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The Parish Magazine of Tilehurst St Catherine & Calcot St Birinus February 2018

February 2018


Who’s Who in the Parish Licensed Lay Minister (Cornwell)

Licensed Lay Minister Mike Heather ℡ 0118 962 4852

Tony Bartlett ℡ 0118 967 8659

Churchwarden (Cornwell) Richard Yates ℡ 0118 942 4920

Churchwarden Sonia Ludford ℡ 0118 945 4631

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 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. 2018

Cover Picture : Snowdrops at Welford Park



photo Stuart Poore

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Tony Bartlett This day in History ‘It was 25 years ago this week that…’ runs the section in the Reading Chronicle. My daily paper re-prints what was in the news 100 years ago. It can be sobering to see that events we remember were actually a long time ago. Anniversaries give us a reminder to look back at past events. The anniversary of the first regular Sunday public Cornwell Community Church Service on 16th January 1994 was something we used to mark, in the early years by having our AGM on the nearest Sunday, then on ‘special’ anniversaries by having a guest preacher. On our 7th ‘birthday’ we invited Bob Smart from Tilehurst Free Church who had guided us in the research we carried out in the months of planning. On our 10th birthday our guest was Rev Norman Russell, The Archdeacon of Berkshire. Realising that it would be our 25th ‘birthday’ next year made me wonder what was going on 25 years ago. Moves were already under way to plan what was to become the Cornwell Community Church. Already there had been a joint Praise and Worship service in the Cornwell Centre with the Denefield congregation of Tilehurst Free Church (now ‘The Gate’). Leadership teams of the two churches had met and open meetings held for anyone interested in exploring the possible church plant. At the PCC meeting on 27th January 1993 it was decided that the church plant should be an Anglican initiative but supported by TFC. Thereafter those interested began meeting weekly for Prayer and planning. So in one sense whilst our birthday was 16th January 1994, our roots go back further. Our AGMs have always been a time to look back and to look forward. This year especially so with the challenges and opportunities of a new incumbent. The chance for a fresh start. Lorraine's article on page 21 talks about fresh starts, New Year’s resolutions and Lent observances, but concludes that every day can be a fresh start. I was reminded of a hymn we used to sing at school: ‘New every morning is the love, our wakening and uprising prove... perils past, new sins forgiven, new thoughts of God, new hopes of heaven. Our trust and belief in the saving power of Jesus means that we can accept the forgiveness he has bought for us, and begin each day anew. By the time you read this, it is possible (and indeed we hope and pray!) that the name of the new vicar at St Catherine’s will be known and another chapter, a fresh start, in the life work and witness in the Parish will begin; a new beginning

Tony February 2018



Services in the Parish The Garden Room at St Catherine's is open during the day and reserved for quiet, prayer and meditation. Every Thursday 11.30 am 12.15 pm 2.00 pm

Breathing Space – Garden Room (see page 16) Holy Communion or Prayers - Garden Room Community Prayer - Garden Room

Saturday 3rd February 3.30 pm

Messy Church - ‘Different is Good’

Sunday 4th February - the second Sunday before Lent Proverbs 8.1,22-31, Psalm 104.26-37, Colossians 1.15-20, John 1.1-14 8.00 am Morning Prayer - Garden Room 9.30 am Holy Communion - St Catherine's Church 11.00 am All Age Service - Cornwell

Wednesday 7th February 11.00 am

Service at York House

Sunday 11th February - the Sunday next before Lent 2 Kings 2.1-12, Psalm 50.1-6, 2 Corinthians 4.3-6, Mark 9.2-9 8.00 am Holy Communion - St Catherine's Church 9.30 am Word and Worship - St Catherine's Church 11.00 am All Age Service with Holy Communion - Cornwell

Wednesday 14th February - Ash Wednesday 8.00 pm

Ash Wednesday service - St Catherine's Church

Sunday 18th February - the first Sunday of Lent Genesis 9.8-17, Psalm 25.1-9, 1 Peter 3.18-22, Mark 1.9-15 8.00 am Holy Communion - St Catherine's Church 9.30 am Holy Communion - St Catherine's Church with guest speaker from Christian Aid 7.00 pm Lent course session 1. - Garden Room 11.00 am All Age Service - Cornwell with guest speaker from Christian Aid

Sunday 25th February - the second Sunday of Lent Genesis 17.1-7,15,16, Psalm 22.23-31, Romans 4.13-25, Mark 8.31-38 8.00 am Holy Communion - St Catherine's Church 9.30 am Holy Communion with Baptism - St Catherine's Church 7.00 pm Lent course session 2. - Garden Room 11.00 am All Age Service - Cornwell 4


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Saturday 3rd March 3.30 pm

Messy Church

Sunday 4th March - the third Sunday of Lent Exodus 20.1-17, Psalm 19, 1 Corinthians 1.18-25, John 2.13-22 8.00 am Morning Prayer - Garden Room 9.30 am Holy Communion - St Catherine's Church With guest speaker from The Leprosy Mission 7.00 pm Lent course session 3. - Garden Room 11.00 am All Age Service - Cornwell With guest speaker from The Leprosy Mission

Wednesday 7th March 11.00 am

Service at York House

Lent Course 7. 00 pm Sunday evenings 18th & 25th February, 4th & 11th March Meeting in the Garden Room Again this year running jointly with St Joseph's but other churches invited. The material is ‘Decisions Decisions’ by Nick Fawcett. The course explores different aspects of life’s decisions through Bible passages and personal experiences, the sessions include prayers, activities, discussion questions, meditations, suggestions for further reading and ideas for action. Topics include, a time to decide, complex decisions, who decides? Flawed decisions, living with decisions. Contact Anne Soley ℡ 0118 942 5407 Rev Christine Bainbridge from St John's and St Stephen's Reading is offering support to the parish on two Sundays a month and one day (currently Thursday) a week. We have already been encouraged by her insight, enthusiasm and her willingness to help. She has actively attended PCC and Cornwell Leadership meetings. Christine can be contacted  on 07939 662 980 email

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 Evelyn Bartlett Sheila Ward February 2018

℡ 0118 942 9319 ℡ 0118 967 8659 ℡ 0118 942 5760

Hilary Smee Jo Day


℡ 0118 941 2895 ℡ 0118 942 1481




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A little digging As a toddler, I was shown 'pretty' pictures of Jesus. Light shone down on Him approvingly. He looked masterly and British. It all seemed so "scripted" and "routine" (dare I say, boring?). Later, this naughty kid secretly sampled history. When did Dec. 25th become Christmas, etc. etc.? But, surprise! Childish "research" often ADDED A LOT! For example:Jesus was asked (Mark 12) if it was lawful to pay money to Caesar. As a bored kid, I missed the point. IT WAS A CUNNING TRAP! "Say 'NO'? The Romans'll kill ya (we'll arrange it). Say 'YES'? HEAR THAT, FOLKS! HE'S CAESAR'S LITTLE PET!" (Imagine it was "Hitler's pet"!) Jesus said: "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's." (Many commentaries!) A lamb could be priced by crooked Temple money-men as faulty, but later as "perfect" for a dodgy profit! There were other Temple cheats. Folk guessed, but no 'normal' man spoke out. Perhaps Jesus' reply sounded like: "You cheat Caesar? NO!! But you cheat GOD, don't you?" NOT boring; not safe! Researchers and scholars argue. In Matthew 1, Jesus is a 'Son of David', a potential King. In spite of legend, some scholars think His family WERE rather royal, and tried to stop Him annoying authorities or mixing with the "wrong" people. Did His friends (Mark 3:31) or family (John 7:5), think He was "beside Himself" (Mark 3:21 AV) or "out of His mind" (Mark 3:21 NIV)? They saw trouble ahead? A bit of beginner's "research" got me going! Some folk worry about serious

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Holy Land research etc. But if we're strong, might it ADD to our understanding when we're experienced? Dip into varied stuff, Protestant, Catholic, more. Try "early history" (without quotes) in their little search box. A mixture, but for 'nosey kids' it's an adventure. ENOUGH ABOUT THE PAST NOW! There'll be things in my IN tray; I must return to today's world! Phil French

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‘One-liners’ My friend asked me to describe myself in 3 words... "Lazy." To this day, the boy that used to bully me at school still takes my lunch money. On the plus side, he makes great Subway sandwiches. When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane and going the wrong way. Thanks for explaining the word "many" to me, it means a lot. Photons have mass? I didn't even know they were Catholic. A man walks into a bar with a roll of tarmac under his arm and says: "Pint please, and one for the road." My wife was furious at me for kicking dropped ice cubes under the refrigerator. But now it's just water under the fridge. If you're not supposed to eat at night, why is there a light bulb in the refrigerator? My husband just found out I replaced our bed with a trampoline; he hit the roof. One day you're the best thing since sliced bread. The next, you're toast.


‘Is not this the fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice, to untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter – when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?’ Isaiah 58:6-7 For Christians around the world, Lent is a time of reflection, self-examination and thinking of others who are less fortunate than ourselves. It is a journey, as we think about how we follow the Jesus who calls his disciples to a sacrificial love that breaks down barriers, builds bridges, pursues righteousness and demands justice for the oppressed and marginalised.

Sori Galgallo lives in Marsabit county, northern Kenya, where approximately 150,000 people are living with the crippling effects of a two-year-long drought.

During Lent, as we reflect on the challenges Jesus faced as he journeyed in the wilderness for 40 days, we can also think about the millions of our sisters and brothers across the world struggling to survive in a desolate place. Millions of people have been forced from their homes for many reasons, including conflict, natural disasters, drought and fear. Often remaining within their own countries, they’re largely ignored by the international community and are forced to create a life for themselves and their families in unfamiliar surroundings, with little support; People like Sori.

Pastoralist communities, like Sori’s, who rely on rains to provide reliable grazing pastures for their cattle are being forced to travel much further than before in a bid to keep their animals alive. (Continued on page 9)



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(Continued from page 8) Sori and her six children used to have plenty of meat and milk, a staple for pastoralist communities, but as a result of the drought, they are now relying on aid and the generosity of others. The family earned a good living from their 200-strong herd, but the chronic lack of rain has meant only 30 are still alive. Thankfully, the family have received cash support and much-needed livestock feed from Christian Aid’s local partner PACIDA. With the money, Sori is able to buy food, like rice, beans and

milk, for her family, and to ensure her children can stay in school. This Lent, Christian Aid is asking you to walk with the more than 40 million internally displaced people in the world today. Christian Aid refuses to turn away from those in need, especially those who are forgotten and ignored. Just £22 could help provide food for a family like Sori’s, as well as school fees. £22 could also buy 50kg of livestock feed to keep essential animals alive. For more information, visit

#LiveLent 2018 #LiveLent - Let Your Light Shine takes you on a six week discipleship journey in 2018 through the Gospel of John, exploring what it means to be a witness. For each day from Ash Wednesday to Easter Day there is a short reading, a pause for reflection and prayer, and an idea for a simple action that will enable the light of Jesus to shine through our everyday lives. #LiveLent – Let Your Light Shine is written by John Kiddle (author of the best-selling #GodWithUs) in association with Thy Kingdom Come, the global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray for more people to come to know Jesus. “These Lent reflections take you on a journey through the Gospel of John and give you an opportunity to explore what the gift of Jesus and the challenge of Jesus mean for you, in the context of your daily life.

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In the middle of John’s Gospel is a verse that goes to the heart of it: Jesus said, ‘I came that they might have life, and have it abundantly’ It is our prayer that this booklet helps and encourages you as you take hold of God’s gift of life and live it – to the full. God offers us this life for the sake of others. The light he gives us in Jesus Christ is not to be hidden but to shine – it’s a gift to be lived and shared. Indeed, the more we share it and let it shine, the brighter it burns.” Archbishops Justin Welby & John Sentamu Copies of the booklet are available to purchase from Church House Publishing or you can receive the daily reflections by texting Lent to 88802 or following us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, where they will be posted daily.



Christmas Celebration Lunch This was held on 8th December in the cafe area and was a tremendous success. Forty happy customers were served full Christmas lunch and choice of puddings by the efficient staff. We pulled crackers, chatted to old friends and met new ones as we enjoyed the delicious meal effortlessly cooked by the cafe volunteers.


We were also able to buy beautiful gifts at the “Send a cow to Africa” stall. Sonia presented a bouquet to our popular manager, Karen. Many thanks to her and to her wonderful team – Maureen, Sheila, Sonia, Stephanie, Sue and Valerie. Rosemary Cunningham


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Take Five To Stop Fraud even your mother’s maiden name), it doesn’t mean they are genuine. Be mindful of who you trust – criminals may try and trick you into their confidence by telling you that you’ve been a victim of fraud. Criminals often use this to draw you into the conversation, to scare you into acting and revealing security details. Remember, criminals can also make any telephone number appear on your phone handset so even if you recognise it or it seems authentic, do not use it as verification they are genuine.

General advice If you receive a request to provide personal or financial information, you need to take a moment to reflect and step back from the situation. Yes, even if they say they’re the bank or other trusted organisation, you still need to take the time to stop and think about what’s really going on. Deep down, you probably already know these basic rules on how to beat financial fraud – you just need to take a breath and stay calm enough to remember them. 1. Requests to move money: A genuine bank or organisation will never contact you out of the blue to ask for your PIN, full password or to move money to another account. Only give out your personal or financial details to use a service that you have given your consent to, that you trust and that you are expecting to be contacted by. 2. Clicking on links/files: Don’t be tricked into giving a fraudster access to your personal or financial details. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text. 3. Personal information: Always question uninvited approaches in case it’s a scam. Instead, contact the company directly using a known email or phone number 4. Don’t assume an email or phone call is authentic: Just because someone knows your basic details (such as your name and address or

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5. Don’t be rushed or pressured into making a decision: Under no circumstances would a genuine bank or some other trusted organisation force you to make a financial transaction on the spot; they would never ask you to transfer money into another account for fraud reasons. Remember to stop and take time to carefully consider your actions. A genuine bank or some other trusted organisation won’t rush you or mind waiting if you want time to think. 6. Listen to your instincts: If something feels wrong then it is usually right to question it. Criminals may lull you into a false sense of security when you are out and about or rely on your defences being down when you’re in the comfort of your own home. They may appear trustworthy, but they may not be who they claim to be. (Continued on page 13)



All God’s Creation is Very Good This year’s Women’s World Day of Prayer service has been written by the women of Suriname, a country on the north coast of South America. Suriname is a beautiful country. It boasts wonderful forests and mountains and has great rivers with impressive rapids. It is a country rich with flowers and animals, and provides enough food for all. In the service the women of Suriname urge us to cherish God’s great gift of creation and to commit ourselves to caring for God’s world responsibly. As we pray with and for the people of Suriname, we shall be part of a great wave of prayer which begins in Samoa and encircles the globe. The service we shall be participating in will have been translated into over 60 languages and 1000 dialects and will be celebrated in 170 countries and islands. In the British Isles, some 6000 services will be taking place.

Members of the different churches in Tilehurst will be taking part in the service to be held at Tilehurst Methodist Church, School Road, on Friday 2nd March at 7.30 pm. There is also a service at Abbey Baptist Church, Reading at 10.30 am. that day plus other services around Reading at different times of the day. Although the service is written by women, everyone is welcome and we look forward to seeing you. When we see articles in the media about the mountain of plastic waste we are producing and the damage it is causing, it makes this year’s theme and content particularly relevant. Valerie Forrow Reading WWDP Committee

January Our traditional Carols and Readings evening in December was much enjoyed with Rita introducing the programme. As always the variety of readings ranging from spiritual, nostalgic, thoughtful and amusing along with the mulled wine and mince pies and members’ carol choices all really got us into the Christmas spirit! As she closed the meeting Rita thanked Anita and her team for the refreshments and presented Sheila with a lovely poinsettia for accompanying the carols.


Our January meeting was a fun and fellowship evening with a Beetle Drive. The 15 members who came thoroughly enjoyed it with Valerie Forrow winning the prize for the highest score and Anita Holbeche the lowest. Rita conducted the evening with the help of her Girl Guide whistle (!) and included prayers for members who are unwell and those caring for others, and gave thanks for Joan's safe return from South Africa. Sheila Bryant


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(Continued from page 11) 7. Stay in control: Have the confidence to refuse unusual requests for personal or financial information. It’s easy to feel embarrassed when faced with unexpected or complex conversations. But it’s okay to stop the discussion if you do not feel in control of it. If you’ve taken all these steps and still feel uncomfortable or unsure about what you’re being asked, never hesitate to contact your bank or financial service provider on a number you trust, such as the one listed on their website or on the back of your payment card

Phone Scams Fraud over the phone – or Vishing – is when a fraudster calls claiming they’re from your bank or some other trusted organisation. It is easy for them to convince you too, since they can both fake the telephone number on the screen and do their research to find out some of your basic bank and personal details. Remember though, a genuine bank will never ask you for personal or financial details like your PIN number or full banking password (even by tapping it into your phone keypad). Five things to look out for on a scam phone call: 1. The caller doesn’t give you time to think, tries to stop you speaking to a family member or friend or is insistent and makes you feel uncomfortable

3. They phone to ask for your 4-digit card PIN or your online banking password. Even if they ask you to give it to them by tapping into the telephone keypad rather than saying the numbers out loud, this is a scam. 4. They ask you to withdraw money to hand over to them for safe-keeping. 5. They may say that you are a victim of fraud and offer to send a courier to your home to collect your cash, PIN, payment card or cheque book.

Text Message Scams A text might not be from who you think – Smishing is when criminals pretend a message is from your bank or another organisation you trust. They will usually tell you there has been fraud on your account and will ask you to deal with it by calling a number or visiting a fake website to update your personal details. Please take a moment to stop and think and realise this is the fraud… Three signs a text message might not be genuine 1. It asks you to provide sensitive personal or financial information, passwords, or to make transactions by following a link in the message. 2. It asks you to call a certain number but that number is unknown to you. In this case, call your bank on a number that you trust to check the number and message is authentic. E.g. – such as the number on the back of your card. 3. The sender uses an urgent tone, urging you to ‘act now’.

2. The caller asks you to transfer money to a new account for fraud reasons.

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Local News Fatal Accident Two people died after a crash involving a police vehicle in Calcot. Emergency services were called to the A4 Bath Road in Calcot at around 3.50pm on Tuesday, January 23 after a car and police vehicle collided near the junction of Mill Lane. Thames Valley Police has said the driver and passenger of the car died after the crash.

A disgraced security guard has seen justice after he was wrongfully accused of stealing thousands of pounds worth of goods from a supermarket. Adam Jammeh forced the Tesco Extra store on Portman Road to be locked down for 24 hours after he staged a protest in the rafters of the ceiling in October.

Madness The famous ska band Madness have just announced an exclusive four-day tour of stately homes in the UK and will be kicking things off at Englefield House in West Berkshire on Friday, July 6.

Town Centre Plans An enormous plan proposing more than 700 homes and retail units being built in place of two stores in Reading has been given the go ahead. The plans to demolish the former Toys R Us building and Homebase in Kenavon Drive, propose a development featuring 765 homes, including a range of huge apartment blocks.

Theale Green secondary school is set to become part of a multi-academy trust in an effort to improve student outcomes. It will join forces with Reading College and UTC Reading as part of the Activate Learning Education Trust (ALET). Ofsted inspected Theale Green in May and said the school 'required improvement' across the board. Head teacher Dr Sally Beeson stood down shortly after the verdict was served.

Boundary Changes

New Theale Primary School on hold

Proposals for new ward boundaries across West Berkshire have been put forward.

West Berkshire Council had intended to invest £8million to provide muchneeded primary school spaces in the village, but the proposals were shelved following a delay over a land agreement.

The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published its final recommendations for new electoral arrangements.

The leader of West Berkshire Council has accused Theale Parish Council of "deliberately" stalling the plans.


Visit to view the plans. Local News taken from and


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Dates for the Diary See the following pages for more information February Fri 2 Sat 3 Tues 6 Sat 10

St Catherine’s at Boxgrove House 3.00 pm Messy Church 3.30 pm - ‘Different is Good’ at St Catherine’s Finance Action group meeting 8.00 pm Jumble sale 2.00 pm at St Catherine's admission 25p So ‘Prayer on the Streets’ will be next Saturday instead Tues 13 Tilehurst Parish Council 7.30 pm at The Calcot Centre, Highview Weds 14 Ash Wednesday service 8.00 pm St Catherine’s Sat 17 Crafty Space 1.30 pm St Catherine’s see page 18 Fr1 23 St Catherine’s café is closed today for a Diocesan conference

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Women’s World Day of Prayer Service, 10.30 am at Abbey Baptist Church St Catherine’s at Boxgrove House 3.00 pm Women’s World Day of Prayer Service Sat 3 Messy Church 3.30 pm at St Catherine’s Mon 5 PCC meeting 7.45 pm for 8. 00 pm at St Catherine’s Sat 10 Litter pick of the Cornwell area from 10.00 am Crafty Space 1.30 pm St Catherine’s see page 18 Tues 13 Tilehurst Parish Council 7.30 pm at The Calcot Centre, Highview Weds 14 Talk on Greenham Common, see page 23 Weds 28 Spring concert Vivace Voices, 2.30 pm St Luke’s Theale, see page 31 Fri 30 Good Friday all age service 10.30 am at St Catherine's Churches Together Act of Witness at Tilehurst Triangle 12.00 noon

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What’s On In and The Link February 8.00 pm at St Catherine's Weds 21st Bible Study 8.00 pm at 2 Laurel Drive Weds 28th Fellowship Afternoon 2.00 pm at 55 Hildens Drive March Weds 14th Talk by Revd. Cathy Pynn 'Her life in the Church' 8.00 pm at St Catherine's all welcome Weds 21st Bible Study 8.00 pm, at venue to be announced Weds 28th Fellowship Afternoon 2.00 pm at 9 Compton Avenue

Community Event at St Catherine’s

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: 10.00 am – 2.00 pm Sun: CLOSED For reasonably priced teas, coffee, snacks, lunches, cards and books. Over the last 26 years we have built our good reputation on providing home cooked cakes and soup as well as a listening ear and a Christian welcome to all.

Breathing Space Every Thursday 11.30 am – 12 noon in the Garden Room.

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. February 2nd Cards & Games 9th Serenade singers 16th Games with Bill 23rd March 2nd Card & Games If you think you would like to come, or think you could help, please contact Anne Soley ℡ 0118 942 5407


Rev Christine Bainbridge will be offering a 30 minutes relaxation and centring session. Looking for ways to de-stress? Wanting more being and less doing? Discover and practice some simple exercises that enable relaxation, centring and body awareness. Pre-booking not necessary. Just come along. Rev Christine Bainbridge p/t interim minister St Catherine's and Cornwell Community Church  07939 662 980


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Around the Parish

St Catherine's & Cornwell Youth Group 7.45-9.15 pm Friday St Catherine’s Hall 9th Feb - Badminton at Cotswold 23rd Feb - Pancakes and Quiz 9th March - Mothers’ Day crafts Contact Evelyn Bartlett ℡ 0118 967 8659

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.

St Catherine’s Café in St Catherine's church Come along and enjoy a cappuccino or latte in your local community café Open Thursdays and Fridays 10am to 2pm with Lunch Menu from 12noon

Café closed Friday 23rd February Everyone welcome Children’s play corner available Lunch menu includes soups, jacket potatoes, sandwiches & Salads as well as daily specials and homemade cakes

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Registered Charity 102992

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 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, 9.45 - 11.45 am If you are interested in joining, please feel free to drop in at one of the sessions

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

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

Saturdays 1.30 pm to 5.30 pm

February 17th, March 10th, April 14th We provide time, space, tea, coffee& cake You 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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What do they all do? Reading is one of four areas or Archdeaconries in the Diocese of Oxford (the others are Buckingham, Dorchester and Oxford). Rt Revd Andrew Proud is the Bishop of Reading and The Venerable Olivia Graham is the Archdeacon of Berkshire.

Role & Responsibilities Bishop, Archdeacon and Parish Development Adviser form the senior leadership team of the Archdeaconry. The current postholders see their roles in these ways:

Archdeacon of Berkshire Ven Olivia Graham The archdeacon works closely with the Bishop in all matters which support his aims above. In particular:

The Bishop of Reading Rt Revd Andrew Proud The Bishop plays a vital role as vision caster and in calling us back to our priorities. His priorities are summarised as follows. • To take forward the holistic mission agenda of the Diocese by constantly gathering, shaping and articulating our response to the Living Faith agenda. To do this, he is committed to generous listening and consultation, clear spiritual and missional leadership & regular teaching. • To make the vision a reality, he will provide regular opportunities for clergy, people and parishes to meet with God through Confirmations, Quiet Days & Parish visits. • He will work with deaneries and local ministry teams to make mission a priority.

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• He will use his role to negotiate new shapes for mission and ministry, taking account of the predicted shortfall in ordained clergy, ever tighter financial resources and increasing mission opportunities. • Through being a figure of unity, he will seek to hold open the space to allow the local to connect with Diocesan and national thinking. There will be occasions when brave decision making is required at key moments of opportunity.

• Planning for and promoting the mission of the Church both present and future, chairing the Archdeaconry Mission & Pastoral Committee, working with parishes which are addressing issues of new housing developments. • The pastoral care and discipline of the clergy, deployment, housing and finance. • Ensuring that the Faculty rules are adhered to, and that our buildings and churchyards are properly cared for with the assistance of a deputy. • Working with the other archdeacons to ensure that decisions about the use of strategic resources (housing stock, stipends) cohere with the desired outcomes of the deanery


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Established 1961

(Continued from page 19) plans and are fairly allocated across the diocese. • Working closely with churchwardens including admitting them to office on behalf of the Bishop and being available to support and consult with them on anything which may concern them. She is assisted by Rev Stephen Pullin, Assistant Archdeacon

• During vacancies, assisting with the preparation of parish profiles.. • Troubleshooting. • Working with conflict. • Advising and supporting clergy in role, consultancy, mentoring. • Responding to training and development needs of clergy and lay people. In the Reading Deanery we have an Area Dean and an assist Area dean Area Dean Revd Graeme Fancourt

Parish Development Adviser (PDA)

Assistant Area Dean Revd Neil Warwick

The PDA (post currently vacant) works with parishes and deaneries. • Assisting in the development and articulation of their vision and mission plans.


Text taken from the Berkshire Archdeaconry Mission Action Plan.


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Not Just for January Here we are - just a month into our New Year Resolutions. How are yours going? I gave up making any years ago. I ALWAYS failed and this resulted in self recriminations - I felt weak willed and guilty. From resolving to getting fit to being more chatty, I just couldn't go more than a few days. Many new year resolutions are made and kept for as long as they are convenient but the minute the resolutions become a challenge (as in a celebration meal out!) they are dropped like a lead balloon with an aftermath of remorse. They were issues I really wanted to change but motivation was lacking. It may be that I was trying to give up or do something for myself rather than for Jesus - and that's the difference. Things given up (or started) for Lent are often the same things we try to make as new year resolutions. Fortunately, there is another chance this month for resolutions.... Lent. Observing Lent is a much better way to change for more than just a few days.

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Lent lasts for forty days (the period Jesus was in the desert) and ends on Good Friday. Lent has a time limit. Whereas a new year resolution could become a lifelong habit and better us, we are assuming we will be mentally and physically up to the commitment for a long stretch… Lent is a resolve for forty days with Jesus helping along the way. It feels achievable with success at the end of 40 days instead of a seemingly endless 365! Motivation is there during Lent. It's enough being hard on ourselves but to let Jesus down on our promises is unbearable. But even Lent resolutions can fade away back to our usual behaviours. To endeavour to change at appointed times of the year, for me, just doesn't work. Each new morning is an opportunity to reaffirm resolutions and start afresh. Making resolutions daily is far more doable. Why set ourselves up to fail, I say. Lamentations 3:23 (ESV) they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.


Lorraine Roberts




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Talk on Greenham Common’s long and varied history Berkshire Family History Society’s new Centre for Heritage and Family History on the second floor of Reading Central Library, on Abbey Square, Reading, plays host to a talk by local author Penny Stokes on 14 March on “Greenham Common over the years”. To many people the name 'Greenham Common' conjures up an image of women-only peace camps, protests against cruise missiles and conflict with the police, but behind this lies a much longer and more varied history. Eminent local author and historian, Penny Stokes, will describe the many dramas which have taken place on the common: from Redcoat musters to

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refugee housing, golf to glider warfare, furze-gathering to filming, and bareknuckle prize-fighting to bomb storage. Copies of Penny’s latest book The Common Good: The Story of Greenham Common will be available to purchase, which she will be pleased to sign for you. Tickets: £5 non-members or £4 society members. This includes tea or coffee and cake. Booking in advance is highly recommended, but turn up and you can pay on the day, if places are still available. For more information and to book your place see: Picture: Greenham Common by Bulkley





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Tilehurst Triangle WI In December, we held our annual Christmas party. The hall looked festive with our WI Christmas bunting made by members, floral table decorations and members in their sparkling outfits. One member even came dressed as a Christmas tree!

coming year. We followed this with a beetle drive which was great fun. Members enjoyed festive music by the Saxy Mommas, a visit from Santa, cracker making, carol singing and refreshments. We also enjoyed listening to readings by Caroline Bennett on Christmas traditions around the world.

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

Our first meeting of the year gave chance to socialise, hear about our programme and the many trips walks being offered throughout

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

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St Catherine’s Gardening Club There is not a great deal of news to report after these wintry few weeks, as we all spent time preparing for and then enjoying Christmas, and welcoming in 2018.

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The tiny pansies in the troughs and tubs near the South entrance to the church have bravely continued to give us a little colour through the varying weather, from heavy rain, very strong winds, (Continued on page 26)



(Continued from page 25) frosts and even a little snow, as well as a few days of brilliant winter sunshine now and then. The cyclamen too, in Betty’s two urns each side of the North entrance have continued to give a joyful brightness through the chilly, dark days. And the purple flowers of the hebe have been a delight. The fuchsias there, however, finally succumbed to the cold and began to look ugly, so were cut back to the ground, where they will hide until warmer days coax them up again. The bulbs between them, and in other places around the grounds, are encouraging us as they push up strongly to show off their bright colours in a few weeks’ time. The stronger members of our team have managed to move some more of the soil from the narrow border by the fence on the North car park to level the ground where needed. More work is needed to finish this and to level the north lawn and remove all remnants of the big clippings pile. There is a plan to make the narrow border pretty and easier to manage.

The hedge between the South car park and the oak tree lawn needs to be brought under control, and a small start has been made to this. Which brings me to remind everyone that we DO NOT HAVE A GREEN WHEELIE BIN at the church, and there is nowhere in the grounds to leave green waste. So, please, if it is at all possible, take all green waste away to dispose of in the green wheelie bin at home. As a last resort, the big general waste grundon may be used, but not the grundon for recyclable waste. If one of your resolutions this year was to be a bit more active, what better way than to join us on a Saturday morning (or indeed any other time that suits you) to work in the fresh air on one of the many jobs needed to keep our church garden looking good. Do contact Jo Day 0118 942 1481 or Chris Addison 07966 105 056 to find out more. Jo Day

“Far beyond hope the spring is kind again, Lovely beyond the longing of my eyes.” Margaret Cropper

Do not be anxious … about anything! After decades of relative peace and prosperity the world in general, and Britain in particular, seems to have entered an era of unpredictability and uncertainty, resulting in many becoming anxious about the future.

Two thousand years ago Paul visited Philippi, a very Roman city with so few Jewish males (less than ten) that there was no synagogue there, and from this small gathering an active and generous church emerged.

What will life be like outside of Europe?

However, some ten years later he wrote a letter to them, primarily to thank them for gifts they had sent but also to calm their fears of the future.

An anxiety which is enflamed by much of the media focusing on those things which could be to the detriment of life in Britain.


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(Continued from page 26) When we read in the New Testament of persecution of Christians, this was not at the hands of the Romans.

However, we know that sometimes prayer does not work for us, so Paul followed this up with further advice.

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me – put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”

Primarily it was the persecution of Jewish Christians by Jewish authorities who, on occasions, did get the Roman authorities on their side – as they did with Pontius Pilate in the crucifixion of Christ. Being in such a Roman city, the Philippian Christians were spared such trauma but Caesar Nero was now on the throne, and rumblings were coming out of Rome. Christianity was not a registered religion and was now seen as different and distinct from Judaism. What was Nero going to do? How would the Philippians, in such a Roman city, fare? They were fearful and Paul’s advice to them was:

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7) In other words, he wanted them to focus on the good things in their lives and be thankful for them and in that way they would have peace of mind.

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(Philippians 4:8-9) So at the start of this year, and not knowing what Brexit will bring, are we anxious about the future and what could go wrong? If we had stayed in Europe there would have been advantages, but there would have been disadvantages also. And now that we are coming out there will be disadvantages, albeit different ones, but there will also be advantages. So, following the spirit of Paul’s advice … I will focus on the advantages which are likely to accrue – all the time knowing that the disadvantages will be nowhere as drastic as those the Philippian Christians eventually suffered at the hands of Nero.


Michael Penny Chair, Churches Together in Reading



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Take better care of your body 'HONOUR GOD WITH YOUR BODY.' I CORINTHIANS 6:20 NLT

Unless you get into better shape physically, you may go to heaven sooner than you planned. The Bible says, 'Honour God with your body.' How do you do that? 1) Change your diet. Ma ny of us eat for the wrong reasons - like stress, boredom, fatigue, anger, depression, and low self-esteem. Try to get to the root of your problem. Insufficient fruit, vegetables, and fibre, and too much fast food can wreak havoc with your health. Practise self-control. 'Those who belong to Christ... have given up their old selfish feelings and… things they wanted to do' (Galatians 5:24 NCV). 2) Start exercising. The secret is to start slowly. Ta ke the stairs instead of the lift, park your car and walk, play ball with your kids instead of watching TV. God designed your body to move, and that doesn't mean strolling from your car to your desk every morning. Exercising three times a week for thirty minutes will reduce your blood pressure and stress, and boost your sense of well-being. Come on, get with it! 3) Go to bed earlier. Pastor Tony Jenkins consulted his doctor about his wife© s snoring. 'Does it really bother you that much?' the doctor asked. 'It's not just me,' Jenkins replied. 'It's bothering the whole congregation!' Seriously, you require eight hours of shut-eye. You can probably get by on less, but do you want to just 'get by'? The psalmist said, 'It is no use… to get up early and stay up late... The LORD gives sleep to those he loves' (Psalm 127:2 NCV). So, turn off the TV and the computer and turn in at a reasonable hour. The word for you today is: take better care of your body! The motivation to take better care of your body. 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 Horticultural Society Winter Talks At the Village Hall, Victoria Rd 8th February 2018 - 7.30 p.m. Annual General Meeting / Social Evening 29th March 2018 - 7.45 p.m. Lou Nicholls Heritage Vegetables Lou trained at Garden Organic and has a deep passion for working in tune with nature. She ran the vegetable garden at Sissinghurst Castle, then progressed to Assistant Head Gardener at Hole Park. Currently working as Head Gardener on private gardens, Lou will advise on why Heritage Vegetables are important, types and varieties, and seed saving.

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St Catherine’s Hall - Regular Bookings Monday

7.30 am - 3.15 pm

St Catherine’s Pre-school

Contact  07745 909 348


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

Antonella Carraro ℡ 0118 942 8397

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

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 Contact Andrea Fishenden  07976 002 809

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

1.30 pm - 5.30 pm

Crafty Space (monthly)

See page 18

3.30 pm - 5.00 pm

Messy Church (monthly)






7.30 pm - 10.00 pm Short Mat Bowls Club


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



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Three courses and coffee for ONLY ÂŁ15.95. Children 12 and under JUST ÂŁ8.00 Dining from 12.15 pm Reservations please call 0118 941 6423 Celebrating? Book a private party Sunday lunch in your very own suite, please call Banqueting Office 0118 972 8601 Also available for all types of private functions: Parties, Christenings, After funeral gatherings and Conferences.

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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 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. Where there’s a fifth Sunday in the month Both churches meet together sometime during that month (details pages 4-5) for a joint service held either at St Catherine’s or the Cornwell Centre.

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 occasionally held, see pages 4-5 for dates


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



February 2018

Profile for St Catherines

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The Parish Magazine of Tilehurst St. Catherine and Calcot St. Birinus

RG31 - February 18  

The Parish Magazine of Tilehurst St. Catherine and Calcot St. Birinus