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Serving Charvil, Sonning and Sonning Eye<br />

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<strong>The</strong> John King Trophy and Gold Award<br />

Best <strong>Magazine</strong> of the Year 2018<br />

National <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> Awards<br />

Best Overall 2015, 2020, 2022, 2023<br />

Best Content 2016, 2021<br />

Best Editor 2019<br />

Best Print 2018<br />

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<strong>June</strong> <strong>2024</strong> — D-Day 80 Year Anniversary<br />

Church of St Andrew<br />

Serving Sonning, Charvil & Sonning Eye<br />

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

CHARVIL, SONNING and sonning eye SINCE THE 7 th CENTURY


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Contents <strong>June</strong> <strong>2024</strong><br />

THE VICAR'S LETTER, 5<br />

— For your prayers in <strong>June</strong> 5<br />

THE PARISH NOTICEBOARD<br />

— Thank You Molly, 7<br />

— STAY, 8-9<br />

— Why I am a Christian, 10-11<br />

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

— From the editor's desk, 13<br />

FEATURES<br />

— RSPCA 200 year anniversary, 15<br />

— Literacy, 17<br />

— My Dad, 17<br />

— D-Day 80 year anniversary, 19<br />

— Charvil artists, 20-21<br />

— Claude has a tipple, 21<br />

— FoStAC Music Evening, 22-23<br />

—around the villages<br />

— Sprituality in school, 24<br />

— Reading Offshore Sailing, 25<br />

— Me2 tree, 27<br />

— 100 Inner Wheel squares, 27<br />

— Toys and Teens Christmas, 27<br />

— Sonning village walk, 27<br />

— Me2 talent, 28<br />

— Sonning Art workshop, 28<br />

HOME AND GARDEN<br />

— A foot in the garden, 29<br />

— Your memory, 29<br />

HEALTH<br />

— Dr Simon Ruffle writes, 31<br />

— Watching birds is good for you, 31<br />

FASHION<br />

— Sustainable beauty, 33<br />

THE ARTS<br />

— J S Bach, 34<br />

— Trinity poem, 34<br />

— Book Reviews, 34-35<br />

— Poetry Corner, 35<br />

THE SCIENCES<br />

— World wonders, 37<br />

HISTORY, 37<br />

PUZZLE PAGES, 38-39<br />

children's page, 41<br />

information<br />

— Church services, 3<br />

— From the registers, 3<br />

— Local Trades and Services, 40<br />

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

— Advertisers' index, 42<br />

This ISSUE's FRONT COVER<br />

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<strong>June</strong> <strong>2024</strong> — D Day 80 Years<br />

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Picture: Sonning School choir<br />

sing in St Andrew's Church<br />

EDITORIAL DEADLINE<br />

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

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

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

date of publication.<br />

<strong>The</strong> deadline for the July/August<br />

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

Thursday 6 <strong>June</strong><br />

at 12 noon<br />

From the Registers<br />

YEARS<br />

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

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

BAPTISMS<br />

— Sunday 14 March, Phoebe Louise Grace Wood<br />

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Services at<br />

St Andrew’s<br />

Sunday 2 <strong>June</strong><br />

— 8.00am Holy Communion<br />

— 10.30am Family Service<br />

— 4.00pm Choral Evensong<br />

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

Sunday 9 <strong>June</strong><br />

— 8.00am Holy Communion<br />

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

STAY and Sunday Club<br />

Sunday 16 <strong>June</strong><br />

— 8.00am Holy Communion<br />

— 10.30am Family Communion<br />

— 3.00pm Messy Church<br />

Sunday 23 <strong>June</strong><br />

— 8.00am Holy Communion<br />

— 10. 30am <strong>Parish</strong> Eucharist with<br />

STAY and Sunday Club<br />

Sunday 30 <strong>June</strong><br />

— 8.00am Holy Communion<br />

— 10. 30am <strong>Parish</strong> Eucharist with<br />

STAY and Sunday Club<br />

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

OTHER REGULAR SERVICES<br />

Morning Prayer is held in church<br />

every Tuesday at 9.30am.<br />

Mid-week Communion in <strong>The</strong> Ark is<br />

held every Wednesday at 10.00am. Tea<br />

and coffee follows the service.<br />

Home Communion at Sonning<br />

Gardens Care Home is held on the first<br />

Monday of each month at 11.00am.<br />

WEDDINGS<br />

— Saturday 20 April, Christos Takoudis and Sheila Devi Thangarajoo<br />

FUNERALS<br />

— Wednesday 10 April, Sylvia Woodford, interment of ashes in the churchyard<br />

— Wednesday 17 April, Brian Sidney Lamden, service in church and cremation<br />

at Reading Crematorium<br />

— Thursday 18 April, Hazel Anne Gordon, service infuneral service in church<br />

and burial in the churchyard<br />

— Wednesday 1 May, Grace Edith Jones, service in church and cremation at<br />

Reading Crematorium<br />

— Saturday 4 May, <strong>The</strong>resa Ellis, interment of ashes in the churchyard


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

D e a r F r i e n d S,<br />

15 years ago I received a call from an elderly gentleman in Essex who asked if we<br />

had a Joseph Snowball on our WWII memorial. <strong>The</strong> week before we had held a 65th<br />

anniversary service for the D-Day landings and as Joseph was involved in the first<br />

wave, we had honoured him.<br />

<strong>The</strong> gentleman told me that Joseph was his platoon sergeant and he had landed<br />

with him on Sword Beach at dawn on the 6 <strong>June</strong> 1944. <strong>The</strong> scene he then described<br />

will remain with me forever. Only 20 minutes after landing, Joseph was shot and<br />

lay dying in this gentleman’s arms. I assured my caller that as I would be visiting<br />

Normandy the following month for a family holiday, I would visit Joseph’s grave in<br />

the War Cemetery at Bayeux. A few weeks later I had a letter from this gentleman<br />

telling me how helpful he had found it to talk about Joseph as he’d never spoken of<br />

it before our phone call. We found his grave and my then two year old daughter and<br />

I laid a special wreath from our parish.<br />

I have been brought up to believe that it is vital that we who were not there, and<br />

who have no memories of these battles, need to understand just what was done for<br />

us. It is right to proclaim that what they did, not only on the beaches of Normandy<br />

80 years ago this month, but throughout the long years of war, was of the highest<br />

worth, and we should rightly honour them, with full and thankful hearts.<br />

War gives rise to such hugely conflicting emotions. <strong>The</strong>re is the strength of<br />

communal feeling; of communities being in it together, and, in the case of WWII, of<br />

a courageous nation, standing up to a seemingly unstoppable force of evil. As Jesus<br />

said, 'no one has greater love than this, than to lay down his life for his friends'.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re is a nobility in this, but on the other side of the heroic and selfless<br />

patriotism, is the horror. <strong>The</strong> ugliness of violence and terror; the brutalizing; the<br />

inhumanity; the massacre of innocents, and the dreadful, sometimes lifelong<br />

suffering of the victims.<br />

Jesus said we should love our enemies and do good to those that hate us.<br />

However, Jesus didn’t live in the same world we now inhabit. Communications<br />

were almost nonexistent, whereas now we know of the appalling evils of the Nazis;<br />

of genocides; of the atrocious Hamas led attack on innocent civilians in the Holy<br />

Land on 7 October last year, and so much else besides. I would suggest Jesus was<br />

speaking in the singular. Do not resist one who is evil. <strong>The</strong>re is no mention here<br />

of mass evil. When he found wrongdoing perpetrated by a large group, he had no<br />

hesitation in taking action, even in the temple, where he cleared out the money<br />

changers, turning over the tables.<br />

<strong>The</strong> root of war is the wickedness of humanity; it is sadly unavoidable, but<br />

we must strive to aim our sights higher. <strong>The</strong> ideal is clearly set out in the book<br />

of Isaiah:<br />

'they shall beat their swords into plough shares, and their spears into pruning hooks;<br />

nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore'.<br />

This is surely the ideal shared by all who follow the Prince of Peace. Of course,<br />

it is an ideal that has not yet been achieved. Sadly, I just do not know whether true<br />

peace will ever be manifested in this world. However, what I do know is that when<br />

I vote in the General Election later this year, I will be able to because of Joseph<br />

Snowball, and the many millions of his comrades from all around the world who<br />

defended that right. I know that I am at liberty to worship in whichever way I<br />

choose, at least for now, to learn, to travel, to live in a more or less decent and<br />

fair society, all because good men and women stood up to those who would have<br />

trampled all over those rights.<br />

So, at this poignant 80 th anniversary, let us remember these 'defenders of our<br />

Christian civilization' (Winston S Churchill) and let us, in our own small ways, hold<br />

high the torch of decency, tolerance and freedom, which they can no longer carry.<br />

We will remember them!<br />

Warm wishes, Jamie<br />

NO GREATER LOVE<br />

For your<br />

Prayers<br />

in <strong>June</strong><br />

– For surviving veterans of D-Day<br />

– For those taking exams<br />

– For the release of hostages held<br />

by HAMAS<br />

– For the work of the RSPCA


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Thank you Molly!<br />

Over 200 family, friends and colleagues gathered in St<br />

Andrew's Church on Friday 10 May to say farewell and<br />

thank you to Molly Woodley who died on 6 April <strong>2024</strong>.<br />

It seemed strange for everyone gathered there because<br />

it was usually Molly who, for as long as most people can<br />

remember, stood at the door for Church-related and<br />

many other social events to say goodbye, and to thank<br />

you for coming.<br />

Her most notable 'thank you' must surely have been as her<br />

Majesty <strong>The</strong> Queen Elizabeth II left a gathering of Maundy<br />

Money recipients in the Great Hall of Christchurch when<br />

she could not resist saying to Her Majesty 'thank you for<br />

coming Ma'am'.<br />

Molly served as a church warden of St Andrew's for<br />

many years. It was a post that she stepped down from in<br />

<strong>June</strong> 2019 and became 'deputy church warden emeritus' a<br />

position that she continued to serve in until her death.<br />

But it was not just the church Molly had devoted<br />

her life to serving, wherever there were social activities<br />

for the young and elderly she could be found on the<br />

committee helping to organise or raise funds for charity.<br />

<strong>The</strong> following are extracts from a family tribute by her<br />

children ...<br />

MOLLY'S GARDEN<br />

Molly was born in Tilehurst and raised in the Reading<br />

area. Her parents were Emily and Steven (Jack) Turner.<br />

She attended school in Tilehurst until she was 14 years<br />

old when she began working on the veterinary section of<br />

Boots in Broad Street.<br />

In 1955 Molly met and married Desmond Woodley, a<br />

policeman in Reading and they two children, Susan, and<br />

Jennie.<br />

Molly and Des loved their garden at their bungalow in<br />

Woodley, often working well into the dark to get it just<br />

right. Weeds were banned and it was always a credit to<br />

them.<br />

When Molly moved to Lyefield Court, having a garden,<br />

albeit a smaller one, was a must as she continued to<br />

develop both her own space — as well as the communal<br />

areas around the complex!<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are many happy family memories of beach<br />

holidays in Devon and abroad.<br />

Molly returned to work a couple of days a week at<br />

Waitrose in Woodley, where she worked until retirement<br />

in 1992.<br />

TIME KEEPING?<br />

Her time keeping was always an area of discussion, and<br />

many locals will attest to her commute down the Reading<br />

Road on her trusty moped.<br />

When her daughters reached Brownie age, she became<br />

a helper at 5th Woodley Brownies, but soon trained to<br />

became a brownie leader as Tawny Owl. She also took on<br />

many roles, including being a trainer with Brown Owl—<br />

her great friend Judy Brown — a quarter master at guide<br />

camps, a district commissioner, and so on. When no<br />

longer an active guider she helped the Trefoil Guild.<br />

Molly proudly displays her Maundy Money.<br />

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Molly was renowned for her smile, which she shared<br />

with many, and the welcome she would give everyone to<br />

her home, church or any gathering she attended.<br />

Molly and Des loved to travel with the local National<br />

Trust group, and on many self-navigated trips. <strong>The</strong>y<br />

travelled throughout America and Europe, and loved<br />

cruising. She liked to collect treasures and memories on<br />

her travels, particularly Christmas decorations for her<br />

tree.<br />

Her idea of caring for others usually involved feeding<br />

you and so she catered for many different events — most<br />

people in the St Andrew's congregation will have been fed<br />

by her at some time! In recent years she also cooked for<br />

the MS Society drop-in centre in Reading.<br />

Molly's hospitality also extended to her generous<br />

measures from the decanters on her drinks cabinet.<br />

She moved to Lyefield Court a few years after Des died<br />

and soon developed a new circle of friends including Jim,<br />

who became her new travel companion, both in the UK<br />

and cruising abroad.<br />

Molly will be greatly missed by her family, and all her<br />

many colleagues and friends.


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St Andrew's Youth<br />

email or text me, Westy, for<br />

ideas, a chat or to encourage<br />

what we are doing:<br />

youthminister@sonningparish.org.uk 0794 622 4106<br />

STAY on Friday<br />

Our weekly Youth Club met three times since my last<br />

report because Easter Holidays took over the first two<br />

Fridays in April.<br />

With the lighter evenings we have had lots of outdoor<br />

fun with the volleyball net back up, the football pitch being<br />

used again and, of course, the ever popular basketball hoop<br />

being slam dunked.<br />

As 26 April was the fourth Friday we welcomed the<br />

lovely year 6’s and as always they fitted right in and were as<br />

keen as ever to get involved.<br />

On 3 May we again turned <strong>The</strong> Ark into a dodgeball<br />

arena and had great fun throwing balls at each other to<br />

knock one another out of the competition. Let’s just say the<br />

leaders love it as much as the youth do!<br />

STAY on Sunday<br />

Our fortnightly Sunday group met twice in April. On 14<br />

April we looked at being children of God and accepting the<br />

diversity of his people — the church.<br />

On 28 April we looked at God being the vine and us<br />

being the branches. We stopped to ask ourselves what<br />

things in our lives need to be pruned away?<br />

As one quote I found said, 'Have nothing in your house<br />

that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.'<br />

We related this to our recent family move to Charvil<br />

and how much stuff we had to throw away, a declutter, if<br />

you will. We thought about this quote, our house move and<br />

the passage in John 15 and how God wants to declutter our<br />

lives of things that aren’t of him and keep only the things<br />

which are useful and beautiful.<br />

STAY on Monday<br />

Our fortnightly Monday group met twice with one session<br />

at a young person's house doing a review of the group and<br />

how we can improve it. <strong>The</strong> other session was a social in the<br />

park so we could invite friends. This was a direct result of<br />

the question ‘how can we improve STAY on Monday?’<br />

STAY in Schools<br />

Having had the Easter Holidays in the first half of April,<br />

the schools went back in full swing fairly swiftly with<br />

Corinne and I offering the ongoing one-to-one mentoring<br />

sessions, the Piggott Christian Union, assemblies to whole<br />

year groups or the whole school, prayer meetings and a<br />

value day at one of the primary schools. It always feels like<br />

such a blessing to be in the four local schools, offering help<br />

where it is needed. I take my hat off to teachers and school<br />

staff as they all do such an amazing job educating and<br />

teaching our local children and young people.


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corinne@sonningparish.org.uk 0118 377 5887<br />

Sunday Club<br />

April has come and gone so quickly! Sunday<br />

Club is held in <strong>The</strong> Ark on the second and fourth<br />

Sunday of the month while the <strong>Parish</strong> Eucharist is<br />

being held in the Church. We join the congregation<br />

towards the end of the service.<br />

We talked about how we are still in the season of<br />

Easter, and are celebrating the good news of Jesus's<br />

resurrection.<br />

We learned about Luke 24:36-48, which tells<br />

how Jesus appeared to his disciples after his death.<br />

Because Jesus and his disciples shared a meal<br />

and ate fish together, we decorated some fish and<br />

talked about what meals we would want to share<br />

with Jesus. My favourite answer was chicken<br />

wings and we talked about how silly it would<br />

be to tuck into some messy chicken wings with<br />

Jesus! I hope he would share a wet wipe with us<br />

afterwards!<br />

At our second Sunday Club meeting, we learned<br />

about John 15:1-8 '<strong>The</strong> Vine and the Branches', and<br />

discussed how Jesus is our vine, who gives us life,<br />

and that we are all connected to him, being the<br />

branches, extending from his love and reaching out<br />

to others with kindness and inclusion.<br />

Messy Church<br />

At Messy Church — held at 3pm on the third<br />

Sunday of the month — we celebrated God's<br />

creation. Everyone's favourite activity is always a<br />

snack, and this time we decorated biscuits with<br />

blue icing, rainbow fizzy belts, and marshmallows<br />

to represent the rainbow in the story of Noah's<br />

Ark. During story time, we learned the creation<br />

story from Genesis through a story bag that works<br />

like a magician's scarf — I kept turning the bag<br />

inside out and with each turn revealed the next<br />

day of God's creation. It was a big hit!<br />

Additionally, I am still going into local schools<br />

to provide 1:1 mentoring with students, support<br />

student worship leaders in assembly prep, and I<br />

continue to lead collective worship assemblies. This<br />

is definitely a highlight of my ministry, and I enjoy<br />

chatting with and learning from the students!


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NIGEL RILEY WRITES ABOUT HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS IN THE THIRD OF OUR SERIES . . .<br />

Why am I a Christian?<br />

's<br />

Because I need Jesus Christ! I could, and probably should, end right there! It is the<br />

best answer I believe I can give, but I will try to explain why I believe this. I was<br />

born and brought up in Leicestershire and I lived on a small council estate with my<br />

parents and four sisters. I am your classic example of a wasted youth, I had little<br />

direction or ambition and left school with very few qualifications.<br />

I worked in dead end, mind numbing,<br />

factory jobs and at the weekends, with<br />

my mates, I lived a wild and reckless<br />

lifestyle. <strong>The</strong> thrill of it dragged me<br />

into a drug and alcohol culture in<br />

nightclubs, pubs, and drug houses.<br />

I soon became disillusioned and<br />

depressed about the future of my life.<br />

At 20 years old, I had a serious<br />

breakdown and lost the sense of the<br />

value of living a life in a rat race. I didn't<br />

realise how damaged and depressed<br />

the alcohol and drugs were making<br />

me until I began reaching out to find a<br />

purpose for my life.<br />

LOOKING FOR ANSWERS<br />

While I had always felt God was the<br />

key to life, I had no idea about how to<br />

find the answers, so I began reading the<br />

Bible. I couldn't make sense of much<br />

of it and became confused and mixed<br />

up, especially with ideas in <strong>The</strong> Book of<br />

Revelation through which I developed<br />

an unhealthy interest in 'the end times'<br />

and 'the beast'!<br />

I knew I needed help when I began<br />

to have really bad nightmares and,<br />

because I was still using drugs, I had<br />

some scary hallucinations. I became<br />

paranoid and frightened.<br />

I spoke to a friend, whose family<br />

were the only religious people I knew.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y were connected with the Jehovah's<br />

Witnesses and I arranged to meet an<br />

elder from the congregation a few<br />

times.<br />

I also reached out to another friend,<br />

who without me knowing, had spoken<br />

to someone from a local Baptist Church<br />

who sent a guy to my home to invite me<br />

to an outreach event they were running<br />

with YWAM (Youth with a Mission).<br />

I answered the door and he explained<br />

that he knew my friend and he invited<br />

me to a special event that Saturday<br />

evening.<br />

I politely explained I was seeing<br />

someone from the Jehovah's Witnesses<br />

and therefore wouldn't need to go,<br />

but he said something that absolutely<br />

resounded in my mind and heart: 'I'm<br />

not sure what the Jehovah's Witnesses are<br />

saying but if they are not telling you about<br />

a personal relationship with Jesus then<br />

they are telling you wrong.'<br />

I politely declined and said goodbye<br />

but I couldn't get those words out of my<br />

head. 'A personal relationship with Jesus.'<br />

I somehow knew that's what I needed.<br />

BATTLE<br />

That Saturday night I went to meet<br />

my friend from the Jehovah Witnesses,<br />

but as I was waiting for him, I cried out<br />

to God for help because I didn't know<br />

if I should stay with JW or go to the<br />

Baptists.<br />

However, the JW guy didn't show.<br />

It was in pre-mobile days so I had no<br />

way of knowing where he was or if<br />

he was coming. I decided to go to the<br />

Baptist Church and felt maybe God had<br />

answered my prayer.<br />

I was very nervous and hung around<br />

outside the church for a while but being<br />

so desperate to find help — to find<br />

God — I went in and sat at the back. A<br />

guy was speaking about Moses lifting<br />

up a bronze snake and the people who<br />

looked at it were healed.<br />

He said that it was an illustration of<br />

Jesus on the cross and how we can look<br />

to him for our salvation. At the end he


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invited people to come forward and I<br />

just knew I had to, however, something<br />

very strange happened. I will let you<br />

make of it what you will.<br />

As I got to the front some people<br />

approached me and I suddenly fell to<br />

the floor and doubled over in pain and<br />

cramps! My fingers, hands, arms and<br />

legs literally rolled up, I was on the<br />

ground in severe pain, unable to move.<br />

RELIEF<br />

Some people around me tried to<br />

relieve my fear and alarm while telling<br />

me to confess my sins to Jesus.<br />

I tried to speak but it was very<br />

difficult, although I was able to tell God<br />

some of the sins I had made.<br />

I confessed to drugs, and other<br />

things I had done. When I confessed<br />

to lying my tongue tingled so strongly<br />

I knew something had just freed it. I<br />

realised that I was beginning to uncurl<br />

and my limbs were freeing up!<br />

Andrew, the leader of the meeting,<br />

joined me and he explained that I had<br />

confessed to Jesus who had died on the<br />

cross for me and that I must trust him<br />

to save me and forgive me.<br />

I knew this was all real and I cried<br />

out to Jesus to save me. Andrew said<br />

that as I had repented of sin and that<br />

as I trust Jesus for my salvation I am<br />

saved and safe with God.<br />

I was looked after and comforted for<br />

sometime and invited to return to the<br />

church.<br />

UNDERSTANDING<br />

<strong>The</strong> next day, as I walked to church,<br />

I stopped at the red phone box and<br />

called the guy from JW. He apologised<br />

for not coming and explained he was<br />

called away to an urgent situation, and<br />

he wanted to see me again. I explained<br />

that I had been to church and he said he<br />

wanted to see me as soon as he could,<br />

but I said that I felt God had really met<br />

with me and I would be going along<br />

to church and wouldn't need his help<br />

anymore.<br />

However, I went to church and<br />

continued to go as often as I could. <strong>The</strong><br />

pastor and leaders spoke with me and<br />

set up some one-to-one meetings. I met<br />

with them for a few months and they<br />

helped me grow in my understanding<br />

of what had happened and what Jesus<br />

had done for me. I also had some<br />

extraordinary answers to prayer and<br />

even miracles happened!<br />

I once heard a pastor say God<br />

answers new born Christian's prayers<br />

to help them grow deep roots quickly<br />

and I wonder if that's what happened<br />

to me?<br />

I also had issues that needed<br />

healing from the damage done in my<br />

reckless life before my repentance.<br />

Again, I will say what happened and<br />

you can make of it what you believe.<br />

HE DID THIS FOR ME<br />

I was in my early Christian life<br />

attending any and everything my<br />

church was putting on. I couldn't get<br />

enough of hearing about Jesus and<br />

God's Kingdom.<br />

One evening, I was attending an<br />

outreach event where the Jesus of<br />

Nazareth film was being shown.<br />

I was watching the film on a big<br />

screen set up in a local school hall, and<br />

there were lots of other people also<br />

watching.<br />

At the point of the film when Jesus<br />

was being crucified and suffering on<br />

the cross, I said to myself, 'He did this<br />

for me'.<br />

A PLACE OF LIGHT<br />

It is hard to express the experience,<br />

suddenly I could no longer see the film<br />

or room but I could see light all around<br />

me and I knew I was in a place of light.<br />

I was aware of it for about 5 seconds,<br />

or so. I thought to myself, 'this is the<br />

glory of his sacrifice that he won for<br />

me.'<br />

I'm not totally sure where or what<br />

I saw but I knew it was a place of light<br />

that I was actually in, not just seeing,<br />

and it was because of Jesus' sacrifice.<br />

HEARING THE LIGHT<br />

Not long after, I was at home and I<br />

had still not grasped the full extent of<br />

God's grace in his salvation.<br />

I was praying about my fears that I<br />

would not last as a Christian and that<br />

I wouldn't be able to live the Christian<br />

life. I would fail.<br />

I was fearful I would not be good<br />

enough and that I would fall short. I<br />

was tearful and I said, 'God, I'm not<br />

going to make it.'<br />

At that moment I saw a light in<br />

my mind's eye and I received a clear<br />

message from the light!<br />

I didn't hear it audibly, I received<br />

it in my mind, my soul, and I was able<br />

to make sense of what had been said.<br />

I understood it as: 'You are not your<br />

salvation, Jesus Christ is your salvation.'<br />

For the first time I understood<br />

the full nature of Jesus' death and<br />

resurrection and how he alone is our<br />

salvation! My understanding was<br />

at a much deeper level than just the<br />

words I heard. I saw it and got it! Jesus<br />

is my salvation! I can add nothing or<br />

do nothing, it is not about what I do<br />

but about God’s gracious gift of Jesus<br />

Christ given to us to simply receive<br />

by faith. I was elated! I saw that I was<br />

saved! I saw that in Christ I am united<br />

with God and nothing, not even me<br />

could ruin that!<br />

SAFE AND LOVED<br />

I joined in with lots of the church<br />

community activities and services. I<br />

shared with people there what had been<br />

happening and I continued to receive so<br />

much love and instruction from them.<br />

I had been freed completely from<br />

smoking, alcohol and drug use and<br />

never felt a need to use or take them. I<br />

felt safe and loved.<br />

My anxieties and paranoia never<br />

bothered me again, I knew I was saved<br />

and that Jesus was who I had been<br />

looking for.<br />

I was excited about the future and<br />

what God had planned for me, and<br />

wondered and prayed about how I<br />

could serve him. I wanted to go to Bible<br />

College and even aimed for ordination<br />

and ministry.<br />

I went to college, then university<br />

and was delighted when I was offered<br />

a place at Oak Hill <strong>The</strong>ological College,<br />

through Middlesex University. I studied<br />

for my degree and went into secondary<br />

school teaching after becoming an RE<br />

teacher.<br />

I have been teaching for over<br />

20 years now and thoroughly enjoy<br />

engaging young people's minds with the<br />

questions of life, truth, meaning and<br />

purpose. I have also loved being part of<br />

a number of churches throughout my<br />

life and enjoy serving the people in the<br />

congregations and communities.<br />

God has blessed me with a<br />

wonderful family and a very special<br />

wife, who has to cope with five males in<br />

our home — we have four boys!<br />

God continues to cause me to grow<br />

in faith, in loving him and loving the<br />

people in my life.<br />

I am a Christian because I need<br />

Jesus Christ from first to last!


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This month, writes Colin Bailey, we look at Ukrainian refugees in Moldova,<br />

and the work of Barnabas Aid in helping suffering Christians from Ukraine...<br />

<strong>The</strong> former Soviet republic of Moldova is landlocked in eastern Europe by<br />

Romania to the west and, significantly, by Ukraine to the north, east and<br />

south. It wants to join the EU and has set 2030 as the target date for its<br />

accession. It has a population of some 2.5 million people.<br />

According to the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency<br />

(UNFPA), more than 116,000 Ukrainian refugees now reside in Moldova. Because<br />

the stress of war and displacement has increased the risk of premature labour,<br />

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life-saving equipment, including state-of-the-art intensive care units.<br />

<strong>The</strong> majority of the Ukrainian refugees fleeing the war who are now in Moldova<br />

are without an income and are living with host families or accommodation centres.<br />

Some struggle to find work although the income is often meagre. <strong>The</strong>y depend on<br />

their savings and humanitarian support to cover their basic needs. <strong>The</strong> situation is<br />

exacerbated by high inflation.<br />

PRAYERS AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT<br />

Barnabas Aid has been helping a church in the Moldovan capital Chișinău by<br />

offering comfort and spiritual support to Ukrainian Christian families. Most of<br />

the refugees are women and children: men between the ages of 18 and 60 are not<br />

allowed to leave Ukraine. Barnabas’s church partners said:<br />

'<strong>The</strong>re are many children and they all yearn for simple human warmth and<br />

understanding. When they come to us, we see in their eyes that they desperately want us<br />

to share their sorrow and experiences, walk even a short part of their journey with them,<br />

providing support and comfort. We are grateful we can do that.'<br />

Please pray for the work of that church and for the Ukrainian refugees. Please<br />

pray also for the Ukrainian villagers living in conflict zones.<br />

Barnabas has been supplying food aid including tinned food and baby milk,<br />

hygiene supplies such as bandages, soap, toothpaste and sanitary towels, and<br />

medical aid including blood pressure monitors, walking aids, firewood and woodburning<br />

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References and further reading<br />

Wikipedia on Moldova: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moldova<br />

UNFPA news: https://www.unfpa.org/news<br />

Barnabas Aid on Ukrainian Christian refugees: https://www.barnabasaid.org/gb/magazine/foodcomfort-and-hope-for-ukrainian-christian-refugees/<br />

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From<br />

the<br />

editor's<br />

desk<br />

Born in 1946, I am one of the 'baby<br />

boomer' generation that emerged<br />

after the end of the Second World<br />

War. According to the <strong>The</strong> Royal<br />

British Legion, around 4.2 million<br />

British servicemen and women were<br />

demobilised between <strong>June</strong> 1945 and<br />

December 1946.<br />

A direct result of demobilisation<br />

was a huge peak in the birth rate. It is<br />

estimated that live births in the UK<br />

peaked in 1947 at about 1 million. By<br />

contrast, the year with the least births<br />

was 1941 when there were only 695,000<br />

births in the UK.<br />

This birthrate peak has affected us<br />

baby boomers throughout our lives,<br />

with the result that we have lived in<br />

world where shortages have always<br />

been commonplace.<br />

Food rationing was part of my<br />

childhood, schools were overcrowded,<br />

the competition for college and<br />

university places was high, as was the<br />

competition for jobs, and housing has<br />

always been, and remains, a problem.<br />

And, without sounding too morbid,<br />

the final shortage that baby boomers<br />

face is that our graveyards are rapidly<br />

running out of space for us!<br />

REMEMBERING THEM<br />

Despite all this, being a baby<br />

boomer has meant that my generation<br />

has been responsible for a host of<br />

remarkable, and exciting scientific<br />

discoveries and technological<br />

developments that have universally<br />

changed the way we work and relax.<br />

Sadly, as baby boomers die away,<br />

the world could be in danger of<br />

forgetting the huge sacrifices made by<br />

the generation that created us when<br />

so many people died fighting for our<br />

freedom. It is important, therefore, to<br />

keep in our calendars reminders of the<br />

sacrifices our forbears made, such as<br />

the D-Day landings that we remember<br />

on page 19 of this issue and, of course,<br />

the annual Remembrance services later<br />

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Could you be one of a million RSPCA members?<br />

To celebrate it's 200th anniversary<br />

this month, <strong>The</strong> Royal Society<br />

for the Prevention of Cruelty to<br />

Animals (RSPCA) has set itself a<br />

challenge: to recruit one million new<br />

members, writes Bob Peters.<br />

RSPCA is the first charity that I can<br />

remember being aware of — apart, of<br />

course, from the Church.<br />

It was in school and I was probably<br />

about six or seven years old when a<br />

visitor came into the classroom to<br />

talk to us about his work caring for<br />

animals and how important it was for<br />

us to treat them kindly.<br />

For me, the most exciting thing<br />

about his visit was that he invited us<br />

to sign up for a newsletter, and he<br />

gave each of us a copy to take home.<br />

I have to admit that it was not so<br />

much the content of the newsletter<br />

that fascinated me but it was the<br />

colourful design and layout. Probably<br />

among my horde of old newspapers<br />

and magazines, I still have a copy!<br />

We were also given an RSPCA<br />

badge, which I also probably have<br />

among my collection of badges!<br />

On 16 <strong>June</strong> 1824, a small group<br />

of people, who were determined to<br />

change the lives of animals, met in<br />

a London coffee shop, aptly it was<br />

called '<strong>The</strong> Old Slaughters' Coffee<br />

House.<br />

Outside, cruelty to animals was<br />

Peter Rennie<br />

common and even acceptable to<br />

most people. Keeping them as pets<br />

was uncommon, they were used<br />

as working animals, as food, or<br />

for entertainment. While setting<br />

dogs on chained bulls or bears was<br />

considered a sport, for that small<br />

group of people who met in the cafe,<br />

things had to change.<br />

RSPCA IS BORN<br />

<strong>The</strong> first law protecting animals<br />

— the Cruel Treatment of Cattle<br />

Act, known as Martin's Law — had<br />

come into force two years before<br />

that coffee house meeting. Richard<br />

Martin who was one of the 22 people<br />

who went on to meet at the Old<br />

Slaughter’s Coffee House (pictured<br />

right) on 16 <strong>June</strong> 1824.<br />

With him was Rev Arthur<br />

Broome, credited as the founder<br />

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of RSPCA, and anti-slave trade<br />

campaigner William Wilberforce.<br />

Today, RSPCA is the oldest and<br />

largest animal welfare society in<br />

the world and in the UK has 137<br />

branches.<br />

Our 'local' branch dates from<br />

1864, making it 150 years old! At one<br />

time it was known as 'Reading with<br />

Berks, Hants and Oxon Border' but<br />

in 1908 this was changed to 'Reading<br />

with Oxon Border'.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Reading with Oxon Border<br />

branch is run by volunteers under<br />

the guidance of an annually elected<br />

committee that is always looking for<br />

<strong>The</strong> Old Slaughter’s Coffee House<br />

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new volunteers to give their time<br />

and skills to help with fund raising,<br />

running the branch and finding<br />

homes for needy animals.<br />

NEW CHAPTER<br />

Just as I first discovered about<br />

the work of RSPCA through their<br />

newsletter, you can still today keep<br />

yourself up=to-date - as I do - with<br />

what they are doing to prevent<br />

cruelty to animals by subscribing<br />

to their free newsletter which<br />

arrives regularly in my email inbox,<br />

or visit their website. Here, for<br />

example, is what they say about their<br />

bicentennial achievements:<br />

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laws, industries and minds. Ours is a<br />

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urgent response.<br />

That’s why <strong>2024</strong> isn't just an<br />

anniversary, it’s a new chapter in<br />

our story. This is our chance to work<br />

together, everyone for every animal.<br />

Let’s celebrate the bond between us and<br />

inspire more people to action. Because a<br />

world that’s better for animals is better<br />

for us all.'<br />

https://www.rspca.org.uk/local/readingwith-oxon-border-branch


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and toddlers from disadvantaged communities. Child poverty<br />

is rising at the fastest rate in a decade, and we know that child<br />

poverty leads to low literacy.'<br />

However, the NLT report also reminds us that<br />

improving literacy is not just about teaching the young, it<br />

is something that all age groups need to take seriously.<br />

To combat what it sees as a growing crisis, NLT has<br />

devised a three year, targeted, campaign to empower the<br />

people who need it most with the literacy skills they need<br />

to succeed in life.<br />

LITERACY HUBS<br />

It involves directly supporting literacy skills and<br />

building confidence for everyone, whether it’s tips for<br />

a new parent on talking to their baby or working with<br />

schools to encourage teenagers, who find reading and<br />

writing boring, with a selection of appropriate books that<br />

will help to develop their interest.<br />

<strong>The</strong> plan also aims to inspire early years practitioners,<br />

teachers, librarians and tutors by offering them evidencebased<br />

approaches, training, free resources; and working<br />

with the criminal justice system to offer an adult without<br />

literacy skills encouragement and classes that will make a<br />

difference to their life chances.<br />

By 2027, 20 Literacy Hubs will be established in the<br />

places with the worst experiences of literacy and poverty<br />

in the UK. Local teams working in partnership with these<br />

communities will bring together businesses, education,<br />

community groups, health and cultural organisations to<br />

improve local literacy levels.<br />

<strong>The</strong> NLT report makes it clear that improving our<br />

literacy, and helping others to improve their literacy, must<br />

be taken seriously by us all, whatever our age, wherever we<br />

live, however healthy or wealthy we may, or may not be.<br />

My Dad<br />

By Angel Young<br />

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In the realm of shadows, where pain resides,<br />

I walk this path, where sorrow abides.<br />

A tale of loss, a story so profound,<br />

As I navigate a world where silence surrounds.<br />

Cancer, the thief, with its merciless grip,<br />

It stole my hero, it silenced his quip.<br />

My dad, so vibrant, full of life's zest,<br />

Now a memory, forever in my chest.<br />

<strong>The</strong> battle waged, with strength and might,<br />

But cancer's darkness, it swallowed the light.<br />

Through endless nights, beside his bed I'd weep<br />

Hoping for miracles, as his soul started to seep.<br />

I watched him fade, like a flickering flame,<br />

His body weakened, but his spirit remained.<br />

Though his voice grew frail, his love shone bright,<br />

A beacon of hope, in the darkest night.<br />

Hi laughter echoed, a melody sweet,<br />

Now etched in my heart, symphony complete.<br />

His wisdom, a compass, guiding me along,<br />

Even in absence, his love forever strong.<br />

We shared our dreams, our hearts intertwined,<br />

Now I carry them forwards, in my heart, in my mind.<br />

Though tears may fall, like rain from the sky,<br />

I'll honour his legacy, I'll never say goodbye.<br />

For every sunrise, in each breath I take,<br />

His spirit lives on, never to forsake.<br />

Through the pain, I find strength to embrace,<br />

<strong>The</strong> memories we shared, each treasured embrace.<br />

So here's to my dad, whose love was profound,<br />

Whose presence, though gone, forever surround.<br />

In the tapestry of life, his thread will remain,<br />

A reminder of love that cancer wouldn't restrain.<br />

In the realm of shadows, where pain resides,<br />

I'll carry his memory, as my heart abides.<br />

Though the ache may linger, and tears may flow,<br />

His love transcends, forever to grow.<br />

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feature — 3<br />

80 years ago, on 6 <strong>June</strong> 1944, the<br />

D-Day Normandy Landings took<br />

place. Over 160,000 Allied troops<br />

are estimated to have landed on the<br />

beaches of Normandy. <strong>The</strong> Battle of<br />

Normandy ended on 25 August with<br />

an Allied victory.<br />

<strong>The</strong> question of what 'D' stood for has<br />

never been determined: some say it<br />

stood for Day; others maintain it was<br />

Disembarkation, because it was an<br />

amphibious operation.<br />

What is sure is that there was<br />

a spiritual dimension. General<br />

Eisenhower, the commander of<br />

Operation Overlord, urged those<br />

taking part to 'beseech the blessing<br />

of Almighty God upon this great and<br />

noble undertaking', and President<br />

Franklin D Roosevelt wrote a prayer<br />

and read it over the radio to 100<br />

million Americans as the World War<br />

II invasion of Normandy unfolded.<br />

This was likely the largest moment<br />

of mass prayer in human history. He<br />

prayed:<br />

Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our<br />

nation, this day have set upon a mighty<br />

endeavour. … Lead them straight<br />

and true; give strength to their arms,<br />

stoutness to their hearts. Amen<br />

SONNING SECRET<br />

General Eisenhower secretly lived<br />

at <strong>The</strong> Grove, Pearson Road, Sonning<br />

as he planned and supervised the<br />

D-Day landings.<br />

Before <strong>June</strong> 5 – the original date<br />

for D-Day, before bad weather forced<br />

a rethink – a massive and successful<br />

series of deceptions were put in place<br />

to make the Nazis think the invasion<br />

would come elsewhere.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Germans were certainly<br />

confused. Hitler, thinking the<br />

attack was a feint, refused to send<br />

reinforcements, and their strategy<br />

was hampered by the absence of their<br />

brilliant Commander Erwin Rommel,<br />

who was on leave.<br />

Nevertheless, the Americans<br />

suffered over 2,000 casualties at<br />

Omaha Beach, which was the most<br />

heavily defended, and it is estimated<br />

that over 4,000 Allied troops were<br />

killed, but about 156,000 successfully<br />

stormed the beaches,<br />

To mark the 80th anniversary<br />

of this remarkable historical event,<br />

1,475 silhouettes by ‘Standing with<br />

Giants’ have been erected at the<br />

British Normandy Memorial in<br />

Ver-sur-Mer, representing the<br />

number of fatalities under British<br />

command on 6 <strong>June</strong> 1944.<br />

This art installation is part of<br />

D-Day 80 commemorations at the<br />

Memorial and will be available to<br />

visit throughout the summer.<br />

'Standing with Giants' is a<br />

community project, set up in 2019<br />

by Oxfordshire community artist,<br />

Dan Barton, and a group of local<br />

volunteers to create large scale art<br />

installations using recycled building<br />

materials and provide meaningful<br />

spaces for people to visit and reflect.<br />

CRISP DROP<br />

Members of Sonning <strong>Parish</strong><br />

Council and the Sonning and<br />

Sonning Eye Society have been<br />

working together to create a<br />

memorable community evening to<br />

be held on 6 <strong>June</strong> at the King George<br />

V playing field, Sonning.<br />

<strong>The</strong>se will include: A flypast by<br />

a WWII Hawker Hurricane, a 'crisp<br />

drop' from a vintage aircraft when<br />

bags of crisps will float down from<br />

500 feet up in the sky!<br />

<strong>The</strong> timing for these are subject<br />

to operational availability and to the<br />

weather conditions on the evening<br />

of 6 <strong>June</strong>.<br />

As 6 <strong>June</strong> is also National Fish<br />

and Chip Day the organisers are<br />

incorporating this in their plans<br />

which include: a barbecue run by<br />

Sonning Scouts and Sonning Cricket<br />

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https://www.d-day80beacons.co.uk/<br />

Club will be selling both alcoholic and<br />

non-alcoholic drinks.<br />

Vehicles and crews from the<br />

essential services have been invited<br />

to attend to provide an opportunity<br />

for residents to meet them, hear their<br />

stories of service, and the challenges<br />

they face!<br />

<strong>The</strong> evening will run from 6-10pm<br />

with entertainment from City Jazz<br />

who will include wartime classics,<br />

and music for everyone to dance to.<br />

Other highlights will include:<br />

6.30pm: Ringing of the church bells<br />

from St Andrew's Church, Sonning<br />

9.00pm: <strong>The</strong> International Tribute<br />

will be read followed by the Last Post<br />

and a two minute silence.<br />

9.15pm: <strong>The</strong> lighting of beacons both<br />

in Sonning and around the country<br />

Tickets/booking are not needed.<br />

<strong>The</strong> event is free, however, there<br />

will be an opportunity to donate to<br />

charities supporting military and<br />

community support services.<br />

For further details: Trefor Fisher,<br />

trefor.fisher@sonning-pc.gov.uk.<br />

NATIONWIDE<br />

Nationally, on 6 <strong>June</strong>, <strong>The</strong><br />

Royal British Legion is hosting a<br />

Remembrance service in the National<br />

Memorial Arboretum at 2 pm<br />

<strong>The</strong> Arboretum will be open to<br />

the public as normal on 6 <strong>June</strong>, and<br />

visitors will be welcome to watch the<br />

D-Day 80 Service of Remembrance in<br />

the grounds.<br />

For more details visit:<br />

https://www.d-day80beacons.co.uk/


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feature — 4<br />

Did you know that Charvil is the home for<br />

A review of some of Charvil's talented artists by Sarah Swatridge<br />

Sammy Clements (née Ostrowski) grew up in Charvil and attended Polehampton Infant and Junior schools and<br />

then <strong>The</strong> Piggott School, Wargrave. This was followed by achieving a foundation diploma in Art & Design at Oxford Brookes<br />

University, and subsequently graduating with a BA HONS in Graphic Design from Norwich University.<br />

It was while studying, that she developed a passion for<br />

drawing animals in a realistic fashion — the above are<br />

two examples – and she began taking commissions for<br />

pet portraits. All her illustrations are drawn from scratch<br />

using a graphics tablet and pen connected to a computer.<br />

Sammy is employed as a full-time graphic designer,<br />

based in London, and uses her spare time to complete the<br />

pet and wild animal portraits — they can take between<br />

40 to 50 hours each.<br />

She likes detail, and using this medium allows her to<br />

expand the image to such an extent that she can draw<br />

individual hairs to create a lifelike image. Working from<br />

reference photographs she tries to capture the essence<br />

and character of the animal.<br />

Sammy was recently contacted by Twyford resident<br />

Elizabeth Burton-Phillips MBE, the founder and trustee<br />

of the charity DrugFAM, asking if she would support her<br />

charity with her artwork.<br />

DrugFAM is a local charity which supports families,<br />

friends and partners, affected or bereaved, by a loved<br />

one’s harmful use of drugs, alcohol or gambling.<br />

Consequently, in <strong>June</strong>, Sammy will be, very generously<br />

donating 20 of her prints to be auctioned at a fund-raising<br />

event being held in the newly refurbished Orangery at<br />

Blenheim Palace. Also included will be an auction of an<br />

especially drawn commission by Sammy of an animal of<br />

the bidder’s choice.<br />

Later in the year her work will also be displayed at<br />

a VIP reception in <strong>The</strong> Ned, a private members club in<br />

London, following a service of remembrance in St Paul’s<br />

Cathedral, again in aid of DrugFAM.<br />

She feels extremely honoured to be able to help this<br />

very worthwhile cause. This service marks the 20th<br />

anniversary of the death of Elizabeth’s son Nicholas<br />

Mills who died aged only 27 after becoming involved with<br />

harmful drugs.<br />

If you have children, of any age, it’s worth reading<br />

‘Mum, Can You Lend Me Twenty Quid?’ by Elizabeth<br />

Burton-Phillips.<br />

Sammy is not alone in Charvil, there are several other<br />

very talented artists at work here . . .<br />

HEATHER McATEER<br />

Heather has her own studio in Charvil and this year she’s<br />

a guest on the Whiteknights Studio Trail on Saturday 8-9<br />

<strong>June</strong>. She’ll be at Venue 2, Christ Church, Christchurch<br />

Road, Reading RG2 7AR. Her graphite drawings are very<br />

detailed and evocative. Look out for more of her work in July<br />

at <strong>The</strong> Turbine House, Reading (Bel & Dragon) as part of a<br />

group exhibition addressing the climate emergency.


some talented artists?<br />

ESTE MACLEOD<br />

Este Macleod is a textile artist with her own studio in<br />

Charvil. She runs several art courses — the current one runs<br />

for a year until the end of May 2025 — and retreats abroad.<br />

Visit https://www.estemacleod.com and you will get a good<br />

idea of her bright, bold and colourful work that is usually<br />

based around natural objects such as flowers, birds and trees.<br />

DENISE PAYNE<br />

Denise Payne generally works with graphite and pastels.<br />

She completed a Fine Art Degree as a mature student, then<br />

volunteered at Oxfam Reworked for a year during which<br />

time became involved with upcycling and has opened a shop<br />

at https://www.artdp.etsy.com<br />

It is definitely worth a look if you’re looking for original<br />

Tote bags, unusual lampshades, quirky jewellery boxes,<br />

Lino Prints and a host of amazing gifts at reasonable<br />

prices. It is great to support our local talent!<br />

LINDA SAUL<br />

Linda Saul's paintings and prints were on show during the<br />

recent Henley Arts Trail, which is always a very busy time for<br />

Charvil's local artists.<br />

She has recently been elected a full member of the<br />

Royal Watercolour Society (RWS) and has a big exhibition<br />

in London in October. She, and three other RWS members,<br />

are sharing a gallery across the road from <strong>The</strong> National<br />

Gallery.<br />

In November Linda, and Heather McAteer, are taking<br />

part in the Five Open Studios. It will be an ideal time to<br />

think about Christmas presents!<br />

For more information on her work and future events visit<br />

http://www.lindasaul.co.uk<br />

LIS HOBDEN<br />

Lis says she’s really a musician by profession but has been<br />

painting seriously since she stopped singing when her<br />

children were born. Initially her passion was watercolour, but<br />

she developed a love for the rich 'butteriness' of oil paint.<br />

Currently, she’s fascinated by layering techniques, and<br />

the quick drying properties of acrylic and mixed media<br />

seem to suit that best. Exploring different processes<br />

is more important to her than subject matter, and the<br />

phrase ‘what would happen if ….’ often directs her work.<br />

During lockdown she developed an interest in fluid art<br />

and cyanotype and subsequently held a very successful<br />

solo show at the Old Fire Station in Henley.<br />

Her website gives a good idea of the sort of paintings<br />

she produces: http://www.elisabethhobden.co.uk<br />

She’s also on Instagram: lis.hobden<br />

<strong>The</strong> paintings she sells help to raise money for a<br />

wonderful project called Dwelling Places which rescues<br />

and rehabilitates street connected children in Kampala,<br />

Uganda.<br />

Lis has been supporting Dwelling Places for many<br />

years and, if you’re interested in finding out more about<br />

their work, you will find them at http://dwellingplaces.org<br />

Claude recalls<br />

his favourite<br />

tipple . . .<br />

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Many years ago, one of my hobbies was creating my own<br />

beverages. I used to make homemade wine with all sorts<br />

of fruits, but found that my favourite combination was<br />

my ‘sea’ wine — sloe, elderberry and apple!<br />

I knew a good spot in which to collect the sloes and<br />

elderberries — a footpath just off Colemansmoor Road<br />

down towards the river — and the apples came from our<br />

garden.<br />

Once gathered, the fruit had to be mashed and<br />

squeezed through a sieve. <strong>The</strong>n it had to be fermented for<br />

weeks and weeks in the airing cupboard. Barbara was very<br />

gracious to let me take over this space! Although I was<br />

very successful, the trouble was that the fruit made such a<br />

mess that I moved on to something different.<br />

LEMONADE WITH A BANG<br />

Another time, I made lemonade which fermented in the<br />

Corona bottles that we hadn’t returned to the shops for a<br />

refund. <strong>The</strong>se were kept in the cupboard under the stairs.<br />

On one occasion, I was out for the evening at a meeting.<br />

and Barbara and the children were sitting watching the<br />

television when there was a loud explosion! I must have<br />

used too much sugar and this set off a chain reaction of<br />

explosions!<br />

It made a right mess of glass and lemonade —although<br />

at least it was contained — and scared my family out of<br />

their wits!<br />

As you can imagine, this phase didn’t last long and it<br />

seemed too much hassle and far more dangerous than<br />

making alcoholic drinks!<br />

CHEERS VICAR!<br />

Making beer was much quicker and simpler, and more<br />

popular with the family! I used beer kits of 5 gallons — 40<br />

pints — at a time, and kept the beer making process in the<br />

garage.<br />

When I first made it, you can imagine how keen I was<br />

to drink it — I couldn’t wait! However, when I got towards<br />

the end of my first barrel, I realised that it tasted so much<br />

better when matured. <strong>The</strong> solution was to buy a second set<br />

of equipment which meant that while one was fermenting,<br />

the other could be drunk! I had quite a production line!<br />

In the barrel, there was a float to ensure the beer was<br />

only drawn from the top of the liquid. On top of the barrel,<br />

was a carbon dioxide cylinder that was needed as you got<br />

to the end of the barrel. It had to be turned on to increase<br />

the pressure in order to get the last drops of beer because<br />

the nozzle was half way up the sphere. I always liked to<br />

squeeze as much out as possible but had to be careful<br />

not to draw up the last bitty dregs! Again, I had quite a<br />

production line going so there was always plenty on tap for<br />

visitors — especially the vicar after Sunday church!


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feature — 6<br />

FoStAC MUSICAL EVENI<br />

ASCOT BRASS BAND, SONNING CoE PRIMARY SCHOOL CHOIR AN


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NG TO RESTORE WALL<br />

D SOLOIST CELESTE HEXTER HELP FoStAC RAISE OVER £1,200<br />

<strong>The</strong> performers taking part in the 'Grand Musical<br />

Evening' on Saturday 27 April in St Andrew’s Church<br />

were Ascot Brass, Sonning C of E Primary School<br />

Choir and soloist Celeste Hexter. For those of us<br />

fortunate enough to have been present, this was an<br />

evening of very enjoyable and varied music making,<br />

writes David Wilson.<br />

All pictures by Keith Nichols<br />

Of the 21 items, two thirds were played by Ascot<br />

Brass, who began with a sparkling opening item<br />

Rimmer’s 'Punchinello', filling the church with the<br />

sound of 31 performers playing fortissimo. In<br />

contrast, the softness of their playing of Mozart’s<br />

famous choral motet, 'Ave Verum' showed their superb<br />

control of dynamics.<br />

Mark Dallas, cornet soloist, displayed his amazing<br />

technique in a set of incredibly difficult variations on<br />

a well-known Neapolitan song. This band is as near to<br />

professional that you could expect from amateurs.<br />

<strong>The</strong>ir second half included Leonard Cohen’s<br />

'Hallelujah', the theme tune from 'Chitty Chitty Bang<br />

Bang,' John William’s moving 'Hymn to the Fallen',<br />

Bernstein’s 'America', and Offenbach’s '<strong>The</strong> Can-Can' to<br />

conclude the concert.<br />

EXEMPLARY<br />

<strong>The</strong> young singers of the Sonning C of E Primary<br />

School, confronted by a large audience, made a cautious<br />

start with, Gary Barlow’s 'Sing', but they sang Bruno<br />

Mars 'Count on Me' with a confidence that carried<br />

through into the second half with 'Try Everything' and<br />

Lloyd Webber’s 'Any Dream will Do'. <strong>The</strong>y delighted the<br />

audience, especially their proud parents, and their<br />

behaviour during long periods of the concert when they<br />

were not involved was exemplary.<br />

Former head chorister at St Andrew’s, Celeste<br />

Hexter, is now in her second year at Cardiff<br />

University, studying Music. Her vivacious singing<br />

of Cherubino’s aria from Mozart’s '<strong>The</strong> Marriage of<br />

Figaro' delighted the audience, as did Quilter’s 'Love’s<br />

Philosophy'. She later changed styles with Erroll<br />

Garner’s jazz classic, 'Misty' and was ably supported<br />

on piano by Ollie Dewar, St Andrew’s deputy organist.<br />

A final word should go to the conductor of Ascot<br />

Brass, David Rudd, for his excellent introduction to<br />

each item and his easy rapport with the young singers<br />

and the audience. He conducted expertly with a very<br />

clear beat and minimal gestures.<br />

<strong>The</strong> concert was performed to raise funds for<br />

the Friends of St Andrew’s Church and thanks were<br />

extended to Keith Nichols and fellow trustees who<br />

organised the event. Over £1,200 was raised to help<br />

fund essential repairs to the vestry wall.


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around the villages — 1<br />

Sonning schoolchildren spend a day<br />

learning about their spirituality<br />

Phil Sherwood, head teacher, Sonning CofE Primary School, writes. . . .<br />

As a school, we aim to equip our children with the skills they need to make positive choices in<br />

everything they do. Like the wise man who built his house upon the rock (Matthew 7:24-25), our vision<br />

is 'building strong foundations for the years ahead'.<br />

Gisele Reid, KS2 leading teacher at Sonning School<br />

and organiser of the day, explained: 'Spirituality<br />

means different things to different people, whether<br />

they are religious or not, and some may have different<br />

spiritual needs at different times of their life.<br />

'For some, spirituality means mindfulness, total<br />

peace, feeling happy about what you do in your life or<br />

having a connection with a higher power.<br />

'During our spirituality activities, children were<br />

encouraged to think about what spirituality means both<br />

to them as individuals and how it links to our school<br />

values.'<br />

Year 5 and 6 pupils thought about what<br />

spirituality meant to them and how it helps to<br />

shape the people they are.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y created spirituality vision boards using<br />

magazine clippings and the school's pupil digital<br />

leaders recorded interviews with children across<br />

the school.<br />

<strong>The</strong> children have been explaining what<br />

spirituality means to them and we have also<br />

been lucky enough to have some religious leaders<br />

from the local area to record their own views of<br />

spirituality and how their faith helps to guide<br />

them through challenging times in their lives.<br />

In Early Years, our children enjoyed asking<br />

some ‘big questions’ to their grandparents, and it<br />

was lovely to see that so many grandparents could<br />

make the afternoon session and engage with the<br />

pupils. <strong>The</strong>y enjoyed tea and biscuits, while talking<br />

to the children about what spirituality means to<br />

them.<br />

INNER AND OUTER SELVES<br />

In Year 1 — Beech class, pictured left, enjoyed<br />

using our VR headsets to view scenes of the<br />

Northern lights, outer space and a range of<br />

animals up close. This was a great 'wonder and awe'<br />

moment for them!<br />

Children in Year 3 and 4 thought about their<br />

inner and outer selves. <strong>The</strong>y considered how<br />

they looked on the outside and how their talents<br />

reflected what spirituality means to them on the<br />

inside.<br />

As a whole-school project, every child was able<br />

to plant seeds in our new sunflower garden. We<br />

hope that when they grow, the children can weave


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around the villages — 1 around the villages — 2<br />

<strong>The</strong> best kept<br />

local secret . . .<br />

through the path and among them. <strong>The</strong> children<br />

can then take home some seed heads in September<br />

to plant, so continuing the cycle of life.<br />

BUDDIES<br />

Children were ‘buddied up’ and had the<br />

opportunity to write to a child in another class.<br />

Older and younger children met with their buddies<br />

to eat a picnic lunch together and get to know each<br />

other a little bit more.<br />

Eco leaders and representatives from each class<br />

planted a range of fruits and vegetables in our new<br />

planters. <strong>The</strong>se will be harvested when ready in<br />

the summer or autumn. What a wonderful way to<br />

watch nature!<br />

CALMING MINDFULNESS<br />

Another awe and wonder moment was the<br />

inflatable planetarium that we had in the school<br />

hall. This provided a great chance to ask some<br />

really big questions, such as 'what is out there<br />

beyond space?', 'who made the earth?' and 'is there<br />

life beyond our planet?'<br />

Every class was able to enjoy time in the dome<br />

and even the adults had a calming mindfulness<br />

session in their lunch hour.<br />

Miss Reid explained: 'In a time where there<br />

is growing concern over children’s well-being, the<br />

pressures of modern technology, including screen time,<br />

research shows that spirituality can benefit mental<br />

health. Spiritual beliefs and practices can also foster<br />

connection and meaning.<br />

We wanted to provide some time for our children<br />

to reflect on their own spiritual needs guided by our<br />

school values of Love, Courage, Respect, Aspiration<br />

and Curiosity.<br />

We are proud to enable all children — regardless<br />

of their background, faith, race, ability or gender — to<br />

do their best and achieve well, so that they become<br />

confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy<br />

and fulfilling lives.'<br />

We would like to thank Corinne Robertson<br />

from St Andrew's Church, Rachel Argent, a long<br />

standing school governor who supports us in<br />

driving forward special days like this, and the<br />

many parents and visitors that helped, and<br />

of course our pupils and staff for engaging so<br />

completely with the day.<br />

. . . writes Commodore Jackie Bignell (above),<br />

is the Reading Offshore Sailing Club for sailors<br />

and anyone interested in sailing and water based<br />

activities. ROSC members sail in the Solent on the<br />

east coast and sometimes charter abroad.<br />

ROSC is a social club, with eight monthly meetings a<br />

year, usually on the first Monday of the month from<br />

February to November, excluding July and August.<br />

We hold local social activities and are lucky to be able<br />

to use the Upper Thames Motor Yacht Club premises<br />

on the waterside next to the Mill at Sonning. It's a<br />

delightful spot to socialise with like-minded folk,<br />

share our sailing experiences, and enjoy the beautiful<br />

surroundings.<br />

Other talks sthis year have been about historic<br />

boats and their intereting histories — namely<br />

Tenacious, Vasa and Yavari — and which have<br />

fascinating backgrounds. Our May meeting was<br />

about ‘Sailing Mishaps'. It was fun to listen to the<br />

experiences of others and realise we are not alone!<br />

<strong>The</strong> <strong>June</strong> talk will review sailing films, and there will<br />

be a quiz.<br />

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

RNLI summer<br />

garden party<br />

A successful music night in February raised<br />

£1,632.93 for the RNLI's 200 year anniversary,<br />

and the organisers are now preparing their next<br />

event, the summer cheese and wine garden party.<br />

It is being being held by kind invitation of Mr &<br />

Mrs David Haldane at <strong>The</strong> Dower House, Pearson<br />

Road, Sonning on Saturday 8 <strong>June</strong> from 6.30-<br />

8.30pm. Tickets are £15 a from David Bates on 0118<br />

969 7376 or Lynn Woodhouse 0118 969 2206.


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Me2 Club's 20th<br />

anniversary tree<br />

Me2 Club celebrated its 20th<br />

Anniversary by planting a Willow<br />

Tree in Elms Park Wokingham. <strong>The</strong><br />

act of planting a tree represents<br />

growth and celebrates the children<br />

and young people in Wokingham<br />

and Reading who have flourished<br />

with the club's support over the<br />

past two decades.<br />

Me2 Club said they look forward<br />

to continuing to create even more<br />

opportunities for growth, inclusion,<br />

and empowerment for children and<br />

young people with additional needs<br />

in Wokingham and Reading.<br />

Me2 Club is an inclusion charity<br />

for children and young people with<br />

additional needs and disabilities<br />

in the Wokingham and Reading<br />

Boroughs.<br />

<strong>The</strong> club helps children and young<br />

people aged 5-19 years to take part<br />

in mainstream leisure activities by<br />

recruiting and training volunteers<br />

to become one-to-one ‘buddies' with<br />

them (2:1 when required) so they can<br />

join in and have fun.<br />

With Me2 Club's help they can<br />

access a wide range of activities<br />

including sports clubs, uniformed<br />

groups and drama classes.<br />

https://me2club.org.uk/<br />

Reading Family Aid<br />

seeks Christmas Toys<br />

and Teens sponsors<br />

Reading Family Aid is looking for<br />

sponsors for its annual Christmas<br />

Toys and Teens Appeal that enables<br />

them to give local under privileged<br />

children a gift at Christmas.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y are looking for a commitment of<br />

at least £2,000, although this could<br />

be in toys or other services as well as<br />

cash. In return, Reading Family Aid<br />

will feature the sponsor in its Toys<br />

and Teens Appeal publicity, including<br />

social media, newsletters and blog<br />

posts.<br />

To find out more, or if know of a<br />

company that might be interested,<br />

email info@readingfamilyaid.org to<br />

arrange an initial chat or meeting for<br />

more information.<br />

Sonning and Sonning Eye Society<br />

has organised a village walk led by<br />

John Turney on 20 July, starting at<br />

10.30am at St Andrew's Church.<br />

During the walk, John will talk<br />

about the various historical<br />

buildings and the interesting people<br />

who have lived there. <strong>The</strong>re is no<br />

charge but as places are limited to 15<br />

you must reserve yours by contacting<br />

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100 squares for Inner Wheel's 100 years<br />

Members of the Inner Wheel Club of Reading Maiden Erlegh welcomed<br />

Anthea Tilsley (seated), president of the Association of Inner Wheel Clubs in<br />

Great Britain and Ireland to their club’s annual district rally on 9 April.<br />

<strong>The</strong> blankets were knitted by club members for charity — 100 squares were<br />

knitted as part of the ‘100 for 100’ initiative to celebrate 100 years of Inner<br />

Wheel. <strong>The</strong> rally, also included a service of thanksgiving at St Andrew's Church<br />

before the members made their way over Sonning Bridge to the Mill for a meal<br />

and the cutting of a centenary cake.<br />

<strong>The</strong> Inner Wheel Club of Reading Maiden Erlegh meets at Sonning Golf Club<br />

on the third Thursday evening of every month and welcomes new members to<br />

join in the fun, take part in activities, raise funds for charity and support the<br />

local community. More from: https://www.innerwheelrme.org or iwcrme@gmail.com<br />

Village walk and champagne tea diary dates<br />

Tales of the River Bank<br />

Phil Mason<br />

Heather Kay 0785 177 5467 by text or<br />

telephone.<br />

On Sunday 28 July, from 3-5.30pm<br />

the society is holding a champage<br />

tea to be held at Gordon and Mary<br />

Jones, Acorns 2 West Drive Sonning.<br />

Tickets are £15 and are available<br />

through the Society's website or<br />

from Penny Feathers: 0118 934 3193<br />

or penny.feathers@btinternet.com.


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Me2 Club<br />

rising stars<br />

Me2 Club's 'Rising Stars Talent Show'<br />

at 7pm on Wednesday 5 <strong>June</strong> in Christ<br />

Church, Woodley promises to be a<br />

great evening not to be missed!<br />

Me2 Club is an inclusion charity<br />

for children and young people with<br />

additional needs and disabilities in the<br />

Wokingham and Reading Boroughs.<br />

<strong>The</strong> club tackles the social isolation<br />

and loneliness experienced by children<br />

who ae not usually able to join in<br />

mainstream leisure activities.<br />

Proceeds from the talent show will<br />

be used to enable their teens to enjoy<br />

more fun activities.<br />

Me2 Club supports children and<br />

young people aged 5-19 by recruiting<br />

and training volunteers to ‘buddy’ 1:1<br />

with them — 2:1 when required — so<br />

they can join in and have fun.<br />

Tickets are £5. 0118 969 6369<br />

Pearson Hall AGM<br />

This year's Pearson Hall Annual<br />

General Meeting is on 20 <strong>June</strong> at<br />

6.45pm and yes, it is in Pearson Hall!<br />

Sonning Art Group's koala workshop<br />

When Jonathan Newey was welcomed back to Sonning Art Group for his<br />

latest workshop he taught the members about the many ways watercolour<br />

pencils can be used to produce interesting works of art.<br />

While most of the group owns some of these pencils few of them knew of the best<br />

ways to use them - until then!<br />

Jonathan provided a picture of a Koala bear for them to practice the technique<br />

and unusually they all ended up with very similar pictures!<br />

Jonathan exhibits regularly at Open Studio events and runs successful<br />

workshops, details of which can be found on http://www.jonathannewey.com<br />

His workshops cost £45 and over the summer include painting windows<br />

and doors, Spring in the Alps watercolour and white paint, and Impressionist<br />

Seascapes in Acrylics.<br />

Invite you to join us in the garden of<br />

West Drive, Sonning-on-Thames for a<br />

Garden Tea Party<br />

Sunday, 7 th July <strong>2024</strong> – 3.00pm to 5.30pm<br />

Planning Your<br />

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<strong>The</strong>n you might like to<br />

discuss the possibility of<br />

marriage in our ancient and<br />

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HOME AND Garden<br />

Afoot in the garden<br />

By Ray Puddefoot<br />

Roses are yellow or<br />

red and some roses<br />

are orange!<br />

Orange flowered roses were a<br />

crowning achievement for 20th<br />

Century breeders.<br />

<strong>The</strong> story begins in 1882 when<br />

Monsieur Pernet-Ducher started<br />

using pollen from the long cultivated<br />

rich yellow rose r. foetida —foetida<br />

meaning stinking.<br />

It intermittently sported to rosa<br />

feotida bicolour with petals yellow on<br />

the outside and orangey-red on the<br />

inside.<br />

Tradition has it that rosa foetida<br />

was introduced to Spain, from Persia<br />

in the 700s and after a thousand<br />

years of cuttings it was renowned for<br />

being infertile.<br />

That is until Mns. Pernet-Ducher<br />

spent almost a decade making<br />

crosses using pollen from r. foetida<br />

and eventually grew two seedlings.<br />

<strong>The</strong> first proved infertile, while<br />

the second led to the bright yellow<br />

and fiery red roses we know so well<br />

today.<br />

THE MIRACLE<br />

Initially buff and ambers roses<br />

varieties were bred then various<br />

shades of apricot, orange and<br />

brighter oranges that made the<br />

previous oranges look pink!<br />

Just as r. alexander did to r.<br />

superstar. <strong>The</strong>n. in the early 1990s,<br />

r. fellowship was introduced with<br />

its leaves thorns and flowers so<br />

reminiscent of r. feotida bicolour.<br />

Rosa Buff Beauty 1926<br />

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JUNE TASKS<br />

It is a traditional time for pruning<br />

hedges. However, to avoid disturbing<br />

nesting birds, farmers and landowners<br />

are encouraged to prune<br />

later in the year. If it is a tight formal<br />

garden hedge then I think its OK to<br />

trim but please ‘with care’.<br />

Prune and feed spring flowering<br />

shrubs such as forsythia, ribes, and<br />

viburnums.<br />

Lilac trees can be cut back by a<br />

third after flowering.<br />

Wisterias can be cut back and<br />

side shoots trimmed to four buds to<br />

promote later flowers.<br />

Train and trim Japanese quince<br />

side shoots back to four buds to<br />

encourage flowers next spring.<br />

Dead head/summer prune, and<br />

feed roses.<br />

Sow hardy annuals and perennials<br />

like forget-me-not, aquilegia,<br />

campanula, foxglove, and scabious.<br />

Water and regularly feed summer<br />

pots. If you are away for a day in hot<br />

weather then watering and then<br />

feeding with liquid fertilizer shortly<br />

afterwards will help tubs and pots to<br />

stay moist for longer.<br />

JUNE TOP TIPS<br />

— Prune/feed spring flowering shrubs<br />

— Edge lawns<br />

— Prune and feed roses<br />

— Sow forget-me-not<br />

— Sow perennials<br />

Rosa Fellowship introduced in 1992<br />

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Forgotten where your<br />

keys or wallet are?<br />

Yuri Arcurs, dreamstime.com<br />

It may be irritating, but don’t worry<br />

— it does not mean that you are<br />

losing your memory.<br />

Instead, it is merely your brain<br />

forgetting them on purpose, so that<br />

it can store other information.<br />

That is the verdict of two<br />

academics whose book <strong>The</strong> Psychology<br />

of Memory, sets out to explain why<br />

we forget some things that we<br />

assume we should always know.<br />

Dr Megan Sumeracki and Dr<br />

Althea Kaminske argue that storing<br />

and retrieving information is far<br />

more complicated than people think.<br />

Dr Kaminske of Indiana<br />

University School of Medicine<br />

said: 'Because we are most aware of<br />

our memory when we have trouble<br />

remembering something, our intuitions<br />

about how memory works might be a<br />

little biased.<br />

'For example, I spend an<br />

embarrassing amount of time looking<br />

for my phone, water bottle, and keys.<br />

You may be unsurprised to learn that<br />

our memory systems are not necessarily<br />

designed to remember where we put our<br />

phones. Or keys. Or water bottles.'<br />

Co-author Dr Sumeracki of Rhode<br />

Island College added: 'A degree of<br />

forgetting is natural to allow the brain<br />

to remember more general information.<br />

Memory does not work like a recording<br />

device, they say, but ‘more like a Wiki<br />

page’ because details can be edited.'


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numbers from when I as a teenager<br />

because we tend to only have a very<br />

few close friends.<br />

As group numbers increase<br />

differences appear, so to remain<br />

cohesive you concentrate on the<br />

similarities in thought and ideals<br />

that keep the group together<br />

excluding other groups who<br />

concentrate on theirs. Suddenly you<br />

have a tribe that is opposed to a<br />

neighbouring tribe.<br />

I do not need to explore what<br />

happens next. Survival is dependent<br />

on group harmony.<br />

Differences in ideology or the<br />

interpretation of religions, writings<br />

or individual clerics can cause sects<br />

within groups. <strong>The</strong>se groups may<br />

shatter and become oppositional but<br />

still exist within the same tribe or<br />

they create new tribes.<br />

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HEALTH<br />

Dr Simon Ruffle writes . . . about tribalism?<br />

In a departure from a purely medical<br />

topic I was alerted to thinking about<br />

tribalism.<br />

Recently I was at a football match.<br />

<strong>The</strong> end of the stand I was in were<br />

chanting some unsavoury words<br />

about the other team's supporters.<br />

<strong>The</strong> following week or so the same<br />

enemies were wearing a different<br />

coloured shirt and supporting the<br />

same national team together.<br />

Personally, I have always<br />

supported a team from London as I<br />

was taken there as a child and I am<br />

lucky enough to have a good friend<br />

who has season tickets so have seen<br />

my childhood team many times a<br />

year.<br />

However, I have also supported<br />

my local team, be that Maidstone,<br />

Wimbledon (when they were<br />

Wimbledon) and Reading.<br />

Imagine my internal conflict when<br />

as a season ticket holder Reading FC<br />

were promoted to the Premier League<br />

that they were to face my childhood<br />

club. My ‘passions’ were neutralised<br />

and was told I couldn’t be a real fan.<br />

STEREOTYPING<br />

My recent trip reminded me of<br />

my past conflicts: tribalism from<br />

anthropology and our desire to live<br />

in groups with strong bonds. This<br />

leads to favouritism, allowing us an<br />

identity — potentially at the cost<br />

of individualism. This also leads us<br />

to bias and thus stereotyping and<br />

eventually perceiving others as<br />

potential conflict.<br />

Human groups are interesting.<br />

You are an individual but team up<br />

with partner or close friend and you<br />

are a dyad.<br />

Allow a third into your close knit<br />

group and you are a triad.<br />

<strong>The</strong> dynamic has changed. Beyond<br />

this the groups enlarge. A very large<br />

group is when there are more than<br />

150 members.<br />

This doesn’t sound a lot of people<br />

but think about how many people<br />

you choose to be in touch with,<br />

family aside.<br />

I was going to suggest looking<br />

at your phone book but most of us<br />

have smart phones with hundreds<br />

of names, but few favourites. I can<br />

still remember my best friends phone<br />

SECTS<br />

Wrangel, dreamstime.com<br />

History shows us this with<br />

many examples of religious sects<br />

within the same original stem.<br />

So, is my simple analogy of a<br />

football supporter following their<br />

religion of football but their sect of<br />

‘Whatever FC’ while remaining part<br />

of an overall society that have more<br />

similarities than differences valid?<br />

Do we have a need to feel<br />

different but within an overall safety<br />

blanket?<br />

Could our groups expand<br />

outwards shedding the bias and<br />

stereotypes and thus losing the<br />

perceived threat from other tribes<br />

to make an incredibly large but<br />

harmoniously heterogeneous group?<br />

A naive hope but at the match<br />

I attended the two opposite tribes<br />

were able to all come together in not<br />

one, but two ways — we hate VAR<br />

and the referee has a very difficult<br />

job. So there is hope.<br />

BIRD WATCHING IS GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH<br />

So says a new study at North Carolina State University. Watching birds is even more<br />

beneficial than watching other forms of wildlife. <strong>The</strong> study found that birdwatchers’<br />

‘distress’ levels dropped by 13.7%, compared to that of nature-walkers’ at 6.9%.<br />

It suggests that the reason may be that birds provide their own narrative and sense<br />

of drama, which can be enough to lift someone watching them out of the everyday. <strong>The</strong><br />

author and presenter Kate Humble agrees.'<strong>The</strong>re is something reassuring about life<br />

continuing and nature just getting on with it, even if it feels like the rest of the world is<br />

falling to bits. Birdwatching makes me feel part of a bigger, richer, beautiful picture.'<br />

'Birds give me an excuse to explore and find some solitude and calmness away from the<br />

bustle of life,' says James Lowen, author of 52 Wildlife Weekends. 'It helps put me in my<br />

place.'<br />

Tijanap, dreamstime.com


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<strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> - <strong>June</strong> <strong>2024</strong> 33<br />

FASHION BY HARRIET NELSON<br />

Which sustainable beauty product will you try?<br />

Wednesday 5 <strong>June</strong> is world environment day, and I've<br />

decided to dive into the world of sustainable makeup and<br />

how you can shop sustainably for skincare and makeup<br />

products to help our environment thrive.<br />

<strong>The</strong> fashion and beauty industry is among the world's largest<br />

polluters, and we need to adapt and change how we sell, create<br />

and use our beauty products. More specifically, how often<br />

we buy a product, what it's made from and whether it ends<br />

up in a landfill. Here are some beauty products and brands I<br />

recommend to help start a sustainable beauty routine.<br />

Chanel has recently focused on making its brand more<br />

sustainable by creating a fantastic range of beauty and<br />

skincare products. I use some of their skincare products,<br />

including their sustainable day cream and perfume.<br />

Chanel's revitalizing foundation's main ingredient is the<br />

red camellia flower which has revitalised powers that will<br />

smooth your skin and make you look forever youthful — well,<br />

that's what Chanel says! This beautiful foundation, over time,<br />

will work to prevent and correct the appearance of the five<br />

signs of ageing, restore signs of wrinkles and pores, and make<br />

your skin feel more comfortable and glow, giving you a natural<br />

shine to your everyday makeup routine, and it comes in 20<br />

different shades suitable for any skin tone.<br />

SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTS<br />

Another iconic sustainable product is Dior's reliable<br />

refillable lipstick, with couture colours! This refillable floral<br />

lip care has been enriched with red peony and pomegranate<br />

flower extracts using natural origins. It is a sustainable<br />

lipstick that lasts 16 hours and is available in 75 amazing<br />

colours, and refillable Dior packaging.<br />

If you're looking for a new mascara to lift your lashes,<br />

Elate's new original bamboo mascara will transform and help<br />

your lashes stay beautiful throughout the day. Its bamboo<br />

packaged formula is designed with organic white tea, water<br />

and sweat-resistant ingredients to help you create and build<br />

your perfect eye look.<br />

It's ideal for sensitive eyes. You can apply a light coat for<br />

a plump and lengthened lash look, or if you want a bold eye<br />

look, two coats will produce the desired extra lash volume. It<br />

has two lash colours.<br />

Online, Antonym's trending sustainable baked<br />

highlighting blush is all the rage. It's the perfect feature of<br />

your summer makeup routine for a healthy-looking glow and<br />

blushes for your skin! This gorgeous lily-soft pink is ideal for<br />

your subtle everyday makeup look and highlights your cheeks<br />

in the sunshine. A baked highlighting blush comes in three<br />

colours, making it perfect for various occasions.<br />

ZERO WASTE<br />

Ilia's stunning sustainable multi-stick is a buildable blush<br />

that gives your skin and lips a wash of colour to provide you<br />

with the perfect rosy lips or cheeks! Its creamy pop of colour<br />

comes in a twist-up stick for easy application to the face. A<br />

quick swipe, you can blend the blush into your skin to make<br />

you look refreshed and alive. It is available in natural and<br />

luminous finishes and has 12 stunning blush shades.<br />

If you're looking for a good brow gel, the brand Izzy has<br />

a great zero-waste brow gel designed to shape your brows<br />

sustainably! This gorgeous gel will thicken and hold your<br />

brows with a single swipe, making them stand out and last all<br />

day. It comes in various shades to colour and build your brows<br />

endlessly. <strong>The</strong> sustainable brand is cruelty-free and vegan,<br />

perfect for sustainable shoppers looking to maintain their<br />

brows in an environment-friendly way!<br />

CORPORATE GREENWASHING<br />

One of my favourite sustainable brands, Loopeco, has a<br />

beautiful, radiant face wash that's perfect for wiping your<br />

makeup off after a long day. <strong>The</strong> foaming face wash gently<br />

lifts away dirt while boosting cell renewal to reveal younger,<br />

smoother, and brighter looking skin.<br />

During my degree, I had the opportunity to interview<br />

the founder of Loopeco, when I was researching sustainable<br />

makeup and skincare products.<br />

I asked her why she wanted to create a sustainable brand:<br />

'We started Loopeco to bring the skincare industry back to its<br />

roots. An incubator for eco-ideas, where education, experience and<br />

community are as important as our products. It's no secret that the<br />

take-make-waste mindset has run wild for decades. Consumers all<br />

over the world are waking up to corporate greenwashing — and we<br />

stand by them.'<br />

She went on to discuss the brand's sustainable products,<br />

'Here at Loopeco we assess our entire supply chain of in-house<br />

products in standout eco design lead packaging and place<br />

emphasis on the education of the closed looped economy. Through<br />

our sustainable visionaries journal we look across the life cycle of<br />

a product from raw material production to manufacturing and<br />

shipping. We guarantee total carbon emission off-setting and<br />

continue to support community projects around the world by<br />

donating 20% of profits'<br />

It was wonderful talking to her about sustainability within<br />

the beauty industry.<br />

Many people think they have to give up their lifestyles<br />

to be sustainable, but it comes down to finding better<br />

alternatives using different, unique brands.<br />

Hopefully, this article convinces you to try a sustainable<br />

product. Which one will you try?


34 <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> - <strong>June</strong> <strong>2024</strong> Please mention <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> when responding to this advertisement<br />

THE ARTS — 1<br />

<strong>The</strong> beauty, wonder and grace<br />

of J S Bach<br />

Rev Michael Burgess continues his<br />

series looking at great works of music.<br />

‘Surprised by Joy’ is the title<br />

C S Lewis gave to his spiritual<br />

autobiography. To him, joy meant<br />

not just the name of the woman<br />

he eventually married, but also<br />

an awareness of God’s glory and<br />

goodness.<br />

Like Wordsworth, it was something he<br />

experienced in childhood, and later in<br />

his thirties when his faith was relit.<br />

It was that experience of joy that<br />

Jesus shared with his disciples at the<br />

Last Supper, and it is a word that lies<br />

at the heart of the music of J S Bach.<br />

Johann Sebastian Bach, aged 61, in a<br />

portrait by Elias Gottlob Haussmann<br />

Public Domain, wikimedia.org<br />

Whenever he set Freude, the German word for joy, his music rises to a new level of<br />

movement and excitement. <strong>The</strong> joy is there, not just as a word set to music, but as<br />

the heart and life of all his compositions.<br />

Almost a thousand works with many for church worship: two Passions, three<br />

oratorios, six motets, a Magnificat, a great mass setting, nearly 200 church<br />

cantatas, 143 chorale preludes for organ, and dozens of other works — and that is<br />

just the music we have, for much has been lost.<br />

When Bach moved to Leipzig in 1723, he had the task as choirmaster of<br />

composing cantatas for each Sunday of the year for five years, as well as looking<br />

after the choir, teaching, an <strong>The</strong> Revd Michael Burgess continues his series looking<br />

at great works of music. d tending his own family.<br />

And all with a reduced salary and social status, dreary living conditions, and a<br />

choir that was ill-fed and badly housed. <strong>The</strong> miracle is that he produced work of<br />

such beauty and wonder and grace. <strong>The</strong>re is a logic and a technical precision behind<br />

his music, but also a living pulse. One moment he can reach into the depths of the<br />

soul as it faces the realities of sin, death and judgment. <strong>The</strong> next, it is ecstasy and<br />

joy at the birth and resurrection of Christ.<br />

<strong>The</strong>n I see your Trinity<br />

By Rebecca Burton<br />

I lift my eyes to the hills and tors of the Moor.<br />

I wonder at its savage beauty that I can experience every day.<br />

I am thankful and then angry as my eyes turn to other places<br />

on your earth that are not peaceful.<br />

God, Allah, Jehovah,<br />

why is there such violence and genocide in your holy land?<br />

Why do the innocents, victims of being born in a blessed land,<br />

suffer such atrocities.<br />

Often perpetrated in your name.<br />

Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani they cry as your son did.<br />

<strong>The</strong>n I see your trinity<br />

You suffer with them, if not more for them.<br />

You will not forget them.<br />

<strong>The</strong>y are blessed by you.<br />

May my heart remember them and your suffering.<br />

And that you rose again to give us hope on Easter Sunday.<br />

Book Reviews - 1<br />

How to See Life: A Guide in 3 2 1<br />

By Glen Scrivener,<br />

10 Publishing, £8.99<br />

Perspective is<br />

everything. So how<br />

do you see life? This<br />

book is your chance to<br />

slow down, get your<br />

bearings, and look<br />

again at life according<br />

to Jesus.It is an introduction to the<br />

deepest Christian truths. It also works<br />

with 321, a free interactive course:<br />

https://speaklife.org.uk/321course<br />

Like or Follow: what every teenager<br />

needs to decide about Jesus<br />

By Dave Boden,<br />

10Publishing, £4.99<br />

Whatever your first<br />

impression of the<br />

most famous person<br />

in history, many<br />

young people claim<br />

He is still relevant to<br />

their lives today. This<br />

simple introduction to Jesus for the<br />

curious will help you to explore why so<br />

many people build their lives around<br />

his teaching. You’ll be introduced to<br />

the facts and evidence about Jesus<br />

and discover how he can reframe your<br />

world with hope and purpose. It is a<br />

great read for teens who may think<br />

they've heard it all before, as well as<br />

teens who haven't.<br />

Honesty Over Silence – it’s OK not to<br />

be OK<br />

By Patrick Regan,<br />

SPCK, £9.99<br />

This book talks about<br />

spirituality and mental<br />

health in a way that<br />

shows you that you are<br />

not alone. It tackles<br />

topics that many find<br />

difficult, such as trusting God when<br />

life is painful, dealing with anxiety<br />

and depression, learning to look after<br />

ourselves, developing our character,<br />

and living with thankful hearts even<br />

in tough seasons. It examines our<br />

strength in letting go of our need to<br />

be in control, as well as looking at how<br />

we can stop comparing ourselves to<br />

others, and instead live authentically<br />

and honestly as we grow into the<br />

people God has created us to be.


THE ARTS — 2<br />

Book Reviews - 2<br />

God Made Activity Book – Science<br />

activities celebrating God’s creation<br />

By Lizzie Henderson<br />

& Steph Bryant, SPCK<br />

£6.99<br />

This children’s book<br />

is a fun-filled science<br />

sticker activity book<br />

celebrating God's<br />

creation. 20 pages of<br />

scenes and activities<br />

engage children in celebrating the<br />

creativity and diversity of all that God<br />

made with over 30 large stickers of<br />

animals, planets and natural features.<br />

<strong>The</strong> 'God Made' series encourages<br />

young children to explore more about<br />

the world around them, and tells<br />

them about the loving God who made<br />

it all. Written in collaboration with<br />

<strong>The</strong> Faraday Institute for Science and<br />

Religion, it is an ideal way to help<br />

children engage with and celebrate God<br />

and his universe.<br />

On the Way to Work<br />

By Chris Gillies,<br />

BRF, £12.99<br />

Does your work give you<br />

a sense of purpose? How<br />

do you feel when work<br />

serves up difficulties<br />

and problems? Is there<br />

a God, and might God<br />

have something to say about how<br />

we work? Weaving together Biblical<br />

perspectives with academic research<br />

and his own experiences of working,<br />

Chris Gillies lays the theological<br />

foundation for work, then examines<br />

Biblical role models and concludes by<br />

exploring common issues we wrestle<br />

with in our work, from money matters<br />

or managing and leading others to<br />

knowing if we’re in the right job or<br />

doing the right thing.<br />

Beyond Disaster: A Survivor’s Guide<br />

to Spiritual First Aid<br />

Bible Society, £4.99<br />

A Bible-based resource,<br />

it is aimed at providing<br />

spiritual first aid to the<br />

people of Ukraine who<br />

have been affected by<br />

the tragedy. Free copies<br />

are available through<br />

the Bible Society if you are actively<br />

involved with refugees.<br />

Food for a Journey Bible <strong>The</strong>mes:<br />

365-Day Devotional<br />

Various Authors, Edited<br />

Elizabeth McQuoid, IVP,<br />

£25.99<br />

This book provides<br />

Bible readings for<br />

the whole year from<br />

trusted Bible teachers<br />

at the Keswick<br />

Convention.<br />

Featuring well-known speakers<br />

such as Alistair Begg, Don Carson,<br />

Jonathan Lamb, Peter Maiden<br />

and many more, it offers daily<br />

encouragement to draw closer to God<br />

through his word.<br />

<strong>The</strong> book is an omnibus of the<br />

Food for the Journey <strong>The</strong>mes series,<br />

with a theme for each month of the<br />

year. It features three brand new<br />

themes that are only available in this<br />

volume: Grace, Suffering and <strong>The</strong><br />

Holy Spirit.<br />

Notes on Feminism – being a<br />

Woman in a Church led by Men<br />

By Lauren Windle, SPCK, £12.99<br />

Can I truly be a<br />

feminist and still go to<br />

church?<br />

As Christians we come<br />

to the conversation<br />

from a slightly<br />

different vantage<br />

point. For starters, we<br />

have the benefit of a<br />

personal relationship with our creator<br />

plus the ultimate handbook in the<br />

Bible to work out what is right and just<br />

when it comes to equality.<br />

So why do many Christians feel the<br />

Bible presents a barrier rather than a<br />

boost when it comes to championing<br />

equality between the sexes?<br />

Lauren Windle draws on her years<br />

as a journalist to weave together<br />

a range of voices on a subject that<br />

society has been wrestling with but, in<br />

the Church, few are brave enough to<br />

probe too deeply for fear of what they<br />

might find.<br />

It isn’t here to tell you what to<br />

think. It is intended to inform your<br />

opinion on key topics, including:<br />

defining feminism, the lessons<br />

we teach boys, female preachers,<br />

a woman’s place in the household,<br />

beauty standards and Church.<br />

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Poetry Corner<br />

'So my tongue will sing to you praise'<br />

Gorodenkov, dreamstime.com<br />

Salvation Sure<br />

By Steven Rolling<br />

Psalm 30 v1-5 and v10-12<br />

Tune: Ode To Joy<br />

I will extol you, O Lord, for<br />

You have raised me up, ‘tis sure<br />

Not made my foes rejoice o’er me<br />

But your saving help I see<br />

O Lord my God, I to you cried<br />

You have healed me, not denied<br />

Brought up my soul from the low grave<br />

Kept me alive, me did save<br />

Sing to the Lord, saints, His people<br />

Give thanks for His mercies all<br />

Remembering His holiness<br />

He will look to us, us bless<br />

His anger endures a moment<br />

Holds it not e’er, does relent<br />

In His favour is life and grace<br />

His benefits we may trace<br />

Weeping may endure for a night<br />

But joy comes with sweet delight<br />

In the morning, the light does dawn<br />

Stay not ever sad or mourn<br />

Hear, O Lord, have mercy on me<br />

And too my strong helper be<br />

You have turned for me my mourning<br />

Into dancing, praise I bring<br />

You have put off my sackcloth dull<br />

I rejoice with all my soul<br />

You have girded me with gladness<br />

Are good to me, I confess<br />

So my tongue will sing to you praise<br />

Not be silent, worship raise<br />

O Lord my God, I will you give<br />

Thanks for ever, you e’er live


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THE SCIENCES<br />

Wonders of the<br />

Living World<br />

By Dr Ruth M Bancewicz, church<br />

engagement director at <strong>The</strong> Faraday<br />

Institute for Science and Religion,<br />

Cambridge asks:<br />

You might be used to hearing<br />

phrases like ‘your genetic blueprint’<br />

or ‘survival of the fittest’, but are<br />

they helpful or even accurate? Some<br />

of these words fail to capture the<br />

wonder and joy of understanding<br />

something new about the nature of<br />

living organisms.<br />

I learned that one researcher was<br />

using the phrase ‘<strong>The</strong> Snuggle for<br />

Existence’ as a way to convey the<br />

idea, familiar to biologists, that<br />

cooperation is at the heart of the<br />

living world.<br />

For example, every cell more<br />

complex than a bacterium contains<br />

minute energy factories, each<br />

one containing their own piece of<br />

DNA – which makes them a sort of<br />

miniature cell, hidden away inside<br />

the larger host cell.<br />

<strong>The</strong>se ‘mitochondria’, as biologists<br />

call them, turn raw materials from<br />

the host into chemical energy. In<br />

this way, everyone benefits: the<br />

mitochondria now have a safe a place<br />

to live, and the host receives the<br />

energy it needs.<br />

<strong>The</strong>re are many more examples<br />

of organisms working together to<br />

produce something that is more than<br />

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the sum of its parts, where often the<br />

individual parts could not survive on<br />

their own.<br />

‘<strong>The</strong> Map of Life’ is a way of<br />

describing the regularities we see in<br />

biological processes.<br />

Eyes, legs and wings have emerged<br />

in the living world again and again,<br />

and why not?<br />

If the properties of light and<br />

gravity remain constant, we should<br />

expect living things to find the same<br />

solutions to seeing or getting around.<br />

When we look at these organisms’<br />

family trees, we see they share a<br />

common ancestor that had no eyes,<br />

or no wings.<br />

EVIDENCE<br />

<strong>The</strong>se structures have developed<br />

completely independently, or you<br />

could say that the paths of the living<br />

world have converged on the same<br />

solution.<br />

That’s not to say they had a<br />

conscious goal, but that the world<br />

has certain properties, and those<br />

properties have channelled biological<br />

processes in certain directions.<br />

None of these stories give us<br />

definite evidence for God. Science<br />

simply provides data, which can often<br />

be interpreted in several different<br />

ways.<br />

Perhaps the world just happens to<br />

be full of mathematical regularities,<br />

maybe there’s an over-arching<br />

physical law we don’t yet understand,<br />

or perhaps there are multiple<br />

universes and ours happens to be the<br />

one in which life has arisen.<br />

But I believe that the observations<br />

scientists make about the living<br />

world are compatible with the<br />

existence of the God described by<br />

Christian faith.<br />

More at:<br />

http://wondersofthelivingworld.org<br />

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HISTORY<br />

Was it really?<br />

. . . 200 YEARS AGO on 16 <strong>June</strong> 1824,<br />

that a London vicar, Arthur Broome,<br />

and 22 of his friends, including the<br />

anti-slavery campaigner, William<br />

Wilberforce, met at Old Slaughter's<br />

Coffee House to found the first<br />

national animal protection society<br />

in the world. In 1840 Queen Victoria<br />

agreed that it to be was called the<br />

Royal Society for the Prevention of<br />

Cruelty to Animals (see page ?)<br />

. . . 150 YEARS AGO on 22 <strong>June</strong> 1874,<br />

that the first lawn tennis sets went on<br />

sale in London. <strong>The</strong>y were designed<br />

by Walter Clopton Wingfield, who is<br />

credited with having invented modern<br />

lawn tennis.<br />

. . . 100 YEARS AGO on 8 <strong>June</strong><br />

1924 that George Mallory, British<br />

mountaineer, disappeared on Mount<br />

Everest. His body was found in 1999.<br />

. . . 80 YEARS AGO on 6 <strong>June</strong> 1944<br />

that D-Day and the Normandy<br />

Landings took place. (see page ?).<br />

. . . ALSO 80 YEARS AGO in 1944<br />

that Germany launched the first V1<br />

flying bomb - doodlebug -attack on<br />

London.<br />

. . . 75 YEARS AGO on 8 <strong>June</strong> 1949<br />

that George Orwell’s novel 1984 was<br />

published.<br />

. . . 60 YEARS AGO on 4 <strong>June</strong> 1964<br />

that the Beatles’ first world tour was<br />

held. Over two months they played 30<br />

concerts in seven countries.<br />

. . . 50 YEARS AGO on 28 <strong>June</strong> 1974<br />

that chemists at the University<br />

of California, Irvine, published<br />

the first report that warned that<br />

chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) could<br />

damage the Earth’s ozone layer. CFCs<br />

were widely used in refrigerators, air<br />

conditioning systems and aerosols.<br />

. . . 10 YEARS AGO on 29 <strong>June</strong> 2014<br />

that the jihadist group Islamic State<br />

of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS or ISIL<br />

or Daesh) formally changed its name<br />

to the Islamic State and declared<br />

itself a caliphate. It was formed in<br />

1999 as an affiliate of the terrorist<br />

organisation Al-Qaeda.


38 <strong>The</strong> <strong>Parish</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong> - <strong>June</strong> <strong>2024</strong><br />

PUZZLE PAGE — 1<br />

BIBLE CROSSWORD<br />

Across<br />

1 Military tactic used by Joshua to attack and destroy the city of Ai<br />

(Joshua 8:2) (6)<br />

4 Place of learning (6)<br />

8 ‘When Moses’ hands grew — , they took a stone and put it under him<br />

and he sat on it’ (Exodus 17:12) (5)<br />

9 Unpleasant auguries of the end of the age, as forecast by Jesus<br />

(Matthew 24:7) (7)<br />

10 Stronghold to which girls in King Xerxes’ harem (including Esther) were<br />

taken (Esther 2:8) (7)<br />

11 Where Saul went to consult a medium before fighting the Philistines<br />

(1 Samuel 28:7) (5)<br />

12 Propitiation (Hebrews 2:17) (9)<br />

17 Turn away (Jeremiah 11:15) (5)<br />

19 So clear (anag.) (7)<br />

21 ‘I have just got — , so I can’t come’: one excuse to be absent from the<br />

great banquet (Luke 14:20) (7)<br />

22 Long weapon with a pointed head used by horsemen (Job 39:23) (5)<br />

23 Musical beat (6)<br />

24 What the Israelites were told to use to daub blood on their door-frames<br />

at the first Passover (Exodus 12:22) (6)<br />

Down<br />

1 Fasten (Exodus 28:37) (6)<br />

2 Art bite (anag.) (7)<br />

3 ‘<strong>The</strong> people of the city were divided; some — with the Jews, others with<br />

the apostles’ (Acts 14:4) (5)<br />

5 Contend (Jeremiah 12:5) (7)<br />

6 Possessed (Job 1:3) (5)<br />

7 Sheen (Lamentations 4:1) (6)<br />

9 ‘You love evil rather than good, — rather than speaking the truth’<br />

(Psalm 52:3) (9)<br />

13 Large flightless bird (Job 39:13) (7)<br />

14 <strong>The</strong>y were worth several hundred pounds each (Matthew 25:15) (7)<br />

15 ‘A — went out to sow his seed’ (Matthew 13:3) (6)<br />

16 How Jesus described Jairus’s daughter when he went into the room<br />

where she lay (Mark 5:39) (6)<br />

18 <strong>The</strong> part of the day when the women went to the tomb on the first<br />

Easter morning (John 20:1) (5)<br />

20 Narrow passageway between buildings (Luke 14:21) (5)<br />

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P; 2R; 3S; V. If you find all 25 you will also notice that the<br />

unused letters in the grid spell out a relevant verse from<br />

the Good News Bible. You might even manage to identify<br />

the verse. Good luck, and God Bless!<br />

Write your answers here . . .<br />

ANSWERS TO LAST MONTH'S WORD SEARCH<br />

ARCHAEOPTERIX<br />

BANSHEE<br />

BASILISK<br />

BIGFOOT<br />

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PTERODACTYL<br />

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TRICERATOPS<br />

TROLL<br />

UNICORN<br />

VELOCIRAPTOR<br />

WEREWOLF<br />

ZOMBIE<br />

<strong>The</strong> hidden Bible verse was from Genesis 6:14<br />

(Good News Bible)<br />

BUILD A BOAT FOR YOURSELF OUT OF<br />

GOOD TIMBER<br />

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CROSSWORD<br />

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SUDOKU<br />

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May Solutions<br />

CROSSWORD<br />

B U S T B L A C K E N S<br />

E E P A O N E<br />

G I N S E N G N O O S E<br />

R D R S U K<br />

U N S U S P E C T I N G<br />

D E Q I C G<br />

G E T V A U N T E L L<br />

E H E I U I<br />

M I S R E P R E S E N T<br />

C E A N Q T<br />

H A V E N B E C A U S E<br />

I E C U Y A R<br />

C I S T E R N S A L L Y<br />

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Across<br />

Across<br />

- Mixing together (11)<br />

1 - Mixing together (11)<br />

- Sudden constriction (5)<br />

9 - Sudden constriction (5)<br />

10 - Marry (3)<br />

10 - Marry (3)<br />

11 - One of the United Arab Emirates (5)<br />

11 - One of the United Arab<br />

12 - Warning noise (5)<br />

Emirates (5)<br />

13 - Signs for public display (8)<br />

12 - Warning noise (5)<br />

16 - Astronaut (8)<br />

13 - Signs for public display (8)<br />

18 - Vaulted (5)<br />

16 - Astronaut (8)<br />

21 - Not illuminated (5)<br />

18 - Vaulted (5)<br />

22 - Eg pecan or cashew (3)<br />

21 - Not illuminated (5)<br />

23 - Entices (5)<br />

22 - Eg pecan or cashew (3)<br />

24 - Founded (11)<br />

23 - Entices (5)<br />

24 - Founded (11)<br />

21<br />

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Down<br />

2 - Unconventional (7)<br />

2 - Unconventional (7)<br />

3 - Eg the Phantom of the<br />

4 - Approached (6)<br />

Opera (7)<br />

5 - Eg arms and legs (5)<br />

4 - Approached (6)<br />

6 - More recent (5)<br />

5 - Eg arms and legs (5)<br />

7 - Free from control (11)<br />

6 - More recent (5)<br />

8 - Forever (2,9)<br />

7 - Free from control (11)<br />

8 - Forever (2,9)<br />

15 - Beseech (7)<br />

14 - Levels a charge against (7)<br />

15 - Beseech (7)<br />

19 - Small dust particles (5)<br />

17 - Conduct reconnaissance (6)<br />

20 - Triangular river mouth (5)<br />

19 - Small dust particles (5)<br />

20 - Triangular river mouth (5)<br />

3 - Eg the Phantom of the Opera (7)<br />

14 - Levels a charge against (7)<br />

17 - Conduct reconnaissance (6)<br />

Each of the nine blocks has to contain all the<br />

numbers 1-9 within its squares. Each number<br />

can only appear once in a row, column or box.<br />

WORDSEARCH FOR JUNE<br />

Erasmus, patron saint of sailors<br />

CODEWORD<br />

H U D D L E P M J<br />

O A S H A D O W E D<br />

T A N S R N J<br />

T C A R A F E A Q U A<br />

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Z E B U A T R I U M T<br />

N A G A P H I<br />

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SUDOKU<br />

WORDSEARCH<br />

CODEWORD<br />

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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z<br />

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Do you like messing about in boats? If so,<br />

then you’ll have heard of St Elmo’s Fire.<br />

It is the light that is sometimes seen on<br />

mastheads of boats after storms at sea.<br />

St Elmo is another name for St Erasmus,<br />

a fourth century Syrian bishop who was not<br />

afraid of violent storms.<br />

Legend has it that one day when Erasmus<br />

was preaching outside, a thunderbolt hit the<br />

ground right beside him.<br />

That might have distracted modern<br />

bishops, but not Erasmus – he just kept on<br />

preaching. His courage won him the respect<br />

of sailors, who made him their patron saint.<br />

Erasmus finally died during the Diocletian<br />

persecutions in 300AD, and his feast day is<br />

2 <strong>June</strong>.<br />

BOATS<br />

ELMO<br />

FIRE<br />

LIGHT<br />

STORM<br />

SEA<br />

FOURTH<br />

CENTURY<br />

BISHOP<br />

LEGEND<br />

PREACHING<br />

THUNDER<br />

GROUND<br />

RESPECT<br />

COURAGE<br />

SAILORS<br />

SAINTS<br />

DIED<br />

PERSECUTION<br />

MASTHEAD<br />

BIBLE CROSSWORD


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