RG31 - July & August 19

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The Parish Magazine of Tilehurst St Catherine July & August 2019 & Calcot St Birinus

July & August 2019


Who’s Who in the Parish

Vicar Rev Gill Rowell ℡ 0118 942 7786 rowellgill@gmail.com

Licensed Lay Minister

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 hall@stcatherines-tilehurst.org.uk Cornwell Centre bookings Tilehurst Parish Council ℡ 0118 941 8833 bookings@tilehurstpc.co.uk RG31 is published 10 times a year on the first Sunday of the month (not January or August) by the P.C.C. of Tilehurst: St Catherine & Calcot: St Birinus and is also available via our website www.stcatherines-tilehurst.org.uk Editor:

Tony Bartlett ℡ 0118 967 8659

Assistant Editor: Rosemary Cunningham ℡ 0118 942 0713 Advertising:

Richard Canning ℡ 0118 942 8238

All details and events are correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of going to print. The P.C.C. and Editors are not necessarily in agreement with the views expressed by contributors in this magazine. We welcome contributions of articles or letters for future issues from anyone living in, or connected with the parish. All contributions must be received by the editors by the 20th day of the month preceding the next month’s issue at the latest. Contributions may be sent to magazine@stcatherines-tilehurst.org.uk 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 Cartoonchurch.com

Cover Picture Three central blooms for Trinity Sunday



Photo Stuart Poore

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Rev Gill Rowell On gardening About 6 weeks ago Shirley and Jo came to see me on my day off and together we stripped away an overgrown Portuguese laurel bush, which was about 6’ wide, and taking up the sunniest place in the small vicarage garden. The following weekend, Val and Stuart came around with a sledge hammer and bashed the old ruined brick barbecue until it was just a pile of rubble. Stuart also ferried wheelbarrows of new soil to the space where the hedge had been. It was very companionable, and I was so grateful to have some help, because the state of the garden was rather stunting my aspirations to make the garden a lovely place to be. I didn’t know where to start, it was all just too much. As it is, their practical help has really motivated me and the garden project is now in full swing! I purchased a lot of plants at the church fete too, which was very timely. So now, where the hedge was, there is a beautiful bed of cottage garden perennials, and where the barbecue was there is a flowering hydrangea. There is still plenty more to do, but at least the garden is looking loved, and cared for, and I can’t wait for next year when it will be more established. Why do I share this with you? Gardening is often mentioned in the Bible, (not least right at the beginning of it…). Jesus spoke of himself as the vine and Father God as the gardener, who cuts down each branch that doesn’t bear fruit, and prunes those branches that do, so that they bear more fruit. We all want to be in a church which is blossoming and flourishing (don’t we?) but we may not like the process of getting there, which takes time, hard work, and patience, and can sometimes hurt, as necessary changes are made. The thing with gardening is – it’s ongoing, there are always things to do. And so it is with the church. I suspect none of us like being pruned - even if in the long run it means we blossom. My hope is that every change, each new initiative in the church, will lead to continual transformation and vibrant growth, and that we will all flourish… What sort of flower are you?

Gill July & August 2019



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 2.00 pm

Holy Communion or Morning Prayer - Garden Room Community Prayer - Garden Room

Every Friday during term time 9.15 am

Tots Praise - Café Siena

Wednesday 3rd July 11.00 am

Holy Communion at York House

Saturday 6th July 3.30 pm

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Sunday 7 July - Proper 9 Isaiah 66.10-14, Psalm 66.1-8, Galatians 6.[1-6]7-16, Luke 10.1-11,16-20 8.00 am Morning Prayer 9.15 am Holy Communion 11.00 am All Age Service with Baptism of Isabella Sarah Jedrzejczyk

Sunday 14th July - Proper 10 Deuteronomy 30.9-14, Psalm 25.1-10, Colossians 1.1-14, Luke 10.25-37 8.00 am Holy Communion 9.15 am Word and Worship 11.00 am All Age Service

Sunday 21st July - Proper 11 Genesis 18.1-10a, Psalm 15, Colossians 1.15-28, Luke 10.38-42 8.00 am Morning Prayer 9.15 am Holy Communion 11.00 am All Age Service, with a time for everyone to participate in a review of the 11.00 am service so far

Sunday 28th July - Proper 12 Genesis 18.20-32, Psalm 138, Colossians 2.6-15[16-19], Luke 11.1-13 8.00 am Holy Communion 9.15 am Word and Worship with the Baptism of Elara Ringrow 11.00 am All Age Service with Communion 4


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Sunday 4th August - Proper 13 Ecclesiastes 1.2,12-14; 2.18-23, Psalm 49.1-12*, Colossians 3.1-11, Luke 12.13-21 8.00 am Morning Prayer 9.15 am Holy Communion 11.00 am All Age Service

Wednesday 7th August 11.00 am

Holy Communion at York House

Sunday 11th August - Proper 14 Genesis 15.1-6, Psalm 33.12-22*, Hebrews 11.1-3,8-16, Luke 12.32-40 8.00 am Holy Communion 10.30 am All Age Service for Backpackers Holiday Club Holiday Club all week, so no 12.15 service on Thursday.

Sunday 18th August - Proper 15 Jeremiah 23.23-29, Psalm 82, Hebrews 11.29 - 12.2, Luke 12.49-56 8.00 am Morning Prayer 9.15 am Holy Communion 11.00 am All Age Service

Sunday 25th August - Proper 16 Isaiah 58.9b-14, Psalm 103.1-8, Hebrews 12.18-29, Luke 13.10-17 8.00 am Holy Communion 9.15 am Word and Worship 11.00 am All Age Service with Communion

Sunday 1st September - Proper 17 Ecclesiasticus 10.12-18, or Proverbs 25.6-7, Psalm 112, Hebrews 13.1-8,15,16, Luke 14.1,7-14 8.00 am Morning Prayer 9.15 am Holy Communion 11.00 am All Age Service

Wednesday 4th September 11.00 am

Holy Communion at York House

Saturday 7th September 3.30 pm

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Sunday 8 September - Proper 18 Deuteronomy 30.15-20, Psalm 1, Philemon 1-21, Luke 14.25-33 8.00 am Holy Communion 9.15 am Word and Worship 11.00 am All Age Service July & August 2019





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Partners in Missional Church Progress A Year of Experimenting St Catherine's is beginning its second year of the PMC journey, a year of experimenting! Gill and members of the steering team and PCC attended a cluster meeting of PMC churches at St Peter’s Church, Maidenhead on 21st and 22nd June. These meetings are challenging but exciting as we ‘Dwell in the Word’ together and pray, listening for what God might be trying to say to us. Sharing what has happened on our journey so far was a great encouragement for all of us as we recognised both the joys and challenges we have encountered. As always the guidance and support of the Oxford PMC Delivery team is so helpful as they equip us to move forward in the next year. We were reminded that PMC is about us recognising where God is at work, listening to what God might be saying and listening to people and what they say. It’s not about a project that we have to complete. It’s about learning how we can build Christian community, develop our confidence and capacity to look outwards and establish and develop relationships with the communities around us.

At our Away day in April we felt that God was calling us to walk alongside the people of Calcot: how we do this exactly or what groups we might partner with are not yet clear. We have met and had community conversations with several people who live or work in Calcot, listening to them, hearing about their hopes, concerns and interests. We are still in the process of discovering this, so please do support us through prayer. During the coming year Gill and the steering team will continue to promote and develop some spiritual practices. So far we have practised ‘Dwelling in the Word’ and ‘Dwelling in the World’, and we are soon to grow in the understanding of the spiritual practices of Announcing the Kingdom and Hospitality. We will be looking at ways we can share some of these practices of PMC with everyone in church over the coming months. They are aspects of Christian fellowship and relationships, the caring, sharing things that Jesus urged us to do: intentionally noticing people, listening and paying attention to them, finding those with whom you could perhaps strike up a relationship, maybe with someone you know but only by sight or with brief conversation, not just within the congregation but within the community. Please keep noticing where God is at work and tell others about it! Sonia Ludford

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St. Catherine’s Summer Fair 8th June After a week of rather uncertain weather, the day stayed dry and fine for our Summer Fair and the afternoon saw a steady stream of friends and neighbours enjoying the stalls and attractions both inside and out. Paddy’s Skittles proved to be as competitive as ever, ably helped by Alice and Chelsea who were a great help in chasing the bowls and re-setting the skittles! it was a family affair in the end with Anna and Barry scooping the ladies and men's competition. Equally popular were the Ping Pong and Marble games where keen competitors had one minute to spoon as many marbles as possible into the small hole of a plant pot.


There was extreme competition here too and Karen did a great job cheering on the enthusiastic challengers. The cake stall was busy all afternoon and the gift and plant stalls also did a roaring trade with a huge range of stock at very attractive prices. We all had a lovely afternoon meeting friends and neighbours, drinking lots of tea and sampling the delicious homemade cakes. We were thrilled to raise just over £1,600 for church funds - a really great total but just as important a perfect community afternoon. Huge thanks to everyone who helped support the fair in so many different ways. Sonia Ludford


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West Berkshire Re-Cycling Longer Opening Hours at Padworth This Recycling Centre, Padworth Lane, Lower Padworth, RG7N 4JF is now open 7 days a week 8.00am to 6.00pm. This is for a six-month trial period from 1st April until 30th September and is in response to feedback that the original afternoon only opening hours were not convenient. Remember that the site can take general waste (i.e. Black Bin material) now as well as materials for recycling. The only exceptions are Asbestos, Furniture for re-use and Gas Bottles. If there is not a demand for these longer opening hours the trial will cease, so do please make use of this local facility.

Summer Concert Wednesday 17th July at 2.30 pm St Stephen's Church Pangbourne Road, Upper Basildon. RG8 8LS Tickets ÂŁ5 on the door - including programme and afternoon tea. All proceeds to the Royal Berks Charity


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St Catherine’s Summer Fair Thank You! We would like to thank:

Annual Show at the Village Hall,


Victoria Road, RG31 5AB Saturday 3rd August Open to the public from 2.00 pm

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generous sponsorship of our Summer Fair and also the following local businesses: Warings Bakers, Tilehurst The Village Butchers, Tilehurst Park Lane Salon Tesco Stores, Portman Road Thames River Cruise The Village Florist Krazy Days Soft Play Wellington Country Park Salon 16

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70 different classes to enter in ten categories: Vegetables, Fruit, Flowers, Pot Plants, Fuchsias, Flower arrangements, Preserves, Cookery (including Jamie Oliver’s Epic Chocolate & Beetroot cake), Photography, Junior section. Closing date for entries is Sunday 28th July.


See - www.tilehurstha.org.uk


June meeting

A most enjoyable evening and Moira expressed everyone’s appreciation of Hilary and all that she had done in researching and verifying the quiz questions. Sheila Bryant Answers: 1) China 2) 1967 3) 1932

Hilary welcomed a good number of members and friends to our Annual MU Quiz, in fact there were 7 tables of 4 to 6 people on each. The questions were interesting and varied with one General Knowledge paper being devised by the inimitable Sheila WardFor example – which country produces the most potatoes? What year did tile making stop in Tilehurst? And, when was the Tilehurst Water Tower built? (answers at the bottom of this article) The winners were ‘In The Dark!’, with the ‘Egg Heads’ a close second and the ‘Perky Pensioners’ bringing up the rear. Halfway through the proceedings the Committee served a delicious ploughman’s supper and drew the raffle.



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Like the cover of a book we often judge each other based on outward appearances. Our shape, what we wear and our facial features influence how we evaluate others. We often worry about our appearance and some people become so concerned with what others think that they will go to great lengths to change their outer cover. Unlike us, Father God does not care about what we look like. He focuses His attention on our inside—on our hearts and the quality within. He's only interested in our thoughts and motives, not on our outward appearance. For those whose hearts are committed to serving Jesus, there’s nothing on earth they can’t do because God empowers them. There are people who, on the outside may look as though they have little to offer but by judging only the cover we are in danger of missing something very special.

God is often portrayed as our Rock. The outerside of a rock can be grey and rough edged... but with rubbing and polishing the inside can be amazingly beautiful. That's what God does to us when we accept Jesus as our Saviour. So to anyone feeling unhappy about their outside cover remember that, as with characters in the bible, God takes the weak and ordinary and through them gains incredible victories for His Kingdom.

Thy Kingdom Come Samuel 16:7 (ESV) But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” Lorraine Roberts

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 July & August 2019

Hilary Smee ℡ 0118 941 2895 Jo Day ℡ 0118 942 1481 Lorraine Roberts ℡ 0118 942 6189



On the delights of the parish jumble sale The Rectory, St James the Least My dear Nephew Darren The estimate for re-hanging the bells in our church tower came as a great shock. The church council discussed fund-raising at length. Someone suggested selling part of the Rectory garden for building, another for getting 200 parishioners to loan £1,000 each, interest-free. Then Mrs Ffrench suggested holding a jumble sale. The jumble sale won – mainly because it was achievable without a great *ight, and also gave everyone an opportunity to see what their neighbours think of as junk. Expensive articles were brought with an ostentatious show of modesty when everyone was sorting donations. Genuine jumble, such as odd plates, old blankets and mysterious kitchen gadgets, were left at the church door in the dead of night. On the day of the jumble sale, our helpers were ready behind wobbly tables stacked high with stuff. Had the tables collapsed, half the congregation would have been smothered. Little Miss Faversham was having a wonderful time *litting from table to table like a woolly bumble bee, kitting herself out for another year. When the doors opened and the customers poured in, I realised how the Italians must have felt when they saw Hannibal with his elephants pouring down the sides of the Alps. That is when the mettle of our ladies really showed. They were tremendous - haggling at great length over whether something worth £10 should go for 10p or 11p. I noticed that those who are used to riding with hounds seem best able to control the crowds – even if they occasionally tended to regard the customers as the fox. As it happened, the youth club were going pot-holing that day, so most of the teenagers bought complete sets of clothing for 10p which could then be discarded afterwards. But I wondered what their caving instructor would think of teenagers arriving dressed in dinner jackets and tweed skirts. Two days of preparation yielded a battle that was over in less than an hour. We emerged bloodied but unbowed, with only scraps of jumble left. Then it was home for a bath and a strong restorative, in the knowledge that the *irst step to saving the bells has been taken. Only another 2,500 jumble sales and we shall have reached our target. Indeed, the only jarring note of the day was to discover someone with a peculiar sense of humour had put a note on my car: “Sold – to be collected later”. Your loving uncle, Eustace



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Dates for the Diary See the following pages for more information July Tues 9 Sat 13 Sat 13 Wed 17 Thurs 18 Sat 20 Sun 21 Sun 21 Weds 24 Thurs 25

Tilehurst Parish Council is not meeting this month Crafty Space 1.30-5.30 pm see page 18 The Jazz Spectacular in Purley Barn advertised today has been cancelled Vivace Voices Concert at St Stephens, Upper Basildon 2.30 pm see page 9 Holiday club training 7.00 pm Bistro Night in Café Siena 7.00 for 7.30 pm see Notice sheet for details Review of the new service as part of the 11.00 am service Holiday Club training 4.00 pm PCC meeting 8.00 pm St Catherine's Prayer Ministry Team meeting 7.45 pm in the Garden Room

August Fri 2 Sat 3 Sun 11

Tue 13 Sat 17

3.00 pm St Catherine’s at Boxgrove House 2.00 pm Tilehurst Horticultural Show, see page 11 10.30 am Opening service for Backpackers Holiday Club Monday 12 to Friday 16 - ‘Backpackers’ Holiday Club so Café Siena is closed and Friday Friends do not meet Tilehurst Parish Council meeting 7.30 pm at the Calcot Centre, Highview ‘The Link’ closes for the summer break

September Mon 2 Tues 3

‘The Link’ re-opens after the summer break Tuesday Morning Get-Together 10.00 am - 12noon in Café Siena just drop in and meet others for a chat, free refreshments & biscuits Fri 6 3.00 pm St Catherine’s at Boxgrove House Fri 6 ‘Rah Rah Theatre Company’ present ‘Country Roads - Take me home’ The cast sing and dance through all the Country and Western greatest hits. 3.30 pm at Friday Friends. Refreshments from 2.30 pm Sat 7 Messy Church 3.30-5.00 pm at St Catherine's Sun 8 The September edition of this magazine is due out today Tues 10 Tilehurst Parish Council meeting 7.30 pm at the Calcot Centre, Highview Weds 11 8.00 pm Mothers’ Union service and AGM Thurs 12 Children and Youth Action group meeting 7.00 pm Sat 14 ‘Ride and Stride’ annual fund-raising event Sat 14 Heritage Open days events Sat 14 Crafty Space 1.30-5.30 pm see page 18 Thurs 26 ‘The Link’ annual service and AGM

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What’s On In and

Community Event at St Catherine’s Wittenham Avenue RG31 5LN

Friday Friends Meets weekly from 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm every Friday Price £3.50 (carers free) 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. July 5th Cards & Games 12th Seated exercises 19th Sounds Nostalgia, Bert Randall 26th Curling with Bill August 2nd Cards & Games 9th Fraud awareness (TSB Bank) 16th Closed for Holiday Club week 23rd To be arranged 30th Cards & Games September 6th ‘Country Roads - Take me home’ A Rah Rah Theatre Performance 3.30 pm With refreshments from 2.30 pm If you think you would like to come, or think you could help, please contact Anne Soley ℡ 0118 942 5407

The Link 28 School Rd 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 July Weds 10th Bible study 8.00 pm at 9 Compton Avenue Weds 17th Annual Diner At Toby Carvery (note change of date) Weds 24th Fellowship afternoon 2.00 pm at 43 Compton Avenue

August Weds 21st Afternoon Tea 2.30-4.00 pm, £3 in aid of MU Summer of Hope appeal

September Weds 11th Service 8.00 pm followed by AGM Mon 16th Anniversary service 2.30 pm & Tea with friends from other churches

Volunteers Required Volunteers required to help run a friendly community café based in St Catherine’s Church (opposite Birch Copse School).

St Catherine's Youth Group 12th July End of term Barbecue 6th September Youth group resumes after the Holidays

Can you help out for an hour or two once or twice a month on Thursday or Friday?

For those at secondary school

If so, why not come in and see what we are about, and have a chat to other volunteers. Alternatively call Karen on 07884 233 450.

For more information see www.stcatherines-tilehurst.org.uk

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Sessions are £1.50 and are 7.45-9.15 pm at St Catherine’s.

or phone Dee Anderson 07821 265 804



Cornwell 0-5s is a well established Parent & Toddler Group run by St Catherine’s Church 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 www.stcatherinespreschool.co.uk

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

Saturdays 1.30 pm to 5.30 pm


13th, (No Saturday meetings in August), September 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.

https://www.facebook.com/CraftySpace Contact Val Poore ℡ 0118 962 4555 email val.poore@ntlworld.com 18


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As long as you're holding on to the past, you'll never be able to take hold of the future. The past can be an unbearably heavy burden when you try to carry it. The way to let go of it is to stop thinking about it. Get it off your mind and out of your conversation. Satan will constantly remind you of your past because he wants you to remain stuck in it. But you don't have to. You can choose your own thoughts. You say, 'l can't help thinking about it.' Yes, you can! Before he met Christ, Paul destroyed churches and put Christians to death. Now he was going back into some of those same towns, and who was waiting for him there? Widows. Orphans. People whose lives he'd devastated. Had Paul not been able to move beyond that, he'd never have fulfilled his God- given assignment. Now, Paul didn't suffer from amnesia; he could remember the actual events. But knowing God had forgiven him, and that he'd forgiven himself, he chose to forget the past. 'But one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forward to those things which are ahead.' Note the words, 'but one thing I do'. When you decide to forget, God will enable you to do it and give you the grace and peace to move on. Indeed, He will make you stronger and wiser as a result of it. If you're struggling with guilt, condemnation, shame, blame, or regret about your past, let God forgive you, set you free, and enable you to move forward, Pray that you would be able to move forward from your past. 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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Tilehurst Triangle WI Being in the Royal County of Berkshire, the Tilehurst Triangle WI decided to go royal during June. A small group went to see the Colonel’s Parade in London at the beginning of the month, which is one of the rehearsals for Trooping of the Colour, with marching bands and horse displays.

Dame Mary Peters was made Lady Companion of the Order of the Garter and smiled and waved to the crowds as she made her way to St Georges chapel.

Some members also enjoyed a great day at the Garter Service, Windsor Castle. The sun shone and we had a good view of the Royal Family as they went past in cars and with some walking to the service. The Royal Family then returned in open carriages.

The Wednesday walkers continued the royal theme with a walk across Windsor Great Park and enjoyed a picnic whilst watching the Royal Procession going to Ascot. As it started to rain, they were delighted that the carriage tops were still down and the Queen and the others in the carriages had their umbrellas at the ready! (Continued on page 21)



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(Continued from page 20) It was interesting to see that even the horses in the Great Park have their own safe crossing.

It was a very magical evening with beautiful views and special friendship.

At our June meeting, we had a very interesting talk entitled ’Grandma flew Spitfires.’ We learned of a little known organisation called the ‘Air Transport Auxiliary’ (ATA) and the part it played in delivering new and repaired aircraft from factories to RAF airfields during World War Two. Sixty eight of these pilots were women and they were expected to be able to fly any type of aircraft and made multiple flights during a day. The speaker, a retired civilian pilot, explained he had flown 11 different aircraft to 127 different airports during his career, whilst some of these female wartime pilots working for ATA, flew 77 different aircraft to over 200 airfields.

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 check us out and see what we have been doing and have planned.

June ended with a meal at the Waterfront Café at Benson followed by a walk up to the Wittenham Clumps with family and friends joining us, on the longest day to see the sunset.

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Ros Somerville (secretary) ℡ 0118 941 6838 Due to holidays the next edition of RG31 will be out on Sunday 8th September rather than the 1st and the deadline for copy will be 27th August Tony Bartlett editor




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My Self and Me Oops, sorry; that meditation hobbyhorse is back again (although I'd score about 10% in a meditation test!). Some think meditation is mad, But once I felt anxious at bus stops when my bus was delayed. I'm an old pensioner: how mad was THAT? Lately I've been calmer. Don't pull your USB stick out too hastily! Most computers try to respond "instantly" to mouse-clicks etc., so other important jobs may have to be delayed. This includes updating USB sticks. (You may be advised to click on something to remove USB sticks safely?) Meditators often focus on their breathing, skin sensations etc. I think this quietens parts of the brain, parts that can be a bit too "busy"?

We all sometimes feel: "I want more for 'ME!'" This can be fairly harmless? But on bad days that "ME!" dog becomes dangerous, and then it needs to be kept tightly on its' leash. A meditator's "outsider's view" can help us see that giving treats to that childish "ME!" dog isn't always good for our real selves. Some feel that prayer, worship and meditation are linked. Perhaps my unconscious mind was often too "busy", not open enough, not ready to receive. It seems that meditation helps. I don't really understand, but I feel that it can be both practical, and part of our Christian journey, to have quiet, still moments - to listen, to receive, and to give . Phil French

Perhaps my brain is a bit like a USB stick. Could it sometimes need a quiet moment to sort itself out? It may sound odd, but now and then people ďŹ nd that meditation prompts them to look at themselves almost as if they were watching from outside. Once, nasty childhood memories could almost disable me for days: I often added a "second arrow" to them, by thinking: "OH, IT'S TRUE! I'M NO GOOD AT ALL!" Now, it's more like: "Hey, can't you be a bit more practical and grown-up? That's rubbish from 80 years ago!â€?. The bad feelings begin to fade. Our Lord's commandments are not unlike an earthly father's care? They promote our true health and well-being.

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Psalm 8: a reflection for the mass lobby of Parliament I was in Westminster on 26 June with over 16,000 people. Thousands more were with us in spirit. We were meeting and marching and lobbying because the time is now to arrest the emission of greenhouse gases which are causing such lasting damage to the Earth.

But in the last century and a half, this balance has tipped. There is now a different answer to the question: “What are human beings?” We have entered the Anthropocene era. The world’s population and our technology is altering the delicate balance of life on Earth.

“When I consider the heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have ordained…”

As we look to the other planets in the solar system and beyond it is terrible but not difficult to imagine what could happen to us. We are complicit in the creation of an environmental catastrophe which is already changing the climate. Greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise. Global heating continues and is likely to accelerate as a variety of feedback loops are engaged.

From earliest times, people of faith have looked to the heavens and creation. The view of the night sky even seen with the naked eye evokes awe and wonder and a sense of God’s majesty. We are drawn to worship and also to the psalmist’s ancient question. Beneath the great canopy of the heavens and the vastness and beauty of the skies, what are human beings? Who are we, and where do we find our place? Telescopes and space exploration and the sciences only add to that sense of mystery. We are in a vast universe. As far as we know, this is the only planet able to support the evolution of life in the form we know it here. Christians see God’s hand in this as creator and see humanity as the pinnacle of creation, able to appreciate the glory and splendour of the galaxies. Christians and atheists alike acknowledge the slender balance by which life has been able to evolve on planet earth and the delicate forces which enable life to flourish over tens of millions of years.


Life on Earth is about to change in apocalyptic ways during the remainder of this century if we continue to do next to nothing. The Bible is rich in images of hell. One such image is that of the flood waters rising bringing chaos, which will be the reality for coastal towns and cities across the world. One is a place too hot to live. This week much of Europe is preparing for a heat wave and temperatures high enough to endanger life on a massive scale. Another is of a rubbish dump. As I write this, the Guardian reports the news that the UN Special Rapporteur says our world is increasingly at risk of “climate apartheid”, where the rich pay to escape heat and hunger caused by the escalating climate crisis while the rest of (Continued on page 25)


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(Continued from page 24) the world suffers. These are the futures we are bequeathing to our children. I have been gripped over recent weeks by the BBC drama, Years and Years. I cannot say I enjoyed watching it. Russell Davies attempts to chart the future across the next decade. In the final episode, Muriel (played by Anne Reid) looks back across 10,000 days and declares to her whole family (and to us):

“It’s our fault. This is the world we built.” What kind of world is each of us helping to build? That is the question today for politicians, for churches, for citizens, for discipleship. Setting the care for the earth again at the front and centre of our politics and our lives must be the priority if there is a fair and rich future for life on earth. +Steven Oxford

From the ‘Parish Pump’ Jars of clay The apostle Paul’s understanding of resilient ministry is summed up in 2 Corinthians 4:7: ‘But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.’ Here is the great paradox of the Christian life: God has placed His treasure (the life of His Son communicated to us by the Spirit) in the hearts of weak and fallible human beings. God’s treasure is wrapped in our humanity. This seems to be a risky strategy, but human weakness in its many expressions is no barrier to the power of God. The imagery of jars of clay, or earthen vessels, reminds us that as human beings we are made of dust and therefore are inherently weak and fallible (Genesis 2:7, 3:19). This may be a reference to the small pottery lamps, cheap and fragile, that were readily available in Corinth. More likely it is a reference to the earthen ware jars that were commonly used for storage – rough, unglazed, without decoration and easily chipped

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or cracked. Roman generals returning triumphantly from their campaigns would often conceal their plunder in such unlikely containers. During World War II the King ordered that the crown jewels be hidden away to stop them falling into enemy hands. They were placed in a secret fault under the floor of Windsor Castle, the location known only to a handful of trusted people. Some of the main jewels were removed from the collection, wrapped in cloth and placed in a biscuit tin for even safer keeping. A double bluff, and typically British! That is what God has done by placing the light of the Gospel in our hearts, a most unlikely place to find the power of God at work. Extracted from ‘Resilience in Life and Faith’ by Tony Horsfall and Debbie Hawker, BRF 2019, £9.99.

In praise of stalwarts In the church I belong to we recently suffered two deaths in quick succession. Two of our older members (both in their eighties) passed away within a short


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(Continued from page 25) time of each other, and we will miss them dearly. Doreen was with us from when we first started the church some 27 years ago. The matriarch of a large family, she was quiet and unassuming, yet deep in her faith and she never missed a Sunday. Kath was full of life, a woman of prayer who witnessed keenly to anyone she met, and whose constant prayer was for revival. They will leave a huge gap in our fellowship, because they were both ‘stalwarts’. ‘Stalwart’ is a Scottish word usually applied to someone who is physically strong, hardy, robust and courageous. It is used nowadays to describe someone who is loyal and reliable, hard-working and deeply committed to a cause, especially over a long period of time. At the same time, it may give a slight suggestion of someone who is not very exciting, even a little boring because they never seek the limelight or do anything particularly dramatic. Most churches would not function without a good number of stalwarts because they are foundational people. They are the ones we all rely on to do the jobs that need doing without fuss. They are always there, and we can depend on them, but it is easy to take them for granted. And that is the danger. Stop and think for a moment about the stalwarts you know. Who are they? How can you encourage and appreciate them? And if you are a stalwart yourself, don’t undervalue your contribution. You are vital to your church’s stability. Tony Horsfall


The Way I See It: warfare, yes, but also mercy 75 years ago, as a choirboy, I remember thinking that lots of our hymns were about war. Not the one we were fighting in Europe, but a cosmic battle between good and evil. Christians were to put on their armour, pick up the sword of the spirit and fight with the ‘God of battles’ until ‘every foe was conquered.’ This was, of course, the language of the Victorian hymns which filled our hymn books, and it was a spiritualised version of the 19th century scenario. Britannia ruled the waves. ‘God who made thee mighty, Make thee mightier yet.’ The conflict reflected in the hymns was not of armed warfare but of spiritual equivalent. But it was nevertheless all about winning and conquest. It’s true, of course, that in the eternal struggle between good and evil Christians are not neutral, but to me, the language of warfare seems inappropriate to follow the One who told us to love our enemies. One Victorian hymn writer expressed a different view in the hymn ‘There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy.’ It warns of our adopting a ‘strictness’ which God ‘would not!’ His love is broader than ours – judging human failures ‘kindly’ and urging us to make our love ‘more simple.’ The author/poet in question was F.W. Faber and this hymn is worth a quiet read. Linked to a beautiful new tune, it has become popular on TV and radio. For me, its message is a helpful balance to those hymns of moral strife. Both are true, but in our present-day world I think Faber has the edge. Canon David Winter


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Your Holiday Club needs you! We need a lot of helpers (at least 50) to run this. There’s a whole range of tasks that need to be covered, please take a look at the application forms, there’s something for everyone to do! If you’re not sure what you could do, please speak to Gill, Stuart or me, It’s not too late to join in. Backpackers begins with the Sunday morning service, 10.30 am on 11th August then 10.00 am-12.00 noon Monday 12th to Friday 16th August. This year all volunteers will have to attend one of the training sessions, either 7.00 pm on Thursday 18th July or 4.00pm on Sunday 21st July. Invitations have gone out, with a closing date for registration of Friday 19th July, to all those who had attended a previous holiday club and there are also spare invitations for you to give out. Tony Bartlett (contact details on page 2)

St Catherine’s Gardening Club The plant stall at our summer fair spread all along the south side of the church this year! Pete and Viv Broomfield ran it, together with Hazel Newman. There was an impressive display of a wide variety of plants, many of them provided by the three of them as well other church members. Thankfully the day was dry, but a very fierce wind made it a chilly job out there. In spite of the wind, a good number of local families and friends came and enjoyed themselves. A great many plants were sold, and those remaining unsold were left in the corner by the garden room for people who missed the fair to have a chance to buy them over the following few days. Paddy has continued to keep the lawns looking good with regular mowing. Although the new clematis on the back fence are mostly doing well, and have bloomed beautifully, one or two are

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showing signs of distress, which watering has not corrected. We have to be patient and hope they will pick up, but it may be that one or two are just not happy in that place. Most seem to be thriving and some are definitely taking over! Chris and Shirley have stretched wires across between the posts to give support where there is no trellis.

Shirley and I have done our best to keep the weeds down and along the base of the fence, and elsewhere. Chris Jones kindly gave us some plants to put along the far edge of the top car park, and we (Continued on page 29)



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(Continued from page 27) have also planted a couple of lavenders there. The brambles there are still a problem but we persevere! You may have noticed a pretty plant, (a small leaved Pieris?), in a pot near the south entrance. I brought this to decorate the entrance for Richard and Ella’s wedding, with a plan to plant it in the grounds later. It was pot bound and badly needed to be in the soil. However, people seemed to like it there, so Shirley and I bought a larger pot, some ericaceous compost and potted it up. We’re pleased with the result, although it does need watering with rain water if it gets dry. The geraniums in the tubs are looking good so far, but those in the troughs seem to be a bit slow to get going this year for some reason. We’re hoping they will pick up soon. The planting along the buttress bed facing the lower car park is beginning to look colourful, and, as always, Sheila Firth has a lovely display in the buttress bed facing the top car park. Richard Canning did some noble work on the perimeter hedge where the ash saplings are trying to take over, and Shirley has also cleared the edges of the lower car park from encroaching branches and brambles. We have started work on the tree in the far corner of the south lawn outside the hall, where it is growing up over the roof. Once again, any extra help you can provide would be much appreciated. Our abilities and our time are limited, which means frustratingly slow progress sometimes!

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So far June has not exactly blazed, with below normal temperatures a lot of the time. It’s a very different season from a year ago, when we were struggling to keep everything sufficiently wellwatered in the searing heat! That’s the joy of gardening – it is never dull or predictable! To come and join the fun; please contact Jo Day 0118 942 1481 or Chris Addison 07966 105 056. We’d be delighted to hear from you. Enjoy the rest of the summer, and keeeeep gardening! Jo Day

One of the great things about gardening is that when the huge wave of summer does finally break, and it’s leaping curve of green flings into every garden a marvellous iridescent spray of petals, in colours our language hasn’t caught up with yet, it’s joyful and indiscriminate tide lifts everyone off their feet – both proper gardeners and people like me. Paul Jennings

A Garden Mystery A garden is a mystery It makes me question ‘why?’ The plants I nurture with such care Just shrivel up and die? While seeds that I don’t know about All vigorously thrive And grow like fabled beanstalks From cracks within my drive!


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St Catherine’s Hall - Regular Bookings Monday


7.30 am - 3.15 pm

St Catherine’s Pre-school Contact www.stcatherinespreschool.co.uk 07745 909 348

7.00 pm - 8.00 pm (In term time)

Exercise class mrsjfulbrock@yahoo.co.uk

8.15 pm - 9.15 pm

Yoga elenaharris1010@yahoo.com

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@gmail.com

Libby Woolcock 07584 529 453

St Catherine’s Pre-school

Contact as above

1.15 pm - 3.30 pm (In church not hall)

Vivace Voices Ladies Choir www.vivacevoices.org.uk

Contact Sue Hennell ℡ 0118 966 1291

3.30 pm - 5.30 pm

Pop (children’s) Dance energise@hotmail.co.uk

Juliet Gorman

7.30 pm - 10.00 pm

Tilehurst Triangle W.I. (3rd Wednesday)

7.30 am - 3.15 pm

St Catherine’s Pre-school

Contact as above

5.45 pm - 7.15 pm

7th Tilehurst Brownies katielou98@sky.com

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 Dee Anderson 07821 265 804

Wednesday 7.30 am - 3.15 pm




10.00 am - 11.30 am

Jemma Fulbrook



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Antonella Carraro



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

4.00 pm - 7.00 pm

Yoga Antonella Carraro Antonella.Carraro@laithwaiteswine.com.

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 hall@stcatherines-tilehurst.org.uk



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The Anglican Parish of Tilehurst St Catherine & Calcot St Birinus ST CATHERINE OF SIENA Wittenham Avenue, Tilehurst, RG31 5LN www.stcatherines-tilehurst.org.uk www.facebook.com/tilehurst.st.catherine Sunday 8.00 am Our early service of Communion (2nd & 4th Sundays) or Morning Prayer (1st & 3rd Sundays), is quiet and reflective, with no singing. An opportunity to start Sunday thinking about God. Refreshments served afterwards. Sunday 9.15 am Communion (1 st & 3rd Sundays) and Word and Worship (non communion) (2nd & 4th Sundays). Praise and teaching, and usually including a time of sharing what God is doing amongst us, followed by prayer for healing, for those who would like it. Refreshments served afterwards. Sunday 11.00 am An opportunity for the whole family to meet with God in an informal setting through praise, prayer and teaching with fun activities for children (Sunday school). Refreshments (including cakes and fresh coffee) from 10.45 am and also afterwards. The Cornwell congregation are a part of this new service. Occasional Afternoon and Evening services are also held - see notices & website for further information.

Thursday 12.15 pm - Communion or Midday Prayer. An informal short (approx. 30 minutes) service with a brief discussion on the day’s readings in the Garden Room. You are invited to stay and eat in the café afterwards Friday 9.15 am - Tots Praise. Jumping, singing and dancing, Bible story, a simple craft and a prayer followed by refreshments. Time for babies and toddlers, parents and carers to enjoy their own dedicated time of worship (term time only). 1st Saturday 3.30 - 5.00 pm Messy Church. A fun time of worship beginning

For further details on any of these services email info@stcatherines-tilehurst.org.uk

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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