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The Parish Magazine of Tilehurst St Catherine & Calcot St Birinus

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

Licensed Lay Minister Mike Heather ℡ 0118 962 4852

Tony Bartlett ℡ 0118 967 8659

 michaelheather@btinternet.com

 tony.bartlett.ccc@ntlworld.com

Churchwarden (Cornwell) Richard Yates ℡ 0118 942 4920

Churchwarden Sonia Ludford ℡ 0118 945 4631  sonia.ludford@gmail.com

 richard.yates@mailcity.com

Assistant Churchwarden Anne Soley ℡ 0118 942 5407

Assistant Churchwarden (Cornwell) Evelyn Bartlett ℡ 0118 967 8659

 anne.soley@btinternet.com

 evelyn.bartlett@ntlworld.com

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. 2018

photo Stuart Poore

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Mike Heather New beginnings Look around you and everywhere you will see new beginnings, whether it is in the changing of the seasons, a wedding, the birth of a child or the passing of a loved one, a new job or a new house. Each day brings us a new beginning, a clean slate that we can write on, whether we use it for good or bad, the choice is ours. Whichever way we choose it takes us on a journey, and just like Advent the season of Lent takes us on a journey to new beginnings; all be it one that leads us down a different road to the one we follow during Advent; one that will test our emotions and our character to the full as never before. Like those who followed Jesus, we will be a guest at the wedding in Cana, witness at first hand Jesus' healing of the sick; deafened by the entry into Jerusalem; angered at Judas’s betrayal; sickened by the barbarity of the crucifixion; feel the loss at realising that all your hopes and dreams have been shattered and then the overwhelming joy standing by the open tomb that first Easter day. Lent starts in hope and finishes with joy beyond our wildest dreams, and it echoes our lives day in day out year on year. The only difference is that in Lent we walk and follow Jesus, in our day to day lives Jesus walks with us, and experiences all the emotions that we experience, comforting and encouraging us; always there when we need him. So whatever today may bring, at the end of the day when we lay down to sleep, it is history we can’t go back even if we wanted to, what we can do is offer it up in prayer to our Lord for his blessing and grant us a peaceful night and when we awake the following day, new beginnings. Many blessings

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

Breathing Space – Garden Room (see page 14) Holy Communion or Prayers - Garden Room Community Prayer - Garden Room

Saturday 3rd March 3.30 pm

Messy Church

Sunday 4th March - the third Sunday of Lent Exodus 20.1-17, Psalm 19, 1 Corinthians 1.18-25, John 2.13-22 8.00 am Morning Prayer - Garden Room 9.30 am Holy Communion - St Catherine's Church With guest speaker from The Leprosy Mission - Luke 1 :º№-26 7.00 pm Lent course session 3 - Garden Room 11.00 am All Age Service - Cornwell With guest speaker from The Leprosy Mission - Luke 1 :º№-26

Wednesday 7th March 11.00 am

Service at York House

Sunday 11th March - the fourth Sunday of Lent, Mothering Sunday Exodus 2.1-10, Psalm 34.11-20, 2 Corinthians 1.3-7, Luke 2.33-35 8.00 am Holy Communion - St Catherine's Church 10.30 am Holy Communion - St Catherine's Church A joint service for ‘Mothers’ Day’ 7.00 pm Lent course session 4 - Garden Room

No service at Cornwell today—we’re worshipping together Sunday 18th March - the fifth Sunday of Lent Jeremiah 31.31-34, Psalm 51.1-13 or Psalm 119.9-16, Hebrews 5.5-10 ,John 12.20-33 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 25th March - Palm Sunday Mark 11.1-11 or John 12.12-16, Psalm 118.1-2,19-24 8.00 am Holy Communion - St Catherine's Church 9.30 am Holy Communion - St Catherine's Church 11.00 am All Age Service incorporating Cornwell AGM - Cornwell 4

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Friday 30th March - Good Friday 10.30 am All-age service for Good Friday - St Catherine's Church 12.00 noon Churches in Tilehurst Act of Witness at Tilehurst Triangle 2.00 pm Quiet Hour - St Catherine's Church

Sunday 1st April - Easter Day Isaiah 25.6-9, Psalm 118.1-2,14-24, Acts 10.34-43, Mark 16.1-8 8.00 am Holy Communion - St Catherine's Church 9.30 am Holy Communion - St Catherine's Church 11.00 am Holy Communion - Cornwell

Wednesday 4th April 11.00 am

Service at York House

Sunday 8th April - the second Sunday of Easter Acts 4.32-35, Psalm 133, 1 John 1.1 - 2.2, John 20.19-31 8.00 am Morning Prayer - Garden Room 9.30 am Holy Communion with Baptism - St Catherine's Church 11.00 am All Age Service - Cornwell

We have already been encouraged by her insight, enthusiasm and her willingness to help. She has actively attended PCC and Cornwell Leadership meetings. Christine can be contacted  on 07939 662 980 email  bainbridgerev@gmail.com

From the Registers RIP

Baptisms

Funerals taken by Ministers

Baptised at St. Catherine's on 25th February

Miles Richard Summers

Michael & Frederick Patey

Please remember Miles, his family and friends in your prayers.

Please remember them, their family and Godparents in your prayers.

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World Tennis I'm afraid I'm still on about "Peace on Earth"! Bombs, dictators, religion: big stuff. But I can only deal with tiny things ... ? Culture (or a LACK of it!) "gets to us" soon after birth. Is my culture my fault? Where will our Father send wrongly taught children when they die? (Don't ask me!) As a kid, Christian Science was my 'all'! We rejected vaccinations. When I had spots, neighbours were upset. Long ago I'd have been a 'leper' peace was hard then. It wasn't easy in the 1930's for measly me. What about dull personal stuff? One Sunday, I'd an earwax problem. We were, I thought, invited "to pray, perhaps using these words – or to scream!!" EXCITING! A brain-cell recommended "using these words on the screen", so I didn't scream, but understanding can be elusive. Try loving us deaf-ish over-50's as a handy little "trainer" for understanding others. Church readers try hard, but may avoid mikes, go quiet (at the end of sentences sometimes) or blur allimportant CONSONANTS! A very reverent reader may 'whisper' extra holy words? It can feel odd to sound consonants etc. clearly, I KNOW! I was put through it all myself, in amateur dramatics! But have a peaceful little go ... pretty please? Refugees often arrive in Britain traumatised, seeking comfort in close groups of similar refugees. Don't feel too excluded! But both we AND the refugees must consider each other? Tough: but like tennis, it's a two-sided game. Why do host and guest swap courtesies? Small things change history!

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Could teachers of English train our new "guests" to speak more clearly? Accents are really difficult, but even a raw beginner, seeing OUR difficulties, could SLOW DOWN for us at crucial moments? OH NO! HOBBY-HORSE AGAIN! FORGIVE ME, AHMED! HONESTLY, I DIDN'T MEAN TO OFFEND YOU! There must be something we can do? Pray, struggle: bother your MP? Which is the most urgent concern today? Climate change, or world peace? (Again, don't ask me!) Phil French

Tweeted Oneliners • If cats could text you back, they wouldn't. • When someone asks me if I'm seeing anyone, I automatically assume they're talking about a psychiatrist. • My wife & I are playing the Passive Aggressive Thermostat Game. She's currently leading 22 to 18. • My nephew found a cassette tape in my house. It was like watching early man discover fire. • It turns out the answer to my problems wasn't at the bottom of this pint of ice cream, but the important thing is that I tried. • If opposites truly attract, the correct life strategy is to be a loser • Our Wi-Fi was down yesterday & I spent 45 minutes trying to fix it. Our dishwasher has been broken for 3 weeks and I haven't touched it. • I always adjust the seat and mirrors when I drive my husband’s car so he doesn’t forget he’s married.

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Time to celebrate Friends from St Catherine's were able to join with Hilary and her family by sharing a glass of prosecco and a slice of cake to help celebrate her recent Big birthday. Many thanks to all who were able to share in this happy occasion. Also a big thank you for all the cards, gifts, good wishes and love received. It is a real blessing to be part of such a caring community. Hilary Smee

Tilehurst Triangle WI Howard Birchmore came and gave us all a lesson in painting, he started by showing us how to blend the colours for the sky, then working down the picture creating waves and introducing light eects, ending with a sea view. This was an informative, creative and enjoyable evening for our members with over 40 of us taking part.

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Tilehurst Triangle WI meets in St Catherine’s Hall on the third Wednesday of each month, except August, at 7:30pm. Visitors are welcome. We have a Facebook page so check us out and see what we have been doing and have planned. Chris Turner (President) 0118 9414102

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Local News Mosque Open Evening

Theale School Poll

Muslims in Tilehurst invited the community to learn more about their plans to convert offices into a mosque.

A decision about the future of education in Theale could be made soon after villagers decided on the question of a Parish Poll.

The Zainabiya Foundation hosted a community open evening at Equity House in School Road in Tilehurst, Berkshire on February 20. The event aimed to alleviate concerns about the plans from those living in the area and also raise awareness of projects they run in the community, including a foodbank. Motorists are being reminded to stay alert as the town's first-ever Red (no stopping) Route will go live from next week. Reading Borough Council is hoping to crack down on delays to important bus services - such as the Purple 17 - by issuing warning notices before a fines system is implemented. The restriction is being introduced in three sections, starting on Kings Road and ending at the Three Tuns crossroad. The second section of Reading’s Red Route will be introduced from Mayfair to the town centre and the final section – in the town centre itself - will follow afterwards.

Council Tax Taxpayers in West Berkshire can expect a bigger bill after council bosses proposed increasing council tax by the maximum amount allowed. West Berkshire Council plans a 5.99 per cent increase as it faces increased adult social care costs.

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More than 150 people went to the public meeting at Theale Village Hall in Englefield Road to thrash out the details of the vote on whether a new school should be built in the area. However, whichever way the vote goes the poll result is only advisory, with the final decision still to be made by Theale Parish Council (TPC).

A housing developer is exploring the possibility of building 285 homes on an old golf course popular with dog walkers in Tilehurst. Greengage Environmental Ltd, on behalf its client TOWN, has written to West Berkshire Council about its plans for land in Pincents Lane, just outside Reading, Berkshire. The site is the same one where villagers, helped by Reading West MP Alok Sharma, fought off a plan for a huge 750 home mini-town in 2010.

Reading in Bloom Reading has been shortlisted to win a national competition to find Britain's greenest and most beautiful spaces. The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) named 76 communities for the annual Britain in Bloom contest, with the winners set to be revealed in October. Local News taken from www.inyourarea.co.uk and www.readingchronicle.co.uk

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Established 1961

Berkshire Family History Society Enjoy family and social history with Berkshire Family History Society Love social history or interested in tracing your own family history? Berkshire Family History Society’s new Centre for Heritage and Family History has some events coming up you might be interested in. On Wednesday 11th April, well-known local historian, Mike Cooper, will be talking about Southcote Manor, its history, and its significance during the English Civil War. On Saturday 14th April, Debbie Kennett will be talking about getting started with DNA. And on Wednesday 25th April, social historian, Catherine Sampson, will

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be talking about living through the Civil War and particularly the experiences of those who lived in and around Reading. You can find the Centre for Heritage and Family History on the second floor of Reading Central Library, Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BQ. All talks start at 2pm and tickets cost £5 (£4 for society members). Price includes the talk and also tea and cake afterwards. You can just turn up on the day and pay at the door (subject to availability) but for more information and to pre-book tickets – see www.berksVs.org.uk Also at the Centre, on Saturday 21 April, between 11am and 1pm, Tony Roberts, (Continued on page 11)

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News from St Catherine’s Carpet Bowls On Saturday, 13th January the Club held its annual New Year Party. This year we made up a fun game of Target Bowls which was enjoyed by everyone with lots of laughter and was followed by wine and a buffet supper. The Club’s Annual Pairs Competition was held on Saturday, 20th January. There were eight pairs competing against each other. When all the games were completed the number of shots gained by each team were added up and the pair with the highest score happened to be Iris Cornish and Rita Barrett. The runners up were Mike May and Joan Strong. The pair that came third were Barbara Stagg and Sheila Drew. There was a jovial atmosphere within the group throughout the evening even though as usual a number of the games became quite competitive!! Our thanks were expressed to Valerie and Michael Forrow for organising the evening for us which was much appreciated and good fun. The Annual Knockout Competition was held on Saturday, 17th February. There were 12 members taking part. Sadly two of our members who were due to take

(Continued from page 10) will be running a workshop on census records and their value to family historians. This workshop explores how to get the best out of census documents, discusses the pitfalls and limitations in using census data and also considers what the future holds for census.

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part in the competition were ‘knocked out’ earlier in the day due to illness. All the games were keenly contested (in a reasonably friendly way.) We reached the semi-finals with Iris Cornish playing Rita Barrett (I think we’ve heard of those two before in this report!!) and Michael Forrow playing Paddy Barrett . The final game of the Competition was between Michael Forrow and Iris Cornish after knocking the Barretts out!! Iris won the first end even though her first 3 woods came off the mat but her last wood claimed a place by the jack, and she went on to win the match retaining her winning streak by becoming the Singles Knockout Champion for 2018. We believe that Iris is getting a new shelf in her house for her trophies!! The evening was enjoyed by all members even those knocked out in the first round!! We are very pleased to say that the Carpet Bowls Club over the years has proved to be and continues to be a very successful form of outreach in the local community. Paddy and Rita. Tickets cost £10 (£9 for society members) and must be pre-booked as places are limited. For more information and to book tickets – see www.berksVs.org.uk. Berkshire Family History Society is a registered charity (number 283010).

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Dates for the Diary See the following pages for more information March Fri 2

Women’s World Day of Prayer Service, 10.30 am at Abbey Baptist Church St Catherine’s at Boxgrove House 3.00 pm Sat 3 Messy Church 3.30 pm at St Catherine’s Mon 5 PCC meeting 7.45 pm for 8. 00 pm at St Catherine’s Fri 9 Women’s World Day of Prayer Service, Sat 10 Litter pick of the Cornwell area from 10.00 am Crafty Space 1.30 pm St Catherine’s see page 16 Sun 11 Mother’s Day service 10.30am at St Catherine's, see page 19 Tues 13 Tilehurst Parish Council 7.30 pm at The Calcot Centre, Highview Weds 14 Talk on Greenham Common, see page 23 Sun 18 Reading Half-Marathon, expect roads closures Time for Jesus, the Easter Musical, 3.30 pm at Grange URC see page 12 Sat 24 Handel Messiah 7.30 pm with Pre-concert talk 6.30 pm at The Great Hall University of Reading. Details page 27 Sun 25 Deadline for copy RG31 (the April edition of this Parish Magazine) and APCM reports (this is the booklet contained within the April edition of RG31 containing reports on the various church activities in advance of the Annual Parochial Church Meeting which this year will be held on Sunday 22nd April, 10.30 am at the Cornwell Centre Cornwell Community Church AGM 11.00 am as part of the morning service Weds 28 Spring concert Vivace Voices, 2.30 pm St Luke’s Theale see page 19 Fri 30 Good Friday all age service 10.30 am, at St Catherine's, see page 19 Churches Together Act of Witness at Tilehurst Triangle 12.00 noon

April Sun 1 Fri 6 Mon 9 Sat 14 Tues 17 Sun 22 Thurs 26 Sun 29

Easter Day, Egg rolling & Kite flying at Lardon Down, see page 19 St Catherine’s at Boxgrove House 3.00pm Prayer ministry team meeting in the Garden Room at St Catherine’s 7.45pm Crafty Space 1.30 pm St Catherine’s see page 16 Schools go back after the Easter holiday Joint service incorporating the APCM 10.30 am at The Cornwell Centre Induction service for the Rev Gill Rowell, 7.30 pm at St Catherine’s Joint service, 10.30 am at St Catherine's celebrating their patron Saint, Catherine of Siena (no service at Cornwell that day)

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What’s On In and March Weds 14th Talk by Revd. Cathy Pynn 'Her life in the Church' 8.00 pm at St Catherine's all welcome Weds 21st Bible Study 8.00 pm, at 31 Normanstead Road Weds 28th Fellowship Afternoon 2.00 pm at 9 Compton Avenue April Weds 11th ‘Friends of Reading Abbey’ - a talk by John Painter 8.00 pm at St Catherine’s, all welcome Weds 18th Bible Study 8.00 pm at 9 Compton Avenue Weds 25th Fellowship Afternoon 2.00 pm at 49 Compton Avenue

Breathing Space Every Thursday 11.30 am – 12 noon in the Garden Room. Rev Christine Bainbridge will be offering a 30 minutes relaxation and centring session. Looking for ways to de-stress? Wanting more being and less doing? Discover and practice some simple exercises that enable relaxation, centring and body awareness. Pre-booking not necessary. Just come along. Rev Christine Bainbridge p/t interim minister St Catherine's and Cornwell Community Church  07939 662 980  bainbridgerev@gmail.com

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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. March 2nd Card & Games 9th Easter craft 16th Quiz time 23rd Seated exercises & TV series 30th Good Friday - Closed April 6th Cards & Games 13th Gardening for wildlife with Ailsa Claybourn If you think you would like to come, or think you could help, please contact Anne Soley ℡ 0118 942 5407

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

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Around the Parish

St Catherine’s Café in St Catherine's church Come along and enjoy a cappuccino or latte in your local community café Open Thursdays and Fridays 10am to 2pm with Lunch Menu from 12noon Everyone welcome Children’s play corner available Lunch menu includes soups, jacket potatoes, sandwiches & Salads as well as daily specials and homemade cakes

St Catherine's & Cornwell Youth Group 7.45-9.15 pm Friday St Catherine’s Hall 9th March - Mothers’ Day crafts 23rd March - Chip Shop survey Youth Group resumes after the Easter holidays on Friday 20th April Contact Evelyn Bartlett ℡ 0118 967 8659

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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Registered Charity 1029992

Cornwell 0-5s is a well established Parent & Toddler Group run by local mums in the Cornwell Centre, Home Croft (off Clements Mead), Tilehurst, RG31 5WJ. We offer a stimulating and fun environment for children and a great place for parents and carers to socialise.

We run two sessions a week: Tuesdays 10.00 am-12.00 noon, refreshments included And Thursdays, a special session for Childminders, 9.45 - 11.45 am If you are interested in joining, please feel free to drop in at one of the sessions

Registered charity 1006732 - Established over 45 years St Catherine’s Hall, Wittenham Avenue, Tilehurst, RG31 5LN A caring and supportive setting where Children are our heart and inspiration  Ofsted Inspected with a team of qualified staff  Outside Play Area  Morning Sessions Daily during Term Time  Children with Special Needs welcome  ‘Little Munch Club’ facility For more information, or to arrange a visit to come and see us in action, contact us on  07745 909 348 see www.stcatherinespreschool.co.uk

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

Saturdays 1.30 pm to 5.30 pm March 10th, April 14th, May 12th

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.

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2018 Holiday Club - Rocky’s Plaice The dates for next years Holiday Club are announced before the current one has finished, so you may remember from last Summer that the 2018 Holiday Club dates are Monday 13th August to Friday 17th with an opening service on Sunday 12th August. However we’ve only just decided on the theme. We’ve decided to stick with our recent practice of keeping on an eight year cycle – which means this year it’s going to be Rocky’s Plaice ! This was a fun theme, looking at stories in the book of Acts through the eyes of Peter (Rocky). It’s based in a Fish & Chip shop, with humour in the video, and is fondly remembered by many of us. If you can’t remember that back to 2010, or weren’t there, at the time we made a video that you can watch :https://youtu.be/o632O4rRAOA We’ll ask for help and volunteers in due course, but we’re letting you know now so that you keep those dates free ! Stuart Poore & Tony Bartlett

Our Lent Appeal As we approach a time of joyful celebration in the Church calendar we ask if you might consider doing something for international relations…making a small but significant contribution towards greater understanding worldwide. HOST’s mission is to give a welcome to international students in British homes for friendship and cultural exchange. Our volunteer hosts can offer hospitality for one day (daytime only) or three days and two nights at the weekend. We operate all year round and would very much welcome more volunteer hosts to join us. More information can be found on our website: www.hostuk.org Or email us on: info@hostuk.org Or telephone us on: 020 7739 6292

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family/carers may do so on behalf of the vulnerable person. The form should be completed as fully as possible and then kept regularly updated, so that all the information is accurate and current.

What is the Herbert Protocol? The Herbert Protocol initiative is named after George Herbert, a war veteran of the Normandy landings, who lived with dementia. It is a process to be used where there is a risk that a vulnerable person, particularly if they suffer from dementia, may go missing. It consists of a form for recording key information which the police will require if the vulnerable person goes missing. Carers, family members and friends should complete Part one of the form in advance, and obtain a recent photograph of the vulnerable person. In the event of the vulnerable person going missing, Part two should be completed, and the form plus photograph handed to the police. Who decides if a vulnerable person is at risk of going missing? This should be based on your professional judgement or personal knowledge of the vulnerable person. Who completes the form? The vulnerable person and their family/ carers, including care-home staff, should jointly complete part two. If appropriate,

When should the form be given to the police? The police only need the form at the point the person is reported missing and it will be used to assist with their enquiries to locate the missing person. Where should the form be stored? The form should be kept securely at the vulnerable person’s address or may be held by a family member, a carer, a friend or a neighbour. It needs to be readily available when required. The form can be downloaded from various web-sites (including www.thamesvalley.police.uk ) and can be completed by hand or electronically. A paper copy plus the photograph will need to be handed to the police officer who attends to take the missing person’s report. What action should be taken if the person goes missing? A search of the address, grounds and outbuildings should be undertaken and then the police alerted as soon as practicable. Tell the police call-taker that a Herbert Protocol form is available. Message Sent By Alan Hawkett (Police, Sgt, West Berkshire LPA)

The official reopening of the Abbey Ruins has been confirmed following a substantial restoration project of the town's oldest gems. 'Abbey Ruins Revealed' will take place on June 16 as part of this year’s Water Fest, thanks to a £3.15m conservation scheme.

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In July, I am going to be leading a session at the Oxford Diocesan and BRF Festival of Prayer. The Festival organisers have asked me to help publicise the event. The day is an opportunity to step back from the busyness of life and spend time exploring prayer and different aspects of spirituality. There will be a keynote address by John Bell, a number of different workshops to choose from and other prayerful activities, bringing together the interconnectedness of prayer and life.

different ways of praying and see whether they work for you - perhaps you are looking to renew an interest or try something new? There will be the opportunity to attend up to four workshops, as well as some personal space for your own reflection as you wander through a prayer labyrinth, or embark on the village prayer walk. I hope this event will be of interest to you. More information including booking link here: Best wishes - Olivia Graham Archdeacon of Berkshire

Take the opportunity to learn about

St Catherine’s Gardening Club As I write we are still watching and waiting for all the various bulbs in tubs and troughs and flower beds to come into bloom. The old and newly planted polyanthus plants along the North facing wall each side of the door seem to be coping with the dismal weather and are making a lovely splash of colour. And the tiny daffodils in the troughs are starting to show their heads above the pansies.

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Work has been progressing, as and when the weather allows, moving soil from the bed by the fence in the North car park to fill in the hollow in the North lawn. As this nears completion, broken slabs are being placed along the kerb. The gaps in between the slabs will be planted with alpines when conditions are suitable. We have begun to prune the

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(Continued from page 21) roses, which we hope will give a beautiful display, as they did last year.

If you have any ideas or suggestions, do pop round for a chat and a coffee on a Saturday morning.

A small part of the hedge between the car park and the Oak tree lawn has been brought to a manageable height and width at last. Hopefully it won’t be too long before we are able to finish the rest. We will also soon need to keep watch on the perimeter hedge to keep it in good shape as it starts to re-grow. Our aim is to have the church grounds looking really good to welcome to our new vicar when she arrives in April. We’ve got a few more weeks yet, so let’s get to work to make it happen. There will be working parties on Saturday mornings until the 24th March.

We need your wisdom and experience even if you don’t feel you can take part in an active way. And don’t hesitate to get in touch with either Jo Day 942 1481 or Chris Addison 07966 105056 if you would like to join us.

“A garden is the purest of human pleasures. It is the greatest refreshment to the spirits of man, without which buildings and palaces are but gross handiworks.” Frances Bacon

Reading RSPB Group The Reading RSPB group was formed in 1986 with the aim of promoting the work of the RSPB, through a variety of different activities. Over the years we have raised thousands of pounds for the work of the RSPB both in the UK and wider afield through their Birdlife International Projects. We are a friendly group meeting once a month for a talk held in the Pangbourne Village Hall and monthly for an outdoor trip (see website). Talks planned are: 13th March "A Very Fine Swan Indeed Art, Science and ‘The Unfeathered Bird’” Katrina Van Grouw. The tale of a 25 year labour of love to write and illustrate a best selling natural history book. 10th April "Wader Quest" Rick and Elis Simpson We are introduced to the organization through the diversity of waders found around the world. Field trips planned are: 18th March Cowleaze Wood, walk round the woods and along the chalk ridge in the Chiltern Hills. We will look for early chiffchaffs, lingering winter thrushes, and maybe a ring ouzel. Post code HP14 3YL. 15th April Otmoor, Spring migrants should be flooding in now, but lingering winter visitors should be still around. We will look out for marsh harriers, crane, whinchat and redstarts. Also we should hear bittern booming and maybe reeling grasshopper warblers. Post code OX3 9TD. www.reading-rspb.org

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Anyone for Fish? I don't eat meat and so fish makes up a large part of my diet. It is concerning to read that I may be ingesting plastics and poisonous chemicals as the fish are feeding in polluted seas and rivers. Biblically Jesus called some to be 'fishers of men' and those men, women and children caught were metaphorically the 'fish'. So if we liken ourselves today as 'fish', we may regard what we are forced to see, hear and read as poisonous and polluting to our inner souls. It is everywhere and like the fish of our waters, impossible to avoid. We may take it in unknowingly or may enjoy the taste! That's why it is beneficial to swim with other fish that follow Jesus. It helps to keep us pollution free. As followers of Jesus we are to do some fishing. Recreational 'fishermen' (or should I say fisherpeople, in this pc era?) are happy if they catch a few fishes that are then thrown back into the water. Others work to net hundreds and are moved on for a purpose. Jesus says we must do whatever it takes to reach people. The enemy fishes (and phishes) to poison us. We catch other 'fish' so that God can release them from sin. Jesus guides us to where the fish are in need. The stock isn't declining but we need to know where the fish are and use the right bait. So are we really fishing for many, content with the one or two or do we really care if we catch any at all? Our two churches are keen fishermen with fishing rods and nets poised in many local waters. We gain protection from worldly pollution by feeding together in numbers and it is encouraging to have new swimmers join the shoal (church). As environmentalists try to save the fish in the waters so Jesus can and will save the 'fish' on the land.

John 21:6 ESV He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, because of the quantity of fish. Lorraine Roberts

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Obedience Training ‘I DELIGHT TO DO YOUR WILL’ PSALM 40:8 NKJV Billy Graham’s wife, Ruth, wrote: 'Tonight I sit on the porch, our old German Shepherd dog lying at my feet. Thunder rumbles in the distance. As the storm nears he tears into the front yard to meet it. . . furiously doing battle. As it passes he returns to the porch, convinced he has driven it away. He's a German guard dog, carefully trained in search and rescue, attack and obedience. Search and rescue in these mountains can come in handy. I can't imagine an occasion on which I'd give the order to attack. But a well-trained dog can sense hostility or spot a weapon (even what resembles a weapon), in which case it's a wise person who freezes in his tracks. But it's the obedience training that gives real joy. To stop, to sit, to lie down, to go away, to search, to stay, to heel. A disobedient dog is not only a headache, he can be a liability. Obedience makes a dog a joy. Is it less so with God and His children? There are some I know who've been trained in attack. We will not mention their names - you may know a few but they're skilled at it. Then there are those trained in search and rescue. (l put the Salvation Army in this group.) And there are those who've been trained in obedience. I think this more than anything else must give the Lord pleasure. Simple obedience; joyful, eager, unquestioning obedience. To be able to say with the psalmist, "I delight to do Your will, O my God" would be the height of training for the Christian. For this is what gives God the greatest pleasure.' This thought is taken from ‘The Word for Today’, Daily Bible reading notes produced quarterly by UCB (United Christian Broadcasters Ltd) PO Box 255, Stoke on Trent, ST4 8YY. If you would like to receive these free notes or those aimed at Secondary School age, please ask Evelyn Bartlett ℡ 0118 967 8659 who is our church rep for UCB.

Mothers’ Union Prayer Chain 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

Tilehurst Horticultural Society Winter Talks At the Village Hall, Victoria Rd 29th March 2018 - 7.45 p.m. Lou Nicholls Heritage Vegetables Lou trained at Garden Organic and has a deep passion for working in tune with nature. She ran the vegetable garden at Sissinghurst Castle, then progressed to Assistant Head Gardener at Hole Park. Currently working as Head Gardener on private gardens, Lou will advise on why Heritage Vegetables are important, types and varieties, and seed saving. See - www.tilehurstha.org.uk

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St Catherine’s Hall - Regular Bookings Monday

7.30 am - 3.15 pm

St Catherine’s Pre-school www.stcatherinespreschool.co.uk

Contact  07745 909 348

Tuesday

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  antoncarraro@gmail.com

Antonella Carraro ℡ 0118 942 8397

7.30 am - 3.15 pm

St Catherine’s Pre-school

Contact as above

1.15 pm - 3.30 pm (In church not hall)

Vivace Voices Ladies Choir www.vivacevoices.org.uk

Contact Sue Hennell ℡ 0118 966 1291

7.30 pm - 10.00 pm

Tilehurst Triangle W.I. (3rd Wednesday)

 wearettwi@gmail.com ℡ 0118 941 6838

7.30 am - 3.15 pm

St Catherine’s Pre-school

Contact as above

5.45 pm - 7.15 pm

7th Tilehurst Brownies Contact Andrea Fishenden  andreafishenden@yahoo.co.uk  07976 002 809

7.30 am - 12.15 pm

St Catherine’s Pre-school

Contact as above

2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Friday Friends

See page 14

7.45 pm - 9.15 pm

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

1.30 pm - 5.30 pm

Crafty Space (monthly)

See page 16

3.30 pm - 5.00 pm

Messy Church (monthly)

Info@StCatherinesTilehurst.Org.Uk

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

 tilehurstafternoonwi@gmail.com

7.30 pm - 10.00 pm Short Mat Bowls Club

Sunday

Contact Anne Soley ℡ 0118 942 5407

9.00 am & 11.00 am Refreshments after church services

St Catherine’s Hall is available for hire at competitive rates for groups or individuals, both regularly or for one off events. It is especially popular for Children's Parties. For booking details, contact Sheila Drew on ℡ 0118 942 7254  hall@stcatherines-tilehurst.org.uk

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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 www.stcatherines-tilehurst.org.uk Saturday 3.30 pm Messy Church is on one Saturday most months and also other ‘Messy Dates’, it’s a fun time of worship and activities for all the family followed by a meal. Sunday 8.00 am Our Early Service of Communion or Morning Prayer, is quiet and reflective. An opportunity to start Sunday thinking about God. Sunday 9.30 am Is an exciting time of Praise and Worship, to fire you up for the week ahead. An opportunity for an encounter with God through word, sacrament, prayer, prophecy and healing. There are refreshments at 9.00 am and again at 11.00 am. 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 www.cornwellcommunitychurch.org.uk Sunday 11.00 am An opportunity for the whole family to meet with God through praise, prayer and teaching with special fun activities for children (Sunday School). Refreshments (including cakes and fresh coffee) from 10.30 am and after the service. An informal Communion Service occasionally held, see pages 4-5 for dates

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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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