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St Mary’s Woodford Parish Magazine Volume 8 Issue 3

Autumn 2017

Welcome When we prepare people for confirmation, they learn all about the love of God, about the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, about the power of the Holy Spirit to change, guide and strengthen us, about the Christian life sustained by prayer and Scripture, and about the fellowship of the church. At the confirmation service itself, the bishop lays hands on the candidates, prays that the Holy Spirit will increase in them more and more, and welcomes them into the worldwide church as followers of Jesus. He challenges them to remain in fellowship with the church, to resist evil, to proclaim by word and example the good news of God’s love, and to seek peace and justice in the world. Recently Bishop Stephen has been reminding us that we should see every church as a school for disciples. So you were prepared for confirmation? Great! But you still have so much to learn about being a disciple of Jesus. ‘Life-long learning’ has been the buzz-phrase in the worlds of education and commerce for many years now. It should also be the philosophy of each parish church. As each of us learns more about the love and power of God, we will be transformed, made more like Jesus, and with his help, we will transform the world.

Revd Canon Ian Tarrant, email: Cover: Saint Paul’s ship, built by children attending our holiday club. 2

Parish Register Funerals

6th September - Cobi Hodges

27th June - Hilary Morris

11th September - Sylvia Blows

3rd July - Margaret Bareham

14th September - Mary Spill

4th August - Frank Roberts 17th August - David Hartley 30th August - Gwen Clarke

Thanksgiving for the gift of children 27th August - Rhianna & Teijan Jones

Richard and Pinky Jones gave thanks for their daughters Teijan and Rhianna, on 27th August

Eric and Margaret Redgwell gave thanks for 65 years of married life, in September


Life at St Mary’s Live Music Day on 16th September

Royal Air Force Cadets - 241 squadron

Natural Voices choir Woodford Wheezards

Modality choir


Memories Entertaining angels On Sunday afternoon a few weeks ago, Margaret answered a phone call. She turned and said, ‘It’s the undertaker’. He was the last person I expected to hear from on a Sunday afternoon. I asked if I could help and he said, ‘I have received a request from a person who wishes to contact you. She found your wife’s obituary notice (2008) and has used my address at the foot of the notice to try to reach you.’ He went on to say that the lady’s name is Sharon and that she had stayed at your house when children from Birmingham were housed for a week’s holiday in 1980. We pondered a bit, but then the memories of those days came back and I fondly remembered how Lilian cared for the children in order that they might enjoy their stay in Woodford and Wanstead. The undertaker supplied the details and by e-mail we learned that it was Sharon, one of two sisters who stayed with us, for a week. All the children who came were underprivileged in some way or another. I really and truly wondered if the week in a home with us would make a difference to their lives. Or, would it disturb them for when they returned to their homes? Sharon quickly responded to my email and the internet hummed for a couple of days. What truly delighted me was Sharon’s memories of staying with us. She said, ‘Lilian would leave a glass of milk on the bedside table each night with three biscuits. Also, I

had never tasted apricots before and now I love them.’ It became obvious from our contact that the holidays had been of benefit. Sharon stirred my memories even more. And on a previous visit a young lad called Robert had stayed with us. He was a real Brummie from a very difficult background. He was full of mischief and very lovable. Several years after we said farewell, he phoned us. It was a long call, he wanted to chat with both of us. I was concerned about the cost and said, ‘Where are you phoning from, Robert?’ He responded, ‘MacDonalds’. I said, ‘This is costing you a bomb’. He said, ‘Oh no, I’m phoning from the wash-up on the house phone!’ Later he came to London again, charged with escorting his father to an alcoholics rehab centre in Kent. We picked him up on his return to Euston and after a meal made sure that he was on the train back to Birmingham. I have to thank Sharon for taking the trouble to make contact, for without her concern, it would not have been possible to share this with you. Other members of the Parish who were involved were Drs Kathleen and Chris Whitfield and Hazel and Michael Lovejoy. If you also took part, I apologise for my omission. John Goldsmith 5

Mission Ruth Hulser our CMS Link Mission Partner visits St Mary’s. Tabora is about halfway along the Central Line – no, not our one, but the Central Line that is a railway running through the centre of Tanzania from Dar es Salaam on the coast to Lake Tanganyika to the west. Dating from the period when Tanganyika was a German colony, the railway still works well and there are three trains a week in both directions, unless you prefer to arrive in Tabora through its airport, with its gravel runway and clipped bougainvillea hedges.

the boat. Peter at least had the courage to put a leg out of the boat to walk on the water. Ruth referred to the preceding passages where Jesus fed the five thousand and then retreated into the hills to pray and restore his strength, having spent so much time with the people demonstrating God’s love for each individual. Do we go out into the unknown in order to share God’s love with our neighbour? ‘Do you have bad days where there are seemingly impossible problems besetting you?’ we were asked, and many nodded. ‘So do I,’ Ruth said. ‘I went to Tanzania knowing very little, working with a team of people at the St Philip’s Health Clinic. On the first day, I asked if they had eaten breakfast. No they hadn’t, because it took too long to light a charcoal fire to boil a kettle to make a drink and cook some food from scratch, there being no processed or ready made foods, everything had to be And Tabora is where our link made from basics.’ Mission Partner, Ruth Hulser, lives. So her first priority was to give While on home leave, on a Sunday morning in August, Ruth visited us to them a midday meal. She described the difficulties of working in a country update us on her work as a GP in with drought, food insecurity, Tabora. She took as her sermon the Gospel Reading of Matthew 14:22-33 malnourished children and HIV. Her enthusiasm was such that at times we which relates how Jesus joined the were unable to keep up with her as the disciples in the fishing boat by walking on the water and encouraged exuberance shone through, and as she Peter to join him. Peter starts to do so, told us stories of two children she had but seeing the strong wind he becomes befriended and then adopted into a caring ‘family’. frightened and starts to sink. Jesus After the service Ruth gave an catches hold of him and they get into 6

illustrated talk in the Gwinnell Room, and explained the many roles she undertook. Her work included adopting two orphaned and sick children because they were unable to live with their sick grandmother. She was also:  an administrator in the clinic and also now had to be a quality control monitor as the government was tackling inequalities of standards of care  a farmer, showing how to improve the crops and also  the livestock manager. The Chinese, who are building roads and need water, dig a pit that will fill with water when it rains. So

Ruth organised for their digger to dig a pit for their local community and now they can grow vegetables to feed their families. How does she manage all this? It is only with the support of her Link churches for both prayer and finances. We were all impressed by the amount of work that she does with so few resources, though the Internet has been vital in providing answers to many problems. We had a collection at the end of the morning service and again at the lunch to support Ruth in her work. She will have returned to Tabora by the time you read this. Wendy Littlejohns


Life at St Mary’s The corona In the early eighties the then rector expressed a wish in a private conversation to see the church without the corona. His son-in-law was prepared to remove the corona which on inspection had a serious metal fracture in one of the hooks holding the corona up. It in fact proved to have two faults so the corona was taken down. No one was employed to do it, in those days the parishioners rolled up their sleeves and got on with it. It was quite an undertaking. One very anxious bystander filled with anxiety was given a rope and instructed to hold on very tight. The rope had nothing to do with lowering the corona but quieted the bystander considerably. The corona was down for about 10 days and apart from those folk who had helped no one else in St Mary’s noticed its absence. Having no faculty we had to put it back. I had never had any great liking for the corona, they were fashionable for a very brief period. At the Re-building Committee (1968-69) it was not popular with a number of people. There was quite a voice for a ‘flying cross’ suspended from the ceiling over the dais and some imaginative lighting. That would also have broken the view of all those organ pipes. ‘Worshipping the organ pipes’ was an item that occupied the Rebuilding Committee and led to some quite heated discussion. We have a glorious tracker organ: in this type of organ the pedals and keys are directly mechanically linked to the stops. 8

There was only one place for it, sense prevailed. Sadly we were strapped for cash, the fire engines had arrived far too soon and prevented the fire damaging the walls so we had to reconstruct the church within the existing walls. We might otherwise have had a round church or, as was shown on the original plan a front wall facing the High Road, covered by ground to roof narrow (lance) windows which would have been a vast improvement on our present frontage, however it was not to be.

Considerable amount of stained glass was recovered after the fire, mostly from the East Window (the one over the present entrance) . It was used to make stained glass windows for the chapel. A new technique was used, the old glass was resin bonded to a sheet of plain glass, a much cheaper process than the traditional method. The artist, Alan Younger, was a rising star and subsequently became the most influential artist in stained glass in the

second half of the 20th century. He died aged 71 in 2004. He was unable to give any guarantee on the durability of this new technique. The sunlight did its worst, the bonding resin became steadily darker and darker, the windows murkier and murkier before they fell apart. The artist was not to blame and any realistic hope of obtaining compensation from the manufacturer was pie in the sky. Alan offered to re-do the windows, at £20,000 each, such was his fame, but we did not have that kind of money. Some of the small stained glass memorials from the main body of the church were hung in the chapel windows. The new stained glass at the west end was also designed by Alan Younger and deserves a separate article. One of St Mary’s most memorable characters, Jim Wingham, whose real name was Muriel which she detested, raised much of the money for these two beautiful windows. One of the small memorials in stained glass within the church, is in memory of my very Irish gifted and quixotic mother-in-law, Kathleen’s mother, Olive Muirhead. There was nothing she liked more than ‘a bit of an old party’. She could be found perched on a kitchen stool with an accordion in her hands, a lit cheroot clamped between her teeth and a half empty Gin and It beside her. I expect she is whooping it up at some celestial ceilidh. Find the shamrock and that is Olive’s memorial.

Prayer for a student Lord, we pray for the protection of (name). We ask that you would guard their heart and their mind in Christ Jesus. That you would wrap them up in Your love, And deliver them from all evil. Lord, we pray that you would give (name) great enthusiasm for their studies. May you inspire them each and everyday. May each seminar and class bring fresh inspiration to their work. May each moment be filled with the energy they need for their tasks. Lord, we pray that (name) would know the hope to which they are called. That their life would be transformed by revelation from Heaven. That You would inspire their direction And gently lead them into their destiny. Lord, we especially pray for (name’s) friends at college. May they come to know Your goodness and love, To walk in Your freedom and grace All the days of their life. Amen. From

Christopher Whitfield 9

Three faiths Forum Visiting the ‘Gardens of Peace’ About 40 members of the East London Three Faiths Forum visited Gardens of Peace, the largest Muslim cemetery in the UK, on Thursday evening 13th July. It was a fascinating and memorable evening. The Chair of Trustees, Mohamed Omar, explained the work of the cemetery and the distinctive practices of Islam around death and burial. He also said a few words about the challenges he has faced over the past few weeks, burying the remains of many of those killed in the Grenfell Tower catastrophe, and dealing with the grieving families. Here are some further comments from those who joined us at the cemetery: ‘We wanted to write and say a big thank you to all of our hosts from last Thursday at the Gardens of Peace


Muslim cemetery. We were made very welcome, learned a huge amount (I go to sleep on my right side and still remember what Mohamed said about laying that way in the grave!) and ate way too much delicious food (the cake was amazing)! Mohamed struck exactly the right chord of delivering a fascinating talk, not at all macabre, and even (dare I say it?) entertaining at times as there were definitely some amusing anecdotes revealing the funny side of what is no doubt in most cases a very sad area to work in.

Reflections on the death of a child

‘Furthermore we were touched at how our daughter, Rachel, was able to join us and gain her own learning from what she saw and heard. ‘The cemetery itself was simply beautiful and I was in awe of how much thought had gone in to the selection of trees and plants near the area where the standing prayer was said, and how respectful and lovely the grave areas were - especially those for the babies and children. Gardens of Peace is such an apt name. ‘Please could you pass on our thanks and gratitude to our hosts for their time and hospitality. ‘Warmest wishes, Danielle, Howard and Rachel ‘

Oh, it is hard to take to heart that lesson that such deaths will teach; but let no man reject it, for it is one that all must learn, and it is a mighty, Universal Truth. When death strikes down the innocent and young, for every fragile form from which he lets the panting spirit free, a hundred virtues rise, in shapes of mercy, charity, and love, to walk the world, and bless it. Of every tear that sorrowing mortals shed on such green graves some good is born, some gentler nature comes. In the Destroyer’s steps there spring up bright creations that defy his power, and his dark path becomes a way of light to heaven. Charles Dickens – The Old Curiosity Shop

‘Re: yesterday evening's visit to The Gardens of Peace Muslim Cemetery in Hainault‘Thank you, your colleagues, Mohamed Omar and everyone else so much for such an unforgettable and worthwhile visit. ‘Nicolas Haines’


Three faiths Forum ‘Adam’s Day’ I went to Stratford Town Hall on 10th August to find out what Adam’s Day was all about. I’d been told it was a way for the Abrahamic faiths to acknowledge their shared values, as they all accept Adam. In fact a Hindu also spoke; we all have more in common than not. To demonstrate this, the sub-title of the evening was ‘Unity in Diversity’. Adam’s day is run by the Azeemia Foundation, which, I found on the website, is a spiritual order established by Sufi Moslems in 1976, in Pakistan, to reinforce the acceptance in the Islamic tradition, not just of religious and spiritual ideas, but also of scientific ones. It was hard to find out more as most was written in, I assume, Urdu. So, back to the evening, where we could all mix by sitting around big round tables, so a pleasant buzz of friendly chatter filled the air. We had a minute’s silence for victims of recent terrorist attacks. The Sufi organisers had invited a very wide mix of speakers from the Jewish, Christian, Islamic, and as I’ve said, Hindu traditions. They basically reaffirmed shared values from a range of perspectives. This was all very good, but what made the evening outstanding, were two things. First, the local organisers had invited several secular community speakers from both central and local government. While, I was told, some couldn’t come, Lord Nazir Ahmed, 12

former Labour peer, gave a speech on the need for Peace, and a handful of London Mayors (including those from Newham, Brent, Southwark and Walthamstow) stood up briefly and said that they wanted to find out what a theme with a by-line of Unity in Diversity stood for, and now they knew, they’d like to promote it in their neck of the woods. So watch out next year for Adam’s Day taking off. The organisers had also invited Zahid Hafeez Chaudri, the deputy High Commissioner of Pakistan. He extended the general theme by commenting that if we really want to promote Peace, it will involve talking to people and organisations who are our enemies in the hope, as in this evening, of finding enough common ground, and in a throwaway line, said that Pakistan owed a lot to British influence. The other aspect of the evening that made it extraordinary was that this serious, and to some extent necessarily repetitive stuff, was threaded through with episodes of Sufi whirling and Rabbi David Hulbert’s friend singing, first some Jewish songs, and later Irish and other folk songs accompanying himself on his violin. And shared food brings everybody talking to each other. It was all very light hearted for its fundamental purpose, and this contributed to it being a success. Judy Noble


Who or what are we? We are all part of the Christian story and we all begin with ‘T’. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14

I am God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. I am the T_________, the T________ in One. I am the breaking of a commandment. Some Christians are given the power to speak in t_________, and others are given the power to interpret these t_________. I am an incitement to sin. I am a metal vessel used in some churches for the ceremonial burning of incense at the Eucharist. I am the seventeenth book of the New Testament. Jesus said to me ‘Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.’ These members of our church usually meet on Thursday mornings. We are two familiar singular words for ‘you’ and one for ‘your’ which are often used in religious language. They are also used in older forms of English and in dialects. I am a German university city with a special part in Christian history. A member of Valerie Geller’s family studies in me and Rev. Alison Clarke has attended a conference in me. Christians are told to pray: ‘Forgive us our t_____________ as we forgive those who t______________ against us.’ I am a university town on the River Neckar. Many theologians have studied in me. ‘Mid t_______ and t____________, and t________ of her war, she waits the consummation of peace for evermore.’ (From The Church’s One Foundation by S.J. Stone) We are found in the Book of Common Prayer. We are the doctrinal formulae which emerged in the Church of England as a statement of its position in relation to the controversies of the sixteenth century. Answers: page 31 13

Nature Queen of the woods

Queen of the Woods is the Common or European Beech, a deciduous tree of chalky areas of southern Britain, the Chilterns and Cotswolds particularly, as well as much of Northern Europe. There are quite a number in Epping Forest, they favour the slightly raised and better drained areas and suffer badly in drought times. Another feature is the total absence of plants under the trees, so dense is its canopy. There are four variants: Fern Leaved, Dawyk, Weeping and Purple ( Copper). Beech is a very regulate predictable timber, not very exciting grain. It is extensively used by wood turners. If beech is felled and left in the open it becomes infected by a black fungus which grows in thin sheets throughout. This timber is then turned on a lathe and this does produce many interesting patterns. The furniture industry, centred around High Wycombe, was entirely due to the prevalence of this timber, the home of the Windsor chair. The originals were made by hand on site. A group of chair makers would buy an area of beech wood and set it up in the wood. A pole lathe was used to turn many of the pieces, this was driven by attaching a rope to a springy sapling and winding the other end round the drive shaft of the lathe. The energy to drive the lathe came from bending the sapling to the ground and letting it go very labour intensive. There would also be a steam chest in which poles were heated and bent to make the rounded back into which the 14

splats were fixed. Originally a bodger was a man who turned these splats. The seats were invariably made from elm, slices of timber sawn from across the end of the main trunk were shaped by hand by a man with an adze, a sort of cross between a pick axe and a hoe with a very sharp edge. He would simply hold the wood down with his foot and pick away and finish with a well shaped seat. A further skilled man, armed with a very simple drill made all the holes by eye to fit the entire chair together. When the wood was cleared they would move on to another block of timber. If you want to be certain that your Windsor chair is very old feel the turned bits. They will be oval. Over time timber shrinks at different rates so the original round splats become over in cross section. During the World Wars Germany made a margarine substitute from the oil obtained from the beech nuts. In less distressful times the Chaffinch and the Brambling avail themselves of the copious harvest. Christopher Whitfield

Spirituality Five biddings A small group from St Mary's spent a Quiet Day at the Retreat House, Pleshey on 15th June, led by the Revd Canon Edward Carter, Canon Theologian at Chelmsford Cathedral. It was a very peaceful, thoughtful day with ample time to reflect on each address given in the Chapel in the beautiful gardens, abundant with summer flowers and birdsong. We were invited to write our own prayers in response to biddings taken from a working notebook used by Evelyn Underhill during the many retreats she led at Pleshey before the Second World War. Our prayers were incorporated into a Eucharist at the end of the afternoon. The day celebrated both Corpus Christi and Evelyn Underhill's Day in the Church Calendar and it was fitting to spend time at a place she knew and loved so well. One of her paintings (originally from a vicarage in Hampstead) is displayed on the stairs and a plaque in the Chapel commemorates her life and work. The following biddings were chosen to draw upon as a way of reflecting on the purpose and practice of Christian prayer:  Let us ask for an increase and deepening of our faith  Let us ask God to lead us (in this retreat) more deeply into the world of prayer  Let us ask for a new realization of Christ's Presence in our daily lives

Pleshey church  

Let us ask for the grace of perseverance Let us ask for the gift of pure love

Collect for Evelyn Underhill's Day O God, Origin, Sustainer, and End of all your creatures: Grant that your Church, taught by your servant Evelyn Underhill, guarded evermore by your power, and guided by your Spirit into the light of truth, may continually offer to you all glory and thanksgiving and attain with your saints to the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have promised by our Saviour Jesus Christ; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever. Amen. Penny Freeston


From first to twenty-first... from Acts to actions

Divided we grow? This series of articles is based on the earliest church as described in the book of Acts and raises questions of relevance to the church today. You may want to use them for personal reflection - or as material for discussion in your home group. Chapter 15 tells of two disputes in the early church, which might have ended badly…

Acts 15:1-6

One of the big issues in the early church was the integration of Gentiles (people who were not Jews) into what had begun as a Jewish movement. There had already been one meeting in Jerusalem to discuss this, after Peter had baptised the household of the Roman soldier Cornelius (see chapter 11). It was already clear that God wanted people of all nations to join the church - but should they be made to observe all the laws and traditions of the Jews?


This was an issue of theological principle, with immediate implications for new converts, and for the longterm growth of the church. The issue was raised in Antioch, a church with a mixture of Jews and gentiles, the church which had sent Paul and Barnabas on their first mission journey. Visitors came from Judea saying, ‘Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.’ We can imagine how troubling the Gentile converts found this! The matter had to be resolved.  Why do you think they chose to go

to Jerusalem to talk about it?

 What did they do on the way?  Who has responsibility for making

a judgement on the question?

 In the modern church, who has

responsibility for making decisions of theological principle with practical consequences?

Acts 15:7-21

As the discussion takes place, can you see contributions based on:  holy scripture?  the leading of the Holy Spirit?  logical reasoning?

 How should the church today find

resolution of theological disputes?

Acts 15:22-35

The next part of the chapter details the letter that the leaders wrote with their conclusions, and the return of Paul and Barnabas, with representatives from Jerusalem, to Antioch. The representatives seem to cement the unity of the Antioch and Jerusalem branches of God’s church - so a good outcome overall.

Acts 15:36-41

This final part of the chapter tells of a different kind of dispute. John Mark had travelled with Paul and Barnabas on their first journey (Acts 13:5), but for some reason left them part way through (Acts 13:13). Now Barnabas wants to take John Mark on the next journey, but Paul considers him unreliable. Here we

have a management issue - which somehow escalates into a personal dispute between Paul and Barnabas, so much so that they part company and mount two expeditions instead of one.  How could this split have been

good for the church in the long run?

 How many disputes in the church

are not theological, but are matters of practicality or personality or aesthetic taste?  Cells grow and then divide. Should churches do the same? Is there a better way to initiate division, other than a conflict? Listed below are ten areas of dispute which have brought division between and within churches in the past. For each one there is a spectrum of attitudes - to what extent does God’s church need to be united on these questions? ▄

Ten issues that have divided Christians...          

Bible - how literally should we read it? Tradition - should we always do ‘what we’ve always done’? Salvation - will few or many or all be saved? Baptism - infants or adults, immersion or sprinkling? Worship - informal or structured, written texts or ex tempore? Freedom - must we all believe the same thing, pray the same way? Women - to lead or not to lead? Gay equality - in personal relationships and in church leadership? Miracles - did they happen then, and can they happen now? The Holy Spirit - filling, guidance, fruit and gifts? 17



Debt has become a fact of life; indeed I have heard that one definition of solvency is ‘manageable debt’. But if the debt becomes unmanageable where is one to turn? One answer could be Christians Against Poverty, an award winning charity with 21 years’ experience of offering free debt counselling which now has 280 centres. It is an ecumenical charity but it is not necessary to be a Christian to seek centre nearest to you by post code. A debt coach will visit you at home and its help. After you have contacted over a series of meetings he/she will them, you will be referred to the work out a realistic budget. I quote, ‘We will negotiate affordable payments with each creditor and attempt to stop unfair interest and charges where possible’. However, there has to be some predictable income; the self employed do not qualify. High plaudits have come from the Prince of Wales and the TV Money Saving Guru, Martin Lewis. The website is and free calls from landlines and mobiles in the UK can be made to 0800 328 0006. Leaflets are available in the church foyer. Rowena Rudkin

Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen pounds nineteen and sixpence, result, happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds nought and six, result, misery. Mr Micawber in David Copperfield by Charles Dickens 18

Fifty years of (near) freedom

A truly magnificent service, entitled ‘Where Love and Sorrow Meet’, was held at St Martin-in-the-Fields on 29th July to celebrate fifty years since the Act of Parliament which partly ended homosexual criminality - an Act which has been helpfully amended several times since. The first of half a dozen first-class speakers was Malcolm Johnson who commenced his ministry here in Woodford as Chaplain to the Queen Mary University Halls of Residence when they were here and who acted as honorary curate at St Mary’s. The preacher was Canon Mark Oakley who is Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral and who made human equality - equality of opportunity, of gender, of sexuality - his main theme : a forceful, hard-hitting, brilliant sermon. Doctor Sam Wells, Vicar of St Martin’s, presided sensitively and enthusiastically. The Gay Men’s Choir, over one hundred in number and one of the finest choral groups in the country, began and ended the service which was a notable and worthy commemoration. When, oh when, will the rest of the Church of England follow the example it has been set? Philip Swallow

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

St Martin’s in the Fields Church Trafalgar Square


Book Review Sleeping with Bread: Holding What Gives You Life

By Dennis Linn, Sheila Fabricant Linn, Matthew Linn Paulist Press, 1995 ISBN 978-0809135790 Not a new book, nor is it a book for children, in spite its cover illustration, and many colour illustrations inside. But I discovered it while on retreat recently, and thought members of St Mary’s might find it helpful. This is a book about a simple reflective practice to be used at the end of the day – you may have met it before, under the name ‘examen’ or some other name. The idea is that you, as an individual, or as a household, ask two questions:  For what moment today am I most grateful?  For what moment today am I least grateful? Or even more simply:  When was I happiest today?  When was I saddest? These questions lead into reflection, discussion, or prayer, as appropriate. The title of the book comes from a story about children 20

rescued from a concentration camp, who were unable to sleep because of anxiety about what the next day might bring. Those caring for the children resolved their anxieties by giving each child a small piece of bread to hold as they fell asleep, as a surety that there would be food (and security) the next day, The authors of the book suggest that when we reflect on the high point and the low point of each day before we go to sleep, we gain a deeper understanding of ourselves, and our subconscious is able to process the issues while we sleep. The authors also commend asking the same questions weekly or monthly in a support group; or annually, to gain a greater self-awareness of one’s life, and to discover God’s intentions for us. This may be a book you only need to read once – if you are not sure about buying your own, then ask to borrow my copy! Ian Tarrant

History Local architect George Street (1824 - 1881)and Philip Webb who designed significant buildings in Rome and London On a trip to Rome recently Martin and I visited the Anglican Church near the Spanish Steps and were interested to find out that the architect was born in Woodford, Essex. George Edmund Street was a prolific Victorian architect who, during his

All Saints Anglican Church Rome

early career, worked for five years as an 'improver' with Sir George Gilbert Scott in London. Street was deeply interested in the principles of Gothic architecture and produced a book on The Brick and Marble Architecture of Northern Italy in 1855, followed by another, ten years later: The Gothic Architecture of Spain. He is reported as having worked on 179 Anglican ecclesiastical buildings for the Incorporated Church Building Society alone, the largest being the nave of Bristol Cathedral and the restoration of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin. Street also designed three churches in

Switzerland, one of which was situated in Vevey. We had visited this church a couple of years ago as the original owner of our house in Derby Road, Revd Henry Martin, died there during an early morning service and we were interested to find out more about him. Another Woodford connection is that in 1856 -7 Philip Webb was Street's senior clerk and the young William Morris one of his apprentices. (These two designers worked together on the Red House.) In 1868 he was appointed sole architect to the Royal Courts of Justice, completed after his death. It was thought that his death in 1881, aged 57, was hastened by overwork and professional worries concerning this project. G.E. Street, also a long-

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History Could you be a Heritage Steward at Wesley’s Chapel?

Christ Church Cathedral Dublin

standing churchwarden of All Saints, Margaret Street and a professor of architecture to the Royal Academy, was buried in Westminster Abbey. He was particularly insistent that all seats in churches should be free of charge, rather than subject to pew rent. If anyone has the time and interest to check our Parish Records, it would be interesting to find out whether George Edmund Street was baptised at St Mary's. He was born on 20th June 1824, the third son of Thomas Street, solicitor, and his wife, Mary Anne Millington. He attended schools at Mitcham and Camberwell. Penny Freeston


John Wesley’s Chapel is sometimes known as the Cathedral of Methodism. It was built in 1778 and designed by the eminent architect, George Dance the younger, and succeeded Wesley’s earlier London headquarters, a redundant government canon foundry which stood in Tabernacle Street, behind the east end of the present chapel. In the crypt of the chapel is a smart new museum reopened in 2013. Next door is John Wesley’s house, where he lived in the winter months from 1778 until his death in 1791. From March to October he was on his travels, riding over a quarter of a million miles and preaching over forty thousand sermons. Nobody in the 18th century travelled in the winter unless it was absolutely necessary, because the roads were so appalling. The

house has been described (we can’t prove it) as the only small 18th century London house which has never been seriously altered. Whether or not, it’s charming. The Chapel and house are in the City Road, not far from Liverpool Street. There is a curator and an education officer, but the rest of the Museum staff are volunteers. Most, not all, are retired. Not all are Methodists - we’re not fussy. Volunteers are asked to work two days a month, if possible, from 10am to 4pm: Monday - Saturday. Expenses are paid up to £10. It’s a fascinating job. We meet people from all over the world, from every faith and none. We show people over the house (admission to both house and museum is free) and everyone gets an individually tailored tour. Incidentally, the Chapel itself is no museum - it’s a very vital and busy working church, with a membership of over 400, and every Sunday it’s full, with

worshippers from dozens of different countries. There are weekly lunchtime services on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and music recitals on Tuesdays. Why am I writing all this? Because we need more volunteers. Our visitor numbers are growing yearly, and keen as we are, we just can’t keep up. If you are interested in history and like meeting people, why not consider joining us? You are never left alone there is always another volunteer to help out, and it’s a very unintimidating place - the chapel staff are lovely. Please think about becoming what is grandly termed a ‘Heritage Steward’. Either ring the chapel and speak to the curator, Christine Detlaff, or ring me on 8504 8474; I’m a member at Derby Road Church round the corner - you may already know me and my sister Maureen. We can’t wait to find you a new hobby. Kate Poole


History Saint Martin’s Church Wharram Percy It was a fine Sunday afternoon when my friends and I made our way to St Martin’s Church in Wharram Percy, perhaps the most thoroughly studied deserted medieval village in Britain. There was a church here at least from the fourteenth century. In the year 1327 Haltemprice Priory near Hull had the right to name the priest here. Today the church stands roofless to the sky. Foundation outlines show the full extent of the building as it once was. Wharram Percy is about a mile south of the village of Wharram-leStreet and is signposted from the

B1248 Beverley to Malton road. We travelled to the signpost by car and walked the ¾ of a mile or so from there. One can travel to the area by bus number 190 from Malton. It would appear that there were settlers on the site since prehistory. The village seems to have been most active from the tenth to the twelfth centuries. The Domesday Book of 1086 names the village ‘Warran’ or ‘Warron’. Percy is the name of the family that owned the area during the Middle Ages. As years passed sheep farming became increasingly profitable and needed less agricultural labour. During the early sixteenth century the remaining residents were evicted and more land was used as pasture for sheep.. Cheryl Corney


Memories of a village school In July we said 'goodbye' to our grandsons' village school in Suffolk as Jack, the younger one, was moving on to the Comprehensive in a nearby town. The last assembly was predictable, like others we'd attended: a row of increasingly tall children squeezed along a small bench reminiscing about 'what they'd enjoyed most', accompanied by images taken of them all from the Nursery class upwards. What surprised us was how upset the younger pupils were to see them go: a tight-knit community of 70 pupils was losing its star players and the family was being broken up, never to be the same again. Being used to four-form entry suburban primary schools, it was like going back in time to a world reminiscent of 'Cider with Rosie' and 'Lark Rise to Candleford': all the fields and farms for miles belong to landed gentry, and until it recently closed, the thatched post office always had a freshly-brewed pot of tea on the counter. It is unlikely we shall return as our grandsons were bussed there from a neighbouring village but my memories, spanning eleven years, are of hazy end of term summer days: looking for PE kits, holding on to forgotten sweaters, parking along the narrow street with all summer to look forward

to: a haze of hollyhocks in cottage gardens and bees buzzing in lavender as we drive back along the dusty lanes to their thatched cottage a few miles away. Will they remember the openair swimming galas, Christingle services in the Parish church, parents crammed into the small hall with its PE equipment pushed to the side as they sing the old songs and put their 'hands together, eyes closed' for the last time? A little world has drawn to a close, and a much larger urban one beckons. One thing remains: about ten years ago our older grandson Harry won a competition for a road safety sign to be fixed opposite the village school. In true country style he drew some hedgehogs crossing the road and there his reproduced art work remains! Penny Freeston



focus This year’s holiday club was all about the adventures of Saint Paul



Voices for life: Becky and Charlotte receive their chorister certificates


Obituary relaxed art classes in the Gwinnell Room. She loved to bake too and she was well-known for her cakes; indeed Hilary’s love of food and church life 26th June 1938 - 10th June 2017 went hand-in-hand. She was a regular at church lunches and events and On 27th June, family and friends of would delight in the passage of lives Hilary joined together at St Mary’s to around her - births, marriages and give thanks to God for her life. Hilary deaths were all of great interest to her. was brought up in Woodford and She particularly enjoyed the rites studied botany and geology at around the latter and would say ‘I University. She married in 1960 and went to a lovely funeral today – such was blessed with 4 daughters, wonderful food!’ Deborah, Clare, Besides her Emma and Vicky. personal family, Sadly, Hilary her church family never came to became the pivot terms with Clare’s around which her untimely death life revolved and aged only 29. many of her Her family activities stemmed grew with eight from St Mary’s. grandchildren and She had been a being a mother member of the and grandmother Mothers Union and were the defining Woodford Wives achievements of and enjoyed Hilary’s life. She holidays with the loved to take her Townswomens’ daughters, and Guild, parish often their friends retreats to Pleshey too, on adventures and Walsingham up to London and she was always and parish pilgrimages to Malta, inspiring, interesting and fun to be Turkey and Rome. She was a church with. Quite often her opening words to member all her life, first in Wanstead, us were ‘Did you know....’ then at St Philip & St James and Hilary encouraged her girls to subsequently here for over 30 years. dance as she had danced ballet when In all this time she enjoyed true younger; also to sing as she had been a Christian fellowship. chorister in both Wanstead churches Despite the difficulties she faced and here too. She also loved to paint with her health, she always tried to and most enjoyed Wynne Ludlow’s lead a life inspired by her faith. She

Hilary Morris


Obituary was possessed of a true and generous spirit and she was inherently kind and loving and, of course, she had a mischievous sense of humour. Her daughters had a genuine sense of thanksgiving for what their mother had meant to them - so many happy

memories and much laughter to recall. So it was that, in the knowledge of her faith and trust in God, we gave thanks for her life - having earlier committed her into his eternal care. Chris Winward

surgeons, one of whom - John Scarlett - became CEO of the Hospital and with whom Gwen had 4th November 1924 - 9th August 2017 a particularly harmonious working relationship. She completed 25 years of service On 30th August, family and friends in 1978, which was marked by a of Gwen gathered at St Mary’s to special luncheon and, in that same celebrate her life. year, she was proud and Gwen was born in delighted to have been Leytonstone in 1924 and invited to Her Majesty spent her life living in the Queen’s garden this part of London. party. She retired Her father was a (reluctantly) in great influence on 1984 but then her early life and responded to the encouraged her to challenge to make a career so, raise funds for a on leaving school, scanner for the she attended hospital. She secretarial college, used her subsequently personal started work at communication Whipps Cross skills to raise the Hospital and staggering became a highly amount (in those respected member days) of £2million of staff; so much so we believe - on an that she was head-hunted entirely voluntary by the London Hospital. basis. She came to love and cherish In her leisure time, Gwen her time working there -eventually loved to travel, and with good friends becoming head of the Medical visited many European countries Secretaries department., liaising with including Russia where she was

Gwen Clarke

appalled at the poverty - a symptom of her Christian compassion. Closer to home, she loved to go ‘up west’ to see plays and shows and for some years she was a promenader at the Albert Hall. Gwen moved from Leyton to Wanstead in 1994 and was a member of Christ Church there before moving here where she became a loyal, respected, indeed loved, member until, after a period of hospitalisation, she went into Harts House for a period of respite care. She eventually decided to make it her home. She was looked after there with great care and affection, a staff member commenting that ‘because she took an interest in us, she was an easy person to be kind to’.

Gwen was someone with whom it was always a pleasure to spend time. She was a good listener, possessed of a generous spirit, a loyal friend, and compassionate in character. She had an impish sense of humour too which, not only made her good company but, no doubt, helped her to face the challenges she had to when her health and mobility began to fail. Gwen always seemed to be at peace with herself and all those that she met; a peace, which I believe stemmed from the personal faith in God in whom she had believed and trusted throughout her life. It was in the security of that knowledge that we celebrated her life and commended her into His eternal care. Chris Winward

QUIZ ANSWERS From page 13

1 Trinity, Three 2 transgression 3 tongues, tongues 4 temptation 5 thurible 6 Titus 7 Thomas 8 toddlers 9 thou, thee, thine 10 Trier 11 trespasses, trespass 12 Tübingen 13 toil, tribulation, tumult 14 Thirty Nine Articles 31

John Green inspects the Air Cadets at the Music Day

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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 using a subject heading to: or pass to Penny Freeston who will type up your handwritten copy. Our next copy date is 22nd October 2017 Magazine team: Penny Freeston, Beverley Fuentes, Cheryl Corney, Ian Tarrant, Sam McCarthy, Peter Wall. 32

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