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The Parish Magazine of Tilehurst St Catherine & Calcot St Birinus September 2016

September 2016


Who’s Who in the Parish

Vicar Rev Denis Smith ℡ 0118 942 7786  revdenissmith@hotmail.com

Licensed Lay Minister (Cornwell)

Licensed Lay Minister Mike Heather ℡ 0118 962 4852

Tony Bartlett ℡ 0118 967 8659



Churchwarden (Cornwell) Richard Yates ℡ 0118 942 4920

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


Assistant Churchwarden Anne Soley ℡ 0118 942 5407

Assistant Churchwarden (Cornwell) Evelyn Bartlett ℡ 0118 967 8659



St Catherine’s Hall bookings Sheila Drew ℡ 0118 942 7254  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. 2016

Cover Picture : Seaside Rock holiday club photos Stuart Poore



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Mike Heather We all need friends The Olympic games are now over for another four years. All the drama and excitement that it generated is now history. The competitors are back in their home countries, thinking back on how they fared in their various competitions. Some of them will be thinking that it’s time to call it a day and announce their retirement and others will already be planning to be fit and ready for the next Olympics in four years time. Whatever they do, one thing that they all share is companionship, friendships made and old friendships renewed. Friendships and memories that will remain with them long after the events of any specific games have faded. Whether we are Olympians or not, one thing we all share is friendships. Even from our childhood we make friends, many of those remain with us during our lifetime, add to that those we make daily the list is enormous. But I wonder how many of those friends have we neglected over the years? When was the last time we picked up a phone, or texted, or sent them a good old fashioned letter? How about your neighbours, are you on speaking terms? Sometimes we have to be the one to make the first move, we can't always wait for someone to make the first move. So how about picking up your phone and dusting the cobwebs off your address book, or giving your neighbours a knock to see how they are? You'll be surprised how welcome people will be to hear from you.


From the registers RIP

Baptisms Baptised at St Catherine's on 3rd July Logen Thomas Grover

Funerals taken by Ministers

Baptised at St Catherine's on 21st August Joanne Nicola Beeton-Defty

Dorothy Beisly Stella Elliott Eileen Rastrick

Please remember their families and Godparents in your prayers.

Please remember their families and friends in your prayers.

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Services in the Parish Every Thursday 12.15 pm 2.30 pm

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

Saturday 3rd September 3.30 pm

Messy Church - ‘St Birinus fisher of kings’ - St Catherine's

Sunday 4th September - St Birinus (Deuteronomy 30:15-20, Psalm 1, Philemon 1-21, Luke 14:25-33) 8.00 am Morning Prayer - Garden Room 9.30 am Holy Communion - St Catherine's Church 11.00 am All Age Service - Cornwell 11.30 am Baptism - St Catherine's Church

Wednesday 7th September 11.00 am

York House Communion

Sunday 11th September - Ability Sunday (Exodus 32:7-14, Psalm 51:1-11, 1 Timothy 1:12-17, Luke 15:1-10) 8.00 am Holy Communion - St Catherine's Church 9.30 am Word & Worship - St Catherine's Church 11.00 am All Age Service with Communion - Cornwell

Sunday 18th September - Harvest Thanksgiving (Deuteronomy 26:1-11, Psalm 100, Philippians 4:4-9, John 6:25-35) 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 September - Proper 21 (Amos 6:1a,4-7, Psalm 146, 1 Timothy 6:6-19, Luke 16:19-31) 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



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Saturday 1st October 3.30 pm

Messy Church - ‘Farewells’ - St Catherine's

Sunday 2nd October - Proper 22 (Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2.1-4, Psalm 37:1-9, 2 Timothy 1:1-14, Luke 17:5-10) 8.00 am Morning Prayer - Garden Room 9.30 am Holy Communion - St Catherine's Church 11.00 am All Age Service - Cornwell 11.30 am Baptism - St Catherine's Church

Sunday 9th October - Proper 23 (2 Timothy 2:8-15, Luke 17:11-19) 10.30 am United Service with Communion - St Catherine's Theme - “Goodbye and Thanks for the Fish” (Rev Denis' Farewell Service) The service will be followed by a Parish meal to say thank you to Denis for his 14 years of ministry in Parish No service at Cornwell today The Garden Room at St Catherine's is open during the day and reserved for quiet, prayer and meditation.

Harvest Special Lunch - Friday 23rd September 1.15 pm A Harvest meal in St Catherine's Café - £5.50 We invite you to join us for a delicious 2 course meal: Cottage pie and vegetables followed by apple pie and cream Special Deal £7.50 for those attending Friday Friends talk at 2.00 pm on "The Changing Face of Reading" by local historian Alan Copeland All welcome! Buy your ticket at Friday Friends (see page 20) or from the Café (open Thursdays & Fridays - see page 31)

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Holiday Club Reports From the Beach

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This years Holiday Club (our 27 !) was “Seaside Rock”. It was great to have 60 young sun seekers come and visit us at St Catherine’s-By-The-Sea. The children were with us for two hours each morning for the week of August 8th to 12th, and many had joined us, along with their families, for a special opening service on Sunday the 7th. Each morning the children joined us down at the beach for a little craziness with strange weather forecasts and unusual items from Katy’s Kiosk. There were lots of songs and jokes, and also a video message from Peter - the ‘Seaside Rock’ as he talked about the amazing things that had happened as he’d followed Jesus for three years. When the children returned to their small groups, they thought about the Bible stories that Peter told as well as doing some creative prayers. In addition, the five groups took turns each day to do one of five different activities games, drama, songs or one of two craft activities. At the end of each morning, the drama and song prepared by two groups were performed to the parents. There was even dancing in the aisles ! Many of the children, again with their families, joined us for a celebration closing session - a glimpse of what they’d been up too all week, along with a fish and chip meal. We hope that amongst the fun, the children learnt that they should build their lives upon the Living Rock - Jesus. The Beach Entertainment Officer & Katy the Kiosk

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Over 40 adult and teenage helpers from St Catherine’s, Cornwell, St Michael’s and The Gate (formally Reading Community Church) joined together to bring ‘Seaside Rock’ to life. We are grateful to those who helped on the day . There was so much to do :drinks & biscuits for the children to prepare and sandwiches to make for the helpers, craft to prepare, and then help the children with, songs to check over and help perform, drama props to sort and much more ! We are especially grateful to the five group leaders - Emma, Rachel, Sonia, Doreen & Della, who led the groups and did the important work of exploring what the day’s Bible story meant to our lives today. A lot went on even before the first Sunday service, so we’re all very grateful to Tony & Evelyn for all the administration & registration form delivery that took place. There was also a lot of effort in organising & preparing chips, fish fingers and chicken nuggets for the 105 children, parents and carers who stayed for the celebration meal on Friday lunchtime. Finally, we’re also grateful to the various congregations and groups of St Catherine’s, including the Café who stopped their normal activities for a week while we took over the whole church building. Thanks everyone !


Stuart & Val Poore


Preparations for Vacancy As many of you already know, Rev Denis Smith will be leaving the Parish in October after 14 years of ministry at St Catherine’s and we wish both him and Priscilla much joy and fulfilment in their future ministries.

Good lines of communication between everyone in the Parish will be even more important in the coming months, so please do talk to Richard, Sonia or a PCC member if you have any questions, ideas or can offer to help.

The appointment of a new vicar is a long process but we are being well advised and supported by the Diocese with particular help from Revd Catharine Morris (Parish Development Officer) and Revd Graeme Fancourt (assistant Area Dean).

All the above are practical tasks we must of course engage in, but the most important thing we must all be doing is to PRAY.

By the time you read this, both Churchwardens, Richard Yates and Sonia Ludford will have met with the Bishop to further discuss how we go about things. During September and October, after consultations with different Church groups and individuals, the Parish Profile will be written. This is an important document as it is the “shop window” of the Parish, showing potential candidates who we are, what our vision for the future is and what gifts and abilities we would like the new appointee to have. The ‘job’ advert will go out in the New Year and it is hoped that a new incumbent could be in place by the summer. Lots of practical tasks need to be carried out during a vacancy and in the near future many of you may be asked if you are able to help in any way; some of the PCC have been asked already! Many of the tasks are small, but lots of us doing “little” things and working together will be a wonderful help!


Pray for discernment as we listen to different views and opinions, pray for guidance and wisdom for all involved in the advertising and selection process and pray for ourselves as we all work together during the Vacancy, confident in the knowledge that we are in God’s hands. And most of all, pray that God’s Kingdom will be built up in this parish as a result. Sonia Ludford and Richard Yates: Churchwardens

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Report from the Seaside Rock Beach Hut Cafe fun in the kitchen and this year was no exception, and we again organised our time so that we could watch the children at the end of the morning in church performing their singing and drama.

Just to share a few statistics of the week: It’s hard to believe that another year has passed during which time the Polar Explorers felt the chill from last year brr! and wanted to return to the Seaside to enjoy the summer sun. In our kitchen we welcomed our caterers Candyfloss Caroline, Scampi Sheila, Heather Herring, Moira Mackerel, Sandcastle Steph and me Rocky Rita. Paddy the Prom once again organised the provisions for the week and worked out the daily schedule for the number of sandwiches needed and was our very efficient daily skivvy!! We were fortunate to have had no problems with our two shopping trips to Sainsbury’s as the sea was calm and as the tide was out we didn’t encounter any delays caused by HMS Ikea!! Each morning we started with a prayer session and then began our daily routine of preparing the sandwich fillings and organising the fruit. Drinks were served as the helpers arrived and once the children were in their groups we began to prepare for their midmorning drinks and biscuits and the sandwich lunch for the helpers. Once again this year each day the sandwiches were all consumed – no left-overs to be fed to the seagulls. There has always been an atmosphere of friendship and

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Monday – Thursday: 552 sandwiches were prepared (and eaten!!) Approx. 400 drinks and biscuits for children and leaders were served during their break. Friday’s Special Meal for 104 Children & Adults: 180 Fish Fingers and 146 Chicken Nuggets were cooked in a much more controlled panic mode as we were able to use the oven in the new kitchen for the Fish Fingers under Steph and Moira’s supervision!! The Chicken Nuggets and special dietary needs were cooked in the hall kitchen by Caroline and me. The boxes of chips were collected by Sonia and Dee and delivered to the hall kitchen where the fish fingers or chicken nuggets were added and the boxes then distributed by young helpers to the tables under the guidance of Rachel Round. Once again it was a privilege to be part of an extremely successful Holiday Club. During our prayer time each day we prayed that the children would be protected, and through hearing more about Jesus and Peter would be able to share what they had learnt during the week and hopefully in future times with their friends and family. Catering Manager – Rocky Rita



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Holiday Club St Catherine’s was transformed into a seaside scene for the annual Children’s Holiday Club, this year, ”Seaside Rock”. Sea side kiosks, beach huts and of course sand (yellow sheets!) turned the church into a beach scene, ready for 60 young people between the ages of 5-11 to hear about Jesus and his followers, whom he called to be ”fishers of men”. Events were fronted by the Beach Entertainer and Katy the Kiosk, ably supported by Heather the Weather and Lynn the Bin. The usual mix of jokes, games and all around fun ensured the beachcombers were entertained but also ready to see and hear the story of Peter and how he was chosen by Jesus to be the Rock on which the church was to be founded. Throughout the week, all the children enjoyed lots of discussion, seaside crafts, creative prayer time and team games. Drama and song focused the children’s understanding of the day’s story as it was dramatised each day by one of the groups. Parents and carers were an appreciative audience for the plays and the songs the children had been practising, sharing in the events of the day. Friday saw over 100 children and adults share in the ever popular fish finger and chip lunch, a lovely end to a happy and busy week! Very popular cake and toy sales on Thursday and Friday raised well over £130 which is being sent to Daisy’s Dream, and to the Compassion charity to help Ashini a six year old Sri Lankan girl.

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As always, a huge amount of planning is needed for such an event, so special thanks to Stuart and Val Poore for leading and to Tony Bartlett for all the admin, without which the Holiday Club just could not happen! Thanks also to all the helpers, music group and catering team who all contributed to such an enjoyable week where everyone was invited to deepen their relationship with God. Sonia Ludford The summer holiday is especially difficult for families supported by ReadiFood because children of school age no longer receive a school meal. With this in mind we asked the children attending Seaside Rock to bring a tin or packet of food for ReadiFood. We (and ReadiFood) were overwhelmed by the generosity shown and every day we filled several bags or boxes with the donations. The picture on the page opposite doesn't do justice to the mountain of food that we took along to ReadiFood. Thank you from them to all who donated! Tony Bartlett PS At the end of each Holiday Club week we’re often asked “when will it be next year?” Well we’ve marked out the week beginning Monday 14th August for the 2017 Holiday Club and by then we’re hoping that the new vicar will be in place so watch this space! If you don’t normally subscribe to this magazine you can either contact me to subscribe (see page 2) or keep an eye on our website which also has a link to a digital copy.




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A letter from the New Bishop of Oxford Dear Friends and Colleagues Thank you for your various messages of welcome and for your prayers following the announcement of my nomination as the Bishop of Oxford. It’s an enormous honour and privilege to be appointed to this role and I look forward very much to serving the communities of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire in the coming years. My Confirmation of Election as Bishop of Oxford was held on 6 July, and I have now paid homage to Her Majesty the Queen and resumed my place in the House of Lords. I will continue to meet with the senior team in Oxford and plan for the autumn. Ann and I hope to move to the new See House in Kidlington at the end of August and I will be working to a normal diary in the diocese from early September. My inauguration is set for Friday 30 September in the Cathedral. There will then be four Welcome Eucharists at which I will preside and preach, one for each Archdeaconry, this is the one for Reading: Wednesday 5 October 7.45 pm at Reading Minster I would like to meet as many people as possible over the first few weeks in post so please put this date in your diary and I look forward to seeing you there. I hope to visit the parish clergy of the Oxford Area in October and November. I am also planning a series of Deanery Days from November to July to begin to get to know and to listen to the whole Diocese. During those visits I look forward to engaging with lay people and clergy and getting to know the wider community as well as the

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church. I also look forward to being out and about across the whole Diocese Sunday by Sunday. You can discover something about me in advance from the Diocesan website, should you wish to do so. I was formed as a parish priest in Halifax. I was shaped as a thinker and writer in Durham and through travelling the country as Archbishops’ Missioner. I have been forged as a Bishop in Sheffield and South Yorkshire, seeking to recall the Church here and elsewhere to the mission of God. I’m conscious I will have much to learn in my early years in Oxford. Please pray for me: for the gifts of humility, wisdom and gentleness for this new ministry. Pray in the words of the ordinal that my heart may daily be enlarged to love this great Diocese to which God has now called me. I’m looking forward very much to working with Bishop Colin, Bishop Andrew and Bishop Alan in the coming years and with the rest of the senior team. I’m conscious that the Diocese owes a particular debt to Bishop Colin for his care and leadership during the long vacancy. Based on the listening I have done so far, I will focus my ministry across the whole Diocese in three areas in the early years: on engagement with children, young people and young adults; on enabling lay discipleship in the world and on engaging with the poorest (Continued on page 14)



(Continued from page 13) communities across the Diocese. These priorities are not a new Diocesan strategy. That may emerge over time. They are initial themes for my own engagement with the whole Diocese and I look forward to taking them forward with you. I believe that the Christian faith and the Christian Church will become ever more central in the life of our nation and the world in the 21stCentury as people seek again for meaning, for values, for purpose and for hope.

God has called the Church to be a community of mercy and kindness, reflecting the nature of Jesus Christ and telling the good news of his love. Together we are called to be a community of missionary disciples: faithful, united, hopeful, creative and rejoicing in God’s grace. I look forward very much to meeting you, to knowing you and being known and to working with you, In Christ Twitter: @Steven_Croft Blog: http://blogs.oxford.anglican.org

Operation Christmas Child 2016 This year our ‘Shoe Box Sunday’ will be 20th November 2016 Since 1990, more than 124 million boys and girls in over 150 countries have experienced God’s love through the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child. Apparently 900,008 boxes were collected in 2015. As Samaritan’s Purse UK website says ‘A small shoebox can have a big impact. What goes into the box is fun, but what comes out of it is eternal. Be a part of changing children’s lives all over the world in Jesus’ name through the power of a simple gift with Operation Christmas Child’. Tony and I will once again be organising leaflets at St Catherine’s and Cornwell churches to help you fill and label your completed boxes. If you have any questions please speak to one of us, we are always happy to help. This year both churches will be collecting the filled boxes at their services on Sunday, 20th November 2016. We are both happy to receive any filled boxes before this date


but unfortunately we will be unable to accept any after the 20th November. As with recent years, there will also be some flat packed decorative boxes from Samaritans Purse for those who do not want to or cannot wrap shoe boxes with wrapping paper; a donation of 50p towards the cost would be appreciated. I have also checked and ‘with a few clicks of your mouse or swipes on your touch screen’, you can still build a shoe box online – the suggested online donation for this is just £15 plus the £3 shipping per box that we are all asked for. The So once again, I am looking forward to seeing all of the colourfully wrapped shoe boxes piled up in front of, under and around the altar at St Catherine’s filled with gifts, packed with love and sent with prayers and knowing that something similar will be happening at Cornwell Church at their service. Joanne Freeman ℡ 0118 941 2865 or Tony Bartlett ℡ 0118 967 8659


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Dates for the Diary See the following pages for more information September Fri 2 St Catherine’s at Boxgrove House Sat 3 Messy church 3.30 pm at St Catherine’s Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th Heritage Open Days (explore hidden places) Fri 9 Youth group resumes after the summer holidays Sat 10 Purley Farmers' Market 8.30 am-12.30 pm at The Barn, Goosecroft Lane off Beech Road, Purley on Thames Sat 10 Ride & Stride, sponsored ‘visit as many churches as you can’ for charity Mon 12 St Catherine’s and Cornwell Community Church Prayer Ministry Team meeting 7.45 pm in The Garden Room, St Catherine’s Church Tues 13 Tilehurst Parish Council 7.30 pm at The Calcot Centre, Highview Weds 14 Mothers’ Union Service & AGM 8.00 pm St Catherine’s Tues 20 Deadline for copy for October RG31 Tues 20 Communications Action group meets 8.00 pm St Catherines’ Weds 21 PCC meets 7.30 pm at St Catherine’s Thurs 22 ‘The Link’ AGM 7.30 pm at St Catherine’s Fri 23 Harvest lunch in the café, see page 5 Mon 26 As from today it’s ‘West Berkshire Residents only’ at the Padworth and Newtown Rd recycling centres and you’ll need to display a permit see page 35 Fri 30 ‘Send a Cow’ House Party 2.00 - 9.00 pm at 16 Felton Way

October Sat 1 Weds 5 Fri 7 Sat 8 Sun 9

Messy church 3.30 pm at St Catherine’s Welcome Eucharist for the New Bishop of Oxford (see page 13) 7.45 pm at Reading Minster St Catherine’s at Boxgrove House Purley Farmers' Market 8.30 am-12.30 pm at The Barn, Goosecroft Lane off Beech Road, Purley on Thames Joint service 10.30 am at St Catherine’s - Denis’ final service in the parish

No service at Cornwell that day Tues 11 Tilehurst Parish Council 7.30 pm at The Calcot Centre, Highview Thurs 20 Deadline for copy for November RG31

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Tilehurst Triangle WI We welcomed Mr M. Hyde, from the Woodland Trust, who gave an interesting talk about British Woodland illustrated with slides of different woods around the UK. The Woodland Trust was started by Kenneth Watkins in 1972 and is now the UK’s largest woodland conservation charity, protecting woods and the many wildlife habitats within them. It plants new woods as only 13% of the UK has woodland cover compared to an EU average of 37%. The trust also conserves our ancient woodland which has existed since at least 1600 AD and only covers 2% of the UK, but has rich irreplaceable ecosystems. Woods offer us much from tranquillity, foraging, wildlife, picnic spots to an adventure playground for all the family. In addition, July offered members a number of other enjoyable trips. A group enjoyed an historic walk around Reading and along the canal followed by lunch. A very convivial picnic was shared at Caversham Court before watching an open air production of ‘Midsummer’s Night Dream’, although we did get rather wet from a passing heavy shower - it didn’t rain in Tilehurst so we are told!

On 21st September we welcome Tilehurst Amateur Dramatic Society for a Murder Mystery evening. New members are always welcome or you may come to a meeting as a visitor to find out more about the local evening WI. We meet on the third Wednesday of each month (except August) at 7.30 pm in St Catherine’s Hall. For information contact the secretary Ros Somerville ℡ 0118 941 6838  wearettwi@gmail.com

Congratulations To Mark Boyer Who has gained the necessary ‘A’ level grades to go to York University where he will study Law.

To Nicola O’Sullivan Who received a special award at the Hall Place Equestrian Centre annual show. The cup was engraved ‘for courage’ in recognition of the way she has fought back from her illness and her hard work and dedication at the stables.

Luckily the sun shone for a very pleasant and relaxing canal boat trip at Newbury at the end of the month. Although we have no formal meeting at the hall in August we are looking forward to a walk and some refreshment at a pub afterwards.


Nicola on ‘Benson’ with the award


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A stumble, a whisper and a ''yes, it was Me'' Our Father very often uses other people, writings, any situation or event to pass His Word or intention onto us. We need to discern whether or not they were merely our own imaginings. For me, I am always shown verification later and is usually in the form of a word, verse, the media or another person repeating what I have been shown or told in thought or vision. I'd like to illustrate this with a recent situation. We were returning from the Isle of Wight and before catching the ferry we called into Osborne House. The previous night I had been feeling a bit sorry for myself. As we were coming out of the shop, for no reason, I stumbled and could not stop myself from falling toward the gravel. I was waiting for the pain of the fall but suddenly I felt myself being pulled sharply up and so saved from being hurt in any way. Keith had seen me stumble and hauled me up (but I did manage to whack him on the nose in the process, he wasn't amused!) As we walked on I heard softly, several times in thought ''I will catch you when you stumble'' and I knew it was Father initiating the prevention but to be extra sure I also knew that when I read my daily devotion later I would hear these words again. So hours later I got home and read the passage below which would have arrived via email at about the same time of my stumble. Of course, I was amazed as I always am at the awesomeness of hearing His voice in the here and now being affirmed.

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God's Grace Is Sufficient

If there are two things God makes clear in His Word, it's that we cannot make it on our own and that He will help us if we call out to Him. Countless times in Scripture, we read of men and women who felt as though they had reached the end. They could not go on unless God gave them hope, strength, and courage. And when they called upon the Lord, He heard and answered their prayers. While God does not promise us a life free from pain and suffering, He does promise to be our strength in our moments of greatest weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9). As we face hardships in life, we must remember that God is not a casual observer. He is an active participant -- walking with us every step of the way. He catches us when we stumble, and He cheers us on as we pursue Him. He is the one who gives us the grace to walk through life's darkest hours. Psalm 37:24 NIV though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand

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Lorraine Roberts RG31


Holiday Club 2016 They say that a picture paints a thousand words. So here’s an 12,000 word essay on just some of the fun that 60 children and 40 adult and teenage helpers had at ‘Seaside Rock’, this year’s Holiday Club….

Setting up the Church



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Community Event at St Catherine’s

What’s On In and

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Friday Friends Meets weekly from 2.00 - 4.00 pm every Friday Price £3.50 offering a mix of light exercise, singing together, tabletop games and craft activities in a safe, warm and friendly environment – with tea and cakes. September 2nd Cards & Games 9th Mike, my journey of faith 16th Craft 23rd The Changing Face of Reading 30th Seated Exercises & TV Series October 7th Cards & Games 14th Games with Bill 21st Sing with Pete 28th Craft If you think you would like to come, or think you could help, please contact Anne Soley ℡ 0118 942 5407

Do something amazing

Give Blood At the Cornwell Centre, Home Croft off Clements Mead Weds 28th Sept & 12th Oct At the Calcot Centre Highview Calcot Tues 8th & 29th November Call 0300 123 23 23 to make an appointment or just turn up on the day



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Around the Parish September Weds 14th Service & AGM 8.00 pm at St Catherine’s Tues 20th Anniversary event 2.30 pm at St Catherine’s Service & Tea with friends from other churches Weds 21 Bible study was listed in programme but is now cancelled Weds 28th Fellowship afternoon 2.00 pm at 49 Compton Avenue

October Weds 12th Village Butchers| 8.00 pm at St Catherine’s all welcomed Weds 19th Bible study 8.00 pm at 2 Laurel Drive Weds 26th Fellowship afternoon 2.00 pm at 31 Normanstead Road Sun 30th Memorial service & Tea 3.00 pm at St Catherine’s

St Catherine’s Tea Dance Thursdays :8th & 22nd September 6th & 20th October At St Catherine’s Hall Wittenham Avenue Time 2.45 - 4.45 pm Please note amended times Price £4 each includes Dancing, Instruction & Tea Further details contact Anita Holbeche ℡ 0118 941 8046



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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.



Registered Charity 102992

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

We run two sessions a week: you and your child and join the lunch club in the picnic area from 12.00 - 12.30 pm 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 or call Camilla East  07581 067 499 email: toddlergroupcornwell@gmail.com or see www.cornwell0to5s.wordpress.com

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 Sept 17th, Oct 15th, Nov 19th We provide time, space, tea & coffee. You bring along the craft projects you’ve always meant to do :A donation of around £1.25 per person, per hour to cover the cost of hall hire, tea & coffee.

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Cruising the Danube On my summer holiday which was a river cruise on the Danube we travelled through many different countries and visited a great variety of churches.

beautiful icon paintings including the "wheel of life", the tree of Jesse and many of the life of Christ - feasts, passions and miracles.

One in particular was a very grand one in Belgrade - the guide warned us not to be surprised when we went inside. It was like a building site as extensive restoration was being carried out.

The mural decoration had an exceptionally powerful influence on the worshippers.

Others were highly decorated on the inside and very ornate. The one that had the greatest effect on me was the Nativity church in Abanassi, Bulgaria. The outside was very simple and un - recognisable as a church. This was because after the uprising was crushed the Turkish authorities were not favourably disposed to the supreme orthodox clergy! Inside there was a "mens’ department" and a "womens’ department" which had been built on later. The walls were completely covered with the most

No need for a bible - just to sit in the presence of God and think of all the many Christians who had worshipped before and to gaze in wonder. The bible stories could be "read" by simply just looking at the beautiful murals. How lucky we are that we can worship in freedom which was brought home to us by all we learnt about life under the communist regime. Hilary Smee You can see pictures of the churches mentioned on page 27 Editor

Project Update A message from the Treasurer Thanks to a lot of hard work from the group of people who applied for grants as well as the generosity of many individuals, we have enough money to not only pay for the project but also to repay the £55,000 in loans which we received earlier this year. The loans were for a year, so they were not due to be repaid until the beginning of 2017 so well done every one.

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We also have enough money for us to begin to pay some of our 2016 Parish Share. Currently I believe we will be able to pay £30,000 by the end of December 2016. Our Parish Share for 2016 is £59, 966 so 50% of the amount due. I would of course like to pay more and I will keep monitoring the church funds to see if this is possible. Joanne Freeman



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Going for Gold Sorry! I'm STILL going on about mistakes, and self-esteem! (I wonder why!) 'Self-esteem' is a fashionable concept. In teacher-training, years ago, we were told: "Never give a child the experience of failure!" Oow! It could lower their self-esteem! Children can fall over, or lose at games, and even learn from it. Failing at A TASK isn't BEING a failure. The first isn't final. ("Neither do I condemn thee ... ") The second is "the end of everything"? I have programmed computers since 1966! I did a challenging little "project" recently. I made about 100 errors, from small to big. I tested each little 'chunk' as it grew. If it went wrong, I said "Silly me!". Then I corrected it, feeling grateful that I could (more or less) hit the right keys! Some mediaeval Christian writers urge VERY low self-esteem, and "whipping" oneself. Athletes discuss their failings with their coaches, realistically: but then they think as positively as possible about their next trial. I read about a monk who literally whipped himself. Forgive me for asking, but how much did that help? In the past some authorities "whipped" me. The authorities who HELPED me were different. Parables are very tricky: see what you think about this. Alf and Bert were neighbours. They both smoked. They both knew that smoking (like sinning?) was poisonous, but they hungered for short-term comfort. Alf joined an anti-

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smoking club which developed reward/ punishment systems for each member. Alf started punishing himself for smoking by wearing old clothes. Not -smoking was rewarded by wearing increasingly smart suits, and bronze, silver medals - and, after a whole year, a GOLD medal! Alf kicked his old habit, but he became increasingly addicted to high selfesteem. Sometimes he almost seemed to be wearing a crown! Bert had been a 'good boy' for forty days when he saw Alf proudly showing off his new gold medal. Bert felt hopeless, and rushed home to have a secret smoke. Phil French

July meeting A most enjoyable evening was spent at the Toby Carvery in Caversham by 26 members and friends. Once again it was organised by Rita and Moira thanked her on everyone’s behalf and presented her with a pretty pot plant in appreciation. Our next meeting will be an Afternoon Tea to celebrate 140 years of the Mothers’ Union on 17th August. Sheila Bryant If you turn to pages 26 & 27 you will find a report on the 140th anniversary Tea Party and pictures of that event, also pictures of the meal mentioned above. Editor



MU 140th Anniversary Tea Party This was held on 17th August to celebrate the founding of the Mothers Union by Mary Sumner, the wife of the vicar of the beautiful parish Old Alresford, Hampshire. The first meeting was held in the vicarage and was aimed at encouraging mutual support for women of all classes and to stress the importance of family life and Christian values. There are still thriving branches of the Mothers Union throughout the world who try to follow these principles and to help those in need. We held a very successful tea party in the church hall with flowered china and cake stands on beautifully embroidered tablecloths. We ate delicious finger sandwiches, scones and cake and, of


course, copious amounts of tea! It was good to welcome friends from other local churches. Many thanks to all those who helped. We are very fortunate in having such a supportive branch!

More pictures on page 27


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Picture Gallery Belgrade

See ‘Cruising the Danube’ page 23

Mothers’ Union 140th Anniversary Tea

Evening meal at the Toby Carvery September 2016



Random memories of my dear friend Dorothy by Jo Day Many other of her friends will testify to her incredible over generosity, especially when she wanted to thank you for some small thing you had done for her. Sometimes it was a massive bouquet of flowers, or a huge basket of fruit. It took years to get her to believe we really didn’t want her to do this. Even then, after some particular event when I’d helped her I would see that florist coming up the drive!! Once when Pete had done a small electrical repair job she tried to give me £20 for it, and no matter how much I told her Pete didn’t want anything at all, she finally tore the £20 note in half!!!

Where to start? Maybe when Pam first told me that her mum was moving into my road. I went along to say hello and she invited me and the children to come along after school one day. (At that time, we were all having dinner together as a family soon after 5pm.) Dorothy welcomed us with sardine sandwiches, which unfortunately the children didn’t like. So when she went into the kitchen to get drinks I quickly ate the children’s sandwiches. Unfortunately, when she came back and saw empty plates she came back with more sandwiches!! This was followed by huge pieces of cake for which she would not accept “No thank you”!! By the time we got home I could face nothing more to eat for days! What a lady.


“My little round friend” is what I used to call her. She used to kiss me when we met and when we parted. She always stood and waved until I was out of sight, whether I was walking or in my car. She was very conscious of how she looked and would check in the reflection of the glass door when we went into church and would pat her hair. She was always early for everything, standing outside her house in the cold or rain, so as not to keep me waiting when I was picking her up. In church she knew all the prayers by heart and would say them just a fraction before anyone else, which was quite hard when standing next to her. Dorothy told me that she prayed for me night and morning. It is a wonderful thing to know someone is praying for you. And she always offered to pray for any friend or member of the family if there was a particular need. She was (Continued on page 29)


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(Continued from page 28) part of the Mothers Union Prayer Chain for many years. Her faith was very strong, and even survived the death of her eldest son on his 50th birthday. Whenever she found herself unable to cope, she told me that she prayed and said “Father, there’s nothing you and I can’t do together!” She used to tell me about the special times in her life when she felt God had taken over and enabled her to do things she felt she just could not do. When we went out into the countryside and looked out over a beautiful view, it was always “All God’s Creation”. She particularly loved trees and expressed her delight and enjoyment when we passed them every time we went out. She loved driving slowly around little villages and admiring all the different houses and gardens. We would often go into a church if it was open, and it seems there was always someone there for her to talk to and share her pleasure at the beauty of the church. But when we came across a house with no close neighbours she would always say, “How lonely! I’d have to have a dog in every room!” She really loved company and being with people and chatting. Wherever we went she would enter into an amusing conversation with someone. She was always making jokes, often quick little self-derogatory remarks, and loved telling risky jokes. Her repartee was quick and hilarious, even when her speech was really difficult, especially if she had a good sparring partner. She loved someone cheeking her mercilessly and would give as good as she got. Dorothy always put other people first. When she was struggling to walk in the

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pouring rain she was much more bothered about me getting wet. She didn’t matter, others did. She would suffer in silence rather than ask for any kind of help, and “didn’t want a fuss”. This led to some situations which caused friction between us! Basically she preferred to be the helper rather than the one who is helped. Her cry was often “How can I ever repay you!”. In recent months she really struggled to get in and out of my car but would never grumble, just mutter a quiet “oooff” at the huge effort needed. She raised a huge amount of money for the Children’s Society over the years, and would always provide the oranges to make the Christingles. One year there were quite a lot of oranges left over and she was waiting for me to give her a lift home. I couldn’t find her anywhere and eventually caught her up half way home, determinedly plodding along, carrying a very heavy box of oranges. No patience and very determined!! One year we went to St Mary’s at Aldworth on an afternoon in August when teas were being served to raise funds. Tables were set out on the grass and she managed with difficulty to climb the steps and the slope. We went inside to admire the “Giants” and then had tea and delicious cake outside in the warm sunshine. We stayed a good long time chatting to different people and then she said “Would you like some more?” meaning that she did! So I’m ashamed to admit that we both had more cake and more tea! It was impossible to stick to a diet when you were with her.


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(Continued from page 29) We went to Beale Park one year and she had a ride on the train and enjoyed all the birds and animals, and the icecream! Hilary and I also took her to Exbury, where she also had a ride on the train, as well as gazing at the stunning colours of the Rhododendrons and Azaleas in bloom. Sometimes she allowed us to push her in the wheelchair and sometimes she walked along pushing it herself. When her son Derek died I went along to sit with her and after a while Leslie suggested she should get the Scrabble board out. This started a weekly game of Scrabble on a Friday evening which went on for several years. She was very quick and won most of our games. She would always offer me a sweet sherry, as she loved it herself. She had no sherry glasses, just wine glasses. Sufficient to say that a couple of times, after a long tiring week and a glass of sherry I would wake up with my head on her shoulder! She would NOT take “No” for an answer when offering a drink. One day, when I had told her as firmly as I could that I really did not want a drink, she was poised with the glass in one hand and the bottle in the other. When I said the last “Really, no thank you”, she just poured the sherry onto the carpet. Formidable!! The only way I could get Dorothy to get a hearing aid was to promise to do the same myself. So after a while we were both fixed up, she with a full ear piece, me with a little device which amplified certain sounds. She found it very difficult to put her ear piece in, so I would put it in for her before we set off for church.


When I took her to an audiology appointment, there was no parking close by. I pointed out a bench outside for her to sit and wait while I went to get the car. When I came back she had completely disappeared. I had a desperate few minutes searching for her, and found she had tried “to save me” by walking, but had walked the wrong way!! In fact, she was always trying “to save me” by trying to help in this kind of way, and I remember sighing that, “Thank you, but I did not want to be saved!” She always wanting to pay petrol for our little trips out, and insisting on paying for any cups of tea and cake we might have, and even spotted when I tried to pay for my half without her realising. I spent many happy hours going around garden centres with Dorothy. It was easy to borrow a wheelchair so we could potter gently around. She would find it a very convenient way of buying birthday and Christmas presents for her numerous family members. As Christmas drew closer I would give in to pressure and spend a couple of afternoons helping her to wrap and label a huge pile of presents. She hated wrapping and I loved it so we were both happy. Whenever I was going on a journey, Dorothy said she would pray for “travelling mercies”, a little expression I shall never forget. There were many other favourite little phrases she would use. One naughty one was, when tempted she would say, “Get thee behind me Satan! So he got behind me and gave me a little push!” (Continued on page 31)


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(Continued from page 30) One day we came across a lovely little hidden restaurant and of course we had to go in to see if they would do tea and cakes. They could only offer us one of their desserts, so we sat down to the finest, most delicious bread and butter pudding we have ever had before or since. Years later, when I had actually forgotten how we had found that place, I came across it again and so decided to call in on the way home from one of our afternoon drives.

Dorothy had an account with the village butcher and phoned her order to be delivered every week when she and Leslie were in Cotswold Way.

As we entered the car park she recognised it instantly and cried out, “Bread Pudding!” in great delight. Unfortunately, it was not on the menu that day, but she would not leave without having something in spite of the fact that we had already had tea and cake in a garden centre. We were offered Bakewell Tart, so I suggested that we share one piece. Oh dear, that was not acceptable!! So of course we had one each and were quite late home that day!

This week I told them that they would not be getting any more orders from her. Although they were very sad to hear the news, the memories of her brought smiles all round.

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Once she was living with Graham and Lorraine this obviously stopped. However, she would phone just before Christmas to order Christmas turkeys with all the trimmings for her family. She was surprised when as soon as she spoke they said “Hello Mrs Beisly”. Her voice was well known and loved.

I could go on but I must draw this to a close. These and many other memories are treasures that will stay with me always, and I thank God for bringing me such a friend.




Calcot Community Conversation This was held on 18th July in the cafe area and was chaired by Sharon Briggs – empowering West Berkshire. It was attended by West Berkshire employees, local police officers, a representative from the Watermill Theatre, someone from the Gate church at St Birinus, a local councillor, two men involved with youth and probation work, local representatives with special concern for disability rights and by members of St Catherine's and Cornwell churches. This was a cross section of people who had concern for the local neighbourhood and who offered different views and ideas for the advancement of local community schemes. West Berkshire Council have limited funds and realise that it is important to build community by utilising the skills and resources that many local areas already have. They have five areas of concern 1. Emotional health and well being. 2.Victims of domestic violence and substance abuse. 3.To help adults find training and a job. 4.To help young people succeed and to help those excluded from school. 5.To protect everyone The police officers gave a short resume of local crime figures especially those regarding anti social behaviour. These are generally low although there has been some trouble with mini motos in local parks.


We discussed activities for young people locally – the Gate Church hold several clubs and events and St Catherine’s has a good Youth Club. Transport for local people especially the elderly was a problem. The Royal Avenue area of Calcot used to have a bus service but this is greatly reduced and residents find it hard to shop or to visit Tilehurst. We mentioned how successful Friday Friends has been but there is an issue with the transport that Readibus are able to offer as members are sometimes collected too early or too late. Several people thought that the area needed a local minibus and we heard that there is a bus based in Theale and also the Handy bus. The volunteer centre can provide transport but is over stretched and they prioritise getting people to hospital appointments. We talked about communication. There is a publication called Calcot Connection which gives details of local activities and concerns. This has been given to local children at school to take home as the local wardens who used to deliver this are no longer in post. The three members of Tilehurst and the three members of Calcot wards each have the opportunity to suggest projects for a small capital project grant of £5000 – the funding should be matched by the organisation involved. There is also a Building Community Fund which gives money to support the five priorities. (Continued on page 33)


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Word for Today

Start giving to others ‘GIVING, NOT GETTING, IS THE WAY.' LUKE 6:38 MSG

Generosity isn’t just about money. Lots of people say, 'As soon as I get rich I'll become more generous.' But the greatest givers often have the least money. Grandmothers on meagre pensions are sending a few pounds each month to help build orphanages. People barely making ends meet are giving to feed the hungry. Retired employees are mentoring younger workers. Single people with limited resources are spending their evenings working with the homeless or families in need. No matter where you are financially, you can begin a lifestyle of giving. If you can come up with the money for a nice car, dining out, movie tickets, dating, and other leisure activities, chances are you can find something to give if you really want to. Jesus said, 'Give away your life; you'll find life...not merely given back - (but) given back with bonus and blessing' (v. 38 MSG). Want a bonus? Want a blessing? Start giving your time, treasure and talent to others. Jesus either lied or He told the truth, and you need to find out which. If you believe He told the truth you'd be foolish to withhold instead of giving. Norman Vincent Peale said: 'When you become detached mentally from yourself and concentrate on helping other people with their difficulties, you'll be able to cope with your own more effectively. Somehow the act of self- giving is a personal powerreleasing factor. Jesus said, 'Giving, not getting, is the way, Generosity begets generosity.' So start giving to others and see what happens. 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.

(Continued from page 32) It was mentioned that Ikea have a responsibility to the local community and maybe could provide some transport. We mentioned our new cafe and the links that we will shortly have with Prospects.. We wondered if it would be possible for local schools to help older people with internet skills, possibly using the Adult Learning Centre at Savacentre or at Little Heath School.

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The meeting proposed certain actions to be taken before the next meeting on 10th October such as speaking to Ikea about possible transport funding, funding for Calcot Connection, investigating a community minibus, local councillor help with project ideas and the police investigating local shops who sell to under age drinkers. West Berkshire Council hope to have similar meetings every term in local areas. Rosemary Cunningham



St Catherine’s Hall - Regular Bookings Monday






8.30 am - 1.15 pm

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

Contact  07745 909 348

1.45 pm - 3.15 pm

Pilates www.tyne-zechkis.co.uk

Contact Susan Tyne  07891 229 279

8.30 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 - 9.00 pm

Yoga exercises

8.30 am - 3.15 pm

St Catherine’s Pre-school

Contact as above

12.45 pm - 3.15 pm (In church)

Vivace Voices Ladies Choir www.vivacevoices.org.uk

Contact Sue Hennell ℡ 0118 966 1291

3.45 pm - 6.45 pm

Kumon Maths

Contact Greg Medalla ℡ 01256 471 640

7.00 pm - 10.00 pm

Tilehurst Triangle W.I. (3rd Wednesday)

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8.30 am - 3.15 pm

St Catherine’s Pre-school

Contact as above

2.30 pm - 4.30 pm

Tea Dance

See page 21 for dates

5.30 pm - 7.00 pm

7th Tilehurst Brownies

8.30 am - 1.15 pm

St Catherine’s Pre-school

Contact as above

2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Friday Friends

See page 20

7.45 pm - 9.15 pm

Church Youth Group (fortnightly)

Contact Evelyn Bartlett ℡ 0118 967 8659

 tilehurstafternoonwi@gmail.com Contact Antonella Carroro ℡ 0118 942 8397

Contact Andrea Fishenden  07976 002 809

9.00 am - 10.30 am J G Dance (Ballet)

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11.00 am - 1.00 pm

Kumon Maths

Contact Greg Medalla ℡ 01256 471 640

1.30 pm - 5.30 pm

Crafty Space (monthly)

See page 22

3.30 pm - 5.00 pm

Messy Church (monthly)


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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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. 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. 11.30 am on the first Sunday of the month Baptisms are held in a lively service that is fun for all the family. Where there’s a fifth Sunday in the month Both churches meet together for a joint service at 10.30 am 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 www.cornwellcommunitychurch.blogspot.co.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 is usually held on the second Sunday of each month. See pages 4 & 5 for a full listing of church services in the Parish For initial enquiries regarding baptisms and weddings, please telephone ℡ 0118 942 7786



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