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The Parish Magazine of Tilehurst St Catherine & Calcot St Birinus September 2019

September 2019


Who’s Who in the Parish

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

Licensed Lay Minister

Licensed Lay Minister

Mike Heather  0118 962 4852

Tony Bartlett  0118 967 8659

 michaelheather@btinternet.com

 tony.bartlett.ccc@ntlworld.com

Churchwarden Richard Canning  0118 942 8238

Churchwarden Stuart Poore  0118 962 4555

 richard@meadowsweet.eu

 stuart.poore@ntlworld.com

St Catherine’s Hall bookings Sheila Drew  0118 942 7254  hall@stcatherines-tilehurst.org.uk Cornwell Centre bookings Tilehurst Parish Council  0118 941 8833  bookings@tilehurstpc.co.uk RG31 is published 10 times a year on the first Sunday of the month (not January or August) by the P.C.C. of Tilehurst: St Catherine & Calcot: St Birinus and is also available via our website www.stcatherines-tilehurst.org.uk Editor:

Tony Bartlett  0118 967 8659

Assistant Editor: Rosemary Cunningham  0118 942 0713 Advertising:

Richard Canning  0118 942 8238

All details and events are correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of going to print. The P.C.C. and Editors are not necessarily in agreement with the views expressed by contributors in this magazine. We welcome contributions of articles or letters for future issues from anyone living in, or connected with the parish. All contributions must be received by the editors by the 20th day of the month preceding the next month’s issue at the latest. Contributions may be sent to magazine@stcatherines-tilehurst.org.uk Read your own copy of RG31 (10 issues) - only 50p each issue, or £5.00 for a year’s subscription. Details from the editors whose details are above. © Tilehurst St Catherine & Calcot St Birinus P.C.C. 2019 Some material is © Parish Pump Ltd and some © Dave Walker Cartoonchurch.com

Cover Picture Backpackers Holiday club


Photos Stuart Poore & CJ Reeder


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Tony Bartlett The Gospel according to Gardener’s World When we launched Cornwell Community Church back in 1993, we talked about ‘planting’ then ‘growing’ a congregation. This year, if we are to continue that gardening analogy, we’ve been ‘transplanted’, or ‘potted up’. In gardening terms that’s done to remedy sluggish growth and allow room for growth. Whilst there’s a need to take extra care of the plant until well established in its new home, it will then flourish and grow. That is our hope for the Cornwell congregation, now ‘Allsorts@11’, meeting in that larger ‘container’ that is St Catherine’s. I think the same analogy can be applied to us as individuals, to think of ‘potting up’ not in a physical sense but in terms of our lives, the things that we do, our walk with God. It is all too easy to slip into a comfortable rut with no room for growth. Do you belong to St Catherine’s? - To challenge us as individuals we need to examine how we are using our God-given gifts and skills, our likes, our availability and our commitment. Those already meeting in a small group may have the opportunity to go deeper, but Gill has presented us all with the opportunity to reevaluate what we contribute to church life through the SHAPE course (details at church). Don’t yet belong? – Maybe you came with your children to ‘Backpackers’ Holiday club? At ‘Allsorts@11’ at St Catherine’s on Sunday you’ll find many familiar faces from Backpackers Holiday club. Whilst Holiday club as a once a year event gives a taste of what it is to follow Jesus, better still is to get to know him now, rather than waiting until the 2020 Holiday Club. What to expect if you’ve never been - Come along at 10.45 am to fresh coffee (or tea) and cakes, some of the 9.15 am congregation will still be there so even more people to meet and get to know. Then Allsorts@11 begins (at 11.00 am!) with some Hymns or modern songs of worship led by a music group that includes several young people (we’ve room for more), a short talk aimed at all ages follows, then the youngsters go off for their own fun time (‘Sunday school’). Then there’s a Bible reading and short talk (sermon), a time for prayers, another Hymn or Song to end. We aim to finish at around 12noon with more refreshments and the chance to chat. With the stresses and pressures of life today we feel that it is important and beneficial to ‘take time out’ and devote an hour on a Sunday morning to explore how the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, shows God’s continuing love for creation and for each one of us. You’ll also become part of a loving, supportive and caring family; a community united in putting God first, we’d love you to join us!

‘Church is not something you go to, it’s a family you belong to’

Tony September 2019



Services in the Parish The Garden Room at St Catherine's is open during the day and reserved for quiet, prayer and meditation. Every Wednesday 9.30 am

A simple morning service at St Joseph’s or 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.

Every Thursday 12.15 pm 2.00 pm

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

Every Friday during term time 9.15 am

Tots Praise - Café Siena

Sunday 1st September - Proper 17 Ecclesiasticus 10.12-18, or Proverbs 25.6-7, Psalm 112, Hebrews 13.1-8,15,16, Luke 14.1,7-14 8.00 am Morning Prayer 9.15 am Holy Communion 11.00 am Allsorts@11 with Baptism

Wednesday 4th September 11.00 am

Holy Communion at York House

Saturday 7th September 3.30 pm

Messy Church

Sunday 8th September - Proper 18 Deuteronomy 30.15-20, Psalm 1, Philemon 1-21, Luke 14.25-33 8.00 am Holy Communion 9.15 am Word and Worship 11.00 am Allsorts@11

Sunday 15th September - Proper 19 Exodus 32.7-14, Psalm 51.1-11, 1 Timothy 1.12-17, Luke 15.1-10 8.00 am Morning Prayer 9.15 am Holy Communion 11.00 am Allsorts@11 4


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Sunday 22nd September - Proper 20 Amos 8.4-7, Psalm 113, 1 Timothy 2.1-7, Luke 16.1-13 8.00 am Holy Communion 9.15 am Word and Worship 11.00 am Allsorts@11 with Communion

Sunday 29th September - Proper 21 Amos 6.1a,4-7, Psalm 146, 1 Timothy 6.6-19, Luke 16.19-31 9.15 am Holy Communion 11.00 am Allsorts@11 4.30 pm Harvest Festival Invitation service, Tea party follows after

Wednesday 2nd October 11.00 am

Holy Communion at York House

Saturday 5th October 3.30 pm

Messy Church th

Sunday 6 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 9.15 am Holy Communion 11.00 am Allsorts@11

Sunday 13th October - Proper 23 2 Kings 5.1-3,7-15c, Psalm 111, 2 Timothy 2.8-15, Luke 17.11-19 8.00 am Holy Communion 9.15 am Word and Worship 11.00 am Allsorts@11

From the registers Baptism

RIP Funerals taken by Ministers Sheila Ward Pamela Warwick Malcolm Sell Patricia Jane Newman Pamela Mary Povey Please remember their families and friends in your prayers.

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Baptised on 7th July Isabella Sarah Jedrzejczyk

Baptised on 28th July Elara Ringrow

Baptised on 1st September Jessica Rose Mary Gingell Please remember these children and their families in your prayers.



Au Revoir Sheila Ward 25th April 1934 - 19th July 2019

Rest in Peace Whenever Sheila needed to ask a favour, she would send a text message to one of us, starting with “Ever so nice….. Shirley, Maureen, Sheila, Jo or whoever it was”, so we were smiling even before we discovered what she would like us to do! Several of us were asked to write a few words about our dear Sheila, so here is our compilation:-

Ever so nice ……… Sheila Ward (the quiet one) remembered

Lorraine Roberts I only knew Sheila for the last ten years of her long life. I’ve heard many a tale from friends who've known her for decades that would fill a good book. 'Exploits of a Brownie Leader' would be an interesting one, as would 'How to avoid injuries playing Badminton' or 'Adventures on a Cruise Ship whilst driving a Mobility Scooter'! When I joined St Catherine’s Sheila took me under her wing and I always sat next to her hoping her obvious popularity would rub off on me. There were fitting 'mum' tributes at her Thanksgiving from family but I used to call her my 'church mum' as she made me feel at home. We soon became firm friends and with Joan and June, the four of us lunched every Wednesday at the Fox and Hounds and had many Indian meals at the local restaurant. She was always such good company and I remember


one evening we couldn’t attract the waiter to get the bill. So, Sheila rang them up from her mobile and it was hilarious to see the penny drop as they answered the house phone and then looked over to our table. Sheila was part of our life group at Anne’s and yes, as was said at the service, she could snooze anywhere. Sometimes her mobile would go off unexpectedly. Most of us have a boring tone but Sheila’s was loud and demanding “Scooby, Dooby, Do, where are you?” She was funny and cheeky but also had a serious prayerful side, being part of Prayer on the Streets and Prayer Chain. She was very intelligent and compiled the annual MU quiz questions and answers. What she didn’t know about mushrooms wasn’t worth knowing! At Friday friends she was lively and made the others laugh. She loved her cake and biscuits she could break apart and nibble the cream off. She was a big fan of the 'Meerkats' and has quite a collection, I believe. She also collected teddy bears and Betty always called her Huggy Bear. (Continued on page 7)


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(Continued from page 6) Sheila never complained about her health problems and dealt with them with faith and fortitude. She had good friends who did all they could to help her and she was a shining light to all of us. We miss her immensely but sense her everywhere! This poem was chosen by Sheila and was read out at her funeral by her grandson, Ryan. You can shed tears that she is gone Or you can smile because she has lived. You can close your eyes and pray that she’ll come back Or you can open your eyes and see all she’s left.

I would have passed the rare wild orchids, but Sheila stooped and ringed each one round with twigs for protection. We attended several conferences in Brighton in the 1990s and between sessions we sauntered along the seafront - Sheila’s paradise. Fish and chip shops, coloured rock, ice cream, jelly dummies, rock kippers - all there to tempt her sweet tooth, not to mention the iced cakes and cream buns. I hope there will be a large, well-stocked cake shop in heaven for my friend. During a short stay in Paris, our group visited Vaux Le Vicomte chateau. Four of us hired a buggy in order to see more of the gardens. Owing to bad navigation on my part, Sheila at the wheel drove us outside the grounds and a quartet of St. C’s ladies ended up tearing down the main street, shrieking with laughter and failing badly to represent the UK with dignity.

Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her Or you can be full of the love you shared. You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.

Rebecca Horrell

You can remember her and only that she’s gone Or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.

Sheila was the devoted leader of 7th Tilehurst Brownies for over 35 years, where she was affectionately known as ‘Snowy Owl’.

You can cry and close your mind Be empty and turn your back

I remember her being a fun person to be around; she taught us how to make sherbet, and would join in with the grass -sledging during our annual trip to Foxlease.

Or you can do what she’d want Smile, open your eyes, love and go on. John 15:9 As the Father has loved me so have I loved you. Abide in my love

Sheila Latchford Walking through Moor Copse with Sheila was a revelation. She knew the name of each flower and plant.

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Another former Brownie told me that she would finish off the group’s box of ice cream by dipping fish fingers in, much to the amusement of everyone present! She was a fantastic role model


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(Continued from page 7) who instilled a sense of fun as well as responsibility, and she will be greatly missed by all of us.

Maureen Norman I first met Sheila when we both went to Weight Watchers at Springfield School. At that point she was struggling to lose weight. Our next shared activity was Seated Exercises at the Methodist Hall. As mobility became more difficult and she needed a lift, she still joined in certain exercises whenever possible. Sheila enjoy the Thursday Lunch Club in the Hall. A large group of us sat on a long table near the door and were by no means quiet. Sheila’s witty sense of humour was very evident, put Sheila and Dorothy Beisly together and anything could happen!! Geoff West enjoyed teasing them both, which they enjoyed too. A slice of cake was always important. When Lunch Club finished and the Café opened in the Church, she was not initially in favour, but soon decided to come as she missed meeting up with her friends. The 12.15 Service in the Garden Room was always important to her as was the 9.30 on Sundays. Saturday evening Carpet Bowls was another must. Sheila enjoyed the evening and played well, even when propped up on one stick. Howard Scott teased her often and did his best to “put her off” when she was concentrating and aiming to bowl as near as possible to the jack. Friday Friends, once a week, was another of Sheila’s pleasures. Her


favourite activity once a month was Cards and Games, when initially with Betty, Gwen, Val and Vera played “Whot”. They were easily the noisiest group in the room, finding lots to cause them much laughter. Tea and cakes were definitely needed half way through the session. Sadly, gradually Sheila was unable to attend and enjoy all these gatherings. Anne and Sheila Latchford’s home visits with Communion were enjoyed and appreciated by Sheila, as were Gill’s visits. Sheila’s visit to Park Lane Hair Salon on a Thursday morning was one of the highlights of her week. Stacy and Zoe enjoyed her visits too, and appreciated her sense of humour. They were so kind to her and looked after her so well. Once Sheila could no longer drive, Sheila Firth drove her there, and I picked her up. Jo and Shirley were always on hand to take over if we were not available. Sheila was extremely sad when she could no longer go to the salon, but fortunately she was recommended to a very nice mobile hair dresser, Della, who made home visits. It was good to see Mim, her favourite carer, at Sheila’s funeral. Mim cared for Sheila so well and they had many laughs together. It was a pleasure to have been able to help Sheila, in many ways, particularly as her health deteriorated. She was always most grateful. I feel extremely privileged to have been one of her (Continued on page 9)


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(Continued from page 8) friends. I am, like others, missing her lots. May Sheila rest in peace.

Hilary Smee Remembering “Our Sheila” Sometimes referred to as "the Quiet one!" to distinguish her from our other Sheilas. I usually referred to her as "trouble" and always said "Be good!" Her quick reply was always, "It’s no fun being good!" I remember two memorable holidays with Sheila. The first one in 2001 with a group of eight ladies from church including a visit to Monet's Gardens. Sheila loved the gardens and also enjoyed driving a Golf Buggy round the gardens at Vaux Le Vicomte chateau!

When Joanne and I were picked up at Reading station, imagine our surprise when we found that John and Sheila Ward were also on the trip! We had a great holiday and although John spent much of the time on the coach, he was happy for Sheila to go off and enjoy herself. For a long time afterwards John continued to thank me profusely for the kindness I had shown to him and for me opening the door for him! Sheila was a one off and will be greatly missed, but the stories and the memories will live on.

Sheila Firth

The other holiday was with the THA (Tilehurst Horticultural Association) in 2003 to Paris, Courson and another visit to Monet's gardens.

My special memories of Sheila (Snowy) are when helping at her Brownie pack, one of her major interests, where she passed on her extensive knowledge of nature and the countryside in such an easy manner. We, also, had many outings to Moor Copse. Pack holidays were fun and often chaotic where, at times, she reverted back to childhood - grass sledging being one of them! Very competitive! A lot of chocolate consumed as well. Mars bars kept her going, she said! (Continued on page 10)

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(Continued from page 9) Most years she seemed to be lucky to get tickets for the Garter ceremony at Windsor. The brownies loved the spectacle and history (as did I). To see the Royal family so close was special. Every year since, at that time, I remember those wonderful days. Helping her was such fun, and a privilege.

Shirley Horsnell I remember about 15 years ago, when I did not know Sheila that well, she asked me to make a fatless sponge that she rather liked so that she could take it away to Brownie camp. I made two, so she confessed to me afterwards, with that twinkle in her eye, that she had shared one among the Brownies but ate the other one herself.

Jo Day The more I think about what to say about Sheila the thought comes to me that she is one of our “St Catherine’s saints”. We have been greatly blessed with very special people in our church over the years, many of whom have already been “promoted to glory” as our previous incumbent used to say. And Sheila is certainly one of them. For many years, Sheila used to organise our annual visit to the Salvation Army Carol Concert at the Hexagon every year. It was a lovely way to start Advent. Sheila had developed a good relationship with someone in the box office, and always got special treatment, and very good seats. Sheila used to compile the questions for the annual MU Quiz Night, with many


questions specifically aimed at people she knew would be able to answer them. Hilary Smee took over on the night in recent years, and only this year did she have to supplement Sheila’s questions with some of her own. I got to know Sheila better in recent years when she needed a chauffeur to get to church and various doctor’s appointments. She resisted giving up her own car for months. Her independence was so important to her. She used two sticks for a very long time before accepting the use of a zimmer frame. Even when she needed a wheelchair to get from the car into the church, she insisted on leaving it in the corridor and walking into church using just her sticks. To help Sheila get into the car seat I would use a plastic shopping bag on the seat which would make twisting round into the seat easier. But Sheila was fussy about this bag! It had to be Waitrose; other supermarkets would not do! In recent weeks I would call in to see her on my way home from church on a Sunday. A visit to Sheila was always a joy, and she never complained, but gratefully accepted the offer of a cup of tea and re heating of the heat pad which helped to ease her back pain. She always wanted to have a pew sheet to keep in touch with what was going on, and especially what was going to happen at Friday Friends, which she really loved. Sadly, her recent breathing problems stopped her from being there amongst her friends. They used to have such a great time together. (Continued on page 11)


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(Continued from page 10) Sheila became a member of the MU Prayer Chain in recent years, and was a faithful prayer warrior on behalf of many people going through difficult times. I seem to remember saying this about Dorothy Beisly, that it is a wonderful thing to know that someone is praying for you. I remember helping Sheila to prepare her home for her big 80th birthday party. She’d had some new kitchen units fitted, but the contents of the old ones were still in a big muddle on the floor of the lounge. Her furniture and even some of the floor was covered in all kinds of papers which had somehow gathered and piled up. She had ordered some plants by post, which were suffering while they waited to be planted. I did my best to get them all into the ground in suitable places in the garden, not an easy task. We did a pretty good job of restoring order indoors, though I think she’d had enough of me by the time we finished! Sheila had little expressions like “yes pleases” instead of “yes please” which always made me chuckle. She did love to laugh and caused merriment wherever she was. Her smile and her laughter are still with me. Thursday lunch used to be a regular opportunity for jokes, often regarding who had pinched the walnut off her piece of coffee and walnut cake (her

favourite) or who had dropped those crumbs under the table. She and Dorothy Beisly were hilarious together. Anne Soley remembers Sheila especially at Thursday Lunch Club when Sheila always asked to be given the beautiful scented sweet peas which Anne had brought to decorate the tables. Shirley Horsnell and I formed the “A team” for hospital visits, me to drive round the car park searching for a space while Shirley took her in the wheelchair to her appointment. She was always far too generous in her thanks, and somehow managed to give thoughtful presents and send cards in spite of being housebound. Easter Saturday this year was unusually hot. I called in to see her on my way home from working in the church garden. I offered to take her out in her wheelchair as it was such a beautiful day. We found ourselves on our way up to the church, and arrived just as the flower ladies had finished decorating the church for Easter. I took her in and she spent a few precious moments in the church. Although she could not be with us on Easter Day morning, she would know just how it all looked, and join us in spirit. I hadn’t planned this visit, but I thank God for guiding us that day. I think it meant a lot to her. And I thank God for the privilege of knowing such a wonderful lady.

Mothers’ Union Prayer Chain—Prayer in Emergencies A call to one of the following numbers will start a chain of prayer straight away.

Valerie Forrow  0118 942 9319 Evelyn Bartlett  0118 967 8659 Lorraine Roberts  0118 942 6189 September 2019

Hilary Smee Jo Day


 0118 941 2895  0118 942 1481


Mothers’ Union Annual Dinner This took place at the Toby Carvery in Reading on 17th July and was attended by 25 members and family. Everyone enjoyed the delicious Carvery meal and there was plenty of conversation! It was superbly organised by Rita Barrett and Moira thanked her and presented her with a beautiful plant. Rosemary Cunningham

This Way to St Catherine's The Gift of Hospitality is the ability to enjoy meeting people and providing a warm welcome, food, friendship, or shelter. God can use people to touch lives and He has provided the facilities at St Catherine's to provide hospitality in our community to all ages and interests. At St Catherine's through our services and numerous activities during the week we aim to:  Create a warm, welcoming environment  Meet new people and help them feel welcome


 Provide a safe and comfortable setting where relationships can be built  Connect people together We are offering as a NEW opportunity to meet together -

Tuesday get Together Every Tuesday Morning 10am to 12 noon in the café area. We welcome anyone wishing to meet old friends or make new ones to just drop in for free refreshments and good company! Hospitality: Open Doors, Welcoming Hearts, Willing Hands Lorraine Roberts


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Bistro Evening You may have noticed that the volunteers are looking rather smart in the new aprons, and in particular Abigail who has her name embroidered on hers. A lovely lady in Lower Earley offered to embroider the name for free when I asked on a local Facebook page for someone to do it. It is so nice when people are generous and willing to help others. On Saturday 20th July we had our first Bistro night. We offered a welcome drink, 2 courses, and tea/coffee for the bargain price of £12.50. After dinner Gill gave an interesting talk about her trip to Ethiopia earlier in the year. The evening finished with a small raffle, and in all we made £464 after costs. A huge thank you goes to my poor husband David, who was my sous chef and chief washer upper for the evening. I also need to thank Moira Bristow’s granddaughter Morgan for helping to plate the food and offering me wise words of calmness and encouragement when I got stressed in the kitchen! I also need to thank Maureen Ward and Sonia Ludford when they worked on that really hot Thursday in July.

The temperature may have been just over 30 degrees, but the ladies still did a fantastic job in the kitchen. The saying “mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun” is true, and I could not believe how busy the café was. And there I was saying to Maureen and Sonia that I thought the café was going to be like the Marie Celeste! The café is going to trial opening on a Wednesday morning from 08.45 – 12.00, starting in September. We hope to entice the mums of children who go to pre-school and Birch Copse. At time of writing the exact start date and details are being finalised, so look out for posters in the church for more information. Karen

Report from the Hungry Hostel -ites Café Almost impossible to believe but another year has passed and here we are again in 2019 providing food and drinks from the Café for the children and their helpers. In our kitchen we welcomed our caterers Steph the Strider, Heather the Hiker, Moira the Meanderer, Sheila

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the Stroller, Caroline the Climber, Rita the Rambler and a new member to our group Ella the Expeditionist. (Continued on page 14)



(Continued from page 13) Paddy, although helping Bill this year with the games, still looked after the food and drink supplies each day. A thank you too to Karen from Café Siena who very kindly donated some items for our sandwiches and drinks. As the helpers arrived we provided tea/ coffee for them followed by our prayer time and then began our usual routine of preparing the sandwich fillings and organising the fruit. As the backpackers were visiting a different country each day a traditional sample of the countries snacks were added to the mid-morning drinks and biscuits – these were France – Brioche: Sweden – Cinnamon Rolls: Italy – Bread Sticks: Switzerland – Swiss Cheese: London – Scotch Pancakes. Once again HtH bought her hands-free tin opener which thankfully was transferred safely to her new home and


StS used a lettuce drier from Karen’s kitchen – how amazing have our inventors been – maybe a sandwichmaker is on the cards as we produced approximately 750 sandwiches from Monday to Thursday to cover lunch for an average of 45 helpers including their children!! On Friday for our Special Meal we catered for approximately 140 Children & Adults. This year we cooked 240 Fish Fingers and 180 Chicken Nuggets 12 Gluten Free Fish Fingers and 8 Veggie Burgers. As last year Steph & Moira used the oven in the new kitchen to cook the fish fingers and the Veggie Burgers and the Chicken Nuggets were cooked in the hall kitchen which gave us extra time and space for cooking. (Continued on page 15)


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(Continued from page 14) The chips were collected from the Lemon Plaice and delivered to the hall kitchen where they were marked up and the fish fingers/chicken nuggets were added to the boxes and a team of youngsters then distributed them to the tables which had been set up in the hall. We all enjoyed ourselves working together in the Hungry Hostel -ites Café and although we were kept very busy there was always time for a laugh and a joke!!

We tried to find time to go into Church to watch the children with their drama and to join in the singing led by the music group at the end of the morning. An important time for us was our prayer time each morning during which we prayed for the children that they would be protected and that they would be able to share what they had learnt each day about Jesus with their friends and family. Catering Manager – Rita the Rambler.

Stop putting it off 'TEACH US TO NUMBER OUR DAYS.' PSALM 90:12 NKJV

In a 1985 newspaper essay, Anne Wells wrote: 'My brother-in-law opened my sister's bureau and lifted out a tissue-wrapped package. It was an exquisite silk handmade slip; the price tag with an astronomical figure on it was still attached. "Jan bought this the first time we went to New York. eight or nine years ago," (he said). "She never wore it; she was saving it for a special occasion. Well, I guess this is the occasion." He put the slip on the bed with the other clothes we were taking - to the mortician. Then he turned to me, "Don't ever save anything for a special occasion. Every day you're alive is a special occasion!"' Those words changed Anne Wells' life. She continued: 'I'm not saving anything anymore. Now we use our good china...for every special occasion - like losing a pound, getting the sink unstopped, the first camellia blossom. "Someday" and "one of these days" are fighting a losing battle to stay in my vocabulary. If it's worth seeing, hearing, or doing, I want to see, hear, and do it now. I'm trying very hard not to put off, hold back, or save anything that would add laughter and lustre to our lives. And every morning when I open my eyes I tell myself this is a special occasion.' Makes you think, doesn't it? Makes you want to drain the last ounce of joy out of every day and break free from the cement of procrastination that whispers, 'You can do it later.' Wise up! Forgive that offence, tell that person you love them, take that trip, go back to school. Decide today to do the thing you've been putting off. Pray for the courage to take the first step in something you've been putting off. 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.

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The Link Café 30 years old! 28 School Road was a problem in 1987. The former house of our recently retired caretaker, Ernie Weale, was now redundant. This led to the dream of opening a coffee shop with Christian ethos becoming a reality with the enthusiastic help of other Tilehurst churches. A huge amount of voluntary work was used in demolition and decoration of the building during 1988 in addition to the employment of builders to make the place suitable for its new purpose. Walls were demolished and a new kitchen erected, new wiring and central heating installed along with an “accessible” toilet. The kitchen was extended some six years later to provide more space and accommodation for a dishwasher. At the opening more than 200 people were involved and even today around 150 people play their part in making the operation function efficiently. The project has had unexpected bonuses in terms of greater ecumenical contacts between the various churches involved and at least £150,000 given to various charities in the Reading area and further away too. Many long lasting friendships developed amongst those working there, also giving people who had recently retired a regular focus to their lives. When it opened on 17th April 1989, life was in many ways different from today. Many women either did not work when their children were at school, or perhaps worked part time, so the Link was able to draw on these resources and many of the volunteers working a morning or afternoon shift were still in their forties or fifties.


The café soon developed a reputation for low cost food in a welcoming environment in an area where these offerings were rare. There were no other cafés in the Tilehurst Triangle area in those days. We have benefited from the service of nine able managers over the years and it is now run by a management team who share the not insignificant responsibilities of an establishment offering food to the general public, including health and safety, hygiene and financial management. The teams have included both men and women of all ages and are drawn from all the churches involved. Saturdays are populated by teenagers, some doing Duke of Edinburgh challenges. Some volunteers have disabilities which are accommodated easily in the working practices. The work does not just mean serving in the cafe, as laundry, shopping and making soup and cakes are also services which are required. The eclectic nature of the staffing has helped to bridge the age gap which often seems to bring difficulties in society today. The Link Café, as it is now named, has been a haven of peace and a place of warm welcome to many folk from all walks of life for all this time. Elderly and lonely people, office workers wanting a quick snack, disabled people who would not be welcome in a commercial café and families, are among the many customers we have served in this time. (Continued on page 17)


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(Continued from page 16) Last year, the time was felt to be ready for a new look, and new tables and chairs and some redecoration gave the place a boost, which has been welcomed by everyone. It is good to look back when reaching milestones such as this, but what of the future? Many of the volunteers have been involved since the conception of the project, and are now finding it difficult to cope with what can be an onerous time when you are in your late eighties! The nature of lifestyles today means that fewer people in their pre-retirement age have spare time to offer during the week, so there is constant pressure to find those, not so old, who have the time and energy to maintain the standard of service we have always striven to offer.

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If you fit that description, and could find a morning or afternoon even once in a couple of weeks if not every week, when you could come and help, or if you could offer some help in the background, you will be most welcome. You will find that there can be unexpected benefits of joining this operation, of friendship, a feeling of contribution to the wellbeing of many people as well as giving a spirit of community and usefulness. Without this constant inflow of new blood, inevitably the project will eventually close, and as our many customers will tell you, that would be a great loss to everyone. Ask yourself, is this something that YOU could play a part in? Please help to keep the work going in this special place. David Orton Chair Management Committee



On the peculiar stains and smells of old choir robes The Rectory, St James the Least

My dear Nephew Darren Your withering comments, saying that our choir robes, were ‘surplice’ to requirements did not go down well at last week’s practice. I will concede that Mr Baddeley’s robes smell somewhat kippered and are laced with burns - but you can expect little less from 40 years of enjoying a final cigarette behind a gravestone before the start of Matins. Certainly, Mr Timmin’s surplice has a strange series of red and blue polka dots, but that is only because he uses his time in the choir stalls, when not singing, to catch up on marking his pupils’ essays. The red gash on Miss Thripp’s surplice may look as if the choirmaster has just stabbed her, but it was only a jam doughnut she ate, just before that wedding five years ago. Our robes are steeped in history – they have seen their way through the death of Queen Victoria, the relief of Mafeking, and two World Wars. When one morning Admiral Flagg developed an ostentatious cough, I gave him a cough sweet from the pocket of my own cassock. He later commented that it had a strange taste. Not surprising – it had been in the pocket when I was given the cassock 50 years ago from Canon Ball’s widow after he died. In an attempt to improve the look of the surplices, Mrs Wigg offered to starch them all. Unfortunately, her enthusiasm is only surpassed by her ineptitude. She worked on the principle that if one packet of starch was good, ten would be better. When the choir arrived the following Sunday, they found twenty surplices standing round the vestry floor looking like a circle of tents at Scout camp. Once the choir had struggled into them, they had to process up the aisle in single file, as they were all about 6 feet wide. The choir stood rigidly throughout the Service, knowing that any rapid movement risked severing a major artery. But our style of choir dress has one advantage which yours can never equal. Within our choristers’ voluminous robes, there is ample space for peppermints, packs of cards, the Sunday newspapers and balls of wool and knitting needles. Your music group in their jeans and tee-shirts must feel utterly bereft during the sermon. Your loving uncle, Eustace



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Dates for the Diary

See the following pages for more information September Mon 9 Tues 10 Weds 11 Thurs 12 Fri 13 Sat 14 Sat 14 Sat 14 Thurs 26 Fri 27 Sat 28 Sun 29

PCC meeting 7.15 for 7.30 pm Tilehurst Parish Council meeting 7.30 pm at the Calcot Centre, Highview 8.00 pm Mothers’ Union service and AGM Children and Youth Action group meeting 7.00 pm 3.00 pm St Catherine’s at Boxgrove House ‘Ride and Stride’ annual fund-raising event Heritage Open days events Crafty Space 1.30-5.30 pm see page 23 ‘The Link’ annual service and AGM, 7.30 pm at The Link Purley Players ‘The Great British Bump off’ see below Purley Players ‘The Great British Bump off’ see below Harvest Festival 4.30 pm followed by Tea

October Sat 5 Sat 5 Tues 8 Sat 19 Mon 21

Free study afternoon St Stephens Upper Basildon see below Messy Church 3.30-5.00 pm at St Catherine's Tilehurst Parish Council meeting 7.30 pm at the Calcot Centre, Highview Crafty Space 1.30-5.30 pm see page 23 PCC meeting

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Holiday Club 2019 They say that a picture paints a thousand words. So here’s an 12,000 word essay on just some of the fun that nearly 80 children and 50 adult and teenage helpers had at ‘Backpackers’, this year’s Holiday Club….

Setting up the Church



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What’s On In and Around the Parish Community Event at St Catherine’s

Wittenham Avenue RG31 5LN

Friday Friends Meets weekly from 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm every Friday Price £3.50 (carers free) Offering a mix of light exercise, singing together, table-top games and craft activities in a safe, warm and friendly environment – with tea and cakes. September 6th ‘Country Roads - Take me home’ A Rah Rah Theatre Performance 3.30 pm With refreshments from 2.30 pm £3.50. 13th Seated exercises & TV 20th Alan Copeland 27th Rev Gill on Ethiopian pilgrimage October 4th Cards & Games If you think you would like to come, or think you could help, please contact Anne Soley  0118 942 5407

St Catherine's Youth Group

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

Weds 18th Bible Study 8.00 pm at 31 Normanstead Road Weds 25th Fellowship Afternoon 2.00 pm at 31 Normanstead Road

October Weds 9th Gloria Richards ‘Oh no, not another move’ (about the Church Army) 8.00 pm St Catherine's Hall Weds 16th Bible study 8.00 pm at 2 Laurel Drive Weds 23rd Fellowship afternoon 2.00 pm at 49 Compton Avenue Sun 27th Memorial service & Tea 3.00 pm followed by refreshments

6th September Games/Beetle Drive

Tuesday get-together


20 September Chip Shop walk

Serving the Community

For those at secondary school Sessions are £1.50 and are 7.45-9.15 pm at St Catherine’s. For more information see www.stcatherines-tilehurst.org.uk or phone Dee Anderson 07821 265 804


10.00 am to 12 noon in the cafe area of St Catherine’s Church Centre Drop in, meet old friends and make new ones, free Tea & Coffee provided For more information contact info@stcatherines-tilehurst.org.uk


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

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

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

Saturdays 1.30 pm to 5.30 pm

September 14th, October 19th, November 9th We

provide time, space, tea, coffee & cake


bring along the craft projects you’ve always meant to do :A donation of around £1.25 per person, per hour is requested to cover the cost of hall hire, tea & coffee.

https://www.facebook.com/CraftySpace Contact Val Poore  0118 962 4555 email  val.poore@ntlworld.com September 2019



Holiday Club Reports On our travels

From Backstage

It was great to have 80 young “Backpackers” travel with us as we went around Europe.

Over 50 adult and teenage helpers from St Catherine’s, St Michael’s and The Gate (formally Reading Community Church) joined together to bring ‘Backpackers’ to life.

The children were with us for two hours each morning for the week of August 12th to 16th, and many had joined us, along with their families, for a special opening service on Sunday the 11th. Each morning the children travelled to a different country - France, Sweden, Rome, Switzerland & England. At each stop they learnt a little of the language, some facts about the country, and had a little taste of the ‘local’ food. There were also lots of songs and jokes. At the same time we heard Bible stories from when Jesus travelled up to Jerusalem when the events of Holy Week took place. When the children returned to their small groups, they thought about the Bible stories as well as doing some creative prayers. In addition, the groups took turns each day to do one of five different activities - games, drama, songs, craft or an international treasure hunt. At the end of each morning, the drama and song prepared by two groups were performed to the parents. Many of the children, again with their families, joined us for a celebration closing session - a glimpse of what they’d been up to all week, along with a fish and chip meal. We hope that amongst the fun, the children learnt a little about Jesus and his travels.

We are grateful to those who helped on the day. There was so much to do :drinks & snacks from our country of the day to prepare for the children and sandwiches to make, snowballs (!) to prepare songs to check over and help perform, drama props to sort and much more ! We are especially grateful to the six group leaders - Emma, Sonia, Tamara, Gill, Hazel & Dee 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 140 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 Friday Friends & the Café who stopped their normal activities for a week while we took over the whole church building. Thanks everyone !

The Backpackers Travel Agency


Stuart & Val Poore


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Operation Christmas Child 2019 It all starts with a shoebox gift, packed in Jesus’ name and full of love and prayer. 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.

Join in the world’s largest children’s Christmas project Through Operation Christmas Child, show God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world, and partner with local churches worldwide to share the good news of Jesus Christ. Last year 10,623,776 shoeboxes were sent to 112 countries and territories. Each child receives a shoebox as an unconditional gift of love, based on need, regardless of their background or religion. Children may also be invited to take part in The Greatest Journey, 12 fun and interactive lessons based on the Bible where they get to discover who Jesus is and how to begin their own journey of faith. Parents or guardians are always asked to give their consent for their children to participate. Once again, each of the congregations at St Catherine’s Church will be taking part in this scheme. The filled shoeboxes should be taken to the church by 17th November 2019 at the latest.

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On Sunday 17th November the 9.15 am and 11.00 am congregations are joining together for a special ‘Shoebox’ service at 10.30 am. The leaflets with the instructions on how to fill the shoeboxes and the labels to go on them will be available at the start of September. Due to more stringent import regulations, toothpaste and sweets can no longer be included in shoeboxes. Please remember that any stuffed toys need to have a CE label. This year the suggested donation remains at £5, this is to help cover the project costs such as collection costs, shipping and to enable a local church or group overseas to lead a safe, well organised children’s event where your shoebox will be given to a child in need. If you pay online, you can print out a barcode to place inside your shoebox on top of the contents. This will enable you to be emailed with the name of the country where your shoebox is sent. If you are unable to go shopping yourself there are now two options for filling a shoebox online – both options cost £20 (£15 for the contents plus the £5 donation.) You can either chose the contents yourself from a menu or you can select a pre-packed shoebox. The web address for Samaritans Purse is: www.Samaritans-purse.org.uk. Once again if you need an empty shoebox there will be some flat pack ones available at each church for 50p – the cost to the church. If you have any questions, please feel free to either speak to Joanne Freeman or Tony Bartlett.



delighted to accept and it has worked very well for us. We owe a big thank you to Rev. Smith, Rev. Rowell, Sheila, Sonia and Richard for their help and support. We were very pleased to be able to thank them practically by organising a concert which raised £520 towards the building project. Now that we are very much a part of the St. Catherine’s family, we thought you might like to know a bit more about us.

The original choir was called Newbury College Singers and was part of the Newbury Adult Education programme with Ian Westley as Director. After many years the membership of the choir changed and the choir became a ladies’ upper voice choir. Newbury suddenly increased their prices to an amount we weren’t prepared to pay and the decision was made to go it alone and become independent. We changed our name to Vivace Voices and became members of Making Music – a National organisation which supports amateur choirs and who have been very helpful in guiding us through the problems of setting up a new organisation. Since then we have had several “homes”. It isn’t easy to find a rehearsal venue which meets all our requirements and provides the sort of atmosphere we like. St. Catherine’s Hall was ideal so we were dismayed when it was needed for another group. To be told “we don’t want to lose you” and be offered the Church as an alternative was a generous and much appreciated solution which we were


We give three main concerts each year each in aid of charities nominated by members of the choir. We go to different venues around the area and as well as songs from the choir, we have several entertaining or thoughtful readings and some very talented soloists. We also provide the audience with a buffet tea after the concert when they can talk to members of the choir. Choir funds pay all the expenses so that all the money raised on the day goes direct to the charity. Our Summer concert this year raised £933 for the Royal Berks Charity. Our audiences are very generous! We also visit Care Homes, join in the “Lights of Love” event at the Duchess of Kent House, sing Carols at Sava Centre and go on an annual choir outing to see a show. We are very fortunate that Ian Westley is still our Director, his commitment and enthusiasm are key to our success. On Wednesday, 25th September we are holding an Open Rehearsal at St. Catherine’s from 1.15 – 3.15 pm. If you enjoy singing why not come and sing with us, meet the ladies of the choir over a cup of tea and a biscuit and, who knows, perhaps consider joining us! Norma Crockett


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Building a culture of peace We are not "islands". We may like that "free, alone" feeling, but working together is vital today? We don't like to think about war, but it happens, e.g. in Syria. Peace can seem impossible. But Darwin didn't "invent" evolution unaided, and Einstein "stood on the shoulders of giants". Most big scientific discoveries are built on many smaller works. Could our peace culture depend on many workers, some even in Tilehurst? Jesus said: "I bring not peace but a sword" - He upset the old order. Paul wrote: "For since ... the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe." (No giggling!) Old "wisdom" fell short, but new preaching can seem foolish to many. How can we help the many?

Recently at Church we discussed differences. Some Old Testament texts are MERCILESS towards "outsiders"! And the Inquisition? Differences need skilful handling, in nations AND elsewhere? Wild child-upbringing crazes come and go! They matter. Some of our bouncy (and at first rather primitive!) little darlings will be tomorrow's "peace builders" - or so we must hope. What training and insights will they need? "Love your enemies" was not easy in Jesus' time. It's still a paradox. But, in today's unstable world, is this paradox our most urgent set of "training weights"? Phil French

More literal "swords" fend off bullies. I started school late, looking feeble. Like nations, I developed a little self-defence, to get some peace. Peace paradox: don't tempt bullies! But today's powerful weapons seem more like threats than defences.

Threats bring fear and counter-threats. "But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed." (Gal. 5). Years ago, as a tiny Christian Scientist child, I got no medications. I got measles, SPOTS! Neighbours were worried, very hostile! That stiffened C.S. folk, even made them proud. IT DID NO GOOD.

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Backpackers Donations Again this year we invited families attending Backpackers Holiday club to make a donation of food to ReadiFood. As last year we were able to take a considerable amount of much needed supplies as seen in this picture. Thank you to everyone who donated.

Summer show A very successful Tilehurst Horticultural Association Summer show with several church members receiving first, second or third place for their exhibits. Why not see what you can enter next year and join what is very enjoyable afternoon viewing all the lovely exhibits of fruit, vegetables, flowers and produce. The show is on the first Saturday of August and held in the Village Hall, Victoria Road. Hilary Smee

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Tilehurst Triangle W.I. Our speaker in July was Tony Stafford, who gave an interesting historical talk in his booming military voice, all about the ‘Ladies of the Tower’. Tony and his wife had lived at the Tower during his time as a Beefeater and he had taken great interest in its past, much of which involved the Royal Family. To become a Beefeater you have to serve a minimum of 15 years in the army and reach at least staff sergeant.

July was also full of other activities. Some members went to see Swan Upping at Caversham - a stunning, traditional spectacle. They were lucky to see two families of swans being ringed, weighed and having a health check. Earlier in the year, David Barber, the Queen’s Swan Marker, had given our WI a talk on Swan Upping, which made watching the swan uppers at work more interesting and meaningful.

‘Swan Upping’ at Caversham Ten of us, along with family and friends, very much enjoyed watching the Mikron Theatre Company’s production of ‘All Hands on Deck‘ at Goring Lock. It is the Mikron’s 48th year of touring along canals, rivers and road. The play told the story of two Wrens and the important part they had to play in the navy in World War 2 as well as of friendships made. Although only a cast of 4 it was a great production with songs and music. The cast kindly posed for a photo with us.

As well as the ceremonial aspect, the annual Swan Upping is an important census of mute swans, assessing the health of young cygnets and checking for any injuries. Education is now an important role of Swan Upping and every year schools are invited to the event.

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Tilehurst Triangle W.I. (continued) The monthly Cuppa and a Chat continued through the summer and our walking group had their fortnightly walks in July in spite of the sometimes high temperatures, setting off earlier to beat the heat. Walks included an Agatha Christie trail around Wallingford and out to Cholsey to her grave, finishing along the Thames Path with stunning wild flowers and butterflies. Another Thames Path walk was from Hurley to Marlow and back through fields.

Following in this WI tradition, we held a garden party in August, with a difference - a Mad Hatter’s Garden Party. Chris, our president, talked about the early history of Berkshire WIs and toasted the Berkshire Federation Centenary and our WI. We then had a fun afternoon of garden games, an Alice in Wonderland quiz with clues hidden around the garden and made Mad Hatter hats. After a delicious afternoon tea, a play, ‘The Perfect Garden Party’, written and performed by members was enjoyed, ending with a song playing tribute to the WI.

As it is Berkshire Federation’s Centenary year, our president and secretary had a fascinating afternoon delving through the WI records finding out about the first WI in Berkshire, which was Hurst, founded in 1916. It was a privilege to be able to see and read the original minutes and programs. Although much of the constitution has not changed and the principle of providing education remains, the talks at the meetings included subjects such as ironing collars and making and mending children’s clothes. Meetings were much more formal and our president would have been addressed as Mrs Nigel Turner rather than Chris, as now. In its first year, 1916, Hurst held a garden party where members were allowed a bun or a biscuit.


Tilehurst Triangle WI meets in St Catherine’s Hall on the third Wednesday of each month, except August, at 7.30 pm. Visitors are welcome. We have a Facebook page: so check us out and see what we have been doing and have planned. Mrs Neil Somerville better known as Ros! (secretary) 0118 941 6838


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West Berkshire Re-Cycling Padworth Recycling Centre RG7N 4JF

The six-month trial period with 7 days a week 8.00am to 6.00pm opening hours ends 30th September. If there is not a demand for these longer opening hours the trial will cease, so do please make use of this local facility.

MUSICIANS – AND WOULD-BE MUSICIANS…  Are you learning to play an instrument?  Did you once learn an instrument but haven’t played it for years?  Would you like to play with other musicians but are afraid your skills are a bit rusty? Then Friday Jam could be the opportunity you’ve been looking for! We meet on alternate Fridays, 7.309.00 pm in St Catherine’s church, and play a variety of musical genres on a wide range of instruments (currently including brass, woodwind, cello, guitar, ukulele, keyboards and percussion). All ages and abilities welcome. If you’d like to give it a try, or just want to find out more, contact Richard Yates  0118 942 4920 or  07848 034 710 or  richard.yates2016@outlook.com

Cake-Stand for Hire If your celebration cake needs a stand to set it off Thames Valley Flower Club have the answer! We have for hire a 14 inch square silver stand with knife available for only £25. Enquiries to Lesley (Chairman)  0118 941 1047.

Tilehurst Library Craft Group Meets 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm in Tilehurst Library, School Road, RG31 5AS every Monday (except bank holidays) Enjoy crafting with company. Bring along your knitting, sewing, crochet, drawing etc etc. Tea and Coffee provided There is no charge and you get to support your local library at the same time. The Library is open 9-5am for: Books - fiction and non-fiction, adult and children, large print, Books in French and Spanish, Spoken word CDs and cassettes, Music CDs, DVDs, Selection of magazines, Word Processor PC, Photocopier, Free internet access and Wi-Fi, Study space, Toy Library - reserve and pick up small items.

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Café Siena Book Club We meet at 11.30 on the second Friday of each month in the café area – our next meeting will be 13th September. We have joined the Reading Library Book Club scheme so are able to borrow sets of books to read and discuss. We also talk about books that we like and lend these to others. We have varied tastes and find that one person loves a particular book while another is completely baffled by it!

We are friendly and welcoming so if you would like to join us, do come along! Any queries, contact: Hazel on  07729 870 937 or Rosemary on  07896 207 918.

St Catherine’s Gardening Club Our church garden has had to survive some long dry spells this summer, but thankfully not the prolonged, searing heat we had last year. The roses along the wall by the North entrance have been very beautiful, and have responded well to a second feeding after the first blooms, and of course, to regular “dead heading”. This year Pete Broomfield planted some Gypsophila between them, which made a very pretty contrast. Recently Hazel Newman made a wonderful job of planting succulents into the crevices of the big log by the fence at the corner of the top car park. Shirley Horsnell had the idea to do this some time ago, but many other jobs in the garden took priority, so she was delighted when Hazel carried it out so beautifully. Do go and admire it when you have a chance. Some of our clematis plants along the fence at the back of the north lawn are

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really doing well and we’ve had some beautiful flowers. Others have worried us by dying back, but then surprised us by starting again with new growth, very pleasing. We’re delighted that Pete Broomfield has taken the circular bed in hand and it is looking so much better already. Shirley and I had decided to take on the challenge of pruning the tree growing right in the corner of the lawn outside the church hall close to our neighbour’s garage. It was growing over and through the fence and into our neighbour’s drive, and over the roofs of their garage and the church hall. It seemed rather a big task, especially as we were not prepared to climb any ladders! However, we worked very carefully from ground level, and gradually achieved our aims. Timely help from our kind neighbour at a critical moment made all the difference! (Continued on page 37)



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(Continued from page 35) Then, of course, we had the job of cutting it all up to put into big builder’s bags ready to take to the tip. Shirley and I have taken our turn in taking a few trips to the tip, but Chris Addison has made many journeys in the past to remove our green rubbish. The good news is that Gill is now paying for two green bins, one of which we can use for a lot of the regular clippings and weeds, and the leftover greenery from the flower arranger’s creations. Thanks Gill!!

We also needed to clear all along that fence between the south lawn and our neighbour’s driveway. The original shrubs had become overgrown with a mixture of brambles and other opportunist tree saplings, and brambles were constantly growing through the fence all along. Removing all the growth above ground was the easy bit. But we wanted to get the roots of the big shrub out, so we could level the ground and sew grass seed. We really struggled to dig out the largest roots and were delighted when Pete Broomfield saw what we were doing, and came over. With a few powerful kicks, he broke the last few roots and the stump was out! It now remains for us to remove the remaining shallow roots to allow the ground to be levelled completely so it can be mown. Paddy has continued with his faithful regular mowing of all the lawns. He had to use a strimmer to cut the area behind Gill Howgego’s bench. Hazel’s plans for this area will be carried out as and when time and man/woman power allow!

section, with Chris clearing the clippings. Brambles are doing so well along much of the hedge that there is a good crop of blackberries for passers-by or church members to enjoy. Delicious with a few windfall apples in a crumble! Recently, our aim has been to make the grounds safe for the Backpackers Holiday Club children to run around, so we have been cutting back any brambles as they grow out of the hedge. Chris has done a lot of clearing weeds from around the kerbs and generally making everything look tidy and well cared for. Not really a gardening job, but he also cemented in some loose stones on the steps down from the fire exit door from the Sanctuary. Shirley has worked hard removing weeds from many different areas, keeping everywhere looking as good as possible. The long bed under the window along the side of the church hall was in serious need of attention and Shirley has already made a start on this. Paddy, Chris and Shirley all took part in clearing and repairing the bank at the base of the fence at the back of the preschool outside play area. They planted some new grass seed on the bare patches. As always, we would very much welcome any kind of help, as well as any words of advice or guidance you may have for us. We are at work on most Saturday mornings somewhere in the grounds! Do please contact Jo Day 942 1481 or Chris Addison 07966 105056. We’d be delighted to hear from you.

Paddy has also been using his cutter to start trimming the hedges section by

Jo Day

“Gardening is the purest of human pleasures.” Francis Bacon

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St Catherine’s Hall - Regular Bookings Monday


7.30 am - 3.15 pm

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

7.00 pm - 8.00 pm (In term time)

Exercise class  mrsjfulbrock@yahoo.co.uk

8.15 pm - 9.15 pm

Yoga  elenaharris1010@yahoo.com

 07584 208 989

7.30 am - 3.15 pm

St Catherine’s Pre-school

Contact as above

2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

W.I. (3rd Tuesday)

Jemma Fulbrook

 tilehurstafternoonwi@gmail.com

3.30 - 6.00 pm After– school club Sharon Sheppard (in café 3rd Tuesday)  sharonsheppard2000@yahoo.co.uk





7.30 pm - 8.45 pm

Yoga exercise  libbywooøø@gmail.com

Libby Woolcock  07584 529 453

7.30 am - 3.15 pm

St Catherine’s Pre-school

Contact as above

1.15 pm - 3.30 pm (In church not hall)

Vivace Voices Ladies Choir www.vivacevoices.org.uk

Contact Sue Hennell  0118 966 1291

3.30 pm - 5.30 pm

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

Juliet Gorman

7.30 pm - 10.00 pm

Tilehurst Triangle W.I. (3rd Wednesday)

 wearettwi@gmail.com  0118 941 6838

7.30 am - 3.15 pm

St Catherine’s Pre-school

Contact as above

3.30 - 6.00 pm

After– school club Sharon Sheppard  sharonsheppard2000@yahoo.co.uk

5.45 pm - 7.15 pm

7th Tilehurst Brownies  katielou98@sky.com

Contact Katie Taylor

7.30 am - 12.15 pm

St Catherine’s Pre-school

Contact as above

2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Friday Friends

See page 22

7.45 pm - 9.15 pm

Church Youth Group (fortnightly)

Contact Dee Anderson  07821 265 804

Antonella Carraro 10.15 am - 11.30 am Yoga  Antonella.Carraro@laithwaiteswine.com. 1.30 pm - 5.30 pm

Crafty Space (monthly)

See page 23

3.30 pm - 5.00 pm

Messy Church (monthly)  Info@StCatherines-Tilehurst.Org.Uk

7.30 pm - 10.00 pm

Short Mat Bowls Club

Contact Anne Soley  0118 942 5407

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



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September 2019



The Anglican Parish of

Tilehurst St Catherine & Calcot St Birinus ST CATHERINE OF SIENA Wittenham Avenue, Tilehurst, RG31 5LN www.stcatherines-tilehurst.org.uk www.facebook.com/tilehurst.st.catherine Sunday 8.00 am Our early service of Communion (2nd & 4th Sundays) or Morning Prayer (1st & 3rd Sundays), is quiet and reflective, with no singing. An opportunity to start Sunday thinking about God. Refreshments served afterwards. Sunday 9.15 am Communion (1 st & 3rd Sundays) and Word and Worship (non communion) (2nd & 4th Sundays). Praise and teaching, and usually including a time of sharing what God is doing amongst us, followed by prayer for healing, for those who would like it. Refreshments served afterwards. Sunday 11.00 am Allsorts@11, an opportunity for the whole family to meet with God in an informal setting through praise, prayer and teaching with fun activities for children (Sunday school). Refreshments (including cakes and fresh coffee) from 10.45 am and also afterwards. Occasional Afternoon and Evening services are also held - see notices & website for further information.

Thursday 12.15 pm - Communion or Midday Prayer. An informal short (approx. 30 minutes) service with a brief discussion on the day’s readings in the Garden Room. You are invited to stay and eat in the café afterwards Friday 9.15 am - Tots Praise. Jumping, singing and dancing, Bible story, a simple craft and a prayer followed by refreshments. Time for babies and toddlers, parents and carers to enjoy their own dedicated time of worship (term time only). for all, followed by a meal. Quality time for families. Children must bring an adult!

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

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



September 2019

Profile for St Catherines

RG31 - September 19  

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

RG31 - September 19  

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