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                 All services for everyone in all 4 parishes:
Thurs 1 April      7.00pm        Maundy Thursday
                                 Agapé meal with Holy Communion
                                 in Mattersey Church Hall
Fri 2 April        10.00am       Good Friday
                                 Family Service in Gringley Church followed by
                                                                                      The Village Magazine of
Sat 3 April        7.00pm
                                 hot-cross buns and craft activities
                                 Compline (a short meditative service)
                                                                                   Mattersey & Mattersey Thorpe
                                 in Mattersey Church
Sun 4 April                      Easter Day
                   9.30am        Holy Communion in Gringley Church
                   11.00am       Holy Communion in Clayworth Church

Sun 11 April       10.00am       Holy Communion in Everton Church
                                 mid-month Holy Communion in Everton
Wed 14 April       9.30am
Sun 18 April       9.30am        Holy Communion
                   10.45am       Annual Parochial Church Meeting

Sun 25 April       9.30am        Morning Prayer

                        From the Church Registers
   2 March 2010              Derek Alan Cliff-Taylor (74)

                        YOUR CHURCH IS OPEN                                      Mattersey in approximately 1917

The Parish Church is open on a daily basis, normally from sunrise to sunset.     Photo reproduced with kind permission of Bassetlaw Museum
The building can be an oasis of peace in a busy world. Please feel welcome
to make use of your church for prayer during these periods.
Please also feel free to contact me on 01777-817364 if there are any
concerns that you would like to discuss or pray about.
                      Jonathan Smithurst, Priest-in-Charge                                                                                   April 2010

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Some useful telephone numbers:                                                  Editorial—April 2010
Animal Hotel: 01777 817379                                                      There wasn‘t going to be an editorial this month as I couldn‘t think of anything
Babysitting: Alex Howe 01777-818527                                             relevant to say — however events on Mothering Sunday morning changed that.
Bassetlaw DC Councillor representing Mattersey & Mattersey Thorpe:
Michael Gray 01777-700318, e-mail:                Coming back to into Mattersey along Everton Road after walking the dogs I saw
Beavers: Clare Fisher 01777-817563                                              2 swans on the embankment by the Idle Bridge tangling with each other. As we
C/H Boiler Service: Heatech Services, Alex Perry 07846-708730                   went past, the dogs barked and the swans separated. It was obvious one of
Challenge Carpet Cleaning: Martin, Freephone 0800-3287941                       them was badly injured with a wing that wouldn‘t lift and fold against its body.
Church Hall Bookings: Jane Lewis 01777-818130
Crimestoppers: 0800-555111                                                      Getting home and ringing the national RSPCA hotline (0300-1234-999) I was
Idle View Farm, Pork Products: Paul & Ellen Barrett 07840-170640                told they couldn‘t say how long it would take for someone would attend, so I
Mattersey Primary School: 01777-817265                                          decided to go back to the bridge to ensure the swan remained safe in the mean-
Mobile Beauty: Dianne Longworth 01777-817639                                    time. Sure enough, on my return, the swan was in the road and with traffic levels
Mobile Foot Healthcare: Mike Saint 01777-249331, 07962-232491                   that lunchtime being much higher than on a normal Sunday, the chances of a
                    also Robert Wasteney 01777-710000                           serious mishap were high. The swan responded to being shepherded off the
Mobile Hairdresser: Nicki 07740-282927                                          road and towards the safety of the pavement and it was quite easy to keep my-
Painting & Decorating: John Reid 01777-817975                                   self between the swan and the road, preventing any further risk to animal or
Plumbers (Plumbright): James 01777-701668 & 07940-159459                        road users. In fact he settled down so well that he put his head under his wing
Priory Garage: 01777-816606                                                     and seemed to go to sleep as we waited for the RSPCA to attend.
Robert Fisher (Handy Person): 01777-817563 & 07816-068492
Spiritual guidance: Jonathan Smithurst, Parish Priest, 817364                   Many people stopped and offered support and help at this stage. Some people
Tree Maintenance: Acorn Tree Services: John 07884-078273                        I knew were from the village; some local vehicles I recognised even though not
Yoga Teacher: Becky Lewis - 01777-817983                                        knowing the people themselves; some I had no idea who they were. Offers of
                                                                                help included ringing various organisations including local bird sanctuaries, the
Police: Community Policeman: PC Paul Pilsworth 07776-460402                     police, the emergency vet and the RSPB. Someone even drove to the RSPCA
PCSO Sharon Brown: 07525-226846                                                 in Bawtry to try to get assistance.
Notts Police—All non emergencies: 0300-300-9999
Please email or phone the editor if you would like to advertise your services   Eventually, after what seemed like an age, the RSPCA attended. As the
available to the residents of Mattersey and Mattersey Thorpe                    inspector had driven up directly from Melton Mowbray and also had 5 calls in
                                                                                Newark to respond to it was fortunate this call was so high up his list of
Credits:                                                                        priorities. Catching and bagging the swan was quick even though lots of hissing
Grateful thanks to the Tarmac for providing the paper,                          ensued. Enquiring what would happen next, the inspector said he would take
The Bible College for printing the magazine,                                    the swan to vets in Lincoln for X-Rays and antibiotics and likely then be sent for
and to the Distribution Team for delivering the magazine.                       rehabilitation to a sanctuary in Norfolk .
If you have any information/comments/ideas about the Idle Talk                  Hopefully, all will work out well for the swan. However, the process was also a
publication please contact the editor at                    positive experience for the human race as well as it showed how many people
or phone on 01777-816694                                                        are concerned about the well-being of animals and will offer practical help when
or send hard copy to Nursery Cottage, Main Street, Mattersey                    needed. Many thanks to all who stopped and offered support.

Deadline: 24th of each month                                                    Steve Digby (Editor)
Message Board
                                                                                  Laurel Lambs Update
                          Where is he now?
                                                                                                                         We have 3 lambs being fed by
 Keith Meatheringham is trying to trace the whereabouts of Jim Fenton, an                                                bottle. Two are big and healthy
 old school friend of his father, Cliff Meatheringham, who was originally from
                                                                                                                         and only on the bottle because
                                                                                                                         their mums aren‘t producing milk
 Mattersey Thorpe.
                                                                                                                         yet. The other (in picture) is a lot
 Jim's family apparently ran a butchers shop in Mattersey in the 1930‘s or                                               smaller because his Mum has 2
 1940‘s and Cliff often talks about him. Is there anyone in the village who                                              other lambs to feed but sheep only
 might know where Jim now is and be able to help trace him.                                                              have 2 teats! We are trying to get
 Keith would dearly love to reunite them for Cliff's 80th birthday.
                                                                                                                         another ewe, whose lamb was
                                                                                                                         stillborn, to foster him but it is a
 Please contact Keith on 07802 530583 or 01723 860770 or Adele                                                           long process to get a stranger
 (Clerk to Parish Council) on 01909 731565                                                                               lamb accepted.

           Everton Gardenholders’ Association
                                                                                  1. Go to
Would like to inform you of the following events all of which will be held in
                                                                                  2. Select ―Minutes‖ from dropdown box on left hand side of screen
Everton Village Hall other than the Barnsdale visit.
                                                                                  3. The dropdown box is now expanded and ―IdleTalk‖ is now the last item in
                                                                                  the box. Click on it to select.
Monday 12th April – 7.00 p.m. ‘The Last Decade of Harlow Carr’ –
                                                                                  4. Different publication options during 2010 appear – select the month of
Andrew Willocks from RHS Harlow Carr.
                                                                                  interest and open the pdf file.
Non-members £5 including refreshments – Tickets only
                                                                                  5. Adobe Reader needed to open pdf files is available as a free download.
– contact Ann Fryer 01777 816916
                                                                                  Just Google ―Adobe‖ and follow on screen instructions.
Sunday 25th April – 2-4 p.m. Plant and book sale
Monday 10th May – 7.30 p.m. – ‘Victorian Violas’ –Rob Chapman
                                                                                                           SPRING LUNCHEON
Monday 14th June – 7.30 p.m. – ‘The Romantic Garden’ – Stuart Dixon              Again, many thanks to the valiant team of ladies who cooked us such a
Saturday 26th June - Tickets only - VISIT TO BARNSDALE GARDENS.                  delicious meal - it was thoroughly enjoyed by all who went.
£11 each includes coach and entry – contact Ann Fryer 01777 816916.              We look forward to the next one…………….
All very welcome.
                                                                                                Proceeds from the 1881 Census Booklet
Sue Hughes                                                                       I decided to donate most of the proceeds of the donations to a very
                                                                                 worthwhile cause - Asthma UK. A cheque for £15 was duly sent off this
                                                                                 weekend. Many thanks to all those who showed interest.

                                                                                 Liz Clark

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    The ‗Villages Together‘ group, which is supported by the Blue Skies Community
    Initiative, meets every other Tuesday in the church hall, behind Mattersey church
    from 1.45 to 3.45. For a charge of £2.50 a session there is an interesting
    programme of talks and events and all are welcome, from whichever village you
    In March two volunteers cooked a delicious chicken korma with Lisa and Stefan
    from Jamie Oliver‘s ‗Ministry of Food‘ based in Rotherham. Some of you may
    have watched the TV series encouraging people to eat healthily, cheaply and well,
    which they are now promoting from their base in town centre Rotherham.

    From the initial ‗Pass it On‘ initiative this has developed into a vibrant and well
    supported programme of cooking sessions for adults and children.

    Find out more online on or search for Jamie‘s Ministry of
    Food, where there are delicious recipes, videos of cooking sessions and details of
    the books and the project which is expanding throughout the North.
    If you want to try our recipe it is on the opposite page. Enjoy – we did!

    The new ‗Villages Together‘ programme of events is published below.
    Do come and join us.

         Tuesday 6th April – Ray Goodburn ‗Moscow to St. Petersburg‘
         Tuesday 20th April – ‗Romania‘ – Peter Hardy
         Tuesday 4th May – Colin Brenchley – ‗Japan‘
         Tuesday 18th May- Norman Britton - ‗Tales out of School‘
         Tuesday 1st June - ‗Lifeboats – a personal story‘ Pauline Jackson
         Tuesday 15th June ‗Hidden corners of Bassetlaw‘ Malcolm Dolby
         Tuesday 29th June Visit to the Idle Valley Centre – details to follow.
         Tuesday 13th July ‗Phrases and sayings‘ - Lyndis Rowley.
         Tuesday 27th July ‗ China‘ Colin Brenchley

    For any further information contact Sue on 01777-818880 or 07921-132889

      A Grand Day Out – National Coal Mining Museum, nr Wakefield.

    If you are interested in industrial heritage, then a visit to the former
    Caphouse Colliery and Hope Pit is a must! Set in a rural 17 acre site,
    the National Coal Mining Museum is a unique collection of buildings, dis-
    plays and galleries which reveal the hidden world of mining through the
    centuries, telling the stories of mining methods and machinery, the
    miners and their families.

    You can descend 140m underground, follow-
    ing an ex-miner guide through the chilly, dark
    tunnels to find out how coal was mined and
    moved to the surface by men, women, chil-
    dren, ponies and machinery. Besides being
    very knowledgeable, the miners give a very
    entertaining and humorous tour of the tun-
    nels, which appeals to children and adults
    alike! When you return to the surface after
    an hour or so you will wonder just how the
    miners survived – and understand why so many didn‘t.

    On site you will also be able to go into the old colliery buildings, including
    the Victorian steam winder and the pit head baths. The retired pit ponies
    and Colonel, the Shire horse, are a popular attraction. There is a half
    mile nature-trail and an adventure playground, as well as train rides from
    one end of the site to the other. At the Hope Pit complex there are
    restored colliery buildings and an environmentally EU funded water treat-
    ment scheme to filter water pumped up from the mine through reed

                                 Entry is free (10 am – 5 pm) and, whilst you
                                 are there, you can take advantage of the fa-
                                 cilities which include a well-stocked souvenir
                                 shop, fully licensed cafe and bar, facilities for
                                 the disabled and a picnic area. The museum
                                 is open throughout the year, apart from
                                 24 – 26 December and 1 January. Leave the
                                 M1 at junction 38 and follow the brown signs.

    A fine day out!

8   Wanderer (Name & Address supplied)
                    MATTERSEY PARISH COUNCIL                                           New Councillors
                                                        There are currently three vacancies on the Parish Council. Elections to
                                                                                       Parish Councils do not always coincide with Government Elections as
Chairman: Mr. G. Brown, Vice Chairman: Mr. T.J. Roberts                                there is a four year term of office and Mattersey is not due to hold one
Councillors: Mrs. L.B.Saint, Mrs S. McKay, Mr. P. Barrett, Mrs. L. Hunt,               until next year. It is possible to fill vacancies by co-option between
                                                                                       elections and if anyone would like to be considered please contact the
Mrs. P. Light,
Contact Details: Mrs. Adele Haddon, Clerk to Mattersey Parish Council,                 What does a Parish Councillor do? Parish Councils have a variety of
Caudle Meadows, Wigthorpe Lane, Wigthorpe, Worksop.Notts S81 8BU                       powers to carry out work within the community, they can take up issues
Tel: 01909 731565       email:                                 with various statutory groups and are consultees on a wide range of
                                                                                       subjects such as planning, highways and the environment. Meetings are
                                                                                       held once each month and there are sometimes documents to browse
    Meetings are held 1st Wednesday of each month (except August)                      through. Further involvement in other meetings depends on the individual
               in the Church Hall commencing at 7.30pm                                 councillors‘ availability. Most people can become a Parish Councillor but
                                                                                       they must be a British, Commonwealth or European Union Citizen over
                                                                                       the age of 18. There are a few disqualifications but these would be
 Bus Shelter in Mattersey Thorpe                                                       Serving on a Parish Council can be interesting and rewarding, making a
 Due to some anti social behaviour problems recently there has been a sugges-          difference to your community and becoming involved in decisions which
 tion that the brick built bus shelter in Mattersey Thorpe should be demolished        could affect your area. Why not come along to the next meeting and see
 and that a perspex-type construction be put in its place. One of the advan-           what it is all about?
 tages of this would be that people would be more visible inside the shelter.
 The disadvantages may be that the new shelters are more vulnerable to                                          Everton Bowls Club
 vandalism (which has cost implications) and would not prevent noise nuisance.
                                                                                      Everton Bowls Club opens the 2010 season on Friday 16th April on the
 The Parish Council will be discussing this issue again at the next parish coun-
 cil meeting and would welcome the opinion of residents. If you do not wish to        Metcalfe Ground bowling green. We play on the excellent but much under-
 come to the meeting please let the clerk or one of the councillors know your         used green opposite the tearoom.
 views which will be collated and presented to the council.
                                                                                      We play regular matches with most local teams and have a team competing in
 Dog Fouling and Litter                                                               a pensioners’ league. The first friendly is on Thursday 29th April and the pen-
 There have been complaints recently about owners not clearing up after their         sioners’ league commences on Tuesday 27th April. Club members roll-up takes
 dogs. This is an offence and there is a fine of £1,000 if taken to court or a        place on Monday afternoon and Friday Afternoon from 2-4pm and Friday eve-
 fixed penalty fine of £50. Offenders can be reported to the environment              nings from 6-8pm. We also hold yearly members competitions.
 department at Bassetlaw District Council on 01909 533171. There is also a
 fixed penalty fine for dropping litter and recently the District Council undertook   We are looking for new members, who play bowls or would like to try playing
 a campaign with Keep Britain Tidy organisation targeting those who throw litter      bowls (bowls can be supplied) for the summer of 2010. Prospective bowlers
 from cars.                                                                           will be welcomed at any club roll-up.
 Residents are invited to contact the environment officer with the vehicle regis-     On Saturday 8th May, Everton Bowls Club will hold an Open Day to welcome
 tration number, the item of litter, date and location of the offence. The email      and assist any new members. Times and format will be published in the May
 address is Let‘s try to encourage everyone             publications.
 to take a pride in their country and put a stop to the hedgerows being filled with
 litter.                                                                              Robin Jaques 01777-817519

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                    Seasonal Wild Flowers - April
                                                                                                Handy gardening hints (April)

                         Violets and Wild Garlic                           The sunshine and showers of April, and rising temperatures bring
                                                                           the garden to life! Perennials bring colour to the border but the best
                                                                           display is given by the bulbs, such as daffodils and grape hya-
                    Violets are a range of closely related wild flowers,   cinths to name but a couple.
                    appearing from March to May on woodland floors,
                    Especially where there is a mixture of dappled sun-    Make a mental note of what is seen now in order to plant spring bulbs in
                    shine and shade. Their colour ranges from almost
                    blue to a delicate purple.
                                                                           autumn for next year.

                                                                                                  Annuals, such as nasturtiums, aster, tagetes and zinnia
                                                                                                  can be sown outdoors.

  The smell of Wild Garlic (Ramsons) is one of the
  classic signs of spring in our woodlands.
  Clusters of spiky, white flowers carpet the ground
  from April to May.
                                                                           Shrub- planting can continue; pruning of the late summer
                                                                           kinds should be completed and the winter and spring
                                                                           types, such as Winter Jasmine, can be tidied now.
Harbingers of Spring already seen by end March
1st Bumble Bee, 1st Wasp,
1st Tortoiseshell and Brimstone Butterflies,
Lapwings courting & protecting territory,
                                                                                                       Keep weeds under control.
Male Blackbirds arguing noisily.
1st Celandine and wild Daffodils in flower

                                                                           Outdoor vegetable sowing can include autumn
                                                                           cabbage, carrots, lettuce, sprouts, peas and radish.

                                                                           Rambling Rose

              FRIDAY 14TH - SUNDAY 16TH MAY 2010

This year the event moves to Gringley and slightly earlier in the year so
that we do not clash with Parish events. We have mixed flowers, history,
World War II and dogs together to make it a weekend to remember; All          Please find below the dates and times of the visits of the Mobile Rural Contact
the profit is divided between the four Churches. This year we are very        Point to Mattersey & Mattersey Thorpe:
pleased to welcome Gringley Methodist Church on board - they will have        April 2010         Mattersey Thorpe sorry, no visit, effect of bank holiday
flowers, refreshments and stalls over the weekend.                            24 May2010         Mattersey 12.50-2.00
                                                                              21 June 2010       Mattersey Thorpe 12.50-2.00
Friday 14TH MAY
Opening of Flower Festival                                                    There are two advisers on board who provide advice on a full range of
Jean Townsend - a well known local historian on                               council services including:
"Henry VIII - Victim or - Villain" - Gringley Church - 7.30 p.m.
Tickets £5.00 to include a glass of wine and refreshments.                         Pensions and benefits (including for disabilities)
                                                                                   Council tax
SATURDAY 15TH MAY                                                                  Education
Flower Festival in Church and Methodist Church opens 11.00 a.m.                    Forms and help with form filling
WWII re-enactment, WWII vehicles, evacuees, home made refreshments,                Planning
face painting, stalls, nail painting                                               Roads and footpaths
                                                                                   Social services
"Barking Mad"                                                                 Together with a full range of Police services.
Flower Festival, Home made refreshments,                                      The advice officer can be contacted by phone on 07740845685 for enquiries
Fun Dog Show, Dog Club demonstrations. 11.00 a.m. onwards                     about the service.
6.30 p.m. - Songs of Praise in Church
                                                                              Roy Harrison
Could we please ask that as many people as possible help, this is a major
                                                                              Advice officer
fund raising event for the Churches and we need as many people as pos-        Retford County Contact
sible to help, either by giving us an hour or two of your time, bringing as
many friends as possible along to help and/or by supporting the stalls with
donations. The village contacts are - Everton - Maureen Boulby 817761,
Mattersey - Lyndis Rowley 817965, Gringley - Sue Tallants 817668,
Clayworth - Debbie Bruce 816782

Thanks you in anticipation
Ann Hickman 818993

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              Village Business – The Piano Shop                              Until the Hemswell site opened,
                                                                             the Mattersey shop only opened
             Proprietors: Neil and June Denman                               to the public on Fridays and
                                                                             Saturdays. Now it is only by prior
                                       We have been running the Piano
                                                                             arrangement, although plans are
                                       Shop in Mattersey since 1970
                                                                             afoot to open 2 days each week in
                                       when we took the premises over
                                                                             midweek. In addition to the sales
                                       from the previous hairdresser
                                                                             business, we do mechanical
                                       occupant. We have run this
                                                                             maintenance of pianos at
                                       specialist business since then from
                                                                             Mattersey. We also offer piano
                                       these premises although, in the
                                                                             tuning on a home-visit basis for
                                       last 2 years have operated mainly
                                                                             which we have a close friend
                                       from our larger premises on the
                                                                             based in Leeds. He is blind and
                                       antiques centre at Hemswell, east
                                                                             as well as obviously having a
                                       of Gainsborough.
                                                                             finely-tuned ear he does all the mechanical adjustments as well. He is also
                                       My background is very varied & I      a keen chess player and represents the England Blind team as well as be-
                                       have had many career experiences      ing a computer buff!
                                       before starting the Piano Shop.
I was born in Staveley over 70 years ago and have played piano since         Obviously I have seen many pianos over the years, but one instrument
the age of 8. I have been working with pianos since the age of 10 and        stands out from all the others. Just before the German invasion of France in
doing some repairs since that age. After doing National Service in the RAF   1940, a pair of pianos, which had been made in the 1890’s was shipped
when my desire to go overseas only got me as far as Northern Ireland         over to Britain on separate ships for General de Gaulle. Both actually
I followed a variety of careers thereafter, including building demolition    arrived safely in the UK and one was subsequently gifted to Winston
work and running furniture and antique businesses in the South Yorks /       Churchill. Later on, long after the war ended, it was sold to the public and
North Notts area.                                                            ultimately passed through my hands. As well as the origin and special
                                                                             provenance, it was a real work of art with a “Verna Martin” varnish finish
My professional playing career extended only as far as playing Friday
                                                                             to the very highest quality. It was also decorated with paintings of women
and Saturday nights for 6 months in a hostelry in 1957 to earn enough
                                                                             in tall wigs with lots of bosom on display in the pre French Revolution style,
money to pay for our honeymoon. It was during this trip to Spain that I
                                                                             as featured in the film “Dangerous Liaisons”. Unfortunately I was only
spent an evening in the hotel bar with a very flamboyant character who
                                                                             transporting the piano for a client from Northampton to Doncaster, and
claimed to be an artist. It was only when we saw his obituary in 1989
                                                                             couldn’t buy it as it was worth over £25,000!
that featured photos of his early life and magnificent moustache that that
we realised we had been with Salvador Dali that evening.                     Whilst being at an age when most people have long retired, I still love
                                                                             playing and dealing in pianos & can see no time when I won’t be involved
Running a Piano Shop was an ideal way of combining pleasure with
                                                                             in this business.
business and we opened around 1970. Our first sale was a piano that
had been painted bright yellow and, because it was Easter, they were
                                                                             Neil Denman
decorated with Easter bunnies to give them a seasonal theme! Since
                                                                             (tel: 01427-668566, 01777-702095)
then, whilst being a specialist business with a restricted customer base,
we have sold around 40 pianos in the immediate local area. In reality our
customer base is nationwide and we have had sales from the extremes of
the UK from the Shetland Isles to Portsmouth. We have also had sales
overseas to Italy and France.

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Scam - Visa & Mastercard Fraud                                                                            ‗The Parish Priest suggests
This one is pretty slick since they provide YOU with all the information, except the                           ‘Deadline’ to Lifeline’
one piece they want. Note, the callers do not ask for your card number; they
already have it. The scam works like this:                                             Dear Friends,
Person calling says, "This is (gives name), and I'm from the Security and Fraud        It amazes me how quickly these magazine articles come round!
Department at VISA. My badge number is 12460. Your card has been flagged for           It seems that no sooner do I send one article to the editor to catch the
an unusual purchase pattern, and I'm calling to verify. This would be on your          deadline than I receive my copy of the village magazine, only to
VISA card which was issued by (name of bank) did you purchase an Anti-                 discover that material for the next issue is due in a few days!
Telemarketing Device for £497.99 from a Marketing company based in London ?"
                                                                                       Many of us find in our daily lives that we are working to ‗deadlines‘.
When you say "No", the caller continues with, "Then we will be issuing a credit to     As a minister I find this to be true concerning the great Christian
your account. This is a company we have been watching and the charges range            festivals. The necessary preparations mean that one is always ahead
from £297 to £497, just under the £500 purchase pattern that flags most cards.         of the event.
Before your next statement, the credit will be sent to (gives you your address), is
                                                                                       Things were very different though for the disciples of Jesus at the first
that correct?" You say "yes". The caller continues - "I will be starting a fraud
investigation. If you have any questions, you should call the phone number listed
                                                                                       Easter. Apart from scant references by Jesus, they did not really
on the back of your card and ask for Security. You will need to refer to this          know what was happening. For them the crucifixion of Jesus was the
Control Number The caller then gives you a 6 digit reference number.                   end and when he was buried, the stone rolled across the entrance of
                                                                                       the tomb put a seal on the life of their friend.
Here's the IMPORTANT part on how the scam works the caller then
                                                                                       Like everyone else who loses a loved one in death, they had to put
says, "I need to verify you are in possession of your card." He'll ask you
to "turn your card over and look for some numbers." There are 7
                                                                                       together their broken lives and learn to live without him … or so they
numbers; the first 4 are part of your card number, the next 3 are the                  thought … for before that process could even begin, they heard the
security numbers that verify you are the possessor of the card. The caller             news ... unbelievable at first ... that Jesus was ALIVE!
will ask you to read the 3 numbers to him. After you tell him the 3 numbers, he'll     Everything then began to make sense. They started to look back and
say, "That is correct, I just needed to verify that the card has not been lost or      think again about some of the experiences they had shared. Sayings
stolen, and that you still have your card. Do you have any other questions?" After     of Jesus began to make sense; they found a new confidence in living;
you say, "No," the caller then thanks you and states, "Don't hesitate to call back     they set out to ‗turn the world upside down‘. The Gospels themselves
if you do", and hangs up. You actually say very little, and they never ask for or      were written with Resurrection hindsight.
tell you the Card number.
                                                                                       For the disciples, the ‗deadline‘ of Crucifixion became the ‗lifeline‘ of
But after we were called on Wednesday, we called back within 20 minutes to ask         Resurrection - and it is ‗Good News‘ that the same can be true for us
a question. Are we glad we did! The REAL VISA Security Department told us it           today.
was a scam and in the last 15 minutes a new purchase of £497.99 was charged            Easter Joy to you and yours
to our card. We made a real fraud report and closed the VISA account. VISA is
reissuing us a new number.                                                                                                                           Jonathan

The police said they are taking several of these reports daily! They also urged us
                                                                                       Contact details for our parish priest:
to tell everybody we know that this scam is happening. If you require any further
information please contact Visa on 0870 907 0010 or the Police on 0345 123             For all queries about weddings, baptisms, funerals or other pastoral needs
3333.                                                                                  please contact:
                                                                                       the Reverend Jonathan Smithurst, The Rectory, Abbey Road, Mattersey,
                                                                                       Doncaster, DN10 5DX. Telephone 01777-817364. His day off is Friday.
This came from a neighbourhood watch circular e mail that was forwarded to me
by a contact in Sheffield. Pam Light
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