Extracts from Parish Magazine for May 2001

Mr Cliff Boddy Choir Member Extraordinary!
Mothers' Union
Christian Aid Week 13-19 May 2001
CMS Children’s Letter - Susan Gumbrell, Feb. 2001
Nature Notes
Jesus Christ - Superstar
Christleton - Lawn Tennis Club
Not long to go for - Christleton Village Show
Letter From Chipinge, Zimbabwe, February 2001
Giving
An Abridged Version Of The CMS Link Letter
From Susan Gumbrell In Onitsha, Nigeria
Churches Together In Christleton - United Lent Evenings
Christleton Cricket Club - new season.
Map Story - Excuse me but do you know the way to in 9 languages?

Mr Cliff Boddy
Choir Member Extraordinary!

Cliff was unique, a gentleman and a gentle man, someone who gave almost 78 years of service to St James’ Church Choir – a wonderful milestone and a superb achievement in any community.
Cliff was born in Fir Tree Lane Littleton in 1912 and, apart from service with the Grenadier Guards between 1943-46, lived in the Parish all his life. He joined the church choir under Freddie Finch in 1923 as a boy treble, and sang all voice parts, male alto, tenor and even bass after he had an attack of throat cancer, but ended his days in the tenor stalls which he loved. He always sang with enthusiasm and rarely missed a choir practice or service. He was greatly honoured to be awarded a medal marking his 75 years’ service in the choir from the Royal School of Church Music in 1998, and was secretly thrilled when he was presented with the award by Bishop Peter Foster at St James’ in September of that year.
He first attended school in the Girls’ and Infants’ School in Quarry Lane and transferred to The Boys’ School, now the Parish Hall, when he was five. Later he travelled to Love Street School in Chester and left school at 15 with his school certificate. It was the time of the great depression, but he was fortunate to get an apprenticeship as a silversmith with the Electroplating Company in City Road. He soon made his mark and became a fine craftsman at his trade, and stayed there for 45 years! One of his proudest tasks was to repair a pair of Elizabethan maces for Denbigh Corporation. They were in a terrible state of repair, but after Cliff’s restoration work even the Mayor didn’t recognise them, and Cliff had to show the hallmarks to the Mayor to prove that they were indeed his town maces!
It was at this time that he developed an interest in both heraldry and calligraphy and was helped a great deal in his work by Rector A. A. Guest Williams, himself an antiquarian who gave him several detailed books on heraldry to use for reference. Cliff had a wonderfully steady hand and, until recent years, scribed all church documents in superb style. He was responsible for recording all the church ceremonies, baptisms, weddings and funerals in the Parish Registers. Amongst his finest other works are beautifully scribed accounts of the ‘Beating of the Bounds’ ceremonies on calf skin and vellum. He also created family trees for his friends complete with well-researched and detailed heraldic illustrations, and regularly competed in national Calligraphy Competitions.
Cliff served six rectors and was an invaluable source of information about them and village life during his lifetime. His life story is recorded on the BBC electronic Domesday disk produced in the 1980s and in the village history book, Christleton 2000 Years of History. In his later years he loved gardening, trout fishing, listening to music on Classic FM, going to concerts, writing poetry, having visits from his family, visiting and looking after the affairs of the Institute, and chatting with his friends, especially Len Thomas.
He was a member of the Christleton Village Singers and the Local History Group, and regularly took part in Village Shows, and always attended and took great interest in the Village Fete. He was delighted and honoured to have been chosen to open both the Fete and the Village Show. During his service at Windsor in the Grenadier Guards he was proud to have been asked to join the Regimental Choir, if only for the fact that it got him out of a twelve mile cross country run each Saturday! After the war he became treasurer of the Cricket Club and was a mean fast bowler. He was also for many years a gateman at the Chester Races on the Roodeye. He was also a member of the Scout Troop. The Scouts used to meet in an old wooden hut on the site of the present scout hut. Cliff reputedly liked all scout tasks and activities, but really enjoyed the Wednesday evening dances when they danced with ladies!! Cliff was always seen with a sparkle in his eye whenever he was in their company, and many times has refused lifts home from male choristers when a lady had also offered him a lift.
Len and Cliff often went on holidays with the Christleton Darby & Joan Club where they were the life and soul of the party, but Cliff never really liked admitting that he was old enough to join. However, he always had a great relationship with everyone, and no-one ever spoke a cross word about him. He was a gentle giant, a man with style and humour, whom everybody loved.
He was also a great family man. He had two brothers Austin and Stanley, and in 1939 he married his sweetheart Eileen Greatorex. They had two children young Clifford and Hyldred, five grandchildren and two great grandchildren, all of whom were extremely proud of their grandad, and he of them, always taking a great interest in whatever they were doing. Sadly Eileen died in 1964 and after her death and his retirement, Cliff devoted his life to St James’ Church and the village.

It was appropriate that he lived at the top of The Square where he could always keep an eye on things, and within easy reach of his beloved church. In addition to his service in the choir, he had been Rector’s warden, sidesman, verger, calligrapher and record keeper. He guided virtually every ceremony and service until recent years, when he took on an Emeritus role, but still keeping an eye open, making sure we knew if we made any mistakes. He worked for years with Grace Owen and Betty Dunning in keeping the church clean and tidy. He and Jim Partington were always good for stories and local gossip, when Cliff called to see him at his butcher’s shop by the village Green, after parking his trusty bicycle on the kerb outside.
Cliff was a loyal and devoted servant of both church and village, an unassuming gentleman who required nothing more from anyone than a smile or a joke. Cliff was one of those unsung heroes upon which every community depends. He was a truly great man, a man who gave more than he took, a true Christian. He will be sorely missed by everyone, his family and friends and the whole community.
His funeral service took place at St James’ on Friday March 30th, a warm sunny spring day, when the birds were singing and the daffodils were flowering at The Square and on The Green. The cortege was followed by his family to the Lych Gate, where the Choir waited to lead his body into the church for the last time. The Very Revd. David Garnett, Archdeacon of Chesterfield, led the service and gave the address, assisted by the Revd. John Carhart with prayers by the Rector K Peter Lee. The Church was full of his family and friends, all there to thank God for the life of this truly wonderful servant of the village. St James’ Bellringers celebrated his life with a half muffled peal as he was taken to the churchyard to be together again with his dear wife Eileen. Somehow it was so apt that as he was being laid to rest, a robin sang its heart out from the tree above the grave. A fitting final tribute to a gentle man.
David Cummings


Clifford and Hyldred Boddy and their families would like to express their sincere thanks to everyone who attended Cliff’s funeral on 31 March 2001. Special thanks also to Cliff’s friends who visited him during his illness and for all the cards and kind thoughts he received over the last few weeks. Clifford and Hyldred are grateful for the support and friendship that Cliff had always received throughout his life in Christleton and Littleton.
The Quarter Peal, which was rung on Sunday 1 April, was a great tribute to Cliff who will be missed by everyone, but who leaves many special reminders of his talents, including the beautiful calligraphy work at St James Church.
Many thanks to everyone who made a donation to The British Heart Foundation, the total raised so far is £720.


The Honorary Ringer

Because the then Rector could not attend the first of the Bellringers’ Christmas Dinner Parties, he was represented by Cliff Boddy, who at the time was the Rector’s Warden. Thereafter, Cliff attended all the Ringers’ Christmas functions as a guest of the Ringers, and he became an ‘honorary Ringer’. He always took an interest in what we rang and the way we rang.
On the evening of Sunday 25th March, prior to Evensong, the Bellringers rang an open Quarter Peal of Grandsire Doubles as a tribute to Cliff.

The Ringers were:
1. Pauline Cooke
2. Jonathon Wright
3. Janet Grocott
4. Michael Phillips
5. Ian Braithwaite
6. Colin Harris

It was conducted by Ian Braithwaite and completed in 38 minutes.
Roy Fisher

Mothers’ Union

We were pleased to have Gill Hibbert to lead us at our Lenten Service. Lent means Holy Spring and is a time for preparation, and Gill spoke clearly to us about the meaning of Lent. We were grateful to Gill and also to Ann who stepped in to play the organ for us at such short notice.
Our Wave of Prayer took place in Thursday 15th March at 12.50 pm.
Our new Prayer Partners are St Paul’s Mothers Union, Helsby and Rena Griffiths is to liaise with them so that we can keep in touch, exchange ideas and invite them to our Tea Parties.
Kay Cunliffe has retired from being our Treasurer for ten years. We are extremely grateful to Kay for keeping such an accurate account of our finances and presented her with a thank you gift from Mothers’ Union. Also we would like to congratulate Kay and Bill who celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary in April.
Our new Treasurer, Rona Wearing, announced that we raised £34 for Save the Family when Cilla came to talk to us about the wonderful work done at Plas Bellin. We are keen to support Save the Family and have received an invitation to visit them.
Forty pounds was raised on the Mothers’ Union tinned goods stall at the Christian Aid Coffee Morning.



We had a wonderful response to our appeal to send an Easter egg each to Save The Family. Fifty-two eggs were collected at our April meeting and taken by Rona Wearing for the children at Plas Bellin.

We had a very thought provoking talk by Wendy Steadman in April on Keeping Families after Baptism, and Wendy will be coming to see us again in a year’s time.

The Deanery meeting is on Tuesday 15th May in the Cathedral.

Rena Griffiths will be talking to us at our May meeting, on Autism.
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Christian Aid Week 13-19 May 2001

You’re Making A Difference

Christian Aid Week this year is a celebration of making a difference and focuses on people in Uganda, Brazil and Bangladesh. Debt campaigning by people in the UK and Ireland has made a real difference to people’s lives. One example is Uganda where debt relief means that children can now go to primary school without having to pay fees.
In Brazil, Christian Aid’s partner the Rural Landless Workers’ Movement, has set up tea-growing cooperatives; whenever people in other countries buy fairly traded products, such communities benefit.
In Bangladesh the Christian Commission for Development in Bangladesh, also partly funded by Christian Aid, is helping people improve their lives by making loans to small businesses.
Even though the amount you give, the campaigning action you take, the prayer you say may seem to be a drop in the ocean, together all these things really are making a difference.
COULD YOU BE A COLLECTOR?
If you could collect in a street near you, please contact Fiona Lee via Pat Nilssen on 336013 or David Cummings on 332410

Last year Christian Aid Week raised a record £12 million of which £600,000 came from the tax reclaimed on people’s donations. If you are a UK tax payer, Christian Aid can reclaim an extra 28% over and above the amount you give, whether that is £1, £10 or £100. All you need to do is to make sure that you fill in your name, address and the amount you are giving on the red Christian Aid Week envelope.
UK taxpayers, help make an extra difference to the lives of some of the world’s poorest people. www.christianaidweek.org.uk
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CMS Children’s Letter From Susan Gumbrell, February 2001

Dear Friends,
"Miss, there’s no water in the compound!"
This is what the prefects came to tell me yesterday evening. The tap hadn’t run for several days, not even its usual trickle a few hours a day. It’s the middle of the dry season, which means it won’t rain for another 2 months, so there’s no hope of collecting water that way, and 775 students need water to wash, drink, clean etc. Oh dear!
The problem had arisen because the generator had gone wrong. We have a borehole (like a deep narrow well), which needs electricity to make the water pump work. So, no power meant no water. Fortunately, while the prefects were telling me this, a mechanic was working on the machine, and it was repaired. Every student was then rationed to one bucket – we will pump for water again this evening.
How many times do you turn the tap on each day? How much water do you use? You are lucky to have mains’ water. We are lucky to have the borehole. There are millions of people in this world who have to walk miles each day to collect water from a stream. I know that many people in England have floods – maybe drought is worse. It is always good to thank God for what we have and to pray for those whose lives are more difficult.
God bless.
Love from Susan, your mission partner in Nigeria.
P.S. The temperature went up to 39ºC today!

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Nature Notes

The first swallows arrived in the village on April 1st, a much earlier date than usual, although after experiencing the cold and wet weather we’ve had recently, perhaps they would be better turning around and flying back to Africa. A female sparrow hawk has been a surprise benefactor from the present foot and mouth epidemic. As the canal towpath is currently closed, it has been undisturbed in its hunting around the gardens of Croft Close, and for some weeks has been picking off all the smaller birds from the gardens in the neighbourhood. It has even cheekily been sitting on garden gates, whilst eyeing up a suitable meal. Usually there is a constant stream of activity on the canal bank, with walkers, people exercising their dogs or canal boats passing to disturb her, so she is clearly making hay while the sun shines. Other creatures enjoying life at the present time are the cormorants at The Pit. There have been as many as six of these large black, heron-sized birds there, and as each eats up to 11lbs of fish a day, there must indeed be a good population of fish at The Pit.
Our swans eventually began using the new straw nest at the end of March, and I hope that the new pen will prove to be a good mum, and produce a fine clutch of cygnets in her first breeding season. She is three years old! With only one survivor from last year’s clutch, we are due for a good number this year. Incidentally, the most productive swans in the area are the pair at Aldersey Pool, who have hatched over 80 cygnets since 1989. They are at least 16 years old and have remained faithful since being first ringed in 1989. A really fine record.
Look out for the arrival of the first butterflies in the village. I saw my first small tortoiseshell butterfly on the day of Cliff’s funeral as it emerged from my garage where it had overwintered. We should see orange wingtips, peacocks, painted ladies and even brimstones around Easter if the weather warms up a little.
David Cummings

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Jesus Christ - Superstar

In March, 47 of us visited Llandudno Theatre to watch the latest West End production of Jesus Christ Superstar. Many of us took the opportunity (bravely!) to take a stroll along the promenade and to enjoy a meal in the town before taking our seats in the theatre.
This particular production is an updated version of the original show and the lighting, music, scenery were an amazing spectacle in the telling of the Easter story, enacted through song in a dramatic series of highs and lows in contrasting humour, irony and tragedy. This was indeed a memorable performance for all of us at this very important time in the Christian calendar.
Thank you to everyone who came along on the trip and for making it such a special day.
I am hoping to organise another trip in due course, one possible show is “Miss Saigon” which is scheduled to be at Manchester in November.
If anyone is on the mailing list for theatres in the North or knows of any forthcoming shows, please contact me to see if it is worthwhile arranging a group booking.
Pat Nilssen

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Christleton - Lawn Tennis Club

Is anyone interested in reforming the Tennis Club?
When Christleton Tennis Club ceased to function in 1995 due to the lack of active playing members, it was decided to appoint Trustees and invest some of the money remaining in club funds in the hope that at sometime in the future the club might be reformed. The remainder of the money was used to provide coaching courses for junior members. If anyone is interested, please contact David Cummings on 332410 for further details. If there is no interest, the remaining funds will be used to promote junior coaching courses at the Sports Centre this summer.
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Not long to go for - Christleton Village Show

Not long to go for this annual village event, however there is still plenty of time to get a schedule and make an entry. There are plenty of categories to choose from and lots of trophies to win. Schedules are available from Paul Jackson at Christleton Post Office.
The schedule includes entry forms for the Hanging Basket, Web Page and Scarecrow competitions as well as the Village Show. PLEASE NOTE entry forms for the Hanging Basket, Web Page and Scarecrow competitions must be submitted by the date stated so that preparations can be made for judging (you can do the Web page by e-mail). All details can be found on the schedule. The Village Garden Trail is planned for Sunday 21st July (the day after the Show). See notices around the village or contact Judith Butt or David Cummings for details.
Times is getting short to get your entry forms completed and in so start preparing your exhibits, selecting the best plants, recipes etc and please support your Village Show – it’s never too late and it’s great fun on the day.
All instructions for the times to bring your entries, visit the exhibition, charges etc are on the schedule, but if you are not sure of anything or if you would to help on the day (PLEASE!) contact any of the team below.
Chris Marsland, 335424; Judith Butt, 335296; Sue Haywood, 01829 741814; Charles Smeatham, 335209; Janet Brown, 335785; Margaret Croston, 335955; David Cummings, 332410 and Pat ffrench-Lynch, 336050.
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Extracts From A Letter From Chipinge, Zimbabwe, February 2001

Ben, Lisa and family send greetings to all their friends in Christleton. The church at Chipinge is divided for pastoral reasons into five sections, and Ben gets along to one of these each week. This has been a considerable success in building relationships. It’s also an opportunity to see how people live: a family of seven in two small, basic, dark rooms is not unusual. There is also a Shona service somewhere every week, and after some tuition in basic Shona, members of the congregation are being encouraged to speak to them in their local language. Because some services have been poorly attended, for example three or fewer at a 6.30 am communion service, this has been changed to 5.00 pm and attracted up to 70 on Ash Wednesday. This was a great encouragement and is giving the church confidence and togetherness. They are also hoping to involve local children more, either by reading, helping with prayers, drama, song or something in the form of a Family Service. They are training four people to help as subdeacons and encouraging others to read lessons, intercessionary prayers, and more people to preach. The aim is to prepare and equip every member for ministry of some sort.
The church council recently passed a budget more than 70% higher than last year, and so far the giving is up by only 20%. So there is a great need for preaching about stewardship and commitment. They are also building up ecumenical links where they can with the Dutch Reformed Church, the independent Community Church and one of the Methodist denominations.
The congregation has agreed that Ben and Lisa can introduce the Alpha Course, but they are worried that there might be some problems as it is quite a Catholic Church, and there may be points of conflict. Ben has taught some Religious Studies classes at the boys’ school, and Lisa has had a fairly easy ride so far, according to Ben, but all that might change soon when she starts teaching T.E.E. (Theological Education by Extension). It could be in New Testament Studies or Christian ethics.
"God continues to bless us in everything."
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Giving

In the first of the Churches Together Lent Talks, the subject was “Justice”. Romy Tiongco explained how the Bible teaches us to care for the weak, the poor, the helpless and less fortunate.
The results of Comic Relief’s recent epic TV programming, encouraged many of us to show how we care, by donating to this cause.
On a local level, £215 was raised at Jane Pickering’s “Branscombe Open House”, Dave Brodie had his beard shaved off by students at the College where he lectures and raised £120. Both the High School and Primary School had non-uniform days, pupils having to donate to Comic Relief for not wearing their usual uniform.
These and many other events, both locally and nationally, have so far raised over £29 million. A mammoth sum of money, which will do much good for those in need.
Comic Relief reminded us of those horrific scenes in Rwanda, the mass genocide and the subsequent torment of those widows infected with Aids, whose children will ultimately be orphaned.
It is good that so many TV personalities played their part in raising so much money for worthy causes both in the UK and abroad. It is however, worth remembering that during this month is Christian Aid Week, which will be another opportunity for many of us, who are so well blessed, to show that we do care about the suffering of those elsewhere.
Luke 12:33 “Sell all your belongings and give the money to the poor. Provide for yourselves purses that don’t wear out and save your riches in heaven, where they will never decrease, because no thief can get to them and no moths can destroy them.”
Pat Nilssen
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An Abridged Version Of The Cms Link Letter
From Susan Gumbrell In Onitsha, Nigeria

The Archbishop of Canterbury came to see us this week (February), and tens of thousands of people gathered to see him. The noise of the police sirens accompanying his convoy was drowned out by the thunderous shouts, cheers and clapping of the crowd. The rally was a mixture of the traditional (hymns A &M, and psalms) and new (dance/mime and Igbo rhythm singing and drumming). He spoke against the so-called ‘prosperity gospel’, saying he could not promise success and wealth to followers of Christ, but he could promise abundant joy in serving God wherever we were called to be.
He talked of HIV and AIDS and pre-marital sex and the opportunities there were for the church and the Mothers’ Union in particular to teach about commitment to one partner and to God. I’m glad he talked about AIDS and pre-marital sex, because here the problem is growing. Over 50% of the people visiting the doctor for antenatal care are HIV positive. Most people are very ignorant about it; some blame their illness on poison or evil spirits and do not change their lifestyle when told. In school we debated an incident when a teenage girl in the north of Nigeria was given 100 lashes of the cane for having pre-marital sex, but the boy wasn’t punished at all! I am in the fortunate position of being able to speak out about the issues, but my colleagues are unable to do so, and therefore the subject is almost taboo. There has to be a greater openness or else the outlook for the spread of AIDS is very bleak.
The Archbishop’s visit was a real boost to the church here, and during his two week stay, he visited most major cities in the country. Our new Bishop is Ken Okeke. He is a dynamic, prayerful, God-fearing man who has already made his mark on the diocese. Ken has been a CMS mission partner in the UK and was regional director for Africa. Please pray for him and his wife, Ngozi, as they become more and more involved with the diocese and get back into Igbo thinking!
I returned to Nigeria at the beginning of January. The temperature when I left Sussex was 3ºC; in Lagos it was 32ºC, quite a shock to the system. It is very hot, very dry, and washing dries in less than half an hour, the same time it takes for a fresh layer of dust to cover a surface after wiping! There have been many changes at the convent, including the deaths of parents of three girls, one of whom died in childbirth after having seven daughters. The need for a male child is an enormous cultural pressure. We have also lost Sir Clifford Ikezue, who was a great friend of the convent, especially during the building of our chapel. He was a personal friend, always ready to share a laugh, and I, as well as the convent and diocese, will miss him. Losing the familiar is always hard, but I believe that God is looking after us all, that all things work together for good if we love him, and that change is usually a way to nudge us into better, greater, and lovelier achievements.
May God bless you abundantly.

Love from Susan
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Churches Together In Christleton - United Lent Evenings

This year, on five Wednesday evenings during Lent, we were delighted to welcome speakers from different denominations, to come and talk to us on five themes 'for today's world'. This proved to be a very interesting 'course'; the speakers being well received by a very good number of people each week. Each speaker was so different from the others, in approach, manner and delivery, and (of course) in what he had to say; but one thing they certainly had in common was a great sense of humour! I asked five people if they would kindly write a short resume of a talk, and this they willingly did.

Elsewhere in the magazine (see GIVING ), Pat Nilssen has mentioned the first talk Justice, given by Romy Tiongco. Romy is the Christian Aid NW Region Area Co-ordinator, and he had begun the evening by asking each of us what the word
Justice meant to us. He then proceeded to show us how those ideas were turned topsy-turvy in many parts of the world, where governments are corrupt, and it is the poor people who must pay off the debt owed to the wealthier nations. He brought to our attention the forthcoming G8 summit in Geneva this year, and asked us to send postcards to beg for a fair deal for the basic human needs of the poor. (I still have some of these postcards if you wish to send one. J.B.)

For the second talk, the Rev. Graham Cook, URC Moderator, spoke on the subject of Freedom.
People have long fought for freedom. The Scots wanted to be free (the film Braveheart). Karl Marx called upon the people of the world to demand freedom. The Tiger Economy of Asia claimed their freedom, and people even wanted the freedom to die - smoking tobacco or drugs.
The Bible tells us how the people of Israel longed for freedom. They asked God for help, and with God on their side, Moses led them out of slavery. When they observed the commandments, God gave them the Promised Land. They were free to choose their own kings who observed the laws. Solomon was the wisest of them all, and he blessed God for his goodness. The New Testament brings us freedom from the law. In the Church, we are sisters and brothers, parents, children and the elderly, and we are accepted for what we are. From the Gospels we know that there is perfect freedom in God's service.
The threat to freedom comes from trying to make God "one of us". When a political party or nation says "we have God on our side", this reduces God in size. The Americans in Vietnam thought God was always on their side - God a US Marine? If we accept a manifesto instead of the Scriptures, this is the opposite of freedom - it is tyranny. But people now want personal freedom. No restrictions in morality - nobody is responsible for anyone else. No restrictions in economy- Foot and Mouth? No controls seem fine - but where is God? The loyalty of Christians is in the service of our Sovereign Lord God. Only this makes us truly free.
Gertrude Wright.

In the third of our united talks we were visited by the Rt. Rev. David Urquart, Bishop of Birkenhead, who shared some thoughts with us on the theme of Hope. He encouraged us to think about the different qualities inherent in the concept of 'hope':
H - reminds us that Hope is a human experience - common to all people, something to which we can all relate.
O - optimism - not a characteristic common to all, yet a necessary ingredient of Hope. Bishop David recalled his days in Uganda, where he continually witnessed the optimism of children disabled by polio and cerebral palsy, playing ball games upon their knees.
P - patience - another important component. Hope often requires patient waiting before any result is achieved. The Bishop told us that he had, that very day, baptized a former drug-addict, who, five years ago, had appeared to be a 'hopeless' case as far as his social worker was concerned.
E - stands for expectation - naturally bound up with the idea of Hope. Hope encourages us in our expectations.
Thank you, Bishop David, for helping us to focus and reflect on these elements. We 'hope' that you will come again.
Berenice Hogg.

Fourth united Lent talk, on Forgiveness, by Father Paul Shaw. Father Paul is R.C. Chaplain at Clatterbridge Hospital and he gave us a frank and excellent talk on the subject of Forgiveness, mainly from his experiences as a chaplain with patients who are being treated for cancer, tragically the majority of whom are young people. His central message was that forgiveness is a gift from God, we being unable to forgive ourselves. Jesus prayed, "Father forgive them…" directing the need to God who is able to do this for us. Speaking of Northern Ireland he felt that only when both sides are ready to forgive the other at the same time, would the hate, resentment and fear
abate. His talk was so well received that many people asked questions and we felt sorry as time overtook us and the meeting had to close. We were all glad we had attended a meeting, which left us with plenty to consider further.
Gill Hibbert
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The Rev. Ronald Hoar, former President of the Methodist Conference, completed our united Lent talks by speaking on Identity.
He began by looking at the ways, various and complicated, in which we do learn who we are - through Nature and through our relations with others. His words led us carefully back to the meaning of Holy Week and our real 'identity', being given back to us by God through unity with Christ.
The Rev. Hoar's patient, humorous but structured approach to his subject was thought-provoking and helped us to link all the Lenten themes to our need for Christ. Only in Him will we find our true personality and identity.
Chris Platel.

If you have any particular views on this year's United Lent talks, please come along to our Eastertide Songs of Praise at the Methodist Church on Thurs.3rd.May, which will incorporate the Churches Together A.G.M. and also a further viewing of Village Millennium Photographs. We shall welcome also on this occasion Rev. Danoval Johnson, a Mission Live visitor from Costa Rica, in this country from April to June, who says that 'sharing with persons from other Christian communities is the single most significant experience which has shaped his faith today'. Do please come and air your views - that will determine what we do next Lent!
Jan Bowden.
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Christleton Cricket Club
Christleton Cricket Club is looking forward to the new season.

Fixtures for:
21st April – Lymm – Ball sponsor Gareth Davies
28th April – Malpas – Ball sponsor Geoff Stanworth

Construction of practice nets is nearing completion and will be ready for 17th April.
Junior cricket coaching begins on Monday 30th April at 6:30. There will be coaching for under 15 and under 13 teams. We are employing Andy Derwent, an experienced coach in North Wales to concentrate on under 13 members. Anyone requiring coaching should enroll on April 30th. Membership is £12 for 10 weeks.
The ladies cricket section is also preparing for the 2001 season and would welcome any new members. Please contact Miss D Totty on 01244 880029 for information.
There will be regular Sunday fixtures this year and anyone who would like a social game of cricket should contact Brian Wareing on 01244 332326.
We would like to thank the Ring O Bells and the Cheshire Cat for sponsorship last season. New match ball sponsors are needed to help with increasing costs of the cricket club.
Finally Christleton Cricket Club extend our condolences to the family of Cliff Boddy. Cliff was a life member serving as a player and committee member for many years. Every year he updated the honours board with his calligraphy. This will remain as a memorial to a genuinely nice man.
We also lost another character in Alun Mort. Alun played for many years at Christleton and was a well-known supporting personality in the area. He kept his interests in the club by sponsoring a match ball each year.
Information about the cricket club can be found on:
www.christletoncc.co.uk
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Map Story - Excuse me but do you know the way to in 9 languages?

If your ancestor wanted to be guided on travel in England and Wales around 1720 and they had adequate means they would go to a bookshop and would be offered a choice of two pocket atlases. They probably chose Britannia Depicta priced at 7s. 6d. This provided maps in a strip form covering some 7,500 miles of roads. I remember as a schoolboy in 1950’s on the back seat of a Triumph Mayflower reading out from an RAC version which one could apply for when making an unusual journey.
Today you can go onto the internet and use the new service for the UK from the leading US map supplier MapQuest. Enter the house number, street, town and postcode for your start address and for your destination. You then have a choice of English or 8 other different languages. Click the button and in seconds you will have a map describing and illustrating every turn and junction as well as an estimate of how long it will take. There is a link on the Christleton web site for this useful and free service.

Richard Nicholson