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St Mary’s Woodford Parish Magazine Volume 4, Issue 3

Autumn 2013

Welcome We are used to the changing seasons bringing changes in our gardens and our daily lives; and on a longer time scale, we see our surroundings change year by year, decade by decade: a sapling that becomes a tree, a house replaced by block of flats, a shop that becomes a cafĂŠ. Old neighbours move away, new neighbours arrive. Change also comes to the life of the church - individuals take on or relinquish responsibilities, new forms of service are authorised, buildings and furniture are adapted to meet changing needs. No church can pretend that it will never change; all churches should embrace change as a consequence of growth. Sometimes change is haphazard - sometimes it is the result of prayerful thought and planning. Elsewhere in the magazine we clarify the roles of some of our committees and working groups in St Mary's. These will not remain the same forever. I hear from our excellent fellowship committee that some new thinking is needed with regard to their responsibilities; and there are other areas of church life that we will review as we respond to the challenges from our Diocese to grow and become a transforming presence in our community. Change is not to be feared - because the focus of our faith, Jesus Christ, is the same, yesterday, today and forever.

Revd. Canon Ian Tarrant, email:


Parish Register  8th September Cliffe Adams & Sheena Wright

1st September Maya Lydia Toukam Yayou 14th September Edward David Peter Laker



29th June Lily Jayana Kandiah Benjamin Hari Kandiah 14th July Mitra Khoyloo Pasha Parel Keray 19th August Leo David Rossouw-Wright Rosie Jean Rossouw-Wright

5th July - Billy Russell 28th July - Joyce Frischmann 29th August - Maud Turner 13th September - Christine Roberts

Joined in marriage before God

25th August Harry Michael Matthews

Ian, our Rector, baptised his granddaughter Maya on 1st September. (Photo: Hong Nguyen)

Cliffe and Sheena , married on 8th September

Autumn Bazaar ‐ 16th November With the rapid approach of Autumn thoughts turn to our Annual Bazaar. If you are thinking about having a sort out, we now are able to store bric-a brac, books, toys etc. Contact the Parish Office or Richard Walker for further details. 3


Revd. Megan Wylie Smith  A new member of our Church  moved on to West Ham and then Dagenham. I was diagnosed with the neurological condition MS in 1994 (the same year the law was changed to allow women to be ordained priest, which I was along with Alison Clarke and 51 others on (30 April). By 2001 I had to take medical retirement and moved to Wanstead, whence I have just moved after a sad divorce. While in Wanstead I was an honorary priest, gradually able to do less physically except lead groups and Bible Studies (which I still continue) and to talk generally and care for people. I qualified at the Westminster Pastoral Foundation as a phychodynamic counsellor - the sort of skills that are never lost and always My move to Manor Court Lodge in useful. I believe that God is entranced May was the 20th move in my life! I realised how differing phases of life are by his human creation and we do well about acquisition of stuff and then the to practise seeing all people through gradual disposal of stuff. 400 books at God's eyes. Something I try to be aware of all least made their way down the road to the time is the motto in the stained Oxfam! glass window of my first college - 'et I was brought up in a very strict brethren family and struggled for many teneo et teneor' - 'I both hold and am years with being a girl (and not a quiet held'. I can pray that this will always be true of my life, and our lives together at docile one either). How I ended up as St. Mary's as we get to know each an Anglican, confirmed in 1987 and ordained a deacon in 1991, was quite a other. journey, via working for a Baptist mission in a community for those with Revd Megan Wylie-Smith mental health problems in Essex. I served my title as curate on a deprived housing estate in Colchester and then 4


Jon To  Introducing our new youth worker  currently I am reading "Storylines" by Andy Croft and Mike Pilavachi. I don't watch a lot of television, but when I get a chance I love to watch The Walking Dead, Scrubs and Friends. I also enjoy catching up with my friends in coffee shops, even if it means travelling across the country! Youth work is one of my biggest passions. I became a Christian when I was 15, and having attended the youth group at Buckhurst Hill Baptist Church, I really valued our Hi! My name is Jon and I'm 23. I have youth worker at the time. I love seeing the lives of young people being just finished a gap year with the transformed as they meet God, maybe n:flame trust, which is a Christian for the first time. On the other hand, it charity based in North London, that breaks my heart to see young people works with secondary schools and churches. As part of my gap year, I was broken and hurt. Hopefully together we placed at Enfield Baptist Church, and I can begin to see change, not just in the lives of our young people, but also in ran the Christian Union in Latymer our streets and neighbourhoods. School which is in Edmonton. Aside I hope to meet you all soon! from the youth work at my placement church and schools work in Enfield, I Jon To also helped run monthly youth celebrations and travelled to Lebanon for a one-week mission trip. In my spare time I like to write songs and I play electric guitar for different worship bands. More recently, I have been co-leading worship at the n:flame youth celebrations. I love to read books when I have time, and 5

News Andrena farewell

After taking part in the Bradwell pilgrimage, Bridget shared her experience with the whole congregation.

We said goodbye to our youth worker Andrena Palmer on 4th August. She is now youth minister at Christ Church Orpington

On 30th June we hosted a cream tea for the other churches in our cluster: St Paul’s Woodford Bridge and St Barnabas Woodford Green.



He waved at people but they all ignored him (ignored him) He called for help but no one wanted to During the all age service on 14th July hear him… we played a recording of a special The man had just been beaten up version of The Good Samaritan which Was bruised and battered (bashed up) was sung to the tune of ‘My Guy’ and But no one that day would help that was written by Andrena, our youth man where he lay worker. If you fancy singing along please do - you can find the tune online A priest walked by, and left him be at With 2 other guys (that made it 3) They just walked by and left him they v=3lXmieIaf_s Did they help him? Did they care? v=qlCWwofFUZI A Samaritan just walked by and stopped to help him (help him) Jesus told a story to his friends before Took him to the inn so they could help him… bed (before bed) He paid for the man to eat and drink They all sat down to listen to what he Of the cost he did not think said… There should be more people in this He told them of a man he knew world just like him Who wanted help from some of you But no one that day would help that man where he lay

The choirs of All Saints Church Woodford Wells and St Mary’s sang choral evensong at Chelmsford Cathedral on 4th August


The Church beyond our parish

The Bradwell Pilgrimage 2013  BRADWELL - part of the great story of the preaching of the Gospel throughout Britain in the 6th and 7th centuries The Pilgrimage - We walk from the village of Bradwell a mile and a half down through the fields to the sea to the remarkably lonely and bare site of the old roman fort of Othona, on which now stands the ancient chapel of St. Peter’s. We follow in the mighty footsteps of Columba, who came from Ireland to establish a monastery on the island of Iona; he sent Aidan to Lindisfarne to set up a monastery and school for the training of missionaries – from that school Cedd, an anglo-saxon, was invited by the King of Essex to start a mission in our county. In AD 653 Cedd, a priest and later a bishop, sailed down from Lindisfarne, landed at Bradwell, and established the church of St. Peter. This cradle for the spread of Christianity in England is the focus for the annual walk in our diocese. And it feels special, too. This year, again, it is a day of wonderful weather. The car-park at Bradwell fills up with enormous London buses and coaches from all over the Chelmsford area, and a sizeable portion from East London. People get out, eat eggs and bacon supplied by the local guide troupe, and begin to assemble for the send-off from Bradwell’s St Thomas church. With the 8

Bishop of Bradwell at our head, the walk begins, in dribs and drabs, slowly wandering, groups of young and old, small children coaxed along, families chatting, as everyone makes their way through the shimmering countryside to the sea and the lonely chapel. Smaller conveyances carrying wheelchair users and others unable to go on foot, pass the walkers. Living treasures abound – swallows and martins above the greenish wheat fields, cabbage white and tortoiseshell butterflies over fields of peas ready for picking (I did so, I love them raw). We reach the small field around the Chapel – open marshlands on all sides and vast skies above – lots of lady’s bedstraw, mallow and vetch, flowering thistles, sea lavender, sorrel and grasses of all kinds beneath. The cold start to the year seems to have resulted in a vivid abundance of wild flowers. Later on the beach yields a harvest, too, of winkle shells, little clams, long razor shells, flints worn by the waves into little Henry Moore sculptures. There is a ‘harvest’ of people, of every background, age and sort, as we come together to worship, sing, pray and listen to the Preacher, the Bishop of Brentwood. He talks about the contrast between the towering shapes of the Bradwell Power station in the distance, and the tall, narrow chapel in all its modesty in front of us. The first speaks of energy, self-sufficiency, and

a world without God, while Cedd’s little church raises deeper questions, perhaps only answered in silence. Pilgrimage, he says, is a search for roots – by discovering where we’ve come from, so we can find out who we are. He tells us that there is an instinct for love in each human person, a religious instinct ‘made by God for God’. The bishop talks of ‘shafts of glory’ we experience these in the weather, the fields and the flowers, as well as in each other. Picnic lunches are shared, stories exchanged, photos taken, trips made into the large tent for tea and information on many topics (not least local walks), and along the sea wall to the beach to find shells and pebbles. Later on we place our cockle shells along the edge of the stage to represent

our journey as pilgrims, and one shell to take home – some of us write our names on pebbles brought from the beach, and leave them before the altar in the chapel: ‘All things come from you, and of your own do we give you.’ NEXT YEAR? Maybe a coach from St. Mary’s, with lots of room for all our families, older people, young people – everyone in fact. Bridget Webb


Travel special

Pilgrimage to San ago de  Compostela  In May Martin and I spent five days walking the Camino to Santiago de Compostela from Sarria, a distance of seventy-five miles through rural Galicia. Although we had previously walked a similar distance from Rochester to Canterbury on the Pilgrims’ Way I was apprehensive, as that was nine years ago. But this was one pilgrimage that had eluded me; it was now or never if I really wanted to walk the Camino. By the time we arrived in Sarria on May 20th it was too late to change my mind. The next morning we waited for the Monastery Magdalena to open at 10am to receive our first official stamp for our credential or pilgrim’s passport and set off for Portmarin, 23 kilometres away. The Camino is very well signposted with carved shells by roadside verges and painted yellow arrows pointing everyone in the right direction. It was much less crowded than I imagined, although many more pilgrims make the journey each year. We soon became used to meeting familiar faces of all nationalities and ages along the way, everyone wishing each other a ‘buen camino’ as is customary. By the time we arrived in Portmarin I could barely walk up the steep steps on entering the town and was concerned that if my knees felt that bad on Day 1 how would I cope till the 10

end of Day 5? But hot baths, a decent meal and a good night’s sleep do wonders to help the body recover. The next morning we were off again before 9am and reached our next destination by 6pm. This became our pattern that included a light lunch at a roadside café, one coffee and one tea stop on the way other than constant walking up hill, down dale, across medieval bridges, stepping stones through streams, woodland glades and country lanes. We could have been in Gloucestershire; the countryside was green and lush, abundant with wild flowers and cuckoos calling from

distant woods. It was warm and sunny throughout, and amazingly dry as Galicia has a reputation for frequent rainfall. Cocks crowed from farmyards as we walked through deserted villages so small they bore neither names nor

We were asked, ‘Did you walk all the way?’ before being granted our compostelas or scrolls, our names written in Latin like those of medieval pilgrims, including St. Francis who came to the city in 1213. My scallop shell, attached to my bag, that all pilgrims to Santiago still carry, felt cool in the heat of the afternoon as we eventually headed off for our accommodation. The next day we attended the Pilgrims’ Mass in the cathedral and it was very moving to recognise pilgrims from all over the world we had met that week file past to receive communion. The famous censer, the huge silver Botafumeiro, was swung by eight men at the end of the service to the delight and wonder of all those present. We stayed three nights in the beautiful city, soaking in its beautiful architecture and atmosphere before heading home; our Santiago Cathedral. The walk into last night was spent at reputedly the Santiago was much longer than it looked on the map but not as crowded oldest hotel in the world, a fifteenth century Parador built by a king and as I had feared and paths were set out queen to shelter pilgrims in days gone along the edge of roads so we could avoid miles of tarmac. By the time we by. Walking part of the Camino was reached the Cathedral my blistered feet uplifting both spiritually and physically. I would love to return to were very painful. But there we were Santiago one day but I may not walk climbing down to the crypt to see St. such a long distance again to get there! James relics interred in their silver casket and joining a queue behind many fervent Spaniards to embrace the Penny Freeston statue of the apostle behind the altar. Our next task was to join another long queue in the Casa Dean to present our pilgrims’ passports filled with stamps as our evidence that we have walked 110 kilometres of the Camino. (The minimum requirement is 100 kilometres on foot or 200 k. by bicycle) signposts; punctured with very old Romanesque churches, ancient crosses and cairns to which we added stones as we walked past. Elderly Spanish folk wished us Buen Camino as they herded sheep or tilled the soil, and so we walked on. On the last day we headed out towards Santiago, reaching Monte Gozo, the Mountain of Joy, where pilgrims first set eyes on the spires of


Travel special

Cyprus:   Island of icons  Cyprus - island of beaches, mountains, churches, mosques and border checkpoints. My previous visit to the island was in 1967 when I stayed in a beach-front hotel in the lively tourist area of Famagusta. Now in 2013 the same area is behind fences in 'no-man's land', popularly known as 'The Ghost Town'. This eerie landscape has remained untouched since the Turkish invasion of 1974. A small section of beach is still open and accessible to local people and tourists. There, families play on the sand and paddle in the sea, ignoring the fence, the look-out posts with armed guards and the abandoned hotels which are just a stone's throw away. I'll admit I found it hard to relax in such surreal surroundings.( It reminded me very much of being in Berlin when 'the wall' first went up, separating East and West.) Cyprus has been divided since 1974 and Greek and Turkish residents of the island are restricted to living in their own territories. In many cases, families were faced with abandoning their homes and starting a new life in a new part of the island. Andreas, a priest whom I met , is classed as a refugee. His family lost everything and he still receives financial help from the government. In one small village however, Greek and Turkish Cypriots do still live peacefully side by side, as they have done for generations. The village square of Pyla is flanked by 2 police stations and a U.N. 12

Headquarters. In one direction you can see the church and in the other, the mosque. The Turkish shops deal in Lira while the Greek shops around the corner deal in Euros. There are 2 schools. The two communities don't mix but they do live closely side by side, peaceably. Every village has a church, large or small. Some have both; a small old church and a new, modern and much larger one. All are beautifully decorated inside. Andreas advised me about some churches I should visit. One of these was St. Lazarus Church in Larnaca. According to Orthodox tradition, Lazarus was forced to seek refuge in Cyprus, escaping from the plot of the chief priests and Pharisees who sought to kill him. He lived another 30 years in Kition (Larnaca) having built up a congregation of Christian followers and was made a bishop by the apostles Paul and Barnabas when they visited him there. The present Byzantine church stands on the site of a smaller church in whose crypt Barnabas was laid to rest when he died for the second time. Since Cyprus is the island of icons, I was taken to visit the monastery at Kykkos which stands alone, high on the western slopes of the Troodos Mountains. The importance of this holy place centres on the fact that it houses an icon of 'The Mother of God' reputedly painted by St. Luke which was brought there over 900 years ago. Although no-one is allowed to see this

painted with detailed Biblical scenes that could occupy a wandering mind during the longest sermon! Inside and out, the area was spotlessly clean and graffiti was noticeably absent. Old and young alike show due respect to places of worship. Equally respected are the mosques particular icon, there are scores of other 'over the border'. Less lavishly beautiful icons and objects to marvel decorated, several are actually situated at. Most interesting for me was the in former church buildings. The museum adjoining the monastery which houses scores of interesting and medieval grandeur of St. Nicholas Cathedral's architecture now houses the ancient religious artefacts. On the return journey we made a Lala Mustafa Pasha Mosque in Famagusta. It's a strange feeling to see stop in Omodos in the southern the exterior of the building and then foothills of the mountains. The Monastery of The Holy Cross is in the walk through the doors into a traditional mosque. Again every village heart of the village and is in fact the has a mosque, simply built, in the parish church. It houses the 'Great traditional style. Cross with the Holy Rope'. This is a Religious respect is evident on both wooden cross with a gold and silver sides of Cyprus.There is resentment plated cover. At its centre, in an area now, on both sides too. I wonder how covered by a gold hinge, is the 'Holy much of that was created by politicians. Rope' - reputedly a fragment of the rope that was used by the Romans to Chris Meikle. bind Christ at his crucifixion. As always a treasure like this is kept in a sanctuary behind an ornate gold screen. On view however was a gold and silver plated reliquary containing the skull of St. Philip as well as remains of 26 other saints whose names were not familiar to me. Every village church I visited was beautifully and richly decorated, often to excess. The walls and ceilings were 13

Book Review back up and say, 'How dare you use a racial epithet about me?' But on the other hand, neither does this woman insult God by being too discouraged to King’s Cross is based on a series of take up his offer. See, there are two sermons Timothy Keller gave on ways to fail to let Jesus be your Mark's Gospel. Saviour. One is being too proud, Part 1 The King having a superiority discusses Jesus' complex - not to identity. Part 2 The accept his challenge. Cross - discusses But the other is Jesus' purpose. through an Keller's premise is inferiority complex that the cross of Jesus being so selfis the turning point of absorbed that you all history. As the say ' I'm just so book's cover shows, awful that God he claims the story of couldn't love me'. the world was and is That is, not to accept being told through the his offer. life of Jesus. Keller goes on to However this remind us that isn't an academic Cranmer's prayer of treatment of Mark's approach to the Gospel. Keller's style Lord's Supper, (We is easy to read and do not presume ....) understand. He which we say every regularly illustrates his discussion with Sunday, is based on this story in Mark. quotes from Kafka, Camus, C.S. Lewis Every time anyone has ever prayed that and J.K. Rowling among others. This is prayer, Cranmer has been inviting them a book for the sceptical as well as the to step into this woman's shoes and faithful. approach Jesus boldly, with rightless Keller has the gift of explaining assertiveness. To take up both the offer events in a way that allows you to see and the challenge of God's infinite them in a new light. The Syromercy. Phoenician woman's interaction with Keller goes on to say - On the Jesus (Mark Ch. 7) is explored in Cross, Jesus would identify with us depth. totally. On the Cross, the Child of God On the one hand, she is not too was thrown away, cast away from the proud to accept what the gospel says table without a crumb, so that those of about her unworthiness. She accepts us who are not children of God could Jesus' challenge. She doesn't get her be adopted and brought in.

King's Cross  


Towards the end of the book, the question of whether Mark's Gospel is true, is explored. If you were the Gospel writer Mark, trying to write a credible piece of fiction, and you have had Jesus saying repeatedly to his disciples that he would rise on the third day, wouldn't you have at least one disciple thinking this through after Jesus' death and saying to the others, "Hey, it's the third day. Maybe we ought to go take a look at Jesus' tomb. What can it hurt?" That would have been reasonable. But nobody said anything like that. In fact they did not expect a resurrection at all. It didn't occur to them. Celus, a Greek philosopher, who lived in the second century, wrote . . Christianity cannot be true, because the written accounts of the resurrection are based on the testimony of women - and we all know that women are hysterical. And many of Celus' readers agreed. . . . . . . . . . . . Do you see what this means? If Mark and the Christians were making up these stories to get their movement off the ground, they would never have written women into the story as the first eye-witnesses to Jesus' empty tomb. The only possible reason for the presence of women in these accounts is that they really were present and reported what they saw. King's Cross has much to commend it. Informative, thoughtprovoking and enjoyable. What more could you want? Chris Meikle

Then and Now    John Wesley at  Aldersgate  24th May 1738   In the evening I went unwillingly to a society in Aldersgate Street,where one was reading Luther's preface to the Epistle to the Romans. About a quarter before nine, while he was describing the change which God works in the heart through faith in Christ, I felt my heart strangely warmed. I felt I did trust in Christ, Christ alone for salvation; and an assurance was given me that He had taken away my sins, even mine, and saved me from the law of sin and death.

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Life at St Mary’s

Behind the scenes  A lot goes on at St Mary's, but many people don't realise what groups and committees meet behind the scenes.... We have a Parochial Church Council (PCC for short) whose task is to co-operate with the Rector in promoting the whole mission of the Church in the parish, in its pastoral, evangelistic, social and ecumenical dimensions. The PCC meets six times each year. We have a standing committee, comprising the Rector with the wardens and the PCC secretary and treasurer; this deals with PCC business between PCC meetings. We have a ministry team of clergy and readers who lead and preach at services and special events, like quiet days. We have a fabric committee, which monitors the state of church premises and takes care of maintenance and improvement, in consultation with the standing committee and PCC as necessary. The mission committee oversees our support, in finance and prayer, for the various mission societies and charities that our church has chosen. The fellowship committee organises the lunches that take place on the first Friday of each month, and special events such as the Race Night and the May Day Meander. The communications group oversees various aspects of our 16

communications, including the website, the magazine, and noticeboards. It also plays a major part in preparing major events such as the bazaar and the jazzathon. A small magazine team prepares and produces the magazine itself. There is also a youth worker support group which meets with our youth worker about every six weeks, to encourage and pray for her/him. From time to time the PCC sets up short term working groups to look at specific issues, and currently there are four: - a group researching upholstery to make our pews more comfortable - a group reviewing the welcome that we offer to newcomers - a group developing a long term vision for our buildings, in the light of Bishop Stephen's Transforming Presence initiative - a group reviewing the church sound system and the way we use it. Each of these groups is due to report to

the PCC in the next few months, and may be disbanded after that. The Memorial Hall is legally a charity separate from the church, but is governed by a body of Trustees, who are either appointed by the church or co -opted by the Trustees themselves. Of course, members of these groups would be pleased to hear from you, whether you are offering helpful ideas, or to lend a hand with getting the work done! The faces of PCC members are displayed in the church and they can tell you who to contact first for each area of work. Ian Tarrant   

Did you know that you can raise money for St Mary's when you are shopping on the internet? An organisation called Easy Fundraising has an arrangement with many online retailers so that when you buy something from them, a small percentage of what you pay goes to the charity of your choice (St Mary's, please), at no cost to you. Just go to the page , and it takes a short time to register your name and your charity. After that, if you go to Amazon or Argos or many other retailers, via this website, St Mary's will get its cut automatically. Try it and see! Thanks to Anne Jones for pioneering this, and Chris Meikle who is vying with her on the table of donors. A total of £139 has been raised so far.


Learning from our neighbours

A Capital Vision  News from the Diocese of London  ALL of us must have some life time recollections of happy times in our lives. Joyful weddings or maybe England winning the Ashes at cricket, or further back in 1966 winning the Football World Cup. Recently I was privileged to attend a celebratory opening service for the Diocese of London ‘Capital Vision 2020’ at St Paul’s Cathedral - their version of ‘Transforming Presence’. I was one amongst a 2000 throng. All strands of Anglicanism young and old, new and traditional, ready to praise together through hymns, anthems, songs, conversations, prayers and recollections. Beforehand all of the City of London Churches church wardens met at St Martin Ludgate and proceeded along Ludgate Hill to get seated in the Cathedral. Surprise surprise after settling down we were treated to an array of music by ‘Holy Trinity Haringey School Band’ and ‘All Souls Worship Band’. Suddenly everything went quiet. The first hymn was announced and ‘Christ is made the sure foundation’ was echoing from old to young, evangelical to traditional as the Verger led Choristers, Area Bishops, Archdeacons, young representatives nominated as future role models and the Bishop of London in the opening procession. 18

Bishop Richard introduced Capital Vision and implored all of us to be a confident, compassionate and creative Church, living and speaking the Gospel. A reading from John 3, Romans 1 vv 16 - 17 and Matt 28 vv 18-20 reminded us that we should all act as disciples. A new version of Psalm 95 ‘O come let us sing unto the Lord’ was beautifully sung by ‘The Twyford Choir’. A regular rhythm of prayers and experiences neatly fitted in with the surroundings. Wonderful architecture and stories of deprivation side by side with visions of how the Church Urban Fund is assisting youth groups in deprived areas - fighting for better facilities such as drama centres. The forgotten and downtrodden being given a better life by Church led projects. ‘Lord God, in a world of poverty, injustice, and inequality help us to transform society by learning from the poor and the oppressed; and by working for change alongside all men and women of goodwill. We thank you for the ministry of the Church Urban Fund and pray for a fruitful partnership with them. In our works of compassion may Your Kingdom Come and your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven’. Living memories and new experiences providing an eclectic vision of where our Church has to go!

‘Lord God, in a world of many voices all clamouring for attention, give us the confidence to speak of Jesus Christ with love, gentleness and respect. In a world of networks and instant communications , give us the vision to shape the public discourse and to keep alive the rumour of God, by the power of your Holy Spirit, help us always to be ready to give reason for the hope that is within us’. I came away lifted by the wonderful efforts of all the participants. What better way to praise the Glory of God than singing along with 1999 others ‘O for a thousand songs to sing’ and at the same time reflecting that our Church can be safe in the future in younger hands. If only some of our older members would believe it! Brian Ray Churchwarden St Margaret Pattens Church Rood Lane, London EC3 NB: the full service is available at

A Prayer for London Imagine the cross is taller than the Shard, Imagine a poet wiser than the Bard, Imagine time unbounded by Big Ben’s chime, Imagine a river, untamed and pure, Bearing freedom to every shore. Imagine a monarch with the universe at their feet. Imagine an ear that hears every heart beat. Imagine a hand that is ever strong, Imagine a judge who will right every wrong And turn lament into joyous song. Imagine not just this; for all this is written, sure and true, Imagine in our time such a One might do: Come Lord Jesus our hearts and city renew. Come Lord Jesus our hearts and city renew. Mark Greene



Musical Snap Shots   from Heather & Gerry Evere    At home, we enjoy a recorded musical experience on call to individual rooms from a central source, a classical selection from Byrd to Britten and beyond, and selections from jazz, folk, country and pop; the canticles and the psalms form part of that experience. The selection has been broadened as a result of holidays beyond the western world. We both developed our musical interest at an early age on the piano, and singing in school and church. The formation of St Mary’s augmented choir in her first year at Woodford provided Heather with an opportunity to sing choral works, continuing with other societies until three years ago. As a teenager she continued with piano lessons into married life. I remember that when I knocked at the family home on my first visit to Woodford in 1962, Beethoven’s Pathetique was on full throttle. It was impressive. As a choirboy I enjoyed singing the canticles and psalms and we still do. To enjoy these, you have to ‘get inside’ the musical stories and that must be very difficult for congregations not familiar with the pointing, as confidence plays a very important part in that enjoyment. Although my interest in classical music paralleled Heather’s through teenage years, other musical styles became as important. The compositions of George Gershwin, both popular and classical were frequently heard and played. Jazz 20

piano was both a frustration and a thrilling experience. Although jazz was a new experience for Heather in 1962, she enjoyed the playing of Jelly Roll Morton, James P Johnson, Fats Waller, Errol Garner, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Oscar Peterson and John Lewis to name only a few performers but many different styles. So from an early stage, together, we have enjoyed a very broad diet of music, listening and performing. This makes presentation of musical choice an impossible task, not least because choice depends upon feeling and mood on the day, and a lot of explanation. Choice is not just how we feel but also the good feelings we may wish to create. Before retirement, I found the bass solo ‘Why do the nations so furiously rage together’ from the Messiah, an uplifting and driving force – a good choice for first thing in the

Mark Brafield:   former choir member   morning before going to the Bank of England. Much to Heather’s amusement I made a lot of noise and movement on those occasions. Heather has had to retire from singing because of ill health, but music is an everyday therapy and enjoyment. At the top of the list is the person who was the influencer of many styles and performers, including jazz and folk; that of course is JS Bach. He was a composer of monumental works, cantatas and chorales, mostly serious but some cheeky. So let us finish with the cheeky: the chorale ‘wir eilen mit schwachen’ BMV 78, ‘we hurry with weak yet eager steps’, a duet which when sung by young vibrant soprano and alto soloists can be quite seductive, but not a word to the vicar!

Earlier in 2013 the Royal College of Organists published an article by Mark Brafield, Chair of the RCO Trustee Council, in which he described the musical influences on his life. The following extract is reproduced with the kind permission of Mark and the RCO. ‘My mother [Margaret Brafield] was very involved with our local church, St Mary’s, Woodford, and I joined the church choir at around the age of eight. The church was burnt down by an arsonist’s fire in 1969. The rebuilt church included a fine organ by Grant, Degens & Bradbeer which attracted, in turn, Robert Munns, Graham Barber and Roger Sayer. Robert became my first teacher and his Bach recitals made a deep impression on me.’ Many other sorts of music and musicians are described by Mark as influences, including Mahler, Schubert, Frank Sinatra, Genesis, Schönberg, Victoria, Strauss, Monteverdi and Messiaen. Besides his work for the RCO, Mark now sits as a Deputy District Judge and is a member of the Law Society Family Law Panel. Despite his career path Mark is no mean organist himself, having gained a Fellowship diploma (FRCO). It is surely noteworthy that someone who now occupies a leading position in the organ world (and whom I know some of you remember) was so influenced by former musicians who have served St Mary’s and by our lovely organ. Frederick Stocken






Earthly Ma ers  Careers Guidance in Schools  It is not generally realised that one of the acts of the Coalition Government has been to devolve the responsibility for Careers Guidance for all but the most vulnerable, to schools including Free Schools and Academies. It has also extended the statutory duty for providing this guidance in both directions i.e. from those in Year 8 to 16-18 year olds in school or college from September 2013. This presents schools and colleges with a great challenge for which many are be ill prepared and for which they are expected to provide from their existing budgets. Simon Hughes, in his survey of Higher and Further Education, was disappointed in the quality of Careers Guidance found in schools. A Select Committee of the House of Commons reported on this important in January of this year and pronounced the devolution “regrettable ”. Nor do they mince their words about the conflict which can exist between the interests of the pupil and those of the school in the “drive for bums on seats”. There is a website uk, but it is somewhat bland and no substitute for a face to face interview. The local evidence, not least from the Redbridge Youth Council and a somewhat informal survey of my own 24

(which included some young people in St Mary’s), is that Careers Guidance varies enormously from school to school. As nationally it is, at best, patchy. Moves are afoot in Greater London to explore possibilities to compensate for the gap left by Connexions in this area but this is likely to be a slow process. Meanwhile what can parents, interested in their children’s future, do? They can pester the Heads and Governing Bodies of their children’s schools to see that Careers Guidance receives a high priority among the many claims made upon schools today. If you are grand parents whose children do not come to St Mary’s, please urge them to pester. Nor is this a matter for parents of secondary school pupils alone. It is a matter that could be put by parents of primary school pupils when looking for a secondary school for their children. Indeed, if they do so there may be a greater chance of those children receiving good advice when they are in the middle school. Some possible questions to be put include:Is there one member of staff with responsibility for Careers Guidance in your school? What training does he/she have? What time does he/she have for this work?

Are other members of staff involved? If so what training do they have? Is Careers Guidance built into the time table e.g. for advice on CV’s, to allow outside speakers to come into the school ,et al? Is there a Careers Room? Where is it situated? Is it easily accessible to all age ranges? What is the budget for Careers Guidance? Rowena Rudkin. Co- opted member of the Children’s and Leisure Services Scrutiny Committee for Redbridge .


Our Christian Heritage

The Ten Commandments  When we were planning the junior holiday club with the theme of Moses, I remembered seeing the commandments engraved on two slabs of slate in the storage space created from the old south porch of the church. We go them out, and stood them in the Chapel, so that the children could come and see them and take rubbings of them. But what was the story behind them? And the Creed and the Lord's Prayer, that we found behind them? Students of church history know that Henry the Eighth commanded that everyone should learn the Lord's Prayer, the Creed, and the Ten Commandments in English - even at a time when church services were still


conducted in Latin. From that period on, these texts were displayed on the inside walls of many churches, often painted on wooden panels. I asked some senior church members what they remembered of our slate commandments? Some recalled the commandments standing either side of the gate from the churchyard to the old Buckingham Road rectory, after the fire, but before the rectory moved to Chelmsford Road. And a few with longer memories remembered the commandments being on the wall of the church before the 1969 fire, either side of the present location of the organ. I asked Georgina Green how old these engravings might be and she found reference to them in the book "St Mary's Church, Woodford Essex" by Litton & Clark (1977, Passmore Edwards Museum). We read there that around 1816, when the church was being rebuilt, it was proposed to replace the slate tablets from the previous chancel at the back of the altar. So they are at least 200 years old. We do not know whether they were placed behind the altar, or when they were moved to the opposite end of the church, where Valerie and others remember them. The same publication says that in 1977 the tablets are awaiting transport to a church being built in Nova Scotia! If anyone has other memories of the slate tablets, or a photo of them in situ

before the fire, we would be pleased to hear from them. Ian Tarrant

Valerie Geller wrote this: Having slipped into the Lady Chapel to light a candle for a quiet moment before the 10am service, I was intrigued to see two large grey slabs leaning either side of the Altar and resting on kneelers to protect the walls. As I peered inquisitively at them there was an glimmer of recognition and then excitement when I remembered the Ten Commandments which adorned the the wall at the back of the Church before the fire in 1969 where the organ now stands. Could it be they survived? I remembered seeing part of the old Lord's Prayer which also gazed down on the congregation tucked beside the old toilet near the (old) Rectory gate leading to the Church long after the fire. I was thrilled to learn that 'yes' they were the originals. Memories flooded back of being baptised at 17 years of age at the old font at the back of the church by Revd Christopher Wansey on Advent Sunday 2nd December 1951 with another candidate; being confirmed by Bishop Falkner on the 4th and then receiving first communion on 16th December. Our modern St. Mary's has so many wonderful special facilities, including the lift which is greatly appreciated but I do hope to see the Ten Commandments proudly displayed in the Church so teenagers of today can ponder on God's word as this teenager did a long  me  ago.



focus Welcome to our children’s pages reporting on all children’s activities at St Mary’s

Our Holiday Clubs learn about Moses  Our two holiday clubs this summer were given the title 'Moses - man on a mission', and almost 50 children and young people took part in total. These photos give you some idea of the atmosphere and creativity. The junior club had a Moses song, to the tune of 'We plough the fields and scatter'. Here is the chorus: Moses had a mission to set his people free from Pharaoh’s hand to promised land, the end of slavery.



St Mary’s Groups

One Sunday in June members of the congregation came and read their favourite Bible stories to Seekers

In July Seekers and Quest wrapped the Church in prayer


Church Troop continues to meet every Sunday after the 10am service - many thanks to the adults who have volunteered to help with this

Children’s Prayers  A World of Prayers, selected by Jeremy Brooks. Illustrated by Elena Gomez. Published by Frances Lincoln Children's Books. Reverend Jeremy Brooks has collected prayers from every corner of the globe encompassing universal themes of love, forgiveness and hope, accompanied by beautiful illustrations, to provide a rich source to share with young children. Children in the Philippines sometimes sing this prayer before they say their other prayers, to help them be quiet. We'll bow our heads, We'll close our eyes Before we start to pray. We'll think of Jesus listening, And mean the words we say.


Local History

The Burmester family   Louisa Puller and her rela ves  Some time ago I received a request for historical information via St.Mary’s church. They had been asked about the families of Burmester and Puller, both commemorated in the churchyard. Apparently a Mr.Peter Ashworth was a relative and wanted to identify the family coats of arms. Thankfully I already had a significant amount of information about both families, and was able to supply the details requested. Now after further correspondence I have additional information from Mr.Ashworth about the Blaauw family and I am pleased to record another passage about past Woodford residents. I am also grateful to Mr.Ashworth for supplying the picture included here. Christopher Puller Esq, of Snakes Lane and Painswick, Glos. (c.17181789) was a Merchant of London, Director of the Bank of England from 1774 to 1789, and a Director of the South Sea Company. He served in Woodford as Overseer of the Poor 1776, Surveyor of the Highways 1779/80 and Church Warden 1783 - in this case he was fined for not taking office. He died and was buried in Woodford, 11 Dec.1789, aged 71 with his wife Elizabeth who had died 11 Nov.1775 aged 61. They are commemorated by a baroque table tomb which is under the yew tree on the north side of the church. Although 32

now very worn, the coat of arms is carved on the top. His son Richard Puller (1747-1826) was also a Merchant of London and Director of the South Sea Company. He married Selina, daughter of Thomas

Wall of Albany Park, in Surrey. Their son Christopher (1774-1824) was educated at Eton and Oxford, became a barrister, was knighted in 1823 and died soon after arriving in India where he was due to serve at Chief Justice of Bengal. Richard Puller presumably inherited the house in Snakes Lane, which I think was later demolished and rebuilt as Monkhams. If so, it was on the site

of the present Park Avenue. It was Richard Puller who was Humphry Repton’s first client in the Woodford district. Repton made three visits to Woodford and provided drawings for the work he proposed in the autumn of 1790, and so it seems that Repton may have designed the parkland which later became the bulk of the Monkhams estate. Christopher Puller Snr. had a number of children and Richard had a sister Louisa. The parish registers tell us that Louisa Puller of the Parish of Woodford, Spinster, married William Blaauw of the Parish of St.George, Hanover Square, in the County of Middlesex, Widower, by Licence at St.Mary’s, Woodford, on 1st August 1789 in the presence of (among others) Christopher Puller, Matilda Puller, Anne Puller, R. Puller, Selina Puller and Christopher Puller junr. The Blaauws were a wealthy family from Amsterdam, who numbered among their ancestors Willem Blaeu & his sons, famous cartographers in the early 17th century. Willem (later William Blaauw), who settled in England in about 1788, was the elder of two brothers. His younger brother Gerrit became Burgomaster of Amsterdam from 1816-23. William, a widower, lived in Queen Anne Gate, London with his daughter Maria. In 1789 he married Louisa Puller, daughter of Christopher Puller of Woodford. William and Louisa had three children. Their only son was William Henry Blaauw of Lower Brook Street, London, who was educated at Eton and

Christ Church and became a notable antiquarian. Their daughter Louisa Agnes married Capt. Charles Molloy of the Grenadier Guards. He died in 1826 and she survived him for another 50 years. They had no children. William and Louisa’s youngest daughter was Frances Elizabeth Blaauw who married Frederick Burmester, son of Henry Burmester of Gwynne House, Woodford Bridge, Essex. Henry Burmester had purchased Gwynne House (now the Prince Regent Hotel) for £6,000 soon after his marriage, in about 1779. At that time Henry was a corn merchant in the City. In 1785 he and his partner, John Nash, started a company importing “Red Port Wine” which was called Burmester Nash, with Nash based in Portugal. Apparently a relative from Hamburg, Johan Wilhelm Burmester, took over the business there in the 1820s and the company still exists in Portugal under the name of J.W.Burmester & Co. The London firm continued until 1865 by which time it was called Burmester Brothers. Henry and his wife, Mary, had at least ten children and it seems they used Gwynne House as a country home until they died. As well as the wine business his sons were also involved in banking. Henry’s heir, Frederick Burmester, (Frances’ husband) was a founder director of the Westminster Bank while a younger son, John William, was a director of the London and County Bank, Southwark. This later merged with the Westminster Bank, bringing 200 country branches and the London branches with it. 33

In 1816 Henry Burmester became one of the Treasurers of the fund for rebuilding St.Mary’s church. He donated a silver christening bowl with Georgian fluting (possibly this was originally a punch bowl) to the church in 1817 and this is still used for christenings today. Henry died in 1823, Mary died ten years later, and they and several of their children are buried in St.Mary’s churchyard. Their memorial is one of the large table-tombs in front of the church steps. The family coat of arms can clearly be seen on the end facing the church door. In his will Henry Burmester left a total of £350 to be spent in various ways for the poor and for the local National School. © Georgina Green 16//06/01

Louisa Puller (1753-1842) who married William Blaauw, first when young, then as a widow



Joyce Frischmann  20th May 1917 ‐ 28th July 2013  Joyce was brought up in Wanstead and trained as a secretary. She went to work in the city where she met Godfrey Frischmann and went on to become not only his personal assistant but, and much more importantly, his beloved wife too. They lived in Woodford where they led a wonderfully happy life together. They shared a love of watercolour painting and golf but, most of all, a passion for Epping Forest and the beautiful environment in which they lived. They loved to travel too-extensively throughout Europe and the Caribbean where they loved to walk and marvel at the beautiful flowers and birds they both adored so much. Joyce became embedded in the local community and would deliver meals-on -wheels to old folk in the area and only gave this up in her later years as her mobility declined. In the early 50’s, Joyce had become involved with Dr Barnardo’s in Woodford Bridge and took a special interest in 5 year-old Linda, whom she subsequently adopted as her niece. Linda would regularly stay with Joyce and, despite the fact that she was a

sickly child, Joyce determined to play her part in bringing Linda up with loving care. Linda said that Joyce became like a mother to her and she and her family remained closely in touch especially in the evening of Joyce’s life. Joyce also had two goddaughters Anna and Cynthia with whom she was very close throughout their lives. In later years, Joyce moved to Manor court and later to Hart’s House where she had a corner room upstairs from where she could see the trees and birds that she loved. Joyce was a loyal member of St Mary’s for many years during which time she made some good friends, many of whom have gone before but some remained loyal even in her later years when she was unable to attend church. Her faith was always an important and inspiring part of her life and she trusted in God absolutely. So it was in faith and hope that we entrusted Joyce into His eternal care. Chris Winward



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