Back to Church Sunday
26th September 2010
The Church in Wales - Diocese of Monmouth
Rectorial Benefice of Bassaleg
St Basil, Bassaleg
8.30am Holy Eucharist
10am Holy Eucharist with Junior Church
6.30pm Evening Prayer (1st & 3rd Sundays)
St John the Baptist, Rogerstone
10.45am Holy Eucharist with Junior Church
6.30pm Evening Prayer (4th Sunday)
St Anne, High Cross
9.30am Holy Eucharist with Sunday School
11.30am „Time for God‟
Rivermead Centre, Afon Village
3pm Informal Worship (2nd Sunday)
Monday 9am Morning Prayer St Basil
7.30pm Holy Eucharist St Basil
(Third Monday with Healing Ministry)
Tuesday 9am Morning Prayer St John
10am Holy Eucharist St John
(Second Tuesday with Healing Ministry)
Wednesday 9am Morning Prayer St Basil
10am Holy Eucharist St Basil
Thursday 9am Morning Prayer St Anne
10am Holy Eucharist St Anne
(First Thursday with Healing Ministry)
Friday 8am Holy Eucharist St Basil
9am Morning Prayer St Basil
Arrangement of Baptisms, Weddings, Banns of Marriage
and any non-urgent matters can be made at St Basil‟s Church
on most Mondays from 6.30pm to 7pm.
WHO’S WHO IN THE BENEFICE
Rector Revd Canon Jonathan Williams Tel. 893258
The Vicarage, 1 Church View, Bassaleg,
Team Revd Christopher Stone Tel. 893357
Vicar St John‟s Vicarage, 25 Wern Terrace, Rogerstone,
Assistant Revd Hermione Long Tel. 895441
Curate St Anne‟s House, 2 High Cross Drive, Rogerstone,
Assistant Revd Richard Mulcahy Tel. 894641
Curate 9 High Cross Drive, Rogerstone, NP10 9AB
Licensed Mrs Pat Morgan Tel. 612687
Readers Mrs Hilary Prest Tel. 412803
Benefice Mrs Sarah Mulcahy Tel. 894641
Wardens Mr Gary Probert Tel. 679218
Sub- Mr Lee Bartlett Tel. 893770
Wardens Mrs Carole Loftus Tel. 662973
Mrs Gail Peacock Tel. 893168
Mr Ashley Rogers Tel. 894904
Magazine Editor Mr Geoff Nicholls,
93 Ruskin Avenue, Rogerstone, Newport, NP10 0BD.
Tel: 894579; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Parish Website : www.bassalegbenefice.org
High Cross Drive
I hope that you‟ve had a good summer, whether or not you have
had a holiday, or if you stayed in sunny Newport! Summer always
seems to pass so quickly – blink and you miss it – and before we
know where we are, it‟s autumn. The football and rugby seasons
have already started, and schools and colleges are beginning their
God may not be responsible for the sporting seasons but his
Creation did give us the seasons of the year, the changing colours
and produce and food. According to Genesis, God gave humans
the fruit and vegetables of the earth for food and since then we have
relied on these harvests to keep us alive.
The end of the summer is when the main harvests were completed,
and so was always the time when people celebrated what they had
been able to grow in the year and give thanks for what they had
received. A bad summer could mean poor crops and a hungry
winter: a good summer and a good harvest let them face the winter
with confidence. It was not surprising that people wanted to thank
God or ask for his protection at harvest time.
This summer, we have seen what bad weather can do to people in
Pakistan, where thousands have died in floods and as many as 20
million have been affected, and West Africa, where years of
drought have left 10 million in desperate need of food aid. The
harvests there cannot be guaranteed from one year to the next and
even a good harvest can be swept away, leaving not only shortages
but much higher prices for the food that is left. It puts our Welsh
weather into perspective, and should make us thankful for the
abundance of food we have.
The parish celebrates Harvest Sunday this year on 19 September.
It‟s a chance for all of us to thank God for what we have all been
given and to pray for his abundance to be felt throughout the world.
At our Harvest Suppers we can share a meal with our friends and
worship God in our time together. But we also need to reflect on
the difference between our lives and the lives of those whose
harvests are not so bountiful, those people who are praying for
there to be food this winter and a decent harvest to come.
I hope to see you at a Harvest service or supper, and hope that this
Harvest-time will bring us all a real appreciation of all that God has
Yours in Christ
From the Benefice Registers
July 4 Lucy Anna Payne
11 Jacob Lewis Jones
25 William Thomas Pegington
Lana Amy Jones
Aug 1 Seren Grace Elizabeth Newman
8 Alisha Tanya Marie Morris
15 Finley James Palmer
Mia Grace Palmer
Deiniol Jac Ryland Lloyd
Lowri Beth Lloyd
22 Caitlin Yendle
July 17 Andrew Shore & Lucy Harris
31 Gavin Hackwood & Sian Downes
Aug 7 Colin Brooks & Lisa Strange
Richard Starke & Lindsey Tippins
James Grande & Natasha Goodhead
14 Louis Georgiou & Lisa Dodson
20 Paul Foley & Lydia Wulff
21 Michael Davies & Rebecca Flight
July 2 Ernest Wreford
29 Catherine Dawson
Aug 4 Jim Vernals
16 John Gunn
19 Roy Emmott
GIFT DAY 2010
A huge „thank you‟ to everyone who supported our Gift Day
in June. The total received so far, including Gift Aid, is just
over £12,500. This is a very generous response and will help
us to implement our plan to employ a youth worker.
WAY OF FAITH
The next Way of Faith course begins on Thursday 16th
September at 7.30pm in St John‟s. This course is for anyone
wanting to find out more about Christianity. You can be a
new comer or a long time worshipper. This course is also for
adults thinking about baptism and confirmation. For more
details please speak to Chris Stone.
Our celebration of Harvest this year is on Sunday 19 th
September. The morning services will be at the usual time
with a special Harvest service of Evening Worship at St
Basil‟s at 6.30pm. Once again we ask people to bring tinned
and dried food for us to donate to the Raven House Trust.
26th September 2010
Please invite your friends and neighbours to
join us on this Sunday so we can welcome
them “Back to Church”. There are invitation
and prayer cards in all of the churches for
each of the different services. Please take
appropriate cards and use them to invite
people to our services on that day and pray
for the people who you are going to invite.
Our services on 26th September are:
St Basil‟s Bassaleg
8.30am Holy Eucharist
10.00am Holy Eucharist
St Anne‟s High Cross
9.30am Holy Eucharist
11.30am „Time for God‟
St John‟s Rogerstone
10.45am Holy Eucharist
6.30pm Evening Worship
Way of Faith Course
Last year I decided to find out more about the Way of Faith course
and discover where I personally stood in relation to my knowledge
of Christianity, and how I fitted into the pattern of life.
Attending the course was a very worthwhile exercise. Sometimes
indicating how little I know about the faith I profess, and at other
times giving me an insight into a better way of understanding
about God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit together with our
relationship with fellow beings.
At the outset we all agreed our discussions be strictly between
ourselves. This fact allowed us to be more open about our doubts,
and yes, certainties, than would otherwise have been the case. It
was helpful to know that others were at different stages along the
path of faith and I was not alone in trying to make sense of it all.
Each of our meetings concentrated on different aspects of Jesus’
teachings. One which I found particularly helpful was when we
examined our loving relationships.
The course is going to be run again in September (16 th) and I
strongly recommend, those like myself who attend Church fairly
regularly (or even not at all), but want a bit of self examination to
Finally, we had many laughs, and were never put on the spot –
thank goodness. Had it been so I think I would have shrivelled
As Brian mentioned the next Way of Faith Course begins on the
16th September (Thursday) at 7.30pm at St. John’s Church
For more details contact Rev’d Chris Stone 01633 893357
AN EXCITING NEW VENTURE!
A PARISH LINK WITH A PARISH IN THE HIGHVELD
DIOCESE IN SOUTH AFRICA
In July of this year, our PCC agreed to establish a link with a parish
in the Highveld Diocese in South Africa, thus fulfilling one of the
aims of the parish’s Mission Action Plan (MAP):
By the end of 2013 we aim to have strengthened our
commitment to charities and missions including
establishing a link with a parish in the Highveld, in order
that we may have a wider understanding of, and
commitment to, mission locally and globally from which
we can learn and grow.
In seeking to progress this aim, the Mission and Charities
MAPping group met with the Diocesan World Mission Officer,
Irene Doull, where she gave us a presentation about the Diocesan
links between Monmouth and the Highveld, and discussed with us
what is involved in becoming a link parish. Hermione and Fred
also attended a Diocesan Parish Link meeting, where both Bishop
Dominic and Bishop David Bannerman, the Bishop of the
Highveld, spoke about the link and what it means to them.
What is a Parish Link?
Essentially, the link is one of companionship and partnership, in
the Gospel and work of the kingdom of God. It is very much a
two-way venture, with parishes learning from, exchanging ideas
with, and supporting each other, by prayer and communication –
although the latter can be sporadic at times due to the
differences in technological and communication systems between
the two countries!
Bishop Dominic says that the link serves as a reminder that the
Anglican Communion is a worldwide one, and that being in
relationship with Christians in another culture helps us all to learn
how to live with the differences and diversity we encounter. The
link between the Diocese is one of affection; a relationship of
love and prayer, NOT one of ‘rich giving to poor’ in financial terms
– in many respects this approach and philosophy is almost actively
discouraged, in preference of an approach which enables all
involved to maintain and respect each other’s dignity as whole
human beings, children of God working together.
Bishop David affirmed this, saying that the relationship is about
love, and the ways love is expressed. It is about relationship and
companionship, ‘people sharing bread on the journey’, learning
about the spontaneity of the Gospel alongside the traditions of
the faith. He believes it helps all involved to get a bigger picture
for life and our own journeys of faith, as we come alongside each
other, learning together and enriching one another. For him, the
link helps make the ‘covenant’ of the Anglican Communion
concrete. He shared his ideas further in the Summer edition of
the Diocesan newsletter.
(If you haven’t yet had a copy, there are still some available in
Why have a Parish Link?
From listening to Irene, the Bishops, and others present at the
Link meeting, it appears that having a link parish helps change
peoples lives in both places, as they encounter and experience the
fullness and richness of each others forms of, and differences in,
worship, life-style, and culture; as they experience opportunities
of seeing ‘faith in action’, with a developing sense of duty and
responsibility to each other.
The link is a whole parish concern, and it is hoped that every
member of the parish would be supportive of, and get involved in,
the link, in whatever ways they are able.
Where is the Diocese of the Highveld?
The Diocese of the Highveld was formed through a multiplication
of the original Anglican Diocese of Johannesburg, which, in
geographical terms, embraced the whole of the former Southern
Transvaal Province of South Africa. The new diocese extends from
the eastern edge of the Metropolis of Johannesburg, Gauteng
Province, South Africa, to the borders of the Kingdom of
Swaziland. Apart from the urban and industrial areas, forming
what is known as the “East Rand”, in which most of the parishes
are situated, much of the Diocese is rural farming land, falling
within the Province of Mpumalanga. In this area, which comprises
the Archdeaconries of Igwa East and West, apart from agriculture,
limited additional employment is offered through three main
industrial enterprises: Mining (coal and gold), Sasol 2 and 3 (coal
to fuel conversion) and Electricity Generation (ESKOM).
Having said this, the level of unemployment remains extremely
high, with many of the men, both young and old, migrating to the
larger cities in the hope of finding employment. This results in the
population (and therefore membership of parishes) comprising
mainly children and women, with the men returning only over the
Christmas period. Sadly the problem of unemployment applies
not only to the rural areas, with significant levels of
unemployment a reality in many parts of the East Rand area as
To find out more about our link diocese for yourself, go to the
Diocese of the Highveld website -
We hope to arrange a presentation for the parish one evening
during the autumn.
St Basil’s Mothers’ Union
During a glorious summer day, in June, we visited Winchester
Cathedral, with members from St John‟s and Bedwas branches and
many friends from the parish. It certainly proved to be a lovely day.
We were warmly welcomed at the Cathedral and during our guided
tour our party was mentioned at the 3pm daily prayers. Choral
Evensong was memorable and we were welcomed by the Dean and
prayers were said for the Parish of Bassaleg during the service. A
day very much enjoyed by all.
The Harvest Festival falls on the 19th September and the Harvest
Supper will be on Tuesday 21st in Bassaleg church hall at 7pm.
Tickets will be available at the back of church and proceeds this
year will go to the Pakistan Relief Appeal. We are asking if
everyone who attends will make a donation, suggested minimum
£4 per person and £2 for children. The proceeds will go, with other
monies collected in the parish, to help relieve the suffering and
famine we regularly see on our screens.
Our future programme is as follows, all in St Basil‟s church hall,
unless noted otherwise. A warm welcome will be extended to all
who wish to join us.
Tuesday Sept.7th 7.45 pm Opening Meeting
Sunday Sept.12th 10.00 am Service at St Basil’s Church
Tuesday Sept. 21st 7.00 pm Harvest Supper
St. John’s And St. Anne’s Mothers’ Union
We resume our meetings after the Summer break on Tuesday 14th
September at 2p.m. in St. John‟s Church Hall.
At this time we have yet to arrange a speaker but, I am sure we will
all have lots to discuss since we last met.
Looking forward to seeing you all.
Monmouth Diocesan Pilgrimage to Walsingham
In July, Sue and I travelled to Walsingham with Pilgrims from
around Monmouth Diocese to spend four wonderful days. The
Pilgrimage was led by Bishop Dominic.
Each morning we attended morning prayers in the Barn Chapel, and
afterwards Bishop Dominic spoke of St. Paul‟s travels in The Holy
Land and the Mediterranean.
Holy Eucharist was celebrated every day in The Shrine Church or
the Convent Chapel.
After dinner on Monday we attended Night Prayer (Compline).
On Tuesday evening we attended a Healing Service in the Shrine
Church. This was a very moving service with sprinkling of water
from the Holy Well, anointing with oil and laying on of hands.
On Wednesday evening we celebrated the Benediction of Our Lady
of Walsingham, followed by a candlelight procession through the
beautiful gardens and singing the Walsingham Pilgrims‟ Hymn.
Thursday arrived all too soon, after celebrating Eucharist and
having lunch it was time to say goodbye.
The gardens there are beautiful, the accommodation was very good
plus three good meals a day and wonderful Christian Fellowship.
What more could anyone ask for?
We hope to return one day. It is an experience not to be missed.
Altogether a wonderful and uplifting visit.
Shirley Lavelle and Sue Tilley
ST.BASIL’S ANNUAL DRAW AND QUIZ.
As in previous years we will continue to ask for your support
with the Annual Prize Draw and seek the generosity of
parishioners towards the prizes. As you may be aware this
fund-raising opportunity averages over £1,500 and goes some
way towards the ever – spiralling costs of ensuring
St. Basil‟s Church meets the needs of the local community.
The draw will have some monetary prizes which have
been donated by local businesses and others will take the
form of hampers containing a selection of „valuable goodies‟.
In this respect we ask for donations of prizes in the form of
drinks, food and/or money, which may be given to either Eric
or Brian as soon as convenient, but please, no later than the
middle of October.
Geoff. Nicholls has again kindly agreed to organise the
quiz, which will be of a light-hearted nature and
run in conjunction with the drawing of the prizes.
Tickets at £4-00 include a meal served during the evening
The date arranged for this extravaganza is
FRIDAY, 12th. NOVEMBER
at 7.00pm. in the Church Hall.
Brian Williams. Tel. 01633 265598. Church Hall Committee.
Eric Cunnell. Tel. 01495 774526 Draw organiser.
WHY NOT JOIN US FOR LUNCH AND
£3.50 FOR 3 COURSES
CHOICE OF SOUP
CHOICE OF MAIN COURSE
CHOICE OF SWEET
TEA OR COFFEE
SERVING AT 12 NOON
St. John’s Choir
On Monday, 2nd August, St. John’s Choir embarked
on its summer outing (an annual event, I think it safe
to say now); happily, all ten of us were able to go –
Mary even forewent her bowls for the day. Edwards
Coaches picked us up in Rogerstone and provided us
with safe and pleasant travel throughout the day.
The weather was lovely, and we had the company of
two jolly nice dogs amongst the other passengers –
always a bonus.
We arrived in Kidderminster in time for an early
lunch, dispersing to various eateries or having a
picnic; then we boarded the 1 p.m. steam train for an
hour-long journey in lovely old carriages on the
Severn Valley Railway. The route alongside the river
was leafy, picturesque and serene, then we
encountered many water buffalo, hippos and three
elephants! Not on the line, fortunately, but at the
edge of West Midlands Safari Park (so I am informed)
– an unexpected and exciting addition to the scenery.
We spent the remainder of the afternoon in
Bridgnorth, an interesting old town which saw
encounters during the English Civil War. There we
enjoyed sightseeing, ice creams, a ride on the cliff
railway, which spans the precipitous descent from
town to riverside, and a delicious cream tea.
Once again, thanks are due to Margaret for
organizing our day out and to all for good company.
A good time was had by all.
St. John‟s Church Hall
MODERN SEQUENCE DANCING
Friday Nights 8.00 pm to 10.30pm
ORGAN & FLUTE RECITAL
ST. MARY’S CHURCH (Risca)
23rd OCTOBER 2010 7pm
Entry £5 (inc. a free drink)
Towards St Woolos roof appeal.
(Organist, formerly assistant organist at
Helen Vaughan (flute)
For tickets or more info contact:-
Helen Vaughan; 01633 614477
None of us can fail to have been moved by the dreadful
floods in Pakistan, and I am sure few of us can imagine what it is
really like to be living through this. I hope that by now all of you
reading this will have given to the appeal. If you have not yet
donated, or have already given but would like to give some more,
please do it NOW. Although I am writing under the Christian Aid
banner, your gift will be just as welcome if it goes through Oxfam
or any of the other charities involved, or direct through the DEC
(Disasters Emergency Committee)
Christian Aid is still currently very involved in Haiti after
the earthquake, (where many of the survivors are still in
makeshift shelters), as well as in other well-documented disaster
areas. One major crisis which has not hit the headlines is the
emerging food crisis in Niger, where a staggering 8 million
people face starvation, including 1 million children who are
already critically malnourished. Drought and irregular rainfall
over the last few years have led to poor harvests, an example of
how climate change is affecting the very poorest communities.
Christian Aid has sent £100,000 to three partner organisations
working in the area. If you would like to know more, visit their
Christian Aid only works with partner organisations in
other countries, so you can be sure that all the aid sent goes
straight to where it is needed most.
Since the last issue of the magazine the group has held two of our
regular informal meetings. We discussed matters of general
interest, and had a very lively debate about AIDS/HIV and
homosexuality. We also made further plans for the stall at the
Rogerstone Village Festival on Monday 30th August which is
primarily intended to raise money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma
Research but which should also serve to publicise our group.
Plans were also made for two further outings. The first of these was
on 12th July and involved a visit to the very unusual and interesting
gardens and grottoes at Dewstow, followed by a most enjoyable
lunch at the Old Station at Tintern, and a brief visit to the Moravian
Church at Brockweir. This all took place in lovely weather.
The weather for our other outing was less wonderful, though we
were still able to have a very pleasant day. We took the train to
Cardiff and then the connecting bus to the bay. The compulsory
morning coffee was taken in the Norwegian church, after a brief
visit to the Pierhead building, where unfortunately the promised
film show did not happen due to a technical fault. We then had a
look around the Senedd, before having a cheap but substantial
lunch in the “pub”. Later we took a boat trip round the bay, with a
short stop off at the barrage, before our return home.
The group is always ready to welcome new members. If you are
interested please contact Jack Tennant on 663937. Our next
informal meeting will beheld at Jack‟s home (46 Oak Road) on
Friday 10th September at 7pm.
COFFEE MORNING and CAKE STALL
St. John‟s Church Hall
Saturday 11th September
10.30am to 11.45 am
In aid of Church Hall funds
The pennies and donations continue to roll in and I hope to be able
to send another cheque for £150 in the near future.
My sincere thanks to you all.
On Sunday 17th October “Sightsavers Sunday” will be held.
Jonathan has once again agreed that a retiring collection be held in
all three Churches in the Parish in order to support this very worthy
cause. Last year, despite the economic climate, we had a response
that exceeded all previous years; let us hope that this year we are
able to better this achievement.
In developing countries over 90% of disabled children have no
access to any form of education! The main aim this year is to
increase the number of schools that help visually impaired children
to learn alongside children who are sighted, and to increase the
number of teachers who are trained in special needs education and
£9 could provide a low vision telescope to help a child with school
£19 will provide a Braille kit to help students to read and do maths.
£250 will purchase a Braille typewriter.
The list is endless. For many of us these are basic skills that we all
take for granted and yet for young people with their whole lives
ahead of them are vital and yet without your help are inaccessible.
Your generosity will be much appreciated.
Goodness knows what Life‟s about, I‟m blowed if I can see,
With all the ups and all the downs it‟s quite a mystery.
You gets a gleam of happiness, a little bit of hope,
And then it‟s gone and bursted - just a bubble, made of soap.
There‟s libraries full of books, I‟m told, jam-packed from wall to wall,
Writ by scholars, seekin‟ for the meanin‟ of it all.
We got it wrong in Eden „cause we didn‟t know much then.
Now years have passed and blow me down, we‟v e got it wrong again!
That Buddha, all enlightened sittin‟ underneath his tree
And Jesus, feedin‟ multitudes down thereby Galilee,
And Krishna in his chariot, saints and prophets too,
If they was all right here right now, I think what they would do
Is settle down together, quiet like, and calm,
And weep great hot and bitter tears at seein‟ all the harm
Mankind has done - done in their name - proclaimed it for their sake.
All the torture, all the killin‟, all that burnin‟ at the stake.
I think they would be horror-struck and cry „Dear Heaven above,
We only came to reach them how to care and how to love‟
With all the seeds they planted so choked and overgrown,
You really couldn‟t blame them if they wished they‟d stayed at home.
So where does that leave us today? Well, I don‟t know at all.
I‟ve never read them books, nor won‟t before my trumpet call.
But if you stops and thinks a bit, thinks quite deep and strong,
Then, pretty soon, you‟ll realise we „ave to get along.
That‟s the bottom line, you see, that‟s what we‟ve got to face,
Or else we‟re goin‟ to finish off this blessed human race.
And then we‟ll find that we have put (oh puffed up, pompous man)
A spoke into the Heavenly Wheel what turns the Heavenly Plan.
So here we are, Last Chance Saloon, let‟s „ave one for the road,
And then stretch out a helping hand to share another‟s load.
For never mind your postcode and forget your place of birth.
Everyman‟s your neighbour in the village known as Earth.
(This poem was passed to me by a parishioner who has found it to be a
great help to her. Ed)
WHAT HAPPENS IN HEAVEN
This is one of the nicest e-mails I have seen and is so true:
I dreamt that I went to Heaven and an angel was showing me around. We
walked side-by-side inside a large workroom filled with angels. My angel
guide stopped in front of the first section and said, ' This is the Receiving
Section. Here, all petitions to God said in prayer are received.'
I looked around in this area, and it was terribly busy with so many angels
sorting out petitions written on voluminous paper sheets and scraps from
people all over the world.
Then we moved on down a long corridor until we reached the second
The angel then said to me, ' This is the Packaging and Delivery Section.
Here, the graces and blessings the people asked for are processed and
delivered to the living persons who asked for them.' I noticed again how
busy it was there. There were many angels working hard at that station,
since so many blessings had been requested and were being packaged for
delivery to Earth.
Finally at the farthest end of the long corridor we stopped at the door of a
very small station. To my great surprise, only one angel was seated there,
idly doing nothing. 'This is the Acknowledgment Section' my angel
friend quietly admitted to me. He seemed embarrassed ' How is it that
there is no work going on here? ' I asked.
'So sad, ' the angel sighed. 'After people receive the blessings that they
asked for, very few send back acknowledgments.'
'How does one acknowledge God's blessings?' I asked...
'Simple' the angel answered. Just say, ' Thank you, Lord.'
'What blessings should they acknowledge? ' I asked.
'If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof
overhead and a place to sleep you are richer than 75% of this world. If
you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish,
you are among the top 8% of the world‟s wealthy. '
'And if you get this on your own computer, you are part of the 1% in the
world who has that opportunity. '
'If you woke up this morning with more health than illness ... You are
more blessed than the many who will not even survive this day. '
'If you have never experienced the fear in battle, the loneliness of
imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation ... You are
ahead of 700 million people in the world. '
'If you can attend a church without the fear of harassment, arrest, torture
or death you are envied by, and more blessed than, three billion people in
the world. '
'If your parents are still alive and still married ..you are very rare.'
'If you can hold your head up and smile, you are not the norm, you ' re
unique to all those in doubt and despair'
Ok, what now? How can I start?
If you can read this message, you just received a double blessing in that
someone was thinking of you as very special and you are more blessed
than over two billion people in the world who cannot read at all.
Have a good day, count your blessings, and if you care to, pass this along
to remind everyone else how blessed we all are
ATTN: Acknowledge Dept.
'Thank you Lord, for giving me the ability to share this message and for
giving me so many wonderful people with whom to share it. '
If you have read this far, and are thankful for all that you have been
blessed with, how can you not send it on? I thank God for everything,
especially all my family and friends!!
I‟m going to name several different metals - lead, silver, gold, zinc,
silver, brass and pewter. I know that if you had the choice you
would probably choose gold to collect, and then silver. Anyway,
you can‟t have the gold, but silver is a good second, so you can
I have already written at length about the “hallmarks” that tell you
where, when and who made any silver object. Now for a little more
in general about collecting the stuff.
Let us start at the very beginning. I am assuming that you, if able
to, would like to collect the stuff and would like to know a little
more about this attractive metal.
To call silver “attractive” is perhaps an understatement, although
since prehistoric times it has been known as a “noble” metal. The
Egyptians of the First Dynasty rated it a little less than half the
value of gold. The Romans called it “Argentum” and thought of it
in the same terms as Luna, the Moon. In the Middle Ages it was
rated about twenty times less valuable than gold. Today the relative
values of gold and silver are nearer thirty to one, but silver still
retains its place in the affections of all lovers of fine craftsmanship,
and with those who have a pound or two to spare.
Metalworkers today will make an alloy by mixing silver with
copper. In this form it becomes an ideal material with which to
work. In 1300 during the reign of Edward I an act was passed
laying down what an approved mixture should be. A mixture
known as “Britannia silver” is at present in use.
As people of the 18th Century climbed the social ladder, even the
most modest homes were expected to be furnished with cutlery and
some utensils that today would fetch a high price.
In Charles Dickens‟ time ore was being raised in great quantities in
America, Australia and elsewhere, so by the end of the 19th Century
only the poorest homes were without at least a few pieces of silver.
The collector today is offered a very wide range of choices. It is
possible to form a collection of almost anything.
Silver has always been measured by weight. In 1526 “Troy
weight” was adopted as the official and legal measure in Britain.
The principal unit in “Troy weight” is the “ounce”. I wonder how
long this will last if we ever go fully metric!
There are far too many processes to be gone into in this article save
to name some of them. We have “raising”, “spinning”, “casting”,
“embossing” and “engraving” to name but a few. There are more
that mean very little unless they are accompanied by a detailed
If a piece of silver is genuine it will have a “Hallmark”. I have
written about these at least twice before so I won‟t bore you with
anything on that subject!
I am going to continue by keeping to the title of this article and say
a little about collecting , and since one of the smallest and easiest
things to collect are sure to be spoons, here‟s a little bit about them.
How many of you have been born with a silver spoon in your
mouth? You have all heard that saying , but it doesn‟t mean that
you are very rich. It is more likely to mean that you like using a
silver spoon when you eat your “pud”.
The earliest silver spoons in Britain are at least 1200 years old, but
you are most likely to encounter one of these inside a museum,
unless you have a lot of money to throw around.
The collector with limited resources can still find good examples of
18th Century London and provincial work at prices well within his
reach, though he must pay much more for spoons in matching sets
than he will for the single odd spoon. An 18th Century odd spoon
may be obtained for a s little as a few shillings if you are lucky.
There has always been a great demand for “Caddy” spoons, and an
interesting collection can be made of these.
You may be interested in collecting spoons with different marks. If
so refer to one of my past articles.
Early in Victoria‟s reign spoons that are referred to now as
“Queen‟s pattern” were produced. Each of these was decorated
with a shell at the base of the bowl, and had raised lines that
formed decorative borders to its shank. These spoons may not have
been as elegant as those produced in the Georgian period, but they
are pleasant to look at and handle, and are not unreasonably
If spoons are going to be out of your reach in both size and cost,
then why not try collecting silver buttons? Silver buttons of the 18th
and 19th centuries are often overlooked, and it will be surprising
what you may find in a search through unwanted garments!
If you are interested, good luck in your finds, both large and small.
THOUGHTS OF AN OLDER PERSON
Remember that us folk are worth a fortune,
with silver in our hair, gold in our teeth, lead
in our feet and gas in our stomach. I have
become a little older since I saw you. I have
become quite a frivolous old gal, having two
gentlemen with me all day, Will Power helps
me to get out of bed and Arthur Ritis never
leaves me alone. The preacher came to call
the other day; he said that at my time of life
I should be thinking of the hereafter. I told
him that I do that all the time. No matter
where I am, in the study, in the kitchen or
upstairs, I always ask myself, “What am I
Many thanks to all who have contributed towards
this month‟s magazine. I am very grateful
to have received so many articles etc.
Could you please ensure that all contributions for the
October edition reach me by 19th September.