CAUSEWAY FEBRUARY 2020 Living Lent The Worldâ€™s Big Sleepout Village History Project
Serving the communities of Thorp Arch and Walton Advertising Index Accountants Gillbeck Assoc Peter Howard Alarms PGK Security Animal Care Clifford Moor Farm Architects McNicholas Architects Bed & Breakfast Four Gables Building Materials Kirbys Carpet Cleaning Wetherby Carpet Cars/MOT Westmoreland Cars Chimney Sweep Mooring Brothers Chiropody Boston Spa Chiropody
Contact: Emma Shellard, 07903 632590 firstname.lastname@example.org
Curtains, Furnishing Louâ€™s Threads
Hardware Douglas Yeadon
Holiday Cottages Priory Cottages
Kitchens Aberford Interiors
Decorators Mark Hatfield Oliver Willard The Decorating Centre
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Elderly Support WiSE
Electrical Services P Collier Edmunds Electrical
Opticians Andrew Morgan Cameron Beaumont
Estate Agents Beadnall & Copley
PA/Secretarial Concierge David Bransby 27
Flooring Services Thorner Flooring
Plumbing and Heating Peter Norman 30
Funerals Tony Barker
Restaurants Fox and Hounds
Gardening Lawn Keeper MK Landscaping
Retail Parks Thorp Arch Retail Park
Hairdressing Ian Blakey
Tree Services Bardsey Tree Services
Front Cover - Walton 1880. Credit thanks to Sallie Munro, captured by Anthony Farrimond. Causeway - Chair Ian Hall. Editors Lisa Sherratt and Victora Etherington. Designer John Pendleton Advertising Emma Shellard. Distribution (Thorp Arch) Jane Clayton (Walton) Gay Childe and David Spencer. Big thanks to the entire distribution team. Please refer to the Contacts Page for contact details. The Editor and Management Committee do not endorse any content of articles or advertisements in this magazine nor shall they be liable directly or indirectly for any damages which may arise from information or views contained in these pages. 2
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Welcome to our first edition as Causeway editors. It has been a steep learning curve for both of us and I think we have a long way to go before we reach Rachel’s standard! Apologies for mistakes, submissions missed during the handover period and duplicate emails you have had to send us. And a huge thank you to those of you who have supported us as we blundered our way through the process. As if they knew we needed help, we have been very blessed this month by two clergy letters. So for this month only, they have moved from their usual spot to pages 20 and 21.
One of our goals for this year is to learn more about the community we live in; our villages have such a diverse and fascinating history. We had no idea that Walton was surveyed for the Domesday Book in 1085! Do you have a story about the villages? Perhaps your parents and grandparents lived here? Or maybe you have some photographs of what the village looked like in the past? We would love to hear from you, even better, write an article for Causeway and share what you know with the community.
Editor’s Letter Award Winning Causeway News from our Churches Run for Martin House Sunday Services/Occasional Offices Thorp Arch Parish Council Thorp Arch News Walton News
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If we get enough material we are hoping to run an exhibition as well as publishing it in our Causeway. This month Anthony Farrimond has photographed some adverts for past social events on page 13. Although it feels as if Christmas has only just gone, by the time you get this Shrove Tuesday will be approaching. If you fancy something new in the pancake line, try Lisa’s crepe and galette recipes on page 24. Or consider an environmental approach to your Lenten fasting. If you have any contributions for the magazine or would like to join the team please email us at causeway.editor@gmail. com Blessings.
The World’s Big Sleepout Village Diary and Notice Board Clergy letter - Bonus Edition Alternative Pancake Recipes Living Lent The Birds in Your Garden Village Contacts
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Available online at issuu.com/causewaymag and LARGE PRINT VERSION - EMAIL CAUSEWAY.EDITOR@GMAIL.COM. Causeway is a community magazine produced and distributed by a team of dedicated volunteers which is published 10 times a year (monthly except for January and August). Contributions are considered by our Editorial Team and are invited to be emailed to causeway. firstname.lastname@example.org by 10th of the month prior to publication. 3
National Award for Causeway Magazine - again!
The 2019 National Parish Magazine Awards A5 MAGAZINE CATEGORY
Causeway secured a win in the National Parish Magazine Awards for the second year running, awarded ‘Best Content’ in the A5 category and 2nd overall, beating our 5th place in 2018.
1st and Best Overall Magazine Parish Magazine of Ludlow St Laurence 2nd and Best Content Causeway (Thorp Arch and Walton) 3rd and Best Design - TA13 (South Petherton)
The awards celebrate volunteers all over the country who devote time and effort free of charge to producing parish magazines that service their communities every month of the year.
4th and Best Print - The Magazine (Mylor) 5th and Best Editor - The Worthys (Abbots Worthy, Headbourne Worthy and Kings Worthy).
The organisers, the Parish Mag Printers, say, “It is our aim to give magazine editors recognition for the service they provide, which so often goes unrewarded, and give an incentive to those who are considering joining their ranks in future.”
Open Studios in Thorp Arch and Walton this May Artists with studios within a 6 mile radius of Wetherby will open their studios again this May for the public to visit.
Our former Editor, Rachel Bentley, says, “Winning Best Editor in 2018 was a huge boost and to get Best Content in 2019 with second place 2nd overall out of hundreds of entries was the icing on the cake. I am delighted that Causeway has excellent new Editors to carry on the good work.”
Artists Around Wetherby (AAW) first started in 2014 and for the first time this year will include artists from both Thorp Arch and Walton. AAW Open Studios will take place again on the special VE Day Bank Holiday, Friday 8 May and all weekend Saturday 9 May and Sunday 10 May plus the following weekend Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 May, from 10 am to 5 pm each day. Paintings, pottery, sculpture, glass, handmade books, prints and cards will be for sale and you can meet and chat with the artists and see them at work in their own studios. This year several new artists are joining AAW so there’s lots of new work of all sorts to come and enjoy Leaflets with artist profiles and a map to follow will be available nearer the time in several local shops and businesses including Castlegate Stationery and Touchwood in Wetherby plus Yeadons and Costcutter in Boston Spa. Refreshments are available in all studios with donations to the British Legion in recognition of the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe in WW2. A special event on 11 April at Wetherby. 6
News from our Churches Save the Date and get Tickets!
quintessentially English..…yes, there is risk of it being simply an exercise in nostalgia. But a sung service of evensong is part of the rhythm of prayer and praise, the heartbeat of the Church’s worship which has sustained our nation through the centuries. In a time of change and uncertainty, perhaps this is a service which might help ground you in something eternal. So do come along. There is no need to be a strong singer, or an experienced churchgoer. We have clearly-printed service booklets which are easy to follow and you will be most welcome.
The annual Churches Together Ceilidh is on Saturday February 15th in Bramham Village Hall. The refugee crisis is with us to stay so we are keeping with this theme to raise funds for their continuing needs. This year we will be supporting SAFE PASSAGE (safepassage.org. uk) which supports refugee children and Leeds Asylum Seekers Support Network (lassn.org.uk). Do come and bring friends and family – it’s an enjoyable evening for all ages, with music, food & drink, exercise for those who wish, or time to chat, watch and be entertained by others getting in a muddle with the reels! We look forward to seeing you.
In the winter months the service starts at 4.30pm, and when the clocks change, the summer service time will be 6pm but it is always on the 3rd Sunday of the month. Check Causeway or the Bramham Benefice website www.bramhambenefice.org for service times throughout the year.
Choral Evensong returns to Thorp Arch – an invitation from Rev’d Nick Morgan
“O Lord, open thou our lips. And our mouth shall show forth thy praise”.
It used to be the case that in many Anglican churches around England, a sung evensong service would round off the weekend. Over the years this tradition has waned in our villages, but All Saints’ Church in Thorp Arch is renewing this tradition on the third Sunday of every month. So why is this service making a comeback? Well, there is something about the tradition of sung evensong in the Church of England which seems to speak to people, and it has something unique to offer. For some folk, it was a service they grew up with, so feels like something familiar to return to, but for most people it is something genuinely new. I’d have thought that a lot of people under the age of 50 would never have experienced it for themselves. There have been recent reports that Cathedrals and University college chapels have seen growing congregations for Choral Evensong in recent years, so I thought it was time to let our villages have the same opportunity to seek God through this intimate, prayerful and beautiful service. Poetic, Tudor language, a sense of faith passed through the generations, something 7
Put on your running shoes for Martin House
families from local communities, giving them the chance to enjoy time as a family and create special memories together.
Was one of your New Year’s resolutions to get fitter?
“The care we give means so much to families, but we can only do it with the support of the public, as we have to raise most of the £9 million we need to run Martin House each year.”
If so why don’t you put on your running shoes and raise cash for Martin House Hospice Care for Children and Young People this year?
Martin House cares for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions from across West, North and East Yorkshire, as well as supporting their families.
From 10Ks to full marathons, Martin House has the right challenge for everyone who enjoys running – with the chance to raise money to support babies, children and young people with life-shortening conditions.
Families may come to Martin House for many years, and its care includes respite stays, emergency stays and end of life care, along with bereavement support.
The hospice offers places at the Jane Tomlinson Run for All events, including Leeds and York 10Ks, Leeds Half Marathon and the Yorkshire Marathon. It also has places in the Simplyhealth Great North Run.
Runners who sign up to support Martin House each receive a fundraising pack to help them reach their sponsorship target, along with a Martin House running top. The Martin House team will also be on hand at runs with a hospitality tent for participants.
Sara Cracknell, events fundraiser at Martin House, said: “Whatever your level, we have the perfect run for you, whether you’re thinking of taking part in your first road race or are a seasoned runner.
To find out more about the running places on offer, contact email@example.com or visit www.martinhouse.org.uk/our-events.
“By taking part as a Martin House runner, your sponsorship helps our care team to support
Sunday Services ALL SAINTS, THORP ARCH TIME
Holy Communion Joint
Group Holy Communion
Holy Communion Joint @ Walton
ST PETER’S, WALTON TIME
Holy Communion Joint @ Thorp Arch
Group Holy Communion @ Thorp Arch
Holy Communion Joint
Benefice Evensong @ Thorp Arch
OCCASIONAL OFFICES ALL SAINTS’ - THORP ARCH BAPTISMS
OCCASIONAL OFFICES ST PETER’S - WALTON BAPTISMS
Thorp Arch News New Councillors Unfortunately, Cllr Emma Shellard resigned before Christmas due to family circumstances. We would like to thank her for her valuable contribution and wish her well for the future.
Thorp Arch Parish Council February Bulletin 2020
Two new Councillors have now been co-opted onto the council. Nicola Midgley and Ian Grainger.
The following is a summary of some of the work the Parish Council (PC) has undertaken over the last few weeks. Please see our website for more information about the Parish Council, including minutes from meetings and agendas: www.thorp-arch.org.uk
Nicola has lived in Thorp Arch for 18 years. She has been involved in 2 large local campaigns: TAG and the Boston Spa School conversion to an Academy. She is particularly interested in Highways matters.
Ian has lived on Rudgate Park at the northern end of the parish for many years. His experience of working for Leeds City Council Housing, Parks and Countryside Dept will be of particular value in future environmental development of the parish.
Five crimes reported for December: 4 Thefts from the Trading Estate and one theft from a vehicle in the Thorp Arch area. Register for a community alert: For daily crime updates in your area please register for community alert. Here you will receive updates about crime in your area, and crime prevention advice. Visit www.wypcommunityalert.co.uk/
New Speed Limits in Thorp Arch New speed limits have been rolled out in Thorp Arch. Unfortunately, many of the signs were installed incorrectly or contained the wrong speed limit. The Parish Council have now met with Leeds City Council and advised of corrections needed.
For non-urgent issues and to pass on information, call West Yorkshire Police on 101. In an emergency (if a crime is in progress or you think the offenders are nearby), call 999.
Deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired people can use textphone 18001 101. Go to the West Yorkshire Police website - www.westyorkshire. police.uk Click on the ‘Contact Us’ button and a range of ways to report will appear including the 101 Live Chat System. Or click on the ‘Report it’ function and numerous types of crime which you can report online will appear.
Every year the Parish Council apply to the City Council for a Precept. This is a sum of money that is used to improve the area and can be viewed on council tax bills. This year Cllrs have agreed a Precept of £19,200 a reduction on the previous year of £2370. Lady Elizabeth Hastings School
Contact your local Neighbourhood Policing Team to speak to a local officer about community issues:
The Parish Council are delighted to return to the school for their monthly meetings. They would like to thank the Head and the Governors for facilitating and supporting the Parish Council meetings.
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Work to the Bridge
Due to high water levels, planned works to the bridge in early January were not completed. The work has now been rescheduled.
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Longer term it is proposed to install a groutfilled mattress within the depth of the river bed to reduce the risk to the structure from flooding.
Boston Spa Beer Festival
It is anticipated that the construction will take up to four months and should commence this summer. Leeds City Council will be undertaking a formal consultation with all stakeholders in the coming months, but at this stage they expect the impact on pedestrians and road users to be minimal.
Friday 21st Feb – 6:30pm to midnight.
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The Festival takes place over two days in February, welcoming around 1,500 visitors to the Village Hall, to sample a fine selection of drink, food and live music from across the region.
THE 2020 FESTIVAL
Saturday 22nd Feb – 12:30pm to 8pm (family day). Coming into its 12th year! (2020), the Boston Spa Beer Festival is now firmly on the calendar as one of the village’s major events.
Residents can report a range of problems online to Leeds City Council concerning potholes, street lighting, dog fouling, blocked drains, footpaths, bridleways, fallen trees and street signs. Please make a note of the link and report problems directly at:
The beer festival is a joint venture between the Friends of St. Mary’s School and the Village Hall Management Committee with the funds raised used for projects for these two great causes.
Beer list below. bostonspafestival.com
Website A reminder that minutes and more details about the work of the Parish Council can be found on the website. Please visit www.thorp-arch.org.uk Date of Next Parish Council Meetings The next meetings will be held on Monday 10th February 2020 – 7.00pm at Lady Elizabeth Hastings School.
Thorp Arch Annual Litter Pick, Sunday 6th March Please meet in the car park of LEH primary school at 2pm. Wear old clothes and gardening gloves, litter pickers provided. Let’s all help to make our village lovely. At present the Thorp Arch Village Society is unable to hold any events as there is no suitable venue in the village. We are hoping that in the second half of the year that the school hall will be available to us. Until then we hope to have a coffee morning in celebration of the anniversary of VE Day at the church, details TBC.
Walton News SAVE THE DATE Scarecrow Trail & Strawberry Tea on Sunday 28th June
The theme for the Scarecrow Trail will be Childrenâ€™s Film/Book Characters. Watch this space for further details.
Walton News What’s your part in the history of Walton and Thorp Arch?
We’d love to know what snippets of history you might have, stories, photographs, family tree? What can you tell us about the villages that others might not know? We’d love to hear your stories!
We’re really keen to learn more about the history of Walton and Thorp Arch and those of you who are part of it! Have you been in the village your whole life or did you only just move here? Our initial bit of research brought up these lovely old tickets that were hand made for Walton village events - thank you Sallie!
Walton Historic photos courtesy of Sallie Munro, captured by Anthony Farrimond. LISA & VICTORIA
The World’s Big Sleep Out
were interviewed on Radio York the following morning; raising awareness as well as money is vital as the problem of homelessness will not be solved by money alone.
As I sit in my office writing this I can hear storm Brendan outside, walking the dogs is not an appealing prospect this evening! But at least I have a warm house and a comfy bed to come home to.
Sleeping out is great (well actually it’s not – it is very unpleasant!) but what if this is not something you can (or want!) to do? What else can you do? Well you can buy a Big Issue. Vendors buy the magazine for £1.25 and sell it at £2.50. Each vendor is therefore a microentrepreneur who is working and not begging. I noticed we have a vendor in Boston Spa; take the time to buy the magazine and chat to the vendors, they have fascinating stories to tell. What else? You can contact streetlink.org.uk when you see a homeless person. This is an organisation that aims to connect homeless people with local services who can support them. There are also a number of great local charities helping people; try simononthestreets. co.uk, carecent.org or stgeorgescrypt.org. uk they are always in need of volunteers or donations.
That is not the case for an estimated 320,000 people in the UK tonight, one in every 201 Brits. Homelessness is generally defined as extreme poverty combined with a lack of stable housing. There are different types of homelessness and many of these are ‘hidden homeless’ invisible to the authorities, this is thought to include around 135,000 children. Some people are staying with friends or family ‘sofa-surfing’, others are in a B&B or hostel, still others are sleeping in their car and around 4-5000 people will bed down on the streets this evening. So what can we do? On 7th December 2019, Josh Littlejohn, in collaboration with a number of homelessness charities and celebrities organised the World’s Big Sleep Out. Their aim was to get more than 50,000 people worldwide to participate in a sleepout and raise awareness and money for those who find themselves homeless.
Homelessness is not something that can be solved overnight, it is not only a massive problem, but a complex one as well. But through working together each of us giving what we can, in either time or money, we can help people turn their lives around.
So it was that on the 7th of December I found myself sleeping out in the yard of Central Methodist church in York. It was cold and rainy and the tent leaked, not to mention the church is opposite a taxi rank, the noise was incredible! Very little sleeping was done, but we raised over £2,500 for homeless causes worldwide as well as for Carecent; an organisation housed at Central Methodist church which supports the homeless in York city centre. Three of the group
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MARCH 6 March Quiz Night in St Peter’s church. Doors open at 7 pm with a “Heads Down” start 7.30pm. Tickets cost £7.50 including first drink and finger bites. Tickets available from Doreen 842344 or Janet 844189. 16 March Walton Group of Artists Art Day Walton Village Hall. Clare Dean (member of Walton Group of Artists) will be running a workshop using seed heads as inspiration, exploring texture and acrylic inks/gesso (www. clarescreations.co.uk). Open to members first, contact Clare Dean (firstname.lastname@example.org) to be added to the waiting list for when a place becomes available. Workshops are £35 for nonmembers. 19 March Walton Group of Artists Demonstration Walton Village Hall 7-9pm. Heather Burton will be holding a demonstration using palette knife painting in Acrylics (www. heatherburtonyorkshireartist.co.uk). Demonstration open to non-members, cost £3 on the night. 19 March Thorp Arch & Walton (YCA) Ladies Group Boston Spa Methodist Church, 7.30pm. Talk by St John Ambulance. New Members welcome. For more info contact email@example.com.
SEPTEMBER 7 September St Peter’s Cider and Gin Festival in Walton Village Hall - more details to follow.
NOVEMBER 2 November Walton Village Hall 3rd Annual Bonfire and Fireworks Night details to follow.
Notice Board WARNING ALL GARDENERS AND WALKERS
REDUCE FOOD WASTE
Aconitum also known as aconite, monkshood, wolf’s-bane, leopard’s bane, mousebane, women’s bane, devil’s helmet, queen of poisons, or blue rocket, is a genus of over 250 species of flowering plants belonging to the family Ranunculaceae.
Olio is a mobile app for food-sharing, aiming to reduce food waste. It does this by connecting those with surplus food to those who need or wish to consume such food. The food must be edible; it can be raw or cooked, sealed or open. Interested look at olioex.com for more details.
These herbaceous perennial plants are chiefly native to the mountainous parts of the Northern Hemisphere, growing in the moisture-retentive but well-draining soils of mountain meadows. Most species are extremely poisonous and must be dealt with very carefully.
BE A FRIEND
Friends can become scarce as we get older. WISE are looking for volunteers to befriend an elderly person. If you can spare an hour a week and would like to help or receive more information call Carole McLelland 588994; remember we all need friends.
BOSTON SPA WALKING FOR HEALTH Fourth Tue each Month, meet up at The Methodist Church at 10am or 11am for just refreshments and a chat. Easy walk about 1 hour with refreshments £1 in Church Hall afterwards. More info from Marjorie Boorman 842444.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES Collingham Centenary Dinner & Dance 15 February – 3 course meal provided by Salvos. 22 February Boston Spa Beer Festival. Boston Spa Gala for 2020 has been brought forward by a week to Saturday 6 June. Bramham International Horse Trials 4th 7th June 2020! Collingham Real Ale Festival 13 June. Boston Spa Festival 10-12 July. 17
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Letter from the Clergy 1 As a teenager, I loved classical music. I sang in choirs, played cello, composed and studied music at school.
It might be that you want to explore the Faith more deeply in which case do take advantage of our Bible study group which is using the first letter of St Peter to think about how we gain “confidence in a complex world”. These will run on Tuesday evenings from February 4th at 7pm at St Mary’s Church, Boston Spa. There will also be Confirmation Classes which explore some of the basics of The Faith. The course for adults runs on Saturday evenings at 6.30pm starting 29th February while the course for younger people (age 12 upwards) is on Sunday afternoons throughout March. For more details on any of these, and to book a place, please contact the Parish Office.
And so, on my 18th Birthday, I took some friends to see Mozart’s Magic Flute. Not all my friends were into the same kind of music as I was, and among my friends was one who was less than keen: “Come and see what you think” I said, so he came for the sake of friendship. Well, he had an amazing experience and Mozart utterly converted him. His description of The Magic Flute as “Like panto but with amazing music” is hard to argue with, he has been a lifelong operagoer ever since. “Come and see what you think” can sound as though it’s hiding a subtext on the lines of “you won’t like this, but humour me”. However, churches across the Diocese of York are limbering up to say Come and See at a series of events in early March (12th – 15th). The churches of the Bramham Benefice are hosting an evening event on Thursday 12th March in which we invite people to “Come and See” what the Christian Faith has to say about business ethics. More details on that in next month’s magazine! These events are being offered, not in the spirit of events which you won’t like but might come along to encourage local churches. Rather we really do think that the Christian Faith offers a life-changing encounter, better even than Mozart, which everyone needs.
REVD NICK MORGAN
But spoiler alert: no course or event on its own can sort your life out, or make you a “better Christian”, because the heart of the Christian Faith is not a set of cultural practices - a way of moralistic living or leading a respectable life - but Jesus Christ himself. It’s not simply that the Christian Faith has wisdom to offer which is applicable to everyday life. It does that, but as a by-product of who we’re really inviting you to encounter when we give the invitation “come and see”. The Christian Faith isn’t merely a self-improvement programme, or some wisdom of ages past which still retains relevance, but an invitation to “Come and See” Jesus, and then be brave enough to walk with him day by day and get to see him, ourselves, and our world more clearly. 20
Letter from the Clergy 2 Well! Can you believe it? February 2020!
at the same time we have those people in this country, who could perhaps be considered refugees from a former life as they drift to the cities in search of relief from their troubles.
Itâ€™s time already to stop saying Happy New Year. The first time was on 1st December 2019 when the Church year declared its new year on Advent Sunday.
Homelessness, for whatever reason, is a plight we would not wish on anyone and at this time of year we need to help as much as we can. It might well be that we donate money, volunteer in soup-kitchens or pray for those in hostels or on the streets. It is a worldwide condition and needs us to broaden our scope as we pray for the victims of homelessness throughout the world.
Now we are looking at the calendar and wondering where the time has gone. How many people took down the Christmas decorations without waiting for twelfth night? We all seem in such a hurry to move on to the next thing, as soon as the great festival day is over. Did you know that the Christmas season continues until the 2nd of February?
As Mary, Joseph and the young Jesus were resident in Egypt they were aliens in a foreign land and relied on the hospitality of others to live by. We are not told how long they waited for the emperor to be succeeded by another, but they presumably met with care in their temporary home.
The Holy family had been in a hurry to arrive in Bethlehem because they had to arrive in time to register at the decree of Caesar Augustus and no baby waits at the convenience of their mother! We hear the story of the birth in a stable, but I think the family would have moved as soon as possible into somewhere more fitting; maybe relying on the hospitality of others. Then we hear that they had to flee hurriedly to Egypt- refugees from a dictatorial regime.
The refugees we receive from foreign countries will not have chosen lightly to move to a country far from their homeland and perhaps we have to remind ourselves to be the welcoming hosts to displaced people. It is not always an easy thing to do when our media and even some neighbours will be trying to convince us otherwise, but as Christians, in light of the example set in those biblical times, we can extend our care and love to all who look for respite care in our country.
As we spend the holiday season travelling in the comfort of our cars, trains or even planes we could spare a thought for those who leave the support of relatives and friends to find a more stable life in this day and age. Refugees seem to be a fixture in any generation. Refugees from many countries arrive here in pursuit of a better life for their families, and
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Alternative Recipes for Shrove Tuesday - 25th February
tried savoury pancakes or as the French call them Galettes you are truly missing out. Often made from buckwheat flour originating from Brittany the most simple topping combination is ‘La Complete’.
In honour of pancake day we thought we’d bring you some recipe variations to make your Mardi Gras celebrations more enjoyable. If you haven’t
Grand Marnier Crepe
If you’d rather have sweet pancakes or want a dessert the very simplest yet probably best version would be Grand Marnier Crepe.
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1kg buckwheat flour 2400ml water Salt
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1 egg 60g grated cheese such as emmental 1 slice of ham
Salt and Pepper to season
Method - La Complete Mix together flour and water, adding water in batches to allow for ease of blending. Add salt and stir to combine (this recipe can be scaled down for smaller portions). Leave to rest for at least 3 hours.
250 ml milk Pinch of salt 25g icing sugar 2 eggs 150g plain flour 30g melted butter 50 ml Grand Marnier (or as much as you want!)
Method - Grand Marnier Crepe Mix milk, salt, sugar and the eggs together. Combine the flour a small amount at a time until you have a smooth batter, then add the melted butter.
To cook heat butter in a large frying pan or use a crepiere if you have one, pour enough mix to cover pan in a thin layer, cook for approximately 1 minute or until it starts to brown, flip to the other side, add the toppings at this point, cook until egg is to your liking. Voila!
Refrigerate for 2 hours before cooking. Fry as pancakes, add as much Grand Marnier as you like! Setting it alight is up to you!
3 Shop local; 95% of the fruit and 50% of the vegetables we eat are imported. We also drive further to buy the food we eat. The campaign to protect rural England defines â€˜localâ€™ as within 30 miles of your home, could you shop local this Lent?
The tradition of giving something up for Lent has its roots in the Christian tradition of fasting throughout Lent as a remembrance for the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness before his crucifixion.
For believers it is a time of spiritual preparation for the coming of Easter. In modern times many people abstain from certain foods or habits often giving the time or money saved to charitable organisations.
Cut out meat; one serving of meat has higher CO2 emissions than a vegetable-based dish. Internationally the livestock sector produces as many greenhouse gases as the exhausts of every car, train and aircraft in the world! According to the research cutting out meat might be the biggest contribution you can make to reducing climate change.
According to openbible.info, the most popular things to give up for Lent last year were chocolate, alcohol, Twitter, Facebook, meat, sweets, coffee and fizzy drinks.
This year has seen a dramatic rise in awareness about Climate Change, so what about trying a different kind of fasting this year?
Decrease use of electricity; almost one quarter of our carbon footprint is from domestic electricity usage. But less than a third of our electricity comes from renewable sources. Roughly one tenth of our consumption is from items left on standby and one twentieth is from lighting. Could you audit your electricity usage? Or find out more about where it comes from, committing to finding a supplier who offers power from renewable sources?
1 Give up single use plastics; did you know it takes approximately 450 years for a plastic bottle to biodegrade? Or that the average household produces around a tonne of plastic waste annually? Avoiding single use plastics is a major challenge, they wrap pretty much everything we buy, not to mention enclosing personal hygiene and cleaning products, magazines, or being used to make many common household goods.
Lent runs from Ash Wednesday to the evening of Holy Saturday, which is 46 days and not 40. Western churches do not count Sundays as part of Lent. So if you do choose to give something up this year you get to treat yourself on a Sunday!
2 Avoid throwaway goods; we live in a society where clothing and consumer goods are cheap to buy. One new t-shirt uses the equivalent of 3 days home energy use, we cut down millions of acres of trees and use vast quantities of water to grow our clothes, polluting the local eco-system in the process. Could you avoid buying anything new during Lent?
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The Birds in your Garden Hearing bird song during the winter months is an encouraging reminder that spring is on its way, but as the main purposes of singing are to attract a mate and defend a territory, there is little reason for them to sing now.
Soon, the scold of a blue tit and the overwrought panic-squeal of a blackbird will give way to something more urgent. It’s a sure sign of the changing season. By March birds are singing properly. They will be constructing considered phrases, full of meaning, taking their time, and uttering them from high perches. A bird call says something clear and unambiguous about the caller.
Bird-song is a very specialised form of call that, unlike all the quacks, honks and tweets we hear throughout the rest of the year, serves one function only – to boost the breeding success of the singer, to indicate clearly that he is healthy; fit and ready to breed. At this time of year, you might hear Blackbirds quietly ‘singing to themselves’ in the undergrowth, this is called a ‘sub-song’ and it almost seems as if they are practicing for later. I’m told Song Thrushes do the same, but they’re pretty rare around here, so I’m not sure. According to H.G.Alexander in British Birds, “A Thrush sings from late November onwards but with much greater vigour after about the middle of January. The Blackbird is rarely heard singing until February, and its best song is hardly heard till April or May.” Maybe that’s because the earliest birds to sing are first year cocks. The older birds don’t start singing until later. Robins, both male and female, hold the winter territory, and whilst it is for feeding rather than mating purposes, they defend it by singing. Their percussive ‘tick, tick’ is a call, not a song, and just means “I’m worried about that cat down there”.
The cheery, repeated chime of a great tit is a statement of territory. The loud, explosive burst of the ever-flustered wren proves that size doesn’t matter; their song is a constant challenge and insult to the bird next door. If you hear a call you don’t recognise, or want to identify the ones you do recognise but can’t place, there is plenty of help. Try the British Birdsongs web www.british-birdsongs.uk, and there are plenty of books with CDs included that can help, too. If you find the lives of our garden birds to be of interest, and would like to join in and count the feathered occupants of your garden, please contact me or visit the BTO Garden BirdWatch website (www.bto.org/gbw).
By the time we get into February, more birds feel the stirring of the need to breed, brought on by the changing hours of sunlight, and will start to sing. You may even hear the faint onset of a dawn chorus by the end of the month on bright mornings.
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