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Contents <strong>June</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />



— Coronation Choral Matins, 7<br />

— STAY, 8-9<br />

— What makes <strong>June</strong> special, 11<br />

— From the editor's desk, 11<br />

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

— Food Banks, 15<br />

— Claude's View from the Pew, 15<br />

— Standing firm in faith, 17<br />


— Understanding faith, 19<br />

— Where are the butterflies, 21<br />

— <strong>Parish</strong> celebrations 22-23<br />

—around the villages<br />

— 30 years of Christmas gifts, 25<br />

— FoStAC garden party, 25<br />

— Open for tennis trials, 25<br />

— Parallel Windsor Festival, 25<br />

— Sonning rounders match, 25<br />

— Sonning Glebe WI gardening, 25<br />

— Sonning School update, 27<br />

— A Crest for the King, 29<br />

— Link Visiting volunteers, 29<br />


— Meatless Medieval tart, 31<br />

— Check for hedgehogs, 33<br />

THE ARTS<br />

— Book reviews, 33<br />

— Tintoretto, 35<br />

— Poetry Corner, 35<br />

health<br />

— Helping the nearly well, 37<br />

— 500 healthy heart steps, 37<br />

— Go to work on an egg, 37<br />

history, 37<br />

PUZZLE PAGE, 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 />


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<strong>June</strong> <strong>2023</strong> — Coronation celebrations<br />

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

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

<strong>The</strong> Coronation<br />

Picture: Indy Biddulph<br />


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Services at<br />

St Andrew’s<br />

Trinity Sunday 4 <strong>June</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 />

Sunday 11 <strong>June</strong><br />

— 8.00am Holy Communion<br />

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

STAY and Sunday Club<br />

Sunday 18 <strong>June</strong><br />

— 8.00am Holy Communion<br />

— 10.30am Family Communion<br />

— 3.00pm Messy Church<br />

Sunday 25 <strong>June</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 />


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 />

From the Registers<br />


— Saturday 22 April, Warren Anthony Baxter and Laura Caroline Abraham<br />

funerals<br />

— Monday 24 April, Patricia Mary Morgan, funeral service in Church followed by<br />

cremation at Reading Crematorium<br />

— Thursday 4 May, <strong>June</strong> Constance England, funeral service in Church followed by<br />

cremation at Reading Crematorium<br />

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

— All getting married at St Andrew’s this year<br />

— Students taking examinations<br />

— <strong>The</strong> work of Relate<br />

— Young people struggling with their mental health<br />

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

Dear friends,<br />

<strong>June</strong> is often the most popular month for marriages, indeed, Caroline<br />

and I will have been married for 20 years on the 14 <strong>June</strong> and perhaps,<br />

partly because of this, I have been reflecting of late on the importance of<br />

marriage.<br />

It is clear to me that God takes marriage seriously and that's why<br />

'Thou shall not commit adultery . . .' is included right along with 'Thou shalt<br />

not kill . . .' and 'Thou shalt not steal . . .' in the Ten Commandments. <strong>The</strong>re<br />

were many things that Jesus was quite liberal on for the day in which<br />

he lived. <strong>The</strong>re were others about which he was quite conservative. Here<br />

he is downright reactionary. 'What God has joined together, let no man put<br />

asunder' (Matthew 19:4-6). Does that mean that Jesus would have nothing<br />

to do with divorced persons? Not in the least. We can read about his<br />

encounter with the woman at the well who had lived with several men,<br />

or the woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. No one was<br />

more compassionate than Jesus. Jesus knew about human weakness and<br />

frailty and he met no one he could not forgive. That said, no relationship<br />

strikes more at the centre of what it means to be human than does<br />

marriage. <strong>The</strong> end of a marriage can be devastating and the effects on<br />

children are well known and well documented. Of course, each situation<br />

is different, and we respect that, but the breakup of a family is serious<br />

business, because God takes marriage seriously.<br />

Of course, no marriage is truly made in heaven. Good marriages are made through a lot of give-and-take<br />

here on earth. I am reminded of the woman who accompanied her husband to the doctor for his physical. <strong>The</strong><br />

doctor asked her for a private conversation before they left the office. 'Your husband is under great stress and<br />

you must devote your life to sheltering him. Don't argue or disagree with him. Get up early each morning and<br />

make his favourite breakfast. Spend the morning cleaning the house but have a nice lunch ready at midday if<br />

he happens to come home. <strong>The</strong> afternoon you can spend on outside work, but make sure there's a special dinner<br />

waiting for him when he returns. <strong>The</strong> evening hours may be spent watching the TV with him, followed by<br />

romance should he be interested. This must be your schedule to help him through this.' <strong>The</strong> wife left the office,<br />

picked up her husband, and drove him home. 'Well,' asked the husband, 'what did the doctor say?' 'He said that<br />

you're going to die!' All I am saying is that there are no perfect marriages!<br />

Very sadly more than half of marriages today do not last. Why is that? Maybe we haven't helped our young<br />

people understand that marriage takes work. It is not an easy task for two independent, strong-minded<br />

persons to become one flesh. Here are two people from differing home environments, differing expectations<br />

from life, differing dreams for the future. Men and women are different. Family backgrounds are different and<br />

people have different pictures in their minds of what an ideal marriage should be. We are all sinners and we all<br />

have flaws that need to be forgiven from time to time.<br />

This brings me to the last thing I would say about Christian marriage; that by the grace of God, good<br />

marriages are possible. God's plan is beautiful and most fulfilling, and no one will ever improve on it. One<br />

man and one woman becoming one flesh until death do they part. Not everyone will realise that kind of ideal<br />

arrangement in his or her life, but it remains, for most people, the ideal.<br />

God takes marriage seriously. <strong>The</strong>re are no perfect marriages but there can be good marriages. Those good<br />

marriages occur when two people commit themselves to God and to one another . . . to become one flesh until<br />

death do they part. It is not an easy task, but with God's help and serious commitment, it can be done.<br />

Warm wishes.<br />

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More than 250 people attended our special Choral Matins celebration service on Sunday 7 May led by the St Andrew's<br />

junior and senior choirs. <strong>The</strong> Rt Hon Rev Lord Carey of Clifton, the 103rd Archbishop of Canterbury who attended<br />

the Coronation of <strong>The</strong>ir Majesties King Charles III and Queen Camilla, preached on our need to follow the example of<br />

King Jesus, and the promise of King Charles, to serve one another. <strong>The</strong> New Testament reading was read by the Rt Hon<br />

<strong>The</strong>resa May MP, who had also attended the Coronation. See the centre pages for the parish celebrations that took<br />

place following the service.

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Fathers Day for fatherless Reading boys<br />

STAY on Sunday<br />

St Andrew's Youth<br />

Our fortnightly faith growing group called STAY on<br />

Sunday continues to be popular and is helping to<br />

deepen the faith of the young people who attend. We<br />

continued with the parables of Jesus and have recently<br />

looked at ‘<strong>The</strong> Good Samaritan’ and ‘Humility —<br />

where to sit at a wedding feast’.<br />

STAY on Monday<br />

With only a few weeks to go until the 100km in 24 hours walk on <strong>June</strong><br />

17-18, the lads and I have been out on several practice walks. We are each<br />

raising £2,000 for Chapter 2, a charity who work with fatherless boys across<br />

Reading. Growing up without a father figure means they are statistically<br />

more likely to be involved in gangs, more likely to truant from school, more<br />

likely to become addicted to drugs and alcohol, and more likely to end up in<br />

prison. We are hoping to change their future by providing positive male role<br />

models through mentors and ongoing support. If you would like to sponsor<br />

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We have also kept meeting in the young people's homes for our fortnightly STAY on Monday group. We’ve enjoyed being outside more<br />

with the warmer evenings and the young people loved the garden based scavenger hunt and team building games.

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STAY Easter Activities — Continued …<br />

STAY on Friday<br />

Our weekly youth club continues to welcome high numbers of youth with<br />

around 60 each week. As the summer approaches we’ve been able to get the<br />

very popular volleyball net out as well as football and other outdoor games.<br />

STAY and Emmanuel Youth Sunday Social<br />

As we prepare to spend the week away camping at Satellites youth festival with the<br />

Emmanuel Youth, we meet after each Sunday at Six service for a social with games,<br />

food, discussion and prayer. It’s been a great way to meet new people, have fun,<br />

deepen faith and make new friends ahead of the summer camp.<br />

STAY in Schools<br />

We have had the privilege of delivering assemblies at two of the local primary<br />

schools on British Laws and why rules are good to have in place.<br />

.....We have also continued our mentoring with 28 students across the two local<br />

secondary schools, many of whom are finishing year 11 this year. Prayers are with all<br />

those taking their GCSE’s & A-Levels this summer!<br />

Thank you to all the parents and volunteers who make STAY<br />

activities happen! email or text me for ideas, a chat or to<br />

encourage what we are doing — Westy:<br />

youthminister@sonningparish.org.uk 0794 622 4306<br />

As well as the Easter Saturday fun day at <strong>The</strong> Ark<br />

we had several other fun activities with the youth.<br />

Thorpe Park and Laser Quest being two of them, with<br />

a crazy 40 minutes of hail the size of frozen peas!

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<strong>June</strong> is the month of light — the month of the summer<br />

solstice, when millions of people in northernmost Europe<br />

stay out late to enjoy the sight of the midnight sun. To<br />

have light and glory where there is usually darkness is<br />

something we celebrate. We welcome it.<br />

In John 9 Jesus said: 'I am the light of the world.' He wasn’t<br />

comparing himself to the summer solstice, but preaching<br />

at a Jewish occasion which celebrated light every bit as<br />

much. It was the Feast of Tabernacles (John 7:14), which<br />

was a celebration not only of God’s provision of water, but<br />

also of the light of God’s presence with the Israelites in<br />

the wilderness.<br />

During the Feast of Tabernacles there was a joyful<br />

celebration. <strong>The</strong> priests would light four huge lamps in the<br />

Court of Women. <strong>The</strong> flames would reach as high as the<br />

temple walls and would provide a light that could be seen<br />

all throughout Jerusalem.<br />

Men of deep piety would dance throughout the night<br />

for the entire week of celebrating. A choir, accompanied<br />

by an orchestra of instruments, would sing psalms such<br />

as Psalm 27, which declare '<strong>The</strong> Lord is my light and my<br />

salvation.'<br />

At the height of this grand celebration, the Lord Jesus<br />

had the temerity to stand and say that he was the light<br />

that was foreshadowed by the light for the Israelites in the<br />

wilderness.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Jewish leaders were furious, and tried to stone him<br />

to death. Jesus did not fight back, he simply illustrated his<br />

claim to be the Light of the World by immediately giving<br />

sight to a man born blind. (John 9).<br />

In the 20 centuries since then, the Word of God, when<br />

it is proclaimed, has drawn people out of the darkness and<br />

into the light of Jesus. <strong>The</strong> Word is, as the psalmist said,<br />

'a lamp to my feet and a light for my path' (Psalm 119:105) and<br />

David said, 'In your light we see light' (Psalm 36:9b).<br />

Today, by the light of the Word of God, we can see<br />

Jesus as he is: truly the Light of the World.<br />

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editor@theparishmagazine.co.uk<br />

Keeping calm<br />

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One of the things I learnt early in my career as a<br />

journalist was the need to be flexible and not to waste<br />

time complaining or worrying about a story or an article<br />

that had to be dropped unexpectedly after spending a<br />

long time working on it.<br />

On one occasion I was working for a defence electronics<br />

company — yes, journalists are employed by companies<br />

to help promote their products and services by getting<br />

newspapers, magazines, radio and tv stations to publish<br />

stories about their people, products and services.<br />

In 1981, I was working with a tv news crew on a story<br />

about a new, advanced electronic security system. After<br />

several days of discussions and planning, and then a full<br />

day filming in a cold, wet and muddy army firing range,<br />

I was driving home with my boss — who was a very<br />

experienced fleet street journalist before moving into<br />

public relations — when, after thanking me for the work<br />

I had done, he said, 'I've been talking to the producer, and<br />

there's no doubt they will use the film on tonight's main<br />

news programme, unless, of course, the Pope gets shot.'<br />

And you can guess what happened, Pope John Paul II was<br />

shot and wounded in Vatican City that very day and our<br />

news item was shelved!<br />

Whatever work put into a dropped story will come in<br />

handy sometime in the future, maybe next week, or even<br />

several years ahead because all information, whether it<br />

can be used or not, is valuable, if only to tell a story in<br />

this column! <strong>The</strong> way forward is to stay calm and focus on<br />

whatever comes next.<br />

DON'T PANIC!<br />

For this month's issue I have had to do a considerable<br />

amount of staying calm in the face of changes to my<br />

plans, mainly because our scheduled deadline was 12 noon<br />

on Saturday 6 May, the precise time that King Charles<br />

III was being crowned! <strong>The</strong> timing of the Coronation<br />

has, despite some careful planning in advance, led me<br />

on several occasions to remind myself of Corporal Jones'<br />

famous cry, 'Don't panic Mr Wainwaring!'<br />

As well as editing this magazine I also write a<br />

newsletter each month for the Association of Church<br />

Editors, all of whom write and publish church and parish<br />

magazines.<br />

<strong>The</strong> newsletter gives tips and ideas about how to write<br />

and design their magazines, and one of the tips that I<br />

often remind the other editors is to ask God for his help<br />

with their magazine, and no-one has ever got back to me<br />

complaining that prayer does not work, because it does.<br />

But, of course, you don't have to be a magazine<br />

editor to pray for God's help, it applies to everyone and<br />

everything we do. I'm sure that if more people prayed<br />

about their own lives, as well as those of others, and their<br />

work and other activities they might be involved with, the<br />

world will be a calmer and much happier place.

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Christians persecuted in<br />

nine Commonwealth<br />

countries<br />

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

THE persecuted church by colin bailey<br />

Commonwealth States flags line <strong>The</strong> Mall for the Coronation<br />

At the time of writing, the weekend<br />

of the Coronation of King Charles<br />

III, it is interesting to consider the<br />

position of the Commonwealth<br />

countries regarding monarchy.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are 15 Commonwealth<br />

countries where the monarch is<br />

head of state: the UK, Antigua and<br />

Barbuda, Australia, Belize, Canada,<br />

Grenada, Jamaica, New Zealand,<br />

Papua New Guinea, Saint Kitts and<br />

Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and<br />

the Grenadines, Solomon Islands,<br />

<strong>The</strong> Bahamas and Tuvalu.<br />

A recent poll by Lord Ashcroft,<br />

former Conservative Party<br />

chairman, involved interviewing<br />

22,000 people in all Commonwealth<br />

countries, and of the 15 nations<br />

mentioned above, six voted in<br />

favour of replacing the monarchy<br />

(Australia, Canada, Jamaica, the<br />

Bahamas, Solomon Islands and<br />

Antigua and Barbuda).<br />


<strong>The</strong> Commonwealth of Nations<br />

is a voluntary association of 56<br />

independent and equal countries in<br />

Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe<br />

and the Pacific. It is home to 2.5<br />

billion people, one-third of the<br />

world’s population. Most member<br />

countries have historic ties to<br />

Britain.<br />

Many former colonies are<br />

still part of the Commonwealth.<br />

Barbados was the most recent to<br />

establish its own head of state. It has<br />

been an independent nation since<br />

1966 and abolished the monarchy<br />

at the end of November 2021. Any<br />

country can join the Commonwealth:<br />

the last to do so were Gabon and<br />

Togo in 2022.<br />

Going back to 1949, the<br />

Commonwealth consisted of eight<br />

countries, each having King George<br />

VI as monarch. When India wished<br />

to become a republic but did not<br />

want to leave the Commonwealth,<br />

the title Head of the Commonwealth<br />

was created. This is a ceremonial role<br />

with no constitutional relevance to<br />

any of the Commonwealth’s member<br />

states. <strong>The</strong> position is not however<br />

hereditary and successors are chosen<br />

by the Commonwealth heads of<br />

government. Notwithstanding this,<br />

letters patent issued by the late<br />

Queen in 1958 and King Charles in<br />

2022 state that the Prince of Wales<br />

and his heirs and successors shall be<br />

future heads of the Commonwealth.<br />


A cross-referencing of<br />

the member nations of the<br />

Commonwealth to the Open Doors<br />

World Watch List of the 50 countries<br />

in which it is most dangerous to be a<br />

Christian shows that there are nine<br />

Commonwealth countries in the <strong>2023</strong><br />

World Watch List. <strong>The</strong>y are listed<br />

below along with their ranking in<br />

this year’s World Watch List:<br />

Cameroon (#45), Mozambique<br />

(#32), Nigeria (#6), Bangladesh (#30),<br />

Brunei (#46), India (#11), Malaysia<br />

(#43), Maldives (#15), Pakistan (#7).<br />

Some of these countries and<br />

the situation therein of persecuted<br />

Christians have been featured in<br />

earlier editions of <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong><br />

— Nigeria as recently as last month,<br />

Mozambique in January <strong>2023</strong>, India in<br />

October last year, and Pakistan in both<br />

March and May 2022.<br />

Dominic Dudley, dreamstime.com<br />

As for the others appearing in<br />

the World Watch List: Cameroon is<br />

officially a secular country but there<br />

are predominantly Muslim areas<br />

where Islamic extremism is growing.<br />

Boko Haram is violently active in the<br />

north of the country. Bangladesh<br />

has a population where just 0.5%<br />

turn to page 15<br />



AFRICA (21)<br />

Botswana, Cameroon, Gabon, <strong>The</strong><br />

Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Kingdom of<br />

Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius,<br />

Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria,<br />

Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone,<br />

South Africa, Togo, Uganda, United<br />

Republic of Tanzania, Zambia.<br />

ASIA (8)<br />

Bangladesh, Brunei, India, Malaysia,<br />

Maldives, Pakistan, Singapore,<br />

Sri Lanka.<br />


Antigua and Barbuda, <strong>The</strong> Bahamas,<br />

Barbados, Belize, Canada, Dominica,<br />

Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint<br />

Lucia, St Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent<br />

and the Grenadines, Trinidad and<br />

Tobago.<br />

EUROPE (3)<br />

Cyprus, Malta, United Kingdom.<br />

PACIFIC (11)<br />

Australia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, New<br />

Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa,<br />

Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu,<br />


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From page 13<br />


Commonwealth<br />

persecution<br />

are Christians, and most severe<br />

persecution is reserved for those<br />

who come from Muslim, Hindu,<br />

Buddhist or tribal backgrounds.<br />

In Brunei, 12% are Christians and<br />

their insecurity has increased due<br />

to the recent implementation of<br />

Sharia (Islamic law), governing<br />

non-Muslims as well as Muslims.<br />

<strong>The</strong> constitution of Malaysia<br />

says that to leave Islam is<br />

punishable by death, although<br />

this has never been implemented.<br />

Every ethnic Malay is expected to<br />

be Muslim. <strong>The</strong> Maldives contains,<br />

according to Open Doors, ‘a very<br />

small number’ of Christians. No<br />

religious minorities are recognised<br />

by the state and every citizen is<br />

considered Muslim.<br />

Christian converts must follow<br />

Jesus in the greatest secrecy. <strong>The</strong>y<br />

can, if discovered, be stripped of<br />

their citizenship or even given the<br />

death penalty.<br />

PRAYER<br />

In the early days of this new<br />

Carolean era, let us pray for the<br />

new monarch and royal family. Let<br />

us remember to lift up in prayer<br />

the believers in the countries<br />

where Christians are persecuted<br />

in the Commonwealth of Nations<br />

of which he is head.<br />

References and further reading<br />

Good Morning America on the<br />

Commonwealth and the Coronation:<br />

https://www.goodmorningamerica.<br />

com/news/story/monarchy-diedqueen-commonwealth-countriesmuted-view-ahead-99078801<br />

Washington Post on the<br />

Commonwealth:<br />

https://www.washingtonpost.com/<br />

world/<strong>2023</strong>/05/04/king-charlescoronation-commonwealth-realms/<br />

<strong>The</strong> Commonwealth website:<br />

https://thecommonwealth.org/<br />

Open Doors World Watch List <strong>2023</strong>:<br />

https://www.opendoorsuk.org/<br />

persecution/world-watch-list/<br />

Head of the Commonwealth on<br />

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/<br />

wiki/Head_of_the_Commonwealth<br />

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Coronation memories<br />

Claude's<br />

I have been reflecting on my memories<br />

of three Coronations in my lifetime.<br />

From 1937, aged 3 years, I have a remarkable<br />

memory of sitting on a pillar box in Friar<br />

Street for the Coronation of King George VI.<br />

<strong>The</strong>n, in 1953 I remember being<br />

crammed into our living room, with<br />

numerous friends and neighbours, as we<br />

watched Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation<br />

on a 9 inch black and white screen.<br />

This compares with sitting with my<br />

family to watch King Charles III and Queen<br />

Camilla on a colour TV screen 10 times<br />

the size! However, I was disappointed not<br />

to see any notable street decorations, as<br />

there had been in 1953 — and which I had<br />

captured on my Retina camera.<br />

Of course, it was a very different world<br />

then. <strong>The</strong> country was still shaking off the<br />

hardship of World War II and was ready for<br />

a good time. On the other hand, modern<br />

technology makes being part of a national<br />

event so much easier.<br />

1953 decorations: Above: Reading Station,<br />

and right: Heelas (now John Lewis)<br />

Claude's<br />

view<br />

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More than 760,000 people used a food bank for the first time, which is up<br />

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Standing firm in faith<br />

About 600 years before Christ, King Nebuchadnezzar of<br />

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Jewish names honoured God. One of their stories is told in the<br />

Old Testament Book of Daniel.<br />

Daniel and his three friends names were changed to<br />

Belteshazzer and Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. However,<br />

they stood fast to their faith in God while those around them<br />

wavered.<br />


Things came to a head when Nebuchadnezzar built a huge<br />

golden 90 foot high idol and assembled his musicians. When<br />

they played, everyone had to lie down and worship the idol.<br />

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Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego would have nothing to<br />

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gods — so into the furnace they were thrown.<br />

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<strong>The</strong>n something remarkable happened, a fourth person<br />

appears in the fire and saves them from even being scorched.<br />

Nebuchadnezzar calls the fourth man an angel of God.<br />

This was not the first time an angel of the Lord, or God,<br />

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We are not told who the fourth person was, and that is not<br />

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Meshach and Abednigo in a powerfully visible way. It was by<br />

God’s hand they were led out of the fire, and it was God that<br />

Nebuchadnezzar recognised and to whom he decreed that<br />

everyone should give glory to.<br />


As Christians we believe that God’s hand that will lead<br />

us is Jesus, for he is the way, the truth and the life. And this<br />

is one of the reasons why some have felt it necessary to dig<br />

deeper into who the fourth person in the furnace was to show<br />

that he was Jesus. Some of their arguments make sense. For<br />

example, one link to Jesus is said to be in Paul’s second letter<br />

to the <strong>The</strong>ssalonians when he writes: <strong>The</strong> Lord Jesus shall<br />

be revealed from Heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire<br />

taking vengeance on those who know not God, and who obey not<br />

the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. <strong>The</strong>se shall be punished with<br />

everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the<br />

glory of his power.<br />

Whether it convinces you or not, there is an undeniable<br />

similarity with story of the fiery furnace in Daniel. Jesus who<br />

comes with fire destroys the wicked but does no harm to the<br />

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

Mosaic of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in a fiery furnace in<br />

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righteous writes Paul, while Daniel says the fire killed the<br />

soldiers but not Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.<br />

This is also is the point of the parable of the weeds that<br />

Jesus told. On the last day, the unrighteous will be weeded out and<br />

thrown in the fiery furnace while the righteous will shine like the<br />

sun in the kingdom of their Father, said Jesus.<br />


So what relevance to us does a story from 2,600 years ago<br />

about God leading three people to safety and of one at some<br />

unknown time in the future when Jesus returns to finally<br />

rid the world of evil? Well, they are, of course, both relevant.<br />

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego not only lived in a world<br />

surrounded by paganism but their captors were trying to<br />

indoctrinate them into their ways of evil. <strong>The</strong> parable of the<br />

weeds paints the same picture in the future, where a good crop<br />

is spoilt by evil seeds being sown among the good.<br />

Today the good in the world that God created for us is being<br />

nibbled away by the evil that Jesus promises to deal with at<br />

the end of time. Because there is so much of it everywhere,<br />

and because so many people around us accept it as the norm,<br />

it can often be easier for us to comply with such evil in the<br />

world than to stand firm against it. It’s often easy for us to bow<br />

down and accept it, just as Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego<br />

were expected to do. But surely however hard it may be for us<br />

to stand firm in our faith it can’t be as hard as it was for those<br />

three who were prepared to face the fiery furnace rather than<br />

disobey God.<br />

And as God provided someone to lead Shadrach, Meshach<br />

and Abednego to safety, he will do the same for us if we stand<br />

firm in our faith. In fact, the good news is that he has already<br />

provided not one, but two people, for us —Jesus who is the<br />

hand that leads us to an everlasting life with God the Father,<br />

and his Holy Spirit who guides and comforts us and gives us<br />

the strength and the courage to reach out and grasp the hand<br />

that Jesus is holding out for us. For this we should constantly<br />

be thanking God. Amen.

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An independent report — published on 26 April and described as 'a landmark<br />

review into faith engagement' — has found the UK Government 'needs to<br />

recognise faith groups as a force for good'. It states that a better understanding<br />

of faith will help the Government tackle systemic issues such as forced marriages,<br />

child safeguarding and extremism.<br />

Colin Bloom, an independent faith<br />

engagement advisor, considered how<br />

government can best celebrate the<br />

contribution of faith groups, while<br />

tackling harmful practices. More than<br />

21,000 people responded to the public<br />

consultation and 22 recommendations<br />

for government have been set.<br />

Colin Bloom has held a number<br />

of roles in politics which have<br />

focussed on working towards greater<br />

representation of faith in politics.<br />

Previously he was executive<br />

director of the Conservative Christian<br />

Fellowship and director of Christians<br />

in Politics.<br />

As the government's faith<br />

engagement adviser, his role is to make<br />

recommendations to the communities<br />

secretary about how the government<br />

can best celebrate and support the<br />

contribution of faith groups, break<br />

down barriers and promote acceptance<br />

between faiths, and promote shared<br />

values while tackling cultures and<br />

practices that are harmful.<br />

In his review, Colin Bloom<br />

examined engagement with faith in<br />

a wide range of public institutions<br />

from the Civil Service and Armed<br />

Forces, to schools and prisons, and<br />

called on government to bring in<br />

a new programme of faith literacy<br />

training for all public sector staff,<br />

ensuring public servants understand<br />

those they are helping, and to increase<br />

partnership opportunities with faith<br />

groups who are already playing a<br />

valuable role in the social fabric of our<br />

society.<br />

Bloom noted that a better<br />

understanding of faith would also<br />

equip government to tackle issues<br />

such as forced marriage, of which there<br />

are estimated to be thousands a year<br />

in the UK; radicalisation in prison;<br />

and faith-based extremism, including<br />

the ongoing challenge of Islamist<br />

extremism, and the small but growing<br />

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Government needs to better understand faith,<br />

independent review claims<br />


trends of Sikh extremism and Hindu<br />

nationalism.<br />

<strong>The</strong> report also calls for appropriate<br />

regulation of out-of-school settings,<br />

including the faith-based sector, to<br />

safeguard the physical safety and<br />

wellbeing of children.<br />


Colin Bloom, said: 'For millions<br />

of people, faith and belief informs<br />

who they are, what they do and how<br />

they interact with their community,<br />

creating strong ties that bind our<br />

country together.<br />

'As we as a nation continue to<br />

become more diverse, so too does<br />

the landscape of faith and belief.<br />

Our government’s understanding<br />

of the role of faith in society must<br />

remain both current and alive to its<br />

evolutionary changes.<br />

'It must also not shy away<br />

from some of the challenges that<br />

exist in small pockets within faith<br />

communities, from forced and coercive<br />

marriages to faith-based extremism,<br />

financial exploitation, and child<br />

safeguarding. <strong>The</strong>se must not be<br />

consigned to the ‘too difficult’ box.<br />

'Greater understanding of faith<br />

in all its diversity will ensure that<br />

we remain a country that respects,<br />

celebrates and understands people of<br />

all faiths, beliefs and none.'<br />


Faith minister, Baroness Scott of<br />

Bybrook said:<br />

'As faith minister I will continue to<br />

shine a light on the important work of<br />

faith groups across the country, who<br />

play such an important role in public<br />

life. I welcome this review and thank<br />

Colin for his work – we will carefully<br />

consider the recommendations and<br />

I’ll make it my mission to continue to<br />

work closely with those of all faiths.'<br />

Bloom notes that there are many<br />

areas where government is already<br />

doing good work with faith groups,<br />

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including the Faith New Deal grant<br />

programme, the co-design of Covid-19<br />

guidance with places of worship, and<br />

tackling freedom of religion or belief<br />

internationally. He argues that this<br />

good practice should be built on and<br />

applied consistently across services to<br />

enable stronger and more integrated<br />

communities.<br />


<strong>The</strong> Government has stated that<br />

it will consider the findings and<br />

will respond in due course, but in<br />

the meantime, <strong>The</strong> Rev Dr Malcolm<br />

Brown, the Church of England’s<br />

director of faith and public life, has<br />

issued this response:<br />

'Faith is at the centre of people’s lives<br />

and churches and other faith groups are at<br />

the very centre of communities, providing<br />

both inspiration and practical support.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Church of England is involved<br />

in more than 35,000 initiatives in<br />

communities and works to tackle<br />

deprivation and promote social cohesion<br />

through church schools, chaplaincies<br />

in prisons and higher education and in<br />

thousands of practical programmes in its<br />

parishes.<br />

We welcome the recognition in the<br />

report of the need for religious literacy<br />

and a greater public understanding of the<br />

major world faiths.<br />

It is a fact that the majority of people<br />

in England and Wales identify with a<br />

religion, so faith is not a minority pursuit.<br />

We look forward to hearing how<br />

any training and education in the field<br />

of religious literacy can be done in<br />

partnership with religious communities<br />

and from a perspective that sees faiths in<br />

the round.'

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Where have all the butterflies gone?<br />

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3 <strong>June</strong> Butterfly Education<br />

and Awareness Day <strong>2023</strong><br />

Peacock Rudmer Zwerver, dreamstime.com Swallowtail Noah-Boyer, unsplash.com<br />

I have been interested in butterflies<br />

since my father gave me a small<br />

patch of ground at the bottom of our<br />

garden about 70 years ago, writes<br />

Bob Peters.<br />

I could grow anything I liked, so<br />

the first thing was to plant some<br />

runners from a strawberry patch in<br />

the family vegetable garden. We lived<br />

near Tiptree in Essex where there<br />

were acres and acres of strawberries.<br />

It was while tending my tiny<br />

strawberry patch that I became<br />

interested in the visiting butterflies<br />

that would always seem to be there.<br />

Also, I can't remember where they<br />

came from, but in a cupboard we<br />

had a collection of dead butterflies<br />

and moths. <strong>The</strong>y were displayed in<br />

several boxes with glass fronts. Each<br />

specimen had been carefully pinned<br />

and labelled with their Latin names<br />

which I spent hours unsuccessfully<br />

trying to decipher.<br />


My favourite butterfly was a<br />

splendid Swallowtail and I always<br />

hoped that one day I would see one<br />

flying in my garden — there was a<br />

remote chance because at that time<br />

migrant Swallowtails were said to<br />

frequent East Anglia and my garden<br />

was only about 100 miles further<br />

south. Today, native UK populations<br />

are rare but stable and restricted<br />

to the Norfolk Broads where milk<br />

parsley thrives.<br />

I never saw one flying wild until I<br />

travelled to the Mediterranean in my<br />

adult life.<br />

I'm by no means an expert on<br />

butterflies, I simply enjoy seeing<br />

them when spending time in the<br />

garden — and I am no expert in<br />

gardening either, my approach has<br />

always been 'trial and error', as it has<br />

always been with everything in life!<br />

A bout of Covid a couple of years<br />

ago left me without the energy to<br />

do much gardening until recently<br />

— this lack of energy may have also<br />

been age related!<br />

However, this year I have been<br />

able to get out in the garden a little<br />

more and apart from the abundances<br />

of thistles, nettles and a variety of<br />

weeds, normality is slowly returning.<br />

Orange Tip<br />

Helen Davies, dreamstime.com<br />

<strong>The</strong> most striking thing that<br />

I have noticed is the lack of the<br />

butterflies that I usually like to stop<br />

and watch. As I write this it is still<br />

early in the season, but by now there<br />

should a good number flying around.<br />

I have spotted one lonely<br />

Brimstone, which is always the first<br />

to be seen every year, one Orange<br />

Tip, and one splendid Peacock.<br />

Where I wonder, have all the<br />

butterflies gone?<br />

<strong>The</strong> best source of information<br />

I have found is the latest 28 page<br />

report published by the UK charity,<br />

Butterfly Conservation, it is called<br />

<strong>The</strong> State of UK's Butterflies 2022.<br />

<strong>The</strong> previous report was 7 years ago.<br />

Brimstone<br />

Leif Algotsson, dreamstime.com<br />

<strong>The</strong> latest one summarises the key<br />

findings as being a massive 80%<br />

decline. <strong>The</strong> key finding is: In the UK,<br />

long-term trends show that 80% of<br />

butterfly species have decreased in<br />

abundance or distribution, or both<br />

since the 1970s. <strong>The</strong> report can be<br />

downloaded free at: https://butterflyconservation.org/state-of-uk-butterflies-2022<br />


This month, 3 <strong>June</strong> has been<br />

declared a Butterfly Education<br />

and Awareness Day <strong>2023</strong> or BEAD<br />

for short. It is an annual event<br />

organised by the Association for<br />

Butterflies (AFB) to raise awareness<br />

about the importance of butterfly<br />

conservation.<br />

BEAD is designed to help educate<br />

us, the public, about the importance<br />

of butterflies in the pollination<br />

process and why it's important<br />

to create and protect butterfly<br />

habitats. This event is also a great<br />

opportunity to teach children about<br />

metamorphosis.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are over 200,000 species of<br />

butterflies in the world and scientists<br />

tell us that they are a vital part of<br />

the environment. <strong>The</strong>y are essential<br />

as pollinators for many crops,<br />

flowers and plants and they provide<br />

a good indication of the health of<br />

the world's ecosystem and climate<br />

change.<br />

Scientific studies of butterflies<br />

different life cycles will, it is<br />

believed, lead to important medical<br />

developments in the future. And, of<br />

course, they are fascinating insects<br />

to sit and watch when you need a<br />

break from digging the garden!

22 <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> - <strong>June</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

feature — 3<br />


On the morning of Sunday 7 May, having sat<br />

for many hours in front of the TV on Saturday,<br />

watching the Coronation, Graham and I decided<br />

to have a brisk walk around Charvil to get in our<br />

10,000+ daily steps before we needed to begin<br />

setting up for the Pipistrelle Way Street Party.<br />

As it had been so wet the previous day we decided<br />

to avoid the lakes, water meadows and nature<br />

reserve and just pound the streets.<br />

Our route took us down Park Lane which had<br />

been closed to traffic for their street party and they<br />

were all busy erecting gazeboes. <strong>The</strong>re was a lovely<br />

friendly atmosphere and a fair bit of bunting. We<br />

were even invited to join them later!<br />

We thought we’d do a loop round the new<br />

Hicks estate at Canberra Lake Way and on the<br />

newly turfed green were more people setting up<br />

for their street party. It was really great to see all<br />

ages working together and helping each other.<br />

From there we walked round <strong>The</strong> Hawthorns and<br />

again, in one of the cul de sacs we saw groups of<br />

neighbours preparing for their street parties.<br />

Indy Biddulph<br />

Sue Peters<br />

Coronation memories in Charvil<br />

By Sarah Swatridge, Pipsitrelle Way, Charvil<br />

Indy Biddulph<br />

Following the special Choral Matins Celebration service in<br />

St Andrew's Church (see page 7) it was off to <strong>The</strong> Ark, which<br />

coincidentally had been officially opened 6 years ago to<br />

the day by <strong>The</strong> Rt Hon Rev Lord Carey of Clifton, the 103rd<br />

Archbishop of Canterbury, and <strong>The</strong> Rt Hon <strong>The</strong>resa May, MP<br />

who at the time was Prime Minister.<br />

Once again, <strong>The</strong> Ark proved to be the perfect setting for<br />

celebration drinks and cakes, including a Coronation cake<br />

made by Sue Peters, deputy churchwarden.<br />

Our picture (left) shows the cutting of the cake by Lord and<br />

Lady Carey who were assisted by two willing children who<br />

were looking forward to a slice!<br />

Sue Peters<br />

At Charvil Village Hall the lights were on as<br />

volunteers got ready to entertain village children<br />

for a couple of hours.<br />

Generally, throughout Charvil and the<br />

surrounding area, we haven’t noticed nearly as<br />

much red, white and blue bunting nor flags flying<br />

but there were definite pockets of colour.<br />

In Pipistrelle Way we had, probably, our<br />

best turn out so far, a good spread of delicious<br />

food, plenty of drink and such a wonderful<br />

atmosphere.<br />

Certainly the brilliantly warm and sunny day<br />

helped to make it one to remember. All ages made<br />

use of the outdoor table tennis table, swing ball<br />

and giant Connect 4.<br />

I’m sure we won’t be the only road deciding to<br />

make this an annual event!<br />


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Residents, families and friends of the Signature<br />

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Open for tennis<br />

Sonning Tennis Club is holding an<br />

Open Day on Sunday 4 <strong>June</strong> from<br />

11am to 3pm. All ages — adults<br />

and juniors — and all abilities are<br />

invited to try tennis for free.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re will be free coaching 'taster'<br />

sessions between 12 - 2pm, so wear your<br />

trainers, meet some members, and play<br />

tennis on the club's newly repainted<br />

courts. Raquets will be available for all<br />

ages on the day.<br />

<strong>The</strong> club is on King George's<br />

Field, Sonning RG4 6ST. For more<br />

information visit https://clubspark.lta.org.<br />

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FoStAC summer<br />

garden tea party<br />

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<strong>The</strong> Friends of St Andrew's Church<br />

(FoStAC) invites you to join them<br />

for a summer tea party on Sunday 9<br />

July from 3-5.00pm.<br />

<strong>The</strong> garden party will be held in the<br />

garden of 22 West Drive Sonning by<br />

kind permission of Richard and Jill<br />

Brighton as part of its fund raising<br />

programme designed to enable the<br />

restoration, repair, maintenance,<br />

improvement and beautification of<br />

St Andrew’s Church.<br />

Entrance is by a limited number<br />

of tickets, price £20 per person, that<br />

need to be reserved and paid for by<br />

Sunday 2 July.<br />

For more information and to<br />

reserve your tickets contact Sally<br />

Wilson on:<br />

mustangsallywilson@gmail.com<br />

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Reading Family Aid's Christmas<br />

Gift Scheme is 30 years old<br />

30 years ago this summer, Reading Family Aid, which had been operating<br />

for 60 years, began its Christmas gift scheme for deprived children. In those<br />

30 years they have given some 30,000 local children their only Christmas<br />

presents.<br />

This wouldn't have been possible without so much support from local people,<br />

churches and other organisations, and they would like to say thank you to<br />

everyone who has helped them reach this incredible milestone!<br />

Reading Family Aid has also taken over 10,000 family members on trips to<br />

theme parks, the pantomime, zoos, the seaside, farm parks, Camp Mohawk and<br />

other local attractions. This, they said, was all thanks to the money donated by<br />

the residents of Reading, businesses, places of worship, and charitable bodies.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y are now looking forward to another 30 years of putting smiles on families'<br />

faces in the Reading area.<br />

Friends of Me2 Club wanted to take part in<br />

the Parallel Windsor Festival of Inclusivity<br />

Me2 Club is looking for individuals, families, friends, groups or companies<br />

to join them for their <strong>2023</strong> team, which is taking part in this year’s Parallel<br />

Windsor Festival of Inclusivity on Sunday 2 July as part of its fund raising<br />

campaign.<br />

<strong>The</strong> festival is designed for people of all ages, abilities, and health conditions.<br />

All participants will receive a Me2 Club team T-shirt plus a fund raising pack<br />

with tips on how to set up your fundraising page, sponsor forms and ways to<br />

raise funds towards this campaign.<br />

Me2 Club enables the inclusion of children and young people with additional<br />

needs into mainstream activities. This is done through trained volunteers<br />

that provide 1-1 support. <strong>The</strong> Inclusion Training Project increases the skills,<br />

knowledge and confidence of mainstream leaders through training and advice.<br />

It also run residential trips for the children and volunteers involved in the<br />

charity<br />

Me2 Club is asking each participant in its Parallel Windsor Festival team<br />

to raise a minimum of £100 for Me2 Club to help towards this year's target of<br />

£280,000. More information from Jo on: jo@me2club.org.uk<br />

Rounders has come round again!<br />

This year's annual rounders contest between local organisation and groups in<br />

Sonning is on Friday 9 <strong>June</strong> at King George’s Field. Play will start at 5.45pm.<br />

Which local village organisation or team will be crowned champions this<br />

year? Spectators of all ages are welcome and encouraged to attend and help<br />

cheer teams to victory. Entry is free, but take some cash for the raffle and<br />

refreshments which include a BBQ and a bar.<br />

Sonning Glebe WI invite you to<br />

A Gardening Evening with COLIN EVANS<br />

Gardening radio and television presenter<br />

regularly heard on Radio Berkshire!<br />

Friday 21 July at 7.30pm<br />

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Sonning School's chicks arrived in<br />

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<strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> - <strong>June</strong> <strong>2023</strong> 27<br />

SONNING CofE primary school update<br />

A Coronation Service — part of a special day of activities to mark the Coronation of King Charles and Queen Camilla<br />

— gave pupils, governors and staff of Sonning Church of England Primary School an opportunity to come together to<br />

celebrate with hymns, songs, prayers and readings.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y were joined by Rt Hon <strong>The</strong>resa<br />

May MP, who unveiled a plaque<br />

donated by the Sonning and Sonning<br />

Eye Society to mark the Coronation.<br />

and members of the Sonning <strong>Parish</strong><br />

Council who gave medals to every<br />

pupil, staff member and governor of<br />

the school.<br />


It was an event to remind pupils<br />

of the importance of serving others,<br />

helping each other and being part of a<br />

community such as Sonning.<br />

'<strong>The</strong> connectivity and support offered<br />

by the local community is special, and<br />

we felt fortunate to have such close<br />

ties with other groups around us', said<br />

headteacher, Phil Sherwood.<br />

'To have a former Prime Minister take<br />

time out of her day to visit us and speak<br />

to the children was a treat for us all. Mrs<br />

May’s support, as well as that of Sonning<br />

<strong>Parish</strong> Council and the Sonning and<br />

Sonning Eye Society, remind us what a<br />

remarkable area this is, and how lucky we<br />

are,' he added.<br />

One of the activities the pupils<br />

were most proud of was being part of<br />

creating a mosaic, designed by Shilpa<br />

Kunder, a teaching assistant at the<br />

school. Each pupil and staff member<br />

placed at least one tile, and this will<br />

act as another lasting memory of this<br />

occasion.<br />

On 7 May a group of pupils took<br />

part in the Coronation party held in<br />

Sonning village — see page 23.<br />

Angels wanted<br />

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investors for an exciting building project<br />

to create a Performing Arts Studio.<br />

<strong>The</strong> aim is to provide experiences in<br />

acting, dance, music, song, art and cultural<br />

appreciation. It will be used by pupils during<br />

the day and at weekends, evenings and<br />

school holidays, and by the communities of<br />

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experiences are part of the school's vision to build strong foundations for the years ahead and create<br />

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By Magnus Smyly<br />

A great example of our new King’s<br />

Coronation focus on volunteering<br />

has been the coming together<br />

of local groups to enable our 1st<br />

Sonning-on-Thames Cub Scouts to<br />

go pond dipping in mid-April.<br />

<strong>The</strong> equipment they used was<br />

purchased for Sonning Church<br />

of England Primary School by a<br />

donation from Sonning Scarecrows a<br />

few years ago (see <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong><br />

July 2019).<br />

<strong>The</strong> school uses this equipment<br />

in many classes during the year and<br />

kindly lends it out to local groups.<br />

With a big thank you to Nikki<br />

in the school office and Miss Reid<br />

as science lead for making the<br />

arrangements, the cub scouts<br />

enlisted our local environmental<br />

expert Professor Ali Driver to assist<br />

them explore both ponds west of<br />

King George’s Field.<br />

Among the myriad of wildlife<br />

were two species of newt, including<br />

the protected great crested newts,<br />

which Ali is accredited to handle.<br />

Thank you to everyone involved<br />

for making this activity possible<br />

and allowing the cubs to have such a<br />

great time with nature.<br />


IN THE ARK<br />

Open to everyone of all ages<br />

for lunch and conversation<br />

Tuesday 13 <strong>June</strong><br />

Tuesday 27 <strong>June</strong><br />

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Could you be a<br />

visiting link?<br />

<strong>The</strong> Link Visiting Scheme, a local<br />

charity based in Wokingham<br />

Borough, aims to help people<br />

struggling with the serious impact<br />

of loneliness and enables them to<br />

make friends and engage again with<br />

their community.<br />

Feeling lonely and isolated can have<br />

a negative impact on our health and<br />

can lead to low mood, stress, anxiety<br />

and a lack of confidence. To resolve<br />

this, <strong>The</strong> Link Visiting Scheme works<br />

with volunteers who give time to<br />

visit an older person for a couple of<br />

hours once a week or fortnight. <strong>The</strong>ir<br />

aim is to improve wellbeing and<br />

have as much fun and enjoyment as<br />

possible.<br />


‘This is a fantastic scheme offering<br />

support to the local community. It offers<br />

Margaret more social activity and has<br />

enriched my life listening to her stories<br />

and being in her company. Thank you!<br />

I’m so pleased I signed up!', said one<br />

previously lonely person.<br />

Spending quality time with<br />

someone can be transforming and<br />

the scheme's organisers say they<br />

have had the pleasure of seeing many<br />

lives improved by friendly volunteers<br />

regularly visiting someone who sees<br />

very few people from week to week.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are over 400 volunteers<br />

throughout the Wokingham Borough<br />

engaging with people and often<br />

taking them out to coffee shops or<br />

garden centres where possible.<br />

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Recipe of the month<br />

A Meatless Medieval<br />

Ember Days Tart<br />

From Medieval Cookery: http://www.medievalcookery.com/recipes/tart.html<br />

Ember days are times of prayer and fasting held four times a year, dividing<br />

the liturgical calendar into four quarters. Traditionally they are on the<br />

Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday following St Lucy's Day on 13 December,<br />

the first Sunday in Lent, Pentecost and Holy Cross Day 14 September.<br />

Today, Roman Catholic and Anglican churches follow slightly<br />

different patterns and Ember days are generally observed as<br />

part of the ordination of priests, although this does not mean<br />

that others can't pray and fast. This month the Church of<br />

England liturgy has Ember days on Wednesday 28 <strong>June</strong>, Friday<br />

30 <strong>June</strong>, and Saturday 1 July.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Catholic Church Ember Day tradition forbade meat,<br />

although cheese and eggs were allowed. This led to the creation<br />

of the 'Ember Day Tart' that was served on fasting days.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Original Medieval Recipe for Tart in Ymber Day<br />

Tak & parboyle oynons & erbes & presse oute þe water & hewe<br />

hem smale, tak brede & bray hit in a mortar & temper hit wit<br />

ayron, do þerto butter, safron, & salt & raysons corans & a litul<br />

sugar wiþ poudor douce, & bak hit in a trap & serue hit forth.<br />

Which translates as: Tart in Ember Day<br />

Take and parboil onions and herbs and press out the water<br />

and chop them small, take bread and pound it in a mortar and<br />

temper it with egg, do there to butter, saffron and salt and<br />

raisins and a little sugar with fine powder and bake it in a shell<br />

and serve it forth.<br />

Ingredients<br />

1 pound onions<br />

½ tsp salt<br />

½ cup bread crumbs fresh<br />

8 large eggs<br />

1 pie crust (see Paest Royall opposite)<br />

2 tsp butter<br />

¼ bunch parsley<br />

A pinch of saffron<br />

¾ cup currants<br />

½ tsp sugar<br />

¾ tsp powder douce — This is a spice mix used in Medieval and<br />

Renaissance cookery. Like modern spice mixes such as Italian<br />

seasoning, garam masala, taco seasoning, etc. <strong>The</strong>re was not a set<br />

ingredient list, it varied from cook to cook.<br />

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Method<br />

Bring pot of water to boil. Peel and quarter onions, place in<br />

boiling water for 2-3 minutes, then drain. Chop onions and<br />

parsley and combine with breadcrumbs, eggs, butter, currants,<br />

sugar, salt, and spices. Pour into prepared pie crust and bake at<br />

350°F for 30-40 minutes, ensuring that the egg is set. Let cool<br />

for 10-15 minutes before cutting into serving sizes.<br />

Paest Royall — Ember Day Pie Crust<br />

<strong>The</strong> following recipe is taken from A Proper Newe Booke of<br />

Cokerye, (16th Century) by Catherine Frances Frere, found in<br />

A Collection of Medieval and Renaissance Cookbooks compiled by<br />

Duke Cariadoc of the Bow and Duchessa Diana Alena:<br />

To Make Pyes …. yf you wyll have paest royall, take butter and<br />

yolkes of egges and so paste the paste to make the paste.<br />

Which translates as:<br />

To make pies: If you will have paste royal, take butter and<br />

yolks of eggs and so temper (ie mix with) the flour to make the<br />

paste.<br />

Ingredients: 1 cup flour; ⅓ cup butter; 2 egg yolks; water<br />

Method<br />

Cut butter and egg yolks into flour until crumbly, add water<br />

and knead mixture until it forms a ball of dough. Roll out<br />

dough then place into pie pan.<br />

References<br />

A full list of references and further background notes on<br />

the translations and transcriptions can be found on:<br />

http://www.medievalcookery.com/recipes/tart.html<br />

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In the garden<br />

Please check for hedgehogs in<br />

long grass before strimming!<br />

Following a spate of injuries, Herbie Hedgehog Rescue has put a timely<br />

plea for all gardeners to check for sleeping hedghogs in long grass<br />

before using a strimmer.<br />

Hedgehogs will curl up when approached by a strimmer and it only<br />

takes a few minutes to check where you are cutting and you could save a life.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y also put out a reminder about how we can all help hedgehogs in<br />

our gardens. This includes making a 13cm square hole in our fence to allow<br />

hedgehogs to move from garden to garden; provide dry cat or kitten biscuits<br />

and a shallow bowl of water.<br />

If you see a hedgehog in daylight, it is most likely in trouble. If so, pick<br />

it up using a towel or wear gardening gloves. Place it in a tall cardboard box<br />

with tea towels and take in indoors into a warm, quiet room away from<br />

children and pets. <strong>The</strong>n contact your local rescue immediately by calling<br />

0159 879 4442.<br />

In spring and summer, if a large hedgehog is out in the day<br />

collecting bedding in its mouth and moving with purpose it could<br />

be pregnant. Please contact the rescue centre for advice as it might<br />

need rescuing.<br />

Herbie Hedgehog Rescue takes in sick/injured wild<br />

hedgehogs and rehabilitate them to be able to release them<br />

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THE ARTS — 1<br />

Book reviews<br />

To A Different Drum - an adventure of<br />

radical obedience<br />

By Pauline Hamilton,<br />

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Kicked out of<br />

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on drink and drugs,<br />

Pauline Hamilton<br />

drove recklessly<br />

towards a cliff near<br />

her home to end it all.<br />

At the last moment, her tyre blew out,<br />

leaving her stunned in the stationary<br />

car.<br />

Pauline’s life changed forever. She<br />

turned to the God who had rescued her<br />

and, in grateful amazement, offered her<br />

whole life to him. This dedication would<br />

eventually take her to China, where<br />

she would serve for over 30 years as a<br />

missionary.<br />

Through many trials Pauline never<br />

lost sight of the God who had promised<br />

never to let her go.<br />

Antigone Kingsley: About Last<br />

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This is the first book<br />

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and lows of growing.<br />

Living above her<br />

parent's theatre<br />

gave Tig plenty of practice at being<br />

centre stage. But when the theatre<br />

faces financial crisis, it is her alluring<br />

cousin Amelie, from Paris, who grabs<br />

the attention. As Tig grapples with her<br />

identity she watches her cousin steal the<br />

affection of her family, friends, school<br />

and her social media following! When<br />

tension between the two teenagers<br />

grows, Tig finds herself at a crossroad.<br />

Will her need to be liked outweigh her<br />

raging jealousy towards her cousin?<br />

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Life’s a marathon<br />

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and lows. As we<br />

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we transition into<br />

a new stage of our<br />

race, with a range<br />

of possibilities and<br />

pitfalls to navigate.<br />

With experience<br />

and warmth, John Wyatt invites<br />

Christians to think through how we can<br />

approach the next stages of life well.<br />

He considers the move from work<br />

to retirement, then independency<br />

to dependency, and finally from life<br />

to death. While being honest about<br />

the struggles of each transition, <strong>The</strong><br />

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THE ARTS — 2<br />

Will your<br />

anchor hold?<br />

By Rev Canon Michael Burgess<br />

In 1833 Mendelssohn composed two<br />

overtures inspired by the sea —<br />

‘Fingal’s Cave’ portrays the gentle<br />

roll of the waves and the call of the<br />

wind on the waters around Staffa and<br />

‘Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage’<br />

portrays a sea journey when the fog<br />

lifts, the sky clears, the safety of land<br />

beckons and the boat reaches harbour.<br />

This month’s painting Christ at the Sea<br />

of Galilee by Tintoretto is different. He<br />

was an Italian Renaissance painter<br />

who worked in Venice until his death<br />

in 1594. All his paintings are marked<br />

by intensity and drama, whether it is<br />

the Last Supper, the Conversion of St<br />

Paul, or this canvas.<br />

Tintoretto worked quickly and<br />

single-mindedly and was nicknamed<br />

‘Il Furioso.’ And it is the fury of the<br />

sea that is captured here. Not the lazy<br />

waters of Venice or the calm seas of<br />

Mendelssohn’s music. Now the sea and<br />

the sky are in torment and revolt. <strong>The</strong><br />

world is dominated by the violence of<br />

the storm.<br />


<strong>The</strong> Sea of Galilee is like that. One<br />

moment, the sky is clear and windless,<br />

the next, a gust can whip up the<br />

waters.<br />

In Scripture the sea is always an<br />

element to fear. For the psalmist<br />

the sea contains creeping things<br />

innumerable, and even monsters.<br />

For John in the Book of Revelation,<br />

the sea ceases to exist when the new<br />

heaven and the new earth appear. <strong>The</strong><br />

threat of that element is pervasive<br />

in this painting. <strong>The</strong> sail of the boat<br />

bends with the raging of the wind, and<br />

the vessel is tossed up and down — so<br />

near the shore, and yet so far. Above,<br />

the clouds frown.<br />

But enfolding the scene are two<br />

signs of hope and life. On one side<br />

we see a tall tree in leaf and growing.<br />

At the other side is the tall figure<br />

of Jesus: a sign of safety and hope<br />

to the disciples, floundering in the<br />

boat. His feet are just vague outlines<br />

in the water, but his hand is firm as<br />

he beckons to his followers. Peter,<br />

brave and headstrong as ever, begins<br />

‘Christ at the Sea of Galilee’ by Tintoretto.<br />

to climb out of the boat with no<br />

immediate sense of danger.<br />

<strong>June</strong> ends with his feast day when<br />

we celebrate a saint who was much<br />

like us. Wanting to follow Jesus, but<br />

finding himself weak; eager to serve,<br />

but unable to back words up with<br />

deeds.<br />

And yet, God’s grace triumphed in<br />

Peter’s life. We know that he will be<br />

saved here as he steps onto the wild<br />

water to reach Jesus.<br />


This raging element is a parable<br />

of life with its storms and challenges<br />

for Peter and for all of us. Just as the<br />

sea threatens to swallow the boat and<br />

the disciples in it, so we know how the<br />

world threatens to swallow us up.<br />

Each of us, in our discipleship, faces<br />

concerns and challenges, anxieties<br />

about the present, even despair about<br />

the future.<br />

Tintoretto is saying to us from this<br />

canvas: reach out and take hold of the<br />

sure hand of our Lord. That will be an<br />

anchor for you when the sea of life is<br />

calm and when the storm rages. ‘Will<br />

your anchor hold?’ asks the hymn, and<br />

we can reply . . .<br />

‘We have an anchor<br />

that keeps the soul,<br />

Steadfast and sure<br />

while the billows roll;<br />

Fastened to the rock<br />

which cannot move,<br />

Grounded firm and deep<br />

in the Saviour’s love.’<br />

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Poetry Corner<br />

Public Domain<br />

Peace Plea<br />

By Steven Rolling<br />

Adapted from an Origen prayer (184-253AD)<br />

Tune: Franconia (Blest are the pure in heart)<br />

Let us pray that Jesus<br />

May sure reign over us<br />

And that our land may be at peace<br />

That wars and conflicts cease<br />

That our bodies may be<br />

Free from assaults fleshly<br />

Desires that us into sin lead<br />

Your graces, Lord, we need<br />

When these have ceased, we shall<br />

Be able to rest well<br />

Beneath our vines, fig-trees, olives<br />

Blessed with the peace God gives<br />

Those idylls of plenty<br />

Father, Son, Spirit, He<br />

Will shelter us as we rest, gain<br />

We peace of mind again<br />

An ancient olive tree in Nazareth Village<br />

Open Air Museum, Israel<br />

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HEALTH<br />

Help nearly-well become<br />

whole again<br />

Nowadays people are generally not in hospital for long.<br />

Even a major operation only earns you a few days’ stay in<br />

one of their beds. With almost embarrassing enthusiasm<br />

they get you out of bed, walk you up and down the ward and<br />

duly announce that you’re ‘well enough to go home’.<br />

Visiting the recovering sick is a simple art. <strong>The</strong>y want to be<br />

told how well they look, how bravely they’ve endured their<br />

treatment, and how good it is to see them about to return<br />

to the normal business of life. <strong>The</strong>y’d like to be brought up<br />

to date on the local news and gossip, of course. Often, they<br />

value a little prayer of thanksgiving for recovery. Gratitude is<br />

never inappropriate!<br />

A spell in hospital reminds us how ‘shut off’ patients tend<br />

to be, even in the very best institutions. Those who have<br />

recently experienced it are well placed to remind the rest<br />

of us that friends and fellow church members in hospital<br />

are not transferred to another planet. <strong>The</strong>y may not expect<br />

frequent visits from those who are not close friends or<br />

family, but it’s often quite easy to pick up the phone and<br />

speak to them on the ward — the sort of contact we would<br />

have with them at home.<br />

<strong>The</strong> same kind of simple contact can work very well<br />

when they are eventually back home — a brief call simply<br />

enquiring if everything’s OK, with perhaps the offer of<br />

practical help with shopping, for instance, or a lift to the GP<br />

surgery. Thus, the nearly-well become the completely whole!<br />

500 steps to a healthy heart<br />

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each day may be lowering the risk of heart issues by 14%.<br />

To put it another way, the study found that adults who<br />

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experience a cardiovascular event in the following 3 years<br />

than those who took about 4,500 steps a day.<br />

'We were surprised to find that every additional quarter<br />

of a mile, or 500 steps, of walking had such a strong benefit<br />

to heart health,' said a professor of epidemiology at<br />

the University of Alabama. 'While we do not want to<br />

diminish the importance of higher intensity physical activity,<br />

encouraging small increases in the number of daily steps also<br />

has significant cardiovascular benefits'.<br />

Go to work on an egg!<br />

Eating more protein can help prevent your midlife<br />

spread, partly by suppressing your appetite. A recent<br />

study has found that people eat 210 calories more per<br />

day than when they are on a low-protein diet.<br />

Yet most of us aren’t eating enough protein. A study from<br />

the University of Sheffield found less than half of over-<br />

65s studied met the official UK reference nutrient intake<br />

(RNI) of 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram (2.2lb) of their<br />

body weight per day – or about 50g a day for a 10st person.<br />

Adding an egg, smoked salmon, authentic Greek yogurt,<br />

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and a 250ml glass of milk, can all help.<br />

History<br />

Was it<br />

really . . .<br />

400 years ago, on 19 <strong>June</strong><br />

1623 that Blaise Pascal<br />

was born. This French<br />

mathematician, physicist,<br />

inventor, theologian, and<br />

philosopher invented one<br />

of the first mechanical<br />

calculators in the early<br />

1640s.<br />

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. . . 300 YEARS AGO on 16 <strong>June</strong> 1723 that Adam Smith was born.<br />

<strong>The</strong> ‘Father of Economics’, this Scottish economist and philosopher<br />

is best known for his book <strong>The</strong> Wealth of Nations, the first modern<br />

work on economics.<br />

. . . 150 YEARS AGO on 5 <strong>June</strong> 1873 that the great slave market<br />

in Zanzibar (now part of Tanzania) was closed after Britain issued<br />

Sultan Barghash bin Said with an ultimatum to close it or face a<br />

blockade.<br />

. . . 125 YEARS AGO on 9 <strong>June</strong> 1898 that Britain leased Hong<br />

Kong from China for 99 years and it became a British Crown<br />

Colony. It was transferred back to China in 1997.<br />

. . . 75 YEARS AGO on 21<strong>June</strong> 1948 that HMT Empire Windrush<br />

docked in London with the first large group of immigrants from<br />

the West Indies.<br />

. . . ALSO 75 YEARS AGO, from 24 <strong>June</strong> 1948 to 12 May 1949<br />

that the Berlin blockade and airlift took place. <strong>The</strong> Soviet Union<br />

began a rail, road and canal blockade of Berlin, cutting off all routes<br />

between West Germany and West Berlin. <strong>The</strong> Allies launched a<br />

massive airlift with over 200,000 flights to take in nearly 9,000<br />

tons of supplies each day.<br />

. . . 70 YEARS AGO on 2 <strong>June</strong> 1953 that the Coronation of Queen<br />

Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey took place. It was the first event<br />

where the British TV audience (20 million) was greater than the<br />

radio audience (12 million).<br />

. . . 65 YEARS AGO on 9 <strong>June</strong> 1958 that London’s Gatwick Airport<br />

was officially opened.<br />

. . . 50 YEARS AGO from 16 — 25 <strong>June</strong> 1973 that Soviet leader<br />

Leonid Brezhnev visited Washington DC and said that the Cold<br />

War was over as far as the Soviet Union was concerned. He and<br />

President Richard Nixon signed a major accord on arms limitation<br />

and the prevention of nuclear war.<br />

. . . 25 YEARS AGO on 11 <strong>June</strong> 1998 that the UN declared an<br />

official famine in Sudan. About 250,000 people were saved by<br />

international aid, but up to 100,000 died in South Sudan<br />

. . . 20 YEARS AGO on 20 <strong>June</strong> 2003 that the Wikimedia<br />

Foundation was founded in Florida.

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16 17<br />

20<br />

23<br />

Rev Kate's<br />

<strong>June</strong> Quiz<br />



Across<br />

1 - Having Greatest greatest importance (11) (11)<br />

9 -- Unwell Unwell (3) (3)<br />

10 - Rupture (5)<br />

10 Rupture (5)<br />

11 - Extremely happy period (5)<br />

12 11 - Extremely Alcoholic happy drink period from (5) apples (5)<br />

13 12 -- Alcoholic Ornamental drink made jet from of apples water (5) (8)<br />

16 - Clover-like plant (8)<br />

13 - Ornamental jet of water (8)<br />

18 - Religious book (5)<br />

20 16 - Clover-like - Torn apart plant (8)(5)<br />

21<br />

18 -- Religious<br />

Pertaining<br />

book (5)<br />

to the sun (5)<br />

22 - Pouch; enclosed space (3)<br />

20 - Torn apart (5)<br />

23 - Number increasing<br />

21 - Pertaining greatly to the (11) sun (5)<br />

22 - Pouch; enclosed space (3)<br />


11<br />

18 19<br />

21 22<br />

Down Down<br />

2 - Governed 2 - Governed (5) (5)<br />

3 - Prohibit 3 - Prohibit (5) (5)<br />

4 - Sheep wool (6)<br />

4 - Sheep known for its wool (6)<br />

5 - Countries (7)<br />

6 - Starts 5 - Countries 1st January (7) (3,4)<br />

7 - Misinterpret (11)<br />

8 - Minor crime (11)<br />

7 - Misinterpret (11)<br />

14 - Upstart recently gained<br />

wealth 8 - Minor (7) crime (11)<br />

15 - Pass across/through (7)<br />

17 - Summon to serve in<br />

15 - Pass across through (7)<br />

the armed forces (4-2)<br />

18 - Big and strong (5)<br />

19 - Particle like a photon (5)<br />

6 - This starts on 1st January (3,4)<br />

SUDOKU<br />

14 - Upstart; one who has recently gained wealth (7)<br />

17 - Summon to serve in the armed forces (4-2)<br />

18 - Big and strong (5)<br />

23 - Increasing greatly in number (11)<br />

19 - Subatomic particle such as a photon (5)<br />

4 16 20 22 26 18 8 24 15 26 14 17 1 14<br />

26 7 22 8 3 26<br />

19 8 19 19 18 8 25 22 17<br />

7 4 11 22 25 8 5 22 4 13<br />

22 1 8 22 15 11 16 17 22<br />

17 15 25 8 10 8 20 6 17 12<br />

20 22 22 17 19 8<br />

26 26 17 12 22 19 8 4 16 17<br />

15 23 20 22 26 25 4 19 19<br />

2 21 1 15 25 25 6 7 4 4<br />

23 4 26 15 6 9 14 25 12<br />

26 11 16 22 22 15<br />

15 14 8 12 4 17 22 14 26 15 18 25<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 />

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 />


This month’s quiz has three themes: transport, sport and literature.<br />

O H N<br />


1) What does ‘M’ stand for in the abbreviation MOT, ie MOT test?<br />

2) Which city did the famous Rover factory shut down in 2005?<br />

3) Which London Underground line is represented by a red line?<br />

4) What is the IATA airport code for Los Angeles International<br />

Airport?<br />

5) Where did Albert Gunton famously jump his number 78<br />

London bus?<br />

14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26<br />

SPORT<br />

6) Who won the 2022 Wimbledon men’s singles final?<br />

7) Which Australian cricketer died in 2022 at the age of 52?<br />

2<br />

3<br />

4<br />

5<br />

6<br />

7<br />

8<br />

9<br />

10<br />

11<br />

12<br />

13<br />

O<br />

H<br />

N<br />

15<br />

16<br />

17<br />

18<br />

19<br />

20<br />

21<br />

22<br />

23<br />

23<br />

25<br />

26<br />

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answers in the next issue<br />

May Solutions<br />

Each <strong>June</strong>, the Church of England holds its<br />

Petertide ordinations, to coincide with the<br />

feast day of the great apostle Peter, who led<br />

the Church at Pentecost. Simon had been a<br />

fisherman from Bethsaida, near the Sea of<br />

Galilee, when his brother Andrew introduced<br />

him to Jesus. When Simon made his famous<br />

confession of faith, that Jesus was the Christ,<br />

Jesus gave him a new name – Cephas, or<br />

Peter, which means rock. <strong>The</strong> ‘gates of hell’<br />

would never prevail against Jesus’ Church,<br />

and He gave Peter the power of ‘binding and<br />

loosing’, and also the keys of the kingdom of<br />

heaven’. Peter witnessed the Transfiguration,<br />

the raising of the daughter of Jairus, and Jesus<br />

praying in Gethsemane. Peter betrayed Jesus<br />

but after the Resurrection, Jesus entrusted<br />

him to feed both the lambs and the sheep of<br />

Christ’s flock. Peter was the first apostle to<br />

work a miracle.<br />

KEYS<br />

PETER<br />

SHEEP<br />

ROCK<br />

COCK<br />

MY<br />

LAMBS<br />


ANDREW<br />

GARDEN<br />

JESUS<br />



SIMON<br />

HELL<br />

GATES<br />

FEED<br />

CROWED<br />









Total marks = 15<br />


C R A G A M B R O S I A<br />

H L U A E E S<br />

A D O R N E D P I L O T<br />

R O E D R F O<br />

A F F I X E R O S I O N<br />

C P N D S I<br />

T I C K E T R U S H E S<br />

E L C S C H<br />

R O O F T O P T E M P I<br />

L B E O I O N<br />

E M B E D K N O W I N G<br />

S E L E N S L<br />

S P R A Y I N G S T A Y<br />


M U S K E T R B R<br />

Y O O V E R U S E S<br />

O W N X A L W<br />

P A W N I N G L O O K<br />

I T C E D R<br />

C R A S S U N L O C K S<br />

Q J T Z<br />

S A L U T E D B E S O M<br />

P A L S I A<br />

F L E D L U M B A R N<br />

O R I I E G G<br />

I M M O D E S T N L<br />

B N S H A S S L E<br />

SUDOKU<br />



1. Princess Charlotte<br />

2. 2011<br />

3. James, Viscount Severn<br />

4. 2021<br />

5. King Edward VIII<br />

6. James I<br />

7. Lady Jane Grey<br />

8. Queen Victoria<br />

9. Sandringham House<br />

10. Palace of Holyrood<br />

11. Sean Connery<br />

12. Tracy<br />

13. Eurasian Eagle Owl<br />

14. Paris to Constantinople<br />

8) Who did England beat to win the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 final?<br />

9) Who currently holds the men’s 100 metre world record?<br />

10) Who was the first woman to win an Olympic Gold medal in boxing?<br />


11) Who wrote ‘Tess of the d’Urbervilles’?<br />

12) Which novel opens with the words ‘Call me Ishmael’?<br />

13) Which author created the characters Romilda Vane and<br />

Justin Finch-Fletchley?<br />

14) What is the last book of the Old Testament in the Bible?<br />

15) What is the name of the competent and loyal valet created by<br />

PG Wodehouse?

40 <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> - <strong>June</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

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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 />


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General foot care and treatments<br />

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0118 969 6978 - 0790 022 4999<br />


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Office: 0118 961 8784 - Paul: 0776 887 4440<br />

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PC & laptop repairs, upgrades, installations, virus removal<br />

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Call Andy on 0795 810 0128<br />

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0118 977 0831<br />

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Free estimates - All work guaranteed<br />

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We are a family business with excellent references<br />

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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 />

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0118 944 0000<br />

0797 950 3908<br />

Thames Street, Sonning<br />


Reliable and friendly service for all tree care<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 />


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Call John – 0118 966 6100<br />

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42 <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> - <strong>June</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 />

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— Advertising and Distribution: Gordon Nutbrown<br />

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Advertisers' index<br />

ABD Construction 6<br />

Abbey School 26<br />

Abbeyfield Wey Valley Society 20<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 />

CBLS Architecture 18<br />

Chimney Sweep, Thames 40<br />

Chiropody, Linda Frewin 40<br />

Clark Bicknell 40<br />

Computer Frustrations 40<br />

Design for Print 28<br />

Freebody Boatbuilders 6<br />

French Horn 44<br />

Gardiner’s Homecare 30<br />

Good Oaks Home Care 18<br />

Great House and Coppa Club Sonning 10<br />

Handyman and Decorating Services 40<br />

Haslams Estate Agents 2<br />

Heathium Clinics 20<br />

Hicks Group 16<br />

Humble Tiffin 28<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 />

Physiocare Body Management 38<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 32<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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<strong>June</strong><br />

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