Loving your neighbour - David G Mason
A belated Happy New Year to all of you. Traditionally the beginning of a
new year is a time to look back at the old year, and to look forward to
the coming year. The old year ended in sadness as we learned about the
tsunami in the East, the great loss of life, and the damage that it has
done to the countries involved. The pictures that we have seen as the
event occurred and then as the work of seeking and identifying the dead
and the clearing of the damage have shown us the terrible effects of the
great waves, and reminded us of the power that can be released by natural
events. The loss of life of those who went to enjoy the great ~ beauty and
the holiday attractions has also been a great shock to us all.
The response throughout the world gives some hope that out of this
terrible event may come so good as people realize their interdependence,
and begin to learn the true meaning of loving our neighbour. Our world is
so small through the developments in communication technology and
transport that we can all be so easily affected by events that in previous
ages would have hardly have even been known about. Now we have seen all
too well how a natural disaster in even a very distant part of the world
can impact directly on people we know and care for in our own communities.
In our sadness about the loss of life and terrible damage let us at least
find some hope in the reaction of those who have worked so hard to help
and to give time, goods and money to help in easing the suffering and
bring help to those who have lost so much. Let us try to build on this
realization of our duty to our neighbour, whoever and wherever they may
be. Jesus stated that we are to love God, and to love our neighbour as
ourselves. As we see the second part of the commandment being observed by
so many let us pray that that we may also be led to love God, and to
recognize his presence with those who suffer in body, mind or spirit.
The Leader for the December edition of the Ouse News was written by Chris
Ure, I am sorry that it was wrongly attributed.
We've done It - Sue Wright
After a busy Christmas break Pinchmill Pre-School - Fleur's Garden was
ready to open the doors of its new building to the children on 10th
January 2005, 30 years after the original pre-school (or playgroup as it
was then known) was founded. We will hold a formal opening ceremony in the
spring when everyone will be invited to come and visit. The children have
wasted no time in enjoying the new facilities, from the wide range of toys
that are now available for them to use on a daily basis to the smart new
child-sized toilets that are easy to use - we got through a lot of toilet
paper on the first dayll!
We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped us
in any way, no matter how small, whether by donating cash, supporting our
fundraising events or giving up their spare time to help renovate the
portakabin. However, there are a few people, without whom we would not
have been able to open on time. Our special thanks go to Don Stevenson,
our structural engineer, Jeremy Carr, our project manager and Martin
Blizard, our electrician who have all given their expertise and a great
deal of their time freely to our project since the summer. Of course, we
would have had no building to renovate if it weren't for the kind donation
of the Portakabin by Martin Hewlett. Last but definitely not least, the
parents and committee would also like to thank Christine Callaghan, our
pre-school leader. She has worked tirelessly for several years now, trying
to raise money, sorting out paperwork and rallying support so that we
could realise our dream of operating out of our own building.
Coffee Morning - Jane Wells
Please note the change of venue for the February Church Coffee Morning. It
will now be held at the home Mel and Caroline Scott, on Saturday 5
February at 10.30am.
The Coffee Morning for March in aid of the Church Organ fund will be held
at the home of Alleyne and Margaret Leach, on Saturday 5 March at 10.30
am. Home made cakes, toiletries, produce and bric-a-brac for the bring and
buy stall will be greatly appreciated. All welcome.
W.I. - May Mills
Yoga in a chair - some of us were grateful for the chance to spend half an
hour or so sitting in a chair relaxing, and some of us had difficulty
imagining a gold ball on a chain, despite our normal deftness at
multi-tasking! Rita Horridge had her work cut out controlling the innate
gigglers and compulsive talkers, as she led us through the exercises, but
nevertheless we did achieve intermittent periods of silence! Some of us
even took on board the mantra of the 'three Rs': respect yourself; respect
others; responsibility for your own actions.
At the instigation of the W.I. and in particular, our President, Karen
Stokley, Christmas lights were installed on the trees by the bus shelter.
A contribution from the W.I. together with two personal donations enabled
the Parish CouncG to carry out the work.
Trek Kilimanjaro - Helen Mulvanerty
On 15th October 2005 I am leaving the comforts of my home to trek up Mt.
Kilimanjaro, this is a major challenge with the peak being at 5896m it is
a 10 day trek which I am completing in aid of Cancer Research UK.
For me there are three parts this challenge: First, I have to raise £2,000
for Cancer Research UK (I am personally contributing £1,500 to cover my
travel expenses). Secondly I have to get fit through a training programme
(the hard part!) and, thirdly do the challenge itself. The money raised by
this trek will be put towards research into finding treatments to cure
cancer faster, get treatment to patients more quickly and train more
cancer scientists, doctors and nurses.
My first fundraising event is a Barn Dance at Oakley Village Hall at 7.30
on the 4th March. Supper will be provided, however you need to bring your
own drinks, the ticket price is £7 each and there will also be a raffle on
the night. If you would like to come to the Barn Dance - please contact me
on 07766 887247.
The Ruth Rankin Sunflower/Scarecrow Competition - Peter Rankin
By the time this is published in the Ouse News it will be well into 2005.
However I am writing this on the last day of 2004 thinking back to July 0
which was, of course, the day of the "Competition Tea." The whole event
was a resounding success and we would like to continue with it once again
In 2004 we had almost 50 participants for the sunflower competition in
addition to the 13 scarecrows which adorned our front lawn. There were
nearly 80 people in attendance - a far cry from the initial number, four
years previously, of two. To remind you, the largest sunflower was grown
by Adam Parrott (Adam, I hope you have engraved your name on the trophy
before you hand it over this year!) and the winning scarecrow was Di and
Pete Stephenson's truly magnificent pirate.
To continue to host this truly village event we do NEED SOME HELP. As
Edison said to his staff "Many hands make light work." The areas which
come to mind are as follows:
Judging - Sunflowers & Scarecrows * Photographs * Games for children and
adults * Prizes - purchasing/wrapping/allocating Refreshments *
Tables/chairs, etc, * General dogsbody
If anyone will help we would be very grateful. None of the tasks are
onerous. We will, by the way, be bringing back by popular demand the
sideshow "Shoot the Teddy" in addition to the recently purchased roulette
wheel which will run alongside the established "Roll the 2p" game donated
by the Greenish clan.
Would anyone volunteer to clean our cooker, the house and also cut the
grass and tidy up the garden for the 3 months prior to and after the
event............ ... We look forward to receiving your phone calls on
Village Hall - Janet Cook
The Committee needs a Treasurer and a Secretary. We are sure that there
are people in the community who would be happy to fill either position, so
please don't be shy. Degrees, qualifications, etc. are not required. -
just common sense and a desire to play a part in helping our community.
Please phone Janet Cook, Chairman, on 781373
Tsunami Appeal - Pat Keeble
On Saturday 12th February there will be a grand coffee morning to support
the Tsunami Appeal. Groups and clubs within the two villages are helping
out and among the attractions are a Cake/Bring and Buy Stall, Raffle and
Tombola. Donations for any of these stalls are very welcome and can be
brought to Pinchmill Village Hall on the morning of the 12th February from
10 am. The coffee morning will run from 10-12 noon. Do come and support us
in this appeal.
Goodwill Children's Homes - Rosalind and Jane Templeman
Thank you so much for your wonderful generosity in bringing so many lovely
gifts to the Carol Service, for the children at Bapatla. We have naturally
delayed sending the gifts until now because of the Boxing Day tragedy, but
a recent phone call to the administrator of Goodwill has established that
all the children are safe, and that we can now send off our presents.
Thank you once again.
We have had a further request from the charity. Much of their work is
concerned with children and families in Tamil Nadu. This is a region very
badly affected by the tsunami, and Goodwill have had to divert some of
their money and resources towards help for those areas worst affected,
especially one isolated fishing community whose needs had been overlooked.
Such a diversion of funds has had a temporary impact on their usual work
and provision for children in the Goodwill homes and outreach programmes
They have adequate supplies of domestic goods, but have expressed a need
for good quality children's clothing (boys / girls - ages 3-11 years).
Shorts, Tshirts, skirts, dresses, blouses and underwear (but not socks)
are all needed for the children they are supporting (including the coastal
communities.) They have also asked us to mention an ongoing project - to
provide good quality warm cardigans, jumpers and fleeces for the children
in the Tamil Nadu homes, which are at high altitude.
Jane will be running a Goodwill stall at the tsunami relief event on 12th
February, and will be delighted to give you further news. We would be very
glad to receive any children's clothing, including 'woollies', which you
might be able to donate. Sponsorship forms and other information will be
available, and any monetary donations would be most welcome.
With our thanks, and the thanks of Goodwill, who are extremely
appreciative of your continuing support for the children in their care.
[PS If you have a penchant for knitting, Goodwill would love to have you
in their knitting circle]
Breakthrough Breast Cancer - Michael Jefferson
I would like to thank most warmly everyone who supported our second annual
fund-raising event for the charity Breakthrough Breast Cancer, and in
memory of Rebecca James. Through your generosity and efforts we raised
£710, bringing the total raised to over £1,500.
Thursday Afternoon Club
Since its beginning in October, the club has averaged seventeen members
who have enjoyed tea, chat and entertainment. The committee have decided
that the club will meet monthly on the second Thursday of every month. In
January, members were entertained by Laurie Jones who showed what a
skilled photographer he is with his pictures set to music - the Nature
Reserve in winter was particularly stunning. The first prize in the raffle
- a lovely crocheted blanket - was won by Marjorie Pipe. The next meeting
is on Thursday 10th February at 3pm in the Village Hall and there is room
for more members - all adults will be welcome. Please telephone Joan
Thomas if you require transport - telephone 781722, Celia Hulatt 781082 Jo
Felmersham and Radwell Community Trust - Jeff Stokley
Details of the origin, establishment and objectives of this Trust were
given in the August 2004 issue of Ouse News, and this note is to advise of
progress to date. Grant payments from the Trust have been agreed, or made,
to Pinchmill PreSchool, for completion of their new purpose-built
accommodation to be opened this month, and to the Parochial Church Council
for essential tree-lopping in the churchyard area; also for helping to pay
for an audio-loop system in the church. Other projects falling within the
Trust's objectives are under discussion, and a fresh report will follow
when there is more to tell about them.
Concert and Flower Festival - Pat Hartop and Lorraine Shrimpton
We hope your new 2005 diary still has an empty space for June 11th and
12th. If so, perhaps you would like to pencil in the details of the
Concert (by Hemingford Ladies Choir) on Saturday 11th June, and the
village Flower Festival on Saturday/Sunday 11/12th June.
Community Care Scheme - Maggie Spoor
After seven years as Chairman of Felmersham and Radwell Community Care
Scheme, Michael Thomas is stepping down. On behalf of the duty officers,
volunteers, and, I am sure, the beneficiaries of the scheme, I would like
to express our thanks and appreciation for the way he has led the group
over the last seven years. Without his enthusiasm, dedication, and hard
work, Community Care would not be the success it is to-day.
May I also remind everyone that Community Care's telephone number has
changed as we are no longer using the pager system. The new number to ring
is 07786 344176.
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