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Contents <strong>October</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />



— Harvest motivation, 7<br />

— Molly's 90th cake, 7<br />

— For your prayers, 7<br />

— Christian Basics, 9<br />

— From the editor's desk, 9<br />

— My favourite, 11<br />

— <strong>The</strong> Persecuted Church, 13<br />

— STAY, 15<br />


— Further Sonning lad tales, 17-19<br />

— Lord Shaftesbury, 21<br />

— Harvest <strong>2022</strong>, 22-23<br />

— Word Smile Day, 25<br />

— Bibles for Ukraine, 25<br />

—around the villages<br />

— Matt Allwright quiz master, 27<br />

— Christmas singing, 27<br />

— Shaw House talk, 27<br />

— Art Club winners, 27<br />

HOME & GARDEn<br />

— Recipes of the month, 29<br />

— Wasps in the garden, 29<br />

— BBC 100 years, 29<br />

health<br />

— Dr Simon Ruffle, 31<br />

THE ARTS<br />

— Poetry Corner, 33<br />

— Looking at nature's glory, 33<br />

— Book Reviews, 35<br />

— Art & Craft Fair, 35<br />

history, 37<br />


— Agri-Tech on the farm, 37<br />

PUZZLE PAGE, 39<br />

children's page, 41<br />

information<br />

— Church services, 3<br />

— From the registers, 3<br />

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

— Advertisers' index, 42<br />


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

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

Photograph taken by Peter Rennie soon<br />

after the flag was lowered to half mast<br />

to commemorate the death of<br />

Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II.<br />


<strong>The</strong> editorial deadline for every issue<br />

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

date of publication.<br />

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

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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 />

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From the Registers<br />

BAPTISMs<br />

— Sunday 14 August, Mia Faith Platt<br />

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Services at<br />

St Andrew’s<br />

Harvest Sunday 2 <strong>October</strong><br />

— 8.00am Holy Communion<br />

— 10.30am Family Service<br />

— 4.00pm Choral Evensong<br />

Sunday 9 <strong>October</strong><br />

— 8.00am Holy Communion<br />

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

STAY and Sunday Club<br />

Sunday 16 <strong>October</strong><br />

— 8.00am Holy Communion<br />

— 10.30am Family Communion<br />

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

Sunday 23 <strong>October</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 />

Bible Sunday 30 <strong>October</strong><br />

— 2.00am Turn clocks back 1 hour<br />

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— 8.00am Holy Communion<br />

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

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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 of<br />

each month at 11.00am.<br />

weddings<br />

— Saturday 20 August, Hugo Quentin George Davis and Charlotte Ann Bushnell<br />

— Saturday 27 August, Laurence William Cann and Joanne Elizabeth Boseley<br />

funerals<br />

— Wednesday 10 August, Wendy Gertrude Coomber, service in church followed<br />

by cremation at Reading Crematorium<br />

— Thursday 11 August, Linda Hall, memorial service in church<br />

— Tuesday 16 August, Shirley Rose Gray, service at Reading Crematorium<br />

— Wednesday 17 August, Mavis Barbara Surridge, graveside funeral in churchyard<br />

— 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<br />

service of Commemoration of Her Late Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II on Sunday 11 September<br />

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

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

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

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

last Thursday’s sombre news. <strong>The</strong>re is a sense of unreality because so many of us have only<br />

ever known one Sovereign, but nonetheless, I have found it fascinating and somewhat<br />

reassuring to witness the seamless transition to a new reign, with all the traditional<br />

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

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

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

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

with the departed Sovereign. <strong>The</strong>y have the advantage over us tuppence ha’penny clergy, and I will admit to a slight sense of<br />

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

Queen’s 90th birthday service and at the recent Platinum Jubilee. Perhaps I should have invited you <strong>The</strong>resa to give the sermon<br />

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


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

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<br />

particularly commendable because they are rare in our age.<br />

— 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<br />

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<br />

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

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<br />

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

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

greeting her 15th Prime Minister, two days before her death.<br />

— <strong>The</strong> second virtue, Faithfulness: We had a Queen on whose shoulders fell enormous responsibilities at a very early age, yet who<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

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<br />

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

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

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

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

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<br />

prayers and loyalty as he takes on the mantle of Kingship.<br />


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

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

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

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

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

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<br />

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

came from the fact that she trusted in an even greater King.<br />

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

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

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

so for her eldest daughter. <strong>The</strong>re are many reasons why he was an Archbishop and I am not and never will be, so I shall conclude<br />

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.'<br />

'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<br />

For your prayers in <strong>October</strong><br />

— King Charles III<br />

— All who grow, harvest, prepare and distribute<br />

our food<br />

— All who translate, edit, produce and distribute<br />

the Holy Bible<br />

— Those considering Confirmation<br />

By Rev Kate<br />

At the start of <strong>October</strong> we celebrate Harvest in our<br />

churches and schools. It is a time of giving; giving food or<br />

money to charitable causes or local food banks, and also,<br />

for Christians, giving thanks to God for his creation.<br />

This year, however, it is hard not to link the tradition of<br />

giving at Harvest with the cost of living crisis that is affecting<br />

many people, some of whom, will not have struggled<br />

financially before.<br />

<strong>The</strong>se are precarious times. I am still shocked at the price<br />

of fuel for my car and the amount that regular household<br />

items have increased in cost. I, like many others, have been<br />

thinking about cutting costs — changing brands, shopping<br />

in cheaper places, reducing outgoings, etc. But, of course,<br />

for many there are no corners left to cut and people simply<br />

cannot afford their bills or the food they need.<br />

This cost of living crisis will affect all of us, directly or<br />

indirectly, and I would argue that it should affect us all.<br />

Let me explain ... in the Bible St Paul uses the image of the<br />

‘Body of Christ’ to describe the Church. We are all different<br />

members of one body. But we know that when one part of a<br />

body suffers, the whole body suffers.<br />

Whether you have a faith or not, you are part of some<br />

communities or bodies. We exist in families, extended<br />

families, neighbourhoods, workplaces, schools, friendship<br />

groups and so on. We exist in relationship with one another<br />

and so we all have a responsibility to support one another.<br />

When one part of the body is struggling then we should feel<br />

that and help where we can. For many this will be the first<br />

winter they need to use a food bank<br />


<strong>The</strong>re is always a Harvest collection at church but perhaps,<br />

for some, giving tins, money or other items may feel far from<br />

home. It is easy, even when we are doing good, to see people<br />

as ‘other’. But by thinking about ourselves as part of a body<br />

can change the way we give.<br />

I believe we all have a responsibility to care for one<br />

another, both locally and globally. It is sobering to remember<br />

that we will all have times of worry. We will have times when<br />

we need help and support. Changed circumstances can mean<br />

that people can start to suffer financially very unexpectedly.<br />

I encourage us all to make a change this Harvest. Perhaps<br />

by thinking about supporting others, or by reaching out and<br />

asking for help if we are struggling.<br />

When Jesus said ‘love one another as I have loved you’ he<br />

was talking about a love which translates into action, service,<br />

generosity and compassion. It’s that love for one another that<br />

I pray will motivate us all this Harvest time.<br />

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By Rev Paul Hardingham<br />

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Most of us identify with the disciples’ request: ‘Lord,<br />

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

they wanted to know how to pray!<br />


Jesus begins with Father: ‘When you pray, say: Father’<br />

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

help. This reflects Jesus’ own intimate relationship with<br />

his father. He invites us to share this relationship using<br />

the Lord’s Prayer, as the way into his presence (Luke 11:<br />

2-4). Imagine using this prayer as a child sitting on a<br />

parent’s lap. God delights to hear us!<br />


Jesus’ parable makes the point that God is always ready<br />

to hear our prayer. When the man turns up at midnight<br />

asking for bread, his friend inside gives him whatever<br />

he needs because of his ‘shameless boldness’ (Luke 11.8).<br />

If the man answers despite all his family being asleep,<br />

how much more will our Father in heaven respond to our<br />

prayers. We should never give up!<br />


Jesus concludes with a threefold promise: ‘ask and it will<br />

be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door<br />

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

God will give us whatever we ask for? As earthly parents<br />

only give good things to their children, how much more is<br />

this true of our heavenly Father: ‘Which of you fathers, if<br />

your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or<br />

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

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

best for us.<br />


‘If God were to say to me, ‘I want to give you a special<br />

love gift, what would you like?’ I would say: ‘you choose’<br />

(Samuel Dickey Gordon, author and evangelical lay minister).<br />

From the<br />

editor's desk<br />

editor@theparishmagazine.co.uk<br />

What's your favourite?<br />

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For the past 18 months we have been publishing a series of<br />

reflections written by Elizabeth Spiers, an editor of a parish<br />

magazine who I met through the Association for Church<br />

Editors. ACE is a nationwide organisation that encourages<br />

the more experienced editors to share their magazine<br />

publishing knowledge with those who often have little, or<br />

none, but who are keen to serve God and their churches<br />

through the printed word.<br />

I hope that you have enjoyed Elizabeth's reflections and<br />

found them helpful, but sadly, all good things must come<br />

to an end — we published her last one of the series in the<br />

September issue, which, by the way, you can always refer to<br />

online at http://theparishmagazine.co.uk<br />

If you are wondering what I will be replacing Elizabeth's<br />

articles with turn to page 11 where I have written an<br />

example of what I hope will become a series under the<br />

heading of 'My Favourite . . .' It could be 'My Favourite<br />

Hymn', 'My Favourite Psalm', or with Christmas rapidly<br />

appearing on the horizon, 'My Favourite Christmas Carol'.<br />

As you can see on page 11, I have started with a Bible<br />

passage. It would be good to hear about your favourite Bible<br />

passage — it could be a verse — or psalm, hymn or carol,<br />

and I'm sure that other readers would like to hear about it.<br />

NOT SURE?<br />

If you feel uncomfortable with writing about your<br />

favourite Bible passage, verse, hymn, psalm or carol, do not<br />

worry, I will be happy to turn your thoughts into an article,<br />

just jot down some of the reasons — it may have been a<br />

special time in your life, or it may do something special for<br />

you — or have a chat with me, and I will prepare a draft for<br />

you to comment on and hopefully agree to share it with our<br />

readers. You can find my full contact details on page 42.<br />

We print 2,400 copies of this magazine each month.<br />

All are given away free of charge with the majority being<br />

delivered free of charge to every home in the parish of<br />

St Andrew's Church or taken from the church by visitors<br />

and church members who live outside the parish. Some<br />

copies are sent by readers to friends and family around the<br />

country, and indeed, the world, so you will be sharing your<br />

favourite with more people than you might have imagined.<br />

You will become an internationally published author!<br />

And finally, but only if you agree, I will include your<br />

favourite, in a monthly newsletter that I write for ACE<br />

members. It has two aims: to give tips and advice about<br />

writing and editing church magazines and to share articles<br />

and other content that our members can publish in their<br />

magazines — the reflections by Elizabeth Spiers are a good<br />

example of the type of material that we share.<br />

And don't forget, if you are a Christian, you are called<br />

to share the good news of the gospel message with others,<br />

so by writing about your favourite you will be fulfilling one<br />

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My favourite Bible passage<br />

From a trickle to a river<br />

By Bob Peters<br />

About 30 years ago I decided Ezekiel 47:1-12 was my<br />

favourite Bible passage — and it still is today.<br />

I was having difficulty understanding the Holy Spirit,<br />

in fact the subject scared me, so I went to a series of<br />

talks about 'pictures of the Holy Spirit in the Bible' given<br />

by a Baptist minister who is best described as an Old<br />

Testament scholar.<br />

His great love was to relate the Hebrew scriptures<br />

directly to the life and teaching of Jesus that we find in<br />

the New Testament, and to do this, he studied the deep<br />

rooted traditions of the Jewish faith to understand why<br />

Jesus did, and said, the things he did.<br />


Ezekiel was a prophet who had been taken into exile in<br />

Babylon in 597BC. <strong>The</strong> first 12 verses of chapter 47 are part of<br />

a vision he had about the Temple in Jerusalem and the future<br />

return to it of the exiles.<br />

My favourite passage relates to a ceremony on the last<br />

day of the Feast of the Tabernacles, also known as the<br />

ingathering, when the annual harvest was complete, and the<br />

people prayed for rain to water next year's crops. This month<br />

we celebrate it as the Harvest Festival, and prayers for rain at<br />

suitable times will no doubt be on our minds!<br />


<strong>The</strong> ancient Jewish ceremony began at the Pool of Siloam<br />

(pictured above right) where pilgrims to Jerusalem purified<br />

themselves before climbing the steep steps to the Temple.<br />

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

been created by King Hezekiah of Judah about 700 years<br />

previously, that Jesus healed a man who had been blind since<br />

birth. I was told by a Jewish guide when I visited the Pool of<br />

Siloam during a Christian pilgrimage to the Holy Land that<br />

when the water of Siloam is disturbed, as it is from time to<br />

time, it is the Holy Spirit of God bubbling up. On the last day<br />

of the Feast of the Tabernacles a Rabbi would gather some of<br />

the disturbed water in a container and, leading the crowds of<br />

Jewish pilgrims, he carried it up the steep Southern Steps to<br />

the Temple.<br />

It was a huge occasion with pilgrims from all around the<br />

world crowding in and around the Temple. <strong>The</strong> Rabbi would<br />

then pour the water bearing the Holy Spirit from the Pool<br />

of Siloam over the altar and allow it to drain away through<br />

special channels that took it out of the Temple to soak into<br />

the dry ground outside.<br />


In Ezekiel's vision instead of soaking away the water<br />

bearing the Holy Spirit turns into a spring that flows down<br />

the mountain towards the Dead Sea. A trickle becomes a<br />

stream, and the stream becomes a powerful deep river that<br />

flows into the deepest and deadest part of the world where it<br />

brings new life to everything. It is surely a wonderful picture<br />

of the Holy Spirit of God that, unlike water that soaks away<br />

and dries up, it grows more and more powerful as it spreads<br />

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into the world. It even spreads into to the darkest and<br />

most sinful parts of the world, appropriately symbolised in<br />

Ezekiel's vision by the Dead Sea.<br />

It is into this scene, about 600 years after the vision, that<br />

John 7:37 tells us: 'On the last day, the climax of the festival,<br />

Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, 'Anyone who is<br />

thirsty may come to me'.<br />

You can understand why the religious leaders and many<br />

of the crowd became angry with Jesus, but time has shown<br />

that by following him and accepting his parting gift of the<br />

Holy Spirit in our lives is like the water in Ezekiel's vision<br />

that became a life-giving force. As the Holy Spirit comes into<br />

our lives she — in the Old Testament the Hebrew name for<br />

the Spirit of God is Ruach, which is a feminine word meaning<br />

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

Disinformation and hatred drives the persecution<br />

of Hindu converts to Christianity throughout India<br />

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

In the Open Doors’ World Watch<br />

List, the annual ranking of the 50<br />

countries where Christians face<br />

the most extreme persecution,<br />

India ranked number 10 this year.<br />

<strong>The</strong> country has a majority Hindu<br />

population, with the number of<br />

Christians standing at just under 69<br />

million — 5% of the population.<br />

Open Doors reports that the driving<br />

force for persecution of Christians by<br />

Hindu extremists is the ideology of<br />

Hindutva.<br />

Hinduism is the name given to<br />

the most ancient and persistent<br />

religion on the Indian subcontinent.<br />

Hindutva is the name by which<br />

the ideology of the Hindu right is<br />

known, represented by the political<br />

party BJP (Indian People’s Party).<br />

In an Open Doors blog this<br />

summer it was noted that anticonversion<br />

laws are on the rise in<br />

India and that they are often used<br />

as a weapon to harass and persecute<br />

believers from a Hindu background.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y have been introduced in 11<br />

Indian states and while the wording<br />

of the law is different in each, they<br />

generally state that ‘no person should<br />

convert or attempt to convert, either<br />

directly or indirectly, any person from<br />

one religion to another by means of force<br />

or by allurement or by any fraudulent<br />

means’.<br />

In practice, these laws are used<br />

in making false accusations of<br />

coercion against those who have<br />

come to Christianity from a Hindu<br />

background and against those who<br />

have told them the good news about<br />

Jesus. This is despite a constitutional<br />

promise of religious freedom,<br />

to ‘profess, practise and propagate<br />

religion’.<br />

At the time of the publishing of<br />

the blog in June this year there were<br />

nine states with anti-conversion<br />

laws and in those states there were<br />

more incidents of violence against<br />

Christians than in all the other 20<br />

states combined.<br />

An Open Doors spokesperson<br />

on persecution in India said that<br />

attitudes were hardening and that it<br />

was no longer small extremist groups<br />

attacking converts but rather entire<br />

communities ‘attacking and expelling<br />

them, beating them or handing them<br />

over to the police on false accusations’.<br />

Open Doors asks us to pray for<br />

India:<br />

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— For the persecuted Christians<br />

there to stand strong in their faith<br />

and 'shine as stars' (Philippians 2:15)<br />

in their local communities<br />

— For the Lord’s love and power to<br />

be manifested through healing and<br />

miracles<br />

— For social media companies to<br />

do more to combat the use of their<br />

platforms to spread disinformation<br />

and hatred<br />

— For influential local leaders’<br />

hearts to be softened towards<br />

Christians so that greater protection<br />

is given to them.<br />

Amen!<br />


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St Andrew's Youth<br />

STAY for Summer Activities<br />

We finished STAY for Summer activities with two favourites:<br />

paddle boarding and a water park trip! <strong>The</strong> youth love having<br />

fun together, pushing each other in and sharing stories for<br />

weeks to come of how much they enjoyed it! <strong>The</strong> next fun<br />

activities will be in the <strong>October</strong> half term. Watch this space!<br />

STAY Reflections on the past year<br />

As we start this new academic year I thought it would be good<br />

to reflect on the past year and what has been exciting and<br />

worth thanking God for:<br />

— Young leaders has really taken off. Our current four<br />

young leaders are taking responsibility, learning how to<br />

lead and seeing their own potential as leaders in new and<br />

amazing ways. <strong>The</strong>y even designed the young people's rules<br />

into hoodies for the leaders to wear! Our hope is that they<br />

continue to grow in confidence, leadership and potential.<br />

— STAY on Friday has grown with numbers regularly seeing<br />

50-60 youth attending each week. <strong>The</strong> young people love<br />

being together, having fun and making friends. With the<br />

pandemic behind us, it is important now to have young<br />

people socialising, playing together and enjoying time<br />

outside. Our hope is that we continue to see young people<br />

taking the time to respect each other’s differences, learn to<br />

love everyone as equal and grow in confidence in themselves.<br />

— STAY on Sunday. This group of young people wanting to<br />

grow in their Christian faith has also grown with up to 16<br />

attending. When I started the group 4 years ago there were<br />

only four young people so that’s been amazing to see. It has<br />

grown so much that we needed a second upper room for extra<br />

space. Our hope is that these young people will have the<br />

confidence to share their faith and know that they are loved<br />

so much by a God who is close and a God who cares.<br />

— STAY Detached Project has seen us out and about each<br />

Thursday building relationships with young people, parents<br />

and local neighbours, with numbers staying consistently<br />

around the 45-50 mark. <strong>The</strong> young people scream our names<br />

as they see us walking up the road and they engage so well in<br />

conversation, games and sports. Our hope is that we would<br />

continue to deepen positive relationships with young people<br />

and the local community for the good of us all.<br />

— STAY in Schools has also been positive and uplifting this<br />

past year. In one month of assemblies, lessons, mentoring<br />

and lunch time activities I will have been in front of 2,000<br />

young people. It is both an honour and a privilege to be able<br />

to tell stories, share encouragements and bring the Bible to<br />

life for so many children and young people. Our hope is that<br />

they will all know their worth, know they’re loved and know<br />

that they have a voice.<br />

<strong>The</strong> water park, scene of our last summer activity<br />

— STAY Holiday Activities are always amazing because we<br />

see young people outside of the usual settings, and see how<br />

they cope with new experiences and challenges. <strong>The</strong>y are<br />

more resilient than they know and more able than they’re<br />

given credit for! <strong>The</strong> amount of youth who step up to new<br />

challenges and overcome fears always amazes me! Our hope<br />

is that the activities we do in the holiday periods would show<br />

the young people just how brilliant they are and what they’re<br />

able to achieve!<br />

— STAY Upper Room. Before the summer we sat with a group<br />

of young people and designed the new upper room (pictured<br />

above). We took their ideas to the rest of youth club and they<br />

added their thoughts. We then did some fund raising and had<br />

some very generous donations from people in the church, the<br />

community, parents of the youth and the office of <strong>The</strong>resa<br />

May. We are so thankful to all who gave and now the new<br />

upper room has been kitted out with new equipment for<br />

the youth to enjoy! Our hope is that the space is used to its<br />

full potential and the young people respect and enjoy it and<br />

remain grateful for all that they’ve been given.<br />

STAY Confirmation Classes<br />

As an Anglican Church it is good practice, but not<br />

compulsory, to be confirmed. Often parents make the choice<br />

to baptise their children at a young age and so confirmation<br />

offers individuals the chance to confirm their Christian<br />

faith in Jesus for themselves. <strong>The</strong> youth classes run each<br />

Monday, from 12 September, and continue through to the<br />

confirmation service on Sunday 20 November when Bishop<br />

Stephen Croft will lay hands on them and sign them with the<br />

cross in oil. It is both exciting and a pleasure to see over 15<br />

young people choosing this for themselves.<br />

Final Thanks<br />

I wanted to thank all those who stand with us and support<br />

the young people we work with. For the prayers you pray,<br />

the time you give, the money you donate and the effort you<br />

make, it doesn’t go unnoticed and it will forever make a<br />

difference!<br />

Email me on youthminister@sonningparish.org.uk for a chat,<br />

coffee or to ask any questions, Westy!

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Further tales of<br />

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For the many readers who told us they enjoyed Ian's<br />

memoirs published last month, here's a few more . . .<br />

Sonning was such a different place in<br />

the 60's. None of the traffic that we<br />

see queuing in Thames Street today.<br />

It was a quiet, the peace was only<br />

disturbed by the Thames Valley buses<br />

which plied their trade through the<br />

village and would take me, and my<br />

brother, to school in Wargrave.<br />


Can you believe that at 8.30am three<br />

double deckers would trundle through<br />

the village as most people went to<br />

work by bus.<br />

We thought the buses were<br />

pretty special and we collected their<br />

numbers, an obsession shared with<br />

collecting railway engine numbers,<br />

mainly at the Duffield Road Bridge<br />

in Woodley. I think we used to collect<br />

the numbers of almost anything that<br />

moved, including registration plates<br />

on cars and the lorries that came<br />

through the village from the gravel<br />

pits by the river.<br />

Train spotting, however, was the<br />

main obsession and we would spend<br />

many a happy hour collecting their<br />

numbers and, in quieter moments,<br />

putting pennies on the railway track<br />

so that the trains would squash<br />

them out of shape, with some very<br />

interesting results. Great fun but<br />

highly dangerous and illegal!<br />

Another risky business was leaning<br />

over the side of the bridge when a<br />

steam engine came along. When it<br />

reached the bridge we would run to the<br />

Ian Clarke aged 12 years<br />

other side to see if we could get there<br />

before the smoke rose up. How we were<br />

not hit by a car, I'll never know!<br />

I remember going up to London<br />

with my friend David for a serious<br />

day's train spotting. However, due to<br />

catching the wrong trains in London<br />

we eventually arrived back in Sonning<br />

at 11.30pm. Being both only 11 years<br />

old, waiting at the bus stop at the top<br />

of Pound Lane was my mother who<br />

went absolutely mad because we were<br />

so very late. We weren't allowed to go<br />

to London again in a hurry!<br />


Sonning had two fire engines at<br />

the fire station at the bottom of Pound<br />

Lane, it is now a private house. It was<br />

great fun watching the part-time<br />

firemen racing to the station when the<br />

extremely loud siren sent its wailings<br />

across the village. It meant Roly, Ken,<br />

or one of the other part-time firemen<br />

had to quickly down their pints in the<br />

Sonning Working Men's Club and run<br />

up to the fire station in order to catch<br />

the engine before it left.<br />

We were all very excited if we<br />

managed to see the fire engine as it<br />

came out of the station and would<br />

wondered where it was going.<br />

Sonning had a unique fire engine<br />

that had been designed by Tommy<br />

Edwards — it was the first to be fully<br />

enclosed and it's now in a museum.<br />

Every time we walked past the fire<br />

station we would look at the top of the<br />

pole where the siren was, hoping that<br />

it would go off. I still imagine that I<br />

can hear that siren whenever I'm in<br />

Sonning.<br />

We were sometimes lucky enough<br />

to see the firemen demonstrating their<br />

skills at an annual event in the 'rec'.<br />

Sadly so many of these part-time fire<br />

stations have disappeared into history.<br />


One of the most exciting days of<br />

the year in the 60's was Bonfire Night.<br />

This was in the days when Halloween<br />

was hardly celebrated.<br />

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<strong>The</strong>re was always a big bonfire at<br />

the top of the recreation ground where<br />

Ali's pond is now situated and we were<br />

always very excited as we made our<br />

way to see it.<br />

After it had finished burning we<br />

made our way over to the Berkshire<br />

County Sports Ground where there<br />

was an even bigger bonfire, and a<br />

spectacular display of fireworks. <strong>The</strong>y<br />

always had the most enormous rockets<br />

we had ever seen. <strong>The</strong> display was truly<br />

spectacular and afterwards, and also<br />

on the next day, we would go round<br />

trying to find the large sticks that had<br />

been attached to the rockets.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y even had an enormous bonfire<br />

at the old Adwest ground at the top of<br />

Sonning Lane where they burnt large<br />

parts of old aircraft from the former<br />

Woodley Aerodrome. I can still vividly<br />

see it now. It was like an air crash!<br />

Nowadays you would struggle to<br />

find a proper bonfire and the fireworks<br />

are far too sophisticated. We were<br />

happy with Catherine wheels, jumping<br />

jacks, rockets and bangers. We even<br />

had small bonfires and some of those<br />

simple fireworks in our gardens. It<br />

certainly wouldn't be allowed now.<br />


In my last article I wrote about<br />

what we got up to down by the river,<br />

however the most exciting event was<br />

the making of the film Alfie in 1966<br />

starring Michael Caine. We were really<br />

excited as we watched scenes being<br />

filmed at the White Hart (now the<br />

Great House) and also on the lawn at<br />

the French Horn.<br />

Hollywood had come to Sonning,<br />

well not quite! Alfie and his lady friend<br />

took a boat trip and stopped on the<br />

riverbank to take part in activities not<br />

suitable for this magazine! Not that<br />

we actually saw anything, much to our<br />

disappointment!<br />

Over the years I think Sonning has<br />

featured more than once on TV, in film<br />

and in the media.<br />

It has always been popular with<br />

celebrities such as Jimmy Page, Robert<br />

Beatty, Uri Geller, George Clooney and<br />

it is even rumoured that, in the past,<br />

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from page 17<br />

Further tales of a Sonning Lad<br />


When we lived in Pound Lane<br />

we were opposite the 'rec' as it was<br />

known. It was a busy place with a<br />

new scout hut being built and the old<br />

cricket pavilion being refurbished. <strong>The</strong><br />

primary school was still a few years<br />

away.<br />

Sonning had very good adult cricket<br />

and football teams, but there were not<br />

enough of us kids to form teams. We<br />

kicked a ball about at the top of the rec<br />

and practised our cricket skills using<br />

the base of the old flag pole which<br />

replicated the stumps. I'm not sure if<br />

the pole is still there and, if so, whether<br />

it is used to fly flags any more.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re used to be an old pavilion<br />

or changing room in the field next to<br />

Ali's pond but I'm not quite sure who<br />

played there. <strong>The</strong> wreck of the pavilion<br />

fascinated and scared us as there were<br />

rumours it was haunted! It certainly<br />

contained certain objects which we did<br />

not need to know about!<br />


It is hard to believe when we were<br />

young that the 250 year old Bridge<br />

(above) was two-way with no traffic<br />

lights! We frequently watched vehicles<br />

getting stuck, or sometimes scraping<br />

their paintwork on the sides of the<br />

bridge. It's just as well it is so well built<br />

that 250 years of traffic has passed over<br />

it and it's still doing well.<br />

We used to run from one side of<br />

the bridge to the other by running<br />

under the arches. I vaguely remember<br />

it was the smallest arch we ran under<br />

but I may be mistaken. We certainly<br />

had to change arches as we grew taller<br />

because we could no longer get under<br />

the small one.<br />

Further over the brick bridge<br />

was a metal structure which I think<br />

has now been replaced with a newer<br />

one. However, it was a place of great<br />

intrigue for us kids as it was said that a<br />

grey lady haunted the bridge.<br />

We spent many hours in the<br />

evenings waiting and watching to see<br />

if the grey lady would appear. We were<br />

never lucky enough — or should that<br />

be unlucky enough? — to witness her<br />

walking across the bridge. Apparently<br />

she still haunts the bridge, so beware!<br />


Incredible as it seems, as 16 year<br />

olds in 1966, we were able to get<br />

summer jobs on Reading University's<br />

Sonning farm. Health & Safety would<br />

have a fit today if they had known that<br />

we drove tractors and trailers from the<br />

farm, across Charvil Lane and down to<br />

the fields to collect hay or straw bales.<br />

I remember the summer was hot<br />

and dry, much as it has been this year.<br />

We had to load the bales onto the<br />

trailer, which was hard, thirsty work,<br />

and then drive back to the farm. We<br />

had little training in driving tractors<br />

and I remember many miscalculations<br />

with the loaded trailer and the narrow<br />

gateways! That's why I became a<br />

teacher and not a farmer!<br />

A Massey Ferguson tractor like the one Ian<br />

drove on Sonning Farm<br />

Ian Clarke<br />

Tom Farncombe<br />

Another memory that stands<br />

out for me was a piece of technology<br />

that was very advanced for the time.<br />

Roly Hunt, who worked in the farm<br />

workshop, had developed a system<br />

of driverless tractors where a cable<br />

was buried under the ground and<br />

the tractor followed it without being<br />

steered by anyone.<br />

I remember a group of us watching<br />

the trial, however, the tractor didn't<br />

always understand what it was<br />

supposed to do and constantly veered<br />

off course! Hence it has taken another<br />

50 years to develop driverless cars!<br />

Roly's invention was, however, very<br />

advanced for the time.<br />

Closer to home, when my family<br />

lived in Pound Lane we lived next to<br />

Percy Forward and his family. <strong>The</strong><br />

gardens were much longer then and<br />

Percy used to keep pigs at the end of<br />

his. It seems incredible that anyone<br />

would keep pigs in their garden but<br />

that was the case. My brother and I<br />

were fascinated by them and spent<br />

many hours watching them wallowing<br />

in the mud. We never knew what<br />

happened to them!<br />

Our dad could only compete by<br />

keeping chickens. Not quite in the<br />

same league! How times have changed!<br />

Now the area is occupied by houses in<br />

Little Glebe where once there was a<br />

large allotment that we could explore<br />

and play and get up to mischief! We<br />

were even responsible for a fire there<br />

once. <strong>The</strong>y never caught the culprits!<br />


<strong>The</strong> village has changed a great<br />

deal over the years and yet some<br />

things remain which give Sonning its<br />

great appeal. I hope my memories are<br />

accurate and may stir some of your<br />

own. I wonder what it will be like in<br />

another 60 years?

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<strong>The</strong> victim of a loveless<br />

childhood, he became the<br />

best man of his age<br />

Think of Piccadilly Circus and that small statue of the angel<br />

poised with bow and arrow (right). Most people think it represents<br />

Eros. It does not. It is Anteros, his brother, the god of selfless love.<br />

It is a memorial to the greatest Christian Victorian philanthropist,<br />

politician and social reformer of his generation – Lord Shaftesbury<br />

(left) — the Poor Man's Earl.<br />

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Anthony Ashley Cooper, the 7th Earl of<br />

Shaftesbury (1801 – 1885) was a devout<br />

Christian who spent his life fighting to<br />

help ease the plight of lunatics,<br />

chimney sweeps, children in factories,<br />

women and children in the mines,<br />

opium addicts, and children without<br />

any education.<br />

His own early life was loveless and bleak —<br />

his parents formal and frightening, his early<br />

school days a ‘horror’ of ‘cruelty and starvation’.<br />

<strong>The</strong> only love came from the family’s housekeeper,<br />

Maria Millis. A biographer wrote: ‘She provided for<br />

Ashley a model of Christian love that would form<br />

the basis for much of his later social activism and<br />

philanthropic work.’<br />

<strong>The</strong> reality and homely practicality of her<br />

Christian love were a beacon for the young<br />

Ashley. She told him Bible stories and taught him a<br />

prayer.<br />

After Christ Church Oxford, where he proved an<br />

outstanding scholar, Ashley turned to politics. In 1826,<br />

aged 25, he was elected as Tory MP for Woodstock.<br />

He was eager to serve on parliamentary committees<br />

that got things done; his great life’s work had begun:<br />

Lunatics: In 1827 lunatics were kept chained naked in<br />

straw, forced to sleep in their excrement. <strong>The</strong>y were washed<br />

in freezing cold water, with one towel for 160 people and<br />

no soap. <strong>The</strong>re was gross over-crowding and inedible food:<br />

asylums were places to die in.<br />

Shaftesbury’s maiden speech in Parliament was in<br />

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

blessing, my first effort has been for the advance of human<br />

happiness.’<br />

It took years: from 1827 to 1884 he fought for a<br />

succession of Lunacy Acts, writing later of ‘the years of toil<br />

and care that, under God, I have bestowed on this melancholy<br />

and awful question.’<br />

Child Labour and Factory Reform: Again, reform took<br />

years. Shaftesbury fighting for the Ten Hours Act from<br />

1833, 1842, 1844, 1846 and 1847 – when it finally got<br />

through Parliament. No child under the age of 9 should<br />

Image credits:<br />

Left: <strong>Parish</strong> Pump<br />

Right: Anizza,<br />

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work in the cotton or woollen industries and no one under<br />

18 must work more than 10 hours a day.<br />

Miners: In 1842 he fought to outlaw the employment of<br />

women and children in coal mines.<br />

Climbing Boys: Thousands of young boys were dying in<br />

terrible pain— scorched, blinded and suffocated by soot,<br />

or with cancer of the scrotum. Ashley fought for Bills in<br />

1840, 1851, 1853, 1855, 1864 until finally the Chimney<br />

Sweepers Act 1875 closed the practise down.<br />

Education Reform: 1844 Ashley became president of the<br />

Ragged School Union that promoted education for poor<br />

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

broken heart’.<br />

Religion: Lord Shaftesbury was a devout Christian who<br />

became a leading figure in 19th Century evangelical<br />

Anglicanism. He was President of British and Foreign<br />

Bible Society for nearly 30 years. He was very sympathetic<br />

to the Jews, and advocated their return to the Holy Land.<br />


Lord Shaftesbury’s funeral service at Westminster<br />

Abbey on the morning of 8 <strong>October</strong> 1885 drew thousands<br />

of people. <strong>The</strong> streets along the route were thronged<br />

with the poor: costermongers, flower-girls, boot-blacks,<br />

crossing sweepers, factory hands and many more.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y waited for hours just to see his coffin go by. He<br />

was dearly loved by them as the ‘Poor Man’s Earl’.<br />

One biographer wrote: ‘No man has in fact ever done more<br />

to lessen the extent of human misery, or to add to the sum total<br />

of human happiness.’<br />

<strong>The</strong> great preacher Charles Spurgeon called him ‘the<br />

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

‘moral anchor in a drifting generation’, ‘friend of every living<br />

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

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feature — 4<br />

Join us as we celebrate<br />

Harvest and seek to<br />

help local people in need<br />

<strong>The</strong>re can be little doubt that celebrating a plentiful harvest this year<br />

might seem difficult, or even inappropriate, especially in many parts of<br />

the world where crops have not grown as expected, and in some places<br />

failed completely. However, this does not diminish the part of the Harvest<br />

celebrations that remind us of God's creation and why we give thanks for<br />

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

202<br />


10.30am Family Harvest Service when we wi<br />

4.00pm Harvest Choral Evensong fo<br />

<strong>The</strong> recent, and ongoing, droughts, wildfires and floods in the UK, Europe,<br />

Africa, America, Australia, and Asia – to name but a few – and the war in<br />

Ukraine which has reduced the world's grain supplies to a trickle, raises<br />

difficult questions about the appropriateness as we prepare for our annual<br />

Harvest celebrations that traditionally involves giving thanks to God for<br />

all the good food that has been safely gathered in.<br />

In Biblical times, however, Harvest was also the time when people came<br />

together to pray for the right combination of rain and sunshine during the<br />

coming year so that the next season's harvest will also be plentiful.<br />

This was what the last day of the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles was all about.<br />

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

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

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

was referring to those who were thirsty for the Holy Spirit, while the people<br />

and the religious leaders were focussing on more worldly things such as water,<br />

the most valuable worldly item in that part of the world.<br />


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

St Andrew's Church at 10.30am on Sunday 2 <strong>October</strong> for our Family Harvest<br />

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

both the spiritual and the worldly food that we have received, and pray in<br />

earnest that all the world takes climate change more seriously because it is<br />

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

disastrous floods in Pakistan and other places where thousands of lives have<br />

been lost and even more left starving.<br />

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

par, let us remember another Biblical theme that God set out in the Old<br />

Testament and that Jesus taught in the New — we should share what we have<br />

with those who have less.<br />

Usually at St Andrew's our Harvest collection is donated to an overseas<br />

good cause, but this year we have decided to look closer to home and share<br />

what we have locally. Hence at our Harvest services we will be accepting food<br />

and money for the Woodley Food Bank which is facing increasing demands<br />

on its service to the needy in our neighbourhood but struggling to fufil that<br />

demand because donations of food have also been declining. So this year we<br />

are asking for people to bring to church donations of food — see list on the<br />

right — or cash that will also be given to Woodley Food Bank.<br />

If you are not able to join us for the Harvest services, you can always<br />

deposit your food and toiletry gifts, between 10am and 4pm everyday in the<br />

Food Bank collecting box just inside the main entrance to the Church<br />

<strong>The</strong> Harvest Sunday cash collections to be given to Woodley Food Bank<br />

will enable them to purchase food and toiletries to pass on to those in need. If<br />

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

donations for our Woodley Food Bank Harvest Appeal in the <strong>Parish</strong> Office.<br />

Edwin Muller, dreamstime.com<br />

Failed tomato (left) and bean (right) crop<br />

as droughts and floods destroy what w<br />

Woodley Food Bank urgently needs:<br />

— Tinned Soup<br />

— Tinned Potatoes<br />

— Custard<br />

— Dried spaghetti<br />

Other items they will always be<br />

pleased to accept are:<br />

— Baked Beans<br />

— Tinned Tomatoes<br />

— Tea Bags<br />

— Tinned Spaghetti<br />

— Coffee<br />

— Sugar<br />

— Beans/Chickpeas<br />

— Cereal<br />

— Toiletries/Sanitary Pads<br />

— Pasta Sauce<br />

— Tuna<br />

— Toilet Rolls<br />

— Fruit Juice<br />

— Fruit Squash<br />

— Plastic Bags<br />

— Other Tinned Fish<br />

— Tinned Meat<br />

— Tinned Fruit<br />

— Biscuits<br />

— Rice<br />

— Rice Pudding<br />

— Long Life Milk<br />

— Cooking Oil<br />

— Tinned Vegetables<br />

— Dry Pasta<br />

— Dry Noodles<br />

Donations can be placed in the bin inside<br />

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

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ll receive donations for Woodley Food Bank<br />

llowed by Harvest Tea in <strong>The</strong> Ark<br />

Lorraine Addy, dreamstime.com<br />

s are a common sight around the world<br />

ould usually be plentiful food crops<br />

Don't forget spiritual food!<br />

Harvest and Creation go hand in hand<br />

Harvest is a time when we thank God for his Creation, for making<br />

everything we can see and not see around us, for the food we grow and<br />

eat, for the seasons of the year, the rain and the sunshine, the heat<br />

of summer and the coldness of winter. Here is a poem about God's<br />

Creation written by Cecil Frances Alexander in 1848. Most of us are<br />

probably more familiar with the hymn version of her poem that was<br />

put to music in 1887 by William Henry Monk.<br />

1. All things bright and beautiful,<br />

All creatures great and small,<br />

All things wise and wonderful:<br />

<strong>The</strong> Lord God made them all.<br />

2. Each little flower that opens,<br />

Each little bird that sings,<br />

He made their glowing colours,<br />

He made their tiny wings.<br />

3. <strong>The</strong> rich man in his castle,<br />

<strong>The</strong> poor man at his gate,<br />

He made them, high or lowly,<br />

And ordered their estate.<br />

7. He gave us eyes to see them,<br />

And lips that we might tell<br />

How great is God Almighty,<br />

Who has made all things well.<br />

4. <strong>The</strong> purple headed mountains,<br />

<strong>The</strong> river running by,<br />

<strong>The</strong> sunset and the morning<br />

That brightens up the sky.<br />

5. <strong>The</strong> cold wind in the winter,<br />

<strong>The</strong> pleasant summer sun,<br />

<strong>The</strong> ripe fruits in the garden,<br />

He made them every one.<br />

6. <strong>The</strong> tall trees in the greenwood,<br />

<strong>The</strong> meadows where we play,<br />

<strong>The</strong> rushes by the water,<br />

To gather every day.<br />

2 <strong>October</strong> is also Animal Welfare Sunday<br />

One of the most important ways we can help<br />

victims of the world food shortage is through<br />

prayer. Here a Harvest prayer from Christian Aid:<br />

Loving and compassionate God<br />

When famine stalks the land, nothing grows.<br />

Plants cannot, people cannot,<br />

ideas and dreams cannot.<br />

Everything withers and dies.<br />

It is a violent aberration of your will for the world<br />

and it is multiplied by conflict,<br />

climate change and Covid.<br />

God of the flourishing field,<br />

there is enough to feed us all.<br />

Call us to that sacred sharing neighbour,<br />

to global neighbour.<br />

Your gifts of food, water,<br />

a chance to live the life so delicately crafted<br />

by your divine spirit.<br />

We will not turn away, but turn towards each other<br />

with generosity and a justice-driven compassion<br />

that searches for solutions.<br />

Famine stalks the land, so may our outrage grow,<br />

may our determination steel itself,<br />

may our solidarity spur us into action<br />

God of the flourishing field,<br />

help us feed each other.<br />

Amen<br />

https://www.christianaid.org.uk/appeals/key-appeals/harvest-appeal<br />

St Francis, patron saint of animals and the natural environment<br />

Oliver Perez, dreamstime.com<br />

This year, Animal Welfare Sunday falls on Sunday 2 <strong>October</strong>, which is<br />

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

opportunity to thank God for the animals and the environment, and<br />

to consider how we might help them.<br />

Christians have been involved in animal welfare reform throughout<br />

history — RSPCA, the first animal protection society, was founded<br />

by Rev Arthur Broome, an Anglican priest and many well-known<br />

Christians such as C S Lewis, John Wesley and William Wilberforce<br />

also spoke out against animal cruelty.<br />

As Psalm 148 reminds us, animals in their amazing variety of<br />

species were all created for the glory of God and to praise his name.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y were not created for exploitation and domination.<br />

But sadly, Creation has been abused, and continues to be abused.<br />

<strong>The</strong> economics of providing low-cost chicken, pork, beef and milk can<br />

often result in cruelty towards millions of animals.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Anglican Society for the Welfare of Animals works to raise<br />

awareness of animal welfare issues within the Anglican Church and<br />

the wider Christian community.<br />

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

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feature — 5: WORLD SMILE DAY<br />

Smile please!<br />

It's 7 <strong>October</strong>!<br />

Friday is often said to the happiest day<br />

of the week. Traditionally it was pay day, the end of<br />

the working week. If this is true, then Friday 7 <strong>October</strong><br />

could be the happiest day of the year because it is World<br />

Smile Day <strong>2022</strong>, the day when we are all asked to do a<br />

small act of kindness that will put a smile on someone<br />

else's face!<br />

And faced this autumn and winter with the worrying<br />

threat of the biggest ever cost of living crisis driven by the<br />

Russian invasion of Ukraine, the ever increasing threat<br />

of volent crime, the continuing worry of pandemics, and<br />

the increasingly serious repercussions of climate changes<br />

that are having a devastating impact on millions of lives<br />

throughout the world, there is a greater need than ever to<br />

share a little happiness.<br />


<strong>The</strong> World Smile Day organisers quite rightly point out<br />

that what we can all do is to focus on the small things we<br />

can control, like taking a little extra time to help someone<br />

with something, or to make them laugh.<br />

<strong>The</strong> idea is that if we all make an effort to do one small<br />

act of kindness this World Smile Day, then, together, we<br />

can make a huge change in the world.<br />

Why not start by wearing a smiley face emoji that<br />

was designed in 1963 by an artist called Harvey Ball. He<br />

created the smiley face design for a local company that<br />

wanted to boost the morale of their employees.<br />

Over time, the design grew and grew in popularity<br />

until it became the international symbol of cheer and<br />

good will it is today.<br />

BE KIND<br />

Harvey never copyrighted nor trademarked the design,<br />

so, despite the symbol's enormous popularity, the only<br />

money he ever made from the smiley face was the $45 he<br />

was initially paid for it. Harvey, however, maintained a<br />

philosophical attitude about this, and was happy to see<br />

his design becoming used so much.<br />

In the late 1990's, Harvey decided that we should all set<br />

aside one day to simply smile and be kind towards each<br />

other, which is how World Smile Day came about.<br />

On this day, we can forget all our differences and just<br />

focus on being cheerful towards everyone we meet. When<br />

he died in 2001, the Harvey Ball World Smile Foundation<br />

was set up to honour his name and memory by raising<br />

money for small, grassroots charities that would<br />

otherwise receive little attention or funding.<br />


<strong>The</strong>re's a lot of truth in that well known song recorded<br />

by jazz pianist Seger Ellis in 1928, Louis Armstrong in<br />

1929 and numerous famous singers ever since:<br />

When you're smiling, the whole world smiles with you!<br />

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Light in the darkness:<br />

Bibles arrive in Ukraine<br />

By Hazel Southam, Bible Society, 22 August <strong>2022</strong><br />

Chernetskaya, dreamstime.com<br />

During the summer, some 168,000 Bibles and other<br />

Scripture-based books have been delivered to war-torn<br />

Ukraine.<br />

Bibles have been in increasing demand since war broke out.<br />

'Living surrounded by death has caused people to ask questions<br />

about life,' said Anatoliy Raychynets, deputy general<br />

secretary of the Ukrainian Bible Society. ‘I have personally<br />

delivered several thousands of Bibles from hand to hand,’ said<br />

Anatoliy. ‘It is light in the darkness.’<br />

Among the recent delivery were 34,000 compact Bibles<br />

in Ukrainian, 7,000 New Testaments and 57,000 booklets<br />

entitled Beyond Disaster which enable people to look at the<br />

trauma they’ve experienced through the light of the Bible.<br />

‘<strong>The</strong>se are excellent for people on the move, who can’t take<br />

much with them,’ said Anatoliy.<br />

Being able to give away small copies of the Bible is<br />

important when 14 million Ukrainians are internally<br />

displaced by the war. Since it began, the Bible Society of<br />

Ukraine has been delivering bread, first aid and Bibles,<br />

but stocks soon ran low as demand outstripped supply.<br />


Anatoliy explained how the Bible speaks into daily<br />

life. ‘Daily life is heavy,’ he said. ‘You feel so tired. But,<br />

together with churches, we’re doing our best to bring light to<br />

the darkness. <strong>The</strong> darkness is very deep. I want to express<br />

gratefulness for all the support.’<br />

Donations to the Bible Society have helped to make<br />

this possible, with more than £1 million raised for Bibles<br />

for people in and fleeing Ukraine. This has meant that<br />

since the war began, some 655,700 Bibles and other<br />

Scriptures such as New Testaments in Ukrainian and<br />

Russian have been delivered to people fleeing the conflict.<br />

So far they have been delivered to Hungary, Moldova,<br />

Poland, Romania, and Slovakia, as well as to Ukrainian<br />

refugees in the UK.<br />

Bible Society’s Oldi Morava said, ‘We are incredibly<br />

touched by the generosity of our supporters and the<br />

unwavering commitment of our colleagues in Ukraine, who<br />

have made this delivery of Bibles to the people of Ukraine<br />

possible, and in so doing, bring words of hope to people living<br />

in unbelievable circumstances.’<br />


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Shaw House, Newbury, Berkshire<br />

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A 'Twelve Songs of Christmas' fun<br />

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You can also find out more from<br />

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Ingredients<br />

— ½ tbsp olive oil<br />

— 4 turkey breast steaks,<br />

total about 500g<br />

— 12 fl oz chicken stock<br />

— Zest and juice of 2 lemons<br />

— 1 oz capers, rinsed and chopped<br />

— 4 tomatoes, roughly chopped<br />

— Large handful fresh curly parsley, roughly chopped<br />

Method<br />

Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over high heat and<br />

add the turkey steaks. Fry for 2 minutes, turning once, to<br />

brown the steaks.<br />

Add the stock, lemon zest and juice, the capers, tomatoes<br />

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Today there is hardly a home in the UK without a radio or tv which<br />

100 years ago were in their infancy. <strong>The</strong>re were, however, some<br />

innovative engineers and business people who recognised the<br />

potential of theses new 'inventions'. Here, Tim Lenton, a retired<br />

journalist, writes about an organisation that soon became a<br />

household name that is respected throughout the world:<br />

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

100 years ago, on 18 <strong>October</strong> 1922, the BBC was officially<br />

founded as the British Broadcasting Company (now the<br />

British Broadcasting Corporation).<br />

It was originally a private company in which only British<br />

manufacturers could hold shares. Three years later it was<br />

liquidated and in 1927 replaced by a public corporation —<br />

the British Broadcasting Corporation — which had almost<br />

complete independence and, until the 1954 Television Act, a<br />

monopoly of the television service in Britain.<br />

That year saw the birth of commercial television. <strong>The</strong><br />

BBC’s monopoly of radio ended when the Government<br />

permitted local commercial broadcasts, starting in the 1970's.<br />

<strong>The</strong> BBC is not allowed to advertise or broadcast<br />

sponsored programmes. It should also not broadcast any<br />

opinion of its own on current affairs and matters of public<br />

policy, and be impartial on controversial issues. In recent<br />

years the BBC has been criticised for not keeping to these<br />

rules, but they were foremost in the mind of Lord Reith, the<br />

BBC’s first Director General – a Scottish Presbyterian with<br />

strong Christian convictions whose influence lingered for<br />

many years.<br />

<strong>The</strong> BBC has a public service broadcasting requirement to<br />

produce 115 hours of religious content on tv and 370 hours<br />

on radio each year. This, of course, leaves open the definition<br />

of religious content: atheists have complained that there is<br />

too much religion on the BBC, while Christians point to the<br />

overtly secular assumptions of its output.<br />

In the garden<br />

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Forgive the wasps — and<br />

learn to understand them<br />

<strong>The</strong> chances are that you were irritated by wasps this<br />

summer — there were a lot of them about (and I was<br />

after being stung by one in my garden — editor). But did<br />

you know what the wasps were really looking for?<br />

According to Prof Seirian Sumner, a behavioural ecologist<br />

and entomologist at University College London, we should<br />

try to 'understand what wasps want, and what they’re doing<br />

at certain times of the year.'<br />

In early and mid-summer 'they’re not that interested<br />

in sugar, they want meat. <strong>The</strong> adults are vegetarian, but<br />

they hunt prey to feed to the larvae, who give them a sugary<br />

reward,' she says.<br />

'<strong>The</strong>n, when the larvae pupate in late summer and early<br />

autumn, there are fewer that need feeding, and they don’t need<br />

to hunt, so wasps are sort of furloughed. And then they go in<br />

search of sugar, usually in flowers. But your Prosecco, or beer,<br />

or jam sandwich is just as appealing.'<br />


Prof Sumner's advice is to try to distract wasps from<br />

you by offering them meat in early to mid-summer, and<br />

a saucer of cider or some jam on a lid in late summer and<br />

early autumn.<br />

She also stresses that the world would be much worse<br />

off without wasps: they are excellent at pest control and<br />

are also fine pollinators.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re's more on wasps in her book: Endless Forms: <strong>The</strong><br />

Secret World of Wasps (HarperCollins)<br />

Distract wasps in the autumn with jam<br />

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Symptoms are not ‘just’ feeling<br />

a bit down. That is normal and is<br />

transient and recovers daily or can be<br />

overridden.<br />

SAD is persisted depression<br />

symptoms. Feeling hopeless, guilty<br />

or frustrated about trivial things that<br />

you’d normally deal with. A paralysis<br />

of decision making, anger, irritability<br />

and despair.<br />

Biological/physical symptoms<br />

associated with SAD are slightly<br />

different to other depressive<br />

illness but are no less stressful.<br />

With SAD, people often do not lose<br />

their appetite, and indeed, it often<br />

increases. Sleep patterns cause more<br />

sleep being less refreshed, whereas<br />

other depressive illnesses cause early<br />

morning wakening.<br />

Sex drive disappears and the<br />

combination of the above leads to<br />

poor performance at work and home,<br />

loss of interest in hobbies and the<br />

increase in bad habits. All in all, I feel<br />

we should look at this as a ‘proper’<br />

depressive illness and treat it just as<br />

seriously.<br />

Treatment suggests a pill and a<br />

cure. This is not the case. Medicines<br />

such as anti-depressants can alleviate<br />

some symptoms but does not remove<br />

the cause — most raise serotonin<br />

availability.<br />

Removing some of the factors that<br />

lead to SAD can help:<br />

— Light. Get out in the day if you<br />

can, exercise to remove fatigue. A<br />

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HEALTH<br />

Dr Simon Ruffle writes . . . Forever Autumn SADness<br />

<strong>October</strong>. <strong>The</strong> eighth month of the<br />

old calendar before the Romans<br />

changed it. This meant our seasons<br />

became related to the calendar in a<br />

more constant way. <strong>October</strong> in the<br />

Northern Hemisphere makes us<br />

forget the summer and ‘welcome’ in<br />

Autumn.<br />

War of the Worlds is still one of the<br />

most iconic science fiction works<br />

ever. Written in 1898 by HG Wells<br />

it has been made into films, musical<br />

and radio versions. And 40 years<br />

after publishing, Orson Welles used<br />

the piece in his radio show Mercury<br />

<strong>The</strong>atre on the Air broadcast by CBS.He<br />

caused panic across America as people<br />

panicked that the show was reporting<br />

news events from far away!<br />

40 years further on Jeff Wayne<br />

produced the musical version of this<br />

that is still selling today.<br />

One of the popular tracks of this<br />

album is Forever Autumn sung by<br />

Justin Hayward. But what else does<br />

autumn usher in?<br />


Lots of illnesses emerge in<br />

autumn. <strong>The</strong>re are many theories<br />

as to why. Some include the use of<br />

central heating, closing windows,<br />

hot housing children and workers in<br />

poorly ventilated areas, such as trains,<br />

tubes, buses, schools and offices. No<br />

doubt this contributes. Vitamin D<br />

levels fall as we are exposed less to<br />

UV light. Vitamin D is vital for the<br />

immune system.<br />

Also, less exposure to natural<br />

light causes our melatonin levels to<br />

be lower and this changes our sleep<br />

patterns and thus our circadian<br />

rhythm. Serotonin production in the<br />

nervous system is also affected.<br />

Many viral infections arise,<br />

influenza, common cold, Norovirus<br />

(D&V) and parasitic infections such<br />

as thread, hook and round worms.<br />

However, these are minor illnesses,<br />

mostly self limiting, some requiring a<br />

pharmacist's advice and of course, flu<br />

is mostly preventable.<br />

Seasonally Adjusted Disorder,<br />

(SAD), on the other hand, is far<br />

less talked about but pervasive and<br />

debilitating. SAD is also known as<br />

seasonally adjusted depression or<br />

winter depression.<br />

Autumn Leaves<br />

HELP<br />

S Ruffle<br />

light box can be useful. Sleep patterns<br />

are important to maintain and that<br />

nagging fatigue and low mood after a<br />

poor night's sleep cannot be pandered<br />

too. Get up and get going.<br />

— Vitamin D supplement (1,000 IU<br />

a day will not cause any harm) and is<br />

available at pharmacies and health<br />

food shops.<br />

— Melatonin. This is a knotty<br />

question. Melatonin is a food<br />

supplement in most countries and<br />

is available as such. However it is<br />

regulated in the NHS as a medicine<br />

and is normally not allowed to<br />

be prescribed. This is because the<br />

evidence behind its use is poor and<br />

not cost effective.<br />

However in my experience some<br />

people really benefit: 3mg or 5mg at<br />

night is the usual dose.<br />

If your symptoms worsen and<br />

changes in your lifestyle do not help,<br />

most areas of the country allow you to<br />

self refer for counselling services, for<br />

example Berkshire’s service is: https://<br />

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SSRI medicine can be prescribed.<br />

CURE<br />

<strong>The</strong> SAD ‘cure’ is in the name<br />

— seasonal. But 4-6 months of<br />

feeling awful a year really needs to<br />

be challenged. Don’t put SAD down<br />

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our protagonist believed he’d lost his<br />

Carrie and his life would be Forever<br />

Autumn but for fans of the War of the<br />

Worlds we know (spoiler alert) things<br />

turn out alright in the end.

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Looking at nature's glory<br />

Rev Michael Burgess lifts his eyes to the hills<br />

Praise you the Lord, sing a new song<br />

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Make praise among His people here<br />

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Let His people be joyful in<br />

<strong>The</strong>ir Lord and King, fresh praise begin<br />

Holy Spirit, rise up within<br />

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!<br />

Let them praise His name in the dance<br />

Musical instruments enhance<br />

Alleluia, Alleluia!<br />

Of His glory, for the Lord takes<br />

Pleasure in His people, He makes<br />

<strong>The</strong>m joyful, each to Him awakes<br />

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!<br />

For the Lord He will beautify<br />

<strong>The</strong> meek with salvation, no lie<br />

Alleluia, Alleluia!<br />

Let people rejoice in glory<br />

Sing aloud on their beds, so be<br />

Or walking, sitting, standing free<br />

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!<br />

Let the high praises of God be<br />

In their mouths, and expressively<br />

Alleluia, Alleluia!<br />

A two-edged sword in their hand be<br />

Word of God defeats enemy<br />

In the battle spiritually<br />

Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!<br />

Mpfphotography, dreamstime.com<br />

Wikimedia public domain<br />

'<strong>The</strong> artist should not only paint what he sees before<br />

him, but also what he sees within him.' <strong>The</strong>se are the<br />

words of a German romantic painter, Caspar David<br />

Friedrich, who lived from 1774-1840.<br />

<strong>The</strong> inspiration for most of his paintings was the countryside<br />

and the world of nature around him. As he looked at its<br />

beauty and grandeur, it awoke in him feelings of wonder and<br />

awe, which he expressed through his art.<br />

At the age of 34 he painted a cross in the mountains<br />

as an altarpiece for a church in Dresden: the first time a<br />

pure landscape had been used for an altar. Later in 1811 he<br />

painted a similar, but more profound and more moving work:<br />

Morning in the Riesengebirge (pictured above).<br />

Friedrich was a great walker and climber, and he loved<br />

the mountains of East Saxony depicted here. <strong>The</strong> first rays<br />

of the sun are coming over the horizon to illuminate both<br />

the beauty of the hills, and the tall crucifix placed on the<br />

mountain top.<br />


Friedrich looked at the glory of nature at sunrise and saw<br />

there a sign of God the Creator, and God the one who sent his<br />

Son to redeem that Creation.<br />

Like Caspar David Friedrich, and like the psalmist*,<br />

we can look to the hills and see the glory and greatness of<br />

God. This will be the theme for many of us this month with<br />

Harvest celebrations. But we give thanks for creation and<br />

the bounty of the world at a time when we hear reports<br />

of glaciers melting, water levels rising, greenhouse gases<br />

warming up our planet, and resources of food and fuel<br />

wasted and depleted. It is too easy to take this world for<br />

granted and imagine it is here solely for us.<br />

Caspar David Friedrich invites us to look at the world, its<br />

beauty and greatness, as a gift to cherish, not to manipulate<br />

and exploit for our own use. As we look at this earth with<br />

eyes of wonder and gratitude, then we shall find the God<br />

who created and redeemed it, and ask what service and<br />

stewardship we can offer him in the world.<br />

*I lift up my eyes to the mountains — where does my help come<br />

from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and<br />

earth. He will not let your foot slip — he who watches over you<br />

will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither<br />

slumber nor sleep. <strong>The</strong> Lord watches over you — the Lord is your<br />

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

the moon by night. <strong>The</strong> Lord will keep you from all harm — he will<br />

watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and<br />

going both now and forevermore. (Psalm 121)

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Book Reviews<br />

Bible Sunday 30 <strong>October</strong> update<br />

Wycliffe Bible Translators latest report, as of 2021, says:<br />

— <strong>The</strong>re are now 3,495 languages which have some<br />

Scripture available to 7.04 billion people.<br />

— <strong>The</strong>re are 717 languages with a complete Bible giving<br />

5.75 billion people access to a Bible in their own language.<br />

— 1,582 languages have a complete New Testament (some<br />

also have Old Testament portions) - 830 million people<br />

— 1,196 languages have some translated Bible portions -<br />

457 million people<br />

Meanwhile, there are a further 828 languages which have<br />

work in progress – 67.6 million people. And also, there are<br />

1,892 languages still waiting for translation (or preparatory<br />

work) to begin – 145 million people. As for the remaining<br />

need for Bible translation: 1.51 billion people, speaking 6,661<br />

languages, do not have a full Bible in their first language.<br />

And 145 million people, speaking 1,892 languages, still need<br />

translation work to begin, this includes:<br />

— Africa with 558 languages, 16 million people<br />

— Americas with 119 languages, 2.4 million people<br />

— Asia with 751 languages, 124 million people<br />

— Europe with 59 languages, 2.3 million people<br />

— Pacific with 405 languages, 0.43 million people<br />

More at: https://www.wycliffe.net/resources/statistics/<br />

Abba Amma– Improvisations on the Lord’s Prayer<br />

By Nicola Slee, Canterbury Press, £14.99<br />

<strong>The</strong> Lord’s Prayer is the first, and perhaps only prayer,<br />

that we learn by heart. However, its patriarchal and<br />

kingdom imagery do not resonate universally today. How<br />

do we pray the prayer Jesus taught us in ways which<br />

are authentic and life-giving? This book offers a series<br />

of prayers and poems written in response to it. Each<br />

prayer uses the address Abba or Amma: Aramaic terms of<br />

intimate address to God as father or mother which reflect<br />

Jesus’ usage, drawing on the Abbas and Ammas of the<br />

desert tradition as well as our own parental relationships.<br />

Invest Your Future – Listening to God’s Voice<br />

Without Abandoning Your Bible or Your Brain<br />

By Paul Mallard, 10Publishing, £8.00<br />

Making big decisions can be difficult. Often, we end<br />

up paralysed with indecision, afraid that making the<br />

wrong choice will ruin our lives. So how do we make good<br />

decisions? When does the Bible guide us, and when should<br />

we just use our common sense or talk things through<br />

with friends and family? Using his huge experience and<br />

pastoral heart, Paul Mallard shows us where to find<br />

wisdom and how it works in God’s economy. He helps us<br />

find the balance in what is, for many of us, a constant<br />

challenge. He teaches us how to understand God’s<br />

purpose, so we can see the truly important factors in<br />

making our decisions. You don’t have to spend your life<br />

in indecision, confusion, guilt or regret. You can cultivate<br />

spiritual discernment in order to grow in maturity and<br />

wisdom, and know where to turn for guidance when<br />

making decisions.<br />

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Arts & Craft Fair to<br />

reduce food poverty<br />

<strong>The</strong> main beneficiary of this year’s Reading Charity Art<br />

and Craft Fair will be the Thomas Franks Foundation’s<br />

Feeding Communities which aims to reduce food poverty<br />

by providing free packaged meals for those in need. <strong>The</strong><br />

ingredients for the meals are collected from surpluses in<br />

catering sources and so also reduces food wastage.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Art & Craft Fair, organised by the Rotary Club of<br />

Reading Maiden Erlegh, will be held from 29-30 <strong>October</strong><br />

at Leighton Park School. Income from the fair will help<br />

Feeding Communities to increase its production of food<br />

parcels for local support organisations such as food banks,<br />

the Churches Together in Reading Drop-in Centre, and<br />

others in the Reading, Woodley and Earley communities.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Maiden Erlegh Rotary Club supported these<br />

organisations throughout the pandemic and its aim now<br />

is to help reduce food waste, and the increasing burden of<br />

food poverty expected during the difficult months ahead.<br />


Thomas Franks is a top-quality catering contract<br />

company serving restaurants of prestigious companies<br />

in the UK and Europe. In the Reading area the company<br />

also provides catering at various independent schools,<br />

including Leighton Park where the Art & Craft Fair is<br />

being held in the Oakview centre which, during school<br />

time, is a spacious restaurant.<br />

Feeding Communities was created to aid as many<br />

people as it could through the early months of the Covid<br />

pandemic, its main focus being on vulnerable people who<br />

were struggling or suffering from food poverty.<br />

Using its clients facilities, Feeding Communities<br />

began producing food parcels and freshly prepared meals<br />

in response to the food shortages that were happening<br />

globally. It states that as long as food poverty exists, it will<br />

continue to provide free meals to all who need them — 'It<br />

doesn’t take much to change a life and it can start with as much<br />

as a meal'.<br />

Entry to the Art & Craft Fair is free and visitors can<br />

enjoy a hot or cold drink and a cake in the Art Café run by<br />

the Inner Wheel Club of Reading Maiden Erlegh as well<br />

as viewing a wide range of paintings and craft exhibits.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re will also be the opportunity to purchase art and<br />

craft items produced by local artists and artisans with 25%<br />

of the purchase price being given to Feeding Communities<br />

and other local community support organisations.<br />

For more information:<br />

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History<br />

Was it really . . . ?<br />

. . . 250 YEARS AGO, on 21 <strong>October</strong> 1772 that Samuel<br />

Taylor Coleridge was born. He co-founded with William<br />

Wordsworth the Romantic Movement of poetry.<br />

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the sciences<br />

Continuing the Celebration!<br />

. . . 200 YEARS AGO, on 20 <strong>October</strong> 1822 that the Sunday<br />

Times newspaper was first published in the UK.<br />

. . . 150 YEARS AGO, on 11 <strong>October</strong> 1872 that Emily<br />

Davison, British suffragette, was born. A militant fighter<br />

for her cause, she died after being hit by the King’s horse<br />

at the 1913 Derby.<br />

. . . 100 YEARS AGO, on 18 <strong>October</strong> 1922 that the BBC was<br />

officially founded as the British Broadcasting Company<br />

(now the British Broadcasting Corporation).<br />

. . . 80 YEARS AGO, on 30 <strong>October</strong> 1942 that crew<br />

from the British destroyer HMS Petard retrieved<br />

codebooks from the German submarine U-559, enabling<br />

cryptographers at Bletchley Park to decipher the Enigma<br />

code used by U-boats.<br />

. . . 70 YEARS AGO, on 6 <strong>October</strong> 1952 that the world<br />

premiere of Agatha Christie’s play, <strong>The</strong> Mousetrap<br />

opened in Nottingham. It then opened in London on 25<br />

November, and is still running, making it the world’s<br />

longest-running play. It has been performed more than<br />

28,000 times.<br />

. . . 65 YEARS AGO, on 9 <strong>October</strong> 1957 that the<br />

Lovell Telescope began operating at the Jodrell Bank<br />

Observatory in Cheshire. It was the world’s largest<br />

steerable dish radio telescope and played an important<br />

role in the early days of space launches.<br />

. . . 60 YEARS AGO, on 15 <strong>October</strong> 1962 that British<br />

weather forecasts switched from the Fahrenheit scale to<br />

Celsius.<br />

. . . 40 YEARS AGO, on 11 <strong>October</strong> 1982 that Henry VIII’s<br />

flagship the Mary Rose was raised from the bottom of the<br />

Solent, off the coast of southern England, 437 years after<br />

it sank.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Mary Rose<br />

Pjgibson, dreamstime.com<br />

By Dr Ruth Bancewicz, <strong>The</strong> Faraday Institute<br />

for Science and Religion, Cambridge.<br />

Kostia Osypov, dreamstime.com<br />

From 9-16 <strong>October</strong> this year many people around<br />

the world will be celebrating the Jewish festival of<br />

Tabernacles, or Sukkot. <strong>The</strong>y will celebrate the Harvest,<br />

and also remember God bringing the Israelites out of<br />

Egypt and through 40 years in the desert.<br />

<strong>The</strong> book of Deuteronomy contains a description of what<br />

Tabernacles should have been like: 'Celebrate… for seven days.<br />

Be joyful… you, your sons and daughters, your male and female<br />

servants, and the Levites, the foreigners, the fatherless and the<br />

widows who live in your towns.'<br />

<strong>The</strong>se festivals were not just a celebration, they were also<br />

an expression of gratitude to God: 'celebrate the festival to the<br />

Lord your God...For the Lord your God will bless you in all your<br />

harvest and in all the work of your hands, and your joy will be<br />

complete.' Tabernacles was a proper holiday, with two whole<br />

days off normal work and seven days of feasting.<br />


Farming is different today. Very few of us sweat long<br />

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

a rest and a party as our ancestors were at this time of year.<br />

That might be even more the case in future, as the agri-tech<br />

revolution unfolds. For example, small autonomous tractors<br />

are already becoming available that do less damage to the soil<br />

and make better use of steep or oddly shaped fields.<br />

Many arable farms already hire contractors to do the<br />

routine work with large specialist GPS-equipped machinery.<br />

In future years those people might find themselves using<br />

very different kinds of high-tech kit, acting more as landmanagement<br />

advisors, helping farmers to gather data and<br />

to find ways of improving soil quality, biodiversity and the<br />

water cycle.<br />

I’m very grateful for the food that arrives on my shelves.<br />

Instead of worrying about whether or not we earned it, our<br />

modern-day Tabernacles or Harvest celebration could include<br />

ways of encouraging those involved in agriculture and<br />

developing new agricultural technologies, as well as enjoying<br />

how we can learn about and benefit from God’s creation<br />

through science.<br />

So, after you celebrate Harvest, why not make a trip to<br />

a local farm this month? Why not learn from the ancient<br />

Israelites, and follow it up with a meal together? It stands to<br />

reason that those of us who live in countries where food is<br />

plentiful could do with being proportionately more generous<br />

in our gratitude and giving. Should we throw better parties?<br />


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9 - Flowers with white petals (7)<br />

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10 - Pure love (5)<br />

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11 - Connection or association (12)<br />

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7 - Profound (4)<br />

8 - Absolute authority in any sphere (12)<br />

12 - Male relation (8)<br />

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16 - Paler (6)<br />

18 - Interior (5)<br />

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5 - Modestly (12)<br />

6 - Extremely cold (7)<br />

7 - Profound (4)<br />

8 - Absolute authority in any sphere (12)<br />

12 - Male relation (8)<br />

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Each of the nine blocks has to contain all the<br />

numbers 1-9 within its squares. Each number<br />

can only appear once in a row, column or box.<br />



<strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> - <strong>October</strong> <strong>2022</strong> 39<br />

PUZZLE PAGE — the answers will be published in the next issue<br />

With <strong>October</strong>, autumn is underway –<br />

the leaves are turning gold, the chilly<br />

nights are closing in and the shops are<br />

full of Halloween things. Our ancestors<br />

were frightened of the dark and cold<br />

of winter, and feared that evil things<br />

might attack them. So they lit fires and<br />

wore frightening masks, to ward off evil<br />

spirits. But Christianity taught a much<br />

better way: it taught that Jesus Christ<br />

is the Son of God, and that when He<br />

died for us on the cross, he overcame<br />

all the powers of evil that there are. So<br />

we don’t need charms to ward off evil,<br />

we just need to turn to Jesus in prayer.<br />

He will protect us from any power of<br />

darkness that menaces our lives. <strong>The</strong><br />

Psalms say that he is our shield and<br />

protector!<br />

AUTUMN<br />

GOLD<br />

NIGHT<br />

DARK<br />


SWEETS<br />

SAINTS<br />


SAVING<br />

PRAYER<br />


LIGHT<br />

JESUS<br />

SON<br />


SCHOOL<br />

EXAMS<br />


COAL<br />

LEAVES<br />


SNEEZE<br />


SOUP<br />

September<br />

Solutions<br />


I T E M B L A S T O F F<br />

N J C E U U E<br />

C H E V R O N P A S T A<br />

O C O G E T T<br />

R I T E S T A R N I S H<br />

R S H N N E<br />

U N L O C K D A G G E R<br />

P I O A T W<br />

T O N G U E S U N C L E<br />

I E N T R H I<br />

B E A S T H E A R I N G<br />

L G R M L N H<br />

E V E R Y D A Y H O O T<br />


S Q U A D R O N L O C O<br />

A S E U N P V<br />

S H E E N T I N U R E<br />

H D O F G L R<br />

S M O O T H N E S S<br />

M J I X T N E<br />

Y E A R N S A C A C I A<br />

T B A S L E S<br />

H A B I T A T I O N<br />

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A E N F E Z E<br />

L A D Y N E W S R E E L<br />

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Stump grinding and tree stump removal<br />

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<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), MA(RAM), 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: Rob 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 />

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Factory at Sarum Graphics Ltd, Old Sarum, Salisbury SP4 6QX<br />

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— <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> template was designed in 2012 by Roger<br />

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Advertisers' index<br />

ABD Construction 6<br />

Abbey School 38<br />

Abbeyfield Wey Valley Society 20<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 />

Comfort in Care 10<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 />

Queen Anne’s School 10<br />

Reading Blue Coat School 26<br />

Richfield Flooring 14<br />

Sabella Interiors 34<br />

SecureHeat 20<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

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