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April 2019

The Parish Magazine of Tilehurst St Catherine & Calcot St Birinus

Including Parish Review of 2018 supplement

April 2019


Vicar Rev Gill Rowell ℡ 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 Richard Canning ℡ 0118 942 8238

Churchwarden Stuart Poore ℡ 0118 962 4555

St Catherine’s Hall bookings Sheila Drew ℡ 0118 942 7254 Cornwell Centre bookings Tilehurst Parish Council ℡ 0118 941 8833 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 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 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. 2019 Some material is © Parish Pump Ltd and some © Dave Walker

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A foretaste of the Bluebell walk (see page 12)


Photo Stuart Poore

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Rev Gill Rowell Going forth boldly It seems barely possible that I have been here only a year…In many senses the move was a big risk: I wasn’t familiar with Tilehurst, I didn’t know anybody, and I was leaving a community that (mostly!) loved me. And yet there was a compulsion within me that coming here was the right thing to do. God was in it all the way, from the first time that I read the advert, to writing out the application, praying - alone and with friends, receiving words and pictures of encouragement, coming for the interview, driving home thinking about the tremulousness of such an enormous change in my life. I hadn’t planned on moving, and yet God had led me to that point where I needed to push open a door, and dare to dream a new dream. And when you know that God is with you, that gives you a strength, and energy and motivation which enables you to not just cope with the change but to embrace it; in the words of a well known hymn, written by Timothy Dudley Smith, (which has actually never been a favourite of mine, but exudes the truth of the Gospel nonetheless!)

“Lord for ourselves; in living power remake us self on the cross and Christ upon the throne, past put behind us, for the future take us: Lord of our lives, to live for Christ alone.” When Jesus is the centre of your life, all things are possible. Our APCM meeting on 7th April will be an important one for St Catherine’s and Cornwell Community Church as we rejoice in all that God has done in and through us over the past year, and look ahead to the future he is calling us to. Transformation is at the heart of the Gospel, which means that change is inevitable – even if we stand still, things will change around us. But when we are rooted in Christ, and when He is the one who is our security and stability, we need not fear the unknown, but putting our hand into His, we can let Him lead us where we might otherwise fear to tread. How amazing is that? The Christian gospel is full of paradox: for any statement I can make when preaching, another can usually be made, which is still true, but opposite. We have a God who has entered our world in the person of Jesus – and yet is also everywhere at the same time. We have a God who knows what suffering is – ironically crucified for being the “king of the Jews” – and yet is the author of all life. Jesus did no wrong, knew no sin, was totally innocent – his death was an utter scandal – and yet through it we can know God and know abundant life. And we have a God who rose again – conquering death - even though he died! Easter captures the whole range of human experience and emotions; but more than that – Jesus puts us right with God. What is more - because of the Easter story, our past does not have to dictate our future; every day is a new day. Life is not a dress rehearsal; we only have one life to live – and the resurrection calls us to live our lives in the light of eternity and God’s goodness - to live boldly, and courageously, with bright hope for today and tomorrow. Happy Easter.


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Services in the Parish The Garden Room at St Catherine's is open during the day and reserved for quiet, prayer and meditation. Every Wednesday 9.30 am A simple service at St Joseph’s or St Catherine's see page 16

Every Thursday 12.15 pm Holy Communion or Morning Prayer - Garden Room 2.00 pm Community Prayer - Garden Room

Every Friday during term time 9.15 am Tots Praise - Café Siena, St Catherine's

Wednesday 3rd April 11.00 am Holy Communion at York House

Thursday 4th April The Prayer Lent course - 2.45 for 3.00 pm, the fifth of 6 sessions, see page 12

Saturday 6th April 3.30 pm Messy Church - St Catherine’s

Sunday 7th April - The fifth Sunday of Lent Joint service followed by APCM and lunch Isaiah 43.16-21, Psalm 126, Philippians 3.4b-14, John 12.1-8 9.30 am Holy Communion - St Catherine's Church No service at Cornwell today The Prayer Lent course - 6.45 for 7.00 pm, the fifth of 6 sessions, see page 12

Sunday 14th April - Palm Sunday Liturgy of the Palms: Luke 19.28-40, Psalm 118.1-2,19-29* Liturgy of the Passion: Isaiah 50.4-9a, Psalm 31.9-16*, Philippians 2.5-11 Luke 22.14 - 23.56 or Luke 23.1-49 8.00 am Holy Communion - St Catherine's Church 9.30 am Word & Worship - St Catherine's Church 11.00 am All Age Service - Cornwell

Friday 19th April - Good Friday 10.00 am 11.00 am 11.30 am 2.00 pm 4

All Stars Family Worship - St Catherine's Church Stations of the Cross - at St Joseph’s Church, Berkshire Drive Walk to Tilehurst Triangle for 12.00 noon Act of Witness Quiet Hour - St Catherine's Church


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Saturday 20th April 7.30 pm Confirmations at The Minster

Sunday 21st April - Easter Day Acts 10.34-43 or Isaiah 65.17-25, Psalm 118.1-2,14-24*, 1 Corinthians 15.19-26, or Acts 10.34-43, John 20.1-18 or Luke 24.1-12 8.00 am Holy Communion - St Catherine's Church 9.30 am All Stars Family Communion - St Catherine's Church 11.00 am All Age Service - Cornwell

Sunday 28th April - Second Sunday of Easter Acts 5.27-32, Psalm 118.14-29 or Psalm 150, Revelation 1.4-8, John 20.19-31 8.00 am Holy Communion - St Catherine's Church 9.30 am All Stars Family Worship - St Catherine's Church 11.00 am All Age Service with Communion - Cornwell

Saturday 4th May 3.30 pm Messy Church - St Catherine’s

Sunday 5th May - Third Sunday of Easter Acts 9.1-6 [7-20], Psalm 30, Revelation 5.11-14, John 21.1-19 8.00 am Morning Prayer - The Garden Room 9.30 am Holy Communion - St Catherine's Church 11.30 am Baptism - St Catherine's Church 11.00 am All Age Service - Cornwell

Sunday 12th May - Fourth Sunday of Easter Acts 9.36-43, Psalm 23, Revelation 7.9-17, John 10.22-30 8.00 am Holy Communion - St Catherine's Church 9.30 am Word and Worship - St Catherine's Church We welcome a, guest speaker from Christian Aid at St Catherine's and Cornwell Community Church today 11.00 am All Age Service - Cornwell

Mothers’ Union Prayer Chain—Prayer in Emergencies A call to one of the following numbers will start a chain of prayer straight away.

Valerie Forrow ℡ 0118 942 9319 Evelyn Bartlett ℡ 0118 967 8659 Sheila Ward ℡ 0118 942 5760 April 2019

Hilary Smee ℡ 0118 941 2895 Jo Day ℡ 0118 942 1481



He’s working all things for your good 'AND WE KNOW THAT IN ALL THINGS GOD WORKS FOR THE GOOD OF THOSE WHO LOVE HIM.' ROMANS 8:28 NIV (2011 EDITION) Paul begins this verse by saying: 'And we know.' There are so many things in life we don't know. We don't know if the economy will dip or how our kids will turn out. We don't even 'know what we ought to pray for' (v. 26 NIV 2011 Edition). But we can 'know' these four things: 1) 'God works.' Even though you can't see Him, He's busy behind the scenes. He hasn't checked out or moved on. He's ceaseless, tireless, and He never stops working. 2) 'God works for the good.' Not for our comfort, pleasure, or entertainment, but for our ultimate good. But then again, He is the ultimate good, so would you expect anything less? 3) 'God works for the good of those who love Him.' Behold the benefit of a loving God! Make His story your story, and your story takes on a happy ending. Guaranteed! 4) God works 'in all things'. God works, not just in a few things, or the good things, or the best things, or the easy things. He works in 'all things'. And He doesn't make the plan up as He goes along. The Bible says, 'In him we were also chosen...according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will' (Ephesians 1:11 NIV 2011 Edition). And the best part is - God's plan includes you! So stop fretting, stressing out, and losing sleep. Turn it over to God and believe that He's working 'all things' out for your good and His glory. Ask God to help you believe that He is working all things out for your good and His glory. 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.

Tilehurst Library Craft Group Meets 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm in Tilehurst Library School Road, RG31 5AS every Monday (except bank holidays) Enjoy crafting with company. Bring along your knitting, sewing, crochet, drawing etc etc. Tea and Coffee provided There is no charge and you get to support your local library at the same time. The Library is open 9-5am for: Books - fiction and non-fiction, adult and children, large print, Books in French and Spanish, Spoken word CDs and cassettes, Music CDs, DVDs, Selection of magazines, Word Processor PC, Photocopier, Free internet access and Wi-Fi, Study space, Toy Library - reserve and pick up small items.



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We have a responsibility to do so that began when God commanded the earliest human inhabitants of the Garden of Eden to 'till it and keep it'. To keep it; not to abuse it, not to destroy it”

A cleaner future is possible

This year Christian Aid is focusing on is the biggest challenge we face as a planet. But together we can restore God’s Earth. CA (Christian Aid) holds a vision of a better world, free from poverty and climate change. Where everyone has enough to eat, and can live without fear of their home being destroyed. But right now, millions of the world’s poorest people are feeling the worst impacts of climate change, and experts predict more floods, drought and extreme weather patterns to come. For those living in poverty, this means more hunger, conflict and insecurity, and a more uncertain future for us all. Archbishop Desmond Tutu has said, “Who can stop climate change? We can.

Fossil fuels (coal, oil and gas) need to be left in the ground if we are to protect God’s earth. But governments and institutions (including the banks that hold our current accounts) still have money tied up in their extraction. Now more than ever, we need to put our money where our prayers are, and make the big shift from dirty fossil fuels into clean energy for a better future for everyone. To raise awareness and cash we will be running a quiz on Friday 17th May, and Big Brekkie during CAW. More details in next month’s edition but in the meantime you can read more about this campaign on the CA website at campaigns-news-and-events Richard Canning

Enclosed with this copy of RG31 you should find a copy of this booklet with a yellow cover. If it is missing additional copies are on display at St Catherine's Church. The booklet contains reports to be submitted to the APCM (the Annual Parochial Church Meeting) which this year is taking place on Sunday 7th April after a joint 9.30 am service at St Catherine’s. The various reports will tell you of some of the activities taking place, what has happened during 2018 and our hopes and plans for 2019 and beyond.

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Come- Everything is Ready Last year, because of heavy snow all over the country, the World Day of Prayer was the longest ‘day’ ever. The Tilehurst service was postponed for a week but some services were held as late as April and June and even one in September! But this year everything was ready on Friday 1st March, at St Catherine's for 7.30 pm. Paper carnations had been made to distribute during the service, Slovenian spiced honey biscuits had been baked. Friends from other churches in Tilehurst arrived, the music group assembled and slides of Slovenia were showing on the screens. Then the table was set with bread, water, wine, salt and a vase of carnations (a common flower in Slovenia) and five “guests” were invited to the table. The guests represented five Slovenian women.

We heard the experiences of the women and prayed for their concerns for their families and life in Slovenia, concerns which many people in this country would share. This year's service was based on the parable Jesus told in St. Luke's gospel of the man who invited guests to dinner “Come for everything is ready”. However, those he invited all made excuses so he sent his slave out to bring in those considered outsiders in society.


We were grateful for the music group who accompanied our hymns and songs. One song, “If We Claim to Love our Neighbour”, sung to the tune of Scarlet Ribbons was particularly popular and had a clear message for us all. We reflected on this painting specially commissioned by a Slovenian artist and our service ended as always with the hymn “The Day Thou Gavest Lord is Ended”. Afterwards we all enjoyed refreshments together.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to a very meaningful service. Valerie Forrow Many thanks to Valerie Forrow for her hard work in making this service so successful. Rosemary Cunningham


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Reading RSPB group

2019 Tour de Purley

Indoor meetings are 8-10pm and held in Pangbourne Village hall, Pangbourne, next to ‘The Elephant. Subscriptions include entrance to all indoor meetings. Adults £15 Juniors £10, entrance fees for visitors Adults £5 Juniors half price. 9th April - Indoor meeting

"Enchanted Islands", Michael Leach, the story of the Galapagos 14th April - Field trip

Cowleaze Woods, this trip was cancelled last season due to snow, so we will try again to walk round the woods and along the chalk ridge in the Chiltern Hills. This is the perfect time for ring ouzel. Postcode HP14 3YL. 5th May - Dawn Chorus Walk

Dust off your Helmets, pull on that Lycra, the 5th Tour de Purley is back! On Sunday, 19th May 2019 there will be a 5, 15 and 30 mile cycle ride starting from Bucknells Meadow, Purley on Thames. The three routes will take you into the beautiful West Berkshire/Oxfordshire countryside. Longer rides are set to start between 8.00 am and 11.30 pm and the Scootathon around the village will begin at 12 noon. This community event is run by the Friends of Purley School to raise funds for Purley Primary School. Please visit the for details. See you there!

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At Clayfield Copse, for early risers we start at 4:30am to catch the birds waking up to another day. Postcode RG4 6RT. 6th May - South Stoke May Fair

Afternoon event in including RSPB stall.



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Tilehurst Horticultural Association Talks Programme at the Village Hall, Victoria Road, RG31 5AB Thursday 25th April 7.45 pm - ‘Thrive’ A volunteer from Thrive will share with us what Thrive does to make a difference to many people’s lives, with an emphasis on Top Tips for Easier Gardening.

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Easter reflections The word ‘mundy’ is thus a corruption of the Latin ‘mandatum’ (or command).

Palm Sunday Jesus at the gates of Jerusalem

Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday, when the Church remembers how Jesus arrived at the gates of Jerusalem just a few days before the Passover was due to be held. He was the Messiah come to his own people in their capital city, and yet he came in humility, riding on a young donkey, not in triumph, riding on a warhorse. As Jesus entered the city, the crowds gave him a rapturous welcome, throwing palm fronds into his path. They knew his reputation as a healer, and welcomed him. But sadly the welcome was short-lived and shallow, for Jerusalem would soon reject her Messiah, and put him to death. On this day churches worldwide will distribute little crosses made from palm fronds in memory of Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem.

Maundy Thursday time to wash feet

Maundy Thursday is famous for things. The first is one of the final that Jesus did before his death: washing of his own disciples’ feet. John 13)

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Jesus washed his disciples’ feet for a purpose: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” His disciples were to love through service, not domination, of one another. In Latin, the opening phrase of this sentence is ‘mandatum novum do vobis’.


The ceremony of the ‘washing of the feet’ of members of the congregation came to be an important part of the liturgy (regular worship) of the medieval church, symbolising the humility of the clergy, in obedience to the example of Christ. But Thursday was also important because it was on that night that Jesus first introduced the Lord’s Supper, or what we nowadays call Holy Communion. Jesus and his close friends had met in a secret upper room to share the Passover meal together - for the last time. And there Jesus transformed the Passover into the Lord’s Supper, saying, ‘this is my body’ and ‘this is my blood’ as he, the Lamb of God, prepared to die for the sins of the whole world. John’s gospel makes it clear that the Last Supper took place the evening BEFORE the regular Passover meal, and that later Jesus died at the same time that the Passover lambs were killed.

Good Friday the day the Son of God died for you

Good Friday is the day on which Jesus died on the cross. He was crucified at 9.00 am in the morning, and died six hours later, at 3.00 pm. It is the most solemn day in the Christian year, and is widely marked by the removal of all decorations from churches. (Continued on page 11)


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(Continued from page 10) In Lutheran churches, the day was marked by the reading of the passion narrative in a gospel, a practice which lies behind the ‘passions’ composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750). Both the St Matthew Passion and the St John Passion have their origins in this observance of Good Friday. The custom of observing a period of three hours’ devotion from 12 midday to 3 pm on Good Friday goes back to the 18th century. The ‘Three Hours of the Cross’ often take the form of an extended meditation on the ‘Seven Last Words from the Cross’, with periods of silence, prayer, or hymn-singing.

Easter the most joyful day of the year

Easter is the most joyful day of the year for Christians. Christ has died for our sins. We are forgiven. Christ has risen! We are redeemed! We can look forward to an eternity in His joy! Hallelujah! The Good News of Jesus Christ is a message so simple that you can explain it to someone in a few minutes. It is so profound that for the rest of their lives they will still be ‘growing’ in their Christian walk with God. Why does the date move around so much? Because the date of Passover moves around, and according to the biblical account, Easter is tied to the Passover. Passover celebrates the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt and it lasts for seven days, from the middle of the Hebrew month of Nisan, which equates to late March or early April.

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Sir Isaac Newton was one of the first to use the Hebrew lunar calendar to come up with firm dates for Good Friday: Friday 7 April 30 AD or Friday 3 April, 33 AD, with Easter Day falling two days later. Modern scholars continue to think these the most likely. Most people will tell you that Easter falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Spring Equinox, which is broadly true. But the precise calculations are complicated and involve something called an ‘ecclesiastical full moon’, which is not the same as the moon in the sky. The earliest possible date for Easter in the West is 22nd March, which last fell in 1818. The latest is 25th April, which last happened in 1943. Why the name, ‘Easter’? In almost every European language, the festival’s name comes from ‘Pesach’, the Hebrew word for Passover. The Germanic word ‘Easter’, however, seems to come from Eostre, a Saxon fertility goddess mentioned by the Venerable Bede. He thought that the Saxons worshipped her in ‘Eostur month’, but may have confused her with the classical dawn goddesses like Eos and Aurora, whose names mean ‘shining in the east’. So, Easter might have meant simply ‘beginning month’ – a good time for starting up again after a long winter. Finally, why Easter eggs? On one hand, they are an ancient symbol of birth in most European cultures. On the other hand, hens start laying regularly again each Spring. Since eggs were forbidden during Lent, it’s easy to see how decorating and eating them became a practical way to celebrate Easter.



Spring Production ‘Holiday at Home’ by Colin Barrow Purley Players Spring production can be seen at The Barn, Purley on Thames on Friday, 26th and Saturday, 27th April at 7.30 pm. Tickets are available from the Box Office by ringing 0118 941 8856. This humorous play is set in the drawing room of Thrivington Hall, the home of Lady Daphne Boucher. The story revolves around a string of jewellery thefts and her Ladyship is apprehensive of leaving the property entirely empty so Scribbins, her butler, helps to plan a ‘holiday at home’.



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Bermondsey Blessings Knowing that we would be in South East London on Sunday 17th March, an internet search led us to St James’ church, Bermondsey – somewhere that we could worship God whilst being away from home. The welcoming congregation were gathered for a different type of service – complete with a bishop, archdeacon and a mayor. Their inner-city, 1829 building had undergone major renovations and this was a service to give thanks for well as dedicating some ‘scriptural panels’. Jane Steen (Archdeacon) spoke on the parable of the sower, (Luke chapter 10 v. 4-15), as a background to thinking about church buildings as a witness in the community. Applying the attitude encouraged by the Parnership for Missional Church, I waited to see “where my attention rested”, which was on the following points:

The scriptural panels? They were outside the church, at the front, and had been a ‘silent witness’ to the community for the past 190 years; they were considered to be so important that they had been preserved and up-graded – a reminder and an encouragement, perhaps, that passers by DO notice notices. The scriptures? Jesus said “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.” Jesus said “Come to me and I will give you rest” Hopefully, there is something that encourages you in this. Oh yes. What took us away from Tilehurst on Sunday? Check out the following grid reference to find out: 51°29’8.54”N

0°03’2.61”W Katrina Yates

Before and after pictures of the panels. Editor

• The people of God don’t always need a building. • Other people know by the manner of our life who we follow. • God’s people do need a home. • How is that home used during the week? • The building is a witness to the local community. • God wants to be in the middle of our communities. This seemed to speak to our current situations and encouraged further reflection.

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On why a vicar should avoid wedding receptions The Rectory St James the Least of All My dear Nephew Darren My generous offer to take last week’s marriage service for you in your church, so that you could attend your weekend plumbing course, proved most unwise. You may now be quali&ied to unblock church hall kitchen sinks, but I will not be taking another marriage ceremony for you again, no matter how much you have set your heart on that electrician’s course next year, so that you can re-wire the vestry. At &irst, I was delighted when the bride’s mother called, inviting me to the reception. I assumed that somewhere called Charnley Hall would be a most &itting location, full of oak &loors and waiters bearing sherry to guests. I did not realise until too late that it is only the rather dubious pub next door to your church. At least I had been placed with the happy couple and both sets of parents. Then it slowly dawned on me: I was there to stop the bride’s mother from attacking her newly-acquired son-in-law. My presence may have kept an uneasy peace at our table, but it had no such effect on some of the others. Well before the speeches, bride’s and groom’s supporters were exchanging snide remarks and bitter looks. Then all hell broke loose: a bridesmaid slapped an usher and burst into tears. That was the starting signal for the liveliest wedding reception I have ever attended: chairs were knocked about, plates broken, wedding cake thrown, &lowers snapped in two, and memorable insults exchanged. Of course, I could cope with all that, but then someone snatched the bottle of champagne that had been placed in front of me. They were going to waste it by breaking it on someone’s head. I knew then that things had gone far enough. It took but an instant for me to leap to my feet, lean over the table, and try and grab my bottle back. Unfortunately, that was when the police arrived. Were our churchwarden, Lord Jelleby to have been on the bench that day, matters could have been settled quite amicably. It was not to be: you may enthusiastically pass the peace in your church; I am now bound over to keep it. Your loving uncle, Eustace 14


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Dates for the Diary See the following pages for more information April Fri 5 Fri 5 Sat 6 Sun 7

3.00 pm St Catherine’s at Boxgrove House Schools break up for the Easter holiday Messy Church 3.30-5.00 pm at St Catherine's APCM (Annual Parochial Church meeting) 9.30 am at St Catherine's followed by lunch (no service at Cornwell that day) Tues 9 Tilehurst Parish Council meeting 7.30 pm at the Calcot Centre, Highview Sat 13 Wedding of Richard and Ella 2.30 pm at St Catherine’s Fr1 19 Good Friday Walk of witness and service 12.00 noon at Tilehurst Triangle Sat 20 Confirmation service at Reading Minster Tues 23 Reading schools go back after the Easter holiday Weds 24 West Berkshire Schools go back after the Easter holiday Weds 24 Cornwell Leadership Team meeting 7.00 pm Sat 27 PCC ‘Awayday’ for PMC Sat 27 Crafty Space 1.30-5.30 pm in the Hall, see page 18 Sun 28 Bluebell walks in Cornwell Copse see page 12 Mon 29 C1 Training evening, see page 19

May Thurs 2 Local Elections Day, St Catherine’s Church Hall and The Cornwell Centre will be in use as Polling Stations Thurs 2 7.45 pm Prayer Ministry Team meeting in St Catherine’s Garden Room Fri 3 3.00 pm St Catherine’s at Boxgrove House Sat 4 Messy Church 3.30-5.00 pm at St Catherine's Sat 11 Crafty Space 1.30-5.30 pm in the Hall, see page 18 Tues 14 Tilehurst Parish Council meeting with ‘Annual Assembly’ 7.30 pm at the Calcot Centre, Highview Weds 15 PCC meeting Thurs 16 Children & Youth Action Group meeting 7.00 pm in the Garden Room Fri 17 Christian Aid Quiz at St Michaels Church, details next month Mon 27 Half term week, no 0-5’s or Tot's Praise

Looking further ahead Saturday 8th June - League of Friends Summer Fete Victoria Rec. 11.00 am-4.00 pm Saturday 8th June - St Catherine's Summer Fete Week beginning Sunday 11th August - ‘Backpackers’ Holiday club

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Community Event at St Catherine’s

What’s On In and

Wittenham Avenue RG31 5LN

Friday Friends Meets weekly from 2.00 pm - 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.

April 5th 12th 19th 26th

Cards & Games Talk on Diabetes, Jenny Wilson

Good Friday—no meeting Mark Bowman Film Show

May 3rd 10th 17th 24th

Cards & Games Rah Rah Theatre Remap Special need equipment Air Ambulance

If you think you would like to come, or think you could help, please contact Anne Soley ℡ 0118 942 5407

The Link 28 School Road RG31 5AN A Tilehurst Community Café managed and run by volunteers. Opening hours Mon-Fri: 10.30 am – 4.00 pm Sat: 11.00 am – 2.00 pm Sun: CLOSED For reasonably priced teas, coffee, snacks, lunches, cards and books.


Wednesdays A simple morning service with St Joseph's Roman Catholic Church held 9.30 am alternating between there and St Catherine's followed by a cup of coffee. See weekly notices at either Church. When at St Catherine’s followed by Meeting Point - meeting together and meeting with God. Teas and Coffees, people to listen and pray in the presence of God for you or for those you are concerned about.


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Around the Parish

St Catherine's & Cornwell Youth Group 5th April Craft with Peter 3rd May We re-start after the Easter Holidays For those at secondary school Sessions are £1.50 and are 7.45-9.15 pm at St Catherine’s. Contact Evelyn Bartlett ℡ 0118 967 8659

April Weds 10th Rev Gill Rowell 8.00 pm in the Hall Weds 17th Bible study 8.00 pm at 26 Normanstead Road Weds 24th Fellowship afternoon 2.00 pm at 22 Kirkfell Close

Come along and enjoy a cappuccino or latte in your local community café which is in St Catherine's Church


Open Thursdays and Fridays 10am to 2pm with Lunch Menu from 12noon We are looking for people to help in the kitchen or work ‘front of house’ serving customers. If you can spare a few hours once a month to join our friendly team, please speak to Karen our café manager when the café is open or call her on 07884 233 450.

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Weds 8th A talk - ‘Thrive’ By a member of Thrive a National Charity whose vision is to enable those touched by a disability to transform their lives using gardening 8.00 pm in the Hall all welcome Weds 15th Bible Study 8.00 pm at 9 Compton Avenue Weds 22nd Fellowship Afternoon 2.00 pm at 30 Ashbury Drive



Cornwell 0-5s is a well established Parent & Toddler Group run by St Catherine’s & Cornwell Community Churches 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 parents and carers to socialise. We run two sessions a week: Tuesdays 10.00 am-12.00 noon, refreshments included And Thursdays, a special session for Childminders, 10.00 am - 12. 00 noon If you are interested in joining, please feel free to drop in at one of the sessions

Registered charity 1006732 - Established over 50 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 Sessions Daily during Term Time 9.00 am - 3. 00 pm Children with Special Needs welcome For more information, or to arrange a visit to come and see us in action, contact us on 07745 909 348 see

St. Catherine’s Church Centre, Wittenham Avenue, Tilehurst

Saturdays 1.30 pm to 5.30 pm

April 27th, May 11th, June 15th, July 13th We You

provide time, space, tea, coffee & cake

bring along the craft projects you’ve always meant to do :-

A donation of around £1.25 per person, per hour is requested to cover the cost of hall hire, tea & coffee. Contact Val Poore ℡ 0118 962 4555 email 18


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C1 Safeguarding Course Monday April 29th


8pm in St Catherine’s Church This course is for all individuals within our Church communities who hold positions of responsibility for the safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults. It will be run by Hazel Newman - our Safeguarding Officer. People who should attend will be contacted, but all are welcome. Please speak to Hazel for more information via 0118 961 5868 or

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“Help us, Lord, to do this for you”, Amen. “The disciples went and preached every‐ where and the Lord worked with them”. (Mark 16:20)


Betty Want


CafĂŠ Siena Book Club We held our ďŹ rst meeting in the cafe on 1st March and shared ideas about practicalities such as registering with Reading Library and ordering books from them. We looked at their extensive catalogue and each chose one or two books for discussion. It was interesting to discover how wide ranging our favourite books were! We plan to meet on the second Friday of each month in the cafe area at 11.30. It was great that everyone had something to say and that we all listened to each others views!


Many thanks to Hazel for instigating the club. The photo shows some of our members. We have room for more people. If you are interested please contact Hazel on 07729 870 937. Rosemary Cunningham


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Who do you consider to be your 'rock'? My human rocks, I could see, were anxious and bewildered. Jesus, my Rock on the other hand was and is, solid and trustworthy. A 'rock' that you can't imagine life without. Someone you can trust and call on when needed, especially when life is tough. We would more than likely say our mother or father or sibling along with our spouse, partner or friend. In fact, we are all probably a rock to someone we know BUT they are human rocks with human limitations. Can that rock be with you in that important exam, that interview, that doctors visit, that operation table? The answer is those crucial times we are on our own, drawing on our own resources.

For I have seen You Rock of Ages And I will never be the same Oh, I love You Rock of Ages And I will always love Your name Jesus is the true Rock that we can all lean on. Anytime, anywhere. 1 Corinthians 10:4

“…for they drank of that Spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ.” Lorraine Roberts

Or are we? On a recent emergency stay in hospital my human 'rocks' could only bolster me up to a certain point because when push came to shove I was alone ..(and it was touch and go). As I was taken for a scan Jesus was my internal Rock. He isn't limited like our human rocks. As I lay there, scared, my only thought was ''Jesus is with me and so I have the power of the Holy Spirit''. I felt reassured. When I was on oxygen and struggling to breath I thought ''the Holy Spirit breathes life into us''. My lungs felt stronger. As later, I walked slowly to the bathroom, feeling quite faint, I knew my Rock was with me. My body felt steadier.

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1st April - Fooling Around I was about six when I began to enjoy April Fool’s Day. My older brother was very clever at appropriate hoaxes, not only deceiving me but also mum and dad. On the whole my childish efforts were encouraged. The day was full of laughs, even at school, where the teachers would try to trick us and all day long no one quite believed anything they were told. So it went on, year after year, though I think it all seems as a bit unsophisticated for the modern generation. You couldn’t say that, though, about probably the most famous April Fool’s effort of all time. In the 1960’s BBC TV broadcast a feature on the spaghetti farms of Italy. Even those of us who bought our spaghetti in the supermarket from the pasta shelves began to wonder if we’d been wrong. Italian farmers explained

their work and the progress of the spaghetti plants was carefully filmed, from planting to reaping. And all in the BBC’s most serious documentary manner. It took a while to appreciate that this was Aunty playing games. Whatever next! The odd thing is that no one is quite sure of the origin of this very British tradition. Most attribute it to changes in Britain’s calendar in the 1700s, when New Year’s Day moved from March 25th to January 1st. Not surprisingly, the change caused a lot of confusion and mistakes around the start of April. Others look further back, to the ancient Roman feast of Hilaria, when the goddess Cybele was celebrated with pranks and jokes around the spring equinox, March 25th. Either way a touch of hilarity at the end of Lent does not seem amiss. Go to Greece, where the resurrection of Jesus is celebrated with fireworks and parties to see how it might work. Canon David Winter

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This was such a success that they have extended the offer until the end of 2019.

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I have a copy of their poster if you would like to see it.


Joanne Freeman


Tilehurst Triangle WI We held our Annual meeting in March, when we had a roundup of the year. Reports read by the treasurer, committee, president and our sub group leaders showed what a busy and varied year our WI has had. We also watched a snap shot of the year in pictures. There were a few changes to the committee and this coming year we will have joint presidents, Chris Turner and Viv Allison. After our successful fundraising last year, for the local charities Launchpad and Duchess of Kent Hospice, we decided to nominate a local ‘Charity of the Year’ annually. Four members nominated a local charity and spoke about the charity’s work. Members voted and our ‘Charity of the Year’ for the coming year will be The Lymphoedema Service (based at Duchess of Kent). This was chosen because some members have personal experience of this chronic condition. Also, after listening to the presentation about the physical symptoms and associated effects on mental health, with more women having the condition, especially after some types of surgery, we felt it a worthy cause. Most months we hold a competition and our competition cup was won this year by Sue Willitt. Although very muddy and slippery, the walking group enjoyed a walk at Dorchester on Thames and up to the Wittenham Clumps, followed by lunch


at The Waterside Café in Benson. We are starting to be regulars there! Another walk around Greenham Common, working up an appetite for lunch at Rosebourne Garden Centre, was also enjoyed. The new cinema club have recently enjoyed the thought provoking film, ‘On the Basis of Sex’ about gender inequality. Much discussion resulted about how far society has come within our lifetime. The film ‘Fishermen’s Friends’ was also very much enjoyed.

Competition entry Earlier in the year, we entered a WI photographic competition entitled ‘A Year in Your WI.’ We had to submit 12 photos which represented a year in our WI taken during 2018, along with a supporting paragraph of 100 words. Tilehurst Triangle WI are delighted that their entry will be one of three forwarded by Berkshire Federation to the national judging. On the next page is our entry, which gives a snap shot of last year at Tilehurst Triangle WI. Tilehurst Triangle WI meets in St Catherine’s Hall on the third Wednesday of each month, except August, at 7.30 pm. Visitors are welcome. We have a Facebook page:

so do check us out and see what we have been doing and have planned. Ros Somerville (secretary) ℡ 0118 941 6838


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Tilehurst Triangle WI 2018 Competition entry, see previous page for details Whether celebrating the anniversary of the suragettes, meeting soldiers at the Colonel’s Review, a 1960s evening, enjoying afternoon tea, Zumba or craft activities, 2018 was an amazing year for Tilehurst Triangle WI. Other activities included sugarcraft, baking and painting. Knitted poppy

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wreaths made by talented members were laid at Tilehurst War Memorial and the Menin Gate - very special moments. Monthly Cuppa and a Chat, book club and a thriving walking group are all popular. Competitions, with an annual cup, also keep members involved and challenged. Tilehurst Triangle WI prides itself on support, friendship and involving all our wonderful members.



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Acrostic At a recent MU Fellowship Meeting we were invited to form an Acrostic with the letters of MOTHERS’ UNION. The following attempt was just intended as a joke, but maybe some readers will be encouraged to find out more about the MU. We are always pleased to welcome new members. Jean Almond Marriage and family life are promoted. Our meetings are friendly and fun. The Church often gains from the cakes that we make. Help on occasions is offered and done. Each committee member helps without shirking, Running the Branch to ensure that it’s working. So many activities – cleaning, food and flowers

Use our talents for this church of ours. Not forgotten are Bible Study and Prayer, In each other’s homes - we are nurtured there. Our Christmas Meetings have Carols and Readings, Newly mulled wine and mince pies for feeding.

The Parish Porch Card and Care for creation I have just received our annual Parish Porch Card which is now on the notice board in the Narthex.

diocese, to subsidise energy audits and help churches work on environmental sustainability.

We get this each year, it is an open thank you to every parish in the diocese for their contribution towards the diocesan share.

During 2019 they will also be providing resources to help congregations pray, reflect and act on creation care.

This year the diocese is asking us to think about recycling – apparently this year’s porch card is weather resistant and recyclable plus it does not need laminating. As part of their Common Vision strategy, the diocese is investing in a carbon footprint reduction programme across the church buildings in the

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St Catherine’s had their Energy Audit carried out on 17th December 2018 and we are currently waiting for the report so that the PCC can use it in order to make decisions on how we can improve the energy efficiency of the building.


Joanne Freeman, Treasurer


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Gardening? Recently we looked at a Gospel: Jesus sent out 70 missionaries: all unbelievers would meet A TERRIBLE END! My old lab mate often gave "wicked" answers: someone asked: "Was that text CRUEL?" He grinned: "Mustn't blame missionaries! Blame the listeners!" Naughty, perhaps - but I'm still asking myself beginner's questions ... Some insist that each Scriptural word is "Inerrant, no argument, proof in itself!" Difficult for newcomers. Some learned folk study culture, language etc., and scan wider contexts to get the meaning. Some Bible verses are TRICKY FOR SUNDAY SCHOOL KIDS! Death penalties for work on Saturday (Ex. 35), no lighting fires on that day, pork, no women's voices in Church (1 Cor. 14), etc., etc. Yes, experts explain these to us, but we'd better not show them to "children" carelessly!

tiny bit fuzzy about? Then our listener might not stay for long. John 4 says: "One sows and another reaps." Do you think that some folk must be cultivated gently, like garden plants, before they are "ripe to be harvested"? (What happens when preachers knock on your door unexpectedly?) I read that "cultivation is hard work, but ripe fruit just falls into your basket!" Your comments on this? I googled for "evangelism", etc. Oh, there's SO MUCH! Have your say! Today's world is tough for missionaries. (Help! Are we all called?) Pray. The poor workers need amazing strength, tough training, our support ... and LOTS of help from on High. Phil French

As I've said, childhood memories can muddle me. If outsiders feel muddled, they might turn away. Sometimes I have an empty feeling. I might feel: "Oh, dear, it's no good ... ": or, on a very good day, the emptiness is filled with something new!! What are outsiders hoping for? If we challenge flat-earthers they can get stroppy. Evangelists are more convincing if they're very calm and loving, if they understand their faith AND their opponent's ideas. "Be prepared!" Difficult points pop up suddenly in discussion, perhaps problems we're a

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St Catherine’s Hall - Regular Bookings Monday

7.30 am - 3.15 pm

St Catherine’s Pre-school

7.00 pm - 8.00 pm Exercise class (In term time) 8.15 pm - 9.15 pm Tuesday




Jemma Fulbrook


07584 208 989

7.30 am - 3.15 pm

St Catherine’s Pre-school

Contact as above

2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

W.I. (3rd Tuesday)

7.30 pm - 8.45 pm

Yoga exercise libbywooøø Libby Woolcock 07584 529 453

7.30 am - 3.15 pm

St Catherine’s Pre-school

Contact as above

1.15 pm - 3.30 pm (In church not hall)

Vivace Voices Ladies Choir

Contact Sue Hennell ℡ 0118 966 1291

3.30 pm - 5.30 pm

Pop (children’s) Dance

Juliet Gorman

7.30 pm - 10.00 pm

Tilehurst Triangle W.I. (3rd Wednesday) ℡ 0118 941 6838

7.30 am - 3.15 pm

St Catherine’s Pre-school

Contact as above

5.45 pm - 7.15 pm

7th Tilehurst Brownies Yoga

Contact Katie Taylor

7.30 am - 12.15 pm

St Catherine’s Pre-school

Contact as above

2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Friday Friends

See page 16

7.45 pm - 9.15 pm

Church Youth Group (fortnightly) Contact Evelyn Bartlett ℡ 0118 967 8659

8.45 am - 10.00 am (In term time)


7.45 pm - 8.45 pm Friday

Contact 07745 909 348

07584 208 989

Alex Hutton

Antonella Carraro 10.15 am - 11.30 am Yoga 1.30 pm - 5.30 pm

Crafty Space (monthly)

See page 18

3.30 pm - 5.00 pm

Messy Church (monthly) Info@StCatherines-Tilehurst.Org.Uk

7.30 pm - 10.00 pm

Short Mat Bowls Club

Contact Anne Soley ℡ 0118 942 5407

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



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The Anglican Parish of Tilehurst St Catherine & Calcot St Birinus ST CATHERINE OF SIENA Wittenham Avenue, Tilehurst, RG31 5LN Saturday 3.30 pm Messy Church is on the first Saturday of the month, 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, with no singing. An opportunity to start Sunday thinking about God. Refreshments served afterwards. Sunday 9.30 am Our main worship service of the day - children welcomed at every service. All Stars Family Worship on the fourth Sunday; Communion twice a month; Word and Worship (non communion) on the second Sunday. Followed by refreshments at 11.00 am.

CORNWELL COMMUNITY CHURCH The Cornwell Centre, Home Croft, off Clements Mead, Tilehurst, RG31 5WJ 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 normally held on the fourth Sunday of the 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



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