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Next Edition of the Little Missenden Messenger Published 29th November 2009

Letter from the Vi carage October 2009 Don’t be S.A.D .

Am I alone in ho ping in vain that Summer may yet giv en the unequi arrive?! Granted, vocal absence of not Summer proper the long-since rid about an Indian on , but iculed promise of e? As I write, the a BBQ Summer, one certainty is tha clocks go back, wh how t on Sunday morni ich offers the flee ng, October 25th, ting pleasure of early-morning typ the an extra hour in es (of which I am bed, and is great not nat urally one and the promise for ), but sadly hasten of Winter. Even the s the darkening nig Autumn appears the end of Aug ust hts to have come ext , judging by the colo ra ear ly urs confused climate this year, at in the garden. Stil is that the tentative l, perhaps one con signs of nature’s solation of our in evidence. preparations for the Spring are alread y If, like me, you get a little SAD around this time of year, through the autum the sight of buds nal decay of the and bulbs hinting garden will be a about our moder sight for sore eye n fashion for clin s: whatever you ically defining eve question that ‘Se think ry kind of human con asonal Affective Dis dition, there is no order’ or not , som during the sun-st e of us are more arved days of win prone to melancho ter. If you’re one date you look for ly of them, then Dec ward to each year ember 21st will be with anticipation the year when the a – the Winter Solstic day s begin once e, the turning po more to lengthen. anonymous’ is tha int of The good news for t on January 31st the sun will keep all ‘melancholics longer than on De his hat on for one cember 21st, and hour and 20 min the day s keep ge June 21st, when the utes tting longer until cycle begins all ove the Summer Solstic r again. Perhaps we e on ’ll hav e a sizzling Spring…? In the meantime, as the shadows lengthen and the season of remem year ebbs to its brance, beginning close, we enter int with All Saints November 2 nd, rem o a on Nov ember 1 st embering both our and All Souls on forebears in the fai gone before us; ‘remember remem th, and all our lov ed th ber on Sunday , this year the 5 of Novem es who hav e on November 8 th. ber’, and of cou This is not only a rse Remembrance but also the one sobering reminder promise in life of of our which we can be own mortality , inevitably one day certain, that we to die, or as the Pra are all of us bor yer Book words of funeral put it, ‘In n Commendation tra the midst of life we diti are in death’. onally said at a For people of fait h, however, this is not the end of ominous sentiment the story. Easter s of the Prayer Boo dramatically rev ers k and proclaims of death we are in es the joyfully and hopef life. That is ‘resurr ully that in the mid ection’, the Promis live life hopefully st e of Spring. This and purposefully, is what it means from darkness to Psalmist who wro to light, with the sam te that ‘Tears ma e conviction of the y linger for the nig Psalmist writes tha ht, but joy comes t “ev en the darkne with the morning’ ss is not dark to for darkness is as . The you; the night is light to you” (Ps as bright as the day alm 139.12) and benefit that “This , those who knew is the message we Jesus wrote for hav e heard from light and in him the our him and proclaim re is no darkness to you, that God at all” (1 John 1.5 is ). Jesus’ whole purpo se on earth was to show us (to enligh profound sense of ten) the path to fulfilment and a abundant life, to deep peace and con the knowledge of a tentment with ou our life to come: r existence here and ‘Do not be afraid’, he to prepare a place say for you.’ More oft s in John’s Gospel en , ‘I hav e gone than not when Jesu of the life to com e, he did so in term s spoke of the kin gdom of heaven, s of a party, a we wine, the ordina dding feast, where ry transformed int wat o the extraordinar er is turned to celebrates the ret y, where the infi urn of his Prodig nitely loving Fat al Son, for ‘he living’ (M ark 12.27 her is God not of the ), for in Christ, all dead, but of the are made aliv e, no Spring to come. w in this mortal life , and in the eterna l With every blessin g, Fr John



Secret Garden A peek inside Priestfield Arboretum in Little Kingshill... Drive along Hare Lane or Stoney Lane in Little Kingshill, and you might just catch a glimpse of the lofty crowns of graceful conifers towering above the hedgerows, almost hidden from sight. Buckinghamshire’s only registered arboretum is open to its ‘Friends’ and local residents, and officially opens to the public with guided tours twice a year, in the Spring and in the autumn. For those who missed its last opening on October 18th, here’s a glimpse of the arborial treasures within...



riestfield Arboretum, a varied and spectacular collection of conifers and other trees, takes its name from its founder, Thomas Priest.

Thomas Priest began planting trees, particularly conifers, in the garden of Harewood, his home, sometime in the 1920s. The Arboretum seems to have been a labour of love for him and he wished to be buried there when he passed away. After

his death the arboretum was sold to Marcel Porn, who passed it on to his son when he died in 1949.After this the arboretum fell into disrepair for some years, but in 1983 a massive scrub (Continued on page 6)


(Continued from page 5) clearance was carried out and in 1984 open days began to be held when the public could visit, and the Friends Society was founded. The arboretum, which contains trees from all over the world, is now maintained by the Friends Society and its owners. The trees found at Priestfield are mostly conifers, with every genus which will grow in Britain being represented. Amongst the most notable species are the gingko tree; the only surviving species of its phylum and classified as endangered, and the Californian redwood, which is the tallest tree species in the world. The arboretum also contains other interesting specimens, such as the monkey puzzle tree, although its form is very different from that found in its native Chile, where heavy snow removes the lower, older branches. As well as conifers, the arboretum contains species of other phyla, including a weeping white mulberry and a Chinese Sweet Gum. The Friends need new members now to help and support their activities. These include occasional social gatherings, open days for the public and funding for the planting of rare and specimen trees. Friends also participate in work parties when there are many varied tasks to choose from, or adopting a tree or an area and caring for it in your own time. Those unable to help physically are still welcome as the support of their membership is needed. Whilst the arboretum is private land, the owners do not prohibit local residents from access to enjoy its peaceful beauty. So why not make an exploratory visit? The Friends of the Trees of Priestfield group is affiliated to the Dendrologist, a quarterly digest of tree news and information making contact with different types of tree societies and groups through the list of events published there, as well as a regular update on Priestfield News. Subscription is £10 a year. Cheques should be made payable to “The Dendrologist” and sent to: Friends of the Trees of Priestfield c/o The Dendrologist, PO Box 341, Chesham Bucks, HP5 2RD. You may like to know that a guide book to Priestfield Arboretum is available from the same address for only £2 including p. & p.


Welcome to the Family Baptisms (so far!) this year

Baby Kiki reaches for the light, watched by sister Arabella, & Mum & Dad Ed & Cat King.

Jo, Sam & Charlie Rix with Mum & Dad Eddie & Colette; below, Jo looks on with anticipation as brother Charlie goes first.


e welcome you into the Lord’s Family. We are members together of the Body of Christ; we are children of the same heavenly Father; we are inheritors together of the kingdom of God. We welcome you. May Ella Rhiannon French Charles Henry Clark July Emelia Rose Thompson Jessica Emma Killinger Harley Alfie Alan How Oliver James Saunders

Charlie Clark thinks it’s cool To be baptised!

August Maxton Alexander Roy Collins William Robert Gunby September Camilla Kiki King Joshua Luke Norchi Samuel George Rix Joseph William Rix Charlie Thomas Rix October Daniel Burman


All smiles & strange ‘spectacles’ at the Harvest Festival

Some 70 parishioners enjoyed a sumptuous Harvest Supper at Little Kingshill Village Hall on September 26th, & were entertained with music & puzzled by ‘mystery objects’….

£350 was raised at our Harvest Service, for famine relief in Ethiopia

The Church adorned for the Harvest Thanksgiving on Sunday September 27th


Children from Little Missenden School distribute the Harvest gifts around the community


village people

A friend in need: the ‘noble’ history of Peter Kenyon Fr John recounts the occasion that the vicar met the funeral director


ittle Kingshill resident Peter Kenyon will be

well known to many people as the Director of Arnold Funeral Service in High Wycombe. Peter and I actually met some years before I came to the Parish, following the unexpected and sudden death of my brother Mark near Stokenchurch in 2001. Mark had been staying with friends for the weekend, and had gone to bed early with what he thought was a touch of flu. He died in his sleep, having succumbed to Meningococcal Septicemia, aged 44. I learned the terrible news on arrival at my parent’s home in Cumbria from Cardiff one Sunday evening, where I had gone to visit my father who was himself very sick with cancer and the effects of his chemotherapy. Without hesitation, I got back on the motorway and drove to High Wycombe in the middle of the night where the hospital mortician had kindly agreed to meet me in order that I might see my brother in the chapel of rest, and anoint him with oil which my father had blessed before I left. On my way I had roused a friend and contemporary of mine, Matthew Stafford, who was then a curate in the High Wycombe Team. Next morning it was Matthew who recommended his local funeral director, Arnolds,

Churchill’s state funeral


and Peter Kenyon in particular, adding that Peter and his father used to be part of the Kenyon Funeral Directors in London who had conducted many royal and state funerals, including Winston Churchill’s. In the midst of the present sadness, this was an uncanny and ‘happy’ coincidence. I explained that we had long told a story in our family of how when my brother was about 8 years old, he was watching Winston Churchill’s funeral on the television, and turned to my mother and asked ‘what should he do to have a funeral

like that!’. Before she could answer, he continued, ‘I know, I’ll marry a princess!’. Mark in fact had achieved the next best thing in his life, fulfilling his youthful passion for and fascination with all things royal and historical, by becoming a footman to the Queen and her children at Buckingham Palace, touring the world with the Royal Household, and forging lasting friendships with many of the younger members of the royal family, including, latterly, Princess Diana. When I explained this story to Peter Kenyon, he confirmed that his father Michael Kenyon had indeed attended Churchill’s funeral, and in a thoughtful gesture, Michael joined Peter in London to direct Mark’s funeral at Holy Trinity Sloane Square (which was to become my next parish). At his end, Mark had strangely achieved his childhood dream, a funeral directed by Churchill’s men, conducted by an Assistant Bishop of London (and myself), attended by the Queen’s Lady in Waiting and several other members of the aristocracy and London luminaries, and a cortege led in a ‘stately’ procession around Sloane Square by the Bishop, myself and Peter.

merchant in the City. When finally he did join the family business, he was, as he puts it, ‘hooked’, finding his true vocation – the opportunity to help someone at a time of need, having the knowledge and ability to help when someone is at their lowest ebb. Peter married Julie in 1989, and they moved to Little Kingshill in 1993. They have two children, Jack and Katie. Julie occasionally helps with the books and sometimes lends a pastoral hand in meeting families; even Jack has helped his dad out on the odd funeral. For relaxation, Peter plays rugby (and has done since the age of 13); at one time he was on the first team at Harlequins, and was one of the top scrum-halfs in the country. He is now playing for the Amersham and Chiltern Club again, managing the first team and playing for the 4th team.

Peter looks through his Kenyon archive.

This may have been one of the more unusual funerals for Peter, but I have no doubt he rises equally to every professional situation with pastoral care and attention. The family firm, JH Kenyon, was founded in 1880 by Peter’s Great Great Grandfather, James Harold Kenyon, starting in Edgeware Road, and expanding to Westbourne Grove, Kilburn, North Finchley, Marlylebone High Street and beyond. In 1952 Peter’s father Michael joined the firm, and in 1983 Peter joined the business, the same year it was floated on the London Stock Exchange. By 1989 Peter was the last member of the family to be involved with what was now a PLC, and he began to hanker after getting back to basics, running his own business in his own way. He bought Arnolds in 1993, and has since grown that business beyond Loudwater and Gerrards Cross to Beaconsfield, Marlow and Slough. To this day Arnolds remains an independent family run business. It was never a foregone conclusion that Peter would follow his father into the business – he had a number of odd jobs after school, becoming an ethical buyer for a wholesale chemist, travelling Europe, joining the paper merchants trade and becoming a paper

Peter with Fr John and Bishop Michael Marshall lead a procession around Sloane Square in 2001


Some of the highlights of this year’s Little Missenden Festival held in October: under the everwatchful eye of St Christopher, the ‘face’ of the Festival for 50 years….

Rohan de Saram plays cello (above & left), Alla Krolevich of the St Petersburg Quartet, violin (below left); Gary Cooper (piano) & Rachel Podger, violin, who surprises the audience with her Stradivarius, on loan from the Royal Academy; children of Hyde Heath School gather for their concert.


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he Anglican Parish of St John the Baptist, Little Missenden remains one of England’s treasures: the unspoilt charm of the ancient village sits comfortably at the heart of the Parish alongside the newer and growing communities of Hyde Heath and Little Kingshill. Our ancient Parish Church, which has touched the lives of generations of families for more than 1030 years, lies at the heart of the community, with community at its heart. For more information visit or telephone 01494 862008.

Crossword Across 2. Person who mends shoes (7) 7. Prison (4) 8. From a distance (4) 9. 4th letter of the Greek alphabet (5) 10. Tizzy (6) 11. City in SW Poland (6) 12. Island of Denmark (3) 14. Grind together (5) 16. Gush forth (5)

18. Welsh valley (3) 21. To affix (6) 23. Copyist (6) 24. Moor (3,2) 25. Crown of the head (4) 26. Insignificant (4) 27. Fragmentary (7) Down 1. Skipper (7) 2. Tree (5)

3. Conviction (6) 4. Heavy (6) 5. Ecstatic joy (7) 6. Tied (5) 13. Exclamation of dismay (3) 15. Hits (7) 17. Approve (7) 18. 39th president of the U.S. (6) 19. Concocted (4-2) 20. Mineral used as a gem (5) 22. Young dog (5)


The Parish of St John the Baptist

St John the Baptist, Little Missenden

Little Missenden, Hyde Heath and Little Kingshill Patron: The Earl Howe PARISH PRIEST The Revd John Simpson, The Vicarage, Little Missenden HP7 0RA. THE PARISH OFFICE TEL: 01494 862008 Website:

LICENSED LAY MINISTER & SEC. TO PCC: PCC: Mr. Gary Beynon,, 20 Westfield, Hyde Heath HP6 5RE TEL: 01494 774111 CHURCHWARDENS: Mrs Marian Dickinson The Pippins, Brays Close, Hyde Heath HP6 5RZ TEL: TEL 01494 792694

CHURCHES TOGETHER Mrs Joan Craig, TEL: 01494 864651 LITTLE MISSENDEN C OF E FIRST SCHOOL Headmistress Miss Julianna Hall TEL: 862021 HYDE HEATH INFANT SCHOOL Head Teacher Mrs Julie Moulsdale TEL: 783835

Mr John Lamb Little Maple Tree, Chartridge Chesham HP5 2TF TEL: 01494 784889

LITTLE KINGSHILL COMBINED SCHOOL Headteacher: Mrs G Sutaria-Cassidy Tel 863744

TREASURER Mr Anthony del Tufo, Manor Farm Cottage, North Road, Chesham Bois HP6 5NA TEL: 01494 416330

MAGAZINE ADVERTISING: & DISTRIBUTION Mrs Barbara Cann 18 Brays Close Hyde Heath HP6 5RZ TEL: 783254

STEWARDSHIP OFFICER: OFFICER: Mr John Lamb Little Maple Tree, Chartridge Chesham HP5 2TF TEL: 01494 784889


BELL RINGERS Mr Barry Cowper , TEL: 01494 725566 Practice - Monday 7.45 - 9.15 pm Sunday ringing - 10.00 and 5.30pm


FLOWERS: Mrs. Margaret Washington,, Ashcroft, Little Missenden HP7 0RF TEL: 01494 863768 ST JOHN’S GUILD Leader: Mrs. Dorothy Hilton, TEL: 01494 862565 1st Wednesday in month except Jan and Aug – 10.30 am - Vestry

St Andrew’s Hyde Heath

HYDE HEATH DRAMA GROUP Mrs Sylvia Brown TEL: 776193

Little Missenden: Mr John Pulsford TEL: 868572 Hyde Heath: Mrs Gill Munrow TEL: 773988 Lt. Kingshill: Mrs Samantha Payne Tel 01494 865976 HYDE HEATH WEBSITE

Index HYDE HEATH COMMUNITY PREPRE-SCHOOL GROUP Ms Rachel Mystri TEL: 782845 Hyde Heath Infant School – 9.15 am -11.45 am Monday - Friday Toddlers’ Session 10.00 am - 11.30 am Wednesday Hyde Heath Village Hall A registered provider of Early Years Education BROWNIE GUIDES: Hyde Heath School Monday 6.00 pm Ms Shanta Gillot 01494 722674 HYDE HEATH SCOUT GROUP: BEAVER SCOUTS - Hyde Heath School Tues 6.15pm Mr T Wye TEL: 792387 TEL: CUB SCOUTS HH Village Hall Tues WOMEN’S INSTITUTES: INSTITUTES LM Village Hall 3rd Thurs 2.30 pm Mrs Stephanie Whitehead T 862631 LM Evenings -Village Hall 2nd Wed 8.00pm Mrs Marjorie Becket TEL: 714493 HH Eves. Village Hall 2nd Thurs 8.00 Mrs Jayne Faversham TEL: 864677 LK Village Hall 2nd Thurs 2.00 pm Mrs Samantha Payne Tel 01494 865976 WRVS REPRESENTATIVES: REPRESENTATIVES Hyde Heath: Mrs Creevy T714618

Sundays at St John the Baptist, Little Missenden: 8am BCP Communion, 1662 (Said); 10.30am Parish Communion (except 3rd Sunday, Morning Prayer); 6pm Choral Evensong. St Andrew’s Church, Hyde Heath: 9.15am Holy Communion (1st and 3rd Sundays) Morning Prayer (2nd & 4th Sundays).




October 2009 The Little Missenden Messenger  

The Magazine for the Parish of Little Missenden, Hyde Heath & Little Kingshill

October 2009 The Little Missenden Messenger  

The Magazine for the Parish of Little Missenden, Hyde Heath & Little Kingshill