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St Mary’s Woodford Parish Magazine Volume 6 Issue 1

Spring 2015

Welcome Every year as Easter approaches we remember and reflect on the last week of Jesus' earthly life: his triumphal entry into Jerusalem on the first Palm Sunday, his teaching in the temple, his last supper and betrayal in the garden of Gethsemane, and his trial and crucifixion. The cross of Jesus is at the heart of the Christian faith: not just a bleak reminder of human cruelty, not just an example of innocent suffering, but the way God chose to open the gates of heaven for all who trust in him. Many minds have struggled to understand just how the cross serves that purpose, and the New Testament itself contains a number of images or models to help us. I will be explaining four of these in my sermons this year: justice, freedom, sacrifice and peace. Experience shows that different people find different images helpful. Nevertheless each answer begs more questions, and there comes a point where we have to admit that our ability to understand is limited. I once tried to learn about vitamins, and how they work to keep us healthy, but I didn't get very far. However, I did grasp that I need to eat them to stay well! Even if we don't fully understand the cross, Christians can accept that this is God's way to give us hope and life. After his death on the cross, Jesus rose again on the first Easter day, showing the love and power of God is greater than hatred and death. That's good news for us, and good news worth sharing with our neighbours. Revd Canon Ian Tarrant, email: Front cover: Josie and Alice modelling with playdough on Mothering Sunday 2

Parish Register

19th December Joe Hollingsworth

6th February Joan Ware 18th February John Davies 19th February Tina Petts 20th February Robin Couch 24th February Kenneth Edwards

23rd January Gilian Burn

9th March Michael Manton

Baptisms 14th December Timothy Babumba 1st March Oliver Warlow


Photos from Oliver Warlow’s baptism on Sunday 1st March - after the service all were kindly invited by Rosie and David Warlow to celebrate the special occasion with a fabulous lunch in the memorial hall, provided by Lesley and her team


Spiritual life

Advent revisited

Both speakers at the Advent courses we hosted with Derby Road Methodist Church were very inspirational and gave us much to reflect on, long after our Christmas decorations had been packed away and cards recycled. Elizabeth Rundle’s address focussed on Jesus as Emmanuel: God with us, and mankind’s greatest psychological fear of being alone. Quoting from Isaiah, Matthew, John, Paul and the Psalms she spoke of God breaking through poverty, misery and sin to be with us now, as He always has been since the beginning of time. ‘O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, Abide with us today’ remains our watchword. Nicholas Henshall, Dean of Chelmsford’s address: Jesus as the Messiah powerfully exposed many links in both Old and New Testaments in his portrayal of Jesus as a wounded messiah. He is a very charismatic speaker and I urge you to read or watch video clips of his sermons via the internet. When we put the crib scene away for another year we take the baby Jesus into our hearts and out into the broken world. 4

The words of the Advent hymn we sang at the Christingle Service are even more relevant as we face a new year torn apart by terrorism, disease and war: Longing for peace, our world is troubled. Longing for hope, many despair. Longing for food, many are hungry. Longing for water, many still thirst. Longing for shelter, many are homeless. Longing for warmth, many are cold. Longing for light, we wait in darkness. Longing for truth, we turn to you. Make us your own, your holy people, light for the world to see. Christ be our light! Shine in our hearts, shine through the darkness. Christ be our light! Shine in your church gathered today. Penny Freeston

Lent Our ecumenical Lent Study course is called Parables and Possessions, prepared by the Church of Scotland as a discussion resource to Christians of all traditions across Britain and Ireland. The course is introduced with the following statement: ‘The Bible says more about money, economics and making a living than any other subject. It is clear, therefore, that God wants us to be on a right relationship with money and this will aid us in our quest to be in a right relationship with God.’ In similar vein, our Archbishop, Justin Welby, writes:‘What is an economy that has kingdom values? It is not one in which saving is necessarily very high, because that may degenerate into mere hoarding, a miserly self-protection. Neither is it one that abuses creation and manipulates the poor, even the poor we do not see. It is certainly one that is rich towards God, open-handed, and full of joy and celebration... The Bible calls us to a grace-filled economy of generosity and open-heartedness, not to savage fighting with one another over dwindling slices of cake.’

Personal Prayer Ministry Every Sunday there is an opportunity for confidential personal prayer for anyone with a concern about health or other issues, after the 10am service, usually in the Chapel. Most of the people on the rota to pray took on the task with some anxiety about how it would work out - but have been agreeably surprised with the way it has turned out. Valerie Geller shares some reflections: ‘We should never underestimate the power of prayer. On the basis that Christ called ordinary people to do so prompted me to become part of the team. It is a privilege to be able to offer up to God, with a prayer partner, the concerns and thoughts of people in a private and confidential way. Life is fragile, handle with prayer!’


Church silver When we heard of the robbery on New Year’s Day of the safe containing our church silver, so many at St Mary’s felt a personal loss: the silver bowl, used as a portable font, had been used to baptise many of our congregation over generations. As our rector, Ian, said, ‘We have lost some beautiful works of craftsmanship, which were valuable to us not because they were made of silver, but because we use them on a regular basis in our worship. They also link us to previous generations here in Woodford.’ Winifred Paramour’s book: ‘St Mary’s, Woodford’, states that St Mary’s had an extensive collection of plate until the end of the 16th century, although none survives. ‘Five of the existing pieces – two chalices, two patens and a flagon – are by John Keith and date from 1856 and 1880; the oldest item, a silver punch bowl of 1777, was presented to the church by Henry Burmester. Following the devastating fire in 1969, the elegant silver processional cross was designed by Angus Eickoff in 1983. In 1987 Mark Lewis designed and made two acolyte torches in silver with turned ash staves. Jim Wingham designed and made a silver pyx in 1992.’ As Winifred Paramour wrote: ‘St Mary’s, like many other churches, has suffered its share of thefts. Parish 6

records indicate that items of plate have been stolen or disappeared without explanation.’ The most Henry Burmester recent burglary occurred in the early 1990s when thieves removed most of the silver. However, most was subsequently found near the church as described opposite. Sadly our collection has been stolen again and we pray that it may be recovered and returned to regular use to glorify God. Many churches across the country have suffered similar losses: silver dating back to 1662 was stolen from a Derbyshire church in 2011 and two 400-year-old chalices from a church in Lincoln. However, in 2012 a thief who stole a solid silver stave from a church in Stockport handed it back to the vicar eight years later, and a historic silver communion set was found in a junk shop in Edinburgh two weeks after being stolen – the church had not realised it had gone missing but fortunately the church’s name had been engraved underneath. We are very grateful to St Peter’s in the Forest and to St Paul’s and St James, Stratford for lending us silver ware to use during our services since the recent robbery. Penny Freeston

We were lucky last time

Rectory on the south side. There was a linked fence separating the Mid-morning, Bank Holiday Monday allotment, at the back 1991, I was walking down Grosvenor of the shops, from Gardens with the dog and I saw the old Rectory. Heather waving furiously, from From the top of the outside our house. She said, ‘Bob fence, I saw wants you up at the church now. something glinting Gordon is already there; somebody about 50 yards away. has broken in and stolen the contents Upon inspection it was the stolen of the Sacristy safe’. silver. Our reward: the church 'gang' By the time I arrived, Bob and had drinks and food in the garden at Gordon had already searched the Carol and Chris Winward's house. church and the grounds and Gordon Gerry Everett had spoken to the police. We extended (Gordon Duffus and Gerry Everett our search into the grounds of the old were churchwardens at that time.)

Some of the stolen silver in use at the baptism and confirmation service last year: the cross, the candlesticks, the acolyte torches, and the baptism bowl. In this photo the Bishop of Bradwell is about to baptise Shirley Lai. 7

Worldwide church

Makutano update Can we afford success? The children from the Home at Makutano have a good record in the examinations taken at the end of their Primary education. They may not have a normal home to go to, and their Primary School is certainly nothing special, but not one has failed to get the marks needed for them to go on to a Secondary school. But the results this January were something special; for the first time two boys – Francis Wambua and Gibson Thiong’o – got marks so high they were eligible for a place in one of the elite Government Secondary Schools. These Government schools are not free and, with fewer pupils per teacher, the fees are more than twice as high as those for the boys at Karaba Secondary School, amounting to £436 per term for each of them. But we don’t want to have to tell them, ‘Well done, but we can’t afford the top-class education you deserve’. So the picture shows them queuing to be admitted to the prestigious Nyangwa Boys Secondary School. For those who know Kenya, this is near Kiritiri in Mbeere County and about 90 minutes drive from Makutano. We will try to find the money from the sponsorship fund, though at present not enough is coming in to make this possible. Sponsorship is also being


sought from local businesses and well-wishers in Kenya. Any help would be appreciated, monthly, quarterly or a one-off donation. It can be Gift Aided if you are a UK taxpayer. Sponsorship forms are usually available in the church, or contact us on 8989 4746 or Thank you so much. Wendy & David Littlejohns

Solidarité at Taizé service I wish that more people had attended our Taizé-style evening worship on 18th January; in fact, I wish that all of Woodford might have come! In the wake of the recent atrocities in Paris, our theme was Peace and we were invited to place lit candles on a world map, praying for all those in need of our prayers. Ian focussed on readings from the Bible that reflected Liberté, Egalité and Fraternité:

Taizé founder, the late Brother Roger

John 8: 34-36 Romans 8: 18-21 Acts 10: 34-36 Revelation 7: 9-10 Psalm 133 Mark 3: 32-35 Acts 10:34-36 Then Peter began to speak to them: ‘I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ - he is Lord of all’. The Taizé-style service is both simple and restrained as those

attending respond to prayers and join in with singing familiar choruses, accompanied by an ever-growing orchestra of home-grown musicians. For anyone who would find a longer service too daunting it is a relaxed introduction to worship at St Mary’s. More Taizé-style evening worship services are planned for 26th April and 28th June. Penny Freeston 9

A famous former local MP

Sir Winston Churchill Fifty years since the funeral of Sir Winston Churchill - St Mary’s Memorial Service In 1947, Sir Winston wrote, ‘The Borough of Wanstead and Woodford sustained with great credit a heavy ordeal of suffering and loss from enemy action in the war. From my own intimate knowledge of the area and my visits to the Borough in the time of trial I know how efficiently the Civil Defence Organisation served the inhabitants. Their selfless devotion to duty evoked the confidence and gratitude of the residents and inspired them to face the intense acts of the enemy.’ On 9th February 1965 a Memorial Service was held at St Mary’s Church for Sir Winston Churchill, Honorary Freeman of the Borough since 1945 and Local Member of Parliament from 1924 – 1964. The Bidding was given by Revd S.R. Birchnall, Rector of Woodford: ‘We are assembled here to join in prayer, thanksgiving and dedication on the occasion of the passing of a great man, who not only represented this constituency in Parliament for 40 years but also rendered memorable service to our country and to the whole world in the cause of freedom.’ This was followed by a hymn, 10

He Who Would Valiant Be. The First Lesson was taken from Ecclesiasticus, Chapter 44 verses 1-15, read by Revd J.M. Scott, Chairman of the Wanstead and Woodford Council of Churches. Psalm 121 was then followed by a reading from Corinthians, Chapter 15 by Councillor C.A.F.Webster, Deputy Mayor of Wanstead and Woodford. Prayers were led by Revd A. Bound, Vice Chairman of the Council of Churches, followed by a hymn, Fight the Good Fight. Revd D.G. Mumby, Rural Dean of Wanstead and Woodford, gave the address. The last hymn was Onward Christian Soldiers. A prayer and benediction preceded the concluding Official Peace Version (1919) of the National Anthem. The second verse was printed accordingly: Of many a race and birth From utmost ends of earth, God save us all! Bid strife and hatred cease, Bid hope and joy increase, Spread universal peace, God save us all. Penny Freeston

Sir Winston touring his constituency of Woodford in his final election campaign

The statue of Sir Winston on Salway Hill

As a born and bred Woodfordian from 1934, the Woodford Times was the local paper which we received regularly, and it covered all the momentous happenings in the Borough of Woodford. Winston Churchill was our Hero and he belonged to us. The horror from which he saved our country became apparent when Richard Dimbleby with British Troops, entered the German prisoner of war camp Bergen Belsen in 1945. I do recall the jubilation of VE Day; a bonfire in our road on a bomb site, everyone outside. Dads holding sticks with material wrapped around and a little paraffin set alight. An effigy of Hitler duly burnt, the cheering. As to Winston’s visit to Woodford and the welcome he received, the cine film was transferred to a DVD and shown last year at St Mary's. It was a real trip down memory lane. I recall being rather peeved that my best friend who lived over the road and got into Woodford County High School for Girls, was allowed out with the school to the High Road to cheer as his cavalcade went by. It seemed quite right and proper to become a Young Conservative at seventeen and I certainly queued for hours when Churchill was laid to rest in the Great Hall at Westminster to honour a very great Englishman. Valerie Geller 11


Poppies and Remembrance The British Service Legion Last year the special centenary remembrance of the First World War undoubtedly caught the imagination of many and greatly assisted the annual poppy appeal. My team of collectors largely from St Mary’s raised a very impressive £4,100. The Poppies at the Tower will long be in the mind. There are other much smaller stories which are equally significant to me - after all it is the individual sacrificial stories told by war veterans that often stop the busy Sainsbury’s shoppers with a bag full of goodies, and bring them to a moment of silence when confronted with a poppy collector . Many of them were thrown into war with little or no choice. A 91-year-old gentleman called John who volunteered for the first time in 2014 joined the Merchant Navy to travel the seas and have worldly adventures. Instead he became a member of the forgotten ‘Fourth Service’. Icy cold Arctic waves, Messerschmitt and U-Boat attacks rather than undreamt of lands. John proudly displayed his medals, told his stories about the convoys in the Second World War, and the dreadful conditions they just 12

had to plough through. His bitterness towards war was still there for all to see - it is a nasty business! It was great to have him on board. The collectors all have a generosity of spirit which ensures that the fallen are never forgotten. Coming from a variety of political, ethnic and religious backgrounds with even the odd serviceman chucked in, they are all connected by the word ‘remembrance’ and also for goodness in today’s world. They enjoy a good old chin-wag with parents and children alike. That is why they are always made welcome. I am proud of the work done. It means me postponing my retirement as the Royal British Legion organiser at Sainsbury’s for at least another year. They are all wonderful. Brian Ray

Last November I volunteered to collect money for the Royal British Legion for the first time. It was always something I had put off before, either busy working, or just being busy being busy, but Brian persuaded me, and when we looked at the diary the only time I could fit in was a couple of hours outside Sainsbury’s in George Lane on a Saturday afternoon. When I arrived with my sky-blue cardboard box of poppies, container and ID badge I was thrilled to see a table and chair waiting for me in the foyer as I had expected to be standing in the open for the duration. The time passed quickly as so many customers donated money on their way in or out of the store; many were friends and neighbours. I had never realised how busy Sainsbury’s was on Saturday afternoons! Time was spent rummaging for the few metal badges inside the box, pins were distributed and poppies were pinned to coat lapels. People were very generous and at the end of my slot I had collected over £400. It was a really enjoyable experience I hope to repeat again but will dress up more warmly next time as the cold wind whipping through the sliding doors was much colder than one might have thought on a sunny afternoon in early November!

The poppies at the Tower The display of 888,246 ceramic poppies attracted many visitors - and afterwards they were sold off to the public for £25 each with net proceeds, in excess of £9.5 million, being shared equally amongst a group of selected Service charities — The Royal British Legion, Confederation of Service Charities (COBSEO), Combat Stress, Coming Home, Help for Heroes and SSAFA (formerly the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association). Our churchwarden, Anne Jones, was one of several members of the congregation to buy one.

Penny Freeston


Parish events

Armenian evening

An Armenian evening was held in the Gwinnell Room on 21st February. This was an opportunity for us to meet Armenian members of our community of Woodford, and learn more about this fascinating country. We enjoyed pomegranate cocktails and traditional Armenian food. As well as displays of pictures and artefacts, there was a quiz, a travelogue presentation and poetry recitation by Armine Oscanian, followed by a short film of Armenian dance. It was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone, of all ages. There will be a Centenary Commemoration Service for the Armenian Genocide on 2 nd May at 2pm at St Mary’s. Nina Lewis



How many years?

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How old was Adam when his son Seth was born? How old was Adam when he died? How old was Noah when the flood of waters was upon the earth? In the story of Joseph for how many years was there great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt? In the story of Joseph, for how many years did the famine last? For how many years did the children of Israel eat manna? How old were the Levites who served in the tabernacle when they retired? How old was King Jehoash when he began to reign? According to Job what is taught by a multitude of years? How many years may we generally expect to live according to Psalm 95? According to Luke, for how many years was fruit sought on the fig tree before the tree was cut down? According to Acts for how many years had Aeneas been bedridden, sick of the palsy? One day is, we are told, with the Lord the equivalent of how many years? For how many years had the woman in Luke’s gospel had a spirit of infirmity? For how long will the dragon be bound up according to Revelation?

Cheryl Corney

Answers on page 31



First day on the beat A loud banging on the door of my section house room woke me. Could it really be quarter to five on this sunny May morning in 1950? I rose, donned my uniform, and prepared to go on duty for the first time as a probationer constable. After a quick cup of tea and slice of toast I set off to walk to Tottenham Court Road Police Station with several colleagues. As we crossed Oxford Street I was surprised at the lack of traffic, but amazed to see traffic lights stretching back in both directions as far as I could see. It was with some trepidation that I walked into the basement parade room where the rest of my relief had gathered. A sergeant appeared, we fell into line, produced our appointments -

truncheon, whistle, various books, and a band to be worn on the left arm, indicating one was on duty. After posting to beats, inspection by the Duty Officer, an Inspector, followed. We marched out to our respected beats on the dot of 6am. As a new boy, ‘learning beats’ for four weeks, I was detailed to accompany Dennis, an experienced officer, whom I followed out of the rear of the Station on to the streets still rather apprehensive of what awaited me. Our beat took us to the north end of Great Portland Street. There I followed Dennis into the basement kitchen of a Joe Lyons teashop where we were given a steaming mug of tea. We hardly had time to take a sip before a

Eric giving directions to European tourists in May 1954 in Upper Bond Street. In the background of the right hand picture is Broadcasting House 16

delivery man indicated that the Inspector was standing outside. This was something to be apprehensive about. The situation was saved by the cook, who ushered us out through an emergency exit into Great Titchfield Street, which joined Great Portland Street a few yards north. We turned the corner and walked back past the tea shop, saluted the waiting Inspector and uttered the customary ‘all correct, sir’. He returned our greeting, said nothing else, but looked furious. We had a lucky escape because it was a discipline offence to be caught in such circumstances. It seems that the Inspector was looking to catch Dennis out, but I never learned the reason. I could have been forgiven for thinking that was experience enough for one day, but later we came upon a domestic dispute where husband and wife each alleged assault by the other, although neither had any sign of injury. The man remained so belligerent that Dennis arrested him for using insulting words and behaviour. As he walked his prisoner towards the Station he told me to deal with the incident. After managing to calm the lady down, I took details of the incident and of the wife. There being no injury, I referred her to the Magistrates Court should she wish to take the matter further. After making my way back to the station I completed my report and was reunited with Dennis for the rest of that early turn. The following Saturday afternoon I was called to the local

domestic court to give evidence in an action by the wife against her husband. Perhaps several days having passed gave them time to reflect on their relationship and after some wise words from the Magistrate, they agreed to settle their differences, but for how long I have often wondered. Like many more such situations, maybe the wife decided not to press the matter rather than face the consequences of a broken marriage. The remaining four weeks learning beats passed without nearly as much excitement. ‘Learning beats’ was intended to introduce the new recruit to practical experience, and an appreciation of the layout of each beat. It also was useful in learning how to talk to and deal with members of the public. Many of my colleagues were also on probation, some with not much more service than I, which sometimes meant the blind leading the blind, but we managed. Eric Redgwell


Spreading the word of God

Gideons International The Gideons International is an Association of business and professional men and their wives dedicated to fulfilling the Great Commission in partnership with the Church. As such, Gideons make Bibles and New Testaments available in the traffic lanes of life, where churches, denominations and other ministries may not be able to go. The Church is the very foundation of The Gideons International. To be a member of this Association you must be a member of the Church and it is on behalf of the church that we place and present God’s Word all over the world. As is often said, Gideons act as a missionary arm of the Church. Who are Gideons? They are Christian business and professional men and their wives who believe in the Bible as the inspired Word of God, and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as the eternal Son of God, have received Him as their personal Saviour and seek to follow Him in their daily lives. What do Gideons do? They place and present Bibles and Testaments in many areas of everyday life, and engage in personal witnessing – that others will come to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. Presently, Gideon members are placing over 80 million copies of the precious Word of God in 18

200 countries around the world, every year. When were The Gideons founded? ‘We shall be called Gideons!’ With those words, spoken following a time of prayer at the end of a meeting in 1899 in the USA, The Gideons International was founded. There were only three men at that meeting; now there are more than 280,000 members,

men and women, distributing Scriptures all over the world. The first Gideon branch was formed in the UK in 1949. Is there more work to be done? The work of The Gideons will not be completed until our Lord Jesus returns; indeed ‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few’ (Matthew 9:37). As a business or professional man, would you, along with your wife, consider becoming a worker in this, God’s harvest field? Why not become a

member of your local branch and become part of an Association whose only objective is to win men, women and young people for our Lord Jesus Christ? Can all church members help in some way? Anyone who is not a professional or business man can be a Friend of Gideons International. Such people pray for our work, but can also purchase special New Testaments for their personal evangelism opportunities to encourage members of their family, their friends or work colleagues to read God’s Word for themselves. Every three months Friends are given the Gideon magazine packed with testimonies of lives changed by God’s Word and news of activities of the Association, such as new doors that God has opened to our ministry. Members of Gideons and Friends help identify places in their local community where copies of God’s Word could be placed to reach people, so God’s Holy Spirit can speak to individuals, bring them salvation and make a difference in their lives. Many people never think of coming to church, so we need to take God’s Word to them where they are. For more information about the organisation and news of what has been happening recently around the work look at the website

We are collecting non-perishable food for the Redbridge Foodbank. The collection box is now in the church foyer every Sunday.

Jonathan Longstaff


Music for Holy week

Haydn: Seven Last Words Over three hundred years ago, when massive earthquakes had devastated areas of Central Peru, a Jesuit priest prepared a Good Friday service based on the Seven Last Words of Jesus. The composer with the foremost reputation at that time, the Austrian Joseph Haydn, was approached by the Bishop of Cadiz to write appropriate supporting music for a service at that cathedral as devotion to the Seven Last Words spread and was taken up in many parts of the world including Spain. Haydn’s work was first performed as an integral part of this special service at Cadiz on Good Friday 1787 in an orchestral version. Haydn was later persuaded by his publisher to produce a string quartet version in which form it is most often heard today. Haydn wrote in his preface to the string quartet arrangement in 1801: ‘About fifteen years ago I was requested by a canon of Cadiz to compose instrumental music on The Seven Last Words of Our Lord from the Cross. It was customary at the Cathedral of Cadiz to produce an oratorio every year during Lent, the effect of the performance being not a 20

Interior of Cadiz cathedral

little enhanced by the following circumstances. The walls, windows and pillars of the church were hung with black cloth, and only one large lamp hanging from the centre of the roof broke the solemn darkness. At midday, the doors were closed and the ceremony began. After a short service the bishop ascended the pulpit, pronounced the first of the seven words (or sentences) and delivered a discourse therein. This ended, he left the pulpit, and prostrated himself before the altar. The interval was filled with music. The bishop then in like manner pronounced the second word, then the third, and so on, the orchestra following on the conclusion to each discourse. My composition was subject to these conditions, and it was no easy task to compose seven Adagios lasting ten minutes each and to succeed one another without fatiguing the listeners; indeed I found it quite impossible to confine myself to the appointed limits’. You can hear this work online by searching youtube for ‘Haydn seven’.

Music as St Mary’s

Our magnificent organ The current church organ was built by Grant, Degens and Bradbeer Ltd, of Northampton, for £20,000, after the former one was destroyed in the 1969 fire. Funds came from the insurance money. It has three manuals, thirty-two speaking stops, 2,275 pipes and is constructed on the tracker action. It possesses the advantage of harmonising with the modern appearance of the building and has a bright, light and clear sound. As the organ was designed at the same time as the building was reconstructed the organ builders skilfully fitted the shape and acoustic qualities of the instrument to the acoustic properties of the new church interior, adding to the aesthetic and technical excellence of the instrument. The variation in the sounds that the instrument is able to produce means that a wide range of styles can be successfully and authentically performed, whilst the size and mechanics of the instrument demand heavily on the technical capabilities of the performer. In recent years however the organ has begun to show the wear and tear of its age and ongoing worship activities. The interior electrical network, which connects the stops and pistons to the pipe mechanisms, is from the early 1970s and is no longer reliable. This results in occasional delay or failure of

the organ to effect changes in registration and colour made by the organist. This year the organ is due for a maintenance overhaul, entailing the thorough dismantling of the organ, and the cleaning and repair of all the pipes and mechanical work. Whilst this takes place, there is the possibility of effecting a comprehensive reworking of the instrument’s electrical system. A modern electrical wiring could be designed specifically for the instrument’s needs and shape. At the same time, this could generate more ‘divisional’ pistons for the instrument, meaning that the organ will be able to store an increased number of pre-set combinations of stops. In effect, this will bring the organ up to date with current professional performance requirements and make it more suitable for playing late romantic and contemporary compositions. It will also increase the sensitivity of the instrument for worship. In addition, keys will be resurfaced and general wear and tear attended to, all this in consultation with the original designer. The essential overhaul will therefore improve and rejuvenate the organ, giving it a new lease of life moving into 2016. Anita Datta


A different perspective

Holiday of a lifetime Canada is a country I’ve wanted to visit since I was a child. So when my son Andrew and daughter-inlaw Jenny invited me to join them on a holiday there I knew that at long last my dream was to come true. There isn’t room here to tell you about everything we did, so I will just tell you about a few of my personal highlights. On the 8th of September last year, we flew from Heathrow Airport to Vancouver on the west coast of Canada. After nine hours we arrived at two o'clock in the afternoon; although of course our bodies were telling us it was ten o'clock at night! Luckily we were booked into the airport hotel so didn't have to go far. We didn't waste any time the next day and took the Sky train - the city metro - into the city centre. On arriving at the waterfront we were confronted with spectacular views of mountains in the distance, pleasure boats, cruise ships heading for Alaska and the flying taxi service. The Fly over Canada experience soon introduced me to the wonderful sights the country has to offer. We sat in front of a large cinema screen and the simulator made us feel like we were 22

Butchart Gardens

flying over all the major sites of the country from Niagara Falls to Toronto and the wastelands of the Arctic. Every so often you even felt spray on your face as you flew through the clouds. Next day we took the ferry to stay with Jenny’s cousin David and his wife Mary. They live in Victoria on Vancouver Island which is about two hours from Vancouver city. Over the course of the next few days we visited many places including the beautiful Butchart Gardens, a group of floral display gardens to rival Kew and Wisley. Founded by the British in 1843, Victoria is the capital of British Columbia. With a population of about 80,000 people, it’s also one of

the oldest settlements on the North American west coast. It has some lovely old buildings, the most impressive of which is the province Parliament. A trip to the rugged west coast was a memorable adventure. We stayed in our own self-contained log cabin overlooking the Pacific Ocean in the remote town of Tofino. Imagine my excitement when we arranged our very own bear watching trip. All the main tours were full so a deal was done with the local water taxi to take us out. Seventeen miles up the coast we found a lone brown bear looking for crabs on a beach. She was obviously the only one around as all the other tours suddenly appeared and at one point there were probably over 80 people staring at her, but she didn't seem to care. After a great time in Canada it was time to visit our friends Tom and Frances in Moscow, Idaho, a journey of

about 500 miles. Victoria is very close to the American border and a ferry goes from there to Seattle twice a day, sailing through the beautiful Puget Sound. As we were flying home from Vancouver we returned to the city one more time. It was time for one final, unforgettable experience - a visit to the Capilano suspension bridge park. It’s one of the most popular attractions in British Columbia. You enter by crossing a wobbly rope suspension bridge high above a wide gorge. It’s not for the faint-hearted. There are various nature trails, suspended footbridges through the trees and a cliff -face walk. The whole trip proved to be a real adventure and is something I'll never forget. Brenda Denhard


Life at St Mary’s

Report from one of St Mary’s home groups ‘Given the vastness of the mysteries in God, it could be said that we …are all beginners. How might we support each other in our on-going exploration of faith?’ This was one of the questions asked in A heart for mission, the study guide for our Lent Course last year but, to the best of my knowledge, one that was more honoured in the breech Saint Mary of Zion Orthodox church at than in the observance. How much easier most of us find it to discuss the Axum where the Ark of the Covenant is practical or pastoral matters than the said to be housed spiritual ones. Yet is this not putting second become a Christian nation (the first things first? being Armenia) and their tradition is I brought up this question when the very different from our own. Like the PCC was reviewing the Lent Course Armenians and Copts in Egypt, they and it was decided that one of the are Monophysites, that is they believe ways we support each other is in the in the single nature of Christ which is home groups, that it would be good to the divine nature. However, they inknow what each of the groups had sist that they are the autonomous Ordiscussed and that we would start with thodox Church of Ethiopia. the one of which I am a member, We saw the rock churches of called for some reason no one seems Labelia, dug deep into the rocks to to know, Group 13. hide themselves from a militaristic Thanks to the technical skills of Islam, the Chapel of the Holy Trinity Dick Walker, we started the year with on Gondar and one of fourteen mona visual presentation of Christian asteries, on an island on Lake Tana. churches in Ethiopia, a country which Ethiopian Christians firmly believe I had visited the previous autumn. that the lost Ark is at Axum, far off Ethiopia was the second country to our route, but all their churches have 24

13th century carved church at Lalibela. The church is named after King Lalibela from the Zagwe dynasty who ruled the country in the 13th century

a replica of this at their heart. We saw a baptism and a funeral at which everyone wore white, but not a wedding! At all their churches we were touched by the devotion of the local people and the pilgrims. At our next meeting we discussed our favourite psalms; those most loved were published in an earlier edition of this magazine. The sermon series on the Creeds gave rise to our next discussion after which we wondered if Britain were a Christian country, a topic on which we reached no conclusion. Nor did we reach any conclusion on our next question, ‘What do we mean by eternal life?’ but, interestingly enough, we did agree that was the occasion when we digressed least from the subject. Perhaps we are more spiritual than much of our conversation would suggest. We had hoped that Santou would join us for our autumn meeting but her

father’s illness and death prevented this, for this year at least. So at our final meeting which was very ad hoc we were both practical and spiritual, coming down to earth when those of us on the PCC reported to the others on the plans for the building... if we are able to afford them. But some of the group had also attended the course on Prayerful Evangelism which suitably rounded off our year. It would be interesting to know how other home groups have used their time together. Rowena Rudkin January 2015 St Mary’s has five home groups which meet regularly - if you would like to join one, contact the Rector.



focus Welcome to our children’s pages On Mothering Sunday the Seekers led the All Age Service with a poem about 'MOTHER' and a song for the whole congregation to sing, in a round, to the tune of Frère Jacques. Bob gave the sermon and distributed playdough pieces for everyone to mould into small figures and hearts. Then as in previous years, the children were invited up to take a flower for their mothers/ grandmothers or carers. Following that, and new for this year, was the opportunity to place a daffodil into a vase on the dais to represent mothers not present. Lastly all remaining flowers were given to ladies in the congregation and were gratefully received.


Book Reviews Bake through the Bible 20 cooking activities to explore Bible truths with your child Authors: Susie Bentley-Taylor, Bekah Moore Number of Pages: 64 Paperback £8.99 Bake through the Bible helps parents to explore the Bible with their child while having lots of fun cooking together. The book contains 20 Bible stories, told in a simple, engaging style, that take a child through the whole storyline of the Bible. Each story is supported by a cooking activity that reinforces the main teaching, along with questions to discuss while cooking, and a simple recap to use when enjoying what they’ve cooked. ISBN-13: 9781909559004

The Life of Jesus Look Inside the Bible Author: Tim Dowley Hardback £6.99 Publisher: Lion Hudson Plc Number of Pages: 16 Travel through Bible lands and follow the story of Jesus, getting an illustrated aerial view of important places from the New Testament. Five fold-out maps visually detail both day -to-day activities and extraordinary events with descriptive narrative of each related Bible story. Stories highlight incidents throughout Jesus’ life to help illuminate his ministry. Text directs the reader to areas of interest along with simple questions, and provides references to the Bible for more detailed information. Maps of: Nazareth, Bethlehem, Capernaum, Sea of Galilee and Jerusalem are included. ISBN-13: 9781859858233


Oh Sew Good The Great British Sewing Bee is a BBC Two reality television programme in which amateur sewers compete to be named ‘Britain's best home sewer’. A spin-off of the format of The Great British Bake Off, the programme is presented by Claudia Winkleman. The judges are May Martin from the Women's Institute and Savile Row's Patrick Grant. The Great British Children in Need Sewing Bee sees 12 celebrities take to the sewing machines in a bid to raise money for Children in Need. So with sewing having a bit of a revival, why not think of it in terms of our faith? I was given this cute keepsake by Jan, one of our bell ringers. Her mother made it. Pictured are my favourite pieces.


On Saturday 28th February, a little ‘Big Draw’ was held in the Memorial Hall for anyone wanting to practice their drawing skills. Peter Webb and Mark Lewis kindly provided their expert services and guided young and old through some fascinating drawing techniques.

On Saturday 14th March we held a ‘Big Breakfast Fundraiser’ event in the Gwinnell room, providing a continental and cooked breakfast for all those who attended, in aid of Church Funds. We had a good attendance and £302 was raised. A special thanks goes out to John Reynolds and Andrew Smith, who did the main cooking for the first time, and were a welcome new addition to the already excellent team.

Millie and Josie in their aprons - thanks also to Ellodie, Phoebe, Bev and Sarah for their waitressing skills




Second wife

In compassion, I held out my hand, I offered to walk Beside you in life. In pain and in anger You held back your hand, Controlling the turmoil Whipping your life.

I awoke Between the sheets. Slowly, it dawned As I lay Between the sheets

Silence your weapon, Black anger your spite. Reeling in silence, I hung on to life. Spiteful smiles Rejoicing in hurt Your pain lay hidden, I stifled mine. Withdrawing my hand, I held on to hurt, The pain of rejection Warping my heart. Healing, a grief That became God given wholeness, I humbly forgave you, As Christ forgave me. Slowly, tentatively I hold out my hand. Smiling, you reach out. Anxious, I am. Your smile I remember, I think it’s sincere. Hope springs eternal Without it, I’d die. 30

She died here Between these sheets. Took her last breath As she lay here Between these sheets. Her children, Her, my, husband With, around her As she died Between her sheets. Her dying breath, My new life. The pain of death-birth Breaking love chords Between the sheets. Barbara Duncan

These two poems express some of the difficulties of being a stepmother and second wife when the first much loved wife and mother has died

Book Review The Heart’s Time: a poem a day for Lent and Easter by Janet Morley Published by SPCK A poem a day is accompanied by a couple of pages of commentary. A short poem is chosen for every day up to a week after Easter Sunday apart from Lent and Holy Week. The poems are of diverse styles and from a variety of authors, some older, some modern, some famous, some not. Nicholas Albery writes:‘Reading poetry offers a distinctive resource for our spiritual life; and this is true of a wide variety of poems. To know a poem by heart is to slow down to the heart’s time.’ ISBN 978 - 0 281-06372-7

Answers to quiz on page 15 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

130 years 930 years 600 years old 7 years 7 years 40 years 50 years old 7 years old wisdom

10 11 12 13 14 15

three score years and ten (70 years) 3 years 8 years 1,000 years 18 years 1,000 years



Joan Ware 21st March 1930 11th January 2015 Joan’s story, read at her funeral:

Joan was born in Walthamstow, into a loving family with an elder sister Hilda, brother Bert and younger brother Alan; who, despite being profoundly deaf, nevertheless lived a very full life and became a master carpenter. Joan attended Sunday school at St Mary's Walthamstow. This church was to become the focal point of her early life. At seven she joined Brownies and later progressed into Guides. With the onset of war, in 1939, she was evacuated to Dunstable in Bedfordshire. At the age of eleven Joan passed the eleven plus and gained entry to the Technical High School in Forest Road, Walthamstow. At fourteen, due to family finances, she left school to take up a career as a shorthand typist at Miconite in Black Horse Road, Walthamstow, going on to become private secretary to their sales director. Away from work, besides Guiding, netball was Joan’s passion, becoming captain of her firms netball team. The youth club at St Marys Walthamstow also formed a netball team of which Joan was an enthusiastic member. The 32

team joined the Essex league and one year, made it through to the County final. Joan progressed from Guides to Rangers and at eighteen became Brown Owl of the 5th St Mary’s Brownies, a position she held for the next fourteen years. At Easter time in 1956 during a regular Church Parade, Ron first noticed the rosy cheeked Brown Owl. In November of that year he took some items for the Christmas fair to her family’s home in Albert Road. Joan came bounding down the stairs and started chatting.… and the rest is history!! Joan & Ron married on the 28th June 1958 with Tawny and Snowy Owls (Doris & Maureen) as bridesmaids. Ron says: ‘We had the happiest of marriages, and were blessed with three children Ian, Shauna and Michael. Thank you Joan for all we shared’.

Joan’s three children Ian, Shauna & Michael added:

Each year she was an avid watcher of Wimbledon, often vocalising her support and would be oblivious to the telephone ringing during games. Some of her other favourites were Countdown and Question Time. Mum had a passion for life. She was very generous, sensitive and caring. She loved her family, friends and colleagues very deeply. A love that we know will stay with us for a lifetime. She adored her four grandchildren, taking a great interest in their lives and playing endless games with them. Whether you called her Wife, Joan, Auntie, Cousin, Godmother, Nanny or just Mum…. She would always make time for you. She truly had a compassionate, warm and open heart. Her sense of fun and humour prevailed in times of joy or difficulty. Even when she was really very ill in Whipps Cross Hospital, she greeted our Rector, with the opening line, ‘OK, what have you done with the silver?’ (Referring to the burglary on New Year’s Day.) You were a great and caring Mum, and the best we could ever wish for, we will always love you and miss you…

Mum was so many different things to so many people, whether it be family, friend, co-worker or fellow committee member. But with all she met, whatever their age, she treated them with respect and formed many lasting and meaningful friendships. As I am sure many of you are aware, Mum was a great organiser! She ran the 52 nd EFS Scout Group fundraising committee for many years. Organising Race nights, but she never gambled; sponsored walks but she didn’t leave the Scout Hut; cheese and wine evenings, but she didn’t drink, and cake stalls at the bazaar, but she rarely made them! Mum supervised at the local Family Planning Clinic. Spent almost a quarter of a century as a Dinner Lady at Churchfields School. Took part in Mothers Union events. And Chaired the Woodford Wives group at St Mary’s Woodford for more than 40 years. Known for her listening ear and straight talking, she was often used as a confident. She was a great team player and had an incredible ability to communicate with people, often persuading them to do things beyond God Bless. their own expectations.

Last Supper figures knitted by Joan 33


Joe Hollingsworth 25th December 1922 - 7th December 2014 Druten with whom he became life-long friends. When they met after the war, he was revered as a man without whom the Dutch people would not have been liberated. After the war, Joe went to work with his father at Barking power station. He began as a general dogsbody but, owing to his various gifts, he came to run that power station and several others with great competence and consciousness for the rest of his working life. In 1946, he met Marje at a family Our long-time member and friend Joe’s party. When Marje arrived, she was earliest years were in the East End greeted with the sight of Joe sitting in where he was brought up with his his vest playing his trumpet! It proved, seven siblings. Life was tough and however, to be love at first sight and Joe’s mother Annie had to take in the two of them were married at Holy washing to make ends meet. It was Trinity church two years later. (You Joe’s duty to help his mother on may recall that the then Rector of washday (Monday) and, as a result, he St Mary’s refused to marry nonnever went to school on a Monday. members!). They were blessed with two Joe left school, aged 14, and obtained a job at a garage and for four children, Elaine and Christopher and years he trained to be a mechanic, work lived from 1962 in Buckingham Road. that he loved. But the war came along, Joe and Marje had a long and happy marriage and celebrated their ruby and, being a mechanic, Joe was encharged with a ‘half-track’ and took wedding in ’86 with a blessing of thanks at St Mary’s by their friend it over to the Normandy beaches on Canon Bob Birchnall and, afterwards, a D-day plus one. He had many varied wartime experiences but he got on best party at home. Joe had first met Bob as they both lived in Buckingham Road; with the Dutch people and with one they both shared an interest in cars and family in particular in the village of 34

Bob soon invited Joe to come to St Mary’s. Then Marje came and, in due course, they were both confirmed. It was then that Bob got them involved in hosting confirmation classes at which a glass of homemade carrot wine was consumed as a postscript. As a result, confirmation candidates went home very happy and the classes there became very popular. When the fire at St Mary’s started, Joe was one of the first people that Bob called to help. He arrived with the building on fire, seized a cassock from the vestry into which he threw all the silver pieces from the altar and thus preserved them. Sadly, Marje died in ’95, Joe having looked after her during her illness and, three years ago, Joe himself began to feel his age and he made the decision to go into Churchfields Nursing Home where he became a much-loved resident and where he received great care. Joe had been unable to attend church for some years so we took the church to him and thereby maintained our pastoral contact and friendship. I know that Joe’s faith played a vital part in his life and it meant that he had no fear of death but rather looked forward to the hope of new life where he would be re-united with his beloved wife Marje. So, at Forest Park, on the 19th December, it was with a great sense of both thanksgiving and hope that we entrusted Joe into God’s eternal care. Chris Winward

Lent Prayer Lord, grant us a simplicity of faith and a generosity of service that gives without counting cost. A life overflowing with Grace poured out from the One who gave everything that we might show the power of love to a broken world, and share the truth from a living Word. Lord, grant us a simplicity of faith, And a yearning to share it.

Easter Prayer It was always your will that Israel should find in Jesus Christ, the one who would bring them home, the sheep returning to the shepherd who is their King. And to that fold would come others, from every nation upon earth, as prophets had foretold, including those gathered here today to honour your name. Gracious God,we praise you for the promise of Scripture, the depth of your love and our Saviour, Jesus Christ. John Birch 35


BIG thank you to everyone submitting contributions and photographs to this edition Please keep them coming, as without them we wouldn’t have a parish magazine. Articles, prayers, book reviews, favourite music, recipes, gardening tips etc. We would love some children’s drawings as well: the choice is yours! Email directly to: or pass to Penny Freeston who will type up your handwritten copy. Our next copy date is 22nd May 2015. Magazine team: Penny Freeston, Beverley Fuentes, Cheryl Corney, Ian Tarrant, Sam McCarthy, Peter Wall. 36

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