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We wish everyone a Happy Easter, it is late this year but the months are going by so quickly. We are in need of a volunteer to deliver in Coniston Road (2a - 22 and 1 -29). If you can spare a little time, once a month, please call 01256 354282. We hope you have managed to register on the Police Hampshire Alert website.  Two very relevant messages have been received over the last couple of days, after we received the Hampshire Constabulary article. One is regarding garage break-ins across Basingstoke (please check your garage is locked and has a good quality lock) and another regarding a TV licensing email scam. Our next Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinators meeting is on Monday 1st April at 7pm at Kempshott Village Hall.  Co-ordinators and anyone else interested in Neighbourhood Watch are invited to attend.

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CONTENTS. . . . . . . . . . ST. MICHAEL’S HOSPICE SUNFLOWER CELEBRATION To mark the beginning of Summer, St. Michael’s Hospice invite their Page 1: The Editor Page 3: Basingstoke CSRF Page 4: Noah's Ark Preschool Page 4: Kempshott Infant Page 5: Kempshott Under 5s Preschool Page 9: Hatch Warren Runners Page 11: Poetry Corner Page 13: Howard Park Bowling Club Page 15: Phillips Solicitors Page 16/17: Conservation News Page 20: Probus Club Page 21: Small Ads Page 21: Card Corner Page 25: What’s on Noticeboard Page 27: Clarke and Son Page 30: News from Jolly Olly's Page 31: News from Cranbourne Page 32: Basingstoke Horticultural Society Page 35: Kempshott Village Hall Page 38: N2N Page 40: Church Notice Boards

supporters to create a field of sunflowers in their Hospice gardens to celebrate happy memories with their loved ones. Throughout June, the beautiful wooden sunflowers will be displayed, each bearing the name of someone special for whom a dedication has been made. 

On Sunday 9th June at 14:00, a blessing will be held within the Hospice grounds for all sunflowers on display. Following the service afternoon tea will be served and all guests are welcomed to collect their sunflower to take home and keep as a personal memento. Laura Hughes, Events Manager at St. Michael’s Hospice said, “The Sunflower Celebration marks the culmination of our sunflower appeal and is a wonderful way for families to remember the life of their loved ones. We hope to see as many people as possible and look forward to welcoming them to this special day. By donating to the Hospice through making a sunflower dedication, our supporters help us to continue to provide our specialist care to patients and their families facing life limiting illness in North Hampshire.” To remember a loved one by dedicating your sunflower, please visit: www.stmichaelshospice.org.uk/events. For further information about the day, please contact the St. Michael’s Hospice Events team at events@stmichaelshospice.org.uk or call 01256 848 848. Follow St. Michael’s Hospice on Twitter @smhbasingstoke and look out for #Sunflower Celebration

BASINGSTOKE CIVIL SERVICE RETIREMENT FELLOWSHIP 45 members and 2 visitors attended the group’s meeting on Wednesday 6th March to hear Bejar

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from Coop Estate Planning give a talk on “Tax, Care and Toyboys”. The main emphasis of his presentation was to ensure that we knew how to do as much as possible to protect our assets and to make sure that on our death they were passed on to those we wanted to have them. Using different scenarios he illustrated th levels of the effects of not making a will; when making one having it done in the correct manner; the inheritance tax which would apply and how planning in advance would lessen the burden on those left to administer an estate. He covered the different types of property ownership available – joint, tenants-in-common and, depending on individual circumstances, – the setting up of a trust, and he explained how these would affect who gained an inheritance. In finishing he spoke about Power of Attorney and how having a funeral plan could guard against future rising costs. Following a question and answer session he spent some time seeing people on a personal basis.

At the meeting held on Wednesday 6 April the 61 members and the Secretary, Tony Brazier, g Brooklands Motor Museum and Hatchlands Par Christine Broadben Palace onopened Friday 17thby June. After this the Group held their AGM and the Chairman the meeting welcoming everyone and commented on the help given to him by both the members of the committee and all the others who helped at the monthly meetings. This and welcomed back those members who had re meant that the group had another successful year with a wide range of speakers and outings while still maintaining a steady membership and ensuring financial stability. The Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Secretary and Welfare Officer all gave their reports and the officers and committee members for the coming year were appointed. A resolution was then unanimously passed to apply a subscription supplement to offset the rising cost of hall hire and speakers, and the fact that there was no further funding from Head Office.

Bookings are now being taken for the trips to the Bombay Sapphire Distillery and Hinton Ampner on Thursday 18th April and to Kew Palace and Garden on Wednesday 8th May. The next meeting is on 3rd April when the speaker will be Steve Herra on “the Body Through the Porthole”. The group meets on the first Wednesday of each month at Brookvale Village Hall from 10 am to 12 noon and all retired Civil Servants, their relatives and friends are welcome. Further details about the group and information about our trips can be obtained by contacting csrfbasingstoke@gmail.com.

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Keeping ourselves Healthy November 2017 The children enjoyed learning about keeping themselves healthy with lots of fun physical activities as well as talking about how our body feels after exercise. We even managed to sneak in the odd pancake for shove’s Tuesday on 5th March 2019. We have had a fun first half term back where our topic was All About Me

A BIG Thank You We would like to say a big thank you to all the parents and carers who came to help us out on Saturday 30th March 2019. We very much your carried supportout in activities completing theincluded much-needed We do and hope you enjoyed tea and butties!!! On thisappreciated topic the children which all aboutjobs. their families people special toyour them. carriedlots out of activities aboutactivities their favourite things; wemaking, started with an and activity about egg theirhunts favourite colour.the fun. Easter Fun WeThey willalso be doing fun Easter including cake crafts pretend amongst

Rhyme Time Halloween On Wednesday 3rd April 2019 at 9.30am the children will be performing our sponsored Rhyme Time in front of their / fireworks parents on the stage. The Children have been singing, so lots of practising has been taking place using their lovely loud singing voices. On our first weekthe backtime. this half term the children made many spooky creations for our spooktatular Halloween. The Tickets will be available nearer children dressed up in their scary outfits (or favourite outfits) for Halloween day. We moved straight onto our

Easter Egg Fun Morning Our committee are holding an Easter Egg fun morning on Thursday 18th April 2019 at 9.30, behind explosive fireworks activities with lots of bright colours filling up our preschool with all the lovely crafts the children preschool on the field. Lots of energetic activities are planned. This is a ticket only event priced at £3.50 per child, older children and made. siblings and friends are welcome. Tickets will be available on the day too if you don’t get a chance to get yours early. Places Available We still have some spaces available at our warm welcoming pre-school so if you are interested in your child to Christmas come and join us please contact us on 01256 323853 or email kellylindas@aol.com or text 07592913953 we are open Monday-Friday it is now time for us to be thinking about Christmas and all the wonderful things this joyful time of year brings us, 8am-4pm. from the children getting excited about Santa coming, to all of our Christmas theme crafts and cooking we will be doing. We will also be practicing for our end of term Christmas nativity that will be taking place in mid-December.

Easter Hoildays Our last day of term for the Easter holidays is Friday 5th April 2019 and we return on Tuesday 23rd April 2019. We hope you all have a lovely Easter break and the Easter bunny brings you lots of yummy chocolate treats. Garden update

As autumn is here, the children are enjoying watching how the leaves change colour and getting ready to plant our KEMPSHOTT INFANT SCHOOL NEWS

vegetables watchingup them grow. Theatchildren planted Infant pumpkins earlier inWorld the yearBook that were harvested There has beenwinter a great deal ofand dressing this term Kempshott School! Day saw a spell’s worth of Halloween; also soup andmore crustyWallys bread forin snack. Harry Potters, aforcarpet bagwe full ofenjoyed Mary pumpkin Poppins and their stripy red shirts than you could ever imagine! We had a lovely day with lots of book-related activities and of course, as many stories as we could possibly fit in to a day! If you are interested in your child coming to join our friendly caring preschool, we are open Monday-Friday 8amThen we also enjoyed Comic Relief Day, wearing noses, deeley boppers and all things red! 4pm. To contact us please call 01256 323853 or email kellylindas@aol.com or text 07592913953.

Year R have been outside in the sunshine, and the wind and the rain! They have been looking at maps and used photos Two by Two toddlergrounds. group to identify landmarks in parent the school They then plotted them on a map back in the classroom. They have also used their senses on a Welly Walk to see what they could see, hear and feel. Everybody off that they could feel the Our two by two toddler group runs on Wednesday mornings 9.45am-11.30am term time onlyticked in the Kempshott wind as we were very nearly blown away! village hall. There is no need to book just turn up on the day. We provide lots of exciting activities for you and your childvery to doexciting together around different themes each alsoarrived include a snack little story/song time at thehatched into nine Year 1 had some visitors this term! Ourweek Tenand eggs in anand incubator and quickly The group run by members staff chicks from theare preschool with helpers all ready welcome The you. children kept diaries to beautiful, fluffyend. chicks! Didis you know thatofboy yellow and girltoo chicks aretobrown? note the development of the chicks and they produced some lovely art work as well. They have also been reading about Chicken Licken and had great fun re-enacting the story in Drama!

Year 2 are fast becoming experts on Victorian Times. They are looking at the work of William Morris and have used watercolours to paint their own beautiful wallpaper designs. They know just how hard life was for Victorian children and are very glad that things have changed considerably since then! They have talked about Alexander Graham Bell’s invention of the telephone and wondered what he would make of mobile phones today! Year 2 are looking forward to finding out about Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale and then of course, celebrating all they have learned with a Victorian Music Hall concert followed by afternoon tea with their parents! Then, before we know it, the Summer Term will be here with trips, Sports Day and all the outdoor learning we can enjoy! Where is this year going?!

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At Hatch Warren Infants we celebrated World Book Day, however, we didn’t just think about reading and books for one day, but the whole week! This year our theme was the popular book ‘Handa’s Surprise’. We were lucky enough to have the author herself, Eileen Browne come to visit us in school. By wonderful coincidence, she At Hatch Warren Infants celebrated World Book Day, happened to visit us on the 5th March which was the exact same daywe as the 25th Publishing anniversary of the book.however Eileen’s visit consisted of demonstrations of how she illustrates her books, readings of her beautiful an explanation we didn’t just think about reading and books stories, for one day, but the of the journey of a book being made and an active dance workshop relating to the story. Our children had the opportunity to have their books signed by the author at the end This of the event. whole week! year our theme was the popular book ‘Handa’s

the rest of the week the children had Surprise’. We were lucky Throughout enough to have the author herself, Eilee marvellous fun carrying out activities based around Surprise’ which is set in Africa. These she Browne come to visit us in‘Handa’s school. By wonderful coincidence, included balancing baskets of fruit on our heads (whilst not to spill them!), dying t-shirts, March which wastiethe exact same d happened to visit us on the 5thtrying re-creating animal prints, estimating the weights of unusual tropical fruits,book. acting out the stories and of the as the 25th Publishing anniversary most importantly of all reading for pleasure!

The children gathered lots of of information on different African animals wrote Eileen’s visit consisted demonstrations of how she and illustrates he tricky riddles for our Head Teacher to solve. books, readings of her beautiful stories, an explanation of the All of our parents and carers were also given the chance to come in and share their favourite story journey of a book being made and an active dance workshop relat books with their child and their classmates. We love to encourage parental to participation at Our children had the opportunity to have their books the story. Hatch Warren Infants, and it was so much fun for the children to hear stories from a by wide signed the author at the end of the event. range of adults.

The school transformed into a world of spectacular book characters on 7th March for World Book Day. Our children proudly paraded their exciting and imaginative costumes for the rest of the school to admire. A child was chosen from each class with the best costume and they were awarded with their very own signed Eileen Browne book.

KEMPSHOTT RESIDENT FUNDRAISING CHALLENGE Kempshott resident and charity founder Mark Thomas will be embarking

on his next fundraising challenge in April. The charity, ‘CHILD’s Trust’ turns 20 this year and Mark’s aim is to raise £20,000 to fund the building of a permanent home for a House of Hope family that cares for orphans.  Mark and fellow Trustee Joe will be walking from the source of the River Thames Throughout rest toofthe the weekBarrier the inchildren had marvellous in the the Cotswalds Thames the City of London, covering approximately 16 miles a day for a total of 11 days, starting on 2nd April. 

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What a busy month it’s been here at Snapdragons The children thoroughly enjoyed our sponsored event “Once upon a time” We enjoyed spending time with family members reading to the children We raised an amazing £109.00 so a huge thankyou to all of our families for their contributions. The money raised will be used to enhance our communication and literacy area.

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The frustrating and fabulous month of February The insanity of the weather in February almost reflected the impending insanity of Hatchies trying to follow their training plans for spring events with snow and ice on the ground! Some of us climbed the walls indoors; some of us took to the fields and some of us to the treadmills. For the first time in 10 years Basingstoke parkrun was cancelled and then a few days later, we were running in warm and record breaking temperatures! Basingstoke and its kooky microclimate certainly keep us on our toes. There were two significant local races in February - the Bramley 10 mile/20 mile and Winchester 10k. Hatchie turnout at both was amazing. Both races have significant enough undulations, so kudos to every single Hatchie that got to the finish line. This month we held an all abilities track night in conjunction with Alton Sports. This was good wholesome fun and enabled club members to try and test some new ranges of running shoe. Forget The Academy Awards…we had our very own The Hatchie Awards! It was our Annual General Meeting on 26th February where we looked back on the club’s year, celebrated collective and individual achievements and made plans for the club’s future. For outstanding performance and contribution to the club, Darrel May and Rebecca Vincent received thanks and trophies from the committee as a show of appreciation. We celebrated the end of the Southern Cross Country League (SCCL) and the winners of our HWR Cross Country challenge.Winners for the ladies were: 1st Lisa Hotten; 2nd Ilona Vajnar Duncan and 3rd Jane Ford Ladenburger. Winners for the gentleman were: 1st Simon Parker, 2nd Adam McCartney and 3rd Paul Stewart.Three outstanding ladies, Lisa Hotten, Cerys Byrne and Ilona Vajnar Duncan, completed all six cross country races - congratulations to everyone! Our Hatchie cross country captains this year were Rory Horseman and Ruth Hayward. They are two of the most inspiring and down-to-earth members of our Hatchie family.Their support, time and enthusiasm were invaluable in what we achieved as a club this year at SCCL. Bring it on for cross country season 2019! A huge welcome to all our new members We’d like to extend the warmest welcome to everyone who has joined the club since the beginning of the year and to those who have signed up to join our Couch to 5K programme which starts in May. We have the highest number of members ever and it is our privilege that you have chosen us as your club and that you will be representing us. Thank you and we hope you enjoy all of your future running achievements and social moments with us. For more details about joining the club, or if you’d like to try a taster run, please visit www.hwrunners.co.uk, our Facebook page or email enquiries@hwrunners.co.uk.

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We residents at Buckingham Court have recently, after two years, had our bushes and grassed areas cut, which look really nice. However, there seem to be a few people who use this area to get to the schools. Could I respectfully ask that they take their rubbish home or place it in the bins provided and not litter the pathways between the houses or on the newly cut hedges. Also could cyclists obey the notices and dismount when using the said pathways. Your respect for this area would be much appreciated. Yours sincerely

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and Conservation News for April Kempshott Conservation Group

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When March Winds Blow Storm Freya brought high winds that did little for some of our trees and hedgerows. Wind damage can bring down old trees or trees covered in ivy. This damage can provide an opportunity to develop or enhance the habitat and/or biodiversity of our sites. Here are a couple of examples from along the Old Hedgerow between Coniston Road and Down Grange rugby pitches.

This is a Hawthorn that has no ivy in its canopy, so the assumption is that it was on its last legs anyway and the wind was the final straw. This is sufficiently close a desire path and small enough for the group to fell. We will trim it up and lay it in the bottom of the hedge where in the coming years its rotting trunk will provide a home to all manner of invertebrates.

Here is a classic example of an old hawthorn where ivy has got into the canopy. The extra weight of the ivy and its "sail" effect in the wind has brought down the top of the tree. Ivy is fantastic habitat. It provides late nectar for flying insects and supports its own range of invertebrates. As the ivy burden is still connected to its roots, it will maintain its green cover for the foreseeable future. It will give shelter for nesting birds in Spring and roosting opportunities for the rest of the year as well as providing a source of nectar later on. As this presents no risk to those using the adjoining footpath, it will be left as a living habitat pile.

Our Work Party season has now come to an end. The next one will start in October and, as usual, details will appear in this column.

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THE SOUND OF MUSIC…From Basingstoke Male Voice Choir

Singing has been around for thousands of years. It’s one of the most popular hobbies and pastimes in the world. Singing is anything from a quartet entertaining people over a pint in a pub, to mass choirs of hundreds on vast stages. Why do we sing? Very simply, because we love it. Not just the music but the whole exper- ience of coming together to create a beautiful sound, sometimes in front of audiences, something just for our own enjoyment. It doesn’t really matter which. Singing has been rediscovered recently by TV exposure of choirmasters like Gareth Malone and his choirs, bringing a new interest for thousands of people who had never even considered singing. As a result of Gareth’s work, singing is enjoying a renaissance in Britain. Perhaps the most common comment from new members to a choir is “I didn’t even know I could do it!” or “I wish I had known about this before.” But singing doesn’t just bring you a new and unrealised hobby, it brings many more benefits. Joining a group, of like-minded people, all working towards learning new songs, brings you a sense of togetherness. Perhaps most of all, a sense of wellbeing after an evening of music. Most choirs round off their evening with a sociable pint of beer in the pub afterwards. One of the most surprising aspects of singing is the health side. Did you know that singing has been proved to be therapeutic both for the body, the lungs and the mind? This is turn brings the sense of wellbeing that all singers recognise. Our choir has been singing here in Basingstoke for over 50 years. Need we say more? We’d love to show you what we’re about so come along to our Open Evening on Tuesday 23 April at the URC. So, given it makes you feel good, and improves your health, why not join in? Come to our open evening and experience the positive effect:

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NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH NOTES

This piece is from Basingstoke Neighbourhood Watch in lieu of information from our local police officers. As you know their numbers are reduced and beat sizes are increased, so unless you live in a higher crime area, you probably don’t see police officers as you used to years ago. This means that NW is vitally important in being the 24/7 eyes and ears in your home area. I hope to provide an article on a regular basis to keep you updated as to current issues and to help you to help our police officers. Please report ALL crime, however small or significant, because these reports really do have a direct bearing on the number of police officers allocated. As well as the 999 & 101 telephones, you can ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, & report some crimes on line at https://www.hampshire.police.uk Many thanks to all of you who took the time to take part in our Community Priority Crime Survey. We had 757 replies in all, which was an excellent response. Burglaries, theft from motor vehicles and drugs related issues were the top three crime types identified. Recently, over a period of four weeks, my Drugs Related Harm Team have made 13 arrests in for drug supply offences, seized three knives, confiscated £1300.00 of suspected drugs money and conducted 21 stop and searches, half of which resulted in an arrest. At the time of writing, we are giving additional focus to a series of theft from motor vehicles in Chineham and Popley. There are very different types of car crimes. One current trend involves unlocked cars being targeted and small, portable items such as cash are stolen. Please take a couple of seconds to check that your car is locked. Another involves the deliberate targeting of BMWs in order to steal the steering wheel. There are plenty options to help you prevent this offence, including putting in pace physical barriers such as a steering wheel lock, fitting a tracking device or buying a signal blocking pouch that prevent criminals form being able to detect the code on your key.  We are also focusing on a recent burglary series in the southern part of a rural sector covering The Candovers, Herriard and Hurstbourne Priors. As ever, with all crime types, please look to keep each other safe and let us know about suspicious activity that you spot. We value the help you give us.  Brian Adams is working with a number of your coordinators in order to bring them to the police station to meet their local NPT officers. It has become increasingly difficult to come to see you and this seems to be a good solution, so thank you Brian for your hard work.  If you would like any further advice, then please feel free to contact your local Neighbourhood Policing Teams. If you would like to contact us otherwise, please use 999 in an emergency and 101 for non emergency calls. You can also report crimes and incidents of antisocial behaviour on our website – www.hampshire.police.uk. richard.lane@hampshire.pnn.police.uk

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This is Lizzie’s story…. Having joined the club at the beginning of August I immediately knew that I had chosen my next sport well, when I realised you could chat and exercise at the same time! Being a former competitive swimmer, this was a big change, you can’t really chat when you are under water! I also couldn’t believe how much of Basingstoke I didn’t know, having grown up in the town, I was amazed at all the beautiful villages that surround it and the lovely country lanes that are there to explore, along with all the hills! I jumped straight in with the 20 miles at 13mph average speed and soon caught the cycling bug. Having already completed the London Marathon, I was soon convinced that Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100 on Sunday 4th August, was my next challenge. I, along with many others in the club, entered the ballot. At the beginning of February all members were checking their post for either the ‘Congratulations’ or ‘Commiserations’ magazine. Unfortunately I received the latter. Now, half of me was thinking thank goodness as I’m not sure I’m ready for it, but the other half was downhearted. This sportive would send me on my way to completing the London Classics; the medal awarded to finishers of the London Marathon, Ride London and Swim Serpentine. My disappointment grew, so I knew I had to get a place with a charity to not miss out… and I got one! Unfortunately, in 2008, I lost my sister, Melissa, to Cystic Fibrosis, a generic disease that affects the body organs, in particular the lungs. Thanks to amazing family members, friends and work colleagues, I was able to raise over £7000 when I completed the marathon, so I can only hope that I raise half that amount this time. In memory of my sister, and having this tremendous backing, will give me huge inspiration to tackle those Surrey Hills, which include Box and Leith Hill, part of the Olympic Road Race in London 2012. The club has also introduced me to the new man in my life, who is also doing RL100 for the same charity. He has already had me in hard training in the Cotswolds whilst we were supposed to be on holiday! I’m not sure that he is the right trainer though as he thinks 100 miles is just a spin round the park after cycling around the M25 and 200+ miler last year. I will give that one a miss for now! Simon has entered the Fred Whitton Challenge which is 112 miles up and down the massive hills in the Lake District. I will watch and support. HWBCC riders will also help me all the way, just as they have done for countless others before. The ethos of the club is great and I would urge anybody looking to take up cycling to join the club. Just look at the website or FB page and turn up. I look forward to lots of long weekend rides with them all to prepare. As well as one off rides like the Isle of Wight Randonee. I’m excited about this next challenge, and then it’s just the 2 mile swim in the Serpentine to complete the set! More details about HWBCC, can be found on our web site www.hwbcc.org or on our Facebook page facebook.com/HWBcc.Come Ride With Us

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Join the Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane Cllr Seán Keating for a great night out featuring a performance by the Boyle O’Dowda Academy of Irish Dance, a disco and buffet.

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Breast Cancer Re they s Well done to Tony We are also raffling a Super-sized Easter Egg for the Basingstoke Lions. I should think that there is ofper a fantasti enough chocolate in the egg to last you until next Easter, so it is well worth paying thein £1 aid price Easter The hot cross buns are in, the knitted ducks and chicks are made, and we have found some boost when lovely Easter cake recipes for you to try.

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Environmental Issues As many of you will already be aware, at Jolly Olly’s we try to actively reach outYou to help maytherememb environment by re-cycling and re-using as far as possible; from coffee grinds to plastics, to books to wool… This month, announced their e we are introducing a new initiative. From the beginning of April, we will be offering a 10p discount on take away drinks, Olly“Punti” is having a ha if you use a re-usable cup. In addition, we have partnered up with an exciting and innovative company called, who have developed an app which shows customers how much CO2 they have personally saved by using their reusable August. To help th cup, this figure then feeds in to both the user and the coffee shop’s live carbon data feed, to provide a total figure of his customers wh carbon they have saved. You are welcome to use any re-usable cup to take part in this scheme but, if you don’t already have a re-usable cup, you can purchase a bamboo, biodegradable re-usable cup from Jolly Olly’s priced at £4.00 each.

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International Women’s Day As you may have read in last month’s newsletter, we celebrated International Women’s Day on 8th March by asking you to nominate a woman in Oakley, Kempshott or the surrounding area whose achievements you Remind thought might inspire others. We had many varied nominations, demonstrating what a fantastic bunch of inspirational bread to women we have in our locality, from supportive Mums and friends to volunteers who give up their time to help others. The winning nominee, whose name was pulled from, “The Hat of Inspiration”, was Belinda Wooley, nominated by Lisaall stone Artisanwith! Heritage S Jayne who said of Belinda, “ Belinda continues to go above and beyond to help everyone she comes in to contact She puts others before herself, she is the most kind-hearted person I know. She lives and breathes community spirit.” A please and prices worthy winner! Congratulations! Belinda wins a voucher for tea and cake at Jolly Ollly’s for herself and Lisa with our you. compliments.

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The first half of our Spring Term has been full of exciting extra-curricular activities and achievements from the Tunnockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Teacake Challenge to singing to hundreds of Primary students from across Hampshire at the Anvil. Cranbourne Ski Trip 2019 A party of thirty seven set off to the ski resort of Artesina in the Western Italian Alps, during the February half-term and had a brilliant time with superb weather. Mr Kimberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s particular highlights were seeing so many students catch the skiing bug and for those that found out that skiing wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quite for them, the enjoyment of a different culture and environment with new found friends in the glorious warm sunshine. Personal development was seen in so many individuals who were away from home for the first time. And for those that had not skied before, the joy that comes when you finally â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;crack itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;! The words: resilience and perseverance must still be ringing in a few ears! Year 7 Netball Dressed for Success! Thursday 28th February was a game of firsts for our year 7 Netball Team. After several weeks of training the Year 7s had their first league game of the season against Costello school. The team had the privilege of being the first team to wear the brand new Netball dresses, which united the team and made them look very professional! The Cranbourne girls worked hard as a team and finished the game with a final score of 18 -11 to take their first win of the season. Well done to Ella who was nominated as the oppositionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s player of the match. To read more about whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s happening at Cranbourne visit our school blog: http://www.cranbourne. hants.sch.uk/news/. We always welcome prospective parents to visit our school, if you would like to experience â&#x20AC;&#x153;Excellence In Everythingâ&#x20AC;? at Cranbourne yourself please contact Susan, Headteacherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s PA, to book a Tour of School. Tel: 01256 8686605 Email: s.sayers@cranbourne.hants.sch.uk From time to time readers write in to the Kourier asking residents to save items for them to assist local organisations or charities. The following items are currently being collected: Supermarket Milk Bottle Tops In aid of St Michaelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospice, please drop off at 138 Coniston Road or Bob at 27 Old Kempshott Lane

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BASINGSTOKE HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY www.bhsociety.btck.co.uk As a Society we are affiliated to both the Hampshire and Surrey Horticultural Federations and in February we were

delighted to welcome Janet Arm, the Secretary of the Surrey Federation. Janet, along with her husband and daughter, runs an eight-and-a-half-acre wholesale ornamental tree nursery near Tilford. They supply many local garden centres with a variety of trees and her talk was entitled “Trees for a small garden”. It was interesting to discover that they grow around 10,000 per year but only a few, like the silver birch, are grown from seed. The majority are either “budded”, or “grafted” onto a common root-stock. The trees are grown on the nursery for about 3½ years before they are ready to sell so that’s quite an investment both in terms of finance and time, looking after them as they grow. I’m not going to go into detail of all the various tree pictures we saw otherwise this article may not be published due to its length! Suffice it to say that there are plenty of trees for the small garden but selecting the right one does take time and needs some research, particularly if you are on an exposed site or have challenging soil conditions. A flowering cherry will grow almost anywhere while most Acers need to be away from windy spots or drafts. The Photinia Red Robin is a popular hedging shrub but being evergreen and with good colour can be grown as a small tree. If it’s good autumn colour that you want, then in my opinion nothing beats a Liquidambar like this. As you can see they can get quite big if just left to grow without pruning. On the other hand, if unusual tree bark turns you on, Acer griseum is one to try although Janet did say it’s not easy to get growing. Trees, like all growing things, are subject to pests and diseases and a few years ago, many of the Robinias were decimated by the Phytophthora disease. If you are contemplating choosing a tree, which are often quite expensive, for your garden then it’s best to seek advice from the experts. Here is the link to Janet’s website containing their contact details should you have any specific questions. http://www.redleafnursery.co.uk/ Our next meeting in Kempshott Village Hall will be at 7.30pm on Monday 15th April 2019. James Hewitson-Brown will be talking about growing and selling Wild Flower Turf. Do come and support this local business as they are based in Ashe. If you would like further details, please contact either: - Vida Sinden – Chairman – 01256 466281 or Philip Wraight – Vice Chairman - 01256 324185

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WHAT UNIVERSAL CREDIT IS Universal Credit is being introduced across the UK in stages. It will replace: • Housing Benefit • income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) • income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) • Child Tax Credit • Working Tax Credit • Income Support Whether you should apply for Universal Credit instead of one of these benefits depends on where you live and your circumstances. Universal Credit works differently from other benefits - so if you're moving from another benefit it's important to know the differences. The biggest differences are: • you can get Universal Credit if you're unemployed but also if you're working • you'll usually get a single payment each month, rather than weekly or fortnightly • instead of getting a separate housing benefit, your rent will usually be paid directly to you as part of your monthly Universal Credit payment How Universal Credit works You'll usually get one monthly payment to cover your living costs. If you claim Universal Credit as a couple, you and your partner will get one payment between the 2 of you. The payment is made up of a basic 'standard allowance' and extra payments that might apply to you depending on your circumstances. You might be able to get extra payments if you: • look after one or more children • work and pay for childcare • need help with housing costs • are disabled or have a health condition • are a carer for a disabled person or you have a disabled child Need further information or Help? Basingstoke Citizens Advice Bureau, (located within Basingstoke Discovery Centre) can help you with queries you have on budgeting, benefits and debt, relationships, immigration, employment issues, and consumer rights. We operate a drop-in service 10-3.30 Monday to Friday (except Thursday) and Saturday mornings 10-12. The Advice Line telephone number is 0344 111 306. The Basingstoke CAB website can be found at www. basingstokeandtadleycab.org.uk Online help from Citizens Advice can be found at www.adviceguide.org.uk

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If anyone noticed the scaffolding to the rear of the Village hall this month and wondered why it was there, the answer is simple. The Trustees are pleased to announce that solar panels have now been installed on the roof, so that the hall can generate its own electricity and export any excess to the grid.

As part of the process an energy rating audit had to be undertaken by an independent consultant, which placed the Hall in Band C which is a very good rating for this style and age of property.   This vindicates the improvements that have recently been carried out to the hall following the receipt of the grant from Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council.

The Village Hall has traditionally hired out the main hall and the small hall and currently is home to the regular hirers:Monday Toddlers 9.30am – 13.20pm (depending on age). (http://www.babysensory.com/en/ClassDetails/basingstoke) Womens Institute 2pm-4pm ( 2nd and 4th Monday of the month) Weight Watchers 5.30 - 7pm in the Main Hall Call Vanda 07719 428953 or email vwilliams@weightwatchers.co.uk Horticultural Group 7-9pm (3rd Monday of the month) Tuesday Kaderosi Art Club - 10-1pm Call Kathy on 07799 693339 Move it or Lose It (keep fit) 2.30-3.30 in the Main Hall - for details contact Amanda Bellia on 0739 9618947 Weight Watchers 5pm and again at 6.30pm Call Vanda 07719 428953 or email vwilliams@weightwatchers.co.uk Pilates - 8.15pm See https://www.purepilates.org/tuesday for details Wednesday Happy Days Toddlers Group 9.45 - 11.30 Super Seniors Keep Fit 2.00 - 3.00 Pilates for Seniors and Back Care - 3.15 - 4.15 Dog training - 6.30 - 7.30 Adult Dance Class 7.45 - 8 45  COMING SOON 

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THE LONGEST DAY WILL BE ARK DAY!

IT’S a fundraising campaign that people in Basingstoke and Deane are at the heart of – and now Ark Cancer Centre Charity has launched a special 24-hour event where everyone in the borough can make a big difference in a small way. Friday, June 21, 2019 will be Ark Day – a day when everyone in the town and borough can play a part by supporting the charity that is raising £5million to help fund the much-needed NHS cancer treatment centre at Basingstoke hospital. ‘For the people, by the people’ is Ark Cancer Centre Charity’s campaign message – and local people have been the driving force behind a fundraising campaign that has now passed the £2m milestone. In 2019, Ark Cancer Centre Charity wants the Basingstoke and Deane community to make a really big difference on Friday, June 21 – the longest daylight day of the year – by raising as much money as possible for the good cause in 24 hours. Every pound counts – and that’s why £1 donations will be at the heart of the Ark Day fundraising campaign. And it’s also very much about putting the fun into fundraising as people of all ages are encouraged to have a good time while raising money for the good cause. “People have the power to make a really big difference with a small donation on Ark Day,” said world-leading liver cancer surgeon Merv Rees, who is a trustee of Ark Cancer Centre Charity, and a driving force behind the cancer treatment centre project. “Nearly 180,000 people live in Basingstoke and Deane. If everyone donates just £1 on Friday, June 21, then this will make a massive difference to Ark’s £5m campaign.” The team behind Ark Day will be organising a series of special events on June 21 – a daybreak golf competition and a sponsored firewalk are already in the pipeline. It is hoped that local people, businesses, schools and community organisations will support these and also organise their own fundraising activities. A static sponsored cycle ride or rowathon, cake sales and sponsored dress-down days are just a few of the many ways that people can get involved. All 76 schools in the Basingstoke and Deane area will be encouraged to have a non-uniform day where pupils can come to school in blue, yellow and green – the Ark Cancer Centre Charity colours – and make a £1 donation. The Ark Day Organising Committee features volunteers from a range of well-known local companies and organisations – Apollo Hotel, Arkriders, Clarke & Son Solicitors, Champion Group, Lamb Brooks Solicitors, Metro Bank, Perpetual Flowers, RewindDigital, Rotary Basingstoke Deane – as well as members of Ark Cancer Centre Charity’s team. The Gazette is also represented on the committee and is the media supporter for Ark Day. The planning for Ark Day began last Summer, and a website, facebook and twitter feeds have all now been launched. Go to arkday.co.uk where you can find out all you need to know about Ark Day and can register to take part. Ark Cancer Centre Charity’s £5m will provide a range of support services and complementary therapies, alongside chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments, in a calm and uplifting environment. Largely being funded by Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (HHFT), plans are progressing to locate the new cancer treatment centre on the existing Basingstoke hospital site. You can follow Ark Day on facebook and on twitter @ark_day. To register your Ark Day event, go to arkday.co.uk and sign up using the forms that can be found under the schools, business and community sections.

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Monday 15 April 2019

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Monday 20 May 2019

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150th Birthday Community Plans You will begin to see and hear more news as we approach our 150th Birthday in May. Plans are advanced for Sainsbury’s to open a ‘Pop-Up’ store in London. This will replicate the first store Sainsbury’s opened in Drury Lane, back in 1869. At a local level, each store and depot is busy putting the finishing touches to an exciting community initiative, covering the whole Borough. Colleagues from Kempshott, The Malls, Tadley and the Depot, will be volunteering across the town as part of 150 Days of Volunteering. This commences on May 26th after our official birthday celebrations, and continues through until October. We’ll be announcing more details about the projects our colleagues will be supporting during the next month, so keep an eye out in store. Local Charity Partnership 2019/2020 & In Store Fundraising As our focus will be concentrated into the 150 Days of Volunteering, we won’t be inviting applications for our local Charity Partnership this year. We’ll be announcing how this scheme will return for 2020/2021, later in the year. We’re tremendously excited to be entering into our 25th Anniversary, supporting The Royal British Legion and The Poppy Appeal. This partnership will, as ever, will be our focus during October and November, leading up to Armistice Day. This brings us neatly to December, when we’ll be welcoming local community and charity organisations to the store, to help our customers and colleagues celebrate Christmas. Local Hero Scheme Our popular Local hero Scheme is still very much a huge focus for us as a store, in our community. To date almost £8000 has been donated to local groups, thanks to our colleagues volunteering in their own time. Sokphal Din and Shell Preston are just two colleagues who have seen their volunteering rewarded, with £200 being paid to The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust and, Pathfinder Dogs. Our colleagues will also be supporting the Basingstoke Time Bank initiative during this year, helping the initiative grow across the Borough. For more details about the Basingstoke Time Bank, please visit their website – https://tol2.timebanking. org/basingstoke

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From the dawn of humanity, people have recorded all aspects of their lives. The only thing that has changed is the medium they use. Early man recorded life with numerous paintings and engravings found in caves all over Europe. This naturally evolved with the use of parchments, papyrus and canvases. Egyptians adorned the walls of tombs with amazingly colourful paintings. The renaissance saw a huge boom in large, colourful paintings on enormous canvas including large frescos in churches and cathedrals. Photography was a big game changer as it became possible to instantly capture an image. Processing took a little longer at first but Kodak produced a camera that could expose an image in minutes on front of your eyes. Film followed with the invention of the first motion camera invented by Frenchman Louis Le Prince which he develop and patented in 1888. In 1893, Thomas Edison revealed the Kinetoscope at Chicago World's Fair, a device that used a perforated strip of images over a light source that used a high speed shutter to reveal the image. The Kinetoscope could only be viewed by one person at a time looking into it through a peephole. Meanwhile, in France, Léon Bouly invented the Cinématographe, a machine that took, printed and projected film but due to a lack of funds, sold his rights and name of the device to the Lumière brothers who were amongst the first commercial film makers. In the first 30 years of film, the “moving pictures” didn’t have sound. Sound had been used but this was often played live at the venue. Sound was also a new technology but there was an issue synchronising the sound with the image but in 1927, Warners released The Jazz Singer, which is regarded as the first synchronised dialogue (and singing) in a film. In parallel with film, audio recording was developed in a similar timeframe. Early devices used coated cylinders that were etched by needles connected to a diaphragm which vibrated as sound was projected into the horn. This created grooves that varied with the audio-frequency changes in air pressure. The same device could then playback the audio by reversing the process. With the advance in electronics, the wholly acoustic solution was revolutionised through the development of amplification. Sound was now captured, amplified, filtered and balanced electronically and whilst the disc-cutting head was now electrically powered, the actual recording process remained essentially mechanical. Magnetic tape was invented in the 1930s in Germany but restricted until the end of World War 2 in 1945. It was now possible to have longer recording time and much higher audio fidelity. Magnetic tape became widespread and with the invention of the cassette tape, went on to become mainstream as it allowed people to record audio at home. This led to the development of the video recorder and the battle between Betamax and VHS (Video Home System). This famous videotape format war used similar technologies but VHS won the battle based on recording length and not video quality. Going Digital Sony was responsible for the development of both digital video and digital audio. Audio came first with the development of PCM, Pulse Code Modulation. Whereas analogue captures the exact audio frequency in real time, digital captures discrete samples as a specific rate. The higher the rate, the better the quality. Sony went on to work with Philips to create the compact disc. CDs were small, portable and durable. They could reproduce the entire audible sound spectrum with perfect clarity and avoid the distortion that plagued cassette tapes. As with traditional “analogue” recording medium, like painting a portrait on canvas, digital images, digital video and digital audio all have different formats for different situations. Early cinema film had one picture per frame where a number of frames made up one second of footage; typically 24 frames per second. But to store an entire image uncompressed takes a huge amount of space. To cope with this, various compression techniques were employed to reduce the size of each frame. A simple high definition picture is 1920 x 1080 pixel. A pixel is one single spot of colour which is so small, the human eye cannot perceive the difference when packed together so tightly. That makes a total 2,073,600 pixels but to store colour an image needs at least 4 pieces of data; 3 for the Red, Green and Blue elements and one for the opacity. So one uncompressed image would be 8,249,440 bytes, or 8MB. So compression was imperative. Take a blank picture of this size, saved at 50% and 100% quality comes out at 25KB for both. By comparison, a photograph at the same dimension came out at 120KB and 2,062KB respectively. So the reason for this article came out of the need to convert some old home videos. It became apparent VERY quickly that a fair amount of work was required because I have two different size video tapes with three different formats. I also didn’t have the required hardware to connect to a modern PC. Luckily, I was able to purchase the equipment I needed but if not, this would have been lost forever. Digital is great but compare this to the analogue counterpart. I could easily still play a record with nothing more that plastic cup and a needle. Old newspapers and photographs will remain readable years later but digital formats evolve all the time. The lifecycle of many formats is getting shorter and shorter. VHS has come and gone. DVDs and CDs have been replaced by streaming. I’m not saying one format is better than another but I do know it’s been a right pain to convert them!

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THE GREATEST RE-BOOT OF ALL TIME

Transition & Transformation

I wonder how Hello. many of you store photos, music and documents My name is Debbie Veel.your I am one of the Licensed Lay Ministers (LLM’s or Readers they are sometimes known) at St. Mark’s church. LLM’sDrive are not ordained, we don’t in ‘the Cloud’? asWhether it be iCloud, Dropbox, One or anysoother. wear a dog collar, but we can do much of what a vicar can do with some notable

exceptions. We can’t bless the communion wine and bread; we can’t people nor We place much of our most valuable information or marry memories do we baptise anyone. Interestingly enough, we can lead funerals. Other than that we somewhere in the ether, trusting that they are safe, secure and looked preach, lead worship, prayer and mid-week groups and we are involved in the running of the church. I think after and will be ‘atbeing thea drop of aof hat’ whenever we need them. Most of us of itavailable as being a bit like deputy head a school. have absolute trust in ‘the Cloud’ yet we cannot see it, touch it, hear it or experience it. I am writing this month because, as you may or may not know, the Rev. Kelvin and Jane Taylor left St. Mark’s ‘The cloud’ is omnipresent innine our Internet -based world. at the end of May.i.e. Theyall hadaround been with us us for years and we are sad to see them go. Many exciting things have happened in the church and community under their leadership.

We can even ask questions of Alexa and Siri- confident in their store of knowledge and confident that their answer will For example- we have started a messy church (very informal craft, food, a short indeed be correct. celebration and lots of fun for families of all ages 2.30pm -5pm every third Saturday); have started doing the fabulous ‘Open the Book’ assemblies for the Y4’s in the I wonder why it is that we have so much trouble believing in anwe omnipresent God? True- we cannot see, hear, touch or junior school; started Saturday @ Saint Mark’s (2nd Saturday of the month from feel him- but neither can we with ‘the cloud’. 9:30am) which is an informal chance to learn such things as your ancestry, try flower arranging go for walks or bike rides round Kempshott or find out about various things to do with IT or further

Why don’t we trust that we too are safe, secure and looked after? Why do we trust education. We have employed an Outreach Worker and Alexa renovatedand our kitchenand at church – if you everfor usedus? the old kitchen at St. Siri more than we trust God to have the right answers want thehave best Mark’s you know what state it was in! All of this and much more

under Kelvin’s leadership. Strange isn’t it? You see, the God that Christians believe in is also omnipotent (all powerful) and omniscient (all knowing) Kelvin and Jane are off on a well-deserved long holiday to their place- thebeings Greek islands. them well, as I hear am sureand He knew and understood that for the most part,favourite we human likeWetowish see, touch, many of you do also. experience things…….. so he sent us his only Son.

God knew we like dealing in reality.

It is a time of change and transition for them and for the church. It may well be a time of change and transition for you too. You may be changing job; maybe moving house;

having a new baby;was getting married; leaving homedesert for the first go to universitythings or to travel. Jesus- a real person who tempted in the to time do tothe wrong andThere turn may also be some less pleasant changes happening in your life- divorce, unemployment, bereavement. away from God who resisted the temptations, unlike us human beings. Pure and In the year, the weeks just gone still form part of the ‘Easter Season’. It was a time of transition and spotless one of thechurch’s traditional hymns calls him. change for Jesus’ disciples too. They had travelled around the country with Jesus, listening to him teach and Jesus - born a preach, working class man with real & job asunderstood a tradesman until 30’s. watching him do miracles and a healings. Butproper they hadn’t quite ‘what he was reallyhis about.’ Jesus - a real person who ate fish onoccasions the beach with his the friends On Easter Sunday and on many after that they met risen Lord Jesus, and during this time, before He ascended to heaven, they began to understand all that He was teaching and explaining to them Jesus- a real person who went to wedding and drank wine (actually he did perform a about God and about how much He loves each and every one of us. They finally did begin to comprehend miracle there ‘what by turning water He was really about.’into wine when the wedding wine ran out) of what are called resurrection appearances in the Bible involveGod; eating. a Thisperson is important because it Jesus - a real Many person who talked and taught people about that others listened to tells us that the risen Jesus had a real physical body -he wasn’t some kind of ghostly apparition. Often the disciples didn’t immediately recognize Jesus-‘he was the same but different.’ The best analogy of Jesus - a real person who touched people and healed them this is when maybe you have had your hair done or get new glasses. Often people comment that there is ‘something a bit and different about you’ but they cannot theirand fingervery on it. Jesus - a real person who was broken, beaten and mocked one who suffered a quite veryplace real painful and very humiliating death at the handsDuring of the Roman authorities and Jewish leaders on that this transition period, Jesus appeared to his disciples in pairs, groups and once to 500 people in one go. This tells us that Jesus’ resurrection appearances couldn’t have been a hallucination. It is unlikely that 2 first Good Friday. or 3 people, let alone 500 would have had the same hallucination!

Nothing unreal about that. His friends took his body down from the cross and anointed it with herbs, Transition is unsettling and often make us feel ill at ease - It was for the disciples, it is for us at St. Mark’s spices and oils, just as they would have done any body, to“What the we’ll Jewish customs of manage?” the andother it may well be for according you. We wonder, do?” and “How we will Jesus promised to send his disciples a ‘helper’, which we call the Holy Spirit, to guide & support them and enable them to time. manage and find a way through. Before you say he wasn’t really dead, think of what you know about the Roman Empire. Did they have a habit of pussyfooting around with people they thought were subversives and troublemakers? No! They knew what they were doing when they crucified people. John’s Gospel tells us one of the Roman guards stuck a spear into Jesus’ side, after he had breathed his last breath. Real blood came out- the same as yours and mine. Then he rose again on the third day. How can that be we ask? My question is how can it be that we can store photos, music and documents in the cloud? How can it be that we can ask questions of a machine and it will respond? So why not believe in a resurrected Jesus? There were over 500 people who saw the resurrected Jesus according to the Apostle Paul in his letter to the church at Corinth (a place in modern day Greece), not just Mary Magdalene that first Easter morning, or Peter and John who rushed to the empty tomb, not just the disciples without Thomas and later on Thomas also, not just Cleopas on the road to Emmaus, but 500 or so people: too many for a coincidence. Jesus returned to be one with his Father God and left us his Spirit to guide us, strengthen us, support and encourage us …….so that we can still feel and experience him as a real person. One final thought……..if our phone or our laptop stopped working because it had become corrupted and didn’t work properly we would think nothing of re-booting it to restore it to how it should be; how it was when it was brand new – perfect, uncluttered, unflawed and unblemished. We and our world have become spoilt and just like a phone or a laptop we don’t function properly…. the resurrected Jesus, whom we celebrate this and every Easter…… was God’s greatest re-boot of all time.


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Would you like us to pray for you? Then please contact the office on 01256 840502 weekdays (10am-1.00pm) Please visit the website or facebook page for more information Email: office@saintmarks.org.uk Website: www.saintmarks.org.uk Facebook: www.facebook.com/saintmarkskempshott 19th April      10.00am     All Age - Good Friday Readings Ps 22:1-11, Jn 18:1-19                  2.00pm    An Hour at the Cross                                 20th April       2.30pm Messy Church                                 21st April          8.30am   Easter Day - Holy Communion 10.00am     Easter Day - Holy Communion Readings – Acts 10:34-43  Luke 24:1-12                                 28th April         8.30am     Holy Communion 10.00am     Service of the Word Readings – Acts 5:27-32, John 20:19-31  

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