Lillington Parish Magazine
St Mary Magdalene’s Church
Church Office 470449
Mrs Anne Furze ............................................................
Priest in Charge 330919
Rev Charlotte Gale ......................................................
(Day off Monday)
Rev Graham Coles (Day off Friday) ................................
Associate Minister 330919
Rev Naomi Nixon .........................................................
Hon Assoc. Minister 423771
Rev Dennis Brown ........................................................
Mr Roderick Clark .........................................................
Dr Godfrey Carr ...........................................................
Mrs Glynis Wright .........................................................
PCC Hon Secretary 779455
Mrs Christine Butler ......................................................
PCC Hon Treasurer 428163
Mrs Janet Gardner ........................................................
Gift Aid Secretary 883808
Mr Mike Hyslop ............................................................
Mrs Christine Nutt ........................................................
Mr Mike King ...............................................................
Bell Ringers 450977
Mr Richard Taulbut .......................................................
Mr John Green .............................................................
Flower Guild 330825
Mrs Wendy Shear .........................................................
Octagon Secretary 420913
Mrs Catherine Pittaway .................................................
Sunday Club 470449
Church Office ...............................................................
Scouts, Cubs, Beavers 773570
Mr Mike Dealtry ...........................................................
Nicola Mobbs ...............................................................
Caroline Kendall ...........................................................
Walkers group 335129
Mr Jeff Burgess ............................................................
Youth Group 734170
Graham & Sam Coles ...................................................
Website Manager 450977
Dr Diana Taulbut ..........................................................
Crosstalk Editor 831649
Mr Robin Innes ............................................................
Crosstalk Distribution 632330
Mr Jeff Arnold ..............................................................
THE CHURCH OFFICE
The office is open Monday to Thursday 9.00 am till 1.00 pm
During these hours the church may be used for private prayer - please use the office
For Baptism, Weddings and general enquiries please contact the church office. Outside
of office hours please leave a message on the answer phone and we will get back to
FROM THE VICARAGE
As I write this, it feels a bit like the world is falling apart. Engineers
in Fukushima are risking their lives in a desperate bid to try and stop
a nuclear catastrophe, while teams from all over the world search
tirelessly for survivors of the earthquake and tsunami that have so
devastated Japan. It seems that Libya is heading inexorably towards
the horrors of civil war, and the authorities in Bahrain seem
determined to crush anyone attempting to assert a right to freedom.
Meanwhile the fighting continues in Afghanistan, the people of
Christchurch quietly mourn their lost loved ones, and millions of
people in Haiti are still struggling to rebuild their shattered lives and
country. Closer to home, it seems that more people than usual are
dealing with serious illness, crippling grief and other burdens,
alongside the very real financial pressures that many are facing.
Everything feels very Lenten, very sombre, very challenging. I know
all this, and yet I sit here in my study, overlooking the peaceful
tranquillity of Vicarage Road. The sun is shining, the birds are
singing, and the daffodils are finally bursting into life, after such a
very long, cold winter.
Sometimes it seems almost impossible to see those signs of new life
and energy. It seems that the winter will not, cannot, ever end. As
they watched him tortured and crucified, Jesus' friends and families
must have felt that there was no possible hope to be found. Jesus'
life was cruelly taken, and their lives were broken. The darkness
must have seemed all consuming.
In Holy Week, we remember those events, and as we stand again at
the cross, we can hold before it in our hearts, those people of the
world, those people close to us, even ourselves, who feel that all the
world is darkness. We stand there and know that Christ crucified
shares our pain. God shares our pain.
On Easter Sunday, we rejoice. We rejoice not because everything's
better, or all the problems are solved. Far from it. We rejoice even
in the face of continuing heartbreak across our world. We rejoice
because we remember that Christ is risen. We rejoice because it tells
us that whatever we face now, there is hope, the winter will end, new
life will come. As the beautiful hymn, Love is Come Again puts it:
When our hearts are wintry, grieving, or in pain,
Thy touch may call us back to life again,
Fields of our hearts that dead and bare have been.
Love is come again,
Like wheat that springeth green.
(J.M.C. Crum 1872-1958)
Many people in Japan, in Libya, in Bahrain, may not be able to
believe that message of hope right now. It seems too impossible.
So what we must do is stand by them, pray for them, help them in
any way we can. We can share the hope of the promise of new life
that we have, hold the Christlight for them, until they are able to
catch a glimpse of it for themselves.
Wishing you all a hopeful and joyful Easter.
Rev'd Charlotte Gale
Join us for worship on Easter Day:
8.00 am Holy Communion
9.30 am Holy Communion with Prayers of
Sunday Club with Easter Egg Hunt
FROM THE CHURCH RECORDS
27th February Alfie Jack BAKER
4th February Judy Arnold (79), Marston Close
7th February Reg Jennings (81), The Holt
11th February Frank Ferriday (90), Charles Watson Court
15th February Prue Bonny, Kinmond Court, Leamington Spa
16th February Joan Davey (88), Mason Avenue
FOOT HEALTH PRACITIONER
JENNY ARTHURTON DIP CFHP
MPS PRACT M.V.R.
AFFORDABLE MEMBER OF THE ALLIANCE OF
FULLY QUALIFIED , INSURED
AND ABIDES BY A STRICT
CODE OF PRACTICE
IN THE COMFORT
OF YOUR OWN HOME
01926 771200 (CUBBINGTON) 0797 452 6478
2nd April - Hugh of Grenoble – the saint
who fought corruption and built hospitals
Murky crimes committed by some church
leaders, local shops in trouble, roads needing
repair, and hospitals in a sorry state....wanting
to retire, but the law said no... it seems that
Hugh of Grenoble was dealing with 21st
century problems in the 11th century.
Born at Chateauneuf in 1052 as the son of a
knight, Hugh attended the cathedral school of Valence and became a
canon. He was talented and learned, good looking – and yet bashful.
Sounds a bit like a shy public school boy. Certainly Hugh‘s parents‘
contacts and his privileged schooling earned him a good job early on
– as secretary to the Bishop of Die, who was also a papal legate. In
1080 Hugh was taken along to the Synod of Avignon, where the
deplorable state of the diocese of Grenoble was reviewed. It was
afflicted with widespread simony and usury, and clerical unchastity
Hugh was outraged at what he heard – and was soon in a position to
do something about it. He was made Bishop of Grenoble by Pope
Gregory VII and went on to fight the excesses and sins of the clergy
with notable success. He became virtual co-founder of the Carthusian
order. The common people soon came to love him, for as well as
reforming their churches and restoring their cathedral, he built a
bridge, a marketplace and three hospitals for them.
In later years Hugh wanted to retire, but like many people today,
was not able to do so, in his case the pope would not let him. During
the last few weeks of his life Hugh went back to basics - he seemed
to forget everything but the Lord‘s Prayer and the Psalms. He was
greatly loved, and canonised only two years after his death in 1134.
Footprints on the sands of time are not made by sitting down.
Good friends are like stars - you can’t always see them but you
know they are there
BY RODERICK CLARK (THE ROVING REPORTER
Val & Ian Wallace
You may be switch secondary
surprised to know schools at one stage – a
that Val, a generally unhappy
respectable church childhood. Her working
member, got her life started in a ―boring‖
future husband Ian factory, then moved to
into bed within a poodle parlour,
minutes of their grooming dogs,
first meeting. She immediately including police ones – but she
fell in love with his blue eyes – decided she wanted to nurse
and that was that! However, and was accepted at the
perhaps I should add that she Paybody Orthopaedic Hospital,
was a nurse during the severe where she had been treated as
winter of 1963 and Ian arrived, a baby; she met a nurse who
―almost blue with cold‖, from had cared for her then. She
lying on the floor during a long moved to other hospitals and
ambulance journey; he‘d remembers a night when motor-
twisted his knee in a pothole bike accidents left four young
while refereeing a football men dead and one brain-
match. So keen to defend her damaged.
new-found love was Val that she
got the ambulancemen sacked! Ian‘s father worked for
Armstrong Siddeley motor
Both were Coventry kids. Val company, and was also
was born with a dislocated hip; choirmaster and organist at St
she spent her first four years in Alban‘s Church. Ian and his
plaster and has suffered from it mother stayed with a great aunt
ever since. Her father was a down in Buckinghamshire to
motor mechanic and involved in avoid the wartime bombing,
a ―secret project‖ with the land then he returned in time to start
speed record holder, Malcolm school, where (he says) he did
Campbell. She admits to not averagely well and enjoyed his
working or behaving well at sport. His first Cub camp
school, although she did love brought continuous rain and a
several subjects (not Maths!). nest of red ants under his tent
Her attitude meant she had to - but he still went on to the
Scouts. A successful 11+ exam and Val was delighted to make
took him to the strict and high- the break from Coventry. They
flying Bablake School, where he began fostering work, mainly
liked the sciences, especially short-term, but adopted the
biology. His horrified mother first of their two children, Jill.
found him dissecting rats in his Ian remembers one patient
bedroom and keeping a sheep‘s named William Gotobed from
heart in one of the drawers. Great Snoring!
Nine ―O‖ levels took him into
the science sixth form. ―Not In 1973 they came back to this
quite confident enough‖ to be a area, when Ian took an
doctor, a spell of experience in appointment at Warwick
a chemist‘s shop led Ian to Hospital and they moved into
choose pharmacy. He qualified their present home in West
at university in Bristol. A View Road. They took up full-
surprise to some will be that he time fostering and gained their
managed to get himself second daughter, Amanda. Val,
suspended for two days (along who always wanted a big family,
with others) when he joined a was glad to provide the stability
student prank to steal an oil that so many children needed –
portrait from his college. and her own girls did not seem
Afterwards he soon opted for to mind but in their own way
hospital pharmacy in Coventry, wanted to help.
which he felt was more
interesting and less commercial With the move to Lillington, the
than running a local chemist‘s. family began to attend St Mary
Magdalene‘s: Ian renewed his
Val had experienced musical talent and joined the
Pentecostal-style worship, choir – he is still a member,
including speaking in tongues, often performing tenor solos,
but came to appreciate the and has a national medal to
―more stable‖ Anglo-Catholic recognise his fifty years of
atmosphere at St Albans, choral singing. Val helped with
enjoying the colourful robes, the the Crossbearers (the then
bells and incense. The couple Sunday School), teaching a
married and moved into their squashed bunch of older
own home in Binley; Val helped children in the vicar‘s vestry;
to nurse her ailing father-in-law. both did duty on the PCC.
Then Ian landed the chief
pharmacist position at a large Ian‘s last major job was helping
psychiatric hospital in Norwich – to oversee the transfer of
psychiatric services from Hatton and neighbour) are ―totally
to St Michael‘s in Warwick. difficult to live up to‖ – but
Although he retired slightly believe it can be done with
early, he has done locum work God‘s help. Val has recently
in retail and a period in a been inspired by a Sikh man
private hospital. The couple she has regularly seen on bus
enjoy several interests (apart journeys. She says she was
from seeing their two teenaged fascinated by his courtesy and
grandchildren regularly). Ian love for people and knew that
plays bowls (he says he is God was teaching her a lesson
―competitive but polite‖); they through him, making her ―more
love their canal holidays; they relaxed and comfortable with
both dress up and sing in a her Maker‖ and loving towards
―West Gallery‖ choir, recreating others. Finally, did you know
the sound of the slightly rowdy that the Looking at Lillington
village choirs of two hundred event for local schoolchildren is
years ago – did you know that down to a roadblock which held
more than two hundred tunes up the Wallaces at Newark.
exist for ―While shepherds They decided to visit Southwell
watched‖? Minster and found it full of
visiting youngsters.... so they
Ian and Val appreciate the passed on the idea to Betty
church friendships which have Mendoza (now living
provided stability and elsewhere), who adapted the
inspiration for them. They admit idea for us. God indeed works in
that Jesus‘ two great a mysterious way.......
commandments (to love God
Mothering Sunday – 4th Sunday in Lent
There is an old Jewish saying:
God could not be everywhere,
and therefore He made mothers.
Mother Church, Mother Earth, Mother of the Gods - our human
mothers - all of them have been part of the celebration of ‗Mothering
Sunday‘ - as the fourth Sunday in Lent is affectionately known. It has
been celebrated in the UK since at least the 16th century.
In Roman times, great festivals were held every Spring to honour
Cybele, Mother of all the Gods. Other pagan festivals in honour of
Mother Earth were also celebrated. With the arrival of Christianity,
the festival became one honouring Mother Church.
During the Middle Ages, young people apprenticed to craftsmen or
working as ‗live-in‘ servants were allowed only one holiday a year on
which to visit their families - which is how ‗Mothering Sunday‘ got its
name. This special day became a day of family rejoicing, and the
Lenten fast was broken. In some places the day was called Simnel
Day, because of the sweet cakes called simnel cakes traditionally
eaten on that day (see Cooking with Crosstalk).
In recent years the holiday has changed and in many ways now
resembles the American Mothers‘ Day, with families going out to
Sunday lunch and generally making a fuss of their mother on the
ST MARY MAGDALENE‘S KINGDOM FOR YOUTH
Youth Group Charity Shoe and Silver Shine
On Saturday 12th March the
members of SKY youth group held
a shoe and silver shine in aid of
Comic Relief. While people were
waiting to get their shoes or silver
polished they could sit down with a
cup of tea and lovely handmade
cake, which was kindly donated by
Sam Coles, Carol and Robin Innes.
We polished anything from black
to red shoes and managed to
raise over £70! We all had a go
at polishing the shoes, (although
Graham seemed to do most of the
work!), and Beth and Sam did an
extremely good job of polishing
the silverware. We were also
busy in the kitchen serving tea,
coffee and cake, and washing up
the dirty dishes!
The money we raised for Comic
Relief will be spent on a wide
range of projects that help
those most in need, both here
in the UK, and across Africa.
We thoroughly enjoyed the day
and look forward to seeing how
the money we raised will
change people‘s lives.
By Laura Watson
World Malaria Day – 25 April 2011
The Archbishop of Canterbury has urged people to remember the
threat of malaria that hangs over roughly half of the world‘s
population, and to support World Malaria Day, which is on 25 April.
Malaria infects more than 500 million people per year and kills more
than 1 million. The burden of malaria is heaviest in sub-Saharan
Africa but the disease also afflicts Asia, Latin America, the Middle
East and even parts of Europe.
World Malaria Day - which was instituted by the World Health
Assembly at its 60th session in May 2007 - is a day for recognizing
the global effort to provide effective control of malaria. The goal has
been set for getting rid of malaria deaths by 2015.
£5 will buy, deliver and hang a bed net to cover a mother and baby,
or two children in Africa, for up to five years.
An Easter Prayer
Everyone thought you were dead.
They took you down from the
cross, with tears in their eyes and buried you in a
cave with a big stone outside.
Then they went home – the saddest people on
Later, they went back to take flowers, but they got
such a shock.
The stone was rolled away, the cave was empty,
and you were walking in the garden.
Then they were the happiest people on earth.
No wonder we are happy at Easter.
We know that you
are alive and always
The Easter egg is a symbol for the new life
that Jesus gives. Make your own Easter
pouch to keep your Easter treats in.
You will need:
A selection of felt
A selection of decorations E.g. sequins,
Glue or a needle & cotton
1. Cut out the Easter egg template.
2. Cut out two egg shapes from the felt. Take one of the
pieces of felt & cut a slit in the centre. This will be the back
of your pouch.
3. Decorate the egg shapes.
4. Glue or sew the egg shapes together around the outside.
5. Fill the Easter egg pouch with Easter chocolates & sweets.
GARDEN OPEN FOR CHARITY
Judy and David Hirst are opening their garden at
19 Church Lane, Lillington, Leamington Spa
for charity as part of the
National Gardens Scheme (Yellow Book) on:
Sundays, 15th May and 5th June 2011
from 2 – 5.30 p.m.
Admission £2 each
Let's face it - English is a crazy language.
There is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in
pineapple. English muffins weren't invented in England or French fries in
France . Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren't sweet,
We take English for granted but if we explore its paradoxes, we find that
quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is
neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.
If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats
vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? In what language do people
recite at a play and play at a recital or ship by truck and send cargo by ship
or have noses that run and feet that smell? How can a slim chance and a
fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites?
You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house
can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and
in which an alarm goes off after it’s been switched on. English was
invented by people, not computers and it reflects the creativity of the
human race, which, of course, is not a race at all. That is why, when the
stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are
YOUR GARDEN IN APRIL
If you have a heated green
house visit your local garden
centre to choose from the wide
range of baby bedding plants
available. These plants are
ideal for baskets and wall
containers, grown on in the
greenhouse until risk of frost
A visit to your local garden
centre will inspire you with Prune spring flowering shrubs,
ideas to raise your own food such as Forsythia and Ribes,
crops from seed. Choose from when they finish flowering, by
everyday vegetables and some removing some of the old
of the newer, unusual ones as wood to the ground. Reward
well. If you only have a small the plants with a feed of
garden, there are many general fertilizer and mulch
varieties which are suitable for around the crowns to improve
growing in containers as well the soil.
as the ground.
Most gardens will have room
Lawns will benefit from for some Sweet Peas and who
attention now and a visit to can resist them - just a few
your local garden centre will stems will scent a room. Grow
enable you to purchase a lawn them on a support in a sunny
weed and feed that can be border, on a sunny fence or in
applied this month, when rain a large container. Sow the
is forecast to green up your seeds now, where they are to
lawn for the summer! flower and give them a support
to twine onto. Don't let the
Congested perennials can be plants go short of
divided now. Discard old water and
woody growth and replant remember to pick
some of the young pieces to the blooms each
rejuvenate the plants. Apply a day to stop the
general fertilizer around the plants running to
new crowns and water in well. seed.
The Bible version used in this crossword is the NIV
25 Debar from receiving Communion
1 My — for His Highest (Oswald
Chambers‘ best-known book) (6)
2 Festival of the resurrection (6)
3 ‗His sons will prepare for war and
— a great army‘ (Daniel 11:10) (8)
4 ‗Let not the — string his bow‘
(Jeremiah 51:3) (6)
5 Name of the River Thames in and
around Oxford (4)
6 ‗From then on Judas watched for
an opportunity — — him over‘
(Matthew 26:16) (2,4)
7 ‗But Christ is faithful — — — over
God‘s house‘ (Hebrews 3:6) (2,1,3)
Across 12 Long-handled implement used to
8 ‗He poured out his life unto death, till the soil (Isaiah 7:25) (3)
and was numbered with the — ‘ 14 Order to which monks and nuns
(Isaiah 53:12) (13) devote themselves (8)
9 ‗When they had sung a hymn, 15 Appropriate (Proverbs 15:23) (3)
they went — to the Mount of Olives 16 I, uncle (anag.) (6)
(Matthew 26:30) (3) 17 ‗They gave him — — of broiled
10 Comes between Galatians and fish‘ (Luke 24:42) (1,5)
Philippians (9) 18 ‗Weren‘t there three men that we
11 ‗Your heart will — and swell with — — and threw into the fire?‘
joy‘ (Isaiah 60:5) (5) (Daniel 3:24) (4,2)
13 Muslim holy month (7) 20 Mountain where Noah‘s ark came
16 Ten ears (anag.) (7) to rest (Genesis 8:4) (6)
19 Under (poetic abbrev.) (5) 21 ‗Don‘t you know that friendship
22 How Abram described himself to with the world is — towards God?‘
God when he complained that his (James 4:4) (6)
inheritance would pass to a servant 23 Prominent architectural feature
(Genesis 15:2) (9) of large cathedrals such as St Paul‘s
24 ‗Go to the — , you sluggard‘ (4)
(Proverbs 6:6) (3)
MARCH CROSSWORD ANSWERS
ACROSS: 1, Wine. 3, The alert. 8, Ooze. 9, Passover. 11, Garden Tomb.
14, Cannot. 15, Elisha. 17, Gethsemane. 20, Own house. 21, Lisa. 22,
Flogging. 23, Stye.
DOWN: 1, Wrong act. 2, Nazarene. 4, Health. 5, Assemblies. 6, Envy. 7,
Turn. 10, Before long. 12, Iscariot. 13, Take care. 16, The Son. 18, Loaf.
19, Unto. 17
FROM THE ARCHIVES
Extract from ‗the Lillingtonian‘ - March 1963
The great Church season of Lent is with us again, It is a time for
great opportunities and gathering strength.
The prayer "Lord help us to be masters of ourselves that we may
be the servants of others", said daily in Lent can help to transform our
The negative attitude of doing without something in Lent has its
value of a kind of self imposed discipline. But if we emphasise this
attitude too much, we can easily produce the wrong result. So may I
challenge YOU to something more CONSTRUCTIVE. TO DO
SOMETHING WE KNOW WE OUGHT TO DO BUT DO NOT
LIKE DOING. Thus how much better it is for us to say "I will be
good tempered" rather than to say "I shall stop being bad tempered"!
It is better for us to force ourselves to unselfish actions than merely to
curb our selfishness.
Then as the "Church" or Family of God in Lillington, we have a
corporate responsibility. We are God's ambassadors - ours is the
privilege of commending to the people here our Faith and Worship by
the quality of our lives, and the reality of the worship we offer to God.
We can ignore Lent and enjoy Easter. We can observe Lent and
have a glorious and thrilling Easter. Ours is the free choice which to
do. If we ignore it, we are like cars with a flat battery, having life
strewn with difficulties and dismay or we can observe it, and recharge
our batteries for the rest of the year. Which are you doing?
Yours very sincerely,
HAVE YOU ANY WOOL?
Warm thanks to all our knitters and to those who generously
contribute wool – any amount, any colour, any thickness.
Please leave your donated wool in the box at the back of the Church.
You are very much appreciated.
Free patterns are also available there together with the latest Mission
to Seafarers News Letters. Your wool will be used to make more caps
like those in the latest picture.
From the Eight O' Clock Pew….a personal view.
Sunday morning. I sit in the Eight O' clock Pew and
the familiar words of the communion service form the
backdrop to my reflections, suddenly my thoughts are disturbed.
Dong, dong, dong!
If you live in Church Lane, Vicarage Road, Farm road, Manor Road, or
even beyond, you too will probably hear it: Dong, dong, dong!
Around about 8.30: Dong, dong, dong!
Perhaps it wakes you up and you throw open the bedroom window
and shout, as angry-young-man Jimmy Porter did in John Osborne's
fifties play, Look back in Anger: 'Stop those bloody bells!' Dong,
And just when the first three chimes have been heard and you think
it is safe to turn over and go back to sleep, then Dong, dong, dong!
Another three come along. What do you do? Get up, pull on a
dressing gown? Go to the loo? Go to the kitchen and make a cup of
tea? Perhaps you are already up by this time and cooking the great
British Sunday breakfast before taking your daughter for her riding
lesson or your son to play football in the park. Dong, dong, dong!
…pause…. Dong, dong, dong!
So what's it all about? I wouldn't dare to attempt a definitive
answer; there can be deeply cherished beliefs involved, however, if
nothing else I guess it is a communication. A communication dating
back to a time when the people of the parish relied on church bells to
tell them what time of day it was, or when to come to church, or that
a couple had been married, or that there was a funeral or, dong,
dong, dong, that a significant moment had been reached in the
Dong, dong, dong! 8.30 Sunday morning. Talk to Christians today
and you will find that they vary widely in their beliefs about a
possible significant moment, but perhaps they would agree with the
ancient Emmanuel idea which has been around for well over two-
thousand years, that is: God with us.
Dong, dong, dong! I'll settle for that.
Thank you for all who attended
the Pancake Party and especially
to John Nutt for such a fine quiz. I
made over 300 pancakes again
this year - and there were only a
handful left (don’t worry they
weren’t wasted - I found a good
home for them!). The evening
raised £180 which will be donated
to the Bollophur Nursing School -
our Lent USPG Project.
YouTube Psalm reading:
Bishop and pupils join King James Bible Trust record attempt
Next time you go on YouTube, you can see the Bishop of Oxford and
pupils from a Church of England primary school recording the first
all-age Bible reading for a worldwide project. It aims to capture the
whole of the King James Bible on YouTube. See them at
The reading marked a double celebration as the National Society was
founded 200 years ago to provide education for all through Church
schools and the King James Bible was first published 400 years ago.
COOKING WITH CROSSTALK
Simnel Cake was not originally baked at
Easter but on Mothering Sunday as a kind
of mid-Lent treat. It is now an Easter
tradition and it is said that there should be
eleven marzipan balls on top of the cake to
represent the true disciples of Jesus; Judas
is omitted. In some variations Christ is also
represented, by a ball placed at the centre.
Your favourite Fruit cake mix (for an 8” tin)
450 gm Almond paste
1. Once the fruit cake mixture is ready place half the mixture in a
buttered and lined 20cm deep round cake tin and level the
2. Take 150gm of the almond paste and roll it out into a circle the
size of the tin. Place it on top of the cake mixture. Spoon the
remaining cake mixture over and smooth the surface.
3. Bake the cake for about 2 hours 30 minutes until well risen and
firm to the touch. Cover with foil after 1 hour if the top is
browning too quickly. Allow the cake to cool in the tin for 10
minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
4. When the cake has cooled, brush the top with the warmed apricot
jam and roll out another 150gm of almond paste to fit the top.
Press firmly on the top and crimp the edges to decorate.
5. Mark a criss-cross pattern on the almond paste with a sharp
knife. Form the final 150gm almond paste into 11 balls. Arrange
the balls around the outside.
6. Preheat the grill. Place the cake under the preheated grill to turn
the almond paste golden.
Whilst watching Raymond Blanc on television recently I was taken by
his version of Tarte Tatin. This amazing dessert was invented at the
turn of the 20th century by two elderly spinsters, the Tatin sisters.
See his recipe on the next page.
200g All butter puff pastry, For the caramel
thawed if frozen 50ml Water
8 large Braeburn/Cox's apples 150g Sugar, caster
peeled, halved and cored 30g Butter, unsalted
1. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the puff pastry to 2 mm thick
and prick it all over with a fork. Transfer to a baking tray, cover
with cling film and refrigerate for 20–30 minutes to firm it up and
prevent shrinkage whilst cooking. Cut out a 20 cm circle, using a
plate or cake tin as a template and chill again.
2. In a large, heavy-based saucepan, on a medium heat, cook the
water and the sugar until it turns to a golden brown caramel. Stir
in the butter and pour half the caramel into an 18 cm round
baking tin 4–5 cm deep.
3. Pre-heat the oven to 190°C. In the remaining caramel, cook the
apple halves in two batches for 3-4 minutes each time to
thoroughly coat the apples then pour onto a tray to cook slightly.
Arrange the 12 apple halves upright around the edge of the tin to
complete a full circle. In the middle sit half an apple, flat-side up,
then top with another half apple. Cut the remaining apples into
slices and wedge them into the empty spaces. You need to pack
tight as many apple pieces as you can into the tin, so that you
leave as little space as possible; this will give the perfect density
and the perfect slice.
4. Place the tin in the oven and bake for 35 minutes, until the apples
are partly cooked. Remove from the oven, place the puff pastry
circle on top of the hot apples and tuck the edge of the pastry
inside the tin. Cook for a further 30 minutes, until the pastry is
golden brown. Place the tarte Tatin next to an open window, if
possible, and leave for 1 hour, until barely warm.
5. Slide the blade of a sharp knife full circle inside
the tin to release the tarte Tatin. Place a large
dinner plate over the tart and holding both tin
and plate together, turn it upside down,
shaking it gently sideways to release the tart
on to the plate. Serve with crème fraiche or
vanilla ice cream.
Hello friends and neighbours
April! Such a lovely month, and exalted in word by greater writers
than I'll ever be. Easter falls so very late this year, which has some
advantages with temperatures, hopefully, creeping up to a more
comfortable level for getting out and about. I was born in April, so
the month resonates particularly well with me.
This month brings the excitements
of new life in the gardens and
countryside. Who can resist the
temptation to say 'aah' when they
see a newly born lamb, for
We'll all be treated to an extra
Bank Holiday to celebrate Prince
William and Kate Middleton's
marriage. Let's pray individually,
and as a Nation, that their wedding
day will be just the start of a long
and happy union, and that the
couple will be a great blessing not
only to their respective families,
but also to the country as a whole.
May happiness be theirs!
Talking of days out ....
If you have a particularly interesting trip out that you think the rest
of us would like to hear about, please let Robin, our editor, know
about it. It would generate some interest and spawn enjoyable
conversations, and copycat visits!
Alan, my husband, and I have recently enjoyed a short trip to
Flintshire. William Ewart Gladstone (yes, that's the one you're
thinking about) left his beautiful, and extensive, library to the nation,
on his death. He wanted it to be accessible to all, and if people had
accommodation overnight, for it to be reasonably priced and in
convivial company! All these things still hold true....
We had bed, breakfast and evening meal for under £40 each, and the
bedrooms, albeit studiously kitted out, were comfy warm and quiet.
The library is housed within a most beautiful stone building which
was used by the Gladstone family as a home at one time, and the
Trustees of today ensure that the property does not lose its original
You don't need to be a student in order to stay there. But if you are,
you won't find surroundings more conducive to thought.
There is a wonderful common room/lounge, with comfy armchairs
and a roaring open fire, and also a cafe which serves homemade food
prepared by a resident chef. This cafe is open to all comers, and is
called 'Food for thought'.
All this is situated in the village of Hawarden, and I will ask Robin to
include basic details of how to get there at the end of this article. I
have some leaflets for anyone who is interested in visiting this gem
of a find!
Happy Easter to one and all,
Glyn Wright (Churchwarden)
Gladstone’s Library is in Hawarden (CH5 3DF) just 6 miles from
Chester. It is a short drive from the mountains and castles of North
Wales, while cities of Manchester and Liverpool are just forty-five
minutes away. Hawarden is well served by the UK’s rail and
motorway networks with trains from Leamington to Chester and easy
access to the M53 and M56.
Funds Carrier Bags Clothing
QT tea Washing Up Liquid Jeans
2nd class stamps Bleach Bedding
Black bags Washing Powder Food
Sugar Towels Sleeping Bags
Toilet Rolls Coffee
They also accept gift vouchers e.g. Asda, Sainsburys, Marks &
Spencers, Tescos & Boots.
If you have anything to donate, this can be left in Church. We make
regular deliveries to Steph and Geoff. Financial donations can be left
on the plate - clearly marked for Steph & Geoff, and don‘t forget to
Gift Aid if you are taxpayer.
BUSES APPEAL - PLEASE HELP
The buses' running costs are a major part of their budget. Without
your help they will not run. They have just had one bus MOTed
which cost £669, now another one is due for its MOT plus tax and
servicing which is a major part of their budget. Could you please
THEY NEED THE BUSES TO OPERATE
Home & Garden
General Handy Man
NO JOB TOO SMALL!
Whatever you need
doing, a dripping
tap, some shelves
putting up, gutters
the garage clearing
out or the garden
give me a call.
Home: 01926 424485
Mobile: 07931 812235
Christian Aid Week for 20011 is 15th - 21st May. We need many
volunteers to collect in roads in Lillington.
If you feel able to carry out this important work and collect in a road
in which you live or nearby, please let a member of the clergy or me
“If you go out in the woods today
You're sure of a big surprise…
Come and join us at our own Teddy Bear‘s Picnic
to be held at the Summer Fair on
Saturday 11th June 2011
We need helpers on the day of the Summer Fair and
volunteers to organise the stalls. If you would like to
help please contact Carol Innes on 831649 or
More details to follow in next month‘s Crosstalk
'Dearly beloved, before we sing the next hymn.... will you
The popular dating site Christian Connection is celebrating its first 10
years - with a video documenting a string of successful unions,
including one marriage proposal during a morning service! (She said
Romance is certainly thriving these days: Christian Connection now
has membership numbers almost three times higher than just two
years ago. The website has busy forums, instant chat, and social
events - including speed dating, of course!
People say that they ―trust the site ... trust the ethos and the
values,‖ and overall, are grateful that there is a Christian dating
website to go to. Since Christian Connection‘s launch there have
been approximately 600 weddings and engagements. If you are
seeking friendship and maybe romance, visit
ROBIN’S ROUND UP
Now that spring is here I expect you will all be out and about
enjoying the sunshine and doing things in the garden. The Crosstalk
Garden section has now been running for 12 months - did you find it
useful - and would you like it to carry on?
I am looking for new ideas for articles - and always welcome your
contributions. Thank you Fay for your hat pictures they just bring a
smile to my face and I‘d love to know how you got them to stand up
so well! I am sure that they also bring a smile to the faces of the
sailors who wear them.
The Archive feature is certainly interesting but I‘d still like to receive
old copies - perhaps some from the 70‘s and 80‘s.
Sales of the Easter Eggs went well and I am sorry if we ran out
before you could get yours. I‘d like some feedback from those who
ate them so that we can think about it again for next year.
Wishing you a Happy Easter
Robin - Editor
Church Mouse from January 2011
Did you find Maggie, our Annual (11 months):
mouse, last month? She was ¼ page £50
sitting under the lamb which ½ page £90
came “From the Vicarage” on Full page £150
A winner last month…well ¼ page £6
done Alan Wright, you have ½ page £10
joined an elite group who Full page £17
now have a “CROSSTALK”
pen Contact the Editor for more
Saturday 2nd 9.30 am Walkers group meet at church (Mike & Anne
Tuesday 5th 7.30 - 9.30 pm Lent course 2011 (Octagon) To teach,
baptize and nurture new believers. All welcome
Tuesday 5th 1.15 - 2.00 pm (Octagon) Open to prayer - Physical
Monday 11th 7.45 pm Lillington Evening WI (Octagon)-Mr Andrew
Jenner, Carousel Costumes-Theatre & Costumes
Tuesday 12th 7.30 - 9.30 pm Lent course 2011 (Octagon) To
proclaim the good news of the kingdom. All welcome
Thursday 14th 7.30 pm Lillington Evening Townswomen Guild
(Lillington Bowls Club) AGM with Fish & Chip supper
Tuesday 19th 1.15 - 2.00 pm (Octagon) Open to prayer - Silent
Tuesday 3rd 7.00 - 7.45 pm (Octagon) Open to prayer - Physical
Saturday 7th 9.30 am Walkers group meet at church (Caroline &
Monday 9th 7.45 pm Lillington Evening WI (Octagon)-Resolutions
Thursday 12th 7.30 pm Lillington Evening Townswomen Guild
(Lillington Bowls Club) “A Policeman’s lot” - Alan
Advertisements in this magazine are taken in good faith, and no specific
recommendation is implied or intended.
Copy for the March Edition is required by 13th APRIL 2011 to
Robin Innes (Editor) or to Anne Furze in the Church Office
April 3rd Mothering 8.00am Holy Communion
Sunday 9.30am All-age worship
April 10th Lent 5 8.00am Holy Communion
9.30am Holy Communion with Sunday
April 17th Palm 8.00am Holy Communion
Sunday 9.30am Morning Praise with Sunday
6.30pm Holy Communion
April 24th Easter 8.00am Holy Communion
Day 9.30am Holy Communion with Prayers
for Healing and Sunday Club*
Easter Egg hunt
For children from ages up to 10 years during School Term time. Children
join the main 9.30 a.m. service at the beginning and the end, and leave for a
30 minutes Sunday School session which has a range of age appropriate
All Tuesday services commence at 9.30 am except the fourth Tuesday of the
month when Communion will be at 1.30 p.m. Tea and chat will then follow
at 2.00 p.m. in the Octagon for those who wish to go along.
Tuesday April 5th 9.30am Holy Communion (BCP)
Tuesday April 12th 9.30am Holy Communion
Tuesday April 19th 9.30am Holy Communion
Tuesday April 26th 1.30pm Holy Communion
Inner pages are printed on 100%