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Ascension Day Service On Thursday 30 May at Ryders, Strethall CB11 4XJ

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From the Rector’s Desk

Dear All, Easter Greetings! All the Annual District Church Meetings (ADCMs) went well and it’s a great joy that we have some new leadership in our local churches, with 5 new District Churchwardens elected. It is also great that we have some new District Church Council (DCC) members. Immense thanks to the outgoing wardens, Jon Wayper our Parish Warden and the District Wardens Judy Saunders (Great Chishill), Lyn Vokes (Heydon), Marcus West and Helen Bennett (Chrishall). They have all served very faithfully and upheld their duties with the utmost devotion and commitment to the Lord. Some of them will continue to serve as members in the DCC. Our special and heartfelt thanks to Ned Tozer, our Parish Treasurer, who is retiring from his duties this year. Ned has done a great job and kept the parish in good financial health. He is a great churchman and demonstrated his skills thoroughly. Jon Wayper has been a great help in our parish and I am very grateful to him for all his hard work and support of my ministry. I very much pray that his ministry as Licensed Lay Preacher continues to help our parish in the years to come. May the Lord bless these brothers and sisters abundantly as they retire from their duties. By the time this magazine reaches you all the activities during Lent and Easter will have taken place, including our Annual Parochial Church Meeting (APCM) with Archdeacon Robin King. The Lent course this year was very encouraging and we had between 10-15 regular attendees. We’ve learnt about forgiveness, God as parent, money, heaven and hell, and human nature. The discussions were very stimulating. John Holford from Elmdon is undertaking a special evangelism initiative by distributing a book titled ‘Your Verdict on the Empty Tomb’ by Val Grieve - a very persuasive case for Christ’s Resurrection. Please ask in the office if you would like a free copy. Thanks to all the members who have worked very hard to maintain the church buildings, raising funds for churches and making faithful donations 3

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to the parish for its running costs. This year we may face a deficit in our budget. Please pray for this situation and donate generously, if possible. In May we have two important events: On 8 May the Archdeacon’s visitation service is at 7.30pm in Saffron Walden, this year with Bishop Stephen also attending, where all our Parish and District Churchwardens will take an oath of their duties and responsibilities. On 30 May we have an Ascension Day Sunrise service at Ryders, Strethall at 7.00 am followed by light breakfast of croissants and coffee. Thanks to Prof. David Melford for his generosity and hospitality. Thought for the month Alas! Black holes were once only a theory and now they are real! We once thought we would never be able to see a black hole but we can now see it through the Event Horizon Telescope which streamed images on 10 April 2019! What a wonderful creation! We are curious to know what exists on the other side of black holes. Some view it that they may be entrances to other universes. Some deny such ideas. If we read stories of near-death experiences, they talk about travelling through a mysterious tunnel and end with seeing a bright light, with some extraordinary experiences. Is a black hole such a tunnel? We don’t know. Whatever it is the study of the universe is fascinating and reveals how mysterious and amazing it is. I’ve been reading a book titled ‘We have no idea’ written by Cham and Whiteson. The book suggests that human knowledge of our universe is very limited. On 30 May we are going to celebrate Jesus’ Ascension Day. In the Gospels we read that Jesus ascended into heaven and sat at the right hand of God (Mark 16:19; Luke 24:51; Acts 1:9). Jesus clearly left time and space and entered heaven. We accept it as a fact through the eyes of faith without any scientific explanation. This was a change of conditions and mode of existence - the essential fact is that Jesus departed and disappeared. Jesus predicted his ascension before his death on several occasions (Lk 9:31,51; 14:12,28; Mt 24:30; 26:64). Jesus’ resurrection and ascension are not part of the known laws of nature. But we believe that these two events are the foundation for our Christian faith. The word ‘heaven’ according to scriptures is a place where God dwells (Mat. 5:34, Mark 11:25). Jesus lifted up his eyes to heaven when he prayed (John 17:1) and he taught us to pray, ‘Our Father who art in 5

heaven….thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven’ (Mat. 6:9,10). Jesus defined heaven as his ‘Father’s house with many mansions’ (John 14:2). There are other definitions of heaven, but what is important to us is the significance of Jesus ascending into heaven. Through his ascension Jesus decisively indicated that the period of postresurrection appearances was now over and that his return to heaven would inaugurate the descent of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1,2). The purpose of his ascension is that he would prepare a place for his followers (‘I go to prepare a place for you’ John 14:2). His sitting on the heavenly throne is a sign that his atoning work is complete and final. He is now both King and Great High Priest, where he rules and intercedes for us as a Priest in the heavenly dwelling (Heb. 7:25,26; 10:11-14; Rom. 8:34). He is waiting until his enemies are subdued and will return as a final act in the establishment of the kingdom of God (I Cor. 15:24-26). He is our Advocate with the Father (I John 2:1). Though his physical presence is no more (John 16:10) his spiritual presence is very much here on earth (Mat. 28:20). His ascension gives hope that he will come back again to earth as he promised to take us into his abode (I Th. 4: 16). Ascension assures us that Christ is living and in His life we live, hold fellowship with God, receive grace for daily living and rejoice in victory over sin, sorrow and death. When we die our hope is that Jesus will take us into a completely different ‘realm’, whether it is in this universe or in any other place beyond black holes, but that it is the place where ‘God’s will’ operates and there is absolutely no place for evil whatsoever. What a comfort and hope we have in Christ! Yours in his service, Anand Sodadasi

As Time Goes By

Not to be missed on 11 May in Holy Trinity, Heydon at 7.30pm, a rare showing of “As Time Goes By”. Photos of Heydon village taking you back in time, with a ploughman’s supper and licensed wine bar. Tickets £12 from Andrew Drury 837364 or Mel Chandler 838289. In aid of church extension funds. 6

Thy Kingdom Come 2019 Thy Kingdom Come is a prayer initiative led by the Church of England. It will be held between Ascension and Pentecost, which is Thursday 30 May to Sunday 9 June 2019. This is the 4th year in which it has been held and it continues to grow. During the 11 days of Thy Kingdom Come, it is 7

hoped that everyone who takes part will deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ, pray for God’s spirit to work in the lives of those they know and come to realise that every aspect of their life is the stuff of prayer. After the very first Ascension Day the disciples gathered with Mary, constantly devoting themselves to prayer while they waited for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Like them, our reliance on the gift of the Holy Spirit is total – on our own we can do nothing. It is our prayer that those who have not yet heard the Good News of Jesus Christ and his love for the world will hear it for themselves, and respond and follow Him. Specifically, we again invite each and every Christian across the country to pray that God’s Spirit might work in the lives of 5 friends who have not responded with their ‘Yes’ to God’s call. Whether you have joined in ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ before or not, we invite you to take part this year – along with churches from over 65 different denominations in 114 countries around the world.

The late Peter Duncan MacCorkindale

On behalf of my grandsons Andrew, Finlay and myself, I extend our gratitude to everyone who attended Duncan’s funeral at St Nicholas Church, Elmdon on Thursday 14 March and afterwards at the Village Hall. It was a significant gathering. I now know that many people made a generous contribution by giving their time and supplying physically materials that helped to make the reception such a warm and happy occasion. It was impossible for me to thank everybody, personally, on the day, but I do now most sincerely. Andrew and Finlay face challenges in the future. However, on the 14th, the memory of the death of their mother, my daughter Kate, just over 6 years ago in 2012 must have been particularly onerous for them. With the amount of goodwill shown towards them, I’m sure that they will receive help and guidance when necessary towards achieving a happy and rewarding life. Again, many thanks to so many of you who helped to make the day what it was, a happy celebration of the life of a good man, Duncan. Brian D. Johnson 8

The Green Man

Each 'May Day' in the Shropshire village of Clun an annual encounter takes place. On the bridge over the river the Ice Queen and her attendants strive with the spirit of Spring. If she wins, winter will continue. If he wins, Spring will follow. Of course he wins and the dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s celebrations can continue. This spirit is the Green Man. Most people will be familiar with the face made up of leaves and twigs often sprouting from mouth and nostrils. Sometimes a whole figure is made up in a similar way. He appears in many cultures, perhaps arising independently, but is generally seen as a symbol of rebirth and therefore as the spirit of Spring. He can be found mostly as a carving in churches, very often high up, seeming to peer down from behind his leafy mask among the many pagan symbols the medieval craftsmen were fond of tucking away in corners. Here he is referred to as a 'foliate head.' He is now very popular with New Agers and is seen in every conceivable style in the shops in Glastonbury. Usually male, but occasionally female, and in varying degrees of taste! This renewed interest began in the 19th Century as part of the Gothic revival and was also of interest to the arts and craft movement for its decorative potential. His origins predate Christianity, with examples found at ancient sites, with characteristics reminiscent of Bacchus, Neptune and Odin, even Father Christmas. Some have even gone as far as suggesting he displays parallels with Jesus. If you regard the story of Gawain and the Green Knight as a 'green man' image, you might at least concede that a character that willingly dies knowing he will resurrect, means they have a point. Another 'green man' offshoot could be that other figure in green, Robin Hood! Martin Shaw 9

Landing before first light

As D-Day approached, units were concentrated in the Channel ports of southern England. During May 1944 every creek and estuary was crammed with landing craft – ‘you could walk across every inlet, without getting your feet wet’. Among those waiting to sail to northern France was a threeman team from the 531st Engineer Shore Regiment. Some soldiers were veterans of the three previous invasions. Plucked from Italy and brought to Britain, they Pvt Otis A Ham, the hard task master, were embedded alongside the raw who had to lick two 18 years old recruits to pass on their expertise and recruits into shape. His several survival skills. One such team consisted awards were Purple Heart, French Croix de Guerre with Bronze Star. of experienced soldier Otis Ham, 36, a professional baseball player; with Jay Rencher (Snowflake, Arizona) and Dan Shellenberg (Youngstown, Ohio), then aged 19. Their Commanding Officer told the engineers, “You are going to be cannon fodder … three out of every four men will be dead within the first hour ... each man will train with two partners, so there will be one man [left] to get the job done…” … And train they did. My father (a Junior Doctor) noted in his diary, seeing American soldiers practicing mine clearance, on the beach at Ilfracombe, Devon. I like to think that among those men were Otis, Jay and Dan. The Shore Engineers landed an hour before the main assault; their job, to clear a path through the obstacles on Utah beach and destroy thousands of mines - many well below the water-line - leaving a safe route for the landing craft. They worked ceaselessly, achieving their objective. Rencher remembers, “The commander had been right. Before 7am, on 6 June, two of the three of us were dead”. Otis had both legs amputated below the knee. The last 10

After the invasion, two of the routes originally used by the troops and vehicles were named Shellenberg Road and Ham Road, Pouppeville.

thing he said was, ‘What the heck does a baseball player do without any legs?’ Otis is buried in Cambridge; Dan was repatriated. Postscript – 6 June 1944: the loss of life at Slapton Sands was huge, yet ironically, losses on Utah beach during the Normandy landings, was some 200 – in part due to the Shore Engineers. Suzie Harrison, American Battle Monuments Commission Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial Memorial Day 2019 -Monday 27 May, 10:45 for 11:00 - All welcome Ample Parking


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Chrishall News

Chrishall Community Library I am pleased to say that we continue to see new faces in the library. Also, a big thank you to our volunteers, who give up their time to man the library. Our opening hours have changed slightly and we hope these times are a little more convenient for our borrowers. Monday and Tuesday - no change Wednesday - 10 - 12 noon (new) & 2.30 - 4.30pm Thursday - no change Friday - 2.30 - 4.30pm (now pm) Saturday - 10 - 12 noon & 2.00 - 4.00pm (new) 1st Sunday each month - 2.00 - 5.00pm We aim to be hassle-free - no charge, no time limit for the return of borrowed books, no forms, no fines. We would love to see you and you would be very welcome.

Brand Pavilion, Chrishall Are you aware of all the community events going on at the Brand Pavilion? A well-stocked volunteer-run library is open six days a week, groups meeting regularly include the Chrishall archive group, an art group and a knitting and crochet group. With the lighter evenings, we welcome the return of the popular youth club and practice sessions in the cricket nets. And of course, no summer weekend would be complete without the shout of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;howzatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; from the meadow. Events are open to Chrishall residents and those living in the surrounding area. A Pavilion user group has been formed to continue to provide opportunities for a range of sporting and social activities. Anyone wishing to set up community groups or to form clubs is invited to contact Tracey on 838071. Chrishall Village Archive The Archive opened again last month and we look forward to welcoming you. We have some new displays this year and our 'Who lived where' project continues; folders will be available for you to look up a house history or perhaps add some notes of your own. All our opening times are available on our website 13





Plant Sale, Plant Stall, Book Stall, Afternoon Teas, Live Music (wind band) and Children’s Art & Craft Activities at Debden Church, Sunday 5 May from 2-4pm. In aid of Debden Church Visitation Service on 8 May at 7.30pm at St Mary’s, Saffron Walden with the Right Revd. Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Chelmsford.

British Red Cross Open Gardens on 26 May at Heydon Place, Heydon. 2-5pm. £5 per adult, children under 12 free. All welcome!

Confirmation Service There will be a Confirmation Service in the parish on Sunday 30 June. Anand will be holding three sessions, for those who would like to be confirmed, prior to the service. If you are interested, please contact Anand – – so that you can discuss this with him.

Jumble Sale It is with thanks for your generosity and donations of quality jumble that Strethall Church has had yet another successful jumble sale, and we have raised the amazing sum of £980,

with more to come. Strethall Church DCC and Tommy’s Charity, supporting stillbirth and miscarriage, would like to thank you for all your sterling efforts and support, which have helped us achieve this fantastic result. Liz Stott Tennis at Strethall As usual, the tennis court in beautiful Strethall is available for everyone. The more times you play, the more money raised for our unique church. Rates remain the same: adults, £2 per person per hour; students: £1.50 per person per hour. The telephone number is always in the back of the Web. See you! Roger Harcourt

Parish Charity 2018-2019 The Parish has had the privilege of supporting Romsey Mill this year as our parish charity. We’ve managed to raise nearly £3000 by various means, ranging from: sponsored walks to soup lunches, wreath making and one brave individual was even willing to do a half marathon. It’s been wonderful to have a focus outside the parish this year. We are delighted to confirm that the Parish will be supporting Chrishall Primary School for the next 12 months. See our June edition for further details. Viv Rogers


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News from Great Chishill URC

Cinema Night - Bohemian Rhapsody was enjoyed by a full house and various renditions of "We are the Champions" could be heard up Barley Road and along Heydon Road as film goers went home! A very convivial evening was had guessing why various platters of food were produced. A little taster... Stuffed Mushrooms as "We are the Champignons!”, Garlic Bread as "Another one bites the Crust" and “Radio Ga-Garlic bread!" and "Seven seas of Rye" with spinach and pea mousse on rye bread. Many of us relived our childhood memories and boogied away through the film too.

St Swithun's Appeal Charity Dinner – 12 April The URC Schoolroom hosted the Charity Dinner that raised £800 at the St Swithun's Ball last Year. 16 very jolly guests of the Pines enjoyed a superb evening. The Schoolroom was transformed into a French restaurant and the Appeal Committee cooked an amazing 7 course dinner. The feedback from the guests suggests they had an evening of real value for their money. Huge thanks goes to them for their extreme generosity last summer and to the committee for their hard work to make it all possible.


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Spring Bank Holiday

Deadline Copy June Web to Erica Debnam Church Office

Church Mice Chrishall Village Hall, 10.30am contact Helen Williams 01799 520398 Open Door Chrishall Village Hall, 12 noon

Youth Fellowship Great Chishill URC 5-6.30pm contact Helen Williams 01799 520398

Messy Church Great Chishill Village Hall 3-4.30pm

Heydon Hedgehogs 10.30am Parent and toddler coffee morning Holy Trinity Church, Heydon see Facebook page for more info Menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Group The Red Cow, Chrishall, 8pm

Ascension Day the celebration of the bodily rising of Jesus into heaven on the 40th day after his Resurrection. Gt Chishill Youth Club Gt Chishill Village Hall, 6.30 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 8.30pm in term time Contact Emily 07900 243491

Gt Chishill Chimps Gt Chishill Village Hall 10-11.45am Contact Claire 838100/Islay 07977 076573

Tomato Plants

Harriet Scott and her dad Tim have been busy growing tomato plants from seed. They have over 300 plants of many varieties to sell. There are different coloured fruits, and sizes range from cherry tomato to beef steak sized ones. If you would like to buy a plant or two (the money is split between charity and a little bit of pocket money for Harriet), please email or call 837112 / 07891313584. Or drop in or look out for the plant stall in Hall Lane, Great Chishill. Thank you for your support. 18

Christian Aid week 12-18 May

During Christian Aid Week, people come together from all walks of life to step out in support of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s poorest communities. For more than 60 years, our amazing supporters have organised thousands of fabulous Christian Aid Week events. Together, we can raise money to support our poorest brothers and sisters around the globe, pray for justice and witness at the heart of our communities. We are honoured to support people of all faiths and none, and would love it if you could join us this Christian Aid Week. Envelopes will be available in churches and from the church office and should be returned to The Rectory, Church Office or any of our services

Join us for a Christian Aid Big Brekkie on Sunday 19 May at Great Chishill United Reformed Church at 8.15am All welcome! (please let Tess know if you can come

Sunday 19 May, 2-5pm

Open Gardens with Plant Sale in Catmere End (CB11 4XG), Strethall & parts of Elmdon in aid of Strethall Church. Teas, cakes and floral decorations at St Mary the Virgin Church, Strethall, CB11 4XJ Admission £4 – entry programmes available at:-

Strethall Church; Lodge Farm, Elmdon

Donations of plants would be much appreciated - for collection the previous week, please contact 01799 525543 or

Distributed free to all the homes in the Parish of the Icknield Way Villages – Chrishall, Elmdon with Wenden Lofts, Duddenhoe End, Great Chishill, Little Chishill, Heydon, and Strethall

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