THE PARISH PUMP by liuhongmei


									                CHURCH DIARY January 2006

                          10 am        Team Service at St Mary’s
                                                                   THE PARISH PUMP
 Sunday 1 January
 EPIPHANY                                                                     The monthly magazine for Minal and Axford

 Sunday 8 January 8 am          Holy Communion BCP                 Issue 50                                        December 2005 /
 1st Sunday after Epiphany                                                                                         January 2006

 Sunday 15 January       10 am         Celebrating Life Together
 2nd Sunday after Epiphany

 Friday 20 January              Wedding of Sarah Gray and
                                    Graham Stewart

 Sunday 23 January       St Mary’s     8 am Holy Communion BCP
 3rd Sunday after Epiphany             10 am Parish Communion

                          St. George’s 10.15 am Parish Communion
                                       11.30 am Matins

 Sunday 30 January        St Mary’s     8 am Holy Communion
                                       10 am Parish Communion
                          St. George’s 10.15 am Parish Communion

     8.30 am Morning Prayers every Tuesday at Rectory Cottage

   CHURCH CLEANING           Angela Ramsey
                             Jill Otley
                                                                   We wish all our readers a Merry Christmas
   1 and 8 January           Shelagh Ainslie                              and a Very Happy New Year!

  The Rev’d Andrew Studdert-Kennedy   514357
                                                                    SPECIAL CHRISTMAS ISSUE!
  Churchwarden - Stephen Hurd         512665

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     From the Editor’s Desk                                                                                                         Cookery Corner continued

                                                                                             This recipe, which will serve 15, has always been a big hit in our
AGAIN                    apologies to all our readers for
                         the reduced-sized PUMP last
month, but as you all know, David Roberts, who did the
                                                                                             over the Christmas holiday season. Use your imagination and a
                                                                                             variety of sweets to make doors, windows, pathways, and a garden. However,
                                                            Michael Kallenbach      513975
layout for us, died unexpectedly while preparing the                                         do remember that this Gingerbread House will take two to three days to
November issue. Our thanks to all involved in getting                                        complete. You can buy a variety of different sweets or chocolates for the
out the November newsletter, in particular Patricia         Roving Reporters                 decoration.
Hayllar of the Marlborough Rectory office.                  Gordon Aitcheson        512371
Now the good news – we have our very own new                Colin Davies            513857   What to do:
layout person. He is a regular PUMP reader who lives        Jane Webb               516000
                                                                                             1. First cut out in thin cardboard: a side wall, 4 1/2 x 8 inches; an end
in Axford. Welcome aboard to Jeremy Young, who has                                           wall, 4 1/2x5 inches; a triangular gable, 4 1/2x3x3 inches; and a roof
taken on this task and has produced this our special        Axford
                                                            Diann Barnett           520139   rectangle, 4 1/2x9 inches. Tape the rectangular end wall piece to the
Christmas issue.
                                                            Bridget Treherne        512406   triangular gable piece: match the long side of the triangle, 4 1/2 inches,
                                                                                             to one of the 4 1/2 inch sides of the end wall.
Christmas is around the corner and while I am sure
                                                                                             2. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in
everyone is behind with wrapping and sending cards,         Sports News
                                                                                    512295   lemon zest, lemon juice, and molasses. Gradually beat in 2 eggs. Sift the
why not try to beat the rush and get things going           Henry Pritchard
earlier this year? I heard from Bridget Treherne in                                          flour, baking powder, and spices together; stir into creamed mixture. Wrap
Axford that they have already got a tentative date for                                       dough in parchment paper, and refrigerate for 1 hour.
their village fete next year – I hope this will prompt a    Church News                      3. Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface. Divide into 6 portions, 2
                                                            Liz Scott               512180
few good spirited people in Minal to come forward                                            slightly larger than the others. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the
and volunteer to do the Minal fete as we missed out                                          4 smaller pieces to approximately the size of the side wall and the end wall
this year. Do send me an email if you are at all            Proof-reader
                                                            Proof-                           with gable templates; cut out two of each. Roll out remaining dough, and
                                                            Jill Otley              516506
interested or inclined to organise this!                                                     cut into two rectangular roof pieces. Transfer gingerbread onto greased
As I write this, I have just attended the annual                                             baking trays.
Remembrance Sunday service in Minal Church – and            Advertising                      4. In a preheated 375 degree F (190 degrees C) oven, bake gingerbread for 10
                                                            Ninna Gibson            511062
what a poor turnout it was! I do hope that in future                                         minutes, or until crisp.                                  Continued on page 45.
more residents and their families will attend such                                           When removing from the oven, leave the gingerbread
occasions. It is imperative to explain to future            Distribution
                                                            Jonathan Heath
                                                                                             on the baking trays for a few Weight                                minutes to set,
generations the meaning of such events so that they                                          then transfer to wire racks.                                        Leave out
                                                            Margaret Ross           513738                                      1 oz. = 28 grams
may mark the 11th of the 11th in the decades that lie                                        overnight to harden.               1 pound = 454 grams
                                                                                             5. In a large bowl, lightly                                       whisk 2 egg
On that note, I wish you all, a Very Happy Christmas        Jeremy Young            520605
                                                                                             whites. Gradually beat in
and a Healthy New Year – and happy reading. – ED
                                                                                             approximately 5 cups icing sugar. The icing should be smooth and
                                                            Email articles, thoughts,
                                                            comments and your views to the   stand in firm peaks. Spread or pipe a 9 inch line of icing onto a cake
PS: DON’T forget to enter our annual Christmas quiz
                                                            Editor at: -                     board, and press in one of the side walls so that it sticks firmly and
this year: closing date for all entries is December 31. k           stands upright. If necessary, spread or pipe a little extra icing along
                                                                                             either side to help support it. Take an end wall and ice both the side
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   In the Garden                                                                             Clergy Letter                       from the Rev'd Andrew Studdert-Kennedy

                           with Steve Pickett
                                                                                                                             OVERCOMING OUR FEARS

                                                                                             The two great festivals of the Christian year, Christmas and Easter, are both occasions for
                                                                                             celebration and joy. Yet it is striking how at their origin, fear rather than happiness was
                                                                                             the dominant emotion among the participants.
PLANTS:                                     FRUIT AND VEG.
   Finish raking up leaves from lawns,         Divide congested clumps of rhubarb.           On Easter morning, the disciples, who have already run away from Jesus when he was
   patios and borders.                         Prune the canes of autumn fruiting            arrested, come to a tomb expecting to anoint his body, only to find it isn’t there and they
   Cut down perennials and mulch               raspberries.                                  run away again, ‘For they were afraid’. Fear has the last word.
   borders with compost and well-              Complete winter pruning of fruit trees.
   rotted manure.                                                                            In the Christmas narratives, fear, too, has a role to play, but it is a fear to be overcome.
   Order seeds from seed catalogues if                                                       Notice the ‘fear nots’ of the story.
   not done already.
   Plan for winter colour in the borders.   OTHER JOBS IN THE GARDEN:                             ·                      salvation:
                                                                                                       The ‘fear not’ of salvation “And the angel said unto them, fear not: for behold I
   Protect vulnerable plants from frost       Turn off mains water supply to outside                   bring you good tidings… which shall be to all people” (Luke 2. 10)
   and wind damage.                           taps and bring all watering                         ·                                   impossible:
                                                                                                       The ‘fear not’ of the humanly impossible “Fear not, Mary:…the Holy Spirit shall
   Firm in any autumn planted shrubs          equipment indoors.                                       come upon you and the power of the highest shall overshadow you…For with
   and border plants lifted by frost.         Take lawnmowers to be serviced.                          God nothing shall be impossible” (Luke 1.30)
   Cut out broken, diseased, dead or          Take advantage of the dark nights to                ·    The ‘fear not’ of unanswered prayer: “Fear not, Zechariah, for your prayer has
   rubbing branches on established            look through seed catalogues.                            been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a Son, and you will name him
   trees and shrubs except those that         Keep off the lawn when it is frozen or                   John” (Luke 1.13)
   bleed such as prunus and acers.            very wet.                                           ·                                 obedience:
                                                                                                       The ‘fear not’ of immediate obedience “Joseph, you Son of David, fear not to
                                                                                                       take Mary as your wife…then Joseph did as the angel of the Lord commanded

                                                                                             In our own way we encounter the same fears today – of things that are bigger than us,
                                                                                             of things we don’t understand. Perhaps more than anything, people today fear the
                                                                                             future; be it the environment, our pensions, or bird flu, the future is likely to fill us with
                                                                                             anxiety. Ours is not an optimistic age.
   Ventilate greenhouse on warm                                                              Yet the story of Christmas, as shown to us by its participants, is a story of hope, a story of
   days.                                                                                     fears being put in their place by the greater scale of God’s love and compassion.
   Water plants sparingly in the                QUOTE OF THE MONTH:                          It’s not that God regards our anxiety as unwarranted, or foolish. Rather, it’s precisely
   morning to discourage rotting and             GOD GAVE US MEMORIES THAT WE MIGHT HAVE     because God understands fears and anxiety that he wishes to do something about it.
   disease.                                                             ROSES IN DECEMBER    The message is Trust me, whatever happens I shall be with you.
                                                                                 J M BARRY
   Prune dormant grape vines and
   remove loose bark, which may                                                              The Christmas story tells us that a young woman (Mary), an old priest in the Temple
   harbour pests.                                                                            (Zechariah), a humble carpenter (Joseph), some unnumbered shepherds and unnamed
                                                                                             wise men trusted God – really trusted him. If this motley crew managed to trust God,
                                                                                             shouldn’t we do the same ourselves?

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    Church Notes

On the last Sunday of October St George’s,    do this job, just have a little free time
Preshute, was full to hear the Rev’d. Lynn    and a willingness to play your part in
Busfield take her last service there before   sustaining our village church. During         ~ Modern Traditions ~
leaving to take up a new post as              the thirty years that the Scotts have lived
Chaplain to the Cornish Hospices.             in the village they have both                 During the Victorian era, candles were used on Christmas trees
Afterwards over 100 people gathered over      contributed enormously to village life,
a bring and share lunch in the Kennet                                                       and were considered a symbol of the Star of Wonder. Often,
                                              they will be much missed. We are
Valley Hall to hear tributes paid to her      delighted to hear that they are renting       various merchants and tradesmen would give a bundle of pine-oil perfumed ta-
work as Vicar in the Marlborough Team         a house in the village for the time           pers, tied together with ribbon as gifts to their loyal patrons.
during the last two years. We are grateful    being.
for the time and thought she gave to                                                        Today, scented candles continue to enhance Christmas. Pine, cinnamon and gin-
Minal’s welfare and wish her well in her                                                    gerbread spice are just a few of the scented candles that have become popular
                                              On November 21st the PCC considered
new post.
                                              your responses to the questionnaire           over the years. Even little tea-lights help to spread the wonderful smells of pot-
                                              about faith in the village, circulated        pourri.
While we have no Vicar of Minal contact       recently, giving everyone the
over church matters can be made at any
                                              opportunity of saying how they would
time with the Rector of Marlborough, the                                                    Christmas dinner isn't the same without a couple of candles. Fringed with small
Rev’d. Andrew Studdert-Kennedy or the         like our church to develop. With the          wreaths or majestically standing in heirloom candlesticks, their warm glow cradles
churchwarden whose telephone numbers          possibility of a new appointment within
                                                                                            the faces of family and friends; and adds brilliance to the golden hue of a table
are always on the back page of the            the Marlborough Team we have an
                                              opportunity now to shape the future.          laden heavy with feast.
Parish Pump and in the church porch..

Over Christmas we are fortunate in being      Early in December contractors will repair     This Christmas continue the tradition of candles in your décor. Enjoy their colours,
able to maintain our three main services -    the plaster ceiling above the Children’s      aromas and light as they add a touch of magic to a wonderful time of year.
the Carol Service on the Sunday before        Corner in the Church. For a short time
Christmas, Midnight Communion on              there will be disfiguring plastic sheeting
Christmas Eve and Parish Communion on         keeping dust from the rest of the church      Author's note: Candles are a treasure, and like any treasure should be carefully
Christmas morning. There will be a Crib       but all will be clear for Christmas, just     looked after. Please do not leave lit candles unattended, in the reach of children,
Service at Preshute where Minal families      leaving several coats of limewash to be
will be warmly welcomed at 3 pm on                                                          or in areas of your home where they may cause harm.
                                              applied in January.
Christmas Eve.
On November 6th the christening of            On 2 October, Michael and Deborah
Lauren Wakeham maintained Pusey
family links with St John the Baptist. Her    Reynolds’ grandchild Reece O’Neill was
parents, Robert and Lisa, were married in
the church as were her grandparents and
                                              baptised in the church where his
                                              parents Lisa and Danny were married
                                                                                                             Share your thoughts
her brother was christened here too. A        and their other two children were
congregation of over thirty friends and       baptised. Michael wrote with their                      Email your comments to
relations welcomed her into the Church.       appreciation to Stephen Hurd, our
                                              churchwarden, and to thank him for his
With the move from Minal Woodlands of
David and Liz Scott we need a volunteer       help.
to take on the work Liz has done recently
as Electoral Roll Officer. You do not need
to be on the Parochial Church Council to
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A Christmas Special                                                                    Celebrating Life Together                               - Ian McColl writes
                      Candles                         - By Sarita Mehra
                                                                                       What’s in a name? More especially, what’s in this name, the name of the
Christmas is a season rich in tradition. From the turkey to the tree, they all have
                                                                                       more informal Services we have been holding on the third Sunday of each
their place in Christmas history -- even the Christmas candle. We use candles
for many occasions -- birthdays, weddings, and to create a desired atmos-              month.
phere. But there is a tradition behind Christmas candles that goes further than
the turkey.                                                                            Celebrating.
                                                                                       While Christian worship may sometimes have a penitential focus, it is more
                                                                                       often an occasion of joy, a thanksgiving for the generous love of God shown to
                                                                                       us in Jesus – a celebration. When I lived in Liverpool, a young woman came
~ Tapers in Time ~                                                                     to our church one Sunday morning. She had come because she was feeling
                                                                                       miserable. She lived close to the church so decided she should go to the
Through the centuries, candles have been offered as gifts and used to ward
off darkness. The first use of candles at Christmas was during the Roman fes-          place where, as she thought, all the miserable people went. Instead she
tival of Saturnalia. Tall tapers of wax were given as gifts to guests and offered      found a lively and joyful community which rather blew her mind. Before long
to Saturn as a symbol of his light.                                                    she found faith for herself, and became a wholehearted member of this
The Pagans also used candles during Yule festivities. Candlelight and bonfires         Which brings us to the next word:
were used as symbols of the sun, and a farewell to the past seasons as well
as a welcome to the beginning of a new cycle of seasons.
                                                                                       Celebrating Life.
As Christianity spread, candles were placed in the front window to guide the           The Christian experience is that through Jesus we enter into a living relation-
Christ Child as he wandered from house to house on Christmas Eve. In some              ship with God which gives new hope and new meaning to life. For that young
parts of Europe, this tradition still continues. In Sweden, St. Lucia is still cele-   woman in Liverpool this was certainly so: her whole personality shone with
brated with the youngest girl in the family wearing (or carrying) a crown of           new life.
small lit tapers.

~ Season Traditions ~                                                                  Celebrating Life Together.
                                                                                       The New Testament knows nothing of a Christianity which is not lived out in
Candles also play a significant role in other traditions of the season, including      the community. It portrays the church as a dynamic community which chal-
Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Yule and Candlemas. Chanukah is also known as the                   lenged the social structures of the day.
Festival of Lights. During Chanukah a special eight-branched candelabrum is
slowly lit over eight days.                                                            Too often, today, the church is perceived as an institution, weighed down by
                                                                                       tradition. To the extent that this is so, we want to get back to being, in the
Kwanzaa's central practice is the lighting of the mishumaa (seven candles) of          words of Archbishop Rowan Williams, “a community of new life and reconcilia-
Kwanzaa which signifies each of the Nguzo Saba (Seven Principles).                     tion”. The emphasis in these Services over the past few months has been on
                                                                                       what it means for the church to be such a community; a challenge certainly to
Although Candlemas was originally a Pagan festival to celebrate purification,
Christians now celebrate it on February 2, the 40th day after Christmas. It is a       the culture of individualism so prevalent today.
day representing and honoring Christ and Mary's purification in the temple.
                                                                                       So, something to celebrate – and a community to share in celebration to-
                                                      …...continued over
                                                                                                       Isn’t that what church should be about?

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                          News in Brief                                                                 Letters to Uncle Alf

     Bells – the Eleventh Hour…….

Minal band rang on November 11 to
remember those who have given their lives         At the same time, we are very happy to           Josephine Appach is engaged to be
for us in the two world wars and in later         announce that Jeremy Young previously in
                                                                          Young,                   married to a Mr Maurice Anderson. She
conflicts. After the two minute silence, the      IT, who lives in Axford and is also a regular    has known him 6 years so Lill can’t think
names of those of the village who died in         reader of THE PUMP, will now be doing the        why he did not propose before. They
the two world wars were read out, each                                                                                                           September
                                                  layout and design. This is his first issue and   don’t mean waiting but have fixed the         Father’s XI at Cricket have been most
marked by a stroke on the tenor bell. Then        we look forward to many more in the              day for October – ‘happy is the wooing
followed the commitment and promise: We
                                                                                                                                                 unfortunate this year – he has taken a
                                                  coming months and years ahead. Welcome           that is not too long doing’.                  team of under 20s to Everleigh today
will remember themthem.                           to the team, Jeremy!                                                                           but I suppose he will be beaten. Lill is
                                                                                                   We went to a Garden Party at Avebury –        still in bed with a bad foot, the hospital
One of the names is Alfred Soames, “Uncle
                                                  Incidentally, next March – only around the       awfully cold and 0 to do but we tried to      nurse says it is rheumatism; she will
Alf“, third son of Charles Soames who was
                                                  corner – is the fifth anniversary of THE PUMP.   look as if we liked it.
Minal’s rector until 1894 and brother of                                                                                                         have been in bed a fortnight tomorrow
                                                  Any contributions for a special bumper issue
Gordon Soames who was rector from 1894                                                                                                           – as you may imagine she gets very
                                                  will be welcome.
until 1935. Alfred was awarded the DSO in                                                          Father went to poor William Tanner’s          grumpy and cross; Gordon is very
the Boer War and, although by then aged 52                                                         funeral. Mrs W Tanner is pretty well but it   snappy this holidays.
                                                  The produce stall in aid of St Michael’s
and out of uniform for many years, voluntarily                                                     is an awful trial for her. Robert Tanner
                                                  Church, Axford managed to raise £136 at
rejoined the forces in 1914, only to die in                                                        offered Father the shooting over Rockley      Can you talk the same language as
                                                  the end of October. Thanks to Mary Hunter,
Flanders a year later.                                                                             £100 and Ogbourne £50 for this season.        the blacks? And what are your two
                                                  Vanessa Durrant-Rees and Margaret Rose
                               Tom Otley                                                           I need not tell you he has refused – too      women’s names? Please answer these
                                                  for their help.
                                                                                                   many sons to keep to launch out into          two questions.
On Wednesday, December 1st, Caroline                                                               such extravagance.
                                                  The Axford Carol service takes place on
Goodfellow will give a talk about children’s
                                                  Sunday, December 11th at 3pm at St
toys over the past 300 years. The venue will                                                       Flower Show at Savernake Ruins today.
                                                  Michael’s. If you can bring some mincepies,
be at the Village Hall, Minal at 7.30p.m.                                                          Several of these villagers are sending
                                                  please phone Bridget beforehand on
There will be an admission fee of £2.00
                                                  512406.                                          vegetables etc so Father must go up and
                                                                                                   admire etc, and then join us at Burbage
We are sorry to report the death of David
                                                                                                   en route for Everleigh for we are going
Roberts who lived in Chiseldon, while                       Welcome to Colin and                   there to a Garden Party.
compiling the November issue of THE PUMP.
                                                            Cilla Edwards who have
His unexpected death meant that there was
                                                            recently moved to Oak                  We are going to eat Lord A’s venison
a substitute issue of the magazine during
last month and we are grateful to everyone
                                                            Lodge in Minal. They                   tomorrow – Old Bull and wife, and the               Turn to page 43 for a
                                                            previously lived in Chilton            new people from Lockeridge Ho. Are to                special Christmas
for putting it together – particularly Patricia
                                                            Foliat and their two chil-             come and help us eat it.
Hayllar in the Rectory office. We couldn’t have                                                                                                              recipe!.
                                                            dren live in
managed without her marvellous help.

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   Letters to Uncle Alf                                                                                       News in Brief continued

                                                                                      When it comes to Fetes, Axford cer-
Alfred Soames, a son of the Minal                                                     tainly beats Minal: Axford has already
vicarage, has gone to South Africa to                                                 chosen Saturday August 12th as its
seek his fortune. Here follow some more     awful thing?                              provisional date for its fete next year. if
extracts from letters to him from           Three weeks                               this clashes with something else,             In good time for Christmas, Minal
members of his family.                                                                                                              sculptor, Gordon Aitcheson, is having
                                            ago Alick (their boy aged 13) was         please phone Bridget on 512406 im-
                                            buried and poor Mrs W Tanner had          mediately.                                    an exhibition of recent drawings in his
August 1886
Mr and Mrs Hill don’t ‘get on’ together     gone to near Salisbury to visit her
                                                                                                                                    studio down on Burbage Wharf on
which is very unpleasant for any            brother for a little change and rest.     Will and Annie (who has known
                                            They wired for her and she posted         Heather Flippance since kindergarten)         Saturday 3rd December and
bystander and it is my belief that Hill
                                            home, arriving on Saturday evening, it    Watson have recently moved into the           Sunday 4th December from noon
drinks at night and that is what makes                                                village, at Poulton. They have been
him so nasty to his wife and sulky next     was indeed an awful homecoming for                                                      until 5:00 pm. As well as the work for
                                                                                      living in Australia. Will is a design con-
morning.                                    her, poor soul – she is hardly yet able   sultant.                                      sale, there will also be an opportunity
                                            to realise the loss and the shock and
                                            Mr Cooper dreads the time coming                                                        to see the progress of his current
Mushrooms abound, and thunderstorms                                                   David and Liz Scott have left Minal
wander about – hail descends and            when tears will come and relieve her,     Woodlands House, and have moved               sculpture projects.
nights have become chilly.                  fearing she will be terribly overcome     temporarily to Maytrees, in Church
                                            from the sort of unnatural excitement.    Lane. John and Rebecca Spicer and
                                            Mr Cooper lost a brother same day         their two daughters have succeeded             If you, the reader aren’t interested in any
Are there many moles in your part of the
                                            who had been ill since December. Mrs      the Scotts at Minal Woodlands.                 of our regular monthly columns, please
country? If so I wish you would
                                            Cooper’s mother is dying, so there is a   The de Beukelaer family, who previ-            send off an email to the Editor and we
commission some natives to bring you
                                            peck of troubles everywhere.              ously lived in Church Lane, have left          will take your comments on board.
in some skins – say at 6d a piece – as I
want to have a border of them put to my                                               the village and are now living in Marl-
sealskin for next winter.                   Father and I dined at Kingsbury Street    borough.                                       Readers of THE PUMP: please remember
                                            to meet the Bishop of Zululand                                                           to send in your contributions regularly.
Our thoughts are very much at Rockley,      (Douglas Mackenzie and his wife           Anyone interested in joining a Horse-          Without your support we cannot exist.
for old William Tanner who last Sat after   Bessie). He is my first cousin – not a    shoe crib cards team for the Marlbor-          We always welcome letters to the Editor.
attending Board of Guardians drove          person I am very hot upon! However        ough league? It will take place every
home with his groom. He was alighting       we got on alright, they come to tea       Wednesday at 8.30 pm. Anyone over
                                            with us presently.                                                                       Our deadline: all copy for editorial and
from his cart and speaking to the groom                                               the age of 14 can participate, so
                                                                                                                                     advertising MUST reach the Editor no later
when the horse took fright and W.T. was                                               please let John or Pam know if you
                                                                                                                                     than the 10th of each month. Anything
thrown out on his head. He got up and                       Continued on page 32.     are interested.
                                                                                                                                     arriving after that date will not appear.
walked toward the house and spoke to                                                                                                 Contributions to the Editor must be sent via
his son Willy and to his daughters when                                               Many contributors to THE PARISH                email. Please note the Ed’s email address:
he became insensible and he died on                                                   PUMP spend much for their free time  
Sunday evening at 7 o’clock. Is not it an                                             writing and collecting material. We only
                                                                                      want to bring you articles that are of

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                     Letters to the Editor                                                                                 Letters to the Editor

                                                                                            Dear Michael,
Dear Ed.,
                                                                                            This is just to thank those people who responded enthusiastically to the idea of
With the start of the "Hunting" season                                                      holding a monthly Supper Club, and also to those who agreed to host an evening, I
two things are very clear: One barbaric                                                     was greatly encouraged. I apologise to anyone who did not receive a leaflet about
custom has finished and one lie has         Finally a personal request, could dog           the Supper Party on the 25th November at our home. The death of David Roberts
been exposed.                               owners who pass my house                        was certainly a shock, and because of this the article did not appear in the PUMP in
                                            stop dogs from pooing on the grass              November, so I delivered as many as I could by hand. The first evening was held on
                                            outside? Train them and walk them up            Friday 25th November.
Hunts seem to have stopped Cubbing
which is very good. This was where          out of the Village as we used to do
                                                                                            For those who did not receive a copy of the original please find below some text
baby foxes were torn from nursing           with our dog.                                   taken from the original, which also appears elsewhere in the PUMP.
Vixens and given to young hounds to
blood them to get them used to                                           Yours etc.,        “As I walk my dog, Jasper, I wave to people I know as they drive past in their cars
killing: it was also a favourite                                        Edwin Deady         and I think about the last time I had a conversation with them. Life can seem so
                                                                Clifton House, Minal        busy with little time for us to build friendships, where communication becomes a
introduction of children to hunting and                                                     polite passing of the time of day, often about the weather! I always look forward to
was such a nice example to them of                                                          meeting with the ladies of “Talking Point” and value the events the Sports and Social
compassion and of caring for animals.       Dear Ed.,
                                                                                            Club and The Horseshoe pub provide, and began to think about other ways we
                                                                                            might meet together.
                                            With Lynn Busfield’s move to Cornwall, St
The lie was that this annual killing was
                                            John the Baptist is now without a Vicar         Derek and I were wondering whether anyone else in the village would be interested
necessary to train the young foxhounds
                                            and the Parish has to embark on an              in a monthly Supper Club so that people in the village can meet, eat homely food
to chase foxes as they wouldn't do it
                                            interregnum.phase.                              together, have a laugh, share stories and socialise?
naturally. I would therefore imagine that
if a pack of hounds does chase a fox                                                        If there were enough people willing to host an evening once a year then it may be
then they must be egged on to it by the     All new appointments in the Church of           possible to have a monthly Supper Club. If there were twelve people willing to host
Huntsman and supporters as they don't       England involve looking at the wider            an evening four times per year, then we could have a weekly Supper Club!
do it naturally so it is not an accident    context of the particular post, be it at a
but is a crime.                             Deanery or Diocesan level. It is likely         The emphasis would be on the people and not necessarily the food or surroundings.
                                            that anyone appointed as Team Vicar             These evenings could be a ‘bring and share meal’, having a barbecue in the Sum-
                                                                                            mer, or a hearty soup and pudding evening; I am sure others would have their own
With the worries about bird flu are we      will also have wider responsibilities,          ideas.”
going to get an undertaking from the        possibly having a specific role in the
shooting community that no game             Deanery to support other parishes.              Please note that the next Supper Club will be on Friday 27th January. Once again, it
birds released in this parish will be                                                       will be held at our home - Glebelands Cottage, (in between the Pub and the Village
imported from abroad? It would be a         The Deanery and the Archdeacon are              Hall) from 7.30 p.m. – 10.30p.m. This will be a ‘bring and share’ meal. Anyone in the
                                            keen to work with the Marlborough               village is welcome (whether they are interested in hosting their own evening or not).
shame if we had something like the
                                            Team to help work out some of the               Please come along, and if you are on your own, invite a neighbour or friend or per-
8,000 imported from France into Sussex                                                      haps someone who has recently moved into the village. We would value getting to
that were found to be suffering from                                (Continued on page 9)   know others.
another avian disease.
                                                                                            Yours etc.,
                                                                                            Gilly & Derek Price, Minal
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                     The Axford Media Company Ltd
We are looking for local contributors and ideas to help build three new commu-
nity websites before they are launched in December 2005 / January 2006.                 (Continued from page 8)
We are particularly interested in providing items on the site that will be of 'day to
day' use and interest to local people, like school calendars, village events & time-    details of what the post as a whole
tables etc. We would also like to provide reviews and announcements, items of           might contain.                                At present, all parishes, whether or not
local environmental interest, and possibly the space for people to have their own                                                     they are in an interregnum, are looking
                                                                                                                                      at new ways of reaching people and
pages for subjects such as gardening, conservation or twitching perhaps!                Although this process has started, it will    communicating the gospel. All churches
                                                                                        take time. Accordingly the vacancy will       are bidden to become more ‘Mission
                   For a preview see;                        not be advertised before Spring next          Shaped’. It will be exciting to see what
                                                                                        year, and it will be several more months      this might mean for Minal as well as for
                                                                                        before it is likely to be filled.             the other churches in the Team, as we
We are also offering advertising on the sites in a variety of formats. We will pro-
vide FREE initial advertising to locally based small and home businesses, and                                                         take up the suggestion in Lynn’s farewell
                                                                                        To cover Sunday services in the Team,         sermon of getting a new vantage point,
exceptionally good rates to SME's and above who operate around and about.               we are dependent upon retired clergy          a view from above, and begin to
                                                                                        and the generous availability of David        imagine church life both in the building
In addition we will be offering services including; email addresses / sub do-           Maurice, our Ordained Local Minister.         and beyond, on a Sunday morning and
mains / websites / hosting & support                                                    Susannah Reide, the curate, is on             at other times as well.
                                                                                        maternity leave at present, but it should     With thanks for all the work that is
Please Contact us for more information or with an idea or contribution;                 be remembered that hers is a training         already being done and with all good
                                                                                        post and it would therefore not be            wishes.
call Jeremy on 01672 520605 or preferably email:                     appropriate to expect her to look after                                   Yours etc.,
                                                                                        Minal in her second year.                                  Andrew Studdert-Kennedy,
                                                                                                                                                               Team Rector
                                                                                        All this means that lay people will
                                                                                        continue to be needed in the planning         Letters to the editor continue on page 19.
                                                                                        and leading of services. In fact this could
                Question: Why was Santa's little helper depressed?
                                                                                        be a good opportunity for the emergence
                Answer: Because he had low elf esteem.
                                                                                        of a Lay Leadership Team in Minal , a
                                                                                        group of people distinct from the PCC,                   Did you know that
                Question: What do you get when you cross an archer with a
                                                                                        who would support each other, share
                                                                                        ideas and take turns to contribute to              THE PUMP is read by
                Answer: Ribbon hood.
                                                                                        particular services. A lot of this sort of
                                                                                        collaboration does go on already, but the            more than 1000
                Question: What do you call people who are afraid of Santa
                                                                                        coming months may be a chance to put                     people
                                                                                        it on a more formal footing. Clergy would
                Answer: Claustrophobic.
                                                                                        be very keen to support such a group.              in the Marlborough area?

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As I walk my dog, Jasper, I wave to people I know as they drive past in their cars                              STROKES
and I think about the last time I had a conversation with them. Life can seem so
busy with little time for us to build friendships, where communication becomes a        A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim
polite passing of the time of day, often about the weather! I always look forward
                                                                                        within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a
to meeting with the ladies of “Talking Point” and value the events the Sports and
                                                                                        stroke...totally. He said that the trick was getting the
Social Club and The Horseshoe pub provide, and began to think about other ways
                                                                                        stroke recognized, diagnosed and getting to the pa-
we might meet together.
                                                                                        tient within 3 hours which is tough.
Derek and I were wondering whether anyone else in the village would be
interested in a monthly Supper Club so that people in the village can meet, eat         RECOGNIZING A STROKE:
homely food together, have a laugh, share stories and socialise?                        sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to iden-
If there were enough people willing to host an evening once a year then it may          tify. Unfortunately the lack of awareness spells disaster.
be possible to have a monthly Supper Club. If there were twelve people willing to       The stroke victim may suffer brain damage when peo-
host an evening four times per year, then we could have a weekly Supper Club!           ple nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.

The emphasis would be on the people and not necessarily the food or                     Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke
surroundings. These evenings could be a ‘bring and share meal’, having a
                                                                                        by asking three simple questions:
barbecue in the Summer, or a hearty soup and pudding evening; I am sure others
would have their own ideas.
                                                                                        1. Ask the individual to SMILE.
Please call us if you are interested in hosting an evening or just turn up with your    2. Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.
plate and drink on the night.                                                           3. Ask the person to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE
(If you need a lift, or don’t like going out on dark evenings, ring us up and we will   (Coherently, i.e...It
arrange transport for you).                                                             is sunny out today)
                                                                     Yours etc.,
                                                          Derek and Gilly Price         IF THE PERSON HAS TROUBLE DIAL THE EMERGENCY
                                                            Glebelands Cottage          SERVICES
                                  (between The Horeshoe pub and the Village Hall)
                                                                    Tel: 512191

See report on page 29.

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                                                                           Dear Ed..,

                                                                           I thought readers would be interested to
                                                                           hear about two groups of visitors to Minal      If anyone else has similar mementoes
                                                                           Church at the beginning of November             please do not throw them away, even
                                                                           whose names stir memories of times past.
                                                                                                                           after 25 years memories become hazy,
                                                                                                                           and such records are invaluable help in
                                       Question: What's red and white      The first were Mr and Mrs John Holmes
                                       and gives presents to good little                                                   answering visitors’ questions.
                                                                           who came from Bristol on the day before
                                             fish on Christmas?
                                                                           celebrating their Diamond Wedding. In a
                                                                                                                           According to the Wiltshire Gazette the
                                                                           firm hand they recorded in the visitor’s
                                                                                                                           King of Prussia’s Gold Medal was con-
                                            Answer: Sandy Claws.           book that they were married here on No-
       Question: What do you                                               vember 10th 1945. I wonder if there are         ferred on Margeret Maxwell at Lambeth
       get when you cross a
                                                                           any in the village who remember the day         Palace in recognition of her work in
       snowman with a vampire?                                                                                             restoring our Church. Perhaps some-
       Answer: Frostbite.                                                  that John married Mary Witts that autumn
                                                                                                                           where in the village there is a historian
                                                                           just after WW2 had ended? A contempo-
                                                                                                                           who can explain the origins of that
                                  THREE HUNDRED YEARS                      rary believes that Mary’s family lived in
                                                                                                                           particular award.
                                   OF CHILDREN’S TOYS.                     Lucky Lane, and that John went to The
                                                                           School in Ramsbury. If I had their present
                                                                           address I could send them a congratula-                               Yours etc.,
                                        Minal Ladies Group
   Question: Why does Santa                                                                                                                      Stephen Hurd,
                                 Thursday evening, 1st December.           tory card for Christmas.
   have 3 gardens?                                                                                                                               Churchwarden,
                                 Caroline Goodfellow, formerly a                                                                                 Minal
   Answer: So he can ho-ho-ho.
                                 curator at the Victoria and Albert
                                                                           Two days later the family of Margeret Max-
                                 Museum, will give a talk on
                                                                           well brought flowers to the church in mem-      The Editor writes: I was out hunting
                                 Children’s Toys in the last three
                                                                           ory of Margeret Maxwell, the Pewsey archi-      (within the law) the other day, and met
                                 centuries, illustrated with slides.                                                       a brother and sister, John and Lucinda
                                                                           tect who died on November 2nd. Her part
                                                                           in the restoration of the Church in the early   Stokes, who told me their late grandfa-
                                 This will be held                                                                         ther Christopher Nash lived in Milden-
                                                                           eighties will be remembered by all those
                                 in the Village Hall at                                                           hall House and is buried in the Church
       Question: What do snow-                                             who took part in the fund raising activities    graveyard. Does anyone remember
       men eat for breakfast?                                              that made that restoration possible. Re-        him?
                                 There will be an admission fee of         cently Liz Scott has passed on to me inter-
       Answer: Snowflakes.       £2.00 (including coffee) to cover         nal photographs of the Church taken at the
                                 costs.                                                                                          Freephone 24-hour domestic
                                                                           time which show architectural details now                  violence helpline
                                                                           hidden again behind the panelling.                          0808 2000 247.

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