The Parish Magazine of Tilehurst St Catherine & Calcot St Birinus
Including Parish Review of 2015 supplement
Vicar Rev Denis Smith 0118 942 7786
Who’s Who in the Parish
Licensed Lay Minister (Cornwell)
Licensed Lay Minister Mike Heather 0118 962 4852
Tony Bartlett 0118 967 8659
Churchwarden Sonia Ludford 0118 945 4631
Churchwarden (Cornwell) Richard Yates 0118 942 4920
Assistant Churchwarden Anne Soley 0118 942 5407
Assistant Churchwarden (Cornwell) Evelyn Bartlett 0118 967 8659
St Catherine’s Hall bookings Sheila Drew 0118 942 7254 email@example.com Cornwell Centre bookings Tilehurst Parish Council 0118 941 8833 firstname.lastname@example.org RG31 is published 10 times a year on the first Sunday of the month (not January or August) by the P.C.C. of Tilehurst: St Catherine & Calcot: St Birinus and is also available via our website www.stcatherines-tilehurst.org.uk Editor: Tony Bartlett 0118 967 8659 Assistant Editor: Rosemary Cunningham 0118 942 0713 Advertising: Richard Canning 0118 942 8238 All details and events are correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of going to print. The P.C.C. and Editors are not necessarily in agreement with the views expressed by contributors in this magazine. We welcome contributions of articles or letters for future issues from anyone living in, or connected with the parish. All contributions must be received by the editors by the 20th day of the month preceding the next month’s issue at the latest. Contributions may be sent to email@example.com Read your own copy of RG31 (10 issues) - only 50p each issue, or £5.00 for a year’s subscription. Details from the editors whose details are above. ©Tilehurst St Catherine & Calcot St Birinus P.C.C. 2016
Cover Picture : Kite flying at Lardon Chase on Easter Day
photo Stuart Poore
Tony Bartlett Waiting I last wrote on this page in the December RG31 edition under the title ‘Are we nearly there yet’, thinking about the season of Advent and the time of waiting for Christmas. I finished with these words ‘Christmas inevitably points us to Easter’ and here we are as I write this; at Easter. Easter speaks to us of New Life, hence the Eggs, chocolate or otherwise, and New Life is certainly being breathed into St Catherine’s. Building, works dreamt of for years are nearing completion and what a transformation! See page 25 For a preview of what will be revealed when the building is opened at the end of the month. It will have been well worth waiting for; more waiting! With Easter passed, over these next few weeks the Sunday Bible readings tell us that Jesus, raised from the dead, appeared not only to his disciples but to a far wider circle of people before ascending back to His father in heaven. That event we mark on ‘Ascension Day’. Before he left them, Jesus gave this instruction to his followers: ‘I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high’ (Luke 24:49). They were told to wait. The ‘power from on high’ promised and received by the disciples was the Holy Spirit and that event is something we celebrate on Pentecost, this year it’s Sunday 15th May and will be all the more special because St Catherine's and Cornwell are joining together to experience the ‘new improved’ St Catherine’s building. Whilst we’ve a long wait for Pentecost we don’t have to wait for the ‘power from on high’ because the Holy Spirit is always with us. Ascension Day being 40 days after Easter Day always falls on a Thursday and it was Ascension Day in 1982 that gave birth to what we’ve know as ‘Lunch Club’, latterly ‘Thursday Lunch’. Whilst a team of volunteers helps, we all know that it wouldn’t have started or continued without the vision and dedication of Anne Soley. Ascension Day 2016 on 5th May will be the start of a new era for Thursday lunch as it moves from St Catherine's Hall to the new facility in church and we wait to see and enjoy what this new chapter in the life of St Catherine's has in store.
Services in the Parish Thursdays in April 1.45 pm 2.30 pm
Holy Communion or Prayers - St Catherine’s Hall Community Prayer - St Catherine’s Hall
Sunday 3rd April - Easter 2 (Acts 5:27-32, Psalm 150, Revelation 1:4-8, John 20:19-31) 8.00 am Morning Prayer - St Catherine Due to building works there is no 9.30 service this morning please join us for communion at the Cornwell 11.00 am service (refreshments from 10.30 am) 11.00 am All Age Service - Cornwell with communion
Sunday 10th April - Easter 3 (Acts 9:1-6, Psalm 30, Revelation 5:11-14, John 21:1-19) 8.00 am Holy Communion - St Catherine 9.30 am Word & Worship – St Catherine’s Hall 11.00 am All Age Service with CCC Annual Meeting - Cornwell
Sunday 17th April - Easter 4 (Acts 9:36-43, Psalm 23, Revelation 7:9-17, John 10:22-30) 8.00 am Holy Communion - St. Catherine 9.30 am Holy Communion - St. Catherine’s Hall Followed by St Catherine’s Church Meeting 11.00am All Age Service - Cornwell
Sunday 24th April - Easter 5 (Acts 11:1-8, Psalm 148, Revelation 21:1-6, John 13:31-35) 8.00 am Holy Communion - St Catherine 9.30 am Holy Communion - St Catherine’s Hall 11.00 am All Age Service - Cornwell 3.00 pm APCM (see pages 5 & 7) - St Catherine’s Hall
Friday 29th April - St Catherine of Siena (Luke 6:1-11) 3.00 pm Celebration and Dedication of New Buildings - St Catherine's by Bishop Andrew Proud - followed by tea in St Catherine’s Café 4
Sunday 1st May - Easter 6 (Acts 16:9-15, Psalm 67, Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5, John 5:1-9) 8.00 am Morning Prayer - Garden Room 9.30 am Holy Communion - St Catherineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Church 11.00 am All Age Service - Cornwell
Wednesday 4th May 11.00 am
York House Communion
Thursday 5th May 12.00 noon Holy Communion - Garden Room 2.30 pm Community Prayer - Garden Room
Saturday 7th May 3.30 pm
Messy Church - St Catherine
What is the APCM? Church of England rules state that: In every parish there shall be held not later than the 30th April in each year the Annual Parochial Church Meeting. All lay persons whose names are entered on the roll of the parish shall be entitled to attend the annual meeting and to take part in its proceedings, and no other lay person shall be so entitled. A clerk in Holy Orders (our vicar) shall be entitled to attend the annual meeting of the parish and take part in its proceedings. The annual meeting shall receive from the parochial church council and shall be free to discuss a.
A report on changes in the roll since the last annual parochial church meeting or, in a year in which a new roll is prepared, a report on the numbers entered on the new roll; a copy of the said roll to be available for inspection at the meeting.
An annual report on the proceedings of the parochial church council and the activities of the parish generally.
The financial statements of the parochial church council for the year ending on the 31st December immediately preceding the meeting, independently examined.
A report upon the fabric, goods and ornaments of the church.
A report on the proceedings of the deanery synod. (Continued on page 7)
(Continued from page 5) The said financial statements shall a.
Be independently examined or audited.
Be considered and, if thought fit, approved by the parochial church council and signed by the chairman presiding at the meeting of the council.
Be displayed for a continuous period of at least seven days before the annual meeting, including at least one Sunday when the church is used for worship, on a notice-board either inside or outside the church.
Following the meeting the council shall cause copies of the annual report and statements to be sent within twenty-eight days of the annual meeting to the secretary of the diocesan board of finance for retention by the board. The annual meeting shall a.
Elect in every third year parochial representatives of the laity to the deanery synod.
Elect parochial representatives of the laity to the parochial church council.
Appoint the independent examiner or auditor to the council for a term of office ending at the close of the next annual meeting, provided that such person shall not be a member of the council.
Any person entitled to attend the annual meeting may ask any question about parochial church matters, or bring about a discussion of any matter of parochial or general church interest, by moving a general resolution or by moving to give any particular recommendation to the council in relation to its duties. The annual meeting shall have power to adjourn and to determine its own rules of procedure. The secretary of the parochial church council (or another person appointed by the meeting in his place) shall act as a clerk of the annual meeting, and shall record the minutes thereof.
Note I have taken the above from www.churchofengland.org/about-us/structure and abbreviated/simplified it.
The reports referred to are contained in the supplement with the green cover headed â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;2015 - a reviewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; which you should find enclosed with this magazine. Additional copies are available at St Catherineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and Cornwell Community Church as will be the financial report and accounts in due course. Tony Bartlett - RG31 Editor
Rebecca Devaney who is a ‘freelance Lithic specialist’ gave a very interesting talk at Youth group illustrated by a selection of flints, flint tools and arrow heads.
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Jesus Christ. It is simple enough to be memorised by small children and yet profound enough to sustain a whole lifetime of prayer. When we pray it with sincerity and with joy, there is no imagining the new ways in which God can use us to his glory.”
Archbishops call for ‘great wave of prayer’ for evangelism during Pentecost The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are inviting churches to pray for the evangelisation of the nation during the week before Pentecost Sunday. The Archbishops have written to every serving parish priest in the Church of England expressing their longing “to see a great wave of prayer across our land, throughout the Church of England and many other Churches” from 8th-15th May. The week of prayer will culminate in ‘Beacon events’ around the country over Pentecost weekend, where people will pray for the renewal of the Holy Spirit and the confidence to share their faith. In their letter the Archbishops said: “At the heart of our prayers will be words that Jesus himself taught us – ‘Thy kingdom come, thy will be done.’ It is impossible to overstate the lifetransforming power of the Lord’s Prayer. It is a prayer that is reassuring enough to be on the lips of the dying and yet dangerous enough to be banned in cinemas. It is famous enough to be spoken each day by billions in hundreds of languages and yet intimate enough to draw us ever closer into friendship with
The Archbishops are suggesting various ways churches can engage with the week of prayer. These include holding a day or week of continuous ‘24/7’ prayer as parishes, teams or deaneries; saying special prayers in Sunday worship; prayer walking; or handing out a novena prayer card to every congregation member. The Beacon events will take place in the following places:
Saturday 14th May St Paul’s Cathedral – hosted by the Bishop of London, the Rt Revd Richard Chartres, and Pete Greig, founder of 24/7 prayer, with sung worship led by Tim Hughes and Jake Isaac.
Sunday 15th May Durham Cathedral – with sung worship led by Lou Fellingham. Coventry Cathedral – with sung worship led by Noel Richards. Winchester Cathedral – with sung worship led by Matt Redman. St Michael le Belfrey, York - hosted by Matthew Porter & Miriam Swaffield with sung worship led by Tom Holmes Canterbury Cathedral – hosted by Archbishop Justin Welby and Pete Greig, with sung worship led by Tim Hughes. Archbishop Justin will send a message via live video link to other Beacon
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(Continued from page 9) events taking place at the same time as the Canterbury event. Partners in the week of prayer initiative include 24-7 Prayer, HOPE, the World Prayer Centre, the Neighbourhood Prayer, Network, and the National Day of Prayer and Worship. For more information about the initiative, visit: www.thykingdom.co.uk
“The only certainty in the world is Jesus Christ” Archbishop speaks at New Wine conference The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, recently spoke at New Wine Leadership Conference held in Harrogate in early March. At the conference, Archbishop Justin spoke on the challenges facing the church today and how those in leadership should respond. “The ice is breaking, the spring is coming. At the Church of England’s General Synod last month we had a half day spent entirely considering witness and evangelism. We are church planting in every diocese. My dream is that there should be a major resource church in every diocese in England, working deeply with all the other people of God. The Church of England is not priority or privileged. We’re finding, I’m finding, now that people are pushing for change, rather than those who want change having to pull against the status quo. New Wine have been heroes and will continue to be. You’ve borne the burden, you’ve turned the tide. There is renewal and life springing up.
Now there must be a new spirit that does not look back but forward. That looks for the new things that God is doing. That preaches the gospel afresh in this generation. That is not afraid nor ashamed. We may be dispirited when leaders fail – and all leaders fail – but Christ is their merciful redeemer, and mine and yours, and they are loved profoundly as are we all. None of us may judge. And the God who raised Jesus from the dead will not abandon his church. This year, between Easter and Pentecost, the Archbishop of York and I are calling for a week of prayer for evangelism in this land. Will you join me in that? Will you give yourselves for that week to praying for people to come to Christ? Because that takes me back to the beginning. What is our legacy? Who knows and who cares. All that concerns us is Jesus Christ, for we are his legacy and are living lives that would make no sense were it not for him”. Read the full speech at: www.bit.ly/ABCNewWineText Watch the video at: www.bit.ly/ABCNewWine
Archbishop speaks to Mary Berry about the meaning of Easter The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, was featured on Mary Berry’s ‘Easter Feast’ on BBC 2. Mrs Berry, who is one of the judge’s on the BBC’s The Great British Bake Off, presented him with a traditional Easter Simnel cake she had prepared. (Continued on page 11)
(Continued from page 10) The Archbishop described the cake as “absolutely wonderful” Over tea and cake in his study, the Archbishop told Mrs Berry that Easter was an opportunity to “celebrate life and celebrate hope” as well as to remember loved ones who had passed away. Archbisop Justin said: “There’s a wonderful moment at the end of Evensong on Easter Sunday afternoon, and I go home and we sit down and we have some cake and some tea with the
family; and it’s relishing the human contact, the love for one another, the security in one another that is the gift of family. And I think that’s one of my rejoicing moments. “It is a great moment of being together, and, of course, it’s the oldest celebration - the first thing that the earliest church did was to celebrate the conquest of death.”
You can find out more about the programme, as well as links to watch online at www.bit.ly/WelbyCake
What and Where is Community ? It is our street; our village, our town and city, our country and our world. It is not just the buildings it is the people who live and work here that make communities. It is the young and the old. It is the well off and the not so well off. It is those who can and those who cannot. It is those who work and those who do not. It is those that are in good health and those who are not. It is those who go to church and those who do not. It is those you know and those you don't know. It is you and it is me. It is about sharing and caring. It is about tolerance and respect. but more importantly it is aboutlove. Jesus said, love thy neighbour and if we love our neighbour we love Christ also. Show a friendly welcome and listen, for if we only see, hear and speak to those we know, we are not sharing in God's love. This is what makes a community. Peter Broomfield
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St Catherine’s Church & Centre Development Project Steady as She Goes! March has been a month of consolidation after the impressive growth spurts earlier in the year. We have learnt to be patient while boilers and pipework and other bits of plumbing are installed and all those electrical wires hanging out of the walls and ceilings get stuff attached to them. We are more or less back on programme but the installation of the new gas meter is causing a few flutters, because without gas we cannot test the new equipment and get it all set up right.
BEFORE they happen. Many people think building is simple because they can understand the component bits like electrics, plumbing, bricklaying etc – the clever part, however, is fitting them all together and we are blessed to have Ian around to do this.
We are nearly there now, with only a few decisions left about carpets and lighting. However, please don't stop praying for the safety of all our builders and their managers and remember particularly the fundraising efforts which will not stop. Richard Canning Project Treasurer 26 March 2016
The kitchen layout has been finalised and the order placed with Wincombe Kitchens whose Paul Prankard has been helping us from the start to arrive at what we need. On the funding front, we have received awards from Tilehurst Parish Council (£600) and Berkshire Churches Trust (£4,000) and are still waiting to hear from nine funders including Greenham Common Trust and the Englefield Trust. Allchurches Trust has invited us to discuss our application in more detail and we are one of ASDA's three chosen charities in March so we are encouraged to think the Lord is ensuring we'll be able to pay back our loans sooner rather than later.
Unusual Visitor The Good Friday morning service had an unusual visitor. It appears he’d been staying underneath one of the cupboards (hence the fluff) and came out into the hall see what was happening. He was safely moved outside before the service started.
We continue to work well with our builder – Ian Legg has returned to take back the helm from Dave Lavender. He has been busy avoiding clashes between the different elements of construction
CIRDIC Volunteering I have been helping at CIRDIC – Churches In Reading Drop In Centre for 6 weeks and have found it very fulfilling. I was aware that St Catherine's folk give generously to this lifeline to those who are in need and wanted to do something to help.
Those who attend are known as guests and have the opportunity to avail themselves of bathing and showering facilities.
I help out one day a week with food preparation and serving to those who are in need of a meal.
On certain days a nurse is in attendance and links can be provided to health care and housing.
For those who require it there is an opportunity to obtain clean clothing and toiletries. For some reason there seems to a lack of donations of underwear, socks, disposable razors and toothbrushes.
Nearly all our clients are friendly, polite and grateful for the service provided. There are many different reasons why they need help. Sometimes the need is short term or, for some, it is a longer situation.
The centre offers sandwiches, tea or coffee in the morning and then a three course lunch such as soup, ham pasta bake with vegetables and a dessert/ pudding.
Many thanks to Paddy for his help with collection of donations. Please continue to pray for and to support this vital work.
SUPER SOUP LUNCH
This year we had less soup and actually ran out whereas previously we had a lot left over. If anyone else would like to make soup next year, please could you let me know?
The total raised for Christian Aid at the Super Soup Lunch on 12th March was £364.88 including money from donations for cakes after our services on Sunday 13 March. The total doesn’t include gift aid. An anonymous donor has donated a further £300. Even without this we surpassed our 2014 and 2015 totals which were £270.60 and £315.27 respectively.
The centre is able to offer its guests a safe postal address, a telephone and a provision of confirmation of identity.
A CIRDIC volunteer
Thank you all very much for your time and effort including those from St Michael’s, St Joseph’s, St Catherine’s, the URC and the general public who supported the event. I hope you can help again next year.
Money raised by the Traidcraft Stall was £82.00.
Dates for the Diary
See the following pages for more information April Fri 1 Sat 9
St Catherine’s at Boxgrove House 3.00 pm Purley Farmers' Market 8.30 am-12.30 pm at The Barn, Goosecroft Lane off Beech Road, Purley on Thames Sun 10 Cornwell Community Church Annual meeting as part of the 11.00 am service Tues 12 Tilehurst Parish Council meeting 7.30 pm at The Calcot Centre, Highview Sat 16 Crafty Space 1.30-5.30 pm St Catherine’s Sun 17 St Catherine’s Annual meeting follows the 9.30 am service Tues 19 Communications Action Group meets 8.00 pm Sun 24 APCM (Annual Parochial Church Meeting) 3.00 pm at St Catherine’s Tues 26 Tilehurst Parish Council Parish Assembly 7.30 pm at The Calcot Centre Fri 29 The Feast Day of St Catherine of Siena and official opening of the project by the Bishop of Reading at 3.00 pm
May Fri 6 Fri 6 Sat 7 Sun 8 Mon 9
‘Send a Cow’ House Party 2.00-9.00 pm at 16 Felton Way see page 29 St Catherine’s at Boxgrove House 3.00 pm Messy Church 3.30-5.00 pm at St Catherine’s Guest preacher Jessica Hall from Christian Aid at St Catherine’s and Cornwell St Catherine’s and Cornwell Community Church Prayer Ministry Team meeting 7.45 pm in St Catherine’s Church Tues 10 Tilehurst Parish Council AGM 7.30 pm at The Calcot Centre, Highview Thurs 12 Finance Action group meeting 8.00 pm Sat 14 Purley Farmers' Market 8.30 am-12.30 pm at The Barn, Goosecroft Lane off Beech Road, Purley on Thames Sat 14 Crafty Space 1.30-5.30 pm St Catherine’s Sun 15 Pentecost Parish Celebration 10.30 am at St Catherine's No service at Cornwell that day Christian Aid Week is 15th to 21st May Weds 18 St Catherine’s PCC meeting 8.00 pm Thurs 19 Learn4Life Celebration 7.30pm at Grace Church, Caversham see page 20
June Fri 3 Sat 4 Sun 12 Sun 26
St Catherine’s at Boxgrove House 3.00 pm Messy Church 3.30-5.00 pm at St Catherine’s Tea party at St Catherine's to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday ‘Midsummer Praise’ Churches in Tilehurst 5-7pm Victoria Recreation ground
Community Events at St Catherine’s Church & Centre
What’s On In and
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Thursday Lunch Every Thursday at 12.45 pm. For a reasonable price you can buy simple wholesome fare of soup, rolls, sandwiches and home-made cakes. A warm, friendly welcome awaits all, from great grand-children to great grand-parents.
All change The last Thursday lunch in its present form will be on Thursday 28th April. After the opening of the Café at 3pm on Friday 29th (all invited) the lunch will be in the Café (at the back of church). If you’d like to know more contact Anne Soley 0118 942 5407
Friday Friends Meets weekly from 2.00 - 4.00 pm every Friday Price £3.50 offering a mix of light exercise, singing together, table-top games and craft activities in a safe, warm and friendly environment – with tea and cakes. Friday friends resumes after the Easter break with: 8th April - crafts 15th April - Comic verse with Marjy 22nd April - Games with Bill 29th April - Opening of new Café 6th May - Cards & Games If you think you would like to come, or think you could help, please contact Anne Soley 0118 942 5407
A simple morning service held 9.30 am at St Joseph's Roman Catholic Church followed by a cup of coffee.
Do something amazing
At the Cornwell Centre, Home Croft off Clements Mead Weds 27th April & 25th May At the Calcot Centre Highview Calcot Tues 10th May Call 0300 123 23 23 to make an appointment or just turn up on the day
Around the Parish April Mon 4th MU Committee Meeting 7.30 pm at 2 Laurel Drive Weds 13th Village Butchers A talk, 8.00 pm St Catherine’s hall, all welcome Weds 20th MU Bible Study 8.00 pm at 31 Normanstead Road Weds 27th Fellowship Afternoon 2.00 pm at 49 Compton Avenue
May Weds 11th Jenny Beeney A talk on being a registrar 8.00 pm St Catherine’s hall, all welcome Weds 18th MU Bible Study 8.00 pm (venue to be announced) Weds 25th Fellowship Afternoon 2.00 pm at 30 Ashbury Drive
St Catherine’s Tea Dance On
Thursdays :21st April (NOT 7th) 19th May
St Catherine’s Hall Wittenham Avenue
Time 2.30 - 4.30 pm Price £4 each includes Dancing, Instruction & Tea Further details contact Anita Holbeche 0118 941 8046 April 2016
Cornwell 0-5s is a well established Parent & Toddler Group run by local mums in the Cornwell Centre, Home Croft (off Clements Mead), Tilehurst, RG31 5WJ. We offer a stimulating and fun environment for children and a great place for Registered Charity 102992 parents and carers to socialise. We run two sessions a week, Tuesday & Thursday 10.00 am until 1.00 pm. Feel free to bring along a healthy packed lunch for you and your child and join the lunch club in the picnic area from 12.00 - 1.00 pm. If you are interested in joining, please feel free to drop in at one of the sessions or call Camilla East 07581 067 499 email: firstname.lastname@example.org or see www.cornwell0to5s.wordpress.com
Registered charity 1006732 - Established over 45 years St Catherine’s Hall, Wittenham Avenue, Tilehurst, RG31 5LN A caring and supportive setting where Children are our heart and inspiration Ofsted Inspected with a team of qualified staff Outside Play Area Morning Sessions Daily during Term Time Children with Special Needs welcome ‘Little Munch Club’ facility For more information, or to arrange a visit to come and see us in action, contact us on 07745 909 348 see www.stcatherinespreschool.co.uk
St. Catherine’s Church Centre, Wittenham Avenue, Tilehurst
Saturdays 1.30 pm to 5.30 pm April 16th, May 14th, June 18th
We provide time, space, tea & coffee. You bring along the craft projects you’ve always meant to do :A donation of around £1.25 per person, per hour to cover the cost of hall hire, tea & coffee.
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Mummy, do you really exist? Danger! More 'ANTI-us' stuff! Long ago, my Sunday School teachers were UPSET by "naughty" questions! If they'd had some calm knowledgeable answers, it might have helped?
Remember the funny car with a SINGLE turn indicator? "The lamp will be ON half the time for LEFT turns, OFF half the time for RIGHT turns. Anyone can tell ON from OFF! STOP QUIBBLING!"
Lasting effect? If I'm still naughty, Miss, it's their fault (SLIGHTLY seriously!).
Some managers, with limited experience of detail, could sound like that! 'Logic' is invaluable - in experienced hands!
Some ideas ARE upsetting, like Galileo's were once. Did the Church really win? WE NEED CAUTION, but should we also love our 'enemies', and dare to UNDERSTAND THEM a tiny bit? It might help us to get through to them? Tricky, but if we "blindfold" ourselves, we learn little - and our critics will smile happily!
Some critics quote Bible texts I've hardly seen! Makes me feel silly (DON'T laugh!) Should I study even the puzzling bits? If asked about pork, would ALL our Sunday School pupils know about Acts 10? (What about earlier food texts?) Do we ALL know how many sheep there were in the Ark? Gen. 6:19+ and Gen. 7:2+ suggest that Noah saved 14 sheep - until he made burnt offerings in Gen. 8:20. There are much tougher questions! If we don't study a lot, we might not win many arguments? Some writers quibble about LOGIC. "If God is all-powerful ... ?" Big subject; wise guy needed! As computer workers, we joked: "Logic's tricky unless you ALREADY KNOW THE ANSWER"! Grain of truth!
How does 'logic' mix with limited experience? The web page below is an amusing parable. Two babies in the womb ask if there is Life After Delivery! "Does 'Mother' really exist? WHO'S ACTUALLY SEEN HER?" And this umbilical cord is so short that it LOGICALLY EXCLUDES ANY POSSIBILITY of life after delivery! Pretty conclusive? It's a lovely page, well worth a visit even if a friend has to help you! Phil French https:// darvish.wordpress.com/2013/09/15/ conversation-in-the-womb-a-parable-oflife-after-delivery
It’s A Dog’s Life A man walked by a table in a hotel and noticed three men and a dog playing cards. The dog was exhibiting an extraordinary performance. "This is a very smart dog," the man commented.
"He's not so smart," said one of the irked players. "Every time he gets a good hand he wags his tail.”
March meeting Maureen Norman reminded members about the Worldwide Wave of Prayer which, for us, takes place in the middle of April when we are encouraged to follow the service in the Focus magazine. Details of time and place in the weekly news sheet. After opening prayers Maureen introduced Lionel Williams who, until 12 years ago, was Chief Medical Photographer at the RBH. After spending 52 years there he now spends some time being a National Trust Volunteer. Lionel proceeded to give an interesting power point presentation on the part Reading played in providing some of the 7,000 hospital beds available in the UK in August 1914. To start with 50 beds were offered at the RBH, 25 in the Long Gallery in Englefield House and some more in Struan House in Maitland Road and Cliffe House in Caversham. By Christmas 1914 1,000 beds were needed so the workhouse inmates were moved out and Reading No. 1 Hospital was taken over – later to become Battle Hospital. A Care and Comforts Committee was presided over by Mrs. Benyon who raised money to provide handicrafts,
newspapers, tobacco, fruit and cake, vegetables, special garments, outings, entertainments and hospitality to relatives. We can’t imagine the desperation of the wounded as it took many days to evacuate them from the battle zones in, for example, the Somme, Ypres and Passchendaele. As the war progressed so did medical advances, including the provision of a cigarette as 1st Aid! Reading Surgeon Leonard Joyce discovered that a certain bacteria broke down dead wound tissues and allowed them to heal naturally. This he called the Reading Bacillus. Incidentally he was the surgeon who removed Douglas Bader’s legs in 1931. Reading schools – Battle, Wilson, Redlands and Katesgrove were also used to accommodate the wounded and in 1915 and also 1918 King George v and Queen Mary visited them. After the Armistice was signed in 1918 there were still 2,500 beds occupied in Reading and many patients died due to the influenza epidemic which swept the country. For more information Lionel invited anyone to visit the Medical Museum at the front of the RBH on the 1st and 3rd Sundays between 2.00 and 4.30 pm. Sheila Bryant
Learn4Life Celebration Everyone is welcome to join us on Thursday 19th May 2016, 7.30 pm at Grace Church, Caversham (119 Peppard Road, RG4 7TR) On-street parking is available in nearby roads. It will be a great opportunity to hear the latest news about the schools
work, praise God for all he is doing in the schools and pray for the opportunities there are for Christians to serve and offer input into the schools in Reading. An offering will be taken up during the service, to support Learn4Life Refreshments will be served after the service. The Trustees of Learn4Life
Tilehurst Triangle WI At our February meeting fitness instructor Michelle came to show us how to dance ourselves fit. A whistle stop tour of ‘Strictly’ was how she described it. We learnt Latin American and Ballroom moves. Some of us were ‘not bad at all’ Great fun was had and the evening finished with the raffle and a welcome cup of tea. On March 16th, we held our Annual General Meeting which was well attended. Jean Sheppard, a WI advisor helped with proceedings. As three of our committee members were standing down, a call for nominations to fill the vacancies took place at the previous meeting. At the AGM, these nominations were accepted and there was an election for the position of President. Chris Turner was elected as our new president. Ros Someville continues as secretary and Vicki Ordidge as treasurer. At the meeting, a report was read from the retiring President, Linda Barnes, in which she reviewed what has been a successful and varied year and Tilehurst Triangle WI looks forward to another year, with a full programme of events. This WI was only formed in December 2013 and has grown and established well during the last two years.
After the formal part of the meeting, members enjoyed a social time with cheese and wine. At the end of the meeting Neil Somerville presented some ‘Mysteries of the Mind’ which proved very entertaining and well received. Some members enjoyed a visit in February to Welford Park to walk and admire the beautiful snowdrops. Member Christine Emmerson is arranging a ‘Bluebell Walk’ in Binfield on April 23rd. A new ‘Knit and Natter’ group has been formed and the first meeting was very successful. You do not need to knit but can just natter! One member started knitting for the first time and another brought along her embroidery. The next ‘Knit and Natter’ will be on 7th April. Our next meeting is on 20th April, when we will be having a speaker talking about ‘Gadgets’. New members are always welcome or you may come to a meeting as a visitor to find out more about the local evening WI. We meet on the third Wednesday of each month (except August) at 7.30 pm in St Catherine’s Church Hall. For information contact the secretary Ros Somerville 0118 941 6838 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tilehurst Horticultural Association Talks Programme at the Village Hall, Victoria Road, RG31 5AB 7.45 pm Thursday 28th April 2016 Brian Bedwell with Ken Tudgay Presentation of Flowers and Pot Plants for Show and Gardeners’ Question Time
Brian, an experienced Show Judge, will give us some advice on how to get the best from our flowers and pot plants when we present them for Show. This will be followed by a Gardeners’ Question Time session with our own Ken Tudgay, so come prepared with your questions on all gardening topics!
Your friendly local tennis club in Tilehurst Whether you want to improve your game, play socially, or compete in matches, we have something for you. New members welcome! Visit us at www.woodlandtennisclubonline.co.uk Or call Jane on 07801 286 563
Mini tennis for under 10’s Junior and adult coaching Ladies morning Veterans afternoon Junior and adult socials
For coaching enquiries call James on 07717 101 911 Or visit www.ignitiontennis.com
Junior and adult teams Woodland LTC Wendover Way, Tilehurst, RG30 4RU
I'm right here said the Lord Recently I went to the Hexagon to see Shane Filan in concert (a come back from Westlife) and he sang a song called 'I'm right here'. He has a soulful voice and as I listened it was as though the words were not coming from him but Jesus. To finish the show he sang 'You raise me up' (to more than I can be). At this my eyes filled with tears because at that moment history had repeated itself and I knew it was Himself. Around Easter 2010 my dog Odie was ill and needed to be taken to the vet for the last time. I was putting this off but heard 'You raise me up' being sung at St Catherine's on passing and it gave me strength to do the deed. Well, now my present dog Ty is not well so the same issue may occur at any point. 'I'm right here' and 'You raise me up' is a message to all of us. Jesus rose and HE IS RIGHT HERE.. I'm right here said the Lord as you rise for the day I'm right here said the Lord when you settle to pray I'm right here said the Lord as you turn on world news I'm right here said the Lord when you sit there bemused I'm right here said the Lord as you walk on your path I'm right here said the Lord when you call, weep or laugh
I'm right here said the Lord as you go through your day I'm right here said the Lord just to show you The Way I'm right here said the Lord as you lay down to sleep I'm right here said the Lord your protection I keep I'm right here said the Lord I hope you hear clearly I'm right here said the Lord for YOU I paid dearly Hope you get my simple effort!
ESV Rev 5:9 ..for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, Lorraine Roberts
Thursday 10 March
Project Progress in Pictures
The old entrance to church and hall
Demolition to separate church and hall
The new entrance
Through the door, work in progress
Just some of the miles of pipework soon to be boxed in and hidden from view
What’s on at the Cornwell Centre There have been a number of changes recently including new ‘Dance Sensations’ on Friday & Saturday
9.30 - 11.30 am
Contact : Julia Wakefield 07779 781 149
6.45 - 9.45 pm
Energise Aerobics (Excluding Bank Holidays)
Contact : Juliet Gorman 0118 941 0446
10.00 am 1.00 pm
Cornwell 0 to 5’s Group
6.45 - 8.45 pm
Contact : Juliet Gorman 0118 941 0446
Elizabeth Hingley Fitness
Contact : Elizabeth 0118 970 1564
12.45 - 3.15 pm & 4.45 - 7.45 pm
Blood Doning Clinic see page 16 for dates
Contact : 0300 123 23 23 www.blood.co.uk
10.00 am 1.00 pm
Cornwell 0 to 5’s Group
Contact as for Tuesdays
1.30 pm - 3.30 pm
Contact : Lisa Jenkins 07956 388 808
Alex’s Yoga (free taster classes)
Contact : email@example.com
Wednesday 10.00 am 11.30 am
6.00 - 9.00 pm
Contact : Camilla East 07581 067 499 www.cornwell0to5s.wordpress.com
9.15 am - 12.15 pm Tiny Talk Baby Signing Classes
Contact : Tracey 07787 147 807
3.30 - 8.00 pm
Dance sensations As from Friday 15th April
Contact : Marie Beazley 07768 707 129
9.00 am 12.00 noon
Dance sensations As from Saturday 30th April
Contact : Marie Beazley 07768 707 129
11.00 am with refreshments from 10.30 am
Cornwell Community Church Contact : Tony Bartlett All Age Service and 0118 967 8659 www.cornwellcommunitychurch.org.uk Sunday School
Bookings : Tilehurst Parish Council
0118 941 8833 firstname.lastname@example.org
Neighbourhood Plan Background
The next step
Tilehurst Parish Council announced its intention to create a neighbourhood plan back in 2014 and West Berkshire Council approved the area to be covered by the Tilehurst Parish Council Neighbourhood Plan. Neighbourhood plans enable local people to have a say in the shape of development in their area and this approval means the Parish Council can now start gathering the views of people who live and work in the Parish about the future of the area, working with them to create the plan. It’s a way for communities to influence the future of the places where they live and work. Local people understand the wider needs of their community and need to be involved in the Neighbourhood Plan. The initial steering group is planning various ways for individuals, businesses and groups to have their say. The initial steering group will need to be increased and is seeking volunteers to act as facilitators to undertake key tasks, and people who can provide assistance as and when needed so that when the Plan is ready for examination it will be backed by provable evidence. Contact Mrs J Gardner, Chairman Tilehurst Parish Council 0118 941 8833 email@example.com www.tilehurstpc.co.uk
Help write the Tilehurst Neighbourhood Plan. Neighbourhood Planning is a right for communities introduced through the Localism Act 2011. Communities can shape development in their areas through the production of Neighbourhood Development Plans.
Tilehurst Parish Council serves the communities of Birch Copse, Calcot, Denefield and Westwood: a population of 15,500 covering 11 square miles.
Working with Tilehurst Parish Council, we are embarking on the process to write our own Neighbourhood Plan for Tilehurst. You don't need to be an expert to get involved; just a passion for where you live. Please come to one of our ‘Have your say’ meetings: At the Calcot Centre On Saturday 16th April any time between 11.00 am and 4.00 pm OR At the Cornwell Centre On Saturday 23rd April any time between 11.00 am and 4.00 pm For more information see http://tilehurstpcnp.org.uk/ Or http://www.keeptilehurstgreen.com/#! tilehurst-neighbourhood-plan/ccu2 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Note Tilehurst Parish extends from the A4 in the south to a few metres short of the A329 in the north. The Reading boundary forms the eastern border while its western border follows the line of the Sulham escarpment.
Word for Today
Today, encourage someone 'ENCOURAGE HIM, AND STRENGTHEN HIM.' DEUTERONOMY 3:28 KJ
Encouragement can work miracles. In the movie Stand and Deliver, high school teacher Jaime Escalante has two students in his class named Johnny. One is a happy child and an excellent student; the other spends his time messing around and getting into trouble. When the Parent Teacher Association held its first meeting of the year, a mother came up to Jaime and asked, 'How's my son, Johnny, getting along?' Jaime mistakenly assumed she was the mother of the better student, so he replied, 'l can't tell you how much I enjoy him. I'm so glad he's in my class'. The next day 'problem Johnny' came to Jaime and said, 'My mom told me what you said about me last night. I haven't ever had a teacher who wanted me in his class.' The result? He completed his assignments that day, and brought in his completed homework the next morning. A few weeks later he had become one of Jaime's hardest-working students and one of his best friends. His life had been turned around because of an accidental word of encouragement. It works like this: When you look for good in a person and express it, you give them something to live up to. In other words, you motivate them to be better than they are. The last thing God told Moses to do was to encourage and strengthen Joshua 'for he shall go over before this people, and he shall cause them to inherit the land which thou shalt see' (v. 28 KJV). And here's the great thing about encouragement: You don't have to be rich, attractive, prominent, or brilliant to give it, and it's always appreciated. So today, encourage someone. This thought is taken from ‘The Word for Today’, Daily Bible reading notes produced quarterly by UCB (United Christian Broadcasters Ltd) PO Box 255, Stoke on Trent, ST4 8YY. If you would like to receive these free notes or
those aimed at Secondary School age, please ask Evelyn Bartlett 0118 967 8659 who is our church rep for UCB.
Mothers’ Union Prayer Chain
RIP Funerals taken by Ministers Marion Richards
Please remember her family and friends in your prayers.
Prayer in Emergencies A call to one of the following numbers will start a chain of prayer straight away.
Valerie Forrow Hilary Smee Evelyn Bartlett Jo Day
0118 942 9319 0118 941 2895 0118 967 8659 0118 942 1481 April 2016
Holiday Club Monday 8th - Friday 12th August 2016 People like to get away over the Summer. In the last few years, we’ve been to Egypt, the Olympics, the North Pole and even Outer Space. This year, we want to keep things simple—so we’re thinking of going to the Seaside! Yes it’s time to start thinking about our this summer’s Holiday Club. While plans have yet to be finalised, we thought we’d return to an old favourite from 2003 Seaside Rock. We hope to enjoy all the excitement of the beach. Five fun-filled days of sand, beach games, fun and laughter and - most important of all - hearing how Peter took up the challenge to follow Jesus. Please make a date in your diary for our 27th annual holiday club. It’s currently planned to start with a special service on the morning of Sunday 7 th August. The main week runs from Monday 8th to Friday 12th, 10.00 am to 12.00 noon each weekday morning. We might even end with a celebration and meal at Friday lunchtime. It’s aimed at children in Primary School. It will probably cost £10 for the week, with a reduction to £5 for additional children in the same family. We’ll need lots of help from teenagers and adults, both before and during the week. There will be all sorts of roles - from refreshment preparers to group leaders, craft collectors to games coordinators. Please think and pray over whether you can be involved. Please talk to Tony, Evelyn, Stuart or Val for more details. Tony’s contact details are on page 2. Stuart Poore.
Send a Cow House Party Friday 6th May, 2pm to 9pm. 16 Felton Way, Tilehurst. Come and join us to raise money for this year’s charity :- Send a Cow. Tea, Coffee, Cakes & Fizzy things are readily supplied, we will collect donations for our charity. Cornwell Charity Crafts will have jewellery and other handmade gifts on sale. All profits go to Send a Cow. Val Poore & Caroline O’Sullivan
St Catherine’s Hall - Regular Bookings Monday
8.30 am - 1.15 pm
St Catherine’s Pre-school www.stcatherinespreschool.co.uk
Contact 07745 909 348
1.45 pm - 3.15 pm
Contact Susan Tyne 07891 229 279
6.15 pm - 7.15 pm
Adult Pilates & Dance class
Contact Susan as above
7.30 pm - 10.30 pm Birch Copse Table Tennis Club
Contact Duncan Abbott 0118 961 4074 Contact as above
8.30 am - 1.15 pm
St Catherine’s Pre-school
2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
W.I. (3rd Tuesday)
4.30 pm - 7.15 pm
Dance class ballet
Contact Susan as above
8.30 am - 12.30 pm
St Catherine’s Pre-school
Contact as above
12.45 pm - 3.15 pm
Vivace Voices Ladies Choir www.vivacevoices.org.uk
Contact Sue Hennell 0118 966 1291
3.45 pm - 6.45 pm
Contact Greg Medalla 01256 471 640
7.00 pm - 10.00 pm
Tilehurst Triangle W.I. (3rd Wednesday)
email@example.com 0118 941 6838
8.30 am - 12.30 pm
St Catherine’s Pre-school
Contact as above
12.45 pm - 2.00 pm
See page 16
2.30 pm - 4.30 pm
See page 17
5.30 pm - 7.00 pm
7th Tilehurst Brownies
Contact Sharon Hawkins 0118 941 4476
8.30 am - 1.15 pm
St Catherine’s Pre-school
Contact as above
2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
See page 16
7.45 pm - 9.15 pm
Church Youth Group (fortnightly)
Contact Evelyn Bartlett 0118 967 8659
9.00 am - 10.30 am J G Dance (Ballet)
01491 572 000
11.00 am - 1.00 pm
Contact Greg Medalla 0118
1.30 pm - 5.30 pm
Crafty Space (monthly)
See page 18
3.30 pm - 5.00 pm
Messy Church (monthly)
See page 16
7.30 pm - 10.00 pm Short Mat Bowls Club Sunday
Contact Anne Soley 0118 942 5407
9.00 am & 11.00 am Refreshments after church services
St Catherine’s Hall is available for hire at competitive rates for groups or individuals, both regularly or for one off events. It is especially popular for Children's Parties. For booking details, contact Sheila Drew on 0118 942 7254 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Anglican Parish of
Tilehurst St Catherine & Calcot St Birinus ST CATHERINE OF SIENA Wittenham Avenue, Tilehurst, RG31 5LN www.stcatherines-tilehurst.org.uk Saturday 3.30 pm Messy Church is on one Saturday most months and also other ‘Messy Dates’, it’s a fun time of worship and activities for all the family followed by a meal. Sunday 8.00 am Our Early Service of Communion or Morning Prayer, is quiet and reflective. An opportunity to start Sunday thinking about God. Sunday 9.30 am Is an exciting time of Praise and Worship, to fire you up for the week ahead. An opportunity for an encounter with God through word, sacrament, prayer, prophecy and healing. There are refreshments at 9.00 am and again at 11.00 am. 11.30 am on the first Sunday of the month Baptisms are held in a lively service that is fun for all the family. Where there’s a fifth Sunday in the month Both churches meet together for a joint service at 10.30 am either at St Catherine’s or the Cornwell Centre.
CORNWELL COMMUNITY CHURCH The Cornwell Centre, Home Croft, off Clements Mead, Tilehurst, RG31 5WJ www.cornwellcommunitychurch.org.uk www.cornwellcommunitychurch.blogspot.co.uk Sunday 11.00 am An opportunity for the whole family to meet with God through praise, prayer and teaching with special fun activities for children (Sunday School). Refreshments (including cakes and fresh coffee) from 10.30 am and after the service. An informal Communion Service is usually held on the second Sunday of each month. See pages 4 & 5 for a full listing of church services in the Parish For initial enquiries regarding baptisms and weddings, please telephone 0118 942 7786