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The Parish Magazine of Tilehurst St Catherine July & August 2018 & Calcot St Birinus

July & August 2018


Who’s Who in the Parish

Vicar Rev Gill Rowell ℡ 0118 942 7786

Licensed Lay Minister (Cornwell)

Licensed Lay Minister Mike Heather ℡ 0118 962 4852

Tony Bartlett ℡ 0118 967 8659

Churchwarden Richard Canning ℡ 0118 942 8238

Churchwarden Stuart Poore ℡ 0118 962 555

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 God’s amazing paint box at sunset over Tilehurst



photo Tony Bartlett

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Mike Heather Praise the Lord I wonder when was the last time you “Praised the Lord”. Not only said it, but meant it as well? We all live in a world where, despite modern technology, there just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day, and as such we can and sometimes do let everything get on top of us. Whether it is our finances, family relationships or health worries, whatever the reason we tend to overlook all that God does for us. In the Orthodox Jewish faith it’s part of their daily worship to Praise God a hundred times a day, from the time they wake, to the time they lay down to sleep. Not just saying it but saying it in regards to every aspect of their daily lives. It sounds daunting doesn't it to praise God a hundred times a day? Not just one day if or when we think of it, but every day of every year. We can all think of the obvious ones, health, food, homes, gardens, but how about the not so obvious, a couple of minutes to yourself when you have a bath or a shower, the answer to a prayer, albeit not the answer you were hoping for, praising the Lord for a life coming to an end, the neighbour you can’t get on with? What's it Jesus said; ‘seek and you will find’. All of a sudden that one hundred is not so daunting after all. The more you think about it and praise the Lord, you realise how much of an influence he has on your life, far more than you initially thought and how much you cannot live without him. With recognition comes an added strength and a realisation just how close you are to the Lord and how close he is to you, and how easy prayer becomes and to hear him speaking to you, even in the noise that's all around us, and to feel his love lifting and supporting you through the day. The more you think about it and do it the easier it becomes, so come on make it part of you life style and discover another you, you never knew you had, if you do all it leaves me to do is to “Praise the Lord” for you reading this. Blessings

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Mike RG31


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 12.15 pm 2.00 pm

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

Sunday 1st July - the 5th Sunday after Trinity (Proper 8) Wisdom of Solomon 1.13-15; 2.23,24 or Lamentations 3.23-33, Psalm 30, 2 Corinthians 8.7-15, Mark 5.21-43 8.00 am Morning Prayer - Garden Room 9.30 am Holy Communion - St Catherine's Church 11.00 am All Age Service - Cornwell

Wednesday 4th July 11.00 am

Service at York House

Saturday 7th July 3.30 pm

Messy Church, theme ’Who’s Rocky?’ - St Catherine’s

Sunday 8th July - the 6th Sunday after Trinity (Proper 9) Ezekiel 2.1-5, Psalm 123, 2 Corinthians 12.2-10, Mark 6.1-13 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 communion - Cornwell

Sunday 15th July - the 7th Sunday after Trinity (Proper 10) Amos 7.7-15, Psalm 85.8-13, Ephesians 1.3-14, Mark 6.14-29 8.00 am Holy Communion - St Catherine's Church 9.30 am Holy Communion - St Catherine's Church 11.30 am Baptism - St Catherine's Church 11.00 am All Age Service - Cornwell

Sunday 22nd July - the 8th Sunday after Trinity (Proper 11) Jeremiah 23.1-6, Psalm 23, Ephesians 2.11-22, Mark 6.30-34,53-56 8.00 am Holy Communion - St Catherine's Church 9.30 am Holy Communion - St Catherine's Church 11.00 am All Age Service - Cornwell

A Celtic prayer Lord help me, for my boat is so small and the sea is so big. 4


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Sunday 29th July - the 9th Sunday after Trinity (Proper 12) 2 Kings 4.42-44, Psalm 145.10-19, Ephesians 3.14-21, John 6.1-2 1 8.00 am Holy Communion - St Catherine's Church 11.00 am Joint, All Age Service - Cornwell

Wednesday 1st August 11.00 am

Service at York House

Sunday 5th August - the 10th Sunday after Trinity (Proper 13) Exodus 16.2-4,9-15, Psalm 78.23-29, Ephesians 4.1-16, John 6.24-35 8.00 am Morning Prayer - Garden Room 9.30 am Holy Communion - St Catherine's Church 11.00 am All Age Service - Cornwell

Sunday 12th August- the 11th Sunday after Trinity (Proper 14) 1 Kings 19.4-8, Psalm 34.1-8, Ephesians 4.25 - 5.2, John 6.35,41-51 8.00 am Holy Communion - St Catherine's Church 10.30 am Holiday Club service - St Catherine's Church

No service at Cornwell today Sunday 19th August- the 12th Sunday after Trinity (Proper 15) Proverbs 9.1-6, Psalm 34.9-14, Ephesians 5.15-20, John 6.51-58 8.00 am Holy Communion - St Catherine's Church 9.30 am Holy Communion - St Catherine's Church 11.00 am All Age Service - Cornwell

Sunday 26th August- the 13th Sunday after Trinity (Proper 16) Joshua 24.1-2a,14-18, Psalm 34.15-22, Ephesians 6.10-20, John 6.56-69 8.00 am Holy Communion - St Catherine's Church 9.30 am Holy Communion - St Catherine's Church 11.00 am All Age Service - Cornwell

Saturday 1st September 3.30 pm

Messy Church - St Catherine’s

Sunday 2nd September- the 14th Sunday after Trinity (Proper 17) Deuteronomy 4.1-2,6-9, Psalm 15, James 1.17-27, Mark 7.1-8,14,15,21-23 8.00 am Morning Prayer - Garden Room 9.30 am Holy Communion - St Catherine's Church 11.00 am All Age Service - Cornwell

Wednesday 5th September 11.00 am

Service at York House

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Sunday 9th September - the 15th Sunday after Trinity (Proper 18) Isaiah 35.4-7am, Psalm 146, James 2.1-10[11-13] 14-17, Mark 7.24-3 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 communion - Cornwell

The church family prayer A modern paraphrase of the Lord's Prayer Heavenly Dad, we respect your name and everything you stand for, and we want others to respect you too. Please take control of the earth: so that people learn to live life your way, the way of heaven. Please bring us all that we need today: we'll worry about tomorrow when it comes. Please forgive what we've done wrong, in the same way we forgive what others have done to us. Please protect us from evil, whether we're tempted by it or attacked by it. Because you're the King, the ruler of everything; you and you alone deserve all the credit. Forever, and ever, and ever, and ever, let it be true.

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

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

Hilary Smee Jo Day

℡ 0118 941 2895 ℡ 0118 942 1481

From the Registers RIP Funerals taken by Ministers Keith Underwood on 30th May Michael Sanger on 8th June Please remember their families and friends in your prayers.


Baptisms Baptised at St. Catherine's on 8th April Finley Zachary Johnson Please remember Finley, his family and Godparents in your prayers.


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Berkshire Family History Society If you’re interested in tracing the history of your family or already an experienced family historian - the Centre for Heritage and Family History recently opened by Berkshire Family History Society could help you, wherever in the world you come from. The Centre is free to visitors, although donations are always welcomed, and its computers give you access to five internet sites which you would normally have to pay to view: Ancestry Worldwide, findmypast, The 1939 register, The Genealogist and the British Newspaper Archive. There is also an extensive reference library and a range of datasets available to explore. In addition, experienced volunteers are on duty to help you further you further your research - so help is always at hand. The Centre is open every Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday from 10.30am to 4.oopm, and the last Thursday of each month 10.30am to 4.00pm. You can find it on the second floor of Reading Central Library in Reading town centre (just along from Jackson’s Corner). You don’t have to book to use the Centre - just turn up. The Centre also offers an exciting programme of events whether your thing is social or family history including talks, walks, workshops, breaking down brick walls sessions, courses and visits. Some events are free, for others a modest charge is made. For more information, and to purchase tickets, see or drop into the Centre during opening hours (see website). Berkshire Family History Society is a registered charity (number 283010). Here’s a flavour of some of the talks and walks coming up.

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Talks - tickets cost £5 (which includes tea and cake) and are best prebooked but can be brought on the day, subject to availability. Coming up: July 12th 2-4pm, Angela Buckley “Amelia Dyer and the baby farm murders”. Reading police knew there was a serial killer at large when, in 1896, the bodies of three babies were recovered from the Thames at Caversham. Crime author and social historian, Angela Buckley, recounts the frantic race to stop one of Britain’s most prolific serial killers. July 26th 2-4pm, Nick Brazil “Literary and artistic footprints of The Thames”. Many houses and villages along The Thames have literary and artistic connections. Notable figures include the poet Alexander Pope, novelist, D. H. Lawrence, writer, Kenneth Grahame and artists Cecil Aldin and Eric Kennington. August 9th 2-4pm, Peter Halman “The Thames from Oxford to Windsor: shaping history through the centuries”. Discover how The Thames has helped to shape historical events and the lives of local people - from food to employment, as a highway for goods, people and ideas, and more recently as a muchvalued social and environmental resource. August 23rd 2-4pm, Mike Cooper “Early Closing Day: The day Reading was bombed”. To mark the 75th anniversary of the only fatal air raid on Reading of the Second World War, when 41 people lost their lives, Mike Cooper shares his extensive research into this important event. Walks - if you like historical walks - we have two planned for July and August (Continued on page 9)



Our Church Youth Group Peter Broomfield came to Youth Group on Friday 15th June to talk about plastic. We discussed the ways we use plastic today; the good ways it is used in our everyday life and the way it is discarded, the damage it causes to us and all God’s creatures if it is not disposed of properly or recycled. Our Youth Group have never known life without plastic. Peter and the Youth Group leaders helped the young people create a display in the corridor at St Catherine’s all made from recycled ‘stuff’, mostly plastic.

We had pictures from Newspapers of the whale which ate 80 plastic bags and died. Rivers full of plastic and beaches with all sorts of rubbish which causes much suffering and death to our wild life and sea creatures. Plastic has been found in the fish we eat. Have you seen the Youth Group display? Please have a look if you have not. Peter helped us think about the way we use plastic products especially ‘one use’ plastic bags and cups and to recycle all


the plastic we can, either in kerbside collection or at the recycling centres. We talked about the wonderful world God made and how we all need to look after it and care for our world now for us and for future generations. Thank you Peter for coming to talk to us about things that are important to you and us. We are coming to the end of another Youth Group year and some of the youth are facing big challenges in their lives; waiting for exam results, going to residential college and two are waiting for surgery. Please pray for them, their families and the Youth Group leaders; Dee, Sean, Mary, June, Jade, Helen and me. Youth Group finishes for the term on Friday 13th July with a Barbecue to which we’ll be inviting year 6 children who might join the group in September. We re-start after the summer holidays on Friday 7th September. We meet every other week during term time. Our programme is on the notice boards in the corridor at St Catherine's and at the Cornwell Centre as well as the weekly Notice sheet and RG31 Evelyn Bartlett


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(Continued from page 7) but you will need to book soon as places are limited and they go very quickly. Walk tickets cost £5.00 and must be prebooked. July 19th 7.30-8.30pm, Crime Walk along The Thames with Angela Buckley. This is a short crime walk taking in key locations around the river and surrounding roads in Caversham.

August 8th 7.30-8.30pm, Civil War Walk around the Katesgrove area of Reading with Evelyn Williams and Steve Haywood. This is an uphill and downhill walk of about two miles exploring places in the Whitley and Katesgrove areas of Reading which played a part in the English Civil War. Catherine Sampson


To succeed in life, you need these four things: 1) Morals. Wha t are you willing to compromise to get where you© re trying to go? You can't get there any old way you like; you must have boundaries. Yes, we've all broken the rules at some time or other, but thank God we had rules to break. We were able to realign ourselves because somebody had pitched a tent on where 'right' is. Today people don't seem to know or care much about that. 2) Methods. A goa l without a plan is like a road to nowhere. First the goa l, then the plan, then the process. Adapting this simple three-step formula helps you understand that you won't just leap into success. There are methods you must employ and stay with! 3) Means. When God gives you the © vision© , He a lso gives you the © provision© . When that doesn't happen, either the timing is not right or what you want differs from what He has in mind for you. God's provision can come as an idea that hits you suddenly, or a thought that takes root and grows over time. And His provision involves help from other people, so walk in love wherever you go. 4) Management. Jesus said, © To whom much is given, of him shall much be required' (Luke 12:48 AMPC). Some people act like 'it's over' when God gives it to them. No, it's just beginning. And guess who your biggest management challenge will be? You! That's why the psalmist wrote, 'If you do what the LORD wants, he will make certain each step you take is sure.' 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.

A prayer from Corrymeela Jesus of Nazareth, You met unlikely people in unlikely places and joined them in friendship. May we be like you in this way, finding friends at crossroads and bus-stops, in queues and crises, in kindness and curiosity. Because we, like you, need the company of others. Amen July & August 2018



Pilgrimage 2019 Dear friends, I am planning to take another group on pilgrimage to Lalibella, Ethiopia’s Jerusalem, next year.

and goal of the pilgrimage is Lalibella, an international pilgrim destination. The jewel in the crown is that we will be in Lalibella for the feast of Timkat, the baptism of Christ, which is a major public holiday.

This year’s pilgrimage was exciting, deeply moving and quite challenging in some ways; next year, we are planning to visit Axum, where the Ark of the Covenant is said to be kept, and some of the rock-hewn churches in the mountains of the Gheralta region.

With best wishes, as ever, +Andrew The Rt. Revd. Andrew J. Proud Bishop of Reading

The cost is slightly more than it was this year, but we have arranged to stay in better hotels, on a full board basis, and shall be visiting more places. The focus,

Editor’s note - I have been sent a copy of the brochure and booking form, please contact me (details on page 2) if you might be interested. Tony Bartlett

Bishop's House, Tidmarsh Lane, Tidmarsh, Reading, RG8 8HA Tel: 0118 984 1216 Fax: 0118 984 1218

Established 1961



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St Catherine’s Summer Fair 2018 Sponsored by Village Properties This was held on 16th June and was a very happy event! Lots of local people came to buy gifts, plants and cakes, to try their skills at skittles, to play various games and to take part in the grand raffle. Delicious home made cakes, teas and coffees were served by our talented and professional catering ladies in the cafe area. It was good to see so many people having tea and chatting to folk around them. We have so many lovely neighbours who came to spend their money and support us as well as to catch up with old friends. We looked at the thought provoking display made by our youth group to highlight the damage done by plastic. Hopefully, we can all reduce our plastic usage to help improve the environment for us all.

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There are so many people to thank – Sonia and Sue for their great organisational skills, for Gill our vicar whose first fete this was, for all the stallholders, caterers and those who attended or gave items. As well as Village Properties, our thanks go to Village Butchers, Park Lane Hair Salon, Warings Bakers, Thames River Cruises, Village Florists, Tescos Portman Road and ASDA Honey End Lane for their generous support. Your efforts made Church funds and also strengthened our community ties. Rosemary Cunningham



Local News Abbey Ruins Reopen

Bomb Hoax

Reading Abbey's ruins have reopened to the public after being shut for nine years because of safety concerns.

On June 12th The Oracle shopping centre was sealed off and swiftly evacuated after a bag with wires hanging out was found in the toilets.

The ruins were shut by the council in 2009 because of the danger of falling masonry from the 900-year-old walls. The three-year £3.15m conservation project has been paid for by Reading Borough Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund. The abbey, founded by Henry I in 1121, sits next to Reading Prison where Oscar Wilde was an inmate.

New Reading School Plans have been put forward to build a new secondary school in Reading to cover a shortfall in available places. Land at Richfield Avenue has been earmarked by Reading Borough Council to construct a 900-place free school which would open in September 2021. The school would be built at a former golf driving range which had been earmarked for a new outdoor activity centre.

Reading Borough Council began charging for household collections of garden waste last year in a bid to cope with the running costs. The £50 charge was introduced in April 2017, repeated this year and is now set to rise to £60 in April 2019.

Police officers sealed off roads surrounding the popular mall while the Army’s specialist bomb unit was called in to investigate the device. Now, Thames Valley Police have revealed the suspect device was a fake and detectives believes it was planted to cause panic and disruption.

St George’s Hall A project to convert the derelict church hall at St George's into a new community centre and 12 affordable rental homes has started. Reverend Adam Carlill said: “I am delighted that St George’s is able to contribute to this much-needed housing development as part of our mission to the communities of West Reading”

Car Park Prices Long stay parking fees in Reading are set to increase as council bosses look to increase turnaround and to encourage drivers to use park and rides. The changes will mean parking charges at Queen's Road will be hiked by £9.50 for seven or more hours, making a total of £16.50 during the weekend. Meanwhile, parking for three hours or less will see modest price reductions.

Despite generating more than double the stated £300,000 overheads, it said the hike in the charge is needed to offset "rising costs".


Local News taken from the BBC, and


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June This month 34 members and friends enjoyed our Annual Quiz. The questions were set by Sheila Ward, who unfortunately couldn’t attend, verified by Jack Smee and the evening was conducted by Hilary Smee. Queries were sorted out by Google and Hazel! A delicious Ploughman’s Supper was organised by the MU committee and the quiz was won by the ‘Unforgettables’. Moira ended the evening by presenting Hilary with flowers. Sheila Ward was to have some next day along with a report on the evening. Sheila Bryant There were five teams and it was a close fought battle with the ‘Unforgettables’ winning leaving the ‘Perky Pensioners and Carer’ requiring more care! and picking up the booby prize.

Quiz questions Sample of some of the brain teasers: Cryptic Towns Prohibit this type of "body disposal" when its graveyards are full? A. - Banbury

Who won the F.A. VASE trophy this year on May 20th this year ? A. - Thatcham Town History/Geography Which English King was killed in 1485 at the Battle of Bosworth Field? A. - Richard III What colour sea is located between mainland China and the Korean Peninsula? A. - Yellow General Knowledge What do the letters HB stand for in pencil grading? A. - Hardness and Blackness Advertising What did OMO add to your wash? A. - Brightness & Whiteness If you could answer all these make sure you come to next years quiz! Hilary Smee

Sounds like medieval fortification for follower of Archbishop Runcie? A. - Castle Cary Media and Sport Pete Murray used to present one of the earliest pop shows on TV - what was it called? A. - Six Five Special

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The winning team


2018 Holiday Club - Rocky’s Plaice Holiday Club week is nearly upon us, and the plans are beginning to come together. We’ll be looking at stories from the book of Acts through the eyes of Peter (Rocky). They’ll be the normal mixture of Fun, Games, Craft, Stories, Drama and Songs. It runs for two hours each morning and the dates are Monday 13th August to Friday 17th with a special opening service on Sunday 12th August. If you’re not sure what it’s all about, look on YouTube, searching for ‘St Catherine’s Holiday Club’ for videos from our previous years. So what do we need ? H7897:; We need many adult and teenage helpers filling all sorts of different roles. While many folks have already volunteered (Thank You!) we need more. Even if you’re not sure about working directly with the children, just taking on an essential task like washing up could free up others to do tasks you might not fancy doing yourself. If you can help, please contact Tony Bartlett on 0118 967 8659, or ask either of the Church Wardens (see page 2). We’ll be holding a training evening for helpers at St Catherine’s, starting at 7.30pm on 11th July when we’ll run through the programme. C<=8>:7? The most essential component required is children ! Our Holiday Club is aimed at Infants and Primary aged school


children. We’re happy to accept children about to enter reception class in September, if parents think they’ll be happy in amongst about 80 other children during the times they’re not in age related groups with age appropriate activities. If you know of children, or have family who might want to come please pick up an invitation from either church. P:@A7: Please pray for the children, the helpers, and that everyone will have a safe, enjoyable week. Stuart Poore


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Dates for the Diary See the following pages for more information July Tues 3 Weds 4 Fri 6 Sat 7 Mon 9 Tues 10 Weds 11 Sat 14 Sun 15 Tues 17 Weds 18 Thurs 19 Fri 20

Churches Together in Reading AGM 7.30-9.30 pm at Grange URC Southcote PCC meeting 8.00 pm St Catherine’s St Catherine’s at Boxgrove House 3.00 pm Messy Church 3.30-5.00 pm at St Catherine's ‘Who’s Rocky?’ Prayer ministry team meeting in the Garden Room at St Catherine’s 7.45 pm Tilehurst Parish Council 7.30 pm at The Calcot Centre, Highview Holiday Club planning & information evening 7.30 pm at St Catherine’s Crafty Space, 1.30 pm at St Catherine’s see page 18 ‘Duggie Dug Dug’ Crazy Science Party 3.30 pm at Tilehurst Methodist Church Last 0-5s of term Finance Action Group meeting Last 0-5s (childminders session) of term Schools break up for the summer holidays

During the weekend of the 20 - 22 July the parish church of St Mary Magdalen, Tilehurst will be transformed into a garden of reflection as a tribute to those who fought and died in World War One. With support from organisations inc. Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes. The Church will be decorated in flowers marking key battles of the favour year conflict. There will be plenty of chance to pause and remember their sacrifice. Mon 30 Messy Church planning meeting 8.00 pm in St Catherine's Garden Room

August Fri 3 Sun 12

St Catherine’s at Boxgrove House 3.00 pm Joint service 10.30 am at St Catherine's for the start of Holiday club week Then that afternoon setting up for Holiday club Monday 13th to Friday 17th August ‘Rocky’s Plaice Holiday club With ‘Fish and Chip’ lunch on Friday Sat 18 ‘The Link’ cafe closes for the summer break Weds 22 Mothers’ Union Afternoon Tea 2.00 - 4.00 pm £3 in aid of the MU 2018 appeal 'Summer of Hope' Fri 31 St Catherine’s at Boxgrove House 3.00 pm

September Sat 1 Mon 3 Weds 5 Sat 8 Sat 8 Mon 10 Tues 11

Messy church 3.30-5.00 pm at St Catherine's ‘The Link’ cafe re-opens after the summer break Schools go back Crafty Space, 1.30 pm at St Catherine’s see page 18 ‘Ride & Stride’ sponsored event Children & Youth Action Group meeting 7.30 pm St Catherine's Cornwell 0-5s resumes after the summer break

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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. 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 6th 13th 20th 27th

Bill’s games Cards & Games Serenade singers Rev Gill Rowell, a talk on Bosnia

August 3rd 10th 17th 24th 31st

Cards & Games Seated exercises & TV series Closed for Holiday Club Quiz time Big picture show, Alan Copeland

September 7th

Cards & Games

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


July Weds 11th Annual Dinner at the Toby Carvery Weds 18th Bible study 8.00 pm at 2 Laurel Drive Weds 25th Fellowship afternoon 2.00 pm at 43 Compton Avenue

August Weds 22nd Afternoon tea 2.00 - 4.00 pm at St Catherine’s

September Weds 12th Service & AGM 8.00 pm at St Catherine's

St Catherine's & Cornwell Youth Group 13th July - Barbecue and Games Youth group returns after the summer break on Friday 7th September Contact Evelyn Bartlett ℡ 0118 967 8659


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Around the Parish Come along and enjoy a cappuccino or latte in your local community café which is in St Catherine's Church Open Thursdays and Fridays 10am to 2pm with Lunch Menu from 12noon Everyone welcome Children’s play corner available Lunch menu includes soups, jacket potatoes, sandwiches & Salads as well as daily specials and homemade cakes. We are looking for people to help in the kitchen or work ‘front of house’ serving customers. If you can spare a few hours once a month to join our friendly team, please speak to Karen our café manager when the café is open or call her on  07884 233 450.

The Link 28 School Road RG31 5AN A Tilehurst Community Café managed and run by volunteers. Opening hours Mon-Fri: 10.30 am – 4.00 pm Sat: 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.

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Cornwell 0-5s is a well established Parent & Toddler Group run by St Catherine’s & Cornwell Community Churches in the Cornwell Centre, Home Croft (off Clements Mead), Tilehurst, RG31 5WJ. We offer a stimulating and fun environment for children and a great place for parents and carers to socialise. We run two sessions a week: Tuesdays 10.00 am-12.00 noon, refreshments included And Thursdays, a special session for Childminders, 10.00 am - 12. 00 noon If you are interested in joining, please feel free to drop in at one of the sessions

Registered charity 1006732 - Established over 50 years St Catherine’s Hall, Wittenham Avenue, Tilehurst, RG31 5LN A caring and supportive setting where Children are our heart and inspiration  Ofsted Inspected with a team of qualified staff  Outside Play Area  Sessions Daily during Term Time 9.00 am - 3. 00 pm  Children with Special Needs welcome For more information, or to arrange a visit to come and see us in action, contact us on  07745 909 348 see

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

Saturdays 1.30 pm to 5.30 pm July 14th, September 8th

Plus extra dates in the Café on Fridays 10.00 am - 12 00 noon July 27th, Aug 3rd, 10th, 24th & 31st

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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The new Rector at St Michael’s We were pleased to learn that an appointment had been made. The new Rector at St Michael’s, will be Rev'd Dr Liz Ratcliffe. Liz who is currently serving her curacy at Christchurch Reading, will be formally inducted on Monday 24th September. The picture is of Liz in party mode last Christmas.

Adult Baptism? As fewer and fewer people within the U.K. are now baptised as infants, it will become common for older children and adults to be baptised into the faith. Whilst this can be carried out over a font, the symbolism of full-immersion baptism is a gift to the baptised and, their family and friends, and to the church. Back in November 2012 we were privileged to see Mark Boyer baptised by full immersion at Greyfriars church, one of the few Anglican churches with a Baptistery pool built in. The Area Dean has been approached by a few of the deanery parishes asking if there is a portable, full-size baptistery they can borrow for the baptism of an older child or adult. As there isn’t one available in one of our Churches, parishes are using other buildings or sourcing a baptistery from elsewhere.

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The ‘Large Oval Tank’ pictured below comes in 6 pieces, and can be assembled in minutes, it simply bolts together with wing nuts so no tools are required. It is lightweight and transportable by car, stores in small space, can be used indoor or outdoor and is easy to fill and empty. It is 2135mm long x 1600mm wide x 700mm deep (7' x 5'3" x 2'4"), can hold the three people needed, holds 1199 litres of water and costs £1375. The three photographs below show the Archbishop of York Using the Large Baptistery outside, how it looks inside a church and how it is put together. At the recent meeting of the Deanery Synod approval was given to go ahead and buy the Large Oval Tank, it is expected that one of the churches requesting it will store it but, it will be available to any church wishing to use it.


Tony Bartlett


Sponsor a child Through Compassion UK some of us help to support Ashini in Sri Lanka. This is a photo of Ashini and the desk she bought with money we sent her at Christmas.

Cornwell 0-5’s Parent & Toddler Group

At 10.45 am we ring a bell to signify ‘snack time’. The Thursday session is for childminders and they bring their own, but on Tuesdays we provide healthy snacks; a selection of fruit and salads.

Tables laid out ready for ‘snack time’

How green is your use of plastic? If you would like to be part of this sponsorship scheme please contact me and I will add you to the list of supporters. Donations are usually collected six monthly and any amount you are able to give is fine. Last year the children also donated money from Holiday club from a cake sale and we plan to do the same again this year.

Changes to ‘the Door’ There will not be a July edition of the Door. The next edition of the Door will be the September issue.


If you use any of these 12 items, below, do please give a thought to the environmental impact they might have. Do you use plastic, non biodegradable versions? Could you consider using some of these 12 items instead? 1. Big weekly shop bags 2. Natural bleach 3. Reusable wrapping paper 4. 100% recycled toilet paper (not wrapped in plastic) 5. Reusable food wrap 6. A lunch bag 7. Biodegradable glitter 8. Biodegradable, reusable coffee cup 9. Reusable water bottle 10. Reusable or paper straws 11. Bamboo toothbrush 12. Paper stemmed cotton buds Hazel Newman


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The Heat of the Fire Last month was the first time in years that I couldn't submit an article to our RG31 magazine. From February I have been clinging to The Cross with the ride getting increasingly rough. In May, I hit a massive pothole which threw me, still clinging, into the air and deposited me somewhere I didn't expect or want to be. I've landed in strange territory waiting to travel a different road ahead. ''There was a group of women in a Bible study on the book of Malachi. As they were studying chapter three they came across verse three which says, "He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver." One of the women offered to find out about the process of refining silver and get back to the group at their next Bible study. That week the woman called up a silversmith and made an appointment to watch him at work. She didn't mention anything about the reason for her interest in silver beyond her curiosity about the process of refining silver. As she watched the silversmith, he held a piece of silver over the fire and let it heat up. He explained that, in refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the flames were hottest so as to burn away all the impurities. The woman thought about God holding us in such a hot spot - then she thought again about the verse, that He sits as a refiner and purifier of silver. She asked the silversmith if it was true that he had to sit there in front of the fire the whole time the silver was being refined. The man answered that yes, he not only had to sit there holding the silver, but he had to keep his eyes on the silver the entire time it was in the fire. For if the silver was left even a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed. The woman was silent for a moment. Then she asked the silversmith, "How do you know when the silver is fully refined?" He smiled at her and answered, "Oh, that's the easy part -- when I see my image reflected in it." If today you are feeling the heat of the fire, remember that God has His eye on you and will keep His hand on you and watch over you until He sees His image in you. Malachi 3:3 NIV He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver Lorraine Roberts

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St Catherine’s Gardening Club Hello again! How the months seem to be flying by! Summer is upon us, and my Albertine rose is already losing petals fast. Time to stop and thank God for the beauty of his creation in all it’s wonderful variety. I overhead a comment the other day asking “what is this St Catherine’s Gardening Club?” Well maybe “club” is just my way of trying to encourage people to share in the fun, hard work, and rewards of getting together to make our church grounds as beautiful as we can. It is definitely NOT an exclusive club – we do not have meetings as such, but just chat while we work, or when we have a break for tea or coffee. We consist of different people working at different times and in different areas of the grounds. And we somehow manage to coordinate and cooperate with each other! Generally, there are a few of us working on a Saturday morning. It’s a nice time to be up at the church as other people are coming and going, printing the pew sheets, cleaning the church, checking the café takings, preparing for Messy Church if it’s happening that week, doing the flowers, working in the vestry, carrying out minor repairs when needed, unblocking drains (you don’t want to hear about that do you? but it has to be done sometimes!), preparing for the services the next day, with lots of chat and mutual support, and prayer too. The grassy areas have been cared for regularly by Paddy’s mowing, and he has


recently finished levelling the bare parts beyond the top car park and has sewn seeds. Now there is a fine delicate greening happening, very encouraging. The hedges are needing constant attention at the moment, now they have recovered from the very severe hair cut they had last year. We need to keep them in trim to keep the pathway round the church clear and safe for people to walk past, paying special attention to those beastly brambles. Why do they grow twice as fast as anything else? The alder saplings which have invaded our hedges are similarly rampant and require very regular cutting back. The only way to remove these completely would be to uproot the entire hedge and replace it, the cost of which is well beyond our pocket at the moment! The grass side of the hedges needs cutting back too, so that Paddy can go by safely with the mower close to the hedge. He has received a few nasty scratches in the past. It’s good to have areas where children can play, and people can sit and relax and “just be”. The flower beds along the wall each side of the entrance to the building from the top car park are looking good. Sadly a few of the hardy fuchsias have succumbed to the rigors of winter, whether due to the cold or lack of water or sunlight it is not clear. However, the little begonias planted by Betty are doing well and make a very pretty splash (Continued on page 23)


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(Continued from page 22) of colour. The roses buds have opened and their breath-taking beauty makes me gasp. Due to the overhanging roof and the prevailing wind these flower beds are often not watered much when it rains. Thankfully the tap is not too far away for us to use a hose to water here when needed. The buttress bed angled to face the top car park is cared for beautifully by Sheila Firth, and the flower bed and the two pots are looking lovely just now. The clematis, Montana I think, in the next bed around has been beautiful, though now over. Along the edge of the buttress bed facing the lower car park, the geraniums are just about to flower, and the nerines are growing well in the next bed around, promising a beautiful display in the autumn. Sadly, the central circular bed is still waiting until we have the time and energy to tackle it! Any offers of help will be much appreciated! Betty has some ideas, but we do need the man or woman power to carry them out.

On the grassy area beyond the car park we now have two seats with a little table between, very kindly donated by Hilary. There are even cushions, which are available if you ask for them. And we also have another offer of a similar pair of seats with a table in between from Betty. We are giving thought now as to how best to use a generous donation of money which was given to us by a kind member of the congregation. We’re grateful to our neighbour, Darren, for the trellis on the far side, and also for the clematis in the corner. We do have plans to soften the view of the fence with some “easy to maintain” planting. Any ideas or donations, and especially offers to help with the maintenance, will be very welcome. Well that’s it, I’ve chattered on for long enough, it’s time to get active. Once again, do contact either Jo Day 942 1481 or Chris Addison 07966 105 056 to offer help or constructive advice! Or please simply come and have a chat when you see any of us working.

The flower bed along under the church hall window is in a similar condition. The heavy clay makes work very difficult in both these beds. We also need to keep a check on the edges of the car park, close to the kerb, and the pathways, to keep them clear of weeds. Another little job to add to the list! The tubs and troughs all seem to be doing reasonably well. The geraniums seem to be slow in flowering but will hopefully be looking good soon.

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Jo Day

My Garden of Prayer My garden beautifies my yard and adds fragrance to the air… But it is also my cathedral and my quiet place of prayer… So little do we realise That “The Glory and The Power” Of He who made the universe lies hidden in a flower. Helen Steiner Rice




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Tilehurst Triangle WI Tilehurst Triangle WI has had an active and interesting month celebrating British history and heritage. A group of members watched the Colonel’s Parade, one of the rehearsals for the Trooping of the Colour, at Horse Guards Parade. With 1400 soldiers, 200 horses and massed military bands, it was a spectacular event. Afterwards, a stroll through St James’s Park and Hyde Park was enjoyed in the early June sunshine. nominated who they thought was the most inspiring woman from their category and with reasons for their choice. Some interesting deliberations were had.

For our June meeting, we had a celebration of the centenary of women’s right to vote. Many members came dressed as suffragettes and we all wore sashes and rosettes in the suffragette colours of purple, white and green. We watched a newsreel from the period, listened to speeches from four suffragettes and heard an account of the local Berkshire campaign. Members then enjoyed a traditional cream tea whilst discussing notable women from the last hundred years. Each table had details of three women from various categories including philanthropists, humanitarians and first and fastest, then after debating,

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The evening concluded with singing songs from the era and marching with banners to the official suffragette anthem: ‘March of the Women.’ We held a special raffle to raise money for a project in Pakistan to empower women through skill training.


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(Continued from page 25) This is a project chosen by the Berkshire Federation of WIs through ACWW (Associated Women of the World) to give an opportunity for one hundred women from the slums of Narowal to acquire vocational skills, basic literacy and numeracy instruction and training in running small businesses. We felt this was a fitting cause whilst we celebrated women’s achievements. The walking group has been enjoying the summer weather with a recent 5 mile walk along the Thames between South Stoke and North Stoke with time to admire the beautiful medieval

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paintings in the church and return to the pub for lunch over the fields. In July, we are having a talk about life in the Arctic regions. 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.


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A speck in the night sky Greg Koukl is a challenging writer. Example:- "Is it a good idea for Christians to use the phrase 'I could be wrong...' when discussing their convictions?" Imagine two politicians push a tough idea at you. One cites 'authorities', and BARKS at you if you argue. The other says: "I see your point, but ... " No, that doesn't quite answer Koukl's question, but feel the vibes. To a "silly child", at times, some good but emphatic speakers can sound like: "Shut up! I can't answer that question!" Would such a 'fisherman' catch many 'fish', or learn new skills? Mission needs strength. Might it also need listening skills? Even a wee speck of humility? As science students, we struggled and argued (par for our course!). Once, astronomers and others struggled because the motion of the planet Uranus seemed to disobey Newton's laws! Folk were concerned. Then, in 1846, a 'new' planet, Neptune, was found. Galileo and others had spotted that faint speck in the night sky ABOUT 200 YEARS EARLIER! Some say Galileo knew it was a planet then! Did fear of the Vatican (remember?) keep him quiet? But in those days most people assumed the speck was a distant star**: it seemed to move so SLOWLY! (Neptune completed ONE "YEAR", one trip around the Sun, between 1846 and 2011!) Neptune's gravity solved the Uranus/Newton puzzle nicely, although poor Newton isn't the last word today. Science disturbs some Christians, but I met many lively Christian workers in

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research labs, Science involves learning. That has risks! But I don't think those Christian researchers felt 'naughty'. Discovery was their 'calling'. Tried and tested ideas are almost always golden - but there CAN be times for doubt. NO! NOT THAT "IT'S ALL RUBBISH!" DOUBT! Some scientists have the "Are we there yet, Daddy?" kind of doubt (example: Google for water structure "Anders Nilsson"!) that searches for more awesome secrets and visions. ** Neptune's a mere 2800,000,000 miles from Tilehurst (very roughly!). Stars are MUCH further away!

Don’t be late Obviously the Universe MUST always be on time, or people would notice. In practice, this means that lateness and earliness must cancel each other out very precisely. You may have noticed? If you arrive early at your bus stop, the bus will usually be two or three minutes late (to keep the Universe balanced). But if you get there half a minute late ... Phil French

Flower Power "I'm sorry," said the clerk in the flower shop, "we don't have potted geraniums. Could you use African violets instead?" Replied the customer sadly, "No, it was geraniums my wife told me to water while she was gone."

Thought for the Day If a vacuum really sucks, is that good?



St Catherine’s Hall - Regular Bookings Monday






7.30 am - 3.15 pm

St Catherine’s Pre-school

6.30 pm - 8.30 pm Exercise class (In term time)

Jemma Fulbrook

7.30 am - 3.15 pm

St Catherine’s Pre-school

Contact as above

2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

W.I. (3rd Tuesday)

7.30 pm - 8.45 pm

Yoga exercise  libbywooøø

Libby Woolcock  07584 529 453

7.30 am - 3.15 pm

St Catherine’s Pre-school

Contact as above

1.15 pm - 3.30 pm (In church not hall)

Vivace Voices Ladies Choir

Contact Sue Hennell ℡ 0118 966 1291

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 Katie Taylor

7.30 am - 12.15 pm

St Catherine’s Pre-school

Contact as above

2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Friday Friends

See page 16

7.45 pm - 9.15 pm

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

8.45 am - 10.00 am (In term time)


Alex Hutton

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  07745 909 348

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 the first Saturday of the month 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 An opportunity to come together to worship God through word, sacrament, prayer, and listening. There are refreshments at 9.00 am and 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 is 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



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Profile for St Catherines

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

RG31 - July and August 18  

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