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Contents <strong>February</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />



— Christingle Service, 7<br />

— Shrove Tuesday, 7<br />

— Ash Wednesday, 7<br />

— Lent Morning Prayer, 7<br />

— STAY, 9<br />

— Churchyard benches, 11<br />

— Claude's view from the pew, 11<br />

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

— My favourite Bible word, 15<br />

— Christian basics, 17<br />

— From the editor's desk, 17<br />


— Caring for others, 19<br />

— Ukraine War, 19<br />

— Christmas images, 20-21<br />

— Karun update, 23<br />

—around the villages<br />

— Sonning School report, 25<br />

— <strong>The</strong> boy who loved Christmas, 26<br />

— Volunteer drivers, 26<br />

— Me2 Club, 26<br />

— S&SE Society, 26<br />

— My Fair Lady singers, 26<br />

— Village Show date, 26<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 />

A Nativity angel.<br />

Picture: Indy Biddulph<br />


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

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

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

date of publication.<br />

<strong>The</strong> deadline for the March<br />

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

Monday 6 <strong>February</strong> at 12 noon<br />

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Services at<br />

St Andrew’s<br />

Sunday 5 <strong>February</strong><br />

— 8.00am Holy Communion<br />

— 10.30am Christingle Family<br />

Service for Candlemas<br />

— 4pm Choral Evensong<br />

followed by tea in <strong>The</strong> Ark<br />

Sunday 12 <strong>February</strong><br />

— 8.00am Holy Communion<br />

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

STAY and Sunday Club<br />

Sunday 19 <strong>February</strong><br />

— 8.00am Holy Communion<br />

— 10.30am Family Communion<br />

— 3.00pm Messy Church<br />

Ash Wednesday 22 <strong>February</strong><br />

— 7.30pm Holy Communion with<br />

optional Imposition of Ashes<br />

Sunday 26 <strong>February</strong><br />

— 8.00am Holy Communion<br />

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

health<br />

— Dr Simon Ruffle, 27<br />

THE ARTS<br />

— Stanley Spencer, 29<br />

— Poetry Corner, 29<br />

— Lent book reviews, 31<br />

history, 33<br />


— Wonderfully made, 33<br />

HOME & GARDEn<br />

— Recipe of the month, 34<br />

— Recipe quiz answers, 34<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 />

PUZZLE PAGES, 34 - 35<br />

children's page, 37<br />

information<br />

— Church services, 3<br />

— From the registers, 3<br />

— Local Trades and Services, 36<br />

— <strong>Parish</strong> contacts, 38<br />

— Advertisers' index, 38<br />

From the Registers<br />

funerals<br />

— Monday 19 December, Rosemary Digby, funeral service in church followed by<br />

burial in the churchyard<br />

— Thursday 5 January, Leslie Douglas Woodford, Interment of ashes in churchyard

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<strong>February</strong> is a month when, whether we like it or not, we are faced with<br />

Valentine’s Day. To me, it seems to have become more dramatic and<br />

‘in your face’ over the years and many shops have huge Valentine’s<br />

Day displays, not only card shops but also supermarkets, jewellery<br />

shops, restaurants and many more.<br />

Many years ago, I heard the story of St Valentine which is a fairly<br />

gruesome tale as many Saint’s tales are, and yet he has become the<br />

Patron Saint of love. <strong>The</strong>re are different theories as to how Valentine<br />

became linked to love, but no one knows for certain. What is known<br />

is that he was either a priest or bishop who was martyred in the year<br />

269 and that his body was said to be buried on 14 <strong>February</strong>. Without<br />

wanting to ruin the romance too much, interestingly St Valentine is<br />

also the Patron Saint of the plague!<br />


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In the Bible the word ‘love’ is mentioned numerous times, but the<br />

original Greek language had many different words for love. So, while<br />

we read the word love and perhaps attach our own interpretation to<br />

what kind of love it is talking about, the Greek offers distinct words<br />

for distinct types of love. In English we may say ‘I love chocolate’, ‘I love my best friend’, ‘I love my spouse’<br />

and ‘I love my child’, and while all may be true, the type of love isn’t the same.<br />

I haven’t got the space in this letter to write about all the types of love, but I want to mention just a<br />

few. Firstly, there is the Greek word 'eros' which refers to romantic love. This is the kind of love we will see<br />

marketed in our supermarkets and card shops as they advertise Valentine’s Day.<br />

Another type of love is 'philia', and this is one many of you will be familiar with, even if you haven’t<br />

heard the name before. This love is the love of friendship. It is a love that is affectionate and the love we<br />

have for our closest friends and family. <strong>The</strong> term ‘platonic love’ is derived from the Greek philosopher<br />

Plato’s name, who wrote about a strong love that was not about physical attraction (although the actual<br />

word ‘platonic’ was coined many years after Plato had died). <strong>The</strong>re are other Greek words too, each<br />

describing a different type of love.<br />


But what of God’s love? <strong>The</strong> Greek word for this is 'agape'. This is different from romantic love, or the<br />

deep love of friendship, or the love between family members. Agape is often described as the highest<br />

form of love. <strong>The</strong> love of God for humankind and the love humankind has for God. It is also the love that<br />

Christians are called to show when Jesus said ‘love one another’. This type of love isn’t characterised by<br />

bunches of roses or boxes of chocolates, but is shown through acts of service. It is sacrificial love, one<br />

which reaches out to others, and one not limited to those closest to us. Indeed the Greek 'agape' can also be<br />

translated as ‘charity’ as well as ‘love’.<br />

Service, sacrifice and reaching out are all aspects of love that we see in our communities, both local and<br />

further afield. This type of love brought about hope throughout the course of the pandemic and continues<br />

as we see many people struggling financially or with health issues, whether physical or mental. I am sure<br />

most of us will have both received and shown selfless acts of support and kindness. Love brings hope.<br />

Another important day that falls in <strong>February</strong> this year is Ash Wednesday which marks the start of Lent.<br />

Lent of course is the season which leads up to the great festival of Easter. <strong>The</strong>re is no greater example of<br />

agape love than that shown by Jesus on the cross and for Christians no greater symbol of hope.<br />

I want to end with a quote from Mechthild of Magdeburg who was a medieval German mystic who<br />

lived in the 13th Century. She wrote '<strong>The</strong>re is nothing so wise, nor so holy, nor so beautiful, nor so strong, nor so<br />

perfect as love'.<br />

I think it beautifully captures agape and I hope we can also reflect on these words as we think of all the<br />

people we love in our own lives and how we can show love to one another.<br />

With love and prayers<br />


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Notices<br />

Sunday 5 <strong>February</strong> 10.30am Christingle Family<br />

Service for Candlemas<br />

Join us on Candlemas Sunday for our Christingle Family<br />

Service. Bring your Christingle with you (directions to<br />

make one on the right) to join in our special celebration for<br />

Candlemas which is traditionally the day that Christians<br />

celebrate the presentation of the child Jesus in the Temple<br />

and when all the candles used in churches throughout the<br />

year would be blessed. <strong>The</strong>re will be a cash collection in<br />

aid of the Karun School in South India that St Andrew's<br />

Church has supported for many years — see page 23.<br />

Ash Wednesday 22 <strong>February</strong> 7.30am<br />

In Western churches Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, six<br />

and a half weeks before Easter, and traditionally began<br />

a 40-day period for fasting and abstinence (Sundays are<br />

excluded), in imitation of Jesus Christ's fasting in the<br />

wilderness before he began his public ministry (see bottom<br />

right for service details)<br />

Marking Lent with Morning Prayer<br />

Every Tuesday from 28 <strong>February</strong> during Lent our regular<br />

Morning Prayer service in St Andrew's Church at 9.30am<br />

will include a reflection from <strong>The</strong> Beatitudes followed by<br />

coffee, tea and conversation in <strong>The</strong> Ark.<br />

In addition, during Lent, Morning Prayer will also<br />

be said on each Friday morning at 9.30am. Everyone is<br />

welcome to join us in the church.<br />

Why pancakes before Lent?<br />

Author and broadcaster, David Winter reflects on Shrove Tuesday and<br />

Ash Wednesday ...<br />

Ever wonder why we eat pancakes just before Lent?<br />

<strong>The</strong> tradition dates back to Anglo-Saxon times, when<br />

Christians spent Lent in repentance and severe fasting.<br />

On the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, the church bell<br />

would summon them to confession, where they would<br />

be ‘shriven’, or absolved from their sins, which gives us<br />

Shrove Tuesday. At home, they would then eat up their last<br />

eggs and fat, and making a pancake was the easiest way to<br />

do this. For the next 47 days, they almost starved.<br />

Pancakes feature in cookery books as far back as<br />

1439, and today’s pancake races are in remembrance of a<br />

panicked woman in Olney, Buckinghamshire in 1445. She<br />

was making pancakes when she heard the shriving bell<br />

calling her to confession. Afraid she’d be late, she ran to<br />

church in a panic, still in her apron, and holding the pan.<br />

Flipping pancakes is also centuries old. A poem from<br />

Pasquil’s Palin in 1619 says:<br />

And every man and maide doe take their turne,<br />

And tosse their Pancakes up for feare they burne.<br />

<strong>The</strong> ingredients of pancakes can be used to highlight<br />

four significant things about this time of year:<br />

— eggs for creation<br />

— flour is the staff of life<br />

— salt keeps things wholesome<br />

— milk stands for purity<br />

Shrove Tuesday is always 47 days before Easter Sunday<br />

and falls between 3 <strong>February</strong> and 9 March. This year it's on<br />

Tuesday 21 <strong>February</strong>.<br />

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How to make your Christingle<br />

for our Family Service at<br />

10.30am 0n Sunday 5 <strong>February</strong><br />

You need an orange, four cocktail sticks,<br />

some dried fruit or sweets, tin foil, a<br />

candle and some red ribbon or tape.<br />

— <strong>The</strong> orange is the world.<br />

— Red ribbon or tape is wrapped<br />

around the orange to represent<br />

the blood of Christ and God’s<br />

love for us and that Jesus died<br />

for the whole world.<br />

— <strong>The</strong> dried fruit and sweets are<br />

symbols of God’s creation and are placed on three of the<br />

four cocktail sticks in the orange.<br />

We leave the fourth stick empty to remind us of the<br />

poor and hungry in the world.<br />

— <strong>The</strong> four sticks can also represent spring, summer,<br />

autumn and winter.<br />

— <strong>The</strong> lit candle symbolises Jesus, the light of the world.<br />

Some tips: It's a good idea to slice a piece off the bottom of the<br />

orange so that it does not roll over when you put it down. Make<br />

a hole in the top of the orange big enough to take your candle<br />

and put foil in the hole before placing the candle inside.<br />

Our Christingle service will be in St Andrew's Church<br />

at 10.30am on Sunday 5 <strong>February</strong> when will be celebrating<br />

the gift of Jesus as a light in our world. It will involve lots<br />

of fun and it would be great to see you there with your<br />

Christingle.<br />

Why 'Ash'<br />

Wednesday?<br />

Holy Communion with<br />

the Imposition of the<br />

Ashes in St Andrew's<br />

Church on Wednesday 22<br />

<strong>February</strong> at 7.30pm<br />

Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent,<br />

is about getting things right between us and God. <strong>The</strong><br />

tradition goes back to the Old Testament and the sins of<br />

the Israelites. When they finally came to their senses,<br />

and saw their evil ways as God saw them, they could<br />

do nothing but repent in sorrow. <strong>The</strong>y mourned for<br />

the damage and evil they had done and in repentance,<br />

covered their heads with ashes.<br />

In the early Christian Church, the yearly 'class' of<br />

penitents had ashes sprinkled over them at the beginning<br />

of Lent. <strong>The</strong>y were turning to God for the first time, and<br />

mourning their sins. Soon many other Christians wanted<br />

to take part, and to do so at the start of Lent.<br />

Ash Wednesday became known as either the 'beginning<br />

of the fast' or ‘the day of the ashes’.<br />

At St Andrew's this tradition of 'ashing' continues<br />

during a Holy Communion service when members of the<br />

congregation can, if they so wish, receive the mark of<br />

ashes on their forehead. It is entirely optional.

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St Andrew's Youth<br />

STAY on Sunday<br />

Our STAY on Sunday group (pictures right) in <strong>The</strong> Ark on the<br />

2nd, 4th & 5th Sunday mornings at 10.30am continues to see<br />

high numbers of young people coming along. <strong>The</strong> best part<br />

for me is that young people feel able to bring their friends, be<br />

honest about their struggles and open to growing in faith and<br />

understanding of each other.<br />

STAY on Friday<br />

STAY in Schools<br />

On Friday 16 December we<br />

treated the young people to<br />

an amazing Silent Disco! Each<br />

young person wears their own<br />

‘noise cancelling headphones’<br />

and they choose from three<br />

individual channels, each<br />

playing a genre of music. <strong>The</strong>y<br />

then dance to their own beat<br />

in a room of silence! It’s both<br />

strange and awesome at the<br />

same time! We then released<br />

100 glow balloons and 300<br />

glow sticks for them to dance<br />

with under the UV lights!<br />

Plus there were lasers, strobes<br />

and disco lights, creating the<br />

perfect dance floor.<br />

STAY on Monday<br />

Our young people who were confirmed in November<br />

continue to meet on Monday nights for our newest group,<br />

STAY on Monday. We meet in the homes of the young people<br />

as we did during the confirmation classes and enjoy games,<br />

snacks and some faith input. <strong>The</strong> group is loud with lots of<br />

laughter and fun had by all.<br />

At the start of December, and in partnership with<br />

other local churches, charities and parents we started a<br />

brand new Christian Union (CU) at <strong>The</strong> Piggott School<br />

Wargrave.<br />

We have around 10 students attending each Monday<br />

and we follow a three week cycle of games, cake and<br />

questions and faith input.<br />

On 12 December, with six amazing Piggott students, we<br />

dropped off and decorated a Christmas tree at the Churches<br />

In Reading Drop In Centre (CIRDIC).<br />

We also delivered festive Christmas assemblies at all the<br />

local schools, and I had the honour and privilege of giving the<br />

Christmas address to the 820 students and teachers at Blue<br />

Coat School's annual Carol Service in St Andrew's Church. I<br />

spoke about our worth and how Jesus was born for us because<br />

our worth to him is always the same, regardless of what the<br />

world throws at us, says about us or does to us.<br />

To contact me for a chat about our youth work, email me,<br />

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

Claude's<br />

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<strong>The</strong>re are now 21 benches to relax<br />

on in St Andrew's churchyard and<br />

<strong>The</strong> Ark garden. Many of them have<br />

been donated in memory of a loved<br />

one and all are well used by people<br />

who may be out walking or who just<br />

want to enjoy the peace and quiet<br />

of the church grounds which are<br />

always open to the public. All we<br />

ask is that you take your litter away<br />

with you, keep dogs on a lead and<br />

don't ride your bike.<br />

<strong>The</strong> latest bench is unusual in that<br />

it was made and donated by Julian<br />

Clarke of Canon Tree Services — he<br />

is the son of Canon Chris Clarke<br />

(vicar of Sonning from 1997-2008).<br />

Julian is a tree surgeon and<br />

had been working on the trees in<br />

churchyard — see the front cover of<br />

last month's magazine.<br />

One of the old trees had to be<br />

felled because it was a potential<br />

safety hazard and as the trunk lay<br />

on the ground Julian thought that it<br />

was in a perfect place for a bench. He<br />

Above: the new bench created from an old<br />

tree, picture: Keith Nichols.<br />

Below: one of the standard benches in the<br />

churchyard and garden. Picture: Bob Peters<br />

set to work and created the 'rustic'<br />

bench in our picture above.<br />

If you would like to donate a<br />

bench, please don't chop down any<br />

of our trees, or place one of your<br />

unwanted garden benches in the<br />

churchyard or <strong>The</strong> Ark garden, please<br />

speak to Hilary, the parish office<br />

manager, and she will tell you what<br />

it involves to comply with the Oxford<br />

Diocesan regulations that govern<br />

what we can and cannot do in and<br />

around the church.<br />

Hilary's contact details are on<br />

page 38.<br />

See you on Sunday!<br />

I spent the Christmas weekend in<br />

the New Forest with my family in a<br />

posh country estate. While it was<br />

good to be with them all and the<br />

surroundings and facilities were all<br />

first class, I had a strange feeling<br />

that something was missing.<br />

At first, I thought it was because<br />

this was the first Christmas since<br />

Barbara, my wife, had died, but<br />

even so, there was still a piece of the<br />

jigsaw missing.<br />

<strong>The</strong>n I remembered. I have never<br />

liked Christmas Day when it falls<br />

on a Sunday. It's something that has<br />

never felt quite right for me.<br />

Since my early childhood, Sunday<br />

has always been a special day in its<br />

own right. It's the day I go to church<br />

where, in my younger days, I also<br />

enjoyed singing in the choir and<br />

serving as a church warden.<br />


<strong>The</strong> routine of Sunday worship<br />

has always been an important part<br />

of my day of rest, it's a time of joy to<br />

share with like-minded people, and a<br />

day to focus my mind on God. I still<br />

find it strange that shops, pubs and<br />

sports grounds open on Sundays!<br />

Christmas Day, of course, is one<br />

of the most important celebrations<br />

in the Christian calendar, but when<br />

it falls on a Sunday, it deprives me of<br />

my special day of the week.<br />

<strong>The</strong> good news is that next time<br />

Christmas Day falls on a Sunday<br />

will be in 11 years time so I won't<br />

be deprived of my Sunday worship<br />

for a good time yet, and, I can look<br />

forward to seeing you on Sunday!

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This month, Chris Bailey focuses<br />

on the small landlocked country of<br />

Burkina Faso in West Africa that<br />

has a population of 22 million.<br />

Its neighbours include Mali to the<br />

northwest, Niger to the northeast,<br />

Ghana to the south and Ivory Coast<br />

to the southwest.<br />

It was colonised by the French as<br />

part of French West Africa at the end<br />

of the 19th century.<br />

Becoming independent in 1958,<br />

it was named the Republic of Upper<br />

Volta.<br />

A coup d'état in 1982, saw the<br />

Council of Popular Salvation (CSP)<br />

taking power. <strong>The</strong> leader of the left<br />

faction of the CSP, Captain Thomas<br />

Sankara, was appointed Prime<br />

Minister in January 1983. He was<br />

subsequently arrested and efforts to<br />

free him saw him brought to power<br />

as a result of a military coup d'état in<br />

August that year.<br />

<strong>The</strong> following year President<br />

Sankara’s initiative saw the country<br />

renamed from Upper Volta to<br />

Burkina Faso — literally land of the<br />

upright men.<br />


Burkina Faso ranks at number 32<br />

in the Top 50 on Open Doors’ 2022<br />

World Watch List of countries where<br />

Christians face the most persecution.<br />

Around a quarter of the country’s<br />

population are Christians. Jihadist<br />

violence has increased in the last few<br />

years, and Open Doors reports that<br />

the persecution of Christians has<br />

worsened slightly during 2021.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re were more reported<br />

incidents of violence, reflecting<br />

the growing influence of Islamic<br />

extremist groups in Burkina Faso.<br />

Islamist groups have a ‘huge and<br />

growing’ influence in the broader<br />

region, with violence spreading from<br />

Mali and Niger.<br />

<strong>The</strong> extremist groups have<br />

exploited the government’s weakness<br />

during the time of the Covid-19<br />

pandemic and have gained control of<br />

the country’s infrastructure.<br />

Hundreds of churches have<br />

closed, and extremist attacks<br />

have caused Christians as well as<br />

moderate Muslims to flee their<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> - <strong>February</strong> <strong>2023</strong> 13<br />

<strong>The</strong> land of upright men where hundreds of Christian<br />

churches have been forced to close<br />

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homes — there are many Christians<br />

among the total of one million<br />

internally displaced people in<br />

Burkina Faso.<br />

<strong>The</strong> current President of the<br />

country is army Captain Ibrahim<br />

Traore. He was sworn in as interim<br />

president in October 2022, having<br />

ousted his predecessor, military<br />

leader Paul-Henri Damiba, in a coup<br />

on 30 September. In that ceremony<br />

he pledged support for a transition<br />

leading to elections in July 2024.<br />

As he was sworn in, President<br />

Traore spoke of the danger of<br />

Islamist militants.<br />

In talking of reconquering<br />

territories occupied by the terrorists,<br />

he is quoted as saying ‘Burkina’s<br />

existence is in danger’. <strong>The</strong> coups<br />

d'état of recent times have actually<br />

come from soldiers’ anger at the<br />

authorities’ failure to curtail the<br />

Islamist groups.<br />

It is reported that attacks by<br />

jihadists have closed schools as well<br />

as churches, and that the terrorists<br />

have prevented people from farming.<br />

A Christian contact told Barnabas<br />

that granaries and barns had been<br />

destroyed in many villages, with<br />

cattle carried away.<br />

A typical church in Burkina Faso<br />

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Please pray for the government<br />

and people of Burkina Faso —<br />

especially for security, safety and<br />

peace to come to the country, and<br />

comfort for those who mourn.

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BUT . . .<br />

the Word of<br />

God cannot<br />

be chained<br />

One of my favourite words in the Bible . . .<br />

By Bob Peters<br />

BUT it's time now for my next favourite in the series about 'My Favourites' . . .<br />

When reading the Bible, it is important to look out for the<br />

commonly used, three letter word 'but'— it is estimated to<br />

be number 20 on the list of the most common words used<br />

in the Bible and appears nearly 4,000 times.<br />

It is one of my favourite words in the Bible because<br />

it usually marks a very important message that is best<br />

described as a 'Blessed Undeniable Truth' – or BUT - about<br />

God and his love for us, and our faith in him. Here's a few<br />

Bible BUTs:<br />

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— Ephesians 2:4-5<br />

BUT because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in<br />

mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead<br />

in transgressions — it is by grace you have been saved.<br />

— Psalm 73:26<br />

My flesh and my heart may fail, BUT God is the<br />

strength of my heart and my portion forever.<br />

— Matthew 22:14<br />

For many are invited, BUT few are chosen<br />

— Acts 3:15<br />

You killed the author of life, BUT God raised him from<br />

the dead.<br />

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

— <strong>The</strong> people of Ukraine as they move<br />

into a second year of war with Russia<br />

— <strong>The</strong> Charities working on the front line<br />

in Ukraine<br />

— <strong>The</strong> persecuted people of Burkina Faso<br />

— All who care for the elderly and the sick<br />

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— Romans 6:23<br />

For the wages of sin is death, BUT the free gift of God<br />

is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.<br />

— Acts 2:24<br />

BUT God released him from the horrors of death and<br />

raised him back to life, for death could not keep him<br />

in its grip.<br />

— Matthew 19:26<br />

Jesus looked at them and said, 'With man this is<br />

impossible, BUT with God all things are possible.'<br />

— Romans 5:8<br />

BUT God demonstrates his own love toward us, in that<br />

while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us<br />

— Timothy 2:9<br />

And because I preach this Good News, I am suffering<br />

and have been chained like a criminal. BUT the word of<br />

God cannot be chained.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re is a good collection of 20 Blessed Undeniable Truths at:<br />

https://carlagasser.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/20-BUT-<br />

GOD-BIBLE-VERSES-1-2.pdf<br />

Or better still, sit down and have a 'good read' of your Bible<br />

and see how many BUTs you can find.

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Christian Basics — Part 12<br />

<strong>The</strong> return of Jesus<br />

By Canon Paul Hardingham<br />

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For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation<br />

to all people... while we wait for the blessed hope, the<br />

appearing of the glory of our great God and Saviour,<br />

Jesus Christ’ (Titus 2:11,13-14).<br />

During Advent we focussed on the first and second<br />

coming of Jesus. He first came as a baby in Bethlehem<br />

as our Saviour, ‘to redeem us from all wickedness and to<br />

purify for himself a people that are his very own.’ (v14),<br />

through his cross and resurrection. Now we wait for his<br />

return to judge the world and finally put an end to sin<br />

and death.<br />


We can understand the relationship of these two events<br />

by considering D Day and VE Day in World War II.<br />

D Day marked the allied invasion at the beaches of<br />

Normandy on 6 June 1944. It was not the end of the war,<br />

but it was a decisive turning point in which victory was<br />

assured, although not finally achieved until VE Day on 8<br />

May 1945.<br />

OUR D DAY<br />

For Christians, Jesus’ death and resurrection marks<br />

our D Day, when he secured victory over sin and death.<br />

However, only when he returns, will Jesus finally end<br />

sin and death and all who have put their trust in him can<br />

share the great victory celebration in heaven.<br />


In Advent we reflected on what it means to live in the<br />

time between these key events. Paul says, we need ‘to<br />

say no to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live selfcontrolled,<br />

upright and godly lives in this present age’ (v12).<br />

More troops died in the period between D Day and<br />

VE Day than during the rest of the war. Although we live<br />

under Christ’s victory, we will still struggle with sin and<br />

suffering.<br />

From the<br />

editor's desk<br />

editor@theparishmagazine.co.uk<br />

Writing for pleasure?<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> - <strong>February</strong> <strong>2023</strong> 17<br />

I often mention that I am asked where the ideas for<br />

articles come from in this magazine and that my reply is<br />

that a good number come from chats over tea or coffee<br />

in <strong>The</strong> Ark after services or during social occasions such<br />

as the Rendezvous lunch club. Unusually, after the New<br />

Year's Day family service I found myself chatting with<br />

Rev Kate — we don't do so very often because we are<br />

busy talking with visitors or our regular members of the<br />

congregation.<br />

When Kate and I have time to chat I can't resist<br />

asking how her next contribution to the magazine is<br />

coming along and giving her a gentle reminder about<br />

the forthcoming deadline. Our conversation led to how<br />

people find writing for pleasure much easier than writing<br />

to fulfil a commitment which often involves a deadline.<br />

It is something that has never occurred to me because I<br />

actually enjoy writing for deadlines which is something I<br />

have done for more than 50 years. Writing for any other<br />

reason is not something I do very often!<br />

For pleasure, Kate said, she really enjoys writing<br />

quizzes, it's an activity that helps her relax. Knowing<br />

that many of our readers enjoy the occasional quizzes we<br />

publish, I suggested that, if she had time after writing the<br />

page 5 clergy letter for this issue, I would always welcome<br />

a quiz, perhaps we could even have a monthly one?<br />

<strong>The</strong> next morning, there on my desk, there was an<br />

email from Kate — it must be her letter I thought. But no,<br />

there were five quizzes, the first of which you can find on<br />

page 34. I hope you enjoy what will become a new regular<br />

feature in our magazine. Also, hopefully, by the time you<br />

read this her page 3 letter will have arrived!<br />


For this issue, I was pleased to receive an unexpected<br />

good news update — see page 23 — from the Karun<br />

School in South India that we in St Andrew's Church<br />

and some of our local charities have been supporting for<br />

several years. It was also timely because a few days before<br />

at a planning meeting the ministry team decided that<br />

this year's cash collection taken at our Christingle service<br />

would be given to Karun. If you are unable to be at our<br />

Christingle service you can make donations via:<br />

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In the last issue Dr Simon Ruffle, who has been<br />

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columns in our magazine asked readers for ideas for<br />

future subjects to write about. I am pleased that the first<br />

result of his request is on page 27 of this issue. Thank you<br />

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passed on to Dr Ruffle — so watch this space! If you have<br />

a subject that you would like Dr Ruffle write about — or<br />

an idea for local interest story that you would like to share<br />

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'<strong>The</strong> gates of hell'<br />

This past year, we came together<br />

to mourn and celebrate, Her Late<br />

Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. I met<br />

many people from all over the world<br />

who queued to pay their respects.<br />

People looked out for each other day<br />

and night.<br />

It’s one thing to do that for a few<br />

hours, another when we need to give<br />

or receive care day after day. <strong>The</strong>n we<br />

all need help.<br />

Like many I rejoice that elderly<br />

relatives like my mother are still<br />

<strong>The</strong> Russian invasion of Ukraine has 'opened the gates of hell' and unleashed<br />

evil around the world, said the Archbishop of Canterbury during an interview<br />

on BBC1’s Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg.<br />

He told of how, during a visit to Ukraine, he had seen the mass grave in Bucha,<br />

and heard of the massacres and torture carried out by the occupying Russian<br />

forces. <strong>The</strong> Russians are driven by 'an ideology of conquest' he said, their only goal<br />

is 'getting historic Ukraine back.'<br />

Justin Welby said it was important for Britain to continue to support<br />

Ukrainian resistance, and to recognise that 'you can’t talk about reconciliation when<br />

the guns are firing, because people are just concentrating on whether they’re alive for<br />

the next 20 minutes.' He said how the Ukrainians had told him that 'for us, that<br />

word (reconciliation) means surrender, and we’re not going to do that’. <strong>The</strong>re was a way<br />

forward, said the Archbishop: 'and that’s withdrawal and ceasefire by Russian forces.'<br />

Ukraine — one year on . . .<br />

24 <strong>February</strong> is the first anniversary of the war in Ukraine, which has seen<br />

nearly 8 million people displaced and thousands killed. <strong>The</strong> Office of the<br />

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) verified<br />

a total of 6,826 civilian deaths during Russia's invasion of Ukraine as of<br />

December 18, 2022. Of them, 428 were children and 10,769 people were<br />

reported to have been injured.<br />

This winter is the worst in living memory for most Ukrainians, with medicine,<br />

food, water, and heating in short supply. If you would like to mark the first year<br />

by helping the people in Ukraine, here are some of the charities working at the<br />

front line of the war:<br />

<strong>The</strong> Disaster Emergencies Committee (DEC) is an umbrella group of UK charities.<br />

https://www.dec.org.uk/appeal/ukraine-humanitarian-appeal<br />

Christian Aid, founded by British and Irish churches to help refugees after WWII:<br />

https://www.christianaid.org.uk/appeals/emergencies/ukraine-humanitarian-appeal-2022<br />

Barnabas Fund works through local churches in poor areas, and has, for example,<br />

provided wood burning stoves for more than 1,000 families.<br />

https://www.barnabasfund.org/gb/latest-needs/help-ukrainian-christians-in-their-hour-ofneed/<br />

Samaritans Purse has been airlifting medical supplies into Ukraine and has<br />

distributed more than 45 million kilos of food, and built water systems providing<br />

more than 30 million litres of water.<br />

https://www.samaritans-purse.org.uk/idr-crisis/crisis-in-ukraine/<br />

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Caring for each other<br />

<strong>The</strong> full text of the Lord Archbishop's New Year's Message on 1 January <strong>2023</strong><br />

around. <strong>The</strong>ir memories, their<br />

presence, their independence, are<br />

precious. Caring for them, loving<br />

them, is a privilege after what we<br />

have received from them.<br />

Whitstable, in the Diocese of<br />

Canterbury which I serve, is a<br />

wonderful town. Like many coastal<br />

areas it has a high proportion of<br />

elderly people. People here — like<br />

everywhere — are dealing with<br />

rising costs.<br />

Care homes are struggling too.<br />

Bills have risen; hiring and keeping<br />

staff is a challenge.<br />

Why work as a carer when<br />

you might get paid more in less<br />

demanding jobs?<br />

ACTION<br />

Caring’s not easy. Good carers are<br />

wonderful people to be valued.<br />

Like Anne: who has worked as a<br />

carer for over 42 years.<br />

We know our care system is<br />

broken: but it doesn’t have to be. We<br />

can rise to the challenge of fixing it.<br />

That means action from all of us;<br />

you, me, families, communities and<br />

government.<br />


In a few weeks’ time, the<br />

Archbishop of York and I will publish<br />

a significant report on social care.<br />

It will offer a hopeful vision of our<br />

society. One where no one is held<br />

back, over-looked or treated as a<br />

burden — where families and unpaid<br />

carers get support too.<br />

Caring goes to the heart of what it<br />

means to be human. It’s hard, but it<br />

can also be the most life-giving thing<br />

we ever do.<br />

It comes back to that essential<br />

lesson: we need each other.<br />

Jesus reminds us of the value of<br />

every single person, young or old. He<br />

challenges me to love everyone as I<br />

know he loves me.<br />

For love alone, Jesus came into<br />

our difficult world.<br />

I pray that in the hard times and<br />

the good, you find yourself loved and<br />

cared for.<br />

And I wish you all a very Happy<br />

New Year.

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feature — 2<br />


As well as over 1,000 people attending our traditional Christmas services, our parish celebrations were in full swing with young and<br />

carol singing, and, of course, food! Here's a pictorial round up from some of the church, schools and clubs in the parish.<br />

Sonning CofE School Christmas service in St Andrew's Church<br />

Crib Service in St Andrew's Church<br />

Sonning Art Group Christmas lunch at Sonning Golf Club<br />

Crib Service in St Andrew's<br />

Indy Biddulph<br />

Monday Club Christmas lunch in Pearson Hall Crib Service in St Andrew's Church Indy Biddulph

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old enjoying the fun, which often included<br />

Indy Biddulph<br />

Rendezvous Christmas Lunch in <strong>The</strong> Ark<br />

Keith Nichols<br />

Crib Service in St Andrew's<br />

Indy Biddulph<br />

Sonning School Candlelit Service

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feature — 3<br />

Mark and Liz Stephen visited Karun<br />

in South India during the autumn<br />

2022 after no visits for 3 years<br />

because of Covid restrictions. <strong>The</strong>y<br />

they were able to reconnect with staff,<br />

students and the local community<br />

to learn how badly they had been<br />

affected during this difficult time.<br />

It was also a good opportunity to<br />

find out what the school and local<br />

people need during the Covid recovery<br />

period.<br />

<strong>The</strong> school is still not at full capacity<br />

after the long break — the families<br />

needed considerable support and<br />

encouragement to return to their<br />

learning and written work. Staff have<br />

been giving extra help through catch<br />

up lessons.<br />

<strong>The</strong> sewing classes for women<br />

and the IT classes for local children<br />

continue to be very successful. <strong>The</strong>se<br />

are provided free of charge to the<br />

local community and are very much<br />

appreciated by the students. <strong>The</strong>y are<br />

fully subscribed.<br />


<strong>The</strong> sewing classes take students<br />

from a beginner level basic hemming<br />

to cutting and constructing blouses<br />

skirts and gowns. <strong>The</strong> students have<br />

access to mechanical sewing machines<br />

and two new electrical machines were<br />

recently added for more advanced<br />

learners.<br />

Participants told Liz that the skills<br />

that they had learnt in the classes<br />

helped them to find part time local<br />

work.<br />

<strong>The</strong> IT classes for local children<br />

continue to have a very good take up<br />

and this is provided whether or not<br />

they are enrolled at Karun. <strong>The</strong>y are<br />

taught by the daughter of the tailor<br />

who has just completed her degree that<br />

was partly funded by the Trust.<br />

<strong>The</strong>se classes provide a good<br />

opportunity for the children to extend<br />

and develop their IT skills as well as an<br />

opportunity to meet their friends.<br />

Mark and Liz met the six sponsored<br />

students that the Trust funds who are<br />

continuing their education in other<br />

institutions.<br />

All the students come from<br />

disadvantaged families who were badly<br />

affected by Covid and were struggling<br />

to continue their education. <strong>The</strong>y<br />

visited their families, homes, and<br />

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Karun becomes a vital hub for the community<br />

schools. <strong>The</strong> students and families<br />

were very appreciative of the support<br />

given by the Trust to help them to<br />

continue their education. <strong>The</strong> students<br />

said that they would never have been<br />

able to achieve what they are now<br />

achieving.<br />

<strong>The</strong>ir families now form part of the<br />

Karun community and will continue<br />

to be supported and nurtured.<br />

Mark and Liz also used their visit<br />

to discuss with local people and Karun<br />

staff how they can build on the success<br />

of recent initiatives to provide greater<br />

educational opportunities for the<br />

wider community. <strong>The</strong> discussions<br />

were very much welcomed.<br />

Expanding community and<br />

adult education services will help to<br />

reach the widest group possible and<br />

establish Karun as a hub that serves<br />

the whole community.<br />

<strong>The</strong> trustees would like to thank<br />

everyone at St Andrew’s for the<br />

continued support, prayers and<br />

encouragement.<br />

<strong>The</strong> funding enables Karun to<br />

make a difference to the lives of<br />

children and young people there<br />

and gives them real hope for a better<br />

future. Thank you!<br />

<strong>The</strong> cash collection at St Andrew's Christingle family service on 5 <strong>February</strong> will be given to the Karun School in India

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Christmas is a special time of year for<br />

so many of us, and we were fortunate<br />

enough to hold our Christmas<br />

Nativity Service at St Andrew’s<br />

Church on 15 December.<br />

This was an event for the entire<br />

school and was certainly a special one.<br />

Pupils read the Christmas<br />

story, performed — as groups and<br />

as soloists — and many people<br />

commented on the exceptional<br />

standard they achieved.<br />

As part of our vision to build<br />

strong foundations for the years<br />

ahead and with the words of Jesus<br />

recorded in Matthew 7:24-25, which<br />

says: <strong>The</strong>refore everyone who hears<br />

these words of mine and puts them into<br />

practice is like a wise man who built his<br />

house on the rock. <strong>The</strong> rain came down,<br />

the streams rose, and the winds blew<br />

and beat against that house; yet it did<br />

not fall, because it had its foundation<br />

on the rock', we are mindful of our<br />

community duty to help build strong<br />

foundations for others.<br />

We therefore collected donations<br />

for a local charity, <strong>The</strong> Cow Shed, who<br />

help families in crisis in Berkshire,<br />

and a small UK charity called Ceda,<br />

who support the education of<br />

disadvantaged pupils in Uganda,<br />

and ended the term with a candlelit<br />

service for all pupils and staff.<br />

We have been able to purchase a new<br />

lighting control desk for our hall’s<br />

stage, thanks to the kind generosity<br />

of the Sonning Scarecrow Trail<br />

Committee, who donated funds<br />

to our school for our performance<br />

equipment.<br />

We would also like to extend our<br />

thanks to <strong>The</strong> Mill at Sonning and one<br />

of their technicians, Graham, who<br />

gave his time and expertise to advise<br />

us on which equipment to buy and<br />

then he came to the school to set it up<br />

for us.<br />

We feel very lucky to have such a<br />

wonderful community to support our<br />

school and its pupils; thank you!<br />

We were incredibly lucky that Bob<br />

Peters was able to celebrate the<br />

Christian feast of Epiphany with our<br />

pupils. Bob has had a long-standing<br />

relationship with Sonning School<br />

and has shared his Nativity scenes<br />

with us many times, however this<br />

is the first time since Covid-19 and<br />

the children were excited to see him<br />

again.<br />

Bob has about 165 Nativity scenes<br />

and many have been collected from<br />

his travels around the world, He also<br />

often receives them as gifts from<br />

people in the parish and his family.<br />

One very special scene came from<br />

Bethlehem. <strong>The</strong> children asked lots of<br />

questions and then each class came<br />

to the front to take a closer look and<br />

discuss them in more detail with Bob.<br />

Finally, Bob led us in our prayer<br />

and explained his unique Prayer Drill.<br />

A huge thank you to Bob for<br />

providing the children with such a<br />

fantastic memorable assembly.<br />

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Building strong foundations for the years ahead<br />

Community has, once again, been<br />

on the minds at Sonning Church<br />

of England Primary School as this<br />

report from the headmaster and<br />

staff on their Christmas activities<br />

reveals . . .<br />



In November, we held an Eco Day led by our Eco Committee. This saw us<br />

working around the school tidying up our allotment beds and planting bulbs<br />

for spring. We then went into the local area for a litter pick (picture below),<br />

and were kindly given an oak by a local resident, which was grown from an<br />

acorn from the royal estate of Prince Charles, now King Charles III. <strong>The</strong><br />

acorn was selected as part of Elizabeth II’s Jubilee celebrations 10 years ago,<br />

so the oak tree is the same age as our Year 6's who we call Oak Class! It is a<br />

special piece of history, and we have named the tree the King Charles III Oak.<br />


More pictures of the school's Christmas celebrations are on pages 20-21

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around the villages — 2<br />

Like me, Phil Sherwood, head teacher of Sonning CoE School, thinks<br />

that young people should be encouraged to write short stories rather<br />

than the brief social media messages many of them spend time on,<br />

so we hope this will be the first of many others — Editor.<br />

<strong>The</strong> boy who loved Christmas<br />

By Reeyen, Year 4 (Holly Class)<br />

<strong>The</strong>re once was a boy who loved Christmas more than<br />

anyone in the universe. <strong>The</strong> problem was that Christmas<br />

was coming quickly but it was not coming quick enough.<br />

He went out of his bedroom and downstairs and asked his<br />

mum, 'Will Christmas come quickly?' His mum kissed him<br />

on the forehead and said, 'You’ll have to be patient my dear.'<br />

When it was finally Christmas the boy wrote a note saying:<br />

Santa, all I want for Christmas is for every Christmas to<br />

come quickly. When everybody was sleeping, Santa emerged<br />

from the old, dusty fireplace. While Santa was putting the<br />

presents under the Christmas tree, he read the boy’s note. He<br />

chuckled and exclaimed, 'He will love his present.' He quickly<br />

ate the mince pies. <strong>The</strong>n he disappeared into smoke.<br />

When everybody woke up to see their presents, the boy<br />

ran downstairs and tore open the wrapping paper. It was a<br />

genie lamp! He rubbed the genie lamp and the genie said, 'I<br />

will give you three wishes but you can’t wish for love, more<br />

wishes or harm to others.' <strong>The</strong> boy said I wish Christmas will<br />

come really quickly. 'Your wish is my command!' exclaimed<br />

the genie.<br />

In less than one second it was Christmas Eve. <strong>The</strong> boy<br />

learnt his lesson and said, 'I wish everything was back<br />

to normal.' Everything was back to normal. <strong>The</strong> genie<br />

exclaimed, 'Your wish is my command.'<br />

Soon the boy wasn’t even a boy he was an adult. His son<br />

ran to him and asked his dad if Christmas would come really<br />

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During last year Me2 Club, a local charity that seeks to<br />

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with additional needs and disabilities, in mainstream<br />

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<strong>The</strong> volunteer helpers are young people who help the<br />

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Last year Me2 Club also set up Wokingham’s first<br />

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chance to have their say on a range of subjects that affect<br />

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First talk of the year<br />

Sonning and Sonning Eye Society's first speaker of the<br />

year is Brian Hunt whose talk will be the war graves in the<br />

churchyard at St Andrew's Church on 17 March at 7.30pm<br />

in Pearson Hall.<br />

Meanwhile in Pearson Hall, on 21 <strong>February</strong>, the Film<br />

Club presents 'A Promising Young Woman', starring Carey<br />

Mulligan as a troubled young woman haunted by a<br />

traumatic past as she navigates balancing forgiveness and<br />

vengeance. Doors open at 7pm.<br />

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'My Fair Lady' fun singing session<br />

Charvil music teacher and choir director, Suzanne<br />

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for female voices in Charvil Village Hall on Sunday 26<br />

March from 6-8pm. <strong>The</strong>re will be a great medley of songs<br />

from the musical 'My Fair Lady' by Lerner and Loewe<br />

arranged for a two-part choir.<br />

Songs will include: On the street where you live, Wouldn't<br />

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<strong>The</strong> organisers of the annual Sonning Village Show have<br />

announced that this year's event will be held on Saturday<br />

16 September at the usual venue — Sonning C of E<br />

Primary School. Put the date in your diary now!

HEALTH<br />

Dr Simon Ruffle writes . . . Coeliac disease<br />

Writing this early in the New Year is a<br />

little resolution that I am going to get<br />

things done in plenty of time rather<br />

than seeing a deadline as a target!<br />

My hobby is photography. When I first<br />

investigated the subject more deeply,<br />

I didn’t really understand abstract<br />

photography.<br />

Abstract photography is described<br />

as ‘images created using photography<br />

materials and equipment that don't<br />

have an immediate association with the<br />

physical world.’<br />

Irritable bowel disease (IBS) is<br />

the ‘abstract’ of the bowel disease<br />

world. <strong>The</strong>re is no association between<br />

symptoms and any physical changes in<br />

the bowel.<br />


It is a diagnosis of exclusion which<br />

means that we exclude other reasons<br />

for the problems that the person is<br />

experiencing.<br />

IBS has a varied range of symptoms<br />

that fluctuate in time, frequency, and<br />

severity. Pain, bloating, diarrhoea and/<br />

or constipation are features. However,<br />

these symptoms are also associated<br />

with inflammatory bowel disease such<br />

as Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis,<br />

cancer, and Coeliac disease.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re is no definitive test for IBS<br />

and therefore ruling out other diseases<br />

leads to the diagnosis.<br />

Important signs of bleeding and<br />

weight loss are rarely seen in IBS but<br />

are seen in other illness. No one knows<br />

why people suffer with IBS but there<br />

must be something wrong and one day<br />

there will be a more effective way of<br />

treating IBS as a disease instead of just<br />

alleviating some symptoms.<br />


Due to the issues described above<br />

getting to the diagnosis can take<br />

some time and it is frustrating for<br />

the patient and the doctor. We hate<br />

not knowing but one skill that all GPs<br />

must master is to live with uncertainty<br />

and keep an open mind, otherwise the<br />

diagnosis will be missed.<br />

Coeliac disease can be dismissed as<br />

IBS as they share a range of symptoms.<br />

Coeliac disease is often discussed<br />

as a gluten intolerance or allergy. It<br />

is not. It is an autoimmune disease.<br />

Essentially eating gluten causes the<br />

body to attack itself. Even small<br />

amounts in sufferers can trigger it.<br />

Gluten is found predominantly in<br />

wheat but also in rye and barley.<br />

Although the attack is usually in<br />

the small bowel, thus leading to the<br />

symptoms of bloating, pain, wind<br />

and diarrhoea, it can also affect other<br />

parts of the body including the skin.<br />

Undiagnosed Coeliac disease will<br />

lead to malabsorption of nutrients<br />

and then anaemia, weight loss and<br />

osteoporosis. Left over years, it can<br />

also lead to lymphoma of the small<br />

bowel.<br />

GLUTEN<br />

Similar to IBS there is no cure and<br />

the only way to control the disease is<br />

not to eat gluten at all.<br />

Taking an iron supplement<br />

and calcium is recommended if<br />

you get any symptoms as cross<br />

contamination of foods is common<br />

and, bizarrely, gluten-free food in the<br />

UK can contain 20 parts per million<br />

of gluten.<br />

Coeliac disease is not rare, and<br />

it is suspected that 1 in 100 people<br />

may suffer from it. Diagnosis starts<br />

with recognising the symptoms and<br />

some simple blood and stool tests.<br />

Following on from this, a biopsy may<br />

be required to confirm the diagnosis.<br />

Cutting gluten out of the diet before<br />

tests can lead to false negatives so<br />

your doctor will ask you to eat gluten<br />

before testing.<br />

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Abstract lights’ by iMagesSRx<br />

Most sufferers can control their<br />

symptoms with diet but lightning<br />

can strike twice and Coeliac disease<br />

sufferers may also have IBS.<br />

More information can be found at<br />

https://www.coeliac.org.uk/informationand-support/coeliac-disease/aboutcoeliac-disease/<br />

however, a little<br />

warning that this site asks you to<br />

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some unless they are gluten-free!<br />

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It goes on: 'Happiness is hugely<br />

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affects everyone in it. For example,<br />

happiness is higher in societies where<br />

people trust each other. Freedom is also<br />

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<strong>The</strong> report also found that a boost<br />

in income, or more education, did not<br />

significantly affect our overall wellbeing.<br />

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THE ARTS — 1<br />

By Rev Canon Michael Burgess<br />

At the end of this month we enter the season of Lent: those<br />

40 days when we follow Jesus into the wilderness and<br />

prepare ourselves to celebrate his Easter victory.<br />

In the last century an artist called Stanley Spencer planned<br />

to create a series of 40 paintings, each depicting a day in the<br />

wilderness. In the end he completed nine, one of which is<br />

this month’s painting: ‘Christ in the Wilderness – Scorpions.’<br />

Painted in 1939, it is held in a private collection.<br />

Stanley Spencer lived and worked in the village of<br />

Cookham in Berkshire where the village and the local<br />

countryside were the setting for many of his paintings, and<br />

the local inhabitants were his models.<br />

Through their everyday life he was trying to glimpse<br />

and convey the transcendent. ‘Angels and dirt’ he called it:<br />

the divine seen in the ordinary. So, in a painting of Christ<br />

carrying his cross, Jesus has the face of the local grocer.<br />


Another villager modelled for Jesus in the wilderness. —<br />

the strong, hefty, broad figure in our picture. This is a great<br />

contrast to the Christ of stained-glass windows who often<br />

seems too good to be part of our world. Here is real life: a<br />

large man filling the canvas with his head, his hands and his<br />

feet.<br />

This figure of Jesus comes as a shock: a very human<br />

model, ordinary with nothing handsome or special about<br />

him, apart from his tunic which seems to sprawl and<br />

undulate like the hills around. Here is a Jesus born into this<br />

world and one with this world.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are two focal points in the painting — the neat,<br />

little scorpion and the massive, unkempt head contemplating<br />

each other. One is life in all its hefty reality; the other a tiny<br />

creature able to squeeze that life out by one swift flick of its<br />

tail.<br />

Jesus is shown in the wilderness pondering the life and<br />

ministry called of him by God — a life and ministry that will<br />

take him from the countryside into the towns and villages<br />

and take him also to the death of Good Friday. Will he find<br />

the strength and renewal to embrace that ministry during<br />

his time in the desert?<br />

Poetry Corner<br />

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40 Days and 40 Nights — and 40 Paintings!<br />

https://www.wikiart.org/en/stanley-spencer/christin-the-wilderness-the-scorpion<br />

During Lent as we follow Jesus, we seek to live for God.<br />

That may mean dying to all that separates us from God. He<br />

has a ministry, a calling for each of us. As we contemplate<br />

that calling in this season of Lent, we may find it is a calling<br />

that leads us through these 40 days to life and Easter life —<br />

we may find it a journey that calls us to die to ourself to find<br />

our God.<br />

Majestic Musings by Steven Rolling – Psalm 93<br />

Tune: Southwell (‘Lord Jesus, think on me’)<br />

<strong>The</strong> Lord reigns, He is clothed<br />

With majesty bestowed<br />

He is clothed with strength, wherewith He<br />

Has girded self, so be<br />

<strong>The</strong> world also is set<br />

Established, not moved yet<br />

Your throne, Lord, is established too<br />

From old, e’erlasting you<br />

<strong>The</strong> floods have raised their voice<br />

Though we do here rejoice<br />

That you the Lord are mightier<br />

Than them, e’en though they stir<br />

Your testimonies sure<br />

Lord are, and evermore<br />

Holiness does your house adorn<br />

Evening, night, day, and morn<br />

Cookham's 13th Century Church<br />

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Failure: What Jesus Said About Sin, Mistakes and Messing<br />

Stuff Up, Emma Ineson, SPCK £8.99<br />

It is the Archbishop of Canterbury's Book for Lent <strong>2023</strong><br />

In 2019, Emma Ineson wrote about ambition and what it<br />

means for Christians to be successful. And then there was a<br />

global pandemic . . suddenly failure began to feel very much<br />

more familiar than success. But what is failure? What did<br />

Jesus think of it? What did he say about sin, mistakes and<br />

generally mucking things up?<br />

At the start of this humorous and encouraging book<br />

that ends at the cross, it's suggested that our tendency to<br />

lump all kinds of failure together could be unhelpful. An<br />

understanding of what sort of failure we're dealing with<br />

might allow us to respond more appropriately.<br />

This idea leads 'Towards an (Imperfect) <strong>The</strong>ology of Failure',<br />

based on key Christian thinking, and Emma poses the<br />

question of whether sin is individual or corporate. Looking at<br />

the church, we consider, what is God's purpose for it?<br />

Godforsaken: <strong>The</strong> Cross, the Greatest Hope of All, Stephen<br />

Cottrell, Archbishop of York, John Murray Press, £14.99<br />

Stephen Cottrell explores Jesus' final words on the cross.<br />

recorded in the Gospel of Mark's account of the Passion<br />

narrative, when Jesus calls out 'Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?'<br />

which is Aramaic for 'My God, my God, why have you<br />

forsaken me?' — the first line of Psalm 22. It's an anguished<br />

expression, ascribed to King David, of defeat, failure,<br />

abandonment and despair.<br />

This series of reflections, ponders the significance of these<br />

words. What does it mean for Jesus to have quoted them, at<br />

the very end of his life? What do those words mean for us<br />

and how do they lead us to the greatest hope of all?<br />

Reflections for Lent <strong>2023</strong> by Kate Bruce, Mark Oakley and<br />

Graham James, CHPublishing, £4.99<br />

Designed to enhance your spiritual journey through Lent<br />

this book has reflections on readings from the Common<br />

Worship Lectionary, written by some of today's leading<br />

spiritual and theological writers.<br />

Each day includes: full lectionary details for Morning<br />

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Collect. It's suitable for individuals and groups.<br />

Images of Grace: a Journey from Darkness to Light at<br />

Easter, Amy Scott Robinson, BRF, £9.99<br />

At the heart of the Christian message is a collection of<br />

abstract nouns such as: love; sin; forgiveness; and grace.<br />

When we use them, we assume that the person we are<br />

talking to understands them, and we assume that they have<br />

the same understanding of the word that we do.<br />

Amy Scott Robinson explores different biblical images<br />

of repentance, sin, forgiveness and grace, bringing them<br />

together in Holy Week as a lens through which to view<br />

Christ’s work of reconciliation on the cross.<br />

Prayers around the World, Deborah Lock and Helen Cann,<br />

Lion Children’s Books, £7.99<br />

This beautifully illustrated book of prayers reflects on God’s<br />

amazing world, celebrating different countries, landscapes<br />

and traditions. From fishing villages to the African plains,<br />

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farming in Peru to the snowy landscape of Greenland,<br />

blossoms in Japan and leaf kicking in Eastern Europe and<br />

to the shores of the Pacific Ocean, these prayers share God’s<br />

love and care for his world.<br />

All’s Well That Ends Well — Through Lent with<br />

Shakespeare, Peter Graystone, Canterbury Press, £12.99<br />

Few writers have a deeper understanding of the foibles<br />

of human nature and life's absurdities and tragedies<br />

than William Shakespeare. This makes him a fascinating<br />

companion for Lent, a traditional time for self-examination.<br />

This engaging, wise and often amusing book sets<br />

quotations from Shakespeare's characters and poems<br />

alongside biblical passages and reflects on the resonance<br />

between them.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re is one reflection for each day from Ash Wednesday<br />

to Easter Sunday. Each day's reflection opens with a<br />

quotation from Shakespeare and explores its ideas in<br />

conversation with the Bible and Christian thought.<br />

Easter Book of Days — Meeting the Characters of the<br />

Cross and Resurrection, Gregory Cameron, Canterbury<br />

Press, £10.99<br />

Following the bestselling Advent Book of Days, Gregory<br />

Cameron turns his artistic, literary and pastoral skills to the<br />

Easter story, introducing us to the characters who populate<br />

the crucifixion and resurrection.<br />

He explores 25 characters from the stories of Lent, Holy<br />

Week and Easter from the perspectives of scripture, history<br />

and legend and asks how they can enrich our practice of<br />

faith today. As well as the familiar figures, he explores<br />

aspects of the story not found in scripture, such as Veronica<br />

wiping the face of Jesus as he carried his cross. Considering<br />

biblical accounts alongside folk legends, he also explores the<br />

rich traditions that have built up around the cross and the<br />

crown of thorns, as well as tales of how the robin got its red<br />

breast, or what happened to the disciples after the ascension,<br />

creating a richly textured guide to the Easter season.<br />

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History<br />

Was it really . . . ?<br />

the sciences<br />

Fearfully and<br />

wonderfully<br />

made<br />

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RMS Titanic<br />

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. . . 175 YEARS AGO on 21 <strong>February</strong> 1848 that the<br />

Communist Manifesto written by Karl Marx, with the<br />

assistance of Friedrich Engels, was published in London.<br />

. . . 150 YEARS AGO on 7 <strong>February</strong> 1873 that Thomas<br />

Andrews, an Irish/British shipbuilder and businessman<br />

was born. He was in charge of the plans for RMS Titanic<br />

and died with 1,500 others during her maiden voyage.<br />

. . . 100 YEARS AGO on 16 <strong>February</strong> 1923 that British<br />

archaeologist Howard Carter opened the sealed doorway<br />

to Tutankhamen’s tomb in <strong>The</strong>bes, Egypt. <strong>The</strong> next day he<br />

discovered a wealth of treasures in the burial chamber.<br />

. . . 70 YEARS AGO on 28 <strong>February</strong> 1953 that British<br />

scientists Francis Crick and James D Watson announced<br />

their discovery of the double-helix structure of DNA.<br />

. . . 65 YEARS AGO on 17 <strong>February</strong> 1958 that St Claire<br />

of Assisi (1194-1253) was declared the patron saint of<br />

television by Pope Pius XII. Although too ill to attend<br />

Mass, she had been able to see and hear it on the wall of<br />

her room.<br />

. . . 50 YEARS AGO on 8 <strong>February</strong> 1973 that the US<br />

Senate established a select committee to investigate<br />

the Watergate scandal. This led to US President Richard<br />

Nixon’s resignation in August 1974.<br />

. . . 40 YEARS AGO on 8 <strong>February</strong> 1983 that champion<br />

racehorse, Shergar, was kidnapped in Ireland and a £2<br />

million ransom demanded. Shergar was never seen again.<br />

. . . 30 YEARS AGO on 24 <strong>February</strong> 1993 that Bobby<br />

Moore, captain of the England football team that won the<br />

1966 World Cup, died.<br />

. . . 25 YEARS AGO on 23 <strong>February</strong> 1998 that Osama bin<br />

Laden issued a fatwa against all Jews and Crusaders.<br />

. . . 15 YEARS AGO on 29 <strong>February</strong> 2008 that Prince<br />

Harry was immediately withdrawn from active service<br />

in Afghanistan after the media revealed he was serving a<br />

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By Dr Ruth Bancewicz, <strong>The</strong> Faraday Institute for Science and Religion<br />

in Cambridge.<br />

Every person who ever lived was once a sperm and an egg.<br />

Those two cells fused together, and in nine months they<br />

turned into a living, breathing, human being. Each of us<br />

emerged from this same embryonic development process,<br />

which is highly complex and organised, but variable<br />

enough to turn out a unique individual every time.<br />

If you like order – such as neat piles of stationery, or tidy<br />

colour-coded files – you will enjoy this story. One of the<br />

most important stages of an embryo’s development is<br />

when each section of the body, from head to rump, takes<br />

on its identity. Each part is told what shape to take, and<br />

which limbs or internal organs to grow: legs or arms,<br />

lungs or kidneys, and so on.<br />

<strong>The</strong> most beautiful part of this body-patterning<br />

process is that it brings the dimensions of time and space<br />

together in such a neat way.<br />

<strong>The</strong> DNA instructions for the procedure, known as<br />

genes, are organised in the order in which they are needed<br />

during development which is also the order in which they<br />

appear on the body. No other sets of genes are known to<br />

be arranged in such a tidy pattern.<br />


So, as the embryo develops, the tissues near the head<br />

end activate the first sets of genes. Those active genes then<br />

make all the proteins needed for that part of the body to<br />

grow and develop in the right way.<br />

<strong>The</strong> tissues just below the head then switch on the<br />

second set of genes, and so on. A wave of activation passes<br />

down the embryo, specifying each section of the trunk in<br />

turn.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Wisconsin-based developmental biologist Jeff<br />

Hardin often quotes Psalm 139 to express the wonder of<br />

embryonic development. <strong>The</strong> Psalmist did not understand<br />

how this process happened, but he knew that it was a<br />

marvellous thing. 'For you created my inmost being; you knit<br />

me together in my mother’s womb…your works are wonderful,<br />

I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when<br />

I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in<br />

the depths of the earth.'<br />

<strong>The</strong> story of the tidy genes brings out the hidden<br />

beauty in the very early stages of embryonic development.<br />

<strong>The</strong> more biologists get to find out about how we came<br />

to be born, the more we can say, 'I am fearfully and<br />

wonderfully made!'

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Recipe of the Month<br />

From Emma of Emma's Kitchen<br />

Welsh Rarebit<br />

Craig Russell, dreamstime.com<br />

Ingredients (2 generous portions)<br />

— 2 thick slices of bread ... any will do<br />

— 120 ml brown ale<br />

— 25g unsalted butter<br />

— 25g plain flour<br />

— 140g mature cheddar (grated)<br />

— 1 heaped teaspoon of English mustard<br />

powder<br />

— 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce<br />

— 1 tablespoon chopped chives<br />


Rev Kate's<br />

<strong>February</strong><br />

Quiz<br />

How much can you<br />

remember about last year?<br />

1. Which country won the Eurovision Song Contest?<br />

2. Which men’s football team won the FA cup?<br />

3. Which television series brought about the revival of the<br />

Kate Bush classic song ‘Running up that hill’?<br />

4. Which film won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature?<br />

5. What was the name of Queen Elizabeth II’s pony who<br />

was in the funeral procession?<br />

6. Who came 3rd place in the men’s FIFA World Cup?<br />

7. Which two countries were invited to join NATO in June?<br />

(2 marks)<br />

8. Which city hosted the Commonwealth Games?<br />

9. Who won the Wimbledon women’s singles final?<br />

10. Name 3 of the 8 new British cities created in honour of<br />

Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee. (3 marks)<br />

11. What was the most Googled word of 2022?<br />

12. Which long running BBC medical drama ended after 23<br />

years on air?<br />

Total marks = 15<br />

Method<br />

Warm the ale in a pan (do not boil)<br />

In another pan melt the butter until<br />

foaming.<br />

Whisk in the flour and cook for 1 minute<br />

Slowly whisk in the ale until a thick<br />

mixture is achieved<br />

Whisk in the cheese until you have a<br />

thick paste.<br />

Add the Worcestershire sauce, chiv3w<br />

and mustard.<br />

Grill one side of each slice of bread until<br />

golden brown.<br />

Turn over the slice and liberally spread<br />

the paste onto the whole slice.<br />

Put back under grill for 1 - 2 minutes<br />

until bubbling and brown.<br />

Serve immediately with a small green<br />

salad.<br />

Bible Cake Ingredients?<br />

Answers to Bible cake clues – published on<br />

page 31 of our January <strong>2023</strong> issue. . .<br />

i. curd (butter)<br />

ii. sugar<br />

iii. honey<br />

iv. eggs<br />

v. raisins<br />

vi. figs<br />

vii. almonds<br />

viii. flour<br />

ix. spice<br />

x. salt<br />

xi. leaven (baking powder or yeast)<br />

xii. milk<br />


Across<br />

8 Interrogated (Acts 12:19) (5-8)<br />

9 ‘Burn it in a wood fire on the — heap’ (Leviticus 4:12) (3)<br />

10 Tobit, Judith, Baruch and the books of Esdras and the<br />

Maccabees are part of it (9)<br />

11 Science fiction (abbrev.) (3-2)<br />

13 Clay pit (anag.) (7)<br />

16 Went to (John 4:46) (7)<br />

19 ‘<strong>The</strong>refore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy,<br />

to — your bodies as living sacrifices’ (Romans 12:1) (5)<br />

22 David’s plea to God concerning those referred to in 14<br />

down: ‘On — — let them escape’ (Psalm 56:7) (2,7)<br />

24 Royal Automobile Club (1,1,1) 25 How the book of Ezekiel<br />

refers to God more than 200 times (Ezekiel 2:4) (9,4)<br />

Down<br />

1 Seas (Proverbs 8:24) (6)<br />

2 One of the sons of Eli the priest, killed in<br />

battle by the Philistines (1 Samuel 4:11) (6)<br />

3 Specialist in the study of the Muslim<br />

religion (8)<br />

4 Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but<br />

— him as if he were your father<br />

(1 Tim 5:1) (6)<br />

5 One of Esau’s grandsons (Gen36:11) (4)<br />

6 Taking a chance (colloq.) (2,4)<br />

7 God’s instructions to the Israelites<br />

concerning grain offerings: ‘ — salt to —<br />

your offerings’ (Leviticus 2:13) (3,3)<br />

12 Confederation of British Industry (1,1,1)<br />

14 ‘All day long they twist my words; they<br />

are always — to harm me’ (Ps 56:5) (8)<br />

15 <strong>The</strong> crowd’s reaction to Jesus bringing<br />

back to life a widow’s son in Nain<br />

(Luke 7:16) (3)<br />

16 Disappear (Psalm 104:35) (6)<br />

17 How Jeremiah was likely to die if he<br />

wasn’t rescued from the cistern where<br />

he was imprisoned (Jeremiah 38:9) (6)<br />

18 What the prophets do to a wall, with<br />

whitewash (Ezekiel 13:10 (4,2)<br />

20 Made by a plough (Job 39:10) (6)<br />

21 Noah was relieved when the flood<br />

waters continued to — (Gen 8:5) (6)<br />

23 Jesus gave the 12 the power and<br />

authority to do this (Luke 9:1) (4)


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11 12 13<br />

14<br />

15 16 17 18 19<br />

21 22<br />

24<br />

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Down<br />

1 -- African antelope antelope (6) (6)<br />

7 - Make something look more attractive (8)<br />

- Make something look more attractive (8)<br />

8 - Scientific workplace (abbrev.) (3)<br />

8 - Scientific workplace (abbrev.) (3)<br />

9 - Large terrestrial monkey (6)<br />

910 - Large - Close terrestrial by monkey (4)(6)<br />

10 11 - Close - Estimate by (4) (5)<br />

5 - Lavish (8)<br />

13 - One's mother and father (7)<br />

11 - Estimate (5)<br />

15 - Plausible; defensible (7)<br />

13 - One's mother and father (7)<br />

17 - Reclining (5)<br />

15 21 - Plausible; - Gemstone defensible (7) (4)<br />

17 22 - Reclining - Huge (5) desert in North Africa (6)<br />

23 - Opposite of high (3)<br />

21 - Gemstone (4)<br />

24 - Text of an opera (8)<br />

22 - Huge desert in North Africa (6)<br />

25 - Followed a route or signal (6)<br />

23 Down - Opposite of high (3)<br />

24 1 - Text Doing of an opera nothing (8) (6)<br />

2 - Small stone (6)<br />

25 Followed a route or signal (6)<br />

3 - Goodbye (Spanish) (5)<br />

4 - Thing causing outrage (7)<br />

5 - Lavish (8)<br />

6 - Narrow passage of water (6)<br />

12 - Plasters (anag) (8)<br />

14 - Small storage rooms or cupboards (7)<br />

16 - Sprightliness (6)<br />

18 - Sloping (of a typeface) (6)<br />

19 - Shone (6)<br />

20 - Fire a weapon (5)<br />


the answers will be published in the next issue<br />

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25<br />

23<br />

1 - Doing nothing (6)<br />

2 - Small stone (6)<br />

3 - Goodbye (Spanish) (5)<br />

4 - Thing causing outrage (7)<br />

6 - Narrow passage of water (6)<br />

12 - Plasters (anag) (8)<br />

14 - Small storage rooms or cupboards (7)<br />

16 - Sprightliness (6)<br />

18 - Sloping (of a typeface) (6)<br />

19 - Shone (6)<br />

20 - Fire a weapon (5)<br />

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5 14 14 15 9 18 8 5 16 2 19 15<br />

8 15 19 5 20 20 5<br />

3 4 8 3 4 9 12 9 4 8 3 23<br />

14 4 7 12 15 17 15<br />

2 24 5 19 22 20 2 7 15<br />

7 19 23 15 23 20 14<br />

6 2 1 12 17 21 15 5 19<br />

26 14 5 5 2 24 5<br />

15 13 1 4 14 7 5 20 18 4 19 10<br />

9 20 6 15 6 23 26<br />

8 5 20 7 2 9 11 4 19 4 15 1<br />

15 23 25 7 7 19<br />

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13<br />

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14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26<br />

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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 />


In New Testament times 40 days old was an<br />

important age for a baby boy: it was when<br />

they made their first ‘public appearance’.<br />

Mary, like all good Jewish mothers, went to<br />

the Temple with Jesus, her first male child —<br />

to ‘present him to the Lord’. At the same time,<br />

she, as a new mother, was ‘purified’. Thus,<br />

we have the Festival of the Presentation of<br />

Christ in the Temple, 40 days after Christmas.<br />

Jesus is described in the Bible as the Light of<br />

the World, and so early Christians developed<br />

the tradition of lighting many candles in<br />

celebration of this day. <strong>The</strong> Church also fell<br />

into the custom of blessing the year’s supply<br />

of candles for the church on this day — hence<br />

the name, Candlemas. <strong>The</strong> story can be found<br />

in Luke 2:22-40, where Simeon makes his<br />

great declaration of faith and recognition<br />

of Jesus. Simeon’s ‘Nunc Dimittis’, is<br />

embedded in the Office of Evening<br />

Prayer.<br />

FORTY<br />

DAYS<br />

BABY<br />

BOY<br />

PUBLIC<br />

MARY<br />

JESUS<br />

LORD<br />

LIGHT<br />

NUNC<br />

WEST<br />






OFFICE<br />






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January<br />

Solutions<br />


I N F O R M E D L A M P<br />

M R E N D L R<br />

P R O O F G R I S T L E<br />

E W R A S O T<br />

R I N G I N G P I S T E<br />

C E G E L N<br />

E D D I E S T A B L E T<br />

P R P C E I<br />

T H E T A O R E G A N O<br />

I G T R M F U<br />

B U R N O U T E X A M S<br />

L E R A N G L<br />

E A T S B L I T H E L Y<br />


O B J E C T I V I T Y<br />

C R N E A W Q<br />

I O Z O N A L E M U<br />

R O W D Y N E A A<br />

C N M I T A K E R<br />

U N I V E R S E R<br />

M E S L A E<br />

S C H E E R F U L<br />

P O L E S O X F S<br />

E O L B I G L O O<br />

C R Y I O N I C I M<br />

T A N O A C E<br />

E L I G I B I L I T Y<br />

SUDOKU<br />



36 <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> - <strong>February</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

Local Trades and Services<br />

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Locks changed, fitted, repaired and opened<br />

Door and window locks fitted, UPVC door lock expert<br />

Checkatrade member - Which Trusted Trader<br />

Call Richard Homden: 0149 168 2050 / 0771 040 9216<br />


Linda Frewin MInstChp, HCPC member<br />

General foot care and treatments<br />

25 Ashtrees Road, Woodley RG5 4LP<br />

0118 969 6978 - 0790 022 4999<br />


Qualified Plumbing and Heating Engineers Gas Safe<br />

25 years experience - local family run company<br />

Office: 0118 961 8784 - Paul: 0776 887 4440<br />

paul@clarkbicknell.co.uk<br />


For jargon free help with your computer problems<br />

PC & laptop repairs, upgrades, installations, virus removal<br />

Free advice, reasonable rates<br />

0798 012 9364 help@computerfrustrations.co.uk<br />


Electrical Installation and Smart Home Automation<br />

intersmartuk@gmail.com<br />

Elliott — 0777 186 6696<br />

Nick — 0758 429 4986<br />


Reliable and affordable<br />

Small jobs a speciality!<br />

Call Andy on 0795 810 0128<br />

http://www.handyman-reading.co.uk<br />


Car Servicing, Repairs and MOT<br />

Mole Road, Sindlesham, RG41 5DJ<br />

0118 977 0831<br />

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


A local business based in Sonning. TV - FM - DAB aerials etc.<br />

Sky dishes. Communal premises IRS systems, TV points.<br />

Free estimates - All work guaranteed<br />

0118 944 0000<br />


We are a family business with excellent references<br />

and we are fully insured<br />

All cleaning materials provided<br />

For free quote call: Maria 0779 902 7901<br />


Thames Valley Will Service<br />

Also Lasting Powers of Attorney and Probate Service<br />

We are still working during the pandemic period<br />

0134 464 1885 tvwills@yahoo.co.uk<br />


0779 926 8123 0162 882 8130<br />

enquiries@thameschimneysweeps.co.uk<br />

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

Member of the Guild of Master Sweeps<br />


Landscaping, garden construction,<br />

patios, lawns, fencing, decking etc<br />

0118 969 8989 https://www.smallwoodlandscaping.co.uk/<br />

office@smallwoodlandscaping.co.uk<br />


For local odd jobs please call Phil on<br />

0118 944 0000<br />

0797 950 3908<br />

Thames Street, Sonning<br />


Reliable and friendly service for all tree care<br />

NPTC qualified — Public Liability of £10million<br />

0118 937 1929 0786 172 4071<br />

bighearttreecare.co.uk info@bighearttreecare.co.uk<br />


Stump grinding and tree stump removal<br />

Latest narrow access machinery<br />

Contact: Mark<br />

0798 495 7334 http://www.berkshirestumpremoval<br />


177 Wokingham Road, Earley<br />

Since 1969 (opposite Fire Station)<br />

Open: Wednesday – Saturday 9.00am – 5.00pm<br />

Call John – 0118 966 6100<br />

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38 <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> - <strong>February</strong> <strong>2023</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 / 0744 747 8048<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> Office Manager<br />

— Hilary Rennie<br />

office@sonningparish.org.uk / 0118 969 3298<br />

Parochial Church Council<br />

— Secretary: Hilary Rennie 0118 969 3298<br />

— Treasurer: Jerry Wood 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 />

— 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 pat.livesey@yahoo.co.uk / 0118 961 8017<br />

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Advertisers' index<br />

ABD Construction 6<br />

Abbey School 34<br />

Abbeyfield Wey Valley Society 18<br />

ACG Services Locksmith 36<br />

Active Security 34<br />

All Aerials 36<br />

Barber Shop 36<br />

Barn Store Henley 16<br />

Berkshire Stump Removals 36<br />

Big Heart Tree Care 36<br />

Blandy & Blandy Solicitors 14<br />

Blue Moose 8<br />

Bridge House 39<br />

Bridges Home Care 10<br />

Bull Inn 8<br />

Chimney Sweep, Thames 36<br />

Chiropody, Linda Frewin 36<br />

Clark Bicknell 36<br />

Comfort in Care 10<br />

Computer Frustrations 36<br />

Design for Print 28<br />

Freebody Boatbuilders 6<br />

French Horn 40<br />

Gardiner’s Homecare 8<br />

Great House Sonning 10<br />

Handyman and Decorating Services 36<br />

Haslams Estate Agents 2<br />

Heathium Clinics 18<br />

Hicks Group 16<br />

Intersmart Electrical Installations 36<br />

James Autos 36<br />

Jones & Sheppard Stone Masons 28<br />

Kingfisher Bathrooms 12<br />

MC Cleaning 36<br />

Mill at Sonning 4<br />

M & L Healthcare Solutions 12<br />

Muck & Mulch 28<br />

Odd Jobs 36<br />

Queen Anne’s School 30<br />

Reading Blue Coat School 10<br />

Richfield Flooring 14<br />

Seniors Helping Seniors 24<br />

Shiplake College 14<br />

Signature Care Homes 32<br />

Sonning Golf Club 30<br />

Sonning Scouts Marquees 28<br />

Smallwood Garden Services 36<br />

Style by Julie 6<br />

Thames Valley Water Softeners 6<br />

Thames Valley Wills Service 36<br />

<strong>The</strong> 50 Plus Home Repairs 28<br />

Tomalin Funerals 16<br />

Walker Funerals 12<br />

Water Softener Salt 16<br />

Window Cleaner 16

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