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I recently read The Island by Victoria Hislop. today, demonstrating just how powerful the stigma remains.
Continuing my reputation of always being the last It is vitally important to realise that leprosy is curable today.
However, in countries such as Nepal, Burma and Nigeria,
one to know, I only discovered the novel this sufferers do not have adequate access to the required antibiotics
summer, even though it was published in 2005. and are therefore at risk of deformity and blindness.
I suspect that a greater number of female, rather than male, Leprosy may be a disease which has little effect on us in the
Sydenham Life recipients will have read the book, as it’s been United Kingdom, but it is a day-to-day realty for others in our
described as the woman’s perfect holiday read, world. Charities such as The Leprosy
but I believe there’s a message in this book for Mission and LEPRA provide medical care
men and women alike. and rehabilitation for patients as well as
The book is set in Crete, between the 1930s attempting to reduce the social exclusion
and the present day. It recalls a family’s history associated with leprosy.
that was inextricably linked with a small island Finally, the most striking element of The
off the coast of Crete called Spinalonga. Island for me was the way in which Hislop
For much of the 20th century, Spinalonga was unashamedly refers to God. This took many
Greece’s leper colony. However, during the forms: through Christian festivals which
1950s a treatment became available which were the highlight of the village’s celebra-
meant patients were no longer infectious and tions; through the characters’ faith which
could return home. As a result, the island was supported them through the hardships of
evacuated almost overnight and, until recently, their lives; through the content of the Church
remained as it was the day the last patients fled. services; and through the general frequency
Now Spinalonga is one of Crete’s leading tourist in which God featured in the ebbs and flows
attractions. of the storyline. This seems to me to be
The Island is an unusual book in many highly unusual in popular culture today.
senses. Firstly, here was a captivating read that One might wonder if the popularity of the
didn’t seem to end the moment I’d started – book suffered because of the numerous
what a refreshing change! Secondly, the book references to God in what can feel like a
deals with leprosy. Hardly an attractive subject very secular society at times. But no. Hislop
to base one’s novel on, but by doing so Hislop won the ‘Newcomer of the Year’ accolade at
manages to re-ignite an awareness of what must be one of the the Galaxy British Book Awards 2007. The book has also sold
oldest diseases known to humankind. more than a million copies in the UK alone and been translated
Leprosy is there in the Bible. It is mentioned numerous times in into more than a dozen languages.
the Old Testament, while, in the New Testament, Jesus is So what’s the message I believe this book contains? Well, there
recorded as having cured many people with the disease. ares two actually. Firstly, think about leprosy. How would you feel
Leprosy is not only a painful, disfiguring and infectious disease. if you were diagnosed with the disease? Think about how you can
In the past, sufferers were also alienated on the grounds that help others who still suffer today. Secondly, don’t be afraid to
many believed the disease was a curse from God. Despite the mention God. Be courageous like Victoria Hislop and you just
fact that, in the 19th century, the cause was found to be a might be surprised by the reactions!
bacterium, the phrase “they treated me like a leper” still exists Rev’d Heidi Huntley
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Dogs, cats, guinea pigs, goldfish, spiders
and snails were just some of the animals
that turned up for the first ever Pet
Service at St Bartholomew’s last month.
It proved to be a popular event, with
around 50 people turning up to pay
tribute to their loved ones.
Pets can play an important role in our
lives. They give us pleasure and joy, often
comforting us in times of stress and
need. But how often do we say thanks?
Making use of the teachings of St
Francis of Assisi, the patron Saint of all
animals, and singing songs and hymns
with an animal theme, Father MIchael led
the service, even blessing each and every
pet that attended.
During the service, a collection was
taken on behalf of the Biggin Hill-based
Foal Farm Animal Rescue Centre, which
seeks to take in and help as many sick
and unwanted animals as possible.
More information on the centre can be
found at www.foalfarm.org.uk
a big hit
St Bartholomew’s first ever Table
Top Sale raised almost £500.
The event, organised with
military precision by Gill Daly,
attracted more than 25 stalls,
which displayed their wares both
inside and outside of the church on
a gloriously sunny day.
Items on sale ranged from
children’s toys to nearly new
clothes, handmade jewellery and
brand new ladies shoes!
If you were feeling a little peck-
ish, you were able to indulge in a
tasty hot dog or burger from the
Lloyd and Kingston Bar and Grill or
sample one of Nicola Dax’s
delectable homemade cakes.
Future Table Top Sales could be
in the offing, so stay tuned for
possible dates for your diary.
Food for thought? Christian worship leader Tim Hughes: “I think that in terms of seeing
the Church really come alive, worship is going to be an absolute key.”
Messages of love and
loss leave me humbled
For those of you who don’t know, or race through Crystal Palace Park. their tracks.
don’t ever wish to know, 10km is We’d trained well and, with the help of I spent a brief period of time running
friends, family and the behind what
roughly six miles. parishioners of St Bart’s, managed to seemed like a
And it’s rather a long way to run on a generated more than £100 in young man who
Sunday morning in an autumnal Crystal sponsor money. had written the
Palace Park, over a course that undulates up Somehow, we both managed to following message
hill and down rather menacingly at finish in a decent time, but it was the on the back of his
every turn. emotion of the day and of the event running shirt: “In
Organised by itself that made a lasting impact on memory of Penny,
Cancer us both. my wife who lost
Research UK Although Nicola and I have both her race for life
and supported lost members of our family to can- this year.”
by Tesco, Run cer in the past, thankfully we have The young man
10k is now in its not been touched by this unforgiving could have been no
fifth year. More disease in recent years. Therefore, more than 25.
than 1,000 to read and listen to heart-wrench- I eventually ran past
people took part ing stories on the day itself took us him because I didn’t
in the Crystal both by surprise. think I could have
Palace event Each competitor was given a followed in his
alone! number to pin to the front of their footsteps for the
Together with running vest, while on the back we were whole of the race. And once I’d got past, I
similar races all handed a blank piece of paper in which to prayed that he would not overtake me again
over the country, write the name of for fear of having to read the same
last year Cancer the person we were heartfelt words again!
Research UK running for. At the finish line, with exhausted runners
managed to raise If the physical pain collapsed in heaps, a small fence became a
more than of running 10km shrine to all those messages of love and
£4.5m from the Run 10k series. wasn’t hard enough, loss.
Today, cancer is the biggest cause of death the emotional aspect - Nicola and I left the park hand in hand,
in the United Kingdom. Therefore, it is vital being bombarded with thankful for the chance to run with such
that fund-raising successes like this continue if the names of loved brave competitors, who if they did not run
the £333m spent on research in 2007/8 is ones and pictures of with their hearts on their sleeves, certainly
to be matched each year. lost faces - was ran with them on their backs.
My wife, Nicola, and I took part in this year’s enough to stop any hard-hearted runner in Richard Dax, co-editor
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St Bartholomew’s annual Craft Fair takes the best handmade arts and crafts from
place on Saturday, 7 November. the talented artists of south-east London,
An ideal way to wile away a weekend will be under one roof, so mark the date in
afternoon, it’s also the perfect your diary.
opportunity to get your Christmas There will also be food available and
Funny how things fall into place shopping out of the way before the rush something for the children, too. So have
sometimes, isn’t it? I mean, take begins - or at least some of it. You may end some fun and bag a bargain.
the old saying “you wait for a
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More than 30 stalls, boasting some of on 0208 6591190.
bus and then three come along
all at once.” With me, it’s more
like “I wait for a bus and then six
come along all at once!”
The moment I have an idea for something, I
have to write it down because if I don’t, I
spend the next however long it is getting more
and more frustrated, itching to work it out.
Usually, in the case of writing articles for
Sydenham Life, I have to put pen to paper
within 24 hours, otherwise an idea begins to
burn a large hole in my already overworked
and over-crowded mind!
Therefore, without further waffling, I will get
to the point of this month’s subject - World
War II. We are currently studying the subject
at school and my class are very enthusiastic, if
a little confused. You see, we’ve been watching
old footage of Government information films
about “Digging for Victory”.
I knew two weeks ago that I wanted to write Members of ROHR Zimbabwe were at St thank you for your recognition and support.”
about the war and I also knew two months ago Bartholomew’s Church last month to ROHR (Restoration of Human Rights)
that I had to write an assembly for Harvest generate funds at the Table Top Sale. Zimbabwe is a non-political organisation.
Festival at school. The trouble I was having And they were delighted to go away with passionate and committed to bringing about
was that I could not find a connection. £30 for their organisation. change in Zimbabwe.
Suddenly, while I wasn’t looking, all six “This is a great sum of money to us and For more infor about ROHR ZImbabwe,
buses came along at once as I sat listening to our movement,” said Priscilla Wellington, visit www.rohrzimbabwe.org/Latest-News-
a reading in church from James 3. chair of the South-East London branch; “We from-ROHR-in-the-UK
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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY Service times for St Bartholomew’s
Sunday, 4 October Sundays: Weekdays:
8am: Eucharist 10am: The Parish Morning Prayer: Monday – Friday
Sunday@Six Eucharist 9am, Saturday 9.30am
Sunday, 18 October 6pm: Evening Service or Evening Prayer: Monday –
Sunday@Six Saturday 5.30pm
Craft Fair (Note: 6pm service is monthly, The Eucharist: Wednesday 9.30am,
Saturday, 7 November
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From the Parish Registers
Sunday, 8 November
6 September 11 September
2 October Sianna and Carter Davis Willie James (age 86)
Ron, forever in our hearts.
Lillie, Roz, Sue and grandchildren 27 September 23 September
Olivia Smikle Kenneth Baugh
In loving memory of a loving mother We welcome them into 24 September
and father and two wonderful brothers the fellowship of Christ Elsa Snowsill (Castlebar)
7 October Rest eternal grant to them, O Lord
Happy birthday, Granny.
Love from Claire x
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The school is taking part
in the Box Tops for
It’s an initiative from
Year 5 pupil Martha Crow continues to make a big splash
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in the diving world.
wide range of new books
The 10-year-old has just won a place on the National
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from the tops of Nestle Martha has recently taken up ballet to help her fufil her
cereal boxes. enormous potential as she attempts to follow in the
If your family eats footsteps of hero Tom Daley.
Nestle cereals, please “The ballet lessons are helping, especially when it comes
remember to tear off to pointing my toes,” she says,
the token on the top of Martha (pictured right with her latest medals) trains five
the box and bring it into times a week under the guidance of Gill Snode and Gie Fan.
school or the church.
Pre-school Fashionable Friends The new Friends committee:
Chair - Lucy Radcliffe;
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The Friends will hold their first Treasurer - Karen Saxton;
major fund-raising event of the Secretary - Jean Thompson;
Children who attend St
new academic year in November Teaching Staff Member -
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school will soon have when they host a fashion show Member - Ros Bentz.
the opportunity to play at the school.
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Access and Quality
Funding, money has The show will take place in the
been made available to
help set up an outside
school hall on 23 November. Bromley cyclists are
running a weekly cycling
area at the church. Further details in due course. group for women.
The children will be Sorry, dads, it’s women only. We meet at 9am on
able to plant flowers, Mondays at Alexander
collect bugs and even School in Cator Road.
build a snowman if the The school has a new St Bart’s Church needs money It’s a fun way to boost your
weather allows. foundation governor. donations to buy new bibles for fitness. You need your own
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