people respect and enjoy it and

remain grateful for all that they’ve been given.

STAY Confirmation Classes

As an Anglican Church it is good practice, but not

compulsory, to be confirmed. Often parents make the choice

to baptise their children at a young age and so confirmation

offers individuals the chance to confirm their Christian

faith in Jesus for themselves. The youth classes run each

Monday, from 12 September, and continue through to the

confirmation service on Sunday 20 November when Bishop

Stephen Croft will lay hands on them and sign them with the

cross in oil. It is both exciting and a pleasure to see over 15

young people choosing this for themselves.

Final Thanks

I wanted to thank all those who stand with us and support

the young people we work with. For the prayers you pray,

the time you give, the money you donate and the effort you

make, it doesn’t go unnoticed and it will forever make a


Email me on youthminister@sonningparish.org.uk for a chat,

coffee or to ask any questions, Westy!

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Further tales of

By Ian Clarke

For the many readers who told us they enjoyed Ian's

memoirs published last month, here's a few more . . .

Sonning was such a different place in

the 60's. None of the traffic that we

see queuing in Thames Street today.

It was a quiet, the peace was only

disturbed by the Thames Valley buses

which plied their trade through the

village and would take me, and my

brother, to school in Wargrave.


Can you believe that at 8.30am three

double deckers would trundle through

the village as most people went to

work by bus.

We thought the buses were

pretty special and we collected their

numbers, an obsession shared with

collecting railway engine numbers,

mainly at the Duffield Road Bridge

in Woodley. I think we used to collect

the numbers of almost anything that

moved, including registration plates

on cars and the lorries that came

through the village from the gravel

pits by the river.

Train spotting, however, was the

main obsession and we would spend

many a happy hour collecting their

numbers and, in quieter moments,

putting pennies on the railway track

so that the trains would squash

them out of shape, with some very

interesting results. Great fun but

highly dangerous and illegal!

Another risky business was leaning

over the side of the bridge when a

steam engine came along. When it

reached the bridge we would run to the

Ian Clarke aged 12 years

other side to see if we could get there

before the smoke rose up. How we were

not hit by a car, I'll never know!

I remember going up to London

with my friend David for a serious

day's train spotting. However, due to

catching the wrong trains in London

we eventually arrived back in Sonning

at 11.30pm. Being both only 11 years

old, waiting at the bus stop at the top

of Pound Lane was my mother who

went absolutely mad because we were

so very late. We weren't allowed to go

to London again in a hurry!


Sonning had two fire engines at

the fire station at the bottom of Pound

Lane, it is now a private house. It was

great fun watching the part-time

firemen racing to the station when the

extremely loud siren sent its wailings

across the village. It meant Roly, Ken,

or one of the other part-time firemen

had to quickly down their pints in the

Sonning Working Men's Club and run

up to the fire station in order to catch

the engine before it left.

We were all very excited if we

managed to see the fire engine as it

came out of the station and would

wondered where it was going.

Sonning had a unique fire engine

that had been designed by Tommy

Edwards — it was the first to be fully

enclosed and it's now in a museum.

Every time we walked past the fire

station we would look at the top of the

pole where the siren was, hoping that

it would go off. I still imagine that I

can hear that siren whenever I'm in


We were sometimes lucky enough

to see the firemen demonstrating their

skills at an annual event in the 'rec'.

Sadly so many of these part-time fire

stations have disappeared into history.


One of the most exciting days of

the year in the 60's was Bonfire Night.

This was in the days when Halloween

was hardly celebrated.

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a Sonning lad

There was always a big bonfire at

the top of the recreation ground where

Ali's pond is now situated and we were

always very excited as we made our

way to see it.

After it had finished burning we

made our way over to the Berkshire

County Sports Ground where there

was an even bigger bonfire, and a

spectacular display of fireworks. They

always had the most enormous rockets

we had ever seen. The display was truly

spectacular and afterwards, and also

on the next day, we would go round

trying to find the large sticks that had

been attached to the rockets.

They even had an enormous bonfire

at the old Adwest ground at the top of

Sonning Lane where they burnt large

parts of old aircraft from the former

Woodley Aerodrome. I can still vividly

see it now. It was like an air crash!

Nowadays you would struggle to

find a proper bonfire and the fireworks

are far too sophisticated. We were

happy with Catherine wheels, jumping

jacks, rockets and bangers. We even

had small bonfires and some of those

simple fireworks in our gardens. It

certainly wouldn't be allowed now.


In my last article I wrote about

what we got up to down by the river,

however the most exciting event was

the making of the film Alfie in 1966

starring Michael Caine. We were really

excited as we watched scenes being

filmed at the White Hart (now the

Great House) and also on the lawn at

the French Horn.

Hollywood had come to Sonning,

well not quite! Alfie and his lady friend

took a boat trip and stopped on the

riverbank to take part in activities not

suitable for this magazine! Not that

we actually saw anything, much to our


Over the years I think Sonning has

featured more than once on TV, in film

and in the media.

It has always been popular with

celebrities such as Jimmy Page, Robert

Beatty, Uri Geller, George Clooney and

it is even rumoured that, in the past,

John Lennon and Taylor Swift wanted

to buy houses here.

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from page 17

Further tales of a Sonning Lad


When we lived in Pound Lane

we were opposite the 'rec' as it was

known. It was a busy place with a

new scout hut being built and the old

cricket pavilion being refurbished. The

primary school was still a few years


Sonning had very good adult cricket

and football teams, but there were not

enough of us kids to form teams. We

kicked a ball about at the top of the rec

and practised our cricket skills using

the base of the old flag pole which

replicated the stumps. I'm not sure if

the pole is still there and, if so, whether

it is used to fly flags any more.

There used to be an old pavilion

or changing room in the field next to

Ali's pond but I'm not quite sure who

played there. The wreck of the pavilion

fascinated and scared us as there were

rumours it was haunted! It certainly

contained certain objects which we did

not need to know about!


It is hard to believe when we were

young that the 250 year old Bridge

(above) was two-way with no traffic

lights! We frequently watched vehicles

getting stuck, or sometimes scraping

their paintwork on the sides of the

bridge. It's just as well it is so well built

that 250 years of traffic has passed over

it and it's still doing well.

We used to run from one side of

the bridge to the other by running

under the arches. I vaguely remember

it was the smallest arch we ran under

but I may be mistaken. We certainly

had to change arches as we grew taller

because we could no longer get under

the small one.

Further over the brick bridge

was a metal structure which I think

has now been replaced with a newer

one. However, it was a place of great

intrigue for us kids as it was said that a

grey lady haunted the bridge.

We spent many hours in the

evenings waiting and watching to see

if the grey lady would appear. We were

never lucky enough — or should that

be unlucky enough? — to witness her

walking across the bridge. Apparently

she still haunts the bridge, so beware!


Incredible as it seems, as 16 year

olds in 1966, we were able to get

summer jobs on Reading University's

Sonning farm. Health & Safety would

have a fit today if they had known that

we drove tractors and trailers from the

farm, across Charvil Lane and down to

the fields to collect hay or straw bales.

I remember the summer was hot

and dry, much as it has been this year.

We had to load the bales onto the

trailer, which was hard, thirsty work,

and then drive back to the farm. We

had little training in driving tractors

and I remember many miscalculations

with the loaded trailer and the narrow

gateways! That's why I became a

teacher and not a farmer!

A Massey Ferguson tractor like the one Ian

drove on Sonning Farm

Ian Clarke

Tom Farncombe

Another memory that stands

out for me was a piece of technology

that was very advanced for the time.

Roly Hunt, who worked in the farm

workshop, had developed a system

of driverless tractors where a cable

was buried under the ground and

the tractor followed it without being

steered by anyone.

I remember a group of us watching

the trial, however, the tractor didn't

always understand what it was

supposed to do and constantly veered

off course! Hence it has taken another

50 years to develop driverless cars!

Roly's invention was, however, very

advanced for the time.

Closer to home, when my family

lived in Pound Lane we lived next to

Percy Forward and his family. The

gardens were much longer then and

Percy used to keep pigs at the end of

his. It seems incredible that anyone

would keep pigs in their garden but

that was the case. My brother and I

were fascinated by them and spent

many hours watching them wallowing

in the mud. We never knew what

happened to them!

Our dad could only compete by

keeping chickens. Not quite in the

same league! How times have changed!

Now the area is occupied by houses in

Little Glebe where once there was a

large allotment that we could explore

and play and get up to mischief! We

were even responsible for a fire there

once. They never caught the culprits!


The village has changed a great

deal over the years and yet some

things remain which give Sonning its

great appeal. I hope my memories are

accurate and may stir some of your

own. I wonder what it will be like in

another 60 years?

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The victim of a loveless

childhood, he became the

best man of his age

Think of Piccadilly Circus and that small statue of the angel

poised with bow and arrow (right). Most people think it represents

Eros. It does not. It is Anteros, his brother, the god of selfless love.

It is a memorial to the greatest Christian Victorian philanthropist,

politician and social reformer of his generation – Lord Shaftesbury

(left) — the Poor Man's Earl.

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Anthony Ashley Cooper, the 7th Earl of

Shaftesbury (1801 – 1885) was a devout

Christian who spent his life fighting to

help ease the plight of lunatics,

chimney sweeps, children in factories,

women and children in the mines,

opium addicts, and children without

any education.

His own early life was loveless and bleak —

his parents formal and frightening, his early

school days a ‘horror’ of ‘cruelty and starvation’.

The only love came from the family’s housekeeper,

Maria Millis. A biographer wrote: ‘She provided for

Ashley a model of Christian love that would form

the basis for much of his later social activism and

philanthropic work.’

The reality and homely practicality of her

Christian love were a beacon for the young

Ashley. She told him Bible stories and taught him a


After Christ Church Oxford, where he proved an

outstanding scholar, Ashley turned to politics. In 1826,

aged 25, he was elected as Tory MP for Woodstock.

He was eager to serve on parliamentary committees

that got things done; his great life’s work had begun:

Lunatics: In 1827 lunatics were kept chained naked in

straw, forced to sleep in their excrement. They were washed

in freezing cold water, with one towel for 160 people and

no soap. There was gross over-crowding and inedible food:

asylums were places to die in.

Shaftesbury’s maiden speech in Parliament was in

support of a Bill to improve conditions. He wrote: ‘By God’s

blessing, my first effort has been for the advance of human


It took years: from 1827 to 1884 he fought for a

succession of Lunacy Acts, writing later of ‘the years of toil

and care that, under God, I have bestowed on this melancholy

and awful question.’

Child Labour and Factory Reform: Again, reform took

years. Shaftesbury fighting for the Ten Hours Act from

1833, 1842, 1844, 1846 and 1847 – when it finally got

through Parliament. No child under the age of 9 should

Image credits:

Left: Parish Pump

Right: Anizza,


work in the cotton or woollen industries and no one under

18 must work more than 10 hours a day.

Miners: In 1842 he fought to outlaw the employment of

women and children in coal mines.

Climbing Boys: Thousands of young boys were dying in

terrible pain— scorched, blinded and suffocated by soot,

or with cancer of the scrotum. Ashley fought for Bills in

1840, 1851, 1853, 1855, 1864 until finally the Chimney

Sweepers Act 1875 closed the practise down.

Education Reform: 1844 Ashley became president of the

Ragged School Union that promoted education for poor

children. He wrote that if it were to fail, ‘I should die of a

broken heart’.

Religion: Lord Shaftesbury was a devout Christian who

became a leading figure in 19th Century evangelical

Anglicanism. He was President of British and Foreign

Bible Society for nearly 30 years. He was very sympathetic

to the Jews, and advocated their return to the Holy Land.


Lord Shaftesbury’s funeral service at Westminster

Abbey on the morning of 8 October 1885 drew thousands

of people. The streets along the route were thronged

with the poor: costermongers, flower-girls, boot-blacks,

crossing sweepers, factory hands and many more.

They waited for hours just to see his coffin go by. He

was dearly loved by them as the ‘Poor Man’s Earl’.

One biographer wrote: ‘No man has in fact ever done more

to lessen the extent of human misery, or to add to the sum total

of human happiness.’

The great preacher Charles Spurgeon called him ‘the

best man of the age’. He ‘lived for the oppressed’, he was a

‘moral anchor in a drifting generation’, ‘friend of every living

thing’, he had a ‘fervent love to God, and hearty love to man.’

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Join us as we celebrate

Harvest and seek to

help local people in need

There can be little doubt that celebrating a plentiful harvest this year

might seem difficult, or even inappropriate, especially in many parts of

the world where crops have not grown as expected, and in some places

failed completely. However, this does not diminish the part of the Harvest

celebrations that remind us of God's creation and why we give thanks for

that, and why it is more important than ever to share what we have.



10.30am Family Harvest Service when we wi

4.00pm Harvest Choral Evensong fo

The recent, and ongoing, droughts, wildfires and floods in the UK, Europe,

Africa, America, Australia, and Asia – to name but a few – and the war in

Ukraine which has reduced the world's grain supplies to a trickle, raises

difficult questions about the appropriateness as we prepare for our annual

Harvest celebrations that traditionally involves giving thanks to God for

all the good food that has been safely gathered in.

In Biblical times, however, Harvest was also the time when people came

together to pray for the right combination of rain and sunshine during the

coming year so that the next season's harvest will also be plentiful.

This was what the last day of the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles was all about.

It was a time when prayers were offered to God for rain in the coming months

to water next year's crops. It was the time when Jesus appeared in the Temple

and shouted that the thirsty should come to him. (John 7:37) Jesus, of course,

was referring to those who were thirsty for the Holy Spirit, while the people

and the religious leaders were focussing on more worldly things such as water,

the most valuable worldly item in that part of the world.


So, let's not hold back on our harvest celebrations this year — join us in

St Andrew's Church at 10.30am on Sunday 2 October for our Family Harvest

Service and/or our Harvest Choral Evensong at 4pm, and let's thank God for

both the spiritual and the worldly food that we have received, and pray in

earnest that all the world takes climate change more seriously because it is

clearly climate change that is not only causing this year's poor harvest but the

disastrous floods in Pakistan and other places where thousands of lives have

been lost and even more left starving.

So, if we feel less inclined this year to celebrate a harvest that was below

par, let us remember another Biblical theme that God set out in the Old

Testament and that Jesus taught in the New — we should share what we have

with those who have less.

Usually at St Andrew's our Harvest collection is donated to an overseas

good cause, but this year we have decided to look closer to home and share

what we have locally. Hence at our Harvest services we will be accepting food

and money for the Woodley Food Bank which is facing increasing demands

on its service to the needy in our neighbourhood but struggling to fufil that

demand because donations of food have also been declining. So this year we

are asking for people to bring to church donations of food — see list on the

right — or cash that will also be given to Woodley Food Bank.

If you are not able to join us for the Harvest services, you can always

deposit your food and toiletry gifts, between 10am and 4pm everyday in the

Food Bank collecting box just inside the main entrance to the Church

The Harvest Sunday cash collections to be given to Woodley Food Bank

will enable them to purchase food and toiletries to pass on to those in need. If

you are unable to be in church for the services, you can always leave your cash

donations for our Woodley Food Bank Harvest Appeal in the Parish Office.

Edwin Muller, dreamstime.com

Failed tomato (left) and bean (right) crop

as droughts and floods destroy what w

Woodley Food Bank urgently needs:

— Tinned Soup

— Tinned Potatoes

— Custard

— Dried spaghetti

Other items they will always be

pleased to accept are:

— Baked Beans

— Tinned Tomatoes

— Tea Bags

— Tinned Spaghetti

— Coffee

— Sugar

— Beans/Chickpeas

— Cereal

— Toiletries/Sanitary Pads

— Pasta Sauce

— Tuna

— Toilet Rolls

— Fruit Juice

— Fruit Squash

— Plastic Bags

— Other Tinned Fish

— Tinned Meat

— Tinned Fruit

— Biscuits

— Rice

— Rice Pudding

— Long Life Milk

— Cooking Oil

— Tinned Vegetables

— Dry Pasta

— Dry Noodles

Donations can be placed in the bin inside

St Andrew's Church from 10am — 4pm every day

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ll receive donations for Woodley Food Bank

llowed by Harvest Tea in The Ark

Lorraine Addy, dreamstime.com

s are a common sight around the world

ould usually be plentiful food crops

Don't forget spiritual food!

Harvest and Creation go hand in hand

Harvest is a time when we thank God for his Creation, for making

everything we can see and not see around us, for the food we grow and

eat, for the seasons of the year, the rain and the sunshine, the heat

of summer and the coldness of winter. Here is a poem about God's

Creation written by Cecil Frances Alexander in 1848. Most of us are

probably more familiar with the hymn version of her poem that was

put to music in 1887 by William Henry Monk.

1. All things bright and beautiful,

All creatures great and small,

All things wise and wonderful:

The Lord God made them all.

2. Each little flower that opens,

Each little bird that sings,

He made their glowing colours,

He made their tiny wings.

3. The rich man in his castle,

The poor man at his gate,

He made them, high or lowly,

And ordered their estate.

7. He gave us eyes to see them,

And lips that we might tell

How great is God Almighty,

Who has made all things well.

4. The purple headed mountains,

The river running by,

The sunset and the morning

That brightens up the sky.

5. The cold wind in the winter,

The pleasant summer sun,

The ripe fruits in the garden,

He made them every one.

6. The tall trees in the greenwood,

The meadows where we play,

The rushes by the water,

To gather every day.

2 October is also Animal Welfare Sunday

One of the most important ways we can help

victims of the world food shortage is through

prayer. Here a Harvest prayer from Christian Aid:

Loving and compassionate God

When famine stalks the land, nothing grows.

Plants cannot, people cannot,

ideas and dreams cannot.

Everything withers and dies.

It is a violent aberration of your will for the world

and it is multiplied by conflict,

climate change and Covid.

God of the flourishing field,

there is enough to feed us all.

Call us to that sacred sharing neighbour,

to global neighbour.

Your gifts of food, water,

a chance to live the life so delicately crafted

by your divine spirit.

We will not turn away, but turn towards each other

with generosity and a justice-driven compassion

that searches for solutions.

Famine stalks the land, so may our outrage grow,

may our determination steel itself,

may our solidarity spur us into action

God of the flourishing field,

help us feed each other.



St Francis, patron saint of animals and the natural environment

Oliver Perez, dreamstime.com

This year, Animal Welfare Sunday falls on Sunday 2 October, which is

the nearest Sunday to St Francis’ feast day on Tuesday 4. It is a good

opportunity to thank God for the animals and the environment, and

to consider how we might help them.

Christians have been involved in animal welfare reform throughout

history — RSPCA, the first animal protection society, was founded

by Rev Arthur Broome, an Anglican priest and many well-known

Christians such as C S Lewis, John Wesley and William Wilberforce

also spoke out against animal cruelty.

As Psalm 148 reminds us, animals in their amazing variety of

species were all created for the glory of God and to praise his name.

They were not created for exploitation and domination.

But sadly, Creation has been abused, and continues to be abused.

The economics of providing low-cost chicken, pork, beef and milk can

often result in cruelty towards millions of animals.

The Anglican Society for the Welfare of Animals works to raise

awareness of animal welfare issues within the Anglican Church and

the wider Christian community.

To find out more: https://www.aswa.org.uk

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feature — 5: WORLD SMILE DAY

Smile please!

It's 7 October!

Friday is often said to the happiest day

of the week. Traditionally it was pay day, the end of

the working week. If this is true, then Friday 7 October

could be the happiest day of the year because it is World

Smile Day 2022, the day when we are all asked to do a

small act of kindness that will put a smile on someone

else's face!

And faced this autumn and winter with the worrying

threat of the biggest ever cost of living crisis driven by the

Russian invasion of Ukraine, the ever increasing threat

of volent crime, the continuing worry of pandemics, and

the increasingly serious repercussions of climate changes

that are having a devastating impact on millions of lives

throughout the world, there is a greater need than ever to

share a little happiness.


The World Smile Day organisers quite rightly point out

that what we can all do is to focus on the small things we

can control, like taking a little extra time to help someone

with something, or to make them laugh.

The idea is that if we all make an effort to do one small

act of kindness this World Smile Day, then, together, we

can make a huge change in the world.

Why not start by wearing a smiley face emoji that

was designed in 1963 by an artist called Harvey Ball. He

created the smiley face design for a local company that

wanted to boost the morale of their employees.

Over time, the design grew and grew in popularity

until it became the international symbol of cheer and

good will it is today.


Harvey never copyrighted nor trademarked the design,

so, despite the symbol's enormous popularity, the only

money he ever made from the smiley face was the $45 he

was initially paid for it. Harvey, however, maintained a

philosophical attitude about this, and was happy to see

his design becoming used so much.

In the late 1990's, Harvey decided that we should all set

aside one day to simply smile and be kind towards each

other, which is how World Smile Day came about.

On this day, we can forget all our differences and just

focus on being cheerful towards everyone we meet. When

he died in 2001, the Harvey Ball World Smile Foundation

was set up to honour his name and memory by raising

money for small, grassroots charities that would

otherwise receive little attention or funding.


There's a lot of truth in that well known song recorded

by jazz pianist Seger Ellis in 1928, Louis Armstrong in

1929 and numerous famous singers ever since:

When you're smiling, the whole world smiles with you!

The Parish Magazine - October 2022 25


Light in the darkness:

Bibles arrive in Ukraine

By Hazel Southam, Bible Society, 22 August 2022

Chernetskaya, dreamstime.com

During the summer, some 168,000 Bibles and other

Scripture-based books have been delivered to war-torn


Bibles have been in increasing demand since war broke out.

'Living surrounded by death has caused people to ask questions

about life,' said Anatoliy Raychynets, deputy general

secretary of the Ukrainian Bible Society. ‘I have personally

delivered several thousands of Bibles from hand to hand,’ said

Anatoliy. ‘It is light in the darkness.’

Among the recent delivery were 34,000 compact Bibles

in Ukrainian, 7,000 New Testaments and 57,000 booklets

entitled Beyond Disaster which enable people to look at the

trauma they’ve experienced through the light of the Bible.

These are excellent for people on the move, who can’t take

much with them,’ said Anatoliy.

Being able to give away small copies of the Bible is

important when 14 million Ukrainians are internally

displaced by the war. Since it began, the Bible Society of

Ukraine has been delivering bread, first aid and Bibles,

but stocks soon ran low as demand outstripped supply.


Anatoliy explained how the Bible speaks into daily

life. ‘Daily life is heavy,’ he said. ‘You feel so tired. But,

together with churches, we’re doing our best to bring light to

the darkness. The darkness is very deep. I want to express

gratefulness for all the support.’

Donations to the Bible Society have helped to make

this possible, with more than £1 million raised for Bibles

for people in and fleeing Ukraine. This has meant that

since the war began, some 655,700 Bibles and other

Scriptures such as New Testaments in Ukrainian and

Russian have been delivered to people fleeing the conflict.

So far they have been delivered to Hungary, Moldova,

Poland, Romania, and Slovakia, as well as to Ukrainian

refugees in the UK.

Bible Society’s Oldi Morava said, ‘We are incredibly

touched by the generosity of our supporters and the

unwavering commitment of our colleagues in Ukraine, who

have made this delivery of Bibles to the people of Ukraine

possible, and in so doing, bring words of hope to people living

in unbelievable circumstances.’


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journalist, and musician who was born in

Wokingham and was head boy of Reading Blue

Coat School in the 1980's, will be Me2 Club's

quiz master at The Oakwood Centre, Woodley

on Friday 7 October. The night will raise

money for local children having additional


Matt is also well know for his work with

SANDS, the Stillborn and Neonatal

Death Society, and Launchpad, the

Reading based charity fighting

homelessness. The Me2 quiz night

is being held from 7-10pm for teams of no more than eight people — no under

16's — and includes a fish and chip supper. Tickets, which must be booked in

advance, are £22.15, including the booking fee. Early bird tickets are £18.37 for

the first 50 registered. For more details and to buy tickets go to:


Shaw House insight, and maybe Downton Abbey!

Shaw House, Newbury, Berkshire

Simon Burchell, wikipedia

Sarah Somerville, visitor services officer for Shaw House, one of the best

preserved Elizabethan mansions in England, will be in Pearson Hall on 28

October to give an insight into this historic property built for Thomas Dolman

in 1581. It has seen royal visitors, and played an important part in the Civil War

and World War II. Sarah previously worked at Highclere Castle and so Downton

Abbey may also be on the agenda! The evening will be hosted by Sonning and

Sonning Eye Society and starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are £4 and can obtained from:

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Book now for your

Christmas and

spring singing!

A 'Twelve Songs of Christmas' fun

singing afternoon for female voices

led by local music teacher and choir

director Suzanne Newman will be

held on Saturday 3 December, 2-4pm,

in Charvil Village Hall.

The afternoon will include

singing a medley of seasonal

favourites arranged for 2-part choir,

including: Deck the halls, What child is

this, Silent night and Joy to the world

Tickets, £10, including music

and light refreshments, can be

obtained from Suzanne Newman on

suzanneynewman@btinternet.com or

0118 934 058.


You can also find out more from

Suzanne about the The Project

Singers spring project — 'And

wherever you go!' — for which

booking is also now open.

The Project Singers have a section

for girls in years 5-13 who rehearse

on Sundays from 6.15-7.45pm, and

for ladies who rehearse on Mondays

from 8-9.30pm.

The spring project has a travel

theme with songs such as: All aboard,

Homeward bound, The water is wide,

Wheels of a dream and Route 66.

The Project Singers will be taking

part in Woodley Music Festival

and perform a concert at St Mary's

Church, Twyford in March. The

ladies' choir will also be taking part

in Cheltenham Music Festival, and

the girls' choir will have a pizza party!



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Sonning Art Group's Chairman's Cup competition with the theme, 'A favourite picture

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with an accomplished oil painting of a young girl. Second was Pauline Simpson with her

acrylic painting of a 'Good Mooring' and third was George Gallocker with his watercolour

depicting '3 Little Ducks'. Congratulations to each artist!

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— Large handful fresh curly parsley, roughly chopped


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Today there is hardly a home in the UK without a radio or tv which

100 years ago were in their infancy. There were, however, some

innovative engineers and business people who recognised the

potential of theses new 'inventions'. Here, Tim Lenton, a retired

journalist, writes about an organisation that soon became a

household name that is respected throughout the world:


100 years ago, on 18 October 1922, the BBC was officially

founded as the British Broadcasting Company (now the

British Broadcasting Corporation).

It was originally a private company in which only British

manufacturers could hold shares. Three years later it was

liquidated and in 1927 replaced by a public corporation —

the British Broadcasting Corporation — which had almost

complete independence and, until the 1954 Television Act, a

monopoly of the television service in Britain.

That year saw the birth of commercial television. The

BBC’s monopoly of radio ended when the Government

permitted local commercial broadcasts, starting in the 1970's.

The BBC is not allowed to advertise or broadcast

sponsored programmes. It should also not broadcast any

opinion of its own on current affairs and matters of public

policy, and be impartial on controversial issues. In recent

years the BBC has been criticised for not keeping to these

rules, but they were foremost in the mind of Lord Reith, the

BBC’s first Director General – a Scottish Presbyterian with

strong Christian convictions whose influence lingered for

many years.

The BBC has a public service broadcasting requirement to

produce 115 hours of religious content on tv and 370 hours

on radio each year. This, of course, leaves open the definition

of religious content: atheists have complained that there is

too much religion on the BBC, while Christians point to the

overtly secular assumptions of its output.

In the garden

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Forgive the wasps — and

learn to understand them

The chances are that you were irritated by wasps this

summer — there were a lot of them about (and I was

after being stung by one in my garden — editor). But did

you know what the wasps were really looking for?

According to Prof Seirian Sumner, a behavioural ecologist

and entomologist at University College London, we should

try to 'understand what wasps want, and what they’re doing

at certain times of the year.'

In early and mid-summer 'they’re not that interested

in sugar, they want meat. The adults are vegetarian, but

they hunt prey to feed to the larvae, who give them a sugary

reward,' she says.

'Then, when the larvae pupate in late summer and early

autumn, there are fewer that need feeding, and they don’t need

to hunt, so wasps are sort of furloughed. And then they go in

search of sugar, usually in flowers. But your Prosecco, or beer,

or jam sandwich is just as appealing.'


Prof Sumner's advice is to try to distract wasps from

you by offering them meat in early to mid-summer, and

a saucer of cider or some jam on a lid in late summer and

early autumn.

She also stresses that the world would be much worse

off without wasps: they are excellent at pest control and

are also fine pollinators.

There's more on wasps in her book: Endless Forms: The

Secret World of Wasps (HarperCollins)

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symptoms. Feeling hopeless, guilty

or frustrated about trivial things that

you’d normally deal with. A paralysis

of decision making, anger, irritability

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Biological/physical symptoms

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With SAD, people often do not lose

their appetite, and indeed, it often

increases. Sleep patterns cause more

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Sex drive disappears and the

combination of the above leads to

poor performance at work and home,

loss of interest in hobbies and the

increase in bad habits. All in all, I feel

we should look at this as a ‘proper’

depressive illness and treat it just as


Treatment suggests a pill and a

cure. This is not the case. Medicines

such as anti-depressants can alleviate

some symptoms but does not remove

the cause — most raise serotonin


Removing some of the factors that

lead to SAD can help:

— Light. Get out in the day if you

can, exercise to remove fatigue. A

The Parish Magazine - October 2022 31


Dr Simon Ruffle writes . . . Forever Autumn SADness

October. The eighth month of the

old calendar before the Romans

changed it. This meant our seasons

became related to the calendar in a

more constant way. October in the

Northern Hemisphere makes us

forget the summer and ‘welcome’ in


War of the Worlds is still one of the

most iconic science fiction works

ever. Written in 1898 by HG Wells

it has been made into films, musical

and radio versions. And 40 years

after publishing, Orson Welles used

the piece in his radio show Mercury

Theatre on the Air broadcast by CBS.He

caused panic across America as people

panicked that the show was reporting

news events from far away!

40 years further on Jeff Wayne

produced the musical version of this

that is still selling today.

One of the popular tracks of this

album is Forever Autumn sung by

Justin Hayward. But what else does

autumn usher in?


Lots of illnesses emerge in

autumn. There are many theories

as to why. Some include the use of

central heating, closing windows,

hot housing children and workers in

poorly ventilated areas, such as trains,

tubes, buses, schools and offices. No

doubt this contributes. Vitamin D

levels fall as we are exposed less to

UV light. Vitamin D is vital for the

immune system.

Also, less exposure to natural

light causes our melatonin levels to

be lower and this changes our sleep

patterns and thus our circadian

rhythm. Serotonin production in the

nervous system is also affected.

Many viral infections arise,

influenza, common cold, Norovirus

(D&V) and parasitic infections such

as thread, hook and round worms.

However, these are minor illnesses,

mostly self limiting, some requiring a

pharmacist's advice and of course, flu

is mostly preventable.

Seasonally Adjusted Disorder,

(SAD), on the other hand, is far

less talked about but pervasive and

debilitating. SAD is also known as

seasonally adjusted depression or

winter depression.

Autumn Leaves


S Ruffle

light box can be useful. Sleep patterns

are important to maintain and that

nagging fatigue and low mood after a

poor night's sleep cannot be pandered

too. Get up and get going.

— Vitamin D supplement (1,000 IU

a day will not cause any harm) and is

available at pharmacies and health

food shops.

— Melatonin. This is a knotty

question. Melatonin is a food

supplement in most countries and

is available as such. However it is

regulated in the NHS as a medicine

and is normally not allowed to

be prescribed. This is because the

evidence behind its use is poor and

not cost effective.

However in my experience some

people really benefit: 3mg or 5mg at

night is the usual dose.

If your symptoms worsen and

changes in your lifestyle do not help,

most areas of the country allow you to

self refer for counselling services, for

example Berkshire’s service is: https://


SSRI medicine can be prescribed.


The SAD ‘cure’ is in the name

— seasonal. But 4-6 months of

feeling awful a year really needs to

be challenged. Don’t put SAD down

to being a bit down! As in the song

our protagonist believed he’d lost his

Carrie and his life would be Forever

Autumn but for fans of the War of the

Worlds we know (spoiler alert) things

turn out alright in the end.

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National Poetry Day is on Thursday 6 October

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Psalm 149:1-16 Tune: Lasst Uns Erfreuen – All creatures of our God and King

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Looking at nature's glory

Rev Michael Burgess lifts his eyes to the hills

Praise you the Lord, sing a new song

Unto Him be it day, night long

Alleluia, Alleluia!

Make praise among His people here

In the congregation draw near

And worship Him with godly fear

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Rejoice in Him who has you made

His creation’s great works displayed

Alleluia, Alleluia!

Let His people be joyful in

Their Lord and King, fresh praise begin

Holy Spirit, rise up within

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Let them praise His name in the dance

Musical instruments enhance

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Of His glory, for the Lord takes

Pleasure in His people, He makes

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For the Lord He will beautify

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Alleluia, Alleluia!

Let people rejoice in glory

Sing aloud on their beds, so be

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'The artist should not only paint what he sees before

him, but also what he sees within him.' These are the

words of a German romantic painter, Caspar David

Friedrich, who lived from 1774-1840.

The inspiration for most of his paintings was the countryside

and the world of nature around him. As he looked at its

beauty and grandeur, it awoke in him feelings of wonder and

awe, which he expressed through his art.

At the age of 34 he painted a cross in the mountains

as an altarpiece for a church in Dresden: the first time a

pure landscape had been used for an altar. Later in 1811 he

painted a similar, but more profound and more moving work:

Morning in the Riesengebirge (pictured above).

Friedrich was a great walker and climber, and he loved

the mountains of East Saxony depicted here. The first rays

of the sun are coming over the horizon to illuminate both

the beauty of the hills, and the tall crucifix placed on the

mountain top.


Friedrich looked at the glory of nature at sunrise and saw

there a sign of God the Creator, and God the one who sent his

Son to redeem that Creation.

Like Caspar David Friedrich, and like the psalmist*,

we can look to the hills and see the glory and greatness of

God. This will be the theme for many of us this month with

Harvest celebrations. But we give thanks for creation and

the bounty of the world at a time when we hear reports

of glaciers melting, water levels rising, greenhouse gases

warming up our planet, and resources of food and fuel

wasted and depleted. It is too easy to take this world for

granted and imagine it is here solely for us.

Caspar David Friedrich invites us to look at the world, its

beauty and greatness, as a gift to cherish, not to manipulate

and exploit for our own use. As we look at this earth with

eyes of wonder and gratitude, then we shall find the God

who created and redeemed it, and ask what service and

stewardship we can offer him in the world.

*I lift up my eyes to the mountains — where does my help come

from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and

earth. He will not let your foot slip — he who watches over you

will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither

slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over you — the Lord is your

shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor

the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm — he will

watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and

going both now and forevermore. (Psalm 121)

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Book Reviews

Bible Sunday 30 October update

Wycliffe Bible Translators latest report, as of 2021, says:

There are now 3,495 languages which have some

Scripture available to 7.04 billion people.

There are 717 languages with a complete Bible giving

5.75 billion people access to a Bible in their own language.

— 1,582 languages have a complete New Testament (some

also have Old Testament portions) - 830 million people

— 1,196 languages have some translated Bible portions -

457 million people

Meanwhile, there are a further 828 languages which have

work in progress – 67.6 million people. And also, there are

1,892 languages still waiting for translation (or preparatory

work) to begin – 145 million people. As for the remaining

need for Bible translation: 1.51 billion people, speaking 6,661

languages, do not have a full Bible in their first language.

And 145 million people, speaking 1,892 languages, still need

translation work to begin, this includes:

— Africa with 558 languages, 16 million people

— Americas with 119 languages, 2.4 million people

— Asia with 751 languages, 124 million people

— Europe with 59 languages, 2.3 million people

— Pacific with 405 languages, 0.43 million people

More at: https://www.wycliffe.net/resources/statistics/

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do we pray the prayer Jesus taught us in ways which

are authentic and life-giving? This book offers a series

of prayers and poems written in response to it. Each

prayer uses the address Abba or Amma: Aramaic terms of

intimate address to God as father or mother which reflect

Jesus’ usage, drawing on the Abbas and Ammas of the

desert tradition as well as our own parental relationships.

Invest Your Future – Listening to God’s Voice

Without Abandoning Your Bible or Your Brain

By Paul Mallard, 10Publishing, £8.00

Making big decisions can be difficult. Often, we end

up paralysed with indecision, afraid that making the

wrong choice will ruin our lives. So how do we make good

decisions? When does the Bible guide us, and when should

we just use our common sense or talk things through

with friends and family? Using his huge experience and

pastoral heart, Paul Mallard shows us where to find

wisdom and how it works in God’s economy. He helps us

find the balance in what is, for many of us, a constant

challenge. He teaches us how to understand God’s

purpose, so we can see the truly important factors in

making our decisions. You don’t have to spend your life

in indecision, confusion, guilt or regret. You can cultivate

spiritual discernment in order to grow in maturity and

wisdom, and know where to turn for guidance when

making decisions.

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Arts & Craft Fair to

reduce food poverty

The main beneficiary of this year’s Reading Charity Art

and Craft Fair will be the Thomas Franks Foundation’s

Feeding Communities which aims to reduce food poverty

by providing free packaged meals for those in need. The

ingredients for the meals are collected from surpluses in

catering sources and so also reduces food wastage.

The Art & Craft Fair, organised by the Rotary Club of

Reading Maiden Erlegh, will be held from 29-30 October

at Leighton Park School. Income from the fair will help

Feeding Communities to increase its production of food

parcels for local support organisations such as food banks,

the Churches Together in Reading Drop-in Centre, and

others in the Reading, Woodley and Earley communities.

The Maiden Erlegh Rotary Club supported these

organisations throughout the pandemic and its aim now

is to help reduce food waste, and the increasing burden of

food poverty expected during the difficult months ahead.


Thomas Franks is a top-quality catering contract

company serving restaurants of prestigious companies

in the UK and Europe. In the Reading area the company

also provides catering at various independent schools,

including Leighton Park where the Art & Craft Fair is

being held in the Oakview centre which, during school

time, is a spacious restaurant.

Feeding Communities was created to aid as many

people as it could through the early months of the Covid

pandemic, its main focus being on vulnerable people who

were struggling or suffering from food poverty.

Using its clients facilities, Feeding Communities

began producing food parcels and freshly prepared meals

in response to the food shortages that were happening

globally. It states that as long as food poverty exists, it will

continue to provide free meals to all who need them — 'It

doesn’t take much to change a life and it can start with as much

as a meal'.

Entry to the Art & Craft Fair is free and visitors can

enjoy a hot or cold drink and a cake in the Art Café run by

the Inner Wheel Club of Reading Maiden Erlegh as well

as viewing a wide range of paintings and craft exhibits.

There will also be the opportunity to purchase art and

craft items produced by local artists and artisans with 25%

of the purchase price being given to Feeding Communities

and other local community support organisations.

For more information:

http://www.readingcharityartfair.org www.thethomasfranksfoundation.org


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Was it really . . . ?

. . . 250 YEARS AGO, on 21 October 1772 that Samuel

Taylor Coleridge was born. He co-founded with William

Wordsworth the Romantic Movement of poetry.

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the sciences

Continuing the Celebration!

. . . 200 YEARS AGO, on 20 October 1822 that the Sunday

Times newspaper was first published in the UK.

. . . 150 YEARS AGO, on 11 October 1872 that Emily

Davison, British suffragette, was born. A militant fighter

for her cause, she died after being hit by the King’s horse

at the 1913 Derby.

. . . 100 YEARS AGO, on 18 October 1922 that the BBC was

officially founded as the British Broadcasting Company

(now the British Broadcasting Corporation).

. . . 80 YEARS AGO, on 30 October 1942 that crew

from the British destroyer HMS Petard retrieved

codebooks from the German submarine U-559, enabling

cryptographers at Bletchley Park to decipher the Enigma

code used by U-boats.

. . . 70 YEARS AGO, on 6 October 1952 that the world

premiere of Agatha Christie’s play, The Mousetrap

opened in Nottingham. It then opened in London on 25

November, and is still running, making it the world’s

longest-running play. It has been performed more than

28,000 times.

. . . 65 YEARS AGO, on 9 October 1957 that the

Lovell Telescope began operating at the Jodrell Bank

Observatory in Cheshire. It was the world’s largest

steerable dish radio telescope and played an important

role in the early days of space launches.

. . . 60 YEARS AGO, on 15 October 1962 that British

weather forecasts switched from the Fahrenheit scale to


. . . 40 YEARS AGO, on 11 October 1982 that Henry VIII’s

flagship the Mary Rose was raised from the bottom of the

Solent, off the coast of southern England, 437 years after

it sank.

The Mary Rose

Pjgibson, dreamstime.com

By Dr Ruth Bancewicz, The Faraday Institute

for Science and Religion, Cambridge.

Kostia Osypov, dreamstime.com

From 9-16 October this year many people around

the world will be celebrating the Jewish festival of

Tabernacles, or Sukkot. They will celebrate the Harvest,

and also remember God bringing the Israelites out of

Egypt and through 40 years in the desert.

The book of Deuteronomy contains a description of what

Tabernacles should have been like: 'Celebrate… for seven days.

Be joyful… you, your sons and daughters, your male and female

servants, and the Levites, the foreigners, the fatherless and the

widows who live in your towns.'

These festivals were not just a celebration, they were also

an expression of gratitude to God: 'celebrate the festival to the

Lord your God...For the Lord your God will bless you in all your

harvest and in all the work of your hands, and your joy will be

complete.' Tabernacles was a proper holiday, with two whole

days off normal work and seven days of feasting.


Farming is different today. Very few of us sweat long

hours over crops, so we’re not as ready for (or deserving of)

a rest and a party as our ancestors were at this time of year.

That might be even more the case in future, as the agri-tech

revolution unfolds. For example, small autonomous tractors

are already becoming available that do less damage to the soil

and make better use of steep or oddly shaped fields.

Many arable farms already hire contractors to do the

routine work with large specialist GPS-equipped machinery.

In future years those people might find themselves using

very different kinds of high-tech kit, acting more as landmanagement

advisors, helping farmers to gather data and

to find ways of improving soil quality, biodiversity and the

water cycle.

I’m very grateful for the food that arrives on my shelves.

Instead of worrying about whether or not we earned it, our

modern-day Tabernacles or Harvest celebration could include

ways of encouraging those involved in agriculture and

developing new agricultural technologies, as well as enjoying

how we can learn about and benefit from God’s creation

through science.

So, after you celebrate Harvest, why not make a trip to

a local farm this month? Why not learn from the ancient

Israelites, and follow it up with a meal together? It stands to

reason that those of us who live in countries where food is

plentiful could do with being proportionately more generous

in our gratitude and giving. Should we throw better parties?


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

With October, autumn is underway –

the leaves are turning gold, the chilly

nights are closing in and the shops are

full of Halloween things. Our ancestors

were frightened of the dark and cold

of winter, and feared that evil things

might attack them. So they lit fires and

wore frightening masks, to ward off evil

spirits. But Christianity taught a much

better way: it taught that Jesus Christ

is the Son of God, and that when He

died for us on the cross, he overcame

all the powers of evil that there are. So

we don’t need charms to ward off evil,

we just need to turn to Jesus in prayer.

He will protect us from any power of

darkness that menaces our lives. The

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Checkatrade member - Which Trusted Trader

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Linda Frewin MInstChp, HCPC member

General foot care and treatments

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Qualified Plumbing and Heating Engineers Gas Safe

25 years experience - local family run company

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For jargon free help with your computer problems

PC & laptop repairs, upgrades, installations, virus removal

Free advice, reasonable rates

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Electrical Installation and Smart Home Automation


Elliott — 0777 186 6696

Nick — 0758 429 4986


Reliable and affordable

Small jobs a speciality!

Call Andy on 0795 810 0128



Car Servicing, Repairs and MOT

Mole Road, Sindlesham, RG41 5DJ

0118 977 0831



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

Sky dishes. Communal premises IRS systems, TV points.

Free estimates - All work guaranteed

0118 944 0000


We are a family business with excellent references

and we are fully insured

All cleaning materials provided

For free quote call: Maria 0779 902 7901


Thames Valley Will Service

Also Lasting Powers of Attorney and Probate Service

We are still working during the pandemic period

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Member of the Guild of Master Sweeps


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Family run company

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For local odd jobs please call Phil on

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Landscaping, garden construction,

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Waste clearance from office, house, garden, loft

Licensed waste carriers, no job too small or large

Contact: John

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Stump grinding and tree stump removal

Latest narrow access machinery

Contact: Mark

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Roger McGrath has 25 years experience

Restoration painting work of any size undertaken

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information — 2

Parish contacts

Ministry Team

The Vicar: Revd Jamie Taylor (Day off Friday)

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

vicar@sonningparish.org.uk / 0118 969 3298

— Associate Vicar: Revd Kate Wakeman-Toogood

revkate@sonningparish.org.uk / 0746 380 6735

On duty Tuesday, Friday and Sunday

— Youth Minister: Chris West (Westy)

youthminister@sonningparish.org.uk / 0794 622 4106

— Licensed Lay Minister: Bob Peters

bob@sonningparish.org.uk / 0118 377 5887

Children's Ministry

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


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

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

Deputy Churchwardens

— Simon Darvall sdarvall@businessmoves.com 0793 928 2535

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

— Molly Woodley (deputy churchwarden emeritus)

mollywoodley@live.co.uk / 0118 946 3667

Parish Administrator

— Hilary Rennie

office@sonningparish.org.uk / 0118 969 3298

Parochial Church Council

— Secretary: Hilary Rennie 0118 969 3298

— Treasurer: Richard Moore 0118 969 2588

Director of Music, organist and choirmaster

— Hannah Towndrow BA(Oxon), MA(RAM), LRAM


Sonning Bell Ringers

— Tower Captain: Pam Elliston

pam.elliston@talktalk.net / 0118 969 5967

— Deputy Tower Captain: Rob Needham

r06needham@gmail.com / 0118 926 7724

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

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

— Editor: Bob Peters

editor@theparishmagazine.co.uk / 0118 377 5887

— Advertising and Distribution: Gordon Nutbrown

advertising@theparishmagazine.co.uk / 0118 969 3282

— Treasurer: Pat Livesey

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

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

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

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

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The Parish Magazine is distributed by Abracadabra Leaflet

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ABD Construction 6

Abbey School 38

Abbeyfield Wey Valley Society 20

ACG Services Locksmith 40

Active Domestic Appliances 16

Active Security 30

ADD Plumbing 12

All Aerials 40

All Waste Clearance 40

Barn Store Henley 16

Berkshire Stump Removals 40

Big Heart Tree Care 40

Blandy & Blandy Solicitors 14

Blinds Direct 26

Blue Moose 8

Bridge House 43

Bridges Home Care 26

Bull Inn 8

Callaghan Carpets & Flooring 40

Chimney Sweep, Thames 40

Chiropody, Linda Frewin 40

Chris the Plumber 32

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Comfort in Care 10

Complete Pest Solutions 24

Computer Frustrations 40

CPS Fuels 28

Cruz Kitchens 28

Design for Print 28

EMDR Hypnotherapist 30

Freebody Boatbuilders 6

Fields Pharmacy 32

French Horn 44

Gardiner’s Homecare 8

Great House Sonning 24

Handyman and Decorating Services 40

Haslams Estate Agents 2

Hicks Group 16

Intersmart Electrical Installations 40

James Autos 40

Jones & Sheppard Stone Masons 32

Kingfisher Bathrooms 26

MC Cleaning 40

Mill at Sonning 4

M & L Healthcare Solutions 12

Mortgage Required 18

Muck & Mulch 28

Nutrition & Health Consultant 38

Odd Jobs 40

Painter and Decorator 40

Pearson Hall Sonning 24

Queen Anne’s School 10

Reading Blue Coat School 26

Richfield Flooring 14

Sabella Interiors 34

SecureHeat 20

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Shiplake College 14

Signature Care Homes 36

Sonning Golf Club 32

Sonning Scouts Marquees 30

Smallwood Garden Services 40

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The 50 Plus Home Repairs 28

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Water Softener Salt 28

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