Extracts from Parish Magazine for May 2003


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I get up early; sometimes in my waking moments I feel overwhelmed with the state of the world – all those wars, the hatred, the hunger and the poverty. It will be right there on the television screen in the first news bulletin.
Yet as I tread down the stairs, let the dogs into the garden, and have my first mug of tea, the world seems a better place. The wars have not stopped, there is still bitterness, undernourishment and people with no money. But there is hope. The birds are singing, photos of grandchildren look at me, the prospect of visiting a bereaved family today gradually seems a positive and cheering opportunity, not the depressing prospect it first seemed. The deceased person used to pull my leg about my woeful cooking ability and we shared both a strong faith and the humour to go with it.
William Barclay related such thoughts to God’s constant willingness to be at our side:

“Father, help us through this day so to live that we may bring help to others, credit to ourselves and to the Name that we bear … to be cheerful when things go wrong, persevering when things are difficult, serene when things are irritating … and to be especially helpful to those in difficulties.”

Yes, whatever our waking mood, each day is an opportunity blessed by Go.
John Carruthers

Mrs Grishilda Wasley of Cedar House, Caldy Valley, and formerly of Christleton will celebrate her 100th birthday on 29th May.
Christleton Parish Magazine Material for May

The wonderful weather we’ve had in March & early April has allowed us to experience the most superb display of spring wildflowers in living memory. Glorious crowds of golden daffodils have been everywhere, whilst the first flowers in the hedgerows around the village, the shiny yellow leaved celendines were soon turning their faces to the warm sun. The woodland has been full of delicate white veined wood sorrel, carpets of the larger star like wood anemones, and even the first of the taller blue flowers of ladysmock. This delightful plant is also called the May flower, yet this year could be seen in flower in March, and we were surprised to see the first orange wing tipped butterfly alighting on a flower along the banks of the River Dee. Ramsons, the wild garlic was also evident there, both from the fine aroma it gives off and the pretty flower heads. The large golden yellow heads of kingcups, or Marsh Marigolds can already be seen in the marsh, surrounded by their heart shaped basal leaves. It has truly been an amazing Spring for wild flowers.
The highlight of the migratory birds flying north for me, was an osprey seen circling over the waterworks at Huntington on April 6th, whilst I managed to see a beautifully marked male wheatear two weeks before that. There were large numbers of the tiny warbler the chiffchaff, singing in the village throughout the latter part of March, even coming for water into local gardens. A pair of jays could be seen most days in the churchyard, and a green woodpecker was in a garden in Birch Heath Lane. Last years swans nested as expected, a day after I provided their new nest site, whilst three more pairs are building nests in the parish. We’ve also got the prospect of a pair of shelducks (normally estuary birds) nesting for the first time, and at least three pairs of buzzards have been displaying in and around the village.
David Cummings

Sunday 18th May. Chester Half Marathon.
David & Liz Evans run to raise funds for the appeal
Sponsor forms in Church and Christleton Post Office.

Saturday 31st May. Safari Supper.
Were you or anyone connected to you married at St James’? Have you sung in the choir? or would you just like an evening out in good company to raise funds for the appeal. If so you will enjoy The Safari Supper being organised on Saturday 31st May.
7.00pm First course and a glass of wine at 2 Toll Bar Road. (Janet & John Milton)
8.00pm. Main course and a glass of wine at 34 Haslin Cres, (Gillian Brackenbury)
9.00pm Desert & glass of wine at Melrose on Roadside. (Christine & Mike Abrams)
Tickets £10 each from Janet 335469 Gillian 335393 or Christine 335562

Monday 2nd June- Sunday 8th June. Wildlife & Heritage Walks.
Following the success of last years event, the programme of Wildlife & Heritage walks will be run again this year, with proceeds going towards the Church Restoration Appeal.
Mon. 2nd. Village History. A guided walk around the village. Meet 10.00am Church Car Park.
Tues. 3rd. Hockenhull. 6 mile walk along the canal & fields. 10.00am Church Car Park.
Weds. 4th. The Pit & Birch Heath Common. 10.00am Church Car Park.
Weds 4th. Chester Walls Walk. 6.30pm. Meet at Chester Castle Car Park.
Thurs 5th. Hockenhull Platts Reserve. A close look. Meet 10.00am Church Car Park.
Fri 6th. Delamere Forest & New Pale. 6 mile walk. Meet 10.00am Church Car Park
Sat 7th. Christleton Primary School Family Walk.
Sun. 8th. Hockenhull Platts & River Gowy. Meet at 2.00pm in Church Car Park.
Organiser David Cummings Tel. 332324.
Please ring to book places, as numbers are limited to 20 per walk.

Sat/Sun. June 14th 15th. 3 Peak Challenge.
A sponsored event by a team from Church, climbing Ben Nevis, Scafell and Snowdon in one weekend which entails climbing 12,500ft, and driving between Scotland, The Lake District and North Wales. We would be delighted if people could sponsor us for this very challenging event, raising funds for the restoration appeal.
Organiser David Cummings. 3324210.
Sponsor Forms in Church & in the June Parish Magazine.

Prominent in the papers found at The Old Hall were the lists of wages paid to the servants. The most important position was that of Housekeeper, and in 1790/1 Fanny Cook earned £3. 8s 8d for six months work. Jane Ashton an assistant housekeeper £2. 15s 0d for four months. The Cook Mary Hixon was rather poorly paid in comparison, earning just £1.7s.6d for four months, whilst Joseph Bithel a footman earned £1.15s 0d for his four months. The key post of Coachman earned Benjamin Dean £4.4s 0d, a similar sum earned by William Rogers the Head Gardener.
Other villagers and tradesmen were paid by the day, for work done on the Old Hall estate.
John Moulton 4s 6d for 4 _ days thatching, 1s 2d for 2 _ days ploughing.
George Moulton 5s 3d for 4 _ days working a team of horses, and 3s 2d for 2days mucking.
Thomas Weaver earned £20 for 6 boat loads of manure, whilst Thomas Mayers was paid £13, 12s 0d for providing 17 oak gates. He also earned 12s 0d for 4 days felling trees, 12s 9d for 4 _ days sawing trees, and 10s 7d for 4 1/2days nailing and painting.
Richard Williams; 3days labour 5s 0d, 1s for a 100bricks, 5s 0d for a load of sand.
George Lunt 10s 0d for 3 days slating roofs and chimneys, whilst Thomas Lunt his brother was paid for 7days work for Mrs Ince 14s 0d, with additional labour at 8d a day. Also 13s 6d for ploughing for Mrs Ince, and Is 6d for a day holding the plough.
To be continued.

Len, now the senior member of the Church Choir celebrated his 85th Birthday on April 25th.
Congratulations from all his friends in the choir and congregation.

For some time it has been the intention of Cliff’s family and friends, to purchase an item of value to be used in church to celebrate his memory, and commemorate his wonderful 79 years of service to St James’ Church. It is now proposed to purchase two modern glass flagons topped with silver collars and lids to be used at each Communion Service. The flagons will be inscribed with a dedication to his memory, and be very appropriate for someone who was a silversmith for 45 years. A considerable some of money has already been raised for this purchase, but there is still opportunity for anyone else wishing to do so.
For further details please contact David Cummings on 332410.

Lord, Thou knowest better than I know myself that I am growing older and will someday be old. Keep me from the fatal habit of thinking I must say something on every subject and on every occasion. Release me from craving to straighten out everybody’s affairs. Make me thoughtful but not moody: helpful but not bossy. With my vast store of wisdom, it seems a pity not to use it all, but Thou knowest Lord that I want a few friends at the end.
Keep my mind free from the recital of endless details, give me wings to get to the point. Seal my lips on my aches and pains. They are increasing and love of rehearsing them is becoming sweeter as the years go by. I dare not ask for grace enough to enjoy the pains of others, but help me to endure them with patience.
I dare not ask for improved memory, but for a growing humility and a lessening cocksureness when my memory seems to clash with the memory of others. Teach me the glorious lesson that sometimes I may be mistaken.
Keep me reasonably sweet: I do not want to be a saint – some of them are so hard to live with – but a sour old person is one of the crowning works of the devil. Give me the ability to see good things in unexpected places, and talents in unexpected people. And give me, O Lord, the grace to tell them so.

Sincere thanks to all who supported the recent Frugal Lunch when the sum of £152 was raised for Christian Aid.

There are several new books in the library including Get Outside the Box by Richard Harries, Bishop of Oxford. This examines the premise that in these present days, people are no less spiritual, but look outside the church for ways in which to express that spirituality. A less stretching but no less rewarding read is Only The Best Will Do, the story of Eddie Stobart. Most of us will be familiar with the big lorries on the motorway network with Eddie’s name on them – all the drivers wearing collars and ties and each cab labelled with a feminine name. However, we may be unfamiliar with the fact that Eddie is a Christian with a lively faith and inspiring testimony, which is told in this little book.
Also in the library is a set of tapes of readings of the New Testament and the Epistles, kindly donated by Margaret Croston and entitled Faith Comes By Hearing. These are beautifully read and really make scripture come alive and I do recommend them.
Margaret Bass

Why campaign?
World poverty is such a huge problem that sometimes we’re tempted to despair and think nothing can be done. But there are things we can do.
Many of the decisions that affect poor countries and poor communities are made by politicians and business leaders in the rich world. And we can all use our influence on these people to make sure that the voices of the world’s poorest people are heard.
The Christian gospel demands that we do all we can to challenge injustice and inequality, following the example of Jesus. Jesus said, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives … to let the oppressed go free.” (Luke 4:18). To do that ourselves is a major challenge. Campaigning is good place to start.

What difference does it make?
These are some of the results of campaigning by individuals and groups over the past few years.

1. More than £18.5 billion of poor countries’ debt has been cancelled, leading to a 70% rise in spending in health care.
2. Sales of fairly traded products by supermarkets have increased more than 15-fold.
3. Seven of the UK’s largest supermarkets have committed themselves to working for better standards for producers in developing countries.

The campaign for trade justice was launched in 2001 and action by individual campaigners has helped it grow in an exciting way.

1. In the UK, 54 organisations have joined the Trade Justice Movement.
2. Supporters have sent 57,000 postcards to the Department of Trade and Industry.
3. More than 12,000 people turned up for last year’s mass lobby of Parliament at Westminster, lobbying over half the MPs.
4. More than 36,000 Trade Justice badges have been worn and the badge often appears on TV.

And that’s just the beginning. But thanks to ordinary people who take the time to write a postcard or come to a rally, or who simply wear a badge, trade rules are becoming news. Politicians have been shown in no uncertain manner that people want to see change.

What can we do next?
If you’re not already doing so, wear the Trade Justice badge. Why not order some to sell at your church, at coffee mornings, or Christian Aid week events? Badges cost £2 plus postage and packing phone your order to 01252 669 628.

Become a Christian Aid campaigner. You can do as much or as little as you like, from organising big events to signing an occasional postcard. Ring Christian Aid on 020 7523 2225 and ask to be registered as a campaigner, and be sent details of the latest action to take in support of the campaign.

Put 28th June 2003 in your diary. That’s the day when the trade campaign is launching a summer of action with a series of events across the country. Ring Christian Aid on the above number for more details.

Salesmanship is as old as the hills. Remember the Stone Age art dealer who went bust because he could not offer a framing service for his cave paintings. Nowadays we are constantly being persuaded that we should buy a certain item. It is perhaps only when you frequent a particular shop regularly that you realize when there is a real sale on. Greatly reduced prices can make you buy something that you originally had not intended to purchase. Some shops seem to never be without a sale and then an advertisement appears saying that the sale must end on a specific day. How many will try to beat the deadline? Do we really know what the correct price is? The word “new” is a perennial one used to attract our attention. A widely used pitch nowadays is "Two for the Price of One". The idea that you can have twice as much of something is to some people a temptation far beyond belief and the shop makes a sale. Whether you really wanted even one of the items in the beginning seems immaterial and whether you can actually ever use two of the items although improbable does not stop you making the purchase. The idea of actually getting one free can appear so amazing that you fall so neatly and so completely into the shopkeepers carefully prepared trap that you miss seeing his gleeful hands rubbing together as you dash to the till. He can hear the clink of coins or the rustle of notes. All you hear is the painless silence of your ballpoint pen as it hurriedly scrawls your signature. When two for the price of one relates to food do you really want to eat pork sausages and milk chocolate biscuits for the next seven days? I have not yet had the pleasure of eating hot Cumberland pork sausages in Cockermouth but Cornish pasties do taste better in Mousehole looking across the sea to Penzance. Consider association for selling. Have you noticed how much nicer a slice of Bara Brith tastes in Wales? Dundee cake made in that town is very special and how about Bakewell Tart in the Derbyshire Dales. Page thirty-three of the Christleton Golden Jubilee Cook Book has a recipe for Christleton Cake. No need even to get the car out to enjoy this. What nicer place could there be than a quaint old world café in Banbury with heavy uneven wooden beams, a glowing log fire and small oak circular tables with blue gingham tablecloths to enjoy your first ever Banbury Cake? After you have finished your cup of coffee the waiter approaches with a gleaming plated pot and pours you out another into your gilt edged now cool white china cup. No extra charge. Goodwill is created and that is the real key to salesmanship – a happy and content customer who will return.
My fax telephone number is now bringing me a selection of junk notices including the offer to become a mystery shopper and get paid to shop. It seems as if I can also get paid to eat in a restaurant and get paid to drink at a bar. Sounds too good to be true and of course it is. To find out about the firms who will fill your spare time with free shopping, eating and drinking you have to dial a telephone number which is charged at £1.50 per minute and it will take up to nine minutes to listen to the information. At the bottom of the fax it says I can register with the Fax Preference Service if I do not want to receive unsolicited faxes. I am wary because I wonder if it is like e-mails. I get a large number of junk e-mails and at the bottom of each is an offer to click here if I want to be removed from the list. Be warned. Clicking here will only bring you even more junk e-mails for by replying they know you exist. The technical word for all this unwanted Internet material is Spam. The tinned variety is much more palatable and goes better with sausages and you can often get two tins for the price of one.

My hobby of Latin American dancing continues. I took my bronze medal exam for Rumba and Cha Cha Cha in March and managed to get a commendation in both. It seems that in the Cha Cha Cha I have a pleasing rhythm with good hip action developing. Thankfully I never remember such comments on my end of term school reports although the examiners comments on my Rumba reminded me of school - trying hard. Practice has now started for the Silver exam that requires the addition of a third dance that could be the Jive, Samba or Mambo. My instructor Anita thought I liked a challenge and started showing me the Gold routine. I certainly do like a challenge. My advice to anyone would be to try something new. Sorry I seem to have fallen into the trap of using that overused selling word "new". This time it is different, however, as it will be you that it is new. You will derive great pleasure in trying something that you never thought possible for yourself or stretching yourself in a current pursuit beyond a point that you would not have considered before. Have a go. You will find a new you. If you fail you will have a lot of fun trying and you can always try again. If you succeed the personal reward will give you a warm glow and boost your confidence and self esteem. How about the Three Peak Challenge in June in aid of the church restoration appeal as something new. Can I sell you the idea? It's a bargain you just cannot refuse. Not just two but three very large old hills for the price of one.

Richard Nicholson

Leprosy Mission
Stamp out leprosy!
Please donate your used stamps so that money can be raised for Leprosy Mission. Stamps should be trimmed to quarter inch border around the stamp, and can be left at the back of Church.

If you know of any special birthdays, anniversaries or anyone celebrating a special occasion, who is a Parish Magazine reader, please inform the editor, David Bull.

“Loop” system, for the hearing impaired
Large print books for the visually impaired & large print weekly notice sheets
Easy to follow Communion Service Books for children
Access for wheelchairs
Please ask any of the Churchwardens or Sidesmen if you need assistance in any way.

Informal coffee mornings are held locally offering support to mums-to-be and families with young children (whether members or not) in a friendly, informal way. Please contact your local organiser Debbie Tel. 332103 for further details.

Christleton Local History Group
Books for Sale
Christleton 2000 years of History.
136 pages of text, fully illustrated with b&w photographs, maps & drawings,
and including 8 pages of colour photographs. Laminated cover with water-colour
painting of the Church & Pump House by Phil Hodges.
£12.50 & (£2.75 postage & packing.) Free delivery locally.
Christleton Village Trail
A self guided tour of the Village in aid of the "Well for Africa" Appeal.
£2.50. (+30p postage& packing))
From David Cummings, 25 Croft Close, Rowton, Chester CH3 7QQ
or from Christleton Post Office.

Registered charity 1022817
Christleton Under-Fives is an established pre-school playgroup attracting children from a wide area. It enjoys good and well-founded links with Christleton Primary School.
Children from the age of 2_ years until school entry age are accepted.
Please contact the Supervisor, Carole Penney, on 336586 for further details.

Mobile Library Van Service
The van calls fortnightly: for details of when the van is next in your area, please telephone Upton Library on 380053.

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