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8 A View from the Church Rev. Mike Lodge

World Cup Fever has hit Around Town HQ! Do we 10 Rotary of Rayleigh Mill/ think England will relive that fateful day, back in 1966 Lions Club which, to date, has never Organisations ‘Around Town’ What we can offer you? been repeated? Who knows – but we’ll have fun cheering 13 Martin Lewis Award Winning Friendly Dental Team on our boys and wishing them the very best of luck The Money Saving Expert and modern environment over in Brazil! Make sureRelaxed you check out Bar Plazma and 16 Rotary of Rayleigh Mill Full of cosmetic treatments Bar Zero’s adverts inside, for range Concert in the Park details on which games are being shown. Cutting edge technology

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Saturday 28th June is a date News treatment plans to suit your to remember as we haveFlexible the Political Rotary Club of Rayleigh needs Mills’ - Including 0% finance Concert in the Park returning 21 Recipe to Priory Park in Southend. Big Spud This year the event is playing ‘Hooked on Classics’ Live, which is sure to be a 23 Know Your Tradesman spectacular – we’ve had DD Interiors the CD spinning all month at Around Town HQ and we 25 Nature Notes think it’s excellent! Another great local event EWT Trustee Neil Sumner is taking place the same weekend over in Leigh, the 26 The Cook Report famous ‘Folk Festival’ will be Rayleigh Lanes pleasing crowds from Friday 35a High Street 01268 742333 27th – Sunday 29th June.. Read on and enjoy.

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A VIEW FROM THE CHURCH

A month of Sundays and other days!! The month of June is a particularly busy one with much going on, both in the life of the church and also the community and beyond… The seventh Sunday after Easter is often referred to as White Sunday, in commemoration of the descent of the Holy Spirit on the apostles 50 days after Easter. The word ‘Whit’ derives from the Old English hwīta sunnandæg white Sunday, probably named after the ancient custom of wearing white robes at or after baptism. Also called Pentecost, on Sunday 8 June the churches will be celebrating this ‘feast day’, as it often referred as the ‘Birthday of the Christian Church’. As the churches celebrate Pentecost, it’s not an occasion to blow out the candles on the cake, but to allow the Holy Spirit to stir up the church and to fan the flame of hope that all Christians are called to live and share; the living hope of a new start with Jesus, which leads to eternal life. For our lives to really come to life, we are expected to believe; that is, come to an understanding that Jesus died for each one of us, as individuals, that he

rose from the dead, giving us the hope of eternal life. I hesitate to mention that Thursday 12 June marks the beginning of the Football World Cup 2014, but, giving some hope for those who don’t delight in football, it ends on Sunday 13 July! Taking place in Brazil, with Brazil favourites to win, it has the theme of ‘All in One Rhythm’ with England’s first match, against Italy taking place on Saturday 14 June at the Arena Amazonia, Manaus! Over this weekend the Parish of Rayleigh will be having its own special events as the centenary of the Diocese of Chelmsford is celebrated. On Saturday 14 June you can join in the fun from 10.00am with THE BIG PAINT! Come and add your touch to possibly the biggest ever paint project in Rayleigh EVER!!

Mothering Sunday, when cards and gifts are presented! On the same day ‘Rayleigh in Bloom’ is upon us again with the judging taking place, Holy Trinity Churchyard entered for the Best Religious Grounds, an award which it won last year! And the list of other days goes on, with ‘The Derby’, horse racing event taking place on 7 June on Epson Downs, the State Occasion of the ‘Trooping the Colour’ on 14 June in at Horse Guards Parade, Royal Ascot from 17 June and Wimbledon Tennis Championships from 23 June…. Whatever you are planning to do this month I do hope your days are joyful ones… Yours in the love of Jesus…

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R AYLEI G H ROTARY CLUB June 28th is around the corner and our ‘Concert in the Park’ is nearly here! I hope that you have seen the banners around town advertising the event, if not go on to www.concertinthepark.org.uk to find out all the details and how to obtain tickets. Although this is our 17th concert, it never seems to be any easier to organise. In fact continual changes to Heath and Safety etc. make it more difficult. If you look into Priory Park on the two days before the concert you will see the club members, from all sorts of professions, setting up the site. Building fences, running water mains, building marquees, organising concessions etc. and then on the day they will all be looking very different as they steward the site in dinner jackets! The English Pops Orchestra, the Southend Boys’ and Girls’ choir, the Flashbax, the firework company and all the club will be working to make it a great occasion for you so we hope that thousands of you will come along with your picnics and flags to make it a great day. If any of you wish to see how the club works, the meetings are certainly interesting around ‘concert time’. We now meet at Mamma’s Romantica Restaurant in Rayleigh High Street at 7.30pm on Monday nights. If you wish to join us please contact Andrew Shackleton on 01702 201783 or robertashackleton@googlemail.com to make arrangements.

RAYLEIGH LIONS CLUB The Lions club of Rayleigh are pleased to announce our Newest member to the Club, Ian Curtis who was inducted at our last business meeting. We are still looking for new members to join our “family” whom are welcome to our business meetings which are held on the 1st Tuesday of each month at The Ceders Centre, Castle Lane, Rayleigh at 8pm. We were busy again in May, with collecting the proceeds of the Easter egg raffle, which a number of establishments held on our behalf, and we raised a grand sum of £504. Many thanks to all that participated. In terms of donations, we are pleased to donate a further £1,000 to the first responders in order that they may purchase another defibrillator and ancillary equipment. In total this means a grand sum of £2,000, so both the East and West side of Rayleigh will have access. The first responders - a voluntary group that are trained by the NHS and works alongside the NHS, but have to provide all their own equipment to provide this valuable service. Did you know that Friends of Lions have their own charity shop in Hockley, all donations are welcome. For further information on our group please follow us and like us on our facebook page “the lions club of rayleigh”

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If you’re looking for a different side dish to your Sunday roast, this will bring smiles to every face around the table. It takes a little while to make but none of it is stressful. You can put the onions in raw to save time but you won’t get that savoury caramel flavour. If you have a food processor or other gadget to slice the potatoes and onions to the same thickness all the better, otherwise slice them as fine as you can with your sharpest knife. The quality of the stock really makes this dish, so use the best you can.

Ingredients: 2 baking potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced 1 onion, thinly sliced Olive oil 10g butter Salt and pepper 1 teaspoon dried sage or small handful chopped fresh sage Enough chicken or vegetable stock to cover (about 500ml)

Method: 1.

Pre-heat your oven to 180°C. Add the sliced onion to a baking tray with high sides and barely cover with oil. Bake for 20 minutes until starting to soften. Strain off the onions and put to one side (you can keep the oil for cooking again, it’ll give it a subtle onion flavour).

2.

In the same baking dish, place a layer of potatoes and season generously with salt and pepper. Add a layer of onion. Top with sage then repeat potatoes, seasoning and onion until you’ve used everything up. When full, gently pour over stock – just enough to cover. Cover with greasproof paper or tin foil and put in the oven.

3.

After half an hour, the stock should have thickened slightly and reduced a bit. Discard the paper / foil. Dot the exposed potato slices with butter and put back in the oven for another 25 minutes or so, until you can put a knife straight into it with no resistance.

4.

Leave to stand for 10 minutes before serving - the stock soaks back into the potatoes and makes it extra sticky.

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