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2012 The magazine of Banstead United Reformed Church Tidings, October 2012 Page 1

BANSTEAD UNITED REFORMED CHURCH SERVICES Our Family Worship is held every Sunday at 10.30am a crèche is provided. Junior Church for children aged 3-14 meets at the same time, and we have a music group which meets at 10.10am. Holy Communion is normally celebrated during our morning service on the first Sunday of each month. An Evening Service, in a variety of styles, is held at 6.00pm on the third Sunday of the month. This service is shared with the Methodists and is held alternately at our church and the Drive Methodist church. Please see the diary sheet for details. The Prayer Circle meets every two weeks. Please note: Monday is the Minister’s day off. For details of future events and important dates for your diary please see the monthly Diary Sheet or check out our Website:

Tidings is edited by Linda Richards. Address: 3 Breech Lane, Walton on the Hill, Tadworth, Surrey KT20 7SQ Tel 01737 813617, e-mail I am happy to receive your contributions, ideas and suggestions for Tidings at any time but copy for the next edition should be with the editor by

Sunday, 21st October 2012

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Dear Friends, Can you remember the first Bible you were given? At our New Beginnings service last month three of our young people were presented with Bibles: Georgie, Lucy and Verity. And no doubt over the years they will come to treasure particular verses and passages – stories and sayings that resonate with them and speak to their experience of life. This year, for Bible Sunday, the Bible Society is encouraging us all to think about our favourite verses, and try to explain why they are so special for us. The theme for this year’s Bible Sunday is ‘Count on It’ and is inspired by Isaiah 55.1-11, which describes a splendid banquet which is free of charge. Verses 1 and 2 are an invitation to feast on God’s amazing love. While the reference itself may not ring any bells in our memory, when we look up the passage many of the verses are very familiar: ‘why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labour for that which does not satisfy?’ and ‘seek the LORD while he may be found, call upon him while he is near'. Two verses that ‘say it all’ for me, come from the book of Lamentations. ‘The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning, great is your faithfulness’ (3:22-23). And while the Bible Society’s emphasis is on verses that encourage us to rely on God in times of trouble, it seems to me that these two verses speak to us both at times when life is a struggle and grief and sorrow seem to be never ending, and when times are good – when we wake in the morning with joy at a fresh new day. God’s presence is with us in all our situations, God shares and bears our sorrows, and also shares in our joys and rejoices with us.

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So what are your favourite verses? When your church group next meets, why not spend a few minutes sharing with one another the words that give you hope and comfort? Yours in Christ Jenny

Dear Friends, I am deeply moved by the beautiful cards and letters I have received from so many people who all have expressed their appreciation of Alastair. It is so lovely to know how he was respected and loved. A big thank you to the many who helped me and the family to see that everything was ready on the day of the funeral: to Ian Catt and Ken Worsley for taking such a lot of trouble to produce a CD of the service – thank you. We were able to send £650 to the Royal Marsden Hospital in Sutton which was a very generous response to our request for donations in memory of Alastair. Bless you all and thank you again, Grethe (Dykes), Maddi, Andy, Gavin and Anna

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This month’s Church Family News, (along with photos of our newly-weds!) is available in the members’ log in page of our website or in the paper copy of Tidings. For details of the log in and password please contact

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MY FAVOURITE HYMN My favourite hymn is Lord, the light of your love is shining. I love it because it’s really lively and happy. I enjoy clapping with everyone in the chorus. I also love the songs we sing at Holiday Fun Week for the same reasons.

Samuel Burns

PRAYER FOR BIBLE Living Scripture (Jn5:36b-end, Ps 119:105) We go to church, Study the scriptures Wonderful words in so many forms, Historic, prophetic Poetic and dignified, But meaningless Without the light of the Spirit Who inspired them, Light to bring revelation Of the one who inhabits the words, Who is the Word. Lord, send us your Spirit, Open our eyes, Open your word To truly be a lamp to our feet And a light for our path, Lord, show us Jesus In every word, That we might come to him And have life. Amen By Daphne Kitching

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National Ethical Investment Week 14-20 October What’s this all about? Christians are being challenged to consider our choice of financial products. By choosing green and ethical investment options, investors may make a positive difference to society and the environment. Green and ethical investments can promote transparency and encourage corporate social responsibility, and help fund solutions to global problems. How does it affect us? Green and ethical options extend beyond just investment funds. There are now many green and ethical products for banking, ISAs, pensions, insurance and even mortgages. Considering green and ethical options for your finances can be as simple as thinking about your bank account. Tell your friends: As a Christian, concerned about human rights, global poverty and the environment, tell your friends, neighbours and fellow churchgoers know that they, too, can make green and ethical choices when they use financial services. What about the URC? The URC avoids investment with companies with significant interests in the supply of alcoholic drinks or tobacco products; or military equipment; or the provision of gambling facilities; or the publication or distribution of pornography. Want to know

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Holy Spirit, Counsellor and Friend, Grant me the wisdom to choose as you lead which supermarket, which bank, which investments, which, if any holiday, shop, or purchase I make. Grant me strength as I wrestle with competing priorities – buying fairly priced products; spending less so I have more to give; reducing my impact on the environment. and remind me that what you ask for is a simply a heart that chooses you. © The Sanctuary Centre

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A DAY TO REMEMBER When it was announced that London had won the bid to host the 2012 Olympic Games Nick and I both said that we would definitely go and watch for what would be a once in a lifetime opportunity. Disappointingly, in spite of applying for numerous tickets for a variety of events, we were unsuccessful. Stephanie, however, who had only applied for one event – the 100m final no less – got four tickets and kindly invited me and Nick to go with her and Tony. I would be able to go after all. I was so excited! When we arrived at the Olympic Park the stadium looked magnificent. I hadn’t realised that so many of the other venues were also within the park so we looked around them as well and were able to see Andy Murray winning his gold medal on the big screen.

Eventually it was time for us to make our way into the stadium. Inside it was just amazing! We had excellent seats and although there were big screens we didn’t need them. There wasn’t a spare seat anywhere and the atmosphere was incredible. I had never been to an athletics meeting before and couldn’t believe how busy it all was. There was men’s high jump going on just in front of us; ladies’ long jump to the left of us; the men’s shot put in the middle, which was really fascinating to watch seeing the little car picking up the shot-puts; and then of course there were the races including hurdles, steeplechase, women’s 800m in which Christine Ohurogu won silver; and of course the men’s 100m final. I just loved every minute of it.

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When it was time for the main attraction of the evening the noise from the crowd was absolutely deafening and the tension and excitement palpable. When Usain Bolt’s name was announced the crowd went wild and the atmosphere was just electric. The race was obviously over very quickly but after Usain Bolt won the crowd was very vocal in its appreciation of such a great man and such a great win. I felt honoured to have witnessed such a magnificent moment and I was totally caught up in the excitement of it all. However, for me the highlight of the whole day was standing up and singing the National Anthem twice with 80,000 other people. Mo Farrah and Greg Rutherford had both won gold the night before and we were there for their medal ceremonies. It was a truly magical occasion and one that I will treasure forever. Diana Parsk

TRINITY TREK FOR OCTOBER Alfold and the Lost Canal Saturday 13th October starting at 2pm Length of walk: 5 miles Meet at the Forestry Commission Car Park between Alfold and Dunfold. Grid reference OS map 134 - 026350 Further details available from John Mason.

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Regular Worshipper but not yet a Member? Do you worship regularly at Banstead URC? Have you heard those words ‘Church Member’ and wondered what it means? If you would like to know more about becoming a Church Member, or even if you are just curious, then come along to ... Tea and Cake in the Church at 3 p.m. on Thursday 4th October If you want to know more, ask Jenny (01737 355026) or just turn up.

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‘Giving Life to the Streets of Mumbai’ A talk by Andy Robson & Caron Ireland on their work in India

Friday 5th October 2012 8pm Banstead Institute

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The Church that says “Yes!” Tuesday evenings 23rd October 27th November 29th January 7.30 p.m. coffee, 7.45p.m. start and finishing by 9.15 What does it mean to be a church that is truly welcoming and values everyone who enters its doors and so is a mirror of the community it serves? Mrs Joan Pike from Caterham URC will be guiding us as we explore what it means to be a Church that says ‘Yes!’ Come along and be a part of this enjoyable look at ourselves as a church.

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The Jimmy Mizen Foundation was set up as a positive way of remembering the life of Jimmy, who was tragically murdered in May 2008 aged sixteen. We work with other like-minded people and organisations to empower young people, up to the age of 24, to develop as individuals and help others; developing the ability to manage anger without resorting to violence; and developing their skills and capabilities so they can gain work, training and lead fulfilling lives. The Foundation has already made significant progress in raising finance to support local scouting organisations - so far we have bought four ‘Jimmybuses’ and arranging apprenticeship placements within Leathermarket Tenant Management We have further set up our Awareness Project that addresses audiences of young people, parents and teachers in schools, prisons and youth clubs to promote anger management, stress awareness and the consequences of violent crime. The CitySafe Havens initiative began after Jimmy’s murder and successfully brought together young people, police and shopkeepers to build a safer street where the attack took place. Together, shopkeepers, police and young people work to increase the reporting of incidents. London Mayor Boris Johnson has declared City Hall the 200th safe haven. Meet Barry & Margaret Mizen and hear more about their work at 8.00 pm on Monday 5th November at the Church Institute, High Street, Banstead. Tidings, October 2012 Page 13

BANSTEAD FIVE CHURCHES Larger than Life Concert given by Jonathon Viera on Saturday 10th November 2012 at 7.30pm at St Christopher’s Church, Claygate Lane, Hinchley Wood, Surrey, KT10 0AQ Ticket price £14 B5 Churches have been made aware of an exciting Tour by the singer, Jonathan Vieira, around the Country. His evenings are an ideal opportunity to invite along friends and family who don’t usually go to church. His Concerts involve excellent quality entertainment- great variety of music and lots of laughter. If you are interested in going to this event please see one of our B5 reps – Fiona Cole or Jo Patel.

14th October Youth Service & Fun & Food at The Drive Methodist Church Forms from Beverley Kent

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All-Together Service Sunday 14th October, 10.30 a.m. Have you ever wondered what happens when the Junior Church leave for their groups? Now is your chance to find out! As a change from our usual service, we will all have the opportunity to ‘go out with Junior Church’ 

Musicians and singers of any age can join the Music Group in the Hall to practise the closing hymn. If you have one, bring your instrument.

Those who wish to remain in church will be led in a meditation.

There will be a making session led by Junior Church.

We will wonder about the Parable of the Lost Sheep through Godly Play.

All these activities are suitable for all ages. At the end of the service we join together in the church for our closing worship.

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Chris and Sheila are proud to announce the return of

the Ceilidh Saturday 1st December Plenty of time to dust off your dancing shoes! THOUGHT FOR THE MONTH The Bible that is falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn’t. - Vance Havner

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FUNDRAISING QUIZ FOR CHILDREN IN LATIN AMERICA Here are a few more details about our fundraising quiz on Saturday 10th November. Doors will open at 19.00 and the quiz will begin at 19.30. Tickets cost just ÂŁ10 and include fish (or a veggie burger!) and chips. Wine by the glass and the bottle will be available, as well as soft drinks. You can buy your tickets from Beverley Kent every Sunday from the 7th October to the 4th November. We have already raised all the money that we need for our trip so the money raised at the quiz will go straight to the charity and children in Arequipa. If you are interested in finding out more about the charity please have a look at their website - http:// It would be great if you could join us and help us to raise lots of money for a really worthy cause! Natalie Kent

BANSTEAD COMBINED CHARITIES CHRISTMAS EVENT This event will be held on Saturday, 6th October at the Banstead Community Centre, Park Road, Banstead from 9.30 to 2.30pm and there are refreshments and Prize Raffle. Admission is 20p on the door and there is ample parking at the centre. People are invited to support their favourite charities through buying the Charity Christmas cards and gifts on offer.

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BANSTEAD ARTS FESTIVAL SOCIETY Saturday 13th October at 7.30 pm in the Community Hall, Park Road, Banstead, SM7 3AJ LANCE PIERSON in THE BEST OF JOHN BETJEMAN He was a conservationist, television personality and best-selling poet. Twenty-eight years after his death, John Betjeman remains a national treasure. Actor Lance Pierson tells the story of Betjeman's life through his poems, which paint a picture of a changing 20th Century England. The poems Slough, Joan Hunter Dunn, Diary of a Church Mouse and Christmas are included. Tickets cost ÂŁ12 (school pupils ÂŁ3). They are available from The Ibis Bookshop in High Street, Banstead or at the door. To reserve tickets in advance, telephone: 01737 350288 or email: See also Also, the Annual General Meeting will be held at Banstead Day Centre in the Horseshoe on Friday 5th October 2012, 8.00 pm. The formal meeting will be followed by wine and light refreshments, providing an opportunity to talk informally with other members and the BAFS committee.

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COMMON OR GARDEN PLANTS THROUGH THE SEASONS I have been unable to trace the origin of ‘common or garden’, a phrase which can be applied to anything which is ordinary and not unusual. There are some plants that are found in many people’s gardens, but which nevertheless deserve their place through the sheer value that they provide, through qualities such as reliability, appearance and ease of cultivation. Early in the year we see daffodils in nearly everyone’s gardens, but their fresh yellow is no less welcome because it is so common. Bulbs are generally an excellent investment, because they have their food built-in when you buy them and they are pretty well guaranteed to flower well, at least in their first year. Dying foliage of the larger daffodil varieties can be unsightly, so I recommend the miniature Narcissus ‘Tête à Tête’. In the spring you see Clematis montana var. rubens everywhere, smothered in iridescent pearl-pink flowers with a vanilla scent. This is one of the easiest of the clematis family, not prone to the dreaded wilt. Give it a warm and sunny wall, with shade at the base, and plenty of room to grow – at least 6m (20 ft) – and it will never cease to delight, even if your neighbour has one too; it’s just too good to ignore. Spring is also illuminated by Forsythia. Did you know that this ubiquitous shrub is named after one of Sir Bruce Forsyth’s ancestors? In full bloom, it is irresistible, but it is a fast and untidy grower, and is rather uninteresting for the rest of the year. I think that for the average garden it is best used as part of an informal hedge, mixed with other shrubs such as hawthorn. Trimming after flowering and perhaps once more during the summer will keep it tidy; you will lose some flowers but there will still be sufficient to cut some shoots in February and bring them indoors and see them gradually open as a harbinger of spring. Tidings, October 2012 Page 19

Another common shrub that comes into its own in late spring is Photinia x fraseri ‘Red Robin’. It is a great favourite of landscapers, because it is very tolerant of all types of soil and aspect – I have seen it doing quite well even in deep shade. In spring, handsome new red leaves appear, which gradually turn green. Although devoid of rarity value, ‘Red Robin’ is an evergreen that is too wellbehaved to be absent from your garden. You can grow it in a tub, and although it is vigorous, it never seems to get too big. At the height of summer you can enjoy the greenish-yellow sprays of Alchemilla mollis, with the nickname Lady’s Mantle. This refers to the way in which drops of rain or dew remain on the pale green leaves with their crinkled edges and shine in the sun like gems, reminding the pious in years gone by of the bejewelled images of the Virgin Mary. Lady’s Mantle is excellent for filling odd gaps, indeed it often does this by seeding without our intervention, forming clumps about 50cm (20in) in height and spread. When the flowers have faded, cut down all straggly growth, and fresh new growth will appear. It very modestly almost disappears in the winter, only to come back into its full glory the following summer. Hardy geraniums or cranesbills are perennials that mostly start flowering from June. There is a tremendous variety of forms and colours, and you will find one or two (usually neglected) in most gardens. But if you select some of the best varieties and look after them, they will reward you richly. I recommend Geranium ‘Ann Folkard’, which is gloriously informal, scrambling amongst other plants, with its golden-green leaves and flowers of the deepest magenta-purple throughout summer. Another first-class variety is Geranium ‘Orion’, with highly dissected leaves and violet-blue flowers with dark red veins and a white centre that are produced over many summer weeks.

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As autumn arrives, we appreciate the value of Euonymus, especially the dwarf versions of the spindle tree, such as Euonymus fortunei ‘Emerald ’n’ Gold’. This small evergreen shrub is a mainstay for furnishing the grounds of new housing. It grows slowly, so is quite expensive; when you see how many the landscapers have planted around a new development, you realise why the houses cost so much! Nevertheless, one or two in your garden will provide year-round interest, with their green and gold leaves, which have a pink tinge in winter. An alternative variety, even showier, is Euonymus fortunei ‘Blondy’, with bright yellow leaves edged with green; guaranteed to brighten up any corner. In winter, we turn to the holly and the ivy. Plain holly trees spring up all over the place, their seeds spread by birds eating the berries. For year-round good looks, consider the variegated hollies. To ensure that berries are produced, you need to plant male and female varieties. One of the peculiarities of horticultural nomenclature is found with the holly, or Ilex. A good female variety for berries is named Ilex x altaclerensis ‘Golden King’! It is a very handsome shrub, with green and gold leaves that are not prickly, and if you plant a male holly nearby you should have a show of orange-red berries. Which male holly? Yes, Ilex aquifolium ‘Silver Queen’ is the inaptly-named choice, with dark green leaves edged with silver, a very smart plant that doesn’t seem to mind its name at all. Ivies have rather a bad name; the plain ivy grows anywhere, and smothers anything in its way. But there are many choice and decorative varieties, which retain their common relation’s toughness, but are not so invasive. Hedera helix ‘Goldheart’ has very beautiful green and gold markings, but needs space and is best on an outside wall or fence, rather than a house wall. For a smaller area, and also for ground cover, try Hedera helix ‘Glacier’, with grey-green leaves and white edges, or, even smaller, Hedera helix ‘Sagittifolia Variegata’, with deeply-cut cream and green leaves. And so the year is completed, with our common or garden plants helping us to derive considerable pleasure from our gardens, as we look forward once more to the onset of spring. Tony Smith Tidings, October 2012 Page 21

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Minister: Revd. Jennifer Morgan, 01737 355026 Church Secretary: Kevin Dinnage 01737 356380 Copy for the next edition should be with the editor by Sunday, 21st October 2012. Email:

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