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Contents <strong>May</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />



— Coronation Service, 7<br />

— Cake glorious cake, 7<br />

— Churches Together, 7<br />

— STAY, 8-9<br />

— Help Heather to jump, 9<br />

— Handel's Messiah, 11<br />

— From the editor's desk, 11<br />

— Seven purposes of Creation, 13<br />

— Claude's view from the pew, 13<br />

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

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

— Easter Photo Album, 17-19<br />


— Take a Coronation break, 21<br />

— <strong>The</strong> Coronation, 22-23<br />

— Why go to church? 25<br />

— Why Alpha? 27<br />


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

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

Flying the flag for the Coronation<br />

Images:<br />

Coronation emblem: Sir Jony Ive KBE<br />

Flag: Oleksandr Lutsenko, dreamstime.com<br />


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

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

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

date of publication.<br />

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

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

Saturday 6 <strong>May</strong> at 12 noon<br />

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Services at<br />

St Andrew’s<br />

Sunday 7 <strong>May</strong><br />

— 8.00am Holy Communion<br />

— 11.o0am Community<br />

Coronation Celebration<br />

(details on page 7)<br />

Sunday 14 <strong>May</strong><br />

— 8.00am Holy Communion<br />

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

STAY and Sunday Club<br />

Sunday 21 <strong>May</strong><br />

— 8.00am Holy Communion<br />

— 10.30am Family Communion<br />

— 3.00pm Messy Church<br />

Pentecost Sunday 28 <strong>May</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 />

—around the villages<br />

— Sonning School, 29<br />

— Maiden Erlegh Rotary, 31<br />

— Singing in July, 31<br />

— FoStAC events, 31<br />

— Sonning Art Group, 31<br />

THE ARTS<br />

— Life and Light, 33<br />

— Poetry Corner, 33<br />

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Morning Prayer is held in church<br />

every Tuesday at 9.30am. Everyone is<br />

welcome.<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 />

health<br />

— Dr Simon Ruffle, 35<br />

— Popular health myths, 37<br />

history, 37<br />

PUZZLE PAGES, 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 />

funerals<br />

— Friday 10 March, Joan Marie<br />

Brown, interment of ashes in the<br />

churchyard<br />

— Friday 17 March, Rita Mahalah<br />

Plumb, cremation at Reading<br />

Crematorium<br />

— Friday 24 March, Olive Horne,<br />

interment of ashes in the<br />

churchyard<br />

— Friday 31 March, Alison Christine<br />

Sharma, funeral service in church<br />

followed by cremation at Reading<br />

Crematorium<br />

Please remember<br />

your donations for<br />

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St Andrew's Church

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

Dear friends,<br />

It is 25 years since I was ordained at Guildford Cathedral and 15 since I<br />

was inducted as your vicar. I well remember feeling quite self-conscious<br />

at both occasions, particularly at the induction with a sense of all eyes<br />

on me as I entered the church. As I recall this, I am left wondering quite<br />

what will be going through the minds of the King and Queen as they<br />

enter Westminster Abbey on the 6th of this month. <strong>The</strong>re will be 2,000<br />

in the congregation and if the late Queen’s funeral is any guide, billions<br />

watching on television. Rather them than me!<br />

I must admit to a slight sense of trepidation as we approach the great<br />

event and I am very pleased not to be on the staff of the Abbey as they<br />

navigate all the intricacies of such an ancient and sacred occasion. We<br />

all know how much our country has changed since Queen Elizabeth II<br />

was crowned. That was a 3 hour ceremony, complete with Sir Winston<br />

Churchill in garter robes and the peers with their coronets.<br />

<strong>The</strong> King’s Coronation mercifully will be shorter, although I am<br />

unsure as to what has been removed. It will be interesting to see how<br />

the occasion has been adapted, 70 years on from the last one. Central<br />

to the rite is the anointing with holy oil and the King and Queen taking<br />

communion and much of that ritual comes from the Old Testament.<br />

How will this be viewed in multifaith Britain? I really am not sure, but pray that it can be an opportunity both<br />

to unite us as one people, and to give thanks for the Christian foundations of this nation. A hopeful indicator<br />

was Her late Majesty’s funeral service. It was a true act of witness to her faith, with all the pomp and ceremony<br />

that she deserved, but it was, in the end, an Anglican Book of Common Prayer funeral, yet with the largest<br />

worldwide viewing audience in history.<br />


<strong>The</strong>re has been speculation in the press as to what the King will wear. This hasn’t been keeping me up at<br />

night, but dare he wear the silk knee britches and ornate coat of his predecessors? Certainly, the King Edward<br />

Crown will be used, as will the Imperial State Crown, but what else will remain? For over 1,000 years our kings<br />

and queens have been invested with ring, sceptre, rod and orb. <strong>The</strong> ring is marked with a cross, and the other<br />

objects are each topped with one, symbolizing the authority of Christ. A dove, the symbol of the Holy Spirit,<br />

perches on the cross at the top of the rod. Together they remind us that Jesus Christ is King over all. <strong>The</strong> crown<br />

is a symbol of royalty rooted in the Hebrew scriptures. It proclaims the sovereignty of God and the monarch<br />

as regent on earth, administering the law of God. If we strip away all the tabloid tittle-tattle surrounding the<br />

Royal Family, it is good to remember these things as we prepare to watch this timeless ritual, so infused with<br />

the sense that Christ is Lord of all.<br />


I have looked back at previous parish magazines, going back to the reign of Queen Victoria, to read what my<br />

predecessors have written at the time of those coronations. All speak of it as an opportunity to come together<br />

as a parish and wider community for a jolly good celebration! Our part in that will be a special service on 7 <strong>May</strong><br />

at 11am where music from the Coronation will feature and the 103rd Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey,<br />

will preach. This will be followed with a reception in <strong>The</strong> Ark garden. I warmly invite you to join us.<br />

I was amused that one previous vicar spoke of how he was thrilled to have 110 attending their special<br />

Coronation service! That would be modest turnout for an average service morning these days, so it’s good to<br />

know that church attendance is not in decline here! It is great to see all the community plans for celebrating<br />

and I feel sure we will all do justice to this hugely significant event.<br />

I conclude with a quote from the Book of Kings, written sometime between 560 BC and 540 BC. '<strong>The</strong>n the<br />

priest brought out the King’s son, put the crown on him, and gave him the covenant; they proclaimed him King, and<br />

anointed him; they clapped their hands and shouted, ‘Long live the King!’' (2 Kings 11,12) From across the millennia I<br />

heartedly respond, 'Amen to that'!<br />

Warm wishes, Jamie

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Lord Carey to preach at<br />

Community Coronation<br />

Celebration Service at<br />

11am on Sunday 7 <strong>May</strong><br />

After attending the Coronation on Saturday 6 <strong>May</strong> in<br />

Westminster Abbey of Charles and his wife Camilla as<br />

King and Queen of the United Kingdom and the other<br />

Commonwealth realms, <strong>The</strong> Rt Rev and the Rt Hon the<br />

Lord Carey of Clifton will preach at a special service of<br />

celebration in St Andrew's Church Sonning on Sunday 7<br />

<strong>May</strong> at 11am.<br />

Following the service the celebrations will continue in <strong>The</strong><br />

Ark and <strong>The</strong> Ark gardens. Everyone is welcome to both<br />

the service and the following drinks reception in <strong>The</strong> Ark<br />

gardens.<br />

Lord Carey was the 103rd Archbishop of Canterbury<br />

from 1991 to 2002 and is always a very welcome visitor<br />

to St Andrew's. His last visit was to preach at our special<br />

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

Platinum Jubilee in June last year.<br />

Cake glorious cake!<br />

In the penultimate week of the spring term, the Reading<br />

Blue Coat chaplaincy held a cake sale and raffle to raise<br />

money for the Aldworth Partnership, which is the umbrella<br />

term for the school's outreach work.<br />

<strong>The</strong> stalls were run by the chaplaincy prefect as well as<br />

other younger pupils who attend the weekly chaplaincy<br />

lunchtime club.<br />

Rev Kate said: 'What was particularly special is that<br />

it wasn't just a school event, a number of members of St<br />

Andrew's also baked cakes and flapjacks for us to sell. I am<br />

very grateful for the support from the church and it was lovely<br />

to see my two 'worlds' of school and church come together.'<br />

Churches Together!<br />

By Rev Kate<br />

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Behind the scenes on Mothering Sunday . . .<br />

Left to right: Penny Feathers, Rosemary Nutbrown and Molly Woodley<br />

who made Mothering Sunday bunches of flowers. Liz Nelson<br />

. . . and front of house on Palm Sunday . . .<br />

Members of St Andrew's music group<br />

Indy Biddulph<br />

On 19 March I was delighted that we were able to host 61 adults and children from a variety of local Roman Catholic<br />

congregations at the halfway point of their charity walk. <strong>The</strong> annual walk called ‘<strong>The</strong> Big Lent Walk’, raises money for<br />

the charity CAFOD. It was a wet and windy day so everyone was grateful for the warmth of <strong>The</strong> Ark and a hot drink! But<br />

it wasn’t just warmth and hospitality that we offered, it was also fellowship. We sang hymns and it was lovely to meet so<br />

many new people — at least 14 different nationalities represented by flags which they carried on the walk.

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STAY on Monday<br />

St Andrew's Youth<br />

Hanging out at STAY on Friday!<br />

STAY on Friday<br />

Our Friday night Youth Club continues to be a<br />

positive space for around 70 local young people<br />

to gather, play games and enjoy each other's<br />

company. We’ve had all the usual fun and games,<br />

plus a dodgeball night where we witness the<br />

competitive side of everyone, even the leaders!<br />

We met throughout March with a games night<br />

and a cake and questions session. We had a great<br />

chat about what happens when we die, who goes to<br />

heaven and does God choose who gets in!<br />

STAY on Sunday<br />

Our STAY on Sunday sessions saw the young<br />

people learning about the parable of the hidden<br />

treasure. <strong>The</strong>re’s only one way to learn about what<br />

Jesus meant and that’s to bury money in the<br />

ground and set up a treasure hunt for the young<br />

people to follow and then dig it up! Here’s them<br />

striking gold ...!<br />

STAY in Schools<br />

We had the privilege of delivering assemblies<br />

across all five local schools on Esther, being a<br />

disciple in todays culture and an end of term<br />

Blue Coat assembly on Easter. Our mentoring<br />

also continued with 28 students across the<br />

two secondary schools — and with one major<br />

breakthrough for a sixth former!<br />

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ay Activities . . .<br />

e magazine was being<br />

t see next month's issue<br />

Mental Health First Aid Course:<br />

A wonderful local trainer called Rekha offered<br />

some free mental health first aid training to<br />

all local groups and youth workers. Eight of us<br />

gathered in <strong>The</strong> Ark for the two days of invaluable<br />

training. Learning how to spot the signs, how<br />

to listen, support and sign post young people to<br />

professional help and services, while also giving<br />

them ongoing support and care.<br />

Chapter 2 Practice Walk<br />

In preparation for the 100km walk on Father’s Day in<br />

June a few of us went for a 22km and a 26km practice<br />

walk to Henley and back, and around the beautiful<br />

countryside of Goring and Streatley. You can still<br />

sponsor me through my just giving page on:<br />

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Soulscape Object Day<br />

As part of our schools work we had the privilege<br />

of partnering with Soulscape at Piggott and<br />

Emmbrook Schools.<br />

Soulscape is a Wokingham based schools work<br />

charity that delivers hard hitting topics such<br />

as the effects of porn and how to tackle low self<br />

esteem.<br />

nteers who make STAY activities happen!<br />

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Help me<br />

to jump<br />

for teenage<br />

mental health<br />

issues asks Heather Hexter<br />

Speedfighter17, dreamstime.com<br />

I am passionate about young people in our church<br />

and community, and about helping them to reach<br />

their fullest potential so I am hoping to raise<br />

money and awareness for teenage mental health,<br />

especially among girls, by making a sponsored<br />

Tandem skydive.<br />

<strong>The</strong> money I raise from sponsors will go to the<br />

St Andrew's youth group and a charity called<br />

Mad Millennials that focuses on mental health in<br />

teenagers.<br />


With the rise of social media on the Internet<br />

young people are experiencing even more pressure<br />

to conform to societal norms. <strong>The</strong>y cannot escape<br />

the constant bombardment which can be 24 hours a<br />

day asking them whether they’re beautiful enough<br />

or smart enough. Children are cruel when they can<br />

comment anonymously online leading many to self<br />

harm or to have anxiety. This has to stop. <strong>The</strong> only<br />

way we can do this is to raise awareness, help put<br />

in boundaries that are healthy, and support each<br />

young person as best we can.<br />


STAY youth group has around 70 members on a<br />

Friday and are now seeing a need for a female youth<br />

worker.<br />

I’m hoping that as I plan my skydive I will be<br />

able to raise enough funds to ensure a female youth<br />

worker will have the financial support for her to<br />

provide the support our young people need.<br />

It is only by supporting the young today that the<br />

church will flourish tomorrow. I’m reminded of the<br />

story of the starfish on the beach. I can’t change<br />

the world for all the starfish on the beach, but I can<br />

help to start to change the world for the one.<br />

I hope that you will support me and once I have<br />

my go funding pages up and running, I will let you<br />

know the details.<br />


Westy commented: '<strong>The</strong> pressure social media<br />

puts on young people to conform, look a certain<br />

way and be a certain type of person is greater than<br />

ever. Poor mental health among teenagers is at an<br />

all time high!<br />

At STAY we believe every young person has been<br />

created unique, special and talented. <strong>The</strong> money<br />

raised by Heather's amazing skydive will help us<br />

to instil this belief in our young people every week<br />

through our schools work, small groups and youth<br />


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5 TH MAY<br />

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9 TH JUNE<br />

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7 TH JULY<br />

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4 TH AUGUST<br />

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Handel's<br />

Messiah<br />

'I did think<br />

I did see<br />

all Heaven<br />

before me,<br />

and the<br />

great God<br />

himself.'<br />

By John Barton<br />

A carved marble statue of Handel at the<br />

Victoria and Albert Museum, London,<br />

created in 1738 by Louis-François Roubiliac<br />

<strong>The</strong> original idea was not Handel’s, but, Charles Jennens,<br />

a passionate Christian who wanted to demonstrate that<br />

Jesus really was the Christ, or Messiah. This was being<br />

denied by Deists in the 18th Century, who believed God<br />

created the world and then stayed distant from it.<br />

Jennens combed the Old Testament for texts which<br />

anticipated God’s continuing activity in the world with the<br />

expectation of greater things to come:<br />

Comfort ye my people; Every valley shall be exalted;<br />

And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed ... and so on.<br />

<strong>The</strong>n there were poignant passages anticipating suffering,<br />

with deep significance for Christians:<br />

Behold the Lamb of God; He was despised;<br />

Surely he hath borne our griefs.<br />

Throughout the work there is the strong sense that God<br />

is both omnipotent and also intimately involved with the<br />

human race: How beautiful are the feet; the kingdom of this<br />

world is become the Kingdom of our Lord, and of his Christ.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Hallelujah Chorus, the best known of the work,<br />

concludes the second part of Messiah, before the focus shifts<br />

mainly to the New Testament and Christ’s resurrection and<br />

triumph:<br />

<strong>The</strong> trumpet shall sound; Death where is thy sting;<br />

and finally, Worthy is the Lamb.<br />

Handel composed the music in 24 days, writing across<br />

the final manuscript, To the glory of God. As he finished the<br />

Hallelujah Chorus, he said, 'I did think I did see all Heaven before<br />

me, and the great God himself.'<br />

<strong>The</strong> work caused a stir by being presented in concert halls,<br />

rather than churches where some felt sacred works belonged.<br />

<strong>The</strong> first performance was in Dublin in 1742 and raised<br />

funds for charities. One of the soloists was Susanna Cibber,<br />

a woman of questionable reputation, whose rendering of 'He<br />

was despised' so moved Rev Patrick Delaney, that he cried out,<br />

'Woman, for this be all thy sins forgiven thee'.<br />

German-born Handel, who became a British subject and<br />

whose finances were sometimes precarious, didn’t always<br />

get on with the wealthy Jennens, but the two men shared a<br />

single mission. <strong>The</strong> oratorio Messiah is the result.<br />

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Flying the flag!<br />

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I can date one of my earliest memories to 6 February 1952,<br />

the day that King George VI died. I was 5 years old and at<br />

the end of my road was a shirt factory that always fascinated<br />

me. Above the main entrance was a tall flag pole on which<br />

various flags flew depending on what anniversaries or special<br />

occasions were being marked. I considered it a challenge<br />

to work out what the event was and gradually I came to<br />

recognise quite a large number of different flags, although<br />

I'm no expert on flags today!<br />

On 6 February 1952 I was puzzled why the flag, a union<br />

jack, was at half mast. I knew that if it was upside down it<br />

was a sign of disaster, but half mast was a mystery until my<br />

dad told me that the King had died.<br />

According to the Royal Family website, the term 'Union<br />

Jack' possibly dates from Queen Anne's time (r 1702-14), but<br />

its origin is uncertain. It may come from the 'jack-et' of the<br />

English or Scottish soldiers, or from the name of James I<br />

who originated the first union in 1603, or the name may be<br />

derived from a proclamation by Charles II that the Union<br />

Flag should be flown only by ships of the Royal Navy as a<br />

jack, a small flag at the bowsprit; the term 'jack' once meant<br />

small.<br />

Today it is more common to use the original name, 'union'<br />

but for me it will always be 'jack' which is what it was called<br />

when I was a flag bearer in the Boy Scouts.<br />

Whether you call it jack or union, you will have seen it on<br />

our front cover to mark the Coronation of <strong>The</strong>ir Majesties the<br />

King and Queen.<br />


Throughout this issue there are many references to<br />

this historic event and I hope in our next issue to include a<br />

photographic record of the local celebrations that are being<br />

planned. Because the Coronation is on the 6 <strong>May</strong>, which is<br />

our usual editorial deadline, I am extending the deadline to<br />

12 noon on 8 <strong>May</strong> so please try to get your photographs and<br />

stories to me by then.<br />

Although you will you be able to share your pictures<br />

online, the beauty of having them published in this magazine<br />

is that they will become part of the historical record of our<br />

parish that has been built since 1869 when the first issue was<br />

published. Just as we now are able to look back to see how<br />

coronations have been celebrated from Victorian times, so<br />

generations to come will be able to see how we did it in <strong>2023</strong>.<br />

One of the prime reasons for starting this magazine was<br />

to create a record of life in the past, one that could be enjoyed<br />

by generations to come. So please help us to continue this<br />

objective and not only send us pictures of the Coronation<br />

celebrations but also every other village event in the future<br />

so that generations to come can see how well - or not - we did<br />

things in the past.<br />

<strong>The</strong> best way to send us your news and pictures is by<br />

email to editor@theparishmagazine.co.uk<br />

High resolution images are best and these should be<br />

attached to your email. Thank you!

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Creation<br />

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Claude's<br />

view<br />

from<br />

the<br />

pew<br />

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

— <strong>The</strong>ir Majesties the King and Queen<br />

— All pupils preparing for examinations<br />

— <strong>The</strong> work of Christian Aid<br />

— Those recently bereaved<br />

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<strong>The</strong> number seven is at the centre of God's Creation which took six days of work<br />

plus a day of rest, hence the Sabbath, the day put aside for spiritual refreshment<br />

through worshipping God, and resting the body and the mind.<br />

<strong>The</strong> ancient Jews recognised this<br />

through the seven branches of the<br />

menorah oil lamp (pictured above)<br />

used inside the temple. It has six<br />

lamps inclined inwards towards, and<br />

symbolically guided by, the light of God<br />

represented by the central lamp.<br />

It also symbolizes the creation<br />

in seven days, with the centre lamp<br />

representing the Sabbath. <strong>The</strong><br />

seven branched menorah is not to<br />

be confused with a nine branched<br />

menorah used outside the temple.<br />

Musicians will tell you that there<br />

are seven harmonics; seven phases<br />

of the moon, seven days in the week,<br />

surfers look for the seventh wave<br />

because it is the biggest; there are seven<br />

colours in a rainbow; seven diatomic<br />

elements that are fundamental<br />

to life on earth; seven deadly sins<br />

of lust, gluttony, greed, laziness,<br />

wrath, envy, and pride; seven ancient<br />

natural wonders of the world, and<br />

seven continents. <strong>The</strong>re can be little<br />

doubt that seven is God's number for<br />

Creation!<br />

In the Hebrew Bible, the word seven<br />

means wholeness and completeness,<br />

thus we see that 7x7, which equals<br />

49, is the greatest wholeness and<br />

completeness possible. For Jesus, his<br />

ministry on earth was completed in the<br />

49 days that included his crucifixion,<br />

resurrection and ascension to heaven<br />

and the next day, the 50th day, God's<br />

gift of the Holy Spirit came down on his<br />

disciples. It was not by chance, it was<br />

the Jewish feast of Shavuot celebrated<br />

on the 50th day after Passover. Shavout<br />

is also known as the 'Feast of Weeks'<br />

or the 'Feast of 50 days' hence the<br />

adoption by the Christian church of the<br />

Greek name for 50th, pentēkostē, from<br />

which derives the name, Pentecost.<br />

In the UK, in the days when<br />

Christians were baptised and confirmed<br />

into the Church at Pentecost it also<br />

became known as Whit Sunday or<br />

Whitsun, the name being derived from<br />

the fact the candidates being baptised<br />

and confirmed would wear white<br />

clothes, a symbol of purity that dates<br />

from ancient Egypt and Rome. <strong>The</strong><br />

Pope, for example, has worn white since<br />

1566, as a symbol of purity and sacrifice.<br />

Likewise, the day Jesus ascended to<br />

heaven is sometimes known as Whit<br />

Thursday, or Holy Thursday.<br />

<strong>The</strong> timing of the Ascension<br />

and Pentecost is clearly a powerful<br />

message of God's purpose for his<br />

Creation revealed to us through the<br />

completeness and wholeness of Christ.<br />

Natalia Bachkova, dreamstime.com<br />

New challenges<br />

Life sometimes throws curved balls<br />

at you, but usually only one at a<br />

time. However, sometimes they<br />

arrive from all directions and can<br />

throw you right off your feet!<br />

My stroke last year, a day after losing<br />

my dear wife, was one such occasion.<br />

I was in the company of family who<br />

spotted the immediate symptoms<br />

and were able to act FAST, following<br />

the advice we are all familiar with<br />

from the TV adverts. This enabled<br />

a very quick provision of health<br />

services from local hospitals and<br />

prevented what could easily have<br />

been devastating and life changing.<br />

<strong>The</strong> process has stolen my ability to<br />

read and write which are two pastimes<br />

that I had taken for granted through<br />

life and, coming to terms with the loss<br />

of this along with Barbara, has been a<br />

very hard travelled path. I was unable to<br />

understand my loss and this delayed the<br />

grieving process. It has taken me time to<br />

come to terms with it all and I continue<br />

to proceed in my slow but steady pace.<br />

It is only recently that I have learned<br />

how much of my capacity to control my<br />

own life has changed. Simple tasks such<br />

as using a bank app are impossible when<br />

you can’t read, as is scrolling through<br />

the TV listings. I have been introduced<br />

to reading apps via my iPad, but that<br />

requires a technical prowess which<br />

doesn't come easily after a stroke.<br />

<strong>The</strong> caring services are wonderful<br />

but can be overwhelming and this<br />

is something that I don’t believe<br />

is understood following a stroke.<br />

Concentration is very difficult and,<br />

without family present at some of the<br />

meetings, I would not be able to make<br />

use of all of the services on offer.<br />

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Nigeria stands at number 6 in the<br />

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top 50 countries where Christians<br />

face the most persecution and they<br />

are hardly a minority — Christians<br />

account for 100 million, almost half,<br />

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<strong>The</strong> country moved up one place<br />

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reflecting increasing jihadist violence<br />

across the country. Persecution has<br />

mostly affected believers living in the<br />

Muslim majority north and middle<br />

belt, but it is spreading to the south.<br />

One horrific story is of a Nigerian<br />

church minister who was burned to<br />

death in January after his home was<br />

set alight by suspected Islamists. 12<br />

years earlier he had survived a Boko<br />

Haram bombing on the church he was<br />

pastoring and where as many as 45<br />

were killed and 73 injured.<br />

Another Nigerian pastor was shot<br />

dead in March after gunmen stormed<br />

his home and kidnapped his wife.<br />

<strong>The</strong> chairman of the Christian<br />

Association of Nigeria has asked the<br />

government to do more to halt the<br />

kidnapping and killing of Christians in<br />

the state.<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> - <strong>May</strong> <strong>2023</strong> 15<br />

THE persecuted church by colin bailey<br />

'Even soldiers are afraid to get into my community'<br />

Claude's challenges<br />

Fortunately, my hearing appears<br />

to be unaffected and I enjoy spending<br />

many hours listening to my extensive<br />

collection of classical music CD's<br />

accompanied by my equally impressive<br />

collection of fine malt whiskies!<br />

I have much to look forward to with<br />

the warmer summer days when I can<br />

enjoy my garden, and I have varied<br />

concerts to attend as my grandchildren<br />

continue their studies. I am also<br />

planning a holiday in Scotland to visit<br />

one of my granddaughters once she<br />

relocates with her job.<br />

So, life after Barbara would have<br />

been considered as a new chapter, but<br />

my stroke has led to me having to create<br />

a new book. Although it is without the<br />

benefit of an introduction or an index,<br />

I am continually rewriting and editing<br />

it as I explore the new challenges and<br />

adventures of life.<br />

<strong>The</strong> National Christian Centre is a Christian place of inter-denominational worship in Nigeria's<br />

capital, Abuja.<br />

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<strong>The</strong> Nigerian government continues<br />

to maintain an official position of<br />

denial of religious persecution, but<br />

it is known that Christians are often<br />

specifically targeted because of their<br />

faith.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re were presidential elections<br />

in Nigeria on 25 February but this<br />

appears to have had no impact in<br />

restoring peace and tackling Islamist<br />

extremism. Barnabas Aid report that<br />

more than 70 people were killed in the<br />

Christian majority areas of Benue and<br />

southern Kaduna states in the first<br />

half of March.<br />

ISWAP<br />

Boko Haram began its insurgency<br />

in 2009 aimed at overthrowing the<br />

secular government and establishing<br />

an Islamic state. More than 35,000<br />

have been killed since then. In<br />

March 2015, Boko Haram declared its<br />

allegiance to ‘Islamic State in Iraq and<br />

Syria’ and renamed itself ‘Islamic State<br />

in West Africa Province’ (ISWAP). A<br />

split gave rise to the Nur/Al-Barnawi<br />

faction. Both groupings have been<br />

responsible for attacks on Muslims and<br />

Christians, murders, and kidnappings.<br />

Other perpetrators of violence<br />

include militant Islamist Fulani<br />

herdsmen. <strong>The</strong> Fulani are a diverse<br />

group of millions, with hundreds<br />

of clans. <strong>The</strong>re is a sub-group of<br />

individuals of Fulani ethnicity who<br />

carry out attacks.<br />

At least 10,000 Christians have<br />

died in violence since 2015 and huge<br />

numbers made homeless. <strong>The</strong> danger<br />

continues. One resident in a camp for<br />

displaced people has said, ‘We don’t<br />

have anything…Even soldiers are<br />

afraid to get into my community now.’<br />

Barnabas Aid is appealing for money to<br />

build homes for Christians displaced<br />

by violence in Nigeria. Please see link<br />

below or telephone 0179 374 4557 to<br />

donate (quoting project 39-772 Victims<br />

of Violence in Nigeria).<br />


Please pray for the Lord to comfort<br />

the grieving, guide the government,<br />

restrain the extremists and sustain the<br />

faith of his people in Nigeria through<br />

these difficult times.<br />

References and further reading<br />

Pray for Nigeria - https://www.barnabasaid.<br />

org/gb/news/editorial-pray-for-nigeria-aselection-controversy-continues/<br />

Persecuted Church updates - https://www.<br />

barnabasaid.org/gb/news/updates-on-thepersecuted-church-29-march-<strong>2023</strong>/<br />

World Watch List Nigeria - https://www.<br />

opendoorsuk.org/persecution/world-watchlist/nigeria/<br />

Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect<br />

- https://www.globalr2p.org/countries/<br />

nigeria/#:~:text=Violence%20perpetrated%20<br />

by%20armed%20extremist,mass%20<br />

atrocities%20in%20northern%20Nigeria.<br />

Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust report https://<br />

www.hart-uk.org/blog/long-read-violencein-nigerias-middle-belt-states-ethnic-andreligious-dimensions/<br />

Barnabas Aid appeal for homes for displaced<br />

Christians - https://www.barnabasaid.org/<br />


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Palm Sunday: Blessing the palm crosses<br />

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In need of a break from the Coronation?<br />

We will probably never know how many hundreds of<br />

millions of eyes around the world will be turned towards<br />

London during the first week of <strong>May</strong> when King Charles<br />

and Queen Camilla are crowned. In 1953 when Queen<br />

Elizabeth was crowned it was estimated that in the UK<br />

alone 27 million people from a population of 36 million<br />

watched her Coronation on television.<br />

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It was 40 years later that the World Wide Web was opened<br />

for everybody by the European Organization for Nuclear<br />

Research (CERN). In January this year there were 5.16<br />

billion internet users worldwide, that's almost 65% of the<br />

world's population and almost all of them will have the<br />

opportunity to watch the Coronation.<br />

While we are all enjoying the good news and<br />

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celebrations of the Coronation during the first week of <strong>May</strong>, there will probably be some charities and associations who<br />

would have preferred it to be held at a different time of the year because it clashes with their fund and awareness raising<br />

events that they have been planning for the same period of time.<br />

So if you would like a welcome break from the Coronation take a look at how you might be able to support any of the<br />

following events that are all being held from 2-8 <strong>May</strong>:<br />

Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week, 1–7 <strong>May</strong>: Organised by the Perinatal Mental Health Partnership<br />

UK (PMHP UK), each day will have a different theme designed to raise public and professional awareness of perinatal<br />

mental health problems; advocating for women and families impacted by it; changing attitudes; and helping people access<br />

the information, care and support they need to recover. More details from:<br />

https://maternalmentalhealthalliance.org/news/maternal-mental-health-awareness-week-<strong>2023</strong>/<br />

Sun Awareness Week, 1–7 <strong>May</strong>: Organised by the British Association of Dermatologists, it marks the start of a<br />

summer long campaign to provide people with information so they can practice sun safety. This year’s focus will be on the<br />

need for sun protection in the UK and aims to tackle misconceptions that sun protection is rarely needed in the UK.<br />

https://www.bad.org.uk/sun-awareness-week-<strong>2023</strong>/<br />

Deaf Awareness Week, 2–8 <strong>May</strong>: run by the UK Council on Deafness. <strong>The</strong> theme this year is deaf inclusion within<br />

our communities and access to communication. <strong>The</strong> aim is to highlight the impact of hearing loss on everyday life and<br />

increase visibility and inclusion of deaf people.<br />

https://ukcod.org/deaf-awareness-week-<strong>2023</strong>/<br />

National Gardening Week, 1–7 <strong>May</strong>: Organised by the Royal Horticultural Society, this annual event started in<br />

2012 and is now the nation’s biggest celebration of gardening. It aims to raise awareness of the difference that gardens<br />

and gardening can make to the lives of everyone in the UK. It inspires more people, particularly the young, to experience<br />

the joy of growing and creating beautiful green spaces. This year it has a royal theme.<br />

https://www.rhs.org.uk/get-involved/national-gardening-week/<br />

Viral Meningitis Awareness Week, 2–8 <strong>May</strong>: <strong>The</strong> organisers' vision is that in the future no-one in the UK loses<br />

their life to meningitis and everyone affected gets the support they need to rebuild their lives. More details from:<br />

https://www.meningitisnow.org/support-us/news-centre/public-affairs/campaigns/viral-meningitis-week/<br />

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

Back to the Coronation, don't forget Big Help Out on Monday 8 <strong>May</strong> when<br />

communities around the country will be staging a volunteer awareness day for<br />

clubs, organisations and local charities who will have representatives available<br />

to talk about the many and various ways that people can get involved with their<br />

local communities by volunteering. Our local Big Help Out will be in Pearson<br />

Hall from 11.30am – 2.30pm for local charities, societies and organisations to<br />

showcase their activities and attract new members and volunteers. Teas and<br />

cake, served by members of Sonning WI, will be available to buy. At the time of<br />

going to press there was no information available about a Big Help Out being held<br />

in Charvil.

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feature — 2<br />

Praying for our new King and Queen<br />

By <strong>The</strong> Rev Canon Paul Hardingham, vicar of St Peter’s Halliwell, Bolton in the diocese of Manchester<br />

On 6 <strong>May</strong> His Majesty King Charles III will be crowned alongside Her Majesty Queen Camilla, in<br />

Westminster Abbey. How can we pray for them, as they approaches this important event? Paul<br />

says: ‘I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made<br />

for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and<br />

holiness.’ (1 Timothy 2:1,2). Thus we can pray . . .<br />

For God’s presence to guide every aspect of King Charles life as he prepares for his Coronation and<br />

future roles. At his Accession, he was proclaimed Defender of the Faith and the Supreme Governor<br />

of the Church of England. Charles has talked about ‘the Sovereign's particular relationship and<br />

responsibility towards the Church of England - the Church in which my own faith is so deeply rooted.’<br />

For God’s wisdom as he provides leadership that will honour God and promote the wellbeing of our<br />

society. King Solomon prayed for wisdom for himself: ‘So give your servant a discerning heart to<br />

govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong.’ (1 Kings 3:9).<br />

For God’s love to strengthen all relationships within the Royal Family; for reconciliation,<br />

understanding, forgiveness and good communication.<br />

For God’s purpose to be fulfilled through the work of the King and Queen and their family in the years<br />

to come. He has said: ‘and whatever may be your background or beliefs, I shall endeavour to serve you<br />

with loyalty, respect and love, as I have throughout my life.’<br />

A prayer for the new King and Queen: Everlasting God, we pray for our new King and Queen. Bless<br />

their reign and the life of our nation. Help us to work together so that truth and justice, harmony and<br />

fairness flourish among us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.<br />

Ten facts about King Charles III<br />

1. He was born at 9.14pm on 14 November 1948, to Princess<br />

Elizabeth and Prince Philip, at Buckingham Palace.<br />

2. He has been heir-apparent to the throne since he was<br />

three years old.<br />

3. He is the first monarch in British history to have earned<br />

a university degree. From 1967 - 1970 he studied history at<br />

Cambridge University.<br />

4. He can speak Welsh. He spent two months learning the<br />

language in 1969, as he prepared to become the Prince of<br />

Wales. He still speaks it today.<br />

5. He is a qualified pilot and diver. While serving in the<br />

military in the 1970s, he trained as a jet and helicopter pilot<br />

and became a confident diver.<br />

6. He is a keen watercolour painter, a published author, and<br />

a music lover. He played the cello at Cambridge.<br />

7. As Prince of Wales, he founded nearly 20 charities.<br />

Together, they raise £140 million each year for good<br />

causes. He is passionate about the environment, speaking<br />

out against plastic pollution as early as 1970. He has<br />

planted many trees during royal engagements.<br />

8. Aged 73, King Charles III is the oldest monarch to<br />

be crowned in British history. He became King on 8<br />

September 2022, after the death of Queen Elizabeth II.<br />

9. As head of the Commonwealth, King Charles III is<br />

monarch of each of the 14 Commonwealth realms: Antigua<br />

& Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Belize, Canada, Grenada,<br />

Jamaica, New Zealand, Papau New Guinea, Saint Kitts<br />

& Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, the<br />

Solomon Islands, and Tuvalu.<br />

10. King Charles III has two children, Princes William and<br />

Harry, and five grandchildren. Prince William is next in line<br />

and was named the Prince of Wales in 2022.<br />

From a religious ceremony to<br />

a theatrical public celebration<br />

<strong>The</strong> early history of coronations is lost in time<br />

and myths — they emerged in Europe as a<br />

religious rite. In the Roman Catholic tradition,<br />

Virgin Mary, was crowned Queen of Heaven. <strong>The</strong><br />

ceremony was depicted in a stained glass window<br />

in Florence Cathedral designed by Donatello and<br />

dated 1438 (pictured right).<br />

<strong>The</strong> first UK documented account is when William<br />

the Conqueror was crowned in Westminster on<br />

Christmas Day in 1066. King Charles III will be the<br />

40th monarch to be crowned in Westminster.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re have only been two monarchs who did not<br />

have a Coronation: Edward V, presumed murdered<br />

in the Tower of London before he could be crowned,<br />

and Edward VIII who abdicated 11 months after<br />

succeeding his father and before his Coronation.<br />

William III and Mary II were the only joint monarchs<br />

to be crowned.<br />

Although British coronations have at their centre<br />

an Anglican service conducted by the Archbishop of<br />

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Canterbury, they combine religion with aspects of the UK’s uncodified constitution, a<br />

<strong>The</strong> contemporary form dates from 1902, when King Edward VII was crowned. It con<br />

from Buckingham Palace to the Abbey, another procession inside, the Recognition, th<br />

Coronation Oath, the Homage and finally another procession back to the Palace.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Coronation Oath, in which the monarch swears to govern the peoples of the U<br />

Commonwealth Realms 'according to their respective laws and customs' is the only aspec<br />

required by law.

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Worship, sports, teas,<br />

dancing and ice cream<br />

Queen Victoria, who was on the throne when<br />

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has something in common with her great grand<br />

daughter, Queen Elizabeth — they were both<br />

succeeded by their eldest sons, Edward VII and<br />

Charles III. <strong>The</strong>y both reigned for the longest times<br />

for any British monarch, Victoria for 67 years 217<br />

days, and Elizabeth II for a record 70 years 215 days.<br />

Edward VII was 59 years old when he came to the<br />

throne, Charles III is 79 years old and is the oldest<br />

person to become the British monarch.<br />

Just as today, the nation celebrated Edward VII<br />

who interestingly is the subject of a statue close to<br />

Reading Station. In our parish, his Coronation was<br />

celebrated with enthusiasm and great expense.<br />

In those days, the accounts had to be published in<br />

our magazine — today they are published separately<br />

— and they reveal an expenditure of £91 18s 2d, the<br />

majority of which was paid for through donations.<br />

<strong>The</strong> equivalent in today's money is about £8,000.<br />

<strong>The</strong> population then was much smaller and the<br />

parish boundaries larger so it quite a substantial<br />

amount. One of largest sales seems to have been ice<br />

cream for which T Wall & Son Ltd had sole rights and<br />

contributed £2 to the village funds from their sales.<br />

£2 today would probably buy one ice cream!<br />

As well as special, well attended church services,<br />

houses were decorated and there were village sports<br />

events on and off the river, sideshows, dances, gifts<br />

for the children who had a special tea party, and adult<br />

celebrations that went on into the night.<br />

Below is an extract from the vicar's letter<br />

following the Coronation of Edward VII — we<br />

wonder what our current vicar will write next month!<br />

My dear Sonning People,<br />

Though not first in time, the Coronation must take<br />

first place in my letter this month. <strong>The</strong> day began<br />

here with the Holy Eucharist at 8 a.m., when there<br />

was a most encouraging number present, mostly<br />

young people, including 12 of our lads. <strong>The</strong> Choir,<br />

C.L.B., Girl Guides and Brownies came to the 11<br />

o’clock Service, which was preceded by a merry<br />

peal of bells. After which all moved to the Recreation<br />

Ground, where Sports of various kinds were held,<br />

some really humorous, owing to the ingenuity of Mr.<br />

Hoyle. At 4, Mrs. Arthur Rose planted a beech tree<br />

close to the Pavilion, Jimmy Edwards presenting<br />

her with a small silver spade, and little Marion<br />

Lamb offering her a charming bouquet. At 4.30, the<br />

Children’s Tea followed in the Pearson Hall. <strong>The</strong>n<br />

came more sports, distribution of prizes, the King’s<br />

Speech, and finally a dance in the Pearson Hall. <strong>The</strong><br />

weather held up splendidly for the greater part of<br />

the day, though rain came down in the evening.<br />

On the Saturday before the Coronation we had the<br />

great pleasure of welcoming Mrs Maud, who came<br />

over to open our new and splendid Recreation<br />

Ground, dedicated in memory of His Gracious<br />

Majesty King George V, always the devoted friend of<br />

children and the young.<br />

Your affectionate Vicar, R. WICKHAM LEGG.<br />

Our parish<br />

Coronation<br />

celebrations<br />

Coronation Day Saturday 6 <strong>May</strong><br />

<strong>The</strong> Coronation will be televised and those wishing<br />

to view the event with their friends can see it on<br />

the big screen in Sonning Club. <strong>The</strong> Club will be<br />

open all weekend with food being served in the<br />

garden by TACITO Street Food.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Sonning and Sonning Eye Society will be<br />

holding a celebratory dinner in Pearson Hall<br />

on Saturday evening with a three course meal<br />

provided by Emma’s Kitchen. <strong>The</strong> cost will be £25<br />

per ticket and includes a glass of champagne to<br />

toast the newly crowned King and Queen. Wine<br />

will be available at £10 per bottle. Tickets will be<br />

available on https://www.sonning.org.uk from 10<br />

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

Sunday 7 <strong>May</strong> — Celebration Church<br />

Service, followed by the Big Lunch and<br />

Family Entertainment<br />

<strong>The</strong>re will be a celebration service in St Andrew's<br />

Church at 11am on Sunday morning when Lord<br />

Carey, who will attend the Coronation on the<br />

previous day, will be preaching. (see page 7) He was<br />

Archbishop of Canterbury from 1991 - 2002.<br />

Pearson Hall will be open for families to get<br />

together from 12 noon. Tables will be set up to seat<br />

about 100 inside with a similar number in marquees<br />

in the gardens of Sonning Club. Bring your own<br />

picnic — prizes will be given for the best decorated<br />

hampers. Alcohol will be available in Sonning Club.<br />

Two AbbaStars singers will perform from 1pm.<br />

<strong>The</strong> first 45 minute session will be while tables are in<br />

place for lunch. Most of the tables will be removed for<br />

the 2.15–3 pm session to allow dancing to take place<br />

near the stage. This will be followed by children from<br />

Sonning CofE Primary School choir performing in<br />

the hall and maypole dancing in the Sonning Club<br />

gardens. A professional caller will organise barn<br />

dances in the hall for children and adults from about<br />

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

Sunday 7 <strong>May</strong> — Charvil Children's Party<br />

Charvil Village Hall, 2-4pm for children aged 3-11,<br />

accompanied by an adult. More details at:<br />

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/charvil-childrenscoronation-party-tickets-595821176177<br />

Monday 8 <strong>May</strong> — Volunteering Day<br />

Pearson Hall will be open from 11.30am–2.30pm<br />

for local charities, societies and organisations to<br />

showcase their activities and attract new members<br />

and volunteers. Teas and cake will be available to<br />

buy, served by members of Sonning WI.<br />

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

cakes on Monday there will be no charge for participating<br />

in the Sonning events. This is made possible courtesy of<br />

the Sonning Volunteer Fire Brigade Trust and the Sonning<br />

and Sonning Eye Society.

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feature — 3<br />

Why go?<br />

By Deidre Morris, editor of the St John’s<br />

<strong>Parish</strong> Church, Wakefield, parish magazine<br />

In 1967 I was working in an office<br />

in Liverpool, my first job after<br />

university. A chance remark led to a<br />

colleague looking at me in disbelief.<br />

‘Do you mean you go to church?’<br />

‘Yes.’ ‘What, every week?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘I<br />

didn’t know you were a Catholic!'<br />

<strong>The</strong> only reason he could<br />

understand for anyone going to<br />

church every week was because your<br />

church required you to — Liverpool<br />

had many Roman Catholics. That I<br />

went because I chose to go was quite<br />

beyond his comprehension.<br />

‘I can be a Christian without going<br />

to church!’ is a phrase some people<br />

use, and they are quite right. Being a<br />

Christian is to be a follower of Christ,<br />

believing in him and trying to live<br />

accordingly. You do not need to go to<br />

church to read your Bible, pray, read<br />

spiritual books, listen to, and perhaps<br />

join in, sacred music or songs or<br />

discuss your faith.<br />

SO WHY DO WE GO?<br />

To do what Jesus asked us to<br />

do and behave as the first of his<br />

followers did in Luke 22:19: And he<br />

took bread, gave thanks, and broke<br />

it, and gave it to them, saying, 'This<br />

is my body given for you; do this in<br />

remembrance of me.'<br />

And according to Acts 2:42 /46–47:<br />

<strong>The</strong>y devoted themselves to the apostles’<br />

teaching and to the fellowship, to the<br />

breaking of bread and to prayer. Every<br />

day they continued to meet together …<br />

<strong>The</strong>y broke bread… and ate together with<br />

glad and sincere hearts, praising God.<br />

BUT WHY DO I GO?<br />

I go to worship the God I believe<br />

in, and to do so alongside other<br />

people. I can be a Christian without<br />

going to church. But by joining with<br />

others who also believe, my faith is<br />

expressed more fully, particularly in<br />

the sacraments and in singing.<br />

My spiritual knowledge is increased<br />

by listening to the Bible and sermons,<br />

by discussions, or just by hearing<br />

of other people’s experiences of<br />

God at work in their lives. I grow<br />

in my understanding of what being<br />

a Christian can be when I find my<br />

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skills, knowledge, or insights can<br />

be of use to others, or that we just<br />

value each other’s company and<br />

conversation as we seek to follow<br />

Christ.<br />

I appreciate how generous other<br />

people can be to me when I need help<br />

in some way, and they offer it freely.<br />

By going to church, and joining<br />

in, I become part of a Christian<br />

community seeking to follow Christ<br />

in this place, at this time. It is<br />

sometimes more challenging, but also<br />

much more fulfilling, than being a<br />

‘lone’ Christian.<br />


I have gone to church — except<br />

for illness or similar cause — every<br />

Sunday for nearly 60 years since Jesus<br />

came into my life. Some people might<br />

say, ‘How boring! It’s just a habit!’ It is<br />

not boring, because every Sunday is<br />

different, and each act of worship is a<br />

unique experience.<br />

I will not pretend they are all<br />

wonderful, because they are not.<br />

Sometimes I am tired, or not feeling<br />

well, or just plain out of sorts with<br />

life, so what I bring to the service is<br />

much less than I might.<br />

Sometimes it is not me but what<br />

else is happening — an incompetent<br />

organist, a difficult sound system,<br />

being too cold, noisy distractions, or<br />

finding the seats very uncomfortable.<br />

When I was accompanied by<br />

children it was not always easy! But<br />

just as family life has its good days<br />

and its bad ones, so worship can<br />

be amazing, awful, magnificent, or<br />

mundane.<br />

As I have grown in my faith, going<br />

to church has become more, not less,<br />

important. I am more aware of how<br />

much I owe to God, and how he is<br />

with me each and every day, in both<br />

the very small things of life as well<br />

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as the big ones. I can look back on my<br />

life and see how influential he has<br />

been, even when I was unaware of it.<br />

Going to wor(th)ship every week is<br />

one way to acknowledge his worth to<br />

me.<br />

Every day I take time to care for<br />

myself physically — brushing my<br />

teeth, keeping clean, taking exercise<br />

etc for two hours a week, in addition<br />

to daily prayer etc, to worship God<br />

with other Christians is a vital part of<br />

caring for my spiritual health.<br />


Being deprived of weekly worship<br />

during lockdown was a great loss.<br />

It was not practical to follow the<br />

‘streamed’ services, but the TV<br />

services during lockdown were some<br />

consolation, particularly those from<br />

cathedrals I am familiar with. But<br />

they are a poor substitute for the real<br />

thing. I felt more of an onlooker than<br />

a participant. Being unable to receive<br />

communion for so long was a great<br />

loss.<br />

Since worship has resumed it has<br />

been good to share in communal<br />

worship, and to sing hymns again,<br />

and take communion.<br />

Just to be with fellow Christians<br />

is good, but it’s also painful to miss<br />

those who have died or are unable to<br />

come to church due to health issues.<br />

Many of the things that mean a lot<br />

to me are not yet possible: receiving<br />

wine from the cup; passing the peace<br />

physically; having a water-focussed<br />

prayer station; prayers for healing;<br />

congregational participation in<br />

intercessions, communion, etc.<br />

However, I am truly grateful for all<br />

the blessings of being able to worship<br />

again in church every week and to<br />

give that regular time to a God who<br />

has been so generous to me in so<br />

many ways.

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'I feel blessed to<br />

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and being outdoors in the beautiful<br />

countryside — we are still learning all<br />

there is to do here with a young family!<br />

WHY ALPHA?<br />

Tsering: When we had our children,<br />

we knew we wanted to bring them up<br />

with strong values. As I was from a<br />

Catholic background we thought we<br />

would give church a go, however we<br />

were slightly disappointed. I had lost<br />

my interest in faith from my teenage<br />

years and we were both looking for a<br />

Katherine, Tsering and their family<br />

place that invigorated us with relevant<br />

reflection for our daily lives as well as<br />

welcome us into a community.<br />

A friend came to faith after losing<br />

her husband at a young age, and we<br />

found her journey inspiring and<br />

curious. <strong>The</strong>ir church was so fresh and<br />

cool, we wanted to be part of something<br />

similar!<br />

Alpha let me find faith again in a<br />

relaxed and friendly atmosphere, it<br />

truly opened my eyes and heart again to<br />

Jesus. We really feel part of something<br />

so special here.<br />

Katherine: I was looking for<br />

a greater purpose and a sense of<br />

belonging. I was drawn to Rev Kate as<br />

a fellow young mum, who was really<br />

supportive and recommended Alpha.<br />

As someone who had never read the<br />

Bible and didn't call myself a Christian,<br />

going to church for me felt a bit<br />

uncomfortable, almost fraudulent.<br />

I am not going to lie, I was nervous<br />

about Alpha! What if everyone goes to<br />

church already? What if I’m not sure I<br />

believe in God?<br />

However, the short virtual format<br />

was so easy for us as busy working<br />

parents, we decided to do it together<br />

and from the first session I was put<br />

at ease and was reassured that all<br />

views, experiences and journeys were<br />

welcome.<br />

St Andrew's was great at welcoming<br />

us in a way that suited us as a young<br />

family — there's Messy Church, Sunday<br />

Club, and Sunday at 6. But I needed<br />

to stop and make the time to really<br />

understand what it was all about at<br />

a deeper level; to make sense of it for<br />

myself. My heart was curious but my<br />

head needed the chance to explore it.<br />


Tsering: We loved the videos, how<br />

they were made and covered the topics.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y were open, visually interesting,<br />

unique and provided the foundation<br />

for us to make our own decisions. I<br />

feel blessed to have rediscovered what<br />

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faith means to me. I feel more confident<br />

about it. Before I felt dragged along by<br />

parents and family. It also helped that<br />

we really loved our Alpha group, we<br />

love seeing familiar faces at church and<br />

around the village and now feel that we<br />

really belong somewhere.<br />

Katherine: I soon realised that noone<br />

has all the answers! And in fact lots<br />

of questions is totally normal. Faith at<br />

its simplest isn’t black and white it’s not<br />

about being a Christian or not, going to<br />

church or not, it’s a journey.<br />

<strong>The</strong> videos do a great job of talking<br />

logically to the head as well as the heart!<br />

We all have the opportunity to know<br />

God in a relationship that is personal<br />

and this helped me to explore what it<br />

meant without fear or shame. Like any<br />

relationship, we are still learning but<br />

I am thankful to the Alpha groups for<br />

helping me explore and understand in a<br />

way I had never made the time to do.<br />

I’m really proud that our kids are<br />

now on their own journey as we are<br />

better equipped to talk about life’s big<br />

stuff with them. We enjoyed it so much<br />

we went on to support with the second<br />

Alpha, had the children baptised and<br />

cemented our journey so far by being<br />

confirmed as members of the Anglican<br />

Church last year alongside 24 others<br />

at St Andrew's. We would encourage<br />

anyone even slightly curious to come<br />

and join us!<br />


'Alpha at St Andrew's covered a wide<br />

variety of people questioning their faith so<br />

you heard many different points of view. It<br />

opened new ways of looking at one’s faith<br />

and exchanging views help deepen my<br />

certainty of Christ’s love.' — Sue<br />

' Thought-provoking and memorable.<br />

An opportunity to discuss faith with and<br />

get to know members of the congregation.'<br />

— Chris<br />

'A very comfortable and supportive way<br />

to explore one’s faith.' —Wendy<br />

To join Alpha with Chris and Gem West, Helen Craig, Katherine and Tsering Karalus on Tuesdays at 8pm, email: office@sonninparish.org.uk

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SONNING CofE primary school update<br />

As a Church of England school, Easter is an important<br />

time of year. As well as engaging in the fun and more childfocused<br />

aspects of Easter — egg hunts! — we also focus<br />

throughout the term on the events leading up to Holy<br />

Week. In our collective worship each week since January,<br />

we have learned about and discussed different parts of the<br />

Easter story, culminating in our Easter service.<br />

Due to adverse weather, we held our Easter service at the<br />

school instead of walking to St Andrew's Church. However,<br />

we were delighted to welcome Rev Kate to lead our service<br />

during which each class sang or spoke and we came together to<br />

celebrate the key events of Easter and its message for us from<br />

Jesus' sacrifice.<br />

This term, as well as Lent and Easter, also features<br />

Ramadan and Eid, and we have enjoyed understanding more<br />

about these important events in Islam and, with many Muslim<br />

pupils in the school, it has been a wonderful way to show our<br />

respect and curiosity — two of our school values — for other<br />

religions and faiths.<br />

As a key part of our Easter celebrations we finished the<br />

term with our annual Easter Hat Parade, which produced a<br />

range of very creative hats! <strong>The</strong> children, and staff, all walked<br />

our ‘cat walk’ and showed off their hats to the rest of the<br />

school by dancing, strutting, bouncing and sliding down the<br />

cat walk to music! It certainly was a feel-good end to the term.<br />

Performing arts needs your help!<br />

At Sonning Church of England Primary School, we are seeking<br />

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our Performing Arts Studio.<br />

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

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

cultural appreciation. Located within the school grounds it will be<br />

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Our thanks to Indy Biddulph for taking the photographs!

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Based at Reheboth, Forest Road<br />

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THE ARTS — 1<br />

Life and light<br />

and life eternal<br />

By Rev Canon Michael Burgess<br />

Each year as we look at Creation<br />

we see the cycle of the seasons. <strong>The</strong><br />

earth comes alive in spring, blossoms<br />

and bears fruit in summer, gives up<br />

its goodness and glory in autumn,<br />

and seems to die in the sleep of cold<br />

winter. Each of those seasons has its<br />

moods and feelings, which we find<br />

mirrored in the turn of human life.<br />

<strong>The</strong> joy of spring and summer go<br />

hand in hand with the sadness and<br />

resignation of autumn and winter in<br />

all that life brings us. When we look<br />

at our Lady in the Gospels, and this<br />

month of <strong>May</strong> is Mary’s month, we see<br />

that mixture of joy and sadness.<br />

In the Annunciation and at<br />

Christmas we share in the wonder and<br />

happiness of motherhood and new<br />

birth. A son is born, but that birth<br />

brings anxiety and strain.<br />

Those strange words of Simeon<br />

in the Temple, losing the child in<br />

Jerusalem, watching her son grow,<br />

only to be rejected and crucified —<br />

these experiences brought Mary<br />

heartache and sorrow.<br />

But her maternal love sustains her<br />

through it all, and Mary is with the<br />

disciples at the glorious moment of<br />

Pentecost.<br />


This range of moods in creation and<br />

in the life of Mary is caught up in the<br />

painting, <strong>The</strong> Madonna of the Meadow<br />

by Giovanni Bellini. He came from a<br />

family of Renaissance painters, and<br />

this work was created around 1500.<br />

It hangs in the National Gallery in<br />

London.<br />

<strong>The</strong> background is full of the details<br />

of the world of nature and everyday<br />

life. We see some cows grazing and<br />

others resting. A farmer tends the<br />

livestock on one side of the painting,<br />

while a herdsman relaxes on the other.<br />

Mary in the centre is part of that<br />

creation with the blue of her robe like<br />

the sky above, while the russet shades<br />

beneath that blue mirror the earth on<br />

which she rests.<br />

As we look more closely, we can see<br />

some disturbing signs of ‘nature red in<br />

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‘<strong>The</strong> Madonna of the Meadow’ by Giovanni Bellini Public domain: Wikimedia Commons<br />

tooth and claw.’ <strong>The</strong>re is a bird to our<br />

left — perhaps a crane or egret — that<br />

is fighting with a snake. Above, on the<br />

top of a tall, thin, leafless tree there is<br />

another bird as black as death. We look<br />

at the babe sleeping in his mother’s<br />

arms and sense his vulnerability for all<br />

her protective love.<br />

Some 30 years later Mary will<br />

cradle her son in that same pose as his<br />

body is taken down from the cross:<br />

that heart-rending moment we know<br />

as the Pietà.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Venetian landscape is like a<br />

peaceful <strong>May</strong> afternoon where spring<br />

is dissolving into high summer amid<br />

those contented signs of a clear sky<br />

and cows grazing. <strong>The</strong> serpent and the<br />

raven tell us that struggle and death<br />

can easily invade that scene. But they<br />

somehow pale into insignificance as we<br />

ponder that luminous affirmation of<br />

new life in the mother and child that<br />

dominate the canvas.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y proclaim life; they proclaim<br />

life after death. <strong>The</strong> babe sleeping<br />

in Mary’s arms will wake and grow<br />

through the seasons of life. Too soon<br />

we know his body will hang on a<br />

barren tree like the one where that bird<br />

of death perches.<br />

But that cycle of birth and spring<br />

leading to death and winter will be<br />

transformed as his risen body will<br />

walk into another landscape — the<br />

garden of Easter where the leaves<br />

never wither and the sky never<br />

darkens, for in that resurrection joy, all<br />

is life and light and life eternal.<br />

Poetry Corner<br />

Pentecost Preaching<br />

By Steven Rolling<br />

Acts 2:14-21 Tune: Wolvercote — O<br />

Jesus I have promised<br />

Peter at Pentecost did preach<br />

To all nations did reach<br />

When the Spirit came there then<br />

<strong>The</strong>y all in Him did share<br />

It was prophecy fulfilled<br />

Of Joel, as God willed<br />

That He would pour out freely<br />

His Spirit on us, see<br />

And your sons and daughters shall<br />

Prophesy, this know well<br />

And young men, women, visions<br />

Shall see, smoothly each runs<br />

And old men, women, dream dreams<br />

Enlightened by light’s beams<br />

Even to servants, handmaids<br />

<strong>The</strong> Spirit poured, displayed<br />

And they too shall prophesy<br />

High and low, no deny<br />

And the Lord will show wonders<br />

Heaven, earth, active stirs<br />

Wonders in heaven, and signs<br />

In the earth, all aligns<br />

With His purposes, vapour<br />

Of smoke, blood, fire concur<br />

<strong>The</strong> sun shall turn to darkness<br />

And moon shine blood-red, yes<br />

Before that great, notable<br />

Day of the Lord to all<br />

Shall appear, yet they who call<br />

On Him be saved, not fall<br />

<strong>The</strong> coming of the Spirit sure<br />

Abides now evermore

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Although open to visitors, our guide<br />

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royal wave!<br />

Like all humans, no matter how<br />

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on Haemophilia B.<br />

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itself. Boys will demonstrate prolific<br />

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painful joints as they bleed internally.<br />

Many die young.<br />

Alexey Nikolaevich of Russia,<br />

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His great grandmother was Queen<br />

Victoria. It is known that diseases<br />

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Queen Victoria was conceived when<br />

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King George III was believed to have<br />

suffered from porphyria, which has<br />

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As the nerves are affected abdominal<br />

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However, bi-polar disease can also<br />

be intermittent and accumulative<br />

but would not cause any physical<br />

manifestations that mimic porphyria.<br />

Porphyria is also a disease seen on<br />

the X chromosome and in gene pools of<br />

a limited size. However it is in dispute<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> - <strong>May</strong> <strong>2023</strong> 35<br />

Dr Simon Ruffle writes . . . Royal diseases<br />


as to whether George had the disease<br />

or not. It did, and may still, run in the<br />

royal families and decedents.<br />

A number of our monarchs died due<br />

to diseases of excess. Notably Henry I<br />

& VIII and George IV.<br />

Mary I, George VI and Edward VIII<br />

died of cancer, as did Philip II, a King<br />

of England by marriage.<br />

Queen Victoria and Queen<br />

Elizabeth I & II died of old age.<br />


One of our most famous monarchs,<br />

Henry VIII, was also famous for being<br />

a hypochondriac. This is quite a severe<br />

neurotic disorder that can have a major<br />

impact on a person’s life, but we throw<br />

the word about flippantly.<br />

Henry’s anxieties were based in<br />

realities for him. Having a number of<br />

head injuries and a chronic leg ulcer<br />

from jousting injuries he suffered<br />

with recurrent infections from the leg,<br />

headaches from likely brain damage<br />

or chronic subdural haemorrhages<br />

— blood clots underneath the skull<br />

— and due to the lack of exercise and<br />

a penchant for fine food and alcohol,<br />

he developed obesity, gout and likely<br />

diabetes.<br />

Another theory was that he also<br />

suffered from tertiary syphilis. It is<br />

likely that poor Edward VI was born<br />

with syphilis. He was a sickly child and<br />

king, and died of TB. This was ironic as<br />

his father was paranoid about illness.<br />

Pain and an inability to fight<br />

infection made Henry VIII more<br />

paranoid, leading to his change in<br />

behaviour but also a very logical desire<br />

to avoid illness.<br />


During Henry VIII's reign, a<br />

European wide illness known as<br />

sweating sickness came in episodic<br />

epidemics. It came on very quickly,<br />

spread like wildfire and killed. <strong>The</strong><br />

person developed high fever, sweated,<br />

thus losing fluid. It also caused kidney<br />

problems that meant losing more fluid<br />

and protein. Death followed.<br />

It is thought to be a virus carried<br />

by rats known as hantavirus, although<br />

there is no evidence of this.<br />

However Henry was on the ball<br />

here! Monasteries were affected<br />

more so than others. This was due<br />

to the large storage of food that the<br />

rats thrived on. Dockland areas<br />

were similarly affected. Any sniff of<br />

sweating sickness and Henry bolted<br />

from the capital to the gentler, safer<br />

Hampton Court. It also helped him in<br />

his decision to feather his worn out<br />

coffers with the monasteries money.<br />

In the photo above, the red brick<br />

room is said to be where Henry first set<br />

eyes on Anne Boleyn. It is in the Lower<br />

Ward of Windsor Castle. But seeing<br />

how small some of these chargers were<br />

I am not surprised that illness spread<br />

quickly around the Royal Court.<br />

1Royal maladies: inherited diseases in the ruling house of Europe By Alan R. Rushton Trafford Publishing: Victoria Canada. 2008<br />

Simon Ruffle

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This goal has been popular for years, and it has been adopted<br />

by the World Health Organisation. However, the number<br />

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Yamasa dreamt up the figure in its effort to promote the<br />

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Instead, recent studies at the University of Alabama, have<br />

found that just 6,000 to 8,000 steps a day may be fine. And<br />

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the late 1980s, and is one of the best public health advices.<br />

However, recent studies suggest that five a day is unlikely to<br />

be enough. Scientists at Imperial College London suggest it<br />

is more like seven or 10 helpings a day, if you are to get all the<br />

nutrients and fibre you need. A scientist at the University of<br />

Leeds says we need to make dietary fibre the majority of our<br />

daily diet, rather than processed foods.<br />


This notion is from Victorian times. During the industrial<br />

revolution, it was thought that the best daily regime was 8<br />

hours labour, 8 hours recreation, and 8 hours rest. But in fact,<br />

modern studies have found that the amount of sleep you need<br />

is highly individualised. Some people get along fine on less<br />

than 6 hours, while others need 10 hours.<br />


For decades, the advice has been to drink 2 litres of water a day,<br />

or about 8 glasses. But our fluid requirements vary, depending<br />

on exercise, the weather, climate, and age. You may need as<br />

many as six, or as little as one. According to a professor of<br />

nutritional sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison,<br />

'a lot of your water comes from what you eat.'<br />


This advice began to be spread in the 1920s when cereal<br />

companies were running marketing campaigns to get people<br />

to eat their products for breakfast. But nutrition experts<br />

point out that breakfast is only good for you if you eat the<br />

right kind of foods. Highly processed foods and a large sugar<br />

content is likely to do you more harm than good.<br />


<strong>The</strong> NHS recommends a daily intake of 2,000 calories a day<br />

for women and 2,500 for men. But your actual calorie needs<br />

depend on your age, gender, height, weight and physical<br />

activities levels. Some of us need to eat less, and some more.<br />

History<br />

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Was it really . . . ?<br />

250 years ago, on 10 <strong>May</strong> 1773 that Britain passed<br />

the Tea Act, which favoured the British East<br />

India Company over the American colonies. This<br />

led to the 'Boston Tea Party' in December, which<br />

escalated into the American Revolution and the<br />

establishment of the USA.<br />

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. . . 150 YEARS AGO on 1 <strong>May</strong> 1873 that David Livingstone,<br />

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— and being found — in Africa.<br />

. . . 100 YEARS AGO on 26-27 <strong>May</strong> 1923 that the first Le<br />

Mans 24 hours endurance motor race was held.<br />

. . . 90 YEARS AGO on 2 <strong>May</strong> 1933 that the first modern<br />

sighting of Scotland’s Loch Ness monster was reported in the<br />

Inverness Chronicle.<br />

. . . 80 YEARS AGO on 16-17 <strong>May</strong> 1943 that the RAF<br />

launched Operation Chastise, which became famous as<br />

the ‘Dambusters’ raid. Bouncing bombs were used to<br />

bypass anti-torpedo nets and breach dams, which caused<br />

catastrophic flooding in Germany’s Ruhr Valley.<br />

. . . 75 YEARS AGO on 14-15 <strong>May</strong> 1948 that Israel was<br />

declared an independent state as the British mandate in<br />

Palestine came to an end. <strong>The</strong> next day the Arab-Israeli War<br />

began with the invasion of Israel by Egypt, Transjordan,<br />

Lebanon, Syria and Iraq.<br />

. . . 70 YEARS AGO on 29 <strong>May</strong> 1953 that New Zealand<br />

mountaineer Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay<br />

became the first to reach the summit of Mount Everest.<br />

. . . 60 YEARS AGO, on 27 <strong>May</strong> 1963 that the folk/blues<br />

album <strong>The</strong> Freewheelin' Bob Dylan was released. It included<br />

the hit song Blowin’ in the Wind.<br />

. . . 50 YEARS AGO on 17 <strong>May</strong> 1973 that the Watergate<br />

hearings began in the US Senate.<br />

. . . 25 YEARS AGO on 23 <strong>May</strong> 1998 that the people of<br />

Northern Ireland voted to accept the Good Friday Agreement.<br />

75% were in favour of a Northern Ireland Assembly.<br />

. . . 15 YEARS AGO on 12 <strong>May</strong> 2008 that the Sichuan<br />

earthquake in China killed more than 69,000 people. Over<br />

370,000 were injured, and nearly 5 million made homeless.

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can only appear once in a row, column or box.<br />


Total marks = 15<br />

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April Solutions<br />

Facts about King Charles<br />

He was born at 9.14pm on 14 November<br />

1948 at Buckingham Palace. He has been<br />

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three years old. He is the first monarch in<br />

British history to have earned a university<br />

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pilot and diver. He is a keen watercolour<br />

painter, a published author and played the<br />

cello at Cambridge. As Prince of Wales, he<br />

founded about 20 charities which raise about<br />

£140million each year for good causes. Aged<br />

73, King Charles III is the oldest monarch ever<br />

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General knowledge<br />

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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

Please mention <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> when responding to this advertisement<br />

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For the very best in<br />

later living care<br />

At Bridge House we care passionately about enabling our residents to live their best lives.<br />

Every day is different, but our exemplary standards of care<br />

remain constant, delivered by a highly trained and dedicated<br />

team of clinical nursing and care staff that ensure our<br />

residents maintain their independence, dignity and enjoy<br />

a fulfilling day.<br />

Our welcoming, elegant Georgian country house on the edge<br />

of Twyford offers a timeless calm with stunning views across<br />

the grounds to the river Loddon, whilst our newly built<br />

rehabilitation centre provides access to short term recovery<br />

and recuperation though the in house team of therapists.<br />

To discuss your nursing, residential or rehabilitation<br />

needs, or a visit, please contact our new Care Home Manager<br />

Rachel Stoneman at info@bridgehouseoftwyford.co.uk<br />

or 01189 340777<br />

Visit bridgehouseoftwyford.co.uk<br />


44 <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> - <strong>May</strong> Please <strong>2023</strong> mention <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> when responding to this advertisement<br />

<strong>The</strong> French Horn,<br />

Sonning. Quality.<br />

A continuing commitment to<br />

wonderful food and wine.<br />

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