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This month's photo is of our SItting With Jane bench which is located within the Walled Garden. The Sitting With Jane trail is a creative celebration of Jane Austen's heritage in and around Basingstoke and the benches are on display from 17 June to 31 August. After this they will be auctioned to raise the much needed funds for the Ark Cancer Charity. Ten benches are located throughout the town, eleven throughout the Borough and three further afield in Alton, Chawton and Winchester.

To follow the trail, leaflets can be picked up at various locations (Festival Place, Library etc). There is also a phone app available free from The App Store and on Google Play. More information can also be found on their website You can also visit our Twitter page @kempkourier where we have been sharing more up to date information on other competitions to enter. The September litterpick will be held on Sunday 10th September, meeting at 10am at Buckingham Parade (weather permitting). Litterpickers and sacks provided.

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Contents. . . . . . . . . . Page 1:

The Editor

Page 3:

Clarke and Son

Page 4:

Kempshott Schools

Page 7:

Poetry corner

Page 7:

Neighbourhood Watch

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Kempshott Community Plan

Page 11: Basingstoke CAB Page 13: Basingstoke Lions Club Page 15: Food is life Page 18/19: Conservation News Page 20: Small Adds Page 21: Anvil Arts Page 21: Card Corner Page 24: Probus Club Page 25: News from Cranbourne Page 27: What’s on Noticeboard Page 29: News from Jolly Olly's Page 30: Christmas Shoe Box Appeal Page 31: August in the Wildlife Garden Page 33: Kancare Page 33: Horticultural Society Page 36: Basingstoke Rotary



“CHILD’s Trust is 18 years old and has raised £1million! Mark & Julie Thomas (Kempshott residents) founded CHILD's Trust in 1999 after a lifechanging experience in India.  Their passion is to see children raised out of poverty, cared for in a loving home and Local MP Maria Miller supporting Mark and Julie and educated to the highest the work of CHILD’s Trust. standard.   It was during a business trip to Delhi, India in the late 1990's that Mark and Julie were handed a baby girl by a poverty stricken mother.  This incident touched their hearts and ignited a God-given desire to support children in India and now also in Bangladesh, ​  Established in 1999, the work of CHILD's Trust has seen hundreds of children's lives changed.   Mark and Julie have since self-funded numerous visits to Asia and have built close relationships with locals, who work on the projects that CHILD's Trust funds.  These funds are used to alleviate poverty for children, giving them a hope and a future.   During 2017 the charity reached a landmark, not only is it celebrating being 18 years old, it has also received to date £1million in donations to carry out the work in India and Bangladesh.

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When an employment relationship ends, an employee will often be asked to sign a Settlement Agreement. Principally this document records the terms of agreement between the employer and the employee and is generally intended to be in full and final settlement of any claims the employee may have relating to the termination of his or her employment. As part of the process, the employee is required to take independent legal advice.  Normally the employer pays the cost of doing this as this step is necessary so that the Settlement Agreement is enforceable. We are able to provide this advice to employees which includes explaining their legal rights and the impact of the Settlement Agreement. You should, in any event, seek legal advice on your position if your employment is being brought to an end by your employer or in circumstances where you feel compelled to give notice yourself. If you would like to discuss employment issues or specifically Settlement Agreements, then please contact Paul Cowdery Email: on Tel: 01256 320 555. Do you have a legal query? Email and the answer will be printed in the next edition of the Kempshott Kourier.

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The end of term is fast approaching and we have been so busy at Kempshott Infant School! Year 2 had a brilliant day at Portchester! The sun shone, (VERY warmly!) and the children behaved beautifully. They bravely climbed to the top of the Keep and had fun exploring the grounds after their picnic. Apparently, dressing up as Knights and Princesses was the best bit! The Year 1 trip to Hillier’s Arboretum was very exciting. The children found all kinds of creatures in the plants and in the pond. Again, the weather was fine and a good day was had by all. Year R went on an expedition to Wellington Country Park. The ride on the coach was exciting enough, but then we explored the park and collected leaves, twigs and flowers to make a collage. We visited the farm and loved telling the story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff to some real, live goats! The train ride was definitely the best bit of Year R’s day! Year 2 really surpassed themselves this year with their end of year production, “Pirates and Mermaids.” The children were absolutely fantastic and we are hugely proud of them. They gave a truly outstanding performance as a finale to their time at Kempshott Infant School. As we celebrate Final Assemblies, the children look back on a year to be proud of when they have done their best and achieved many of their goals. They can also look forward to an exciting year full of challenge, discovery and fun. We wish them a sunny and joyful holiday in between and look forward to a new year in September. Happy Holidays!


Congratulations to our Year 6 pupils for their stunning SATs results, you have done yourselves and Kempshott Junior School proud. Year 6 performed The Lion King for their end of term production which was outstanding and very professional. Pupils also enjoyed an end of term treat at JJs and had an end of Year 6 BBQ. Year 5 pupils are not only looking forward to their own end of year production in year 6 (which is a long way off) but a cast of pupils are excited about performing Shakespeare in November – best get started! Year 3 enjoyed making photo frames in their design technology… a tough choice now lies ahead of who they will give it to. Year 4 enjoyed their last trip together which was a day trip Hawk conservancy. A fantastic frenzy of sporting activities took place on 29 June for the Junior School sports day. The weather allowed us to enjoy the event without getting too hot or wet! Beech house won the overall event. A music concert took place on Monday 10th July in which violin, woodwind, guitars and keyboard players performed to their parents. Also taking part in the extravaganza was Glee choir and orchestra. Our journey supporting Air Ambulance has ended and we are proud to announce that we have raised over £1000 to support this worthy cause. What or who will be the charity we support next year…? Our new Year 3 pupils have spent time transisting to the Junior school and now feel ready to start shortly. They met their new teachers and buddies as well as spent an afternoon producing work to display in their new classroom. Thank you to everyone who has supported Kempshott Junior School this year, we wish you a very happy holiday. Daisy and Katie 6MR


What a GREAT year we’ve had at Kempshott Under Fives. A few weeks ago we sadly said goodbye to our oldest children. We wish them so much luck and happiness on their journeys with their new schools; we know they are all completely ready for this next adventure! We had a fabulous leavers party with lots of fun and games, followed by a Teddy Bears Picnic with parents, family and friends. There have been so many highlights this year - we’ve had Mums and Dad’s with us to celebrate Mothers and Fathers Days… Hosted Teddy Bears Picnics and Easter Egg Hunts… Sung and danced at Christmas parties and Preschool Discos and held a mini Olympics for our sports stars! And all through the year our little ones have been learning through play and growing into amazing little individuals. It’s been a record year for fundraising - our wonderful parents and local businesses such as Sainsbury’s have all made a huge impact on our fundraising targets. We have also been a chosen charity for our local Waitrose and Co-op stores, which has been a superb boost for our fundraising efforts. We are now looking forward to welcoming our new starters to Kempshott Under Fives in September and hearing all about our returning children’s summer adventures. Happy Holidays everyone! Preschool opens for the new academic year on Tuesday 5th September. For preschool registration enquiries please contact Yvonne Hunt, Preschool Leader, on 07951 660401, or at Kempshott Under Fives is part of Hatch Warren Under Fives Preschool.

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The wildflowers on both on Old Down and Beggarwood during June and July have again been fantastic. Indeed the increase of wildflowers on Beggarwood compared to last year is really noticeable and that has meant an increase in butterflies, bees and bugs. It is particularly lovely to see more butterflies and this July there is definitely a good number around on both sites. Beggarwood is looking really good this summer due to the wildflowers becoming well established – such as banks of rosebay willow herb, a substantial patch of pyramidal orchids, groups of orange hawkweed and a mix of knapweed and ladies bedstraw. Here in the South, Orange hawkweed has the local name of ‘fox and cubs’ (in other areas known as ‘grim the collier’) - surprisingly it is rare to see on Old Down but seems to have taken to Beggarwood.

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The LNR (Local Natural Reserve) designation for Beggarwood is imminent and may actually be in place by the time this report is published. The Group and the council work together on site management plans and have recently agreed a two year ‘cut and clear’ rotation for most of the site with a few areas needing an annual rotation. ‘Cut and clear’ encourages the wildflowers and strengthens bushes and shrubs and, of course, keeps paths clear. General cutting back and tidying up and also the spreading of flower seeds is carried out by the work parties – so please try to come along to help out as the Group is rather short of hands for Beggarwood. Work parties: For Old Down, we meet outside Old Down Hall every Thursday 10-12noon. For Beggarwood, we meet monthly at The Maze, usually on the third Saturday of the month 10 -12noon. Always check our website just in case there is a change in dates and also for further information about work parties and events. Internet:


FUZZY DROVE CONSERVATION GROUP Many thanks to all our supporters who attended our public Annual General Meeting at the end of June. We were delighted to see a mixture of volunteers, supporters and new faces who are interested in our work. We presented our achievements of the past year and our plans for the year ahead. If you weren’t able to attend, but would like to see what was discussed the presentation and accompanying notes can be found on our website - and there is a link at the top of the home page to the AGM information. One of the items discussed at the AGM were our plans for wildlife surveying and monitoring in Fuzzy Drove. Following on from our hedgehog survey and the Big Garden Birdwatch earlier in the year, we are keen to create a good record of all the wildlife that Fuzzy Drove supports. We need your help to do this. We have set up a dedicated email address and are asking our supporters to email us with any wildlife sightings from Fuzzy Drove or adjacent gardens. We just need to know what you saw (birds, mammals, insects, anything else!) and the date and time. If you manage to get a photo, please do attach that to the email. In due course we hope to have a webform on the website and perhaps a smartphone app to make recording sightings even easier. We’ll be keeping the list of all the wildlife seen in or adjacent to Fuzzy Drove updated on our website. There are no working parties in August as we take a break to recharge our batteries before planting begins again in September – dates will be publicised on our website and our facebook page. We also plan to hold a children’s event in Fuzzy Drove on 9th September – please see our website for more details.


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Dr Nick Waring, the new President of the Probus Club of Basingstoke, had an interesting first lunch of the new season at the Test Valley Golf Club. The Club had twin guests of honour, the Worshipful the Mayor of Basingstoke & Deane BC, Cllr Paul Frankum, and also his mother Cllr Jane Frankum who is the Lady Mayoress. On behalf of the Probus Club Dr Waring presented a cheque to the Mayor in aid of his charity appeal. The speaker was retired RAF Wing Commander, Bryan Jenkins, from Sherfield on Loddon, who gave an audio visual presentation about his experiences as an engineering officer in the Cold War at a RAF Vulcan station.

Bryan, himself a member of the Probus Club of Basingstoke and president of the Basingstoke branch of the RAFA, told about his years at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire which along with nine other RAF stations in eastern England was home to the V bomber nuclear strike force in the early/mid 1960s. The Avro Vulcan, with its famous delta wing design was joined by the Handley Page Victor and the Vickers Valiant. Probus members were alarmed to hear about the change of UK government defence policy in the swinging sixties. Pre 1960 they had the land based Blue Streak intercontinental ballistic missile. This was cancelled in February 1960 going instead for an air craft based system using the Blue Steel air to ground missile. The Blue Steel was easily fitted to the Vulcan. However this was cancelled after two months when the UK decided to buy the US built Skybolt missile. But this was cancelled by the US in December 1962 in preference to a submarine task force that would be able to fire the Polaris intercontinental ballistic missile. The UK had to follow suit and the Royal Navy took on the role of nuclear deterrence in June 1969 with nuclear powered submarines that could launch this sea to land missile. The V bomber nuclear defence programme was abandoned, the planes re-rolling with tactical nuclear weapons and conventional ordnance. However before this final change of direction there were interesting and occasionally alarming times at RAF Waddington. Of 27 Vulcans based at this station three were on constant standby fully fuelled and loaded with nuclear weapons ready to be in the air within the famous four minute warning. The Vulcan flight crew of five officers were not allowed off base during their period of duty. All three crews lived, ate and slept adjacent to their aircraft. On one practice scramble the pilot could not unlock the door to enter the Vulcan. This was because the lock had frozen so he had to do what many motorists had to do in the winter back then, he warmed the lock and key with his cigarette lighter. It beggars belief what would have happened if he was a non-smoker and this was a real emergency. And yet RAF Waddington was selected to be an airfield that could accept civilian aircraft that had developed in flight faults. This meant having to spread foam on the runway to help planes land when their undercarriage would not go down securely. It could then take up to eight hours to have the runway clear and ready for the Vulcans to take off. Fortunately they never experienced a four minute warning during these episodes. Even though they did not always carry nuclear bombs, the Vulcan could carry twenty one 1000 lbs iron bombs and it was necessary to undertake regular bombing practice. This was usually without ordnance and the Vulcan would be airborne for five hours at a time. To ensure the highest skills and keep up morale there were regular bombing competitions against the USAF. The famous attack on Stanley airfield in the Falklands was made by a Vulcan using conventional 1000 lb iron bombs and the plane was refuelled mid flight by converted V bombers, the Handley Page Victor. All Vulcans had the capability to refuel in flight and they even went nonstop to Australia which meant in flight refuelling operations, some at night. There was a problem in that although the refuelling probe was illuminated by a spot light for the pilot of the Vulcan to guide it on to the trailing drogue, it really was not bright enough. Bryan had to find a solution, but had to use existing kit and was not permitted to go outside to obtain the ideal solution. No doubt the MoD was conscious that they must not over spend their budget. The last Vulcan squadron was disbanded in March 1984 leaving only the display team to fly on for many years. See for more information about the Probus Club of Basingstoke.

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AUGUST 2017 IN THE WILDLIFE GARDEN The flower beds A few tips from Springwatch for hot weather:

If we have more of the hot weather we had in June and July we need to put out multiple water dishes. A tall one for birds to bath safely in and low ones for mammals, remembering If we have more of the hot weather we had in June and July we need to put out multiple water to keep them topped up.

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A survey commissioned by the Building Societies Association (BSA), published in 2011, suggested that 53% of people in the UK would consider building their own home. It’s not difficult to see why; self-builders can often save up to 30% of the cost of buying an existing home, according to the National Custom & Self Build Association. In theory, this means the average self-build 3-bedroom home would cost £300,000 to build, instead of £430,000 to buy. Self-builders can be those who already own a plot of land, attached to their current home, or those who purchase a plot of land to build on. Furthermore, self-building does not always mean you have to move into the property once it is completed, it is quite common for self-builders to build a home for investment purposes and rent it out. If you are one of the 53% who has considered building a home, here are four main points to consider: 1. Finding a plot of land - If you already own the plot as part of your current property you will need to appoint a solicitor to separate it from the remaining property. If you intend to do this, and you have an existing mortgage on your current home, you will need to gain the agreement from your current lender to remove an element of the land from their security. 2. Design & planning - If building on a plot you own or you wish to make any changes to pre-existing permissions you will need to apply to your local authority for planning permission. It is important at this point to have the design of the property you wish to build. Appointing a qualified architect will help ensure the design of the property will satisfy planning requirements.

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KANCARE COFFEE CLUBATAKES HIGH TEA AT ANTROBUS HALL ‘Magical Mervyn Coach’ mystery tour (with full commentary) brought 29 members and volunteers to Antrobus Hall, Amesbury on Friday 26th of May. We enjoyed a superb high tea provided by the local WI. After relaxing in the sun on the terrace whilst watching bowls on the lawn we were taken home via a rural route, (again with a ‘Mervyn’ commentary). Normally the Coffee Club meets every Friday at the Basingstoke Rugby Club in Coniston road at 10am for coffee/tea and cakes plus the all important chat. Anyone in the Kempshott area is welcome and transport can be arranged if necessary. Our next ‘event’ will be a trip to Exebury Gardens which is planned for (but not yet confirmed) Friday 14th of July. Further details are available via Kancare Neighbourcare new phone no: 0790 5272 711

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Our speaker back in June, on what must have been the hottest evening of the year so far, was Barry Clarke who is the plant records officer for The Sir Harold Hillier Gardens in Romsey. However, his subject was Plant Collecting and centred around his trips to China and New Zealand with references to Australia where he lived for a time. From the age of three right through to his mid-twenties Barry was a professional dancer but when an opportunity came to purchase a small plant nursery on the Isle of Wight his career took a completely different turn! Currently living near Stockbridge, Barry holds the National Collections of Lobelia, Rubus, Asclepias and Roscoea Species (you can search the names on the internet to see what they include!). He is also very involved with Plant Heritage through the NCCPG (National Council for the Conservation of Plants & Gardens). Plant Heritage are present at many of the RHS Shows and have a whole area devoted to the National Collections at the Hampton Court Flower Show every year. I think this is where my wife and I first encountered Barry displaying his Rubus collection. Anything unusual and prickly tends to catch our attention but for some of the plants he sells it’s definitely a case of “handle with care”! Barry’s plant collecting journeys were not without some dramas. On one occasion he wandered off from the forest path and was “lost” for 5 hours. He eventually noticed some overhead power lines so followed them getting very scratched along the way having to try and keep looking up to check his direction, eventually he came to a road – he said it had taught him a lesson. The pictures he showed illustrated his talk perfectly and despite the hot and airless conditions that evening those attending remained glued to their seats. However, before you all decide to do a bit of pruning while you are away on your overseas holidays with a view to adding something different to your garden – don’t – the Customs folk may not like it nor will you if they fine you! Many countries require you to have permits to go “plant hunting” and in China all items collected must go through a rigorous checking process in Beijing. In New Zealand, there are even different permits required for both government land and private land made all the more difficult by a lack of visible boundaries in some places! During the break Barry then judged our in-house competition with the results as follows: Classes:- 1st 2nd 3rd 1. Specimen rose Catherine Clayton, Dave Buckland, Margaret Payne 2. Floribunda rose stem Dave Buckland Margaret Payne Daphne Locock 3. 3 sticks of rhubarb & leaves Catherine Clayton, Philip Wraight, Muriel Wraight 4. Corsage Margaret Payne, Muriel Wraight, Vida Sinden 5. 3 Hosta leaves mixed June Charsley, Muriel Wraight, Catherine Clayton 6. Photo – Church Janet Miles, Jean Elkin, Vida Sinden Our next meeting is on Monday August 21st at 7.30pm in Kempshott Village Hall when a representative from Thrive will talk about their Charity and how gardening can change lives. If you want further details, please call either: Philip Wraight – Vice Chairman - 01256 324185 or Sheila King Membership Secretary 01256 322104 (please use the Answerphone)


PROBUS CLUB OF DEANE CELEBRATE 25th BIRTHDAY The Probus Club of Deane celebrated their 25 years of existence at the Annual President’s Dinner in May this year. Formed under the sponsorship of the Rotary Club of Basingstoke Deane the inaugural meeting was held at the White Hart in Overton where both evening and lunchtime meetings were held. For 1998 the venue was changed to the Red Lion and the following year lunchtime meetings were held on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month at the Basingstoke Golf Club where they continue to this day. Along with the monthly meetings, some of which are attended by wives and partners, there is the Presidents Dinner, Christmas Dinner and Quiz which take place in the evening and one or two day visits to places of interest. Originally starting with 26 members the number has fluctuated throughout the years to again be 26 this year. At the 2017 President’s Dinner the current President, Brian Slater, congratulated the club on this milestone and paid tribute to previous Presidents and those members who were no longer with us. He then cut a cake specially made to commemorate the occasion which was then enjoyed by everyone present.

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For a bit of fun for all the family, Basingstoke Deane Rotary has created three simple “challenges”. They are based around the “Sitting with Jane” event organised by Destination Basingstoke to celebrate Jane Austen, are simple to take part in, cost nothing to enter, but there are prizes to be won!

SPOT THE BENCH There are 10 beautifully painted “Sitting with Jane” bookbenches sited around the centre of Basingstoke. Rotary has captured photos of a small section of each bench. The challenge is to identify the benches from the photos. All fully correct entries received by 31st August will be entered into a prize draw. For the more adventurous, try to spot the benches sited in the villages.

ROTOPIX17 CALLING ALL JANES Dozens of “Janes” visited the Rotary-sponsored bookbench in Festival Place on Saturday 8th July . The “Janes” were greeted by Rotarians in costume and there was reading aloud from Jane Austen’s famous books. Club President Lindy Richardson said “ There was an amazing turnout of Janes, and a great deal of public interest in the Sitting with Jane project” . And we had a lot of fun throughout the whole day. Thank you for your support , Basingstoke !“

This is a simple photo plus caption competition for all the family. Take a photo, add a caption to make it amusing, and together photo + caption need to fit the theme “Anything related to Jane Austen”. Have fun being creative. Entries by August 31st. There are awards for winners.

Basingstoke Deane Rotary is running these challenges to support the local Ark Cancer Centre Charity. To find out more details about these 2 competitions , and how to take part in each, simply go to our Basingstoke Deane Rotary website :- Have fun with both!

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Well we already are more than half way through another year and the longest day has been and gone. In June we celebrated our birthday with strawberries and cream and some delicious cakes made by one of our talented members and got our brains active by competing in a number of gentle quizzes compiled by the secretary. In July our talk was on “Mend and Make Do 1942”. We don’t have a members meeting in August but our treasurer is holding a garden party on the 7th admission is limited and by ticket only purchased in advance. In early September we look forward to a fun event as we have arranged a lunch and a skittles competition, again this is members only. Our craft meetings will continue again in September when in the afternoon of the second Monday of the month members of any local WI are welcome to join us. For insurance reasons we are unable to allow guests on these occasions. Our September meeting is on Monday 25th at 2.30pm in Kempshott Village Hall, if you are considering joining the WI come and meet us, you will be made most welcome Should you wish to know anything about Kempshott WI, please contact Mrs Barbara Hutton 01256 460475 or email Moira Meek,

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You may have heard of Snapchat and its new “Snap Map” feature which allows you to track other people’s location in real time. This has raised concerns among safety and privacy advocates; especially from a child safety perspective. With the map feature it’s possible to look at the exact location of your friends and what they are doing. The Bitmoji, a cartoon version of you, is used to show you current activity like sitting down, at the beach, driving a car and more. Snapchat describe the feature as follows. “We’ve built a whole new way to explore the world! See what’s happening, find your friends, and get inspired to go on an adventure!” {SnapChat] The feature came about after Snapchat bought a social mapping company Zenly for $250-$350 and then integrated the technology. But a number of children’s charities have made comment on this addition: “Given how specific this new feature is on Snapchat – giving your location to a precise pinpoint on a map – we would encourage users not to share their location, especially with people they don’t know in person,”[child safety group Childnet International] “Parents need to sit down with their kids and get them to really consider which friends they are sharing with” [] There’s already growing evidence about increased levels of anxiety in teenagers and this feature could potentially add to the pressure of being seen with the right people or worse, you’ve been left out of a situation. Another potential problem is around domestic violence as the app could be used to track and stalk ex-partners. There’s also opportunity for criminals to get in on the act by working out where you are, or more importantly, where you are not. If they can see you driving around then there’s a good chance your house is empty! This feature raises a couple of questions. Firstly, should this have been an “opt in” feature and secondly, why did Snapchat not make this more obvious when they updated the app? Enable Ghost Mode Fortunately there is a way to opt out and hide your location by enabling ghost mode. Go to Snap Maps by pinching the camera screen. Once there, go to the Settings tab (the cog set top right of the screen) and turn on Ghost Mode. Whist this issue has raised a lot news in the press and promoted by the viral video from Nadia Sawalha (from Loose Women) it also raises the question about other apps tracking you of disclosing your location without permission. As I have written before, the rise of smartphones has also gone hand in hand with the vast volumes of personal data now collected and sold on. It’s without doubt that this feature will be used more by Snapchat to predict your location and hence target adverts because, as people, we are highly predictable. Facebook already knows your sleeping patterns based on usage. In fact it was possible to check your friends sleep patterns due to a way you can access Facebook information through sharing data. Whilst Snap Maps got heavily covered in the popular media, there are plenty of other apps that have the potential to track you without your knowledge. They utilise many techniques but a popular one is to use the WiFi codes that Google knows. When Google started creating maps they built cars that could photograph the street for use with Street View. Whilst they were driving around, they also captured any WiFi codes they could locate and linked them to the GPS location. Obviously, it’s then very easy to identify someone when they log into their own WiFi at home. Without passing any GPS data, Google knows exactly where you are and can also pick up other WiFi codes you may come into contact with and can therefore track your movements. This technology has now been extended into the supermarket. Large retailers (including Marks and Spencer and Morrisons) use a system called WalkBase that uses multiple WiFi stations to triangulate your locations within the store. I don’t have an issue with the technology but I do have an issue with this technology tracking and storing my movements without my consent. Notices should be placed in prominent places enabling you to be fully informed. Throw facial recognition into the equation (which does happen) and you are now fully manipulated into buying certain products you potentially didn’t want or need.

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I’m sitting here writing this amidst an abundance of strawberries, but by the time this drops through your letterbox, the strawberries will be finished, as will Wimbledon- and school and college for this academic year. The school summer ormation ream & transf holidays will be midway through. erries, but

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In some ways our strleft In some ways our strawberries are like God’s love forbecause, us- asabundant, more than we could aw berMark’s ries are like God I am writing this month you may or may notlavish, know, the Rev. Kelvin and Jane Taylor St. lavish , more than we couyou at the end of May. They had been with us for nine years and we are sad to see them go. Many exciting ld never need, f never need, for us to share with our families, friends, neighbours and colleagues. I can assure fam ilie s, frie nds , neighbours and things have happened in the church and community under their leadership. colleague bumperI cro our bumper crop of strawberries is definitely not down to my gardening skills! dop of water them, awber abundant, ries is definitely no For example- we have started a messy church (very informal str skills! I do watercraft, food, a short but mostly from the water butt of collected rainwater, celebration provided God, asofisall ages the2.30pm sunshine to the and lotsby of fun for families -5pm every third Saturday); m, ripen but mostly from th e with our waterassemblies , provided we have started doing the fabulous ‘Open rain the Book’ for by the Go Y4’sd,in the re you our as is the sunsh them. They manage to send out runners and propagate themselves every year completely without manag(2e toSaturday junior school; started Saturday @ Saint Mark’s of the month from send out runners and propag gardening ate th 9:30am) which isbushes an informal chance to learn suchpicked things as youryet. ancestry, try flower my help. I have 400g still left in the fridge and some on the I haven’t I have I hav of collected e 400things arranging go for walks or bike rides round Kempshott or find out about various do with IT or further g stilto l left in the frid ge shared them with family, with my house-group church andWorker friends, but cannot eat them and some o withwe education. Wefrom have employed an Outreach and renovated them. They my hou se-group from chu rch and friends without my help. kitchen at church – ifbetter you have ever used more the old kitchen at St. letelyenough the ery year comp fast ……..So I have ‘transformed’ the same amount again intooursomething and long lasting. I have made same amoun t aga in into something Mark’s you know what state it was in! All of this and much more bette , being a …………but family with jam them d share lov have I er) strawberry ice cream (not being a jam lover). You may disagree that my transformation has ‘improved’ them they yet. . You picked under Kelvin’s leadership. may disagree that s I haven’t my much longer. d’ forme ‘trans have I o ……..S h enoug fast nnot eat them certainly last much longer. Kelvin and Jane are off on a well-deserved long holiday to their berry ice cream (not nd

long lasting. I have made straw nly last but they …………God them ved’ is That what is certai doing to tion has ‘impro

That is what Go favourite place- the Greek islands. We wish them well, as I am sure

d is doing to us-tra many of you do also.we can be, for a more long us-transforming us, making us the best person that Notnsforming us futurelasting . Not just future. a few months in the Go d’s lovis It is a time of change transition for them and forGod’s the just a few months in the freezer, but we are being transformed and prepared for anandeternal future. for us freezer, b e isavailable available for us all to share enablin g lastin long more a for be, can we It may well be a time of change and transition for you too. You may be changing job; maybe moving house; that alln to share enabling us to grow and flourish. the best perso .

an eternal future having a new baby; getting married; leaving home for the first time to go to university or to travel. There We hav e being transformed and prepared for may also be some less pleasant changes happening in your life- divorce, unemployment, bereavement. because sh. have a strawberry planter that never produces many strawberries, because early on in the season our w and flouriWe In the church’s year, the weeks just gone still form part of the ‘Easter Season’. It was a time of transition and planter b s, strawberrie tom called Softsox, lays in the planter because it is the perfect warm, cosy and sunny place for him ces many produ r that never change for Jesus’ disciples too. They had travelled around the country with Jesus, listening to him teach and snu berry planteginger ggle u in the lays x, Softso called tom r preach, watching him(like do miracles and healings. But they hadn’t quite understood ‘what he was really about.’ ginge snuggle up and squashes the strawberries before they have chance to flourish this) n the seasontoour flourish ( to him for place sunny and is the perfect warm, cosy On Easter Sunday and on many occasions after that they met the risen Lord Jesus, and during this time, e to have chancus before they berries what before He ascended to heaven, they began to understand all that He was teaching and explaining to them wonder squashes and stops us from flourishing? quashes theIstraw about God and about how much He loves each and every one of us. They finally did begin to comprehend

Criticism, I am sure, is one of the things that surely does this. So too being ‘whatdoes He was really about.’put down; low self I wonder what squ ashes us and -confidence; self -doubt and constant questioning “What if ……” or “ Many if only done this …or that” stopsit us from flo of what I arehadn’t called resurrection appearances in the Bible involve eating. This is important because tells us that the risen Jesus had a real physical body -he wasn’t some kind ghostly apparition. Cri ticism , I of am ; being taken for granted; people being rude or uncivil to us; not feeling valued; maybe even ‘daily life’job/ family sur e, is one/money of the things that surel selthe f -do ubtbut and the disciples didn’t immediately recognize Jesus-‘he was same different.’ best analogy of constaThe nt que worries. Sometimes we feel we’re just clinging on by our fingernails. Often stioning “What if gra … nte Often people comment that there this is when maybe you have had your hair done or get new glasses. is

g? d; people being rud e or uncivil to us; ‘something a bit different about you’ but they cannot quite wo place their on it. not rrie dence; s. finger Som ; low self etim put down es we fee being doesin other ways, the-confi strawberries remind me of usall different and yet the same. If you look closelysome are very dark red, l we’re s this. So tooBut just clinging on b for taken During this transition period, Jesus appeared to his disciples in pairs, groups and once to 500 people in one being ; that” t done this …or But “ if only I hadn’ in oth er some lighter, some big, some small, some juicy and some so diddy that go. byThisthe time you cut green stalk off isys,not much the str tells us that Jesus’ resurrection appearances couldn’t havethere been a wa hallucination. Itaw is unlikely 2 berrieleft. job/ family /money sthat rem ind me of u very dark red, som ng valued; maybe even ‘daily life’or 3 people, let alone 500 would have had the same hallucination! elittle lighteror , somlarge All the strawberries have pips in them, which some people dislike because they stick in their teeth. Many have e big , some small, sta nails. lk off there is not r finger mu ch us Transition is unsettling and often make us feel ill at ease - It was for the disciples, it is for at. St.All left the strawberrie blemishes or even closel holes. Most pips are like all the unkind, things weMark’s do stic unhelpful are of the time they are not perfect. Maybeandthe in thewe y- some ir will teeth. it may well be for you. We wonder, “What we’ll do?” andk “How manage?” ManyJesus havepromised different and yet the same. If you look little ortolarge blemis green h cut send his disciples a ‘helper’, which we call the Holy Spirit, to guide & support them and enable them to you or the things we fail to do? What the church calls ‘sin.’ The ‘transformed’ ice cream doesn’t have the pips, nor the blemishes and time the by Maybe the pips are e juicy and some so diddy that like all the unkind manage and find a way through. dislike because they peopleeventually , unhelpful th , which some is what we will be, pure and blemish -free for eternity. ‘sin.’ The ‘transform ve pips in them ed’ ice cream doe are not perfect. sn’t have the p and blemish -free or even holes. Most of the time they for eternity. Saul had encountered the resurrected Jesus first ha But what exactly are we being transformed into? h calls churc the What do? to fail we Bu t wh s we do or the things at final exactly been our ‘Open Book’ story of the year for th are wepersecuted bei ng tra ually be, pure eventmuch St. Paul, who wrote of the New Testament, was initially a nasty piece of work! He was called Saul and hethe nsformed into? , nor the blemishes and is what we will St. Pau l, wh o wro Anyway Saul is transformed from a hater of Christ te mu followers of ‘The Way’ (which is what the early Christians were known as). He threw them in jail, per he had them killed and ch of the Newhe Testament, wa secutetod tell follow wanted theers story of eJesus to everyone, of ‘Th Way’Christ (wh even watched as a man named Stephen was stoned to death. Not a nice chap at all! Hardly someone you would expect that God ich is what the had m killedheand andthe authentic changed name to he evehis n watched Paul. as a man nam Hardly someone you he would choose towasspread the of Jesus across the known world at that time. andmessage called Saul uldChristians expect tha initially a nasty piece of work! He Paul wrote a letter towo the in ta Go church Ga d woin wo he rld uld jail, at in tha them t threw tim e. early Christians were known as). He how they would be transformed -what he called ‘the Saul had encountered the resurrected Jesus first hand, in what is one of my favourite Bible passages (and has been our final ‘Open all! at chap Not a nice ed Stephen was stoned to death. s the know acrosyear thed Book’ of the for nthe Y4’s at Kempshott Junior school). Anyway Saul is transformed from hater itoflikeChristians ge of Jesus Heaexplains this - “…..theinto fruit of the Spi the messastory choose to sprea faithfulness, gentleness andto self-control.” a believer, not only that- but into someone who wanted to tell the story of Jesus Christ to everyone, everywhere. And show (New Inte

his transformation was complete and authentic he changed his name to Paul.

Paul wrote a letter to the Christians in a church in Galatia, what we call modern Turkey, explaining to them about how they would be transformed -what he called ‘the fruit of the Spirit’ . He explains it like this - “…..the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” (New International Version of the bible), Or as ‘The Message’ (a more modern bible translation) puts it:-“But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.”

Or as ‘The Message’ (a more modern bible translatio

“But what lives, much affection f willingness and a conv We find ou our way in

So that is church or transforme follow the e

So that is what this transformation is about- whether we belong to church or not, as long as we are Amidst the tragedies over the last few weeks, we hav open to the possibility, we can be transformed by the lavish and abundant love of God and by trying to follow the example Jesus of people. We have seen some awesome people set for us. generosity………

wouldn’t it of be wonderful see more of the Amidst the tragedies over the last few weeks, we have seen many of these characteristics displayed in……but all manner people.toWe disaster and tragedy? have seen some awesome people doing extra- ordinary things; bravery, patience, kindness, generosity……………but wouldn’t live in a community and in a world that is m it be wonderful to see more of the ‘fruit of the Spirit’ more of the time and not just in times of disasterI want andtotragedy? What about you? I want to live in a community and in a world that is more like this.

What about you?

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