|Extracts from Parish Magazine for November 2002
GOLDEN JUBILEE DAFFODILS
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|GOLDEN JUBILEE DAFFODILS
I would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to all those who have generously donated daffodil bulbs, money, time and effort for this project.
It took 46 people nine hours over two days (28th and 29th September) to plant about 2800 bulbs around 43 trees, which I thought was an amazing effort. Armed with pick-axes (!), spades and assorted other implements we managed to dig into the ground, which was hard and dry after one of the driest Septembers on record.
We were encouraged by comments from passing pedestrians, waves from motorists and even a fresh deposit of horse manure (look out for extra vigorous growth by the 32nd tree!). The bulbs are mainly around the trees with a few clumps in between, and the majority are a variety called Carlton with a mixture of others as well.
Thank you to the following for bulbs donated
Frank and Bunty McLelland
Morten and Pat Nilssen
Thank you for financial contributions to
Mike and Gill Jenkins
Hilda Jenkins and Ursula Cooper who gave in memory of their parents Mr & Mrs Lonsdale of Springfield, Vicars Cross, Littleton
Sheila and Tony Macausland
Mr and Mrs Moorley
Thank you to John Carruthers for purchasing bulbs and to Gary Okell of Okells Nurseries for supplying them at a discount price.
Last, but not least, thank you to everyone who has helped with the planting:
Peter, Jenny, Emily and Thomas Adam
Julie, James and Justin Bellis
Jenny Davis and Anne Large, representing the Siddall family
Gareth and Naomi Edwards
Paula, Benjamin and Daniel Hamp
Bob, Jane, Freddie and Imogen Hill
Mike, Gill, Samuel and Oliver Jenkins
Simon, Andrea, Eliza and Christopher Mageean
Pat and Lara Nilssen
Nigel, Katherine, Charlotte and Victoria Seddon
Christine, George, Alice and James Thompson
Eleanor, Alistair and Saoirse Walker
Karen Wilson, Jack and George Lowrie
All that remains is to look forward to enjoying a host of golden daffodils in the Spring!
Judith Edwards 01244 332387
A BIG thank you to Judith Edwards for all the time and effort spent organising this project.
BENTHAMS BULLETIN: END OF SEPTEMBER 2002
There is a lot to tell, so I wont do one of my snapshots this month.
The country is tense everywhere. The looks on the farmers faces say it all no hope. Most are making plans to move. Rumour also has it that white-owned businesses are being taken over now. Nothing has a sure future.
Last weekend we had the local council elections. The ruling party won heavily, which is not surprising when you consider that 700 opposition candidates were prevented from standing by threats of violence and in rural areas those who voted the right way were rewarded with subsidised food. The Chimanimani (I have a church in Chimanimani) Opposition MP, Roy Bennet, was arrested for being on his farm, which is legally protected from takeover. So were Shane Kidd (Opposition member), Doug van de Ruit (church member unfortunate enough to own a sawmill on the same farm) and Wally Johnson, who has a small hotel not too far from this farm. Bennet disappeared while in custody although he is out now. He was knocked about a bit. His real crime was to film ruling party supporters giving out maize at rural polling stations. He spirited away the film before it could be confiscated. So there is tension here. Apparently three Opposition people have been killed in these elections. There is also a gradually mounting aggression against white people generally. One independent paper records that all army leave has been cancelled because of the risk of an invasion by Britain. Yes, thats right!! It might help to explain why Chipinge is crawling with soldiers. Tension on the streets too, where there are long queues for bread, salt, sugar and maize meal. Cooking oil is now available 20 times dearer than two years ago. The petrol stations are also short of fuel.
Please do give thanks for our safety and for the freedom from attack and intimidation, which we have so far enjoyed.
Please do pray for this to continue, and do pray for the country. All the above are pointers.
I told you last month of a split in church. More than half the church unilaterally decided to leave St Barnabas and worship on the plot for the new church. They want to be treated as an outstation, which they think will be cheaper and allow them to save to build. Well, things are developing. I talked with the Bishop and the Archdeacon and have met with the Gaza group to set up a committee of elders eight people who will run the outstation from day to do and also manage the building project. There is quite a lot of determination to succeed, which is good, and the committee of elders has both spiritually mature and financially astute people on it.
Less satisfactory is the fact that the group have appropriated the best drum from St Barnabas church, which was expected but is still theft. Secondly, the determination to go it alone has manifested itself in a reluctance to be accountable to the church in the area of financial responsibility. Thirdly, it seems that there are mafia tactics (led by the women) to force Gaza Anglicans only to worship in Gaza and not to come down here to the church. Fourthly, the feeling of prominent St Barnabas people is that there is something of a tension between the two congregations, which will be difficult to heal.
The St Barnabas congregation are positive and determined that well use this to grow the church, but it means that every part of the churchs ministry will now have to be revamped. There are now obvious opportunities to have a more dynamic relationship between black and white people in the church.
Give thanks for the determination of St Barnabas and in particular for Mr and Mrs Maraura, Mr and Mrs Mutete, Mr Mahati, and Mr Mushinyi, whose positive input has been considerable.
Please pray for all the negative points above, particularly the mafia tactics and the theft. Its not a good way to begin a ministry. Pray for the opportunities which present themselves to us, and that both congregations will be equal to the task. Pray for a healing of relationships. Pray for the members as they invite others to church.
When you pray, please do also pray for CROSSLINKS whose ministry is all about obedience to the great commission. Please let your praying affect your giving to Crosslinks.
Thanks for your prayers and support. Feel free to write! Every blessing,
Ben (with Lisa, Jonathan and David)
Driving along the lanes on my scooter in the autumn sunshine, I noticed the hedges heavy with luscious blackberries and it started me thinking about word descriptions, or to put it grammatically adverbs, adjectives and synonyms.
The word luscious conjures up in the mind the sweetness and juiciest of ripe fruit. And lush a field of good, green grass for grazing. The babbling brook can only be a brook, not a river a river flows and the word sparkle could only refer to dewdrops, diamonds or snowflakes. Close your eyes and think of sparkle and immediately you get a picture of glinting light rays. A gentle touch, rustling leaves, rumbling thunder, flash of lightening.
In Alfred Noyes poem The Highway Man the words are so descriptive they paint a vivid picture in the mind.
The wind was a torment of darkness among the gusty trees,
The moon was a ghostly galleon, tossed upon cloudy seas.
The road was a ribbon of moonlight, over the purple moor. etc
How I wish that Id taken Latin at school, instead of choosing chemistry and science with the boys! I might perhaps then have some answer to the origin of these descriptive words.
I drove on, happily thinking of more examples when on crossing over Golden Nook Bridge, I was suddenly confronted by a large refuse collection vehicle, which had turned left before me. The driver obviously thought I was going to stop for him which I did, but not before crashing into him. The driver got out of his cab, came round looking most indignant to see that an old wrinkly on a mobility scooter was trying to demolish his vehicle. On scratching his head and asking if I was alright, we separated our modes of transport. Fortunately, refuse lorries have huge tyres with which I had come into contact, so no damage was done. But I drove home more soberly and tried to keep my mind on the road.
I usually do these musings whilst ironing; its safer that way.
If anyone has any opinions on the origin of our language, I would be most pleased to hear from them.
CHRISTLETON PARISH COUNCIL HIGHLIGHTS
Christleton has won the Best Kept Village Award in its category again and came second in the overall entries, gaining a £100 cheque. Thanks to all who help keep the village tidy, especially David Goulbourne.
At the September meeting of Christleton Parish Council, the Vice Chairman, Mr Eric Kenyon, reported the replacement of the safety line which had been discharged by vandals.
Cllr Croston was thanked for her report about the visit of The Queen to Macclesfield during the Golden Jubilee tour.
Greenthumb would resume treating the Village Green but would be advised of the presence of crocuses.
Mr Poppleton, who had prepared the accounts for 2001/2002 did not wish to act as the Councils independent auditor, so the accounts had been referred by the Clerk to the independent auditors endorsed by the County Association.
Maintenance and repairs to play areas
The application to the City Council for a grant to replace two worn items had been successful. Work to remove splinter hazards from the seats of these had been carried out as requested by the insurers. Pending consideration of a major replacement scheme, work to maintain bark and repainting would be progressed. The City Council have been informed that the implementation of the formal inspection service is becoming urgent.
King George V playing fields. Cllr Beech reported that solicitors were preparing a lease for signature. A majority agreement was passed that there should be four trustees: the Chairman and Vice Chairman, for the time being, of the Council and two drawn from the community. Advice would be sought from the NPFA as to the duties of the trustees.
Comprehensive correspondence from City Cllr Bailey re Cotton Hall Lane was referred to Cllr Crawford. Cllr Bailey had indicated he did not believe it would be beneficial for further evidence of the use of the proposed extension to be sought at present.
Cllr Henson referred to the wish of the police to recruit volunteers able to use the high visibility vehicle associated with the Project Rural Matters initiative.
Further information regarding traffic counts carried out by the highways authority had been requested. Cllr Crawford believed that the data, which suggested that traffic speeds had reduced, to be totally inadequate to enable any meaningful comparison. Further details would be sought.
The Vice Chairman had informed the Primary School Headteacher and City Cllr Boughton of the Councils decision to ask for a grant to cover the cost of white Slow markings and to extend the footpath along Quarry Lane from its present terminal point near the western end of the school property to below the present street light. No objections had been raised. The Vice Chairman had also met County Cllr Burke who had supported the proposals.
Style Path. The Clerk reported the receipt of correspondence from the County Engineering Service in response to complaints from numbers 40, 42, and 44 Woodfields concerning the condition of the land adjoining the Path. This raised the question as to whether or not the occupiers could cut the saplings on the land, which were taking light from their properties. The Countys Public Right of Way Unit was to inspect the adjoining footpath. The Chairman agreed to pursue the ownership of the land with the Land Registry.
The Ramada Hotel (Abbots Well) had applied for a variation to the hotels special hours certificate to 2 am. An assurance had been sought that should the justices approve the application it should be conditional on appropriate measures being taken by the hotel to secure the quiet and orderly exit of patrons and their vehicles. (An indication had been given that the extension was intended mainly for the benefit of hotel residents.)
Various planning applications and decisions were considered. Details can be seen in the Parish Notice Boards display of the minutes.
The remaining stump of a demolished tree in Plough Lane presented a hazard and would be referred to the District Maintenance Engineer.
The Vice Chairman indicated that the hedge on Birch Heath Common was to be laid by volunteers.
It was agreed to defer the production of a Newsletter until early 2003.
It was agreed that the Council would lay a wreath at the Remembrance Sunday Service on Sunday 10th November.
On a recent holiday to Munich, which is a beautiful city, we visited the concentration camp at Dachau. It was a very sobering experience. One of the huts had been restored, but it was only when one saw the vast scale of the area that one realised just how many prisoners it housed. How they must have suffered in those cramped cells and crowded huts.
Some churches on the site had been built to blend in with the bleakness a beautiful building would have been completely out of character. Particularly moving was the Carmelite Convent of the Precious Blood, which is built as a place of prayer, contemplation and inner life. The whole design is related to the former concentration camp (which was the first to be set up in Germany). It is laid out in the form of a cross with the camp street as its axis. The Sisters cells form the arms, the cloister the head, the chapel and choir the body, and the altar and tabernacle the heart. The architect Professor Josef Wiederman writes that the cells are gathered around the altar like a flock around its shepherd. The Carmel at Dachau is in every way as simple as the Carmelite habit. The statue of Mary in the church was originally used in the priests barrack in the camp and next to the altar is the burial place of the monastery, Auxiliary Bishop J Neuhausler (1888 1973) who was himself a prisoner in concentration camps from 1941 1945.
We pray that such atrocities will never happen again.
Alf & Margaret Croston, Arwyn & June Owen
Pilgrim Days took place during the first week in October for the fifth year. One hundred and eighty children from 28 schools from across the Diocese attended each day, except Thursday, when there is always an organ recital. The worships included drama, calligraphy, sign language, mosaics, screen printing, illuminated lettering, hand bell ringing, and, one of the highlights, being dressed in black habits as Benedictine monks and having a monks breakfast (dry bread and diluted apple juice!) in the Refectory. During the breakfast, the Abbot read to them the parable of the Good Samaritan. Many helpers offer their services, including our own Phil Hodges, Lois Dickinson, Lesley Morgan, Sheila Crawford and Margaret Croston.
Song School News
The contractor is working hard to stabilise the now exposed upper walls which will allow the new structure to be put directly on top of them. The concrete foundations for the stairs and lift shaft have been cast. Electricians and heating engineers have started to install some of the new services and have re-routed others, and it is expected that by now some building will have begun of the new stone and block walls.
A Mystery Unveiled
Robin Goddard, the artistic director of the Chester Mystery Plays, will be talking about the exciting plans for the 2003 cycle of the world famous Chester Mystery Plays on Wednesday 27th November at 7.30 pm in the Cathedral Refectory. Tickets are available from the Cathedral shop or on the door and cost £5 for members, £6 for non members. This includes refreshments after the lecture.
David Cummings has kindly agreed to give a talk on Flowers of Tuscany at our meeting on 11th November at 2 pm in the Parish Hall.
Mothers Union are running the handicraft stall at the Christmas Fair and we would be most grateful for any contributions.
BEST KEPT VILLAGE
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.
PLEASE TELL US
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.
AVAILABLE AT ST JAMES CHURCH:
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.
NATIONAL CHILDBIRTH TRUST (N.C.T.) OPEN HOUSE GROUP:
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.
CHRISTLETON UNDER-FIVES COMMUNITY PLAYGROUP
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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