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Contents <strong>March</strong> <strong>2024</strong><br />

THE VICAR'S LETTER, 5<br />

THE PARISH NOTICEBOARD<br />

— <strong>March</strong> Services, 7<br />

— Lilies, 7<br />

— River Baptisms, 7<br />

— STAY, 8-9<br />

— Persecuted Church, 10<br />

— For your <strong>March</strong> prayers, 10<br />

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

— From the editor's desk, 11<br />

— CIRDIC, 13<br />

FEATURES<br />

— Celebrations in Wales, 15<br />

— Marie Curie, 17<br />

— Merry <strong>March</strong>, 19<br />

— FoStAC, 20-21<br />

—around the villages<br />

— Sonning School, 23<br />

— Street Pastors, 24<br />

— 80th D-Day plans, 24<br />

— Scarecrows <strong>2024</strong>, 24<br />

— 100 Dance years, 25<br />

— Sonning Art Group, 25<br />

— Charvil Project Singers, 25<br />

HEALTH<br />

— Dr Simon Ruffle writes, 27<br />

— Aspirin, 27<br />

FASHION<br />

— Fashion Generations, 29<br />

THE ARTS<br />

— Hildegard of Bingen, 30<br />

— <strong>The</strong> art of hello, 30<br />

— Poetry Corner, 31<br />

— Easter Hymn 150th<br />

This ISSUE's FRONT COVER<br />

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

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<strong>March</strong> <strong>2024</strong> — Mothering Sunday and Easter<br />

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YEARS<br />

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

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

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Services at<br />

St Andrew’s<br />

Sunday 3 <strong>March</strong><br />

— 8.00am Holy Communion<br />

— 10.30am Family Service<br />

— 4.00pm Choral Evensong<br />

followed by tea in the Ark<br />

Mothering Sunday 10 <strong>March</strong><br />

— 8.00am Holy Communion<br />

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

STAY and Sunday Club<br />

Sunday 17 <strong>March</strong><br />

— 8.00am Holy Communion<br />

— 10.30am Family Communion<br />

— 3.00pm Messy Church<br />

Palm Sunday 24 <strong>March</strong><br />

— 8.00am Holy Communion<br />

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

STAY and Sunday Club<br />

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

Holy Tuesday 26 <strong>March</strong><br />

— 9.30am Morning Prayer<br />

Holy Wednesday 27 <strong>March</strong><br />

— 10.00am Holy Communion in<br />

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

coffee<br />

Maundy Thursday 28 <strong>March</strong><br />

— 7.30pm Holy Communion with<br />

the stripping of the altar<br />

Good Friday 29 <strong>March</strong><br />

— <strong>The</strong> Last Hour from 2.00pm -<br />

3.00pm with readings, prayer<br />

and silent reflection<br />

THE SCIENCES<br />

— Ideas, 32<br />

history, 32<br />

BOOK REVIEWS FOR EASTER, 33<br />

PUZZLE PAGES, 34-35<br />

children's page, 37<br />

information<br />

— Church services, 3<br />

— From the registers, 3<br />

— Local Trades and Services, 36<br />

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

— Advertisers' index, 38<br />

From the Registers<br />

Funerals<br />

— Tuesday 9 January, Christopher<br />

James Clarke, interment of ashes<br />

in the churchyard<br />

— Saturday 13 January, Andrew<br />

Kenneth Bell, interment of ashes<br />

in the churchyard<br />

— Tuesday 16 January, Alan<br />

Geoffrey Tinson, funeral service<br />

in church and cremation at<br />

Reading Crematorium<br />

— Tuesday 30 January, Father<br />

Marcus Stewart, memorial<br />

service in church<br />

Easter Saturday 30 <strong>March</strong><br />

— 2.00pm Family Service prior to<br />

Easter Fun afternoon<br />

— 7.30pm <strong>The</strong> Vigil and first<br />

Communion of Easter<br />

Easter Day 31 <strong>March</strong><br />

— 8.00am Holy Communion<br />

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

the Rt Revd and Rt Hon Lord<br />

Carey. <strong>The</strong> service will be<br />

followed by river baptisms at<br />

the Wharf and refreshments in<br />

<strong>The</strong> Ark<br />

— 6.00pm Easter Sunday at Six in<br />

the Ark


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

Dear Friends,<br />

<strong>The</strong> late Pope John Paul II declared that Christians are an 'Easter people'.<br />

For an Easter person, Easter is not only the most important day of<br />

the year; the first Easter was the most important date in history. <strong>The</strong><br />

resurrection is the cornerstone of our faith, as the late Dr Billy Graham<br />

once declared, 'If I were an enemy of Christianity, I would aim right at the<br />

resurrection because that’s the heart of Christianity.' St Paul felt the same<br />

way. He said, 'If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain, and<br />

your faith is in vain.' (1 Corinthians 15:2)<br />

Sceptics of every age have trouble with resurrection. <strong>The</strong>y ask, 'Do<br />

you want us to believe that a dead man walked out of his grave?' That was<br />

the attitude of all of Jesus’ disciples when they first heard the news. But<br />

something earth-shattering happened, as any objective observer can tell.<br />

Within a seven-week period following the death of Jesus, a little band of<br />

depressed, cowardly men were transformed into a militant, exuberant<br />

team of evangelists who spread the resurrection news across the world.<br />

Ten of the original disciples were executed for their beliefs. <strong>The</strong>ir lives<br />

would have been spared if they had just denied that Jesus arose. But they<br />

wouldn’t back down. People are not usually willing to die for a lie or a<br />

fairy tale.<br />

THE LIVING LORD<br />

Firstly, an Easter person is one who searches for Jesus. <strong>The</strong> angels told them that they were looking in the<br />

wrong place for a live person. However, at least the women were searching, which is more than we can say for<br />

the disciples. <strong>The</strong>y were huddled in fear and despair behind locked doors. We all know that many people attend<br />

church at Easter who do not usually attend, Sunday by Sunday. <strong>The</strong>y are a very welcome addition to our services.<br />

I would though gently offer this observation. <strong>The</strong>re is a big difference between the way we treat a dead hero<br />

and a living Lord. We honour the memory of a dead hero, like Admiral Lord Nelson, with a respectful nod of<br />

appreciation on Trafalgar Day. We might even visit his memorial in St Paul’s Cathedral. If Jesus Christ were<br />

nothing more than a dead hero, perhaps an annual visit to a church would be sufficient. However, if he is a living<br />

Lord, that is surely not enough. If he is the living Lord, then it seems fitting to join with his people and worship<br />

him continually, not annually.<br />

Secondly, an Easter person is one who believes the good news. <strong>The</strong> women of Easter morning make a much<br />

better showing than the disciples. From the moment these women heard the good news that our crucified Lord<br />

had arisen, they believed it, but not the disciples. One of the disciples, Thomas, went so far as to say that he<br />

would not believe unless, and until, he could see the wounds in his hands and side. Later Jesus showed Thomas<br />

his wounds and then said, 'Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.' (John 20:29)<br />

I once heard it put like this in parable form. Let’s suppose that an unborn infant, in its mother’s womb, can<br />

reason and speak. Suppose also that someone says to it, 'Soon you must leave this place and be born. You will enter a<br />

different realm.' <strong>The</strong> infant might protest and say, 'I like it here. I am fed, warm, and I feel loved. I don’t want to leave<br />

this place and be born.' But nature takes its course, and the baby is born. After he endures a slap on his bottom<br />

and cries a bit, he looks up into a loving face and the infant is cuddled in loving arms. He soon discovers that<br />

he can get anything he wants if he will just cry or coo. So, the infant says to himself, 'This is nicer than I thought<br />

it would be.' <strong>The</strong> years of childhood pass and then the child becomes a youth, then an adult, and years later he<br />

grows old with bodily parts beginning to wear out and ache. One day the thought of death begins to worry him.<br />

He says to himself, 'I like this place. I don’t want to leave. Death scares me.' However, nature again takes its course,<br />

and he dies. What happens then? <strong>The</strong> Bible declares that each believer is born once more. He looks up into a face<br />

more beautiful than that of his mother. Loving eyes look down on him and underneath are the everlasting arms.<br />

He is born again into a heavenly realm where there is no more pain, no more death, and no more sin. He is home<br />

at last.<br />

This to my mind is a beautiful reassurance to all God’s Easter people. We honour not a dead hero this Easter<br />

but a living Saviour who offers life in all its fullness to those who accept his invitation.<br />

Christ is risen!<br />

Warm wishes. Jamie


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From Mothering Sunday flowers<br />

to Palm crosses and Easter eggs . . .<br />

This year, Lent began on Wednesday 14 February and ends on Saturday 30 <strong>March</strong>, which<br />

is often called Easter Eve, or Holy Saturday because it comes at the end of Holy Week,<br />

which is the last week of Lent. Holy week begins with Palm Sunday and ends at sunset<br />

on the evening of Easter Eve. In Biblical times every new day began immediately after<br />

sunset, not immediately after midnight as is the norm today.<br />

For Christians, Lent is time for spiritual reflection and often includes fasting,<br />

or more usually today, giving up 'something' and/or making a point of doing<br />

something to benefit others for 40 days. Traditionally, about halfway through<br />

the 40 days of Lent there was an exception to the fasting when those working<br />

away from home were given a day's holiday travel home to visit their mothers.<br />

Hence, we have . . .<br />

Mothering Sunday 10 <strong>March</strong><br />

Join us for our traditional service of thanksgiving at 10.30am for the mothers in<br />

our life — our mother church, our birth mother and/or the mother who guided<br />

us through our childhood to adulthood. During the service the children will be<br />

asked to help distribute Mothering Sunday bunches of flowers for all the ladies.<br />

Palm Sunday 24 <strong>March</strong><br />

We meet in <strong>The</strong> Ark Garden just before 10.30am before processing to church for<br />

a <strong>Parish</strong> Eucharist with the traditional Passion Bible Reading.<br />

Following the service we return to <strong>The</strong> Ark for the usual Sunday morning tea,<br />

coffee, biscuits and conversations.<br />

Holy Tuesday 26 <strong>March</strong><br />

Morning Prayer at 9.30am<br />

Holy Wednesday 27 <strong>March</strong><br />

Holy Communion in <strong>The</strong> Ark at 10.00am followed by tea and coffee.<br />

Maundy Thursday, 28 <strong>March</strong><br />

Holy Communion at 7.30pm to celebrate the Last Supper. <strong>The</strong> service concludes<br />

with the stripping of the altar, after which there is silent reflection before the<br />

congregation depart in silence.<br />

Good Friday, 29 <strong>March</strong><br />

<strong>The</strong> Last Hour from 2.00-3.00pm with Bible readings, prayers and silent reflection.<br />

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Images: dreamstimes - daffodils: Atman;<br />

eggs: Michal Bednarek; cross: Peterfactors<br />

Easter Lilies<br />

From Easter Saturday we will display<br />

lilies in memory of loved ones for a<br />

suggested donation of £5 per stem<br />

and record the names of those to<br />

be remembered on a special board.<br />

Please place the donation in the<br />

office letter box with your name and<br />

the name to be remembered. To pay<br />

by bank transfer please mark your<br />

payment ‘Lilies’ with your surname<br />

and pay St Andrew’s PCC account<br />

00011793 / sort code 40-52-40 and<br />

email Hilary the relevant name to be<br />

included. <strong>The</strong> closing date for names<br />

is Palm Sunday, 24 <strong>March</strong>.<br />

Easter Baptisms<br />

We have several people who are to<br />

be baptised in the Thames on Easter<br />

Day, following the morning service.<br />

If you have not already been baptised<br />

(Christened) then please speak to<br />

Jamie or Westy if interested.<br />

Easter Saturday, 30 <strong>March</strong><br />

Family Fun Afternoon, from 2pm — Everyone Welcome, and it's all FREE!<br />

Meet inside the Church at 2pm for a welcome and short family service before<br />

moving outside for an Easter egg hunt, bouncy castle, teenage obstacle<br />

course, riverside walk, egg and spoon races, trips up the tower, Messy Church<br />

activities, and a FREE BBQ for everyone.<br />

IMPORTANT: Please let Hilary in the <strong>Parish</strong> Office 0118 969 3298 know if you<br />

are planning to be there so we can buy enough food for the BBQ!<br />

7.30pm Easter Vigil: <strong>The</strong> First Communion of Easter<br />

We meet outside the Church north door where the Easter fire will be lit. <strong>The</strong><br />

congregation will be given candles, which are lit from the Easter fire. We then<br />

move into the dark church carrying 'the Light of Christ' to celebrate the first<br />

Holy Communion of Easter.<br />

Easter Day, Sunday 31 <strong>March</strong><br />

8.00am Holy Communion<br />

10.30am <strong>Parish</strong> Eucharist with the Rt Revd and Rt Hon Lord Carey. <strong>The</strong> service<br />

will be followed by river baptisms at the Wharf and refreshments in <strong>The</strong> Ark.<br />

6.00pm Easter Sunday at Six in the Ark<br />

Don't be late for our<br />

Easter Sunday Services!<br />

Remember that clocks<br />

'Spring' forward one<br />

hour at 1.00am when<br />

British Summer Time<br />

begins!


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the parish noticeboard — 2<br />

St Andrew's Youth<br />

We had a fantastic start to the year in January<br />

with lots going on for young people in the local<br />

area. We saw 3,000 children and young people<br />

through our assemblies. We had 65 young people at<br />

our STAY on Friday Youth Club and we are making<br />

some exciting plans for February half term and<br />

Easter, especially the baptisms in the river on<br />

Easter Sunday 31 <strong>March</strong>.<br />

STAY on Sunday<br />

We started a new theme for <strong>2024</strong> — following the<br />

CofE lectionary. This hopefully means that the<br />

whole of St Andrew's Church, from the children to<br />

the adults will be hearing and learning the same<br />

message each Sunday. Our hope is that this leads<br />

to fruitful conversations around the table over<br />

Sunday lunch.<br />

During January we covered the themes: Jesus<br />

calling his first disciples and what is it like to be in<br />

a secret church or a persecuted Christian?<br />

For the session on the persecuted church we<br />

turned the space upside down and had police<br />

tape on the door. This was to try to reenact what<br />

it’s like for people in other countries to find their<br />

worshipping space to have been ransacked and<br />

cordoned off by the authorities. <strong>The</strong> funny thing<br />

was, some of the youth got it, while others thought<br />

that the room had just not been tidied!<br />

STAY on Monday<br />

We continued using the STIR cards in January and<br />

we looked at how we connect with God through<br />

other people's stories using a singer who battled<br />

through cancer and a family that forgave the<br />

killers of their son. In the first session we heard a<br />

song about being at rock bottom on the tiles of the<br />

bathroom floor. Each young person was then given<br />

a bathroom tile to write their prayer on. For the<br />

second session, about forgiveness, we dropped a<br />

dissolving tablet into water as a symbol of how we<br />

too need to forgive those who have wronged us.<br />

STAY in Schools<br />

As mentioned we saw thousands of young people<br />

through our school assemblies. We offered<br />

messages of hope and we spoke on the themes of<br />

what does the Bible say about contentment and<br />

devotional time and how is love honouring of<br />

others and not self seeking.<br />

We also had the chance to properly introduce<br />

Corinne to all the children and youth, which they<br />

loved. Our mentoring is also looking to grow now<br />

that Corinne is with us. This will add to the current<br />

26 students being mentored each week in both<br />

local secondary schools. We also had the privilege<br />

of offering a place for prayer to all teachers and<br />

governors at Piggott in January.<br />

We looked at the passage on worry in Matthew<br />

6 and asked ourselves the question: what do we<br />

worry about and where do we need to prioritise<br />

our lives in order to put God first and trust him<br />

more?<br />

STAY on Friday<br />

Our weekly youth club on Friday evenings had a<br />

staggering 65 in attendance during January. <strong>The</strong><br />

new basketball hoop is proving rather popular and<br />

young people are always happy to invite friends<br />

along who often end up becoming members<br />

themselves. This is a good sign of a growing and<br />

exciting youth club.<br />

We also have the new addition of Corinne's<br />

Craft Corner where the young people are welcome<br />

to try a craft that they can take home. This<br />

includes macramé, bracelet making and plate<br />

painting.<br />

Stay on Friday meets from 6.45pm-8.15pm for<br />

all secondary aged youth, and on the 4th Friday it<br />

is also open to year 6 to aid with their transition<br />

to year 7. <strong>The</strong> next few Fridays where year will be<br />

welcome are: 22 <strong>March</strong>, 26 April, 24 May, 28 June<br />

28 and the third Friday in July on the 19th (as the<br />

4th Friday in July is in the summer holidays).<br />

As always, please get in touch to get involved in<br />

any way, thanks, Westy<br />

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

encourage what we are doing<br />

Westy<br />

youthminister@sonningparish.org.uk<br />

0794 622 4106


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From Corinne: Getting know to you all . . .<br />

Hi Everyone!<br />

I just wanted to say a huge thank you for welcoming me into this lovely church family and local<br />

community. I feel so lucky to not only be settling into St Andrew’s, but also in some of your homes<br />

to break bread, play games, and talk about God.<br />

I’ve been adjusting to the role amazingly, all thanks to Westy’s guidance, the parish’s support,<br />

and the community of volunteers who have been nurturing this ministry for many years. Thank<br />

you for your graciousness and generosity as I find my way!<br />

We’ve had such a blast at Messy Church, learning about baptisms, and at Sunday Club,<br />

exploring the idea of God’s authority over all things. We also enjoyed a lovely Christingle<br />

service, which was the first one I have attended! It was so fun to see everyone’s<br />

oranges, listen to Westy’s sermon (left), and sing songs together.<br />

Before I start my ministry in the schools, I’ve been using my extra time to enjoy<br />

sampling what I like to call St Andrew’s charcuterie board of events and services<br />

(there’s truly something offered for everyone!). At Rendezvous lunch club, we<br />

had a local kitty come to visit us, and this long-tailed friend was chatting away<br />

through the window as I was working in the office later that day.<br />

Corinne 0118 969 3298


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PARISH NOTICEBOARD — 3<br />

That's the shocking figure '<strong>The</strong> 2023 Open Doors World<br />

Watch List' concluded after gathering data from the<br />

50 countries where Christians face the 'most extreme<br />

persecution'.<br />

<strong>The</strong> latest report, covering 2023, was launched at a meeting<br />

of parliamentarians on 17 January when 100 MPs and two<br />

peers attended. <strong>The</strong>y were able to hear first-hand about how<br />

365 million Christians face high levels of persecution and<br />

discrimination — a number that represents one in every<br />

seven Christians globally, or 1 million for every day of the<br />

year.<br />

Top of the World Watch List is North Korea, which<br />

remains the costliest place in the world to be a Christian.<br />

Even owning a Bible is illegal and Christians are sent to<br />

appalling labour camps or simply killed on the spot. Most<br />

people are facing starvation in the country, but stories have<br />

emerged of Christians sharing whatever food they have with<br />

their neighbours and bringing hope to their community.<br />

HIGH RISERS<br />

One of the 'high risers' on the latest list is Laos which rose<br />

10 places from 31 to 21. <strong>The</strong> Open Doors researcher looking<br />

into Laos said he had never seen such a clear connection<br />

between the growth of the church and the growth of<br />

opposition.<br />

Representatives of Christians in Iran and in Sub Saharan<br />

— particularly West Africa — answered questions on a panel<br />

chaired by an Open Doors UK and Ireland director.<br />

In Iran (9th in the list), house churches are seen as a<br />

threat to national security.<br />

In Nigeria (6th), more Christians are killed for their faith<br />

than in all other countries of the world combined.<br />

Compared with the past 20 years, the highest number<br />

of arrests for Christians in Iran took place in 2023, said a<br />

representative. Homes have been raided and Christians<br />

sentenced to lengthy prison sentences. It was a very difficult<br />

year for many believers.<br />

She also echoed the point that wherever the church is<br />

growing we can expect more persecution. If we hear there are<br />

more arrests, this is because there are more believers. More<br />

people are converting and they are not afraid to proclaim<br />

Jesus — but they are paying the price.<br />

In Sub Saharan and West Africa, 2023 was a year of<br />

hope for many Nigerians. <strong>The</strong> hope was for a change of<br />

government to one which would be concerned about the<br />

people and seek to restore security. Everyone in Middle<br />

Belt and North Nigeria knows someone from their family,<br />

or village, who has been abducted or kidnapped. <strong>The</strong>y had<br />

to pay 'millions' in ransom and this is impoverishing the<br />

families and multiplying fear in hearts and minds of people.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re have been invasions of villages where hundreds are<br />

killed.<br />

While the church is large in terms of numbers and some<br />

resources, the challenge is for the members to come together<br />

as one. It was said to be like a sleeping giant that needs to<br />

be awakened. This was not only for Nigeria but the whole<br />

of West Africa. In the midst of this, there is an explosion of<br />

THE persecuted church by colin bailey<br />

365 million persecuted Christians = 1 million for every day of 2023<br />

HOPE FOR CHANGE<br />

<strong>The</strong> unwelcoming face of North Korea<br />

Linqong, dreamstime.com<br />

'MBBs' (Muslim Background Believers) who have come to<br />

Christ either through dreams, listening to radio programmes,<br />

through the testimony of others and some of them through<br />

comparative study. <strong>The</strong>se new believers are going back to<br />

their community and encouraging new disciples.<br />

Open Doors ask us to pray:<br />

— For Christians experiencing increased pressure under<br />

cover of conflict and crisis, for example in Sub Saharan Africa<br />

and Manipur.<br />

— For comfort, healing, provision, restoration, courage, and<br />

reconciliation.<br />

— For all those living in fear in authoritarian regimes; for<br />

them to have courage to stand strong; to become powerful<br />

witnesses so that the Church will continue to grow, and the<br />

gates of hell will not prevail against it.<br />

— To bless and pray for the persecutors: for religious<br />

nationalists and extremists, families, neighbours, and<br />

governments; that they will come to know Jesus as their<br />

personal saviour.<br />

References and further reading<br />

Open Doors World Watch List <strong>2024</strong>:<br />

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

Open Doors World Watch List Launch <strong>2024</strong>:<br />

https://advocacy.opendoorsuk.org/page/140238/action/1<br />

Open Doors World Watch List <strong>2024</strong> Launch Prayer Evening:<br />

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

House of Commons Library Research Briefing 'Religious<br />

Persecution and the World Watch List <strong>2024</strong>': https://<br />

commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/cdp-<strong>2024</strong>-0017/#:<br />

For your Prayers in <strong>March</strong><br />

— His Majesty the King, his doctors<br />

and family<br />

— Those to be baptised in the River<br />

Thames on Easter Sunday<br />

— <strong>The</strong> release of the Israeli<br />

civilian hostages in Gaza<br />

— <strong>The</strong> work of Daisy’s Dream<br />

bereavement counselling for<br />

children<br />

— Christians In Reading Drop<br />

In Centre (CIRDIC)<br />

Mbolina, dreamstime.com


the parish noticeboard — 4<br />

Claude's<br />

view<br />

from<br />

the<br />

pew<br />

After the Second World War the government encouraged youngsters to become<br />

part of the building industry. This was to rebuild the country’s housing stock<br />

and to provide new public buildings to replace those lost in the German bombing<br />

raids.<br />

When attending Caversham Secondary Modern School (which is now Thameside<br />

Primary), someone came round to encourage us to go to the new building school<br />

where youngsters, like myself, were taught building alongside traditional<br />

subjects. I decided to join and remember being in JSB2, so would have been<br />

part of the second intake.<br />

Skilled craftsmen were employed for half a day each week to teach the skills<br />

of building alongside their English, mathematics and science lessons, in George<br />

Palmer Central school in Basingstoke Road, Reading.<br />

One lady teacher, Miss Nellie Palmer, was tasked to teach us lads English<br />

language and literature, but rather than Milton or Shakespeare, she taught us<br />

comic verse, such as ‘You’re old father William’ by Lewis Carroll and encouraged us to<br />

learn it off by heart, and I have never forgotten it!<br />

We attended from the ages of 13-16 and there were around 20 in a class. We<br />

were taught all the different trades, such as bricklaying, plumbing and carpentry.<br />

Most of us went on into the building trade as an apprentice. As we had been to a<br />

building school, we were more attractive to local building contractors because we<br />

were already trained, and so we started in the second year of our apprenticeships. I<br />

was employed by Boyd and Murley in London Street as a bricklayer.<br />

You are old father William by Lewis Carroll<br />

'You are old, father William,' the young man said 'And your hair has become very white;<br />

And yet you incessantly stand on your head — Do you think, at your age, it is right?'<br />

'In my youth,' father William replied to his son, 'I feared it might injure the brain;<br />

But now that I’m perfectly sure I have none, Why, I do it again and again.'<br />

'You are old,' said the youth, 'as I mentioned before, And have grown most uncommonly fat;<br />

Yet you turned a back-somersault in at the door — Pray, what is the reason of that?'<br />

'In my youth,' said the sage, as he shook his gray locks, 'I kept all my limbs very supple<br />

By the use of this ointment—one shilling the box, — Allow me to sell you a couple?'<br />

'You are old,' said the youth, 'and your jaws are too weak For anything tougher than suet;<br />

Yet you finished the goose, with the bones and the beak—<br />

Pray, how did you manage to do it?'<br />

'In my youth,' said his father, 'I took to the law and argued each case with my wife;<br />

And the muscular strength which it gave to my jaw has lasted the rest of my life.'<br />

'You are old,' said the youth; 'one would hardly suppose That your eye was as steady as ever;<br />

Yet you balanced an eel on the end of your nose — What made you so awfully clever?'<br />

'I have answered three questions, and that is enough,' Said his father; 'don’t give yourself airs!<br />

Do you think I can listen all day to such stuff? Be off, or I’ll kick you downstairs!'<br />

'You are old, Father William' appears in Lewis Carrol's book 'Alice's Adventures in<br />

Wonderland' published in 1865 and is the public domain.<br />

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From the<br />

editor's<br />

desk<br />

editor@theparishmagazine.co.uk<br />

I often write this column early on in<br />

the production cycle but this month it<br />

is the last piece in the jigsaw because<br />

two contributions did not arrive<br />

in time, and this left me with three<br />

pages to fill. Hopefully, you won't be<br />

able to spot which pages were put<br />

together in a hurry!<br />

I am not complaining about this. <strong>The</strong>se<br />

things are part of life for journalists.<br />

I have worked as a writer and editor<br />

on newspapers and magazines since<br />

I graduated from university as an<br />

electronics engineer — I could never<br />

make anything electronic work, but<br />

could write a good excuse why!<br />

In many ways, working under the<br />

pressure of looming deadlines when<br />

promised articles don't materialise<br />

is all part of the fun — and it always<br />

makes the job more satisfying when<br />

it appears in print.<br />

RELAX YOUR BRAIN<br />

Some people argue that printed<br />

magazines such as this one are a thing<br />

of the past but, even though there has<br />

been a steady decline in the readership<br />

of printed newspapers and magazines,<br />

it is estimated that over 20 million<br />

people read a printed magazine of<br />

some kind every month.<br />

And, as I have said before in this<br />

column, experts tell us to switch off<br />

our electronic screens an hour before<br />

we go to bed in order to relax our<br />

brains. <strong>The</strong>y suggest instead, that we<br />

read a printed book or magazine.<br />

Hopefully, this month, you will<br />

find plenty of interest to relax your<br />

brain by reading this magazine, and I<br />

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PARISH NOTICEBOARD — 5<br />

<strong>The</strong> who, what, when and why of CIRDIC<br />

What does CIRDIC do?<br />

On three weekdays and Sunday mornings for the last 32<br />

years CIRDIC has been serving those who go to its centre<br />

in Reading to receive:<br />

— Main meals, snacks and drinks<br />

— Warmth and company in pleasant surroundings<br />

— Clothing, bedding and toiletries<br />

— Baths and showers<br />

— Access to telephone and computers for keeping in touch<br />

with family and for job-seeking<br />

— A postal address<br />

— Art work<br />

— Access to professional services including NHS HOLT<br />

(Health Outreach Liaison Team) nurses, podiatrists, the St<br />

Mungo’s homeless charity, and a listening ear and advice<br />

when requested.<br />

What sort of people do CIRDIC help?<br />

CIRDIC has an open-door policy and ask only that their<br />

guests, who are all adults, behave reasonably well. <strong>The</strong>y do<br />

not know the background of many of their visitors. However,<br />

they know that the 60 or so who use the centre vary in age,<br />

sex and background. Some are homeless, most have huge<br />

problems with rootlessness, substance abuse, poor housing,<br />

unemployment and mental health. Some have been using the<br />

resources for years, and some simply pass through.<br />

Does CIRDIC get results?<br />

CIRDIC services are not merely palliative. Simply by being<br />

an acceptable meeting place for many of the vulnerable<br />

people of the Reading area, it is a focal point for voluntary<br />

and statutory services.<br />

Although it can never prove it, CIRDIC believes their<br />

service probably reduces the crime rate in the town by<br />

reducing the temptation to shoplift for food. <strong>The</strong>y have<br />

enabled at least one guest to obtain a university place and<br />

hence obtain a degree.<br />

Recently Shaun went to CIRDIC having hitchhiked<br />

from a detox centre in Wales. He was tired, hungry and<br />

filthy. A bath, a complete new set of clothing, a meal<br />

and a meeting with a housing specialist, who found him<br />

temporary accommodation, set him on the way back to<br />

work and dignity.<br />

Who is CIRDIC and why does it do what it does?<br />

CIRDIC is a company limited by the guarantee of its<br />

members and registered as a charity. It has two paid<br />

members of staff, Mabel Gregory manager and Andrea<br />

Darius, the administrator over 50 part-time volunteers.<br />

All the trustees and others in the management<br />

team are volunteers. Most, but by no means all, of the<br />

volunteers are Christians from the town who remember<br />

Jesus saying: 'In as much as ye did it for these the least of my<br />

brethren, ye did it for me.' Others simply think that '<strong>The</strong>re<br />

but for the grace of God go I.' Some of the greatest help<br />

Churches in Reading Drop In Centre<br />

comes from 'guest volunteers,' including ex-prisoners, who<br />

work alongside the other helpers without any distinction.<br />

<strong>The</strong>ir efforts are valuable to the organisation and to the<br />

other guests and provide an outlet for their desire to<br />

work. CIRDIC has then been able to provide references<br />

and testimonials when the guest volunteers are ready to<br />

move on to paid employment.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Women’s Centre<br />

In addition to her work at the centre in Berkeley Avenue,<br />

Andrea looks after the Churches in Reading Women’s<br />

Centre on the Oxford Road. CIRDIC took this over in 2018<br />

when it was in danger of closure because of its financial<br />

difficulties. <strong>The</strong> Women’s Centre looks after vulnerable<br />

women who have suffered trauma such as abuse or have<br />

learning difficulties. <strong>The</strong>y meet on a weekly basis.<br />

What does CIRDIC need to continue its work?<br />

Currently CIRDIC has enough volunteers and enough gifts<br />

of food and clothing to continue offering what most agree<br />

is a very valuable service to the town, but it has a severe<br />

funding problem. Operating on a shoestring it takes over<br />

£100,000 to run its service, of which £7,000 is met by an<br />

annual grant from Reading Borough Council. <strong>The</strong>re is<br />

always a grave danger that CIRDIC will lose this funding<br />

but whether it does or not, there is still a great need to<br />

increase funds.<br />

How is CIRDIC going to do survive?<br />

Mabel Gregory, CIRDIC manager, said: '<strong>The</strong> support that<br />

we currently have to obtain food and clothing is enough for<br />

the current needs. However, following Covid, and the present<br />

economic crisis, income has dropped while expenses have<br />

increased so that it is rapidly becoming for us an existential<br />

crisis. We realise that most churches are going through the<br />

same difficulties, but we hope that you can agree that it is no<br />

accident that we are the Churches in Reading Drop in Centre<br />

and so we represent Jesus’ church in action. So please help us<br />

with as great a donation as you can manage.<br />

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ST DAVID'S DAY 1 MARCH<br />

Celebrating all things Welsh<br />

Who links daffodils with Leeks, Sessile Oak trees and Red Kites?<br />

Answer: St David of Wales on 1 <strong>March</strong> when everything Welsh is celebrated.<br />

Traditionally Welsh people would<br />

wear a leek on St David’s Day, but<br />

more recently this has been replaced<br />

with the flower of Wales, the wild<br />

daffodil, also known in English as St<br />

Peter’s Leek.<br />

Other much-loved symbols of<br />

Wales include the Welsh Harp, the<br />

Welsh Oak or Sessile Oak, the Red<br />

Kite and a Red Dragon.<br />

ST DAVIDS<br />

Saint David was born in Wales<br />

and became Bishop of Mynyw, which<br />

is better known today as St Davids,<br />

the smallest city in Britain.<br />

City status was awarded in 1995<br />

although the roots of St Davids go<br />

back to the 5th Century when he<br />

lived there.<br />

<strong>The</strong> city was made a conservation<br />

area by the Pembrokeshire Coast<br />

National Park in 1972.<br />

While there are well documented<br />

accounts of St David’s life the details<br />

are not always precise, for example,<br />

the date of his birth and death range<br />

from 462-512 to 500–589.<br />

SAINT NON<br />

David is believed to be the son of<br />

a prince and a nun. His mother, Non,<br />

is also recognised as a saint and she<br />

is celebrated on 2 <strong>March</strong>. David was<br />

canonised in 1120 and was declared<br />

Patron Saint of Wales.<br />

It was not until the 19th Century<br />

that the wild daffodil emerged as<br />

an alternative emblem for the leek<br />

that was traditionally worn by Welsh<br />

warriors to distinguish them from<br />

the enemy when they went into<br />

battle.<br />

<strong>The</strong> wild daffodil became<br />

fashionable when Lloyd George wore<br />

a daffodil on St David’s Day and<br />

encouraged its use at the investiture<br />

of the Prince of Wales in 1911.<br />

Daffodils, of course, are usually<br />

in plentiful supply on St David's Day,<br />

and smell sweeter than leeks!<br />

WILDLIFE<br />

In 2007 the people of Wales voted<br />

the Red Kite as the most popular bird<br />

in Wales, and it was adopted as the<br />

national symbol of Wales for wildlife.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Welsh Oak is not only a<br />

symbol of strength and endurance<br />

but also a living testament to the<br />

nation's deep-rooted connection with<br />

nature.<br />

This tree's history is intertwined<br />

with Welsh folklore, where it is<br />

celebrated for its robustness and<br />

longevity.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Welsh Harp is an icon of<br />

Welsh pride and cultural heritage<br />

IMAGES OF WALES<br />

— Welsh Oak trees on a Welsh farm,<br />

Ian Keirle, dreamstime.com<br />

— Red Kite in flight, Marilyn<br />

Barbone, dreamstime.com<br />

— Welsh harp, wikimedia commons<br />

— Leek in hand, Octavian Lazar,<br />

dreamstime.com;<br />

— Red dragon, Pixabay.com<br />

— Daffodils, Beata Becla,<br />

dreamstime.com<br />

that has been associated with bards<br />

of old to modern musical events,<br />

especially in Welsh arts festivals<br />

known as Eisteddfod.<br />

<strong>The</strong> instrument was not invented<br />

in Wales, it was created in Italy in the<br />

16th Century.<br />

CADWALADR<br />

As for the red dragon, it is<br />

thought that the Welsh kings of<br />

Aberffraw, a village community on<br />

the south west coast of the Isle of<br />

Anglesey in Wales, first adopted<br />

the dragon in the early 5th Century<br />

in order to symbolise their power<br />

and authority after the Romans<br />

withdrew from Britain.<br />

Later, around the 7th Century, it<br />

became known as the Red Dragon<br />

of Cadwaladr, who was the King of<br />

Gwynedd from 655 to 682.


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Marie Curie's 'Great Daffodil Appeal' supports<br />

thousands of nursing shifts to comfort end of life<br />

Marie Curie<br />

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Everyone deserves expert care and<br />

support at the end of life and that’s<br />

why Marie Curie, the UK’s leading<br />

end of life charity is seeking support<br />

for its Great Daffodil Appeal this<br />

<strong>March</strong> by asking for volunteers to<br />

give a few hours of their time to<br />

distribute the iconic daffodil pins in<br />

exchange for a donation.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Marie Curie International<br />

Memorial was formally established<br />

on 6 July 1948 in memory of the life<br />

and scientific work of Marie Curie.<br />

She was a pioneering scientist known<br />

for her work on radioactivity, as well<br />

as her dedication to providing care to<br />

those with cancer.<br />

Shortly afterwards, <strong>The</strong> Marie<br />

Curie International Memorial<br />

became the Marie Curie Memorial<br />

Foundation which has grown into<br />

the charity that is now best known<br />

as Marie Curie.<br />

<strong>The</strong> charity stresses that it is<br />

not a 'cancer charity' but the UK’s<br />

leading ‘end of life charity’. It cares<br />

for people with any illness they<br />

are likely to die from including<br />

Alzheimer’s and other forms of<br />

dementia, heart, liver, kidney and<br />

lung disease, motor neurone disease,<br />

Parkinson’s, and advanced cancer.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Marie Curie charity says<br />

that one in four people don’t get the<br />

end of life care they need. Its Great<br />

Daffodil Appeal encourages people<br />

to donate and wear a daffodil pin<br />

to help them continue to support<br />

people with any illness they’re likely<br />

to die from.<br />

<strong>The</strong> appeal is the charity’s main<br />

fund raising effort each year to<br />

help fund Marie Curie Nurses and<br />

healthcare professionals to provide<br />

expert support and hospice care.<br />

<strong>The</strong> daffodil, a symbol of renewal<br />

and hope, was chosen to represent<br />

the campaign’s message of support<br />

and care for individuals with<br />

terminal illnesses.<br />

It is dependent on public<br />

donations and last year supporters<br />

helped Marie Curie provide direct<br />

care to more than 44,200 people<br />

in the UK via its nine hospices and<br />

through overnight nursing care in<br />

people’s own homes.<br />

<strong>The</strong> money raised also funds<br />

the charity’s free support line and<br />

webchat, which is available to<br />

anyone with an illness they’re likely<br />

to die from, and for those close to<br />

them.<br />

<strong>The</strong> support line provides<br />

practical and emotional support<br />

on everything from symptom<br />

management and day-to-day<br />

care to financial information and<br />

bereavement support. <strong>The</strong> Great<br />

Daffodil Appeal is supported by<br />

Superdrug Stores plc the well-known<br />

health and beauty retailer in the<br />

United Kingdom that is the second<br />

largest chain behind Boots.<br />

Since 2013, Superdrug and sister<br />

company Savers, have raised over<br />

£11 million for Marie Curie. This has<br />

helped fund thousands of nursing<br />

shifts, so people at the end of life<br />

can feel comforted and cared for<br />

right to the end.<br />

You can pick up a daffodil pin in<br />

any of Superdrug's 800 stores during<br />

<strong>March</strong> as well as from volunteers<br />

who undertake house-to-house<br />

collections.<br />

If you’re living with a terminal<br />

illness or have been affected by<br />

dying, death and bereavement,<br />

Marie Curie can help.<br />

If you would like to become a<br />

volunteer collector, or to learn more<br />

about how Marie Curie can help you<br />

or a loved one visit:<br />

https://www.mariecurie.org.uk<br />

or call the free Marie Curie<br />

Support Line on 0800 090 2309.<br />

Whatever the illness, wherever you<br />

are, Marie Curie can be with you to<br />

the end.


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<strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> - <strong>March</strong> <strong>2024</strong> 19<br />

Make all the month of <strong>March</strong> merry!<br />

Elsewhere in this magazine there's<br />

a focus on two great times of<br />

celebration — Mothering Sunday<br />

on 10 <strong>March</strong> and then from Palm<br />

Sunday, on 24 <strong>March</strong>, to the end<br />

of the month it's Holy week and<br />

Easter. But what about all the<br />

other days in the month, how are<br />

we going to keep ourselves and our<br />

children happy?<br />

Well here's two suggestions:<br />

Wednesday 20 <strong>March</strong> is<br />

International Happiness Day —<br />

and surely the world needs more<br />

happiness? And then, three days<br />

later, on Saturday 23 <strong>March</strong> it's<br />

Earth Hour Day, when every<br />

person in the world is asked to do<br />

something environmentally positive<br />

for just one hour. <strong>The</strong> purpose? To<br />

make our planet happy!<br />

HAPPINESS<br />

In 2013, 20 <strong>March</strong> was declared<br />

by the United Nations as a<br />

day the world should celebrate<br />

happiness. Happiness, they said,<br />

is a fundamental human goal<br />

and it identified 17 ‘sustainable<br />

development goals’ which together<br />

will seek to end poverty, reduce<br />

inequality, protect the planet<br />

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and in doing so, contribute to our<br />

happiness. <strong>The</strong>y are listed in the UN<br />

diagram below.<br />

It seems that we have two choices<br />

for this special day: do things that<br />

make us happy, or do things that<br />

make someone else happy.<br />

<strong>The</strong> two are not always the same,<br />

but if you opt for making someone<br />

else happy this will have the side<br />

effect of also making you feel happy!<br />

FLIP SIDE<br />

It’s easy to blame modern living<br />

with our advanced technology and<br />

the industrialisation of so much<br />

of our world for the destruction of<br />

our planet. However, there is an<br />

important flip side.<br />

For the first time in history<br />

the current generation has the<br />

knowledge and the skill to do<br />

something about this serious issue.<br />

Public Domain<br />

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How you may ask? Well, the<br />

answer is to use the technology<br />

that previous generations did not<br />

have, and to encourage everyone<br />

— wherever they are — to work<br />

together to make the significant<br />

changes that are needed to reduce,<br />

and even reverse, the destruction.<br />

Earth Hour is a worldwide<br />

movement organized by the World<br />

Wildlife Fund. It is held annually on<br />

the last Saturday of <strong>March</strong> when we<br />

are all encouraged as individuals,<br />

communities, businesses, and<br />

churches to turn off non-essential<br />

electric lights for just one hour from<br />

8.30-9.30pm<br />

When it began on Saturday 31<br />

<strong>March</strong> 2007, the world’s first Earth<br />

Hour in Sydney, Australia, saw more<br />

than 2.2 million people turn off<br />

their lights for one hour to show a<br />

climate-sceptic government that<br />

people were concerned about climate<br />

change.<br />

WILL YOU HELP?<br />

Last year an historic global<br />

agreement was set to protect and<br />

restore nature by 2030 when the<br />

Earth Hour organisation surpassed<br />

its target of reaching 60,000 hours<br />

given for Earth. This was equivalent<br />

to the 7 years until 2030. It saw<br />

an incredible total of more than<br />

410,000 hours pledged on its ‘Hour<br />

Bank’.<br />

Earth Hour is a movement of<br />

unity that brings the world together,<br />

shines a spotlight on nature loss<br />

and the climate crisis, and inspires<br />

millions more to act and advocate<br />

for urgent change. Each year, it<br />

works to turn a single Earth Hour<br />

into thousands and millions of<br />

hours of action for our one shared<br />

home. Will you help?


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feature — 4<br />

FoStAC<br />

REPAIR<br />

IMPROVE<br />

RESTORE<br />

BEAUTIFY<br />

MAINTAIN<br />

PRESERVE<br />

CONSTRUCT<br />

By Magnus Smyly, FoStAC Trustee<br />

'This is a beautiful church, and you can really feel<br />

God’s presence here. Thank you for taking such<br />

good care of it!' writes a visitor from Western<br />

Australia on 29 December 2023 in the St Andrew’s<br />

Church Sonning visitors book. It neatly sums up<br />

the purpose of the Friends of St Andrew’s Church –<br />

FoStAC.<br />

FoStAC was established in 2003 as a Registered<br />

Charity (Number 1101944), separate to the main<br />

St Andrew’s Church charity, with the specific<br />

objective to: 'Enable the restoration, preservation,<br />

repair, maintenance, improvement, beautification or<br />

reconstruction of St Andrew’s Church Sonning.'<br />

Practically, this means FoStAC raises funds and<br />

make grants to the Church for projects relating to<br />

the fabric of the main Church building. <strong>The</strong> trustees<br />

are blessed with helping to steward it for future<br />

generations. And this, of course, includes raising the<br />

funds to undertake the work.<br />

EVENTS<br />

In the 21 years since its formation, over £430,000<br />

has been raised by FoStAC and given to St Andrew’s<br />

Church.<br />

To help meet our objective FoStAC organises<br />

fund raising events, and you may have seen details<br />

of these included in past issue of <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong><br />

as well as on posters around the churchyard site<br />

and village. This month, for example we are holding<br />

a Charity Fish & Chip Supper and Quiz in <strong>The</strong> Ark<br />

on Wednesday, 20 <strong>March</strong> at 7.30pm. Tickets are £20<br />

(please bring your own bottle/drink). <strong>The</strong>y can be<br />

obtained from Sally Wilson on mustangsallywilson@<br />

gmail.com or 0118 979 3328.<br />

Quiz teams will be in tables of four and payment<br />

can be made to any of the FoStAC Trustees in<br />

advance or by card payment on the door. <strong>The</strong> closing<br />

date is 10am on Monday, 18 <strong>March</strong> to allow for fish<br />

and chips to be ordered in advance.<br />

EXAMPLES<br />

FoStAC is also supported financially for larger<br />

scale projects by a number of local charities who<br />

have kindly chosen to benefit us. <strong>The</strong>se include<br />

Sonning Scarecrows and the Sonning Volunteer Fire<br />

Brigade Trust.<br />

Recent examples of our larger projects they have<br />

supported include a replacement heating system<br />

(>£50k) and LED lighting system (~£60k) – both of<br />

which have reduced running costs for the Church<br />

alongside benefiting the environment.<br />

Another very important source of funds each<br />

year for FoStAC are the regular donations from our<br />

members and, when these are combined with Gift<br />

Aid, they provide a significant proportion of our<br />

FoStAC Trustees: (left to right) Ian<br />

Hawkins.


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Specialist work was required to repair the west wall of St Andrew's Church<br />

Keith Nichols<br />

income each year, and for which we thank each and<br />

every regular donor to FoStAC.<br />

If you would like to know more about FoStAC and<br />

details of how to join them in becoming a regular<br />

donor, or about events this year, please go to our new<br />

dedicated FoStAC website at https://www.fostac.org.<br />

Even a £10 a month donation — equivalent to three<br />

cups of bought coffee per month — adds up very<br />

helpfully for FoStAC across our membership base!<br />

McCann, Keith Nichols, Bob Hine , Magnus Smyly, Sally Wilson, Rosemarie Rixon, and Keith<br />

CONSERVATIONISTS<br />

If you walked through the churchyard last year<br />

you probably saw a typical example of the work that<br />

FoStAC funds (picture above right). <strong>The</strong> work required<br />

expert conservationists to repair the external flint<br />

wall under the vestry window. This repair related<br />

to issues arising from damp, which has also led to<br />

internal repairs that are still in progress as the wall<br />

fully dries out.<br />

If you would like to know more about FoStAC,<br />

offer expertise or practical help, or even consider<br />

becoming a Trustee, or to book places at our events<br />

this year, please visit FoStAC's website or speak to<br />

one of one of the Trustees, (pictured left). We are very<br />

blessed in our community with our remarkable Grade<br />

II listed St. Andrew’s Church. Thank you again to all<br />

those who help support FoStAC, and so maintain this<br />

beautiful building for many generations to come.


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Community<br />

children, clubs,<br />

and church ...<br />

Community continues to be at the<br />

forefront of our experiences at Sonning<br />

Church of England School writes Phil<br />

Sherwood, head teacher.<br />

In January, after a wonderful Christmas<br />

nativity service at St Andrew’s, <strong>The</strong><br />

<strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong>’s editor, Bob Peters<br />

visited us to share his vast and<br />

impressive collection of nativity scenes<br />

to mark Epiphany.<br />

<strong>The</strong> pupils were amazed by the range<br />

of nativities and we were very grateful<br />

for Mr Peters’ time at our special<br />

Epiphany collective worship.<br />

In late January, we held our first<br />

Cross Country event for local schools in<br />

<strong>The</strong> Keys Academy Trust.<br />

This was organised by our school<br />

and Barnes Fitness, and supported<br />

by Berkshire County Sports Club and<br />

Reading Cricket and Hockey Club. BCSC<br />

allowed us to use their field and facilities,<br />

and Reading Cricket and Hockey Club<br />

allowed us to use their car park. Local<br />

schools, including Reading Blue Coat,<br />

helped by providing volunteers.<br />

This is a perfect example of the<br />

community support that we are<br />

fortunate to benefit from, and we hope<br />

to make our cross country racing a<br />

termly event.<br />

GIVING BACK<br />

In February, it was our turn to<br />

give back to others, and we<br />

supported the NSPCC Number<br />

Day. Our staff and pupils dressed<br />

up in number-themed outfits and<br />

the pupils engaged in a range of<br />

maths-focused activities.<br />

We also welcomed two new<br />

guinea pigs! <strong>The</strong>y came from a<br />

charity, and we are delighted to give<br />

them a new home!<br />

Looking forward, we are excited to<br />

be holding a circus day on Bank Holiday<br />

Monday 6 May for the pupils, families,<br />

and members of the public.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re will be more information about<br />

this event on Sonning Buzz and our social<br />

media pages over the next few weeks, so<br />

keep an eye out! Proceeds will go to our<br />

Parent Teacher Association to provide<br />

even more for our pupils.<br />

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24 <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> - <strong>March</strong> <strong>2024</strong><br />

around the villages — 2<br />

'I knew someone<br />

who would walk the<br />

streets of Reading '<br />

By Trish Hayes<br />

Some time ago, I was asked by a good friend if<br />

if I would consider training to be a Street Pastor<br />

with her group in Reading Town Centre. I knew<br />

I would not make an effective Street Pastor, but<br />

I told her I knew just who would be friendly and<br />

empathetic with a gift for putting all kinds of<br />

folk at their ease; a born communicator, endlessly<br />

interested in people. That person is my husband<br />

Ron!<br />

<strong>The</strong> Street Pastor movement was started in<br />

Brixton in 2003 by Rev Les Isaac with the aim,<br />

in the words of patron of Street Pastors David<br />

Burrows MP, of '..rolling up their sleeves and getting<br />

involved in practically responding to the problems of<br />

crime and safety on the streets of our cities.'<br />

That first night, 18 volunteers took to the streets of Brixton with a mission<br />

to help anyone out there, whether homeless; in the grip of addiction; alone in<br />

a strange city or simply needing someone to talk to. Today there are 11,000<br />

trained Street Pastors in over 240 towns and cities in the UK. <strong>The</strong> Reading<br />

group began their mission in October 2009.<br />

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Sonning Scarecrows <strong>2024</strong><br />

Sunday/Monday 26/27 May<br />

Sonning <strong>Parish</strong> Council is following<br />

the National Pageant Master's<br />

commemoration plans for the 8oth<br />

Anniversary of D-Day on Thursday<br />

6 June.<br />

<strong>The</strong> national plans include a National<br />

Proclamation at 8.00am that will be<br />

followed with a similar proclamation<br />

in schools at 11.00 am, and at 6.00pm<br />

churches around the UK will ring<br />

their bells.<br />

Sonning <strong>Parish</strong> Council is also<br />

planning a celebration at the King<br />

George V Playing field to raise money<br />

for the Royal British Legion and<br />

other military charities. Gates will<br />

open at 6.00pm with free entry.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Syd Lawrence Orchestra has<br />

been booked to play big band music<br />

of the period.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Last Post and the lighting of a<br />

beacon will be at 9.15pm.<br />

As Thursday 6 June is also the<br />

National Fish and Chip Supper<br />

Day, arrangements are being made<br />

to have it delivered to the ground.<br />

Alcohol will also be on sale.<br />

Watch out for further details in<br />

future issues.<br />

Barbara Carr writes: Hopefully you have been thinking about your <strong>2024</strong> Scarecrow<br />

which will be as splendid as the one you did two years ago! Thank you to those who<br />

have already registered a Scarecrow … we know Barbie will be there!<br />

If you have a garden on the route from the bottom of Pound Lane, Pearson Road,<br />

High Street, Thames Street or bottom of Charvil Lane, for displaying a scarecrow<br />

please let me know, or if you would like to open your garden.<br />

To find out more, to register an entry, offer help with refreshments — making or<br />

serving — manning a garden, marshalling, selling maps or generally helping in<br />

any way, come to Sonning Club, by Pearson Hall, on Monday 25 <strong>March</strong> at 7.45pm.<br />

contact@sonningscarecrows.com or Barbara.carr71@hotmail.co.uk<br />

Pearson Hall talks<br />

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latest programme of events in<br />

Pearson Hall at 7.30pm include:<br />

— <strong>March</strong> 1: Lionel Williams talk on<br />

'<strong>The</strong> History of Reading Hospitals'<br />

— <strong>March</strong> 29: Terry Grourk talk on<br />

'Hidden History of Wargrave Hall'<br />

— April 26: Graham Horn talks on<br />

'<strong>The</strong> thankful villages of WWI whose<br />

soldiers returned'<br />

— May 23: Amy Stocker talk on '<strong>The</strong><br />

Great Fire at Windsor Castle'<br />

Tickets for each event are, £4 for<br />

members and £5 for guests. <strong>The</strong>y are<br />

available at: https://sonning.org.uk or<br />

by contacting Penny Feathers 0118<br />

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around the villages — 3<br />

100 dance for 100 years<br />

Over 100 members of Inner Wheel and guests met in<br />

January to take part in the ‘100 for 100’ dance initiative<br />

to celebrate Inner Wheel's centenary.<br />

After demonstrations of Morris and folk dances by the<br />

Shinfield Shambles Border Morris Group, they were let<br />

loose, with some trepidation, on the floor to have a go<br />

themselves. Some chaos ensued along with lots of laughter<br />

and much enjoyment, followed by a delicious buffet lunch.<br />

Inner Wheel was formed in 1924 in Manchester to<br />

complement Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland. In<br />

1967 clubs began to spread internationally. Now it is in<br />

104 countries with 108,000 members worldwide, 9,500<br />

approximately being in Great Britain and Ireland. This<br />

makes it one of the largest world wide organisations for<br />

women with membership now open to all since April 2012.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Inner Wheel Club of Reading Maiden Erlegh was<br />

founded in 2002 and has about 40 members. It meets<br />

monthly at Sonning Golf Club, usually on the third<br />

Thursday of the month, for a chat and a drink at 7.15 for<br />

7.45 pm. <strong>The</strong>n follows a two-course meal which is usually<br />

followed by a speaker.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y financially support local community projects such<br />

<strong>The</strong> Cowshed and <strong>The</strong> Book Bus.<br />

http://www.innerwheelrme.org or iwcrme@gmail.com<br />

Wanted: Project Singers<br />

Charvil based choir, <strong>The</strong> Project Singers, led by musical<br />

director Suzanne Newman, is looking for singers to join<br />

them for the summer term's project, Chocolate Box!<br />

<strong>The</strong> project is songs about chocolate and sweets for a concert<br />

on 7 July, World Chocolate Day. Songs will include: Hotta<br />

chocolatta, <strong>The</strong> candyman, Lollipop and A spoonful of sugar.<br />

<strong>The</strong> choir has a section for girls who meet for rehearsals<br />

on Sundays from 6.15pm - 7.45pm. <strong>The</strong>re is also a ladies<br />

section who rehearse on Mondays between 8pm - 9.30pm.<br />

If you love singing and can show commitment and<br />

enthusiasm you will be very welcome! It will help to be<br />

able to read music a little as the arrangements are in two<br />

or three parts. For more details contact Suzanne on 0118<br />

934 0589 or suzanneynewman@btinternet.com<br />

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Another successful year<br />

for local artists<br />

Sonning Art Group<br />

held its AGM in mid<br />

January and Yvonne<br />

Evans was welcomed<br />

to the Committee. <strong>The</strong><br />

reports showed that<br />

the group had another<br />

successful year with<br />

several interesting<br />

events planned for<br />

<strong>2024</strong>.<br />

<strong>The</strong>se will include<br />

the Scarecrow trail at<br />

the end of May when<br />

the group will stage its<br />

popular art exhibition<br />

to accompany its<br />

scarecrow.<br />

Sue Sheppard and Sue Bell<br />

Jenny Halstead will be the first tutor of the year and<br />

will be demonstrating 'People in the landscape' followed<br />

by Jonathon Newey who will be drawing Koalas .<br />

<strong>The</strong> Tom Baldwin Trophy, awarded to a member who<br />

has made an outstanding contribution to the club was<br />

awarded to Sue Sheppard by chairlady Sue Bell (pictured<br />

above). <strong>The</strong> club meets every Friday in Pearson Hall from<br />

12.30pm. You are always welcome to visit the group which<br />

welcomes all abilities.<br />

Annual General Meeting<br />

followed by<br />

with<br />

Fish & Chip Supper<br />

Wednesday 20 <strong>March</strong> at 7.30pm<br />

at <strong>The</strong> Ark, St Andrew’s Church<br />

in aid of FoStAC fund raising for future repairs to St Andrew’s Church<br />

Tickets £20 including Fish & Chip Supper<br />

(Please bring your own bottle/drink)<br />

Please email Sally Wilson on mustangsallywilson@gmail.com or 0118 979 3328<br />

to confirm your place<br />

Quiz teams will be in tables of 4 and payment can be made to any of the FoStAC<br />

Trustees in advance of the event or by payment card on the door<br />

Closing date for numbers will be 10am Monday 18 <strong>March</strong> <strong>2024</strong><br />

to allow for Fish & Chips to be ordered in advance<br />

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HEALTH<br />

Dr Simon Ruffle writes . . . Actinic Keratosis<br />

An odd name for a condition.<br />

Actinic comes from Ancient Greek<br />

for ‘ray.’ This gets us nearer an<br />

understanding of this condition as it<br />

is also known as Solar Keratosis.<br />

Keratosis comes from the Greek keras<br />

meaning ‘horn’ and the Germanic —<br />

'oses' or ‘growth.’ So it's a growth like<br />

a horn caused by rays.<br />

Keratin is what the top layer skin<br />

is made from and hardened keratin<br />

is what nails are formed of and our<br />

hair. (Rhinoceroses horn is made of<br />

tightly packed keratinous hair.)<br />

SCALY PATCH<br />

Now we have a definition, how<br />

does it start?<br />

UV radiation from sunshine is<br />

great for vitamin D production and<br />

that nice tan but it damages DNA in<br />

the growth layer of skin.<br />

Our DNA can repair itself but<br />

eventually in certain cells this will go<br />

wrong. Skin cells that are exposed to<br />

too much light will go wrong.<br />

This leads to overgrowth of the<br />

skin in an abnormal way. A scaly<br />

patch will appear, sometime flaky<br />

sometimes hardened. <strong>The</strong> skin<br />

around it will be inflamed and a little<br />

itchy or sore.<br />

Many will go away on their own;<br />

which is good as most of these<br />

appear on the scalp of bald/balding<br />

men who are — it’s a fact gents —<br />

more likely to ignore these patches or<br />

pick them off if they get scaly.<br />

HORNS<br />

However they are pre-cancerous.<br />

Rarely solo ones cause an issue but<br />

the risk of them turning cancerous is<br />

if the person has many of them.<br />

This is because if you have more<br />

you have been exposed to sun, gone<br />

bald early or are at particular risk—<br />

fair or ginger hair, light complexion<br />

or freckled.<br />

I mentioned the Rhino earlier as<br />

some Actinic Keratosis that are left<br />

will form cutaneous horns.<br />

<strong>The</strong> best way of dealing with these<br />

patches is not to get them in the first<br />

place.<br />

Wear a hat or use sun cream<br />

even in winter if you have bald skin<br />

where once was a thick luxurious<br />

cover. My luxurious cover is a wool<br />

hat resembling Tommy’s from 'Peaky<br />

Blinder' as the locks departed years<br />

ago.<br />

Now! Ladies you don’t get away<br />

that lightly. Although you rarely get<br />

them on your head, the back of your<br />

hand and face can develop them;<br />

blokes get these as well.<br />

OUTSTANDING<br />

<strong>The</strong> good news is they rarely cause<br />

bother if you treat them.<br />

We used to use steroid and an<br />

aspirin based cream or a cream<br />

derived from anti-inflammatories.<br />

Nitrogen cryotherapy or surgery<br />

were also performed.<br />

<strong>The</strong>se have been superseded by a<br />

chemotherapy cream 5-fluorouracil.<br />

This is toxic to cells. However like<br />

a lot of damaged cells they respond<br />

by taking up chemotherapeutic<br />

substances more than normal cells.<br />

So although the side effects of<br />

using 5-FU look terrible the results<br />

are outstanding. Within 2-3 days of<br />

use there is some inflammation that<br />

peaks at 3-4 weeks.<br />

A few weeks after stopping the<br />

cream (4 weeks use) the skin calms<br />

and the lesion had gone and the<br />

surrounding skin normal.<br />

This treatment has been<br />

licensed in the UK and many GPs<br />

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Mrs Ruffle<br />

will be familiar with it. Local<br />

guidelines from the Royal Berkshire<br />

dermatologists recommend this<br />

approach.<br />

Some GPs may be wary or<br />

inexperienced in its use, so if<br />

consulting them a decent photo on<br />

your phone helps so they may ask<br />

for guidance via a tele-dermatology<br />

referral.<br />

SUN CREAM<br />

So as you read this I hope the sun<br />

is beginning to appear in the sky<br />

more often than as I write and you<br />

have a hat or cap and a bottle of sun<br />

cream ready.<br />

<strong>The</strong> picture in this article suggests<br />

I should have taken this advice 20<br />

years ago as the shower trap started<br />

to have more hair than my comb!<br />

Happy 125 th birthday<br />

to Aspirin!<br />

It was 125 years ago this month,<br />

on 6 <strong>March</strong> 1899 that the German<br />

pharmaceutical company Bayer first<br />

patented Aspirin (acetylsalicylic<br />

acid). It is based on salicylic acid,<br />

which was used in herbal medicines<br />

as far back as Sumerian times, in<br />

2500 BC.


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FASHION BY HARRIET NELSON<br />

Fashions throughout generations<br />

In honour of Mothering Sunday, I<br />

decided to write and dedicate this<br />

month's article to my Granny and<br />

how the changing fashions during<br />

post-war period influenced her<br />

generation, as well as how she has<br />

impacted the way I see and adore<br />

fashion today.<br />

I've been very fortunate to have<br />

grown up knowing both sets<br />

of grandparents. I will always<br />

remember how my maternal<br />

grandmother, Barbara, dressed.<br />

Whenever I saw her, she<br />

looked like a classic woman of her<br />

generation, well put together, even<br />

when she was casually at home,<br />

always looking presentable.<br />

CLASSIC<br />

Granny had her hair beautifully<br />

styled and the outfits she wore were<br />

always very smart.<br />

<strong>The</strong> outfits I mostly remember her<br />

wearing were a classic maxi skirt and<br />

a long-sleeved blouse.<br />

She always dressed smartly,<br />

especially when she had family or<br />

friends visiting; whether it was just<br />

a quick afternoon tea on the veranda<br />

or an extravagant dinner in the<br />

evening, she always dressed the part.<br />

Her generation grew up expecting<br />

to always have to look their best,<br />

and I always appreciated this type of<br />

fashion and etiquette.<br />

Dressing up for an occasion has<br />

always been exciting for me, as I have<br />

grown up so differently from her and<br />

I think it was because of her I grew to<br />

love this smart style.<br />

FASCINATED<br />

I have always found the 1950s<br />

fashions exciting and did a lot of<br />

fashion-based projects at college and<br />

university around this era's fashion<br />

and beauty standards.<br />

I became interested in textiles<br />

from watching her sew and<br />

embroider. She always had a hoop<br />

on the go and her sewing box was<br />

always open in the living room. I was<br />

fascinated by how she created such<br />

detailed pieces.<br />

For my christening, she continued<br />

the tradition of giving each of her<br />

grandchildren a beautiful unique<br />

embroidery panel with a childhood<br />

Granny Barbara with Grandad Ray<br />

nursery rhyme on it, which we still<br />

treasure to this day.<br />

She inspired me to start my<br />

embroidery hobby in my spare time,<br />

learning the techniques myself and<br />

creating pieces for my family.<br />

This started me on my fashion<br />

journey at school, with textiles and<br />

fashion GCSE, then Art and Design<br />

concentrating on Fashion at Reading<br />

College, and finally, a Fashion<br />

Marketing degree at Falmouth<br />

University.<br />

Sadly, she only saw me begin my<br />

fashion journey before she died in<br />

2018. However, I hope she knew that<br />

she was my inspiration for wanting<br />

to begin a career in fashion, and I'm<br />

very thankful for that.<br />

VIBRANT COLOURS<br />

My Granny grew up during the<br />

war; she was 8 years old when it<br />

started. At this time, the fashion<br />

choices and styles must have been<br />

challenging due to rationing, and<br />

they would have had to refashion<br />

existing items to create new looks.<br />

When the war finished, she was 15<br />

years old, so the explosion of vibrant<br />

colours and new pattern designs<br />

in the 1950s must have been very<br />

exciting and inspiring for her.<br />

In the late 1940s my Granny<br />

started at the University of Reading,<br />

studying Agriculture and Dairying<br />

and worked at Sonning Farm as part<br />

of her studies.<br />

She met my grandad during this<br />

time, when they both joined the<br />

university's sailing club.<br />

I look back at old photos and love<br />

seeing her fashion choices during<br />

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Granny Barbara Crookes<br />

Granny holding Uncle Charlie and Grandad<br />

with Uncle Richard.<br />

this post-war period. She looks so<br />

different in photos I have seen with<br />

her wearing trousers and wellies<br />

when working on the farm, compared<br />

to the elegant older lady I knew. It's<br />

incredible to see what she looks like<br />

in photos of her as the same age I am<br />

now, growing up in the same area,<br />

but at such different times.


30 <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> - <strong>March</strong> <strong>2024</strong><br />

THE ARTS — 1<br />

‘A feather on the<br />

breath of God’<br />

Rev Michael Burgess continues his series<br />

looking at great works of music.<br />

In this series we have looked at the<br />

psalms of the Old Testament and<br />

the songs of the New Testament,<br />

and now we enter the Middle Ages.<br />

But it is the Middle Ages through<br />

the eyes of a record producer in the<br />

last century.<br />

In 1980 Ted Perry decided to found<br />

a new independent record company,<br />

Hyperion. If that was not financial<br />

risk enough, in the following year<br />

Hyperion issued a CD of a composer<br />

virtually unknown in the 1980s —<br />

Hildegard of Bingen.<br />

<strong>The</strong> risk paid off, and Gothic<br />

Voices’ recording of the music of this<br />

remarkable medieval nun became<br />

a best seller. <strong>The</strong> CD sold in its<br />

thousands and received awards from<br />

the gramophone industry.<br />

AIR BORNE<br />

‘A Feather on the Breath of God’, the<br />

title of the CD, is how Hildegard<br />

described herself.<br />

‘Listen, there was a king sitting on<br />

his throne. Around him stood great<br />

and wonderfully beautiful columns<br />

ornamented with ivory, bearing the<br />

banners of the king with great honour.<br />

'<strong>The</strong>n it pleased the king to raise a<br />

small feather from the ground and he<br />

commanded it to fly. <strong>The</strong> feather flew,<br />

not because of anything in itself, but<br />

because the air bore it along. Thus, am I,<br />

a feather on the breath of God.’<br />

Hildegard was born in 1098, the<br />

tenth child of noble parents who<br />

lived in western Germany.<br />

Aged only eight, she was given<br />

into the care of Jutta, abbess of a<br />

monastery in the Rhineland, near<br />

Bingen where she lived the life of<br />

an enclosed nun. Her only contact<br />

with the world outside was a grille<br />

through which food was passed.<br />

After 30 years, Hildegard left<br />

that cell and was assigned a scribe,<br />

who wrote down her visions and<br />

meditations in two volumes.<br />

She founded two monasteries,<br />

wrote books on medicine and natural<br />

healing and the first morality play,<br />

Hildegard<br />

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and composed a great range of songs.<br />

She corresponded with the great<br />

and the good, and as the ‘Sybil of<br />

the Rhine,’ her advice was sought by<br />

popes, emperors, kings and bishops.<br />

She lived a truly creative life of<br />

prayer and service until her death in<br />

1179.<br />

<strong>The</strong> starting point for her own<br />

compositions was the plainsong<br />

of that time. Plainsongs are<br />

unaccompanied church music sung<br />

in unison. <strong>The</strong>y have a free rhythm<br />

corresponding to the accentuation<br />

of the words, which were taken from<br />

the liturgy.<br />

Modern techniques of singing and<br />

performing often make plainsong<br />

slow and heavy.<br />

<strong>The</strong> secret to bringing plainchant<br />

alive is to sing it with relaxed<br />

attention. In many ways that is<br />

the secret of the life of prayer: that<br />

paradox of resting in the Lord while<br />

being alert to the prompting of his<br />

spirit.<br />

Hildegard realised that secret as<br />

she brought it to her music, as she<br />

did to everything, an intensity of<br />

emotion and faith, developing the<br />

medieval plainchant into melodies<br />

that flowed off the page and soared<br />

into the skies.<br />

ARMOUR<br />

It is all there in the chant ‘O ignis<br />

spiritus’ on the CD – an ecstatic song,<br />

praising the life of God’s Spirit as<br />

breath and spark of flame, as a power<br />

within and armour without.<br />

As Hildegard contemplates this<br />

gift, her music moves and grows,<br />

reaching upwards to God’s throne<br />

of glory in praise and adoration and<br />

outwards to those who listen.<br />

<strong>The</strong> art of<br />

saying 'hello'<br />

By Rev Peter Crumpler, a former CofE<br />

communications director<br />

What lessons can Christians learn<br />

from a London rail worker who was<br />

recently honoured by King Charles,<br />

for talking 29 people out of taking<br />

their own lives?<br />

Maybe something about the power<br />

of conversation and being willing to<br />

‘stop for a chat.’ <strong>The</strong> 'chats' led to him<br />

being awarded an MBE in the New<br />

Year Honours.<br />

Rev Jemima Prasadam calls this<br />

style of talking with people in need<br />

as ‘bus stop theology.’ Her engaging<br />

approach is featured in Stick with<br />

Love, by Rt Rev Arun Arora, Bishop<br />

of Kirkstall.<br />

Jemima explained: 'I don’t go out<br />

looking to talk to people, but I am ready<br />

to do it. I don’t pass anybody without<br />

saying ‘Hello’ and when I leave, I always<br />

say ‘God bless you.’ Meetings happen on<br />

a daily basis, but often only last as long<br />

as it takes for the bus to arrive.<br />

'People often say they are not<br />

religious, but I say we are all spiritual<br />

beings, and they agree. So, I simply tell<br />

them that weak and simple people like<br />

me call that God.'<br />

QUESTIONS<br />

Sadly, we are living in a society<br />

where conversations are being<br />

closed down. People who might have<br />

chatted on the bus or train, are now<br />

deeply involved with their mobile<br />

phones.<br />

Supermarkets are phasing out<br />

staffed checkout points, so that<br />

those who live alone are deprived of<br />

the conversations that can make a<br />

difference to their day.<br />

Jesus asked questions as a vital<br />

component of his earthly ministry.<br />

His deep conversation with the<br />

Samaritan woman at the well in<br />

John 4 begins with him asking for a<br />

drink.<br />

Maybe we, as Christians we need<br />

to be looking out for more chances<br />

to start conversations, to give people<br />

the opportunity to open up about<br />

their lives. In our busy, rushing<br />

around world, there are many people<br />

out there who are longing for a chat.


THE ARTS — 2<br />

Poetry Corner<br />

Constant<br />

Creator<br />

By Steven Rolling<br />

Tune: Lux Eoi (‘Alleluia, Alleluia!<br />

Heart to heaven and voices raise’)<br />

Based on a prayer by St Patrick<br />

c389-461 AD.<br />

Our God, you God of all mankind<br />

God of all things so we find<br />

God of heaven, earth, rivers, seas<br />

Making all as you do please<br />

God of sun and moon and each start<br />

Things that be near and things far<br />

God of high mount, lowly valley<br />

You the great Creator be<br />

God over heaven, and in heaven<br />

Life unto all you have given<br />

God under heaven, for you dwell<br />

In heaven, earth, sea, we tell<br />

And live in all things that therein<br />

Are, let fresh praises begin<br />

He inspires, give life to all things<br />

Of Him His creation sings<br />

He over all things, He supports<br />

All things, different kinds and sorts<br />

He makes the light of sun to shine<br />

His surrounds the moon, stars fine<br />

He has made wells in the dry earth<br />

Islands in seas brings to birth<br />

Father, Holy Spirit, and Son<br />

Three in One while ages run<br />

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This Easter marks the 150th<br />

birthday of a much-loved hymn,<br />

sung each year by millions of<br />

Christians worldwide. It all began<br />

on a little pump organ in the living<br />

room of a college professor in<br />

Pennsylvania, in 1874.<br />

Robert Lowry was professor of<br />

literature at Bucknell University, and<br />

pastor of a nearby church.<br />

He had a passion for poetry and<br />

music, and explained his ‘muse’ this<br />

way:<br />

'I watch my moods and when<br />

anything strikes me, whether words or<br />

music, no matter where I am, at home,<br />

on the street, I jot it down. My brain is<br />

a sort of spinning machine, for there is<br />

music running through it all the time.<br />

Sometimes the words come, and the<br />

music follows.'<br />

Easter 1874 was approaching,<br />

and on this particular day Robert<br />

Lowry had been meditating on the<br />

gospel narratives of the Passion and<br />

Resurrection. <strong>The</strong> angel’s words at<br />

the empty tomb, ‘He is not here, but<br />

is risen’ kept running through his<br />

mind. <strong>The</strong>re was something there…<br />

Lowry moved to the little pump<br />

organ in his living room and gave<br />

himself up to the moment. Soon the<br />

words and the music for this joyous<br />

Easter hymn just fell into place:<br />

Christ Arose<br />

Low in the grave He lay<br />

Jesus my Saviour!<br />

Waiting the coming day,<br />

Jesus my Lord!<br />

Up from the grave He arose,<br />

With a mighty triumph o’er His foes;<br />

He arose a Victor from the dark<br />

domain,<br />

And He lives forever with His saints<br />

to reign,<br />

He arose! He arose! Hallelujah!<br />

Christ arose!<br />

Vainly they watch His bed,<br />

Jesus my Saviour!<br />

Vainly they seal the dead,<br />

Jesus my Lord!<br />

Death cannot keep his prey,<br />

Jesus my Saviour!<br />

He tore the bars away,<br />

Jesus my Lord!<br />

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150th birthday for joyous Easter hymn<br />

Robert Lowry (1826-1899)<br />

Youth and Age<br />

From: More Doggerel Days<br />

By Jane Gascoine<br />

Public Domain<br />

Jane Gascoine RIP<br />

Jane Gascoine, who was a<br />

contributor to <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong><br />

<strong>Magazine</strong> with stories of parish<br />

life and her distinctive poetry,<br />

sadly died in January. As a<br />

tribute, here is one of her poems:<br />

Give me green fields<br />

And green hills<br />

And sheep and cattle and trees.<br />

Give me running brooks<br />

And homing rooks<br />

And bells on the evening breeze.<br />

And sunny lawns<br />

And bright new dawns<br />

And gentle rain on my face.<br />

And heavenly choirs<br />

And dreaming spires<br />

And I’ll know I have found my place.<br />

Autumn inspires<br />

Cosy fires<br />

And a need to stay close to home.<br />

<strong>The</strong> song of the birds<br />

Are comforting words<br />

To those unable to roam.<br />

Music and dance,<br />

Books and romance,<br />

Pets and laughter and space.<br />

Friendship and love<br />

And heavens above,<br />

I’ll know that I’ve found my place.


32 <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> - <strong>March</strong> <strong>2024</strong><br />

THE SCIENCES<br />

Dr Ruth M Bancewicz, church engagement director<br />

at <strong>The</strong> Faraday Institute for Science and Religion in<br />

Cambridge considers the science of. . .<br />

History<br />

Was it really? . . .<br />

Nikki Zalewski , dreamstime.com<br />

We may all have rather mixed feelings on reaching<br />

<strong>March</strong> this year. On the one hand, it is lovely to see the<br />

onset of Spring, but the wars in Ukraine and Israel-<br />

Gaza grind on, as does the cost-of-living crisis. We may<br />

need to find new ways to keep going, so here are some<br />

suggestions that draw on both science and Christian<br />

theology.<br />

Getting outside: Time outdoors in a natural environment<br />

is very good for you — and you can’t argue with the happy<br />

hormones produced by exercise. Attending to the details<br />

of nature can also inspire awe, which has been linked to<br />

positive mood, and increased life satisfaction. Enjoying<br />

Creation can also help us connect with God.<br />

Looking outside: If you are truly stuck indoors, try<br />

putting bird feeders outside your window so creation<br />

comes to you. This is also an act of kindness (see below)!<br />

Lament and praise: <strong>The</strong> Psalms are a rich resource to<br />

help us express both our grief and our thanks to God. Try<br />

reading one or two each day.<br />

Writing: Keep a journal of thoughts, experiences or<br />

practices you have engaged with during the day.<br />

Constructing a personal narrative or story is now<br />

recognised as a very powerful psychological and spiritual<br />

tool for building resilience. It is also a vital learning tool<br />

that we can go back to when tough times return.<br />

Acts of kindness: Helping or encouraging someone else<br />

is obviously a good thing to do in itself, but it also has a<br />

very positive effect on the giver — spiritually, mentally,<br />

emotionally, and even physically. Whichever way you look<br />

at it, finding new ways to show kindness to others can be a<br />

very effective way to help ourselves feel better.<br />

Gratitude: This is another natural drug – in a sense –<br />

that can help us feel better. Try keeping a grateful diary,<br />

adding a few things each day.<br />

Laugh, sing, make music, dance: <strong>The</strong>se activities are<br />

deeply rooted in our physical and mental makeup. You<br />

may have forgotten how great they feel, especially in<br />

times of sadness, but we can learn from children who do<br />

them very naturally.<br />

I hope these ideas may help bring us closer to God, each<br />

other, and his creation.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Triumph of St Thomas Aquinas with heretics, doctors, Virtues,<br />

personifications and learned of the sciences and liberal arts, detail,<br />

fresco by Andrea di Buonaiuto, Spanish Chapel in Santa Maria Novella<br />

Principal Dominican church in Florence. Zatletic, dreamstime.com<br />

. . . 750 YEARS AGO on 7 <strong>March</strong> 1274 that St Thomas<br />

Aquinas, Italian Dominican friar, Catholic priest,<br />

philosopher, and theologian, died.<br />

. . . 500 YEARS AGO on 19 <strong>March</strong> 1524 that Florentine<br />

explorer Giovanni de Varrazano became the first European<br />

to reach the Atlantic coast of North America.<br />

. . . 250 YEARS AGO on 16 <strong>March</strong> 1774 that Matthew<br />

Flinders, British navigator and cartographer, was born. He<br />

led the first inshore navigation of Australia.<br />

. . . 150 YEARS AGO on 30 <strong>March</strong> 1874 that Charles<br />

Lightoller, British naval officer, was born. He was second<br />

officer on the RMS Titanic, and the most senior member<br />

of the crew to survive the sinking in 1912. He was also a<br />

commanding officer in the Royal Navy during WWI, and<br />

took part in the Dunkirk evacuation in WWII.<br />

. . . 125 YEARS AGO on 6 <strong>March</strong> 1899 that the German<br />

pharmaceutical company Bayer patented aspirin.<br />

. . . 100 YEARS AGO on 25 <strong>March</strong> 1924 that Greece became<br />

a republic. <strong>The</strong> monarchy was abolished, and the Second<br />

Hellenic Republic was proclaimed.<br />

. . . 90 YEARS AGO on 9 <strong>March</strong> 1934 that Yuri Gagarin,<br />

Soviet cosmonaut, was born. He was the first man in space.<br />

(Died 1968)<br />

. . . 80 YEARS AGO from 24-25 <strong>March</strong> 1944, that the Great<br />

Escape took place when 76 Allied prisoners of war broke<br />

out of the Stalag Luft III prisoner-of-war camp near Sagan,<br />

Germany after digging three tunnels. Three of the prisoners<br />

escaped, 73 were recaptured, and 50 were executed.<br />

. . . 75 YEARS AGO on 10 <strong>March</strong> 1949 that the 1948 Arab-<br />

Israeli War ended with a Israeli victory.<br />

. . . 70 YEARS AGO on 1 <strong>March</strong> 1954 that the USA tested<br />

the most powerful nuclear device it has ever detonated – a<br />

thermonuclear hydrogen bomb codename Castle Bravo, at<br />

Bikini Atoll, in the Marshall Islands. Due to a design error,<br />

the 15-megaton blast was 2.5 times greater than expected.


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12 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know<br />

About Easter<br />

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Christmas.<br />

But perhaps it should be? Here<br />

are 12 weird and wonderful facts, spanning all the way<br />

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enduring significance of Easter for Christians.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Wonder of Easter - an Easter<br />

Journey for the Whole Family<br />

By Ed Drew, 10Publishing, £5.86<br />

This flexible, easy-to-use Lent<br />

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This book is a journalist's personal<br />

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evidence that Jesus of Nazareth<br />

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Retracing his own spiritual<br />

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Strobel, former legal editor of <strong>The</strong><br />

Chicago Tribune, cross-examines<br />

a dozen experts with doctorates<br />

from schools such as Cambridge,<br />

Princeton, and Brandeis that are<br />

recognised authorities in their<br />

own fields.<br />

He asks questions such as: How reliable is the New<br />

Testament?<br />

Does evidence for Jesus exist outside the Bible?<br />

Is there any reason to believe the resurrection was an<br />

actual event?<br />

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PUZZLE PAGE — 1<br />

BIBLE CROSSWORD<br />

ACROSS<br />

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3. ‘You are to set an ambush behind the city. Don’t go very far<br />

from it. All of you be on — — ’ (Joshua 8:4) (3,5)<br />

8. Seep (4)<br />

9. Celebrated by Jesus on the night of his betrayal (Luke 22:15) (8)<br />

11. One of the supposed sites of Christ’s burial place in Jerusalem (6,4)<br />

14. ‘A city on a hill — be hidden’ (Matthew 5:14) (6)<br />

15. He inherited Elijah’s mantle (2 Kings 2:12–13) (6)<br />

17. Where Jesus prayed ‘Not as I will, but as you will’ (Matthew<br />

26:36, 39) (10)<br />

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honour’ (Matthew 13:57) (3,5)<br />

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the Good News Bible. You might even manage to identify<br />

the verse. Good luck, and God Bless!<br />

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numbers 1-9 within its squares. Each number<br />

can only appear once in a row, column or box.<br />

WORDSEARCH FOR MARCH<br />

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Love and serve one another<br />

On Maundy Thursday we recall the<br />

final command that Jesus gave to his<br />

disciples before his death. After the<br />

Last Supper, he rose and washed his<br />

disciples’ feet. This was astonishing<br />

for a ‘teacher’ to do, but he had a firm<br />

purpose in mind: 'A new command<br />

I give you: Love one another. As I<br />

have loved you, so you must love one<br />

another.' His disciples were to love<br />

through service, not domination, of one<br />

another.<br />

In Latin, the opening phrase of<br />

this sentence is ‘mandatum novum<br />

do vobis’. <strong>The</strong> word ‘mundy’ is thus a<br />

corruption of the Latin ‘mandatum’ (or<br />

command). <strong>The</strong> ‘washing of the feet’<br />

ceremony was an important part of the<br />

medieval church’s liturgy, symbolising<br />

the humility of the clergy, in obedience<br />

to the example of Christ.<br />

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patios, lawns, fencing, decking etc<br />

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HANDYMAN & DECORATING SERVICES<br />

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Small jobs a speciality!<br />

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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 />

— 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 />

— Female Youth and Children's Worker, Corinne Robertson,<br />

0118 969 3298<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 />

— Ruth Jeffery, 0118 969 3298<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 />

— Richard Meehan MA ARCO<br />

music@sonningparish.org.uk<br />

Safeguarding Officer<br />

— Nicola Riley 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 />

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ABD Construction 6<br />

Abbeyfield Wey Valley Society 6<br />

ACG Services Locksmith 36<br />

Active Security 26<br />

All Aerials 36<br />

AMS Water Softeners 14<br />

Barn Store Henley 6<br />

Berkshire Stump Removals 36<br />

Big Heart Tree Care 36<br />

Blandy & Blandy Solicitors 14<br />

Blue Moose 22<br />

Bridges Homecare Meals on Wheels 12<br />

Bull Inn 28<br />

Clark Bignall Plumbing 36<br />

Computer Frustrations 36<br />

Crossfields School 28<br />

Gardiners Home Care 28<br />

Good Oaks Home Care 22<br />

Great House Sonning 12<br />

Handyman and Decorating Services 36<br />

Haslams Estate Agents 2<br />

Hicks Group 18<br />

Home Stair Lifts 18<br />

Kingfisher Bathrooms 26<br />

MC Cleaning 36<br />

Mill at Sonning 4<br />

Muck & Mulch 18<br />

Reading Blue Coat School 14<br />

Richfield Flooring 16<br />

Sabella Interior Design 39<br />

Shiplake College 16<br />

Smallwood Landscaping 36<br />

Sonning Golf Club 16<br />

Sonning Scouts 36<br />

Thames Valley Water Softeners 6<br />

Thames Chimney Sweep 36<br />

Tomalin Funerals 14<br />

Walker Funerals 12<br />

Water Softener Salt 18<br />

Window Cleaner 18<br />

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