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The Parish Magazine of Tilehurst St Catherine September 2017 & Calcot St Birinus

September 2017


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

Licensed Lay Minister Mike Heather ℡ 0118 962 4852

Tony Bartlett ℡ 0118 967 8659

Churchwarden (Cornwell) Richard Yates ℡ 0118 942 4920

Churchwarden Sonia Ludford ℡ 0118 945 4631

Assistant Churchwarden Anne Soley ℡ 0118 942 5407

Assistant Churchwarden (Cornwell) Evelyn Bartlett ℡ 0118 967 8659

St Catherine’s Hall bookings Sheila Drew ℡ 0118 942 7254 Cornwell Centre bookings Tilehurst Parish Council ℡ 0118 941 8833 RG31 is published 10 times a year on the first Sunday of the month (not January or August) by the P.C.C. of Tilehurst: St Catherine & Calcot: St Birinus and is also available via our website Editor: Tony Bartlett ℡ 0118 967 8659 Assistant Editor: Rosemary Cunningham ℡ 0118 942 0713 Advertising: Richard Canning ℡ 0118 942 8238 All details and events are correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of going to print. The P.C.C. and Editors are not necessarily in agreement with the views expressed by contributors in this magazine. We welcome contributions of articles or letters for future issues from anyone living in, or connected with the parish. All contributions must be received by the editors by the 20th day of the month preceding the next month’s issue at the latest. Contributions may be sent to Read your own copy of RG31 (10 issues) - only 50p each issue, or £5.00 for a year’s subscription. Details from the editors whose details are above. ©Tilehurst St Catherine & Calcot St Birinus P.C.C. 2017

Cover Picture : Showstoppers! (See pages 13, 16, 17, 24 & 25)



photo Stuart Poore

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Tony Bartlett New Beginnings A running theme of this year’s holiday club was ‘beginnings’. There was ‘the beginning of everything’, ‘new beginnings’, etc. and that put me in mind of the beginnings in our lives. It is customary to think of the beginning of a new year as a time of new beginnings; a time when we might make ‘New Year’s Resolutions. In one sense however, every day is a new beginning. Each day is the first day of the rest of our lives and with God anytime is a time for a new beginning. At this time of the year our young people are given (or sometimes facing) the chance for a fresh start. Whether starting school, moving up a class, or to a new school it’s a time of change, new opportunities and challenges. Then there are the other new beginnings; new jobs, new relationships, new chapters in our lives. It was a joy to see Della and Simon happily married last month. We were so happy to see them together but sad at losing Della, with all her enthusiastic leading of the Youth group since she started it over 15 years ago. The Christian life is one of renewal. God is all about moving forwards, upwards, and making things better. After all, that’s why He sent Jesus, so that we could have a renewed life; a new beginning. No matter what has happened in your life, a tragedy, a sadness, or just a clumsy mistake yesterday – God says that you can begin again. We can choose a new beginning in our journey of life by drawing closer to God; by getting to know him better and we do that in prayer, listening as well as asking, and by feeding on His word; here are two Bible verses to help: Psalm 121:1-8 ‘I look up to the mountains—does my help come from there? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth! He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber. Indeed, he who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps. The Lord himself watches over you! The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade. The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon at night. The Lord keeps you from all harm and watches over your life. The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever. 2 Corinthians 5:17 ‘This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun’. I pray that we will all accept the new beginnings that God is longing to give us.

Tony September 2017



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

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

Saturday 2nd September 3.30 pm

Messy Church, theme ‘After-show Party’ - St Catherine’s

Sunday 3rd September - Proper 17 Jeremiah 15.15-21, Psalm 26.1-8, Romans 12.9-21, Matthew 16.21-28 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 10th September - Proper 18 Ezekiel 33.7-11, Psalm 119.33-40, Romans 13.8-14, Matthew 18.15-20 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

Wednesday 13th September 11.00 am

Service at York House

Sunday 17th September - Proper 19 Genesis 50.15-21 Psalm 103.[1-7]8-13* Romans 14.1-12 Matthew 18.21-35 8.00 am Morning Prayer - Garden Room 9.30 am Holy Communion - St Catherine's Church 11.00 am All Age Service - Cornwell With guest speaker Libby Hawkness-Smith, school pastor co-ordinator

Sunday 24th September - Proper 20 Jonah 3.10 - 4.11 Psalm 145.1-8 Philippians 1.21-30 Matthew 20.1-16 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 4


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Sunday 1st October - Proper 21 Ezekiel 18.1-4,25-32 Psalm 25.1-8 Philippians 2.1-13 Matthew 21.23-32 8.00 am Morning Prayer - Garden Room A 5th Sunday month - so a joint service today at St Catherine’s 10.00 am Parish Joint Service - St Catherine's Church

Saturday 7th October 3.30 pm

Messy Church, theme ‘Messy Harvest’ - St Catherine’s

Sunday 8th October - Proper 22 Isaiah 5.1-7 Psalm 80.9-17 Philippians 3.4b-14 Matthew 21.33-46 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 What do we mean by ‘Proper’ e.g. Proper 17 on 3rd September? The proper (Latin: proprium) is a part of the Christian liturgy that varies according to the date and if a Sunday is not is a ‘season’ e.g. Advent, Christmas, Lent or Easter is is cllaed Ordinary Time. So Ordinary Time is the period after the Feast of the Presentation of Christ until Shrove Tuesday, and from the day after the Feast of Pentecost until the day before the First Sunday of Advent. There is nothing “ordinary” about “Ordinary Time”. Ordinary Time is not about common, regular, mundane, or run of the mill. Ordinary Time comes from the word “ordinal” as in “ordinal numbers”. Remember your Maths: Cardinal numbers answer “how many?” “Ordinal Numbers” tell the rank, they answer “what position?” Ordinal Numbers are first, second, third, fourth, etc. Ordinary weeks count forward from The Baptism of the Lord. After the Day of Pentecost, however, they are checked backwards from the last week of the Church’s Year which is always the 34th week of Ordinary Time.

Mothers’ Union Prayer Chain


Prayer in Emergencies

Baptised at St. Catherine's on 23rd July

A call to one of the following numbers will start a chain of prayer straight away.

Maisie Anne Alexander

Please remember Maisie, her family and Godparents in your prayers.

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Valerie Forrow Hilary Smee Evelyn Bartlett Jo Day


℡ 0118 942 9319 ℡ 0118 941 2895 ℡ 0118 967 8659 ℡ 0118 942 1481




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Research into ‘Awe’ I've read an unusual article in 'New Scientist' (29th July, p33). It mentioned a scientist called Jonathan Haidt. I googled him (as one does!). He's written a book called: "The Happiness Hypothesis": odd, but worth a closer look, I think. Other folk on the Web were discussing it. Back to the article: it discussed the emotion of 'awe'! Fashions change over the years, in scientific circles as well as on the street! What IS 'awe' exactly? (Today, even little fidget spinners can be "awesome"!!) Old-fashioned 'awe' may need a little quietness, with tall trees, a newlyarrived baby, a garden, a quiet time in Church, or even meditation. It can bring a touch of "fear", but not harmful fear. I might feel: "Ooh! I'm SO small!", but that's VERY different from the horrible "I'M NO GOOD!" feeling. Feeling tiny in a big universe doesn't seem to hurt us in any way. We've seen self-punishing and so on in the past. Some Bible verses recommend "small and humble": other verses recommend "big and strong". There's a place for both? The article said that researchers had made people feel 'awe' (in group sessions, I think?). Afterwards, the people seemed LESS SELFISH, more sociable, more helpful! Researchers in Florida gave over 100 people 'awesome' simulated space trips. Neuroscientist Andrew Newberg said that the awesomeness of space could lead to "greater compassion, and a more collaborative society on Earth". (Space isn't the ONLY awesome thing! 'Awe'

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from beautiful plants once helped a stressed school.) 'Awe' sounds a bit unfashionable today. But is it a practical tool that we don't fully appreciate? Today's fashion doesn't encourage 'awe' (or mental welfare) especially in towns. If I tried a simple lesson to get kids to feel 'awe', I might frighten, confuse them or make them laugh! In real life, we'd have to try out all our methods very carefully. But Newberg's comments about a "more compassionate society" MIGHT be a pointer to some interesting work? Phil French

Best Jokes from the Edinburgh Fringe I've just finished reading a book about anti-gravity. Absolutely fascinating—I couldn't put it down! “My cat is recovering from a massive stroke.” Darren Walsh (2015) “I went to Waterstones and asked the woman for a book about turtles, she said ‘hardback?’ and I was like, ‘yeah and little heads” Mark Simmons (2015) “Hey, if anyone knows how to fix some broken hinges, my door’s always open.” Paul F. Taylor (2016) “Hedgehogs – why can’t they just share the hedge?” Dan Antolpolski (2009) “I think the worst thing about driving a time machine is your kids are always in the back moaning ‘Are we then yet?’” Paul F. Taylor (2016)




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The Signs of the Times Beep went the electronic reader on the bus as I placed my micro-chipped card on it. I sat down and wondered where the CCTV camera was.... The advancement of the digital age and surveillance is staggering in its speed and capabilities. Purported to be for our benefit and protection against criminality should we be concerned? If we've done nothing wrong, what's the problem? BUT are we sleepwalking into a global world where all areas of our personal lives can be used at will? Surveillance means constant watch be it openly or covertly. These are some of the ways our personal data is collected and monitored and will continue to grow:• Computers...monitoring data and emails via broadband traffic • CCTV cameras everywhere • Data mining and profiling can assemble a picture of patterns and behaviour • Mobile phones can collect location data • Social networking can map thoughts, beliefs, interests and actions • DNA profiling, ancestry sites offering test information • Biometric...fingerprints, DNA, facial recognition for identification screening • Behavioural Biometrics analyses face, speed and tone of voice, waving arms etc • ID credentials, Passports, Drivers Licenses, bank cards etc • Electronic trail from banks, cards, birth certificates, health records • Third party information from employers and credit companies can be purchased • Corporate marketing and advertising via tracking cookies • Aerial...helicopter, unmanned drones, police drones capable of carrying tasers • Satellite imagery • Bugs in devices...telephones, cameras, televisions, • Human operatives as in spys and private investigators • Microchips under the skin (I shudder) and radio frequency ID tags The beeping of my bus pass may seem innocuous but being watched as I sit in my garden from above is creepy. Speaking of 'above', as believers, we are content in knowing that God watches us all the time. However, the motivation for the watching is the crucial difference. Technical surveillance monitors our freedom of thought, word and action. It seeks to catch us out if we cross a perceived line. It's about control. We may then receive a penalty. God watches to guide, protect and encourage us and we repent if we cross His line. Technology watches with distrust. God watches with Fatherly love. We watch the signs of the times.

Proverbs 15:3 ISV The eyes of the LORD are in every place, observing both the evil and the good. Lorraine Roberts

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Crime Prevention Message Vehicle crime makes up more than a quarter of all recorded crime in the UK. Vehicle criminals are opportunists, and most vehicle-related crimes can be prevented by taking simple security measures.

Car security Always lock your car, wind up the windows and close the sunroof, even if you’re only leaving it for a few minutes. You should also double check it’s locked before leaving. It only takes a few seconds for your valuables to be stolen from an unlocked car. Never leave valuable possessions such as handbags, laptops, phones or sat navs on show inside a vehicle. This makes it much more likely to be targeted by thieves. Even items of little value, such as shopping bags and clothing, may tempt a potential thief to break into the vehicle to see whether they contain anything worth stealing. Keep your possessions out of view, or take them with you. For extra security:• Fit a car alarm • Use a steering wheel lock • Get an immobiliser, this stops the engine from starting if the car is being stolen • Always park your car in well-lit areas in full public view • Look for police approved car parks with the Park Mark logo • When in stationary in traffic, keep your doors locked and windows up

Motorcycle security When leaving your motorcycle: • Always lock it to something secure and set the alarm • Try to use a designated motorcycle parking place with a stand and security loop • Don't leave items such as helmets or other possessions with your bike • Use an immobiliser • Scooters and mopeds are nearly four times more likely to be stolen than motorbikes. They are light and easy to steal if they're not parked securely, so it's worth taking extra precautions. Always keep your scooter or moped parked in a safe place, where there are lots of passersby to prevent anyone tampering with it.

Bicycle security To make your bicycle less of a target for thieves: • Fit a good bike lock, such as one with a Sold Secure rating, and attach your bike to something secure • Always lock your bicycle, even if you are only leaving it for a couple of minutes • Have your bike's frame securitymarked or etched • Keep your bike in a secure garage or shed when at home • If you have quick-release wheels, lock them up as well or take them with you • Remove lights from the bike and take them with you

• Don't leave items in the glove compartment • If you have a garage, use it



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Coffee morning in aid of the Duchess of Kent Hospice A very successful coffee morning was held on 2nd August at Anne Soley's home. Friends gathered in her beautiful garden where they enjoyed delicious refreshments and good company. A bring and buy sale and raffle boosted the takings to over £560 pounds which Halifax kindly increased to £1000. This sum goes to help the wonderful work done by the Duchess of Kent hospice. Thank you Anne and all the supporters! Rosemary Cunningham

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July meeting

enjoyed by 22 members, husbands and friends - especially the “Sharing Desserts”!! (See photos).

Once again Rita organised the MU dinner at the Toby Carvery which was

Moira thanked her on behalf of everyone and gave her an orchid in appreciation. Sheila Bryant

In West Berkshire and Reading we are lucky to have a wide variety of churches.

You don’t have to start or finish at your local church and you can plan your own route to suit yourself. The sponsorship money you raise is shared 50/50 between the Berkshire Churches Trust and the individual church of your choice, usually your own. The Trust donated £4,000 towards our Development Project in 2015 and has donated in the past to help us with repairing our roof. If you would like to participate or welcome visitors on the day, speak to me. Richard Canning ℡ 0118 942 8238

Participants in Ride+Stride are free to devise their own routes and there is a suggested walk and a cycle ride on the Berkshire Churches Trust website. Berkshire Churches Trust at:



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Report from the Showstoppers Caterers Here we are again in 2017 providing nourishment for the cast of the Showstoppers and their support staff. In our kitchen, we welcomed our caterers Caroline the Clown, High Wire Heather, Magical Moira, Showgirl Steph and we welcomed back Betty the Ballerina and me Rita the Ringmaster. Paddy the Performer 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 shopper!!

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. High Wire Heather brought along an amazing hands-free gadget which opened the tins of tuna on its own – it was awesome to watch each day. (We could all do with one for Christmas!!) Just to share a few statistics of the week: Monday – Thursday: • 544 sandwiches were prepared (and eaten!!) • Approx. 400 drinks and biscuits for children and leaders were served during their break. • Friday’s Special Meal for 103 Children & Adults:

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 mid-morning drinks and biscuits and the sandwich lunch for the helpers. Once again, this year each day the number of sandwiches made each day were all eaten and there was no leftover's. This result is down to the years of experience of the kitchen crew!! There has always been an atmosphere of friendship and fun in the kitchen (especially with one member when it comes to broken biscuits!!) and this year

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• 236 Fish Fingers and 174 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!!

Just some of the 103 for Friday lunch The Chicken Nuggets and special dietary needs were cooked in the hall kitchen by Betty and me. The boxes of chips were collected by Dee and Sonia and delivered to the hall kitchen where the


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(Continued from page 13) fish fingers or chicken nuggets were added and the boxes then distributed by young helpers to the tables. Once again it was a privilege to be part of an extremely successful Holiday Club with the daily sessions being led again this year by Stuart with great enthusiasm backed by the music group which was again much appreciated.

During our prayer time each day we prayed that the children would be protected, and through hearing more about God’s wonderful creation of the world through to the Resurrection of Jesus, they would be able to share what they had learnt during the week, and hopefully in future times, with their friends and family. Catering Manager – Rita the Ringmaster

THE WORLD'S BIGGEST COFFEE MORNING in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support "A cuppa, some cake and a spot of shopping"

At: Tilehurst Methodist Church Hall, School Road On: Saturday 30 September Time: 12 noon to 3.00 pm Please join us for refreshments and a spot of shopping at a variety of stalls from local home businesses There will be a selection of toiletries, make-up, chocolates, cards, calendars, jewellery, baby gifts, wooden gifts, knitted items, fabric items and lots of other lovely things from talented local artists and crafters. Look forward to seeing you there For more information, please contact Jo Hands (07801 845 755) Macmillan Cancer Support, registered charity in England and Wales (261017)

Heritage Open Days 7th - 10th September There are lots of places open for special tours and exhibitions throughout the country. The events in Reading include visiting Brock Keep on the Oxford Road, the Medical Heritage museum at the Royal Berks, Rowberry Morris in Castle Street, The Turbine house by Bel and the Dragon, the Museum of English rural life, listening to the Father Willis organ in Reading Town Hall, visiting the Green Park Wind Turbine, looking round Reading Crown Court, and a number of churches including Greyfriars, St Giles, St James, St Laurence and Holy Trinity. Why not try something different – everything is free and many of the venues are not usually open to the public so now is your chance to visit!



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Dates for the Diary See the following pages for more information September Fri 1 Sat 2 Mon 4 Tues 5 Fri 8 Sat 9

St Catherine’s at Boxgrove House 3.00 pm Messy Church 3.30 pm at St Catherine’s - Theme ‘After Show Party’ ‘The Link’ re-opens after the summer break St Catherine's PCC meets 8.00 pm Youth Group re-starts after the summer break Purley Farmers' Market 8.30 am-12.30 pm at The Barn, Goosecroft Lane, off Beech Road, Purley on Thames Sat 9 Ride & Stride sponsored event, see page 12. Why not combine with Heritage Open day events, see page 14 Sat 9 Organ recital by Richard Mayers at St Mary Magdalen church 4.00-5.00 pm followed by refreshments, collection in aid of Livingstone Tanzania Trust Tues 12 Tilehurst Parish Council 7.30 pm at The Calcot Centre, Highview Weds 13 Mothers’ Union AGM & service 8.00 pm at St Catherine's Fri 15 ‘Send a Cow’ charity house party, see page 22 Tues 19 Mothers’ Union anniversary service 2.30 pm at St Catherine’s Weds 20 ‘The Link’ AGM & service Sun 24 Parish walk Pangbourne to Purley 3.00 pm Sat 30 MacMillan coffee morning, see page 14 Sat 30 Padworth Recycling open day, see page 23

October Weds 4 ‘Vision evening’ at Tilehurst Methodist Church Hall All welcome to share visions for the future of ‘The Link’ Fri 6 St Catherine’s at Boxgrove House 3.00 pm Sat 7 Messy Church 3.30 pm at St Catherine’s - Theme ‘Messy Harvest’ Sat 7 Quizaid 7.00 pm at St Michael’s Church Hall, see page 24 Mon 9 Prayer ministry team meeting 7.45pm at St Catherine’s Tues 10 Tilehurst Parish Council 7.30 pm at The Calcot Centre, Highview Sat 14 Purley Farmers' Market 8.30 am-12.30 pm at The Barn, Goosecroft Lane, off Beech Road, Purley on Thames Tues 17 Finance Action group meets 8.00 pm Tues 17 to Fri 19 Christian Resources Exhibition Sandown Park Sat 21 Jumble sale Sun 29 Clocks go back

Looking ahead Shoebox Sunday is 19th November—time to start collecting things to fill them!

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Holiday Club 2017 They say that a picture paints a thousand words. So here’s an 12,000 word essay on just some of the fun that 66 children and 40 adult and teenage helpers had at ‘Showstoppers!’, this year’s Holiday Club….

Setting up the Church



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Registered Charity 102992

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

We run two sessions a week: Tuesdays 10.00 am-12.30 pm, feel free to bring along a healthy packed lunch for 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 Rebecca Devaney ℡ 0118 941 4920 email: or see

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

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

Saturdays 1.30 pm to 5.30 pm Sept 16th, Oct 14th, Nov 18th 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. Contact Val Poore ℡ 0118 962 4555 email 18


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What’s On In and Around the Parish Community Event at St Catherine’s Wittenham Avenue RG31 5LN


Friday Friends

Weds 13 Service and AGM 8.00 pm at St Catherine's

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. September 1st Cards & Games 8th ‘In town tonight’ 15th Hospital Chaplain 22nd Talk about Tilehurst

Weds 20th Bible Study 8.00 pm at 26 Normanstead Road Weds 27th Fellowship Afternoon 2.00 pm at 49 Compton Avenue


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

Weds 11 Comical Poems with Marjy Carden 8.00 pm at St Catherine’s Weds 18 Bible study 8.00 pm at venue to be arranged Weds 25th Fellowship afternoon 2.00 pm at 31 Normanstead Road

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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Tues 19th Anniversary Service 2.30 pm at St Catherine’s, with friends from other Churches followed by refreshments.

Sun 29 Memorial service & Tea 3.00 pm at St Catherine’s (Our Organisation Makes People Happy!) For older people, each fun session consists of half an hour of mild physical activity followed by socialising over tea and cake. £2 entry. The sessions are in St Catherine’s Café on Tuesdays 22nd, 29th August and 5th September, 2.30 pm to 3.00 pm. Then stay on for Tea and Cake. Contact Richard  07900 057 352



Tilehurst Triangle WI In July, we welcomed Chris Allen from ‘One day Wood Craft’ who talked about heritage crafts, sustainability and explained his journey into green woodcraft and his passion for working without powered tools. Then he demonstrated wood crafting using greenwood and hand tools. Sitting astride his ‘shave horse’, Chris demonstrated how to make a gypsy flower. He also brought along a selection of his products which are both attractive and useful, including wooden spoons and bowls.

see the Swan Upping and a bird walk on Greenham Common.

Swan Upping: Meeting the Queen’s Swan Marker, David Barber. Although we did not have a formal meeting in the hall in August, members were able to enjoy a delicious afternoon tea with homemade cakes in St Mary’s Church, Hampstead Norreys. This was followed by a guided heritage walk around Hampstead Norreys which has a long and very interesting history. Afterwards, we met with members unable to join the afternoon activities for refreshment at The Berkshire Arms and to socialise. Our next meeting in the hall is on September 20th where we will hear the history of ‘Punch and Judy’ told through the puppets. Tilehurst Triangle WI meets in St Catherine’s Hall on the third Wednesday of each month, except August, at 7.30 pm. Visitors are welcome. We have a new Facebook page:

We have had a very full programme of outings throughout the summer including a shared picnic before the open air production of Wind in the Willows at Caversham Court, a trip to


so check us out and see what we have been doing and have planned. For information contact the secretary Ros Somerville ℡ 0118 941 6838


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Ania's Garden Services For help with general garden maintenance; pruning, weeding, mowing, hedge trimming, leaf clearing. No job too small! Contact: Ania Godbold Phone: 07963 567473 Email:

Fundraising for India 2018 Also, to help at WAGGGS (World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts) which are based in New Delhi, India. Girl Guiding was introduced in India in 1911 and they were called The Bharat Scouts and Guides.

Some of you may remember that three years ago I went on a guiding expedition to Ghana to help build an orphanage. But this time in the summer of 2018 I will be going on a guiding expedition to India. While there I will be exploring India’s culture and the different food that they make.

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To help this amazing organisation, I need to fund raise roughly £3,000 therefore I’m asking if you have any odd jobs that needs doing for example mowing the lawn, walking the dogs, cleaning, gardening, etc. Then I am free to do these jobs to raise money plus awareness for my new expedition as this expedition will help me understand and experience how Girl Guiding is done in a different country. Helen O’Sullivan ℡ 0118 962 4709



Congratulations to Simon Hodkin and Della Payne married on 11th August. We wish them every happiness in their new life together

Send a Cow House Party Friday 15th Sept, 11am to 9pm 16 Felton Way, Tilehurst.

Please come and join us to raise money for the charity Send a Cow, which sends farming and educational resources to Africa. This year we’re collecting for beehives. Tea, Coffee, Cakes & other refreshments will be available. Cornwell Charity Crafts will have jewellery and other handmade gifts on sale. All profits go to Send a Cow. Val Poore

Caroline O’Sullivan

0118 962 4555

0118 962 4709



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News from Holiday Club Readifood Collection 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 Showstoppers 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 as can be seen from the picture below. Thank you from them to all who donated!

The cake sale proved very popular and was sold out by lunchtime. Thank you to all those who baked cakes and to those who bought.

Next year? 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 13th August for the 2018 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. Tony Bartlett

QUIZAID Saturday 7th October 2017

Cake Sale We asked for donations of cakes and biscuits for a cake sale on Wednesday and this raised over £70 which will be shared between Sharon Nordley (Wycliffe Bible Translators) and Ashini, the little girl we support regularly through Tear Fund.


7.00pm at St Michael’s Church Hall, Tilehurst (Routh Lane RG30 4JY) Raffle, FairTrade Stall Bring your own drinks and nibbles Enquiries to Richard Canning ℡ 0118 942 8238 All proceeds/profits will go to Christian Aid UK


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Holiday Club Report St Catherine’s Centre for the Performing Arts was the home of this year’s Holiday Club ’Showstoppers!’. Over the week, 67 children attended and were helped by over 45 teenagers and adults. The opening Sunday Service was very well attended by around 100 people of all ages where they were introduced to the many things the children would be doing over the following week - Stories, Drama, Songs, Craft, Dancing and Games. Over the 5 days we took our inspiration from 5 famous Bible stories :- Creation, David, Daniel, Jesus’ Birth and Jesus’s Death and Resurrection. At the end of each morning, parents and carers came to see two groups of children perform a drama or a song which they’d be rehearsing.

At the end of the week, over 100 stayed for a giant shared fish and chips meal. The reason behind this year’s Holiday Club theme can be found in our Creation story. God is the creator. Humans are made in our Father God’s image. Therefore, we his children, inherit some of his attributes and in turn have a creative urge within us. We used this creative urge in many different ways to explore the Bible passages over the five days to see what we could learn. It was a privilege to be part of over 100 people who in amongst stories, fun, games, terrible jokes and even custard pies, spent time learning about God and his love for us. The Director.

‘A’ level results congratulations to: Claire Allen to study Music & Sound production technology at Bournemouth Nicola O’Sullivan to study Learning Disability Nursing at Coventry

Youth Group For anyone of secondary school age, meets every other Friday in term time, 7.45 pm to 9.15 pm at St Catherine's. There’s a fun & varied programme of games and other activities, the first meeting after the summer holidays is Friday 8th September to know more

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Your friendly local tennis club in Tilehurst Whether you want to improve your game, play socially, or compete in matches, we have something for you. New members welcome! Visit us at Or call Jane on 07801 286 563

Established 1961

• Mini tennis for under 10’s • Junior and adult coaching • Ladies morning • •

For coaching enquiries call James Veterans a1ernoon on 07717 101 911 Or visit Junior and adult socials

• Junior and adult teams Woodland LTC Wendover Way, Tilehurst, RG30 4RU



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Calling all Garden lovers to St Catherine’s Gardening Club Do you love gardening? Like being out in the fresh air? Good with plants? Enjoy being part of a friendly team? We’d love you to join us on a Saturday morning in the St Catherine’s church garden! There are many jobs to be done, some large, some small, some easy, some more difficult. A small group of us are there most Saturday mornings from about 10 am till midday. Coffee and biscuits provided.

There are tubs and troughs to plant and keep watered. We’d especially like to welcome members of the local community to join us in taking a pride in our church garden. Pop round one Saturday and see what’s going on. Contact

Jo Day ℡ 0118 942 1481 or Chris Addison  07966 105056 for a chat to see if this might be for you.

You might like to adopt a flower bed – be as creative as you like, or keep a couple of shrubs in good shape.

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“The kiss of the sun for pardon, The song of a bird for mirth, One is nearer to God in a garden Than anywhere else on earth.”


Another hot date with Purley Players – this time in sunny Spain where a holiday rep has been killed and the suspects are from both sides of the Atlantic with Scotland Yard and the FBI investigating. This year’s Murder Mystery “Who Killed the Holiday Rep?” is at The Barn, Goosecroft Lane, Purley on Thames on Friday, 29th September and Saturday, 30 September. Ticket price is £16 which includes a meal, pay bar for wine, beer and soft drinks. Tickets on sale from Sara (tel: 0118 954 8052). Come along and enjoy the sunshine in Benidorm in late September!

Tilehurst Afternoon WI Our thanks go out to Diane and the committee who have continued to lead and organise some 60 of us every third Tuesday afternoon in St Catherine's Hall. Besides the refreshments, raffles, competitions and bring and buy sales we also have interest orientated groups such as books, art, craft and walking which meet up at other times. Many of our ladies are knitting squares for blankets, which is ongoing, for the hospital. We also regularly collect tins etc for Readifood. Here are some of the events and speakers that we have found thoroughly enjoyable over the past months.

• Afternoon tour of Caversham Court • Talk on Smith's coaches of Reading • Talk and opportunity to buy handmade silver jewellery • ''What the Queen said to me'' talk on how a first book was published Our summer event was a tour of Englefield House, followed by tea and cake and a stroll around the gardens. It was very interesting and the weather was beautiful. This month we will be having a talk on Georgian cookery: in October a flower demonstration: November a history of the Kennet and Avon Canal and of course a Christmas party in December. L Roberts

• Meal at Pincent's Manor • Day trip to Denman College with cookery demonstration



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Be Passionate, Proactive and Persistent 'DO NOT MERELY LISTEN TO THE WORD...DO WHAT IT SAYS.' JAMES 1:22 NIV

When Nehemiah first saw the ruins of Jerusalem, he wept. Then he rolled up his sleeves and went to work. In the face of overwhelming odds and relentless opposition, he rebuilt the walls in just fifty-two days. How? Because it was his vision and his passion! Question: Are you afraid to say, 'Lord, I'll do anything You want me to do,' in case He sends you somewhere you don't want to go, or asks you to do something you don't feel ready or qualified to do? You've got it wrong! The Bible says God's will is 'good, and acceptable, and perfect' (Romans 12:2 KJV). Now, while God's will is 'good', it's not necessarily easy. But He will give you a passion for it. When Jeremiah tried to stop speaking about the Lord, he said God's Word became 'like a burning fire shut up in my bones' (Jeremiah 20:9 NASB). A God- given vision sets your heart on fire. You begin to see things you never saw before and get excited about them. You may have failed in the past, but God can take your chapters of failure and write a story of success. But it won't happen if you're just sitting on the side-lines. The Bible says, 'Do not merely listen to the word. . . . Do what it says.' You'll get a passion for God's will once you start doing it! And when it happens, you will say, 'This is what I was made for.' When you have a compelling reason for doing something, and you know God is watching and smiling on you, it makes all the difference in the world. So, the word for you today is: be passionate, proactive, and persistent! 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.

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 £,000's 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: 12th September, 8.00 pm - "The Kingfisher" David Boag David was the first person to photograph the kingfisher underground in the nest, diving for fish and grabbing a fish underwater. 10th October, 8.00 pm - "unwrapping raptors" David Darrall-Lambert A welcome return to one of our most popular speakers. Some great identification tips interspersed with some wonderful humour.

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St Catherine’s Hall - Regular Bookings Monday


7.30 am - 1.15 pm

St Catherine’s Pre-school

Contact  07745 909 348

7.00 pm - 9.15 pm

Rockin Rhythm Jive class

Contact Debra Tompkins  07748 391 776

7.30 am - 3.15 pm

St Catherine’s Pre-school

Contact as above

2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

W.I. (3rd Tuesday)

7.30 pm - 8.45 pm

Yoga exercise

Antonella Carraro ℡ 0118 942 8397

St Catherine’s Pre-school

Contact as above

1.15 pm - 3.30 pm (In church not hall)

Vivace Voices Ladies Choir

Contact Sue Hennell ℡ 0118 966 1291

7.30 pm - 10.00 pm

Tilehurst Triangle W.I. (3rd Wednesday) ℡ 0118 941 6838

7.30 am - 3.15 pm

St Catherine’s Pre-school

Contact as above

5.45 pm - 7.15 pm

7th Tilehurst Brownies

Contact Andrea Fishenden  07976 002 809

7.30 am - 12.15 pm

St Catherine’s Pre-school

Contact as above

2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Friday Friends

See page 19

6.00 pm - 7.30 pm

Circuit training

Contact B&C Fitness  07809 524 061

7.45 pm - 9.15 pm

Church Youth Group (fortnightly)

Contact Evelyn Bartlett ℡ 0118 967 8659

1.30 pm - 5.30 pm

Crafty Space (monthly)

See page 18

3.30 pm - 5.00 pm

Messy Church (monthly)


Wednesday 7.30 am - 3.15 pm




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



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

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The Anglican Parish of Tilehurst St Catherine & Calcot St Birinus ST CATHERINE OF SIENA Wittenham Avenue, Tilehurst, RG31 5LN Saturday 3.30 pm Messy Church is on one Saturday most months and also other ‘Messy Dates’, it’s a fun time of worship and activities for all the family followed by a meal. Sunday 8.00 am Our Early Service of Communion or Morning Prayer, is quiet and reflective. An opportunity to start Sunday thinking about God. Sunday 9.30 am Is an exciting time of Praise and Worship, to fire you up for the week ahead. An opportunity for an encounter with God through word, sacrament, prayer, prophecy and healing. There are refreshments at 9.00 am and again at 11.00 am. Where there’s a fifth Sunday in the month Both churches meet together sometime during that month (details pages 4-5) for a joint service held either at St Catherine’s or the Cornwell Centre.

CORNWELL COMMUNITY CHURCH The Cornwell Centre, Home Croft, off Clements Mead, Tilehurst, RG31 5WJ Sunday 11.00 am An opportunity for the whole family to meet with God through praise, prayer and teaching with special fun activities for children (Sunday School). Refreshments (including cakes and fresh coffee) from 10.30 am and after the service. An informal Communion Service occasionally held, see pages 4-5 for dates


See pages 4 & 5 for a full listing of church services in the Parish For initial enquiries regarding baptisms and weddings, please telephone ℡ 0118 942 7786



September 2017

Profile for St Catherines

RG31 - September 17  

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

RG31 - September 17  

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