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
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
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
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
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. firstname.lastname@example.org 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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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
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.
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 email@example.com
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.
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-
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
Gilly & Derek Price, Minal
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Letters to the Editor
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; www.axford-online.co.uk 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: email@example.com appropriate to expect her to look after Yours etc.,
Minal in her second year. Andrew Studdert-Kennedy,
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
be very keen to support such a group. in the Marlborough area?
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VILLAGE SUPPER CLUB
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)
Derek and Gilly Price IF THE PERSON HAS TROUBLE DIAL THE EMERGENCY
Glebelands Cottage SERVICES
(between The Horeshoe pub and the Village Hall)
See report on page 29.
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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
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 7.30.pm. 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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