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ST GEORGE’S OAKDALE OAK LEAVES January 2011

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Contents Clergy Letter

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From the editor

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Choir notes

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Beetle drive details

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Lyrical Origins / WI / Flower Tribute

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Why churchwardens love January

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Who’s who

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Calendar

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Groups and contacts

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The book of Acts - the journey continues

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A lofty revelation - Beauty

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Left out in the cold

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Gardener’s Delight

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Crossword

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Parish Registers

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Clergy Letter - Tom Lock It was not so long ago that nearly every home had a family bible. Some were big heavy editions of King James others were lighter and sometimes cheaper copies. In the last 50 years we have seen the proliferation of numerous alternative translations, endeavouring to make the narrative more easily understood, and to take out the ‘Olde Englishe’ of ‘thee, thou, and thy’. The bible still is a world best seller, yet I suspect that many homes do not contain one, or if they do, nobody is too sure as to when or where it was last seen. We are told that many people of this generation are seeking spiritual enlightenment, and whilst there is wide range of ideologies to examine, the bible should in my humble view be the first port of call. I was given my first bible, when I was 9 years old, by someone who had concern for my spiritual wellbeing. Inside the cover the provider of this gift wrote a text reference ‘John: chapter 3 verse 16’, and had placed a paper bookmark in the correct page, for my easy reference. The words of that text are quite well known, ‘’for God so loved the world that he gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him, shall not perish, but have everlasting life’’ I have to admit that although I was intrigued, and grateful for the kindness expressed in this gift, I was not aware of the significance of this text until many years later. What is important to me is that I never forgot the gift, the text, or the kind person who gave it to me. When the reality of the text finally dawned on me I became a changed person, and I was able to give humble thanks to God for that small seed of enlightenment. Another year draws to a close, a new year begins, and for some that means resolutions. It could be our resolution that we should perhaps think about individuals and or families that we know, that would benefit from the gift of a modern English Bible, and a scripture text to refer to. These are the seeds of faith that we could be planting for a future harvest. Tom Lock.


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From the Editor Happy New Year!! What a familiar greeting that is. We all wish others happy new year every January and we receive many expressions of the same greeting in return. How often though, once we are past the middle of January, do ever take time to reflect on whether or not we are having a happy year? What constitutes a happy year? Over the last year or so we have been constantly reminded of all the things around us to make us unhappy!! The recession, the various conflicts in the world, the constant reports of dreadful wrong doings, of murders, teenage stabbings and other horrible crimes. We are also constantly reminded of budget cuts, spending reviews and service withdrawals all in the name of recovery. So - what makes us happy? There are the inevitable old clichés about the laughter of children, the smell of new mown grass etc. etc. but what about the reality of life? All these questions got me thinking, in one of my rare quiet moments about the forthcoming year. It is traditional to make new year’s resolutions only to default on them by the end of January lets face it - if I had ever kept to one resolution, I would be the slim, ever so patient, extremely organised choir mistress who apparently lives in my head but appears to need a sat nav to get out!!! My resolution this year is therefore not the usual diet and more exercise it won’t last - it never does - but I resolve this year to look back at the end of each month and reflect on all the things that have occurred within it which made me happy. There will be no grading of happiness - little bit happy - very happy - just what made me happy. I think that when I look back each month there will be enough to not only make it a happy ‘new’ year but a happy ‘whole’ year. I am blessed with so much in my life and my blessings richly include the family of St. George’s. As I bow out as editor of this, your magazine, I am very grateful to have been able to have had the opportunity to ‘do the job’ for the last two years and I wish the new editorial team and all of our many contributors all the very best in the continued production of ‘Oak Leaves’ I wish you all a Happy Whole Year!

Michelle


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Choir Notes The Advent Carol Service on Sunday November 28th was outstanding. The service was devised by Ann Johnston. The music was beautifully sung by the choir and well received by the congregation. The readings were well chosen and read in an uplifting way by members of the congregation. The service opened with an Advent carol sung from the gallery by Ben Davies and Vivien MacRow-Wood - a most thrilling sound. Our twin choir boys, Ryan and Brandon sang the opening verse of ‘Like a Candle Flame’ which was wonderful - they really did steal the show! A group of choristers also sang an amazing descant to this carol. On Sunday December 5th, Sophie Park and Rachel Bracher received their surplices, thus admitting them to full membership of the junior choir we wish them a long and happy time singing God’s praises. The choir shields for November went to Olivia and Elliot Corfield, the shields being presented for hard work, good attendance and practices and services and outstanding behaviour. New ribbons have been presented to the following choristers as part of the Royal School of Church Music training scheme ‘A Voice for Life’ Billy Davies - Red Nathan White - Dark Blue Harriet Twamley - Farmer - Dark Blue Ryan Woodward - Light Blue Brandon Woodward - Light Blue Olivia Corfield - Light Blue Elliot Corfield - Light Blue Emma Toop - Light Blue Christopher Godwin - Light Blue CONGRATULATIONS to all of them. Once again we say thank you to Sue and Gordon Edge for repairing our hymn books again - they are very well used.! Once again, a big ‘thank you’ to several members of the congregation who have given tins of sweets to our choristers in appreciation of this hard work over Christmas. They were soon devoured by choristers both big and small! A report of the Christmas services and the carol singing around the parish will appear in the next magazine. Here is a date for your diary - once


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again the choir has had the great honour of being invited to sing evensong in Salisbury Cathedral in place of the cathedral choir on October 26th 2011 book the date now - more details will follow later in the year. The choir annual dinner at Caesar’s Bistro in Broadstone was an enjoyable occasion with much fun and laughter. Thanks to Margaret for making the necessary arrangements and Sue Edge for sorting out the paperwork for the event. May I take this opportunity to thank the choir - also Michelle and Ben - for a another great year of music making to such a high standard and I wish you all a very happy and peaceful new year. Peter Hooper - Director of Music

27th January - Holocaust Memorial Day Jews had come to Poland from all over Europe, where they found freedom to worship and trade. By the beginning of the 20th century, there were 3.5 million Jews in Poland, or a little over 10 per cent of the population. In the Polish town of Osweicim, that figure was 58 per cent. Jews were welcome there. But when the Nazis moved in, Osweicim became the Polish town where the Auschwitz death and concentration camps were located. Auschwitz 1 was primarily a concentration camp of around 15,000 prisoners. They worked in the arms factories in harsh conditions, with poor hygiene and nutrition. Birkenau, or Auschwitz 2, was the main death camp, built in 1941 on the site of the village of Brzezinka, 3km from Osweicim. In 1944 this area held more than 90,000 prisoners and was the main extermination site, housing the gas chambers and the crematoria. Aushcwitz III developed from one of the sub-camps, Buna, near Auschwitz-Birkenau, and used prisoners as slave labour. It was primarily a labour camp. Auschwitz-Birkenau is now a state museum, receiving millions of visitors a year. German and Polish pupils have to visit a concentration camp as part of their education


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Creekmoor with Oakdale WI Our Christmas party regrettably had to be cancelled due the bad weather, but we have changed our programme for January, so that we will have a New Year party on January 6th instead and the speaker we had booked for January - Ron Taylor - will be coming later in the year to talk about ‘the spice of life’. Several of our members enjoyed an excellent lunch at Bear Cross and then we had our big county event - a Christmas party at Milton Abbas on December 16th. Our members also enjoyed a carol service at Christchurch Priory on December 18th. We extend every good wish for 2011 from Creekmoor with Oakdale WI.

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Flower Tributes We pay tribute to Cynthia Pearcey and Beryl Banks-Cox who have decided to hang up their scissors and drop their watering cans after 50 years of flower arranging in service to St George’s Church. Their unceasing devotion to ensure that our church was adorned with flowers each week, weddings enhanced by their imaginative arrangements and the innovative decorations at harvest time bought pleasure to all and are remembered with grateful thanks. It is impossible to count the number of hours gathering greenery, ordering flowers and then preparing the various arrangements around the church truly a gift of time and talents. We are thankful for the help and instruction given to others and the generosity of spirit of these great ladies who have both offered to still help out at major events. Thank you Cynthia and Beryl from all your family at St. George’s Church. Edythe Morgan


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St. James the Least - dealing with correspondence My dear Nephew Darren You may have had several years of intensive training on biblical interpretation, preaching and church history, but theological courses never seem to cover the most important matters in parish life: how to evade disgruntled parishioners, run a tight jumble sale and, in your case at the moment, deal with correspondence. The accepted practice is to read all the letters you receive and then discard them. If the matter is truly important, you will receive a second one, to which you respond; more likely, the sender will either have forgotten all about his first letter after the second month or will write to some other cleric instead. In either case, you will be saved a great deal of trouble. You only need two folders for your filing system. The first is for complaints; they are to be filed and ignored, no matter how many duplicates you are sent. Should you be confronted personally, you simply say that the matter has been passed on to the bishop. Those truly dogged complainants who pursue the matter will eventually receive an episcopal reply saying he knows nothing of the matter, for which you then blame the postal system. After letters will have ricocheted round the country for many months, the person complaining will either have lost energy to pursue the matter, or the will to live. The second file receives all other correspondence chronologically. The earliest letters will be at the bottom of the pile and the most recent on the top. In my experience, this file only needs attention when it reaches a height of about two feet and becomes unstable. The practice then is to discard the lower 6 inches and allow it to continue its steady growth until the process is repeated. If the stack is kept in the church vestry, then mice usually attend to the papers on the bottom of the pile in their own omnivorous way.


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Sadly, your own church, with its electronic systems for filing, sorting and retrieving correspondence and with your parish secretaries, removes all of these blessings at a stroke. You have therefore no excuses for not dealing instantly with every note that comes your way. As ye sow, so shall ye reap. May I also remind you that not even St. Paul, that unflagging letter-writer, ever ended one of his letters with a request for a prompt reply. Need I say more? Your loving uncle, Eustace

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Lyrical Origins Picardy This is the name of the tune to which we sing "Let all mortal flesh keep silence." It is an early French tune for a little song "Jesus Christ s'habille en pauvre", and its words, translated, go like this:v.1. Jesus Christ dresses himself as a beggar. "Do me a kindness! The scraps from your table would make me a good meal. v.2. "The scraps from our table? The dogs will enjoy eating those. Get lost!" (or words to that effect.) v.3. "Lady, at your window, do me a kindness!" "Ah, come up, good poor man. You shall have supper with me." v.4. After they had eaten, he asks a bed for the night. "Ah, come up, good poor man. You shall find a new-made bed." v.5. As they were going upstairs, three fair angels shone around them. "Fear nothing, Lady. It is the moon rising." v.6. In three days you will die; you shall go to Paradise. But your husband, Lady, will go to Hell, and frizzle." In French — "en Enfer ira bruler". (like a creme dessert) Actually, the words we sing are even older; they started off in the Eastern Orthodox Church, in Greek! Ann Johnson.


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Christmas PCC News Report With Christmas and the New Year fast approaching here is a short Report from the PCC following our two latest Meetings in 2010. On 17th October immediately following Morning Worship we met together to approve the proposal that we petition the Deanery Advisory Committee for a Faculty which is required and necessary as we move forward with our plans for extension of the Church Hall. The facilities to be provided are children’s and a disabled toilet and a ramp to the Hall emergency exit. This project will be of great future benefit to all Hall users. Several important topics were considered at our meeting on 23rd November. Small amendments arising from a draft copy of the Policy Document for the Burial of Ashes plus associated financial details were discussed. The criteria set out were approved. It is important that this service is open to anyone living in the parish. Financial matters are always uppermost in people’s minds. As we come to the end of another financial year it is necessary to look critically at our position and consider our Budget for next year. It is hoped that when all income is received and expenditure allowed for we will reach a ‘break even’ point from which we can progress with care into 2011. We shall endeavour to restrict and keep expenditure next year at the same level we have experienced during the last twelve months. Much appreciation was expressed for the donations received through our Gift Day. Plans and administration for the Church Hall Extension Project are now well in hand and it is hoped that, having ordered materials in advance, work will commence on 2nd January. We trust that adverse weather will not cause too many problems! As always general maintenance and upkeep of our premises is ongoing and well managed. Sophie Hacker is to visit St. George’s early in the new year to ascertain the feasibility of glass panels and a toughened glass book shelf for the balcony. Antony and Barry have very busy schedules covering different aspects of church and community life. Antony is very aware that at certain times he is away from the parish but hopes to redress this in the not too distant future. He is taking a Sabbatical after Easter next year and will return to us on 1st September when holidays will also be finished. Barry advises that in addition to his LPA, Police, Farside and St. Edwards’ work the House Groups are very strong. Through Advent a Course with it’s theme of ‘The


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Rhythm of Prayer’ is being held and is open to everyone. Barry is especially encouraged by successful work with our young people. Luke Tanner – a student from Moorlands Bible College – joins and works with the team for three days each week as part of his pre-degree course. In a short space of time he has built confidence and spirituality within our young people and there are ideas being discussed and developed whereby this can move forward and grow. A Report from our PCC Away Day provided much food for thought as we look ahead and try to implement our vision for the next five years. Input on four main themes (Pattern of Services, Teaching Ministry, Every Member Ministry and Contact to Disciple) was enthusiastic and now needs to be considered so that the whole church and community can participate, benefit and be filled with hope. Wishing you all a peaceful Christmas.

Sue Edge - Honorary Secretary Disruption during building works Work is due to start at the beginning of January on the extension to the Hall to provide toddlers’ toilets, a second disabled toilet, additional storage and an emergency escape ramp. This work is 95% funded by the Government for the enhancement of pre-school facilities, but of general benefit to St Georges. The work is scheduled to be completed by the end of March. While the work is being carried out there will some disruption, but this will be kept to the minimum possible. It will include: •

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The vehicle gate to Worgret Road will be out of use, but the pedestrian access via the “kissing“ gate will still be in use. Please note that this is unsuitable for wheelchairs or large pushchairs. The loss of parking outside the large Hall which will be part of the contractor’s compound, and outside the Office where a shed has been temporarily located. Access to sheds in the secure Play area by arrangement only. No rear access from the large Hall – a temporary fire exit for emergency use only has been created.

Please be patient and tolerant, but if anything is causing a major problem please contact one of the Churchwardens or deputies

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THE NORTH POOLE ECUMENICAL TEAM ST. GEORGE’S OAKDALE, ST. PAUL’S CANFORD HEATH CHRIST CHURCH , CREEKMOOR

MINISTERIAL TEAM Revd Antony MacRow-Wood (Rector) The Rectory 99 Darbys Lane Oakdale BH15 3EU Tel. 660612 or 07775 574971 Email: amacrowwood@talktalkbusiness.net Office Email: st.george.oakdale@talktalkbusiness.net www.stgeorgesoakdale.org.uk Curate: Revd Barry Blackford 6 Wingfield Avenue Oakdale Poole BH15 3DQ Tel:463713 Revd Tom Lock

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Revd Janice Audibert 24 Blackbird Close Creekmoor BH17 7YA Tel: 389751

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Lay Minister: Mrs Ann Johnson 9 Stanley Green Road, Oakdale Poole

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Tel:683863 Tel:671092 Tel:671875 Tel:678505 Tel:684706 Tel:692038 Tel:383418 Tel:660612

PCC Secretary: PCC Treasurer: Gift Aid Secretary: Director of Music: Verger: Hall Bookings: Garden of Remembrance Secretary: Please contact the office on 660612

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In search of a New Year’s Resolution? As well as your New Year diet, here is another resolution for the year ahead. Everyone has heard of it – but who do you know that has really tried it? It is found in the Sermon on the Mount, and is one of the most famous things that Jesus ever said. It is also without parallel in all the teachings of the world. Several religions urge followers to refrain from harming others. That is a first step towards building a just society. But only Jesus said that we should live our lives actively seeking to do good to others. It is an attitude warm with generosity, with kindness, brimming with quiet graciousness and compassion. We are to go out of our way to encourage the depressed, to forgive those who have harmed us, to help those in need. To refrain from doing injustice takes strong self-control. To live caring for others takes something more – a life-attitude of self-sacrificial love. Such love we see first in Jesus, in his death for our sins on the cross. When we follow him, our Heavenly Father wants to see his Son’s characteristics grow in our lives. If we are his children, he expects a family likeness! So – here is a challenge for 2011: ‘In everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.’ The alternative is not an option!

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News and ‘Snippets’ Schools Minister praises 'excellent' CofE academies "We very much value the contribution that Church of England schools and academies make to our education system," said Schools Minister Lord Hill at the Church of England's recent Academy Family Conference. The CofE is currently the largest provider of academies, with the majority replacing failing or vulnerable schools in areas of social deprivation. Lord Hill added: "Faith schools play a central role in delivering excellent, publicly-funded education in this country. I look forward to seeing more excellent Church of England academies opening over the coming months, working in partnership with other schools to raise aspiration and tackle disadvantage in line with the moral purpose of the Church of England's educational mission." The Book of Acts Chaps 3-5. In these chapters Luke first writes in detail about one incident and its results — the healing of the lame man begging outside the Temple gate, whom Peter and John met when they went to afternoon prayers. Through the power of the name of Jesus Peter gave this man the use of his legs and feet, so that he could enter the Temple with them, (previously excluded because of his disability) dancing about and jumping with joy. To the crowd that gathered, Peter promptly disclaimed the power for himself, and turned his hearers' attention to Jesus, the man they had had crucified, but who had risen, and who had made the lame man whole. He urged them to repent and be baptized. The powers that controlled the Temple were furious. Peter, John (and the healed man too, it seems,) were locked up for the night. Next day they were in court. "What power, what authority has let you do this?" So Peter could proclaim to them the power of the name of Jesus, whom they had crucified, and whom God had raised up. "His name is the only name by which people can be saved." The Council were at a loss; they knew Peter and John were not trained theologians; then they realized they were disci-


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ples of Jesus. They tried to forbid them to speak any more in his name, but Peter refused, and the Court had to discharge them. They went straight back to the others, who must have been extremely worried when they didn't return after prayers, and told them all about it. So the whole group praised God and asked for renewed courage and strength to go on preaching and healing. God responded by filling them anew with his powerful Holy Spirit. The community went on growing, and members shared their means for the good of all. One man, Barnabas sold some property and donated the money to the community funds. Another man sold some property, but without telling the truth, donated only apart of the proceeds. When Peter told him his deceit was known, he collapsed and died on the spot: so did his wife, who was in on the plot, a while later. Everyone was awestruck: "You can't fool God!" The church grew, the apostles' teaching and healing continued, the authorities got more and more exasperated. The apostles were arrested and again imprisoned. But God sent his agent to come in the night with the keys, not only to set them free, but also to encourage them to go on with their teaching in the Temple about this new life. First thing next morning, there they were — consternation in the Council! The apostles, `politely invited' to appear before the Council, made it another opportunity to proclaim the resurrection and lordship of Christ, and their compulsion to go on witnessing to this in the power of the Holy Spirit. The Council wanted to put them to death, but were restrained by the calm voice of common sense, attributed to Rabbi Gamaliel: "We don't need to do anything. If this movement is of human origin only, it will collapse of itself, but if it is from God, you will never be able to stop it; and you could find yourselves fighting against God." The apostles were flogged, then released. Their work continued and the church went on growing. Do read these chapters for yourselves: see how Peter spoke tactfully to the people, but very bluntly to the religious leaders. Feel the energy, the enthusiasm, the exuberance that the Holy Spirit was imparting to the church. We could have that same energy and power for our work in this parish if we wanted it, and asked the Holy Spirit for it. Shall we ask? Ann Johnson.


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A Loft-Y Revelation With the help of a much younger friend, we made our first attempt to clear the loft. Amongst the masses of past treasures, many from my early nursing career, I found the missive below. My training hospital’s annual speech-making competition was generally dreaded and avoided – but I didn’t manage to escape! This was my attempt (in 1951) for which I was awarded a silver serviette ring! Beauty To say that beauty is necessary to a person if life is going to have any meaning for him, may be a bold statement, but in my opinion, is a true one. A life without beauty becomes an existence and can be likened to a meal cooked without seasoning, tasteless, dull, uninteresting and useless. But to a life always seeking after beauty, in which beauty is as desirous as the very life blood itself, then that life in turn becomes something beautiful, radiating joy and goodness and forever giving pleasure to others. Can we define beauty then, that its presence can alter the whole course of a person’s life? Our dictionaries tell us that it is a quality and assemblage of qualities that give the human race intense pleasure – it is a characteristic in a material object or abstract which gratifies the intellect or moral feeling. Poets, painters, musicians, prose writers, sculptors have all tried through their various mediums to express their ideals of beauty: Debussy, in his fascination for the beauty of the sea in all its moods, has given us a colourful description in his poem “La Mer”. Some of the loveliest natural scenes still live for us today through the brush of John Constable. Poets through the ages have never ceased to sing of the beauties of nature in the Seasons, flowers, clouds, mountains etc. Some however have searched even deeper for the real source of beauty and so it is that our English language has become so rich in these “pearls of wisdom”. Salisbury wrote “The most natural beauty in the world is honesty and moral truth; for all beauty is truth; true features make the beauty of the face; true proportions the beauty of architecture and true measure the beauty of harmony and music”. Similar thoughts were penned by John Keats when he wrote “Beauty is truth, truth, beauty. That is all ye know on earth and all


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ye need to know”. In all ranks of life the human heart yearns for the beautiful and the beautiful things that God makes are his gift to all alike. And not only are we surrounded by this beauty all our lives but we are given physically, senses to recognise it and spiritually, souls to be nurtured by it and which in turn, finds expression in the person’s character and personality. Another wonderful thing about beauty is that no two people see it in the same light. We all have varying capacities for appreciating it, for “the beauty seen is partly in him who sees it”. For instance, a wood in Autumn, thickly carpeted with the bronzed and golden leaves stripped from the branches by the ruthless, but purposeful winds, may be a sight of unsurpassed beauty to one person, but to the next a nuisance, mucky underfoot and only the fore-runner of Winter’s unbeautiful arrival. We are not all poets and musicians and beauty, although recognised by all and appreciated as such is not easily given expression in masterpieces of music and rhyme. But I think, nevertheless, that we each of us have our own ideas, seriously thought out, on what real beauty is. To me, true beauty speaks of goodness and therefore, all that is good is beautiful. I think that all the works of our Creator were fashioned for the purpose of moulding us into creatures of goodness and beauty, and therefore this craving for beauty is never quite satisfied, because, if true beauty is goodness we shall always seek for something higher. And so, in closing, may I express my feelings about beauty, again in the words of the poet; “I love all beauteous things; I seek and adore them. God hath no better praise and man in his hasty days Is honoured for them. I, too, will something make and joy in the making Although tomorrow, it seems like the empty words of a dream, Remembered on waking”.

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Why Churchwardens love January Hail to the Lord’s anointed, Both clergyman and lay, They’re seldom disappointed To get past Christmas Day! The hectic Christmas season Of service constantly – There can’t be better reason To welcome January! The Curate and the Vicar A busy schedule keep, As they rush, ever quicker They don’t get that much sleep. The overworked Churchwardens And their sidespersons team Sure don’t get time for boredom And only seldom scream! So, when the season’s over; The crib has been put by, The drapes to green changed over They breathe a heartfelt sigh! They laugh and smile with pleasure And sing a merry rhyme, But short-lived is their leisure – For soon comes Easter time


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All in the month of January 500 years ago:- on 1st Jan 1511 that King Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon’s first child was born. Baby Henry survived for only two months. 350 years ago:- on 30th Jan 1661 that Oliver Cromwell, former Lord Protector of England, was formally executed (more than two years after his death!) 100 years ago:- on 3rd Jan 1911 that John Sturges, American film director (‘Gunfight at the O.K. Corral’ and ‘The Magnificent Seven’) was born. 100 years ago:- on 21st Jan 1911 that the first Monte Carlo rally was held. 90 years ago:- on 2nd Jan 1921 that the first regularly scheduled religious radio broadcast – KDKA – began out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. Also 90 years ago:- on 8th Jan 1921 that Chequers Court in Buckinghamshire was given to England by Lord and Lady Lee of Fareham. It has been the country residence of the serving Prime Minister. Also 90 years ago:- on 28th Jan 1921 that The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was installed beneath the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, honouring unidentified soldiers who fell in WW1. Also 75 years ago:- on 20th Jan 1936 that King George V of the UK died, succeeded by Edward VIII. 70 years ago:- on 2nd Jan 1941 that Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff was badly damaged by German bombing. Also 70 years ago:- on 8th Jan 1941 that Sir Robert Baden-Powell, British army officer and founder of the Scouts and Guides movements, died. Also 60 years ago:- on 9th Jan 1951 that the United Nations headquarters in New York City was officially opened. 50 years ago:- on 20th Jan 1961 that John F Kennedy was inaugurated as the 35th President of the United States. Also 40 years ago:- on 25th Jan 1971 that Idi Amin deposed the President of Uganda, Milton Obote, and declared himself President on 2nd Feb. 30 years ago:- on 5th Jan 1981 that British lorry driver Peter Sutcliffe (‘The Yorkshire Ripper’) was charged with the murders of 13 women. Also 25 years ago:- on 28th Jan 1986 that the American space shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after lift-off , killing 7 astronauts. 20 years ago:- on 16th Jan 1991 that the Gulf War’s Operation Desert Storm was underway. US-led forces began bombing Iraq. 15 years ago:- on 2nd Jan 1996 that the first convoy of American peacekeeping troops arrived in Northern Bosnia following the end of the Bosnian War. This was the USA’s first military involvement in Europe since WW11.10 years ago:- on 31st Jan 2001 that a Scottish court convicted Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi from Libya of carrying out the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.


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Left out in the cold A member of a certain church, who previously had been attending services each week, stopped going. After a few weeks, the minister decided to visit him. It was a chilly evening. The minister found the man at home alone, sitting before a blazing fire. Guessing the reason for his minister’s visit, the man welcomed him warily, led him to a big chair near the fireplace and waited. The minister made himself comfortable, but said nothing. In the grave silence, he contemplated the play of the flames around the burning logs. After some minutes, the minister took the fire tongs, carefully picked up a brightly burning ember and placed it to one side of the hearth all alone. Then he sat back in his chair, still silent. The host watched all this in quiet fascination. As the one lone ember's flame diminished, there was a momentary glow and then its fire was no more. Soon it was cold and dead and dark. Not a word had been spoken since the initial greeting. The two men sat on in reflective silence. A little while later, just before the minister was ready to leave, he picked up the cold, dead ember and placed it back in the middle of the fire. Immediately it began to glow once more with the light and warmth of the burning coals around it. As the minister reached the door to leave, his host said, "Thank you so much for your visit and especially for the fiery sermon. I shall be back in church next Sunday."

Gardener’s Delight—Andy Best It’s cold, it’s wet, it gets dark early and Christmas is over. Not very inspiring to get out in the garden and do work. If you are working the likelihood is that you do not even see you garden during the week, so it is easy to forget. But now is a great time to get ahead of the game. If you do manage a short walk around your garden you can pull out young weed seedlings


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now, or hoe them out, and they will soon die in the frosts. If you do get frozen ground it means you can walk on the borders without fear of damaging them. Spread a layer of mulch over it, and the job is much less messy than when you get muddy boots. This insulates plants, and also allows the winter weather to break down this mulch. Don’t let ponds freeze over, and if they do then don’t break the ice with anything other than boiling water as the shock waves may harm fish. If the weather is not freezing then move deciduous trees and shrubs if required. Try and move with as large a root ball as possible and get someone to help you, if the shrub is a reasonable size. It is likely to be much heavier than you think. Plant bare root shrubs and trees now. They are much cheaper this way and establish really well. You can also prune trees to shape, whilst they are dormant. Always make an undercut first, and prune the branch about a foot from the main trunk first, to take the weight off the branch, and then make a cut flush with the trunk. Wisteria pruning is good now as there are no leaves on the shrub and you can see exactly what you are doing. Take each new long whippy shoot back to 3 buds from the main stems. Talking of whippy growth a possible project for this year, which you can start now is to build a shelter out of willow whithies. Buy a bundle of these dormant willow shoots and make your own shelter over a seat or a favourite part of the garden. Make a small slit in the ground, and insert these shoots in them, for about a foot, then heel the shoots in. Weave the tops together, and later this summer they will start to form a living canopy. On the veg patch, you can start to dig it over if the soil does not stick to your boots, in which case it is too wet. Once done pin some black polyethene to warm the soil for early planting. Start early potatoes, by chitting them indoors, and force Rhubarb by putting on a terracota pot filled with straw over the crowns. Probably best just to leave the lawn alone, except for keeping it clear of dead leaves, and then only if not too wet or frozen. Plant of the Month – Cornus or Dogwoods. Strange for a deciduous shrub to be the January plat of the month, but the variation in colours on the stems at this time of year is nothing short of magnificent. Also bearing white flowers in spring and blue/black berries in autumn. They tolerate shade but grow best in full sun. To get the best colours the following year prune hard back in early spring.


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Clues

1 Paul said the wrath of God ‘is being revealed from heaven’ against this (Romans 1:18) (11) 9 Go smite (anag.) (7) 10 ‘But — I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee’(Matthew 26:32) (5) 11 ‘Take and —; this is my body’ (Matthew 26:26) (3) 13 Type (2 Thessalonians 2:10) (4) 16 ‘Woe to those who — iniquity’ (Micah 2:1) (4) 17 ‘How shall we — if we ignore such a great salvation?’ (Hebrews 2:3) (6) 18 Opposite of evens (4) 20 Previously cited (Latin) (4) 21 ‘There is surely — — of God in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife’ (Genesis 20:11) (2,4) 22 The Thessalonians were warned to keep away from every brother who was this (2 Thessalonians 3:6) (4) 23 Beat (anag.) (4) 25 To trouble or afflict (Job 16:3) (3) 28 Part of a roof (1 Kings 7:9) (5) 29 Attain (Job 5:12) (7) 30 Insect noted for its gymnastic ability (Psalm 78:46) (11)

Down 2 Smell (John 11:39) (5) 3 Lion’s home (Jeremiah 25:38) (4) 4 ‘Jesus Christ is the — yesterday and today and for ever’ (Hebrews 13:8) (4) 5 Tidy (4) 6 Made their home (Genesis 47:27) (7) 7 Their task was to carry the curtains of the tabernacle (Numbers 4:25–26) (11) 8 Timothy’s was called Lois (2 Timothy 1:5) (11) 12 The Lover likened the fragrance of the Beloved’s breath to these (Song of Songs 7:8) (6) 14 Times Educational Supplement (1,1,1) 15 Eight-tentacled sea creatures (6) 19 ‘And lead us not into temptation, but — us from the evil one’(Matthew 6:13) (7) 20 D.L. Moody’s legendary song leader, — D. Sankey (3) 24 Rarely used musical note (5) 25 ‘Your will be done on earth — it — in heaven’ (Matthew 6:10) (2,2) 26 and 27 ‘The Lord Almighty will — them with a — , as when he struck down Midian at the rock of Oreb’ (Isaiah 10:26) (4,4) 27 See 26 Down


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Baptisms

Sunday 12th December Leyton Luca Peter Mitchell Lexi Louise Mitchell Jensen Zac Sturgeon

Weddings No Weddings in December

Funerals 3rd Alec George Cave (76) 6 Vera Isobel Elizabeth Perkins (91) 7th Victor Charles Hatherley (93) th 8 Arthur James Dickinson Kearley (91) th

Prayer of the Month Dear Lord, As we celebrate the light coming into the world, help us to be a light in the lives of those we love and help us to show the light of your love to those who have yet to come to your ways. Amen


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