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Contents <strong>November</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />



— Junior chorister robes, 7<br />

— Goodbye to Celeste, 7<br />

— Rendezvous Christmas, 7<br />

— Service for the departed, 7<br />

— Confirmation service, 7<br />

— Deputy warden appointed, 7<br />

— Claude's view from the pew, 7<br />

— For your prayers, 7<br />

— Christian Basics, 9<br />

— From the editor's desk, 9<br />

— My favourite, 11<br />

— Andrew, the first disciple, 13<br />

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

— STAY, 15<br />


— Jellyfish day, 17<br />

— Odd sock day, 17<br />

— Singing for fun or career, 19<br />

— Churchyard VCs, 21<br />

— Chelsea Royal Hospital, 22-23<br />

— Bell ringers wanted, 25<br />

—around the villages<br />

— Tidying the river, 27<br />

— Inner Wheel riverside walk, 27<br />

— WI village walk, 27<br />

— Sonning Show report, 29<br />

— Art Group winners, 29<br />

— Sonning Society AGM, 29<br />

health<br />

— Dr Simon Ruffle, 31<br />


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

Picture: Indy Biddulph<br />


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Services at<br />

St Andrew’s<br />

Sunday 6 <strong>November</strong><br />

— 8.00am Holy Communion<br />

— 10.30am Family Service<br />

— 4.00pm All Souls Service for<br />

the Faithful Departed<br />

Remembrance 13 <strong>November</strong><br />

— 8.00am Holy Communion<br />

— 10.30am Royal British Legion<br />

Remembrance Service<br />

Christ the King 20 <strong>November</strong><br />

— 8.00am Holy Communion<br />

— 10.30am Confirmation Service<br />

presided over by the Rt Rev Dr<br />

Steven Croft Bishop of Oxford<br />

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

Advent Sunday 27 <strong>November</strong><br />

— 8.00am Holy Communion<br />

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

STAY and Sunday Club<br />

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


Morning Prayer is held in church<br />

every Tuesday at 9.30am.<br />

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

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

and coffee follows the service.<br />

Home Communion at Signature at<br />

Sonning is held on the first Monday of<br />

each month at 11.00am.<br />

HOME & GARDEn<br />

— Recipe of the month, 33<br />

— Remember Will Aid, 33<br />

— In the garden, 33<br />

— Christmas last post, 33<br />

THE ARTS<br />

— Thank God for food, 35<br />

— Poetry Corner, 35<br />

— Book Reviews, 35<br />

history, 37<br />


— Wonder and worship, 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 />

From the Registers<br />

weddings<br />

— Saturday 10 September, Jack Stanley Evans and Jenna Anne-Marie Noad<br />

— Sunday 25 September, James David Goddard and Stephanie Louise Gardner<br />

— Saturday 1 October, James Andrew Preston and Genevieve Alexandra<br />

Callaghan<br />

funerals<br />

— Monday 12 September, Gwendoline Iris Clark, service in Church followed by<br />

cremation at Reading Crematorium<br />

— Friday 16 September, Kathleen Margaret Judd, interment of ashes in the<br />

churchyard<br />

— Wednesday 21 September, Florence Elizabeth Cruise, interment of ashes in<br />

the churchyard<br />

— Friday 30 September, Wendy Gertrude Coomber, interment of ashes in the<br />


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

Dear friends,<br />

In my September letter I wrote briefly about my concerns for, and I quote,<br />

'little children' of 'younger and younger ages' who I believe are in danger<br />

of losing their innocence because of an exposure to sexualised social<br />

media and themes around sexual and gender identity which I don’t<br />

think they are ready for at such a tender age. On reflection, I should have<br />

explicitly stated that the children I was referring to were of primary<br />

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me as this is not the case. As the father of two girls under 16 I know all<br />

too well how tricky parenthood is in this present climate and I need to<br />

stress that I was not referring to teenagers or adults who may have gender<br />

identity issues. I was merely suggesting that younger children should<br />

be protected from these complex and sensitive issues that have clearly<br />

caused much confusion and many misdiagnoses, as have been evidenced<br />

in a number of recent reports, and in the forced closure of the Tavistock<br />

clinic. In this I was giving voice to widespread concerns, as presented in<br />

parental legal actions, most recently by Nigel and Sally Rowe against the<br />

DofE (details can be found on the Christian Concern website). It is a live issue<br />

for our society, and we will all have our own views. Freedom of speech is a<br />

vital part of a healthy democracy, and an airing of these views in calm and<br />

constructive discussions is surely a good thing?<br />

This month we gather to remember our loved ones departed at a special memorial service for All Souls<br />

on Sunday 6 <strong>November</strong>, and then the following Sunday, being Remembrance Sunday, our community comes<br />

together at St Andrew's to give thanks for the millions who have lost their lives in the defence of freedom.<br />

A special mention will this year be made of the campaign to liberate our Falkland Islands 40 years ago,<br />

remembering the 255 service men who did not return. Please come 'to remember'.<br />

We are all looking forward to a big celebration of faith on Sunday 20 <strong>November</strong> when the Bishop of Oxford<br />

will lead a Confirmation service at St Andrew’s. Presently some 16 young people and 12 adults from our church<br />

are preparing to take this important and public step of commitment and we thank God for that. In addition to<br />

this, the service will also mark the 800th anniversary of the first recorded vicar of Sonning. My predecessor,<br />

Vitalis, is the first on the list, with me coming in at 59th! However, this is not the whole picture as there were<br />

clearly clergy ministering here before then as there has been a church on this site since the late 600s, but there<br />

are no records before 1222. So, in the interests of not wasting an opportunity for a celebration, this service will<br />

also feature this important milestone for our church and will end with a celebration in <strong>The</strong> Ark.<br />

Finally, a word about Rendezvous, our lunch club, which meets every second and fourth Tuesday in <strong>The</strong> Ark.<br />

We have come back to life after covid, and it is a great pleasure to see <strong>The</strong> Ark being used to foster friendships<br />

and hospitality. <strong>The</strong> lunch has moved away from its original intention of being purely for pensioners, and so<br />

anyone who is able is very welcome to come along. We have such a diverse range of attendees and I always enjoy<br />

the fellowship and often a jolly good laugh. I heartily recommend it and invite you to give us a try. To book, call<br />

the parish office on 0118 969 3298.<br />

Warm wishes.<br />

Jamie<br />




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Rev Jamie was recently pleased to present surplices (white robes) to some<br />

new choristers and to formally admit them to the choir. Pictured (left to<br />

right): Joshua, Martha, Johnny, George, Joss, vicar, director of music).<br />

Hwyl fawr Celeste: On Sunday 11<br />

September Celeste Hexter (right) sang<br />

at her last service as head chorister.<br />

She was a founder member of our<br />

junior choir in 2009 and has been an<br />

inspirational influence for many of<br />

our junior choristers. A presentation<br />

was made after the service by the Rt<br />

Hon <strong>The</strong>resa May MP, patron of our<br />

choral foundation. Celeste has won a<br />

scholarship as a chorister at Llandaff<br />

Cathedral as well as beginning a<br />

degree in English and music at Cardiff<br />

University (see page 19).<br />

Rendezvous Christmas dinner: This will be on Tuesday 13 December at<br />

12pm. It is always a popular event and spaces are limited so book early.<br />

All Souls Service to remember the departed: We will gather at 4pm on<br />

Sunday 6 <strong>November</strong> for this moving and poignant act of worship. Candles will<br />

be lit as the names of the departed are prayerfully read out. All those who have<br />

died in the last 12 months will be automatically included on the list, but if you<br />

would like to add anyone then please give their name when you arrive. Drinks<br />

will be served after the service and all members of the ministry team will be on<br />

hand to meet with you all.<br />

Confirmation and 800th anniversary of first recorded vicar of<br />

Sonning: We shall welcome our Diocesan Bishop, the Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft<br />

on Sunday 20 <strong>November</strong> at 10.30am for our Confirmation and commemoration<br />

of this historic milestone for St Andrew’s.<br />

New deputy warden: <strong>The</strong> PCC has co-opted former churchwarden, Terry<br />

Hunt, as a member and deputy warden. He has kindly agreed to assist the<br />

wardens with the extensive task of building and churchyard maintenance.<br />

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

— His Majesty King Charles III and the Queen Consort<br />

— <strong>The</strong> work of the Royal British Legion<br />

— All being confirmed this month<br />

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Claude's<br />

view<br />

from<br />

the<br />

pew<br />

We are all creatures of habit,<br />

whether we like it or not. It's a part<br />

human nature. A habit of mine is to<br />

arrive in church in good time and to<br />

sit and watch the pews slowly fill up.<br />

I was born in the Reading area and<br />

have called it home all my life. With my<br />

wife Barbara, who died recently, I have<br />

worshipped regularly in four different<br />

Reading churches — I was a church<br />

warden in one of them — and I have<br />

witnessed people's habits in church;<br />

the way their clothes have changed<br />

and what they do while waiting for the<br />

service to start.<br />


<strong>The</strong> modern day habit is without<br />

doubt, the mobile phone. You can see<br />

some people sharing photographs,<br />

sending messages or even playing<br />

games, although I have to say, it is not<br />

unusual for some to sit and read this<br />

magazine!<br />

My habit is to sit, listen to the<br />

musicians warming up and to think.<br />

Of late my thoughts have taken me<br />

back to my youth and the time I first<br />

met Barbara, or rather, was told by her<br />

father to walk her home after a party.<br />

And that was that, as they say!<br />

It was during another walk, that I<br />

proposed to her as we walked through<br />

a cabbage patch! It was probably a<br />

good thing that there were not the<br />

usual cabbages in church for this<br />

year's harvest service because we were<br />

collecting tinned and dry food, and<br />

cash, for Woodley Food Bank. If there<br />

had been, my mind would have been<br />

distracted from what was a very joyful<br />

and uplifting service as we thanked<br />

God for the many different gifts he<br />

shares among us, for the food he<br />

provides for us, and for our habits!

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Christian Basics — Part 9<br />

By Rev Paul Hardingham<br />

Why belong to<br />

the Church?<br />

Many people are struggling to connect with church today<br />

following the pandemic. However, we should ‘not give<br />

up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing’<br />

(Hebrews 10:25). <strong>The</strong> church is not simply a building or<br />

services, but a shared friendship with Jesus, as the New<br />

Testament makes clear.<br />


<strong>The</strong> church is a community united by their love for God<br />

and readiness to sharing this love with others: ‘a people<br />

belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who<br />

called you out of darkness into his wonderful light’ (1 Peter 2:9).<br />

It is in the life of the church that people can connect with<br />

God’s love.<br />


<strong>The</strong> church is also Christ’s body on earth: ‘<strong>The</strong> body is a<br />

unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its<br />

parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ’ (1 Cor<br />

12:12). We all have a unique contribution to make, using<br />

our different gifts, experience and passion. However,<br />

beware of those attitudes that stop us representing<br />

Christ: inferiority — ‘I have nothing to offer’ — or<br />

superiority — ‘I don’t need you’.<br />


In the Old Testament the temple, was God’s home on<br />

earth; now the church has become his home: ‘In him the<br />

whole building is joined together … in him you too are being<br />

built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his<br />

Spirit.’ (Ephesians 1: 21,22). Church is a place where people<br />

can be loved, accepted and welcomed home. Is this our<br />

experience of church and what changes would make it<br />

more as God intends?<br />

Don’t forget:<br />

‘<strong>The</strong> local church is the hope of the world’ (Bill Hybels).<br />

Indy Biddulph<br />

From the<br />

editor's desk<br />

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A new beginning . . .<br />

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In a recent talk at a family service, Rev Kate used a series of<br />

words to explain to the children — and us adults! — that<br />

every ending marks a new beginning. This came to mind<br />

when I sat at my desk to work on this issue.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Church of England lectionary — which is best<br />

described as the church calendar — lists the seasons of the<br />

church year and gives day by day suggestions for readings,<br />

psalms, special services and holy days.<br />

One of the first things I do when planning an issue is to<br />

glance through the lectionary for the month in question to<br />

remind me of what I might include. It is never possible to<br />

include every annual event or special religious day, so if I<br />

include something one year I try to cover something different<br />

the next. <strong>The</strong>re are, of course, some things that can't be left<br />

out such as Christmas, Lent, Easter, and Remembrance,<br />

which is one of the themes of this issue which includes two<br />

articles which I hope you will find interesting.<br />


On the centre spread Chris Bailey, who lives in Charvil<br />

with his wife Sue and worships in St Andrew's, gives us<br />

an interesting insight into the redevelopment of part of<br />

the Royal Hospital Chelsea which is famous throughout<br />

the world for the care they provide for ex-servicemen and<br />

women.<br />

And, on page 21, Brian Hunt reminds us of the heroic<br />

contributions that many local people have given through<br />

serving our country in the armed forces. Brian lives in<br />

Woodley and often walks through our churchyard on his<br />

way to the lock. As a member of the Rotary Club of Reading<br />

Maiden Erlegh he was asked to give a presentation to its<br />

members on the two generals who are buried there. He<br />

based his talk on information that he found in <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong><br />

<strong>Magazine</strong> archives that I had given him access to. He said, 'I<br />

thought I could repay your favour by contributing an article to the<br />

magazine'. I hope you find it as interesting as I did.<br />


<strong>November</strong> brings the church year to an end. Having<br />

looked back and given thanks to God for all who have gone<br />

before us, we come to the last day of the church year on<br />

Sunday 20 <strong>November</strong> when the church celebrates 'Christ<br />

the King' and, in Sonning, we will be welcoming the Bishop<br />

of Oxford and a large number of young, and not so young<br />

people who are making a new beginning by being confirmed<br />

as members of the Church of England. And, just as Rev Kate<br />

reminded us, the end of the year is quickly followed by a new<br />

beginning, in this case it is a week later, when we celebrate<br />

the first Sunday of Advent and begin planning for Christmas.<br />

If you have a favourite carol please let me know about it for<br />

the 'My Favourite' column (see page 11). This month I have<br />

chosen my favourite hymn which it seems is also a favourite<br />

of the Royal family. I will be very pleased to hear about yours!

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<strong>The</strong>n you might like to<br />

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My favourite hymn . . .<br />

Jehovah the Redeemer<br />

By Bob Peters<br />

In 1970, walking past a pub in Sketty on the outskirts of Swansea I had one of<br />

those 'hair standing on the back of the neck' moments. Wales was dominating<br />

the rugby world with what is arguably their greatest team ever and they had<br />

just made their latest triumph overseas. Through the open door of the pub<br />

came the rousing sound of men singing in English, 'Guide Me O Thou Great<br />

Jehovah'.<br />

In those days, it was rare to hear<br />

the Welsh language in that part<br />

of Wales, the only time I heard it<br />

was when I met a family friend<br />

who lived 10 miles away in Llanelli<br />

— she even had a bilingual<br />

dog! — and the only time I saw<br />

Welsh written was when it was<br />

painted on street signs that had<br />

the English language directions<br />

blotted out. A campaign to restore<br />

the Welsh language was just<br />

beginning to gain wider support.<br />

Today it is spoken and written<br />

throughout the whole country. For<br />

the year ending 31 March 2021,<br />

the Annual Population Survey<br />

reported that 29.1% of people aged<br />

three or over were able to speak<br />

Welsh. This figure equates to<br />

883,300 people. English is still the<br />

dominant language.<br />

JEHOVAH?<br />

Guide me O thou Great Jehovah<br />

was originally written in Welsh<br />

by William Williams in 1745 —<br />

Arglwydd arwain trwy'r anialwch<br />

— and translated into English<br />

by another Welshman, Peter<br />

Williams in 1771.<br />

Both had been ordained in<br />

the Church of England but later<br />

both became disillusioned with<br />

the Anglican Church in Wales and<br />

became members of the Calvinist<br />

Methodist Church in Wales.<br />

<strong>The</strong> hymn is based on the<br />

Israelites journey from Egypt to<br />

the Promised Land and recalls<br />

how God guided them through<br />

the desert, gave them a stream of<br />

flowing water from a rock, and fed<br />

them with manna, the bread of<br />

heaven.<br />

It is set to the tune Cwm<br />

Rhondda, written by another<br />

Welshman, John Hughes in 1905<br />

and today the hymn is widely<br />

known as the second national<br />

anthem of Wales — a little like<br />

Land of Hope and Glory has become<br />

the patriotic hymn for the English.<br />

In case you are wondering, I<br />

am not Welsh, both my parents<br />

were cockneys, my father claimed<br />

his ancestors were French circus<br />

folk and my mother's family were<br />

German refugees. I lived in Swansea<br />

for four years while studying at the<br />

University of Wales.<br />


Today the Welsh hymn is better<br />

known as Guide Me O Thou Great<br />

Redeemer. According to a Welsh<br />

Anglican minister, Sandy Grant,<br />

'Many people believe the word Jehovah<br />

is a mistranslation for the personal<br />

name for God, Yahweh (YHWH) — I<br />

am who I am. It was revealed to Moses<br />

at the burning bush in Exodus 3:13-15<br />

To avoid confusion, Redeemer is<br />

substituted to rightfully depict the God<br />

who led the Israelites out of bondage.'<br />

<strong>The</strong> word 'Redeemer' appears<br />

throughout the Old and New<br />

Testament and just as God the<br />

Father and Jesus, are revealed as one<br />

and the same person united with<br />

the Holy Spirit, Jesus is called the<br />

Saviour and Redeemer. (John 11:26)<br />

As well as being my favourite<br />

hymn — I chose it as the final<br />

hymn when I married Sue in St<br />

Andrew's Church — it seems to be<br />

a favourite among the members of<br />

the Royal Family, including the late<br />

Queen Elizabeth II. It was sung at<br />

the funeral of Diana Princess of<br />

Wales, the Queen Mother's funeral,<br />

the wedding of Prince William and<br />

Catherine Middleton, (now Prince<br />

and Princess of Wales) and most<br />

recently in Llandaff Cathedral,<br />

Cardiff, to commemorate the death<br />

of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.<br />

While I prefer the original<br />

translation of 'Jehovah', 'Redeemer'<br />

makes no difference to the 'hair<br />

tingling' effect that my favourite<br />

hymn always creates!<br />

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

'Open thou the crystal fountain, whence the<br />

healing stream shall flow'; Pistyll Rhaeadr<br />

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appears to come out of the rock.<br />

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<strong>The</strong> first disciple<br />

Andrew, whose<br />

feast day ends<br />

the Christian<br />

year on 30<br />

<strong>November</strong>, is<br />

probably best<br />

known to us as<br />

the patron saint<br />

of our church,<br />

and of Scotland,<br />

though his only<br />

connection with<br />

the country<br />

is that some<br />

of his bones<br />

were said to be<br />

transported<br />

there in the<br />

8th Century<br />

and preserved<br />

at a church in<br />

St Andrew's.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are so many legends about him<br />

that it’s safest to stick to what the<br />

Gospels tell us, though the tradition<br />

that he was martyred by crucifixion<br />

is probably true and is perpetuated in<br />

the ‘St Andrew’s Cross’, the saltire of<br />

Scotland.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Gospels tell us he was one of<br />

the first disciples of Jesus, and the first<br />

to bring someone else to Christ — his<br />

brother. Like many Jews at the time,<br />

Andrew and an unnamed companion,<br />

had been drawn to the desert to be<br />

taught by the charismatic prophet,<br />

John the Baptist. Many thought that<br />

John was the Messiah, but he insisted<br />

that he was not. ‘I am the voice crying<br />

in the wilderness,’ he told the crowds.<br />

‘Prepare the way of the Lord! One comes<br />

after me who is greater than I am.’<br />


Peter Rennie<br />

One day John pointed out Jesus to<br />

Andrew and his friend and described<br />

him as the ‘Lamb of God’, the two<br />

young men followed him.<br />

<strong>The</strong> result was life-changing — for<br />

themselves, and many others. Andrew<br />

took his brother, Peter, to Jesus. <strong>The</strong><br />

next day Jesus met Philip and called<br />

him to ‘follow‘. Philip then brought<br />

Nathaniel. <strong>The</strong> little apostolic band<br />

who would carry the message of<br />

Jesus to the whole world was being<br />

formed. <strong>The</strong>y came, they saw, they<br />

were conquered! And at the front was<br />

Andrew, the first disciple of Jesus.<br />

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

Christian suffering in Qatar<br />

highlighted by World Cup<br />

Under construction the <strong>2022</strong> World Cup stadium<br />

<strong>The</strong> Men’s Football World Cup takes place every four years and is scheduled<br />

to start on Sunday 20 <strong>November</strong> in Qatar. This will be the first time an Arab<br />

country has hosted the competition. Tony Manfred writing in 2015 for Yahoo!<br />

Sports Business Insider about Qatar’s 2010 bid declared that the country’s lack<br />

of infrastructure and soccer tradition made it the most controversial World<br />

Cup host nation ever. In the building of the soccer-related infrastructure it was<br />

estimated that several thousand construction workers would die, and Manfred<br />

cited the International Trade Union Confederation’s report that 1,200 migrant<br />

workers from Nepal and India died in Qatar from December 2010 to March 2014.<br />

Qatar was under Ottoman rule until it became a British protectorate during the<br />

First World War. <strong>The</strong> country became independent in 1971. It has a population<br />

of 2.8 million, of whom 'barely 380,000', according to <strong>The</strong> Guardian, are Qatari<br />

nationals. Of the 2.8 million population, 372,000 (13.1%) are Christians, according<br />

to Open Doors. Wikipedia broadly concurs, giving the population figures on<br />

religion as 65.5% Islam (the state religion), 15.1% Hinduism, 14.2% Christianity,<br />

3.3% Buddhism, and 1.9% Others.<br />


christophe tausch, dreamstime.com<br />

Most of the Christians in Qatar are migrant workers. <strong>The</strong>y face 'pressure and<br />

discrimination' with their churches often heavily monitored by government,<br />

but they are freer to worship than indigenous believers. A new believer from the<br />

indigenous community is likely to face extreme pressure from their Muslim family<br />

and community if their Christian faith is discovered. Qatar does not officially<br />

recognise conversion from Islam, and a Christian from a Muslim background is<br />

not permitted to marry a non-Muslim.<br />

Christians can have a hard time witnessing in Qatar. 'Pastor Samuel' (name<br />

changed for security reasons) talking to Open Doors says how Christians are<br />

limited in evangelising too openly. 'But', he says, 'nobody can stop us from talking<br />

to our fellow workers and witnessing to them in our everyday lives. Every day God<br />

gives us opportunities to show our love to others.'<br />

In Open Doors’ World Watch List, the annual ranking of the 50 countries where<br />

Christians face the most extreme persecution, Qatar ranks number 18. It jumped<br />

11 places this year - one of the countries that rose the most, compared to last year.<br />

<strong>The</strong> main reason was an increase in violence and most house churches having<br />

to remain closed. <strong>The</strong>y were closed during Covid-19 restrictions, but when those<br />

restrictions were lifted, house churches were not permitted to re-open.<br />

Please pray for a strengthening of the Christian population in Qatar, and that<br />

the FIFA <strong>2022</strong> World Cup may be used to draw attention to the challenges facing<br />

Qatar’s Christians and bring about greater religious freedom. Amen.<br />

References and further reading<br />

<strong>The</strong> Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/world/<strong>2022</strong>/sep/27/qatar-calling-diplomatshome-for-military-service-at-world-cup<br />

Yahoo! Sports: https://sports.yahoo.com/news/14-reasons-qatar-world-cup-174400894.html<br />

Open Doors: https://www.opendoorsuk.org/persecution/world-watch-list/qatar/<br />

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qatar#British_period_(1916%E2%80%931971)

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St Andrew's Youth<br />

STAY Confirmation Classes<br />

We have 16 young people doing the youth confirmation<br />

classes on Monday evenings when we meet in a different<br />

young person's home. We gather, play a game, eat pizza,<br />

watch an Alpha youth video, cover a church life topic<br />

such as what the Lord’s Prayer means or why people cross<br />

themselves, then we finish with a prayer.<br />

STAY on Friday<br />

Our weekly youth club has been super fun since starting back<br />

in September. We have new leaders T-shirts and hoodies with<br />

rules written by the young people and we have the new, fully<br />

equipped upper room, and we have recruited new leaders and<br />

lots of new young people. Plus we’ve invested in some new<br />

games, including spike ball, volleyball and can off.<br />

In our 'final thoughts' we recently interviewed the four<br />

young leaders. It was great to show what being a young leader<br />

can be like and help others aspire to becoming one.<br />

On top of the new stuff, we’ve had the usual 40-65 young<br />

people doing activities — baking amazing cakes and cookies<br />

with Liz, pool, table tennis, air hockey, Xbox, football, four<br />

square, frisbee, kubb, badminton, skipping, table tennis,<br />

table football, nail bar, tuck shop, beer pong — without the<br />

beer — and loads of board games! <strong>The</strong> funny thing is, with all<br />

that choice, you still see groups on their phones!<br />

STAY on Sunday<br />

STAY on Sunday finished the summer term theme on<br />

‘relationships’, when we looked at: from what are our<br />

relationships with food, family and friends to what are our<br />

relationships with celebrities, humour and our screens.<br />

This September we started a new parables series where we<br />

began looking at the parables Jesus told and what their<br />

hidden, or not so hidden, meaning is.<br />

We still have a regular 10-15 young people attending on<br />

Sundays, but if they all turned up the same week we would<br />

have 22 and need to split into the second upper room. It's an<br />

amazing problem to have!<br />



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We have kept walking around Charvil every Thursday to<br />

build positive relationships with young people on their turf.<br />

We regularly see 40-50 young people every week and always<br />

take some sort of game or discussion questions with us.<br />

In the warmer months we hand out lemonade and ice<br />

pops and in the colder months, hot chocolate with whipped<br />

cream and marshmallows. This is now so popular as I walk<br />

through Piggott on a Wednesday I hear, 'you coming shops<br />

and muga Thursday, Westy?'<br />

STAY in Schools<br />

Our work in schools has been steady and consistent. We have<br />

continued with regular assemblies in all four local schools<br />

and mentoring around 25 students in the two secondary<br />

schools. We are also privileged to offer additional things such<br />

as staff prayer meetings, lunch clubs and Christian Unions.<br />


Mentoring Training<br />

With lots of local youth workers picking up their schools<br />

work again I was asked to lead some mentoring training.<br />

So I teamed up with Rich Kay from Chapter 2, https://www.<br />

chapter2.org.uk and we delivered training to six local youth<br />

workers, covering the philosophy to mentoring, the best<br />

approach, what to do when it comes to safeguarding, while<br />

sharing stories of success and failure. <strong>The</strong> attendees feedback<br />

was of great appreciation and thanks.<br />

For any feedback or to chat, email me, Westy, on:<br />


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Put some time aside for the humble jellyfish<br />

What has no heart, bones, eyes or brain, is made up of 95% water, and yet is<br />

still a remarkably efficient ocean predator? Answer: the jellyfish.<br />

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While special days for raising<br />

awareness of the many serious issues<br />

facing the world — the climate,<br />

underprivileged people, the hungry,<br />

deprived children, homeless and<br />

those with physical and mental<br />

health problems, and so on — are<br />

usually very worthy ideas that in<br />

many cases are changing the lives<br />

of millions of people, animals, and<br />

the world in which we live, there are<br />

some 'special' days that remain a<br />

mystery. Held on 3 <strong>November</strong> each<br />

year is probably the strangest ever<br />

special day, World Jellyfish Day.<br />

No-one seems to know why it<br />

was started, or who started it. <strong>The</strong>re<br />

does not seem to be any underlying<br />

commercial reason other than<br />

perhaps boosting the number of<br />

visitors to aquariums, and no-one<br />

knows what we are meant to do to<br />

celebrate it other than going to the<br />

seaside and trying to see one.<br />

However, jellyfish have been<br />

around for between 500 million to<br />

700 million years, they appeared<br />

on Earth more than 250 million<br />

years before the first dinosaurs, but<br />

because they are boneless, softbodied<br />

and almost all water, their<br />

fossils are extremely rare. While they<br />

are common throughout the world<br />

and, especially in the warm waters<br />

around the Middle East they are not<br />

specifically mentioned in the Bible -<br />

but then few sea creatures are given<br />

specific names in the Bible.<br />

More than 2,000 different species<br />

have been identified and some<br />

scientists believe there could be as<br />

many as 300,000 more!<br />

<strong>The</strong>y come in many different sizes<br />

– some as large as 200 feet long – and<br />

they have an amazing variety of<br />

beautiful colours and shapes.<br />

Only a relatively small number of<br />

species, about 70, can be harmful to<br />

humans.<br />

Perhaps the humble jellyfish is<br />

entitled to much more than one<br />

special day a year for us to ponder<br />

in awe on the amazing beauty and<br />

longevity of God's creativity.<br />

Monday 14 <strong>November</strong> is a very<br />

special day for the many children<br />

who are nagged by their parents<br />

for wearing odd socks to school<br />

because this is the day that we are<br />

all encouraged to wear them.<br />

Odd Socks Day marks the start of<br />

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Singing for fun or a career? You could start here!<br />

St Andrew's Church junior and senior choirs (above) are seeking new<br />

members! If you love to sing, or would like to give singing a try, our friendly<br />

and welcoming choirs would be delighted to welcome you at one of their<br />

rehearsals — no prior experience required. Joining a church choir is a great<br />

way to develop musical skills and make new friends. It can even be a stepping<br />

stone into a career in music as Celeste Hexter has discovered. . .<br />

Celeste Hexter<br />

Celeste has been awarded a music<br />

scholarship with Llandaff Cathedral<br />

while reading Music and English at<br />

Cardiff University. She said: 'I have<br />

been part of the junior choir since I<br />

was 7 years old.<br />

'<strong>The</strong> music department at St<br />

Andrew's Church has supported me<br />

constantly through my 11 years of<br />

singing with the choir.<br />

'I was appointed as head chorister<br />

3 years ago and since then I have<br />

supported new members of the<br />

junior choir and worked closely with<br />

the director of music.<br />

'I have had opportunities to<br />

sing solos, sing in large celebration<br />

services, conduct at services and lead<br />

the choir through rehearsals and<br />

warm ups.<br />

'Being a part of the junior choir<br />

has helped with my teamwork and<br />

listening skills as I work closely with<br />

singers of many different ages.<br />

'My music theory and sight<br />

reading skills have also improved<br />

tremendously since being involved<br />

with the choir and singing regularly.<br />

I have been able to attend choral<br />

courses and obtained my gold award<br />

from the Royal School of Music'.<br />


Choir rehearsals are compatible<br />

with STAY — St Andrew's Youth<br />

— activities on Fridays, so if your<br />

child is a member of STAY, why<br />

not bring them to church earlier so<br />

they can sing with the junior choir<br />

beforehand?<br />

And parents, if you’re looking for<br />

something to fill the time while your<br />

child is at STAY, then come and sing<br />

with the senior choir!<br />


Rehearsal: Friday, 5.30-6.45pm<br />

Services: Morning services on the<br />

first and third Sunday of the month.<br />

Evensong on first Sunday of the month.<br />

Payment: Junior choristers are paid for<br />

every rehearsal and service they attend,<br />

and there are generous bonus fees for<br />

special services such as weddings.<br />

Awards: With specialist training<br />

from our director of music, junior<br />

choristers can work towards RSCM<br />

singing awards to develop skills and<br />

earn ribbons.<br />


<strong>The</strong> senior choir will enable you to<br />

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Rehearsal: Friday, 6.45-8pm<br />

Services: Sunday mornings and<br />

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of the month.<br />

Payment: for weddings and funerals.<br />

For more information, or if you would like to go to a rehearsal,<br />

get in touch with the director of music:<br />

Hannah Towndrow BA(Oxon), MA(RAM), LRAM<br />


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Our churchyard of distinction<br />

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By Brian Hunt<br />

(Above left) Edmund John Phipps-Hornby, (centre) Inspecting the Sonning Local<br />

Defence Volunteers and (above right) his grave in St Andrew's churchyard<br />

St Andrew’s churchyard has the distinction of having the graves of two<br />

Victoria Cross holders — Edmund John Phipps-Hornby VC and<br />

Llewelyn Alberic Emilius Price-Davies VC. Both recipients<br />

served their country for decades and were retired Generals<br />

when they moved to Sonning. <strong>The</strong>ir Victoria Crosses were<br />

awarded during the Second Boer War for ‘most conspicuous<br />

bravery, or some daring or pre-eminent act of valour or self<br />

sacrifice, or extreme devotion to duty in the presence of the enemy’.<br />


Edmund John Phipps-Hornby was a 42 year-old major in charge of a battery of<br />

the Royal Horse Artillery when he was awarded his VC in 1900.<br />

His battery was part of a large column of troops that was ambushed by Boers.<br />

<strong>The</strong> battery opened fire and remained in action under intense rifle fire until ordered<br />

to withdraw. <strong>The</strong> Boer rifle fire was so heavy that the battery’s horses could not<br />

be used to pull the guns away, so the guns and their limbers were dragged away<br />

manually — an exhausting effort over a long distance under fire. It was decided<br />

that the whole battery was conspicuously gallant, and four VCs were awarded.<br />

Phipps-Hornby retired from the army in 1918 as a 60 year old Brigadier-General<br />

after 40 years service. With his wife Anna and their two daughters they moved<br />

to Sonning in 1922. Phipps-Hornby and his wife served in many of Sonning’s<br />

community activities, including St Andrew’s PCC, Royal British Legion, Sonning<br />

Cricket Club and Sonning Golf Club. In 1940, at the age of 82, Phipps-Hornby was<br />

commander of the Sonning platoon of the Local Defence Volunteers which became<br />

the Home Guard. He died at his home in Sonning Lane in December 1947 aged 89,<br />

and his wife died in 1953 aged 84.<br />


Llewelyn Alberic Emilius Price-Davies was a 23 year old Lieutenant in the King's<br />

Royal Rifle Corps when he was awarded his VC in 1901.<br />

He was in a column of British troops that was attacked by a large Boer force. His<br />

citation says: 'Lieutenant Price-Davies, hearing an order to fire upon the charging Boers,<br />

at once drew his revolver and dashed in among them, firing at them in a most gallant<br />

and desperate attempt to rescue the guns. He was immediately shot and knocked off his<br />

horse, but was not mortally wounded, although he had ridden to what seemed to be almost<br />

certain death without a moment's hesitation'.<br />

Price-Davies survived that injury and served in several countries throughout his<br />

army career. He retired from the Army in 1930 as a Major-General aged 52.<br />

He served as a senior officer in the Home Guard during World War II and moved<br />

to Sonning in 1952 with his wife Eileen.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y lived in Holme Park Farm Lane and were both active members of St<br />

Andrew’s Church, the Royal British Legion, and other village organisations.<br />

General Price-Davies died on Boxing Day 1965 aged 87 and his wife died in 1973<br />

aged 95 years.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Victoria Cross is the highest<br />

and most prestigious award for<br />

military gallantry in the British honours<br />

system. It is awarded for valour 'in the<br />

presence of the enemy'<br />

Picture: Pixilated Planet, dreamstime.com.<br />

(Above) Llewelyn Alberic Emilius Price-<br />

Davies and (below) his grave in St Andrew's<br />

churchyard being refurbished in 2016.

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FEAture — 4<br />


A new home for old soldier<br />

By Christopher Bailey, project manager for a new infirmary at the Royal Chelsea Hospital. Christopher lives in Charvil and h<br />

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II thanks Christopher Bailey<br />

and his wife at the laying of the foundation ceremony<br />

Prince Charles (now Charles III) opens the Margaret<br />

Thatcher Infirmary in 2008<br />

Sir Christopher Wren’s Grade 1<br />

Under a Royal Warrant, in 1681, Charles II commissioned Sir Christopher Wren to provide a home on<br />

the Chelsea embankment for sick and elderly soldiers 'broken by age and war'. He had been influenced<br />

by the Institution Nationale des Invalides in Paris which Louis XIV initiated in 1671. <strong>The</strong> Royal<br />

Hospital Chelsea was completed in 1692, and by March of that year the full complement of 476 Chelsea<br />

Pensioners were in residence.<br />

As well as living accommodation, the building<br />

contained an infirmary for the care of sick and<br />

elderly 'In Pensioners' as they became known. Over<br />

the ensuing 330 years the infirmary and additional<br />

care accommodation had been modernised but, on<br />

the passing of the 2000 Care Standards Act, a large<br />

1950’s building became no longer fit for purpose.<br />

In 2003 I was privileged to be selected as project<br />

manager by the Commissioners of the Royal<br />

Hospital to procure the design construction and<br />

commissioning of a new infirmary on the site of<br />

the old one.<br />


<strong>The</strong> brief of the Commissioners was to build<br />

the new infirmary to accommodate about 70 'In<br />

Pensioners' in self-contained suites, together with<br />

other facilities expected to give the old gentleman<br />

— and latterly ladies — the best possible<br />

recuperative and end-of-life care.<br />

Designs were to incorporate kitchen and<br />

dining facilities, a gymnasium and exercise pool,<br />

lounges, administrative offices and nursing staff<br />

accommodation.<br />

Safety and security systems with stand-by<br />

electricity generation were essential and facilities<br />

that acknowledged the mental decline of the<br />

patients were also important, together with a<br />

Chapel of Rest where private funeral services could<br />

take place.<br />

Designs for the building were sought from<br />

eminent architects among them Norman Foster,<br />

Terry Farrell and Michael Hopkins. An initial<br />

planning application was turned down by the<br />

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea as<br />

its modern approach did not properly reflect<br />

the historical importance of the site and the<br />

appearance of Sir Christopher Wren’s Grade 1<br />

Listed building.<br />

As a result, Quinlan Terry, the UK’s most<br />

distinguished classical architect, and a favourite<br />

of King Charles III, was engaged to provide what<br />

was eventually agreed to be a very acceptable<br />

but costly alternative. Quinlan Terry’s other<br />

important work includes the Richmond-on-<br />

Thames river front, the refurbishment and interior<br />

design of 10 Downing Street and several new fine<br />

classical villas in Regent's Park and abroad.<br />

An appeal by Norman Foster and others on<br />

the grounds that the site should have a modern<br />

solution rather than that of Quinlan Terry was<br />

turned down by the Secretary of State. As a result,<br />

the project was extended by some 18 months.<br />

During the delay a design team and contractor<br />

were selected and appointed. Wates Ltd, a wellrespected<br />

family firm, won the building contract.<br />

Her Majesty the Queen laid the foundation<br />

stone during the 2006 annual Founders Day<br />

celebrations. At the ceremony Her Majesty and<br />

the Duke of Edinburgh were shown a model of the<br />

proposed building to which the Queen remarked,<br />

'Charles would approve'.<br />

In common with most construction projects,<br />

difficulties arose as the work proceeded; some<br />

were rather unexpected. Procurement of some<br />

materials proved particularly challenging.<br />

Portland Stone would be the natural choice for<br />

the pilasters, walls, and stone dressings as with<br />

Wren’s building, but sufficient quantities were not<br />

available when required. A quarry near Dijon was<br />

<strong>The</strong> completed Royal Hospital I<br />

<strong>The</strong> Chapel of Rest within in the

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s 'broken by age and war'<br />

e, and his wife, worship in St Andrew's Church<br />

Listed building<br />

nfirmary<br />

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found to be the only alternative source of stone of<br />

similar appearance.<br />

Likewise, the favoured traditional green<br />

Westmoreland roofing slates were not available in<br />

sufficient quantities so, sadly, a similar alternative<br />

had to be obtained from Vermont in North<br />

America.<br />

<strong>The</strong> design process was not exempt from<br />

difficulties either. <strong>The</strong> architect was implacably<br />

against double-glazing the windows which he<br />

held spoiled the external appearance, and the<br />

Commissioners were equally insistent they had to<br />

be specified for understandable reasons of comfort<br />

and economy. A decision became critical to<br />

programme, however a compromise was eventually<br />

reached that did not offend the sensibilities of the<br />

architect. <strong>The</strong> individual panes of the hardwood<br />

windows were double-glazed at great additional<br />

expense giving a more authentic appearance.<br />

Work commenced on site in 2006 and the<br />

building was delivered 2 years later. It was only a<br />

week late due to the addition of a sprinkler system.<br />

<strong>The</strong> cost of the project was £23,000,000, funded<br />

largely by public donation and by grateful nations<br />

where British soldiers have served.<br />


Thanks to the Royal Borough’s intervention<br />

the building stands as a fitting complement<br />

to Wren’s Grade 1 Listed building, and was<br />

realised using traditional skills and methods of<br />

construction that are not easily procured these<br />

days. <strong>The</strong> Commissioners decided to name the<br />

building '<strong>The</strong> Margaret Thatcher Infirmary' in<br />

recognition of her long and generous support for<br />

the Royal Hospital and the Chelsea Pensioners.<br />

A bold Latin inscription carved into the stone<br />

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feature — 5<br />

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

Ringers<br />

need<br />

you<br />

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gentle<br />

social<br />

exercise!<br />

By Rob Needham<br />

Paul Maguire, dreamstime.com<br />

Help continue a very English tradition of bell ringing by becoming a ringer. It’s a<br />

gentle, social exercise that everyone, young and old, male and female, can enjoy.<br />

You will be trained safely by experienced teachers, all you need is a sense of<br />

rhythm! We hope that you will find this article interesting and will want to join<br />

our friendly band of ringers.<br />


We ring the bells before the main<br />

Sunday service, but it is not obligatory<br />

to attend the service, and we<br />

sometimes ring for the evening service.<br />

We are paid to ring for weddings, and<br />

we ring for the occasional funeral. <strong>The</strong><br />

picture (above centre) shows the bell<br />

ringers contribution to the Sonning<br />

scarecrows trail.<br />

From time to time we have a<br />

ringing outing to ring at other towers<br />

and to enjoy a good lunch together.<br />

Our practice night is a Thursday<br />

evening for one hour and a half, and<br />

beginners’ sessions can be arranged on<br />

other days and times.<br />


We mark important national events,<br />

and we were very busy in September<br />

ringing to mark the death of Her<br />

Majesty the Queen and the accession<br />

of King Charles III.<br />

On the Thursday evening of the<br />

Queen’s death we tolled a fully-muffled<br />

bell 96 times — the Queen’s age —<br />

and on Friday we rang all eight bells<br />

fully-muffled, which gives a sombre,<br />

resonant quality. Also on Friday we<br />

rang the bells open (the usual bright<br />

and strident sound) to celebrate the<br />

accession of King Charles III.<br />

<strong>The</strong> bells were then fully muffled<br />

again until after the burial of the<br />

Queen. On that Monday we rang all<br />

eight bells for an hour leading up to<br />

the service; for the last half-hour we<br />

took turns to toll the tenor bell at a<br />

slow, respectful speed.<br />


<strong>The</strong> Covid pandemic reduced bell<br />

ringing activity in the country, and<br />

in Sonning two of our ringers never<br />

returned after lockdown ended. More<br />

recently we lost a ringing family who<br />

moved to Dorset, but we have gained<br />

two learners who are progressing well<br />

through the national training scheme<br />

called Learning the Ropes.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re is a critical size of band that<br />

is needed to be self-sustaining, with<br />

enough experienced ringers to teach<br />

and support newer ringers. We are<br />

nearing this critical size and we very<br />

much want to keep the traditional bell<br />

ringing skills alive at St Andrew’s.<br />

Also, not all ringers are able to ring<br />

every Sunday; we each have weekend<br />

events and holidays when we can’t<br />

ring, so we need more ringers than just<br />

one for each of the eight bells.<br />

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Bell ringing for some can become an<br />

absorbing lifetime hobby. If you would<br />

like to find out more about bell ringing<br />

and are interested in sociable exercise<br />

and a new circle of friends, please<br />

contact either of:<br />

Pam Elliston, tower captain<br />

0118 969 5967<br />

pam.elliston@talktalk.net<br />

Rob Needham, vice captain<br />

0118 926 7724<br />

r06needham@gmail.com<br />

Or come up the tower at 7.30pm on a<br />

Thursday, meet us, and see what goes<br />

on. Absolutely no obligation.<br />


Yes, almost certainly, if you want to<br />

learn this traditional skill. All you<br />

need is some physical coordination<br />

and a sense of rhythm. If you can<br />

push a swing and count up to eight<br />

you can ring a bell! You don’t need<br />

any special kit and the instruction is<br />

free.<br />

Although each bell is several times<br />

the ringer’s weight a ringer does not<br />

need to be strong — it’s all about a<br />

good ringing technique. All ages of<br />

men and women can ring, they don’t<br />

need to be brainy and they don’t need<br />

to read music.<br />


— You would become part of a very<br />

English tradition that has lasted<br />

for centuries<br />

— You could learn to ‘play’ a musical<br />

instrument made in 1640!<br />

— It provides healthy, gentle exercise<br />

without needing any sports gear<br />

(have you wondered where the<br />

word dumb-bell comes from?)<br />

— You would feel part of a group<br />

that has special skills, with<br />

'friends' anywhere in the country<br />

by visiting the local church on<br />

their practice night<br />

— It provides mental exercise if you<br />

want to progress that far with<br />

your ringing<br />

— Enjoy the team feeling of joint<br />

success when we ring well.

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Over 45 local volunteers met on<br />

Saturday 24 September to clean up<br />

the footpaths and River Thames from<br />

Shiplake, through Sonning to Thames<br />

Valley Park.<br />

<strong>The</strong> 'litter pickers' were supported<br />

by the Thames Request Service, who<br />

also undertook one of two surveys<br />

of the river as part of a ‘plastic<br />

blitz’ campaign organised by the<br />

environmental group Thames21.<br />

<strong>The</strong> litter pickers included<br />

members from Loddon Vale Rotary<br />

Club, Winnersh and Binfield Rotary<br />

Club and Thames Rescue Service.<br />

Other groups who organised some<br />

activities or lent equipment included:<br />

Shiplake College, Reading Blue Coat<br />

School, the street litter clean up<br />

group (WASP), Wokingham Borough<br />

Council, Surfers Against Sewage, and<br />

Woodley Town Council.<br />

Peter Lewis, Loddon Vale Rotary<br />

Club president said, 'It has been<br />

wonderful to see so many people out<br />

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Local groups Thames river tidy and plastics blitz<br />

today to support this important<br />

event to clean up our stretch of<br />

the Thames. It is part of a series of<br />

similar events along the full length<br />

of the Thames that are supported by<br />

over 50 Rotary Clubs'.<br />

A Remembrance message from Mark Green,<br />

chairman of the Royal British Legion Sonning Branch<br />

<strong>The</strong> annual Service of Remembrance at St Andrew’s is a moving reminder<br />

of the sacrifice made by so many who have served their country during two<br />

World Wars and other conflicts.<br />

It is often thought that the Royal British Legion is all about Remembrance, but<br />

the work carried out by the Legion in the 21st Century remains as crucial today<br />

as it has been in years gone by. Recent conflicts in Northern Ireland, <strong>The</strong> Falkland<br />

Islands, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as other smaller conflicts where UK<br />

Forces have been involved, have left a huge need for support for the many who have<br />

been left affected by injuries both physical and mental.<br />


<strong>The</strong> Royal British Legion continues to provide that support for servicemen and<br />

women affected, not just at Remembrance time but, all year round.<br />

We would like to encourage you to expand your support, not just by donating<br />

for one day in <strong>November</strong>, but by joining the Sonning Branch of <strong>The</strong> Royal British<br />

Legion and supporting this important work throughout the year.<br />

From only £18 per year your contribution will go a long way towards supporting<br />

those who have given so much as well as securing the unique nature of our local act<br />

of Remembrance, here in Sonning.<br />

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Details on joining the Royal British Legion can be obtained from<br />

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. . . and we enjoyed<br />

our riverside stroll<br />

So said the Inner Wheel Club of Reading<br />

Maiden Erlegh ladies who strolled along<br />

the towpath in Reading to raise money<br />

for the Legal Aid Refugees fund. <strong>The</strong>y<br />

said that during their 10k sponsored<br />

walk they found the Reading section<br />

'surprisingly interesting'.<br />

<strong>The</strong> ladies were also delighted to<br />

meet the Mayor in the Forbury Gardens<br />

and asked to pass on their thanks to all<br />

who supported them.<br />

. . . while WI strolled<br />

around Sonning<br />

Sonning Glebe WI enjoyed a pleasant<br />

village walk as one of several summer<br />

activities that included a visit to the<br />

Mill, making hundreds of cups of tea<br />

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celebrating the Queen's Jubilee with<br />

a delicious supper. <strong>The</strong>n came their<br />

summer supper, a BBQ in the garden of<br />

Rodney and José Huggins, and making<br />

tea at the Village Show before holding<br />

their Harvest supper!<br />

WI meets in Pearson Hall at 7.30pm<br />

on the third Monday of the month, and<br />

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Sonning Show <strong>2022</strong> By Carol Collier<br />

<strong>The</strong> Sonning Show committee had a difficult decision to make as to whether we went ahead<br />

this year but we believed that <strong>The</strong> Queen was a supporter of village communities and their<br />

events so we left it to individuals to decide if they wanted to attend.<br />

<strong>The</strong> show opened with a minute's<br />

silence for <strong>The</strong> Queen before some<br />

Sonning Primary School children<br />

put on an excellent demonstration of<br />

maypole dancing.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re were a variety of stalls<br />

provided by village organisations<br />

and the PTA, including tea and cake<br />

served by Sonning Glebe WI, a Scouts'<br />

BBQ and Sonning Club's always<br />

popular beer tent.<br />

By courtesy of Sonning Village<br />

Fire Brigade Trust, we enjoyed live<br />

music throughout the afternoon from<br />

the Craigievar Ceilidh Band. <strong>The</strong> show<br />

ended with an auction of produce,<br />

prize giving and the raffle.<br />

Thank you to all who entered their<br />

cookery, art, photographs, vegetables,<br />

flowers and craft work, everyone that<br />

helped, and all who attended.<br />

Sonning Village Show Winners<br />

Preserves & Cookery: Brutton cup - Barbara Carr<br />

Victoria Sandwich: Glebe WI Golden Spoon - Barbara Carr<br />

Men only: Jubilee Cup - Nick Sawyer<br />

Vegetables: Hillier Cup - John Gale<br />

Best Onions: Nobby Clark Onion Cup - John Gale<br />

Four Kinds of Veg: Les Moss Tankard - Mark Holland<br />

Overall Winner: David Penny Pumpkin Trophy -John Gale<br />

People's Choice: Prize by Flower Club - Catherine Penny<br />

Photography: Sonning Glebe WI Trophy - Ali Payne<br />

Craft H&O: British Legion Cup - Judith Hart<br />

Art: Bill Gallimore Trophy - Sue Sheppard<br />

Bygone Days: Martha Angel Centenary Cup - Judith Hart<br />

Overall Winner: Wethered Flower Cup - Mark Holland<br />

Children's Section: White Hart Cup - Toby Sawyer<br />

Infant's Section: £10.00 - Sonning School Gardening Club<br />

Pegs Egg Challenge: Richard Pownall and Dan Anderson<br />

Art Club: George Lamb Trophy - Lynda Tolworthy<br />

What interesting bodies<br />

we have quiz answers<br />

Ammunitions: ARMS<br />

Receptacle: CHEST<br />

Two tall trees: PALMS<br />

Employees: HANDS<br />

Holiday requisite: TRUNK<br />

Shellfish: MUSCLES<br />

Saltwater fish: SOLES<br />

Ships: BLOOD VESSELS<br />

A deer: HEART<br />

Found in marble: VEINS<br />

Two berries: HIPS<br />

Extravagance: WAIST<br />

Plumber has to deal with: JOINTS<br />

A measurement:FOOT<br />

Parts of a chair: LEGS<br />

Two young animals: CALVES<br />

Sacred building: TEMPLE<br />

Most buildings have one: ROOF<br />

Instrument in jazz band: DRUMS<br />

Fruit:ADAM’S APPLE<br />

Scholars: PUPILS<br />

Personal pronoun:EYE<br />

A cover: LID<br />

Used to cross a river:BRIDGE<br />

Negatives: NOSE<br />

Parts of a hill: BROW<br />

Boat propeller: SKULL<br />

Part of a saw: TEETH<br />

Prolific animals: HAIRS<br />

Essential for carpenters: NAILS<br />

Two flowers: TWO LIPS (TULIP)<br />

Two more flowers: IRISES<br />

This is where you stick: GUM<br />

Art group wins 19 prizes<br />

Speaker change for society's AGM<br />

Sonning & Sonning Eye Society has announced a change of<br />

speaker for its annual meeting and supper in Pearson Hall<br />

on 19 <strong>November</strong>. <strong>The</strong> new speaker will be Niki McCann<br />

whose talk will cover the history of the Oppenheimer's<br />

last 100 years - farm and gardens, outreach and education.<br />

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Sonning School's new head teacher, Phil Sherwood<br />

(above left and right!) was kept busy at the Sonning<br />

Show by the Sonning Art Group winners, including Sue<br />

Sheppard (left) who won the Bill Gallimore trophy, and<br />

(right) Lynda Tolworthy who won the George Lamb<br />

Trophy for the artwork most enjoyed by the visitors to<br />

the group's exhibition at the show. By the end of the day<br />

the art group members took home 19 awards including<br />

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and layman may all have a different<br />

starting point on how to answer it.<br />

In today's multicultural Society this<br />

question can also be misconstrued<br />

if somebody is asked where they are<br />

from? However, the <strong>2022</strong> Nobel Prize<br />

for Medicine is bringing us closer to<br />

an answer to this very interesting<br />

question.<br />

DNA was first discovered in 1869,<br />

the year that this magazine was first<br />

published!<br />

A Swiss chemist Friedrich<br />

Miescher was investigating the<br />

proteins and substances found<br />

inside of our white blood cells. He<br />

was taking pus-laden bandages from<br />

hospital and extracting what was<br />

inside ourselves.<br />

He discovered that there were<br />

proteins inside the nucleus of the cells<br />

which he called nuclein. This was later<br />

changed to nucleic acid and eventually<br />

to deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA).<br />

In scientific circles regarding<br />

genetics the giant of Darwin,<br />

Mendel, Watson and Crick are<br />

mentioned, but poor old Friedrich is<br />

not.<br />

Rather more disgracefully, the<br />

name Rosalind Franklin is also left<br />

out, and it has been now accepted<br />

that she deserves the Nobel prize as<br />

much as Watson and Crick both for<br />

her work and the discovery of the<br />

double helix structure of DNA.<br />

Today's scientists are moving<br />

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<strong>The</strong> Denisova Cave in Siberia<br />

are finding more and more links<br />

to disease and illness through our<br />

genes. However, it is a delicate<br />

protein and looking at genes from<br />

the past relies on the quality of the<br />

specimen.<br />

Real life can seem to mimic<br />

science fiction. Scientists have<br />

almost recreated the DNA structure<br />

of a woolly mammoth; let’s hope they<br />

create enough to feed the T-Rex!<br />


This year’s Nobel Prize has been<br />

awarded to a Swedish scientist who<br />

has been able to recover ancient DNA.<br />

Svante Pääbo sequenced the<br />

genome of the Neanderthal. It has<br />

long been theorised that we came out<br />

of Africa and our ancestors mingled<br />

with our cousins. <strong>The</strong> hominins<br />

broke away 7 million years ago from<br />

chimpanzees and the other great<br />

apes.<br />

Approximately 1 million years ago<br />

Homo sapiens split. <strong>The</strong> two groups<br />

developed on their own until us<br />

pesky Homo sapiens left Africa. <strong>The</strong>n<br />

there was a genetic flow from the<br />

Neanderthals back to Homo sapiens.<br />

Pääbo’s work on extracting<br />

ancient DNA led him to a 40,000<br />

year old finger bone. Extracting<br />

this DNA without the problems of<br />

contamination and degradation that<br />

was encountered before led him to<br />

new discoveries.<br />

He found a new hominin. <strong>The</strong><br />

bone came from the Denisova<br />

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of Homo were three. Denisova<br />

moved eastwards through Asia and<br />

Neanderthals through Europe. Up to<br />

6% of DNA in Tibet is Denisova.<br />

Why is this important? A gene<br />

that confers an advantage to<br />

people living in high altitude is<br />

seen in Denisova DNA and modern<br />

Himalayans. We know that lactose<br />

tolerance flowed from the 13th<br />

Century Mongols as they moved<br />

from East to West. Other discoveries<br />

await and the application into<br />

modern medical research is exciting.<br />

WHO WE ARE<br />

We are all genetically related<br />

with differences that have led to<br />

advantages and disadvantages.<br />

White skin is needed in the Northern<br />

Hemisphere so we absorb sunlight<br />

and thus Vitamin D. Sickle cell<br />

disease is a painful illness but<br />

its trait confers protection from<br />

malaria. Some of the genes that<br />

cause us problems must also confer<br />

advantages and being able to study<br />

the genome of our ancestors may<br />

shine a light on this.<br />

So, the question is not just where<br />

we are from, it’s who we are from,<br />

where we have been and where are<br />

we going to unless the velociraptors<br />

don’t get us first!

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Recipe of the month — Carrot Cake<br />

A well used recipe from the 1980 Good Housekeeping Mixer<br />

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Ingredients (Serves 8)<br />

— 8oz carrots, peeled — 1 tbsp Kirsch<br />

— 4oz blanched almonds — orange food colouring<br />

— 8oz butter<br />

— 8oz icing sugar<br />

— 8oz caster sugar — 3oz marzipan<br />

— 4 eggs<br />

— angelica<br />

— 8oz self raising flour — grated rind & juice of a lemon<br />

Method<br />

Grease and line an 8 inch round cake tin. Grate the carrots. Chop the almonds finely.<br />

Cream the butter and caster sugar together until light and fluffy and beat in the eggs.<br />

Mix in the flour, lemon rind and juice (reserving 2tsp of juice), Kirsch, grated carrot and<br />

almonds.<br />

Spoon the mixture into the cake tin. Bake in oven at 1800C for 1½ hours until well<br />

risen and golden brown. After 1¼ hours cover with foil to prevent over browning. <strong>The</strong> cake<br />

is cooked when a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Preferably keep the cake<br />

until the following day before icing and serving.<br />

Sift the icing sugar into a bowl, and stir in the reserved lemon juice with about 1 tbsp of<br />

warm water. <strong>The</strong> icing should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Spread the icing<br />

on top of the cake. Colour the marzipan with the orange food colouring and shape into<br />

small carrots; use the angelica for carrot tops. Decorate cake with the carrots.<br />

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Remember, remember<br />

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Will Aid, the UK's most enduring and<br />

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is running again in <strong>November</strong>. If you<br />

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their usual fee. Instead, the solicitors<br />

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Thank you, Lord, for our food<br />

By Rev Michael Burgess<br />

<strong>The</strong>re is a character in a Russian novel who says, ‘Ladies and gentlemen, let<br />

us assume that man is not stupid…but if he isn’t stupid, he is monstrously<br />

ungrateful all the same — a creature that has two legs and no sense of<br />

gratitude.’ That is certainly true in a world where carping and criticising<br />

come more easily than praise and thanksgiving. It is an attitude which rubs<br />

off on all of us, and is like Aesop’s fable of the donkey, who was never happy<br />

with his lot, whatever the weather, whatever the season.<br />

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Refreshing Rest<br />

By Steven Rolling<br />

Psalm 37 v.7-11<br />

Tune: St Margaret:<br />

‘O love that wilt not let me go’<br />

Rest in the Lord, wait patiently<br />

For Him, fret not, nor troubled be<br />

At those who prosper in their ways<br />

With evil plans they spend their days<br />

<strong>The</strong>y shall not last always<br />

Cease from anger, and wrath forsake<br />

<strong>The</strong>y only more troubles do make<br />

Fret not yourself to do evil<br />

But continue, serve God, do well<br />

And of His goodness tell<br />

For evildoers shall have end<br />

Shall not e’er to wicked works tend<br />

But they that upon the Lord wait<br />

Shall inherit the earth not late<br />

By God’s grace, not by fate<br />

A little while, then the wicked<br />

Shall not be, and then it be said<br />

<strong>The</strong>y not here, though you may them seek<br />

<strong>The</strong>y gone, and so it be the meek<br />

Shall thrive and not be weak<br />

And they shall then themselves delight<br />

In abundance of peace, and light<br />

Of the Lord which shall on them shine<br />

With His heavenly rays divine<br />

All be clear, bright, and fine<br />

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Aesop told the story to remind us<br />

of the need to cultivate a spirit of<br />

gratitude — not to put blinkers on<br />

our eyes and be negative about life,<br />

but to open both eyes and hearts<br />

in thanksgiving for the world in<br />

which we live. We do that each time<br />

we celebrate the Eucharist. We do it<br />

when we say grace before meals. This<br />

month’s painting (left), An Old Woman<br />

Saying Grace by Nicoleas Maes brings<br />

this truth to mind.<br />

Maes was a pupil of Rembrandt<br />

and he lived from 1632 to 1693. He<br />

spent most of his life in Dordrecht in<br />

Holland, and, apart from portraits,<br />

he delighted in painting women —<br />

women spinning or reading the Bible<br />

or preparing meals.<br />

Here the woman is sitting down to<br />

a simple meal of soup, bread, butter<br />

and fish. But before she enjoys it, she<br />

puts her hands together and, as simply<br />

as the food in front of her, says a<br />

prayer of thanks to God.<br />

<strong>The</strong> artist tells us that this offering<br />

of prayer was a daily pattern for the<br />

woman. For on the ledge at her side is<br />

an open Bible, a lamp and an hourglass,<br />

and on a nail some keys. Signs<br />

that such prayer can be a light to<br />

illuminate the days of our lives and the<br />

key to open our hearts to the kingdom,<br />

just like the woman in the painting.<br />


It is a tender moment, concentrated<br />

and intimate. At first glance, there is a<br />

tinge of sadness for the table is set just<br />

for her. She will eat alone.<br />

And then our eyes catch sight of the<br />

cat’s paw reaching up to enjoy the food<br />

as well. Who knows? — something<br />

may spill over the edge of the table for<br />

the cat to enjoy.<br />

Simplicity and humour go hand in<br />

hand to remind us all of the need to be<br />

thankful. And thankfulness for food<br />

can spill over into thanksgiving for all<br />

the mercies and gifts that come our<br />

way in life.<br />

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Book Reviews<br />

God In Number 10 – the personal<br />

faith of the Prime Ministers, from<br />

Balfour to Blair<br />

By Mark Vickers,<br />

SPCK, £25.00<br />

This acclaimed<br />

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faith of the 20th<br />

Century Prime<br />

Ministers casts a<br />

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on these holders of<br />

the highest political office in the realm.<br />

While there are biographies aplenty<br />

on the 18 men and one woman who<br />

took up residence behind the famous<br />

black door, it is notable that many fail<br />

to reflect an important — sometimes<br />

the most important — aspect of the<br />

life of their subject.<br />

<strong>The</strong> book offers intriguing<br />

insights into Margaret Thatcher’s<br />

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Tony Blair’s perception of Jesus as a<br />

modernizer, Arthur Balfour’s recourse<br />

to spiritualism, Stanley Baldwin’s<br />

mystical experiences, and Winston<br />

Churchill’s involvement with astrology.<br />

<strong>The</strong> book considers the role of<br />

religion generally in the political<br />

classes of the period, the reasons for<br />

the declining influence of faith in the<br />

public forum, and the relationship<br />

between Church and State.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Unexpected Gift Activity Book<br />

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helps to make the<br />

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It contains 25 activities to make,<br />

as well as 25 Bible verse ornaments<br />

to decorate. Templates to create a<br />

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torn directly out of the book, making<br />

it much easier to get creative with<br />

decorating and assembling the crafts.<br />

Each activity pairs up with<br />

a corresponding page from the<br />

storybook, so they can be used<br />

together to explore the Christmas<br />

story with your family.

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History<br />

Was it really . . . ?<br />

. . . 175 YEARS AGO, on 4 <strong>November</strong> 1847 that Scottish<br />

obstetrician James Young Simpson discovered the<br />

anaesthetic properties of chloroform. He helped popularise<br />

its use in medicine.<br />

. . . 125 YEARS AGO, on 15 <strong>November</strong> 1897 that Aneurin<br />

‘Nye’ Bevan was born. He was the Minister of Health 1945-51<br />

who established the National Health Service.<br />

Tutankhamun's gold mask<br />

Dieter Hawlan, dreamstime.com<br />

. . . 100 YEARS AGO, on 4 <strong>November</strong> 1922 that British<br />

archaeologist Howard Carter discovered the tomb of the<br />

Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun. On 26 <strong>November</strong> he<br />

discovered the famous treasures behind a sealed door.<br />

. . . 80 YEARS AGO, on 5 <strong>November</strong> 1942 that the WWII<br />

Second Battle of El-Alamein ended. British troops led by<br />

Generals Alexander and Montgomery defeated Rommel’s<br />

German forces in Egypt. On 10 <strong>November</strong>, Winston Churchill<br />

announced: 'This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the<br />

end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.'<br />

. . . 75 YEARS AGO, on 20 <strong>November</strong> 1947 that the marriage<br />

of Princess Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten, Duke of<br />

Edinburgh, took place at Westminster Abbey.<br />

. . . 70 YEARS AGO, on 1 <strong>November</strong> 1952 that the USA<br />

carried out the first successful detonation of a hydrogen<br />

bomb, in a test on the Pacific island of Elugelab, Marshall<br />

Islands. <strong>The</strong> island was completely destroyed.<br />

. . . 60 YEARS AGO, on 20 <strong>November</strong> 1962 that the Cuban<br />

missile crisis ended and US President John F Kennedy lifted<br />

the military blockade of Cuba.<br />

. . . 30 YEARS AGO, on 11 <strong>November</strong> 1992 that the Church<br />

of England voted to allow women to become priests. <strong>The</strong> first<br />

women were ordained in March 1994. <strong>The</strong> first female bishop<br />

to sit in the House of Lords with the full title '<strong>The</strong> Rt Rev' was<br />

Rachel Treweek, Bishop of Gloucester, on 7 September 2015.<br />

. . . ALSO 30 YEARS AGO, on 20 <strong>November</strong> 1992 that the<br />

Windsor Castle fire broke out in a private chapel and spread<br />

to a large part of the building. Damage was extensive and<br />

took five years to repair, at a cost of £40 million. Buckingham<br />

Palace was opened to the public for the first time to help raise<br />

the money.<br />

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the sciences<br />

Wonder and worship<br />

By Dr Ruth Bancewicz, <strong>The</strong> Faraday<br />

Institute for Science and Religion in<br />

Cambridge.<br />

'I was travelling, and out<br />

early in the morning: at first<br />

there was a vast fog; but,<br />

by the time that I was seven<br />

or eight miles from home<br />

towards the coast, the sun<br />

broke out into a delicate warm<br />

day. We were then on a large<br />

heath or common, and I could<br />

discern, as the mist began to<br />

break away, great numbers<br />

of swallows (hirundines<br />

rusticae) clustering on the stinted shrubs and bushes,<br />

as if they had roosted there all night. As soon as the air<br />

became clear and pleasant they all were on the wing<br />

at once; and, by a placid and easy flight, proceeded on<br />

southward towards the sea'.<br />

How many church leaders today have time to enjoy their<br />

surroundings? Gilbert White was a vicar who became<br />

famous for his observations about the flora and fauna of<br />

his parish.<br />

His letters about the local wildlife through the seasons<br />

were so beautifully written that they are still in print<br />

today, more than 200 years after they were first published<br />

as <strong>The</strong> Natural History and Antiquities of Selbourne.<br />


White is a great example of someone who saw science<br />

and faith in harmony. He writes that he hopes his readers<br />

will be inspired to 'pay a more ready attention to the wonders<br />

of the Creation'.<br />

His stories are often so vivid that he gets away with<br />

packing in quite a bit of scientific detail, painting a more<br />

accurate picture of the wonderful events he observed as he<br />

travelled around the countryside.<br />

White’s book is one of the classics of nature writing,<br />

and there’s even an apocryphal story online that this is<br />

one of the most printed books in the country, after the<br />

Bible and Shakespeare.<br />

White may have been one of those people with a<br />

capacity for endless activity, or perhaps he took rather<br />

more care over natural history than his vocation. Either<br />

way, I think that anyone — from the parish priest to the<br />

youngest member of the congregation— could learn from<br />

his appreciation of creation. It is well worth spending 10<br />

minutes every now and again staring into a bush, pond<br />

or tree — especially in winter when it’s easy to hurry<br />

indoors and put the kettle on.<br />

Experiencing wildlife first-hand is wonderful fuel for<br />

our worship of God and care for his creation. As Psalm 111<br />

says, Great are the works of the Lord; they are pondered by all<br />

who delight in them (NIV).<br />

*White’s book can be downloaded for free at<br />


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11. - Endpoint of a journey of a (11) journey (11)<br />

99. - Type of leather of leather (5) (5)<br />

10. Container for a drink (3)<br />

10 - Container for a drink (3)<br />

11. Military trainee (5)<br />

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16 18. - Squid Charges dish (8) (a sum of money) (5)<br />

21. Reason for innocence (5)<br />

18 - Charges (a sum of money) (5)<br />

22. Goal (3)<br />

21 - Reason for innocence (5)<br />

23. Speak in public without preparation (2-3)<br />

224. - Goal Not (3) having a written constitution (11)<br />

23 DOWN - Speak in public without preparation (2-3)<br />

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4. Sewing instrument (6)<br />

5. Subject of a talk (5)<br />

6. Academy award (5)<br />

7. Disturb the status quo (4,3,4)<br />

8. Substance that arouses desire (11)<br />

14. Competent (7)<br />

15. Afternoon performance (7)<br />

17. Person who fishes (6)<br />

19. Unit of light (5)<br />

20. Reduce prices substantially (5)<br />


21<br />

2 - Tympanic membrane (7)<br />

3 - Bear witness (7)<br />

4 - Sewing instrument (6)<br />

5 - Subject of a talk (5)<br />

6 - Academy award (5)<br />

7 - Disturb the status quo (4,3,4)<br />

8 - Substance that arouses desire (11)<br />

14 - Competent (7)<br />

15 - Afternoon performance (7)<br />

17 - Person who fishes (6)<br />

19 - Unit of light (5)<br />

20 - Reduce prices substantially (5)<br />

18 7 19 6 21 15 3 20 9 12 3 9<br />

26 6 24 19 7 9 17<br />

7 6 15 22 10 5 9 9 8 13 15 20<br />

15 12 7 25 7 14 18<br />

19 6 18 7 5 10 1 9 7 7 18 12<br />

13 18 17 8 18 3<br />

11 15 18 25 11 9 12 13 19 11 9 15<br />

14 5 21 9 15 1<br />

13 5 20 14 9 9 12 3 23 15 20 9<br />

7 6 6 16 15 5 12<br />

15 7 10 12 4 10 18 14 19 18 2 9<br />

3 7 21 4 9 26 3<br />

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

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13<br />

H Q E<br />

14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26<br />

SUDOKU<br />

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 />


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PUZZLE PAGE — the answers will be published in the next issue<br />


<strong>November</strong> is a wistful month, tinged<br />

with sadness and good-byes. <strong>The</strong><br />

last of the leaves are falling, as the<br />

trees go to sleep for winter. It is a<br />

month of remembrance, of poppies,<br />

of remembering lost loved ones, and<br />

of letting go. It is a month of bonfires<br />

for the 'Guy', and Thanksgiving<br />

for Americans. It is a month of<br />

remembering Saints and looking<br />

forward to triumph - the church<br />

year ends with the joyful Sunday<br />

of Christ the King. And then<br />

Advent begins looking forward<br />

to a very special baby!<br />






DEAD<br />

GUNS<br />

WAR<br />

PEACE<br />


IRAQ<br />


TURKEY<br />

ALL<br />

SAINTS<br />

ANGEL<br />

MARY<br />

GUY<br />

ADVENT<br />

LEAVES<br />





October<br />

Solutions<br />


U N D O I N D U L G E D<br />

N R D O N L E<br />

D A I S I E S A G A P E<br />

E L C H S C P<br />

R E L A T I O N S H I P<br />

L A W U A G<br />

I N C I T E A M B L E R<br />

E A O W I A<br />

A P P R E H E N S I O N<br />

C S S I G N D<br />

H U T C H T A L E N T S<br />

I A I E Y E O<br />

C O N S P I R E I R O N<br />


H I G H L Y J M R<br />

U O A N I M A T E D<br />

N U B R G C V<br />

T L A P D O G A V O W<br />

E I S I R K<br />

D I N E R U N L O V E D<br />

M P G N<br />

C L O B B E R V I R A L<br />

I L R S U A<br />

A Q U A T R A N C E R<br />

U Z A T F L Y<br />

M I N O R I T Y U N<br />

D N N R E F L U X<br />

SUDOKU<br />


OUT!<br />

START<br />


40 <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> - <strong>November</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />

Local Trades and Services<br />


Locks changed, fitted, repaired and opened<br />

Door and window locks fitted, UPVC door lock expert<br />

Checkatrade member - Which Trusted Trader<br />

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Please mention <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> when responding to advertisements<br />


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PC & laptop repairs, upgrades, installations, virus removal<br />

Free advice, reasonable rates<br />

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Electrical Installation and Smart Home Automation<br />

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Small jobs a speciality!<br />

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Car Servicing, Repairs and MOT<br />

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For free quote call: Maria 0779 902 7901<br />


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We are still working during the pandemic period<br />

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Contact: John<br />

0771 021 2056 j.garmston@ntlworld.com<br />


Stump grinding and tree stump removal<br />

Latest narrow access machinery<br />

Contact: Mark<br />

0798 495 7334 http://www.berkshirestumpremoval<br />


Roger McGrath has 25 years experience<br />

Restoration painting work of any size undertaken<br />

For a free quotation call<br />

Roger 0742 332 1179


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42 <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> -<strong>November</strong> <strong>2022</strong> Please mention <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> when replying to advertisements<br />

information — 2<br />

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

Ministry Team<br />

— <strong>The</strong> Vicar: Revd Jamie Taylor (Day off Friday)<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> Office, Thames Street, Sonning, RG4 6UR<br />

vicar@sonningparish.org.uk / 0118 969 3298<br />

— Associate Vicar: Revd Kate Wakeman-Toogood<br />

revkate@sonningparish.org.uk / 0746 380 6735<br />

On duty Tuesday, Friday and Sunday<br />

— Youth Minister: Chris West (Westy)<br />

youthminister@sonningparish.org.uk / 0794 622 4106<br />

— Licensed Lay Minister: Bob Peters<br />

bob@sonningparish.org.uk / 0118 377 5887<br />

Children's Ministry<br />

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

Churchwardens<br />

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

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

Deputy Churchwardens<br />

— Simon Darvall sdarvall@businessmoves.com / 0793 928 2535<br />

— Terry Hunt terencehunt@me.com / 0773 470 7368<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 3298<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 />

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— Advertising and Distribution: Gordon Nutbrown<br />

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