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									                                                                                                     PARISH SERVICES


            WHITTINGTON ORGANISATIONS
                                                                            TIMES OF SERVICES 8.00am Holy Communion
                                                                                     SUNDAY: 10.30am Parish Communion
                                                                                              6.30pm Evensong (When announced)
WOMENS INSTITUTE:
                                                                                                      First Sunday in the Month
Second Thursday in the month in the Community Centre.                                                 8.00am Holy Communion
Secretary: Mrs Ann Jones                                      Tel 662356                              10.30am All Age Eucharist
WHITTINGTON CASTLE PRESERVATION TRUST:
                                                                                                      6.30pm Holy Communion
Chairman:      Mr Colin Robinson                              Tel 658328                              According to the Book of Common Prayer
Castle Manager: Ms Sue Ellis                                  Tel: 662397   WEEKDAYS:                 Holy Communion- Thursday 9.30am
                                                                                                      Choir Practice - Friday 5.45pm
BELL RINGING:
Details from Brian Rothera                                    Tel 657778    RECTOR:      THE REVD. PREBENDARY DAVID R. NORTH
                                                                                              The Rectory, Whittington           Tel: 652222
BROWNIES, GUIDES:
                                                                                              e.mail: davidnorth@micro-plus-web.net
6pm- 7.15pm Thursday except in school holidays in the Community Centre.
                                                                            CHURCHWARDENS:
Brown Owl: Mrs D. Gough, ‘Norton Grange,’ Brynhafod Drive. Tel 654048
                                                                                   Mr D. Wynne, 9 Meadow Drive, Gobowen          Tel: 655572
FIRST WHITTINGTON SCOUT GROUP:                                                                e.mail: david@wynne5324.fsnet.co.uk
Information from the Acting Scout Chairman Ian Johnson        Tel 666703           Mr D Howard, 16 Yew Tree Avenue, Whittington Tel: 656389
                                                                                              e.mail: DDonjoy@aol.com
WHITTINGTON UNDER FIVES GROUP:
                                                                            VERGER: Mr P. J. Morris, 1 Rosehill Avenue, Whittington         Tel: 659562
Sessional and extended hours Carer and Toddler Sessions
Leaders: Dawn and Mandy                                       Tel 670127    ORGANIST:        Mr K. Griffiths, 12 Park Crescent, Park Hall   Tel: 662116
Meet in the Community Centre 9am – 3pm
                                                                            SUNDAY SCHOOL: Mrs A. Hughes,‘Silverdale’,New Marton, Tel:690513
SENIOR CITIZENS:
Monday Whist Drive, Thursday Coffee Morning                                 MAGAZINE:
All meetings in the Senior Citizens Hall                                    Editor:       The Rector
Secretary: Mrs Gillian Roberts, 28 Boot Street, Whittington   Tel 662236    Distribution: Miss S Dyke 14 Rosehill Close, Whittington        Tel: 650831

CHURCH WEB-SITE ADDRESS:                                                    WHITTINGTON C of E PRIMARY SCHOOL
                                                                            Headteacher: Mr Sean Sibley                                     Tel: 662269
www.churches.lichfield.anglican.org/oswestry/whittington                    PAROCHIAL CHURCH COUNCIL:
                                                                            Secretary: Mrs M. Bell, 14 Friars Close, Oswestry               Tel: 658794
                                                                            e.mail: MBell_frog44@hotmail.com
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                            “THE RIPPLE”                                                       WHITTINGTON ORGANISATIONS
                 (Whittington Parish Church Magazine)
                              Vol 21 No 9
                                                                                 CRICKET CLUB SECRETARY
                                                                                 Mr Mike Brunt, Greystone, Daisy Lane, Whittington SY11 4EA
                                                                                 E mail: nora_brunt@btinternet.com                          Tel:661874

                                                                                 CRICKET SECRETARY
Canon Philip Crowe writes….                                                      Mr Neil Dermody, 34 Hill Crest, Swan Hill, Ellesmere SY12 0LJ
                                                                                 E mail: neildermody@btconnect.com                             Tel:623951
Impossible dreams ?                                                              THE BOWLING SECRETARY
                                                                                 Mrs Jacqui Whitley
There’s a story travelling round in cyberspace of a man who goes up to the       E mail: jacquiwhitley@yahoo.com                               Tel:830901
White house in late January. He tells the marine at the gate that he would
like to speak to President Bush. The marine tells him that President Bush is     COMMUNITY CENTRE BOOKING SECRETARY
no longer President and doesn’t live in the White House any more. The            Mrs Linda Davies, 2 Rose Cottages, Donnett Corner, Whittington
President is now President Obama. The man smiles and goes away. The                                                                            Tel: 662339
next day, exactly the same thing happens. On the third day, the man comes
again and asks the same question. The marine says that he’s already              SHROPSHIRE COUNTY COUNCILLLOR FOR WHITTINGTON
answered twice: President Bush is no longer President and he doesn’t live in     AND GOBOWEN
the White House any longer. The man says, “Yes, I know that. I just love         Mr. Trevor Davies, 6 Fernhill Avenue, Gobowen Tel:661285
to hear it said”. And as he goes away smiling, the marine calls after him,
“See you tomorrow”.                                                              LOCAL BOROUGH COUNCILLORS
                                                                                 Mr. Stephen Charmley, Great Fernhill Farm, Whittington        Tel:650488
In March 2000, not long after President Bush’s first inauguration, our foreign   Mrs Patricia Raine “Easegill” Coalpit Lane Whittington        Tel:662459
secretary warned that “much of the international agenda would be driven by
                                                                                 WHITTINGTON PARISH COUNCIL
the hard, Republican, Christian right.” The hard, Republican, Christian
right has given us the war in Iraq and the grave injustices of Guantanamo, all    Mrs A. S. Cowley, “Pear Tree” Cottage, Treflach Oswestry
part of an aggressive, militaristic and ultimately self-defeating foreign        (Clerk to the Council)                                       Tel: 659496
policy; while in domestic matters, the neocons have operated a deeply            W.R.V.S. MEALS ON WHEELS
conservative agenda. They have promoted an ownership society which               Contact: Mrs Kath Griffiths                                  Tel: 662116
encourages the uneven risks and rewards of the ‘winner-takes-all’ economy
and which has served only to bring the richest country in the world close to     SHROPSHIRE YOUTH SERVICE
bankruptcy.                                                                      Rural Mobile visits the village on Tuesdays 6-15pm – 8pm.
                                                                                 Bus parks opposite the “Three Trees” shop, Whittington.
It is said that reflection without commitment is the paralysis of action, but    Open to the young people between the ages of 13 – 20 yrs.
that commitment without reflection is fanaticism in action. President Bush       Contact: Wendy Stockton, Shropshire County Council Youth Worker.
                                                                                                                                            Tel: 654175
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good last year and very much admired. We have around 30 varieties now –           has offered commitment without reflection, and because his commitment is
most are more unusual varieties and originated from a national collection.        based on his own understanding of Christian faith, he has sometimes
We are hoping to have one border dedicated to just Penstemons – but that is       mirrored the religious fanatics whom he accuses of terrorism. There is a
something we are still working on. The plant which really stole the show last     strong case for arguing that President Bush has been the worst president
year, was without doubt a Dahlia called Palmerii. It is a new one to us,          America has ever suffered.
which is hardy enough to be left outdoors in the south of England (and will
be left out here too I think!) creating an incredible blaze of colour in the      President Obama was elected in part because he is so unlike President Bush.
border with its fabulous deep maroon leaves and vivid red flowers. They           For a start, he thinks deeply about what he says and engages his mind before
were borne in such an incredible profusion over 10 weeks or more - only           he speaks. He is a wonderful orator, and his autobiography, Dreams from
being cut short by the sudden drop in temperature in October – otherwise I        my Father, is beautifully written, perceptive, moving and genuine. He
am sure they would have gone on indefinitely! If you are interested in having     understands very clearly the relation between faith and politics and will
your garden designed, please call in for a leaflet, which explains the service,   never wear his beliefs on his sleeve or pretend that God is giving him
or give us a ring. Take advantage of the ½ price design offer from only £20!      directions. Nor is he likely to take refuge, as Blair did quite shamelessly, in
Help is only a phone call away! £100 WORTH OF SELECTED                            the belief that God is his judge and therefore anyone who disagrees with him
                                                                                  doesn’t really matter.
HERBACEOUS PLANTS FREE TO THE FIRST
PERSON MAKING A BOOKING THIS MONTH FOR                                            The formidable problems which he inherits worry all of us at the start of this
A PROJECT TO BE CARRIED OUT– BE QUICK TO                                          New Year, but mercifully we are not expected to come up with solutions to
GRAB YOUR BARGAIN!                                                                them. We are not loaded, as he is, with such impossible expectations. He
                                                                                  is bound to cause some disappointment. But he has already shown, over
                                                                                  two years of gruelling primaries, that he has the makings of a great President.
                                                                                  The team he has appointed may not be as radical or as committed to change
                                                                                  as he appeared to promise, but it is strong on what matters at the moment,
                                                                                  solid experience.

                                                                                  Throughout the campaign, Barack Obama tried to speak in a way which
                                                                                  included all people, and in his acceptance speech, he spoke the language of
                                                                                  inclusion with great power and with a determination to harness the gifts and
                                                                                  abilities of all the people. It was in his keynote speech to the Democratic
                                                                                  Convention in 2004 that he first used the now famous phrase, The Audacity
                                                                                  of Hope, a phrase which is highly appropriate at the start of 2009. His
                                                                                  election offers hope and encouragement at the start of another year.



                                                                                                                                        Philip Crowe.
        Men who have pierced ears are better prepared for marriage.
             They've experienced pain and bought jewellery.
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                                                                                        IN YOUR GARDEN
                                                                                          PRESENTED BY:
                                                                                    BARNCROFT NURSERIES AND
                                                                                  GARDEN DESIGNERS- 01939 261619


                                                                   Last year the gardens here at the Nurseries really came into their own,
                                                                   packed with colour and interest all the way through to the first frosts, with
                        DIARY                                      many compliments from our customers. It is always nice to know that others
                                                                   appreciate our efforts. The borders have developed nicely now and even the
1   NEW YEAR’S DAY                                                 new water gardens looked really quite mature by the end of the year. We
                                                                   began the first part of the garden in 1995, with new parts undertaken as and
    10.00am   Holy Communion
                                                                   when time has allowed – and although our own private gardens, we hope
                                                                   they make visiting the nursery a more enjoyable experience, though I would
2   1.00pm    Wedding
                                                                   mention we do not employ a team of gardeners – so don’t be too horrified if
                                                                   you see the occasional weed!
4   THE SECOND SUNDAY OF CHRISTMAS
                                                                   As garden designers as well as horticulturalists, we felt that it must be very
    8.00am    Holy Communion
                                                                   difficult for anyone wishing to have their garden designed, or contemplating
    10.30am   All Age Eucharist
                                                                   having work done, to be able to find someone who actually knows what they
    12.30pm   Holy Baptism
                                                                   are doing to undertake the task. For this reason we have designed our own
    1.15pm    Holy Baptism
                                                                   private gardens around the Nursery. Here it is possible to see a range of types
    6.30pm    Holy Communion according to the Book of
                                                                   of gardens, which include a vast water garden, set within borders and
              Common Prayer
                                                                   walkways, raised beds for acid loving ericaceous subjects such as Gentians,
                                                                   Azaleas and Rhododendrons, several hundred feet of shrub borders – some
6   THE EPIPHANY OF OUR LORD                                       over 30ft in depth, a new woodland area with a slightly Japanese feel to it
                                                                   and a soon to be constructed dry bed, as a complete contrast to the rest of the
    9.00am    Whittington Church of England School begins the
                                                                   garden. We feel that the gardens display not only a small selection of the vast
              Spring Term
                                                                   range of stock we carry – offering the chance to see plants growing within a
                                                                   garden setting, but also show - from a design point of view what we can do –
7   2.30pm    The Discussion Group meets in the Lady Chapel
                                                                   be it on any scale, large or small. The gardens we have designed and
              (Further details elsewhere in this edition of “The
                                                                   constructed for our customers have ranged from the size of the smallest bed
              Ripple”)
                                                                   here at the nursery to a 2 acre garden complete with pool and extensive
                                                                   borders – in fact the bigger the garden – the more we enjoy the challenge!
8   9.30am    Holy Communion
    7.00pm    Whittington Women’s Institute meets in the
                                                                   Although last year, a cold wet spring gave way to a particularly fleeting cold
              Community Centre. Speaker: Peter Shepherd
                                                                   wet summer and autumn – many plants in the Nursery gardens actually did
              Topic: Shropshire, Beauty and History
                                                                   very well in spite of it. The autumn display of Penstemons were particularly
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Play Areas:                                                                         10    8.00am         Churches Together in Oswestry District Schools
Councillors agreed to upgrade the safety surfaces under the play equipment                               Christian Worker Project Prayer Breakfast at the
on the Castle Fields/Fitzwarine playground. The wood bark chippings were                                 home of John and Jill Field, 1 Lower Hafod,
no longer considered the most suitable option. The Clerk had contacted St                                Hampton Park, Oswestry. Names to Maria Palmer
Martins Parish Council for details of their new play surfaces and awaited a                              661936 or Frances Savage 662366 by 7th January
reply. Councillor Greg Hickman reported on the October meeting of the
Local Area Play Partnership. The cost of the repairs to the British Railway         11    THE BAPTISM OF CHRIST
fence adjoining the Oakwood Close Open Space Amenity Area requested by
                                                                                          8.00am         Holy Communion
the residents would not be coming out of the Jennings bonded finance for
                                                                                          10.30am        Parish Communion
play equipment. The Borough Council had placed an order for small outdoor
                                                                                          6.30pm         Evensong
tables and a combination seat which would be placed on the grass area at the
Close.                                                                              12    LAST DAY for magazine material for the February edition of “The
                                                                                                      Ripple” all material to the Rectory please
Date and time of next meeting:
The next Parish Council Meeting is on Monday 5th January 2009 at 7.30pm             14    2.30pm         The Discussion Group meets in the Lady Chapel
in the Senior Citizens Hall. Copies of the unconfirmed Minutes of the 26th                               (Further details elsewhere in this edition of “The
November meeting and Agenda for the January meeting can be inspected in                                  Ripple”)
the Post Office, Station Road, and the public notice-boards outside the
Primary School and at Park Hall.                                                    15    9.30am         Holy Communion
            ======================================                                  18    THE SECOND SUNDAY OF EPIPHANY
                                                                                          Beginning of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
                              FEED THE BIRDS
                                                                                          8.00am    Holy Communion
Here's how to keep your garden birds happy this winter:                                   10.30am   Parish Communion with Sunday School
                                                                                          6.30pm    Churches Together in Oswestry District Week of
     - Provide a variety of seeds, nuts, fruit and meat –                                           Prayer for Christian Unity ar Carreg Clwyd
       different birds like different things.                                                       Evangelical Church, Oswestry
     - Never give salty food or desiccated coconut.                                 NO EVENING SERVICE AT WHITTINGTON PARISH CHURCH
     - Offer stale bread and cake, but never anything mouldy.
     - Try cooked potato, nuts, raisins, biscuits, cheese, leftover cat food,                              WEEK OF PRAYER
       dripping.
     - Supply a shallow dish of water for bathing and drinking.                                             12 NOON – 12.30PM
     - Wash your bird table once a fortnight with hot water and washing up
                                                                                                   19    Christ Church, Oswestry
       liquid
                                                                                                   20    Oswestry Methodist Church
     - Bake a bird cake! Mix 1kg self-raising flour, 500g butter, a little sugar
                                                                                                   21    Our Lady and St Oswald’s Roman Catholic Church
       and water to make a thick dough. Add grated cheese, apples, raisins,
                                                                                                   22    Holy Trinity Parish Church, Oswestry
       seeds, and so on, and then form the stiff dough into ...little balls. Bake
                                                                                                   23    St Oswald’s Parish Church
       them in a moderate oven for 25 to 30 minutes. The birds will love
                                                                                                   24    Cornerstone Baptist Church, Oswestry
       them!
                                                                                                         Followed by fellowship at a simple lunch     5
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21     2.30pm          The Discussion Group meets in the Lady Chapel
                       (Further details elsewhere in this edition of “The                        Whittington Parish Council News
                       Ripple”)

22     9.30am          Holy Communion                                       Compiled by a member of the public, Philip Morris at the monthly meeting
                                                                            held on Wednesday 26th November 2008, Chairman Councillor Frank Davis
25     THE THIRD SUNDAY OF EPIPHANY                                         led the discussion on 20 agenda items.
       (THE CONVERSION OF ST PAUL)
                                                                            Community Policing:
       8.00am          Holy Communion                                       P.C. Simon Clark reported there had been a break-in involving a shed at
       10.30am         Parish Communion                                     Berghill and the contents removed. At the Post Office members of the public
       6.30pm          A Service of Readings, Carols and Hymns for          could pick up a crime prevention leaflet on the security of sheds and garages,
                       Epiphanytide with Ellesmere College Choral           together with pens for marking articles permanently which would identify
                       Society                                              them by the postcode of the owner, if they were stolen and later recovered.
                                                                            He demonstrated to councillors the free chain available to senior citizens to
27     12.00 noon      The Age Concern Lunch at the White Lion. Details     secure their purses to their person, or handbags when shopping. Also
                       from Barbara Thompson Tel: 01691 662295              attached is a token which can be used to obtain a shopping trolley. The
       7.30pm          Churches Together in Oswestry District, Council      chains will be distributed to Whittington Senior Citizens at their Christmas
                       Meeting at All Saints Parish Church, Trefonen        Tea Party, and Christmas Lunch in December.

28     2.30pm          The Discussion Group meets in the Lady Chapel        Payments made:
                       (Further details elsewhere in this edition of “The   Mrs A.S. Cowley. Clerks Salary and expenses £648.45.
                       Ripple”)                                             North West Power. Electrical street lighting maintenance and repairs £323.
                                                                            Councillor Frank Davis. Chairman’s allowance for 6 months £180.
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                                                                            Community Funds Grants:
         ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++                           Clerk to Council gave details of the application sent for consideration
                                                                            requesting funding for the replacement of the floor and ceiling of the Senior
Extracts from the Parish Registers                                          Citizen Hall.
for the month of November 2008
                                                                            Clerks salary increased:
                                                                            The National Joint Council for Local Government Services has
HOLY MATRIMONY                                                              recommended, pending arbitration, an increase in salaries for Parish Clerks.
                                                                            Councillor Frank Davis proposed and Councillor Romer Hoseason seconded
We send our Best Wishes to:-                                                that the Clerks salary is increased by £305 per annum from the present
                                                                            £5,260 to the new amount of £5,565 per annum. The casual car users
8th November 2008      Ian Paul Blackburn of Coalpit Lane                   allowance per mile was increased to 58.7p which applied to councillors on
                       and Donna Marie McKay                                official delegate meetings.
                                             of Oswestry
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then what is baby oil made from?                                              REQUIESCAT IN PACE
If electricity comes from electrons, does morality come from morons?
Why do the Alphabet song and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star have the same       “May the Souls of the Faithful Departed Rest in Peace”
tune?
Stop singing and read on.......                                               18th November 21008     Freda Brunt
Do illiterate people get the full effect of Alphabet Soup?                                            aged 88 of Rosehill Drive
Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog's face, he gets mad at you,
but when you take him on a car ride, he sticks his head out the window?
Does pushing the elevator button more than once make it arrive faster?                       Communicants for the month………….. 377
Do you ever wonder why you gave me your e-mail address in the first place?                   Attendance for the month ……………… 463
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            STOP PRESS – PARISH HOLIDAY FOR 2009
                                                                                                           FREDA BRUNT
I have been in contact with Mike Owen at Owen’s Travelmaster regarding
this year’s holiday break. How does a 5 day, 4 night break sound? The         Mike, Nora and family would like to thank friends and neighbours who were
holiday would commence on Saturday 2nd May heading for Spalding, where        so kind and loving to Mum especially in her recent years, also for the lovely
we would enjoy the afternoon at the annual Spalding Tulip Parade. Sunday      messages of sympathy and cards we have received in our sad loss.
3rd May we would visit Sandringham, the country retreat of Her Majesty the
Queen. Monday 4th we would board the steam train of The Bure Valley           Thanks for the generous donations received with £200 each being given to
Railway for 9 miles to Wroxham where we then join the boat for a cruise       the Friends of Whittington Church and Whittington Senior Citizens.
around The Broads. This would be followed by a visit to Great Yarmouth.
Tuesday 5th would see us visiting Norwich where a visit to the Cathedral is         ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
an option. On Wednesday 6th we head for Shropshire stopping en-route at
Cambridge where there will be time to explore and enjoy lunch before                                THE CHILDREN’S SOCIETY
heading home.
                                                                              Time to open the boxes! January is now with us and
The cost of the Tour = £259 per person sharing twin/double room – the         it is time to open the Children Society Boxes, which
above excursions highlighted are included in the Tour Cost.                   many of you have. I would be very grateful if you
                                                                              would kindly bring your boxes to church on Sunday
Supplements: Single Room = £60         Insurance = £12                        11th January or Sunday 18th January. We can then
                                                                              get the boxes opened, and the contents to the Society’s Head Office quickly.
The hotel for the duration is The Holiday Inn Norwich (Ipswich Road) –
Norwich. The hotel is 2.5 miles from the city centre. It has excellent        Once again thank you for your support in helping young people in the
leisure facilities, i.e. sauna, indoor heated swimming pool etc.              Children Society’s care.
                                                                                                                                            Gill Roberts
If anyone is interested in partaking of this spring holiday, or would like                                   Parish Secretary to the Children’s Society
further information, please contact me on 01691 662236.
                                                              Gill Roberts                                                                               7
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                The Revision of the Church Electoral Roll                                                            WHY?

The Annual Revision of the Church Electoral Roll will take place between        Why doesn't Tarzan have a beard?
21st February and 14th March 2009 prior to our Annual General Meeting of        Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are
the Parochial Church Council which will be held in church on Sunday 29th        flat?
March 2009 commencing at 11.30am.                                               Why do banks charge a fee on 'insufficient funds' when they know there is
                                                                                not enough?
To be eligible for enrolment you must be a Baptised Member of the Church        Why do Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?
of England or a Member of a Church which is in Communion with the               Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but
Church of England, be sixteen years of age or over and either a Resident in     check when you say the paint is wet?
the Parish of Whittington or, if Non-Resident, an Habitual Worshipper at        Whose idea was it to put an 'S' in the word 'lisp'?
Whittington Parish Church or a Former Worshipper now prevented through          What is the speed of darkness?
infirmity.                                                                      Why is it that people say they 'slept like a baby' when babies wake up every
                                                                                two hours?
If you are eligible and wish to be enrolled, please complete an enrolment       Are there especially reserved parking spaces for 'normal' people at the
form, this can be obtained from the table at the rear of the Church.            Special Olympics?
                                                                                If the temperature is zero outside today and it's going to be twice as cold
When completed return to – Miss Susan Barclay, 8 Yew Tree Drive,                tomorrow, how cold will it be?
Whittington, Oswestry. SY11 4AZ Church Electoral Roll Officer, or myself.       Do married people live longer than single ones or does it only seem longer?
The Revised Roll, together with the list of names removed will be on display    How is it that we put a man on the moon before we figured out it would be a
in church from 15th to 29th March 2009.                                         good idea to put wheels on luggage?
                                                                                Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars
Please note that if your name is already on the Church Electoral Roll           to look at things on the ground?
NO action needs to be taken.
                                                        David North             Did you ever stop and wonder......
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                     THE BEAUTY OF FLOWERS                                      Who was the first person to look at a cow and say, 'I think I'll squeeze
                                                                                these pink dangly things and drink whatever comes out?'
                   The flower rota for this year is now hanging in the porch.   Why do toasters always have a setting so high that it could burn the toast to a
                   Please fill in your name on any of the available weeks for   horrible crisp, which no decent human being would eat?
                   either a special event, anniversary or in memory of a        Why is there a light in the fridge and not in the freezer?
                   loved one. More than one person can put their name           Why do people point to their wrist when asking for the time, but don't point
                   down for any week.                                           to their bum when they ask where the bathroom is?
                                                                                Why does your Obstetrician/Gynaecologist leave the room when you get
                    Ash Wednesday falls on the 25th February when we have       undressed if they are going to look up there anyway?
                    no flowers in Church until Easter Day. Remember if you      Why does Goofy stand erect while Pluto remains on all fours? They're both
are not a flower arranger we do have ladies and Mike Phipps who are only        dogs!
too pleased to arrange flowers for you as long as you are willing to pay for    If quizzes are quizzical, what are tests?
the display.                                                                    If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from vegetables,
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                    The Ripple and Advertising                                    CHURCHES TOGETHER OSWESTRY AND DISTRICT
A Happy New to all our readers, of course, but a special greeting to all                       The January Prayer Breakfast
those who support us by their adverts. Once more in 2009 we are very                             to support Hannah Moore
fortunate to have the backing of so many businesses and professions.                        The Schools Christian Project Worker
The Ripple advertising area is a wide one. Certainly we are lucky to
have so many from within the Parish, who find our magazine of                                           will be held on
commercial value. However, from Shrewsbury to Oswestry and from                                     Saturday 10th January
Chirk to Ruyton X1 Towns, the Ripple has a more than local appeal.                                         08.00am
We hope that you will take the time to glance at the range of
information which these pages hold. We hope too that if you use any of                        at the home of John and Jill Field
our advertisers’ services, you will remember to mention that you saw                           (Oswestry Christian Bookshop)
them in the Ripple.                                                                      1 Lower Hafod. Hampton Park, Oswestry
                                                                                           if you wish to attend please telephone
Incidentally, our parish magazine continues to be a draw and potential              Maria Palmer on 661936 or Frances Savage on 662366
advertising clients are already lining up for 2010! For example, why not                          by Wednesday 7th January
think about a local firm if you have an electrical problem and call:-

                                                                                                      A MIXED BAG
                           D & D ELECTRICAL
                                                                           Looking back over the last session of the Wednesday afternoon Discussion
                            on 01691 655813 or                             Group, we enjoyed some very lively meetings covering a wide variety of
                               07889 797544                                topics – quite a mixed bag including marriage and family life, Zimbabwe,
                                                                           Islam, money, immigration, music, church history and Christ’s return,
                           No Job Too Small                                secular society and the inevitable problem of change!
                         24 hr Emergency Callout
                         Free Maintenance Check                            In the coming weeks, through to Lent, we thought another mixed bag
                     And 10% Discount To Senior Citizens!                  of subjects might be appropriate with the titles being given each week
                                                                           in the Church notices – favourite hymns and psalms are on the agenda.
Oh, and as they say, a word to our sponsors. If during this calendar       Wednesday afternoons @ 2.30pm in the Lady Chapel. You will be very
year, you want to emphasise a particular point or a new development,       welcome!
do let us know. As you know, we are not able to change the actual                                                             Arthur Drowley
advert, but we will make every effort to include a note in our features                ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
pages. No charge for this of course. So here is wishing you a good,                                  GIVE BLOOD
anxiety free business year. ‘Things can only get better’....someone once
said!                                                                      The National Blood Service is always in need of donors. Could you donate
                                                                           some blood? If so, contact the National Blood Service on 0845 7711 711
                                                           Don Howard                                                                             9
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A Service of Readings, Carols
and Hymns for Epiphanytide                                   1) A nature diary. It helps if you have
                                                             a camera for this one. Decide on a few
     AT WHITTINGTON PARISH CHURCH
        SUNDAY 25TH JANUARY 2009                             different sorts of trees and plants
                                                             that you can get to easily and photograph them
                  AT 6.30PM
                                                             regularly… once a week, once a fortnight or once a
                                                             month. When you stick your photos in a book write a
                                                             little note about what you have seen. You could note
                                                             all the birds you see in your garden too. If you are
                                                             interested in this you might also want to visit
                                                             http://www.naturescalendar.org.uk
                                                                                 2) Keep a spiritual diary. Each day
                                                                                    write a short note to God ….. or
                                                                                    if you have time a longer
                                                                                    letter. In it you might tell Him
                                                                                    about the good things that
                                                                                    have happened and say thank
                                                                 you, or you might tell Him all your worries and
                                                                 problems.

                                                          If you decide to have a go then Good Luck. Don’t worry
                                                          if you are too tired or too busy one day to fill it in and
                                                          don’t give up just because you have missed one day. It is
                                                          fun to read back over all these kinds of diaries in 3 or 4
       “…To discover how to be human now                  years time.
        is the reason we follow this star…”
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            For the Young at heart (of all ages)                            EPIPHANTYTIDE CAROL SERVICE
                                                               On Sunday 25th January 2009 at 6.30pm we shall welcome to our church
     Did you have a good time a Christmas? I hope so.          Ellesmere College Choral Society with Musical Director Roger Paul who is
     Now Christmas is over before you know it you will be      the Musical Director of Ellesmere College. Following the service light
                                                               refreshments will be served at the rear of the church.
     back at school …. If you are one of my older readers
     it will probably be Easter before you turn around!!       I shall be inviting parishioners to take part in this service by reading one of
                                                               the lessons.

                      Have you ever thought about keeping      We have never had an Epiphanytide Carol Service before so I look forward
                                                               to you all giving this your support and giving a warm welcome to Ellesmere
                      a diary? Lots of famous people have      College Choral Society.
                      done so over the years and lots of                                                                                  David North
                      ordinary people still do, but I have a               -----------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                          Weigh me, weigh my dog…
                      different kind of diary in mind.
     3) Keep a diary of important events in the world.         Does your dog's waistline reflect your own? Nearly two million dogs in
                                                               Britain are now overweight, according to recent research by PDSA, the
        Use a scrapbook (or an exercise                        veterinary charity.
        book) and cut out pictures and
                                                               A map of canine obesity across the country reveals that areas with the most
        writing from the newspaper or                          overweight people tend to have the most overweight pets. The north-west of
        magazines. With each one write                         England is the worst, with 31 per cent of dogs overweight. London has the
        just a little comment of your own.
                                                               slimmest dogs, with just 19 per cent overweight.

     4) Keep a weather diary. Each day at the same time        It seems owners give treats when their dogs want attention, rather than play
                            make a note of the weather         with them. Yet vets recommend that dogs should be walked at least twice a
                                                               day for two to ten miles, depending on the breed.
                             including, if you can, the
                            temperature outside, the type      A long 'walkies' will do you both good: overweight people, like overweight
                                                               dogs, suffer from heart disease, breathing difficulties, diabetes and arthritis.
                            of cloud and the force of the                      ================================
                           wind. The last two can be found                                     New for Lent
        on the internet by looking up ‘cloud types’ and        I always make the same resolution and I have never once broken it: every
        ‘Beaufort scale’.                                      year I resolve to give something up for Lent and then when Lent comes I
                                                               give up my New Year's resolution.
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                 WHITTINGTON SENIOR CITIZENS
                 Over 50’s Club – Recycled Teenagers
                                                                                       There once sat a man in the nave,
                                                                                       Who gave to the Rector a wave,
I cannot believe that I am actually typing this for 2009, so a very happy new          He said my names Walter,
year to everyone. Where has 2008 disappeared to? December has gone very                So let’s open a psalter
quickly. We enjoyed a wonderful Christmas tea on Tuesday 2nd December.                 And then have a fantastic rave.
We exchanged gifts and received a small present from Father Christmas.
The highlight of the afternoon was the performance of the children from our     Extract from the Carlisle Diocese Appleby
local school. The children all arrived, accompanied by several members of       Deanery magazine, found in St Martin’s
staff, including the headmaster, Mr Sibley. The children were all wearing       Church, Windermere, by Frances and Philip
their Father Christmas hats, which blended beautifully with their red school    on the Senior Citizens holiday to Morecambe.
uniform. They sang various carols, including “Little Donkey”, and some of
the children played their violins. After the performance (many of our
members were seen wiping the odd tear from their eyes), the children were
served with squash and various cakes etc. We wish to extend sincere thanks                            Saint Martin divides his cloak to give half to a beggar
to Mr Sibley, staff and the children for the wonderful performance, and we
hope it is only the first of many such occasions.

Some of us attended a performance of Robin Hood and Babes in the Wood,
at The Music Hall in Shrewsbury. No matter how many times you go to a
pantomime, it is always the enthusiasm of the young children in the audience
that stays with you. We all travelled by local bus, using our bus passes!!!

The following week we held our Christmas lunch at The Chirk Golf Club,
travelling by coach kindly donated by Owen’s Travelmaster.

Also during December, Rita and Jan and helpers, ran their Christmas Whist,
which was as usual well attended and raised welcome funds towards the
upkeep of the hall – many thanks to the Whist Ladies.

The activities slow down during the latter part of December and the early
part of January, whilst the committee and helpers re-charge their batteries.

There is no Monthly Get-Together, or Monthly whist in January. Line dance
classes start again on Thursday 8th .

Ann Jones held her first meeting of the Singing Group for Those Who Can-
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                       December Crossword Answers                                   not Sing on December 17th so she could form some idea as to the intentions
Across                                                                              of the group. We started with a session singing carols just to break the ice.

8, Their garments. 9, Pit. 10, Spiritist. 11, Range. 13, End than. 16, Scented.     LINE DANCERS
19, Began. 22, Repayment. 24, Ewe. 25, Such knowledge.                              Sandra is extending the Thursday Line Dance classes by introducing a
                                                                                    COMPLETE beginners class, which will start at 12 noon and last for an
Down                                                                                hour. These classes will commence on Thursday 8th January. The
                                                                                    existing classes will continue as normal i.e. 1.15 pm to 2.15pm, short
1, Stupor. 2, Beaten. 3, Prospect. 4, Famine. 5, Omri. 6, Enrich. 7, Eshton.        break for a cup of tea, followed by a half hour session for those who
12, Arc. 14, Do battle. 15, Asa. 16, Stress. 17, Expect. 18, Die for.               want a challenge. So come along ladies and gents and get those toes
                      20, Greedy. 21, Needed. 23, Yoke.                             tapping and maybe lose a few of those pounds gained over Christmas.
           ========================================                                 For further information contact Sandra 01691 611839 or 07884180833.
                           6th January – Epiphany
                                                                                    Gill Roberts
On 6th January we celebrate Epiphany - the visit of the wise men to the baby        Secretary (01691 662236)
Jesus. But who were these wise men? No one knows for sure. Matthew calls
them 'Magi', and that was the name of an ancient caste of a priestly kind           Weekly
from Persia. It wasn't until the third century that they were they called kings -   Monday        2.00pm Whist
by a church father, Tertullian. Another church father, Origin, assumed there        Thursdays     10 am Coffee Morning – all welcome
were three - to correspond with the gifts given. Later Christian interpretation                   12 noon – 3pm Line dancing – details above
came to understand gold as a symbol of wisdom and wealth, incense as a                        ========================================
symbol of worship and sacrifice, and myrrh as a symbol of healing - and
even embalming. Certainly Jesus challenged and set aright the way in which                              100 CLUB Results for November 2008
the world handled all three of these things. Since the eighth century, the magi
have had the names Balthasar, Caspar and Melchior.
        ==========================================                                          1st No 42        Marion Bell
                                                                                            2nd No 8         R W Hesketh
             Keep computers out of your children's bedrooms                                 3rd No 76        Griff Evans
                                                                                            4th No 36        Brain Tomley
Computers belong in sitting rooms or studies, not children's bedrooms. In
this way, parents can make sure that their children are not viewing                                       ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
inappropriate material, or being 'groomed' by someone with evil intent in an                                     THANK YOU
internet chatroom.
                                                                                    A BIG thank you to all the Person's that delivered the Parish Christmas
So says a senior psychologist and parenting expert, Tanya Brown, whose              message, to all the address within the Parish, your help with this task is
report to the Government last year involved a wide consultation with child          very much appreciated by all the Churchwardens.
experts. The report places the responsibility for children's safety firmly on
mothers and fathers.                                                                                          David Wynne and Don Howard Churchwardens
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                           A Christmas Recipe                                   14 'They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and
                                                                                came to rest on - of them' (Acts 2:3) (4)
Well, not quite the sort of recipe which you might expect. Our own              15 Controversial artist best-known for his Christ of St John of the Cross,
Whittington Church of England’s School’s Nativity play last month was           Salvador - (4)
a recipe with a difference. We have usually heard very supportive               18 'Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives' - '
comments from parents and friends as they leave after a Christmas               (1 Timothy 4:7) (5)
production. This time the words were positively effusive; professional          20 Barbaric (Jeremiah 6:23) (5)
being the most frequent description. Professional it certainly was.             21 Adversary (Luke 10:19) (5)
Bearing in mind that these youngsters were amongst our youngest, the            22 The portion of his possessions that Zacchaeus told Jesus he would
quality of the singing was quite something. Often children rush things          give to the poor (Luke 19:8) (4)
because they want to get the job over quickly. Certainly, this did not          23 'Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as - '
happen this time. The timing was great, the change of style, not only           (Isaiah 1:18) (4)
between the songs but also during one of them, was cleverly handled.
They needed no prompting on the lyrics and used their whole beings in
an expressive way. They were a joy to behold. The sound had a rhythm
and a beat that was quite evocative for us older ones too; clever stuff.
From ‘Make it! Bake it! Taste it! Baste it!’ to ‘Here come the presents’.
From ‘We want some robins’ to ‘Don’t forget the donkey’. From
‘Snowflake Serenade’ to ‘Baa-Baa- Bananas!’ came a lively, memorable
musical. But do not let us forget the linking narrative spoken with such
confidence to put many an adult to shame and the choir which has
progressed so much in a relatively short time.

There is no doubt that with this Christmas Production a lot of effort was
put in by many members of staff and parents. The staging was much
better. The audience could see and hear this time more clearly. The
excellence and relevance of the costumes showed how much work had
been done beforehand. I know it is almost a cliché on these occasions for
someone like me to say it is impossible for any group or individual to be
picked out for particular mention. Well it is more or less impossible.
However, as the Rector said to a packed, standing room only audience of
parents and friends, there is always someone who steals the show and
‘Cook’ Lydia Royce certainly did that. So thanks Mr Sibley, thanks
staff, thanks parents, thanks above all pupils, you did again!

We mustn’t forget, however, that this was the traditional Nativity story.
Some of the words of one song said it all....It’s a gift so big, it can reach
us all, yet it fits in a manger, wrapped up small.....In the youngsters’
Christmas Recipe, the ‘vital ingredient’ was Jesus.
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Across
1 Under these Hagar put Ishmael to die (Genesis 21:15) (6)
4 Vantage point from which Moses saw the promised land before he
died (Deuteronomy 34:1) (6)                                                                 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
7 'The Lord is compassionate and gracious, - to anger, abounding
in love' (Psalm 103:8) (4)                                              The A.G.M. was held in the Clubhouse on Thursday 27th November, 36
8 'When he sees the wolf coming the hired hand - the sheep and          members attended. Club Officers gave comprehensive reports on the year’s
runs away' (John 10:12) (8)                                             activities.
9 The world's first steam-worked public railway, - to Darlington (8)
13 It helped to provide the honey inside the carcass of the lion        The club celebrated its 150th anniversary with a publication of a
Samson killed (Judges 14:8) (3)                                         commemorative brochure tracing the clubs history from the first match
16 High Church (5-8)                                                    played against Ellesmere to the current day cricket and crown green bowls
17 Possessive pronoun (3)                                               teams. In July the club was blessed with excellent weather for the Festival
19 Plotting (Nehemiah 6:2) (8)                                          week with fixtures against M.C.C., touring teams, culminating in an
24 'Lovers of - rather than lovers of God' (2 Timothy 3:4) (8)          excellent Presidents invitation knock out competition and a Festival bowls
25 Destroy by fire (Deuteronomy 7:5) (4)                                cup being played on the same day. A player’s reunion was well attended in
26 'He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work,       September followed by a David Lloyd (Bumble) cricket evening in October.
doing something - with his hands' (Ephesians 4:28) (6)                  The various internal bowls competitions were played throughout the season
27 One of the colours of the riders' breastplates in John's vision      and generally were well supported. The club won the Aston Club for the first
(Revelation 9:17) (6)                                                   time for many years, this fixture is played annually against Ellesmere and the
Down                                                                    A team won the League Doubles for the first time, with the C team winning
1 'The father said to his servants, "Quick! Bring me the - robe and     promotion to Division 3.
put it on him"' (Luke 15:22) (4)
2 Ghosts are (anag.) (9)                                                The existing Club Officers stood for re-election and were voted in for
3 A small one can set a great forest on fire (James 3:5) (5)            another term although the only changes being that Brian Whitley is now
4 Instrument used as accompaniment in some churches (5)                 Chairman with Mike Brunt becoming Club Secretary.
5 'A Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on
the other - ' (Luke 10:32) (4)                                          The Bowls and Cricket Captains were elected as last season apart from Bill
6 Swiss illustrator of the Good News Bible, - Vallotton (5)             Jerman who will run the C team.
10 'In the - of Christ I glory, towering o'er the wrecks of time' (5)
11 Paul told Timothy that an overseer in the church must be able to     The meeting closed at 9pm and it is hoped that members can look forward to
do this (1 Timothy 3:2) (5)                                             a successful 2009 season.
12 Comes between Micah and Habakkuk (5)
13 Ill in a bug (anag.) (9)                                                                                                              Mike Brunt
                                                                                                                                          Secretary
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                   Buried Treasure                                    AND FOR NEW YEAR’S DAY LUNCH

     It's tough today on clergy women or men,                                     QUICHE (serves 6)
     Their job is hard to do,
     Because they have great difficulty,                                      1 20cm (8in.) x 5cm (2in.) deep tart tin
     Pleasing you and you and you.                                            225g (8oz) shortcrust pastry
                                                                              2 large eggs
     They can be most charming,                                               285 ml (½ pt) single cream
     A most amiable 'chappess' or 'chappy',                                   ½ a medium leek
     But if they sing hymns evangelical,                                      6oz (175g) diced bacon
     Then they are labelled 'Happy Clappy.'                                   4oz (125g) extra-strong cheddar, grated
                                                                              Salt and pepper
     If they try new forms of sermon,                                         1 dessertspoon sunflower oil
     They are moving much too fast,
     And if they stick to old tradition,            Roll out the pastry and line your tart tin to the top of the sides and put it into
     Well, they are wedded to the past.             the fridge to chill.
                                                    Wash and slice the leek and sauté it in the oil.
     If they labour on about a point,               Put the oven on to 190 C/375 F/ Gas 5.
     Then the sermon is too long,                   Whisk the eggs and cream in a bowl and pour it into the pastry case.
     But if they keep it short and sweet,           Mixed the diced bacon in with the leek, and add this to the pastry case.
     Some will say that that is wrong.              Add the cheese, and salt and pepper, and pop it into the oven for half an
                                                    hour.
     If they dare to change the style of prayers,                  +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
     Or even to miss out the Creed,
     It's string them up and flog them,                     A New Year's Resolution for your car
     For committing such a deed.
                                                    Do you have plans for this year? Better begin
     Yes pity our clergymen and women,              with something really basic: how are your car
     Their lives are devoid of fun,                 tyres? That may sound ridiculous, but if your
     Because they are always criticised,            tyres are low or worn out, you may not get very
     For the 'things' that they have done.          far this year - in even the most basic of ways!

     So wouldn't it be nice one Sunday,             45 per cent of drivers do not know that the minimum legal tread depth for car
     If every Mary, Sid and Bob,                    tyres is 1.6 mm. Among female drivers, this rises to 60 per cent. But the
     Said to the poor old Vicar,                    good news is that the National Tyre Distribution Association offers free tyre
     "Hey, you're doing a smashing job!"            health checks by trained technicians at more than 2,700 member centres
                                                    across the UK. To find your nearest centre, visit www.ntda.co.uk and enter
     For going to church on a Sunday,               the name of the place where you live in the depot look-up box.
     Should for clergy be a pleasure,
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                                                                                                   If it wasn't for those who look for their faults,
                      RECIPE OF THE MONTH
                                                                                                   As if they were buried treasure.

                      RICH CHOCOLATE MOUSSE                                                        Now the next time you slag off your vicar,
                                                                                                   Just suppose you force him/her to go?
A suggestion for a New Year’s Eve dessert! This recipe makes 12 portions                           The next one could be a COMPLETE disaster,
                                                                                                   ....so best stick with the 'devil' you know!
                         450g (1lb) Amoretti biscuits                                              ..............................
                         4 tablespoons brandy                                                                                                   Colin Hammacott
                         400g (14oz) dark Belgian chocolate
                         12 large egg yolks                                                                  To detox or not detox...?
                         250g (9oz) caster sugar
                         150ml (5 fl oz) dark strong chocolate                     Have you overdone the feasting and drinking? Feel as queasy as you look?
                         710 ml (25 fl oz) double cream                            Wondering whether a detox diet might be the only thing that will save you
                         25 cm (10 inch) round loose-bottomed cake tin             now?

For the topping          300g (11oz) dark Belgian chocolate                        Nonsense, it is all a rip-off. So says a senior scientist at the Food Standards
                         85ml (3fl oz) hot water                                   Agency (FSA). Ignore the fad diets and the supplements market, which rake
                         300 ml (½ pt) double cream                                in millions of pounds each year. Your body does not need them to rid itself
                                                                                   of toxins; it already has an excellent built-in mechanism: your liver (or what
Line the tin with greaseproof paper.                                               is left of it!)
Place the biscuits in the bottom, and sprinkle over the brandy.
Beat the egg yolks in a large bowl over a saucepan of boiling water, until         Instead, follow these cheap and easy steps back to health:
they thicken and become creamy.
Add the sugar to the coffee and make sure it has dissolved. Heat it until it has           - drink a glass or two of tap water (just as good as bottled)
become a syrup. Pour this over the egg yolks and whisk thoroughly together                 - take some exercise - if only a walk in the park
until it cools: this takes about 15 minutes.                                               - enjoy some simple home-cooked food
Whip up the cream till it holds firmly, and set aside.                                     - eat some fruit and vegetables
Mixed the cooled egg mixture and syrup with the melted chocolate and then                  - avoid processed meats, whither smoked, cured, or salted
gently fold in the cream. Pout this over the biscuits in the tin, and chill.

For the topping, melt the chocolate and the hot water over a saucepan of
boiling water.
Whisk the cream, and , when the chocolate is room temperature, fold in the
cream.
Pour this over the chocolate pudding, and let it se for 24 hours.
Keep this chilled. You can pour over a little more brandy if you wish; it will
soak in and give it a kick – you don’t need anything else. It is very rich and
looks amazing on a plate.
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                     1st January - The naming of Jesus
                                                                                      WHITTINGTON WOMEN’S INSTITUTE
It is Matthew and Luke who tell the story of how the angel instructed that
Mary's baby was to be named Jesus - a common name meaning 'saviour'. The
Church recalls the naming of Jesus on 1 January - eight days after 25                      A New WI Year for Whittington’s Institute
December (by the Jewish way of reckoning days). For in Jewish tradition,
the male babies were circumcised and named on their eighth day of life.             The traditional singing of ‘Jerusalem’ heralded the start of Whittington
                                                                                    WI’s December meeting, as President Libby Morris welcomed
For early Christians, the name of Jesus held a special significance. In Jewish      members. Newly elected Secretary Ann Jones’s reading of November’s
tradition, names expressed aspects of personality. Jesus' name permeated his        minutes reminded everyone of some important organisational changes,
ministry, and it does so today: we are baptised in the name of Jesus (Acts          including a monthly £1 fee to cover a County Newsletter and
2:38), we are justified through the name of Jesus (1 Cor 6:11); and God the         refreshments, a new meeting time of 7pm and that the annual
Father has given Jesus a name above all others (Phil 2:9). All Christian            subscription was due! The business session of this Christmas get
prayer is through 'Jesus Christ our Lord', and it is 'at the name of Jesus' that    together noted that a substantial number of members would be enjoying
one day every knee shall bow.                                                       singing at the area Group Carol Service hosted by the Selattyn and Pant
                 ================================                                   Glas Institute.
                         Christmas Cracker Solution
                                                                                    The Institute’s current campaigning programme was revealed in the
Crackers were invented by London confectioner Tom Smith, in 1847, as a              Resolution Short List with raising awareness of the honey bee crisis, the
development of his bon-bon sweets, which he sold in a twist of paper. The           reinstatement of hospital in-house cleaning services and reviewing
other elements of the modern cracker, the gifts, paper hats and jokes were all      residential care fees for the elderly. President Libby will be taking those
introduced by Tom Smith’s son, Walter Smith, as ways of distinguishing the          kinds of messages in June next to the national WI’s Annual General
company from the many copycat cracker manufacturers which had suddenly              Meeting in the Albert Hall in London.
sprung up.
                                                                                    Undoubted highlight of the evening was the talk by the 2001 Young
Here are a few that may not have been in your cracker last month:                   Horticulturist of the Year, Mark Duffell. Following a warm welcome by
                                                                                    the President and members, all were reminded of Mark’s award of a
What do you call newly married spiders?                           Newly webs        bursary to study the flora and fauna of the Galapagos Islands. His
                                                                                    beautiful photographs demonstrated a quite breath taking array of
How do snowmen get around?                                 They ride an icicle
                                                                                    gaudily coloured plants and trees, iguanas and ghost crabs and the ever
What do hedgehogs have for lunch?                              Prickled onions      popular pelicans and penguins. A vote of thanks by Freda Crowe
                                                                                    showed appreciation of a well received talk.
Why don’t bananas sunbathe?                               Because they’d peel
                                                                                    The spirit of Christmas was not forgotten when Irene Curtis, Marian
What do you get if you eat Christmas decorations?                      Tinsilitis   Young and Joyce Howard were declared the winners in the most
                                                                                    attractively wrapped gift parcels’ competition. The exchange of the
                                                                                    parcels amongst members, the Committee’s delicious buffet supper,
                                                                                    served with mulled wine, rounded off this festive event.
                                                                                                                                             Joyce Howard
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