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Contents <strong>April</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />



— Holy Week and Easter Services, 7<br />

— Coronation Service, 7<br />

— Ring for the King, 7<br />

— STAY, 8-9<br />

— Claude's view from the pew, 9<br />

— Mark's Easter Prelude, 11<br />

— From the editor's desk, 11<br />

— Easter meditation, 13<br />

— For your prayers in <strong>April</strong>, 13<br />

— <strong>The</strong> Persecuted Church, 15<br />


— Ken Trimmings RIP, 17<br />

— Memories of Charvil, 18-21<br />

— I was Glad, 21<br />

— A year in Iraq, 22-23<br />

—around the villages<br />

— Coronation Weekend events, 25<br />

— Inner Wheel 21st birthday, 25<br />

— Sonning Art Group, 25<br />

— Canal talk, 25<br />

— FoStAC Diary, 25<br />

— World Book Day, 27<br />

— Community investor wanted, 27<br />

— My Cancer, My Choice, 29<br />

HOME & GARDEn<br />

— Dogs and children tips, 31<br />

— In the garden, 31<br />


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

Easter Lilies in St Andrew's<br />

Picture: Indy Biddulph<br />


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Services at<br />

St Andrew’s<br />

Please see page 7 for more details about<br />

the Holy Week and Easter services below.<br />

Palm Sunday 2 <strong>April</strong><br />

— 8.00am Holy Communion<br />

— 10.30am Family Service<br />

— 4pm Choral Evensong<br />

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

Maundy Thursday 6 <strong>April</strong><br />

— 7.30pm Holy Communion<br />

Good Friday 7 <strong>April</strong><br />

— 2.00pm <strong>The</strong> Last Hour with<br />

readings, prayer and reflection<br />

Easter Eve Saturday 8 <strong>April</strong><br />

— 8.00pm <strong>The</strong> First Holy<br />

Communion of Easter<br />

Easter Sunday 9 <strong>April</strong><br />

— 8.00am Holy Communion<br />

— 10.30am Family Communion<br />

Sunday 16 <strong>April</strong><br />

— 8.00am Holy Communion<br />

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

STAY and Sunday Club<br />

Sunday 23 <strong>April</strong><br />

— 8.00am Holy Communion<br />

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

STAY and Sunday Club<br />

Sunday 30 <strong>April</strong><br />

— 8.00am Holy Communion<br />

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

STAY and Sunday Club<br />

— 5.45pm Sunday at Six in <strong>The</strong> Ark<br />

THE ARTS<br />

— Poussin's Easter Alleluia 33<br />

— Poetry Corner, 33<br />

— <strong>The</strong> Hiding Place, 33<br />

— Book Reviews, 35<br />

history, 35<br />

health<br />

— Dr Simon Ruffle, 37<br />

PUZZLE PAGES, 38 - 39<br />

children's page, 42<br />

information<br />

— Church services, 3<br />

— From the registers, 3<br />

— Local Trades and Services, 40<br />

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

— Advertisers' index, 42<br />

From the Registers<br />

WEDDINGs<br />

—<br />

In<br />

Friday<br />

the<br />

10<br />

garden<br />

February, Colin<br />

. .<br />

James<br />

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Anderson Menzies and Vanessa<br />

Claire Wood<br />

funerals<br />

— Thursday 9 February, Memorial<br />

service for Kenneth Arthur<br />

Trimmings followed by interment<br />

of ashes at St John’s, Woodley<br />

— Thursday 16 February, Memorial<br />

service for Nicholas George<br />

Strong followed by interment of<br />

ashes in the churchyard<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 />

Please remember your<br />

donations for the Woodley<br />

Food Bank inside<br />

St Andrew's Church

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Dear Friends,<br />

You have probably seen my new monthly quiz in <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong><br />

which I admit I have thoroughly enjoyed writing! I like quizzes, partly<br />

because I get to use my brain and think about things that perhaps I<br />

wouldn’t usually think about, but also because I learn a lot. When I look<br />

at the answers to quiz or crossword questions that I can’t answer myself,<br />

I obtain new knowledge and I genuinely love to learn.<br />

In <strong>2023</strong> Easter falls in the month of <strong>April</strong> and so I thought I’d use this<br />

month’s parish letter to ask and answer some questions about Easter.<br />

It’s not a quiz as I am providing answers as well as questions but it will<br />

hopefully be interesting and perhaps even teach you something new.<br />

Easter is a Christian festival that people are very familiar with, not<br />

just Christians but people of many different faiths and none. Shops are<br />

full of Easter eggs, our schools have a holiday over the Easter period and<br />

many people who work will have extra bank holidays on Good Friday<br />

and Easter Monday. But for Christians, Easter is not about eggs and<br />

holidays, and, although we may think we know the Easter story well, it is<br />

always good to ask questions and to think of things in deeper and more<br />

challenging ways.<br />


Easter falls on the first Sunday after the Paschal Full Moon — Paschal is Greek meaning Passover— which<br />

is the first full moon after the Spring Equinox. <strong>The</strong> reason for this is that the early Church wanted the feast of<br />

Easter to coincide with the Jewish Passover and because the Jewish calendar is in line with lunar cycles, the<br />

Christian festival of Easter also changes. Spring equinox is taken to be 21 March, so this year Easter is 9 <strong>April</strong>.<br />

Easter can fall within the period from 22 March to 25 <strong>April</strong>.<br />


Holy Week is the week that begins on Palm Sunday and ends on Easter Sunday. It is a journey which begins<br />

with Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem with the crowd joyfully shouting ‘Hosanna’. Just a few days later<br />

we remember the Last Supper on Maundy Thursday. At this meal with his friends Jesus gives us the famous<br />

words that we use at Holy Communion including ‘take, eat. This is my body’ and ‘this is my blood of the new<br />

covenant which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins’. <strong>The</strong>se words, commonly known as the Institution<br />

Narrative, have been used since the early church as Christians celebrate Holy Communion, and it all began that<br />

night as Jesus broke bread and poured wine the night before he died. It was also at the Last Supper that Jesus<br />

washed his disciples’ feet, a sign that he came to serve others in love.<br />

Good Friday is when we remember Jesus’ death and the crowds are now shouting ‘crucify him’. Often<br />

Christians observe the Last Hour from 2pm-3pm and this is a time to reflect on the words Jesus spoke on the<br />

cross before he died. Finally, we celebrate the joy of the Resurrection at the great feast of Easter, when the new<br />

Paschal Candle is lit and we proclaim ‘Alleluia!’ Holy Week is a week of mixed emotions and it is an important<br />

journey for Christians each year.<br />


A simple answer is that Jesus died to reconcile the world with God. Of course, it is more complicated than<br />

that, but we see throughout the Old Testament that God’s people repeatedly turn from him, disobey his law<br />

and turn to false idols. <strong>The</strong> world that God created in love had become a mess. Humankind had strayed from<br />

God’s way and so the world needed to be saved. Our Saviour came in the form of Jesus, who was both fully<br />

human and fully divine, God Incarnate. <strong>The</strong> question as to how Jesus’ death and resurrection achieved this<br />

reconciliation is one that has many theories and has been debated by theologians for over a thousand years!<br />


As well the usual services throughout Holy Week, we are also having our annual Easter Saturday family<br />

day which involves an Easter egg hunt, a free BBQ, Messy Church craft activities, a bouncy castle, a teenage<br />

obstacle course, a short interactive Easter family service, trips up the Tower, egg & spoon races and a riverside<br />

walk. It would be great to see you there — for more details see page 7.<br />

I wish you all a blessed and hope filled Easter when it comes.<br />

With love and prayers, Kate

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Holy Week and Easter<br />

Palm Sunday 2 <strong>April</strong>, 10.30am<br />

We meet in <strong>The</strong> Ark Garden before<br />

processing into church for a Family<br />

Service with an abbreviated version<br />

of the traditional Passion Reading.<br />

Maundy Thursday, 6 <strong>April</strong>, 7.30pm<br />

Holy Communion to celebrate the<br />

Last Supper. <strong>The</strong> service concludes<br />

with the stripping of the altar, after<br />

which there is silent reflection before<br />

the congregation depart in silence.<br />

Good Friday, 7 <strong>April</strong>, 2-3pm<br />

<strong>The</strong> Last Hour. Bible readings,<br />

prayers and silent reflection.<br />

Easter Saturday 8 <strong>April</strong> Family<br />

Fun Afternoon, from 2pm<br />

Meet inside the Church at 2pm for<br />

a welcome and short family service<br />

before moving outside for an Easter<br />

egg hunt, bouncy castle, an obstacle<br />

course for teenagers, riverside walk,<br />

egg and spoon races, trips up the bell<br />

tower, Messy Church activities, and a<br />

free BBQ.<br />

IMPORTANT: Please let Hilary in the<br />

<strong>Parish</strong> Office 0118 969 3298 know if<br />

you are planning to be at the BBQ so<br />

we can buy enough food for everyone!<br />

Easter Eve 8 <strong>April</strong>, <strong>The</strong> First<br />

Communion of Easter 8.00pm<br />

We meet outside the Church north<br />

door where the Easter fire will be<br />

lit. <strong>The</strong> congregation will be given<br />

candles, which are lit from the<br />

Easter fire. We then move into the<br />

dark church carrying 'the Light of<br />

Christ' to celebrate the first Holy<br />

Communion of Easter. If you have<br />

been to this service you will know<br />

that it is one of the most meaningful<br />

services of the year.<br />

Easter Day 9 <strong>April</strong><br />

BCP Holy Communion at 8am<br />

<strong>Parish</strong> Eucharist at 10.30am during<br />

which the children will make the<br />

Easter Garden in <strong>The</strong> Ark.<br />

Messy Easter in<br />

<strong>The</strong> Ark 16 <strong>April</strong><br />

Family worship, prayer,<br />

games, activities, singing<br />

and free food with an Easter theme<br />

will be held in <strong>The</strong> Ark at 3pm.<br />

Everyone is welcome!<br />

Lord Carey to preside at<br />

our Coronation <strong>Parish</strong><br />

Celebration Service on<br />

Sunday 7 May<br />

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After attending the Coronation on Saturday<br />

6 May in Westminster Abbey of Charles III and<br />

his wife Camilla as King and Queen of the United<br />

Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms,<br />

<strong>The</strong> Rt Rev and the Rt Hon the Lord Carey of Clifton will preach at a special<br />

Coronation Eucharist in St Andrew's Church Sonning on Sunday 7 May at<br />

11am. Following the service the celebrations will continue in <strong>The</strong> Ark and <strong>The</strong><br />

Ark gardens. Everyone is welcome to both the service and the following drinks<br />

reception in <strong>The</strong> Ark gardens.<br />

Lord Carey was the 103rd Archbishop of Canterbury from 1991 to 2002 and is<br />

always a very welcome visitor to St Andrew's. His last visit was to preach at<br />

our special service to celebrate Her Majesty <strong>The</strong> Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum<br />

Jubilee in June last year.<br />

Could you ring for the King and Queen?<br />

A new Ring for the King website —<br />

https://ringfortheking.org — has been<br />

set up by <strong>The</strong> Central Council of Church<br />

Bell Ringers to encourage young people<br />

to try their hand at bell ringing. <strong>The</strong><br />

immediate aim is to ensure that as<br />

many church bells as possible will be<br />

rung for the Coronation on 6 May —<br />

there are about 38,000 church bells,<br />

but only 30,000 ringers in the UK!<br />

<strong>The</strong> website says that bell ringing is 'an<br />

activity like no other — a unique mix of<br />

physical exercise with mental agility that is<br />

a deep part of our history but still practised<br />

and evolving today.' It suggests that after<br />

10 - 15 hours of one-to-one tuition, a<br />

beginner can learn to handle a bell, use a<br />

bell rope, and begin to ring with others.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Central Council has said that<br />

while a swell of new recruits in time for<br />

the Coronation would be ‘fantastic’, they<br />

hope that people find this new hobby,<br />

skill and social activity something they<br />

St Andrew's bell tower<br />

would want to continue with beyond<br />

the Coronation.<br />

At St Andrew's there is a very active<br />

and friendly group of ringers who<br />

always welcome new team members.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y would also welcome your enquiry.<br />

You can find their contact details on<br />

page 42 — why not give them a ring!

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St Andrew's Youth<br />

STAY on Friday<br />

Friday night youth club goes from strength to strength. Numbers<br />

and faces are consistent, games, activities and baking are enjoyed<br />

and the tuck shop is always busy. Our recent final thoughts<br />

included: Don’t be a people pleaser, let your yes be yes and your no<br />

be no using this quote:<br />

STAY on Sunday<br />

Our bi-weekly Sunday group has also been lots of fun and<br />

learning about Jesus’s mysterious parables. This month we’ve<br />

thought about the parable of the lost sheep. It was an incredible<br />

time of honesty, faith growing and prayer. We asked:<br />

1 Have we ever lost anything?<br />

2 What does it mean to be lost?<br />

3 How do we celebrate being found?<br />

4 What do the words lostness and foundness mean to you?<br />

5 Why does Jesus want each of us to be found?<br />

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STAY on Monday<br />

Our bi-weekly faith growing group on a Monday night is also a<br />

fantastic space for having fun, deepening our faith and being<br />

together. As always, we gathered in the homes of young people<br />

and were able to think about how we are made up of 'mind, body<br />

and spirit'. We had three balloons with those words written<br />

on them, blew a puff of air into each balloon as we thought of<br />

ways that we use and exercise each one. For example, we use our<br />

bodies to do PE at school, we ride our bikes, we go for walks and<br />

we play sports for a team. This meant the body balloon was full.<br />

We use our minds to learn at school, problem solve, play games<br />

online and think about relationships and friends. Our mind<br />

balloon was also full. <strong>The</strong>n we tried thinking about our spirits.<br />

Where in a week do we use our spirits? <strong>The</strong> room went silent…<br />

the balloon remained empty…then they thought about being in<br />

church or praying, standing on top of a mountain or watching<br />

the sun set and being in awe. <strong>The</strong> point being that we often use<br />

and exercise our mind and bodies but less so our spirits, why is<br />

this? Surely all three are as important? If that’s true then we need<br />

to engage more regularly with our spirit.<br />

STAY in Schools<br />

Our work in schools continues to be fruitful and positive. With<br />

about 30 students being mentored, regular assemblies across five<br />

local schools and providing an opportunity for staff to gather and<br />

pray each term — this always feels like a great moment to pause,<br />

breathe and pray.<br />

Sunday After Six Youth Social<br />

In partnership with Emmanuel Church Youth we have launched<br />

a new youth social for those in school years 9+. It is being held<br />

from 7-8.30pm in <strong>The</strong> Ark at St Andrew's following the Sunday at<br />

Six service on the last Sunday of the month, and it will provide a<br />

space for fun, games, deepening faith and making new friends.<br />

Mental Health First Aid Course<br />

We have been kindly offered a free Mental Health First Aid<br />

Course to help those of us working with young people from<br />

the local area. We’ve got 10 youth workers and schools workers<br />

signed up and we hope this will enable us all to further support<br />

those young people who are suffering with poor mental health<br />

and those most in need of our care.<br />

To contact me, or for an informal chat about<br />

our youth work, email me, Westy, on:<br />


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

Claude's<br />

view<br />

from<br />

the<br />

pew<br />

Foraging for food<br />

<strong>The</strong> shortage of common foods<br />

has reminded me of the rationing<br />

years during and after WWII, and<br />

in particular, benefitting from my<br />

grandfather's habit of foraging<br />

foods that resulted in what was<br />

considered to be a luxury.<br />

He collected items from the local<br />

area and turned them into rare<br />

condiments such as horseradish<br />

sauce and pickled walnuts. Both<br />

were far too strong in flavour for my<br />

young tongue, but much enjoyed by<br />

my parents.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y would share the cooking<br />

at home and my father would often<br />

cook for Boys Brigade summer camps<br />

on the Isle of Wight. <strong>The</strong> camps were<br />

for poorer children and were more<br />

holidays than traditional camping to<br />

give them a break from their normal<br />

routines. I, however, much preferred<br />

the scouts. <strong>The</strong>y were far more fun<br />

and we cooked our own food.<br />


Mum was also an excellent<br />

cook — her menus were always<br />

varied with the limited ingredients<br />

available. My favourite was always<br />

‘dripping sandwiches’ due mainly<br />

because of the lack of butter.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re were sweet rations during<br />

the war and mum would make<br />

peppermints that would feed most<br />

of my friends so I remained the most<br />

popular kid in the street<br />

My father, however, would<br />

always criticise her cooking unfairly,<br />

even into latter life, much to the<br />

annoyance of my wife who once even<br />

took him to task as we shared yet<br />

another wonderful Sunday lunch.

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Mark's Easter Prelude<br />

By Bob Peters<br />

Christ healing the blind men on the road to Jericho by Pieter Norbert<br />

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Mark's story (10:45-52) of the miraculous healing of a<br />

blind man near the city gates of Jericho, stands out from<br />

other miracles performed by Jesus because Mark tells<br />

us the name of the person being healed – Bartimaeus, it<br />

means the son of Timaeus.<br />

Why Mark named him is a mystery because neither<br />

Bartimaeus nor Timaeus are mentioned anywhere else in<br />

the Bible. We can only assume that he was a well-known<br />

beggar who had a regular pitch just outside the city.<br />

When I visited Jericho in 1996 I was disappointed<br />

because, unlike most towns and cities in Israel, which were<br />

lively and welcoming, Jericho seemed to be very hostile<br />

and unwelcoming. I was relieved when the visit was over.<br />

If Jericho was like that in the time of Jesus, I’m sure that<br />

Bartimaeus would have had an unimaginably hard life as a<br />

blind beggar.<br />


<strong>The</strong> point of Mark’s story is not about who Bartimaeus<br />

was, but how he responded after Jesus told his disciples<br />

to call him. Bartimaeus recognised Jesus as the Messiah,<br />

the Son of David, and when he was called he immediately<br />

threw aside his cloak, which was probably the only thing he<br />

owned of any worldly value, and he went to meet Jesus who<br />

promptly changed his life by giving him sight. Bartimaeus<br />

then follows Jesus along the road. If you read on you will<br />

see that the road was taking Jesus, his followers, and<br />

Bartimaeus, to Jerusalem where Jesus was to be welcomed<br />

first as a King and a week later crucified alongside two<br />

thieves. Mark's story of Bartimaeus is a prelude to Easter.<br />

Mark sets out a clear pattern for our Christian lives.<br />

We must first recognise Jesus as the Son of God, we must<br />

recognise his call, and place our faith in God, rather than in<br />

worldly possessions, and then follow him.<br />

For Bartimaeus, his response was instant. I would guess<br />

for most of us that it took, or maybe, is still taking, much<br />

longer to respond. One of my great regrets is that while I<br />

recognised Jesus as the Son of God at an early age, I did not<br />

recognise God’s call or respond in the way that Bartimaeus<br />

did. It took me many years before I found the right road<br />

to follow him along and something I discovered is that it<br />

is not always the road you plan. God, I have found, likes<br />

to challenge us in ways that we think are impossible so we<br />

must rely totally on him rather than on ourselves or the<br />

world around us. Have you found the right road for you yet?<br />

From the<br />

editor's desk<br />

editor@theparishmagazine.co.uk<br />

A warm feeling inside<br />

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Handing out the latest issue of <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> at<br />

the door after the Sunday service which marked the<br />

beginning of Lent, someone came up to me and said thank<br />

you for a sermon that I had preached a few days earlier on<br />

Ash Wednesday. With all the recent busyness in my life<br />

those two simple words, 'thank you', left me with a nice<br />

warm feeling inside.<br />

Gratitude, of course, has been considered a moral<br />

virtue for thousands of years. According to Cicero, who<br />

was a Roman lawyer, philosopher and politician born 100<br />

years before Jesus walked on Earth, gratitude is not only<br />

the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all other virtues<br />

that can be found in the Bible — chastity, temperance,<br />

charity, diligence, patience, humility and kindness.<br />

Kindness is closely linked to the word gratitude,<br />

which is derived from the Latin gratia, meaning grace,<br />

graciousness, and gratefulness. It can be confused with<br />

grazie, which means thank you. Saying thank you is the<br />

response of your grace or gratefulness.<br />

Gratitude is a state of mind that comes from our spirit<br />

and is a combination of wonder, appreciation, and the<br />

readiness to respond by saying thank you, which itself is<br />

an act of returning kindness to someone else.<br />

When someone says thank you to you, you are usually<br />

left, as I was, with a nice warm feeling that whatever you<br />

did to deserve it was appreciated.<br />

Rabbi Harold Kushner once said this about that nice<br />

warm feeling: 'If you concentrate on finding whatever is good<br />

in every situation, you will discover that your life will suddenly<br />

be filled with gratitude, a feeling that nurtures the soul.'<br />

How much better would our world be today if more<br />

people took the time to nurture the souls of others by<br />

concentrating on what is good in every situation and<br />

simply say thank you?<br />


On page 17 of this issue we say a very well earned<br />

'thank you' to Ken Trimmings, whose memorial service<br />

was held in St Andrew's Church on 9 February when 98<br />

people representing Sonning village groups such as the<br />

Royal British Legion, Monday Club, the Almshouses, the<br />

Allotments, and indeed, St Andrew's Church came to say<br />

thank you. In church he was best known for his voice<br />

which was a feature of the annual Remembrance service<br />

when he honoured the servicemen who sacrificed their<br />

lives during the two world wars and other conflicts since.<br />

We also say 'thank you' to the family of Nick Strong<br />

who have given us permission to publish extracts from<br />

the memoirs of his early life growing up in Charvil and<br />

being educated in Sonning. His memorial service was held<br />

in St Andrew's a week after Ken's. <strong>The</strong> first part of Nick's<br />

memoirs begin on page 18 and will continue in our May<br />

issue.<br />

And last, but by no means least, thank you, for reading<br />

this issue of <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong>!

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An Easter Meditation by Dr Herbert McGonigle, formerly Senior Lecturer in Historical<br />

<strong>The</strong>ology & Church History, Nazarene <strong>The</strong>ological College, Manchester.<br />

‘I have gotten me Christ and<br />

Christ has gotten me the victory’<br />

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a few days ago I came down that hill<br />

carrying Jesus, and the people were<br />

all singing and shouting and throwing<br />

down their cloaks and palms for me<br />

to walk on. But today they don’t even<br />

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<strong>The</strong> other donkey replied: 'That is<br />

how it is, my friend. Without Jesus,<br />

none of us amounts to much.'<br />

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In the New Testament the resurrection of Jesus is presented as a simple<br />

historical fact. He rose from the grave on the first Easter morning. Four<br />

evangelists, and Paul, carefully lay out the evidence. <strong>The</strong>y record the details<br />

of the empty tomb, the names of who visited it, the appearances of the risen<br />

Jesus and how he was seen by more than 500 witnesses.<br />

But the New Testament tells us more: It tells us, not only of the power of God<br />

that raised Jesus from the grave (Romans 1:4) but also that the same power is<br />

invested in the Church. Christians are new people! We are ‘made alive’ in our<br />

risen head (Ephesians 1:1). His victory has become our victory! As Jesus promised:<br />

‘Because I live, you will also live’ (John 14:19).<br />

Until our Lord returns again one day, Christians will die physically, but their<br />

victory over death is already guaranteed. As Paul demonstrates in 1 Corinthians 15,<br />

death is ‘swallowed up in victory’! Death’s sting is abolished! Paul proclaims<br />

our victory anthem. ‘Thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord<br />

Jesus Christ’ (verses 55-57)!<br />


For 2,000 years Christ’s people have lived in the glorious victory. An example<br />

is Donald Cargill (1619-1681), a Presbyterian minister and a covenanter in the<br />

years known in Scotland’s history as ‘the killing times.’ <strong>The</strong> covenanters opposed<br />

all attempts by the English parliament to impose episcopacy on Scotland. With<br />

other covenanters, Cargill strongly denounced the immorality and irreligion<br />

of the court of King Charles II. Hundreds of covenanters were imprisoned, and<br />

many were executed. Cargill’s fearless itinerant preaching made him a marked<br />

man. In July 1681 he was arrested. <strong>The</strong> outcome of his trial was never in question.<br />

<strong>The</strong> government of the day<br />

was determined to silence<br />

this influential ‘rebel.’ He was<br />

sentenced for execution on 27<br />

July in Edinburgh, at which<br />

he declared, 'with less fear than<br />

ever I entered a pulpit to preach.'<br />

Raising his eyes to a blue July<br />

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he cried out: 'I have gotten me<br />

Christ and Christ has gotten me<br />

the victory.'<br />

<strong>The</strong> brave soul of Donald<br />

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Christians suffer most in Arab world's poorest country<br />

A young boy sits by his house destroyed by civil war in Yemen<br />

Colin Bailey reviews the current situation for persecuted Christians in Yemen<br />

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Yemen is strongly tribal. Tribal law forbids members<br />

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Life is dangerous for all Christians in Yemen. Most<br />

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Thank you Ken for never flinching<br />

from any task where you could help<br />

When 98 people gather in St Andrew's Church to say thank you to someone then<br />

you know that the someone is very special — especially as several more people<br />

were unable to attend the memorial service for Ken Trimmings on 9 February.<br />

Here is a selection of the many stories, tributes and thank you messages we<br />

received about him ...<br />

Ken was born on a farm in Crazies<br />

Hill 6 July 1930. He had two brothers,<br />

and after a happy childhood left<br />

school at 14 years old to work in a<br />

hardware shop in Reading delivering<br />

household products and paraffin that<br />

were used widely for lighting, heating<br />

and cooking.<br />

He then joined Huntley & Palmer<br />

and it was here that he met Betty<br />

Woodage who he married in January<br />

1954 after he had completed his<br />

National Service.<br />

Ken and Betty eventually moved<br />

to Woodley where in June 1956 their<br />

daughter, Susan Mary was born,<br />

bringing great joy to their lives. <strong>The</strong>ir<br />

family was completed in December<br />

1960 with the birth of their son,<br />

Mark.<br />

Ken, being community minded as<br />

he was throughout his life, became<br />

involved with the Woodley Carnival.<br />


1971 proved to be a life-changing<br />

year. In <strong>April</strong>, Susan Mary was taken<br />

ill and died and this prompted a<br />

move to Sonning where Ken found<br />

an allotment at the back of his<br />

small garden. His hobby at the time,<br />

tropical fish, then became tending his<br />

allotment!<br />

He joined the Sonning Working<br />

Men's Club and the Royal British<br />

Legion and so became entrenched in<br />

village life.<br />

When Huntley & Palmers closed<br />

down— Ken had worked there<br />

25 years — he took a new job at<br />

Hallmark Cards in Reading but<br />

travelling on his motorbike to work<br />

became less attractive when it was<br />

cold or wet so he bought his first<br />

yellow three wheel car that was to<br />

become his signature in and around<br />

Sonning. He never held a driving<br />

licence and eventually owned three<br />

different three wheelers that he<br />

drove at speed until he was well into<br />

his 80s.<br />

His retirement gave him even<br />

more time to be involved in village<br />

life. As well as his allotment, and the<br />

Working Mens Club, he joined the<br />

Monday Club and became its leader<br />

organising games, entertainment,<br />

and outings.<br />

Ken and Betty moved from their<br />

house in Pound Lane to the Robert<br />

Palmer Almshouses in Pearson Road.<br />

Sadly, Betty, the love of his life, died<br />

in 1991.<br />

Ken, being his natural caring<br />

self, became the warden of the<br />

Almshouses and kept an eye on the<br />

other residents, helping them as<br />

much as he could. As well as tending<br />

the communal gardens, he took<br />

a new allotment situated behind<br />

the Almshouses and he specialised<br />

in growing colourful gladioli and<br />

dahlias. In the summer he could<br />

be seen driving around the village<br />

delivering colourful bunches of<br />

flowers to everyone he thought<br />

needed cheering up.<br />


One day, when asked to share his<br />

secret about growing such colourful<br />

flowers he replied, '<strong>The</strong>y all look the<br />

same to me because I have been colour<br />

blind all my life, I just grow them<br />

because they make other people happy!'<br />

Another of Ken's remarkable<br />

talents was colouring by numbers,<br />

which again, he did to give pleasure<br />

to others. His colour blindness never<br />

stopped him from doing anything for<br />

other people.<br />

For many, Ken is remembered<br />

with great affection for his<br />

participation in the Sonning Branch<br />

of the Royal British Legion. For 35<br />

years he donned his best suit and<br />

went on parade with them at the<br />

annual Remembrance Sunday service<br />

in St Andrew's Church. During the<br />

service he would stand up and read<br />

all the names of the local servicemen<br />

who sacrificed their lives in the two<br />

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World Wars and other conflicts since.<br />

While he did so, a bunch of flowers<br />

in a silver vase was placed beneath<br />

each of the wall plaques bearing the<br />

individual's name. Ken was the voice<br />

of Sonning at this service for 35 years<br />

and will be a hard act to follow.<br />

Ken also loved to cook and had<br />

a dab-hand with making pastry. He<br />

was renowned for his apricot tea<br />

bread and rock cakes which formed<br />

part of Monday Club's afternoon<br />

tea for several years. Even after he<br />

had given up leadership of the club<br />

he continued to attend and quietly<br />

continued with his organisational<br />

skills.<br />


But even with all his outside<br />

interests and efforts to care for<br />

others, his family was always<br />

his greatest love and pride. He<br />

surrounded himself with their<br />

photos and always had room for<br />

more. Every Sunday he would call<br />

Mark and his wife Cheryl, and their<br />

children Bronwyn and Neve. He also<br />

made 17 trips to Australia to spend<br />

time with them in Australia.<br />

Ken's involvement with so many<br />

different parts of village life means<br />

he has left behind many good<br />

friends. As one friend said:<br />

'He had a rich tapestry of friends.<br />

If you popped into to see him the kettle<br />

was on within minutes and tea or<br />

coffee was served. Some mornings it<br />

could be difficult to find a chair because<br />

there were so many of us enjoying his<br />


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feature — 2<br />

Memories of a good life in Charvil<br />

1947 — 1968 By Nicholas Strong<br />

Nicholas Strong, who died in Ireland in December 2020 aged 73 years, was born in Charvil<br />

and is now buried in the churchyard at St Andrew's Church where his parents and brother<br />

are also buried. He remained very fond of Charvil and Sonning all his life and kept in touch<br />

with his school friends, some of whom still live in the parish. Before he died, he wrote his<br />

memories of the parish that he always loved. Here is the first of a two part article based on<br />

extracts from his account. Part Two will be published next month.<br />

For the first 21 years of my life — except when at university, Scout camps and residential<br />

musical events — until I married my first wife Deirdre, I lived in a three bedroom bungalow in<br />

Park View Drive Charvil with my parents.<br />

My dad built it between 1936 and 1938 at a cost of £400. It was on a<br />

⅓ acre plot purchased from the Sonning Land Company for £80.<br />

Park View Drive was, for the most part, middle class although<br />

it was a stony potholed dirt road. <strong>The</strong> exceptions to the middleclassness,<br />

much to my mum’s displeasure, were our south-side next<br />

door neighbours, the Wheels, who were a social welfare family, and<br />

north of the new A4 by-pass built in 1929, was a council estate.<br />

<strong>The</strong> problem with the Wheel family was, I think, they provided<br />

me with sugar sandwiches, which as a 3-4 year old I rather enjoyed.<br />

But obviously they weren’t good for my teeth.<br />

By the time I started primary school, the Wheels moved out and<br />

the Corderys moved in. Mr Cordery had a market garden outside<br />

Wargrave and was a keen home gardener on his ⅓ acre.<br />


Our bungalow, like the other houses in the road, had a large<br />

kitchen where we ate most of our meals around a small table — the<br />

exceptions were Christmas dinner and other special occasions that<br />

were partaken in our dining-room.<br />

My friends, I discovered later, had very small kitchens no bigger<br />

than those found in New York apartments! We also had a fairly<br />

spacious lounge that housed a grand piano. My mum played the<br />

piano quite often and I soon started tinkling on it.<br />

<strong>The</strong> house was heated by open fires in most rooms and a kitchen<br />

stove that was turned into a central heating boiler in the early 50s.<br />

An airing cupboard with an electric immersion heater was also in<br />

the kitchen, as was a large pantry cupboard with a fly-screened<br />

window. Everyone else had a larder!<br />


Outside was a brick-built garage for our 1938 Wolseley 14, reg:<br />

FKN 366. My dad had received it as a gratuity on leaving war service<br />

from the RAF in 1945. <strong>The</strong> garage had a service pit. Car ownership in<br />

the late 40s and early 50s was for the minority of the UK population<br />

and so we were regarded as reasonably wealthy.<br />

Not every house in Park View Drive had a car but my dad needed<br />

a vehicle for his work as a builder. Behind the garage we had two<br />

brick-built sheds, one for coal and the other for coking coal for the<br />

boiler. When coal was delivered, and I was old enough to count, I<br />

had to count the 20 cwt bags to ensure we got the full ton.<br />

In the garden, we grew vegetables, as did everyone who could —<br />

those without a garden had an allotment – because food rationing,<br />

controlled by paper coupons issued by the Government and based<br />

on the occupancy of each household, was in operation after the<br />

Second World War. We also kept chickens, had apple and pear trees<br />

and fruit bushes, and at one time we kept a pig in a piggery in Park<br />

Nicholas George Strong<br />

Lane. We had to provide the food for our pig that mainly seemed to<br />

be kitchen scraps.<br />

We got eggs from the chickens, one of which became Christmas<br />

dinner, its neck rung by my dad and plucked and drawn by my mum<br />

seated at the kitchen table smoking a cigarette because of the smell!<br />

<strong>The</strong> pig was eventually slaughtered, and we got the best cuts and the<br />

remainder were sold. We had no refrigeration at that time.<br />

One summer, my mum decided to grow mushrooms. She laid<br />

the spawn on the lawn and covered it with a tarpaulin. We waited<br />

in anticipation of the fine feast that we would soon enjoy, but they<br />

sprouted on next door’s lawn!<br />

At the end of our garden was a large field that provided extra<br />

space for playing until it was built on in the late 50s and became<br />

Strathmore Drive.<br />


Our first appliance in the house was a refrigerator with a minute<br />

freezer shelf that meant we could buy meat and the few vegetables<br />

that were acquired less frequently than daily. In fact, once we had<br />

a refrigerator meat was bought from a travelling Co-op butcher<br />

who called twice a week in a mobile shop akin to a mobile ice-cream<br />

van. This lasted a number of years but when the quality of the meat<br />

declined, we started buying from Jennings Butchers, next to the<br />

Post Office in Twyford.<br />

Next came a Bendix automatic washing machine that, I’m sure,<br />

saved my mum a great deal of time with the laundry that, until<br />

then, had been done by hand. <strong>The</strong> spin dry action of the machine<br />

was so violent that it had to be concreted into the ground to stop it<br />

wobbling out the back door, pushing the refrigerator ahead of it.<br />

My favourite appliance was a Cannon gas cooker with a<br />

rotisserie attachment for the eye-level grill. This device was<br />

excellent for barbecuing kebabs of lamb, onion and peppers. Some<br />

Sunday afternoons, Paul, my brother, or I would make junkets for<br />

dessert as a change from lemon meringue pie or ice cream.<br />

We were probably the first house in Park View Drive to own a<br />

television. It was a 9 inch Pye purchased from Barnes and Avis,<br />

Reading so that we could watch the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth.<br />

My mum was proud of our tv — the best brand on the market!<br />

A number of neighbours came into the front room, where the<br />

television was installed, to crowd around what would now be the<br />

size of a tablet! It had a massive case as the technology required<br />

much larger components than now.<br />


Initially, there was Charvil Post Office at the crossroads of Park<br />

View Drive and the A4 and Selesta Stores at the Old Bath Road end

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Sonning School pupils: front row left to right: John Freemantle, Nick Strong; Colin Patrick and John Head; Bridget Cox and Gillian Thomas. In the next rows are<br />

Susan Jacobs (nee Wright), Susan Screen, Clifford Blackburn, Wendy Plummer and Susan Holland.<br />

Picture from: John Freemantle<br />

of Park View Drive. It was run by Mr Bawlwell, and was a small<br />

general grocery business where most provisions were sold loose.<br />

Items such as sugar and tea were stored either in sacks or in large<br />

wooden tea chests and were shovelled into packaging made out of<br />

newspaper shaped into a cone and then it was weighed on a scale.<br />

Shortly after my memory begins, the Spenceley family took over<br />

the Post Office and opened a grocery store on the premises. While<br />

Mr Bawlwell was elderly, Mr and Mrs Spenceley were younger and<br />

ambitious and pretty soon Selesta Stores closed.<br />

On one occasion, I was sent to Spenceley’s to buy a pound of<br />

cheese with the required coupons. Back at home it transpired that<br />

Mrs Spenceley, who had served me, had added some cigarette ash to<br />

the purchase. I was sent back for a replacement block of cheese. This<br />

didn’t seem to upset my mum’s relationship with the Spenceley’s,<br />

however, as she became friendly with Ellen Spenceley and, I think<br />

became ambitious for my own education because their son, Ian,<br />

read mathematics at Cambridge and then became a turf accountant!<br />


At 4¾ years old I had my first day at Sonning Church of England<br />

School. <strong>The</strong> Duke of Edinburgh, who had recently become engaged<br />

to the future Queen Elizabeth II had been in the news, and was<br />

very much on my mind. <strong>The</strong> school was in Thames Street, Sonning<br />

between very imposing residences occupied by the great and good of<br />

the parish. I remember strutting around the schoolyard pretending<br />

to be the Duke of Edinburgh in my new school blazer.<br />

Because of the ravages of the Wars on the male population,<br />

primary schools in England, and probably elsewhere in Europe<br />

were, it seems to me, headed by a man but staffed otherwise by<br />

unmarried female teachers.<br />

At Sonning School, the headmaster was Harold (Charlie)<br />

Chapman, a north country graduate in German, probably untrained<br />

as a teacher, and three spinster ladies. <strong>The</strong> reception class was<br />

taught by Miss Simmonds who smelt of wintergreen camphor<br />

liniment. Both she and Miss Wilkins, a very tall, sickly woman who<br />

taught the next few years’ classes occupied the large, original school<br />

room, which was used for different classes each year as the number<br />

of pupils varied. Sometimes the class I was in and Miss Wilkins’<br />

class, each of which had eight or 10 pupils, were separated by a<br />

curtain across the middle of the, what at the time, seemed a vast<br />

space.<br />

<strong>The</strong> room was heated by a pot-bellied stove in the middle. In<br />

winter, it was useful for thawing the small bottles of milk that all<br />

children were given daily. Some children, though, got orange juice; I<br />

guess they didn’t like milk.<br />

We often had to wear our coats in the classroom because it<br />

was so cold! <strong>The</strong> milk was delivered by the local milkman in a<br />

crate left at the front gate of the schoolyard and, if it was really<br />

cold, it would stand like an ice lolly exploding from the bottles<br />

with the aluminium caps perched on top. <strong>The</strong> toilets were outside<br />

and the boys’ urinal had no roof. <strong>The</strong>re were cold water taps and<br />

basins in the cloakroom attached to the school room and behind<br />

the school buildings, but part of the school, was a field in which<br />

there was a stream. Beyond this were the village Almshouses that<br />

accommodated the needy pensioners of the parish.<br />

Throughout primary school, the boys and girls were separated<br />

by single sex pairs of desks. I sat next to John Freemantle who has<br />

been my lifelong friend. Behind us sat John Head and Christopher<br />

Vooght although Chris’s older sister, Vivienne, was across the aisle<br />

from me and sat next to Susan Wright.<br />

Both the Misses Simmonds and Wilkins were very fond of<br />

girls as pupils and, as a result, girls were always top of the class at<br />

the end of the first four years of schooling. It was quite a pleasant<br />

surprise, therefore, having completed our first year in Miss Fox’s<br />

class and following the first real tests that I can remember doing<br />

that I emerged as first in the class, a position that I held for the<br />

remainder of my primary school years.<br />

Miss Fox’s school room was in Pearson Road located in what had<br />

been the Home Guard drill hall during World War II. <strong>The</strong> school<br />

canteen with its own kitchen and a small meeting room were also<br />

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from page 19<br />

feature — 3<br />

Memories of the good life<br />

there. School dinner, served in the middle of the day, was<br />

available at a small charge but some children, including<br />

John Freemantle, who lived in the village, went home for<br />

food. <strong>The</strong>re was one boy, who came from a very poor single<br />

parent family, David Smith, who got free meals. I don’t know<br />

whether he was embarrassed that when the dinner money<br />

was collected each Monday morning, it was obvious to the<br />

rest of us that he didn’t pay. But the cooks made sure he was<br />

well fed.<br />

Canberra Bomber<br />


On 27 January 1953, at the beginning of my second term<br />

at school, I heard while at school that a plane had crashed<br />

between Twyford and Charvil on the Old Bath Road. It was<br />

said that Chris Pointer, a boy at school, had been there and<br />

had seen the pilot’s head on the ground. When I got home<br />

from school I headed for Twyford on my bike and, sure<br />

enough, just by Goody’s junk yard about ¾ mile from home,<br />

there was an immense crater in the road and police, fire<br />

engines and Royal Air Force trucks.<br />

It seems that an 11 day old English Electric Canberra<br />

bomber (registration WH696) had taken off from Abingdon<br />

RAF Base, either on a training flight or to deliver the plane<br />

to the RAF Base at Aldergrove in Northern Ireland, and<br />

had crashed into the road killing the crew of two, the pilot<br />

— Master Pilot CS Orrell and Navigator Sgt WG Haupt.<br />

Aldergrove is the location of Belfast International Airport<br />

and beside it there had been an RAF Base.<br />

<strong>The</strong> inquest into the deaths of the two men was held in<br />

the Almshouses in Twyford a week later, 4 February, and<br />

the cause of death was recorded as the disintegration of the<br />

plane. No cause for the accident was disclosed.<br />


Public Domain Crown Copyright<br />

Just outside Twyford, on the way to Charvil was an<br />

Aladdin’s cave called Goody's Yard where it seemed that you<br />

could buy just about anything that people offered him. It was<br />

a good source of items for making go-carts that were made<br />

of wood with wheels and either a steering wheel or reins to<br />

steer. It was pushed by a 'sucker' or freewheeled downhill. I<br />

was always building and repairing a cart.<br />

On one occasion, Keith Pusey and I went to Goody's to<br />

buy some wheels. Goody had a not very bright assistant<br />

called Charlie. Goody and Charlie were trying to straighten<br />

a bent steel girder. Charlie was holding one end of the<br />

girder, the other being on the ground, and Goody using a<br />

sledgehammer, saying, 'you ‘old it Charlie and I’ll 'it it.'<br />

More memories next month<br />

Pictured right is Sir Charles<br />

Hubert Hastings Parry (1848-<br />

1918) who is famous for several<br />

religious works: for example<br />

the music for the hymn<br />

Jerusalem, the Coronation<br />

Anthem, I was glad, and the<br />

lovely tune Repton to the<br />

words Dear Lord and father of<br />

mankind.<br />

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I Was Glad<br />

By Les Ryan, Mumbles Ministry, Swansea<br />

Parry was born in Bournemouth<br />

to a wealthy family. He attended<br />

Public Domain<br />

Eton and then Exeter College, Oxford. He had set his eyes on<br />

a business career and read Law and Modern History.<br />

However, music soon took over his life. He became an<br />

assistant editor writing 123 articles for the ground-breaking<br />

Dictionary of Music and Musicians compiled by George Grove.<br />

By the 1880s Parry was Professor of Composition at the Royal<br />

College of Music and in 1895 became its principal. At the<br />

same time he was also Heather Professor of Music at Oxford.<br />

An exceptional honour. Parry’s hobby when he was not<br />

involved in music was sailing and he became a member of the<br />

Royal Yacht Squadron – quite an achievement!<br />


All Coronation services, since King Charles I in 1626, have<br />

featured a choral setting of words from Psalm 122 — I was<br />

glad when they said unto me let us go unto the House of the Lord<br />

— to be sung as an anthem when the monarch arrived at the<br />

west door of Westminster Abbey.<br />

Parry’s majestic anthem was composed for King Edward<br />

VII in 1902 and revised for King George V in 1911 with<br />

additional brass and organ fanfares. <strong>The</strong> music features a<br />

double choir — two sections of sopranos, two of altos etc —<br />

organ and orchestra. <strong>The</strong> music has an overwhelming feeling<br />

of grandeur and empire.<br />

Parry’s innovation in this piece was the addition of the<br />

Latin acclamations Vivat Rex — Long live the King — or Vivat<br />

Regina — Long live the Queen — which traditionally are<br />

sung, or rather, shouted, by scholars of Westminster School.<br />

Not everything runs smoothly at these great national<br />

events. For example, one of Handel’s Coronation anthems<br />

in 1717 for King George II and Queen Caroline ended in<br />

confusion we are told, while another of the anthems in the<br />

order of service was left out altogether! In 1902, I was glad<br />

finished too early in the service. <strong>The</strong> King hadn’t arrived, so<br />

the quick-thinking organist improvised some tunes on the<br />

spot until King Edward VII turned up, rather late! <strong>The</strong>n the<br />

anthem was sung again!<br />

More recently, in 2011, I was glad was sung for the bridal<br />

procession of Catherine Middleton at her marriage to Prince<br />

William. It had also been sung at the wedding of Prince<br />

Charles and Diana in 1981.<br />

In 1898 Parry was appointed a Knight Bachelor and in<br />

the 1902 Coronation honours he was created a Baronet of<br />

Highnam Court.<br />

Parry died after catching Spanish flu in the 1918 pandemic.

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feature — 4<br />

Hello & goodbye<br />

<strong>The</strong> ancient country we know today as Iraq is thought to<br />

be Mesopotamia, the birthplace of the Bible. It is<br />

where the Garden of Eden and the Tower of<br />

Babel were, and where other Old Testament<br />

stories such Daniel and the lion's den, took<br />

place. Mesopotamia was the land between<br />

the rivers Tigris and Euphrates, which is the<br />

reason it was so fertile. In the mid 1950s Colin<br />

Pierce (right) lived in Iraq for about a year. It<br />

was to be an historic time that still has<br />

repercussions today. This is his story ...<br />

It was in late summer 1954 as a<br />

young RAF officer I stepped off the<br />

Hastings aircraft into the oven-like<br />

heat of RAF Habbaniya located along<br />

the Euphrates River 50 miles from<br />

Baghdad, Iraq. I had been posted to a<br />

force known as the Iraq Levies run by<br />

an RAF regiment that formed part of<br />

the ground defence force of Iraq.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Iraq I was now in had been<br />

much changed over the centuries.<br />

Biblically it was Mesopotamia,<br />

first with the Nestorians, latterly<br />

known as Assyrians, who ultimately<br />

believed in one god — Ashur — so it<br />

was easy for them to become among<br />

the first early Christians.<br />

<strong>The</strong> 7th Century brought the Arab<br />

conquest and in the 19th Century the<br />

Turkish Ottoman dynasty.<br />


<strong>The</strong> modern Iraq state was formed<br />

after World War 1 and given a king<br />

and a cabinet following the mandate<br />

given to the UK in 1921.<br />

Winston Churchill, aided by the<br />

famous Arabist, Gertrude Bell, was<br />

largely responsible for the Iraq I now<br />

set foot in.<br />

Gertrude Bell was an English<br />

writer, traveller, and government<br />

official. She travelled throughout<br />

the Middle East in the early 1900s<br />

and, as a confidante of Faisal — the<br />

last King of Iraq — she played an<br />

important role in the establishment<br />

of Iraq.<br />

NEW HOME<br />

My new home was mainly a<br />

Muslim country but with about one<br />

million Christians, namely Assyrians<br />

and Chaldeans who were associated<br />

with the Roman Catholic Church.<br />

My unit, the Iraq Levies, was<br />

formed to help protect Iraq — there<br />

was also an Iraq army in Baghdad.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Levies were made up of three<br />

soldier units, a headquarters and a<br />

hospital.<br />

<strong>The</strong> soldier units were Assyrian,<br />

the largest, a Kurd and an Arab one.<br />

Most of the latter were from the<br />

Marsh Arabs in the south east of<br />

the country who were Shia Muslims,<br />

whereas the Kurds were Sunni from<br />

the north. Associated with the<br />

soldiers was a very large civilian<br />

village attached to RAF Habbaniya.<br />

YES SIR!<br />

My first port of call was the<br />

force commander, who gave me my<br />

instructions: 'Go to the stores and get<br />

dressed in Army uniform'. Yes, we wore<br />

khaki not blue.<br />

<strong>The</strong>n he asked, 'Do you ride? (Bike?)<br />

'No sir.' 'Why do they send me officers<br />

who cannot ride! Get down to the<br />

stables in the Levy Lines and someone<br />

will teach you to ride horses!<br />

'Oh yes, your immediate job is to be<br />

the adjutant of the training camp at Ser<br />

Amadia in Kurdistan. Get up there!'<br />

'Yes sir!!'<br />

So in my smart khaki and Levy<br />

hat with a magnificent blue plume, I<br />

took the night train from Baghdad to<br />

Mosul. From there I was taken by a<br />

Levy lorry to Bebaidi, a village at the<br />

foot of Ser Amadia, our mountain<br />

top training base.<br />


During my stay in Bebaidi I<br />

saw the Levy hospital at work. <strong>The</strong><br />

doctors not only looked after Levy<br />

soldiers but sick villagers from the<br />

whole area.<br />

<strong>The</strong> local sick needing help<br />

would queue every morning hoping<br />

to be treated by our medics.<br />

But I had to go up the mountain!<br />

I was met by my Levy muleteer and<br />

a mule, which I rode up the gorge to<br />

to an historic year w<br />

Images: Unless stated and all images are from Colin Pierce's per<br />

Top row: Left: Colin Pierce at a Remembrance Day service in Su<br />

dreamstime.com; right; UK and Iraq flags, Ruletkka, dreamstim<br />

Second row: Left: RAF Habbaniya, Sgt Jeremy Lock, UK Gover<br />

Third Row: Levy officers, British and Iraqi<br />

Bottom row: Left; On stage 'Rookery Nook'; right: the Levy cros

the top and into a large tented area.<br />

This was home while training.<br />

In my free time I wandered<br />

around the mountain and villages<br />

meeting lots of locals from Kurds to<br />

Arabs to the somewhat mystical (and<br />

currently brutalised) Yazidis.<br />

<strong>The</strong>n it was back to Habbaniya<br />

and the routine of a British base with<br />

fighter and transport squadrons,<br />

plus, of course, the Levy base.<br />

RAF Habbaniya had a hospital<br />

and also a magnificent theatre/<br />

cinema.<br />

I joined an amateur theatrical<br />

group and we performed regularly.<br />

In fact, we took our plays to<br />

Baghdad where I performed in three<br />

plays on a stage at the Alwiyah Club,<br />

one of the best elite social clubs of<br />

Baghdad that opened in 1921 and was<br />

always crowded.<br />

<strong>The</strong> three plays were: Rookery<br />

Nook, <strong>The</strong> man who came to dinner and<br />

Harvey.<br />

After one post performance<br />

reception I was asked to take home<br />

a local young Christian girl, which I<br />

was please to do.<br />

Walking back alone past Baghdad<br />

houses guarded by squawking geese,<br />

I never felt unsafe. I doubt I would<br />

nowadays in Baghdad.<br />

Poor Iraq, first a bloody<br />

revolution, then a war with Iran,<br />

then two more wars, leaving a<br />

somewhat unsafe country with<br />

frictions between Shia and Sunni<br />

Muslims and a difficult Kurdish<br />

minority. <strong>The</strong> million Christians in<br />

my time have dwindled to less than<br />

250,000, with scarcely any evidence<br />

of the Assyrian Christians.<br />

Meanwhile I was given other nonmilitary<br />

duties. Habbaniya had a race<br />

course and of course, horse races. <strong>The</strong><br />

local Arabs would join our eventers,<br />

but not me, a non-rider I was put in<br />

charge of the Tote!<br />

<strong>The</strong> Levies were keen on their<br />

horses and often went hunting in<br />

the desert for jackals. <strong>The</strong> hunt was<br />

formalised as the Exodus Hunt but<br />

being a non-rider, I ended up as the<br />

hunt treasurer.<br />

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hen British Forces helped to protect Iraq<br />

sonal album. Where appropriate Colin is indicated by a circle.<br />

nrise of Sonning 2020; centre: Iraq map, Rose Joy Villote,<br />

e.com.<br />

nment public domain; right: Colin Pierce astride a mule.<br />

s country team, winner of the county championships 1955<br />

ON STAGE<br />


But I could run and I led the<br />

Levies to win the Iraq cross country<br />

championships with a team mostly<br />

made up of Kurds.<br />

<strong>The</strong> mixture of religions in the<br />

Levies meant we probably got more<br />

than our fair share of holidays!<br />


Politically, the UK government<br />

was keen for us to leave Iraq. <strong>The</strong><br />

Middle East Treaty Organization,<br />

also known as the Baghdad Pact and<br />

subsequently known as CENTRO, the<br />

Central Treaty Organization, was a<br />

military alliance of the Cold War. It<br />

was formed in 24 February 1955 by<br />

Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Turkey, and the<br />

United Kingdom. <strong>The</strong> alliance was<br />

dissolved on 16 March 1979.<br />


<strong>The</strong> Iraq army moved in and took<br />

over traditional Levy defence roles.<br />

<strong>The</strong> British government also<br />

wanted all commitments reduced,<br />

but were conscious of the need to<br />

resettle the Levy soldiers. Houses<br />

were planned in Baghdad and the<br />

search for jobs began.<br />

Many Arab Levies joined the Iraq<br />

army or police forces, but most of the<br />

Kurds went back to the north.<br />

My last Levy job was to go up<br />

to Kurdistan to settle with former<br />

Levies any commitments the British<br />

government had, such as pensions,<br />

most of which were commuted.<br />

To do this, again I would get the<br />

night train to Mosul where I stayed<br />

in a terrible hotel. I would then hire a<br />

taxi for two or three days and set off<br />

past Nineveh into Kurdistan, where<br />

fortunately in the north there was a<br />

much better hotel.<br />

After Mosul it was Dohuk and<br />

then several villages up to Amadia<br />

and dear old Bebaidi. I did that trip<br />

twice.<br />

Thus on 5 November 1955 my time<br />

in Iraq ended and I was posted to<br />

Cyprus — it was goodbye Saddam<br />

Hussein and hello EOKA, or union<br />

with Greece — independence<br />

was already on offer. <strong>The</strong> Turks<br />

and Turkey were not happy about<br />

that and my Cyprus tour covered<br />

the period leading to the Turkish<br />

invasion, but that is another story!

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Portraiture art<br />

Sonning Art Group made the most of<br />

their first tutorial since the pandemic<br />

when Jenny Halstead (above right)<br />

discussed and demonstrated the<br />

art of portraiture. Mike Sheppard<br />

(above), a member's husband,<br />

made an excellent model and the<br />

group enjoyed an informative and<br />

successful afternoon.<br />

Canal talk<br />

Graham Horn will be giving an<br />

illustrated talk on the Kennet and<br />

Avon Canal, in Pearson Hall on<br />

Friday 21 <strong>April</strong> 7.30.<br />

As well as talking about how and<br />

why the canals came about, how they<br />

worked and their subsequent decline,<br />

he will also explain why the Kennet<br />

and Avon canal is one of Britain's<br />

premier inland waterways, and how<br />

it was restored over the last 40 years.<br />

Tickets available online through<br />

the Sonning and Sonning Eye<br />

Society website or Penny Feathers<br />

on 0118 934 3193 / penny.feathers@<br />

btinternet.com.<br />

FoStAC diary dates<br />

Charlton Down House Private<br />

Garden Tour and Tea on 12 June<br />

Near Tetbury, Gloucestershire, this<br />

tour is in aid of FoStAC fund raising<br />

for St Andrew’s Church vestry wall<br />

repairs. Tickets are £30, including<br />

afternoon homemade cake with tea<br />

or coffee. Transport to the gardens<br />

may be possible.<br />

Sponsored Cycle Ride and Walk<br />

from <strong>The</strong> Ark and back 1 July<br />

Annual Sonning Garden Party on 9<br />

July at 3pm<br />

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Sonning events for the<br />

Coronation weekend<br />

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Coronation Day Saturday 6 May<br />

<strong>The</strong> Coronation will be televised and those wishing to view the event with their<br />

friends can see it on the big screen in Sonning Club. <strong>The</strong> Club will be open all<br />

weekend with food being served in the garden by TACITO Street Food.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Sonning and Sonning Eye Society will be holding a celebratory dinner in<br />

Pearson Hall on Saturday evening with a three course meal provided by Emma’s<br />

Kitchen. <strong>The</strong> cost will be £25 per ticket and includes a glass of champagne to<br />

toast the newly crowned King and Queen. Wine will be available at £10 per<br />

bottle. Tickets will be available on https://www.sonning.org.uk from 10 March or<br />

from Penny Feathers on 0118 934 3193.<br />

Sunday 7 May — Celebration Church Service, followed by<br />

the Big Lunch and Family Entertainment<br />

<strong>The</strong>re will be a celebration service in St Andrew's Church at 11am on Sunday<br />

morning when Lord Carey, who will attend the Coronation on the previous day,<br />

will be preaching. Lord Carey was Archbishop of Canterbury from 1991 - 2002.<br />

Pearson Hall will be open for families to get together from 12 noon. Tables<br />

will be set up to seat about 100 inside with a similar number in marquees in the<br />

gardens of Sonning Club. Bring your own picnic — prizes will be given for the<br />

best decorated hampers. Alcohol will be available from Sonning Club.<br />

Two AbbaStars singers will perform from 1pm. <strong>The</strong> first 45 minute session<br />

1 – 1.45 pm will be while tables are still in place for lunch. Most of the tables<br />

will be removed for the 2.15 – 3 pm session to allow dancing to take place near<br />

the stage. This will be followed by children from Sonning CofE Primary School<br />

choir performing in the hall and maypole dancing in the Sonning Club gardens.<br />

A professional caller will organise barn dances in the hall for children and<br />

adults from about 4 - 8pm with prizes awarded for the best dancers.<br />

Monday 8 May — Volunteering Day in Pearson Hall<br />

Pearson Hall will be open from 11.30am – 2.30pm for local charities, societies<br />

and organisations to showcase their activities and attract new members<br />

and volunteers. Teas and cake will be available to buy, served by members of<br />

Sonning WI.<br />

Apart from the dinner on Saturday evening and teas and cakes on Monday there<br />

will be no charge for participating in the events, this is made possible courtesy of the<br />

Sonning Volunteer Fire Brigade Trust and the Sonning and Sonning Eye Society.<br />

Happy 21st birthday to Inner Wheel ladies!<br />

Reading Maiden Erlegh Inner Wheel has celebrated 21 years of friendship and<br />

service to the community. <strong>The</strong>y meet on the third Thursday of the month at<br />

Sonning Golf Club for a chat and a drink at 7.15 for 7.45pm and then enjoy a<br />

two course meal, which is usually followed by an interesting speaker. <strong>The</strong>ir<br />

community projects of knitting and sewing continue to support <strong>The</strong> Cowshed,<br />

Chemo Gift Bags, and blankets for the Hamlin Fistula Foundation.

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SONNING CofE primary school update<br />

A highlight of the day was hosting the first 'Great Sonning<br />

Book Swap'. Pupils from across the school brought in<br />

books they had read and no longer needed, which our<br />

Year 6 pupils in Oak class sorted into age-appropriate<br />

groups. Classes then came in and, helped by our Oak class<br />

volunteers, the pupils chose books to take home and read.<br />

This was a lovely way to share recommendations, try new<br />

genres and create a buzz about books!<br />

Here's what pupils said of World Book Day:<br />

— '<strong>The</strong> Great Sonning Book Swap was really fun as I now get<br />

to read a book I have never read before.'<br />

— 'I love celebrating reading!'<br />

— 'I liked dressing up, because you get to be creative and learn<br />

about other books and characters.'<br />

— 'I enjoyed sharing other books, because it starts a<br />

conversation and you can see other people’s interests.<br />

— 'I liked seeing the different costumes people chose to show<br />

off what book they liked.'<br />

World Book Day inspired<br />

our school's love of reading!<br />

Sonning Church of England Primary School enjoyed several special events on 2 March to celebrate reading and to inspire<br />

a love of books, writes Phil Sherwood, head teacher. <strong>The</strong> children heard from famous authors about how they choose and<br />

enjoy books, dressed as their favourite book characters and completed activities about their favourite books.<br />

Sonning Church of England Primary School, is seeking<br />

'Angel Investors' for its Performing Arts Studio. <strong>The</strong> studio's<br />

objective is to promote and deliver rich experiences and<br />

development in acting, dance, music, song, art and general<br />

cultural appreciation. <strong>The</strong> new building (see last month's<br />

magazine) will be within the school grounds and, during the<br />

day, it will be used by the school pupils. At weekends, in the<br />

evening, and in the school holidays, it will be available for<br />

— 'I liked World Book Day as I came in a costume from my<br />

favourite book which I chose with my mummy.'<br />

Another highlight was an annual Book at Bedtime event,<br />

where our youngest pupils from Reception, Year 1 and<br />

Year 2 classes, came back to school in their pyjamas or<br />

onesies for an evening of stories.<br />

Adult volunteers read stories to small groups of pupils,<br />

who also enjoyed hot chocolate and biscuits. And everyone<br />

was treated to a story from Mrs Kelsall, deputy head<br />

teacher, as well as Mr Sherwood, head teacher.<br />

Here's what pupils said of the Book at Bedtime event:<br />

— 'I liked the hot chocolate and marshmallows!'<br />

— 'Adults reading to us was amazing.'<br />

— '<strong>The</strong> stories were really funny – I liked <strong>The</strong> Great Dog<br />

Bottom Swap.'<br />

— 'Mrs Kelsall’s voices were very funny!'<br />

— 'We got to see pictures of Mr Sherwood’s pig when he<br />

read Meet Wild Boars to us.'<br />


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come is a key part of World Book Day, so if you who would<br />

like to get involved with promoting reading at Sonning<br />

Church of England Primary School, please get in touch<br />

with them at: spsadmin@sonning.wokingham.sch.uk<br />

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the Arts thrive and develop in new generations of pupils, the<br />

school would welcome donations and support. Please contact<br />

the school office via email: spsadmin@sonning.wokingham.sch.uk<br />

for the attention of the head teacher, Phil Sherwood.

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Charvil's My Cancer, My Choices Charity Cycle Challenge<br />

This year's annual cycle rides,<br />

organised by Reading Matins<br />

Rotary Club to raise funds for My<br />

Cancer, My Choices, Charvil's local<br />

cancer support charity, are on<br />

Sunday 21 May — last year, these<br />

popular events raised £3,000!<br />

My Cancer, My Choices was founded<br />

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2014 and is based in Old Bath Road,<br />

Charvil.<br />

Having had cancer, Mandy saw a<br />

need to support people living with<br />

cancer from diagnosis onwards. Liz<br />

had a background in nursing and felt<br />

equally passionate about providing<br />

therapies to benefit cancer patients.<br />

Both, being complementary<br />

therapists, combined their skills and<br />

experience to establish the registered<br />

charity with the help of Liz Riddle<br />

from the Oncology Outpatients<br />

Clinic and Macmillan Cancer<br />

Support Information Centre.<br />

My Cancer, My Choices provides<br />

a holistic complementary therapies<br />

service that supports the wellbeing<br />

of people with cancer in Berkshire.<br />

MATINS<br />

As its name implies, Reading<br />

Matins Rotary Club usually meets<br />

at 7.30am so its 30 members can<br />

get on with the rest of their day.<br />

While the members come from a<br />

variety of backgrounds they all<br />

share a common interest in serving<br />

the community in areas where they<br />

believe their work will add value.<br />

Organising the annual fund<br />

raising cycle ride is a prime example<br />

of the club's work.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y meet every 1st, 2nd and 3rd<br />

Wednesday of the month at Cobbs<br />

in Englefield, every 4th Wednesday<br />

via Zoom and when there's a 5th<br />

Wednesday they hold an evening<br />

social event.<br />


<strong>The</strong> two cycling events begin in<br />

Thames Valley Park Drive RG6 1PQ<br />

with the signing in from 9am.<br />

A 30k ride starts at 9.30m for<br />

cyclists aged 12 years and over<br />

and takes a circular route that is<br />

predominantly off-road along some<br />

picturesque canal paths through<br />

Reading, out to <strong>The</strong>ale, Sulham and<br />

back to Thames Valley Park. <strong>The</strong> entry<br />

fee is £20 plus an Eventbrite fee.<br />

Cyclists will leave in guided<br />

groups along a marshalled route<br />

that will take about 2 to 3 hours,<br />

depending on fitness level.<br />

A 5k ride is for cyclists aged 6<br />

years and above starts at 10am.<br />

It takes an off-road route along<br />

the River Thames, and the wetland<br />

ponds and nature reserve around<br />

Thames Valley Park.<br />

You can also choose to walk or<br />

run the 5k route.<br />

Entry is £5 plus the Eventbrite fee<br />

This route will have marshals at<br />

key points and you can choose to<br />

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Please note the routes are not<br />

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Following the rides everyone<br />

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Bike maintenance provided by AW<br />

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Please Note: Both rides are noncompetitive,<br />

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Asparagus!<br />

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children safe around dogs<br />

Dogs and children communicate very differently, but they can be great<br />

friends and help children develop kindness and a sense of responsibility.<br />

Just remember RSPCA's six golden rules for keeping your children safe and<br />

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1. Stay with your children around dogs: Never leave your child alone in the<br />

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2. Interact with dogs at the right times: Teach your child not to approach dogs<br />

when they're eating or having a treat. Have a toy or something else they really<br />

like.<br />

3. Be gentle: Teach your child to be kind and polite to dogs. Don't let your child<br />

climb on dogs, pull their ears or do anything you wouldn't allow them to do to<br />

another child.<br />

4. Play nicely and teach tricks: Teach your child how to play nicely with your<br />

dog. For example, your child can teach your dog some really funny tricks, or to<br />

play dead or roll-over.<br />

5. Give your dog space if they need it: Supervise your child when they're with<br />

your dog - if your dog looks unhappy, let them go somewhere they feel safe and<br />

happy.<br />

6. Don't let your children approach dogs they don't know such as when you're<br />

out in the park.<br />

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love it or hate it?<br />

Traditionally, the British asparagus<br />

season runs from St George's Day<br />

on 23 <strong>April</strong> to the Summer Solstice<br />

on 21 June. It is one of the earliest<br />

of ancient, annual vegetables and is<br />

like Marmite – you either love it or<br />

you hate it.<br />

Although there is evidence of it being<br />

grown in the ancient world since<br />

Biblical times, it is never mentioned<br />

by name in the Bible and theologians<br />

seem to be divided as to whether it is<br />

classed as a good or a forbidden food.<br />


<strong>The</strong>re have been times when the<br />

first crops of asparagus have been<br />

blessed in church, although some<br />

bishops have declared it sinful to do<br />

so. In the UK there are some local<br />

events such as the British Asparagus<br />

Festival on 23 <strong>April</strong> in Evesham and<br />

the Asparagus Harvest Festival on<br />

27 May in Deeside that celebrate<br />

asparagus.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are many different<br />

varieties, but four general types:<br />

green, white, purple, and wild.<br />

Within these four types there many<br />

varieties with various colours, tastes,<br />

textures, and hardiness.<br />

Some varieties of asparagus<br />

plants can live up to 30 years, and<br />

there are some that are a grown<br />

for aesthetics and should not be<br />

consumed because they are toxic.

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THE ARTS — 1<br />

In the 17th century the name<br />

Arcadia evoked an earthly paradise<br />

that was celebrated in art and<br />

literature as an idyllic place of peace<br />

and harmony where humanity and<br />

nature were at one. To live in such<br />

beautiful surroundings was to find<br />

heaven on earth.<br />

We often have that feeling when<br />

we are out in the countryside amid<br />

the hills and woods, the valleys and<br />

lakes. <strong>The</strong> sun shines benevolently,<br />

and we feel nothing can destroy that<br />

happiness and sense of unity we<br />

have with creation around us.<br />

That is the mood shown to us<br />

when we first look at this month’s<br />

painting, ‘<strong>The</strong> Funeral of Phocion.’ It<br />

is by the Baroque artist, Nicaolas<br />

Poussin, who was born in France<br />

but spent most of his working life in<br />

Rome, where he died in 1665.<br />

In the distance are friendly hills,<br />

and then closer at hand we see the<br />

trees and bushes, a winding river,<br />

Poetry Corner<br />

Death Destoyed<br />

By Steven Rollings<br />

Isaiah 25:6-9 parts; Tune: Lyngham<br />

‘O for a thousand tongues to sing’<br />

In mount Zion the Lord shall make<br />

A feast, and none shall take (x2)<br />

It from His people, it fine fare<br />

Rejoicing, plenty there (x3)<br />

He will destroy on that mountain<br />

Death, and bring life’s fountain (x2)<br />

Will destroy face of covering<br />

Death’s pall spread o’er each thing (x3)<br />

It be a veil spread o’er nations<br />

Of peoples, all stations (x2)<br />

He swallows up death in victory<br />

So shall His triumph be (x3)<br />

And the Lord God will wipe away<br />

Tears from each face that day (x2)<br />

Will take away from His people<br />

Rebukes, accusings all (x3)<br />

<strong>The</strong>n the people shall in that day<br />

This is our Lord God, say (x2)<br />

We have waited for Him, and He<br />

Will save us, joyful we (x3)<br />

the shepherd and his sheep, a couple<br />

walking and talking, and the farmer<br />

and his cart. <strong>The</strong>re are also signs of<br />

civilization — it is the city of Athens<br />

with its temple and buildings, a place<br />

where harmony and reason rule.<br />

Poussin presents us with a calm,<br />

ordered landscape.<br />

But in the foreground, we see<br />

something that jolts us out of this<br />

reverie. Two slaves carry off a body<br />

for burial. It is Phocion, an Athenian<br />

general. He was known as ‘Phocion<br />

the Good,’ admired for his honesty<br />

and integrity and for his simple way<br />

of life.<br />

In the 4th century BC, Phocion<br />

argued for peace when the city around<br />

clamoured for war with Macedon. His<br />

enemies won the day and they plotted<br />

to have him condemned.<br />

As a traitor, Phocion was denied<br />

a burial in Athens, and so his body<br />

is being taken outside the city. <strong>The</strong><br />

world of civilization and the world of<br />

nature seem oblivious to this tragedy<br />

of a moral life cut down by others.<br />

In this month of Eastertide we can<br />

think of a similar scene of nature and<br />

civilization. <strong>The</strong> garden of Joseph of<br />

Arimathea where a body is brought<br />

for burial — someone, who like<br />

Phocion, stood out for goodness and<br />

peace, but who fell victim to the forces<br />

of hatred and jealousy within the city<br />

walls of Jerusalem.<br />

Poussin painted a second canvas<br />

where the ashes of Phocion are<br />

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Easter Alleluia rings out to embrace us all<br />

By Rev Canon Michael Burgess<br />

Public Domain<br />

returned to his grieving widow — a<br />

sad end to a good life with no hint of<br />

hope for a better future.<br />

In this season we rejoice in a<br />

different end to the story of Jesus. On<br />

Good Friday his body is laid to rest<br />

in a tomb. Two days later the Lord of<br />

Easter walks again in that garden to<br />

tell a grieving Mary Magdalene that<br />

there is hope for her future.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re is the promise of a new<br />

creation and a new world where<br />

eternal life is triumphant. In such a<br />

world, the human heart within, the<br />

dwelling places of people and the<br />

countryside around can never be the<br />

same again. <strong>The</strong> Easter Alleluia rings<br />

out to embrace us all.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Hiding Place<br />

GOODNESS 40 years ago, on 15 <strong>April</strong> 1983,<br />

Corrie ten Boom, a Dutch writer,<br />

watchmaker, and Holocaust survivor,<br />

died. She left behind her experiences<br />

written in Christian books that<br />

became best-sellers.<br />

Her family were Christians and offered<br />

shelter, food and money to the needy.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y believed the Jews were precious<br />

to God and that all people were created<br />

equal.<br />

During World War II the family<br />

helped many Jews and others to<br />

escape from the Nazis at great risk<br />

to themselves. A secret room in<br />

their house behind Corrie’s bedroom<br />

became known as <strong>The</strong> Hiding Place —<br />

the title of her most famous book.

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3 Days that Changed the World – the<br />

three most significant days in history<br />

By Roger Carswell, 10Publishing £3.99<br />

<strong>The</strong> crowds shouted, ‘Crucify Him!’ … So<br />

began the three most significant days in<br />

world history. Three life-changing days that<br />

have the power to transform your world.<br />

Roger Carswell explains what led to the<br />

events of the first Easter, and shows how<br />

Jesus’ death and resurrection still impacts each one of us.<br />

God Save the King – the King’s Coronation<br />

By Alan Marsden and Roger Carswell, 10<br />

Publishing, 15p each, multi-buy discounts<br />

Evangelistic tract explaining the Coronation<br />

of the new king, and pointing ultimately<br />

to our servant-hearted Saviour King who<br />

reigns over a different kind of kingdom.<br />

Ideal for giving out in the run up to King<br />

Charles' Coronation.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Day the Earth Shook<br />

By Helen Buckley and Jenny Brake,<br />

10Publishing, £3.99<br />

This book, aimed at 4-to-7-year-olds,<br />

is about the earthquake in Jerusalem<br />

on Good Friday. <strong>The</strong> earth quaked.<br />

<strong>The</strong> rocks split. All because someone<br />

incredible died. But just who was this<br />

man powerful enough to shake the earth, and why did<br />

he have to die? This book introduces children to ‘super<br />

powerful, super strong love in action’, as they discover just<br />

why this was the most incredible day in history. If you’re<br />

planning to give these away, there is a special pack available<br />

at £50 for 50 copies.<br />

Lighting the Beacons – Kindling the Flame of Faith in<br />

our Hearts By Jill Duff, SPCK, £12.99<br />

Highlighting stories from contemporary<br />

culture, scripture and the writings of the<br />

saints, the book aims to encourage those<br />

who are curious about the Christian faith,<br />

those who feel discouraged and those<br />

aspiring to be giants of faith and part of a<br />

transformed society. It would be a good gift<br />

for those who yearn to be transformed by<br />

God. With study guides at the end of each chapter, it is also<br />

an ideal book for group discussion.<br />

Honesty Over Silence – it’s OK not to be OK<br />

By Patrick Regan, SPCK, £9.99<br />

<strong>The</strong> book tackles topics that many find<br />

hard, such as trusting God when life is<br />

painful, anxiety and depression, looking<br />

after ourselves, developing character, and<br />

living with thankful hearts in tough times.<br />

It examines our strength in letting go of our<br />

need to be in control, and how we can stop<br />

comparing ourselves with others, but live authentically and<br />

honestly as we grow into the people God has created us to be.<br />

History<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> - <strong>April</strong> <strong>2023</strong> 35<br />

Was it really . . . ?<br />

. . . 125 YEARS AGO, on 3 <strong>April</strong> 1933 that the first<br />

flight over Mount Everest took place. British pilots<br />

the Marquis of Clydesdale and Donald McIntyre<br />

flew two biplanes over the summit.<br />

. . . 80 YEARS AGO on 30 <strong>April</strong> 1943 that the Bergen-<br />

Belsen concentration camp was established in Germany.<br />

<strong>The</strong> former prisoner-of-war camp was converted into<br />

a holding camp, mainly for Jews. Tens of thousands of<br />

people died of starvation and disease in the overcrowded,<br />

unsanitary conditions.<br />

. . . 75 YEARS AGO on 7 <strong>April</strong> 1948 that the World Health<br />

Organization (WHO) was founded in Geneva, Switzerland<br />

as a specialist agency of the United Nations.<br />

. . . 75 YEARS AGO on 30 <strong>April</strong> 1948 that the Land Rover,<br />

a British all-terrain vehicle, was officially launched at the<br />

Amsterdam Motor Show. According to Yougov.co.uk 95% of<br />

us have heard of them, and 58% of us admire them.<br />

. . . 60 YEARS AGO on 16 <strong>April</strong> 1963<br />

that American civil rights leader<br />

Martin Luther King Jnr wrote<br />

his famous ‘Letter from<br />

Birmingham Jail’ while<br />

imprisoned in Alabama. He<br />

stated that the Black<br />

community was forced to<br />

protest when the white<br />

power structure left them<br />

no choice.<br />

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Atomazul, dreamstime.com<br />

. . . 50 YEARS AGO on 4 <strong>April</strong> 1973 that the World Trade<br />

Centre in New York City was officially opened. It was<br />

destroyed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001.<br />

. . . 40 YEARS AGO on 1 <strong>April</strong> 1983 that tens of thousands<br />

of anti-nuclear weapons protestors formed a 14-mile<br />

human chain in Berkshire. <strong>The</strong>y linked the US airbase<br />

at Greenham Common, the nuclear research centre in<br />

Aldermaston, and an ordnance factory in Burghfield.<br />

. . . 30 YEARS AGO on 29 <strong>April</strong> 1993, to raise funds to<br />

repair Windsor Castle, Queen Elizabeth II announced that<br />

Buckingham Palace would open to the public for the first<br />

time.<br />

. . . 25 YEARS AGO on 10 <strong>April</strong> 1998 that the Good Friday<br />

Agreement was signed in Northern Ireland. It was a<br />

political deal designed to bring an end to 30 years of<br />

violent conflict in Northern Ireland.

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VOMIT<br />

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HEALTH<br />

Dr Simon Ruffle writes . . . What's up Doc?<br />

A common presentation to GP<br />

practice is ‘I’m tired all the time.’ So<br />

much so, that if you write ‘TATT’ in<br />

the notes other healthcare workers<br />

understand.<br />

Generalised fatigue symptoms are<br />

common and can suggest many<br />

different illnesses, fortunately<br />

mostly harmless. This presentation<br />

is often followed up by a request for<br />

a blood test or a scan to make sure<br />

everything is okay.<br />

This is fraught with difficulties.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re is no blood test that<br />

encompasses everything, many are<br />

non-specific and some will set in<br />

train a process of elimination that<br />

may involve invasive or harmful<br />

procedures.<br />

We have a term for people<br />

injured by having a ‘scan’— VOMIT<br />

—Victims Of Medical Imaging<br />

Technology. <strong>The</strong>re are many<br />

companies that allow people to pay<br />

to be scanned. Unfortunately, the<br />

results can be confusing as we have<br />

many ‘normal’ findings requiring<br />

invasive investigations. <strong>The</strong>re are<br />

recorded deaths from surgery that<br />

turn out to be ‘nothing.’<br />

Compounding the difficulties in<br />

getting GP appointments, lots of<br />

patients access their medical records,<br />

which is a good thing generally,<br />

but seek consultations to explain<br />

why some of their test results are<br />

abnormal, despite us marking them<br />

as normal.<br />

All results are based on<br />

confidence intervals, which for<br />

medicine is set at 95%. Essentially,<br />

a spread of 100 results, 95% of them<br />

will be within the normal range,<br />

with 5% being abnormal. However,<br />

the majority of these 5% are normal,<br />

but to have confidence that we do<br />

not miss a problem, a percentage are<br />

marked abnormal.<br />

When we analyse those results,<br />

we have the context of why the test<br />

was done, the person’s history and an<br />

overall review of all the results.<br />

A full blood count has between<br />

10-15 different parts to the result.<br />

Commonly, one of these results will<br />

fall outside the confidence interval<br />

and be marked abnormal. In context<br />

with the other results, it is likely to<br />

be normal, however, our laboratory<br />

reporting systems mark them<br />

otherwise. Now that patients can see<br />

these results, they, understandably,<br />

worry, and call.<br />

Investigating fatigue symptoms<br />

starts with a comprehensive history<br />

of the symptoms, work/life balance,<br />

diet, exercise, menses data, drinking<br />

and smoking habits, family history,<br />

sleep, medication, and drug taking<br />

history and past medical history.<br />

Psycho-social factors are the most<br />

common answer that need few or no<br />

investigations.<br />

Stating the obvious, common<br />

things are common. Iron deficiency<br />

is high up the list and a full blood<br />

count will tell us. Iron studies can<br />

then be performed if the cause is not<br />

obvious. Thyroid disorders, diabetes<br />

and vitamin deficiency follow on as<br />

possibilities.<br />

We do not look for zebras when<br />

we hear hooves — unless we are in<br />

Africa — so sometimes two or three<br />

blood tests are needed especially<br />

when symptoms change or escalate.<br />

<strong>The</strong> costs of tests to the NHS are<br />

in the range of £2 billion/year, so<br />

doing unnecessary tests on the NHS<br />

may deny funding to other areas.<br />


A popular, TV advertised,<br />

company will do a full screen for<br />

around £126. It isn’t a ‘full screen’<br />

in fact it does little and they offer a<br />

full money back guarantee if they<br />

find nothing abnormal! Maybe their<br />

confidence interval is 50% or less.<br />

To be honest we really hope we<br />

find nothing as well, but we end up<br />

with a list of issues that we have to<br />

investigate properly or spend a lot<br />

of time analysing the history and<br />

results that were organised by a<br />

for-profit company that is essentially<br />

propped up by the NHS.<br />

A well-respected private health<br />

company also offers a comprehensive<br />

screen, but their quote is far more<br />

realistic at £330 or so, but this<br />

includes a physician analysing the<br />

history and tests. However, this is<br />

still done on demand and often not<br />

true need.<br />

A simple question of: What’s up<br />

Doc? Not really, as it may lead us<br />

down a rabbit hole that we do not<br />

want or need to go down.<br />

Images: ©Simon Ruffle. (Above) blood<br />

bottles; (left) A green needle used for blood<br />

sampling has a diameter of 0.8mm (shot with<br />

macro lens and extension tubes)

38 <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> - <strong>April</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />


from page 15<br />

Yemen Christian<br />

persecution<br />

together, because of the growing fear<br />

that neighbours will report them to the<br />

local authorities.<br />

Christians in the south are at<br />

particular risk as there is a strong al-<br />

Qaeda presence.<br />

It has been indicated that there is<br />

more pressure in the Shiite Muslimcontrolled<br />

areas in the west than<br />

in areas under control of the Sunni<br />

government.<br />


All Yemenis are affected by the<br />

humanitarian crisis, but Yemeni<br />

Christians are additionally vulnerable<br />

since emergency relief is mostly<br />

distributed through local Muslims and<br />

mosques, which allegedly discriminate<br />

against all not considered to be devout<br />

Muslims.<br />

Open Doors say on their website<br />

that they support the body of Christ<br />

in Yemen by distributing relief aid and<br />

Christian literature, and offering shelter,<br />

protection and livelihood training to<br />

persecuted believers and their relatives.<br />

Visit the Open Doors Donate link below<br />

if you wish to give.<br />

Please pray for secret Christians,<br />

bravely still following Christ despite the<br />

dangers, for humanitarian aid to reach<br />

all people in need including those on the<br />

margins of society, and for reconciliation<br />

to the factions in conflict.<br />

References and further Printed reading with Permission<br />

Yemen Wikipedia page<br />

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yemen<br />

Council on Foreign Relations - War in<br />

Yemen<br />

https://www.cfr.org/global-conflict-tracker/<br />

conflict/war-yemen#:~:text=Nearly%20<br />

twenty%2Dfive%20million%20<br />

Yemenis,rights%20and%20international%20<br />

humanitarian%20law.<br />

Al Jazeera missiles seizure<br />

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/<strong>2023</strong>/3/2/<br />

uk-navy-intercepts-iran-missiles-likelyheaded-for-yemen<br />

UNICEF<br />

https://www.unicef.org/emergencies/yemencrisis<br />

Open Doors World Watch List <strong>2023</strong><br />

https://www.opendoorsuk.org/persecution/<br />

world-watch-list/yemen/<br />

Open Doors Donate<br />

https://www.opendoorsuk.org/act/donate/<br />


Rev Kate's<br />

<strong>April</strong> Quiz<br />

Total marks = 15<br />


It’s general knowledge again this month<br />

with some special Easter themed questions.<br />

1. Who was Henry VIII’s 4th wife?<br />

2. Which is the 6th planet from the Sun.<br />

3. In what year did the singer Olivia Newton John die?<br />

4. What is the name of the famous sequence that begins 0,<br />

1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13…..<br />

5. Which member of the Royal Family has a Stepson called<br />

Christopher who is known as ‘Wolfie’?<br />

6. Which famous novel has the opening line ‘When Mary<br />

Lennox was sent to Misselthwaite Manor to live with her<br />

uncle everybody said she was the most disagreeablelooking<br />

child ever seen’?<br />

7. Which African country used to be called Bechuanaland?<br />

8. Inspector Javert is a villain in which Musical?<br />

9. In the animated show <strong>The</strong> Simpsons, what is the name of<br />

Homer and Marge’s youngest child?<br />

10. What is a cavy more commonly known as?<br />

11. On which day of Holy Week (the week leading up to<br />

Easter Sunday) do we usually remember Jesus washing<br />

his disciples’ feet?<br />

12. In which of the 4 Gospels in the Bible (Matthew, Mark,<br />

Luke and John) does the Easter story involve Jesus’<br />

mother Mary at the foot of the Cross?<br />

13. What important Christian day falls 40 days after Easter<br />

Sunday?<br />

14. In which year did Cadbury’s make their first chocolate<br />

egg: 1845, 1875 or 1905?<br />

15. What is the name of the 2011 animated film following the<br />

adventures of the son of the Easter bunny?<br />

Down<br />

1 Coastal rockfaces (Psalm 141:6) (6)<br />

2 Academic (1 Corinthians 1:20) (7)<br />

3 Publish (Daniel 6:26) (5)<br />

5 For example, the Crusades (4,3)<br />

6 11 Across is certainly this (5)<br />

7 He reps (anag) (6)<br />

9 Liberator (Psalm 18:2) (9)<br />

13 Man who asked the question in 11 Across<br />

was in charge of all her treasury (Acts 8:27)<br />

(7)<br />

14 <strong>The</strong>y must be ‘worthy of respect,<br />

sincere, not indulging in much wine’ (1<br />

Timothy 3:8) (7)<br />

15 <strong>The</strong> human mind or soul (6)<br />

16 ‘O Lord, while precious children starve,<br />

the tools of war increase; their bread is — ’<br />

(Graham Kendrick) (6)<br />

18 ‘We played the flute for you, and you did<br />

not —’ (Matthew 11:17) (5)<br />

20 Bared (anag) (5)<br />

Across<br />

1 Relating to the whole universe (6)<br />

4 <strong>The</strong> disciple who made the remark in 8 Across (John 20:24) (6)<br />

8 ‘Unless I see the nail marks — — hands, I will not believe it’ (John 20:25) (2,3)<br />

9 He urged King Jehoiakim not to burn the scroll containing Jeremiah’s message (Jeremiah 36:25) (7)<br />

10 Baptist minister and controversial founder of America’s Moral Majority, Jerry — (7)<br />

11 ‘Look, here is — . Why shouldn’t I be baptized?’ (Acts 8:36) (5)<br />

12 Repossessed (Genesis 14:16) (9)<br />

17 Port from which Paul sailed on his last journey to Rome (Acts 27:3–4) (5)<br />

19 ‘Moses was not aware that his face was — because he had spoken with the Lord’ (Exodus 34:29) (7)<br />

21 Roonwit, CS Lewis’s half-man, half-horse (7)<br />

22 Grill (Luke 24:42) (5)<br />

23 ‘<strong>The</strong> lot fell to Matthias; so he was added to the — apostles’ (Acts 1:26) (6)<br />

24 ‘I was sick and you looked after me, I was in — and you came to visit me’ (Matthew 25:36) (6)


1 2 3 4 5 6 7<br />

9 10<br />

13<br />

11 12<br />

14 15 16<br />

17 18<br />

20 21 22<br />

23 24<br />

Across<br />

Down<br />

Across<br />

1<br />

-- Excerpt<br />

from a newspaper<br />

from a<br />

(8)<br />

newspaper (8)<br />

5 - - Official Official language language of Pakistan (4) of Pakistan (4)<br />

9 - African country whose capital is Niamey (5)<br />

910 - African<br />

- Authors<br />

country whose<br />

(7)<br />

capital is Niamey (5)<br />

10 11 -- Authors Total (7) confusion (12)<br />

14 - Possesses (3)<br />

11<br />

15<br />

- Total<br />

- Individual<br />

confusion (12)<br />

things (5)<br />

14 16 - Possesses - Entirely (3) (3)<br />

7 - Disturb (8)<br />

17 - Uncomplimentary (12)<br />

15 20 - Individual - Moves things at (5) great speed (7)<br />

16 22 - Entirely - Herb (3) (5)<br />

23 - Team (4)<br />

17 24 - Uncomplimentary - Campaigner (12) (8)<br />

20 - Moves at great speed (7)<br />


the answers will be published in the next issue<br />

Down<br />

22 1 - Herb Insincere (5) moral talk; bank (4)<br />

23 2 - Team Act (4) of entering (7)<br />

3 - Especially (12)<br />

24 4 - Campaigner Of recent (8) origin (3)<br />

6 - Pass a rope through (5)<br />

7 - Disturb (8)<br />

8 - Type of cloud (12)<br />

12 - Believer in a supreme being (5)<br />

13 - Mental considerations (8)<br />

16 - Angered (7)<br />

18 - Fader (anag) (5)<br />

19 - Listen to (4)<br />

21 - Male aristocrat (3)<br />

8<br />

19<br />

1 - Insincere moral talk; bank (4)<br />

2 - Act of entering (7)<br />

3 - Especially (12)<br />

4 - Of recent origin (3)<br />

6 - Pass a rope through (5)<br />

8 - Type of cloud (12)<br />

12 - Believer in a supreme being (5)<br />

13 - Mental considerations (8)<br />

16 - Angered (7)<br />

18 - Fader (anag) (5)<br />

19 - Listen to (4)<br />

21 - Male aristocrat (3)<br />

21 5 2 7 12 19 3 20 11 5 20 6<br />

5 9 18 19 14 5<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 />


Even as Jesus ate that last Passover meal<br />

with his disciples, he warned them he was<br />

about to be betrayed. He took the bread,<br />

blessed it, broke it and gave it to them; he<br />

took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it to<br />

them to drink. <strong>The</strong> Old Covenant, based on<br />

Law, was ticking away its final hours; the<br />

New Covenant, based on Christ’s body and<br />

his blood, was about to be ushered in. Jesus<br />

prayed in Gethesame that this fearful cup of<br />

suffering might be removed from him, but<br />

even more, that God’s will might be done. And<br />

it was. Because of Easter we can approach<br />

God through his Son, Jesus Christ. He has<br />

opened the gates to heaven for us!<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> - <strong>April</strong> <strong>2023</strong> 39<br />

March<br />

Solutions<br />


R S R A C A C I A<br />

G E N E R O U S H N<br />

P A M S A U K<br />

C A R P A W A R D S L<br />

I L N Y E E<br />

A D V A N C E P O S I T<br />


M A C E C R U C I B L E<br />

I L H H O E K<br />

S H A D O W Y H E D G E<br />

M S P M E E S<br />

A P P R E H E N S I V E<br />

T L S I I R<br />

C O N V E X S V E L T E<br />

H E S F E P<br />

Q U E S T I O N A B L E<br />

J T N Z E E L<br />

A G R E E Z E S T F U L<br />

R O S L S I E<br />

S I N I S T E R S T U D<br />

SUDOKU<br />

N E D V<br />

F A C E S R E V E R I E<br />

L A S C R N<br />

O V A L U E R S O F T<br />

A G E G Y E U<br />

T R A P P L A U S E<br />

S E N I O R T S E<br />



10 6 18 15 15 20 3 5 11 18 16 17<br />

20 14 15 20 17 17<br />

24 18 4 14 20 14 5 9 4<br />

25 26 4 4 2 4 20 2 26 9<br />

4 5 19 4<br />

5 20 3 12 8 9 5 17 18 11<br />

20 4 23 16 19 18 5 4 18<br />

18 16 20 2 1 20<br />

22 9 18 20 7 4 3 5 26 18 13 4<br />

26 20 19 9 14 5<br />

4 2 6 19 12 9 19 11 18 24 5 26<br />

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 />

14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26<br />

Z Q L<br />

IN<br />

ATE<br />

LAW<br />

LAST<br />

OLD<br />

NEW<br />

GOD<br />


JESUS<br />



MEAL<br />



WARNED<br />


BREAD<br />

WINE<br />

THANKS<br />

DRINK<br />


BODY<br />

BLOOD<br />

CUP<br />

WILL<br />

EASTER<br />


OUT<br />


1. K<br />

2. Colin Firth<br />

3. 100<br />

4. 2013<br />

5. Bakerloo<br />

6. Geese a laying<br />

7. St David<br />

8. Anne Boleyn<br />

9. Richard Aldworth<br />

10.1982<br />

11. Accra<br />

12. Banquo<br />

13. Aunt<br />

14. 12<br />

15. Jill Scott

40 <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> - <strong>April</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 />

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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 />

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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 />

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Landscaping, garden construction,<br />

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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 />

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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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42 <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> - <strong>April</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 />

Safeguarding Officer<br />

— 0118 969 3298<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 26<br />

Abbeyfield Wey Valley Society 18<br />

ACG Services Locksmith 40<br />

Active Security 26<br />

AJ Wealth Management 28<br />

All Aerials 40<br />

AMS Water Softeners 28<br />

Barber Shop 40<br />

Barn Store Henley 16<br />

Berkshire Stump Removals 40<br />

Big Heart Tree Care 40<br />

Blandy & Blandy Solicitors 14<br />

Blue Moose 30<br />

Bridge House 43<br />

Bridges Home Care 10<br />

Bull Inn 30<br />

Canon Tree Care 28<br />

Chimney Sweep, Thames 40<br />

Chiropody, Linda Frewin 40<br />

Clark Bicknell 40<br />

Computer Frustrations 40<br />

Design for Print 32<br />

Freebody Boatbuilders 6<br />

French Horn 44<br />

Gardiner’s Homecare 30<br />

Great House Sonning 10<br />

Handyman and Decorating Services 40<br />

Haslams Estate Agents 2<br />

Heathium Clinics 18<br />

Hicks Group 16<br />

Home Stair Lifts 28<br />

Intersmart Electrical Installations 40<br />

James Autos 40<br />

Jones & Sheppard Stone Masons 32<br />

Kingfisher Bathrooms 12<br />

MC Cleaning 40<br />

Mill at Sonning 4<br />

M & L Healthcare Solutions 12<br />

Muck & Mulch 32<br />

Odd Jobs 40<br />

Queen Anne’s School 34<br />

Reading Blue Coat School 10<br />

Richfield Flooring 14<br />

Sabella Interior Design 24<br />

Seniors Helping Seniors 28<br />

Shiplake College 14<br />

Signature Care Homes 36<br />

Sonning Golf Club 34<br />

Sonning Scouts Marquees 32<br />

Smallwood Garden Services 40<br />

Style by Julie 6<br />

Thames Valley Water Softeners 6<br />

Thames Valley Wills Service 40<br />

<strong>The</strong> 50 Plus Home Repairs 32<br />

Tomalin Funerals 16<br />

Walker Funerals 12<br />

Water Softener Salt 16<br />

Window Cleaner 16

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or 01189 340777<br />

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